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Frederick Miller Grimes II
May 3, 1850 - June 8, 1924

Prominent Citizen of Navarro County Dead
Fred M. Grimes, aged 74 years, and for many years one of Navarro county's best known and most highly esteemed citizens, died at his home near Blooming Grove suddenly Sunday afternoon at his home near Blooming Grove, and the funeral there yesterday afternoon was one of the largest ever seen in that section.
Fred Grimes was in all essentials a good man, and a host of personal friends will mourn his death in the years yet to come.  The deceased is survived by his wife and five children, Earl Grimes of Fort Worth, Fred Grimes of Blooming Grove, Ellis Grimes of Dallas, Mrs. Guy Scarborough of Oklahoma, and a daughter  in Ennis whose name was not learned.

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Mary Roberts (Davis) Matlock
Nov 27, 1875 - Jun 4, 1966

Mrs. Matlock Dies Saturday, Rites Monday

Mrs John W. Matlock, 90, resident of Frost for 59 years, died suddenly at Lake Whitney Saturday night while spending the weekend at a lodge with relatives.
Funeral services were held from the Frost Baptist church Monday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the church of which Mrs. Matlock was a long time member and Sunday School teacher.
Native of Little Elm, Denton county, Texas, Mrs. Matlock met the late Dr. John W. Matlock while they were students in the University of Texas at Austin and later both graduated from Edical School in Galveston. Mrs. Matlock studied nursing after graduating from Medical School and came to Frost as a bride 59 years ago.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Walter Saunders, Corpus Christi; Mrs. E. Carlyle Smith, Grand Prairie , at whose lodge Mrs. Matlock expired; Miss Clifford Matlock, Dallas; Miss Exa Matlock, Conroe, and Mrs. Paul Mitchell, Corsicana; a son J. D. Matlock, Austin; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a brother, M. M. Davis, Charlotte, Texas and other relatives.
Pallbearers were E. Carlyle Smith, Grand Prairie; Dr. Paul Mitchell, Corsicana; Carlyle Smith Jr., Houston; Don Gore, San Marcos, and Tom Hooser, Frost.
McCormick Funeral Service Directed.

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Dovie (Fincher) Green
abt 1909 - Jun 1966

Mrs. Green of Emhouse Dies

Mrs. W. W. Green, 57, of Emhouse, formerly of Corsicana, died in Memorial hospital Saturday night. She had been ill about a year. She was a Baptist.
Surviving are her husband. W. W. Green, Emhouse; three sons, Wesley and Larry Green, both of Corsicana, and J. D. Green, U. S. Army; four daughters, Mrs. J. L. Milam, Dallas; Mrs. C. H. McBay, Mannheim, Germany; Mrs. J. H. Porter, Aela. Hawaii, and Mrs. Jerry McGehee, Corsicana; 25 grandchildren, a brother, John Fincher, Dallas; five sisters, Mrs. Mattie Bennett, Odessa; Mrs. Lela Webster, Mrs Dessie Ellington, Mrs. O. C. Cook and Mrs. A. W. Green, all of Dallas, and other relatives.  ... end of copy, may be more

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Lida (Selman) Beasley
Dec 3, 1885 - Jun 5, 1966

Mrs. Beasley Rites Monday
KERENS (Spl) - Funeral services for Mrs. Lida Beasley, 80, who died in the Mel-Haven Convalescent Home in Corsicana Sunday, were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Paschal Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church in Corsicana. Burial was in the Bazette Baptist cemetery. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Native of Kaufman county, she had spent most of her life in this community.
Surviving are six sons, Thomas Beasley, Garland, Sam Beasley, Fort Worth; Cecil and Quannah Beasley, both of Corsicana, Astor Beasley, Dallas, Lyneka  Beasley, Falfurias; three daughters, Mrs. Oren Pickering, Corsicana; Mrs. R. B. Beene, Garland, and Mrs. Charlie Chrisman, Fort Worth; 22 grandchildren, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Roland Shelton, Robert A. Bain, W. P. Ingram, Cecil Beene, J. T. Cunningham and Tom Cunningham.

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Jennie Welch
d. Jun 1966

Mrs. Welch Died Satuday

Mrs. Jennie Welch, formerly of Corsican, died in Cotulla, Texas, Saturday night. She was the mother of Rev. Ben. T. Welch, pastor at Cotulia, a former assistant pastor of the First Methodist church here.
Funeral services will be held at Liberal, Kan., Wednesday from the Fist Methodist church there.
memorial gifts will be accepted at the First Methodist church office here.

Surviving are two sons and other relatives.
A. B. Campbell Funeral Home is directing.

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Leda (Collins) Willoughby
Mar 4, 1900 - Apr 19, 1956

Corsicanan Dies While Visiting At Blooming Grove
BLOOMING GROVE, April 19 (Spl) - Mrs. J. L. (Leda) Willoughby, 56, Corsicana resident, was found dead in bed Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Barham, of Blooming Grove, whom she had been visiting for the past several days.
Justice of the Peace W. B. Ellis returned an inquest verdict of death from natural causes.
Mrs. Willoughby had resided in Corsicana since 1939.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of survivors from out of state, it was announced by McMormick Funeral Service. Funeral rites are slated to be conducted at the Blooming Grove Church of Christ by the pastor, Clovis Allen. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Survivors include her husband; seven sons, Alford L., James, Willie O. and Leroy Willoughby, all of Corsicana, Bowden Willoughby of the Marine Corps. a patient in the Naval Hospital, San Diego Calif., James Norwood Willoughby, Santa Monica, Calif., and Buddy Lee Willoughby, of the Air Force stationed at Stead Air Base, Reno Nev.; three daughters, Mrs. Lois Thomas of Dallas, Mrs Lorena Jefferies of Santa Monica. Calif, and Mrs. Barham of Blooming Grove; and five grandchildren.

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Mrs. Willoughby Services Sunday
BLOOMING GROVE, April 20 - (Spl) - Funeral services for Mrs. J. L. (Leda) Willoughby, 56, Corsicana resident who was found dead in bed here Thursday will be held from the Church of Christ church here Sunday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Clovis Allen, pastor.
W. B. Ellis, justice of the peace, returned a coroner's verdict of death from natural causes after an investigation.
Mrs. Willoughby had resided in Corsicana since 1939, but had been visiting in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Barham, several days before her death.
Surviving are her husband, seven sons, Alfred L., James, Willie O. and Leroy Willoughby, all of Corsicana; Bowden Willoughby, Marine Corps, patient in the Naval Hospital, San Diego, Calif.; James Norwood Willoughby, Santa Monica, Calif.; and Buddy Lee Willoughby, Stead Air Force Base, Reno. Nev.; three daughters, Mrs. Lois Thomas, Dallas; Mrs. Lorena Jefferies, Santa Monica, Calif., and Mrs. Barham, Blooming Grove, and five grand-children.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Albert Hugh Griffin, Jr.
Sep 28, 1892 - Jun 2, 1932

BLOOMING GROVE MAN DIES RESULT OF PISTOL WOUNDS

ANOTHER BLOOMING GROVE MAN IN JAIL FOLLOWING TRAGEDY THURSDAY

Hugh Griffin, about 45, Blooming Grove blacksmith is dead and Selmer Burnett about 35, is in the Navarro county jail, charged by complaint with murder as a result of a shooting affair at the Glenn Garage at Blooming Grove Thursday night about 8:30 o'clock, according to announcement here Friday by county officers.
Griffin was rushed to the Navarro Clinic here Thursday night suffering from several pistol wounds and died at 11:30 o'clock Thursday night. The body was returned to Blooming Grove and the funeral was held Friday afternoon at Dresden where interment was made.
Surviving Griffin are one child who resides in Houston; parents, Mr. and Mr. Bud Griffin, Blooming Grove; three brothers, Earl and Fred Griffin, both of Blooming Grove; and Jess Griffin, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Hank Jordan, Fort Worth and other relatives.
The former complaint for murder was filed Friday morning before Judge John B. Jones, justice of the peace, precinct 5, Blooming Grove Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse went to Blooming Grove Thursday night and again Friday morning to investigate the shooting. Pevehouse was accompanied to Blooming Grove Friday morning by Chris L. Knox, assistant criminal district attorney. No bail has been arranged Friday morning and Judge Jones stated Friday morning no date had been  set for an examining trial for Burnett.
County officers have intimated the case would would be presented to Navarro county grand jury when the probers resume their work Tuesday.
Officers report the two men had engaged in a difficulty Wednesday and that Burnett had filed a complaint in connection with an altercation Wednesday against Griffin.
Assistant Criminal District Attorney Knox stated on his return from Blooming Grove Friday that he had been advised that the shooting occurred Thursday night after Griffin entered the garage where Burnett and others were sitting. It was reported that a .280 pistol was used.
Griffin is reported to have received wounds near the heart in the leg and in several places in the arm.
The funeral for Griffin was directed by the McCormick Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

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  • The Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light, Corsicana, Texas, Tuesday, June 7, 1932
  • Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Navarro Co., TX
  • Submitted by Verna Bonner

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MAN DIES RESULT OF PISTOL WOUNDS

ANOTHER BLOOMING GROVE MAN IN JAIL FOLLOWING TRAGEDY THURSDAY

Hugh Griffin, about 45, Blooming Grove blacksmith, is dead and Selmer Burnett, about 35, is in the Navarro county jail, charged by complaint with murder, as a result of a shooting affair at the Glenn Garage at Blooming Grove Thursday night about 8:30 o’clock, according to announcement here Friday by county officers.

Griffin was rushed to the Navarro Clinic here Thursday night suffering from several pistol wounds and died at 11:30 o’clock Thursday night. The body was returned to Blooming Grove and the funeral was held Friday afternoon at Dresden where interment was made.

Surviving Griffin are one child who resides in Houston; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Griffin, Blooming Grove; three brothers, Earl and Fred Griffin, both of Blooming Grove; and Jess Griffin, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Hank Jordan, Fort Worth; and other relatives.

The formal complaint for murder was held Friday morning before Judge John B. Jones, justice of the peace, precinct 5, Blooming Grove. Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse went to Blooming Grove Thursday night and again Friday morning to investigate the shooting. Pevehouse was accompanied to Blooming Grove Friday morning by Chris L. Knox, assistant criminal district attorney. No bail had been arranged Friday morning and Judge Jones stated Friday morning no date had been set for an examining trial for Burnett.

County officers have intimated the case would be presented to the Navarro county grand jury when the probers resume their work Tuesday.

Officers report the two men had engaged in a difficulty Wednesday and that Burnett had filed a complaint in connection with an altercation Wednesday against Griffin.

Assistant Criminal District Attorney Knox stated on his return from Blooming Grove Friday that he had been advised that the shooting occurred Thursday night after Griffin entered the garage where Burnett and others were sitting. It was reported that a .380 pistol was used.

Griffin is reported to have received wounds near the heart, in the leg and in several places in the arm.

The funeral for Griffin was directed by the McCormick Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

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EXAMINING TRIAL FOR MAN CHARGED MURDER SATURDAY

An examining trial for Selmer Burnett, Blooming Grove resident, on a formal complaint for murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Hugh Griffin at Blooming Grove Thursday night, will be held in Corsicana Saturday afternoon, it was announced Saturday morning following a conference between Cleo G. Miller, criminal district attorney, and B. W. George, attorney for the accused man.

Griffin died in a local hospital late Thursday night. He was rushed to the hospital Thursday night following the receiving of seven pistol wounds in Blooming Grove. It was reported Griffin and Burnett had engaged in a difficulty Wednesday prior to the shooting Thursday night.

Burnett was still in the county jail Saturday morning. County officers stated the case would be presented to the Navarro county grand jury Tuesday when the probers resume their investigations.

The formal charge of murder was filed in the court of Justice of the Peace John B. Jones at Blooming Grove Friday morning. Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse and Assistant Criminal District Attorney Chris L. Knox went to Blooming Grove Friday morning and conducted an investigation of the affair.

Funeral services for Griffin were held Friday afternoon with interment in the Dresden cemetery.

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BURNETT RELEASED ON BAIL SUNDAY ON SEPARATE CHARGES

Selma (Rags) Burnett, Blooming Grove, was released from the Navarro county jail Sunday on two bonds totaling $2,250. The bonds were set Saturday afternoon at an examining trial held here before Judge John B. Jones, Blooming Groves justice of the peace.

Burnett is charged by complaint with murder and carrying a pistol. The murder bond was in the sum of $2,000 and the carrying a pistol bail was $250. Burnett is charged with the fatal shooting of Hugh Griffin, Blooming Grove blacksmith, Thursday night. Griffin died in a local hospital late Thursday night. He was reported suffering from seven wounds.

The defendant declined to make a statement or to testify at the examining trial held in the office of Cleo G. Miller criminal district attorney, Saturday afternoon. It is understood he will rely on a self-defense plea. Burnett is suffering from a knee injury, allegedly received in an altercation Wednesday. The defense also will maintain Griffin was armed with a hammer at the time of the shooting.

The examining trial was conducted by Chris L. Knox, Assistant criminal district attorney. Burnett is represented by B. W. George.

County officers have intimated the case will be presented to the Navarro county grand jury when the probers convene Tuesday.

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Courthouse News.
District Court.

Earl Griffin, brother of the slain man and state witness was reported to be ill at his home in Blooming Grove with pneumonia.

The State was represented by Cleo G. Miller and C. L. Knox, criminal district attorney and assistant criminal district attorney, respectively, and Norris W. Lovett, special prosecutor. The defendant was represented by B. W. George.

The special venire summoned for service in the Burnett case was excused by Hawkins Scarborough, district judge, and the jury for the week was ordered to report back Friday.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, February 26, 1934 - Submitted by Diane Richards

SPECIAL VENIRE IS ORDERED FOR TRIAL OF SELMA BURNETT

A special venire of 40 prospective jurors was drawn Wednesday under orders of Hawkins Scarborough, judge of the Thirteenth judicial district court, for the case of the State of Texas vs. Selma Burnett, Blooming Grove, charged by indictment with murder.

The Burnett case is set for trial Wednesday, May 17.

Burnett was indicted in connection with the fatal shooting of Hugh Griffin in Blooming Grove, May 31, 1932.

The state will be represented by Cleo G. Miller and C. L. Knox, criminal district attorney and assistant criminal district attorney, respectively, and the firm of Lovett and Lovett, special prosecutors. The defense will be handled by B. W. George.

