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Joe Rexford Patterson
Jan 13, 1911 - Mar 12, 1985

Rex Patterson, 74, of Frost, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Private memorial services were pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove at the time of publication.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Daisy Jane Patterson of Frost; a son and daughter in law, Charles and Debra Patterson of Duncanville; and two sisters, Jewel Jones of Frost and Iris Payne of Fort Worth.

The family requests that memorials go to the Methodist Home, 111 Herring Ave., Waco, Texas 76710 or the kidney dialysis center at Medical Arts Clinic.

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Jewell (Sheppard) Bailey
Oct 13, 1902 - Mar 5, 1985

Jewell Bailey, 82, of Frost, died Tuesday at her residence.

The funeral was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at the First Baptist Church in Frost with the Rev. Jeff Reid officiating. Burial was to be at the Frost Cemetery.

She is survived by a daughter, Jackie Williams of Waco; two brothers, Farris Sheppard of Malakoff and Leere Sheppard of Frost; three nieces; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were to be Leon Crawford, Jimmy Hoosier, W. D. Watts, J. L. Watts, Ronnie Brown and Truett Green.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Mar. 14, 1985
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robbie Lynn Dortch
Dec 18, 1940 - Jun 9, 1984

Robby Dortch, 43, of Frost, died June 9, in the Hubbard hospital.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10 in the Blooming grove Chapel with the Rev. Gary Carroll officiating. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Jewell Dortch of Frost; a daughter, Melissa Dortch of Dallas; three brothers, Joe Dortch of Louisiana, John Dortch of Waco, and Jerry Dortch of Dallas; and six sisters, Millie Heib of Dallas, Pat Clifton of Frost, Frankie Pickett of Euless, Glenda Aday of Fort Worth, Nellie Commer and Lena Reeves of Mesquite.

Pallbearers were nephews.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 14, 1984
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Nora Alice (Ponder) Bryant
Feb 27, 1894 - Jun 9, 1984

Mrs. Nora Alice (Ponder) Bryant, 90, of Frost, died June 9, in Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, June 11 at Frost Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Reed officiating. assisted by Mrs. Bryant's grandson, Elvin B. Bryant. Burial was in Frost Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Otis G. Bryant of Houston, Raymond E. Bryant of Frost and Forrest L. Bryant of Dallas; three brothers, Coleman Ponder of Temple, Knox Ponder of Frost and Dave Ponder of Fort Worth; one sister, Lucy Ponder of Dallas, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons Paul and Don Bryant, grandson-in-law, Doug Collop and deacons of Frost Baptist Church.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 14, 1984
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Curtis Roy Patterson
Aug 13, 1907 - Apr 22, 1984

Curtis R. Patterson, 76, of Corsicana died Sunday April 22 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday April 24, 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Patterson was a native of Frost and had lived in Corsicana since 1955. He was a registered pharmacist for 50 years and had served on the Board of Registered Pharmacists. He was a deacon and a chairman of the board of First Baptist Church. He was a member of Masonic Halbert Lodge #641, the Knights of Columbus and the Frost Oddfellows, and was a Shriner.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Polly Patterson of Corsicana; one daughter, Connie Dean Patterson of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Jewell Jones of Frost and Mrs. Iris Payne of Fort Worth; one brother, Rex Patterson of Frost; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ross Maxfield, Steve Brown, Joe Bob Tekell, Dr. James Price, J.R. Copeland and Blake Gillen.

The family requests that memorials be made in the form of donations to the Dialysis Center, care of the Medical Arts Clinic.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - April 26, 1984
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lois Dickson Dortch  
Aug 29, 1911 - Jan 29, 1967

L. D. Dortch Dies In Waco

Funeral was held Monday at 2 PM in Corsicana for Loyce D. Dortch, 56, native of Frost Community but long time resident of Waco. Church of Christ Minister Jim Walker officiated and interment was in Frost Cemetery. Casket Bearers were Louis Rawlings, Lloyd Horn, John Dortch, R. E. Smith, Tommy Hopkins and Nathan Rawlings.

Survivors are his mother of Waco, Mrs. Dovie Dortch; son, J.H. Dortch of Ft. Worth; daughter, Mrs. Peggy Turbeville of Ft. Worth; brother, Luther Dortch of Frost; sisters, Mrs. Nathan Rawlings of Rice, Mrs. W.W. Kay of Mt. Calm, Mrs. Iva Holley of Odessa, Mrs. A.L. Horn and Mrs. R.E. Smith both of Waco.

Mr. Dortch was struck by a car early Saturday night as he was crossing a Waco street at an intersection. Police reported that he walked into the path of the car driven by another Waco citizen. He was carried to a Waco hospital where he died early Sunday.

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James Abner "Ab" Ledford
Nov 12, 1874 - Jul 27, 1967

J. A. Ledford Dies Thursday

In an aura of Masonic grandeur created by the reverence and dignity of practiced words and centuries old ceremony, Brother J. A. Ledford of Halbert Lodge No. 641, AF&AM, Frost, was interred by the loving hands of his Brother Masons in Frost Cemetery Saturday afternoon. Claude Austin of Dallas, past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, presented the oration and was in charge of the graveside service participated in by Masons from several lodges.

Brother Ledford was without a peer in central Texas masonry, and had earned the accolade of "Grand Old Man of Masonry." His membership in the fraternity dated from 1906 and for more than ten years he had been a proud wearer of the 50 year membership pin. Almost forty years ago he earned an instructor's certificate from the Grand Lodge, and through all that time he had introduced hundreds of neophytes into the mysteries of Masonry. His certificate was still in effect at the time of his death.

James Abner Ledford died Thursday night in Arlington where he had lived since the death of Mrs. Ledford in 1960. His residence was the Masonic Home, and he died in the hospital where he had undergone surgery on Tuesday. He was a retired farmer and was a member of the Frost Methodist Church where funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Wm. H. Baker of Arlington Bible Church officiated, assisted by Rev. Thad Son, pastor of Frost Methodist, and Rev. C.C. Ellis, pastor of Frost Baptist Church. Mrs. Weldon Holley sang verses of Mr. Ab's favorite hymn," The Old Rugged Cross," and Miss Beverly Yates was organist. Casket Bearers, all Masons, were: Guy Tullos, Irvin Green, Dr. J.D. Holland, J.O. Williams, Joe Parum, W.B. Denn, Chester Strain and T.S. Hooser, Sr. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mr. Ledford was born in Clay County, North Carolina, in 1874, and his family moved to Tennessee when he was a baby. He came to Texas and Frost when he was 18 years old. In 1900 he married Miss Minnie Hightower, member of a prominent family in the McCord community south of Frost. A daughter, Mrs. Ernest Hooser, died two years ago and another daughter, Mrs. Coleman Keathley of Tyler, survives, as does a grandson, James. E. Hooser of Frost, and a granddaughter, Mrs. Robert B. McCormick, Jr., of Sweetwater. Three great grandchildren also survive.

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James Arthur Airheart
Mar 18 1894 - July 29, 1967

Frost Burial J. A. Airheart

A patriot who served his country in the two World Wars, Frost businessman and good citizen, J.A. Airheart died suddenly at his Lake Navarro Mills home Saturday night at 11:25 o'clock. He was relaxing on his bed and when he failed to respond to a conversational question by his wife she summoned neighbors. Justice of the Peace E. D. McCormick conducted a coroner's inquest and ruled natural death. Mr. Airheart had been in ill health for several years and was semi-retired from his barber business.

James Arthur Airheart was born in 1894 at Kemp and had lived in Frost 19 years. He is survived by his wife of Frost, the former Miss Edna Speer, and three daughters; Mrs. Shirley Hyles and Mrs. Patsy Riddlehuber, both of Italy, and Mrs. Jimmy Lou McClure of Midlothian; three grandsons; brother, Walter B. Airheart of Bells Garden, California.

Funeral was held at 5 PM, Monday, in Frost Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Thad Son conducting and Rev. Frank Williams, pastor of Crowley Methodist Church and former Frost pastor, assisting. The Church choir sang and Miss Beverly Yates was organist. Interment was in Frost Cemetery and McCormick Funeral Service directed. Casket Bearers were Monroe Mandrell, Truman Raley, Kenneth Logan, F. S. Malone, J. N. McMinn and Coleman Ponder, Jr.

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E. J. "Joe" Stokes
May 4, 1930 - Feb 5, 1985

Joe Stokes, 54, of Wills Point and native of Barry, died Tuesday at his residence.

Services were to be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ly Brand Funeral Home in Wills Point with the Rev. E.S. Hardy Jr. officiating. Graveside service was to follow at the Dresden Cemetery with local arrangements under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Stokes of Wills Point; two sons, David Stokes of Wills Point and Terry Stokes of Garland, a daughter, Teresa Slaton of Garland, a brother, George Stokes of Dallas; a sister, Exie Carmichael of Austin, and four grandchildren.

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Mildred (Phillips) Barnes
Dec 8, 1913 - Feb 10, 1985

Mildred Barnes

Mildred Jones Barnes, 71, of Blooming Grove, died Sunday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were to be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Neal Rodgers officiating. Burial was to follow in the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors are her mother, Maggie Phillips of Corsicana; one brother, Jack Phillips of Blooming Grove; three nieces, Sue Mershawn and Jackie Owen, both of Blooming Grove, and Donna Phillips of Corsicana, and one nephew, John Phillips of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were to be Roy Mershawn, Dwayne Owen, John Phillips, Ronald Lynch, Ed Hill and Don McGraw.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 14, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • Daughter of Claude Phillips & Margaret D. "Maggie" Frederick [bur at Rose Hill]


Thomas Ersell Northern
April 14, 1916 - May 11, 1984

Thomas Ersell Northern, 68, died Friday, May 11, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. Sunday at Blooming Grove Funeral Home with the Rev. Neil Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Born in Frost, Texas, he was a retired grocer.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Northern of Waco; his wife, Kathleen Northern of Blooming Grove; four sons, Kenneth Northern of Dallas, Tommy Northern of Houston and Benny Northern of Honolulu, Hawaii; two daughters, Debbie Gant of Blooming Grove and Jan Atkinson of Lorena; four brothers, C. L. Northern of Brandon, Allen Northern of Waco, R. C. Northern of Walnut Springs, Mo., and Dan Northern of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. George Carroll of Waco and Mrs. Frances Schrader of Avalon; and 12 grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - May 17, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Mattie Jane (Bates) Hopkins
Oct 19, 1870 - Nov. 24, 1953

Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Mattie Hopkins

Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Hopkins, 83, who died at Memorial Hospital November 24, were held at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Church Thursday, Nov. 26, with Rev. Roy Davis, pastor, conducting the rites.

