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Corrigan Times - Obituaries

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CORRIGAN — On Sunday, April 21, 2013, Musie Bo Keen Branch, 83, of Huntsville, Tx was called home by her Lord and Savior where she was greeted by her parents; her daughter, Paula Branch Jeo; her brother, John Allen Keen and many other family and friends who preceded her in death. Always excited to be in the company of others, she surely beamed with overwhelming joy at the site of Heaven, family and friends. Bo began her earthly journey on January 12, 1930 in Camp Ruby, Tx. the daughter of Allen P. and Annie Milhollin Keen. Her professional life was dedicated to caring for others as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, a career she started in Camden, Tx where she met Carl Norman Branch. Carl and Musie took the Oath of Marriage on July 15, 1949 in Moscow, Tx and have shared that joy for 63 years. Carl has remained true to that vow through his devotion to her care till death. Bo leaves to mourn her loss: a daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and William Brooks of Corrigan,Tx; a son, Allen Branch of Huntsville, Tx.; sonin- law, Robert C. Jeo of McKinney, Tx.; grandchildren, Lindsey Nicole Jeo, Daniel Earl Brooks, William Charles Brooks and Carla Denise Brooks and Nine great grandchildren, Chase, Trevor, Cody, Ty, Jordan, Rebecca, Trey and Sarah. She has 9 nieces, 7 nephews, her sole surviving cousin, Thomas Parrish and many other extended family members who share in the loss. Mrs. Branch will be remembered in a service at the Northside Baptist Church, 1207 FM 980, Huntsville, Tx on Thurs., April 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Rusty Ellisor and the Rev. Reagan Cooksey officiating. Burial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thurs. in the Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan, Tx. Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh. com

CORRIGAN — John Edward Gilchriest, 57, of Corrigan died on March 20, 2013. Born Oct. 19, 1955 in Cleveland, to Hebert and Edna Wood Gilchriest, he lived in Polk County for many years. He was a butcher for Brookshire Bros. John was known for his kind heart and his willingness to help anyone who asked for help. He loved and supported his children in everything they did and had a special place in his heart for his two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his father. John is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Gilchriest; son, Josh Gilchriest of Montgomery; daughter, Jaye Cox and husband Tracey of Weatherford; mother, Edna Gilchriest of Cleveland; brother, Andy Gilchriest of Houston; granddaughters, Abbie and Megan Cox; and a host of other family and friends. A graveside service was held Saturday, March 23, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Polk County, with Bro. Mark Martin officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Neal, Doug Hughes, Randy Herndon, Travis Barnes, Richard Evans, John Sirman, Clifford Woods, Stan Hatten and Darrell Ubanoski. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

CORRIGAN — Funeral Services for Willie "Bill" Arthur Parker, 82, of Corrigan, Texas will be held Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, Texas with Bro. Troy Richardson officiating. Interment will follow in the Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Parker was born August 20, 1930 in Hemphill, Texas and passed away April 1, 2013 in Corrigan, Texas. He was a truck driver for many years and was a United Pentecostal by faith. He enjoyed yard work, hunting, fishing and his Third Thursday men's gathering. He loved spending time with family and friends. He was a great people person and never met a stranger. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Lester Levon Manshack, James Ener and John Wilkerson; and sister, Barbara Nadine Womack. Mr. Parker is survived by his wife of 61 years: Sally Ann (Elkin) Parker of Corrigan, Texas; daughter, Joyce Ann Parker Griffin of Corrigan, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Leon and Ginger Parker of Corrigan, Texas; his faithful dog that was his sidekick, Kadie; grandchildren, Jason Stephens, Devonna Parker Martinez, Joni Cooper, Shirley Parker; 11 great grandchildren; brothers, Claud Ener of Pasadena, Texas, Ray Ener of Coldwater, Mississippi; sister, Vera Wooley of Coldwater, Mississippi; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family would like to give a special thanks to Hospice in the Pines. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice in the Pines. Pallbearers are Jerry Collier, Anthony Page, Matt Page, Bob Kiegley, Jim Wagner and Dan Abbruezze. Services are entrusted to Corrigan Funeral Home, Inc.

CORRIGAN -- Funeral Services for Leola Ramah Miller, 93, of Hemphill, Texas were held Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, Texas with Bro. Ralph Johnston officiated . Interment followed in the Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, Texas. Mrs. Miller was born September 4, 1919 in Buffalo, Texas and passed away March 20, 2013 in Hemphill, Texas. She was a homemaker all her life and enjoyed her life with her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a Baptist by faith. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Benton Miller Jr.; parents, Charlie Robertson and Ramah Leola (Dodd) Robertson; brother, Cecil Robertson. Mrs. Miller is survived by her sons, Lynn Miller of Hemphill, Texas, Donald Miller of Homeland, California, David Miller of Orange, Texas; brother-inlaw, Gene Miller of Kountze, Texas; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Dale Miller, Gregory Miller, Jay Bernheim, John McClean, Jacob McClean and Klint Miller. Services are entrusted to Corrigan Funeral Home, Inc.

