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Today's Obituaries (Feb. 1, 1998)

Margrette Sparks Corley

Margrette Sparks Corley, 91, cottage attendant at the Abilene State School for 13 years, died Saturday in an Albany nursing home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Broadview Baptist Church with the Rev. David Cason officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in Morgan Mill Cemetery in Erath County, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Mrs. Corley was born in Harbin and moved to Dumas in 1954 from Morgan Mill, and Abilene in 1955. She returned to Abilene in 1992 from Blackwell. She was a leader of the Blackwell Quilting Club. She was a member of the Women's Missionary Union at Broadview Baptist Church and was the widow of Franklin A. Sparks; and Olin Corley, whom she married in 1968 in Abilene.

Survivors include one son, James Sparks of Buffalo Gap; two daughters, Shirley Kirkland of Abilene and Betty Bailey of Llano; two stepdaughters, Irma Lewis of Potosi and Billye Grisham of Big Spring; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Samuel Crume

Samuel E. Crume, 72, died Friday in a local hospital.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Elmwood Memorial Park with Dr. Steven Williams officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 U.S. Hwy 277 South.

Mr. Crume was born in Munday and graduated from high school in Huntington Park, Calif. He moved to Abilene in 1960 from Haskell and formerly owned a Chevron station at South 23rd and Willis for 30 years. He worked for FICA in mail operations at Nationsbank, First State Bank and Security State Bank from 1986 until retiring in 1997. He was a 25-year member of the Evening Lions Club and also was a member of the Minuette Dance Club. He was a deacon at Brookhollow Christian Church and was the widower of Mary M. Crawford Crume, whom he married in 1944 in Huntington Park, Calif.

Survivors include one son, Richard Crume of Denver; one daughter, Sherrie Jones of Denver; three grandchildren; and a longtime companion, Jo Gabbard.

Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 41, Abilene 79604; Leukemia Society of America, 12850 Spurling, Suite 140, Dallas 75230; or a favorite charity.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Tommie Finley Conner

Tommie Finley Conner, 92, died Thursday in a local nursing home.

Services with Masonic rites will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with the Rev. Mike Schirle and Courtney Wheeler officiating. The body will be cremated.

Mr. Conner was born in Bartlett and lived most of his life in the Abilene area. He worked as a salesman for Gibson's Discount stores for 15 years and also for Mackey's and Arrow Ford until retiring. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a 50-year member of Abilene Masonic Lodge 559. He was a member of the U.S. Army, Coast Guard and Scottish Rite. He was the widower of Fannie Bess Stewman Conner, whom he married in 1946 in San Angelo.

Survivors include one son, Victor S. Conner of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one daughter, Carolyn Wheeler of Abilene; one sister, Jacqueline Kooyman of Austin; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Big Country, 3113 Oldham Lane, Abilene 79602.

Doris Smith

Doris Smith, 71, of Coldspring and formerly of Abilene, died Friday in Humble.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with the Rev. Robert Wingrove officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was born in Roby and lived in Abilene most of her life. She was a homemaker and moved to Coldspring about 15 years ago. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband, Weldon Eugene Smith of Coldspring; three sons, Jerry Smith of Pasadena, Richard Smith of Humble and Donnie Smith of Abilene; one sister, Glyn Tatum of Lamesa; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Margaret Tully Hart

CLYDE -- Margaret Tully Hart, 69, died Friday in an Abilene hospital.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Clyde Cemetery with the Rev. Riley Fugitt officiating, directed by Bailey Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hart was born in Monon, Ind., and attended school in Monticello, Ind. She married Guy Hart in 1956 in Sturgis, S.D., and was a homemaker. She moved to Clyde in 1976 from Abilene and formerly worked as a beautician. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband, of Clyde; two sons, Edward Hart and Wayne Hart, both of Clyde; one brother, Wayne Tully of California; and one aunt and one cousin.

Milton Bass Sr.

FORT WORTH -- Milton A. Bass Sr., 85, formerly of Abilene, died Friday in a local hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Laurel Land Funeral Home Chapel of the Chimes. Burial will be in Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Mr. Bass was born in Corsicana and lived in Abilene for many years. He worked as a credit manager. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans and Bethel Baptist Church in Waxahachie and was the widower of Mamie Ruth Bass.