Mrs. Hopkins was a native of Alabama, but had resided in Navarro county for many years. She was the wife of the late W. O. Hopkins. She was a member of the Methodist Church at Barry.

Surviving are two sons, John Hopkins, Corsicana and Homer Hopkins of Waco; five daughters, Mrs. Pink Richards, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Pearl Watkins and Mrs. Mag Gowins, Corsicana; Mrs. Addie Martens, Dresden and Mrs. Lillie King, Ft. Worth

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Burial was in Dresden Cemetery with McCormick directing.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec. 4, 1953

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Mrs. M.J. Hopkins Expires Tuesday

BLOOMING GROVE, Nov. 25. — (Spl.)—Mrs. Mattie Jane Hopkins, 83, died In Memorial Hospital Tuesday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church here Thursdav at 10 a. m. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Roy Davis, pastor.

A native of Alabama. Mrs. Hopkins was a. long-time resident of this vicinity.

Surviving are two sons, John Hopkins, Corsicana. and Homer Hopkins, Waco; six daughters, Mrs. Pink Richards and Mrs. Alice Derryberry, both of. Blooming Grove; Mrs. Pearl Watkins and Mrs. Mag Gowins, both of Corsicana: Mrs. Addie Morten, Dresden, and Mrs. Lillle King, Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Nelson, Arkansas; 25 grandchildren 32 great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Joseph William Minefee
Sep 13, 1907 - Jul 23, 1967

This afternoon (Wednesday) at 3:30 o'clock funeral will be held in the First Baptist Church in Blooming  Grove for Joseph William Minefee of Barry who died Sunday. Rev. Nolan Broughton, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church at Raleigh where Mr. Minefee had membership, will officiate assisted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitts, pastor of Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana, and Rev. A. F. Sanders, pastor of First Baptist Church in Blooming  Grove.

Casket Bearers, all old family friends and neighbors, will be W. L. Hollingsworth, Sam Melton, John Hunt, Louis Ewing, Harvey Hollingsworth and John Reeves. The Church Choir under the direction of R.L. Kagler will sing hymns chosen by the family and Miss Susan Eddlemon will be pianist. McCormick Funeral Service will be in charge.

Interment will be in Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Minefee, son of the late Rev. W.W. Minefee, was born on September 13, 1907, in the Cottonwood community southeast of Blooming  Grove and had lived most of his life in the Dresden and Raleigh communities. In 1963 he moved to Corsicana and 17 months ago he settled in Barry.

Survivors are his widow, Emma Lee Phillips Minefee of Barry; mother, Mrs. Katie Minefee of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; sons, J. W. Jr. of Rule and James W. of Barry; daughters, Mrs. LaVern Fullerton of Barry, Mrs. Geraldine Putman of Blooming  Grove and Mrs. Oda Lee Nutt of Savannah, Illinois; brothers, Paul of Miami, Ariz., Bill of El Paso and Clinton of Houston; sisters, Mrs. Pearl Bentley of Friona, Mrs. Mary Lou Rawlings of Streetman and Mrs. Dora K. Hollingsworth of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 26, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Claude Otto Williams
Dec 26, 1888 - Aug 4, 1967

C.O. Williams Buried Sunday

Mr. Claude O. Williams of Barry was buried in Dresden Cemetery Sunday afternoon following a 3 o'clock funeral in Corsicana conducted by Rev. Bob Davis, pastor of Barry Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. C.D. White, of Ennis. Casket Bearers were Lowell Reed, L. O. McGraw, George Mitchell, Leone Reed, Wayne Mitchell, James E. Watson, Marshall Massengale and Roger Johnston.

Mr. Williams was born in Mississippi in 1890 and had resided in west Navarro County most of his life. He had been a banker at Purdon, postmaster at Barry and long time owner of an insurance agency. He died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning a few minutes after arrival there.

Survivors are his wife of Barry; son, Charles of Ennis; four grandchildren; sister, Mrs. George Stokes of Oklahoma.

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Sarah H. Smith
Aug 23, 1834 - Jun 27, 1915

Smith - Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas, June 28. - Mrs. Sarah Smith, a pioneer settler of this town and county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. L. Harris, today.

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J. D. Crocker
Sep 20, 1899 - Mar 27, 1949

Rites Held Tuesday for J. D. Crocker

Funeral services for J.D. Crocker, 49, who died at his home Sunday about 8:30 p.m. were held from the Central Baptist Church Tuesday at 3 p.m. with Rev. G. Glynn Bolch, pastor, conducting the rites, assisted by Rev. Roy E. Felder, Methodist pastor.

Mr. Crocker was a native of this community and with the exception of a number of years in California, he had resided here. He was a prominent farmer of this section and was an employee of the AAA farm program at the time of his death. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Crocker.

Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. R.R. Massengale and Miss Jessie Crocker, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Mattie Nash, Perryton, Texas; and Mrs. R. S. Deming, Dallas; two brothers, A. J. and W. A. Crocker, Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers were Joe George, Carl McGraw, Tom Truelove, Billy Gillen, Dwayne Magee and Fenner Holditch.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery with the McCormick Funeral Service directing.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Apr. 1, 1949

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Maurene (Gardner) Tanner
Sep 6, 1909 - Jul 6, 1967

Maurine Tanner Funeral Saturday

Mrs. Maurine Tanner was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery Saturday afternoon following a four o'clock funeral in McCormick Funeral Service chapel in Blooming Grove. She died at 8:15 PM Friday at her home after a long illness. Rev. Hugh Abraham, pastor of First Christian Church in Blooming Grove officiated and Mrs. Clyde Nicholson and John Nicholson sang her favorite hymn. Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was organist and Casket Bearers were Bill Bowman, Marvin Tinsley, D.L. Magee, Harry Tinsley, Dr. Ray Carroll and Dr. J.D. Carroll.

Mrs. Tanner was born Maurine Gardner in 1909 at Italy and has lived many years in the Blooming Grove community. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Willie Carroll of Blooming Grove; brother, Ralph Gardner of Roswell, N.M.; step-brother, Roy Carroll of Dorchester and Jimmy Carroll of Italy; step-sister, Mrs. J. B. Davis of Dorchester; nephews, Richard Gardner of Denver and Jim Gardner of Pampa.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 5, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Lou Ida (Bush) Taylor
Apr 25, 1873 - Jul 31, 1967

Funeral For Mrs. Taylor, 94

Funeral will be held this morning (Wednesday) at 11 o'clock in McCormick Chapel in Blooming  Grove for Mrs. Sam J. Taylor of Barry who died Monday in Twilight Home at Corsicana. She had been a resident of the Home for several years but had lived in Barry more than seventy years.

Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Barry Methodist Church and her pastor, Rev. Thad Son, will conduct the funeral. Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick, organist, will provide the music and Casket Bearers will be Roger Johnston, Roy Massengale, Marshall Massengale, Percy Varnell, Chick Reed and Justin McSpadden. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors are two sons, Frank B. Taylor of Blooming  Grove and Sam Taylor of Los Angeles, Calif.; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Mrs. Taylor was born April 25, 1873, in Arkansas and came to Barry when a child. Before her marriage she was Miss Lou Ida Bush.

In the May 10, 1967 issue of this paper the following story of Mrs.
Taylor was carried: "The prim and neat little old lady, standing straight as an arrow and walking down the building corridor with just a trace of a bounce, was Mrs. Sam T. Taylor of Barry, now making her home in Twilight Home, Corsicana." April 25 was Mrs. Taylor's 94th birthday and though she is now beginning to be a little incapacitated, until recently she was a completely alert with a keen interest in everything around her. She is the mother of Frank B. Taylor of Blooming  Grove, and her late husband was one of the most prominent men in west Navarro County.
He was a school teacher, and Mrs. Taylor was one of his pupils before they married. He owned the first general merchandise store in Barry; he was Barry's first postmaster; he was the first Cotton Belt railroad agent and telegrapher in Barry, and in the meantime he was a rancher and farmer."

"After her husband's death, Mrs. Taylor donated the land on which Barry Methodist Church now stands, and she made other contributions to religious and civic causes."

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Aug. 2, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Opal Era Briggs-Goode
abt 1923 - Jun 11, 1984

Opal Era Goode

Mrs. Opal Goode, 61, of Corsicana died June 11, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin Funeral Home with J. T. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, L. T. Goode of Corsicana; two sons, Leonard Gene Briggs of Jacksonville, Fla. and Sam Briggs of Barry; one step-son, Ken Goode of Corsicana; two daughters, Lorene Watkins of Corsicana and Glenda Kinsley of Ovalle; one step-daughter, Vera Brock of Rankin; one brother, Joe B. Cooper of Brazoria; three sisters, Lavador Wallace of Barry, Ella Mae Gregory of Mabank and Lillian Rodriguez of Athens; five grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 14, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Matilda Jane Russell
Dec 2, 1874 - Jul 8 (or 15), 1967

Mrs. Russell Dies at 91

Funeral was held in Corsicana at 2 PM Tuesday of last week for Mrs. Matilda J. Russell of Barry, and interment was in Hamilton Cemetery.
Ministers were Rev. J.T. Davis and Rev. Joe Wilbanks and Casket Bearers were Tommy Coker, Lee Jones, Dalman Shipley, Carlton Spence, J.N. Jones, Tommy Fenton and D.A. Shipley.

Mrs. Russell, 91 years of age, died Saturday. Her survivors are: daughters, Mrs. F.L. Monds of Barry and Mrs. G.E. Jones of Corsicana; step daughter, Mrs. W.E. Spence of Lake Jackson; step son, T.W. Russell of Dallas; 7 grandchildren; 16 step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 19, 1967

  • SSDI shows death July 15, 1967 - TXDI shows death July 8, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Edna Gladys (York) Currington
Feb. 26, 1907 - June 10, 1984

Edna Currington

Mrs. Edna Gladys Currington, 77, of Corsicana, died June 10, at a local nursing home.