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Jacob Coleman Merideth
Jan 30, 1862 - Jun 2, 1932

J. C. MEREDITH OF EMHOUSE IS DEAD; FUNERAL FRIDAY

EMHOUSE June 3 (Spl) - Funeral services for J. C. Meredith, age 62 years, who died at his home here Thursday night at 9:15 following a long illness were held at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Methodist church here. The services were conducted by Rev. Bruce Cox, Barry, pastor of the Methodist church here. Burial was in Pattison Cemetery.
Mr. Meredith was a pioneer resident of this community and was well known in this section of the county. He was active in all movements for the advancement of the community.
Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Jewell McMillan, Mrs. Kyle Stokes, Miss Ina Meredith; a sister, Mrs. W. J. Collins all of Emhouse; several grandchildren; a number of nephews, nieces and other relatives.
Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home had charge of the funeral arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light, Corsicana, Texas, Tuesday, June 7, 1932
  • Submitted by Verna Bonner
  • CORSICANA MORTUARY LIST - Jacob C. Meridith, b. 1-30-1862, Tex., Funeral 6-2-1932, father G. W. Meridith, Miss., mother Nancy Collins, Ala.

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Emhouse Man Was Buried Friday In Pattison Cemetery Funeral services for J. C. Meredith, aged 62 years, who died at his home in the Emhouse community Thursday night, were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'- clock from the Emhouse Methodist church with interment in the Pattison cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Bruce Cox, Methodist minister of Barry, assisted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church, Corsicana, and Rev. Lee Hearn. Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Jewel McMillan, Mrs. Kyle Stokes, Miss Ina Meredith, all of Emhouse; a sister Mrs. W. J. Collins, Emhouse; and a number of other relatives. Pallbearers were E. Melton. Will Armstrong, A. E. Beard, J. W. Russell, C. J. DeLafosse and A. A. Derden. The funeral was directed by the Sutherland- McCammon Funeral Home.

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William Robert Cottongame
Abt 1927 - Oct 25, 1994

William Cottongame
William Robert Cottongame, 67, retired businessman, died Oct. 25, 1994 in Fort Worth.
Services are pending with Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
He was born in Dawson and later lived in Frost. He lived the last 30 years in Fort Worth.
Survivors include his wife, Nelda Cottongame; one son and daughter-in-law; Brice and Elizabeth Cottongame; one grand daughter; one brother, Leslie Cottongame of Waco; six sisters, Ela Hoffman of Hubbard, Lucille Poulter of Temple, Dorothy Hyles of Corsicana, Ethel Dunagan of Mansfield and Marie Chaney of Colorado City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, October 27, 1994
  • "Ethel Dunagan" is Mary Ethel Dunagan, wife of Sammie Joe Dunagan
  • Submitted by Verna Bonner

Rose Lee (Merrell) Donaho
Oct 9, 1896 - Jun 29, 1965

HOLD SERVICES MRS. DONAHO

Funeral services for Mrs. D. T. Donaho, 68, of Pickett, who died Tuesday afternoon, were held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Homer L. Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Mrs. Donaho was a native of Emmett.

Surviving are her husband of Pickett, two sons, Don Donaho, Corsicana, and Billy Ray Noble, New York City; a daughter, Mrs. J. D. Owens, Burkburnett; eight grandchildren, three brothers, Frank and Carroll Merrell, both of Corsicana, and Curtis Merrell, El Paso; two sisters, Mrs. T. J. Keathley, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jack Bressie, Navarro, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Charles Slate, Bob Thompson, Royce  Owens, Tommy Burkholder, Charles Cravens and Elton  Christie.

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  • Submitted by Verna Bonner

Florence Isabell (Horton) Davis
July 18, 1867 - Nov 11, 1959

Hold Services For Mrs. Davis
Funeral services for Mrs. J. H. Davis, 92, who died in Waco Wednesday, were held Thursday a t 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Horace A. Rawls, Waco and Rev. Joe Willbanks, Trinidad, both Baptist ministers. Burial was in the Younger cemetery at Purdon.
A native of Georgia., Mrs. Davis resided in the  Purdon community 65 years prior to moving to Waco five years ago.
Surviving are two sons, Jeff Davis, Lefore and Cawless Davis, Austin; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel McElroy, Trinidad; Mrs Myrtle Tickle and Mrs. Jewell Farmer, both of Waco; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, J. M. Horton, La Marque, and other relatives.
Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Janie Mann
abt 1901 - Mar 1984

Mrs. Janie Mann, 83, of Pursley, died Sunday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Graveside service was to be at 2 p.m. today at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with James Gaines officiating. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Mann was a native of South Carolina, and had lived in Pursley for 70 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, J. C. Mann, and a grandson, Leslie Mann, both of La Porte; a granddaughter, Mrs. Jill Dunnigan of Tucson, Ariz.; and six great-grandchildren.

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Eula (Williams) Riley
abt 1913 - Mar 19, 1984

Mrs. Eula Williams Riley
Mrs. Eula Williams Riley, 71, of Mabank, died Saturday in Athens.
Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday in Corley Funeral Home with Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Riley was a native of Corsicana, and had lived in Mabank for 12 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include  her husband, Pat Riley of Gun Barrel City; a daughter, Mrs. Sandra Jennings of Dallas; four grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Roland Shelby, Beaux riley, Bobby Lee, Dick Lee, Larry Haws and Jay Haws.

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Thomas Jefferson Powers
May 8, 1882 - Feb 3, 1968

Tom Powers Dies Saturday
Tom Powers, 85, a native of Deckard, Tenn, died Saturday morning.
Funeral rites will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Ben Marney, pastor of Wesley Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Trlica. Dallas; three grandsons; two grand-daughters; three great-grand-children; a sister, Mrs. Lelia Edwards, Bellbuckle, Tenn.

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W. A. Williams
abt 1890 - Nov 1969

W. A. Williams Funeral Set
FROST (Spl) - Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the McCormick Funeral Chapel here for W. Arnett Williams, 79, retired blacksmith who died Nov. 3 in Twilight Home. The Rev. Walter Goodnight will officiate. Burial will be in the Richland Cemetery.
He was a native of Corpus Christi and a longtime Frost resident.
He is survived by two brothers, Carl Williams of Waitesburg, Wash., and Carnie Lopez Williams of Pueblo, Colo.; and two sisters, Mrs. E. A. Murphy of Graton, Calif., and Mrs. Eula Deese of San Angelo.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Nov 9, 1969
  • Probably the Richland Cemetery in Mertens, Hill Co., TX
  • Submitted by Verna Bonner

Mary Etta Hartfield
Jun 19, 1882 - Nov 8, 1969

MRS HARTFIELD DIES SATURDAY
Mrs. W. H. Hartfield, 87, former resident of Richland, died Saturday at Overton, Texas.
Funeral services are set Monday at 10 a.m. in the Pearson Funeral Home with graveside rites at Richland set for 3:30 p.m.
She is survived by two sons, Joe of New London and Edward of Houston; a niece, Mrs. Charles Auerbach of Corsicana and other relatives.

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Findley Donald McSween
Mar 29, 1855 - Aug 17, 1917

KILLED BY LIGHTNING
J. W. McSween Struck While Standing on Poach

Friday evening, J. W. McSween was struck by lightning while leaning against a post on the porch of his son-in-law in the Lone Oak community.
Luther Bell, Geo. McClure, McSween's son-in-law and Terry McSween, his son, were standing on the poach near him talking. The son was in one foot of his father and was not hurt. McClure was knocked off the poach into the yard, but not hurt. Bell was not hurt.
McSween is an old citizen of the Lone Oak community and a very fine citizen and his death brings great sorrow to the community in which he lived.

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  • Corsicana Democrat & Truth - Corsicana, Texas Thurs. Aug 23, 1917
  • Submitted by Verna Bonner
  • Lone Oak Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX

Nannie Belle (Moore) Stroder
Apr 27, 1880 - Apr 25, 1948

MRS J. T. STRODER DIES SUNDAY; RITES ARE HELD MONDAY

Mrs. Nannie B. Stroder, 68, lifelong resident of the Emmett community died at the family home Sunday night.
Funeral services w ere held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Emmett Baptist Church. Burial was in the Emmett cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Day, Blooming Grove minister.
Mrs. Stroder had been in ill health for some time. She had been a member of the Baptist church since childhood.
Surviving are her husband, J. T. Stroder; two sons, E. R. Stroder and P. R. Stroder, and three grandchildren, all of Emmett; two brothers, G. E. Moore, Frost, and R. L. Moore, Tyler, and other relatives.
McCormick's Funeral Service directed.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Apr 26, 1948
  • View Obituary Clipping
  • Submitted by Verna Bonner
  • TXDI: Nannie Belle Stroder; Navarro Co.; April 25, 1948; #82828
  • Navarro County Death Records: Nannie Bell Stroder, April 27, 1880 - April 25, 1948, dau of B.L. Moore(TN) & Estrella Wilkinson (MS) Vol 10, pg 10, #1203

Nova Dee (Sheppard) Jenkins
Aug 24, 1928 - Apr 10, 2008

Nova Dee (Sheppard) Jenkins
Nova Dee (Sheppard) Jenkins, 79, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2008. Nova was born Aug. 24, 1928, in Lone Cedar to Wylie and Jennie (Robinson) Sheppard. She grew up in the Lone Cedar community and attended school in Lone Cedar and Avalon, and on March 5, 1949, she married Robert Lee Jenkins of Italy. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. She was preceded in death by a daughter Rebecca Jean Haws; and five siblings, J. W. Sheppard, Clay W. Sheppard, Delmer Sheppard, Velmer Magures and her infant twin sister. She is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Jenkins of Blooming Grove; two sons, Danny Guy Jenkins and special friend Kathy Tanner of Rice, and Rodney Carl Jenkins of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Josh and Stacy Haws of Mertens, Kindal Haws of Frost, and Kevin Freeman of Blooming Grove; one brother, Don W. and Ruth Sheppard of Daytona Beach, Fla.; one sister, Mary Alice Jenkins of Nash; and a great number of nieces and nephews. A celebration of life, in memory of Nova, will be held on 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Minnie Sue (Landrum) Murphey
1925 - Apr 11, 2008

Minnie Sue (Landrum) Murphey
Minnie Sue Landrum Murphey, 82, passed away in Houston on Friday, April 11, 2008, from complications of pancreatic cancer. Mrs. Murphey was beloved by family and friends during her lifetime. She resided in Navarro County since 1959 and was employed by the Wheelock and Kennaugh families as a personal assistant, secretary and bookkeeper for 44 years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. Funeral Mass will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Graveside services and interment will be 4:30 p.m. at the Fluvanna Cemetery in Fluvanna. Born in 1925 in Fluvanna, Mrs. Murphey was raised on a cotton farm during the Depression years and World War II. Before marriage, she attended Texas Tech in Lubbock and Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Mrs. Murphey was preceded in death by her parents, Josie Clepper Stavely Landrum and Cyrus Fletcher Landrum; a stepmother, Anna Hoag Jones Landrum; one sister, Frances Lee Landrum, who died as a young child; three brothers, Cy Landrum, J.C. Landrum and Joe Landrum; and one stepsister, Frances Jones Brooks Sigourelli. She is survived by one son, Henry D. Murphey and wife, Hilda; one daughter, Mary Lynn Murphey Haynes and husband, Marion; six grandchildren, Katie Haynes Felfe, Charles Murphey, Konnie Haynes, Jay Haynes, Robert Murphey, and Josh Haynes; two great-grandchildren, Becka Felfe and Kaylea Felfe; numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews, cousins, and many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan), in care of Milind Javle, M.D., UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Dept., 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030; Vitas Hospice, in care of Donations, 4848 Loop Central Drive, Suite 650, Houston, TX 77081; or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Gladys A. (Curbello) Southard
Oct 24, 1921 - Apr 12, 2008

Gladys A. Southard
Gladys A. Southard, 86, of Corpus Christi, passed away Saturday April 12, 2008. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Gilbert officiating. Pallbearers will be John Howell, Randy Curbello, Ross Curbello, Scotty Williams, Bobby Williams and Roy Williams. Gladys was born Oct. 24, 1921 in Skidmore to Jasper and Marie Curbello. She was a long time resident of Corsicana, where she and L. C. Howell raised their three children. Later she married Jack Southard and after his death she moved to South Texas to be near her siblings. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Williams, and a grandson, Christopher Benton. Survivors include her sons, Larry Howell and his wife Sheila, and John Howell and his wife Deidre; sisters, Virginia (Ludia) Phelps, Nancy (Hal) Toomey, Louise (Dub) Walker, Dorothy (Gene) Eichman; brothers; Gus (Zelma) Curbello and Ross (Shirley) Curbello; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cloie (Farmer) Summerall
Dec 29, 1921 - Apr 10, 2008

Cloie (Farmer) Summerall
Cloie Farmer Summerall of Corsicana passed away on Thursday afternoon, April 10, 2008, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born on December 29, 1921 in Corsicana. Cloie began her career as a secretary at Drane Middle School. She then entered the banking business full time in 1960. After 27 years of dedicated service, Cloie retired from Western Federal Savings and Loan Association in 1989. For nearly three decades, she was known for her wry grin, terrific sense of humor and cheerful way of doing business. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana and attended the Friendship Sunday School Class for many years. She so appreciated the thoughtful prayers and cards she received from her church family. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mike Adams, Ronnie Watkins, Jerry Watkins, Charlie Farmer, Johnny Farmer, and Jimmy Farmer. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mable Joyner and T. A. Farmer; sister, Florene Weaver, and an infant baby brother. She is survived by her husband, V. Willard Summerall of Corsicana; sister, Aubry F. Adams of Mesquite; nephew, Mike Adams; cousins, Norma Farmer Watkins, Charlie Farmer, Johnny Farmer and Jimmy Farmer; step daughter and husband, Betty Ann and Hartley Young; step son and wife, Gary and Marty Summerall, all of Corsicana. She was also blessed with three step grandchildren and their families. Her family wishes to express their gratitude to her caretakers, Beverly Johnson-Baisy and Anita Ovalle for their love and support. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jeanie Lou (Freeze) Teetz
Oct 8, 1949 - Apr 12, 2008

Jeanie Lou Freeze Teetz
Jeanie Lou Freeze Teetz, 58, left this world for her heavenly home at Providence Hospital in Waco on Saturday, April 12, 2008. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Dawson Cemetery. Jeanie was born Oct. 8, 1949 at Providence Hospital in Waco. She was the loving daughter of the late V. M. “Jackie” Freeze and Beatrice Marrs Freeze. She spent her early years in Dawson where from the time she could talk, enjoyed going with her father to hear southern gospel groups. This activity paved the way for the development of her own musical talent. Along with her father, she began performing all over the county. This passion for gospel music continued to grow and she became a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church where she served her Lord in many ways including singing solos and as a member of the church choir, which will remember her as someone who never forgot a lyric. Jeanie will be remembered by many friends whose lives she touched in many unique and special ways, including those that she served as a manager and friend at the Villa apartments for the last 17 years. She was preceded in death by her infant brother, Stephen Freeze; father, V. M. “Jackie” Freeze; mother, Beatrice Freeze; brother, Victor O. Freeze, and a very special uncle, Doyle “Pete” Marrs. Survivors include her children, Brena Teetz Jock and husband Paul of Corsicana; son, Terry Todd Teetz and wife Carrie of College Station; grandchildren, Presley Jock, Ethan Jock, Landon Jock and Jonathan Jock all of Corsicana; foster grand daughter Madeline Warren of Longview; sisters-in-law, Loretta Freeze of Corsicana, and Judy Teetz Blessing of Lake Jackson; nephews Gary Freeze of Albuquerque, N.M. and Chad Freeze of Corsicana; special cousin, Dr. Kent Marrs of Georgetown; and lifelong friends Sue Teague, Jamie McClure and Ronald Lynn Gainer. Donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Memorial honors Villa employee
By Deanna Brown

Daily Sun

Family, friends, co-workers and residents of the Villa Apartments turned out in large numbers Monday in a chilly wind to dedicate a memorial to their friend, Jeanie Teetz.

