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Keith Randall Ballew
Sep 2, 1935 - Mar 18, 2008

Keith Randall Ballew
We regretfully but proudly announce the passing of a great warrior of the United States Navy. Keith Randall Ballew, 72, a resident of Vancouver, Wash. passed away on Tuesday March 18, 2008. Keith was born on September 2, 1935 in Frost to Clinton and Alma (Morgan) Ballew. After the death of his parents, Keith was raised by his Grandma Morgan and graduated from Frost High School in 1954. Keith enlisted in the United States Navy in 1956 and retired in 1974. He was stationed in various locations around the world serving during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Keith is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marie of Vancouver; his former wife, Nedra House of Corsicana (mother of Kris and Rebecca); children, Kris Ballew of Texas, Rebecca Ballew of Oklahoma, Randall Pierce of Texas, Frederick Pierce of Vancouver, Wash. and Richard Pierce of Amboy, Wash., along with 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Keith was preceded in death by his son, Alvin Pierce; daughter, Sandra Korhonen; brother, James Ballew; and sister Joy Ballew. Memorial Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, Texas with the Rev. Brian Hale officiating. Arrangements by Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, Colleyville, Texas.

Notes:

  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 3/27/2008 - 3/28/2008

  • TXBI: BALLEW KEITH RANDELL 9-2-1935 m NAVARRO EDNA MORGAN LEROY BALLEW

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Keith Randall Ballew
A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2008, in Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home for Keith Randall Ballew, who died March 18 at age 72.
Keith Randall Ballew was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Frost, Texas. He served in the Navy for 20 years and taught electronics at Kilgore College in Texas. He moved to Vancouver in 1995. In 1970, he married Marie Pierce.
Survivors include his wife; son, Chris; daughter, Becky; stepsons, Richard Pierce, Randy Pierce and Fred Pierce; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. His stepdaughter Sandy Korhonen died in about 2004; and his stepson Alvin Pierce II died in 1993.
The Oregonian - Mar 24, 2008

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KEITH RANDALL BALLEW

Keith Randall Ballew, a resident of Vancouver, Washington, died on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 in Vancouver. He was 72 years of age.

Keith was born on September 2, 1935 in Frost, Texas and was the son of Clinton and Alma (Morgan) Ballew.

Keith enlisted in the United States Navy. He retired in 1974 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Following retirement, he worked as a college professor for Kilgore College. Keith married Marie Nielson.

Keith is survived by his wife, Marie of Vancouver; children, Kris R. Ballew of Texas, Rebecca N. Ballew of Oklahoma, Randall G. Pierce of Texas, Frederick R. Pierce of Vancouver, WA and Richard J. Pierce of Amboy, WA ; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

His son, Alvin Pierce, daughter, Sandra Korhonen, brother, James Ballew and sister, Joy Ballew, precedes Keith in death.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland, Oregon


Willie Mae (Farmer) Franklin-McQuary
Nov 24, 1908 - Mar 24, 2008

Willie Mae McQuary
Willie Mae McQuary, 99, of Trinidad passed away Monday, March 24, 2008, at Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad with the Rev. Bobby Franklin officiating and Brother Jim Bob Farmer assisting. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, northeast of Kerens. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Mrs. McQuary was born Nov. 24, 1908, in Richland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Franklin; husband, Grady McQuary; son, Wayne Franklin; and several great-grandchildren. Survivors include three sons, Robert Franklin of Denison, Bill Franklin of Kerens and Audrain Franklin of Midland; three daughters, Sandra Monroe of Malakoff, Patricia Williams of Corsicana and Bessie Johnston of Trinidad; 29 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Hale S. "Buddy" Wright
Jul 21, 1922 - Mar 24, 2008

Hale S. "Buddy" Wright
Mr. Hale S. “Buddy” Wright, 85, of Corsicana passed away March 24, 2008. He was born July 21, 1922 to Scott and Mary Wright in Greenville. Buddy married Donna Noland July 23, 1942, and had 58 glorious years together. Buddy lived in Corsicana for most of his life. He is remembered as a very loving and giving Dad and Grandpa. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana. He maintained unsurpassed honor and integrity all of his life. Having served his country in the U.S. Maritime Service and the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was a Plant Manager for Texas Power and Light Company, retiring in 1986 after 30 years of service. In 2007, Buddy moved to Ennis. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jason Wright, Bob Parrish, John Parrish and Paul Currington. Survivors include his son, Kirk Wright and his wife Jackie of Ennis; grandchildren, Jared Wright and Kaleigh Wright of Ennis, Michael Todd Melton of Waco, Aaron Melton of Corsicana and Nickalos Melton of Waco; brother, Frank S. Wright and his wife Joyce of Dallas; sister, Betty J. Brown of Austin; three nieces and two nephews. Preceding Buddy in death were infant, Denise Wright; wife, Donna Wright; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wright; sister, Mary Poteet; and daughter, Paula Borsolino. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer Association, 4144 N. Central Expressway, St. 750. Dallas, TX 75247. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Stanley Chapman
Nov 30, 1945 - Mar 27, 2008

Mr. Stanley Chapman, 62, of Kerens passed away March 27, 2008.
Visitation is Friday 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services are 10:00 A.M. Saturday at Richland Cemetery.


Jewel Mace (Flanagan) Robinson
Sep 30, 1912 - Mar 27, 2008

Jewel Mace Flanagan Robinson

Jewel Mace Flanagan Robinson, lifelong resident of Corsicana, passed away on March 27, 2008 at the age of 95. She was born on Sept. 30, 1912, in Navarro County.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Robinson Derryberry, and son-in-law, Lanith Derryberry, of Austin; her nephews, Tim Flanagan of Waco, Joe Fred Flanagan of San Marcos, Alvin Crawford of Corsicana, Don Allen Robinson of Houston, Mike Flanagan of Corsicana and Jackie Howard of Corsicana; her niece, Brenda Pittman of Elk City, Okla.; and her great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jewel was a member of North Beaton Church of Christ and was a loving mother and a friend to all who knew her. For many years she worked as a cashier at V’s Café and the Holiday Inn in Corsicana.

The family sends special thanks to Willie Derryberry, Freddie Summers, Evelyn and Charles Harrison, and Sue Thompson, all of Corsicana, for being such wonderful friends and supporters. We also want to thank the caring staff of Twilight Home, and Debbie Cloud and Grace, who cared for Jewel at her home, for their dedication, kindness and compassion.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Resthaven Memorial Park with Mr. Steve Orbison officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mamie Louise (Gunn) Wireback
Oct 23, 1928 - Mar 3, 2008

Mamie Louise Gunn Wireback
Mamie Louise Gunn Wireback, age 79, passed away March 3, 2008, in Shreveport, La. Lu was born Oct. 23, 1928, in Pursley, the youngest daughter of O.B. and Mamie Gunn. She was a graduate of Corsicana High School and Abilene Christian College. She spent her career as an executive secretary in the oil and gas business, forming her own business for many years in Lafayette, La. Later she transferred to Shreveport, La., with O’Brian Drilling Co. After retirement she went to work for Jack Dykes until his death in 1985.Lu was a member of the Church of Christ and a member of the ACBL (Bridge Club), having served as secretary, president and on the board of directors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Wireback; her parents, O.B. and Mamie Faust Gunn; brothers, C.B. Gunn and Rex Gunn; and sisters, Nadine Gunn, Gaynell Hubbard Elliott, Doris Comer and Billie Kirk of Corsicana. She is survived by her sisters, Wanda Brown of Corsicana and Edrie Keil of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed a family of good friends including her best friend, Diana “DeDe” McKeller. Arrangements by Boone Funeral Home, Shreveport, La.

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Mary M. Summa
Jun 3, 1927 - Mar 27, 2008

Mary Suma
Mary M. Summa passed away March 27, 2008.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Mrs. Summa was born June 3, 1927, in Rainelle, W.V. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Gerald Irby of Stafford, Va.; son, John Summa of Richland; son and daughter-in-law, David and Sissy Summa of Azle; daughter, Sharon Milligan Townley of Corsicana; six grandsons, two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Her request was no flowers, please.

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James M. "Jim" Posey
June 27, 1925 - June 25, 1998 (Blooming Grove, TX)

Jim M. Posey

The ringing of the telephone awakened Floyd Thomas Rowland in the morning hours of June 26 at his home in Olympia, WA. Floyd answered with a sleepy hello and a voice at the end of the line spoke from Blooming Grove. Gary Price identified himself and said he was searching for the son of Blooming Grove resident, Jim Posey.

"I began sweating under my arms when he told me my father had died," stated the son recently at the Country Cafe in B.G.

Floyd's mother and father divorced when he was three years old and living in Tacoma, WA., and Floyd never saw his father again.

"I always wondered about my father, but Mom would never talk about him.
I made three efforts to find him, but all attempts were unsuccessful."

At age 19, Floyd was persuaded by his mother to change his name from Posey to Rowland, his stepfather's name. Over the years he had given up the idea of ever finding his daddy. But he had collected a few tidbits from his mother's family and friends.

"I was told he was a handsome man and if I looked in a mirror, I'd see him."

Floyd has four childhood recollections of being with his daddy in Washington.

"I remember he rode me on a motorcycle, and I can recall one night my parents were fussing and Dad was on the back porch with his head down.
And I have a vision of him working, making a basement under the house, but I remember most that he sang to me when I went to bed."

Jim Posey met and married his wife while he was in military service.
His son was born in 1946. After his divorce, Jim returned to his native B.G. and worked for the county for many years. He acquired two acres of land north of the city and settled in semi-isolation for the remainder of his life. He was tabbed a "loner" who loved his dogs. He was a hard worker and a good man and had a host of friends.