CORRIGAN — Services for Marie McKinney Lewis, 91, of Diboll, were held on Friday, March 22, 2013 in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, with Bro. Jerry Chandler officiating. Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Mrs. Lewis was born June 19, 1921 in Moffett (Angelina County), Texas, the daughter of the late Felicia (McCarty) and William Matt McKinney. She passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in a local hospice facility. Mrs. Lewis loved her family. She was a military wife and her life was the military for many years. She was an avid reader and was a member of Burke Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Corrigan Chapter #631. Survivors include her sister, Ruth Tidwell of Diboll; niece, Suzanne Norris and husband Dewayne of Tyler; nephew, Leon Tidwell of Diboll; great nieces, Christy Kennedy and husband Michael of Tyler; great nephew, Rodney Norris and wife Tiffany of Tyler; great-great nieces, Lexi and Taylor Norris of Tyler, Addison Kennedy of Tyler and Amanda Kennedy of Dallas; great-great nephews, Austin and Aaron Kennedy of Tyler; sister-in-law, Louise McKinney of Tyler; and a number of other family members and friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her husband, William O. "Zero" Lewis; and brother, Thomas "Benjie" McKinney. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome. com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home

CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Louise Twohig Wilson, age 69, of Lovelady ,were held Saturday, March 16, 2013, in the Callaway- AlleeMemorial Chapel with Chaplain Roy Hall officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery (at Barnum, 9 mi. East of Corrigan on Highway 287 at F. M. 62). Condolences for Mrs. Wilson may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Mrs. Mary Louise Twohig Wilson was born January 15, 1944 at Randolph Field in San Antonio, Texas to Paul and Rhoberta Twohig where Col. Twohig was a B-17 bomber flight instructor. After the war, he would become an executive with National Cash Register (NCR) in Dayton, Ohio. Mrs. Twohig was a housewife and school teacher. Mary grew up mostly in Dayton, Ohio, however she would spend her summers at her grandparents farm in Corrigan,Texas. She would ride a train to Crockett, Texas where she was picked up. At Corrigan, she acquired her lifetime love for horses after spending many hours on old Rube Mrs. Wilson graduated from Fairmont High School in Dayton, Ohio after returning from California. She received a bachelor degree from Ohio University and two masters degrees. She did post-graduate work at the University of Dayton, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. She loved books and poetry and chose teaching as a career so she could share them with others. In an interview she stated, Everything about teaching is about the future. While teaching English at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas for 32 years, she received nomination to Whos Who in American Education and the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award which honors effective, dedicated teachers. She was Angelina Colleges first STAR Teacher and initiated a Creative Writing course that inspired two local authors to have books published. She also sponsored a poetry reading each year to allow students to present their compositions; and Troubadors was one of the most memorable. In her tenure at Angelina College, she served on many committees and sponsored many student clubs. Her favorite was the Ding-Bats, which was a successful baseball booster club which helped propel Angelina College to the regional playoffs for the first time in 1975. Horses were her hobby and she was a member of the Angelina County Mounted Patrol. In an interview, she stated have learned much about what is good and dependable in this world from horses. Survivors include her son, Daniel Joseph Wilson of Riverside, Texas; husband, Donald Ray Wilson of Lovelady; brother, James Nowlin Twohig and wife, Jeannie of Lufkin; and numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by her son, Benjamin Thomas Wilson in 2004; parents, Paul Twohig in 1987 and Eleanor (Rhoberta) Twohig in 1991; sister-in-law, Bobbi Twohig in 1998 and nephew, Ian Twohig in 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ben Wilson Memorial Endowment Fund at Angelina College, P. O. Box 1768, Lufkin, Texas 75902.

CORRIGAN — Funeral services for Eleanor Estelle Safford, 97, of Corrigan, Texas, were held Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, Texas, with Bro. Larry Trest officiating. Interment followed in the Carmona Cemetery in Corrigan, Texas. Mrs. Safford was born September 11, 1915, in Polk County, Texas and passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, in a hospital in Livingston, Texas. She graduated from Corrigan High School in 1934 with the honor of salutatorian and retired from W.T. Grant in Houston, Texas. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Corrigan, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband: William (Bill) Henry Safford; parents: John Emmitt Kennedy and Anna (Reinsch) Kennedy; other family members include, Anna Kennedy Splettstosser, Willie Kennedy, Jackson Kennedy, Minnie Kennedy Lunsford, Nora Kennedy Lunsford Layne, Emma Kennedy White, Edward Kennedy, Johnnie Kennedy, Feodora Kennedy Scott, Francis Kennedy, and Dollis Kennedy Shepherd. Mrs. Safford is survived by daughters: Barbara Illene Safford Hudson and husband Bill Hudson of Corrigan, Texas, Anna Safford Jones and husband Dr. Alvin Jones of Huntsville, Texas, Norma Louise Safford Watts and husband Terry Watts of Corrigan, Texas; grandchildren: Anna Hudson, Michael (Mike) Hudson, Dr. Alison R. Jones and Dr. Laurie Bradley, Adrienne Jones Leyva and husband Manny Leyva, Charles (Chuck) Safford Jones and wife Stephanie Jones, Andrew Joseph Sonsel and wife Michelle Morgan Sonsel; great grandchildren: Elerie Leyva, Beck Leyva, Monty Alan Sonsel, Drew Harrison Sonsel, Dylan James Rice; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Michael (Mike) Hudson, Andrew Joseph Sonsel, Charles (Chuck) Safford Jones, Dr. Alvin Jones, Bill Hudson, Terry Watts and Monty Alan Sonsel. Funeral services entrusted to Corrigan Funeral Home.

