Obituaries

Wed
27
May

Bertie Faye Ingram Archibald

Bertie Faye Ingram Archibald was born July 13, 1926, to John and Louise Ingram. She went to her heavenly home Monday, May 25, 2015.
Bertie was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mexia and attended regularly until ill health no longer allowed her participation. She lived all her life in Mexia, with the exception of a few years in Waxahachie, Temple and Lancaster. She loved her home and returning to Mexia was a top priority during her rehab in Midlothian, where she’d been since a fall in mid-March.
Although Bertie worked outside the home for many years, her great love was being a homemaker, cooking and taking care of her home and family. She was a very independent woman, having been a widow since 1991. She didn’t care to travel, but what she really enjoyed was watching her Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers!
Bertie was preceded in death by her husband, O.A. Archibald.

Mon
25
May

Dwain Bennett Funderburk


Dwain Bennett Funderburk

Dwain Bennett Funderburk, of the Ben Hur community near Groesbeck, passed away at age 83 on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his home, where he was cared for by his wife during his battle with cancer.
Visitation was Saturday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Common Ground Cowboy Church between Kosse and Bremond, with military honors and with burial to follow at Ebenezer Cemetery near Kosse.
Pallbearers were Robert Antis, John Woodruff, Dennis Funderburk, Jeff Woodruff, Dana Key and James Stringfellow.
Dwain was born April 18, 1932 to Willard and Lucille (Sullivan) Funderburk in Humble. He grew up through his school years in the Kosse, Thornton and Groesbeck areas. He served in the Navy from October 1950 through November 1954, with medals for service in Korea and China. He later re-enlisted and served two more years in the Navy.

Mon
25
May

J.L. ‘Buckwheat’ Morton

J.L. “Buckwheat” Morton, 78, of Mexia, passed away May 24, 2015 at his home in Forest Glade. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield and Mr. Michael Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family was 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Buckwheat was born Aug. 5, 1936 in Mexia, to Grady and Laura Bea Morton. He was a lifelong resident of Mexia. He proudly served his country in the Army. Buckwheat began his working career at the Mexia Textile Mill and later worked and retired from Mexia Industrial Products.
On Aug. 30, 1973, he married the love of his life, Patsy West, and they were blessed with a son, Kevin, the light of their life. He now has two beautiful granddaughters who have stolen his heart. Buckwheat’s family was not only very precious to him, his love overflowed to many families. Everybody loved “Uncle Buck.”

Wed
20
May

Geraldine Guest Bliss Stanley

Geraldine Guest Bliss Stanley, 67, passed away, May 13, 2015, in Arlington. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24, in Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Vestal officiating.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m.
Gerry was born Feb. 22, 1948, in Mexia, to James and Helen Duncan Guest. She grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School in 1966. She was a house parent at the Texas Baptist Home for Children in Waxahachie for a number of years.
Gerry never met a stranger; she was friendly and had an outgoing personality. Her love for God, her family, children and everyone was easily seen in the way she lived her life. At an early age, she became interested in playing the piano and, without any lessons, learned how to play on her own.

Wed
20
May

Johnny ‘John Boy’ Pendleton

Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Ceasar Pendleton will be held on Saturday May 23, at Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church, 629 Grayson St. in Groesbeck. You may visit Johnny Pendleton as he slumbers in sweet repose at Pearly Gates Funeral Home on Friday May 22, from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. Pastor Nathaniel Bedford will be the eulogist, and the Rev. Nathan Bedford will officiate. Burial will be in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Johnny Pendleton, nick­named John Boy, was born to the late Odell Marie Wash­ington and the late Henry Lee Pendleton on Oct. 23, 1948, in Marlin.
He accepted Christ at an early age at Davis Chapel. He was also a member of Rebirth Missionary Baptist Church. He later rededicated his life to Christ at Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church. He continued to serve as a deacon and a member of the Lone Star Male Chorus under the leadership of Pastor Nathaniel Bedford until his health failed.

Wed
20
May

Robert ‘Bob’ Henry

Dr. Robert Bruce “Bob” Henry went home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2015, during his short stay at the Groesbeck LTC Facility.
Bob was born in San Benita on Nov. 7, 1937, to Eloise Huffman and Billy Thornton. His school years were spent in Angleton, where he graduated with the class of 1957.
After graduation, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in California. He completed his service in 1960 and then enrolled at Sam Houston University. It was there he met Patricia “Patsy” Bottoms, and on Sept. 2, 1961, he married the love of his life. They moved to Beaumont, where Bob completed his bachelor’s degree in art at Lamar University. He taught art a few years as he and Patsy started their family. They had two sons, Jeff and Scott.

Mon
18
May

Jan Tillie Ashmore

Jan Tillie Gorden Ashmore, 59, of Coolidge, passed away on May 16, 2015, with her loving family by her side. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Tillie had touched in some small way throughout her memorable life.
Tillie was a life time resident of Coolidge and served as postmaster there until retirement in 2012. She enjoyed 15 years of service with the United States Postal Service, and prior to that spent many years working at Bob’s Grocery in Coolidge; however, her most prized position was that of Mother.
Tillie was born Nov. 27, 1955, in Mexia, to Burney Gorden and Mary Beth Demoney. She married Jesse Young Ashmore on Sept. 2, 1972.
Tillie is survived by her loving family: her husband of 42 years, Jesse Ashmore; daughters, Carla Ashmore-Kutscherousky, of Coolidge, Jessica Mazanec and husband Eddie ,of Waco, and son, Clay Ashmore and wife Keri, of Tehuacana.

Fri
15
May

A.D. Black

Memorial services for A.D. Black were held Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague.
Black, 61, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
He was born and raised in Pasadena and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree. He taught agriculture at Buffalo High School for several years before going into business for himself as a welder. He later went to work for Westmoreland Coal Mine, where he remained the past 27 years. Black married Sheila on July 6, 1990, and they shared more than 24 years together. He was an active member of Cossacks Motorcycle Club for more than 14 years and was well known for playing Santa Claus in numerous events for many years in Teague, Freestone County and beyond.
Black was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Allen, and one brother, Larry Black.

Wed
13
May

Damen Lamont Jayce Flury


Damen Lamont Jayce Flury

Damen Lamont Jayce Flury, 3, of Oakwood, passed away May 10, 2015 in Donie. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia, with family and friends officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday, May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Damen was born May 10, 2012 in Palestine, to Damen Lamont Flury and Corie Luegina High.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Stacy Flury, and uncles, James Moore and James Grube and Kevin.
He is survived by his mom, Corie High of Donie; dad, Damen Flury of Palestine; sister, Kallie Flury of Palestine; grandpa, Daniel Flury of Palestine; great-grandparents, Don and Lue High of Oakwood; step-dad, Jim Clark of Donie; stepsister, Cailey Clark; stepbrothers, Cutter Clark and Colton Clark, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Wed
13
May

Dovie Levingston


Dovie Levingston

Dovie Levingston, 98, died May 6, 2015 in Fort Worth.
She was born Feb. 12, 1917, and educated at the Douglass and Dunbar schools in Mexia.
She was married to Felix Levingston and enjoyed cooking, especially cakes. She was a member of Sweet Home Baptist church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary William and husband, Frank, Helen Guptin and Betty Holloman, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel, with Rev. Byron Ravnell. Burial will take place at Mexia Memorial Cemetery.

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