Knowing his illness was terminal, Jim asked his friends to tell him about Heaven. He accepted the Lord as his Savior. On June 25, his concerned neighbor, Gary Price, not able to get the man to the door, notified the County Sheriff Ofc. Officers broke into the phoneless house. Jim's body was laying in his bed. A little fan buzzed beside him.

Nothing short of a miracle provided Price information about the son's name change, something Mr. Posey never knew. When Price made the call to Washington, Posey had been dead twelve hours.

"Mr. Price told me he would be wearing boots and a cowboy hat," says Floyd, "and when I got off the plane, I walked right to him."

Looking out at the window and taking in the downtown area, Floyd said, "I think Blooming Grove is beautiful. It looks like the old west to me. The city should help these people restore this place."

Opening the door of his father's auto, Floyd spotted a couple of old pictures laying in the passengers' side of the car. "I picked them up and it was a big picture of me and the other was a smaller picture of my mother."

Some call it fate: Graveside services were to be held at 10:00 AM, June 29. A large crowd gathered in and around the tent at Lone Oak Cemetery. Bro. Connally, who was to conduct the service, understood it to be at 5 PM. He didn't appear. Soon Gordon Griffin stood up and began speaking about the deceased. When he finished, with an old-fashioned impromptu eulogistic service by his friends and neighbors. Memories were given by James Chapman, Georgia Page, Bob Bray, Gary Price, Jimmy Gantt and the son.

But Floyd wanted to do a little more. His long-ago images and his dad's voice singing him to sleep, prompted him to sing a song. Hardly a dry eye could be seen when Floyd stood up and sang, "You Made Me Glad" as his father, Jim Posey, was laid to rest.

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John Douglas Frederick, Jr.
Jan. 27, 1925 (Blooming Grove, TX) - Apr. 3, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

J. D. Frederick

Services were held April 5, 1998, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove with Harold Scott officiating. Burial was in the White Church Cemetery.

Mr. Frederick is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, James and Joyce Frederick of Corsicana; sister, Ruth Green of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Earl Ogburn, Wayne Rose, Jim Frederick, Mike Talley, Buford Farish and Frank Jones. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Apr. 15, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Lois Winona (Woodland) Moore
Nov. 7, 1910 (Navarro Co., TX) - March 24, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Services were held March 27, 1998 at the Dresden Cemetery, with Bill Honea officiating at the graveside.

A former Blooming Grove resident, Mrs. Moore is survived by her sister, Lena Mae Richardson of Dresden; great nephew, Matthew Clayton Hollingsworth of DeSoto; two sisters-in-law; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John. W. and Etta Sumner Woodland; brothers, Lloyd, John L. and Billie Woodland; and sister, Undean Reeves. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - April 1, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Lucille (Morris) McKinney
died Apr. 11, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Services were held April 13, 1998, at the First Methodist Church in Frost, with Rev. Gene Craven officiating. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. McKinney is survived by her husband, Grady O. McKinney of Frost; sons, Lee Roy Hall of Frost; James T. Weatherall of Frost; Ricky McKinney of Mabank; daughters, Patricia Fulgham of Longview; Francis Weathall of Denton and Diane Sturch of Gun Barrel City; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Son Morris of Dallas and Charlie Morris of Gainsville; sisters, Frances Weatherall of Dallas and Mozelle Roberts of Kemp.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Apr. 15, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Edna May (Thompson) Rutherford
Sept. 17, 1906 (Blooming Grove, TX) - Apr. 1, 1999 (Corsicana, TX)

Edna May Rutherford

Services were held at Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana on April 5,
1999 with Jim Anderson officiating. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Rutherford is survived by son, Gene Rutherford of Corsicana; daughter, Evelyn Bowman of Weatherford; brother, Buck Thompson of Corsicana and a host of grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, O.U. Rutherford in 1995.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - May 1999

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Barbara Sue (Boatman) Lane
Feb. 7, 1935 (Caddo, OK) - Apr. 16, 1999 (Corsicana, TX)

Barbara Sue Lane

Services were held April 19, 1999, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bill Smith officiating and burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Lane is survived by her husband, William E. Lane of Frost; son and daughter-in-law Doug and Mickie Jackson of Frost; daughters and sons-in-law Debbie and Ron Franks of Frost, Kim and Ken Haws of Frost, and Marsha and Kelly Page of Blooming Grove; 12 grandchildren; mother, Frances Boatman of Frost; brother, Melvin Boatman of Blooming Grove; and three sisters. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - May 1999

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Edward Melton
Jan 11, 1914 (Blooming Grove, TX) - Feb 6, 1999 (Conroe, TX)

Services were held February 9, 1999, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove with burial following in Dresden Cemetery.

Edward's great sense of humor and positive outlook on life attracted many friends in the area. He retired "back home" in Blooming Grove several years ago and lived here until ill health required his moving to Conroe. He leaves behind many fond memories to BG citizens.

Mr. Melton is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Josella Melton of Georgetown; daughter and son-in-law Sue and Fred Hensley of Montgomery; sister, Sue Nell Weatherby of Stephenville and grandchildren, Jennifer Melton of Denver and Stephanie Melton of Arlington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a son, all from Blooming Grove. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Feb. 10, 1999

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Cecil Carter French
Oct. 2, 1917 (Brushie Prairie, TX) - July 21, 1998 (Waco, TX)

Cecil C. French

Graveside services were July 23, 1998, at Brushie Prairie Cemetery with Rev. G. W. French officiating. Mr. French was a Corps of Engineer retiree and lived in Dawson most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Laura Terry, and is survived by brother, Wayne French of Hubbard, S.T. French of Dawson, Victor French of Dawson and Jackie French of Ennis; sisters, Mary Etta Langley of Avalon and Myrtle French Whitener of Dawson; five nephews and seven nieces.

Wade Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Aug. 5, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • TXDI: TXDI: French Cecil Carter 07-21-1998 MC LENNAN Male


Lee G. Wagner
Aug. 30, 1930 (Ennis, TX) - July 31, 1998 (Frost, TX)

Lee G. Wagner

Graveside services were held August 4, 1998, at Brushie Prairie Cemetery with Rev. Bob Reid of Navarro Mills Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Wagner is survived by his wife, Anna Wagner of Frost; brothers, George Wagner of Frost, Larry L. Wagner of Magnolia and Eugene Wagner of Paradise; sister, Bessie Collins of Mansfield and Peggy Turner of Joshua; and a number of nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Aug. 5, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Les Kitchens
Jan 30, 1910 - May 12, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Mr. Kitchens is survived by his wife of 57 years, Tots Kitchens of Barry; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ronnie Germany of Longview; one brother, N.A. Kitchens of Mansfield; sisters, Mary Barham of Mansfield, Pearlie Lile of Mansfield, Ellie Meek of Grandview; and a number of nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by Griffin-Roughton.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - May 27, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • LES KITCHENS IS THE HUSBAND OF TOMMIE "TOTS" (HARRIS) KITCHENS BURIED IN CRYER CREEK CEM. THE OBIT SHOWS NO BURIAL, BUT I THINK HE IS BESIDE HIS WIFE.


R. T. Gowan
Jan 15, 1913 (Uvalde, TX) - July 9, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Services were held July 11, 1998, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev.
Harold Scott of Roane Baptist Church officiating. Rev. Scott was assisted by Dr. David Hale of Northside Baptist Church of Corsicana.
The burial was in New Chatfield Cemetery.

Mr. Gowan, who resided in Roane, is survived by wife, Louise, of Roane; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Henry Graves of N.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Linda Gowan of Okla.; Loyd and Mary Gowan of Blooming Grove; granddaughters, Brenda Smithen of Corsicana, Marlyn Boyer of Blooming Grove and Lynn Smith of Okla.; grandsons, Bill Gowan of Blooming Grove and Dave Gowan of Okla.; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - July 22, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • TXDI: Gowan R T 07-09-1998 NAVARRO Male
     


OBITUARY - Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 9, 1998  
R. T. Gowan
R. T. Gowan, 85, of Roane, passed away Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Corsicana.
Services are 10 a. m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Harold Scott of Roane Baptist Church officiating and Dr. David Hale of Northside Baptist Church assisting.  Interment will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today and Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Gowan was born in Uvalde on Jan. 15, 1913.
Mr. Gowan is survived by his wife, Frances Gowan of Roane; daughter, Peggy Gowan Graves of  North Augusta, S.C.; sons, Jerry R. Gowan of Duncan, Okla. and Loyd Gowan of Blooming Grove; granddaughters, Brenda Smithen of Corsicana, Marlyn Boyer of Blooming Grove and Lynn Smith of Duncan, Okla.; grandsons, Bill Gowan of Blooming Grove and Dave Gowan of Duncan, Okla.; great-granddaughters, Misty Brown of Houston, Nonie Smith of Duncan, Okla. and Naomi Ruth Boyer of Blooming Grove; great-grandsons, David Ray Gowan, Andrew Keith Smith and Richard Tyler Gowan, all of Duncan, Okla. and Jacob Aaron Boyer of Blooming Grove; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes: 

  • Submitted by George Gowan - Dec 2003

  • R. T. Gowan was the son of Roy Gowan, who died June 17, 1983, and grandson of Thomas Isaac Gowan.  


Eddie Pearl (Havis) Slater
Jan 31, 1931 (Hubbard, TX) - Jul 24, 1998 (Hubbard, TX)

Services were July 28, 1998, at Hubbard Baptist Church with Jimmy Jones officiating. Burial was in Dawson Cemetery.

