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418 North 13th Street
P.O. Box 1557
Corsicana, TX 75110
Phone: 903-874-3755
Fax: 903-874-5621
Bennie Blackstone

Bennie Blackstone (Lester)

Friday, December 28th, 1917 - Monday, October 7th, 2019
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Bennie Roney Sammons Blackstone was the youngest of three daughters of Cal & Betty
Francis Lester of Terrell, Texas. Bennie grew up in Terrell and graduated at Terrell High
School. She then went to Ennis, Texas as manager of Western Union where she met U.C.
Roney. They married and had three daughters, Sylvia, Rachael, and Kathy Roney.

In 1960, she went to work as a real estate salesperson in Corsicana. In 1968 she founded her own company Town and Country Real Estate. She was the first "Realtor of the Year" in Corsicana. She married Tom Sammons and were married until he passed away. Bennie continued her real estate business and moved her office to her home, keeping her Broker License until her death.

She married her childhood sweetheart from Terrell, James L. Blackstone, a retired Warrant
officer of the United States Navy and retiree from the General Service Administration. They
lived in Terrell and Corsicana until his death in 2005.

Bennie is survived by her three daughters Sylvia and husband Benny Parrish of Dallas,
Rachael and husband Art Throgmorton of Fort Worth, and Kathy Roney of Corsicana, her
step children, Shirley Sammons Cox of Bedias, Texas, Pat and Vickie Sammons of Pennsylvania, and
Clementine Holmes of Cleveland, Texas. Four grandchildren Roney and Misti Pollard of Fort
Worth, Kristen and Chen Tsu of Plano, Gretchen Gray of Dallas, and Tim Parrish of Dallas.
Step grandchildren, Tommy Sammons of Houston, Mark Sammons of Austin, and Sherry
Rutledge of Woodlands. Five great grandchildren Brendan and Courtlyn Pollard, Anna and
Daniel Gray, Mya Tsu, and a number of step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Cal and Betty Francis Lester, sisters Myrna Liston
and Ruby White, step sons Bill and Mike Sammons, and a step great granddaughter.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Friday, October 11, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Corsicana with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Roney Pollard, Tim Parrish, Chen Tsu, Tommy Sammons, Mark Sammons and Chris White. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church Building Fund 510 W Collin St, Corsicana, TX 75110.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Corley Funeral Home
    418 North 13th Street
    CORSICANA, TX 75110
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  • Service

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church of Corsicana
    510 West Collin
    CORSICANA, TX 75110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Danny P. Reeves
  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery


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Posted at 05:29pm
a wonderful Lady a friend to my Mom Prayers for your family

Peggy weiss

Posted at 09:02pm
Dear Sylvia, Rachael and Kathy, many years have passed since I have seen you’ll but I wanted to add my thoughts about your dear Mom. I first met you’ll when you were very young ladies in school and I did alterations and sewing for your Mom. For all the years between now and then your Mom was one of the most pleasant and sweet people I have ever known. As a fellow Realtor I had the highest regard for her and considered her one of my best friends in the business. God blessed you with her for many years and I hope you find comfort in her loving memory. best regard, Peggy Watts Weiss


Kathleen and Mark Roglan

Posted at 08:15am
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
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Robin Benak

Posted at 08:59pm
Dearest Sylvia, Benny & Family, We are praying for the Lord to comfort your family during this difficult time. With our sincere sympathy, The Benaks
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