Survivors include three sons, Milton A. Bass Jr. of Burleson, the Rev. T.R. Bass of Waxahachie and David Bass of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Eldred Long

COLORADO CITY -- Eldred A. Long, 76, died Friday in a local hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Westbrook First Baptist Church with the Revs. E.E. Zoeller and Jim Mosley officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in Potosi Cemetery, directed by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Mr. Long was born in Wylie and married Opal Boiles in 1943 in Abilene. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired mechanic and supervisor of Permian Corp. He was a deacon at Westbrook First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, of Colorado City; two daughters, Linda Nettles and Joyce Boatwright, both of Midland; two sisters, Elizabeth "Bess" Hobbs of Abilene and Patricia Kennedy of Olalla, Wash.; one brother, John Long of Potosi; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to Buckner Baptist Children's Home, 129 Brentwood Ave., Lubbock 79411.

Frank Arlie Smith

STAMFORD -- Frank Arlie Smith, 91, died Friday in a local nursing home after a long illness.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Avoca Baptist Church with the Revs. James Brigham and Terry Davis officiating. Burial will be in Springcreek Cemetery, directed by Tankersley Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith was born in Itasca and was a retired carpenter and farmer. He taught the junior boys Sunday school class for many years at Avoca Baptist Church and also was a church song leader and pianist.

Survivors include two daughters, Frankie Huggins of Stamford and Judy Daughtry of Abilene; one brother, W.D. "Pee Wee" Smith of Avoca; three sisters, Ruby Whitworth of Houston, Evelyn Hughes of Avoca and Annetta Ruth Kemino of Beaumont; four grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Carl McDonald

COLEMAN -- Carl McDonald, 70, died Saturday in a local hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Santa Anna Cemetery.

Mr. McDonald was born in Santa Anna and attended school in Red Bank. He served with the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines. He married Margaret Andrews in 1967 in Coleman and was a retired oilfield driller and truck driver. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, of Coleman; four children, Gary McDonald of Abilene, and Vickie Owen, Anita Monroe and Lee Ann Brooks, all of Coleman; three brothers, Jacky McDonald and Glen McDonald, both of Coleman, and Bill McDonald of Abilene; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Jennie Pauline Lee

Jennie Pauline Lee, 76, died Saturday in Katy. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Violet Gilchrest

Violet R. Gilchrest, 78, of Boise, Idaho, died Friday at her home. Services are pending with North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange.

Richard Cass Fowler

Richard Cass Fowler, 60, died Saturday in Abilene. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Bertha Gardner

BROWNWOOD -- Bertha Gardner, 34, of Lake Brownwood, died Saturday in Temple. Services are pending with Stevens Funeral Home of Coleman.

Nina Opal Dunnam

HASKELL -- Nina Opal Dunnam, 82, died Saturday in a local hospital. Services are pending with Holden-McCauley Funeral Directors.

Jack Roberts

BRECKENRIDGE -- Jack Roberts, 82, died Saturday in a local hospital. Services are pending with Melton Funeral Home.

Regina Post

STEPHENVILLE -- Regina Post, 17, died Friday in a Fort Worth hospital. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel.

Irene Peeks

BRECKENRIDGE -- Irene Peeks, 85, formerly of Breckenridge, died Thursday in an Odessa nursing home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Breckenridge Cemetery, directed by Morehart Mortuary.

Carrie Mae Graham

STEPHENVILLE -- Carrie Mae Graham, 87, died Friday in a local hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel.

Lee Stouard

BRECKENRIDGE -- Lee Stouard, 66, died Thursday at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Crystal Falls Baptist Church, directed by Melton Funeral Home.

Christopher Glenn Pierce

BIG SPRING -- Christopher Glenn Pierce, 26, died Friday. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Myers & Smith Funeral Home Chapel.

Clarence 'Lonnie' Kehley

BROWNWOOD -- Clarence L. "Lonnie" Kehley, 91, of San Antonio and formerly of Brownwood, died Friday in a San Antonio hospital. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Winchell Cemetery, directed by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Vera Crabtree

BIG SPRING -- Vera (Mrs. Edward) Crabtree, 90, died Saturday in a local nursing home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Trinity Memorial Park, directed by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

Lee Noel Delcamp

BALLINGER -- Lee Noel Delcamp, 77, died Saturday in Ballinger. Private services will be held. Arrangements were made by Rains-Seale Funeral Home.

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