Mrs. Slater is a former resident of Blooming Grove. She is survived by two sons, Charles Slater of Tennessee Colony and Terry Slater of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Teresa Carney of Blooming Grove and Donna Watson of Hubbard; a brother, Ed Havis of New York and 14 grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Aug. 5, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Bertha E. Pendergrass
Mar 24, 1912 (Dawson, TX) - Jan 26, 1999 (Corsicana, TX)

Services were held January 28, 1999, at the Frost Methodist Church with Nancy Schusler and Gene Cravens officiating. Burial was in the Dawson Cemetery. A former resident of Frost, Mrs. Pendergrass passed away while residing in Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

She is survived by her niece, Gwen Evans of Temple; and cousins, Mrs. Vesta Kent of Powell, Mrs. Agnes Staples of Corpus Christi and Prentis Priddy of Dawson.

Pallbearers were Billy Hargrove, Ersille Crawford, Buddy Ross, Charles Kent and Leon Crawford. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Feb. 10, 1999

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Bobbie Estelle (Crawford) Vandiver-Williams
Jan 28, 1928 - Apr 7, 1998 (Mansfield, TX)

Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband, J. O. Williams of Frost; son, Larry Vandiver of Frost; stepson, Clifford Williams of Frost; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Dr. Mike Harris of Belton; stepdaughter, Barbara McMinn of Waxahachie; brothers, Leon Crawford and Erselle Crawford, both of Frost; and a sister, Glynell Cook of Waco. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Blooming Grove.

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Estelle Williams

Estelle Williams, 70, of Frost, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in Mansfield.

Services were 11 a.m. today at Frost Baptist Church, with Dick Moody and G. W. French officiating. Interment followed at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Todd McGraw, Bob Berna, Ronald Brown, Jimmy Hooser, Billy Hargrove, Kenneth Logan, Sam Thompson and Steve Crawford.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband, J. O. Williams of Frost; son, Larry Vandiver of Frost; stepson, Clifford Williams of Frost; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Dr. Mike Harris of Belton; step-daughter, Barbara McMinn of Waxahachie; brothers, Leon Crawford and Erselle Crawford of Frost; sister, Glynell Cook of Waco, mother, Mrs. Ruth Crawford of Frost; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Blooming Grove.

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Adrian Franklin Brown
June 23, 1918 (Jester, TX) - June 12, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Services were held on June 15, 1998 at Corley Funeral Chapel, Corsicana, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial was in Hamilton Beeman Cemetery at Retreat.

Mr. Brown, who resided in Barry, is survived by his wife, Lea (Polly) Brown of Barry; three sons, Jimmy Adrian Brown of Midlothian, Lonnie Gordon Brown of Dallas, and Randall Paul Brown of Venus; two daughters, Cathy Holmes, Mildred, and Dottie Jones of Northridge, CA; three sisters, Velma DuBois of McKinney and Oleta Saxton and Hettie Graham, both of Corsicana; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - June 24, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Lillie Pearl (Kelly) Cook
May 31, 1899 (Bosque Co.) - May 8, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Lillie Pearl Cook

Services were held May 10, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial was in Hamilton Beeman Cemetery. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, Alvah Raymond Cook.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - May 13, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Bertha (Rogers) Mims-Dew
Sep 1, 1898 (Frost, TX) - Apr 2, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Bertha Dew

Services were held April 4, 1998, at Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Burial was at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery near Corsicana.

Mrs. Dew is survived by her sons, Myron Mims of Dallas, Harold Mims of Purdon, Jerry Mims of Bremont, Bob Dew of Tyler; daughter, Myra Kay Mims of Tehuacana; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren, and sister, Addie Boyd of Hillsboro. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.W. Dew.

Pallbearers were Bill Mims, Steven Mims, Paul Beene, Ryan Beene, Al Gonzales and Al Gonzales Jr. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Apr. 15, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Bertha Dew
Bertha Dew, 99, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Corsicana, passed away Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Corsicana.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Bro. Bill Honea of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Bill Mims, Steven Mims, Paul Beene, Ryan Beene, Al Gonzales and Al Gonzales, Jr.

Mrs. Dew was born in Frost on Sept. 1, 1898.

Mrs. Dew is survived by her sons, Myron Mims of Dallas, Harold Mims of Purdon, Jerry Mims of Bremont, Bob Dew of Tyler, daughter, Myra Kay Mims of Tehuacana; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and sister Addie Boyd of Hillsboro.

Mrs. Dew was preceded in death by her husband R. W. Dew.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lottie Dee Kilcrease
Aug 13, 1903 (Blooming Grove, TX) - Feb 15, 1999 (Corsicana, TX)

Graveside services were held Feb. 17, 1999, at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery with Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Mrs. Kilcrease is survived by her son, Andrew Kilcrease Jr. of Hurst.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Feb. 25, 1999

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Ginger (Ivie) Brown-Buchanan
died July 26, 1998 (Gatesville, TX)

Ginger (Ivie) Buchanan

Services were held July 29, 1998, at Resthaven Mausoleum with Bill Honea officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Buchanan is survived by sons, Jason Brown and Joe Buchanan, both of Blooming Grove; daughter, Brandi Harris of Ennis; father, Joe Ivie of Corsicana; grandmother, Lillie Pearl Ivie of Corsicana; brother, Joe Ivie Sr. of Kerens; sister, Lana Andrews of Winchester, Ind; six grandchildren; and nephew, Joe Ivie Jr. of Kerens.

Mrs. Buchanan was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Buchanan and mother, Wanda Ivie Mitchell. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Aug. 5, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Geneva (Davis) Elmore
Jun 13, 1916 (Roane, TX) - Feb 9, 1999 (Barry, TX)

Geneva Elmore

Services were held Feb. 12, 1999, at Corley Funeral Chapel, Corsicana, with Rev. Leroy Elmore officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Elmore is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and David Bird of Barry; brother Roy Davis of Orange; sisters, Eura Elmore, Corsicana, Velma Runnels, Orange and Dinky Starks of San Antonio; granddaughter, Norma Bridgett Anderson of Blooming Grove, Glenda Kay Hyde of Houston and Ruby Jean Vandergrifft of Freeport; grandson, David Wayne Bird Jr. of Blooming Grove; great-granddaughters, Stephanie Bird of Blooming Grove, Virginia Ann Dahse of Freeport, Angela Hyde of Houston and Jessica Daniel Vandergrifft of Freeport.

Great grandsons, Christopher Wayne Bird of Blooming Grove, Eddie Hyde of Houston, Lawrence David Vandergrifft of Freeport and Michael Shane Vandergrifft of Freeport; great-great-grandchildren, Becca Dahse of Freeport and Brittany Jean Dahse of Freeport; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Feb. 25, 1999

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Clara Covington
Nov. 24, 1913 (Blooming Grove, TX) - July 14, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Clara Covington

Services were held July 17, 1998, with Rev. O.E. Permenter and Rev. Dale Leggett officiating.

Mrs. Covington resided in Purdon and was a member of Purdon Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Tucker Covington; daughter, Ima Dean Reeder of Corsicana; sons, James Herschel Covington of Grand Junction, CO, Johnny Ray Covington of Purdon and Billy Wayne Covington of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Herman Gorden
Mar. 28, 1942 (Roscoe, TX) - Oct. 19, 1997 (McKinney, TX)

Memories of long ago returned when word was received that Herman Gorden, who was living in McKinney with his wife, Betty, passed away on Oct. 19, 1997.

Herman is remembered as spending his childhood days in the Blooming Grove area with his dear parents and brothers and sisters. He departed this life leaving behind two sons, two stepsons; six grandchildren; four brothers, Donald Gorden of Wylie; Tommy Gorden of Whitewright; two brothers, J. H. and Robert Gorden, along with two sisters, Patsy Gorden and Peggy Kindrick reside in the Navarro Mills area. Peggy managed the Navarro Mills Cafe for eleven years before recently retiring. We express deep sympathy to the family.

Another sister, Sue Gorden Melton, preceded Herman in death.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove - Oct. 28, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


William Edward Lynch
Nov. 27, 1931 (Blooming Grove, TX) - Apr. 29, 1999 (Rialto, CA)

Mr. Lynch died April 29, 1999 at his residence in Rialto, Ca. with arrangements by Aaron Mortuary in Loma Linda, CA.

After graduating from Blooming Grove High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving four years.

Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elaine Lynch; daughters and sons-in-law, Bridget and Don Henry of Wrightwood, CA, and Linda and Bob Gonet of Riverside, CA; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Marie Beene and Lovene Bryant, both of Blooming Grove, and Billie Joyce Rawson of Cottonwood, CA; brother, Melvin Lynch of Blooming Grove; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Parham and Mamie Lynch of Blooming Grove; brother, Cecil Lynch of Gramercy, La.; and a baby daughter Sandra Gay Lynch.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - May 1999

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Effie Pearl (Hatley) Magee
Mar 7, 1892 - Feb 4, 1985

Effie Pearl Magee, 92, of Corsicana, died Monday at Corsicana Nursing Home.

The funeral was set for Wednesday, February 6, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Neal Rodgers officiating.
Burial was to follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Dwayne Magee of Blooming Grove; two brothers, Leaman Hatley and Marvin Hatley, both of Dallas; one grandson, George Gilliam of Dallas.

Pallbearers were to be deacons of the Central Baptist Church.

