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Cassandra (Keating) Williams
Dec 26, 1955 - Feb 18, 2008
 
Cassandra Keating Williams
Cassandra Keating Williams, 52, a loving wife, mother and sister, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at her home. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Bedford, with a prayer vigil beginning at 7 p.m. with Deacon Harry Heinz officiating. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Bedford with the Rev. Tom Kennedy officiating. Interment will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery in Euless. Cassandra was born Dec. 26, 1955, in Corsicana to the late Thomas and Sybil Keating. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where she majored in art and minored in photography. She enjoyed working with ceramics, playing golf, and fishing. Above all, she loved and cherished her family who will miss her greatly. Cassandra was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Michael Keating. Survivors include her husband, Daniel L. Williams; son, David Williams; daughter, Mary Margaret Williams; brothers, Duane Keating and wife Laura, Kevin Keating, and Timothy Keating; sister, Jennifer Long and husband Tim; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family members. Arrangements by Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Hurst.

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Lois Lorraine Schenk
abt 1923 - Feb 9, 2008

LONGVIEW — Lois Lorraine Schenk, 85, of Paris, Longview, Richardson, Lancaster, Cuero and Corsicana joined her beloved husband, Jack, in eternal rest with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008.

Services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Winterfield United Methodist Church, 2616 Tryon Road, in Longview. with the Rev. Rita Sims and the Rev. Gene Steger officiating. Burial is set for Rosewood Park in the Garden of Devotion. Services are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home.

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  • The Paris News - February 12, 2008

Dorothy M. 'Dot' Weaver
abt 1928 - Jan 31, 2008

Dorothy M. "Dot" Weaver, 80, of Barry passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, in Navarro Regional Hospital, Corsicana.

Graveside services are to be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 3, at Long Cemetery in Powderly, with the Rev. Chris Kelley officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

Visitation is from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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  • The Paris News - February 1, 2008

Leland Dale “Jimmy” Dosser
Nov 26, 1931 - Jan 2008

Leland Dosser

Services for Leland Dale “Jimmy” Dosser, 76, Tri-Cities, were held Jan. 30, 2008, at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens with Bill Hauck officiating.
Burial with military honors were held in Malakoff Cemetery.
Dosser was born Nov. 26, 1931, in Kerens to Clara Hinton and Walter Dosser and died Jan. 28, 2008, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his wife Rita Faye Dosser in 2005, and daughter Rhonda Elaine Dosser in 1957.
He attended Cross Roads and Malakoff schools and served in the Army in Berlin.
He worked as a roughneck and was a journeyman technician for Curtes Mathes, the Texas Department of Corrections and retired from Harvey Industries.
He was a member of Crescent Heights Baptist Church.
Survivors include his daughter Teresa Dosser Kirkpatrick, Tri-Cities; son Roy Dosser, Tri-Cities; brother W.J. Dosser, Louisiana; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Pallbearers were Robert Harris, Glen Smith, Michael Hughes, Joe Glasgow, Warren Authement and Joe Holder.
Honorary pallbearers were Dustin Johnson, Trenton Dosser and Pat Glasgow.


Mary Ann Coursey
abt 1919 - Feb 3, 1920

COLEMAN -- Mary Ann Coursey, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 in a Corsicana nursing home. Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with David Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery directed by Stevens Funeral Home. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan St., Coleman


Sterling C. Crim
Jan 5, 1927 - Feb 10, 2008

BEAUMONT - Sterling Cromwell Crim was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Corsicana and died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

Sterling was a life-long scholar earning six degrees, and after retirement continued to study German and Spanish. He taught mathematics for 43 years at the junior high, high school, junior college and university levels. His last 31 years were at Lamar University which included two years in Malaysia under an international teaching program. Sterling proudly served his country in the United States Army in the Philippines following World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Louise Crim; daughter, Kathryn Collins and her husband Terry of Glen Allen, Va.; son, Randy Crim and his wife Ellen of Dallas; grandchildren, Laura and Julia Collins, Emily, Patrick, Andrew and Charlotte Crim.


His parents, Willa Frances Cromwell and Churchill Wilbur Crim; and his brothers, Truett, Churchill Jr. and Bill Crim preceded him in death.

A funeral service to honor the life of Sterling Crim will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at First United Methodist Church, 701 Calder, Beaumont under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Dr., Beaumont. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Crim's Chapel in Henderson where his parents, brothers and many other family members are interred. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at the Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219; Some Other Place, P.O. Box 843, Beaumont, Texas 77704 or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3247, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

Sterling was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather.

 


Frankie (Fisher) Frost
June 15, 1921 - Feb 15, 2008

Frost

Monday, February 18, 2008 5:00 PM CST

Frankie Frost, 86, of Whitney, died Feb. 15, 2008. She was born June 15, 1921, in Athens, Texas, to Franklin and Myrtle (McClanahan) Fisher.

Frankie married D. L. Frost Oct. 18, 1941, in Kerens, Texas. Frankie loved to travel, read a very good book and work in the yard gardening. She was a member of King Memorial United Methodist Church in Whitney.

Frankie was preceded in death by her parents; sister Esther Frost; and brothers Johnnie and Clarence Fisher.

She is survived by her husband; children, Louise Jordan and husband Ronald of Livingston; Jack Frost and wife Pamela of Cedar Hill; brothers, Norris Fisher and wife Naomi of Atlanta, Ga.; Nolan Fisher and wife Doris of Euless; Bob Fisher and wife Roz of Georgetown; Carl fisher and wife Dale of Waco.

She is also survived by four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Organized by Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors, funeral services were Feb. 18, 2008, with Chaplain Ron Hill of Bluebonnet Hospice officiating. Interment followed at Bethlehem Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Foundation.
 



Jim Arnold
Mar 28, 1916 -- Sep 13, 2000

Services for Jim Arnold, 84, of Meadville, who died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Franklin County Hospital, will be at noon Monday, Sept. 18, at Greater New Bethel Baptist church with the Rev. Willie Smoot officiating.

Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Copiah County under the direction of George F. West Funeral home.

Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the church.

Mr. Arnold was born March 28, 1916, in Franklin County, the son of Gable and Bessie Kelly Arnold.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Arnold of Meadville; four sons, Jimmy Arnold Jr., Charles Arnold and Glen Arnold, all of Indianapolis, and Joseph Arnold of Meadville; one stepson, Jimmy Dale Arnold of Natchez; four daughters, Joyce Vaughn and Geneva Arnold, both of Indianapolis, Maryland Arnold of Dallas and Patsy Griffith of Bude; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, J.C. Arnold of Natchez; and a number of other relatives.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

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  • Natchez Democrat - Sep 17, 2000

Don "Bebo" Jones
Apr 24, 1932 - Jan 30, 2008

Don "Bebo" Jones, born April 24, 1932 in Corsicana, Texas, to Benjamin F. Jones and Florence N. Jones, died January 30, 2008 in Garland, Texas.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bobbye (Greene) Jones; daughters, Debbee Reynolds and Donna Haley; grandchildren, Shaun Reynolds and wife, Cindy, Jennifer Richardson and husband, Frank, Jonathan Christie, and Gregory Case; great-grandchildren, Austin Tylor Reynolds and Brina Rene Richardson; and a sister, Sue Woods.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, and one grandson.

Funeral service was held on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 2 p.m., at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.
 

Robert Ross Owen, Judge
 Feb. 19, 1879 - Dec 1965

R. R. Owen. Judge
R. R. Owen, 86, Dies Thursday, Rites Friday
Judge R. R. Owen, 86, long time attorney and active in politics many years, 1120 West Fifth avenue, died Thursday morning following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert J. Potts, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which he was a long-time member, Sunday School teacher and choir member.
Born Feb. 19, 1879 in Hines County, Miss., he came to Navarro county 80 years ago in an ox-wagon train from Mississippi.
After teaching school several years, he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He served as Navarro county judge from 1912-1916 and broke a tie-vote in 1915 among the county commissioners to establish the old Physicians and Surgeons hospital on the site that is now Twilight Home in southeast Corsicana. He had his law offices in the Daily Sun Building from 1917 until failing health required he give up practice.
Judge Owen served several terms as a Representative from Navarro county in the Texas Legislature and headed the draft board in World War I. He was secretary and a leader in the Navarro county Democratic executive committee and party for many years.
Surviving are a son, Robert Owen, Corsicana; three grand-children, six great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Nilar (Pevehouse) Powers
Mar 20, 1875 - Dec 9, 1956

Mrs. Powers, 90, Dies Thursday, Rites Friday
Mrs. Nilar Powers, 90, native of the Frost community, died at the family residence, 713 West eleventh avenue Thursday morning.
Funeral services will be held Friday a t 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in the Dawson Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, of which she was a member, assisted by Rev. Delbert Taylor, pastor of the Wesley Methodist church.
Surviving are three sons, A. D. Powers, Franklin, La.; Lewis A. Powers, Burleson, and Odie A. Powers, Duncan, Okla.; eight daughters, Mrs. A. P. Sweeney, Corsicana; Mrs. Bertha Love, Boulder, Colo.; Mrs. A. T. Scruggs Jacksonville;  Mrs. Lulra Mathison, Corsicana; Mrs. Ray Berryhill, Elgin, Okla.; Mrs. J. T. Burness, Fort Worth; Mrs. Eula Hightower, Dallas; 30 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, a brother, A. D. Pevehouse, Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Ernest Stokes, Charlie  Armstrong, Robert Bass Dallas; Dale Hjort, Rufus Pevehouse, Stokes Armstrong and Bill Ross, Grandsons will be honorary pallbearers.

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Starlet Kay Bridger
Dec 6, 1965 - Dec 8, 1965

Thursday Rites Bridger Infant
Graveside services for Starlet K. Bridger, two-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bridger, Route 1, Barry, were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Thadson, pastor of the Frost Methodist church.
The child died in Memorial hospital Wednesday morning.
Surviving are the parents, two brothers, Terry Bowling and Timmy Bowling, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Coker, all of Barry, and other relatives.
Corley directed.

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Abel Skinner Gill
Feb 12, 1835 - Jan 4, 1910

Death of Captain A. S. Gill

Corsicana, Tex., Jan. 4, - When Captain A. S. Gill died at his residence in Blooming Grove yesterday, one of Navarro County's oldest and most popular and influential citizens passed to his final reward. Captain Gill came to this county from Alabama in 1866 and settled near Purdon, but in later years has made his home at Blooming Grove. He was twice elected to the Legislature, was always a loyal Democrat, and was also a prominent Mason and member of the Methodist Church. His remains were buried this afternoon in the cemetery at Dresden.

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Capt. Abel Skinner Gill
Feb. 12, 1835 - Jan. 2, 1910

CAPT. A. S. GILL DEAD.

Capt. A. S. Gill, twice a member of the legislature from Navarro county, and a citizen of the county since 1866, died at his home in Blooming Grove Monday afternoon. He was a Mason, a member of the Methodist church and an enthusiastic citizen. His personal acquaintance was large and all who knew him liked him for his good nature and splendid intellect. He lived near Purdon for a great many years, but a few years ago moved from his farm to Blooming Grove. He had many fine traits of character and was liked by everyone. He will be greatly missed not alone by his home people and his family, but by his friends in all parts of the county.

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  • Corsicana Democrat & Truth - January 6, 1910
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lucy Daniel Melear
Nov 16, 1894 - Dec 5, 1965

Miss Melear Rites Monday
KERENS, Dec 6, (Spl) - Graveside rites for Miss Lucy Melear, 71, retired teacher, who died in Lufkin Saturday, were held at the Kerens city cemetery Monday at noon. She had resided in Lufkin since 1930.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Vergen Medford, Lufkin; a brother, Richard Melear, Trinidad and other relatives.
Paschal directed local arrangements

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John Bonner
Jun 25, 1891 - Dec 1, 1965

Hold Services John Bonner
Funeral services for John Bonner, 74, who died in Fort Worth Wednesday morning, were held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Benny McBryde, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church. Burial was in the Eureka cemetery with the Eureka Masonic Lodge in charge.
Native of Eureka, he was a retired government employee. He was a member of the Wichita Methodist church in Fort Worth and was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge, of which he was a past master, past commander of Bertram duGuesclin Commandry No. 1, Knights Templar, Corsicana and a member of Mosian Shrine Temple, Forth Worth.
Surviving are is wife of Fort Worth a son John Bonner Jr.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Dec 3, 1965
  • h/o Effie Olivia “Bonnie” (Shields) Bonner s/o James Andrew “Jim” Bonner and Mattie Adeline (Barnett) Bonner
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John Bonner

John Bonner Dies Wednesday, Rites Thursday

John Bonner, 74, native of Eureka, died at his home, 5183 Paris, Fort Worth, Wednesday morning. He was a retired government employe.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Benny McBryde, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church. Burial will be in the Eureka cemetery with the Eureka Masonic Lodge in charge of graveside rites.

Bonner was a member of the Wichita Methodist church in Fort Worth. He was a veteran of World War I and was a 50-year member of the Eureka Masonic lodge of which he was a past master. He also was past commander of the Bertram duGuesclin Comandery No. 14, Knights Templar and a member of Moslah Shrine Temple, Fort Worth.

Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; a son, John Bonner, Jr., San Angelo; a daughter, Mrs. Bob Lee, Sulphur Springs; six grandchildren, three brothers, Hayes and Fred Bonner, both of Corsicana, and Brice Bonner, Eureka; four sistsers, Miss Mary Belle Bonner, Mrs. A.E. Lewis and Mrs. M.M. Minze, all of Houston and Mrs. J.M. Price, Corpus Christi, and other relatives.

Griffin will direct.

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Ike Roberts
abt 1894 - Dec 1965

Ike Roberts Expires Sunday
Ike Roberts, 71, Route 1, died at his home Sunday afternoon following a several months' illness.
Surviving are a brother, Lester Parker, Broken Bow, Okla.; three sisters, Miss Cora Roberts, Corsicana' Mrs. E. A. Jaggers, Broadway, N.M., and Mrs. W. Z. Polley, San Augustine, and other relatives.
Arrangements were pending early age and resided there until Griffin Funeral Chapel, but burial will be in Roberts cemetery in San Augustine.
(Seems to be cut off ?)

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J. W. Hodge
abt 1875 - May 1931

FUNERAL SERVICES TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR J. W. HODGE
Funeral services for J. W. Hodge, aged 56? years, well known farmer of this section, who died on the Clay Nash farm six miles west of Corsicana on the Corbet road Monday night at 6 o'clock following a lingering illness, where held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family residence with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church. He had resided on Judge Nash's farm for the past 25 years.
Surviving are two sons, R. M. Hodge, Corbet road; and W. L. Hodge, St. Jo; two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Draper, Burkburnett, and Mrs. J. N. Richardson, Emhouse, and two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Howell, Athens, and Mrs. Nellie Robinson, Comanche.
Pallbearers were Gene Harris, J Cook, Dan Tucker, May Owens, Beaton Owens, and Jesse Howell.
Friends were honorary pallbearers.
The funeral was directed by of Corley McMahon Funeral Home.