Teetz, who passed away in April 2008, worked at the Villa Apartments for 17 years. Vendors and contractors for Monarch Properties, owner of the Villa, donated services and supplies to build the memorial fountain, garden and tree just outside the main office. Local merchants also donated a bench with Teetz’s birthdate and date of death, and an apartment resident made a cross which reads “Jeanie’s Place.”

“We didn’t put a penny into this memorial, it was all donated by people who loved her,” said apartment manager and co-worker Connie Pair. “She loved the people here.”

Teetz’s son Todd Teetz and wife Carrie traveled from College Station to attend the memorial, and daughter Brena Jock, her husband Paul and their children were present, as well.

“I think she would have liked this,” Brena Jock said. “When she was in the hospital, she was always worried about the Villa. Of course, she’d be mad everyone is making a fuss!”

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John Watts Frederick
Jun 25, 1887 - May 1, 1965

Retired Farmer Rites Monday Blooming Grove Watts Frederick, Sr., 77, retired Blooming Grove farmer, died Saturday in Memorial hospital. Funeral services were held Monday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove. The rites were conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor of the First Methodist church in Blooming Grove, of which he had been a member for 50 years.
Native of Ellis county, Frederick had resided in the Blooming Grove vicinity for 70 years. Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; a son, John W. Frederick, Jr., Arlington; a daughter, Mrs. Annie Lou Adcock, Corsicana; three grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Less Gorman, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Arthur Collier, Prescott, Ariz., and other relatives. Pallbearers were John Dorsey George, Sammie Saunders, Lloyd Simpson, Carroll Lee Saunders, Raymond McGraw and R. L. Kagler.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun, May 3, 1965
  • Son of John Gully and Lois (Richmond) Frederick; Husband of Birdie (Green)
    Frederick
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • TXDI: TXDI: Frederick John Watts SR 05-01-1965 NAVARRO Male

Lorena Frances (Reed) Jones
Aug 6, 1906 - Feb 16, 1969

Mrs. Lorena Jones Buried At Frost

Funeral was held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in Corsicana for Mrs. O. J. Jones of Dallas who died Sunday. Interment was in Frost Cemetery.

Before her marriage Mrs. Jones was Miss Lorena Reed, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Glenn Reed, long time residents of the Frost community. She was born in 1905 at Irene.

Survivors are her husband of Dallas; daughter, Mrs. Johnny Smith of Corsicana; three grandchildren and one great grandchild, brothers, Clay Reed of Frost, Leo Reed of Waco and Billy Reed of Cleburne; a sister, Mrs. Jack Connelley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Odie James Cook
Aug 4, 1908 - Feb 14, 1969

Funeral For Odie J. Cook

Odie James Cook, 61 years old, died Friday, Feb. 14, in Buckeye, Arizona, and funeral was held at graveside in Frost Cemetery Wednesday morning, Feb. 19, at 11 o'clock.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. P. L. Woolley of Frost.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 26, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Earnest Carter Melton
Jan 1893 - Feb 22, 1969

Funeral For Earnest Melton

Funeral was held in First Baptist Church in Corsicana Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Earnest Melton, native of Dresden and former resident of Frost and Blooming Grove. He had lived in Corsicana many years. He died Saturday night in Memorial Hospital at the age of 76.

Pastor Robert Potts was the minister and interment was in Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Melton is survived by two sons, James of Monahans and Ethan of Irving; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a brother, Lil Melton of Dresden; sisters, Mrs. Edgar Fox of Dresden, Mrs. Claude Moore of Corsicana and Mrs. Ola Sims of Athens.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb. 26, 1969
  • 1900 Navarro Co. census shows parents Carter C. and Ella Melton and birth month of Jan.
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lena Carrie (Haynes) Hollingsworth
Jan 23, 1895 - Feb 19, 1969

Mrs. Hollingsworth Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Will L. Hollingsworth, of Frost died unexpectedly at her home at 3:45 Wednesday morning of last week and funeral was held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon in Frost Baptist Church. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery.

Pastor Walter Goodnight was minister and Rev. Wesley Howard as vocalist and Miss Nancy York as organist provided the music. Casket Bearers were W.F. Warren, F. S. Malone, T. S. Hooser, A. P. Cook, Bill Thomas and Bert Howell. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.

Mrs. Hollingsworth had been bothered with some heart trouble but she had been going about her daily house and garden work and had shown no symptoms of any unusual illness. In the early hours of last Wednesday her husband heard her ask for medicine and when he brought it to her bed she was dead.

She was born in the Frost community January 23, 1895, and before marriage she was Miss Lena Carrie Haynes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Haynes. She lived in the Frost area all her life.

Mrs. Hollingsworth leaves her husband of Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Hustead of Malakoff and Mrs. D. O. Tucker of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; 4 grandchildren; two brothers, Carl Haynes of Grand Prairie and Luther Haynes of Denton; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Jones of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Eula Woods of Carrollton and Mrs. Mae Russell of Brownsville.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb. 26, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • TXDI: Hollinsworth Lena C 02-19-1969 Female

Leonard Clarence "Doots" Clark
abt 1908 - Feb 12, 1969

Funeral For Leonard C. Clark

Leonard "Doots" Clark, 60 year old native of Dresden and retired groceryman, died at his home in Corsicana Wednesday last week after a long illness. Funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in Missionary Baptist Church, Corsicana, with pastor Bruce Hibbitts and Rev. Obie Barton as ministers. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, the former Hazel Bowers who was born in Blooming Grove; sons, Kenneth of Amarillo & Dewey of Jacksonville; daughters, Mrs. Patricia Owen of Corsicana, Mrs. Margaret Lusk of Arlington & Mrs. Sherrian Haynes of Garland; 4 grandsons & 7 granddaughters; sisters, Mrs. Alma Hollingsworth of Barry, Mrs. Jessie Staggs of Corsicana & Mrs. Bertie White of Tyler.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb. 19, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Dora Stella (Barnes) Woodruff
Jan 6, 1878 - Mar 1969

Funeral For Mrs. Woodruff

Mrs. Stella Woodruff, sister of Mrs. R. L. Barnes of Blooming Grove, was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana Monday afternoon following a 2 o'clock funeral there. Mrs. Woodruff, 91, died Friday night in Garland. She was the widow of O. M. Woodruff.

Other survivors are 3 sons, Ray and O. M., Jr. of Okla City and Reginald of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. J. P. Garnett of Dallas; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

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Cleta Pauline (Frederick) Green
Feb 20, 1922 - Feb 13, 1969

Mrs. W. B. Green Funeral Sunday

Mrs. W. B. Green of Farmington, New Mexico, was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery Sunday afternoon following a two o'clock funeral in First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. Pastor Ronnie Chesser was minister. The Church choir, with Mrs. Chesser as organ accompanist, furnished the music.

Mrs. Green died in Farmington Thursday. She had lived there 15 years and was a bookkeeper for a television sales and service business. She was born in Blooming Grove in 1922 and before her marriage was Cleta Pauline Frederick, daughter of Mrs. Ola Hargrove Frederick and the late John Frederick.

Casket Bearers were Ralph Putman, Loyd Frederick, Joe Honea, Leroy Ewing, Doris Eddlemon and R. L. Green. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mrs. Green is survived by her husband of Farmington; sons, Jerry Cagle, Fred Green and John Green, all of Farmington; mother of Blooming Grove; two granddaughters; brothers, Will Frederick of Blooming Grove, J.D. Frederick of Frost and J. E. Frederick of Roane; sisters, Mrs. M. B. Cooper and Mrs. Ray Green, both of Lewisville.

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Lloyd Evans Simpson
Mar 10, 1904 - Mar 5, 1969

Lloyd Simpson Funeral Friday

Lloyd Evans Simpson, native of Barry and owner of the Palace Barber Shop in Blooming Grove, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday night last week. He had suffered a heart attack 10 days previously.

Funeral was held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove and interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Pastor Bruce Hibbitts of Memorial Baptist Church and Pastor Cass French of Second Avenue Baptist Church, both of Corsicana, were the ministers. Music was furnished by a choir of singers from all churches of Blooming Grove with Mrs. Ronnie Chesser as organist. Casket Bearers were Bill Hollingsworth, A. S. Fulton, L. O. McGraw, Drew Gillen, W. E. Percival, Ernest Watson, B. L. Ralston and Lowell Reed. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Lloyd Simpson was born in 1904, the son of Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Simpson, and he lived most of his life in the Barry-Blooming Grove area. He was active in the Baptist Church and Barry Lodge No. 836, AF&AM. He had served as District Deputy Grand Master of his Masonic District.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Carrie Simpson, and his mother, Mrs. Minnie Myrtle Simpson, both of Corsicana; son, Gerald of Ida Lou; daughter, Mrs. Edna Earle Landrum of Waco; 8 grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Homer Hopkins of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Imogene Graham of Dallas; step-sons, E. O. Prince of Corsicana and Alvin Prince of Houston.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar 12, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Joel Harris Haden
Apr 9, 1897 - Dec 1968

Joel Haden Dies In Oklahoma City

Joel H. Haden, 71 year old native of Blooming Grove and brother of Mrs. Tom S. Hooser of Frost and Miss Clementina Haden of Corsicana, died Monday of last week in an Oklahoma City hospital. Funeral and interment were held there Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Mr. Haden was a member of a long prominent Navarro County family and had lived in Oklahoma City many years.

Other survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ruby Haden of Oklahoma City; a son, Joel M. Haden of Cedar Vale, Kansas; daughter, Mrs. George E. Wilder of Ft. Worth; sisters, Miss Mary Haden of Los Angeles, California, Miss Kathryn Haden of Dallas and Mrs. A. T. Vandiver of Joshua; two granddaughters and five grandsons.

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JOEL H. HADEN DIED SUDDENLY AT HOME HERE MONDAY

Joel Harris Haden, aged 73, native of Missouri, but resident of Navarro county since a small child, died at 518 North Twenty-Sixth street Monday morning following an illness of only a few minutes, and the funeral services will be held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Dresden cemetery immediately following. He was reared in Dresden community but had resided in Corsicana for the past ten years. He was well known over the entire county.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Pattie Taylor, Corsicana, and 17 nieces and nephews and other relatives.

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Kay Vance Ellis
Oct 11, 1891 - Feb 1969

Kansas Funeral For Kay Ellis

Funeral and interment were held Monday afternoon in Elkhart, Kansas, for Kay Ellis who died Saturday in a Liberal, Kansas hospital after a long illness. He was a native of Blooming Grove and the son of the late Dr. W. M. Ellis, for many years a prominent west Navarro County physician.

Survivors include his wife, a daughter, one granddaughter and two grandsons, all of Kansas; sisters, Mrs. A. J. Grady of Corsicana and Mrs. Randolph Patterson of Phoenix, Arizona.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 12, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Son of Dr. William Maddison Ellis & Delia (Hinkle) Ellis

Pearl Christina (Greene) Griggs
Feb 8, 1917 - Apr 13, 2008

Pearl Christina Griggs
Pearl Christina Griggs, 91, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 8, 1917, in Horsebrook Island, Canada, to Frank Albert Greene and Velma Faye Steeves Greene. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with James Williams officiating. Burial will be at Post Oak Cemetery in Malakoff. She is survived by her son, Harris Griggs and wife Patsy of Purdon; brother, Harold Greene of Maine; sisters, Delores Clark of North Carolina and Mary Hildreth of Massachusetts; grandchildren, Connie Tally and fiancé John Tilley of Corsicana, Christina Venable and husband Joe of Dawson, Brenda Lingle of Strawn, Harris Griggs III and wife Brenda of Purdon; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. ∞

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Ruby Lee (Standard) Peacock-Johnston
Mar 12, 1927 - Apr 13, 2008

Ruby Lee Peacock Johnston
Ruby Lee Peacock Johnston, 81, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born March 12, 1927 in Eureka to Sydney and Nina Standard. Ruby was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was a wonderful homemaker, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Harrell Braddock Jr. officiating. Survivors include her daughter, Lynda S. Hampton and her husband Ronald of Gilmer; grandchildren, Lysa Lynne Parks of Lindale, Lance Alan Parks and his wife Connie of Lindale, and Clayton Hampton of Gilmer; great-grandchildren, Hanna Parks and Morgan Parks; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Peacock; her second husband, Jim Johnston; sisters, Nina Blue, Iris Cates, and Lavern Gillam; and brothers, Olan and Drenan Standard. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ola Mae (Burke) McCann
Jul 8, 1915 - Apr 13, 2008

Ola Mae Burke McCann
Ola Mae Burke McCann, 92, of Conroe passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Willis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 8, 1915, in Blooming Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents, James A. and Birdie Burke; sisters, Jimmie Dee Powell and Dorothy Petty; and her husband, the Rev. Gene Jack McCann. She is survived by her foster son, Dr. Sixto Herrera Ramirez of Monterrey, Mexico; her sister, Cosia S. Rau of Corpus Christi; nephew, Riley Gene Petty of Corpus Christi; and nieces, Glenda Harris and Linda (Paul) Rothgeb, both of Corpus Christi. Mrs. McCann was a devoted wife and Christian and spent her married life in the mission fields with her husband helping others. She will always be remembered and forever in our hearts. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cashner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cashner Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Wes Pratt officiating. Burial will follow at Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Cashner Funeral Home, Conroe.

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George W. Johnson
abt 1900 - Apr 19, 1946

Funeral Services Held For George W. Johnson

Funeral services for George W. Johnson, aged 46 years, who died at his home, 1812 West Collin Street, Corsicana, with a heart attack early Friday, were held Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Corley chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Dan Sharpley, pastor of the Emhouse Baptist church.