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Charles Drew Gillen
Oct 2, 1933 - Jan 30, 1985

Charles Gillen

Charles Drew Gillen, 51, of Blooming Grove died Wednesday, January 30, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Funeral services were to be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Rev. Buster Jordan and Rev. Neal Rodgers officiating. Burial was to be in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Gillen was a native and lifelong resident of Blooming Grove.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Gillen of Blooming Grove; one son, Larry Drew Gillen of Allen; two daughters, Sherry Russell of Mexia and Patty Armstrong of Commerce; one brother, Blake Gillen of Corsicana; two sisters, Maxine Brown of Corsicana and Wynell Patterson of Farmers Branch, and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were to be Johnny Rhodes, Bruce Gillen, Bill Murray, Doug Magee, Tommy Jordan and Jerry Jordan.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 7, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • TXDI: Gillen Charles Drew 01-30-1985 DALLAS Male


Emma Lee (Jones) Patterson
Sep 2, 1901 - Jul 30, 1984

Emma Lee Patterson, 82, of Arlington died Monday in Arlington.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Tuesday at Blooming Grove Funeral Home with Rev. Neal Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Henry Noble of Carrollton; two stepsons, Jim W. Patterson of Farmers Branch and G.W. Patterson of Blooming Grove; one niece, Ilean Hudnall of Dallas; and several grandchildren and great grandchild.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Aug. 2, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Kay K. Kidd
May 5, 1913 - Sep 8, 1984

Kay K. Kidd, 71, of Frost died Saturday morning in his home.

Graveside services were at 2:30 Sunday in the Frost Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Reed officiating. Blooming Grove Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Kidd of Frost; one daughter, Kay Frances Gant of Duncanville; three sisters, Peggy Crittenden of College Station, Lorene Crawford of Tyler and Virginia Allen of San Antonio; two grandsons, Jimmy Dale Gant and Bobby Gant, both of Blooming Grove; and three great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Sept. 13, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Chester Lee Lewis
Sept 22, 1913 - Jan 25, 1985

Chester Lee Lewis, 72, retired Frost farmer, died Friday in Navarro Regional Hospital. He was a native of Brownsboro.

Funeral was held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Kinnaird officiating. Burial was to be in the Frost Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Lewis of Frost; five daughters, Geraldine Webb and Mary Ann Rutherford both of Corsicana, Peggy Derden of Eureka, Christine Fogleman of Teague and Floristine Tucker of Anahuac; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wendill Lewis of Arlington, and Larry Lewis of Lampasas; six sisters, Marcine James, Ella Mae Tanner and Clodine Henthorn all of Corsicana, Maxine Moore, Franklin, Louise Lee all of Fort Worth, and Ima Gene Stotts of Barry, and several nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Jan. 31, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Edna (McClure) Mimms-Dickson
Oct 27, 1904 - Feb 20, 1985

Edna Dickson

Edna Dickson, 80, of Frost, died Wednesday in Hillsboro.

The services were to be at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 22, at the Methodist Church in Frost with the Rev. Norman Suggs officiating. Burial was to be in the Frost Cemetery with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Dan Jack Mimms of Beaumont and Bobby Frank Mimms of Fort Worth; a brother, F. L. McClure of Mertens; five sisters, Rosa Malone and Viola Cleveland, both of Dallas, Leana Mehaley of Lubbock, Maurine Downey of Frost and June Turner of Garrett; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Guy Tullos, J.O Williams, Joe Bruner, Kenneth Logan, Jack Slater, and Buddy Ross.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 28, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Billie Leverne (Fread) Nutt
Feb 19, 1923 - Feb 25, 1985

Mrs. Billie L. Nutt, 62, of Red Oak, died Monday.

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Green Funeral Home in Ferris with the Rev. Donnie Jordan officiating. Graveside services were set for 4:30 p.m. at Frost Cemetery.

A Navarro County native, she lived in Ferris 25 years. She was a retired seamstress and attended Friendship Baptist Church in Lancaster.

Survivors include three sisters, Gladys Lusk of Ferris, Letha Barnett of Novice and Mrs. Dean Tweedle of Abilene; three daughters, Vernell Walton and Ruth Walton, both of Red Oak, and Earline Tsyzybylowski of Rockett; four granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 28, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Pauline (Hankins) Patterson
Apr 6, 1906 - Jan 3, 1985

Mrs. Pauline Hankins Patterson, 78, of Corsicana died Thursday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were to be 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church with Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial was to be in the Frost Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was a native of Waxahachie. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and of the Navarro Regional Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She attended Trinity University.

Her husband, Curtis Roy Patterson, preceded her in death on April 22, 1984.

Survivors include one daughter, Connie Denne Patterson of Corsicana; one brother, Omega P. Hankins of Royce City; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Lewis of Corsicana and Mrs. W. B. Chiles of Lubbock; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in the form of donations to the Curtis R. Patterson Kidney Fund at the Medical Arts Clinic.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Jan. 10, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Harvey Ray Wells
Feb 17, 1921 - Jul 6, 1984

Ray Wells, 63, of Italy died Friday morning at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas.

Service was at 2 p.m. Monday at Rudolph-Snider Funeral Home chapel in Waxahachie. Burial was at Frost Cemetery in Frost.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; a son, Donald Ray Wells of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Mrs. Linda Walls of DeSoto and Mrs. Carolyn Blankship of Athens, Okla.; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ann Borroum of Corsicana and Mrs. Marie Gobbel of Porter; and a brother, I.D. Wells of Irving.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - July 12, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Constance (Brockman) Keathley
Oct 8, 1903 - Jun 16, 1984

Mrs. Constance Keathley, 80, died Saturday, June 16, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 18, at 4 p.m. at the Blooming Grove Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Beverley officiating. Burial was in Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Keathley was a retired teacher having worked in the Frost and Magnolia school systems. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, past president of Beauceant and served as secretary of the International Order of Odd Fellows ex-students association.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Donna Dill of Corsicana; three sons, Flem Keathley Jr. of Freeport, Stanley Keathley of Kingsville and David Keathley of Waco; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 21, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • TXDI: Keathley Constance 06-16-1984 NAVARRO Female


Naomi Ruth Holloway
Oct 8, 1899 - Jul 19, 1984

Ruth Holloway, 84, of Hillsboro died Thursday, July 19, at Grant-Buie Hospital in Hillsboro.

Graveside services were to be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Frost Cemetery with Griffin Funeral Home of Blooming Grove in charge of arrangements.

She was a former resident of Frost.

She is survived by a brother-in-law, Ernest Coleman Ponder Sr. of Temple, and a nephew, Ernest Ponder Jr. of Frost.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - July 26, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Rejoana (Russell) Adamson
Jun 18, 1945 - Jan 23, 1985

Mrs. Rejoana Ann Adamson, 39, of Waxahachie, died in a Waxahachie hospital on Wednesday, January 23.

Services were to be at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Blooming Grove Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dave Fortner officiating. Burial was to be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis Paul Adamson of Waxahachie; two sons, Russell and Dennis Adamson of Waxahachie; parents, Mr. and Mrs.
R.D. Russell of Grand Prairie; a daughter-in-law, Tammy Adamson of Waxahachie; three brothers, Larry Russell of Grand Prairie, Dennis Russell of Arlington and Tommy Russell of Cedar Hill; and a granddaughter, Ashley Adamson of Waxahachie.

Pallbearers were Lewis Adamson, Bobby Adamson, Matt Norris, Charlie Norris, Larry Russell and Dennis Russell.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Jan. 31, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Hubbard B. "Hub" Hale
Feb 12, 1893 - Feb 19, 1985

H.B. "Hub" Hale, 92, of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service was to be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev.
Don Shultz and the Rev. Kyle Glenn officiating. Burial was to be at the Dresden Cemetery.

He was born in Dresden community and was a retired employee of Bethlehem Steel.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lucille and C. M. Starks of Corsicana; a brother, J.I. Hale of Blooming Grove; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Fay Hadley of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 28, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Jimmy Glenn Reeves
Nov 9, 1923 - Jul 12, 1984

Jimmy Reeves

Jimmy Reeves, 60, of Grand Prairie died Thursday at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Medical Center.

Reeves was a former resident of Blooming Grove. He was a veteran of World War II.

Services were held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Griffin Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Neal Rogers officiating. Burial was to be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother, Billy Joe Reeves of Mississippi; two step-children; and a number of uncles and aunts.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - July 19, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Mittie Younger
abt 1892 - Feb 1985

Mittie Younger, 93, of Mel Haven Convalescent Home, died Saturday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. L.L. Rosenborough officiating. Burial was to be in the Brushie Prairie Cemetery in Frost

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Maude Orr of Frost.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 28, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Jimmie Marshall Tillis
abt 1900 - July 18, 1983

Jimmie Marshall Tillis, 83, of Dawson died at his home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Primitive Baptist Church in Dawson. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements will be handled by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Tillis of Dawson; three daughters, Mrs. Jewel Dean Taylor, of Los Angeles, Mrs. Clara Fortson of Dallas, and Mrs. Cleola Jackson of Dallas, a son Jimmie Tillis of Pontiac, Mich.
a brother Amos Tillis of Dallas and 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 27, 1983

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Jessie Lura (Fuller) Donathan
Dec 23, 1900 - Feb 2, 1985

Mrs. Jessie "Fuller" Donathan, 84, a native of Navarro County, died recently in Fort Worth.

Services were set for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial was to be in the Younger Cemetery.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Allie Williams, of Shreveport, La.; four nieces, Mrs. Ona Mae Taylor of Dawson, Miss Melva Gunn of Carrollton, Mrs. Vernell Stouffer of Shreveport and Mrs. Ruth Darden of Fort Worth; one nephew, Dorsey Fuller of Shreveport.

Friends of the family were to be pallbearers.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 7, 1985

  • SSDI and TXDI


David Sanders "Buddy" Kennemore
Mar 9, 1909 - Aug 14, 1984

David S. (Buddy) Kennemore, 75, of Purdon died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service was 2 p.m. Thursday August 16, at the Corley Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. O.E. Permenter officiating with burial in Younger Cemetery.