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Rena Icie “Rennie” (Langston) Tekell
Oct 24, 1878 - Nov 30, 1965

Hold Services Mrs. E. H. Tekell
Funeral services for Mrs. E. H. Tekell, 87, who died in an Athens hospital early Tuesday, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Payton Goodman, pastor of the First Methodist church of Hubbard, formerly of Corsicana and Navarro county Methodist churches. Mrs. Tekell was a member of the Eleventh avenue Methodist church.
Native a New Albany, Miss., Mrs. Tekell came to Navarro county at the age of six years. She and her late husband who died in 1957, resided on a farm near Mertens for many years until moving to Corsicana in 1929.
Surviving are three sons, M. A. and J. S. Tekell, both of Corsicana and R. R. Tekell, Cleburne; two daughters, Mrs. Miller Goodman, Albany, and Mrs. Lola Kemp, Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Grandsons were pallbearers.

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George W. Clemmer
abt 1877 - Sep 1931

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR G.W. CLEMMER ARE HELD TUESDAY
Funeral services for George W. Clemmer, aged 54 years, formerly of Corsicana, who died in Kilgore Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock, were held from the residence of his mother, Mrs. E. J. Champion, 604 West Twelfth Avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Copeland, Methodist Protestant minister. He was taken ill two weeks ago, but his condition was not regarded as serious until a short time before his death.
Surviving are a son, Lloyd Clemmer, Overton; one grand-daughter, mother, two sisters, Mrs. Annie Wheelock, Houston, and Mrs. Daisy Wright, Laredo; two half-sisters, Mrs. Ada Bailey, Jacksonville, and Miss Elizabeth Champion, Corsicana; and two half-brothers, T. H. Champion, Corsicana, and W. D. Champion, Pampa.
Pallbearers were Walter, Hamilton, J. T. Washburn, J. W. Ford, Jess Cook, George Kuykendall and Bright Granger.
The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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Clarence Oliver Golden, Sr.
Mar 6, 1898 - Dec 7, 1965

Hold Services C. O. Golden, Sr.
Funeral services for C. O. Golden, Sr., 67, Route 1, Purdon, who died Tuesday, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the First Assembly of God church. The rites were conducted by Rev. T. F. Donald, pastor, and Rev. Mickey Loftis, pastor of the Navarro Mills Baptist church. Burial was in the Younger cemetery near Purdon.
Golden served in the U.S. Army in the infantry in France during World War I.
Surviving are his wife of Purdon, three sons, J. A. and C. O. Golden, Jr., both of Purdon, and K. W. Golden, Mesquite; eight grandchildren, three brothers, Luke, Bob and Rich Golden, all of Watanga, Okla.; four sisters, Mrs. Lil Esque, Watanga, Okla.; Mrs. Bess Mauldin and Mrs. Essie Ratliff, both of Jones, Okla., and Mrs. Ada Richards, Shawnee, Okla., and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Eddie Ward, Elmer Horton, G. T. Green, Gilbert Sutherlin, Don Crecelius and Derrel Hinkle.
Corley Directed.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Dec 10, 1965
  • View Obituary Clipping
  • Can not locate in Cemetery Survey, could be unmarked or just missed

Mary (Allen) Edens
? - Dec 1965

Mrs. Mary Edens Services Held
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Allen Edens, who died in Twilight Home Monday afternoon, were being held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. David Watt, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Edens was a life-long Corsicana resident. She had been ill for several months.
Surviving are a brother, Charles H. Allen, Corsicana; a nephew, J. C. Allen, III, and a niece, Nancy Allen, both of New Work (sic) City, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were W. A. Lang, R. L. Hamilton, Roy Bristow, E. W. Tinkle, Tommy Green, Ed M. Polk, Wade Abernathy and James Lorimer.

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John Denton Hutson
Nov 27, 1908 - Dec 4, 1965

J. D. Hutson of Beaumont Dies
KERENS Dec. 6 (Spl) - J. D. Hutson, 57, Beaumont, teacher, died Saturday.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church here with burial in the Kerens city cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Odis Brown, pastor, and Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church.
Hutson had resided in Beaumont six years.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jewel Hutson, Beaumont; a son, J. D. Hutson, Jr., Beaumont; two sisters, Mrs. Leta Page and Mrs. Alto Graham, both of Denton; two brothers, D. D. Hutson, Denton, and Claud Hutson, Corsicana.
Paschal directed.

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W. T. Arnett
Mar 14, 1882 - Nov 27, 1965

Hold Services W. T. Arnett
Funeral services for W. T. Arnett, 83, who died Saturday afternoon, were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God. Burial was in the Cryer Creek cemetery.
Arnett resided in the Cryer Creek community for many years before moving to Corsicana. He died at the family residence, 1322 North Beaton Street.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, four sons, Travis, Johnny, Frank and J. T. Arnett, and a daughter, Mrs. L. A. Douglas, all of Corsicana; a brother, Rube Arnett, Kerens; 20 grandchildren including County Judge Kenneth A. Douglas; 38 great-grandchildren, and other relatives.
Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Jessie Crenshaw
abt 1890 - Nov 1965

World War I Veteran Dies
Sunday funeral services were held in Cooper's Chapel Baptist Church, Forreston, for Jessie (Uncle Bud) Crenshaw, 75, native Corsicanaan and veteran of World War I. He died in the Lisbon hospital in Dallas Wednesday. Burial was in Waxahachie.
Before moving to Ellis county, Crenshaw was employed at the Taylor saddle shop and the Cotton Belt freight office here. Among his survivors are his wife, four children, and a niece, Mrs. Cora Lewis of Corsicana.

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Jack S. Caldwell
abt 1900 - Dec 1965

CB Engineer Dies Monday
Jack S. Caldwell, 65, Cotton Belt engineer of Tyler, guest in the Navarro hotel, was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial hospital about 11 a.m. Monday after he is reported to have become ill earlier in the morning.
The body was taken to the Corley Funeral Home and was to be transferred Monday afternoon to the Burks-Walker-Tippitts Funeral Home in Tyler.
Caldwell checked into the the hotel about 5:25 a.m. Monday after his train had arrived in Corsicana at 4:28 a.m.

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Pearl Audrey (Ivie) Horton-Bates
Dec 27, 1908 - Feb 19, 2008

Pearl Audrey Horton Bates
Pearl Audrey Horton Bates, 99, of Rockwall, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, in Rockwall. She was born Dec. 27, 1908, in Purdon to Sim and Roxie Ivie. She is survived by her granddaughter, Diann Mellon of Greenville; two great-grandsons, Troy Daniels of Dallas and Cory Daniels and wife Anna Lorie of South Carolina; two great-great-grandchildren, Emma Daniels and Rachael Daniels; and sister, Jo Ann. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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  • Published in the The Corsicana Daily Sun on 2/21/2008
  • Daughter of Simyon Grant Ivie & Roxie Elizabeth (Woodward) Ivie

Marguerite (Watts) Nichols
1918 - Feb 14, 2008

Marguerite Watts Nichols
MARGUERITE WATTS NICHOLS 1918 - 2008 Marguerite Watts Nichols was born in Silsbee, Texas in 1918 and died at the age of 89 on February 14, 2008, in Houston, her home for the past 62 years. Marguerite was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Marguerite was born in Silsbee, Tx, where she graduated from Silsbee High School at the age of 16. She entered Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas, where she played the saxophone in the college orchestra. After her freshman year, she transferred to the University of Texas where she studied elementary education. In 1938 Marguerite married James (Nick) Bryant Nichols of Corsicana, Texas, and they made their home in Houston in 1943. In 1948 Marguerite and Nick and their two children moved to Spring Branch to live in the country. Marguerite was a teacher in the Spring Branch Independent School District, where she taught Kindergarten at Ridgecrest Elementary from its opening in 1953 thru 1967. Marguerite was a great teacher, not only to her students but also to her family. She was an accomplished pianist and was the pianist and organist at Spring Branch Community Church in the 1950's. She was also a member of Spring Branch Presbyterian Church and John Knox Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Nick) Bryant Nichols; her parents, Maggie Viola Flowers and Charles Bruce Watts; and her brother, Charles Bruce Watts, Jr. Surviving are her son, Jay B. Nichols and wife, Martha, of Katy, Texas; daughter, Becky Nichols Virtue and her husband Bill Fisk, of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Stacie Reed and her husband, Eric; Kristi Draughon Harrison and her husband, Sam; and Stephanie Husmann and her husband, Larry. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and her nephews, Charles Watts, III of Silsbee, Texas, and Mark Nokes of Honolulu, Hawaii. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 18, in the chapel at Houston's First Baptist Church with Pastor Eric Reed officiating. A reception will follow at the church. Visitation will be Sunday, February 17, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Waltrip Funeral Directors. Please call the funeral home for assistance with your floral needs, and for those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Houston's First Baptist Church or the Texas Heart Institute.

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  • Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/16/2008

Evelyn (Collins) Wandell
? - Feb 7, 2008

Evelyn Collins Wandell
EVELYN COLLINS WANDELL, passed away on February 7, 2008 in Corsicana, Texas, where she had resided for the past four years. Evelyn was born in Navarro County, Emhouse, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband, A. C. Wandell, parents, Jim Bob and Mamie Collins and her sister, Lavern Chatfield. Evelyn graduated from Texas Women's University. She had resided in the Houston and LaPorte areas for many many years before moving back to the Corsicana area. She started her teaching career in Emhouse, Texas. Evelyn taught at The Henderson Elementary School in Houston for over 38 years before retiring in 1978. Upon retirement she belonged to several local garden clubs in the La Porte area, she also served as president. Evelyn is survived by her sisters, Midred Farmer of Houston, TX, Joyce Love and husband James of Corsicana, TX, Jimmie McCann of Pursley, TX, and Betty Armstrong and husband Bobby of Barry, TX; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Graveside services will be held on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Grand View Bethany Memorial Park.

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  • Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/10/2008


Elizabeth Ann Murphrey
Dec 16, 1931 - Feb 2, 2008

Elizabeth Ann Murphrey
Elizabeth Ann Murphrey. Born: December 16, 1931. Died: February 2, 2008. Like the tumbleweed of her youth, she rode the arid west Texas winds out of Lamesa, through the University for good Baptist girls in Waco, and into the arms of the flyboy of her dreams, jet jockey John of Kerens. Wedded in 1954, they rode the rest of her way together, hand-holding-back-row-small-town-movie-teens, flying past his high wire engineering work in planes that often never landed and, later a law office she helped run, through the turbulence of two boys and the thunderstorm loss of another, to land back where they began, in the mail order golden years ordered by most, delivered to few. A beast called Cancer snatched her mind and body on February 2, 2008. But their gold remains, a shimmering example of what life's postman can bring when two glide the changing winds together. They were briefly separated by air force duty shortly after their nuptials. Her father, taciturn and pious as a western movie hero, drove her, without speaking, the ninety some odd mirage mirrored miles to Big Spring to retrieve the flyboy who stole his little girl's heart. In perhaps her first act of parental defiance, Ann mugged with her new husband in the backseat throughout the return leg. Her father didn't speak on the way home either. Twenty five years later, like a real-life Sally Fields character, she returned to her homeland to ride shotgun on a cotton picker when a tenant farmer was threatened by a neighbor. Her daddy would have been proud. Faith was her touchstone and Ann was an irrepressible student of the bible. She taught a Sunday school class that began with a handful, grew to capacity and, more importantly to her, became -- something more than a class -- women supporting and loving each other, and another Father made proud. Her flyboy had a double secret, coded nickname for her, the genesis of which the couple shared with nary a living soul. Once, begged by their then young children to reveal the code in their Will, the couple merely laughed. A secret that will die with them, a part of the way they lived, private, united, and forever shielding each other from the harsh desert winds that brought them together fifty four years ago. Ann's death leaves a jagged hole in the fabric of the lives around her, including her: sons, Tim Murphrey and Jeff Murphrey; their wives, Heather Murphrey and Adrienne Murphrey, grandson Zac Murphrey, granddaughter Jordan Grace Murphrey, and great grandson Tashen Murphrey; sister-in-law Patsy Hodges and her husband Houston Hodges; brother-in-law John Shillingburg, nephew John Douglas Shillingburg, his wife Rebecca Shillingburg and children John Kendall Shillingburg and Laura Chandler Shillingburg, her niece and, in a home overfilled with testosterone, the closest thing to a daughter she had, Susie Shillingburg Morris, her husband David Van Morris and their children (and her namesakes) Caroline Ann Morris and Mallory Elizabeth Morris, and nephews Tommy and Charles Parker. Ann was predeceased by her infant son John Mark Murphrey, parents Velma and C.A. Hollingsworth and her sister Nancy Shillingburg. The family will never be able to properly thank or repay their dept to Shirley Walton of Houston Hospice, an Angel in Human Form. A memorial service has been set for 11:00 AM Tuesday February 5, 2008 at the Tallowood Baptist Church, 555 Tallowood Rd. Houston, Texas 77024.

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  • Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/4/2008

Roger Majors Sr.
Jul 4, 1935 - Feb 11, 2008

Roger Majors Sr.

Roger Majors Sr., 72, of Amarillo died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in River of Life Church with the Revs. Billy and Andrea Wheeler, pastors, and the Rev. T.W. McClenton officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Warford-Walker Mortuary, 509 N. Hughes St.

Roger Majors was born July 4, 1935, in Corsicana to Love and Marion Majors Sr. He attended public schools in Shamrock at Dunbar School, where he played basketball and received many awards for his athletic abilities. He met and married Kathryn Wren on May 26, 1954, and to this union six children were born. After relocating to Amarillo, Roger was employed with Glover's Meat Packing and Amarillo Meat Packing before becoming employed with the city of Amarillo, where he worked until he retired.

Survivors include three sons, Luther Ray Majors, Billy Wayne Majors and Timothy Shawn Majors, all of Amarillo; a daughter, Doris Jean Majors of Amarillo; a brother, Finnie Majors of Charleston, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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  • Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 21, 2008

Virginia (Francis) McLean
Jun 8, 1918 - Oct 2, 2007

Virginia McLean, 89, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum with the Rev. Jeff Messer and the Rev. Jim Fox officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia St.

Mrs. McLean was born June 8, 1918, in Corsicana to William Stanley and Marie Francis. She graduated from Waco High School and married Will D. McLean in Corsicana on April 15, 1937. She attended Baylor University and worked for Dr. Wheir and Dr. Swindell as the business manager. Later she joined the staff at Dr. Richard Chandler's office as the insurance clerk. She also worked as the equine insurance manager at the American Quarter Horse Association.

Mrs. McLean was an avid fan and patron of the arts in Amarillo. She was a concert pianist, talented artist and an animal lover. She was a member of the Women's Division of the Chamber of Commerce, the American Business Women's Association and First Christian Church. She was simply known as "Mim" to her beloved grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1976, and her brother, Walter W. Francis in 1983.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol Stroud and husband Richard, Vicki McLean and husband George Lokey, and Annette Ruddy, all of Amarillo; her grandchildren, Cyndi and Jim Bloom, Kim and Alex Rosson, Mike and Deb Stroud, Greg and Bunny Stroud, Chris and Dawn McLean, Joe and Susan Ruddy and Michael Ruddy; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Bivins Memorial Nursing Home, 1001 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo TX 79106; Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, 600 S.W. 11th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101 or the ASPCA, P.O. Box 1014, Amarillo TX 79105.