The funeral was 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Griffin Funeral Home with the Rev. D.D. Atkinson and Rev. Don Shultz officiating. Burial was in Younger Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Linda Dockery of Corsicana, Barbara Garcia of Canton, Euna Kirk of Mabank and Alpha Ivie of Dallas; one son, H.D. Currington of Dawson and Clarence Currington of Levelland; two sisters, Agnes Slaughter and Bertha Thomas, both of Corsicana and Ola Williamson of Fort Worth, three brothers, T.J. Preston and Joe York, all of Corsicana; two stepdaughters, Essie Currington of Corsicana and Zelma Marlow of Blooming Grove; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were H.L. Jayroe, Curtis Henthorn, Richard Holloway, Ronnie McGaha, Nolan Dockery and Bill Pritchett.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 14, 1984

  • SSDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Mary Alice "Mamie" (Williams) Harris
died Jan. 4, 1968

Mary A. (Mamie) Harris

Mrs. Dot Harris Buried Friday

With former pastor Rev. A. F. Sanders officiating, funeral was held in the First Baptist Church in Blooming . Grove Friday at 3 PM for Mrs. Mary A. (Mamie) Harris who died in Memorial Hospital at 1:30 AM Thursday. She had been a patient one week. She had lived at Cryer Creek most of her life and interment was in the family plot in Cryer Creek Cemetery.

The Church choir under the direction of R. L. Kagler sang hymns selected by the family and Mrs. Donald L. Boyd was pianist. Casket Bearers were: Leone Reed, Clyde Nicholson, Arthur Garrison, Loyd Gillen, Roy Massengale and Marshall Massengale. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.

Surviving Mrs. Harris are: sons, Leroy Harris of San Angelo, C. W. Harris of Longview and Jeff Harris of Barry; daughters, Mrs. Less Kitchens of Barry; brother, Dee Williams of Esconda, California; sisters, Mrs. Joel DuBose of Lubbock, Mrs. R. W. Bell of Nampa, Idaho, and Mrs. Wilma Leverenz of Fresno, California; 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Mrs. Harris was the widow of Mr. J. A. (Dot) Harris who died in 1964. He was a prominent farmer and rancher and landowner.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Jan. 10, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • Wife of James Edward "Dot" Harris


Rev. Charlie Ross Rhodes, Sr.
Jun 23, 1880 - Jun 15, 1967

Rev. Rhodes Buried Friday

Rev. Charlie Ross Rhodes, Sr., Dean of Gospel Preachers in a wide section of this part of the state, died early Wednesday night of last week at the Blooming  Grove home of his daughter, Mrs. W.E. Boyd. He had been in ill health for several years and bedfast for more than a year. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, June 23, 1880, and had spent more than 70 years in Texas and Navarro County, where he had been pastor of many Baptist Churches. He was an ordained Baptist minister more than 61 years, and had performed more marriages and conducted more funerals than he could recall. He wore the 50 year membership pin of the W.O.W. Lodge.

Funeral was conducted in First Baptists Church, Blooming  Grove, at 4 PM Friday by Rev. Melvin Hensley, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where Bro. Rhodes was a member. Burial was in Cryer Creek Cemetery and Casket Bearers were grandsons. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge. The Church choir sang hymns that had been loved by Bro. Rhodes through the years, and a granddaughter, Mrs. Ralph McSpadden assisted by Mrs. Donna Boyd acted as pianist.

Survivors are; widow, Mrs. Dora Rhodes; sons, Charlie R. Rhodes, Jr. and Carma L. Rhodes; daughters, Mrs. Fred McGraw and Mrs. W. E. Boyd, all of Blooming  Grove; daughter, Mrs. L. O. McGraw of Barry; sisters, Mrs. Jennie Mickels and Mrs. Mary Parker, both of Birmingham; 26 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 5, 1967

  • SSDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Erna Ransom
Apr 23, 1897 - May 27, 1984

Mrs. L.D. (Earna) Ransom, 87, of San Antonio died Monday, May 27, in San Antonio.

Graveside services were held Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. in Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Tom Graves officiating. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Ransom was a native of Blooming Grove and had lived most of her life in Corsicana. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert Stafford of San Antonio; and two grandsons, Kearby and Ransom Stafford.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 7, 1984

  • SSDI shows spelling Erna Ransom - wife of Lawrence D. Ransom

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Mack W. Watkins
Feb 17, 1888 - Jul 10, 1967

70 Year Barry Resident Dies

Mr. Mack W. Watkins of Barry was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana Tuesday afternoon of last week following a 5 PM funeral in Corsicana.
Rev. Bob Northcutt, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Blooming  Grove officiated, and Casket Bearers were Raymon Ingram, Billy Watkins, Earl Watkins, T. D. Watkins, Robert Watkins and Carmack Watkins.

Mr. Watkins was a retired farmer of the Barry community where he had lived for more than 70 years, coming to Barry from his birth state Alabama when he was 9 years old. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Surviving are his widow of Barry; sons Albert of Blooming  Grove, Baze of Barry, Marvin of Corsicana and Wayne of Lovington, N.M.; daughters, Mrs. Josephine Howard of Barry and Mrs. Edna Parr of Dallas; five grandchildren; a great grandson; sisters, Mrs. Dolly Ingram of Barry and Mrs. Bonnie Ferrell of Phillips.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 19, 1967

  • SSDI- 1930 Navarro Co. census lists Ada Watkins as wife

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


John Bruce Childress
abt 1910 - Aug 1967

J. B. Childress Dies Saturday

Funeral was held Tuesday at 10 AM in Corsicana for J.B. Childress of Emhouse who died Saturday in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park and Casket Bearers were Pat Short, Raymond McGraw, Charlie Hyles, Les Kitchens, Charles Ray Collier, Watson Rogers, Arlon St. Clair and Louis Rackley.

Mr. Childress was employed by a construction firm laying pipe line, and it was reported that he accidentally drove his truck into Lake Superior and drowned.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. C.C. Childress of Emhouse; son, Paul of Corsicana; 2 brothers, J. O. of Emhouse and C. C. of Blooming . Grove; 2 sisters, Mrs. T. R. Collier of Emhouse and Mrs. R. C. Ward of Dallas.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Aug. 23, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • 1910 AND 1920 ELLIS CO. CENSUS SHOWS HIM AS SON OF C. C. AND ETHEL CHILDRESS

  • Name may be James Bruce Childress ??


Annie Florence Wilson
Jan 26, 1897 - Aug 12, 1901

A.O. Wilson of this city received a message last night that his little daughter had been bitten by a spider at Blooming Grove, and he left for that place at once. A message was received from him today stating that the child died as a result of the bite at 1 o'clock this afternoon.

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Rev. Elvin Joe Richardson
Aug 29, 1894 - Mar 8, 1985

The Rev. Elvin Joe Richardson, 90, of Barry, died Friday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were to be Wednesday, March 13, at Scott Funeral Home with the Rev. Vernon Washington, pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Barry, officiating. Burial was to be in Woodland Cemetery.

He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Pride of Frost No.
110 Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Mrs. Edna Guess of Barry; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were to be Henry Davis, Zelmo Davis, Joe Johnson and Clifford Barton.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Mar. 14, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Curen Albert Hartley
Sep 28, 1918 - May 10, 1984

Curen Hartley

Curen A. Hartley, 65, of San Antonio, died Thursday, May 10.

Services were Monday, May 14, with Brookhill Funeral Home with burial to be in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Hartley was born in Blooming Grove on Sept. 28, 1918, entered the Corsicana State Orphans Home at an early age and graduated from there in 1939. He later was president of the home's ex-student's association for several years.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly before World War II, was captured by the Japanese in the Phillipines and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He was a prisoner of war for 3 and a half years.

He was decorated several times and retired from Air Force active duty in 1966.

Survivors include his wife, Jozell Denn Hartley of San Antonio; a son, James Hartley of San Antonio; three daughters, Calrice Forrest, who is with the armed forces in Germany, Wanda Hartley of San Antonio and Jacque Hartley of Los Angeles, Calif. Curen Hartley was the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. K. Hartley, both of whom were interested in Curen and his spirit to overcome great difficulties. K. Hartley was a clerk and bookkeeper in Blooming Grove; Mrs. K. Hartley was a

 teacher in Blooming Grove for many years. Curen was a cousin of Mrs. Buford Armstrong of Blooming Grove.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - May 17, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Travis Dewitt McAfee
Oct 2, 1895 - Aug 17, 1967

Dewitt McAfee Dies California

T. Dewitt McAfee

Mrs. A. A. Fagala of Blooming . Grove received word Sunday morning of the death of her brother, T. Dewitt McAfee, in Compton, Calif. He was born at Emmett, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. McAfee.

Funeral and entombment were in Compton.

Survivors other than Mrs. Fagala are a brother, R.E. McAfee of Hillsboro; sisters, Mrs. J.S. Johnson of Graham, Mrs. Eva Mitchell of Dallas and Mrs. Ollie Daniel of Corsicana.

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T. D. McAfee
Funeral services for T. D. McAfee, a native of Emmett, Navarro County, were held Monday in Compton, Calif. Burial was held in Ingleside, Calif.
McAfee died Aug 17. in Compton, Calif.
Survivors: Four sisters, Mrs. Mattie Fagala of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Eva Mitchell of Dallas, Mrs. J. S. Johnson of Graham, and Mrs. Ollie Daniel of Emmett, and a brother, R. E. McAfee of Hillsboro.

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Pearl (Hewitt) Hewitt
Mar 20, 1883 - Aug 15, 1967

Pearl Hewitt Dies Dallas

Born in "Old Town" Blooming  Grove in 1883 and a resident of Dallas for many years, Mrs. Pearl Hewitt died Thursday and funeral and interment were held in Dallas on Friday. Mrs. Hewitt's maiden name and married name were the same; her name at birth was Pearl Hewitt and as a young lady she married Mr. Jack Hewitt.

She is survived by a son, Dan Hewitt of Dallas, and two half-brothers, Claude and Ed Phillips of Blooming . Grove.

Mrs. Claude Phillips, Mrs. Jack Phillips and Mrs. Earn Williams, all of Blooming . Grove, attended the funeral.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Aug. 23, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Earlie B. Risenhoover
Dec 23, 1903 - Aug 1967

E. B. Risenhoover Dies Suddenly

E. B. Risenhoover died unexpectedly at his home in Blooming  Grove at ten minutes after three o'clock Wednesday morning of last week. Funeral was held in McCormick Funeral Service chapel at 10 AM Friday with Rev. Lloyd Cocker of Cross Plains, formerly of Blooming  Grove, in charge. Rev. James Peppers, pastor of Blooming  Grove Methodist Church, assisted. Mrs. Clyde Nicholson and John Nicholson sang and Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was organist. Casket bearers were Harold Bell, Hershel Minatra, Sammie Saunders, Norman Brister, R. Bruce McCormick, Noel Furra and Arthur Garrison. Burial was in Ridge Park, Hillsboro.

Mr. Risenhoover was born in Kentucky in 1903, spent most of his life in Hill County before moving to Lone Cedar where he farmed, then 3 years ago he retired from farming and moved to Blooming  Grove. He was an employee of McCormick Funeral Service, and belonged to Woodmen of The World Lodge and the Blooming  Grove Methodist Church.