He was a lifelong resident and native of Purdon. Retired from the Cotton Belt Railroad, Kennemore was a member of the Purdon Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Fannie Kennemore of Purdon; two sons, David W. Kennemore of Corsicana and Allen M. Kennemore of Emhouse; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lorene French of Dallas; two brothers, N.C. Kennemore of Navarro Mills and T. Kennemore of Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers were Ellis Owens, H.B. Currington, Ray York, W.H. (Tip) Tipton, Louis Owens and Billy York.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Aug. 23, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • TXDI: Kennemore David Sanders 08-14-1984 NAVARRO Male


William Alvin "Pete" Murray
abt 1911 - Sep 13, 1984

Former Corsicanan William Alvin "Pete" Murray, 73, of Rockdale, died Thursday in Temple.

Services were to be 10 a.m. Saturday at Phillips and Lucky Funeral Home in Rockdale with the Rev. D.D. Simpson officiating. Burial was to be in Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Murray was born in Blooming Grove and lived in Rockdale since 1953. He attended First Baptist Church in Rockdale, was a member of Rockdale Masonic Lodge and was a retired electrician.

Survivors include his wife, Muriel Alyne Murray of Rockdale; three sons, William Leo Murray of Stuttgart, Germany, Thomas Murray of Round Rock, and William Alvin Jr. of Kaufman; four brothers, A.H. Murray, M. A. Murray and J.C. Murray, all of Corsicana, and A.C. Murray of Palestine; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Sept. 20, 1984

  • TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Edna Tennessee (Ridle) Gunn
Sep 30, 1893 - Aug 6, 1984

Edna T. Gunn, 90, of Purdon died Monday, August 6, at the Twilight Nursing Home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, at Corley Funeral Home chapel with Rev. William Dollar officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was a Baptist. A native of Nashville, Tenn., she had lived most of her life in Navarro County.

She is survived by six daughters: Mrs. Maycial Cox of Dawson, Mrs. Eloise Bosely of Richland, Mrs. Jude Ray of Freeport, Mrs. Myrtle Hairell of Houston, Mrs. Dorothy Scroggins of Houston, and Mrs. Edna Earl Price of Purdon. Other survivors include 14 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Aug. 9, 1984

  • SSDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Mildred Lewis
Jan 13, 1910 - Jul 3, 1984

Mrs. Mildred Lewis, 74, of Fort Worth, formerly of Barry, died Tuesday, July 3 in Fort Worth.

Service was held at 11 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana with the Rev. Gary L. Torian officiating. Burial followed in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Lewis is a native of Barry. She had lived in Fort Worth since 1940. She was a Methodist.

Survivors include her husband Alvin "Ike" Lewis of Houma, La.; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Eddie Garrett, Monroe Moore, Burl Nowell, Russell Nowell, Roger Nowell and Henry Jones.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - July 12, 1984

  • SSDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Jean Norris
Nov 11, 1929 - Aug 1984

Mrs. Jean Rowe Norris, 54, of Dallas and formerly of Navarro County, died Friday at Dallas Memorial Hospital.

A quiet hour was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Scott Funeral Home Chapel of Corsicana.

The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Second Mission Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Curry officiating under direction of Scott Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Eureka.

Survivors include her husband, Marcellus Norris; one daughter, Tammy Norris of Dallas; three sons, Edward Rose, Marcus Norris and Kendall Norris, all of Dallas; three sisters, Mattie Evans and Juanita Alford, both of Corsicana and Nina Gasaway of Athens; a step-mother Norvella Rowe of Midland; a nephew, Charles Scott of Dallas; and a host of other relatives.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Sept 6, 1984

  • TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Ara (McJunkins) Richardson
Sep 4, 1907 - Aug 26, 1984

Ara Richardson

Mrs. Ara Richardson, 76, of Barry, died Sunday night at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service was at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Barry with the Rev. V. Washington officiating under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary of Corsicana. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Elvin Joe Richardson of Barry; a son, Larry Richardson of Corsicana; a brother, Tommy McJunkins of Barry; and three sisters, Edna Guess, Teresa Nelson and Ophra Hampton, all of Barry.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Sept 6, 1984

  • SSDI and TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Hazel Kirksey (Davis) George
Oct 7, 1895 - Sep 6, 1984

Hazel (Davis) George

Mrs. W. (Hazel) George, 88, of Corsicana, died at Navarro Regional Hospital last Thursday after a brief illness.

Graveside services were to be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Tom Graves, pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating.

Arrangements were with the Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 7, 1895 in Fort Worth, the daughter of B. Lynn Davis and Willie Rakestraw Davis.

She was a graduate of Southwestern University and member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

She married Ballard W. George, an attorney, Aug. 30, 1922. They made their home in Waco during the time he served as judge of the Court of Civil Appeals.

Returning to Corsicana after her husband's death, she taught in the Corsicana public schools.

Mrs. George was active in religious, civic and social affairs. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, organizing member of the James Blair Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution and past regent of the organization.

Survivors include a son, Ballard W. George Jr. of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a grandson, Andrew Davis George of Sunnyvale; a brother, David Davis of Shoreham, Vt.; and brother-in-law, Derward George of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Sept. 13, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Alta May (Conant) Carr
Jan 29, 1914 - Jul 30, 1984

Mrs. Alta May Carr, 70, of Corsicana died Monday at her residence.

She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County and a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. David Hale and the Rev. Calvin Francis officiating. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Henry Lee Carr of Dallas and Larry Lynn Carr of Barry; a sister, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Creech of Corsicana; her mother, Mrs. Cora E. Conant of Corsicana; two grand-daughters, Johnna Carr of Barry and Michelle Carr of Overland, Kan.; and three nieces.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Aug. 2, 1984

  • SSDI and TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Bertie Louise (Powell) Varnell
Dec 17, 1879 - Jul 1984

Bertie Varnell

Mrs. John W. "Bertie" Varnell, 104, of Temple, died Wednesday in Temple.

Services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial was to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Varnell was a former resident of Barry and Corsicana.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. J. A. Reed of Dallas, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Bolin, Millard Reid, Ike Beam, Leonard Halleen, James Morris and Robert Pell.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - July 26, 1984

  • SSDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


R. S. "Flapp" Speegle
Mar 27, 1910 - Jul 1984

R.S. (Flapp) Speegle, 74, of Hobbs, New Mexico died there Saturday, July 7.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday in Hobbs, under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home in Hobbs, with burial following in Prairie Haven Cemetery.

Speegle was a native of Barry.

Survivors include his wife, Letha Speegle of Hobbs; two sons, Robert Speegle of Andrew and Ray Speegle of Liberal, Kansas; a daughter, Rena Killian of Everett, Washington; a brother, E.G. Speegle of Baton Rouge, La.; two sisters, Bertha Elliott of Houston and Dorothy Farmer of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - July 12, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
     


Dennis Earl Brunton
June 24, 1930 (Penelope TX) - Oct. 24, 1998 (Corsicana, TX)

Services were held October 26, 1998 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana, with Rev. James T. Davis and J.M. Cordell officiating.
Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Brunton is survived by his wife, Betty Brunton of Blooming Grove; three sons, Gary Brunton of Eureka, Donnie Brunton of Athens, and Jason Brunton of Austin; and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Arlee Lockhart, Lee Dearen, Alton Cordell, Clifford Phillips, Wesley Wilson, and Brad Henley, with arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Nov. 11, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Don Randolph "Rudy" Schultz
Feb 15, 1953 (Corsicana, TX) - Sep 20, 1997 (Stephenville, TX)

Don (Rudy) Randolph Schultz

Services were held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Corsicana, with T.J. Davis officiating and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Schultz is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lillie and Clyde Baker of Burleson; brothers, Travis DeChaume of Corsicana; Jody DeChaume of Blooming Grove; sisters, Amanda Coker of Burleson, Donna Akers of California. Griffin-Roughton officiated.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove - Sept. 30, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Don "Rudy" Rudolph Schultz

Don (Rudy) Rudolph Schultz, 44, of Stephenville died Sept. 20 in Stephenville.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Chapel with J.T. Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Dickey Coker, Donnie Haefs, Keith Thompson, Jeff Mills, Ronnie Christopher, Calvin Bland and Tommy Heddins.

Mr. Schultz is survived by his mother and step-father, Lillie and Clyde Baker of Burleson; brothers, Travis DeChaume of Corsicana and Jody DeChaume of Blooming Grove; sisters, Amanda Coker of Burleson and Donna Akers of Caledonia, California; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Mr. Schult was preceded in death by his father, Paul Schultz; sister, Pauline Schultz; and brother, Carl Christopher.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Sept 22, 1997
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Anna Louise Stubbs
Dec 19, 1904 (Purdon, TX) - Sep 25, 1997 (Corsicana, TX)

Services were held Sept. 27, 1997, at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr., officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Stubbs.

Mrs. Stubbs is survived by a son, Mickey Stubbs of Mexia; a daughter, Sharon Goodman, Corsicana; granddaughters, Cindy Neal III and Jami Stubbs; grandson, Greg Stubbs; sister-in-law, Mamie Stubbs of Corsicana, and nephew, Norman Stubbs of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove - Sept. 30, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Gladys Oree (Ivie) Brown
Jan. 4, 1904 - Nov. 2, 1997

Services for Mrs. Brown were held November 4, 1997, at Corley Funeral Chapel, Corsicana, with Bro. Bill Honea and Rev. Harper Watson officiating. Burial was in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown is survived by a son, Charles Brown of Dawson; five daughters, Hazel Watson, Maggie Brown and Peggy Mauldine, all of Dallas; LaVerne Smith of Blooming Grove and Mrs. James (Lorene) Sykes of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Pearl Bates, Sula Ward, Katherine Hodges, Edith Stephens and Joan Freeman; and two brothers, James and Arnold Ivie.