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  • Amarillo Globe-News, Oct 5, 2007

Ella Ree (Richardson) Jones
Sep 17, 1922 - Feb 15, 2007

FRIONA - Ella Ree Jones, 84, formerly of Friona, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, in Lubbock.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Sixth Street Church of Christ in Friona with Wes Roach, assistant minister, and Derrick and Errick Jones, sons, officiating. Burial will be in Friona Cemetery by Blackwell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jones was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Corsicana to Albert and Lettie Henderson Richardson. She married Marvin Jones on Sept. 16, 1959, in McGregor.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Ray Jones of Austin, Derrick Jones of Lubbock and Errick Jones of Clovis, N.M.; two daughters, Vickie Jones and Leslie Bean, both of Clovis; two sisters, Octavia Hudson of Long Beach, Calif., and Ruthie Mae Cleburne of Lubbock; two brothers, Earl Richardson of Willingboro, N.J., and Albert Richardson of Odessa; and six grandchildren.

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  • Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 23, 2007

Bessie Jean (Nevill) Bentley
Jan 20, 1935 - Oct 7, 2007

Jean Bentley

HEREFORD - Jean Bentley, 72, died Sunday, October 7, 2007, in Amarillo.
Graveside services were at 3 p.m. Monday in Friona Cemetery with Johnny Eastep of Central Church of Christ officiating. Services were by Rix Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Bentley was born Jan. 20, 1935, in Navarro County to Ancel B. and Ora Wright Nevill. She married A.L. Bentley on Sept. 10, 1951, in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, A.L. Bentley; two sons, Charles Lee Bentley of Palmer and Jerry Lynn Bentley of Shallowater; a brother, Ed Nevill of Trinidad; a sister, Doris Loosier of Coriscana,; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79105.

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  • Amarillo Globe-News, Oct 10, 2007
  • Daughter of Ancel Byron Nevill & Ora Elizabeth (Wright) Nevill

Jack Weems Jr.
Dec 20, 1926 - Dec 12, 2007

Jack Weems Jr.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today in Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 6969 E. Interstate 40, with Jerry Thomas, pastor of North Beacon Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Weems was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Corsicana to Jack and Anna Belle Weems. He was a 45-year employee of Colorado Interstate Gas Co., having worked his way up from being a summer help ditch digger to being plant manager.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Margaret Lupello; and a daughter, Diana Lee Nelson.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Lee Weems; a son, Jack "Buddy" Weems; two daughters, Patricia Thompson and Mary Weems; a brother, Tommy Joe Weems; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to North Beacon Church of the Nazarene, 1601 N. Nelson St., Amarillo, TX 79107.

Notes:

  • Amarillo Globe-News, Dec. 12, 2007

Maudie Faye Jordan
Jan 24, 1914 - Feb 20, 2008

Maudie Faye Jordan
Maudie Faye Jordan, a resident of Corsicana, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at the age of 94, in Corsicana. She was born near Dawson in the Union High community on Jan. 24, 1914, to I. H. “Bud” Jordan and Eunice Pearl Sawyer Jordan. Maudie graduated from the Union High Schools where she excelled in sports, especially basketball as the high scorer for the team. Her family was very important to her. She took care of her younger siblings after the death of her mother and was later a caregiver for her special needs sister, Myrtle. She worked for the Mexia State School in the evening for 15 years retiring in 1972. Maudie was involved in the Ladies Auxiliary at Pursley Missionary Baptist Church and later with her church in Corsicana at Second Avenue Baptist Church. She liked to crochet and watch the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. In her lifetime Maudie only lived in two homes, the one she grew up in and the one in Corsicana where she moved to be closer to town. Maudie was preceded in death by her parents, I.H. “Bud” Jordan and Eunice Pearl Sawyer Jordan; brothers, Marvin, Merl, Melvin and Milford Jordan; sisters, Mamie Freeland, Mellie Evans and Myrtle Jordan; nephew, Bert Jordan; niece, Billie Freeland Pierce; and great-nephew, Scott Jordan. Survivors include her nephew, Milford Lloyd Jordan and wife Sharron of Corsicana; nieces, Nelda Neal and husband Franklin of Corsicana, Peggy Parker and husband Charley of Pearland, Sandra French and husband Charles of Mesquite, Regina Foreman and husband Jimmy of Mexia and Renee Frazier and husband David of Coolidge; brother-in-law, Joseph Evans of Coolidge; 14 great-nieces and nephews; 18 great-great-nieces and nephews; and special friend, Lolete Reed of Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jim Anderson and Don Sawyer officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Chuck Tidwell, Steven Tidwell, Darrell Tidwell, Scott Tidwell, Jeff Sawyer, J.R. Murray, Nelson Galaway and Wayne Moody serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Second Avenue Baptist Church and Henry “Banjo” Johns. The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, Dr. Kent Rogers, and Cassandra Williams for the care they gave to Maudie. Memorials may be made to the Second Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund or Boardtree Cemetery Association. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Cynthia Anne "Cindy" (Rose) Ogden 
Apr 29, 1953 - Feb 20, 2008

Cynthia Anne "Cindy" Ogden
Cynthia Anne “Cindy” Ogden was born April 29, 1953 in Corsicana and passed away Feb. 20, 2008 in Annapolis, MD at the age of 54, formerly of Mesquite, resident of Queenstown, MD. Cindy was a proud homemaker, a devoted wife and loving mother. She had a degree in Speech Pathology from North Texas University and earned her M.S. in education from East Texas State. She was a teacher in the Kaufman and Mesquite ISDs. Cindy’s true passion was leading the women’s ministry and sharing and exploring God’s word. She was a remarkable woman and a woman of God. Cindy was preceded in death by her son, Charles Darnell Ogden. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Charles A. “Tony” Ogden; sons, Damon C. Venia and Brett A. Ogden; father and mother, Wayne and Flora Rose; sister, Linda Harrelson; and nephews, Corey, David and Chris Harrelson. Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. today at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home in Mesquite. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel Pentecostal Church, 1200 Poplar Drive, Mesquite, Texas, 75149, with the Rev. Harold Scott and the Rev. Richard Flowers officiating. Interment to follow at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Mesquite. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Association or Muscular Dystrophy Association. Arrangements by Laurel Oaks Funeral Home, Mesquite.

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Charles A. "Charlie" Goldsmith
Jan 11, 1915 - Feb 19, 2008

Charles A. “Charlie” Goldsmith, 93, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana. Born on Jan. 11, 1915, in Tokio, Texas, he was raised in and around that community. In his adulthood, he took pride in his work as a weaver and a loom fixer at Textile (Cotton) Mills in West, Itasca, Mexia, Corsicana, Bonham, and Hillsboro, but he could never quite get away from work in the soil. With an extraordinary green thumb, he always grew a garden wherever he lived, and sometimes fruit trees and berry vines. His greatest joys were his family, his gardening, and his avocation — his passion — music. He played several instruments, but his favorite was his fiddle, and he could mesmerize others with his fiddle playing. He liked to brag that he once sat in with Willie Nelson, playing his fiddle of course, at one of the night clubs that used to be in West. Arthritis robbed him of the pleasure of fiddle playing in his later years, a stroke in 2001 rendered him bedfast, and diabetes cost him his legs. Nevertheless, he was very tough, and God granted him the milestone of 93 years before succumbing to COPD. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jerry Turner and Brother Jeff White officiating. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro. Honorary pallbearers will be Dustin Aaron Hoover, USMC; Toby Scholl, USMC; Brian Patterson, USMC; Seth Cope, James Cope, and Derek Martin. Mr. Goldsmith was preceded in death by a son, Larry Charles Goldsmith; parents, S. L. and Esther Annie Goldsmith; five brothers and five sisters. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Irma Deene Davidson Goldsmith; daughter and son-in-law, Amy Jo and Leslie Patterson of Corsicana; six grandchildren and their spouses, Phyllis and Wes Cope, Peri Patterson, David and Judy Patterson, Kimberly and Danny Scholl, Debbie and Frank Holloway, Terri and Gary Turner; and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association Research Division, 12850 Spurling Drive; Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75230. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Michael Ray Jenkins
Jan 10, 1938 - Feb 2008

Michael Ray Jenkins

Michael Ray Jenkins was born Jan. 10, 1938 to Thomas Harold and Lola Jenkins of McGregor, Texas. He spent his childhood in McGregor where he met the love of his life Leila Don Ledbetter with whom he shared many treasured childhood memories. Together, they graduated from McGregor High School in 1956. Mike went on to attend the University of Texas where he graduated with a degree in Pharmacy in May of 1960. Mike and Leila were married shortly after his graduation on July 23, 1960. Mike served in the United States Army beginning in October 1960 and was initially stationed at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas. In April 1961, he was sent to France and served as a pharmacist at the US Army 34th General Hospital in LaChapelle, France outside of Orleans. While there, Mike and Leila became members of an English-language Baptist Church consisting of military families which God used greatly to help them grow in their spiritual lives. It was there Mike started teaching Sunday School and was ordained as a deacon. They had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe experiencing some of their greatest memories. On Aug. 21, 1962, Sharon Lee Jenkins was born to Mike and Leila while in Orleans. However, because of a premature birth, she went to be with the Lord on Aug. 23, 1962. Shortly thereafter, Mike was honorably discharged from the Army and he and Leila returned to the states moving to Corsicana, Texas where Mike began work as a pharmacist at Reid’s Pharmacy. Soon thereafter, they joined Northside Baptist Church where Mike served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon until the time of his death. In June of 1964, son Michael Scott Jenkins was born. Later, in 1985, Scott married Linda Gail Nicholson whom Mike came to love dearly. Mike purchased Reid’s Pharmacy upon the retirement of Miller Reid in 1987. Grandson John Mark Jenkins was born in December of 1990 and quickly became the source of one of Mike’s greatest joys. After 14 years as owner of Reid’s Pharmacy, Mike retired in 2001. Since retirement, Mike and Leila have been able to devote 100 percent of their time to the things they loved most, their family, their church, service to others through many means, including Gideons International and traveling. Mike will be remembered most for his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his quiet and gentle spirit, and his servant’s heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, T. H. Jenkins, Jr.; sister, Doris Ruth Jenkins; and daughter, Sharon Lee Jenkins.

Survivors are his wife of 47 years, Leila Don Ledbetter Jenkins; son, Scott Jenkins and daughter-in-law Gail Jenkins of Robinson; grandson, John Mark Jenkins of Robinson; brother, Charles Jenkins and sister-in-law Rita of West Columbia; sister, Mary Felty and brother-in-law Howard of Waco; sister-in-law, Joyce Jenkins of Humble; and other extended family.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Building Fund of Northside Baptist Church of Corsicana or to Gideons International.

Family visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at the McGregor Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Wilma Jo (Poole) Martin-Renfro-Reeves
Oct 20, 1920 - Feb 24, 2008

Wilma Jo Reeves

Wilma Jo Reeves, 87, of Ft. Worth passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 in Athens.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating.

Mrs. Reeves was born Oct. 20, 1920 in Corsicana. She was an assembler. Mrs. Reeves was the manager of Scotchburger for many years and a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. J. Reeves; sister, Lorene Berryhill; and brothers, Howard Poole and Ralph Poole.

Mrs. Reeves is survived by son, Billy Reeves of Ft. Worth; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Dana Reeves of Athens; four grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and close friend, Charles Weatherby of Ft. Worth.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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WILMA JO REEVES
October 20, 1920 - February 24, 2008

Mrs. Wilma Jo Reeves, 87, of Athens passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2008 in Athens. She was born on October 20, 1920 in Corsicana, Texas.
She managed the Scotch Burger in Corsicana for many years. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating.

Mrs. Reeves was preceded in death by her Husband; L. J. Reeves, Sister; Lorene Berryhill, and Brothers; Howard & Ralph Poole.

She is survived by her Sons & Daughter-in-Law; Billy Reeves of Ft. Worth, TX. and Gary & Dana Reeves of Athens, TX., Four Grandchildren, Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and a Close Friend, Charles Weatherby of Ft. Worth, TX.


Rhoda Malinda "Linnie" (Massengale) Stokes 
Jun 25, 1872 - Dec 1, 1955

Mrs. R. H. Stokes

CORSICANA, Texas. - Mrs. R. H. Stokes, 83, a native of Houston County and a long-time resident of Emhouse and Corsicana, died Thursday.

Funeral services were held Friday from the First Methodist Church in Emhouse. Burial was in the Pattison Cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, Kyle H. Stokes of Hillsboro, Ira L. Stokes of Dallas, Charles B. Stokes of Corsicana and Thomas M. Stokes of Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Nannie Cagle of Monahans; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Massengale of Blooming Grove and W. M. Massengale of Corsicana and two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Foster of Memphis, Tenn., and Mrs. A. L. Collins of Waco.

Dec 3, 1955

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Rites Friday For Mrs. R. H. Stokes Funeral services for Mrs. R. H. Stokes. 83, who died Thursday morning, were held Friday at 2 P.m. from the First Methodist church at Emhouse. The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Lindsey, pastor, and Rev. Van P. Morrison, Methodist minister of Fort Worth. Burial was in the Pattison cemetery. Mrs. Stokes was a native of Houston county, Texas, and resided in the Emhouse community most of her life, moving to Corsicana several years ago. Surviving are four sons, Kyle H. Stokes. Hillsboro; Ira L. Stokes, Dallas; Charles B. Stokes, Corsicana, and Thomas M. Stokes, Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Nannie Cagle, Monahans; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Richard Massengale, Blooming Grove, and W. M. Massengale, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Foster, Memphis, Tenn., and Mrs. A. L. Collins, Waco. Pallbearers were Roy Massengale, Stokes Armstrong, Alva M. Russell. Ernest Stokes, H. R. Ponder, Virgil Grooms, John Gillen and Marvin Shows. Corley directed.

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James Franklin Page
May 2, 1855 - Nov 29, 1925

J. F. Page, Blooming Grove, Dies

BLOOMING GROVE, Texas, Nov. 30. - J. F. Page, age 70 years, died at his home here Sunday afternoon. He is survived by his wife and three children, Uriah Page of Chism, Mrs. Robert Hendrig, Chism, and Mrs. Wes Bullen, Brookshire.

Dec 1, 1925

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BLOOMING GROVE MAN DIES AFTER ILLNESS FEW HOURS

J. F. PAGE, AGED SEVENTY YEARS, WAS NATIVE OF TEXAS

Special to the Sun.
Blooming Grove, Nov. 30.—J. F. Page age 70 years, died at his home here Sunday afternoon from an attack of acute indigestion from which he had suffered since Saturday night. He is survived by his wife and three children, Uriah Page of Chism, Mrs. Robert Hendrix of Chism, and Mrs. Wes Bullen, Brookshire.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Central Baptist church in this city and were conducted by Revs. Johnston and Carroway. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.
Mr. Page was born in Anderson county 70 years ago last May. He married Miss Mary Smith December 23 1888, and to this union there were born ten children, three of whom are living.
He had been a resident of this community for several years.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi Weekley Light - November 30, 1925
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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Well Known Citizen Passed Away Sunday

J. F. Page passed away at 3:15 Sunday afternoon. The death of this splendid citizen came as a profound surprise to the general public, as his illness was of short duration and consequently not generally known.

Owing to age Mr. Page was not a very stout man, was subject to occasional minor interruptions in his health. For this reason his wife was not alarmed when he was taken ill Saturday night. The family physician was called and the patient rested very well during the night.
Sunday morning he was pronounced better. About noon Sunday he suddenly turned for the worse and passed away as above stated.