Survivors are his widow, Maude Foster Risenhoover of Blooming  Grove; brothers, W.J. of Lancaster and W.B. of Tacoma, Washington; sisters, Mrs. Chester South of Dallas and Mrs. Ralph Vinson of Laguna Park.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 5, 1967

  • SSDI shows Earlie Risenhoover

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Sina Alice (Richardson) Cook
Feb 1, 1876 - Jan 5, 1968

Funeral For Mrs. Sina Cook

Mrs. Sina Alice Cook of Blooming . Grove was buried in Petty's Chapel Cemetery Sunday afternoon after funeral in McCormick's Chapel at 2 o'clock. She died at 5:30 PM Friday in Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient following a fall in her home. Wayne Mathis, pastor of Blooming . Grove Church of Christ, was the minister and Nickey Burleson was soloist.

Caskey Bearers, all grandsons-in-law, were: Lester Hambrick, Kenneth Wylie, F.M. Fuller, Bob Bell, Bill Gilliam and Warren Clarkston.

Mrs. Cook was born in Jasper County in 1876 and was married to J.A. Cook who died in 1915. She lived in Corsicana until 3 years ago when she moved to Blooming . Grove.

Survivors are: son, Otho Cook of Dallas; daughter, Mrs. Robert Barham of Blooming . Grove; sisters, Mrs. Naomi Fincher of Ennis and Mrs. Nan Lybe [Lynne?] of Waco; 11 grandchildren, 29 great GC, 3 great-great GC.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Jan. 10, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Cathern Louise Jones
Feb 1, 1985 - Feb 3, 1985

Cathern Louise Jones, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David C. Jones, died Sunday in Dallas.

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Alvin Steen officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include her parents and three grandparents, Walter and Edith Holand of Corsicana and Louise Jones of Galveston.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 14, 1985

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Fanny Nanette "Nett" (Holditch) Daniel
Nov 19, 1905 - May 25, 1984

Nanette Daniel, 78, of Blooming Grove, died Friday, May 25, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Survivors include a son, Jerry E. Daniel of Mertens; two sisters, Alline Saunders of Waxahachie and Sue Lois Moore of Corsicana; three brothers, Jack Holditch of Denton, Fenner Holditch of Blooming Grove and Damon Holditch of Bullard; two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the Blooming Grove Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Carroll and the Rev. Don Elrod officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Logan, Searcy Saunders, Charles Holditch, Benny Hand, Woodrow Watson and Troy Lane.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - May 31, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Dora Jeanette (Dillingham) Giles-Thompson
Nov 26, 1906 - May 10, 1984

Jeanette Giles Thompson, 77, of Mabank, died yesterday in Kaufman.

Services were Saturday at Blooming Grove Funeral Home with the Rev. Bert Bagley officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Tommy Thompson of Mabank; a niece, Bobbie Dell Yelinek of Houston, two nephews, Jack and Jim Simmons of Houston; and a grandnephew, G. P. Simmons of Houston.

Pallbearers were Joe Phillips, Don Sink, Horace Williamson, Jim Simmons, Hank Drumwright and Vernon Thompson.

Jeanette Thompson was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Dillingon [sic] of Blooming Grove. Jeanette was a popular student of the Blooming Grove Public School. She was also an employee of the Ramseys who operated the Old Corner Drug Store. Her father was a civic minded citizen of Blooming Grove, serving as president of the Blooming Grove Fair.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - May 17, 1984

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Tommy Haywood Conway
Jul 6, 1912 - Mar 21, 1975

Tommy Conway
BLOOMING GROVE -
Graveside services are set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery for Tommy Conway 58, who died Friday morning at memorial Hospital. The Rev. W. A. Corley, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Conway, of Blooming Grove; two sons, David Madden of Birginia and James Conway of Blooming Grove; and one daughter, Patty Conway of Blooming Grove.

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Wilda Mae (Craddock) Nabors
Feb 24, 1929 - Apr 5, 2008

Wilda Mae Nabors
Wilda Mae Nabors, 79, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born Feb. 24, 1929, in Dublin, Texas, to the late William Craddock and the late Ruby Corbell Craddock. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad. She was employed as a unit record clerk at Scott and White Hospital and Navarro Regional Hospital. Survivors include two sons, Ron Lightfoot and wife Shelia of Copperas Cove and Barry Lightfoot and wife Karen of Odessa; five grandchildren, Shane Lightfoot, Landon Lightfoot, Jared Lightfoot, Shannon Lightfoot and Dustin Lightfoot; and eight great-grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad with Brother Jim Farmer officiating with interment to follow at Roundgrove Cemetery. Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

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Geraldine (Marion) Rogers
Dec 14, 1916 - Apr 6, 2008

Geraldine Marion Rogers
Geraldine Marion Rogers passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 6, 2008. She was born Dec. 14, 1916, in Tupelo, Texas, and was the daughter of J.D. Marion. Geraldine was preceded in death by her loving husband, William Terrell Rogers; her son, Terry Rogers; as well as her sister, Vivian Marion Atchley. She is survived by her daughters, Judy Rogers Yocham and husband B.F. Yocham and Cathy Rogers Manuel and husband Bret Manuel; grandchildren, Dena Kessler, Traci Price and husband Robert, Kelli Buffa and husband John, Cody Manuel and Lauren Manuel Jones; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Kristian and Addison Buffa, Taylor Edwards and Riley Jones; and nieces Gail Roman, Susan Beauler and Nancy Trout. Jerry was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. We will miss you Mom, Mimi, Grandma, Jerry … we know you’re finally in heaven with Daddy and Terry. Geraldine Rogers will be laid to rest next to her husband and son on April 10. Graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Harrell Braddock Jr. officiating.Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America — www.alzfdn.org. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Yielding
Apr 22, 1918 - Apr 4, 2008

Mary Yielding
Mary Yielding, 89, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, April 4, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born on April 22, 1918 in Kaufman County, Texas, the daughter of James Grover and Ara Haney Yielding. The family lived on her maternal grandmother’s farm until she was nine years old, at which time they moved to Corsicana. She attended Corsicana schools and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1935. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church. For many years she was a member of Gertrude Russell’s Sunday school class and Thelma Caskey’s Missionary Circle. She worked for the original First National Bank in Corsicana for 30 years and retired as vice-president. During those years she had the privilege of working for five presidents, including B. Lynn Sanders, W.D. Wyatt, June P. Clark, Abe Stroud, and Bob Lane. While with the bank she had the opportunity to travel, which she enjoyed very much, to Canada, Nova Scotia, Mexico, Hawaii, New York City, Washington D.C., all the southern states and many other places. Visitation will be held until the service time. Services will be 11 a.m. today, April 7, 2008, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Thompson, Rick Thompson, Roy Washburn, Bill Livingston, Bob Sandefur, Rob Sandefur and Jeff Sandefur. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, James Grover and Ara Haney Yielding; sister and brother-in-law, Claudine and Taylor Wilkinson. She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and John Thompson of Katy; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Yvonne of Dallas; nieces and their husbands, Donna and Ray Washburn of Hot Springs, Ark., Karen and Bill Livingston of Houston, and Ann and Bob Sandefur of Beaumont; nephew and wife, Rick and Karen Thompson of Houston. She is also survived by 13 great nieces and nephews. Since she frequently traveled to Beaumont with her sister Claudine, she was especially close to great nephews Rob and Jeff Sandefur. Mary was part of a close-knit, loving family and was dearly loved by all. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Howard R. Jennings
Mar 6, 1934 - Mar 30, 2008

Howard R. Jennings, 73, of Dallas passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Lennwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dallas. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 409 N. Third St., with the Rev. C. B. Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Eureka. Pallbearers will be Clay J. Jennings, KaTory Thompson, Stanley Jennings, Stacy Jennings, Devone Jackson, Damien Rice and J. J. Vinson. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Union Baptist Church. Mr. Jennings was born March 6, 1934, in Eureka. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Will and Willie P. Jennings; and one brother, John Jennings. Survivors include one sister, Ola Calloway of Dallas; one brother, Henry C. Jennings (Sandra) of Waco; nephews and nieces, Clay J. Jennings (Belinda) of Waco, Stanley Jennings (Hazel) of Corsicana, Stacy Jennings and Aumoni Jennings, both of Dallas, Damien Rice (Billisha), Jeron Jennings and Jasmin Jennings, both of Corsicana, Trina L. Jennings, and Sheretta Jackson (Devone) of Dallas; and other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Howard R. Jennings, 73, of Dallas passed away Sunday, March 30, at Lennwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dallas. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Behlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. C.B. Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Mary Ann (Gillespie) Stroube
Jul 20, 1920 - Apr 3, 2008

Mary Ann Gillespie Stroube
After a long and full life “Mimi” left us on April 3, 2008, at age 87. She was a lifelong resident of Corsicana, born on July 20, 1920, to Artie and Campbell Gillespie. She is joining her beloved husband Reynaud, who predeceased her. Mary Ann is a member of the body of Christ through her membership in First Christian Church, a fourth generation member in that church. During her last few years, she attended St. Luke United Methodist Church that had welcomed her with love and kindness. At First Christian, she loved working with and serving that congregation as a trustee, board chairwoman, board member, youth leader, primary Sunday school teacher and leader of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. While she was busy raising her family, Mary Ann also provided executive service to the Daughters of the American Revolution as Texas state vice regent, state corresponding secretary, state curator, and state junior membership chairwoman. In Corsicana, she was also active in the Community Chest and YMCA youth activities. Mimi is survived by her three sons and their wives, Rey and Kathy, Hugh and Pam, and Steve and Elaine; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Rey IV and Terri, Michelle, Hugh Jr. and Lori, Samantha, Gil and Lauren, Kate and Dirk, and Anne; six great-grandchildren, Quinn, Blake, Molly, Colin, William and Trip; two brothers and their wives, Campbell and Elaine Gillespie and George and Eileen Gillespie; and a number of nieces and nephews and lifelong friends. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 4/5/2008 - 4/6/2008