Mrs. Brown, the firstborn of the late Sims and Roxie Ivie, was preceded in death by her husband, Dock Brown, and two sons, Albert and Russell Brown. Grandsons were pallbearers. Corley Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove - Nov. 11, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Nora Annette (McNeel) Vyers
Nov 30, 1909 (Magnum, OK) - Oct. 29, 1997

Nora Annette Vyers

Services for Mrs. Vyers, who lived in Balch Springs, were held November 2, 1997, at Corley Funeral Chapel, Corsicana, with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

Mrs. Vyers was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. She is survived by a daughter, and five sons; four sisters, Juanita Watson of Mertens; Etta Mae Crawford of Blooming Grove; Tommie Fields of Lancaster and Sue McKanna of Mesquite; a brother, Walton Wayne McNeel, Dallas, 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Vyers was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Vyers. Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Nora A. Vyers

Nora A. Vyers, 87, of Balch Springs died Oct. 29.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Burial will follow at the Pattison Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Chuck Mays, Brad Voruk, David Voruk, Philip Timpa, Victor Sartoris, and Tony Gipson.

Ms. Vyers was born Nov. 30, 1909, in Magnum, Okla. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Ms. Vyers is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Powell of Balch Springs; five sons, James David Boruk of Frisco, James David Boruk of Columbia, S.C., Robert Wayne Boruk of Dallas, George Alvin Boruk of Dallas, and Howard Vyers of Balch Springs; four sisters, Juanita Watson of Mertens, Etta Mae Crawford of Blooming Grove, Tommie Fields of Lancaster, and Sue McKanna of Mesquite; brother, Walton Wayne McNeel of Dallas; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchilden; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Ms. Vyers was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Vyers.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Sylvia Ann (Stubblefield) Hunter
Apr. 29, 1942 (Frost, TX) - Sept. 15, 1997 (Corsicana, TX)

Sylvia Ann Hunter

Services were held September 17, 1997, at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove with burial in Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Hunter is survived by her son, Jeff and Regina Hunter of San Antonio; Brandy and Donny Knightsteip of Ore City; a brother, Donald Stubblefield of Streetman and Malva Ray Stubblefield of Corsicana; sister, Neva Perry of Seagoville; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Allen Hunter. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove - Sept. 30, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Sylvia Ann (Stubblefield) Hunter


Sylvia Ann Hunter, 55, of Frost died Sept. 15 at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove. Burial will follow in Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Hunter was born April 29, 1942 in Frost.

Mrs. Hunter is survived by her son, Jeff and Regina Hunter of San Antonio; Brandy and Donny Knightstep of Ore City; brother, Donald Stufflefield of Streetman and Melva Ray Stubblefield of Corsicana; sister, Neva Perry of Seagoville; and 3 grandchildren.

Mrs. Hunter was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Allen Hunter.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Sept 17, 1997

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Margaret Marie (Keathley) Scott
Apr. 13, 1914 (Frost, TX) - Sept. 21, 1997 (Dallas, TX)

Margaret Marie Scott

Services were held September 23, 1997, at the Cockrell Hill United Methodist Church, Dallas. Burial was in Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Scott is survived by her husband, F.H. Scott; daughters, Sarah Kirkham of Dallas, Nita Whitfield of Houston; sister, Josephine Speer of Frost. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herschel and Mabel Keathley and brothers, Alva Keathley and John Williams.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove - Sept. 30, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Margaret Marie (Keathley) Scott
Apr 13, 1914 - Sep 21, 1997

Margaret Marie Scott of Dallas was born April 13, 1914 in Frost and passed away Sept. 21, in Dallas.

Services will be today at 2 p.m. at Cockrell Hill United Methodist Church, 4031 West Clarendon Drive, Dallas. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Scott was a resident of Dallas for 57 years. She was an active member of Cockrell Hill United Methodist Church for 55 years, a church she loved and whose members she cherished.

Mrs. Scott is survived by a husband of 63 years, F.H. "Pudd" Scott; daughters, Sarah Kirkham of Dallas and Nita Whitfield of Houston; a sister, Josephine Speer of Frost; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by parents, Herschel and Mabel Keathley, and brothers, Alva Keathley and John Williams.

Arrangements by Byrum Funeral Home of Lancaster.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Sept 22, 1997

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Irma Lee (Oliver) Christian
Oct. 8, 1918 (Hill County) - Sept. 26, 1997 (Frost, TX)

Irma Lee Christian

Services were held Sept. 29, 1997, at Frost First Baptist Church with Bro. Jim Baggett officiating. Burial was in Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Christian is survived by her husband, R.T. Christian of Frost; son, Tommy Christian, Frost; daughter, Wanda Montgomery of Frost; brother, Gene Oliver of Richardson; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her great-grandchild, Trace Christian. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove - Sept. 30, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Irma Lee Christian, 78, of Frost died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997, at her home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Frost First Baptist Church with Brother Jim Baggett officiating. Burial will follow at Frost Cemetery. Visitation will be held today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Christian's grandsons.

Mrs. Christian was born Oct. 8, 1918 at Hill County.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandchild, Trace Christian.

Mrs. Christian is survived by her husband, R.T. Christian of Frost; a son, Tommy Christian of Rice; daughter, Wanda Montgomery of Frost; brother, Gene Oliver of Richardson; grandchildren, Mark and Lisa Almond, Tim Christian, Brian and Susan Montgomery, Leann and Steve Maner, Lisa and Kevin Thedford, Jana and Forrest Tucker; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Sept 29, 199

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Robert Bruce (Bob) McCormick, Jr.
(His death records shows Jr. ??  I think this obituary may be wrong ?)
Aug. 28, 1930 (Corsicana, TX) - Aug. 17, 1998 (Montana)

R.B. (Bob) McCormick, III

Services were held August 21, 1998, at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington. Burial was in Frost Cemetery, Frost, TX.

Mr. McCormick is survived by his son, Bruce McCormick of Dallas, daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Chris Lott of Southlake; mother, Alyne McCormick of Blooming Grove; brother, Alan McCormick of Tulsa, OK; sisters, Martha Rhodes of Midland and Carolyn Beene of Dallas; grandchildren, Amanda, Meg and Millie Lott. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwynne (Hooser) McCormick, a Frost native.

Bob was the great-grandson of Robert Bruce McCormick, who was a Tennessee academy headmastser when the War Between the States began in 1861. The Southern gentleman achieved the rank of Captain.

Bob's grandfather, Robert Bruce McCormick, Sr., came to Texas from Maury County, TN in 1895. He married the former Mollie Vandiver of Cryer Creek and this family was a forceful asset in building Blooming Grove.
Mr McCormick taught in the Hackberry School and became a landowner, farmer, rancher and businessman. He established Blooming Grove's first undertaking parlor and owned a furniture store, which he operated until his death in 1917.

Bob's father, Robert Bruce McCormick, II, received his certificate for morticians at the Mortician School in Dallas and continued the family businesses, along with his mother, Molly, who founded and was 1st President of the local PTA in 1923. Bruce II was the first President of the Blooming Grove Lions Club.

Bob's mother, Alyne (Youngblood) McCormick came to Blooming Grove to teach school. After she married Bob's father in 1929, she joined the family with active participation in organizational leadership. All the McCormicks hold admirable records in the United Methodist Church of Blooming Grove.

Bob followed in the educational footsteps of his ancestry. He graduated from Blooming Grove High School, Navarro College and Texas A&M University. He resided in Euless and Sweetwater before making his home in Arlington for over 26 years. He had been involved in land development and sales for the last ten years. He was a much loved husband, father, son, brother and grandfather.

Memorials may be made to Discovery Foundation, 3131 Hood, Suite 600, Dallas, TX 75219.

Arrangements were by Arlington Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming News - Aug. 26, 1998

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Sanford Bruce Watson
Dec 12, 1911 - Jul 23, 1964

Final Rites for Bruce Watson Held Saturday

Funeral services for Bruce Watson, 52, were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, from the Central Baptist Church, Blooming Grove. The rites were conducted by Dr. A.J. Holt, retired Baptist minister of Waco.
Burial was in the Cryer Creek cemetery under the direction of McCormick Funeral Service.

Native of Barry, Mr. Watson died Thursday in the Veterans Administration hospital at Lisbon following a stroke suffered earlier in the week. He was a long-distance truck driver for Dallas Ceramics Co.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lewellyn Watson, Blooming Grove, a son; Mark Watson of Blooming Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Martha McSpadden, Athens; Mrs. Mary Jo DeLong and Margie Watson, Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Perkins of Dallas, and Mrs. Gladys New, Corpus Christi; three grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dr. Will Miller, Woodroe Perkins, Percy Varnell, Glenn Bell, Ralph Page and Lawrence Watson.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 31, 1964 (Taken from The Blooming Grove - Sept. 30, 1997)

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Bruce Watson Rites Saturday
Bruce Watson, 52, of Blooming Grove, died Thursday afternoon in the Veterans Administration hospital at Lisbon following a stroke suffered earlier in the week.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove with burial in the Cryer Creek cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Dr. A. J. Holt, retired Baptist minister of Waco.
Watson, a long-distance truck driver for the Dallas Ceramics Company, is reported to have returned to Dallas from a trip and was enroute home to Blooming Grove when he was found unconscious in his car by Dallas police. He did not regain consciousness, it was stated.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lewellyn Watson, Blooming Grove; a son, Mark Watson, Blooming Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Jo DeLong, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Martha McSpadden, Athens, and Margie Watson, Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Perkins, Dallas, and Mrs. Gladys Neu, Corpus Christi; three grandchildren and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Jewel (Ferish) Grimmett
Nov 27, 1908 (Cryer Creek, TX) - Oct 25, 1997 (Corsicana, TX)

Services were held for Mrs. Grimmett on Tues., October 28, 1997 at the Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana, with Rev. Virginia Bassford officiating. Burial was in the Cryer Creek cemetery.