Those who knew Mr. Page will testify to his high moral character and his lofty ideals. He was not much of a man to lend his endorsement to foolish fashion nor did he uphold principles and practices not founded in truth and nurtured on sound doctrine. He was studious and widely read; a man with conviction, courage and a purpose. He loved the church and found great pleasure in rendering whatever service he could to his fellowman. No man was fairer in his dealings, no man more loyal to his country's laws. Truly a sound citizen has gone.

He was 70 years old last May. He is survived by his wife and three children, namely, May who married Robert Hendrix of Rockwall county; Uriah Page who lives near Terrell; Clara who married Mr. Buller and lives at Brookshire, all getting here for the funeral, which was conducted at Central Baptist church. Pastor Johnston was assisted in conducting the service by Rev. Carraway, Rev. Wagner, Rev. Archer.
Interment took place at Rose Hill.

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  • Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Dec. 4, 1925
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Gislee Owens
Dec 3, 1870 - Sep 29, 1925

Whirled to Death in Line Shaft at Gin

SWEETWATER, Texas, Oct. 1 - W. G. Owens, 55, was whirled to death when he became entangled in a line shaft at the Farmers' Gin at Roscoe, near here. A belt slipped off which he was endeavoring to replace. The body was sent to Blooming Grove, his former home for burial. A wife, son and two daughters survive.

Oct 2, 1925

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FUNERAL SERVICES MAN KILLED IN GIN AT BLOOMING GROVE

BODY EN ROUTE BLOOMING GROVE PASSED THROUGH CORSICANA TODAY

Funeral services for W. G. Owens, who was killed when caught in a gin belt at Roscoe, were held Thursday afternoon at his former home, Blooming Grove.
The deceased was 55 years old and is survived by his wife and three children, two sons and a daughter and a brother Eugene Owens and Mrs. Ida Wright both of Oklahoma.
He was formerly a member of the local K. of P. lodge and was an active member of the Walnut
Springs lodge. Members of the local lodge met the train at 11 o'clock today and assisted in transferring the body to Blooming Grove. A number of citizens from Frost and Blooming Grove also met the train.
Mr. Owens moved from Blooming Grove to Walnut Springs about 18 years ago and had made his home at that place since that time until recently when he moved to Roscoe, where he met with the accident which resulted in his death.

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Death of a Former Citizen

Will Owens was accidentally killed in a cotton gin at Roscow, and the remains were forwarded to Blooming Grove and interred at Rose Hill. Deceased married Miss Dora Scott, was a member of the Baptist church and his many friends here remember him as an upright gentleman.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Oct. 2, 1925
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Carrie Elizabeth (Daniel) Buckalew
Dec 27, 1857 - Feb 19, 1925

Mrs. W. T. Buckalew, 77 years old, died Thursday at her home, 1512 St. Louis Street. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. George W. Caye of Brownwood, Mrs. U.S. Fulton of Fort Worth and Mrs. M. E. Holtzhensen of Dallas, and three sons, S. J., F. K., and W. D Buckalew, all of Dallas. Following funeral services at the chapel of Lamar & Smith Thursday night, the body was sent to Blooming Grove for burial.

Feb 20, 1925

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Mrs. W. T. Buckalew Dead

Mrs. W. T. Buckalew was laid to rest in Rose Hill Friday. She died in Dallas after a lingering spell. The funeral was held at the First Baptist church and a most touching service was held. Relatives and others came from Dallas and a number were present from different points in Navarro county. Deceased was 67 years old and formerly lived here.

Following were the active pallbearers: J. W. Phillips, J. B; Jones. Brown, J. W. Spivey, J. T. Whorton, Fon Smith, R. D. George Jr.

The deceased formerly lived in Blooming Grove and her memory is tenderly cherished by the older settlers.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb. 27, 1925
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Thomas Buckalew, Dr.
Jun 23, 1855 - Jun 21, 1925

William Thomas Buckalew, 69 years old, died Saturday at his residence, 1512 St. Louis Street. He is survived by three sons, S. J. Jr., W. D. and F. K. Buckalew, all of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. George M. Page and Mrs. M. E. Holtzheuser of Dallas and Mrs. W. P. Fulton of Fort Worth, and two brothers, S. J. and R. J. Buckalew of Dallas. The body was sent to Blooming Grove Saturday night for burial.

Jun 22, 1925

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BLOOMING GROVE NEWS
(Blooming Grove Times)
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Dr. Buckalew Dead .
The remains of Dr. W. T. Buckalew were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery Sunday afternoon. The deceased formerly lived in Blooming Grove where he enjoyed a wide practice and was held in high esteem by all our people.
He had been a resident of Dallas for several years and he lost his wife there four months ago. He felt keenly the loss of his life partner and no doubt this grief for one he loyed as well as he did his own life hastened his own end.

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Dr. W. T. Buckalew

The remains of Dr. W. T. Buckalew were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery Sunday afternoon. The deceased formerly lived in Blooming Grove where he enjoyed a wide practice and was held in high esteem by all our people.

He had been a resident of Dallas several years, and he lost his wife there four months ago. He felt keenly the loss of his life partner and no doubt this grief for one he loved as well as he did his own life hastneed his own end.

Dr. Buckalew was strong of mind, strong in purpose, carried conviction and courage to assert it. At the same time he was tender-hearted and sympathethc, just as mild and modest as a woman.

At his death he was right at 70 years old and until seized suddenly by appoplexy was actively engaged in the practice of his profession.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, June 26, 1925
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lula Belle (Campbell) Richardson
Aug 5, 1878 - Jun 3, 1957

Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Belle Richardson, 78, a resident of Dallas for the last 30 years, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Bethel Temple, 210 East Jefferson.

Mrs. Richardson died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. D. Strawn, 3514 North Fitzhugh. She was a native of Dawson, Navarro County.

She is survived by four other daughters, Mrs. R. L. Jackson, Mrs. Earl Fleeman, Mrs. T. A. Sparks, all of Dallas, and Mrs. Eddie Skoglio of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sons, Douglas A. Richardson, J.C. Richardson and T. E. Richardson, all of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Lillie McNabb of Dallas; 24 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Jess Jackson will officiate at funeral services. Burial will be in Blooming Grove, Navarro County.

Pallbearers will be L.D. Strawn Jr., William Eugene Strawn, Thomas Durwood Smyrl, Bobby Fleeman, Richard Slaton and Milton Carr Jr.

Jun 3, 1957

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Lillar May (Sykes) Turner-Wood
Nov 18, 1897 - Feb 22, 1956

CORSICANA, Texas - Mrs. W.R. (Bob) Wood, 58, of Blooming Grove, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday.

Funeral services were held from the Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove Thursday. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband; a son, Odell Turner, Raleigh; two daughters, Mrs. J.D. Welchel, Fort Worth and Mrs. Roy Bell, Corsicana; a grandson; mother, Mrs. Minnie Sykes, Raleigh; three brothers, E. J. Sykes, Dallas; J. A. Sykes, Waxahachie and E. T. Sykes, Raleigh; three sisters, Mrs. Z. E. Melton Jr., Fort Worth; Mrs. Robert Bryant, Blooming Grove and Mrs. W. E. Paterson, Waxahachie.

Feb 24, 1956

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Thursday Rites for Mrs. Wood
Funeral services for Mrs. W. E. (Bob) Wood, 58,of the Carroll community south of Blooming Grove, who died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning, were held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove Thursday at 2 p.m.
The rites were conducted by Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor, and Rev. Roy Davis, pastor of the First Methodist church in Blooming Grove. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; a son, Odell Turner, Raleigh; two daughters, Mrs. J. D. Welchel, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Roy Bell, Corsicana; a grandson; mother, Mrs. Minnie Sykes, Raleigh; three brothers, E. J. Sykes, Dallas; J. A. Sykes, Waxahachie, and E. T. Sykes, Raleigh; three sisters, Mrs. Z. E. Melton, Jr., Fort Worth; Mrs. Robert Bryant, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. W. E. Patterson, Waxahachie, and other relatives.
Corley directed.

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Catherine Louella (Wilson) Johnson
Oct 5, 1872 - Jan 15, 1955

Mrs. Johnson Services Held

CORSICANA, Texas. - Mrs. Catherine Louella Johnson, 82, of Blooming Grove died in a local hospital Saturday following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held from the Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove Sunday. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.
Surviving are three sons, Will G. Johnson and J.D. Johnson, both of Dallas, and Cecil Johnson of Groesbeck; two daughters, Miss Beulah Johnson of Dallas and Mrs. Bess Ragsdale of Barry; a sister, Mrs. T. Shields of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Jan 17, 1955

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Blooming Grove Resident Dies
Mrs. Catherine Louella Johnson, 82. of Blooming Grove, died Saturday morning in Memorial Hospital following: an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor of the church, and Rev. James Joseph, rector of St. John's Episcopal church.
Surviving are three sons, Will G. and J. D. Johnson, both of Dallas, and Cecil Johnson, Groesbeck; two daughters, Miss Beulah Johnson, Dallas, and Mrs. Bess Ragsdale, Barry; a sister, Mrs. T. Sheilds, Atlanta. Ga.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Justin McSpadden, Bruce McCormick, H. S. Whorton, Drew Gillen, Doug Magee and Otis Dickson.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Mary Ella (Poole) Williams
Feb 14, 1870 - Sep 27, 1949

Mrs. C.O. Williams Passes in Corsicana

CORSICANA, Texas, Sept. 28. - Mrs. C.O. Williams, 79, of Cryer Creek died in a hospital here Tuesday.

Funeral services were held in the First Methodist Church in Blooming Grove Wednesday. Burial was in the Grange Hall Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband; three sons, Guy Williams of Pasadena, Ernest Williams of Blooming Grove, and Lee Williams of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. W. T. Boulware of Milford and Mrs. C. F. Smith of Waco; sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sep 29, 1949

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Oscar William "Bill" Hale
Jan 19, 1898 - Nov 18, 1943

Bill Hale Dies

CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 21 - Oscar W. (Bill) Hale, 45, Blooming Grove farmer, died at his home. Surviving are his wife, Blooming Grove; a daughter, Mrs. D.  N. Allen, Corsicana; four sons, Elgie Hale, El Paso; Bennie Earl, Billy Joe and Jimmy Don, all of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Hugh Middleton, Richland, and Mrs. Clyde Hadley, Blooming Grove, and four brothers, Berry Hale, Houston; Hubbard Hale, Corsicana; D.D. Hale, Barry, and J. I. (Dick) Hale, Blooming Grove.

Nov 22, 1943

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OSCAR W HALE OF BLOOMING GROVE DIED ON THURSDAY BLOOMING GROVE, Nov. 20—(Spl.)—Oscar W. (Bill) Hale, aged 45 years, died at this home near here Thursday night after becoming ill while at work in his field late in the afternoon. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Dresden. Surviving are his wife, Blooming Grove; a daughter, Mrs. D. N. Allen, Corsicana; four sons, Elgie Hale, stationed at El Paso; Bennie Earl, Billy Joe and Jimmie Don Hale, all of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Hugh Middleton, Richland, and Mrs. Clyde Hadley, Blooming Grove; four brothers, Benny Hale, Houston; Hubbard Hale, Corsicana, D. D. Hale, Barry and J. I. (Dick) Hale, Blooming Grove. Pallbearers are Joe George, Roy Farrish, Travis Arnett, Robert McGraw, Robert Bryant and Carl Whiteside. McCormick’s Funeral Service in charge.

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Oscar William "Bill" Hale

Funeral Service For O. W. Hale Held Sunday

Funeral services for O. W. (Bill) Hale, age 45 years, were held at the Dresden Mehtodist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. R. E. Couble, pastor of the Pentecostal church of Corsicana conducting the rites. Burial was made in the Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mamie Hale, Blooming Grove; one daughter, Mrs. D. N. Allen, Corsicana; three sons, Bennie Earl, Billy Joe and Jimmy Don, Blooming Grove; a step-son, Elgie McDonald, U. S. Army, El Paso; two sisters, Mrs. Hue Middleton, Richland, and Mrs. Clyde Hadley, Blooming Grove; four brothers, Berry Hale, Houston, Hubbard Hale, Corsicana, D. D. Hale, Barry, and Dick Hale, Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers were : Joe George, Carl Whiteside, Charlie Holditch, Roy Farrish, Travis Arnett and J. E. Bryant.

The McCormick Funeral Service had charge of the arrangements.

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Dr. William Madison Ellis
Feb 28, 1865 - May 8, 1932

Prominent Physician Blooming Grove Dies

BLOOMING GROVE, Navarro Co., Texas, May 9. - Dr. W.M. Ellis, 67, prominent physician and civic leader here a quarter of a century, died at his home here Sunday afternoon about 5:30 o'clock, following a short illness. Funeral services will be held here Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Methodist Church, with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. P.L. Shuler, pastor of the church.

Dr. Ellis was taken ill with a heart attack late Thursday night.

He was born in Mississippi, but came to Blooming Grove twenty-nine years ago. The body will lie in state at the church Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 3 o'clock. Surviving are his wife, a son, Kay Ellis, Purdon; two daughters, Mrs. Randolph Patterson, Dallas, and Mrs. Jeff Grady, Blooming Grove; six grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.

May 10, 1932

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A TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF DR. ELLIS
Greater love hath any man than he layeth down his life for his brother. Such can truthfully be said of Dr. William M. Ellis. Dr. Ellis was a graduate of Vanderbilt University, having graduated with the class of 1890. After his graduation he came to Texas to practice his chosen profession, that of medicine. He came to Blooming Grove in 1903, where for 29 years he gave himself, physically, mentally and spiritually to ministering to the sick and suffering. And when medical skill failed and death entered he was there to comfort you with tears of sympathy. It was never too cold or dark or rained too hard for him to answer a call, regardless of cast or creed, when he even knew there would be no financial reward. He fulfilled the commandment to go forth preaching the gospel and healing the sick. Healing the sick with medicine and preaching by his life of service to his fellowman. Dr. Ellis was an intensive and extensive reader. He was well posted on all topics of the day. It was the privilege of this writer to know him for 26 years as friend and physician and knew him as the highest type of Christian manhood. There was found a manuscript yellow with age on his desk which, after reading, will give one a better index to his lofty ideals This monologue which he oft repeated and always on New Year's morning, is as follows: "The sun is just rising on the morning of another day, the first day of a new year. What can I wish that this day, this year, may bring to me nothing that will make the world or others poorer nothing at the expense of other men. Just those few things which in their coming do not stop with me, but touch me rather as they pass and gather strength. Let me do my work each day, and if the dark hours of depression overtake me, may I not forget the Strength that comforted me in other times And may I still remember the bright hours that found me walking over the silent hills of my childhood, or dreaming on the margin of the quiet river, when a light glowed within me. May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit. May I lift my eyes from the earth, and may I not forget the beauties of the stars. Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am. And when age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not in sight of the castles of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life and for times olden memories which are good and sweet, and may the evening's twilight find me gentle still." Dr. Ellis loved poetry and among those he best loved were Walt Whitman, Shelly, Swinburn, and Keats. It seems fitting that the soul of his great, good man should wing its flight back to his heavenly home in the glad springtime when God's great cathedral was deco- rated with leaf and flower, typical of the resurrection. There was a burnished cross, lone and apart, There were candles ordered as a rhyme; But all that I could think of was a heart Bidding its friends good-bye at supper time. There was a splendid music And the roll of ardent voices ‘Neath the shadowed dome; But all that I could think of Was a soul immensely tired, Finding its way home. —Mrs. Maggie B. Richards, Blooming Grove, Texas

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PROMINENT DOCTOR AT BLOOMING GROVE PASSED AWAY SUNDAY

BLOOMING GROVE, May 9 - (Spl) - Dr. W. M. Ellis, aged 67 years, prominent physician and civic leader here a quarter of a century, died at his home here Sunday afternoon about 5:30 o'clock following a short illness, and the funeral services will be held here Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Methodist church with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. P. L. Shuler, pastor of the church.
Dr. Ellis was taken ill with a heart attack late Thursday night. He was born n Mississippi, but came to Blooming Grove 29 years ago.
The body will lie in state at the chruch Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 3 o'clock.
Surviving are his wife, a son, kay Ellis, Purdon; two daughters, Mrs. Randolph Patterson, Dallas, and Mrs. jeff Grady, Blooming Grove; six grandchildren, two brothers, and three sisters.

