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Adrianna Smadi April 30, 1996 – September 7, 2021

Sondra Kaye Gregory

Sondra Kaye Gregory, daughter of Richard Mckeon and Christine Holland, was born on January 10, 1968, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She went to be with the Lord on September 9, 2021, at Navarro Regional Hospital, surrounded by loved ones listening to her favorite songs chosen from her play list in her phone: “God of Our Days” by Casting Crowns and “Held” by Natalie Grant.  

Sondra Kaye lived in Corsicana, Texas, most of her life where she graduated from Corsicana High School in 1986 and went on to earn an Associate’s degree in Business Information Technology from Navarro College where she was on the Deans list for superior academic achievements. She served as the EMS clerk for the city of Corsicana for the last nine years and received many certifications including ambulance documentation specialist, ambulance coder, and ambulance compliance officer.

Sondra cherished all of the relationships she built at the Corsicana Fire Department. She loved working beside such courageous men and women. She enjoyed helping and serving the great City of Corsicana. She often spoke of her coworkers as her “Fire Family.”

Sondra was a member of the Mildred Baptist Prayer Team. Sondra thoroughly enjoyed this prayer group. She joined at a time in her life when she needed it most. She made life-long relationships and was so humbled by the love and acceptance she received.

Sondra also had many other loves and pastimes in her life. She was an avid supporter of the local Relay for Life. Her fur babies were just like her own children: Shadow, Angel, Ranger, Jinx and Rowdy. She loved going to the lake, and she loved to fish. Sondra loved going to concerts. Some of her favorites were Mercy Me and Casting Crowns. She loved Janie Fricke and recently got a very special get well card from Janie in the mail during her recent illness. She also loved Loretta Lynn. Sondra loved going to Granbury, Texas, on the weekends. She truly enjoyed and valued her downtime by coloring in her coloring books. She loved Elvis and loved collecting his memorabilia, and she loved everything purple. Traveling was among her favorite things to do including cruising the Caribbean. Sondra recently visited her birthplace in Nevada bringing back many souvenirs, and never once has she ever denied her love for The Dallas Cowboys.

Sondra’s love of numbers was reflected in not only the wedding date she chose for her and the love of her life Bill, 11/11/11, but as well as the Lord taking her home to be with him again on 09/09/21.  This is significant because it is the same date of their engagement twelve years earlier on 09/09/09. She also loved that she and Bill were often referred to as “the perfect ones.”

In her younger days, she loved cruising 7th Avenue while listening to Footloose. She also loved being like a second mom to all of Lance and Christa’s friends who loved to call her Mama. She took great pleasure in not only making her kids birthdays very special but Thanksgiving as well. Thanksgiving was always celebrated in her home where she made some of her most favorite dishes – especially her banana pudding – and other secret recipes which will be shared and cherished in the family for years to come.

She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Mckeon; husband, William “Bill” Gregory; stepfather, Harold McElhenney; brothers, Michael and Danny; sister, Julie Jo.

She is survived by a very special friend, Russ Speas of Purdon; mother, Christine Holland and husband Cecil of Corsicana; children, Lance Laudan and wife Morgan of Dawson, Christa Lambert and husband Cody of Mildred, Charles Gregory and wife Crystal of Malakoff, Nathan of Malakoff, and Austen Gregory and wife Monserhat of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren, Rylie, Tillie, Michael, Ayden, Ryder, Kayne, Tripp, Tristan, Noah, CJ, Ava, Bentley, Boston, Liam, and Katia; siblings, Vicki Barber and husband Mark of Corsicana, Rick Mckeon and wife Vicki of California, Steve McElhenney and wife Lynn of Mansfield; nephews, Dylan Barber of Corsicana, Tyler Price and wife Jordyn of Corsicana; great-nephew, Anderson Price of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Betty Oquendo and husband Cruz of Plant City, Florida; brothers-in-law, Tom Gregory and wife Militza of Lakeland, Florida, Jim Gregory and wife Sonia of Mulberry, Florida, Greg Gregory and wife Pennie of Houston, Texas, Ralph (Bud) Holt of Marion, Ohio; mother-in-law, Ella Smart Gregory of Marion, Ohio; father-in-law, Wilbur Gregory of Lakeland, Florida.  
Nana K loved all of her grandchildren. They were her whole world, and she loved attending their events. She and Bill referred to them as having a whole football team.

Always most important to her were the people surrounding her. She touched the lives of many with her unconditional love, generosity, and kindness.  Sondra’s favorite scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, states, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

The family would like to say a heartfelt thank you.  We are all so overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support shown to us and very humbled by each prayer that has surrounded us during this very difficult time. A special thank you to Sondra’s doctor, Dr. Hall, and all her caregivers at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She will be forever missed.

Visitation will be Friday, September 17, 2021, from 6-8 PM, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be at Calvary Worship Center with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 10 AM.  Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.  Corsicana Fire and Rescue Honor Guard will serve as Pallbearers.

Lorie Ann French

Lorie Ann French, 56, of Corsicana passed away on September 3, 2021.
Lorie was born on February 24, 1965 to Mary Helen Portwood and Hubert Edward French in Corsicana, Tx. Lorie was an only child. Her father worked for the City of Corsicana until his retirement. Her mother worked at Hagger Slacks until Lorie was born and then became a stay at home mom.
Lorie loved her family. She loved the big gatherings on holidays, and she especially loved the food. Besides holiday food, she loved cheeseburgers, fries, and always chocolate cake. She loved most of all her telephone and her bible. She was always reading her bible.
Lorie loved her church and she loved to sing. She had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing in the choir at church. She was an Elvis fan! She has just about any and everything Elvis; books, clocks, pictures etc. Elvis was her man. She attended all the performances of Elvis impersonators whenever she could. Lorie also had a special love for animals, especially dogs. Anytime you heard Lorie say “aww” you knew she had seen a dog.
Lorie loved her family, her church, singing, reading and loved any animals.
She will be dearly missed.
Lorie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by several cousins, a few aunts and uncles.
To celebrate Lorie’s life, a visitation has been scheduled for Friday, September 10, 2021 from 12:30 to 2 in the afternoon. A service celebrating her life will follow at 2 pm in the Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home with Rev. Kaitlynn Shannon officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Rickey Sykes, Ray York, Devin Garrett, J.T. Sykes and Charles Lucas. Burial will follow at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

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