Mrs. Grimmett was a member of the Barry United Methodist Church and she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Earl Grimmett.

Pallbearers were Mike McCormick, Terry Grounds, Tommy Hawkins, David Ragsdale, Richard Grimmett, David Grimmett and Ron Molatch.

Mrs. Grimmett is survived by four sons, Lewis and Jerry Grimmett, both of Corsicana; Clyde Grimmett of Ackron, OH.; and Nelson Grimmett of Euless; a brother, James Phelps of Corsicana; two sisters, Mary York of Corsicana and Maudine Shelton of Garland; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Corley Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove - Nov. 11, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Dr. Howard Banks Orr
Oct 29, 1887 - Mar 3, 1978

Dr. H. B. Orr
Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at  Bethel A. M. E. Church for Dr. Howard Banks Orr, 90, a native of Navarro County and resident of Corsicana.
The Rev. L. C. Hammond, pastor, will officiate with interment in Brushie Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home.
Dr. Orr was born October 29, 1887, and graduated from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn, in 1913. He practiced medicine over 60 years with offices at Hillsboro, Wichita Falls, Lubbock and Corsicana.
A World War I veteran, he was one of the organizers of Mel-Haven Convalescent Nursing Home. He was also a member of Commet Lodge No. 65 of Hillsboro and the ZAKAT Temple No. 164 of Dallas. He served as a Sunday school teacher at Bethel A.M.E. Church.
His wife, Christina, preceded him in death.
Survivors include one sisters-in-law, Mrs. George Orr of Frost; two nephews, L. E. Orr of Malakoff and R. E. Orr of Austin; seven nieces, Mrs. Vesper Brown and Mrs. Frodia Lott, both of Austin; Mrs. Jennie  Burns and Mrs. Lois Carruthers, both of Midland; Mrs. Doris Jones of San Antonio, Mrs. Maudene Halmon of Houston, Mrs. Lorene West of Kansas City Mo.
Pallbearers will be stewards and trustees of the Bethel A.M.E. Church. Honorary pallbearers will be member of the Comet Lodge No. 65 of Hillsboro and ZAKAT Temple 164 of Dallas.

Notes:

  • Orr Howard B 03-03-1978 BELL COUNTY TEXAS; Male

  • Corsicana Daily Sun; Sun. Mar 4, 1978

  • Submitted by Verna Bonner


Willie Lesater Hollingsworth
Nov 14, 1893 - Mar 3, 1978

W. L. Hollingsworth
FROST - Funeral services are to be at 2 p.m. today at the Frost Baptist Church for Willie L. Hollingsworth, 84, of Frost, who died Friday at Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. Jim Baggett will officiate with burial at the Dresden Cemetery.
Survivors include two  daughters, Mrs. Joe Tucker of Fort Smith, Ark., and Mrs. Ruth Hustead of Malakoff; three brothers, Roy Hollingsworth of Mertens, Clyde Hollingsworth of Blooming Grove, and Harvey Hollingsworth of Frost; one sister, Eula Jackson of Frost; for grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bill Thomas, Windell Warren, Donald Boyd, Jimmy Thomas, E. R. Clark and Jim Bob McGraw.
Bradley Funeral Home of Blooming Grove is in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas Douglas Neel
Mar 31, 1863 - May 28, 1950

T. D. Neal Dies Sunday Night

T. D. Neal, 85, died at this home here Sunday night. He had resided here 52 years.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the family home with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, Frost; a daughter who resided in West Texas; a granddaughter, three step children and other relatives.

Notes:

  • Son of T. D. and Ann Catherine (Unknown) Neel; Husband of Sarah Frances (Fitzgerald) Neel; Father of Maud

  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

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Thomas D. Neel
Mar 31, 1863 - May 28, 1950

FROST, Texas - May 31. - Funeral services were held here for T.D. Neal, 85, long-time Frost resident. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Maude McCord; a granddaughter and three stepchildren.

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Sheriff Wiley Dodson Robinson, Sr
Feb 11, 1870 - Oct 29, 1958

Former Sheriff W. D. Robinson Dies Wednesday
Wiley D. Robinson, Sr., 88 native of Navarro county, former sheriff, died in teh Navarro Clinic Wednesday morning following a three weeks illness.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the McCammon Funeral Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Alex Cox, minister of the First Christian church.

In Three Buildings
Robinson, the oldest living ex-sheriff of Navarro county had the distinction of being sheriff in three courthouses.
Elected in November, 1900, after serving as constable at Blooming Grove, Robinson's office was in the old courthouse. He served two years and then was out of office two years being elected the second time in November, 1904, while the county government was located in a temporary site as the present courthouse was  being constructed.
The county offices moved into the present courthouse during his first-year in 1906 after the
 
building was started early in 1905.

Native of Dresden.
Born, Feb. 11, 1870, at Dresden, the house in which he was born was razed two years ago. He was the son of the late Dr. W. S. Robinson who was the first M. D. to move to Navarro county, coming from Lauden County, Tennessee, in 1849, and settling at Dresden which was one of the larger and more important centers in this section of Texas.
 
Robinson had been in the real estate business here for several decades and was active in his business until he became ill a few weeks ago.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. S. Guthrie; a son, Wiley D. Robinson, Jr.; two grandsons, Joe Guthrie and Wiley Stephen Robinson, all of Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
 
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Lorimer, Walter Lewis, Lloyd Carraway, John Hughes, Sam Allen, Ralph Tatum, J. C. Roe and Judge C. E. McWilliams.

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W. D. Robinson Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Wiley D. Robinson, Sr., former Navarro county sheriff and long-time real estate operator, were held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of the First Christian church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Robinson died in the Navarro Clinic Wednesday morning following a three weeks’ illness. He was the oldest living ex-sheriff of Navarro county and had the distinction of occupying an office in three courthouses.

He was first elected sheriff in November, 1900, after serving as constable at Blooming Grove and after two years, missed one term and came back and was elected in November, 1904. His office was in an old courthouse the first term, and when he was renamed, the county was occupying a temporary site while the present courthouse was under construction. The county departments moved into the new or present courthouse in 1906 before his term expired.

Born, Feb. 11, 1879, at Dresden, he was the son of Dr. W. S. Robinson, the first M.D. to move to Navarro county. Dr. Robinson came to Dresden from Tennessee in 1849.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. S. Guthrie; a son, Wiley D. Robinson, Jr.; two grandsons, Joe Guthrie and Wiley Stephen Robinson, all of Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Lorimer, Walter Lewis Lloyd Carraway, John Hughes, Sam Allen, Ralph Tatum, J. C. Roe and Judge C. E. McWilliams.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Oct 30, 1958
  • h/o Susan Elizabeth “Susie” (Clayton) Robinson s/o Dr. William Simpson Robinson and Marian Adelaide (Riggs) Robinson buried in Dresden (he was sheriff of Navarro Co. 1900-1902, 1904-1906)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Thomas J. Garrett
July 4, 1902 - June 29, 1939

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR THOMAS GARRETT HELD WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for Thomas J. Garrett, aged 29 years, who died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock after an illness of several days were held from the First Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the church.
For a number of years he was a bookkeeper at the Corsicana National Bank, later joining the First National when the two institutions were merged. He was connected with the First National Bank until a few months ago. He began working at the Corsicana National when he was 18 years of age. He was born in Loganville, Ga. July 4, 1902 He was married to Erma McKinney, Oct 14, 1923.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Thomas; a daughter, Margie Lou, parents Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Garrett, and three brothers and four sisters.
Active pallbearers were Douglas Jackson, Sam Crain, Tate Lindsey, Johnnie Brown, Preston Harrison and Dr. William Shell Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Festus Pierce, Dan Comfort, Bob Mills, Will Pugh, Dr. William Shell Sr., Sam Slay, J. N. Garitty, A. G. Elliott, Hoyt Moore, Sterling Hornbeak, G. R. Brooks, Houston; C. I. Penry, Dallas; C. L. Terry, Phillip Sheets, C. R. Terry, A. D. McCullough, E. J. Hall, Raollph Jeffers, Will Roy High, Harris Ransom, Lloyd Young, Sam Allen, Roy Leds, A. P. Simpson, Hugh Bryent, Turk Robinson, Hugh Robinson, Lawrence McCarver, Ed McCarver, Charlie Croft, Hubert Whitten, Herman Roberts, David Elliott, William Elliott, Arthur Lee Elliott, Howard Allen and all members of K. & P. Lodge, and friends of the family.
The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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THOMAS GARRETT DIED MONDAY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

Thomas J. Garrett, aged twenty-nine, died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Monday afternoon about 2 o'clock, after an illness of several days. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

The deceased is survived by his widow, two children, his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. W. J. Garrett, and several brothers and sisters.

For a number of years he was a bookkeeper for the Corsicana National Bank, later joining the First National Bank after the merger of the two institutions, and was connected with that institution until a few months ago.

The Corley Funeral Home will direct the funeral.