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DR. W. M. ELLIS DIED AT HIS HOME HERE SUNDAY

Blooming Grove was shocked Sunday afternoon as the news spread one to another that Dr. W. M. Ellis was dead. He passed away at 5:20 o'clock Sunday afternoon at his home on Hinkley street.

Dr. and Mrs. Ellis were at the shower at the Presbyterian church Thursday evening of last week. He had a slight attack of angina pictoris, (heart failure) while sitting in a car talking to Bill Crawford; this was followed quickly by another attack causing him to fall. He made the statement that it would prove fatal. He was taken home and Dr. Lowrey and Dr. Kelsey hastened to his aid. He had another attack, and shortly another. He was perfectly rational up to the last attack Sunday afternoon when his life was snuffed out and his soul went on to meet loved ones gone on before. During the time of the first attack and the hour of death his doctor friends stayed by his side. Dr.
Newton came from Corsicana, Dr. Matlock came from Frost, Dr. Baugh from Barry and the doctors here in town were with him. Dr. Ellis was 67 years, 2 months and 11 days old. He is survived by his wife and three children by a former marriage. The children are; K. V. Ellis, near Purdon; Bulah, wife of Randolph Patterson, of Dallas; Mary, wife of Jeff Grady, of Blooming Grove. Three children are dead, Hilda; Bonnie and Hazel, all from first marriage. His first wife was Miss Delia Hinkle and they were married in Arkansas. Moving to Texas they settled at Purdon, Navarro county. Later they moved to Blooming Grove. Dr. Ellis has enjoyed a large practice for 25 years. His wife passed away after they moved here. He was married the last time, Dec. 29, 1925 to Miss Ruby McSpadden, who survives him.

Dr. Ellis was a native of Mississippi. His father was James M. Ellis, a highly esteemed citizen, and his mother's maiden name was Nancy Stroud, a woman greatly loved for her wonderful nature.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon. The body lay in state from 1 to 3 in the afternoon at the church and an unbroken line of friends viewed with teardimmed eyes the body, and long before the hour for the service all the seats in the church were taken, all the aisles were crowded. The ushers, Ditt McCormick and T. M. George, Jr., had to turn the crowds back. Friends from all over county and from different parts of the state came to see Dr. Ellis put away and heaps of flowers mantled the mound.

Rev. E. L. Jones read a familiar scripture: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

Rev. Forrest B. Williams led in prayer, after which "God's Tomorrow", a solo by Grady Elms, was most beautiful.

Dr. C. C. Kelsey made a few remarks, stating: "I have known Dr. Ellis
28 years, and have never known one more willing to give his life for the comfort of his fellowman."

Dr. E. B. Lowrey made a talk, testifying to the sacrificial life of this man, his willing answer to those afflicted. His estimate of Dr. Ellis, "Most beloved citizen of our community."

Dr. Newton of Corsicana being present, made a few remarks, in which he paid Dr. Ellis a most fitting tribute, "A doctor well versed and imperiling his life for others."

L. I. Griffin made a talk. Mr. Griffin made the statement that Dr.
Ellis was 100 per cent a well rounded, public spirited man. He looked upon Dr. Ellis as one of the very useful men of the day, to be missed more than any other man in this community.

G. H. Brown, superintendent of our schools, stated that it had been his pleasure to know Dr. Ellis only five years, but the acquaintance had been pleasant and that his (Mr. Brown's) life had been made richer and sweeter and his thoughts loftier by having known Dr. Ellis. " I found Dr. Ellis," continued Mr. Brown, "a friend of education, a friend of children, a lover of nature and an admirer of flowers and all other objects showing the handiwork of God."

The choir sang sweetly, "Death is only a Dream," and Rev. Shuler closed the services with a short rehearsal of Dr. Ellis' life, and dwelt for a while on the beautiful nature of this good man. Bro. Shuler compared Dr. Ellis with Moses, taking the position that both were intensely busy characters, engaged in worthy efforts and neither were spared to complete their life's undertakings. Yet that which they had accomplished would live as unfading monuments to their lives, and that it was not intended that their work should be finished here on earth.

The funeral services were comforting, and the flowers offered by friends covered the greater part of the space about the altar.

After the services at the church the hearse was followed by a long procession to Dresden where interment took place in Dresden cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic lodge.

Dr. Ellis was a man of even poise, well-balanced equilibrium. He was not only a friend to education, a friend of the church and a friend of mankind, but he was a friend to the newspaper. He appreciated the responsibility of an editor, believing the pen mightier than the sword, and saw keenly the unlimited opportunities for doing good at the finger tips of a cautiously directed press. Dr. Ellis occasionally contributed articles to the paper, and readers always relished a menu from his agile pen. Dr. Ellis, in the vicissitudes of life, lost his hearing; at least his hearing became impaired, but he never let a sweet song go by without getting some of it. He heard distinctly distress call and gave audible ear to Masadonian messages: "Come." His eyesight likewise became slightly dimmed by hard study, but he could always see with a keen eye the beauty nestling upon the pedal of a rose, and what he lacked in seeing with the natural eye, was made up in a clear mind-vision. He saw beauty in poetry, saw pretty periods in well written prose. He loved nature loved the verdure along the creek banks, and looked with admiring approval upon the exquisite charm of a landscape.

Dr. Ellis not only loved home and his home-town, but he loved his country and took an interest in his country's development and public affairs touching the perpeturity of the home of the brave and the land of the free.

Dr. Ellis was a public benefactor, and his passing is almost a calamity to this community.

The night dew that falls
Though in silence it weeps,
Shall brighten with verdure,
The grave where he sleeps;
And the tear that we shed,
Though in silence it rolls,
Shall long keep his memory
Green in our souls.

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Raymond C. Hollingsworth
Jun 16, 1918 - Nov 24, 1938

Navarro County Youth Killed in Auto Crash

BLOOMING GROVE, Texas, Nov. 24. - Raymond Hollingsworth, 20, of Blooming Grove, was killed instantly in an automobile collision near here Thursday night.

Horace Ray Moore, 18, of Frost, driver of the other car, was injured slightly. Hollingsworth's parents live at Raleigh, near here.

Nov 25, 1938

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Raleigh Youth Killed In Crash Blooming Grove Raymond Hollingsworth, 21, of Raleigh, is dead and Horace Moore of Frost was injured in an automobile accident on Highway 22 at Blooming Grove about 7 o'clock Thursday evening. Both cars involved in the wreck were badly damaged. Moore was given surgical attention at Blooming Grove following the accident and then returned to his home in Frost. The deceased is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hollingsworth and is survived by a sister, Mrs. Jack Keathley, Dresden, and other relatives in addition to his parents, Hollingsworth was the twenty-first victim of traffic accidents in Navarro county this year. Funeral rites are planned at Dresden Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

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VICTIM AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT BURIED AT DRESDEN SATURDAY
Funeral services for Raymond Hollingsworth, aged 20 years, who was instantly killed in an automobile accident at Blooming Grove Thursday, Nov. 24, were held from the Raleigh Baptist church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Sykes, former pastor of the church, assisted by Rev, D. P. Cagle of Frost and Rev. Allmon of Dawson. Hollingsworth was an employe of the Whorton gin. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hollingsworth; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Hudstead and Molly Jo Hollingsworth; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J, O. Hollingsworth and Mrs. Josie Haynes, and other relatives. Pallbearers were Gerald Pevehouse. Wayne Sheffield, Beauford Armstrong, Roy Reed, Robert Warrington and Wendell Warren. Honorary pallbearers were cousins.

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Laura Frances (Fields) Hodkin
May 2, 1867 - Sep 7, 1937

Corsicana, Texas, Sept 8. - Mrs. Laura Hodkins, 76, of Blooming Grove, native of Navarro County, died at a local clinic Tuesday. Funeral services were held at Blooming Grove Wednesday. Surviving are her husband, S. B. Hodkins, Blooming Grove; a son, F. B. Hodkins, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Varnell, Barry; a sister, Mrs. John W. Phillips, Blooming Grove, several grandchildren and other relatives.

Sep 9, 1937

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MRS. SOL HODKIN BURIED THURSDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Frances Hodkin, age 70, who died Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., were held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the Methodist church with Rev. J. W. Whitefield, pastor, assisted by Rev. Bain, Barry pastor, officiating.

Mrs. Hodkin was born in Arkansas, but had lived in the Barry and Blooming Grove communities for many years and was a long-time member of the Methodist church. She was a loveable character and will be sorely missed by her family and her many friends.

Pallbearers were Willie Bingham, Myatt Bingham, Mr. Scott, Drew Gillen, Porter Johnson and H. S. Whorton.

Mrs. Hodkin is survived by her husband, Sol Hodkin; one daughter, Mrs. Otis Varnell, of Barry; one son, Forrest Hodkin, Dallas, and one sister, Mrs. J. W. Phillips, Blooming Grove.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of McCormick's Funeral Service.

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James Alexander Texas Carroll
Jul 24, 1849 - Nov 10, 1936

Corsicana, Texas, Nov. 11. - Jim Carroll, 88, native and lifelong resident of the western section of Navarro County, died at his home near Blooming Grove Tuesday night. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the family home with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. Surviving are three sons, Ben Carroll, Blooming Grove; Ed Carroll, Blooming Grove, and Roger Carroll, Bardwell; a daughter, Mrs. J. L. Sewell; eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Nov 12, 1936

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Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas, Nov. 11 - James Texas Carroll, 87, died Tuesday. He was born at Marshall in 1849. He moved with his parents to Dresden, Navarro County, in 1850, where he lived until his death.

Nov 12, 1936

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AGED BLOOMING GROVE NATIVE WAS BURIED THERE ON WEDNESDAY
Jim Carroll, about 88 years, native and life-long resident of the western section of Navarro county, died at his home near Bloom- ing Grove Tuesday night at 8:30 o'clock. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family home with burial in the Dresden cemetery. “Uncle Jim" as he was familiarly known in the western section of the county was justice of the peace at Blooming Grove from a number of years and one one of his sons, Ben Carroll, is justice of the peace at the present time. Another son, Roger Carroll, served in the same office for a number of years. Carroll school district was named in his honor and he was a leading and prominent citizen of that section of the county for many years, Surviving are three sons, Ben Carroll, Blooming Grove; Ed Carroll, Blooming Grove; and Roger Carroll, Bardwell; a daughter, Mrs. J. L. Sewell; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. Nieces and nephews residing in Corsicana include Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse, District Clerk Doyle Pevehouse, Clarence Pevehouse and Mrs. Mary H. Sullenberger.

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PIONEER CITIZEN DIED AT HIS HOME MONDAY

James T. Carroll, aged 87, died at his home, four miles south of town, Monday at 7 p.m., after a year's illness. The funeral service was held at the family home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. J. W. Whitefield, local Methodist pastor, conducted the rites. Interment was made in the Dresden cemetery.

Squire Carroll was a member of one of the pioneer settlers of Texas. He was a member of the Baptist church and was one of the leading citizens of this section in political and civic affairs for a half century. "Uncle Jim" was a man of strong convictions and a lovable character. For many years he served as justice of the peace and in this capacity dealt out justice impartially and was held high in the esteem of all who knew him. In the passing of this rugged pioneer of the old South this community has lost a good friend and a good citizen.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. J. L. Sewell, of Blooming Grove; three sons, Ed and Ben Carroll, Blooming Grove, and Roger A. Carroll, Bardwell.

Pallbearers were Ed Melton, Tom and Ab Pevehouse, Will Pevehouse, Tom Carroll and Reuben Carroll.

The McCormick Funeral Service had charge of the funeral arrangements.

The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, November 13, 1936
Submitted by Karen Rost


Joseph Ardner Sykes
Oct 24, 1907 - Feb 28, 1970

Joseph A. Sykes

WAXAHACHIE, Texas - Joseph A. Sykes, 62, a retired Ellis County farmer and Waxahachie resident for the last 20 years, died here Saturday.

Survivors include a son, Ronald D. Sykes, and a daughter, Mrs. Otho Perry, both of Dallas.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Boze-Mitchell Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery at Blooming Grove, Navarro County.

Mar 1, 1970

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Ardner Sykes Buried Sunday

Joseph Ardner Sykes, 62 year old native of the Raleigh community, died Saturday morning at his home in Waxahachie. He had been in ill health for many months.

Funeral was held in Waxahachie Sunday afternoon with interment in Dresden Cemetery. Rev. L.H. Riney officiated.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Sykes of Tyler and Ronald Sykes of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Otho Perry of Dallas; two brothers, Troy Sykes of Corsicana and Ermit Sykes of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Bryant of Blg Grove and Mrs. Elbert Patterson of Waxahachie; four grandchildren.

Mr. Sykes was a member of Fairview Baptist Church at Raleigh. He had made his home in Waxahachie for several years.

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Roy Dale Grounds, Sr.
Dec 12, 1902 - Jun 13, 1968

R. D. Grounds, Sr.

BLOOMING Grove, - Roy Dale Grounds Sr., 65, of Corsicana, died in a Corsicana hospital Thursday after a short illness.

Grounds was a retired carpenter. He formerly lived at Shreveport, La.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery near here.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, including Preston Grounds of Dallas; three brothers and five sisters, including Mrs. Stanford Green of Lancaster and Mrs. Richard Bell of Fort Worth.

June 14, 1968

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Roy D. Grounds Funeral Saturday

Funeral for Roy D. Grounds, Sr., was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in First Baptist Church, Blooming Grove, and interment in
Dresden Cemetery followed. Ministers were Rev. William F. Nolan of Corsicana and Rev.
F. E. Baughman of Dallas. The Church pastor, Rev. Ronnie L. Chesser was pianist and Mrs. Chesser was vocalist.

Casket Bearers were W. E. (Bud) York, Earl McLain, Carl Daniel, Albert Bates, Charles Summer and J.M. Johnson. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mr. Grounds was born in Mertens in 1902 and lived in Frost many years.
He had made his home in Shreveport. Louisiana, the past seven years, moving to Corsicana only six weeks ago.

He was admitted to Memorial Hospital at 2 AM Tuesday suffering a heart attack and died at 10:30 Thursday morning.