  • Daughter of Campbell Miller Gillespie, Sr. & Artie Ora (Birdwell) Gillespie


Donald L. Tackett
Apr 15, 1934 - Apr 1, 2008


Donald L. Tackett
Donald L. Tackett, 73, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in Temple. He was born April 15, 1934, in Corsicana to Ernest and Margaret Tackett. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Mr. Tackett loved to play dominos, hunt and in earlier days play golf. He read all types of books especially westerns. He loved children and enjoyed teasing and playing games with them, and especially reading them stories, mostly made-up tall tales. He always had a pocket full of candy and Band-Aids to cover emergencies. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Tackett of Corsicana; two sons, Randy Tackett and wife Pam of Corsicana and Kevin Tackett and wife Buffy of Rock Springs; seven grandchildren, Brandon and wife Natalie, Misty, Josh, Jessica, Matthew, Rowdy and Elly Tackett; four-great-grandchildren, Aidan, Corey, Cody and Jo; two pretend grandsons, Andrew Bonner and Kenny Dunagan; sister, Alma Bridges and husband Clayton of Waco; sister-in-law, Faye Tackett of Arlington; aunt, Jean Forbus of Corsicana; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Chuck Rash, Hotch Manning, Ray Jacobs, and Tracks (Bill) Irvin.He was preceded in death by parents, Ernest Leon and Odessa Tackett; and brothers, Leroy Tackett, James Tackett. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lillie M. (Harris) Dunn
Mar 18, 1946 - Mar 30, 2008

Lillie M. Harris Dunn
Lillie M. Harris Dunn, 62, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008, in Tyler. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with Minister Erma Young officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Mrs. Dunn was born March 18, 1946, in Teague. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Chester Harris and Marvin Harris. Survivors include her husband, Larry Dunn Sr. of Corsicana; sons, Gary E. Chandler, Sauna Chandler, Vernon Chandler Sr. and Reginald D. Thomas, all of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; brother, Tony Harris; and many other relatives and friends. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Marie (Smith) Ragsdale
Jul 4, 1919 - Mar 29, 2008

Marie S. Ragsdale
Marie S. Ragsdale, 88, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Heritage Oaks West. She was born July 4, 1919, in Payne Springs. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Mrs. Ragsdale was a graduate of Corsicana High School and retired caseworker for the State of Texas. She was a member of Payne Springs United Methodist Church and formerly a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Mrs. Ragsdale was preceded in this life by her loving husband, William “Bill” Ragsdale Jr.; parents, A.T. and Florence Smith; brother, A. T. Smith Jr.; sisters, NaRita Hickson, Dodge Luther and Annie Matthews. She is survived by her sisters, Joyce Brown and Ray Pierce, and brothers-in-law, James Ragsdale and Joe Brown; loving children, Tommy Ragsdale of Austin, Ronnie and Karen Ragsdale of Corsicana and Rita and John Williams of College Station; grandchildren, Shannon Smith, Craig Ragsdale, Bo Ragsdale, Sarah Williams and Rebekah Williams; great-grandchildren, Anna Carver, Emma Smith, Ella Smith and Finley Ragsdale; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to the caregivers at Heritage Oaks West for their attentive help and kindness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to the Playground Fund at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 N. 14th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or the Down Home Ranch, 20250 FM 619, Elgin, TX 78621. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary Hazel (Carr) Ray
Sep 23, 1914 - Apr 1, 2008

Mary Hazel Ray
Mary Hazel Ray, 93, was born Sept. 23, 1914, to Charles F. Carr and Ada Haney Carr in Kemp. She left this world to be with her Lord and Savior on April 1, 2008, in Corsicana. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Grand Prairie. She had a great love for her Lord, and church family. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, at Trinity Baptist Church in Grand Prairie with the Rev. Tom O’Dell and the Rev. Tom Heath officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Marlon Cockerell, Kenny Hughes, Paul Hable, Gene Rash, Mike Wiley and David Pike. Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Floyd D. Ray; parents, Charles F. and Ada Carr; son, Charles D. Ray; sister, Dorothy Pike; and a great-grandson, Grant Rash. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Adamson of Corsicana; son, Glenn Ray of Grand Prairie; daughter-in-law, Kay L. Ray of Richland; grandchildren, Terri Wiley of Richland, Jill Rash of Richland, Cindy Griffin of Arlington, Charles G. Ray of North Richland Hills and Greg Adamson of Corsicana; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Faye Stegall of Corsicana and Imojean Perkins of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home, Grand Prairie. Local arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dennis Leroy Wolver
Aug 12, 1948 - Apr 2, 2008

Dennis Leroy Wolver
The Rev. Dennis Leroy Wolver, 59, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 12, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Roy and Patty Wolver. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Terry Keele, Lonnie Keele and Charles Washington officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Love, Bill Brackeen, Vernon McGuire, Freddie Mooneyhan, Josh Massey, Ben Massey, Matthew Keele, Larry Hughes, Bill Mims and George Coppock. Survivors include his wife, Sandy Wolver of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Jennifer, Denny and Catherine, and Mike and Christie, all of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Jeffrey Love of Waxahachie; brothers, Steve Wolver of Urbandale, Iowa, David Wolver of Storm Lake, Iowa, Neal Wolver of Des Moines, Iowa, Mark Wolver of Panora, Iowa, and Tim Wolver of Des Moines, Iowa; sisters, Linda Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, and Tammy Frayer of Storm Lake, Iowa; and grandchildren, Erica, Dylan, Layton, Savana, Taylor, Jaden and Kaitlyn. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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William Gordon Pillans
Jan 30, 1945 - Apr 7, 2008

Mr. William G. “Bill” Pillans, 63, of Streetman passed away on Monday, April 7, 2008 in Fairfield, Texas. He was born on January 30, 1945 in Corsicana, Texas.
He was a longtime member of the Winkler Masonic Lodge. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Turner & Rev. Rodney Bancroft officiating. Interment will follow in the Birdston Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Pillans, Billy Pillans, Jarred Pillans, Dan Grube, Jimmy Collier, Johnny Minze, Richard Knight, and Charlie Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Roger Pillans, Richard Knight, Sr., Billy Massey, Donnie Steele, and Billy Keel.

Mr. Pillans was preceded in death by his Parents; Willie Darden & Mozelle Elizabeth Pillans, and a Sister; Patsy Hullen.

He is survived by his Sons & Daughter-in-Law; Jimmy Pillans of Streetman and Billy & Kathy Pillans of Troy, Montana, Granddaughters; Cheyenne Pillans of Austin, Michelle & Jessica Pillans of Troy, Montana, and a Grandson; Billy Pillans, Jr. of Troy, Montana, and a Close Friend; Dan Grube of Coolidge.


Alexis Brandon Navarro
Apr 1, 2008 - Apr 1, 2008 

Infant Alexis Brandon Navarro was born and died on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 in Corsicana, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Calvary Cemetery with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.

He is survived by his Parents; Jose & Alma Navarro of Corsicana, Texas


Ora Belle (George) Ross
Mar 31, 1878 - Feb 27, 1968

Funeral For Mrs. Ora Belle Ross

Mrs. Ora Belle Ross of Hillsboro was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery Thursday afternoon following a 2 oclock funeral in McCormick Funeral Service chapel. Rev. Mel Hardin, pastor of Central Baptist Church, and Rev. Leon Vorphal, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hillsboro, conducted the service.

Casket Bearers were W.E. Carroll, J. Miller Reid, Tom George, Jr., Flint Albrecht, John Dorsey George and R. Bruce McCormick.

Mrs. Ross died Tuesday night in Hillsboro where she had lived since 1963, moving there from Kerens after the death of her husband. She was born in Camden, Alabama, and came to Blooming  Grove when a young girl. She attended school in Blooming  Grove and for many years was a clerk in R.D.
George Dry Goods Store owned by her brother. She served in all departments of the Central Baptist Church and was a most loyal member.
In 1927 she married Mr. Eugene Ross of Kerens and went there to live.
She served in various capacities in Kerens First Baptist Church.

A brother, John George of Blooming  Grove, and a sister, Mrs. J.T. Spires of Hillsboro, are survivors along with two stepdaughters, Mrs. John Killough of Houston and Mrs. Edith Jackson of New York City.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar 6, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • Daughter of Robert Dewilder George, Sr. Capt. & Elizabeth David (McMillan) George


Dave Hall, Sr.
Jun 22, 1891 - Oct 1, 1967

Mr. Dave Hall Buried Monday

Native of Mississippi but resident of west Navarro County most of his life, Dave Hall died Sunday afternoon in a Ft. Worth hospital following several months of ill health. Funeral was held Monday at 1 PM in Blooming  Grove First Baptist Church, Rev. Billy Williams, pastor of Avalon Baptist Church, officiating and Rev. Johnny McDaniel, pastor of Avalon Methodist Church, assisting. Hymns were sung by a choir composed of singers from Avalon and Blooming  Grove. Casket Bearers, all grandsons, were Dennis Andrews, Johnny Andrews, Ronnie McKnight, Don Ingram, Wayne Skinner and Larry Green. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery and McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mr. Hall lived in the old Bryan Schoolhouse community before moving to Slay, and from there he moved to the Lone Cedar area where he lived more than 25 years. Six years ago the Hall family moved to Avalon. Mr. Hall was born June 22, 1891. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors are Mrs. Hall of Avalon; 3 sons, Roy A. Hall of Ardmore, Okla., Dave Jr. of Corsicana and Lee Gene Hall of Houston; 4 daughters, Mrs. Fern Ingram and Mrs. Lucille McKnight both of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Irene Andrews of Grand Prairie and Mrs. Betty Jo Smithey of Aransas Pass; sister, Mrs. Sallie Wilson of Houston; half brother, Lloyd Wooten of Blooming  Grove; half sister, Mrs. Maude Holdaway, Yuba City, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Oct 4, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Bessie (Spencer) Hewitt
Jul 11, 1887 - Sep 19, 1967

Frost Native Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Blake D. Hewitt of Blooming  Grove died suddenly at 4:20 AM Tuesday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Spencer. She had made her home with the Spencers since March, 1966, coming to Blooming  Grove from Grand Prairie after the death of her husband. Mr. Spencer and Mrs. Hewitt were brother and sister.

Mrs. Hewitt was not ill at bedtime but she awoke in the night with chest pains and called to the Spencers. While hurried preparations were being made to get her to the hospital Mr. Spencer heard her attempt to speak and when he reached her bed she would not respond. Peace Justice E.D. McCormick made a coroner's report of natural death apparently due to heart failure.

Mrs. Hewitt was born Bessie Spencer in July, 1887, a few miles south of Frost, and she grew up and went to school in Frost. She married and moved from Frost in 1912 and had lived in Grand Prairie since that time.

Other survivors are brother, George L. Spencer of Teague; sisters, Mrs. Clem Mitchell, Mrs. Fred B. Murray and Mrs. Grady Hobbs, all of Frost, and Mrs. Van Mills of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Funeral and interment arrangements were to be announced by McCormick Funeral Service.