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Silas Manuel Baugh

S. M. BAUGH DIES FROST TUESDAY

FROST, Dec. 31 (Spl) - Silas Manuel Baugh, 72, retired street car operator, died at his home in Frost Tuesday morning.
Funeral rites were held Wednesday a t 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church of Frost, with Rev. C. C. Ellis pastor of the Frost Baptist church, officiating. Burial was in the Frost cemetery.
Baugh and his wife resided in Frost for the past five years moving there from Dallas on his retirement after 31 years as a motorman with the Dallas Transit company.
He is survived by his wife, a son, J. D. Baugh, Dallas; a brother, Claude A Baugh of Kilgore; a sister, Mrs. Bertie McGaughey, Dallas and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers were W. F. Bonett, L. O. Ellis, J. B. Jones, T. E. Clifton, Frank Johnson and Rex Pattersons.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Timothy Murrell
abt 1955 - Dec 1958

MURRELL CHILD SERVICES HELD

Funeral services for Timothy Murrell, 3-year son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon W. Murrell of Odessa, who died in the M. D. Anderson clinic in Houston Monday, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The rites were conducted by Rev. James T. Davis. Fundamentalist Baptist minister. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.
The child had been ill for a year and had been in the Anderson [missing rest of obituary]

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W. H. Fish
abt 1854 - Jul 1909

DR. W. H. FISH DEAD
Father of Mrs. C. L. Jester Died Last Night
Judge C. L. Jester today received a message from his wife saying that her father, Dr. W. H. Fish, had died at his home in Nicholasville, Ky., last night. The message contained no particulars and Judge jester presumes that death came suddenly and at least unexpectedly, as he had received no previous information saying that Dr. Fish was sill. Mrs. Jester had been there several days on a visit and fortunately also another daughter who lives in Indiana is visiting there.
Dr. Fish has visited in Corsicana and sis well known to not a few of our citizens who remember him as a dignified, intelligent and courtly gentleman. They will deeply regret his  death and sympathize with his family. Dr. Fish was about fifty five years of age.

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  • Tuesday - Jul 20, 1909

  • Submitted by Verna Bonner


James Newton Barron, Jr.
abt 1908 - Oct 2, 1986

J. Newton Barron
J. Newton Barron, 78, of Dawson, died today at Navarro Regional Hospital.
A memorial service w ill be 10 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Dawson. Burial will be in Dawson City Cemetery under the direction  of Eubanks-Wade Funeral Home.
He worked for many years at the First National Bank of Collidge, the First National Bank of Corsicana and after retirement at the First Bank and Trust in Dawson. During World World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps with overseas duty in Italy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alta Wheelock Barron. Survivors include a nephew, B. Lynn Sanders Jr. of Corsicana; two great-nephews, B. Lynn Sanders III of Corsicana and Ted F. Sanders of Austin and two great great nephews.
Pallbearers will be Frank Comer, Raymond Etter, Cloyce Floyd, Lynn Hill, Bill Hubbard, Bill Moore, Clyde Roloff, Curley Whitener, Wayne McElroy and William "Punk" Nesmith. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Turner, Prentice Priddy and Neal Clark.
The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday.

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Luke Sitton
Jan 11, 1878 - Jan 6, 1932

NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY PASSES AWAY AT BLOOMING GROVE
Luke Sitton, aged 53 years, native of Navarro county and long time resident f Blooming Grove, died at his home in Blooming Grove Wednesday morning  at 1:10 o'clock following an illness of several days with pneumonia. He was born near Barry.
The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from the residence with interment in Rose hill cemetery at 2 o'clock. The services will be conducted by W. Z. Corbin, Baptist minister of Blooming Grove.
Surviving are his wife, five daughters, Mrs. A. V. Stephens, Navasota; Mrs. Roy Herold, Dallas; Misses May Pauline, Jimmie Luke and Jackie Sitton, all of Blooming Grove; four brothers, Guy Sitton, Corsicana; Cal Sitton, of Blooming Grove; Jim Sitton, Houston; and Hardy Sitton, San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. Berry McGee, Waxahachie; Mrs. G. P. Utley, Dallas; a granddaughter, Sue Herold, Dallas; and a number  of other relatives.
The funeral will be directed by the McCormick  Funeral Home.

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LUKE SITTON PASSED AWAY WEDNESDAY MORNING

Luke Sitton passed away at 1 o'clock a.m. Wednesday, following pneumonia. He was 54 years old, a native of Navarro county. The funeral services were held at the home Thursday at 2 p.m. by Rev. W. Z. Corbin, and interment took place in Rose Hill cemetery.

He is survived by his wife and five children, Mrs. A. Z. Stevens, Navasota; Mrs. Ray Harold of Dallas; Mae Pauline, Jimmie and Jackie Sitton of Blooming Grove; and one granddaughter, Sue Harold.

The deceased has been living in Blooming Grove many years. He married Miss Murrie Powell and for a number of years his health has been anything but good, yet he did all he could to make home happy and bent every energy to educate his children.

Mr. Sitton cared nothing for leadership, nor did he busy himself to dedicate the policies of his town and country, but sounded down, he had plenty of sense and knew when those in power were building on foundations to withstand the tempests and defy the sword of criticism.
He had his faults. We all have them, but to know Luke Sitton was to be convinced that he designed no man harm, harbored malice toward no one and his career is not without many chapters of good deeds freely bestowed upon worthy subjects.

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Monroe C. Neal
Apr 2, 1886 - Mar 6, 1928

Monroe McNeal [sic] Died Tuesday Morning

Monroe Neal, age 43, died with pneumonia Tuesday morning at 1:15. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery. Rev. Carraway conducting the funeral service.

The deceased came to Texas a few months ago from Mississippi. He was a farmer. He has a number of relatives living in this community.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 9, 1928

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Blooming Grove Man Died Tuesday

BLOOMING Grove, March 10— (Ap)—Monroe Neal aged. 48 years died with pneumonia Tuesday morning at 1:15 o'clock and interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

He came to Texas a few months ago from Mississippi. He was farmer.  Surviving are numerous relatives.

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Monroe C. Neal
Apr 2, 1886 - Mar 6, 1928

A CARD OF THANKS

We wish to thank the many friends and neighbors of the Blooming Grove community for their kindness and helping hands that rendered during the illness and death of our dear son and brother, Monroe Neal.
All was done for this dear one that loving hands could do, but God called from the Heaven above and said come up here dear Monroe and live with me, where there is no more sorrow, but all is joy.
Bro. Monroe was loved by all who knew him. He is survived by his aged mother, Mrs. M. D. Neal of Blooming Grove, and one brother, who still resides in that same home, W. R. Neal: One brother, T. L. Neal and wife, who reside in the Blooming Grove community, also a bother, W. D. Neal and wife of Coolidge, two brothers and one sister residing in Mississippi. J. E. Neal, L. L. Neal and Mrs. C. B. Herring and a number of nieces and nephews who are heart broken over the death of this dear one. We loved him but God loved him more.
Written by; Mrs. W. D. Neal, Coolidge, Texas.

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Floyd Stevens
Aug 19, 1907 - May 4, 1930

Floyd Stevens Buried Here Monday Afternoon

Floyd Stevens, age 22 years, died Sunday afternoon in a Waxahachie hospital as a result of poison, according to information received here Monday. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church, with Rev. Jenkins of Italy officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery. McCormick funeral parlor was in charge.

The deceased had lived about four miles northwest of Blooming Grove on the farm. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Annie Stevens, four brothers and one sister.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 9, 1930

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • MARKER SHOWS DEATH IN 1929 BUT THIS OBIT IS IN THE MAY 9, 1930 PAPER. HE MUST HAVE DIED MAY 4, 1930. HIS MARKER LOOKS LIKE THE 4TH. INDEX SHOWS HIM AS STEPHENS
     


Rosa Lee (Gibson) Jordan
Jun 14, 1907 - May 2, 1930

SEE ROSA LEE (GIBSON) JORDAN-LAWLESS


Hugh Means Bower
abt 1862 - May 20, 1943

Hugh M. Bower Buried Friday

Funeral services for Hugh M. Bower, age 75 years, who died Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Hand, in Fort Worth, were held from the Christian Church here Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Joe Snell conducted the rites. Interment was in White Church cemetery.

A native of Georgia, Mr. Bower came to Texas in 1893 and had resided at Blooming Grove 45 years.

Surviving are the following children; Rex Bower, Corsicana; Mrs. Floy Mae Hand, Fort Worth; Alberta Bower, Blooming Grove; Francis C. Bower, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Christine Blanton, Dallas; L.C. Bower, Fort Worth, Mrs. Lorene Moore, Fort Worth; and Mrs. Hazel Clark, Corsicana. Thirty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.

McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 28, 1943

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Hugh M. Bower, age 75 buried Friday. Died Thurs at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.A. Hand in Fort Worth. Services held from the Christian Church here Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Joe Snell conducted the rites. Interment was in White Church cemetery.

A native of Georgia, Mr. Bower came to Texas in 1893 and had resided at Blooming Grove 45 years. Surviving are the following children: Rex Bower, Corsican; Mrs. Floy Mae Hand, Fort Worth; Alberta Bower, Blooming Grove; Francise C. Bower, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Christine Blanton, Dallas; L.C.
Bower, Fort Worth, Mrs. Lorene Moore, Ft. Worth; and Mres. Hazel Clark, Corsicana. Thirty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.
The Blooming Grove Times
Vol LIII No 12
May 28, 1943

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FORMER RESIDENT BLOOMING GROVE DIED FORT WORTH

H. M. Bower, age 76 years, died at the home of his daughter in Fort Worth Thursday morning. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but burial will be in the White Church cemetery at Blooming Grove.

Mr. Bower had been a resident of Blooming Grove for 45 years.

Surviving are the following children; Rex Bower, Corsicana; Mrs. W. A. Hand, Fort Worth; Frances Carleton Bower, Fort Worth; Burt Bower, Blooming Grove; Chalmers Bower, Fort Worth; Mrs. Leonard Clark, Corsicana; Mrs. Harvey Blanton, Dallas; Mrs. Lorene Moor, Fort Worth; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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