Survivors are his wife of Corsicana; sons, Preston of Dallas and Roy D. Jr. of Sherman; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Robert and Reagan Grounds of Dresden and Ralph Grounds of Hillsboro; sisters, Mrs. H. C. Dyer of Frost, Mrs. Newt Flovin of Corsicana, Mrs. Stanford Green of Lancaster, Mrs. Albert Bates of Palmer, and Mrs. Richard Bell of Ft. Worth.

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Margaret (Innes) Arnold
Jan 21, 1926 - Jul 18, 1974

ARNOLD,
Mrs. Margaret, 442 Alcorn. Survived by husband, O. G. Arnold; son, Daryle Arnold; daughter, Jere Ann Arnold; mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Innes; brothers, William Innes, John Innes, Willard Innes. Chapel services 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Rev. James Reeves officiating. Interment Dresden Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas DUDLEY M. HUGHES Funeral Home BUCKNER BLVD. CHAPEL 2615 S. Buckner 388-0444

Jul 20, 1974

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Thomas Edison Richardson
Sep 18, 1912 - Apr 13, 1972

Eddie Richardson

WILLS POINT, Texas - Eddie Richardson, 59, a Dallas resident for 30 years before moving here five years ago, died here Thursday.

A real estate agent, he was born in Blooming Grove, Navarro County.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Wills Point Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery near Blooming Grove.

Apr 14, 1972

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T. E. Richardson

Thomas E. Richardson, formerly of Navarro County, died Thursday at his home in Wills Point.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wills Point Assembly of God Church with the Rev. G. E. Thomas and Rev. Alvin Muns officiating.

Graveside rites and burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dresden Cemetery with Griffin Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.

He is survived by two daughters, Shirley and Sandra Richardson of California; two brothers, Clayton Richardson, Blooming Grove, and Douglas Richardson, Mesa, Ariz.; and five sisters, Mrs. R. I. Jackson and Mrs. Thomas Sparks, both of Dallas; Mrs. Winnie Skoglie, Mrs. Earl Fleeman and Mrs. I. D. Strawn, all of Wills Point.

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Wiley Tolden Phelps
Mar 13, 1905 - Nov 14, 1969

W. T. Phelps

BLOOMING GROVE, Texas - Funeral services for W.T. (Cotton) Phelps, 64, of Hutchins, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the First Methodist Church at Dresden, with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Simons of Hutchins, his mother, Mrs. Minnie Phelps, Corsicana and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Lee McClain, Baytown.

Dec 20, 1969

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Wiley T. Phelps
Mar 13, 1905 - Dec 19, 1969

Wiley T. Phelps Funeral Sunday

Funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Dresden United Methodist Church for Wiley Tolden (Cotton) Phelps who died in St. Pauls Hospital, Dallas, Friday morning. He had been admitted to the hospital Thursday night. Death was attributed to heart attack.

Rev. Odis Christian, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Dallas, was the minister. Pastor Ronnie Chesser of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Chesser provided the music. Casket Bearers were Don Cunningham, Thomas Furra, W. B. Farish, Roland Haden, Adam Simons and Billy Jones. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mr. Phelps married the former Opal Haden of Dresden who died in November 1968. He had been engaged in the construction business and had lived in Hutchins several years. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Simons of Hutchins; his mother, Mrs. John Phelps of Corsicana; a granddaughter, Linda Ash of Hutchins; sister, Mrs. Minnie Lee McLean of Baytown, and several nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec. 24, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Minnie J. (UNKNOWN) Brister
Dec 30, 1890 - Sep 12, 1969

BRISTER,
Mrs. J. A. (Minnie), age 78, Walnut Springs, Texas, died Friday in a Meridian hospital. Survived by husband of Walnut Springs; son, W. N. Brister, Walnut Springs; sister, Mrs. Q. Q. Dickson, Corsicana; one granddaughter, Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Dallas. Services 2 p.m. Sunday, Brister-Lawson Funeral Chapel in Meridian. Interment Dresden Cemetery, near Blooming Grove, Texas. BRISTER LAWSON FUNERAL HOME Meridian

Sep 13, 1969

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Dates from SSDI and TXDI

Henry Clay Hall
Jan 22, 1896 - May 1, 1960

Henry C. Hall

CORSICANA, Texas - Henry C. Hall, 64, farmer, native of Navarro County, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday.

Funeral services were held from the Fairview Baptist Church at Raleigh Monday with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Raleigh; two sons, Cecil Hall, Blooming Grove, and Clarence Hall, Purdon; a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Zabbis, Dallas; two brothers and nine grandchildren.

May 4, 1960

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Henry C. Hall Rites Monday

Henry C. Hall, 64, Raleigh farmer, died in Memorial hospital Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Fairview Baptist church at Raleigh with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. W. Minefee, retired Baptist minister, and Rev. Hiram Melton, pastor of the church.

Hall was a native of the Carroll community southwest of Blooming Grove.

Surviving are his wife of Raleigh; two sons, Cecil Hall, Blooming Grove, and Clarence Hall, Purdon; a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Zabbia, Dallas; two brothers, Jim Hall, Norfolk, Va., and Grover Hll, Denton; nine grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Will Hollingsworth, John Reeves, Preston Peden, T. A. Compton, Sr.; Garrett Sissom and W. J. Richards.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Guy McDonald
Apr 16, 1906 - Apr 9, 1941

Corsicana, Texas, April 11 - Funeral rites for Guy McDonald, 34, cement worker, were held Thursday afternoon at Black Hills, northwest of Corsicana. Surviving are his wife and a daughter Betty Neil McDonald, both of San Antonio; parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. McDonald, Alma; six brothers, Lloyd McDonald, Ennis; J. T. McDonald, Silver City, N.M.; Sam McDonald, Corsicana; Arlee McDonald, Corpus Christi; Aubry and Eddie McDonald, both of Alma, and a sister, Dorothy Mae McDonald, Alma.

Apr 12, 1941

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Funeral Services For Guy McDonald Held Thursday Funeral services for Guy Mc- Donald, aged 34 years, of San Antonio, who died Tuesday night following injuries reported sustained at a labor temple Monday night, were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Black Hills church with burial in the Black Hills cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Tolbert F. Hoffman of San Antonio. Surviving are his wife, Ava Mc- Donald, and a daughter, Betty Nell McDonald both of San Antonio; parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. McDonald, Alma; six brothers, Loyd McDonald, Ennis; J. T. Mc- Donald Silver City, N. M.; Sam McDonald, Corsicana; Arlee Mc- Donald, Corpus Christi; Aubry and James Eddie McDonald, both of Alma; and a sister, Dorothy Mae McDonald, Alma. McDonald was a cement worker. Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home was in charge.

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Sallie Perry (French) Cook
Mar 28, 1877 - Feb 7, 1955

CORSICANA, Texas, - Mrs. Sallie Perry Cook, 78, longtime Blooming Grove resident, native of Winkler, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. P.L. Woolley, at Frost Tuesday night.

Funeral services were held Wednesday from the McCormick Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove, with burial in the Frost Cemetery.

Surviving are three sons, Odie Cook, Ellis Cook and Hampton Cook, all of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Woolley, Frost, and Mrs. G.L. Underwood, Dallas; a brother, W.B. French, Streetman; a sister, Mary Haney, Winkler; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Feb 10, 1956

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • This obit is in the 1956 paper, although her death date is listed 1955. Texas Death Index shows 1956
  • Wife of Watt Washington Cook

Watson Washington "Watt" Cook
Jan 6, 1872 - Jun 17, 1953


W. W. Cook Rites Frost Saturday

FROST, July 18—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Watt Washington Cook, 81, who died Friday at Rusk, will be held Saturday at 5 p. m. from the home of his daughter, Mrs. P. L. Woolley, with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church will conduct the services.

Survivors include his wife, Sallie Cook, Blooming Grove; three sons, Odie, Ellis, and Hampton Cook all of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Woolley, Frost; and Mrs. G. M, Underwood, Dallas; a brother, W. E. Cook, Rush Springs, Okla.; eight grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. E. Doyle, J. B. Jones, L. S. Malone, Curtis Patterson, J. C. Young, and E. E. Omberg.

McCormick Funeral Home will direct.

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Frost Services Held For Watt W. Cook

CORSICANA, Texas - Watt Washington Cook, 81, died Friday.

Funeral services were held Saturday from the home of a daughter, Mrs. B. L. Woolley, at Frost. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery. The Rev. C.C. Ellis, Frost Baptist Church pastor, conducted the rites.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sallie Cook of Blooming Grove; three sons, Otis Cook, Ellis Cook and Hampton Cook, all of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Woolley, Frost, and Mrs. G. M. Underwood, Dallas; a brother, W. E. Cook, Rush Springs, Okla., and eight grandchildren.

The Dallas Morning News - July 20, 1953

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R. D. German
Oct 13, 1931 - Oct 8, 1953

Crash Kills Soldier

WACO, Texas - A Fort Hood soldier was killed Thursday in Bellmead, McClennan County, when his car hit a school bus. Pvt. R.D. German, 21, of Blooming Grove, Navarro County, sideswiped a school bus with his car, then struck another car. No one in the bus or the other car was injured.

Oct 9, 1953

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R. D. German

Navarro County Soldier Killed In Highway Crash
Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday morning tor Pvt. R. D. German, 21, Fort Hood, resident of near Frost, who was fatally injured early Thursday in a
car-bus collision on Highway 31 east of Waco. He died in the James Connally Air Force Base Hospital several hours after the accident, according to reports from Waco.

His death was the 22nd traffic fatality in McLennan county this year.

The soldier was en route back to his post at Fort Hood after visiting his family who reside southeast of Frost.

The car in which German was riding, traveling in a westerly direction, is reported to have sideswiped a school bus in Bellmead, loaded with football players from
a Mexia school. The bus was driven by Betonio Freeman, 51, of Mexia, State Highway Patrolmen Leonard Hancock and C. R. Baldridge, reported following an investigation, and after the collision, the German car collided head-on with a car driven by V. E. Hicks of Mexia.

No others were injured.

The body will be returned to Frost by the McCormick Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held at Frost with burial in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. German, two brothers, Nelson and David German; three sisters, Maydell, Linda Lou and Dovie Louise German, all of Frost; a grandfather, Robert Coffman, Aquilla, and other relatives.

The soldier was born at Aquilla.

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Billy Dean Campbell
Feb 28, 1929 - Dec 28, 1951

Services Set at Frost For Bill Dean Campbell

CORSICANA, Texas, Jan. 1 - Funeral services for Bill Dean Campbell, 22, killed when he was overcome by gas at Morehead, Ky., Friday will be held from the Frost Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery. He had returned to Morehead after visiting relatives at Frost.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Campbell, Frost; two brothers, Raymond Campbell, United States Navy, stationed in California, and Ollie Ray Campbell, Tulsa, Okla., and two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Frederick, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jack Phillips, Blooming Grove.

Jan 2, 1952

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Billy Dean Campbell
Feb 28, 1929 - Dec 28, 1951

B. D. Campbell
Rites Wednesday

FROST, Dec. 31— (Spl.)—Funeral services for Billy Dean Campbell, 22, who was overcome with gas in Morehead. Ky., Friday, will be held from the Frost Baptist church at 2 p. m. Wednesday. Burial will be held In the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, Pastor. Campbell had visited relatives here Christmas and had returned to Morehead where he was employed by the Trojan Construction Co., installing a pipeline in that section. The body arrives in Dallas Tuesday morning. His father is employed by the city of Frost. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Campbell, Frost; two brothers, Raymond Campbell, U. S. Navy, California, and Ollie Ray Campbell. Tulsa, Okla., and two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Frederick, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jack Phillips, Blooming Grove. McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Mary T. (Sanders) Sheppard-Simms
Sep 6, 1868 - Dec 9, 1951

Navarro County Native, Mrs. Mary Sims, dies

CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 11 - Mrs. Mary T. Sims, 83, lifelong resident of Navarro County, died at her home in Frost. Funeral services were held Monday from the Frost Baptist Church. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

She was a Rebekah and a member of the WOW Circle.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. R. M. Sanders and Miss Kate Sims, both of Frost; five grandsons, five great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Whorton of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Lorena Moore of Ennis and Mrs. Sarah E. Johnson of Dallas, and three brothers, I. A. Sanders of Frost, W. J. Sanders of San Angelo and C.C. Sanders of Big Lake.

Dec 12, 1951

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Charles C. "Charlie" Cleveland
Sep 1, 1880 - Oct 30, 1950

Carpenter Succumbs

CORSICANA, Texas, Oct. 31 - Charlie Cleveland, 70, carpenter, died at his home in Blooming Grove Monday with a heart attack. Surviving are his wife, four daughters, Mrs. J. O. Hill, Blooming Grove; Mrs. J.P. Chappell, Dallas; Mrs. Enoch Kelly, Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Ellen Ballard, Corsicana; three brothers, Wiley Cleveland, Dawson; Grover Cleveland, Waco, and Lee Cleveland, Dallas, and ten grandchildren.

Nov 1, 1950

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Chas. Cleveland Dies At Blooming Grove On Monday
BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 30.—(Spl.)—Charlie Cleveland, 70, carpenter, died with a heart attack at his residence here Monday at 1 a.m.

Funeral services will be held from Central Baptist church here with burial in the Frost Cemetery, but the time has not been decided pending arrival of relatives.

Surviving are his wife, the former Dora Crenshaw, Blooming Grove; Mrs. J. P. Chappell, Dallas; Mrs. Enoch Kelly, Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Ellen Bullard, Corsicana; three brothers, Wiley Cleveland, Dawson; Grover Cleveland, Waco; and Lee Cleveland, Dallas; 10 grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Nannie Gant-White
1864 - 1963

Funeral services for Mrs. Nannie P. White, 99, of Blooming Grove, Navarro County, mother of Mrs. Jim Gant of Dallas, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Burial in Frost Cemetery at Frost, Navarro County.

Aug. 22, 1963
TXDI shows Nancy Ann White died Aug 20, 1963
#52897

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Henry Thomas "Tom" Shipley
Oct 1855 - Aug 19, 1900

SHOT FIVE TIMES

Tragedy Results from a Trivial Barter in Navarro County

Corsicana, Tex., Aug. 20. - At Blooming Grove, sixteen miles west of this city, yesterday afternoon, H.T. Chipley, a blacksmith of that place, was shot five times with a revolver and instantly killed, dying without speaking a word. Chipley and others were in front of a livery stable talking at the time, Chipley talking to a man named Mitchell about the size of Chipley, Mitchell saying:

"You are not as thick as a blueback spellingbook."

"No," said Chipley, "but I am from Arkansas, and it takes a hard man to ride me."

This conversation was friendly. The words had hardly been spoken by Chipley when shooting began, Chipley being shot five times as stated.

Immediately after the shooting James McCann, night watchman at the cotton oilmill, surrendered himself to officers and last night was brought to Corsicana in a hack and lodged in the county jail. His examining trial has been set for tomorrow. Both Chipley and McCann were members of the same fraternity and belonged to the same lodge.

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Examining Trial Postponed

Corsicana, Tex., Aug. 21 - The examining trial of James McCann, charged with the killing of HlT. Chipley at Blooming Grove on Sunday Afternoon, which was to have been heard today, has been postponed until some day next week, the exact date not having been fixed.