Johnson a well-known farmer and stockman resided in the Barry and Emhouse communities and is well known in this section.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, three daughters, Mrs. Mildred Drain and Mrs. Marie Lockhart, both of Emhouse, and Miss Jimmie Johnson, Corsicana; a grand daughter, George Ann Drain, Emhouse; six brothers, Tom Johnson, Eureka; Bill Johnson, Walter Johnson, Corsicana; Charles Johnson, Emhouse; Hugh Johnson, Houston and Robert Johnson, Waco; a sister, Mrs. Dora Turner, Emhouse and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Clifton Johnson, Hugh M. Johnson, James L. Johnson, Cleo L. Johnson, Lois Johnson and Robert Johnson, all nephews.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - April 26, 1946
  • TXDI
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robert Caldwell Mabry, Jr.
Jan 19, 1888 - Aug 3, 1941

Funeral Services Held Monday For Robert C. Mabry

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock for Robert C. Mabry, aged 53, who died in the Veterans hospital in Dallas Sunday, at the Methodist church, with Rev. Maggart B. Howell, pastor of the church, conducting the rites, assisted by Rev. Tucker of Richland.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Dixie Richards, Richland; Mrs. Ruth Coker, Ennis; one brother, Henry Mabry, Richland; two nieces, Mrs. Hollis Pitts and Miss Mable Mabry, Blooming Grove; two nephews, Victor Mabry, Tyler and Dare Mabry, Kerens.

Mr. Mabry was born and reared in this community, and for many years was in the cattle business. He was a Veteran of the World War. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bob Mabry, pioneer residents of this community.

Pallbearers were Hollis Pitts, A. A. Fagala, J. W. Harris, Ab Pevehouse, Tom Pevehouse, Jim Carroll, Drew Gillen and Volley Jaynes.

Arrangements were under the direction of the McCormick Funeral Service.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Aug. 8, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Navarro Co., TX
  • HIS HEADSTONE SAYS AUG. 3 BUT SAYS AUG. 31 IN THE INDEX. THIS PAPER IS DATED AUG. 8.

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

Former Blooming Grove Girl Buried Here

Mrs. Rosa Lee Lawless, age 23 years, daughter of R. H. Gibson Fort Worth, was buried Sunday afternoon in Rose Hill cemetery here. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church with Rev. T.G. Story, pastor, officiating.

The deceased was accidentally shot at her home in Orange, April 30, and died in an Orange hospital May 2nd.

Mrs. Lawless lived here with her parents when she was a little girl. She was a niece of Mrs. D.M. Holland, now a resident of Blooming Grove.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 9, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • HER MOTHER IS LISTED AS KATE GIBSON

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ACCIDENT VICTIM BURIED SUNDAY AT BLOOMING GROVE

BLOOMING GROVE, May 5.-- (Spl)—Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Lee Lawless, age 23, who was accidentally killed Friday at Orange, were held here Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. T. G. Story. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.
A gun in the hands of her husband was said to have been accidentally discharged, killing her.
Surviving are her husband, and father, R. H. Gibson, Fort Worth, and an aunt, Mrs. D. M. Holland, Blooming Grove.
Sutherland Funeral Home in Corsicana transferred the body from the H. and T. C. to the Cotton Belt.

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Delia Lucinda Yarbrough
Oct 3, 1882 - Mar 6 (or 15), 1969

Funeral For Mrs. Yarbrough

Mrs. Delia Lucinda Yarbrough, native of Miss. but resident of Mertens most of her life, died in a Corsicana rest home Thursday after a long illness. She moved from Mertens to the Home following the death of her husband Perry F. Yarbrough, about six years ago. She was 86 years of age.

Funeral was held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in Mertens Baptist Church with former pastor Bob Roberts, and present pastor Robert Thrift as ministers. Mr. Jimmy Coleman of Waco was vocal soloist and Mrs. Thrift was pianist. Casket Bearers were Billy Elmore, Bobby Elmore, Kenneth Elmore, Harold Elmore, Richard Green and Carvel Yarbrough.
Interment was in Frost Cemetery. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.

Mrs. Yarbrough is survived by a son, Elmer K. Yarbrough of McGregor; four daughters, Mrs. W. A. Elmore of Mertens, Mrs. Ben Whitson of Nederland, Mrs. Jerry Green and Mrs. D. L. Green of Waco; 19 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar. 12, 1969
  • SSDI shows death Mar. 15 - TXDI shows death Mar. 6
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John Walter Honea
Jun 13, 1902 - Mar 12, 1969

J. Walter Honea Buried At Frost

John Walter Honea, resident of the Frost community most of his life, died Wednesday, March 12, in an Arlington hospital where he had been a patient only two days. Funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock in Frost Baptist Church with pastor Walter Goodnight as minister.
Interment was in Frost Cemetery.

Casket Bearers were J. N. McMinn, J. R. Patterson, Joe Parum, Bud York, Guy Tullos and Bud Fields. Miss Nancy York was organist. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.

Mr. Honea was born in Alabama in 1903 and came to Frost as an infant.
He was a farmer for many years and then was custodian of Barry school buildings. He later worked in Corsicana and finally moved to Arlington in 1963.

Survivors are his wife of Arlington; four sons, Arnold & James of Arlington, Bob of Dallas and Maurice of Irving; seven grand children; two brothers, H. E. Honea of Corsicana and Clarence Honea of Tyler; two sisters, Mrs. D. L. Hambrick of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Bertie Shelton of Dublin.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar. 19, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • HE IS IN THE INDEX AS JAMES WALTER HONEA - SSDI shows him as John

Earnest Burl Harris
Oct 27, 1904 - Apr 1, 1969

Dresden Burial for Burl Harris

Funeral was held Wednesday afternoon of last week in Corsicana for Burl Harris, 64 year old life-long resident of the Blooming Grove community.  He was a retired farmer.  Interment was in Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of Blooming Grove; son, Jimmy Earl of Blooming Grove; brothers, Leonard Harris & Chester Harris, both of Blooming Grove, and Bunk Harris of Corsicana.

Casket Bearers were Fenner Holditch, Carl Daniel, Thurman McGraw, Sammie Saunders, Raymond McGraw and Floyd Armstrong.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 9, 1969

Asberry Dean Farmer, Sr.
Oct 3, 1900 - Apr 7, 1969

Asberry Farmer Funeral Tuesday at Navarro Mills

The father of eleven graduates of Blooming Grove High School, Asberry Farmer of Navarro Mills died Monday morning in Memorial Hospital.  He was 68 years old, and was a retired farmer and school bus driver.

Funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Navarro Mills Baptist Church with pastor J.B. Shumake as minister.  Interment was in
Dresden Cemetery and grandsons were Casket Bearers.

Mr. Farmer drove a Blooming Grove school bus for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1936.  Poor health caused his retirement a few years ago.

He and Mrs. Farmer attended graduation exercises for seven daughters and four sons at Blooming Grove High School, with their youngest child, Peggy, finishing in the spring of 1967.

Mr. Farmer is survived by his wife, Cora Jane, of Navarro Mills; sons, A.D. of Houston, Billy Wade of Deer Park, Jackie of Corsicana and Charles of Ft. Worth; daughters, Mrs. Patsy Smith of Frost, Mrs. Jennell French of Corsicana, Mrs. Daphene Thompson of Ft. Worth , Mrs. Dorothy Pierce of Burleson, Mrs. Darlene Pruiett and Mrs. Sue Warren, both of Irving, and Miss Peggy Farmer of Corsicana; 19 grandchildren.

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  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - Apr. 9, 1969
  • TXDI: Farmer Asberry Dean 04-07-1969 NAVARRO Male

Virginia Griffin
Jan 3, 1884 - Mar 16, 1969

Funeral For Mrs. Sam Griffin

Mrs. Virginia Griffin, widow of Sam J. Griffin, died in Lubbock Sunday and the funeral will be held this morning (Wednesday) at 10 o'clock in Blooming Grove United Methodist Church.  Rev. Leroy Reeves of Godley will be the minister and Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick will be organist.  Interment in
Dresden Cemetery will follow.

Casket Bearers will be N. E. Brister, W. E. Carroll, G. W. Patterson, R. Bruce McCormick, C. N. Haden and R. E. Williams.  McCormick Funeral Service is in charge.

Mrs. Griffin, 82 years of age, is survived by a son, Roy Griffin of Lubbock, a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Melton of Ft. Worth, four grandchildren, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar 19, 1969

Pearl Nancy (Jones) Johnson
Jul 16, 1899 - Mar 16, 1969

Mrs. W. L. Johnson Funeral Monday

Mrs. Pearl Nancy Johnson, wife of W. L. Johnson of Purdon, died early Sunday in a Corsicana nursing home where she had lived eleven months.  Funeral was at 2:30 Monday afternoon in the Blooming Grove Church of Christ with Clovis Allen of Robinson and Wayne Mathis of Blooming Grove as ministers.

Grandsons served as Casket Bearers and interment was in
Dresden Cemetery.  McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mrs. Johnson was born near Groesbeck in July, 1899, and after their marriage she and Mr. Johnson lived at Silver City, Blooming Grove, Cryer Creek and Purdon.

Mrs. Johnson also leaves 3 sons, G. W. Johnson of Monahans, Thomas E. Johnson & B. W. Johnson, both of Corsicana; 3 daughters, Mrs. Cecelia Miller of Stephenville, Mrs. Roma Taylor & Mrs. Ramonia Davis, both of Purdon; 27 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; brother, J.A. Jones of Corsicana; 6 sisters, Mrs. Ruby Freeman & Mrs. Winnie Minkler of Dallas, Mrs. Jewel George of Teague, Mrs. Opal Foster of Quanah, Mrs. Faith Collins of Carrollton and Mrs. Florene Holliefield of Corsicana.

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  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar. 19, 1969

Ollie D. Fountain
Mar 4, 1929 - Apr 12, 2008

Ollie D. Fountain
Ollie D. Fountain of Corsicana passed away Saturday, April 12, 2008, in Ennis. Viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Chambers officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons and friends of the family. Mr. Fountain was born March 4, 1929, in Corbet. He was a member of 13th Avenue Christian Church. He worked many years for the police reserves and Corsicana Emergency Corps and retired from private security. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mable Jean Fountain; father, J.C. Fountain; brothers, Willie George Fountain and Major Fountain; daughter, Regina Thomas; granddaughter, Dedra Davis Terry; and mother, Pearline Fountain. Survivors include his wife, Easter Fountain; children, Deborah Brown, Ollie D. Fountain Jr. (Versia) and Paula Cooksey; grandchildren, Jimmy Lewis Jr., Jennifer Lewis, Jonathan Lewis, Calvin Moorehead, Lamar Moorehead, Ollie D. Fountain III, Erica Carroll, Patrick Thomas, and Jamelia Fountain Moore; adopted grandson, Anthony Gasaway; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Charlene Harris; brothers, Raymond Fountain, Charles Fountain (Lucy), Wilbert Fountain (Susanne) and Arthur Fountain; son-in-law, Bennie H. Thomas; sister-in-law, Pearlene Fountain; and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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William Robin "Billy" Bezinge
Aug 26, 1882 - Jul 18, 1969

W.R. Bezinge Buried Lone Oak

Willie Robin Bezinge, 88 year old native of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, died late Thursday night at his home in the Lone Cedar community where he had lived about two years. A retired construction worker, he had been in ill health for several years.

Funeral was held in McCormick Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove at 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon with Rev. Ronnie Chesser, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove, officiating. Interment was in Lone Oak Cemetery.
Casket Bearers were Boliver Dozier, Bruce Dozier, Ivan Dozier, Harold Dozier, Homer Garrison and Benny Hinkle.

Mr. Bezinge is survived by his wife, Hildred Dozier Bezinge of Lone Cedar, and a brother, R.V. Bezinge, of Winter Park, Florida.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 23, 1969
  • TXDI: Bezinge Willie Robin 07-17-1969 NAVARRO Male
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Effie Cloris (McClure) Myers
May 28, 1911 - Jun 13, 1969

Mrs. Effie Myers Buried Rose Hill

Mrs. Effie McClure Myers was interred in Rose Hill Cemetery Monday afternoon last week following a 10 AM funeral in First United Methodist Church in Italy. She died unexpectedly Friday afternoon at her home in Italy where she had lived 32 years. She was a member of the Italy church.

Mrs. Myers was born in Blooming Grove, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John McClure, and attended Blooming Grove public schools. At the time of her death she was employed by a cafe in Italy.

Survivors are two brothers, Edward L. McClure of Jourdanton and Elmer D.
McClure of California; a sister, Mrs. Lois Littlejohn of Itasca; 2 half brothers, Rudolph McClure of Dallas and Johnny B. McClure of Ft. Worth;
2 half sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Minatra of Blg Grove and Mrs. Emma Buzulencia of Ohio; stepmother, Mrs. Edness McClure of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - June 25, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Roy Boyd
Oct 11, 1899 - Dec 6, 1969

Roy Boyd Funeral Held Monday

Roy Boyd, long time resident of the Lone Cedar community and a retired farmer, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning. He was 70 years of age and a native of Edom.

Funeral was held at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon in United Methodist Church of Blooming Grove with pastor Paul Rone and Rev. Walter Black of Italy officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Casket Bearers were Aubrey Berry, J. T. Steele, Ray Robinson, Sammie Saunders, Roy Southard, J. E. Grantom and C. L. Saunders. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mr. Boyd is survived by his wife of Lone Cedar; a son, Paul Wayne Boyd of Italy; daughter, Mrs. A. J. Beale of Lone Cedar; 9 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Ethel Blackburn of Waxahachie, Mrs. Perry Clark of Midlothian; and a half sister, Mrs. Bill Terry of Modisto, California.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec. 10, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lula Dell Gilmore
May 1, 1874 - Apr 29, 1969

Mrs. Lula Gilmore Dies April 29

Mrs. Lula Dell Gilmore of Frost was buried in Frost Cemetery Wednesday afternoon, April 30, following a 2:30 o'clock funeral in McCormick chapel. Pastor Wesley Howard, Jr. of Frost United Methodist Church, and pastor Walter Goodnight of Frost Baptist Church, were the ministers. Miss Darla Vest was organist.

Casket Bearers were Newt Peacock, Woodrow Peacock, Mack Peacock, C.R. Green and Bennie Baird.

Mrs. Gilmore was the mother of Mrs. R.D. Baird and grandmother of Mrs. Pat Short, both of Frost. She was born in Tennessee in 1874 and had lived in Frost about 20 years. At the time of her death she was a resident of a Hillsboro nursing home. She died at 4 AM Tuesday.

Other survivors are 4 grandsons including Raymond Baird of Mertens, another granddaughter, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 7, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robert Earl Bell
abt 1925 - May 2, 1969

Robert Bell Buried At Frost

Robert Earl Bell, brother of Mrs. Leroy Ewing of Blooming Grove, died Friday at his home in Corsicana and funeral was held there Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was in Frost Cemetery.

Mr. Bell was 44 years of age and was a plumber.

