Wanda Beatrice Willard Smith passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
She was born April 13, 1923, on her parents’ farm in Navarro County, about four miles north of Wortham. She graduated from Wortham High School in 1940 and attended SMU. In 1963 she returned to SMU, Perkins School of Theology, as research assistant to Professor Albert C. Outler who was editing the Sermons of John Wesley, and later to Professor Richard P. Heitzenrater, editor of Wesley’s Journals and Diaries. From 1994-2006 Wanda worked as Research Archivist at Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, SMU, during which time she curated two exhibitions: Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, in 1997; and A Methodist Minister in Paris; Letters of Andrew Longacre, 1860-1862, in 2002.
She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Landgrave Willard Smith; a sister, Joan Willard Little, of New York City; and a brother, Billy M. Willard of Amarillo.
Survivors include two daughters: Marsha Reeder of Aurora, Colo., and Eileen Anthony of Buellton, Calif.; a son, R. Russell Smith, IV, of Dallas; grandson, Travis Anthony of Lompoc, Calif.; two granddaughters, Laura Anthony of Hillsboro, Ore., and Emily Ann Smith of Dallas; a great-grandson, Robert Michael Anthony of Lompoc, Calif.; and a sister, Connie Gorman of Waxahachie.
Graveside service and burial will be at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75275.
Ted Allen Schafer
Ted Allen Schafer, resident of Corsicana, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 at the age of 65. He was born Saturday, May 8, 1948 to Ted R. and Evelyn Bibb Schafer in Vancouver, Wash.
Ira ‘Lee’ Holt
Ira “Lee” Holt, 75, of Frost, formerly of Center, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Corsicana.
She was born Aug. 24, 1937 in the Neuville Community to James R. and Lula Mae (Cooper) Lynch. She was a beautician for many years. She was a member of the Second Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, Corsicana.
Velma Lee Sherrill Waters
Mrs. Velma Lee Sherrill Waters, 75, of Mesquite passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Ovilla, Texas. She was born July 21, 1937 in Trinidad. She was the daughter of Robert Barton Sherrill and Leona Lafay (Chidester) Sherrill.
Stella Jean Nutt Persell
Mrs. Stella Jean Nutt Persell, 80, of Corsicana went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Corsicana. She was born Aug. 10, 1932 at Lake Halbert in Corsicana to parents, Fred and Beatrice Crouch Nutt.
Mary Louise Healy
Mary Louise Healy, 91, of Corsicana, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness Friday, June 14, 2013, at The Twilight Home in Corsicana.
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Nathan Clay Nicholson
Mr. Nathan Clay Nicholson, 52, of Corsicana passed on Monday, June 10, 2013, at his residence in Corsicana.
Clay was born on Oct. 18, 1960, in Llano County, Texas, to Harry Donald and Margaret Johnston Nicholson.
Lloyd Alton Wilkerson
Lloyd Alton Wilkerson, a former resident of Corsicana, passed away on the morning of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Grand Prairie Health Care Center in Grand Prairie after a short battle with cancer.
Dorothy Jean Speak
Dorothy Jean Speak, 75, went to be with the Lord on the morning of Wednesday, June 12, 2013. She died peacefully at her home in Kerens with family present. She was born March 30, 1938 in Kaufman County to Mary Ellen Capps and Allen L. Flatt. She was the youngest of eight children, plus a large extended family.
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