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CHARGED WITH MURDER

Examining Trial of James McCann Begun at Corsicana

Corsicana, Tex., Aug 29. - The examining trial of James McCann, charged with the murder of H.T. Chiples, at Blooming Grove in this county, on Sunday, the 19th instant, waas commenced before Justice Grantham in the city at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The County Attorney is assisted by one of the leading legal firms in the city in the prosecution, and the defendant is represented by strong counsel. There are in attendance a large crowd of witnesses from Blooming Grove and the examination will not be concluded before tomorrow.

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McCann Released on Bond

Corsicana, Tex., Sept. 4 - The examining trial of James McCann, charged with the murder of H.T. Chipley at Blooming Grove on Aug. 19, which was commenced before Justice Grantham eight days ago, has at last been concluded. McCann was granted bail in the sum of $5,000, and he made bond for that amount.

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McCann Case Continued

Corsicana, Tex., Nov 19. - The case of the State vs. James McCann, charged with the murder of Shipley at Blooming Grove several months ago, was called for trial in the District Court today, but continued on motion of the State's attorney.

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Charged With Murder

Corsicana, Tex., - April 29, 1901 - James McCann is on trial in the District Court today, charged with the murder of a blacksmith named Stripley at Blooming Grove last August. A large number of witnesses are present.
 

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • 6/19/20087 Note from Karen Rost
    A Shipley researcher found the articles that I sent you on Tom Shipley's murder.
    Information had been passed down through the family that Tom had died in Honey Grove instead of Blooming Grove.

    Henry T. "Tom" Shipley - Sept. 27, 1855 - Aug. 19, 1900

    Parents of Henry T. "Tom" Shipley: Father: Jesse K. Shipley, Mother: Sarah Jane (Whinery) Shipley; First Wife: Clarinda Timmizine (Ramsay) Shipley Second Wife: Nora (Unknown) Shipley.
    Also, we went to the Navarro County Courthouse and found the original court documents on Henry T. Shipley's murder trial. James McCann was found Not Guilty of his murder.

Frankie Alonza (Johnston) Anderson
abt 1914 - May 1983

Mrs. Sam B. Allen, 69, of Corsicana and native of Purdon, died Friday at Corsicana Nursing Home.

 Service was Sunday, 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home chapel with Rev. David Alexander and Rev. Walter Reid officiating.  Burial will be at Dresden Cemetery.

She was a retired nurses aide and a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Wayne Cook of Fort Worth; a granddaughter, Kelly Cook, of Fort Worth; one sister, Mrs. Ada Boulware of Roscoe; and a number of nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers are R.Thurman Penney, Joe Gregory, E.H. Richards, C.H. Hunter, Clifton Perry and Irvin Daniel.

Blooming Grove Times - May 18, 1983

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • this obituary is not for Mrs. Sam B. Allen, it is for Frankie Alonza (Johnston) Anderson.

Billy Joe Hale
Nov 19, 1937 - Oct 5, 1981

Billy Joe Hale, 43, of Corsicana, died at his residence Monday, October 5.

Service was Wednesday, 2 p.m., Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Hale officiating.  Burial was at Dresden Cemetery.

He was a mechanic for Regal Tool.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Shirley Hale, of Corsicana; two sons, Gary Wayne Hale and David Glen Hale, both of Corsicana; three daughters, Dianna Hash of Frost, Laura Hale of Corsicana, and Suzette Hale of Corsicana; two brothers, Jimmy D. Hale, of Denver, Colorado, and W. E. McDonald of Cisco; one sister, Doris Connley of Amarillo; three grandchildren and his mother Mrs. Mammie Griffin of Corsicana.

Pallbearers are Jimmy Little, Bill Gowan, Ronny Hatfield, Richard Holiman, Glen Hutchins and Elmer Lewis.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Oct 21, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Shirley (Morgan) Hale; s/o Oscar William Hale & Mamie Lou (Clark) Hale

Randal Eugene Melton
died Oct 13, 1981

Randall Eugene Melton, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Melton, of Dawson died Tuesday, October 13, at Hubbard Hospital.

Graveside service was Thursday, at noon, at the Dresden Cemetery.  Rev. Weldon Bernard officiated and Blooming Grove Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Melton, of Frisco, and Mr. and Mrs. George Tramel, of Navarro Mills and great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon of Navarro Mills, and Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Tramel, of Dawson.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Oct 21, 1981

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Clara Macca (Sowell) Shaw
Mar 2, 1893 - July 5, 1972

Clara Macca Shaw

Mrs. Clara Macca Shaw, widow of J. S. Shaw, died July 5 at the Italy Convalescent Center where she had been a resident for the past seven months.

Born March 2, 1893 in Dawson, she had been a resident of Italy since her marriage to Mr. Shaw, who preceded her in death in 1948.

She was organist for twenty-two years at First United Methodist Church, where she was a member, pianist for thirty years for Italy Lions Club, a director of the Farmer's Co-op Gin in Italy and a member of the American

Legion Auxiliary.  Mrs. Shaw was well known in Frost where she visited friends often and played her organ on many occasions.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. July 7, at the U. M. Church with Rev. Harold Rogers officiating.  Burial was in Dawson Cemetery.

Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Jim Davis of Waco, and a nephew. George Davis of Lubbock.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - July 19, 1972

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Howard Cornelius Tillis
abt 1929 - Sep 29, 1981

Howard Cornelius Tillis, 52, of Dawson, died Tuesday in Temple Veterans Administration Hospital.

Service was Saturday, October 3, 2 p.m., McCoy-Calhoun Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W. L. Jones officiating.  Burial was at Dawson Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, Jimmy Tillis of Dawson; one sister, Mrs. Clara Fortson of Dallas and his stepmother, Roberta Tillis of Dawson.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 7, 1981

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Mary Lou Huckaby
Dec 19, 1923 - Oct 6, 1981

Mary Lou Huckaby, 57, of Fort Worth and former resident of Dawson, died Tuesday, October 6, in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Service was Saturday, 2 p.m., Church of God in Christ in Dawson, with Elder B. T. Thompson officiating.  Burial was at Dawson Cemetery.

Survivors include 11 children, 18 grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 21, 1981

  • Birth info from SSDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Sandra Lee (Smith) Shaw
Aug 24, 1954 -  Oct 13, 1981

Mrs. Sandra Lee Shaw, 27, of Dawson, died Tuesday morning, October 13, at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Services were Saturday, 3 p.m., at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dawson. 

Burial was at Dawson Cemetery.  Wake services were Friday at 8 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include her widower, Leon Shaw Jr., of Dawson; a daughter, Cheryle Renay Shaw of Dawson; her father and stepmother, the Rev. and Mrs. Hardy Smith Jr., of Dawson; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Cara Lewis of Dawson; paternal grandfather, Hardy Smith Sr., of Waco; three sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Brown of Dallas; Celia Smith and Brenda Smith, both of Austin; and one brother, Hardy E. Smith of Dawson.

Pallbearers are H. T. Miller Jr., Arthur L. Boleware, Jimmy Campbell, Greg Miller, Dennis Hawkins and Tony Bables.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 21, 1981

  • Birth info from Navarro Co. birth records

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Lydia Porter
abt 1890 - Oct 17, 1981

Mrs. Lydia Porter, 91, of Dawson died Sunday in the Hubbard Hospital.

Funeral service will be today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at the Church of God in Christ in Dawson.  Elder L.C. Coleman will officiate.  Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery.  Local arrangements are with McCoy-Calhoun Funeral Home.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Oct 21, 1981

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Jennie V. (Miller) Renfro
Oct 14, 1898 - Sep 26, 1983

Mrs. Jennie Renfro, 84, of Dallas, died Monday at Hubbard Hospital.

Service is 10 am Wednesday at Dawson Methodist Church with Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating.  Burial will be at Dawson Cemetery.

She was a native of Dawson, organist at the Methodist Church and piano teacher.

Survivors include two sons, Charles of Dawson and Bill H. of Houston; a sister Mrs. Gurbis Ballew of Tehuacana; a brother Eskell Miller of Big Spring; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Eubanks Funeral Home in Hubbard

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Sept. 21, 1983

  • Dates from SSDI and TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Ruthie Eunice (Ballew) Omberg
Sep 27, 1903 - Oct 3, 1981

Mrs. Eunice Omberg, a long time Mertens resident, died October 3 in a Dallas hospital.

She was born September 27, 1903.  Services were held Monday, October 5 at the Mertens Baptist Church with Billy Williams and Bill Smith.  Interment was in Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Arnold Honea, C.D. Ballew, Harold Ballew, R.D. Ballew, Don Rubenkoenig, and Dwayne Watson.

Survivors include four sons, N.J. Omberg of Corsicana, Warren G. Omberg of Fort Worth, Max K. Omberg of Fort Worth and Roger K. Omberg of Houston; one daughter Mrs. Joyce Hollingsworth of Hillsboro; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and several sisters and brothers.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times  - Oct. 7, 1981

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Ruthie Eunice (Ballew) Omberg
Sept. 27, 1903 - Oct. 3, 1981

Mrs. Eunice Ballew Omberg, 78, died early Saturday morning (October 3) in a Dallas hospital. She was born September 27, 1903 and had lived most of her life in the Emmett and Mertens area.  Her husband, Archie A. Omberg, preceded her in death in 1966.  Survivors include four sons,  N.J. Omberg of Corsicana, Warren G. Omberg and Max K. Omberg both of Fort Worth, and Roger K. Omberg of Houston; one daughter, Joyce Hollingsworth of Hillsboro; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five brothers; and four sisters.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday (October 5) at Mertens.   Burial was at Frost Cemetery.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Oct 14, 1981

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Raymond Elwin Bryant
Jan 14, 1891 - Sep 9, 1981

The service for Raymond E. Bryant, of  Frost, is 2:30 p.m. Friday in Frost Baptist Church.  The Rev. Jim Baggett, the Rev. C.C. Ellis and the Rev. Wyn Bryant will officiate.  Burial will be in Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be deacons of the church.

He is survived by his wife, Nora Bryant, of Frost; three sons, Raymond Bryant, of Frost, Otis Bryant, of Houston, and Forest Bryant, of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Sep 16, 1981

  • TXDI: Bryant Raymond Elwyn 09-09-1981 NAVARRO Male

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Halbert Wesley Keathley
Feb 22, 1894 - Oct 19, 1981

Halbert W. Keathley, 87, of Corsicana, died Monday at Twilight Home.

Service was Tuesday, 2 p.m., with the Rev. Marion Harris officiating.  Burial was at the Frost Cemetery.

He was a native of Frost and had lived in Corsicana 50 years.  He was a retired agent for the Praetorian Life Insurance Company, a 50-year Mason and served in the Navy during World War I.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son, Frank M. Keathley of Dallas; two grandsons, both of Houston; three great grandchildren and two brothers, Charlie Keathley of Corsicana and Forest Keathley of Los Angeles, California.

Pallbearers were Robert Keathley, Will Hashop, Joe Hashop, George McDonald, Dwayne Watson and Joey Watson.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Charles H. Brown and Woodrow Watson.

Notes:

  • Blooming  Grove Times - Oct 21, 1981

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Leonard Joseph "Buster" French
Mar. 8, 1907 - Oct. 16, 1981

Leonard (Buster) French, 74, of Dawson, died Friday October 16, at Hubbard Hospital.

Services were Sunday, 3:30 p.m., at the Brushie Methodist Church.  Rev.

John Kinnaird officiated.  Burial was at Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

Survivors are his widow, Sulleta French, of Dawson; one daughter, Ruth Cook of Cleveland, Tennessee; two sons, Howard French of Dawson and Ted French of Cleveland, Tennessee; six brothers, Cecil French of Dawson, S.T. French of Kerens, Victor French of Dawson, Jackie French of Howard, Huey French of Lubbock, and Wayne French of Lubbock; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Whitener, of Frost and Mary Langley of Avalon; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers were James Matthews, Joe Jack Slater, John Montgomery, Jewell Slater, Ellis Montgomery and Nealy Parrish.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 21, 1981

  • Birth date from SSDI

  • Son of Samuel Tillman French and Cora (Slater) French

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Thomas Mark Morgan
Feb 18, 1917 - Jun 7, 1983

Thomas Mark Morgan, 66, of Rice died Tuesday at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Service is Thursday, 3:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. B.W. Johnson officiating.  Burial will be at Pattison Cemetery.

He was a native of Emmett, lifelong resident of Navarro County and a retired farmer.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne Morgan of Emhouse; Jerry Morgan of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Wilma Haider, of College Station, and Mrs. Nancy Montgomery and Mrs. Barbara Bailey, both of Ride; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Steele, of Waco, and Mrs. Helen Barham, of Corsicana; one brother, Porter Mason Morgan, of Dallas; step-mother, Mrs. Cassie Morgan; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - June 22, 1983

  • Birth and death info from TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


James Weldon Owen
Nov 22, 1913 - Sep 6, 1981

J.W. (Weldon) Owen 67, of Emhouse, died Sunday at his residence.

Service is Tuesday, 2 p.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Pattison Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Frank Seely, Jr., Loyd Gillen, Justin McSpadden, Ross N. Irvin, Bill Dyess, Wayne Nelson, Clarence Wright and Billy Watkins.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Sep 16, 1981

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Weldon W. Price
Nov. 14, 1906 - July 1982

Weldon W. Price, 75, died Saturday in Paris.  He was formerly from Emhouse.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pattison Cemetery and the Rev. Lynn Hitt will officiate.

Survivors include his wife, June Price, of Paris, three daughters, Ann Middleton of Fort Worth, Helen White of San Jose, Calif. and Rosemary West of Dallas; one sister, Vera Worley of Dallas, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Leslie Johnson, Charlie Joe Armstrong, Stokes Armstrong, Claude Maggard, Roy Posey and Loyd Gillen.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - July 21,1982

  • Dates from SSDI

  • TXDI: TXDI: Price Weldon Tinkle 02-17-1968 DALLAS Male

  • Parents: Homer N. Price and Ida Lee (Armstrong) Price

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Elvis B. Boyd
Sep 10, 1908 - Jul 16, 1982

Elvis B. Boyd 74, of  Blooming Grove died Friday night in Conroe.

Service is pending at Blooming Grove Funeral Home.

Survivors of the 74 year old Elvis Boyd include two sons, Garland Boyd of Florida, and Randall Boyd of Arizona; one daughter, Jane Harris of Conroe, five grandchildren; two brothers, Alva Boyd of Midland, and Herman Boyd of Youngsville, La. and one sister, Bonnie Fields who lives in Blooming Grove.

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Effie Evelyn (Armstrong) Gobbel
May 2, 1890 - Sep 25, 1976

Services Held For Mrs. Effie Gobbel

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 26, in the First Baptist Church for Mrs. Effie Gobbel, 86, a former BG resident who died Saturday, Sept. 25, in Houston.

Services were conducted by the Rev. W. A. Corley, pastor of the First Baptist Church, followed by burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

Mrs. Gobbel had lived in the Blooming Grove area for 68 years before moving to Houston four years ago.  She had been a member of the First Baptist Church since 1931.