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William Everett Melton
Feb 25, 1880 - Sep 26, 1967

Funeral For Wm. E. Melton

William Everett Melton known to his multitude of friends as "Bill", died at home in Baytown in the afternoon of Tuesday last week. Funeral was at 10 AM Thursday in McCormick Funeral Service chapel with Rev. Thad Son, pastor of Frost Methodist Church, conducting. Mrs. W. G. Jenkins was organist. Casket bearers were Clay Reed, Billy Reed, Raymond Jones, Norwood McMinn, Guy Tullos and Fletcher Bonnett. Interment was in Frost Cemetery.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. J.C. (Rose) Jennische of Baytown; 3 grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces including Clay, Billy & Leo Reed and their sisters Lorena and Glynell, and Mrs. J.M. (Birdie) Beene.

"Bill" Melton was born in the Carroll Schoolhouse community, son of a former Texas Ranger, and he lived a colorful life of cowboy, rancher, farmer and longtime Frost law enforcement officer and night watchman. In the mid-nineteem thirties he single handedly prevented the robbery of The Citizens State Bank in Frost when he accosted a band of thugs at midnight and, after being greviously wounded by their gunfire, shot and killed one bandit and put the others to flight. This "Depression Time" show of courage and devotion to duty as he protected the dwindling treasury of the community earned everlasting gratitude of the citizenry.

He lived in Frost all his life until about 11 years ago he went to Baytown to be with his daughter and her family.

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Jake S. Sheffield
Jun 24, 1885 - Sep 28, 1967

J. S. Sheffield Died Thursday

Interment in Frost Cemetery Saturday afternoon followed a 3:30 funeral in Corsicana for J. S. Sheffield of Frost who died Thursday morning.
Rev. George Heath, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana, officiated. Grandsons were Casket Bearers.

Mr. Sheffield had lived in the Frost community for more than 35 years, and he was a retired farmer. His immediate family includes the widow, Mrs. Eunice Sheffield of Frost; sons, J.W. of Corsicana, R.R. of Houston, Sam, Melvin and W. B., all of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughters, Mrs. Oleta Grounds of Blooming  Grove, Mrs. Katherine Bell of Corsicana, Mrs. Minnie Goodman of Grandview, Mrs. Mae Magee of Houston and Mrs. Fannie Hill of Gladewater; 39 grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Lizzie Roderick of Cleburne; stepsons, Richard Bell of Ft. Worth and R.N. Goodwin of Garland, and stepdaughter Mrs. Iva Young of Frost.

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Addie Mabel (Green) Sheppard
Feb 28, 1890 - May 18, 1968

Mrs. Addie Sheppard Buried At Lone Oak

Funeral was held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon in First Baptist Church of Blooming  Grove for Mrs. Addie Sheppard who died in a Dallas clinic early Saturday morning. She was born in the Blooming  Grove community in 1890 and was Miss Addie Green until her marriage to W.O. Sheppard who died several years ago. Mr. Sheppard was also a native of Blooming  Grove and the couple lived in the community until moving to Lancaster seven years ago.

Rev. Eddie Fortson of Pleasant Run Road Baptist Church, Lancaster, officiated and Rev. & Mrs. R.L. Chesser were a duet for singing Mrs. Sheppard's favorite hymns. Mrs. Marilyn Weaver was pianist. Interment was in Lone Oak Cemetery and Casket Bearers were C.L. Saunders, A.D. Garrison, George Ward, R. Bruce McCormick, Allen Reames, Frank Lonon, Wendell Lockhart and D.L. Magee. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.

Surviving Mrs. Sheppard are: three sons, William Earl Sheppard of Blooming  Grove, Houston Sheppard of Dallas and Robert Sheppard of Dickenson; two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Groschke of Austin and Mrs. Lena Reams of Lancaster; sister, Mrs. Lilly Willhelm of Dallas; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 22, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • TXDI: Sheppard Addie Green 05-18-1968 DALLAS Female


Lois Eva (Putman) Key
1909 - Nov 23, 1967

Funeral For Mrs. W.A. Key

Mrs. W. A. Key was buried Friday afternoon in Resthaven Memorial Park, Corsicana, following a 3:30 funeral in Navarro Mills Baptist Church.
Rev. L. M. Brown and Rev. Mickey Loftis conducted the rite. Nephews were Casket Bearers.

Mrs. Key was born Lois Putman in 1909 in the Navarro Mills community and she died in Memorial Hospital Thursday morning. She was a member of a prominent family, pioneer landowners in Navarro County. She had lived in Corsicana for many years.

Survivors are her husband; brothers, Cecil Putman of Frost, Rufus Putman of Blooming  Grove, Clarence Putman of Purdon, Alvis Putman of Navarro Mills, and A. N. Putman of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 29, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Elmer Bose Robinson, Jr.
1907 - Oct 7, 1967

Funeral For E.B. Robinson

Elmer Bose Robinson died in VA Hospital at Marlin Saturday afternoon following two weeks of critical illness. Funeral was held at 3 PM Sunday in McCormick Chapel in Blooming  Grove with Rev. James Peppers, pastor of Blooming  Grove Methodist Church, officiating. Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was organist.

Interment was in the family plot at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, and Casket Bearers were R.S. Dugan, Jim Bob McGraw, Hollis Pitts, Billy Gillen, W.E. Carroll and R. Bruce McCormick. Judge James E. Sewell was honorary bearer. Mr. Robinson was born at Dresden and had lived in west Navarro County most of his life. He graduated from Blooming  Grove High School and attended East Texas State College at Commerce. He was a combat officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII and served through the European campaign. He was a member of the Blooming  Grove Methodist Church.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Huldah Robinson of Corsicana; three sisters, Miss Tucker Robinson of Dallas, Miss Adelaide Robinson of Corsicana and Mrs. E.D. McCormick of Blooming  Grove; nieces, Mrs. W.E.
Cartwright of Los Angeles, Mrs. J.B. McGraw of Frost, Mrs. W.Q Brackett of Lubbock, Mrs. Billy Anderson of Lancaster and Miss Melissa McCormick of Blooming  Grove. Also 5 great nieces and 3 great nephews including his namesake, Jonathan Bose McGraw.

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Nannie Perry
Feb 27, 1882 - Feb 6, 1968

Funeral For Mrs. Morgan Perry

Mrs. Nannie Perry of Barry died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday of last week and funeral was held in Corsicana at 3:30 PM Wednesday. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery there.

Rev. Thad Son, pastor of Barry Methodist Church, and Rev. Jim Lofton, pastor of Barry Baptist Church, officiated.

Mrs. Perry, born in 1882, was the widow of Morgan Perry, prominent farmer in west Navarro County, who died many years ago. She is survived by a son, Byron Perry, of Barry.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb. 14, 1968

  • SSDI and TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Essie Florence (Thomas) French
Dec 25, 1904 - Feb 7, 1968

Mrs. Effie [sic] French Funeral Thursday

Funeral for Mrs. Effie Florence French was held in Brushie Prairie Methodist Church at 3 PM on Thursday of last week. She died suddenly Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Whitener, at Brushie Prairie. Interment was in Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

Mrs. French was visiting her daughter and complained of feeling weak.
She went to the kitchen for a glass of milk and sat in a chair while drinking. Members of the family heard her fall and went to the kitchen to find her in the floor. E.D. McCormick, Peace Justice, was called and he made a coroner's report of natural death.

Survivors are 3 sons, S.T., Jackie and Victor French, all of Dawson; 2 daughters, Mrs. Whitener, and Mrs. Mary Langley of Italy; 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild; sister, Mrs. Lucille Evans of Dawson; 6 stepchildren, Tom, Wayne and Hughie French of Lubbock and Cecil and Raymond French of Dawson, and Mrs. Notie Green of Houston.

Mrs. French was born on Christmas day, 1904, at Carthage, Texas.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb. 14, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • THIS OBIT SHOWS HER AS EFFIE


Edgar J. Glenn, Sr.
Jan 31, 1897 - Sep 13, 1967

Ed J. Glenn Dies Suddenly

Death came unexpectedly last Wednesday night for Edgar J. Glenn of Edinburg, native of Blooming  Grove and long time resident of the Rio Grande Valley. Funeral was held at 5 PM, Friday in First Baptist Church of Edinburg with Rev. Jack Chastain, pastor, officiating. Interment was in beautiful Valley Memorial Gardens, Mission, and Casket Bearers were Conly Bell, Bob Bell, J.L. Bell, Glenn Wiggs, Joe Pool and Bill Pool, all nephews.

Mr. Glenn was born January 31, 1897 on the family farm northeast of Blooming  Grove, and grew up and went to school in the community. He was one of the very earliest commercial truckers, hauling freight between Corsicana and Hillsboro in chain driven, solid tired trucks.

In 1920 he married Miss Lucille Magee, also of Blooming  Grove, and they had a son, E.J. Jr., both of whom survive. The family moved to Edinburg in 1948 and have been engaged in Valley Farming.

Other survivors are a grandson, Eddie, U.S. Navy, and granddaughter, Betty Glenn of Mission; brother, John Glenn of Waxahachie, and sister, Mrs. Verna Wiggs of Blooming  Grove and nieces and nephews.

Attending the funeral from Blooming  Grove were Mrs. Wiggs and sons J.T. and Glenn; Mr. and Mrs. George Magee; Mr. and Mrs. Doug Magee and Mrs. C.E. McSpadden.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Sept 20, 1967

  • TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • Son of Thomas Glenn & Alma (Jarvis) Glenn


O. W. "Wash" Truelove
Nov. 11, 1894 - Aug. 17, 1967

Blooming . Grove Native Buried Sante Fe

O. W. (Wash) Truelove died on August 17, in Truth Or Consequence, New Mexico, and interment was made in Sante Fe, N.M., following full military funeral there. He was a veteran of 37 years service in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Truelove was born in Blooming  Grove, member of a large and prominent family. He moved in 1929 or 1930 and had been in N.M. several years.

Survivors are two brothers, Ray Truelove of Dawson and Nim Truelove of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Armstrong, Waxahachie and Mrs. Jack Cox of Mexia.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Sep 20, 1967

  • SSDI - Oliver E. Truelove - death Aug 15, 1967 - Williamsburg, Sierra, New Mexico

  • SSDI SHOWS DEATH AUG. 15, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Bessie (Clay) Hodges
Apr 23, 1891 - Sep 17, 1967

Lubbock Funeral Mrs. J. A. Hodges

Funeral and burial were held in Lubbock Monday afternoon for Mrs. J. A. (Bessie) Hodges who died there early Sunday morning. She was a former long time resident of Slay and Frost where she and Mr. Hodges reared a large family.