Other survivors are his wife, a son, 4 daughters, 2 stepdaughters, 2 brothers, 5 sisters and 10 grandchildren. None of these survivors live in the Frost-Blooming Grove area.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 7, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John Sims York
Jul 19, 1885 - Jul 17, 1969

J. Sims York Dies In Dallas

John Sims York of Irving died in a Dallas hospital Thursday and funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Frost Baptist Church with pastor Walter Goodnight as minister. Mrs. Ronnie Chesser was vocalist and Miss Nancy York was organist.

Casket Bearers, all grandsons, were Alva Lynn Smith, John H. York, Jr., Carl Wayne Johnson, Jim York, Rickey White, Frank C. Holland, Terry York and Jeff Holland. Interment was in Frost Cemetery and McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mr. York was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1885 and came to Navarro County when a small boy. He and his family resided in Frost and community before moving to Conroe. He had lived in a rest home in Irving the past three years and had been in the Dallas hospital only two days before his death. He was a retired foreman of a roofing contracting firm.

Survivors include 4 sons; John of Garland, Paul of Ft. Worth, Alton and Bill of Dallas; 5 daughters; Mrs. A. C. Smith of Frost, Mrs. Louise Johnson and Mrs. Gene White of Dallas, Mrs. Eugene Tucker of Irving and Mrs. Lawrence Holland of Little Elm; 29 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren; brother, Ed York of Cohoma; 4 sisters, Mrs. Maude Denn of Corsicana, Mrs. Hessie Smith of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Lula Hightower of Midland and Mrs. Elah Embery of Italy.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 23, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

James Harvey Wells
Jul 19, 1885 - Jul 17, 1969

J. H. Wells Buried At Frost

Funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock in Central Baptist Church in Italy for J. H. Wells, retired farmer who had lived in Frost about five years. He died Friday in a Hillsboro hospital where he had been a patient since being injured in an automobile accident that occurred 3 weeks ago between Frost and Italy. Rev. Walter Goodnight, pastor of Frost Baptist Church, was the minister. Interment was in Frost Cemetery.

Mr. Wells had lived in Milford most of his life, moving to Frost after his retirement. He is survived by his wife of Frost; 2 sons, Ray Wells of Italy and I.D. Wells of Irving; 2 daughters, one of which is Mrs. Marie Gobble of Porter; 6 grandchildren; brother, Josh Wells of Houston.

Casket Bearers included W. F. Bonnett and J. N. McMinn of Frost.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Aug 20, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robert Marion Sanders
May 22, 1883 - Nov 4, 1969

Robert M. Sanders Funeral Today

Robert Marion Sanders will be buried this afternoon (Wednesday) in Frost Cemetery following a 2 o'clock funeral in Frost Baptist Church to be conducted by pastor Walter Goodnight. He died at 2:30 Tuesday morning in a Corsicana rest home after a long illness. MeCormick Funeral Service is in charge. Casket Bearers will be Johnnie Dugan, Ervin Green, Jim Bob McGraw, Carl Daniels, James Brown and Harvey Ross. Pastor Wesley Howard of Frost United Methodist Church will be vocalist.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife, Edith, of Frost; 3 sons, Searcy and Roy of Frost and Richard of Las Cruses, New Mexico; 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; brother, Jim Sanders of Huntsville; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mattie Grubbs of Grand Prairie, Mrs. Tonnie Lee St. Marie of Elemendorf, and Mrs. Willie Hendrixson of Manchester, Oklahoma.

Mr. Sanders was born in Birmingham, Alabama, May 22, 1883, and had lived in the Frost community most of his life. He was a retired farmer.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 5, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lessie "Less" Younger
Dec 20, 1872 - Jul 1, 1969

Lessie Younger Buried Thursday

Native of Dresden and one of the oldest residents of the Blooming Grove community, "Less" Younger died Monday, June 30, at the home of his niece in Corsicana. He had been in failing health several years.
Funeral was held at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon in Tyree Chapel A.M.E.
Church, Blooming Grove, with pastor D. Brown officiating. Nephews were Casket Bearers and interment was in Brushy Prairie Cemetery.

The Church choir & pianist furnished the music, and choir members were flower bearers.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 9, 1969
  • SSDI for dates - shows July 15 death
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Thomas F. Vest
Oct 9, 1880 - Sep 20, 1969

Tom Vest Buried Dresden Tuesday

Funeral for Tom Vest, former long time resident of the Raleigh community, was held in Corsicana Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock and interment was in Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Vest, who died in Dallas, is survived by his wife of Corsicana; a son, Roy Vest of Waco; 4 daughters, Mrs. Evelin Bullock of Irving, Mrs. Mackie Guynes of Richardson, Mrs. Elsie Pohlman of Houston and Mrs. Jewel Lake of Neal, Ala.; a number of grandchildren; brother, Coleman Vest of California; sister, Mrs. Callie Tull of Ft. Worth.

Notes:

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

William Hardy Butler
Jul 1919 - Jun 1969

Wm. Hardy Butler Dies in Sherman

Funeral was held in Bonham Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock for former Blooming Grove resident Wm. Hardy Butler, 50 year old Bonham businessman who had been in ill health several years. He died in a Sherman hospital Sunday night after six weeks as a patient.

Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana where a graveside service was held at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Butler was a graduate of Blooming Grove High School and Texas A&M. He achieved the rank of Major in the Army of the U.S. during WWII, serving with the 101st Airborne, He was born in Mississippi in July 1919.

Survivors include his wife and daughter, Patricia, both of Bonham; brother, John Carroll Butler of Decatur, Illinois; sisters, Mrs. R. W. Perry of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Howard Onstot, Miss Ann Butler and Miss Bertie Butler, all of Austin, and Mrs. Sidney Hambrick of Odessa.

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Jacqueline Snowden
Jan 24, 1966 - Oct 23, 1984

Jacqueline Snowden, 18, of Corsicana, died Tuesday, October 23, at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was a native and life-long resident of Corsicana. Survivors include her mother, Patsy Snowden of Corsicana; one sister, Lisa DeMoss of Italy; one niece, Amanda DeMoss of Italy; a grandmother, Mrs. Pinkey Snowden of Corsicana; and a godfather, Nickey Andrews of Corsicana. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Modrell Cemetery.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Oct. 25, 1984
  • SSDI for birth
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Jim Brown
Jun 19, 1895 - Sep 19, 1982

Jim Brown, 87, of Dawson, died Sunday morning at his residence.

Service is Saturday, 2 p.m., Dawson Church of God in Christ in Dawson.
Burial will be at Dawson Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Ross and Johnson Mortuary in Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rena Brown, of Dawson; several grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Della Anderson of Dallas.

Pallbearers are John Kirby Jr., Vernon W. Kirby, Carl L. Kirby, Kimmy L. Kirby, M. T. Wade Jr. and Michael Kirby.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Sept. 22, 1982
  • SSDI and TXDI for dates
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robert C. Smith
Jul 24, 1887 - Mar 1969

R. C. Smith Buried Tuesday

Funeral was held in Blooming Grove United Methodist Church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock for Robert C. Smith, former president of First State Bank, Blooming Grove, who died Saturday morning in a Port Arthur hospital. Interment was in Covington Cemetery.

Ministers were former pastor Roy Felder, now of Baytown, and present pastor James Peppers. Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was organist. Casket Bearers were Marlin Brockette, Claude T. Brockette, C. J. Cartwright, B. L. Ralston, D. W. Springer, J. Miller Reid, Lloyd Hayes and Roy Hayes.
Directors of the bank were Honorary Bearers.

Mr. Smith was born July 24, 1887 in Milam, Texas. He was with the Covington bank before coming to Blooming Grove in 1941. He retired from the presidency of First State Bank in 1963, and then in 1965 & 1966 he helped organize the bank in Trinidad. For a while in the 1940's he was president of the Citizens State Bank of Frost as well as the Blooming Grove and Covington banks.

Mr. Smith is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles Thompson of Port Arthur; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother, Herman F. Smith; sisters, Mrs. Eura Vogel and Mrs. Vera Hill, both of Dallas.

Notes:

  • McCormick Funeral Service directed.
  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar 12, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Harry Simpson
Dec 23, 1903 - Mar 1969

Harry Simpson Dies Gainesville

Harry Simpson, native of Blooming Grove and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Simpson, died Thursday night in a Gainesville hospital following surgery. Funeral and interment were held in Gainesville Saturday afternoon. He was 65 years of age.

Mr. Simpson left Blooming Grove after finishing high school and worked for Bell Telephone Co. for a few years, then operated a Western Auto store before opening a retail & wholesale sporting goods store. He had lived in Gainesville since 1943.

He is survived by his wife and daughter, Miss Barbara Simpson, both of Gainesville, and another daughter, Mrs. Beverly Pilgrim of Commerce. He also leaves 4 grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar. 12, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Henry Grady Pitts
abt 1907 - Feb 21, 1969

Grady Pitts Buried Sweetwater

Henry Grady Pitts, 62 year old native of Dawson and resident of Sweetwater for the past 22 years, died in a hospital there Friday, February 21, after several weeks hospitalization following a stroke.

Mr. Pitts was the brother of Hollis Pitts of Blooming Grove, and he had many friends in this area. Mr. & Mrs. Hollis Pitts attended the funeral held in First Baptist Church of Sweetwater Saturday afternoon. Interment was in a Sweetwater cemetery.

After leaving Dawson Mr. Pitts served fifteen years as auditor for the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of Houston, and at the time of his death he was president of the Sweetwater Production Credit Ass'n.

Other survivors are his wife, a son, a daughter, one grandson, and a brother, Howard Pitts of Dawson.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar 5, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Julius Lafayette Crabtree
Dec 9, 1896 - Mar 2, 1969

Julius Crabtree Dies At Meridian

Julius L. Crabtree, 72 year old native of Blooming Grove, died Sunday in a Meridian hospital and funeral and interment were held there Tuesday morning. He was a retired employee of Texas Power & Light Company.

Survivors include a brother, E. C. Crabtree of Waco; two sisters, Mrs.
G. W. Petty of Waco and Mrs. Kathleen C. Mitchell of Meridian, and several nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Mar. 5, 1969
  • SSDI and TXDI for dates
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Son of Marion Lafayette "Fate" Crabtree & Eva Rebecca (Sheppard) Crabtree

Mary Lou Venuto
abt 1948 - Jun 19, 1969

Funeral For Mary Lou Venuto

Mary Lou Venuto, 21 year old former junior high student in Blooming Grove, died last week in a Dallas hospital where she had been in critical condition following a 6-story fall from an apartment window. The accident occurred Sunday, June 8.

Funeral and interment were held in Dallas Saturday, June 21.

Mary Lou's mother, Mrs. Maydell Allmon Mayberry, was born and reared in Blooming Grove. She was the niece of Mrs. Daisy Coker of Blooming Grove.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - June 25, 1969
  • TXDI for death date
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Willie (Estes) Watts
died July 1969

Funeral and interment will be held in Hillsboro this morning at 10 o'clock for Mrs. Willie Watts who died early Saturday night in a Hillsboro hospital.

Before her marriage Mrs. Watts was Miss Willie Estes, and she lived many years in the Emmett community. She later resided north of Frost for about 30 years.

She is survived by two sons, Billy Joe Watts of Mesquite and Jimmie Watts of Dallas; three brothers, Tom Estes and Cecil Estes of Hillsboro, and Ed Estes of Abbott; two sisters, Mrs. Johnny Noble and Mrs. Eula Hinton, both of Hillsboro.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 23, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lillie Pearl (Osborne) Ballew
Dec 22, 1881 - Nov 15, 1970

Mrs. Ballew of Emmett Dies Thursday

Mrs. Lillie Pearl Ballew of Emmett died in the early morning of Thursday, November 5, in Memorial Hospital.

She was born at Emmett in 1882 and had lived all her life in the community.

Funeral was held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in Emmett Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. W. H. Bradbury, as minister. Interment was in Emmett Cemetery.

Mrs. Ballew is survived by five daughters: Mrs. J. D. Caffey of Emmett, Mrs. J.C. Kornegay of Coolidge, Mrs. Ruth Read of Corsicana, Mrs. L. M. Price of Montalba and Mrs. Essie Lawrence of Waco; 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; two brothers, P. G. Osburn of Coolidge and Melvin Osburn of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 11, 1970
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Frank Lee Morris, Sr.
Jan 19, 1890 - Nov 6, 1970

F. L. Morris Buried Saturday

Funeral for Frank Lee Morris of Dallas was held in McCormick Funeral Service chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He died early Friday in a Dallas hospital.

Rev. J.C. Yates of Dallas was the minister and Rev. Ronnie Chesser, pastor of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, was vocal soloist with Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick as organist.

Casket Bearers were Floyd Morris, Son Morris, George Morris, Johnny Morris, Rag Morris and Herschel Barham. Interment was in White Church Cemetery.

Mr. Morris, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Morris, was born January 19, 1890, in Navarro County north of Blooming Grove. He lived some time in the Booming Grove home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Barham.

Survivors include five sons, Frankie Lee, Mackado and Milton Morris, all of Dallas, Billy of Rice and Woody Morris of Plainview; four daughters, Mrs. Phil (Eula) Barham of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Helen Narvil and Mrs. Ruth Moore, both of Lubbock, and Mrs. Lois Nelson of Dumas; 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Will Griffin and Mrs. Lonnie Harrison of Mississippi.

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Grace (Hux) Grimmett
Dec 24, 1900 - Nov 14, 1970

MRS. GRIMMETT DIES SATURDAY BURIED MONDAY

Mrs. J.D. Grimmett of Barry was buried in the family plot in Dresden Cemetery Monday afternoon. Funeral was held at 2 o'clock in Corsicana with Rev. Tom Roebuck as the minister.

Mrs. Grimmett, a member of the Barry Baptist Church, had been confined several months and had been seriously ill for several weeks. She was born in Navarro County in 1901 and had lived her entire life in the County. She had made her home in Barry since 1919.

Casket Bearers, all residents of Barry and lifelong friends of Mrs. Grimmett, were Lowell Reed, Les Kitchens, Marshall Massengale, Pete Livingston, Roger Johnston and Robert Luther.

She is survived by her husband of Barry; five sons, Henry of Barry, Richard of Austin, James of San Antonio, A.M. of Houston and Eugene of Salem, Kentucky; two daughters, Mrs. M. P. Sanders of Dallas and Mrs. L. V., Tanner of San Antonio; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. W. O. Russell of Blooming Grove, and several nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 11, 1970
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Mrs. Grimmett Rites Monday

Mrs. J. D. (Jim) Grimmett, 69, a resident of Barry since 1919 died Saturday in Corsicana.  She was a member of the Barry Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel the Rev. Tom Roebuck officiating.   Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.  She had lived in Navarro County all her life.