Survivors include one son, O. C. Gobbel of Porter; one daughter, Miss Mary Gobbel of Houston; one grandson David Gobbel of Porter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Alvie Armstrong, Elzie Armstrong, Joe Armstrong, Dean Armstrong, Glenn Armstrong and J. W. Putman.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Sept 29, 1976

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Julia Ellen (Shaw) George
Jan 14, 1906 - Sep 15, 1981

Graveside services were conducted at 4:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery for Julia George.

She was a school teacher at Rice and a board member at Tyler Day Nursery.  Ronnie Waldrop officiated at the graveside rites with Blooming

Grove Funeral Home in Charge of arrangements.

She is survived by Dudley M. George of Tyler; one daughter, Edith Archer of Tyler and three grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Sept. 16, 1981

  • TXDI: George Julia Ellen 09-15-1981 SMITH Female

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Pascual Loredo Ferrer
May 17, 1900 - May 30, 1983

83 year old Pascual Loredo Ferrer passed away last Monday, May 30, 1983.

Mr. Ferrer lived near Barry, Texas and had been an area farmer most of his life.  He is survived by wife Cresencia Huerta Ferrer.

Six sons survive Mr. Ferrer, Pedro of Dallas, Baldomaro of Blooming Grove, Fidel of Dallas, Richard of Corsicana, Henry of Dallas and Richard M. of Barry.

Two daughters survive, both of Barry, Estafona and Maricela Ferrer De Roja.

Three stepdaughters survive, 58 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren.

Pascual Ferrer will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery this Wednesday, June 1st, 1983 with services at the BG Funeral Home.

Pall bearers are Jesse, Ernie and Armando Ferrer, Jose Luis Granado, Ricardo Granado and Auerelio Martinez.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - June 1, 1983

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Prentice Robert Stroder
Sep 4, 1905 - Sep 27, 1983

Prentice Robert Stroder, 78, of Emmett, died today at Navarro Regional Hospital

Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Emmett.  Burial will be in the Emmett Cemetery under direction of Blooming Grove Funeral Home.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Stroder of Emmett; eight grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Sept. 21, 1983

  • Husband of Elsie Viola (Miller) Stroder

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Edward Rankin Stroder
Nov 1, 1902 - Aug 18, 1972

MR. STRODER BURIED AT EMMETT

Funeral for Edward Rankin Stroder was Friday at 5 p.m. at Emmett Baptist Church with burial in
Emmett Cemetery. Rev. W. H. Bradberry was officiating minister.

Mr. Stroder was born in Emmett 69 years ago and spent his life there, and farmed until retiring a few years ago.

A coroner's ruling in an inquest of Mr. Stroder's death was, he died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Connor; a grandson, Gary Connor; and a brother, P.R. Stroder, all of Emmett.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - August 9, 1972

  • SSDI: Edward Stroder: DOB: Nov 1, 1902 DOD: Aug 1972; 458-50-9619, Emmett, Navarro Co., Tx

  • TXDI: Edward R. Stroder; Navarro Co.; Aug 3, 1972; 061825

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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E. R. Stroder
HUBBARD Services were at 5 p.m. Friday at Emmett Baptist Church for Edward Rankin Stroder, 69, retired Emmett farmer who died Thursday of gunshot wounds. The Rev. W.H. Bradberry officiated. Burial was in the Emmett Cemetery.
Eubanks Funeral Home of Hubbard was in charge.
Surviving are a daughter, a grandson and a brother, all of Emmett.

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Richard Randolph Massengale, Jr.
Sep 10, 1922 - Sep 26, 1943

Flight Officer Dies In North Africa Area

Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas, Oct. 20. - Notification of the death of their son, Flight Officer Richard R. Massengale, 21, in the North Africa war area Sept. 26, has been received from the War Department by Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Massengale Sr.

Flight Officer Massengale, a graduate of the Blooming Grove High School, received his primary air training at Santa Maria, Calif.; his basic at Minter Field, Bakersfield, Calif., and his wings at Luke Field, Ariz., last Feb. 8.

Besides his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Leta Smith, Ethel and Nanette Coker, all of Dallas, and two brothers, Earl Coker of Blooming Grove and L.D. Massengale of Dallas.

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Richard Randolph Massengale, Jr.

Flight Officer Richard Massengale

Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Massengale received a message Monday from the War Department, North African Area, telling them of the death of their son, Flight Officer, Richard R. Massengale, Jr. who died Sept. 26th.

Richard enlisted in the service January 5, 1942 just prior to his 21st birthday. He then went to Sheppard Field at Wichita Falls, from there he went to Portland, Oregon, where he trained for six months. While there he joined the Air Corps and was sent to Santa Anna, and Santa Maria, California, where he finished his primary training September 26, 1942. He completed his basic training December 1, 1942, at Baker Field, California. He was then sent to Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona where he finished his advanced training February 5, 1943.

He was then stationed at Fort Myers, Fla. until he was assigned for over seas duty, July 13, 1943. He was 22 years of age January 10, 1943.

Dick was born and reared at Blooming Grove. He attended Blooming Grove High school, played football and basketball and took part in all other school activities. He was a jolly-good all-around boy, and our hearts are deeply grieved over his passing.

There is nothing that we can say or do to heal the broken hearts of his parents, brothers and sisters. We can only assure them that they have our deepest sympathy.

 

Card Of Thanks

We wish to acknowledge and thank our many friends for their many kind expressions of sympathy extended us in our bereavement of the death of our son and brother, R. R. Massengale, Jr.

The Massengale Family

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, October 22, 1943

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Jimmie Luke (Sitton) Beers
June 7, 1918 - Mar. 23, 1943

Dallasite's Sister Dies in Oklahoma

Mrs. Douglas D. Beers, 23, sister of Mrs. P.R. Harrell, 6203 Revere, died Tuesday in an Enid (Okla.) hospital, according to word received here in Dallas. She was the wife of Lieut. Douglas D. Beers, an Army flight instructor.

She is survived by her husband, an infant daughter, mother, Mrs. Myra Sue Sitton, Blooming Grove, and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at Blooming Grove.

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Mrs. Douglas Beers Will Be Buried at Blooming Grove

ENID, Okla., March 24.—(Spl.)— Mrs. Douglas D. Beers, aged 23 years, wife of Lieut. Beers, Army flight instructor, died Tuesday at a local hospital.

Surviving are her husband, an infant daughter, mother, Mrs. Myra Sue Sitton, formerly of Blooming Grove, Texas, and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at Blooming Grove where interment will be made.

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John Miller Reid Sr.
Sep 27, 1876 - Mar 27, 1939

John M. Reid, 58, Blooming Grove, Dies

CORSICANA, Texas, March 27. - John M. Reid, 58, civic, business and financial leader at Blooming Grove, died at his home in Blooming Grove Monday. He operated a Blooming Grove drugstore many years.

A deacon in the Central Baptist Church, he had also served as Alderman and member of the Blooming Grove School Board.

Funeral services will be held at Blooming Grove Tuesday with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. He had lived in the West Navarro County town thirty-five years.

Surviving are his wife; a son, J. M. Reid Jr., Blooming Grove; a daughter, Mrs. M.D. Murphy, Leonard; a sister, Mrs. J. A. Smith, Blooming Grove, and two brothers of Sulphur Springs and Oklahoma.

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Dr. Calvin Caswell Kelsey
Dec 31, 1877 - Nov 5, 1939

Dr. C.C. Kelsey Dies

BLOOMING GROVE, Texas, Nov. 5. - Dr. C.C. Kelsey, 62, died suddenly Sunday. He suffered a stroke while in church and succumbed two hours later.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR DR. KELSEY BE HELD WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for Dr C, C. Kelsey, aged 61 years, physician at Blooming Grove for the past 36 years, will be held at the Central Baptist church of Blooming Grove Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Dr. Kelsey was stricken early Sunday morning while attending church and died a short time later.
Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Clifford Weiss, Cameron; a grandchild; mother, Mrs. Addie Kelsey, Iowa, and four sisters, Mrs. Will French, Iowa; Mrs. Edith Hummell, Springfield, Mo.; Mrs. By Hogan, Iowa, and Miss Dorsey Kelsey, Iowa.

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Calvin Caswell Kelsey, Dr.

Funeral Services For Dr. C. C. Kelsey Held Wednesday

A veil of sorrow hovered over our City and surrounding communities Sunday afternoon as the word went around of the death of Dr. C. C. Kelsey, who died at his home at 1:50 o'clock.

He was taken ill while at church shotly [sic] before noon, and departed this life some two hours later. In his going this little city and surrounding communities have lost their beloved physician, friend and citizen.

Truely Dr. Kelsey was a Christian gentleman, loyal to his church, and a true friend to humanity. So many times did he willingly give his services without expecting any compensation whatever. He served as Mayor, school trustee and always took an active part in all civic enterprises.

Funeral Services were held at the Central Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock, with his pastor, Rev. Robert Williams, assisted by Revs. Paul H. Vercher of Waco, Greer of Sanger, and Miles of Hillsboro, conducting the Rites.

Pallbearers were; Hill Stubbs of Fort Worth; D. W. George of Tyler; Cooper Wiese of Calvert; Dee Wills of Ennis; Jas. W. Fields, G. E. Ramsey Jr. and G. D. Gillen of Blooming Grove.

Honorary Pallbearers were; Deacons of the Central Baptist church, local druggists, men of Navarro County Medical Society, men of the Navarro County Osteopathic Group, and close friends of the family.

THe choir was composed of George Massey, Mrs. Lawrence Ransom, of Corsicana; Dr. Ed L. Evans, of Frost; Mrs. Hill Stubbs of Ft. Worth; Mrs. D. W. George of Tyler; Mrs. R. S. High, Dr. J. J. Sheppard and G. A. Patterson, Blooming Grove. Pianist was Mrs. G. A. Patterson. A special song, "God's Tomorrow," was rendered by Mrs. Lawrence Ransom, of Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. W. C. Wiese; a grandson, W. C. Wiese, Jr. of Cameron; mother, Mrs. Addie Kelsey, Ottumwa, Iowa. five sisters, Mrs. Wlll French, Fort Madison, Iowa; Mrs. Edith Hummill, Springfield Mo; Mrs. Roy Hogan, Bonaparte Iowa; Miss Dorothy Kelsey, Ottumna [sic] Iowa; and Mrs. J. P. McIntosh, Rock Island, Ill.

Interment was made at Rose Hil cemetery, with the McCormick Funeral Service, in charge.

The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, November 10, 1939
Submitted by Karen Rost

A Tribute

One who looked long and deep into the real of human nature wrote; "A man is a man when he can look beyond his surrounding to the far horizon with a profound sense of his littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope, courage, which is the root of all virture [sic], When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive and to love his fellow man."

Dr. Kelsey knew how to sympathize with men in their sorrow even in their sins. He knew how to make friends and keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself. He knew how to be happy and high minded in his strenuous, busy life spent wholly in service for others through many channels.

No voice of distress reached his ears in vain and no hand sought his aid without response. He found good in every faith that helped man to lay hold of divine things and see majestic meaning in life. Himself not aspiring to spectacular leadership he was quick to accept wholesome suggestions, and readily gave energy, encouragement and financial aid in bringing them useful culmination.

In his philsophy [sic] of life he could look into a wayside puddle and see something beside mud, and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and see something besides sin. He knew how to pray, how to love, how to hope. He kept faith with himself, with his fellow man, with his God; his hand a sword for evil and in his heart a bit of song, glad to live but not afraid to die.

Dr. Calvin C. Kelsey was the only son of Sidney Dowling and Addie Kelsey of Farming, Iowa. There he spent his boyhood, and acquired his High school education. In college he received first a degree in medicine and later a Masters degree in the principles of Osteopathy which he successfully practiced for many years. Almost his entire professional life has been given to the people of Blooming Grove and surrounding communities. Thirty five years! Who can count the hours spent in helpful ministrations; the miles he traveled; the experiences of cold, hunger and loss of sleep. Surely to him the test of loyalty, of love, of respectability was the test of serving. Yet his professional life was but one avenue of service. His place in the church cannot be filled. No other shoulder can fit that vacant place at the wheel. But, remembering him, others will be inspired to help and the wheel will turn in the progress Blooming Grove Churches have undertaken for Christ. Other avenues he cherished were Civic imrovement, education and wholesome athletics.

And now looking back over his life, we who know him intimately, see it as a fabric, woven of bits of crimson and blue and yellow; the bright and dark spots blending into harmony.

His faith and sincerity built the loom, his deeds and eperiences the bits of color, and his God the Weaver, who can bring in to harmony any life submitted to Him, and make of it an everlasting fabric.

His sincerity, just being himself a friend, perhaps more than his deeds, marked his comradship with all who knew him. An overwhelming responce to his friendly, helpful influence was expressed in so many floral offerings, which made the church altar beautiful for the funeral service.

It was expressed in the large attendance at the service, many of them standing outside the church while the service was broadcast to them. It is being expressed in letters and telegrams, comforting the hearts of the bereaved ones. His representative in Washington was not too busy to note his passing, and to express his sympathy to the family, and to write of his loss at the breaking of this earthly friendship tie.

Many from great distances came to stand by his casket a moment, and to see for the last time the calm features of thier beloved friend. How valuable is friendship.

Dr. Kelsey brought grace to dark and gloomy places, his faith brought joy when he was tired, and he gave splendor to the life he lived. These thoughts of him will remain in our hearts so long as memory lasts.

Mrs. Mollie McCormick

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Nov 24, 1939

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Henry B. (Bud) Lester
Mar. 11, 1873 - June 23, 1941

Veteran U.S. Army Sergeant Is Buried

HILLSBORO, Texas, June 25. - Veteran of thirty years service in the regular Army, during which he campaigned in the Philippines and in France, Sergt. H.B. (Bud) Lester, retired, of Hillsboro was buried after funeral services in Blooming Grove. The Hillsboro American Legion and Masonic Lodge were in charge of the rites.

Lester died in the veterans' hospital in Dallas.

While serving in the Philippines, Lester won a medal for valor. He was wounded in France.

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LESTER - Henry B., age 68, passed away at a local hospital Monday. Survived by one sister, Mrs. Carrie Smith, Blooming Grove, Texas. Body to be forwarded to Blooming Grove Tuesday for services and interment. Arrangements with the Lamar & Smith Funeral Home.

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Henry B. "Bud" Lester

Funeral Services Held Tuesday For H. B. Lester

Funeral services for Henry Bascom Lester, aged 68 years, who died Monday afternoon at 2:30 in the Veterans Hospital at Dallas, were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Central Baptist church, with Rev. Robert Williams, pastor of the church, conducting the rites.

Mr. Lester was born March 11, 1873, in Georgia, moving to Texas when a boy. He entered the services of his country in 1900, where he spent the most of his life.

The American Legion Post of Hillsboro, of which he was a member, had a service at the church, at the conclusion of which, the American Flag was presented to the family. The Masonic Lodge of Hillsboro had services at the grave. Mr. Lester was a Thirty-second Degree Mason.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Charlie Smith, Blooming Grove; a brother-in-law, John L. Ballentine, Purdon; three nephews, Ray Ballentine, Corpus Christi; Rex and Lawrence Smith, Dallas; one niece, Miss Helen Ballentine, Ft. Worth and one grand-niece, Mrs. Tommie Russell, Blooming Grove.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, with the Mccormick Funeral Service in charge.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, June 27, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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