Mrs. Hodges is survived by 6 sons: Odis, Guy, Therrell and Frank, all of Lubbock, Donald Ray of Bonham, Fred of Canton; 4 daughters, all of Lubbock, Mrs. Maybelle Webb, Mrs. Wilma Scott, Mrs. Inez Talbert and Mrs. Louise Wilbanks; 60 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Johnie Dugan of Frost, a close family friend, attended the funeral.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Sep 20, 1967

  • SSDI and TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • Wife of Jim Allen Hodges


Dean Ivy
1905 - Dec 1967

Major Ivey Dies Saturday

Air Force Major Dean Ivey, former resident of Blooming  Grove, was accorded a full military funeral at 11 o'clock this morning (Wednesday) in the National Cemetery at San Antonio. He died Saturday afternoon in Brooke General Hospital following a long illness. He was 62 years old.

Major Ivey was a graduate of Blooming Grove High School and he had been in the Air Force more than 20 years. He lived with the H.P. Ivy family ten years and left Blooming Grove in 1923. Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Orme attended the funeral. Major Ivey was Mrs. Orme's cousin.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 27, 1967

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • Son of Henry J. Ivy & Lena (Lane) Ivy


William Thomas Holliefield
Nov. 11, 1898 - March 4, 1968

Blooming  Grove Native Dies Brownfield

Mr. Thomas Holliefield of Brownfield died Saturday night following a heart attack and funeral was held there Tuesday afternoon. He was about 75 years of age, a retired farmer and a native of Blooming Grove.

Surviving are a son and two daughters; sisters, Mrs. Jewel Turner of Purdon and Mrs. John Ewing of Blooming  Grove; brother, Lloyd Holliefield of Frost, and other relatives.

Among those attending the funeral were Mrs. Turner, Lloyd Holliefield and Mrs. Elmer Hollingsworth of Blooming  Grove.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar 6, 1968

  • SSDI and TXDI and WWI Draft Regis. William Thomas Hollifield

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Oscar A. Truelove
Sept. 22, 1882 - Jan. 31, 1968

Oscar Truelove Dies In Malakoff

Born in Blooming Grove September 22, 1882, Oscar A. Truelove died Wednesday, Jan. 31, in a Malakoff hospital after a brief illness. Funeral was held Friday, Feb. 2, in First Methodist Church of Malakoff and interment was in the City Cemetery.

Mr. Truelove moved from Blooming Grove to Trinidad in 1915 and in 1919 moved to Malakoff where he was cashier of the First State Bank. He founded a Ford dealership and was postmaster in Malakoff from 1941 to 1956. He served as justice of the peace for 8 years and was Malakoff city judge at the time of his death.

He is survived by 3 daughters, Miss Lucille Truelove of Malakoff, Mrs. P.E. McAdams of Ft. Worth and Mrs. Gene Blakenship of Longview; 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Judge Truelove was a frequent visitor in the Blooming Grove home of Mrs. Edgar B. Johnson.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 14, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Clem (Spencer) Mitchell
Sep 14, 1890 - Dec 13, 1984

Mrs. Clem S. Mitchell, 94, of Frost, died Thursday, December 13, at Park Row Nursing Center. Survivors include one son, James Mitchell of Frost; one brother, Roy Spencer of Ennis; three sisters, Ruby Mills of Little Rock, Arkansas, Merle Harwell of Burleson and Johnnie Hobbs of Frost; and one grandson, James W. Mitchell of Frost. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 15, at Griffin Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Jeff Reed officiating. Burial was at the Frost Cemetery.

Notes:

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

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Robert Edgar McCarty
Dec 31, 1875 - Jun 30, 1968

Tuesday Funeral For R. E. McCarty

Mr. Robert E. (Bob) McCarty was buried Tuesday morning in Frost Cemetery with full Masonic Honors from the lodge he loved so much, Barry Lodge No. 839, AF&AM. He died Sunday in Odessa where he had lived for several years after residing in Barry for more than 50 years. He was a retired mail carrier, working out of the Barry post office 30 years.

Funeral was held at 10 AM Tuesday in Barry United Methodist Church with Rev. Virliss Bain as minister. Masons were Casket Bearers.

Mr. McCarty was born in Tupelo, Miss., in 1876 and came to Barry when a young man. Surviving him are his wife of Odessa; a son, Dr. R. C. McCarty of Lubbock; four daughters, Miss Juanita McCarty and Mrs. D.A.
Young, both of Odessa, Mrs. B. E. Adair of Lubbock and Mrs. Bob Parrish of Corsicana; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 3, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • TXDI: Mccarty Robert Edgar; 06-30-1968; ECTOR COUNTY TEXAS; Male


Humphrey A. Butcher
Jul 2, 1889 - Oct 6, 1968

Humphrey Butcher Buried In Austin

Humphrey A. Butcher, 79 year old native of Blooming  Grove and resident of Austin for about 50 years, died Sunday, Oct. 6, at the home of a daughter in Texas City. He had been ill many months.

Funeral and interment were held in Austin on Wednesday, October 9.

Mr. Butcher, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Butcher, was a retired official of the Coca Cola Company.

Survivors are one son, two daughters, three grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Butcher of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Violet Dunaway and Miss Vera Butcher, both of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Allie Mae Sweeney of Houston.

Mrs. Dunaway and Miss Vera Butcher attended the funeral in company with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Butcher.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 16, 1968

  • SSDI and TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Opal (Haden) Phelps
Mar 1910 - Nov 14, 1968

Mrs. Wiley Phelps Funeral Saturday

Mrs. Wiley Phelps of Hutchins died Thursday in St. Pauls Hospital in Dallas and funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Dresden Methodist church. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Phelps was born at Dresden in March, 1910, and before marriage she was Opal Haden, daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Henry Haden. She is survived by her husband, Wiley Phelps, daughter, Mrs. Peggy Simon and granddaughter, Linda Ash, all of Hutchins; brothers, Clovis Haden and W. A. Haden, both of Blooming Grove, and J.H. Haden of Houston; sisters, Mrs. Jean Furra of Dresden, Mrs. Norma Johnson of Houston and Mrs. Eulen Elkins of Littlefield.

Rev. Odie Christian, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Dallas, was the minister. Music was provided by a choir and Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick, pianist. Casket Bearers, all nephews, were Roland Haden, Joe Haden, Thomas Haden, Noel Furra, Clifton Jordan, Hugh Johnson, Ed Elliott and Daniel Seneca. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 20, 1968

  • TXDI

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Ottie M. Bryant
Aug 11, 1882 - Nov 30, 1968

Ottie M. Bryant Funeral Sunday

Former resident of Blooming Grove, Ottie M. Bryant of Waxahachie died there Friday night and funeral was held in Corsicana Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Gene Allen, pastor of Ferris Heights United Methodist Church in Waxahachie was the minister and interment was in Hamilton Cemetery.

Mr. Bryant was 86 years old.

Survivors include his wife of Waxahachie; son, Doyle Bryant of Ft. Worth; daughters, Mrs. Roy Bryant of Hurst and Mrs. Nellie Crugher of Ft. Worth; brothers, Alex and Everett of Blooming Grove, Sterling Bryant of Houston and Ed Bryant of Bay City; 7 grandchildren and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec. 4, 1968

  • WWI Draft Regis. shows Lee Ottie Marshall Bryant, born Aug. 11, 1882, wife Elizabeth Bryant.

  • TXDI for death date

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Jessie E. Horton
Aug 11, 1905 - Jun 3, 1968

Funeral For J.E. Horton

J. E. Horton, prominent farmer and stockman of Purdon, died Monday of last week in Memorial Hospital and funeral was held at 3 PM Wednesday in Corsicana. Interment was in Resthaven Memorial Park. He was 62 years old.

Mr. Horton leaves his wife of Purdon, a daughter, a granddaughter, two great grandsons and a sister.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - June 12, 1968

  • SSDI


Ellen Frances (Ellis) Young-Hunton
Jul 12, 1886 - Oct 28, 1968

Mrs. Ellen Hunton Dies Friday

Mrs. Frances Ellen Hunton was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery beside her husband, R.B. (Bascom) Hunton, Sunday afternoon following a 3 oclock funeral in First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. Pastor Ronnie Chesser and Rev. B.W. Johnson conducted the service.

Casket Bearers, all nephews, were Bob Ellis, James Ellis, Joe Ellis, B.D. (Bud) Carroll, Bill Kitchen and Omar Sirjord. Miss Susan Eddlemon was vocalist and Mrs. Ronnie Chesser was organist.

Mrs. Hunton died in Memorial Hospital Friday morning after being there seven days for treatment of a heart attack. She was born in Alabama in 1886, daughter of the late Rev. Jackson Ellis who established the Purdon Baptist Church, and the family came to Texas when she was six years old. She lived in Dallas many years and moved to Blooming Grove eleven years ago.

Surviving Mrs. Hunton are three daughters: Mrs. R. C. Dodd of Blooming Grove, Mrs. G. W. Marlow of Dallas, and Mrs. Bea Badgett of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; brothers, W. B. Ellis of Blooming Grove and Allen Ellis of Dallas; sister, Mrs. Hattie Vest of Ft. Worth.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 3, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


William Alexander "Bill" Crawford, Jr.
Nov 12, 1894 - Aug 30, 1968

W. A. "Bill" Crawford, Beloved Citizen, Dies

W. A. (Bill) Crawford, American, citizen of Blooming Grove for more than forty eight years, died Friday in Memorial Hospital a few minutes past noon. His funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Roy Davis, retired former pastor officiating, and present pastor James Peppers and Minister Wayne Mathis of Blooming Grove Church of Christ assisting. The Church choir sang and Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was organist. Casket Bearers were D. W. Springer, E. M. Sheppard, Sammie Saunders, Drew Gillen, Glenn Wiggs, C. L. Saunders, C. N. Haden and Harold Bell. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.

Mr. Crawford was born in Water Valley, Miss., in November, 1894, and came to Purdon when still a boy. He came to Blooming Grove in 1920 as a laborer, and later worked for many years in the John George Grocery Store. In 1932 he became Editor-Publisher of the Blooming Grove Times and for twenty eight years he did not fail to publish the paper each week. In the late 1930's he purchased the Frost Enterprise and published both papers until his retirement in 1960.

Mr. Crawford is survived by his wife, Thelma, of Blooming Grove; son, Mack, of Frost & Blooming Grove; daughter, Mrs. Jean Tatum of Corsicana; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Addie Davis of Corsicana and Mrs. May Forsythe of Terrell. A son, Jimmy, died in 1963.

