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April 8, 2012

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Joyce Etheredge
Services for Joyce Etheredge, 77, of Mabank, will be held at a later date.
Etheredge was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Paintlick, Ky., and died April 2, 2012.
She enjoyed traveling, reading, and taking care of her children and grandchildren.
Her favorite hobbies were hosting and volunteering at the State Parks of Texas.
She attended Kentucky State University where she was a cheerleader. She spent 15 years working in the electronics field. She was Baptist by faith and was a member of her church’s bowling team.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and six brothers.
Survivors include her husband, John Etheredge, of Mabank; son Robert Brammer of Roanoak; daughters Kim Hart of North Richland Hills, Sherry Lynn Schulze and husband Trent of Frisco and Tabitha A. Brammer of Mabank; stepdaughter Barbara Joe Norman and husband Bill of Kaufman; stepson Michal Etheredge and wife Rena of Kaufman; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; other loving family members and many friends.
A personal tribute may be posted online at

Jean Owen
Services for Jean Corley Owen, 83, of Corsicana, were held April 5, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating. Burial followed at Brigham Cemetery in Campbell.
Owen was born May 31, 1928, and died April 3, 2012.
She enjoyed sewing, painting, reading, playing bridge and her many friends.
She attended East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce where she met W.L. Corley. They married in 1947.
She earned her master’s degree from East Texas State University and taught in numerous schools including Kerens, Blue Ridge, Savoy, Bailey and Grayson County College.
After her husband’s retirement, they moved to Star Harbor. She retired from Malakoff School system in 1984.
After retirement she resumed her hobby of oil painting, teaching classes at her studio in Star Harbor and the Art Gallery in Corsicana.
She also worked on the Cunard Princess Cruise Line on several voyages, teaching pastel classes.
She is preceded in death by husbands W.L. Corley and G.P. Owen.
She taught Sunday School and couples classes at the First Baptist Church of Malakoff.
She moved to Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in 2005 and was a member of Northside Baptist Church of Corsicana.
Survivors include her sons, Michael Corley and wife Marcheita of Greenville, Robert Corley and wife Doris of Corsicana; daughter Susan Corley Brown and husband Eddie of Sherman; grandchildren Jennifer Brown Lovett, Jason Brown, John Brown, Geoff, Elise and Zack Corley, Melinda Corley Rothenbach and Cheryl Corley Phillips; great-grandchildren Shelby and Avery Lovett and Aydin and Austin Brown.
Pallbearers included grandsons Jason and John Brown, Geoffrey and Zachary Corley and Richard Phillips.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northside Baptist Church building fund or a church or charity of your choice.

Ruth Staples
Services for Ruth Staples, 90, of Arlington, will be held at a later date.
Staples was born Sept. 5, 1921, in Gorham, Kan., to Euna and Loren Mendell and died March 24, 2012.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and her dog, Jodie. She was an artist, making crafts and jewelry from rocks.
She also enjoyed working her “42” puzzle books. She graduated from W. W. Wilson High School in Dallas and worked as a clerk at the Dallas Times Herald newspaper for 15 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Christopher, brother Loren Mendell Jr. and sister Charlene Cole.
Survivors include her sons, Ron Staples and his wife, Bonita and Kirby Staples and wife Sherry all of Arlington; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many other family and friends.
A personal tribute may be posted online at

Juanita Cates
Services for Juanita Beatrice Cates, 91, of Kaufman, were held April 4, 2012, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Interment followed in Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola.
Cates was born July 21, 1920, in Dallas, to Hattie Turner and Claude Britton Lewis and died April 1, 2012.
She was raised in Dallas and Kaufman County and lived in Peeltown and Warsaw before moving to Kaufman in 1963.
She married Woodrow Cates, in Palacious, July 12, 1942.
She is preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include her sons, Claude Cates of Kaufman and Sammy Cates of Terrell; grandchildren Jamie Lynn and Samuel Britton Cates, Clint Hurst and Cara Howle; special grandchildren Amanda and Brandy Brown and Ashley Hatchel; brother Jerry Lewis of Van; many other relatives and friends.

Walter Cornish
Services for Walter Lee Cornish, 82, set for April 6, 2012, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with interment following at King Cemetery.
Cornish was born Sept. 29, 1929, in Arkansas, to Lillie Ivy Eastwood and John William Cornish.
He lived in Nathan, Arkansas until moving to Grand Prairie in 1951.
He began work as an experimental machinist at LTV in 1951. At the time of his retirement in 1976, he was Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 848, as well as Financial Secretary of the state UAW. He was active in union and electoral politics.
In 1976, he retired and moved to Cedar Creek Lake, where he took loving care of his mother during her final illness.
He enjoyed retirement with his wife of 32 years, Sylvia Cornish. They danced, fished, and tended to the many grandchildren in their lives.
Survivors include his wife; daughter Brenda Cornish; son Ralph Cornish; stepchildren Carol Ann Vaughan (David), Suzie Scott, Margie Barber, Becky Godwin (James), Todd Smith, Toby Smith, and Troy Morris (Jeanette); grandchildren Sam Cornish and Matthew Trotter, Kasey Hayes, Ivan and Maranda Vaughan, Jason, Jessica, and Jennifer Scott; Dusty and Amy Smith, Rebecca Hutchinson, Jamie and Chris Godwin, Kyle and Adam Flores, Michael Cheseldine, Austin and Jordan Smith, Cal, Drew, Gavin, and Clara Morris; great-grandchildren River Corley, Dalton and Chase Smith, Lauren Scott, and Jaycelyn Smith; as other extended family and friends.


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