Surviving are her husband, Jim Grimmett of Barry;  five sons, Eugene D. of Salem, Ky., A. M. of Houston, James W. of San Antonio, Richard C. of Austin, and Henry A. of Barry;  two daughters, Mrs. M. P. Sanders of Dallas and Mrs. L. V. Tanner of San Antonio;  nine grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren;  one sister, Mrs. W. O. Russell of Blooming Grove;  nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Pete Livingston, Robert Luther, Marshall Massengale, Lowell Reid, Les Kitchens, and Roger Johnston.

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Ordway H. Mitchell
Nov 30, 1895 - Apr 5, 1970

FUNERAL FOR ORDWAY MITCHELL

Funeral was held Monday afternoon at 12 o'clock in McCormick Funeral Chapel for Ordway H. Mitchell, 74 years of age and a native of Frost. Interment was in Frost Cemetery.

Minister Bill Smith of a Ft. Worth Church of Christ conducted the service. Casket Bearers were Clovis Haden, Billy Wayne McGraw, Lavern High, Bill Shaw, Robert McCullouch and Charles Bailey.

Mr. Mitchell was born in November, 1895, the son of the late Luther Mitchell and Lithia Bryant Mitchell. Both the Mitchell and Bryant families have long been prominent in Frost area business and farming circles.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, and was long active in American Legion affairs. He was a veteran of WWI.

Mr. Mitchell died unexpectedly at 12:30 AM Sunday at his home in Frost.

Survivors include his wife, the former Edith Ross, of Frost; two brothers, Doyle Mitchell of Frost and Earl Mitchell of Corsicana; three sisters, Miss Bertha Mitchell of Frost, Mrs. E. E. (Mary) Omberg of Frost and Mrs. Beryl (Lucille) Scott of Denison.

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Bernice Esther (Jarrett) Denn
Sep 27, 1895 - Jul 30, 1970

MRS. JIM DENN DIES JULY 30 IN HOSPITAL

Mrs. Bernice Esther Denn, wife of J. F. (Jim) Denn, died early Thursday morning, July 30, in a Hillsboro hospital where she had been a patient for five weeks.

Funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in Frost United Methodist Church with Rev. Walter Goodnight, pastor of Frost Baptist Church, as minister. Rev. Wesley Howard, Jr., pastor of Frost U. M. Church, was vocalist and Miss Nancy York was organist.

Casket Bearers were Loyd Young, Joe Brown, W. E. York, Ira Hassell, Billy Hargrove, and Truitt Green. Interment was in Frost Cemetery. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Mrs. Denn was born in 1895 at Italy, a member of the well known Jarratt family. She and Mr. Denn had lived many years in Frost and community. For several months the couple had been residents of a rest home in Italy where Mr. Denn continues to reside.

Surviving Mrs. Denn, other than her husband, are a daughter, Mrs. W. D. Hohenberger of Frost; two sons, Shirley Denn and J. B. Denn, both of San Antonio; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; five brothers, Will Jarratt and Gus Jarratt, both of Italy, H.D. Jarratt of Grand Prairie, Cube Jarratt of Dallas and John D. Jarratt of Bryan; a sister, Mrs. Alyene Peck of Dallas.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Aug. 5, 1970
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • TXDI: TXDI: Denn Bernice E 07-30-1970 HILL Female

 

Rites Pending For Mrs. Denn
FROST (Spl.) - Mrs. W.B. (Jim) Denn, 73, died early Thursday morning in a Hillsboro hospital after an extended illness.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. W.D. Hohenberger of Frost; two sons, Shirley Denn and J.B. Denn, both of San Antonio; one sister, Mrs. Alyene Peck of Dallas; five brothers, Will Jarratt of Italy, Gus Jarratt of Italy, H.D. Jarratt of Grand Prairie, Cube Jarratt of Dallas
and John D. Jarratt of Bryan; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending at McCormack Funeral Home in Frost.

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Wynona (Tipping) Gantt
May 15, 1914 - May 18, 1970

MRS. GANTT DIES MONDAY, FUNERAL TODAY

Mrs. Robert Gantt of Frost died early Monday afternoon in a Corsicana rest home where she had been a resident for more than three years. She had been in ill health since suffering a stroke almost ten years ago.

Funeral will be held in Frost Baptist Church at ten o'clock this
(Wednesday) morning and interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Blooming Grove. Rev. Mel Hardin, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, and Rev. Walter Goodnight, pastor of Frost Baptist Church, will be the ministers. Nancy York will be organist.

Casket Bearers are Robert Reames, Eddie Reames, Royce Reames, Bobby Doyle Tipping, Arthur Harcrow, Harold Dozier, James Brown, and J. O. Williams.

Mrs. Gantt, the former Wynona Tipping, was born near Blooming Grove May 15, 1914. She was the daughter of the late R. E. and Ila Fitzgerald Tipping. She had lived all her life in the Blooming Grove and Frost communities.

Surviving Mrs. Gantt are her husband of Frost; a son, James Gantt of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Murphy of Corsicana and Mrs. Betty Hughes of Ennis; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Maggie Long of Frost, Mrs. Fay Reames of Van Horn and Mrs. Myrtle Loden of Hico.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 20, 1970
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Myrtle Ruth (Farish) Bryant
May 27, 1892 - Sep 7, 1970

MRS. BRYANT DIES MONDAY, FUNERAL TODAY

Mrs. Myrtle Ruth Bryant, wife of James Everett Bryant of Blooming Grove, died at 11 o'clock Monday morning in a Corsicana rest home. She had been in the home only eight days.

Funeral will be held this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3 o'clock in Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with pastor Paul Rone as minister. Pastor Ronnie Chesser of First Baptist Church will assist Rev. Rone. The Church Choir and organist will provide music.

Casket Bearers will be Clarence Putman, Elton McClure, C. L. Saunders, Drew Gillen, G. B. Pullin and Harold Bell. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery and McCormick Funeral Service will be in charge.

Mrs. Bryant was born May 27, 1892, in New Orleans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Farish. She and Mr. Bryant lived many years in Grange Hall community before moving to Blooming Grove more than fifteen years ago.

Survivors, other than her husband, are a son, Robert Bryant, of Blooming Grove; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; two brothers, Perry Slate of California and Clyde Slate of Buchanan Dam; and a sister, Mrs. Leona Maine of Oklahoma.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Sep 9, 1970
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robert Allen Meador
Aug 15, 1949 - Mar 29, 1970

ROBERT MEADOR DIES EASTER

Robert Allen Meador, 20, was killed early Easter Sunday morning near Houston in an automobile collision on Hempstead highway.

He was the oldest son of Robert L. Meador, native of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Meador of Route 1, Box 10, Cyprus. Other survivors are a sister, Julia Kaye, and brother, Kelly Scott Meador, also of Cyprus; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Scott of Shreveport, Louisiana. The late Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Meador of Blooming Grove were his paternal grandparents.

Young Meador was returning home from a date when his car collided head-on with a pick-up which was turning into a cafe. The truck driver was charged with negligent homicide and was in fair condition at a Houston hospital.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 8, 1970
  • Son of Robert Lendon Meador and Audrey Edith (Scott) Meador
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • TXBI: MEADOR ROBERT ALLEN 8-15-1949; Male; Parents: HARRIS AUDREY EDITH SCOTT & ROBERT LENDON MEADOR
  • TXDI: Meador Robert A 03-29-1970 HARRIS MALE MARRIED

Eula (Orrell) McAdams-Starling
Feb 10, 1890 - Apr 24, 1970

MRS. STARLING DIES FRIDAY

Mrs. Eula Starling of Houston died there early Friday morning, April 24. Funeral and interment were held in Houston Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Starling, the former Eula Orrell McAdams, was a native of Blooming Grove and lived in the community until about 30 years ago. She and her first husband, the late Walter McAdams, moved to Houston where he was a carpenter. She later married Mr. Starling who died several years ago.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Katie Bell Smith and Mrs. W. B. House, both of Houston; two sisters and one brother.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 29, 1970
  • SSDI and TXDI for dates
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Rita H. Gerber
Sep 27, 1895 - Apr 28, 1970

MRS. SAM GERBER DIES APRIL 28

Mrs. Sam Gerber, former resident of Frost, died April 28, in San Diego, California. Funeral and interment were held there.

Mrs. Gerber was the widow of Sam Gerber who operated dry goods stores in Frost and Blooming Grove in the 1920's and 1930's.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 20, 1970
  • 1930 Nav. Co. census for name. SSDI and CADI for dates

Eldred Bruner
Oct 19, 1911 - Jul 6, 1970

FUNERAL FOR ELDRED BRUNER IN FT. WORTH

Funeral for Eldred Bruner, native of Frost and longtime resident of Ft. Worth, was held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, in Ft. Worth. Interment was there in Greenwood Cemetery.

Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Bruner, he grew up in Frost and moved to Ft. Worth to become an employee of General Dynamics.

Mr. Bruner is survived by his wife, Lola, of Ft. Worth; two sons, Darrell of Keller and Earl Dwayne of Ft. Worth; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Joyce Hampton of Mesquite and Mrs. Glenda Baggett of Ft. Worth; eight grandchildren; a brother, Eugene, of Ft. Worth.

Rev. Eugene Hoover was the minister and Casket Bearers were Stacy Mason, J.D. Ashby, E.J. Wells, Riley Wilson, Grady Hemphill, Donald McMahan.
Honorary bearers were deacons of Ridglea Baptist Church and firemen of General Dynamics.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 15, 1970
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ernest Eddlemon
Aug 17, 1891 - Nov 7, 1970

FUNERAL FOR MR. EDDLEMON IN ITALY

Ernest Eddlemon, 79 year old retired farmer, died unexpectedly early Saturday night in a rest home in Italy where he had lived for two years. He was a native of Italy and had lived all his life in communities of this area, including Hard Neck, Frost, Lone Cedar and Blooming Grove.

Funeral was held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in Italy, with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas. Rev. Jerry Hopkins, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Italy, conducted the service. Casket Bearers were Doug Eddlemon, James Eddlemon, Jerry Lambert, Robert Lambert, Doodle Ward and Bluitt Ward.

Mr. Eddlemon is survived by two sons, Doris Eddlemon of Blooming Grove and J. C. Eddlemon of Ft. Worth; two daughters, Mrs. J. T. Whitaker and Mrs. Tom Mitchell, both of Blooming Grove; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 11, 1970
  • SSDI and TXDI for dates
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Norman Hunter Keathley
Jan 3, 1901 - Nov 3, 1970

N. H. KEATHLEY DIES IN DALLAS: FUNERAL NOV. 5

Norman Hunter Keathley, 69 year old native of the Jones Ranch community south of Frost, died Tuesday, November 3, in a Dallas hospital.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in St. Luke's Methodist Church, Dallas, with interment in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Mr. Keathley, 69, was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Keathley, and a member of a long prominent family of the area. He attended Jones Ranch School and Frost School, and later was a football star at Marlin High School. He married the former Miss Louella Ellis of Frost.

He had lived in Dallas more than forty years and owned and operated the Avalawn Drug Company there. He retired in 1966.

Surviving Mr. Keathley are his wife of Dallas; a son, Darrell H. Keathley of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. LaFrey Wooldridge of Dallas, Mrs. Mauricia Fugitt of Houston and Mrs. Billie Johnson of Denton; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren; five brothers, Coleman and Thomas Keathley of Corsicana, Barcus Keathley of Dallas, Herrell Keathley of Ft. Worth and Lindsay Keathley of Houston.

Mr. Keathley was a Mason and a Methodist.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 11, 1970
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
     

Frank Box
Jun 15, 1928 - Apr 21, 2008
 
Frank Box
Deacon Frank Box, 79, of Dawson passed away Monday, April 21, 2008, at his residence. 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 at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dawson with Pastor Monroe Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Farmerville Cemetery in Dawson. Pallbearers will be Roy Tennison, G. C. Younger, Joe Kirven, Lewis Simpson, Bennie Coleman Jr. and Roosevelt Kimbrough. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Hopewell Baptist Church. Mr. Box was born June 15, 1928, in Palestine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine “Cat” Box; one sister and five brothers. Those left to cherish his memories are his sister, Vivan Black (Larry) of Fort Worth; granddaughter, Wanda Tennison (Roy) of Dawson; grandson, Lewis Simpson (Sammie) of Dawson; niece, Linda Black of Fort Worth; great-niece, Vivan Wrenn of Fort Worth; two stepdaughters, Perlean Fountain and Charlie Mae Whitaker of Dallas; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; special cousins, Johnny and Willie Dell Gooden of Los Angeles, Calif.; special friend, G. C. Younger of Dawson; and several generations of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Dale Lindsay Cole
Jun 17, 1929 - Apr 21, 2008

Dale Lindsay Cole
Dale Lindsay Cole, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord on April 21, 2008, at the age of 78, in Corpus Christi. He was born in Kearney, Mo., on June 17, 1929, to Jesse Richard Cole and Pearle Albright Cole. He graduated from Kearney High School in 1947 and then attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. While there he met his wife of 55 years, Emma Jean Turner. They were married in Columbia, Mo., on Aug. 31, 1952. He entered the United States Air Force and became the meteorologist for the 321st Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He was honorably discharged as a captain. He completed his Master of Education degree at the University of Missouri in 1958.Dale and Jean moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1958, where he became a professor of physics at Phoenix College and taught there for 39 years. They enjoyed many happy years living in Scottsdale where their children, Cathy and Bob, were born. He was an active member of First Southern Baptist Church in Scottsdale, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. During their retirement, Dale and Jean enjoyed traveling and visiting places around the world and spending time with their grandchildren. In 2001, they moved to Corpus Christi where they became members of Second Baptist Church. Dale is survived by his loving wife, Jean Cole; his daughter, Dr. Mary Cathleen Cole-Perez (Rene) of Corpus Christi; son, Dr. Robert D. Cole (Sandra) of Corsicana; eight grandchildren, Kristen Cole, James Cole, Gregory Perez, Sarah Cole, Caitlin Cole, Daniel Cole, Rebecca Perez and Rick Sauber-Cole; along with many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cage-Mills Funeral Home, 4901 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Baptist Church. Arrangements by Cage-Mills Funeral Directors, Corpus Christi.