These are some of the accomplishments, positions of trust, and offices of service that Bill Crawford encompassed in his full and worthy life: longtime Steward, choir leader & director, and teacher of the Men's Bible Class of his Blooming Grove Methodist Church; twenty eight years a member of the School Board, and more than twenty of them as secretary; president of Rose Hill Cemetery Assn.; member of the Blooming Grove City Council; for twenty five years a member of the Navarro County Hospital Board, including the old P&S and the new Memorial Hospitals; WWI veteran with the field artillery.

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Ann Elizabeth Jordan
Dec 27, 1956 - Dec 2, 1968

Funeral Today For Ann Jordan

Funeral will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock in Blooming Grove United Methodist Church for Ann Elizabeth Jordan, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Jordan of Raymondville. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Ann Elizabeth was born December 27, 1956 in Nacogdoches and died Monday in Raymondville. Her father is head coach and athletic director for the Raymondville school system and he is a native of Blooming Grove. Her mother is the former Faye McMullen of Corsicana.

Rev. E. A. Jordan, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Brownsboro and Ann Elizabeth's uncle, will be officiating minister. He will be assisted by Rev. Ray Lloyd, pastor of Brownsville United Methodist Church, and Rev. James Peppers, pastor of Blooming Grove United Methodist Church. Cousins will serve as Casket Bearers. McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

Ann Elizabeth leaves her mother and father, a brother, Randy, and a sister, Donna, all of Raymondville; grandparents, Mrs. Lela Jordan of Blooming Grove and Mr. and Mrs. Tom V. McMullen of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec. 4, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


George Washington Watson
Oct 18, 1891 - Jun 6, 1968

George Watson Buried Saturday

Funeral for George W. Watson of Barry was held in Corsicana at 11 o'clock Saturday morning, and interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery. He died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon in Memorial Hospital where he had been receiving treatment for a heart ailment. It was thought that his condition was much improved and he was making plans to return home.

Barry Baptist Church pastor Jim Loftin officiated and Casket Bearers were Jim Parks, Lloyd Simpson, George Mitchell, Roy Massengale, C.D. Poss, Lowell Reed and John Braly.

Surviving Mr. Watson are his wife of Barry; two sons Calvin of Dallas and LeRoy of Houston; daughter, Mrs. Clara Poteet of San Angelo; four grandchildren, Kervin and Mark Watson of Houston and Barbara and Randy Poteet of San Angelo; three sisters, Mrs. Dora Reed of Barry, Mrs. Margaret Gay of Midland and Mrs. Josie Nolen of Corsicana.

Mr. Watson, 76 years of age, was born in Indiana but came to Texas and the Barry community when only two years old. He was a successful farmer and had long been active in community affairs, including the Barry Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Community Center, school activities and other civic functions.

Barry Lodge No. 839, AF & AM, conducted the fraternal committal service at the grave.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - June 12, 1968

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Lucille (Watts) Davis
abt 1910 - Jun 11, 1968

Mrs. Will Davis Dies in Corsicana

Mrs. Lucille Watts Davis of Corsicana died there Tuesday of last week and funeral was held at 2 PM Wednesday afternoon. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Davis was 58 years old and lived most of her life in the Frost and Blooming Grove communities.

She is survived by her husband of Corsicana; daughter, Mrs. Hershel Davis of Abilene; brother, Homer Watts of Arizona; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mabel Smith of Waxahachie, Mrs. Aretta McNeil of Arizona, and Mrs. Paul Bell of Midland; several stepchildren and nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - June 19, 1968

  • Navarro Co. death records

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Chester Clay Jr.
Jan 11, 1953 - Apr 6, 2008
 

Chester Clay Jr.
Celebration of life services for Chester Clay Jr., 55, will be held at noon Saturday, April 12, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Corsicana. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Concord Christian Center in Giddings with the family present from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Chester passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2008, in a La Grange hospital after a brief Illness. Chester Clay Jr. was born Jan 11, 1953, in Galveston to Chester and Willie Mae Lacey Clay. He attended the public schools of Galveston and graduated from Ball High School in 1971. His education continued in Brownwood at Howard Payne University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1977. He later furthered his education with a master’s degree in counseling from Corpus Christi State University in 1986.While at Howard Payne University, Chester met and married Joyce Louis on Dec. 20, 1975. To this union was born one son, Chad Clay. An intelligent and hard-working individual, Chester spent 34 years volunteering and working for Texas Youth Commission in various capacities from volunteer to juvenile corrections officer, superintendent, and finally as assistant deputy executive director for juvenile corrections for the State of Texas. Chester’s commitment to the communities in which he lived led to memberships in Rotary International and the Lions Club. Chester was named to Outstanding Young Men of America in 1983, and received the Howard Payne Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.Chester’s love for young people and the promotion of self betterment led to his lifelong work with the young people of the state of Texas. His love for his family made him a good provider, and impact basic spiritual principles to them. His role as a friend led to the camaraderie of both men and women across the entire country. His love for Christ led him always to join a fellowship of believers wherever he lived. At the time of his death he was a devoted member of Concord Christian Center in Giddings. Though retired from the State of Texas at the time of his death, Chester was attending Blinn College to receive his teaching certificate. Chester Clay — husband, father, son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, friend — will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of over 32 years, Joyce; his son Chad, both of Giddings; mother, Willie Mae Clay of La Marque; sister, Alrethia Dotson and husband Manuel of La Marque; brother, Bobby Armstrong Sr. of Beaumont; mother-in-law, Bobbie Ruth Louis of Clarendon; two godchildren, Evan Lynch and Jennifer Jones; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, John L. Louis of Clarendon, Odell and Rose Louis of Albuquerque, N.M., and Charles and Winnie Louis of Amarillo; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Clay Sr.; two brothers, Norris Earl Horn and Eddie Ray Horn Sr.; and one sister, Melba Jean Nolan. Chester had a genuine concern for the welfare of his fellow man and his family. His loving manner and gentle speech attracted people to him, and his conscientious services as a humanitarian won the hearts of many. He lived a peaceful life and was always ready and willing to help anyone in any way he could. Only God knows the extent of the work he did helping to build the kingdom. Arrangements by Baker-Kirk Mortuary, Coleman.

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Willie Ray “Billy” Conley
Jan 12, 1934 - Apr 4, 2008

Willie Ray Conley
Willie Ray “Billy” Conley, 74, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 4, 2008, at V.A. Hospital in Dallas. Wake service will be 6 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Freedom Fellowship Church, 917 S. 17th St., with Pastor Jessie Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park .Pallbearers will be Sam Williams, Jason Williams, Micah Wafer, Marcus Johnson, Simeon Wafer and Wellington Cotton. Mr. Conley was born Jan. 12, 1934, in Corsicana. He received his education in the Corsicana ISD and graduated from G.W. Jackson High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1957 as a MP in Korea. After returning from Korea, Billy worked for numerous years at Whiteselle Brick and Lumber and later became a dedicated employee of the Corsicana ISD, where he worked until retirement. Survivors include four children, Claudia Williams (Jessie) of Lancaster, Willie R. Johnson (Marion) of Cedar Hill, Glinda Tarbutton and Kendra Sims, both of Corsicana; sister, Johnnie Mae Duncan of Corsicana; two brothers, Arthur B. Conley (Lorraine) of Corsicana and Dubart Conley (Callie) of Fort Worth; daughter-in-law, Jackie Conley; 20 grandchildren, two of which he raised, Darrell Jr. and Willie Earl Conley; 27 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ethel Marie (Dancer) Griffin
Nov. 25, 1925 - Apr 4, 2008

Ethel Marie Dancer Griffin
Ethel Marie Dancer Griffin, 82, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 4, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Taylor Memorial Church of God in Christ with Pastor Floyd Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Streetman. Pallbearers will be Anthony Ballard, Booker T. Ballard, Sterling Williams, Aubrey Barree Jr., Rayshun Ballard and Vince Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be LaBrent Lee, Sebastian Barrie, Ira Barrie III and Dominic Ballard. Mrs. Griffin was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Streetman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Connie James Griffin; son, Ira Barrie Jr.; daughter, Alice Ballard; grandson, Paul Barree; three sisters and five brothers. Leaving to cherish her memories are one son, Dr. Aubrey J. Barree; two sisters, Carrie Haynes and Alice Holt; grandchildren, Audrey N. Barree, Xanthea F. Barree Conley, Aubrey J. Barree Jr., Myrlnette Ballard, Sterling Ballard Jr., Anthony G. Ballard, Vanesia A. Ballard Betts, Tessa R. Ballard, Booker T. Ballard, Crystal D. Ballard Davis, Ira Barrie III, and Sebastian Barrie; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Tiesha Shantel (Williams) Nolen
Nov 1, 1987 - Apr 5, 2008

Tiesha Shantel Nolen
Tiesha Shantel Nolen, 20, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 2105 E. Jones Ave., with Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Roger Q. Driver, Rodney Knox Jr., Thomas Clelland, Larry Driver, Ricky Franklin and Chris Spence. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Ms. Nolen was born Nov. 1, 1987, in Corsicana. She was an active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where she served as president of the youth choir as well as president of the junior usher board. She was also the 2003 queen of Harmony District. Tiesha was gifted with a voice to sing. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Hugh and Velma Knox; and father, Larry Darnell Williams Jr. Survivors include twin sons, Jeremiah Odell and Nehemiah Darnell Nolen; mother and stepfather, LaTonia and Maurice Walker; brother, Larry Darnell Williams III, all of Corsicana; maternal grandmother and grandfather, Willie Verne and Maurice Haynes of Corsicana; paternal grandmother, Floyda Williams of Corsicana; great-grandmother and great-grandfather, Ola Mae and Adolphus Nolen of Corsicana; aunts and uncles, LaCresia Knox (Kevin), LaNora Nolen, and LaJuana Taylor (Edward), all of Corsicana, Zelmer and Eddie Mae Knox, and Charlie Mae and Jasper Washington, all of Dallas; and several cousins and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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John G. McCart
abt 1920 - Apr 7, 2008

John G. McCart, 84, of Chatfield passed away Monday, April 7, 2008. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home with a rosary at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Lissie Mae Lawrence
abt 1918 - Apr 7, 2008

Lissie Mae Lawrence, 90, of Corsicana passed away Monday, April 7, 2008, in Corsicana. Quiet hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Second Mission Baptist Church, the Rev. Larry L. Polk Sr., pastor; with the Rev. Duane Lawrence as messenger and Bishop K. D. Davis Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery

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