CORRIGAN -- Graveside services for Joseph Donnis Brett, 74, of Jasper, Texas, were held Friday, March 1, 2013 in the Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, Texas with John Tyler officiating. Mr. Brett was born December 29, 1938 in Camden, Texas and passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 in Beaumont, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas with a Master's Degree. He worked as an electrical engineer and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He retired with the distinguished achievement of Lieutenant Commander from the United States Navy. He is preceded in death by his parents, Donnis and Alice (Sellers) Brett and son, Joe Darrell Brett. Mr. Brett is survived by his wife of 57 years: Mary Elizabeth (Walker) Brett of Jasper, Texas; Donnis and Deborah Brett of Port Arthur, Texas; granddaughter: Connie Marie (Brett) Abshire and husband Jeremy of Ridgechrest, California; great grandson, Brett Andrew Abshire of Ridgechrest, California and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral services entrusted to Corrigan Funeral Home.

CORRIGAN -- Funeral Services for Elias M. Mercado, 72, of Corrigan, Texas were held Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Corrigan, Texas with Reverend Clifton Labbe, S.V.D. officiating. Interment followed in the Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, Texas. Elias M. Mercado was called by God on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at a Lufkin Hospital. Elias was born in Nava, Coahuila Mexico on August 3, 1940 to Beatriz Montoya and Guadalupe Mercado. Elias later moved to Piedras Negras where he married his love Francisca Ortiz de Mercado on April 30, 1961. He was employed and retired in the early 90's from AHMSA, or known as "La Concha". During his lifetime he made lots of friends, he never knew a stranger. His friends who stand out, always by his side were Eloy Villareal and Miguel Gonzalez and wife Imelda Camarillo. Elias was of the Catholic faith and attended St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Corrigan, Texas. He was a devout believer and follower of our Virgin Lady of Guadalupe. He had a love for black and white movies from "La Epoca De Oro". Favorite music was the classic from Mexico Julio Jaramillo, José Alfredo Jimenez, and Paquita La Del Barrio. He often would entertain his family by singing at gatherings especially if there was a mariachi. Favorite sport was baseball and his favorite team was the Atlanta Braves. He enjoyed his afternoons outside with his gatitos and perritos. He is preceded in death by his mother: Beatriz Montoya; father, Guadalupe Mercado; sisters, Martha and Teressa Mercado; brothers: Pablo Apolinar and Evaristo Mercado; grandson, Pedrito Elias Mercado; biological father, Eduardo Apolinar. Elias is survived by his wife of 51 years: Francisca Ortiz de Mercado of Corrigan, Texas; son, José E.Mercado and wife Martha of Corrigan, Texas; daughter, Olga A. Oliva of Corrigan, Texas; son, Hector M. Mercado and wife Elia of Pilot Point, Texas; son, Francisco Mercado and wife Aurora of Corrigan, Texas; son, Pedro E. Mercado and wife Lori of Corrigan, Texas; son, Roberto J. Mercado and wife Idalia of Livingston, Texas; grandsons, Roberto C. Mercado, José F. Oliva, Xavier Mercado, Daniel E. Mercado, José E. Mercado, Hector J. Mercado; granddaughters, Jennifer Mercado, Erika Alday, Jessica P. Rodriguez, Monica Mercado, Diana Mercado, Lizzett Mercado, Myranda R. Mercado; seven great grandchildren, brother, Juan A. Mercado of Piedras Negras Coah; sisters, Antonia Mercado and Guadalupe Mercado of Piedras San Juan (Juany) of Corrigan, Texas; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were José Mercado, Francisco Mercado, Hector Mercado, Roberto Mercado, Pedro Mercado and José Oliva. Honorary pallbearers were Olga A. Oliva, Roberto C. Mercado, Jennifer Mercado, Erika Mercado, José E. Mercado, Jessica P. Mercado, Hector J. Mercado, Monica A. Mercado, Diana Mercado, Daniel E. Mercado, Myranda R. Mercado, Xavier Mercado, Lizzett Mercado, Juan A. Valdez and Jesus A. Valdez. Services are entrusted to Corrigan Funeral Home, Inc.


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