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Lola (Finch) Buchanan
Jan 17, 1924 - Apr 20, 2008

Lola Buchanan
Mrs. Lola Buchanan, 84, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2008 in Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tim Moody, Matt Moody, Jason Buchanan, Kyle Buchanan, Shawn McIntyre and Austin Williams. She was born Jan. 17, 1924 in Blooming Grove. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church of Corsicana. Mrs. Buchanan was preceded in death by her husband, Weldon “Buck” Buchanan; parents, Walter and Minnie Finch; sisters, Thelma Gorden and Betty Maxwell; and a brother, Neal Finch. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Wayne Moody of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Garry and Jackie Buchanan of Duncanville, and Jeff and Teri Buchanan of Lake Worth; seven grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; a sister, Helen Martin of Amarillo; and a number of nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Idamay (Miles) Dukeminier
Jun 28, 1909 - Apr 19, 2008

Idamay Miles Dukeminier
II Timothy 4:7 — I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Idamay Miles Dukeminier was born in Rice on June 28, 1909. She passed away at home on April 19, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Randell Clark Dukeminier; her parents, M.S. and Viola Allen Miles; her brothers, Sherman and Joel Miles; her sisters, Lala South and Bessie Montgomery. Survivors include her son, Randell Allen Dukeminier and wife Jamie; grandson, Ray Dukeminier and wife Debbie; nephews, Robert Miles, Hugh Miles South and Joel Miles; nieces Mary Lakin, Margaret Thomas, Carolyn Taylor and Marguerite Harrington; great nieces, LeAnn Starks, Amanda and Caitlin Harrington; great great nieces Sarah and Stephanie Starks; and great nephew, Ben Taylor. Idamay was a school teacher, having begun her teaching career in Rural Shade. She retired from the Houston Independent Schools. While teaching in Houston she served as president of the Houston Teachers Association. A member of First Baptist Church, Corsicana, she was active in Delta Kappa Gamma, Navarro County Retired Teachers, James Blair Chapter DAR, Navarro County Democrats and Navarro County Historical Society. She loved her Lord, she loved her family and she was a lifelong staunch Democrat. Her family extends their thanks to her caregivers Brenda Anderson, Ouida Melton and Lola Boatright; Dr. Deepak Patel and all the doctors and nurses at Navarro Regional Hospital; and the nurses and caregivers from Family First Hospice. A visitation is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Rice Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Wareing officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Melba "Kit" (Carson) McKinley
Jan 1, 1944 - Apr 18, 2008

Melba "Kit" McKinley
Melba “Kit” McKinley, a resident of Barry, passed away Friday, April 18, 2008, at her residence at the age of 64. She was born in Maud on Jan. 1, 1944, to Jack Carson and Joy Stokes Carson. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Center Ridge Cemetery in Maud with Ron Green officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Rekow, Dale Rekow, Joshua Carson, Brian Lane, Brittan Fawks and Vincent Fawks. Survivors include her husband, Gary D. McKinley of Barry; sons, Jeffrey Carson of Corsicana, Tracy Carson and wife Brooke of McKinney, Jonathan Carson of Mesquite, and Cary McKinley of Plano; daughter, Sherri Bowling and husband Brent of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ruth (Quattlebaum) LaLone
Jun 27, 1920 - Apr 17, 2008

Ruth LaLone

Her Lord and Savior called his faithful servant home on April 17, 2008, with her family at her side. Ruth was born on June 27, 1920, to Arthur T. and Cordie Quattlebaum in Cleburne. She graduated from Cleburne High and married Rolland LaLone from Keene on Aug. 20, 1938. They had been married 58 years at the time of his passing. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, A. T. and Cordie Quattlebaum; her husband, R. F. LaLone; her brother, A. T. Quattlebaum Jr.; her sister, Mary Nell Morgan; in-laws, James Ansel and Ava LaLone; and one great-grandchild. Ruth moved from Cleburne to Corsicana with her family, when her husband started working for Steakly Auto Company. Ruth was a homemaker and helped her husband raise Chinchillas, and received her amateur ham radio license along side her husband. She was active in the Church of Christ, the Corsicana Quilt Guild, and in studying genealogy. Ruth loved growing flowers and cooking to share with those whose lived she touched. Ruth made quilts for each one of her children and grandchildren over the last few active years of her life. She always had a smile and a hug for everyone. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ since childhood, first attending where her father was a preacher. Ruth is survived by her four children and their families: daughter, Barbara Simonsmeier and husband Larry of Oregon; daughter, Betty Atkeisson and husband Billy Don of Corsicana; daughter, Anita Garlington and husband W.R. “Dub” of Granbury; and son Don LaLone and wife Joann of Plano; 15 grandchildren, Scott Gerloff, Mark and Lisa Gerloff, Danny and Cassie Atkeisson, Kenny and Lori Atkeisson, Chip and Lillie Atkeisson, Debbie and Mike Shimonek, Christi and James Jackson, Todd and Tracie Garlington, Glen and Susan Garlington, Susan and Tom Taggart, Dawn Gonzales, Tammy and Mitch Casler, Renee and Manuel DeLaCerda, Angela Fairchild, and Amie Ortega; 38 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with her grandson, ordained Baptist preacher Danny Atkeisson, officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons. Ruth will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Our heartfelt thanks to the employees of Twilight Home and Cedar Lake Hospice and each person that helped make her last few years as enjoyable as possible. She did so appreciate your help, support and love. In Ruth’s honor, in lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to Cedar Lake Hospice, 625 N. Main St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary Emma (Farmer) Tadlock
Feb 12, 1861 - Nov 3, 1921

TADLOCK, - Corsicana, Texas. Nov. 4. - Mrs. Emma Tadlock, wife of George Tadlock, died at the family home near Purdon, this county, Thursday and the funeral took place this afternoon, with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. She is survived by her husband and three grown children and a sister, Mrs. J.E. Farmer of this county.

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William "Will" Herring
May 1, 1878 - Jun 16, 1949

Will Herring Rites

CORSICANA, Texas, June 18. - Funeral services were held at Dawson for Will Herring, 71, of Navarro Mills, who died in a Corsicana hospital. Survivors include his wife and three sons. Herring, a farmer, had lived near Navarro Mills for twenty-seven years. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

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Dresden News.

Funeral services were held last Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock for Will Herring, 71, from Dresden Methodist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Tom Allmon, assisted by Rev. Billy Baggett. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery. Mr. Herring lived a number of years in Carroll community, but the past 30 or 40 years he had resided near Alliance Hall. Surviving are his wife, three sons, Jim and Parker Herring, Waco, and Ollie Herring, Brushy Prairie; two brothers, Jack and Jess Herring, of Oklahoma; a sister, Mrs. Lue Sims, Blooming Grove; several grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were grandsons, Billie Jean Herring, Berry Herring, J. W. and A. J. Herring, Bill Thomas and Vernon Morgan. The rites were under the direction of Wolf and Dobson Funeral Service.

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Lylan (Melton) Morton
May 26, 1910 - May 8, 1997

Lylan Morton, 86, died May 8, at Ennis Care Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Rodney Bancroft and the Rev. William Dollar officiating. Burial will follow at the Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Morton was born May 26, 1910.

She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Gearld and Betty Morton of Dresden and Percy and Reda Morton of Dresden; grandchildren, Randy and Toni Morton of Carrollton, Don and Bobbie Morton of Mexia, Michelle and Tony Howard of Blooming Grove; great grandchildren, Stuart, Whitney and Austin Morton of Mexia, Amanda Morton of Carrollton, Melissa Howard of Blooming Grove and Lisa and Kenny Baker of Arlington; great-great grandson, Austin Baker of Arlington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Grover and Jessie Melton of Dresden, Cecil and Ruth Melton of Corsicana, Dean and Joyce Melton of Dresden and Opal Melton of Ft. Worth; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorean and Buddy McCullock of Corsicana, Addie Pearl Johnson of Blooming Grove, Dorothy Eaton of Corsicana, Syble Malone of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Morton was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Morton, mother and father, Grover and Lou Melton, brothers, Rubin, J.D. and Ira Earl (Shug) Melton, and sisters, Lou Etta Ewing and Darlene Beckler.

Pallbearers will be Mark Melton, Dennis Melton, David Malone, Mike Melton, Brent Melton, Jake Melton, Neilan Melton and Jerry McCulloch.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home - May 10, 1997

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Thomas C. Alexander
Aug 3, 1892 - Sep 14, 1960

CORSICANA, Texas - T.C. Alexander, 68, Navarro county farmer, died Wednesday in Waco hospital. He lived on Route 2, Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Chapel here, with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

Survivors are one son, Dale Alexander of Waco; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel O'Daniel of Dallas and Mrs. Annie Modesette of Grand Prairie, and six grandchildren.

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T. C. Alexander Dies Wednesday
T. C. Alexander, 68, farmer, Route 2, Corsicana, native of Mississippi, died Wednesday morning at Hillcrest Memorial hospital in Waco.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

Surviving are a son, Dale Alexander, Waco; six grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Ethel O’Daniel, Dallas, and Mrs. Annie Modesette, Grand Prairie; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be R. A. Perkins, James Brown, B. M. Conner, Charlie Kyser, Eldridge Kyser and Jesse Lee Young.

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Mahala Modena (Gillen) Alexander
Jun 19, 1867 - Mar 17, 1956

Mrs. Mahala Modena Alexander, a Dallas resident 15 years and a Texas resident for 60 years, died Saturday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jester O'Daniel, 914 Marshalldell. She was 88.

Born June 18, 1867, in Myrtle, Miss., she came to Texas soon after marrying T .H. Alexander. They farmed in Navarro County till 1930, when he retired, then moved to Abilene. He died there in 1931. She continued to live there until moving to Dallas and was a member of the Baptist Church there.

Survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Annie Modisett of Grand Prairie; a son, T. C. Alexander of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kerens Cemetery in Navarro County. Six of her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Services will be directed by Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Home of 400 East Jefferson in Dallas.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Mahala (known to friends and family as "Deanie,") was the sister of Jeff Gillen and Jim
    Gillen
    , and all three were children of Civil War veteran William Calvin (W.C.) Gillen,
    who is buried in Navarro County?  They were all born in Mississippi and relocated
    to Navarro County I believe around 1889 or 1890.
    Deanie was my gr-gr-grandmother. Note by Sarah


     

Leona (McCulloch) Cates
Jan 2, 1901 - Sep 8, 1927

CATES, - Dawson, Navarro Co., Texas. - Sept. 16. - Mrs. Homer Cates, 25, of Spring Hill, died in a Waco sanitarium and was buried in the Navarro Mills Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, three small children and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McCulloch of Navarro Mills.

Sept. 17, 1927

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Christopher Lee Holstien
Sep 16, 1969 - 1998

Services for Chris Holstien, 28, of Corsicana are 11 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery.

Mr. Holstien was born in Corsicana on Sept. 16, 1969.

Mr. Holstien is survived by his daughter, Haylie Nichole Holstien of Corsicana; parents, Larry and Wanda Holstien of Prairie Hill; grandmother, Gerri Oliver of Waco; brothers, Jonathon Holstien of Corsicana and Timothey Holstien of Prairie Hill; and a number of aunts and uncles.

Mr. Holstien was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Johnie and Flora Bates.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ina (Merideth) Grooms
Nov 16, 1908 - May 18, 1998

Ina Merideth Grooms, 89, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, May 18, 1998, in Corsicana.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. B. Suzy Welch officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Grooms was born in Emhouse on Nov. 16, 1908. She was a member of Emhouse United Methodist Church and formerly of the Line Street Methodist Church. She was a former resident of Whitney and was a member of the United Methodist Women's Association.

Mrs. Grooms is survived by her nephews, Curtis M. Stokes of Mexia, Lonnie J. Stokes of Carthage, James E. McMillen of Waco; nieces, Betsy Stokes Norman of Groesbeck, Jimmie Lou Johnnson of Corsicana; and sister-in-law, Lucille Brown of Corsicana.

Mrs. Grooms was preceded in death by her husband, Virgin M. Grooms; and sisters, Minnie Jewell Rackley and Mabel Merideth Stokes.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Emhouse United Methodist Church or to Pattison Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs.
Jeanette Melton, R.2, Box 35, Corsicana, 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Spencer Joles
Jan 4, 1923 - May 4, 1998

Spencer Joles, 75, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, May 4, 1998, in Corsicana.

Services were 10 a.m. today at House of Praise Church of God, with Rev. Tim Schane officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Logan Cobb, Telzy Joles, James Joles, Dawson Joles, Manuel Flores and Jimmy Easley.

Mr. Joles was born in Midway on Jan. 4, 1923. He was a member of House of Praise Church of God and was a retired iron worker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II in Japan and Guam.

Mr. Joles is survived by his wife, Mickie Joles of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Connie Joles of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Jimmy Easley of Corsicana; grandchildren, Samantha Joles, Natalie Joles and Kristal Joles. all of Corsicana; brothers, Telzy "Buddy" Joles, Dawson Joles, James Joles and Steve Joles all of Corsicana; sisters, Roxie Brewer, Barbara Tincher, Thelma Flores and Brenda Blakeslee, all of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Joles was preceded in death by his father, Harry Joles; mother, Minnie Kuykendall Joles; and sisters, Bankel Roberts, Hazel Shirley and Juanita Brewster.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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William Allison Sawyer
Sep 12, 1878 - Sep 12, 1927

SAWYER, - Dawson, Navarro Co., Texas. - Sept. 16. - W. A. Sawyer, 49, of the Rodney community, died in a Waco sanitarium and the funeral was held at Rodney with burial in the Board Tree Cemetery. He had resided in the Rodney community for thirty-seven years. Surviving are his wife and daughter and three sons.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • 1900 Nav. Co. census shows son of Jesse H. Sawyer - 1920 Nav. Co. census shows his wife as Rose

James Thornon Workman
Aug 1, 1938 - May 17, 1998

James Workman, 59, of Tool, passed away Sunday, May 17, 1998 at his residence.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery.

Pallbearers are John Muirhead, Greg Muirhead, Dave Stanford, Harold Burgett, James Morris, David Brown, Lester Monsey and Paul Curry.

Mr. Workman was born in Malakoff on Aug. 1, 1938.

Mr. Workman is survived by his wife, Virginia Sue Workman of Tool; sons, James Kevin Workman of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., David Jason Workman of Grand Prairie; daughters, Deborah Mahaffey of Irving, Lisa Sheilds of Grand Prairie; brother, John Workman of Duncanville; sister, Ann Rogers of Hutchins; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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William Glenn Stokes
Mar 9, 1857 - Jan 11, 1902

STOKES - Corsicana, Tex., Jan. 11 - Constable William Stokes of Cryer Creek died at his home at 2 o'clock this morning.

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Lawrence Tommy Payne
Apr 6, 1908 - May 4, 1998

Lawrence Payne, 89, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, May 4, 1998, in Corsicana.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at Younger Cemetery in Silver City, with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Payne was born on June 8, 1908. He was a retired truck driver.

Mr. Payne is survived by his wife, Ruby Payne of Corsicana; niece, Wilma Adams of Fairfield; sister-in-law, Fern Payne of Fairfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Corsicana Daily Sun - May 6, 1998
  • TXDI: Payne, Lawrence Tommy; May 4, 1998; Navarro Co., TX; Male
  • HIS BIRTH IN THE INDEX IS APR 6, BUT IN THE OBIT IT IS JUNE 8.

Jim Harrell
Sep 18, 1941 - May 7, 1997

Jim Harrell of Corbet died May 7 at the Mexia Hospital.

Graveside services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Don Sawyer officiating.

Mr. Harrell was born September 18, 1941 in Graham.

Mr. Harrell is survived by his wife, Barbara Harrell of Corbet; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Cindy Beall of Big Sandy; daughters and sons-in-law Patricia Gayle and Tim Halligan of Fort Worth and Marcia Renee and Bobby Debenport of Keller; brother, Madison Dodd Harrell III of Chandler, Arizona; sisters, Annette Sanders of Gainesville and Janice Brooks of Dripping Springs; grandchildren, Crystal Beall, Casey Beall, Garrett Halligan; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Emily Waters
Jan 10, 1900 - May 8, 1997

Emily Waters, 97, of Corsicana, died at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Murphy, John Howard, Randy Howard, Alan Stewart, James Jones, and Corey Crawford.

Emily Waters was born January 19, 1900 in Tupelo, Mississippi.

She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Jones of Corsicana and Loraine Tucker of Dallas; sisters, Jessie Blanchard of Gatesville and Hazel Moore of Joshua; grandchildren, Jean and Roy Murphy, Joann and James Howard, Pat and Cecil Ellis, James (Bud) Jones all of Navarro Mills, Judy and Jimmy Stewart, Pam and Bill Crawford all of Corsicana, Phyllis Mann and Jimmy Reynolds of Alexandra, La.; 13 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Debra Jean (Easley) Spitler
Jan 12, 1957 - May 16, 1998

Debra Jean Spitler, 41, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, May 16, 1998, in Corsicana.

Services are 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Sally Fleming officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Eric Risinger, Bobby Benner, Travis Bedsole, Elliott Mitchell, Doug Fortenberry and Terry Gordon.

Mrs. Spitler is survived by her husband, Mike Spitler of Corsicana; son, Troy Mahoney of Corsicana; daughters, Mindy Mahoney and Christy Mahoney of Corsicana; stepdaughters, Melissa, Lori Ann, Christina, Jaimie and Kathy Lee Spitler, all of Nixon; father, Kenneth Easley of Corsicana; mother, Juanita Reeves of Corsicana; stepmother, Margaret Easley; grandmother, Mae Easley of Corsicana; brothers, James, Tim, Danny, Steve and Randy Easley and Ken Guffey, all of Dallas; sisters, Debra Kay Purcell, Donna Harmon and Darlene Guffey, all of Dallas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Essie (Martin) Sawyer
Mar 18, 1903 - May 9, 1997

Mrs. David W. "Essie" Sawyer, 94, of Belton, died Friday, May 9, at Park Place Manor Nursing Home at Belton.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery at Retreat.

Mrs. Sawyer was born March 18, 1903 at Retreat, Texas. She was a former resident of Fort Worth. She was a descendant of early landowners, the Martins and the Donahos. She was married Dec. 1, 1918 to David Sawyer at Corsicana. She was a founding member of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. Moving to Itasca in 1939, she became a member of Central Baptist Church, Itasca. After retiring, their residence became Fort Worth, and their church, Travis Avenue Baptist Church. Her mission in life was service and love for her husband, children, grandchildren, loved ones, friends and acquaintances. If there were a definition for Christian mother, and Lady, in the dictionary, it would easily read Mrs. Essie Sawyer.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jewel Sawyer Wendorf, of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Dorothy Sawyer, of Itasca; two sons, Roy L. Sawyer, of San Antonio, and Donald L. Sawyer, of Belton; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. David W. Sawyer; two sons, David Thomas and Harold Stanley Sawyer; a grandson, H. L. (Hank) Wendorf III; one sister and seven brothers.

Pallbearers will be Tom Wendorf, Mike Sawyer, Stacy Economides, Gregory Avestas, David Sawyer, Sr., David Sawyer, Jr., Hal Sawyer and Beth Sawyer.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Margaret Eugenia (Smalling) Currey
Oct 29, 1912 - May 6, 1997

Margaret Eugenia Currey, 84, of Athens died May 6.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Malakoff with Rev. Max Dunks and Rev. Casey D. Perry officiating.
Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Currey was born October 29, 1912 in Corsicana. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Currey is survived by her husband, Willard Currey of Athens; a daughter, Eugenia Bennett of Mesquite; a brother Edward Smalling of Jacksonville, Florida; 3 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Maude Ashcraft Smalling.

Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff.

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Russell Henry Walker
May 16, 1915 - May 7, 1997

Russell Walker, 81, of Corsicana died May 7 at his residence.

Services will be today at 1 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bill Honea and Tony Neal officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday and Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Mr. Walker was born May 16, 1915 in Malakoff.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte Walker of Corsicana, daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Richard Rash of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Joy Walker, Eddie and Dianna Walker of Ft. Worth, and Wimp Childress of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Lorene Swink Walker, parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walker, and a brother G. V. Walker.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cedar Lake, the Mildred Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bettye Jo (Barrett) Soape
May 2, 1933 - May 7, 1997

Bettye Jo Soape, 64, of Corsicana died May 7 at the Rembrandt Nursing Home.

Services will be today at 4 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Frank Upchurch officiating. Burial will follow at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Rob Linton, Jerry Hickson, Bob Moore, Charlie Smith, Herold Jennings.

Mrs. Soape was born May 2, 1933 in Gordon, Texas. Mom lost the battle but won the war.

Mrs. Soape is survived by her sons, Donald L. Soape, Jr. of Bedford and Jon D. Bo Soape of Corsicana; daughters, Donna Jo Soape Loppe of Kansas City, Mo. and Toni L. Soape of Milford; a brother, Bud E. Barrett of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Soape in 1991 and brother John O. Barrett.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Don Denbow
Nov 14, 1938 - May 4, 1998

Don Denbow, 59, of Weatherford, died at his residence Monday, May 4, 1998, after a lengthy illness.

Memorial services are 11:30 a.m. Thursday at White's Chapel of Memories, with The Rev. Fred A. Ryle, Jr., D. Min., pastor of Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford officiating.

Mr. Denbow was born in Minden, La. on Nov. 14, 1938. He moved to Texas as a child and graduated Corsicana High School. He attended Navarro Junior College and graduated from University of Texas Law School. He married Jane Streater in 1962. They lived in Wichita Falls where he began practicing law and moved to Fort Worth in 1969 where he established a private law practice. He had been a resident of Weatherford since 1971.

Mr. Denbow was past president of Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, life member and former director of Beefmasters Breeder's Universal. He was an avid sportsman and frequent competitor in sporting clay tournaments. He was president of Denbow Oil and Gas Company.

Mr. Denbow is survived by his wife, Jane Denbow of Weatherford; son, Dan Denbow of San Antonio; mother-in-law, Vivian Streater of Granbury; and brothers-in-law, Gerald Streater of Hurst and Dr. D.N. Streater of Houston.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Diabetes Foundation.

Arrangements by White's Funeral Homes, 130 Houston St., Weatherford.

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Nealy Bundy Littlejohn
Dec 6, 1905 - May 5, 1998

Nealy B. Littlejohn, 92, of Ennis, died Tuesday, May 5, at Baylor Medical Center in Ennis.

He was born Dec. 6, 1905 in Milford, the son of Cornelius and Mary Jane Croft Littlejohn. He was reared in Milford where he attended school and was an outstanding baseball catcher. As a young man he played semi-professional baseball with the South Texas League and continued to play with area teams for many years in Blooming Grove, Milford, Breckenridge and the Waco area. On Jan. 24, 1935 he married Nettie Marie McGraw of Blooming Grove. After their marriage, they lived in Milford where he was a father and owner/operator of Littlejohn's grocery, Feed and Seed Store. In 1995 they moved to Ennis. He was an Advent Christian and attended Tabernacle Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of Ennis; daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Wallace Roberts of Ennis; sisters-in-law, Mildred Littlejohn of Everman, Viola Littlejohn of Milford; brother-in-law, D.R. Colston of Ennis; nephew and wife, John and Gwen Guess of Rochester, N.H.; niece and husband, Barbara and Jim Brand of Everman; two step grandchildren and their spouses, David and Vicki Roberts of San Marcos, Debbie and Eddie Zhanel of Ennis; and five great grandchildren, Crystal, Cassie and Mitchell Roberts of San Marcos, Lauren and Seth Zhanel of Ennis.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday in the Milford Cemetery, with Dr.
James Pool officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 - 8p.m. today.

Arrangements by J. E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Liston J. Herod Jr.
Mar 14, 1940 - Apr 25, 2008

Liston J. Herod Jr.
Liston J. Herod, Jr., 68, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, April 25, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born on March 14, 1940, in Corsicana to Lula Mae and Liston Herod Sr. He grew up in Corsicana, and graduated from Corsicana High School, Navarro College, and Sam Houston State University. He married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Jean Hamilton, in September 1961 and they were married for 47 years. After graduating from college Liston and Peggy returned to Corsicana to raise their family. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana. He served his church and community in various leadership roles. He was a trustee of Navarro College, and proudly served on the Navarro College Foundation Board. He was a very loyal fan, and avid supporter of the Navarro Bulldogs. He owned and operated Herod’s Radiator and Electric for many years, and really enjoyed visiting with customers and friends at the shop. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Twin Oaks Ranch. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander and the Rev. Steve Moss officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rudy Carroll, Bob Carroll, Perry Murphy, Lary Reed, Robert Keathley, Lewis Orr, Harry Hudson, Gary Gober and Bill Young. Honorary pallbearers will be his shop family: Kenny Guard, Ned Balcom, Andy Balcom, Bettie Evans, Robin Ratliff and members of the Gray Tigers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Liston J. Herod Sr. and Lula Mae Herod. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Peggy J. Hamilton Herod of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Tina Herod and Mike Cain of Crawford and Jana Herod and Leo Grimore of McKinney; grandsons, Blake Cain of College Station, Chase Cain of Crawford, Jay Grimore of McKinney, and Brett Grimore of McKinney; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Shelia Herod of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Herod and Terry Partney of Grand Prairie; aunt, Inita Jones of Tyler; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a multitude of friends. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or to the Navarro College Foundation, 3200 W. Seventh Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Linnie Kate (Wyant) Ledwell
Feb 27, 1935 - Apr 25, 2008

Linnie Kate Wyant Ledwell
Linnie Kate Wyant Ledwell, 73, of Frost passed away Friday, April 25, 2008 in Fort Worth. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Donald Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Thomas Hamilton, Daniel Chavez, Caleb Alcorn, Michael Coker, Dan Coker, Roy Ledwell, Gary Plant and Darrel Plant. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Lee Ledwell. Survivors include her husband, Lee Daniel Ledwell of Frost; daughter, Debra Chavez of Frost; son, Jimmy Ledwell of Houston; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Thomas Hamilton of Corpus Christi, Deana and Mike Alcorn of Santa Fe, N.M. and Melissa and Dwayne Holman of Frost; sister, Ida Prickett of Baytown; 10 grandchildren; six great grandchildren. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Linne Kate Wyant Ledwell

Linne Kate Wyant Ledwell passed away in Fort Worth, Texas on April 15, 2008. She was born on February 27, 1935 in Powell, Texas.
She is survived by her husband Lee Daniel Ledwell of Frost, her daughter Debbie Chavez of Frost, her son Jimmy Ledwell of Houston, her daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Thomas Hamilton of Corpus Christi, daughter and son-in-law Deana and Mike Alcorn of Santa Fe, Daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Dwayne Holman of Frost, sister Ida Prickett of Baytown, Ten Grandchildren, and Six Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Diana Lee Ledwell.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

Visitation will be at Corley Funeral Home on Sunday,


Norman Desmond Nichols
Apr 4, 1934 - Apr 27, 2008

Norman Desmond Nichols
Norman Desmond Nichols, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to be with his Lord on April 27, 2008 at the age of 74 in Corsicana. He was born in Corsicana on April 4, 1934 to Kenny Vernon Nichols and Ruby Mae Rogers-Nichols. He graduated from Corsicana High School, then entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War as a sergeant for the 21st Infantry Regiment. He was honorably discharged in 1956. He joined the Dallas Police Department and earned his Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement in 1972. Upon retiring in 1984 as lieutenant, he later became active with the American Legion, serving as Commander. He is preceded in death by his father, Kenny V. Nichols, mother Ruby Mae Nichols, brother Kenney Vernon Nichols and wife Carolyn Nichols. Norman is survived by son Michael D. Nichols and wife Diane and sons Christopher, Matthew and Jonathan; daughter Sharon Morris and her husband John, their daughter Shannon and her husband Jason and daughter Sydney; daughter Norma Calvert and husband Warren; daughter Ashley Golden and her husband Jeff and their sons Logan and Landon; and daughter Valerie Nichols and Kay Nichols. Visitation is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home followed by interment at Dresden Cemetery. The family wishes to extend its sincere thanks to Navarro Regional Hospital and the staff at Heritage Oaks West and Family First Hospice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun on 4/28/2008
  • CHS Class of abt 1952 [cant locate in yearbooks]

Essie Jewel (Sawyer) Wendorf
Oct 4, 1919 - May 8, 2008

Jewel Wendorf, 88, passed from this life Thursday, May 8, 2008.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Connell Baptist Church. Interment: Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, near Corsicana. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wendorf's casketbearers will be Brandon Anthony, Honorable Sean Finn, Bob Moseley, Steve Sawyer, Hank Wendorf and Lane Wendorf.
Jewel was born Oct. 4, 1919, in Corsicana to the late David W. and Essie Martin Sawyer. She graduated in the top 10 in her class from Corsicana Senior High School. She was employed by Lone Star Gas Co. as a secretary and cashier until she married H.L. Wendorf Jr. on Sept. 14, 1939. Jewel was a stay-at-home mother until her sons graduated from high school; then she went to work for Harrell Realty for the next 15 years.
She was a member of Connell Baptist Church, officer and past president of South High Mount PTA and first vice president of Fort Worth City Council PTA, and she served on various committees at Connell Baptist Church.
She was a devoted wife and mother, who enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jewel's greatest loves in life were her family, her many cherished friends and watching Dallas Mavericks games.
Jewel was preceded in death by her husband, H.L. Wendorf Jr.; son, H.L. "Hank" Wendorf III; two brothers; and one sister.
Survivors: Son, David Thomas Wendorf; grandchildren, Melissa Wendorf Miller, Robert Lane Wendorf and wife, Katie, Henry Louis Wendorf IV and wife, Caleen, Stefanie Anthony and husband, Brandon, and Melissa; Lane and Hank's mother, Diane Wendorf; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Delaney, Lucas, Corbyn, Kaitlyn, Abigayle, Mykenzie, Landon and Logan; brothers, Roy Sawyer and wife, Dorothy, and Don Sawyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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