Obituaries

Mon
27
Jun

Helen Blackmon Sturges-Anderson

Helen Blackmon Sturges-Anderson, born July 20, 1928, died June 22, 2016 at the age of 87. She was one of 11 children (including twin sister, Hazel Mitchell), born to Elder W.R. Blackmon and his wife Phoebe in Point Enterprise.
Helen was a 46-year resident of Dallas, and married to Eli Anderson Sturges in that city in 1946. He passed in 1985.
Two children were born to that union, and both children survive her: a beloved son, David L. Sturges, and wife Kelly, of McAllen, and their daughters, Jaime Bare of San Antonio and Tori Espensen-Sturges of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a beloved daughter, Janet E. Veazey and husband Jack Veazey, of Waxahachie, and their children, Carrie Waltenbaugh of Waxahachie, and Steven Molina of Arlington, and four great-grandsons.
Helen enjoyed a long, rewarding career in office administration in Dallas, retiring from the Bank of America in 1991 to open Seven Gables, a highly successful bed and breakfast inn in Waxahachie.

Wed
22
Jun

Wilma Lee Asher Mansel

Wilma Lee Asher Mansel

Wilma Lee Asher Mansel, 97, passed away June 22, 2016 in Mexia. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Wilma was born in Mexia on Nov. 20, 1918, to Ollie Eugene and Ethel Clancy Asher. She married Jack Lester Mansel on June 30, 1936 in Mexia.
Wilma became an insurance agent for Germania Insurance Company and opened the first insurance office in the West Columbia area. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Columbia and of the Eastern Star Chapter 61 in Alice.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Mansel; son, Jackie Mansel; grandson, Gary Mansel; and brother, Cecil Asher.

Mon
20
Jun

Betty Ruth Turner Little

Betty Ruth Turner Little

Betty Ruth Turner Little, 86, passed away June 18, 2016 in Corpus Christi. Graveside services will be 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Visitation with the family was 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Betty was born in Mexia on May 25, 1930, to G.W. and Mary Alexander Turner. She was the youngest of nine siblings. She devoted her life to her husband, raising their three sons and spoiling her grandchildren. Although she loved and enjoyed all her grandchildren, she had a special bond with her only granddaughter.
Betty was a wonderful cook and she enjoyed nothing more than having her family together, especially during holidays. She was also a collector of antiques.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, S. Adrian Little; and son, Rodney W. Little.

Fri
17
Jun

Billie Jean Black

Billie Jean Black

Billie Jean Black, 81, of Mexia, passed away June 15, 2016. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Mexia Cemetery.
She was born June 24, 1934 to Roy and Willie Brice. She was the youngest of seven children and all have preceded her in death except one brother, Boots Brice, who has been blessed with a wonderful and loving wife named Gale. Those that passed before her are brothers, Jessie Rose, Calvin, Buddy and Joe Brice along with a sister named Helen.
Mom also lost her youngest daughter, Cindy Lamb, who was the very heart of this family. In Mom’s passing we know Cindy was there looking down with tears in her eyes yet smiling as she took Momma’s hand and gently helped her cross over.
Mom is survived by her husband of 63 years, William Lee “Bill” Black, and two daughters, Coiese Black Quaca and Cheryl Black Marth. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Wed
15
Jun

James Everett Betts

James Everett Betts

On Oct. 25, 1948 in Fairfield, Texas, McDuffe and Willie B. Jones Betts became the proud parents of a wonderful little baby boy whom they names James Everett. He was the third of seven children.
James was raised in Fairfield, and attended school in Dogan and served in the Army. He accepted Christ early in life and joined Fairfield Baptist Church.
James married JoAnn Allen, who preceded him in death.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, McDuffe and Willie B. Betts, two brothers, Billy Joe Jones and Frank Betts.
On June 8, 2016 in Waco, God called him home.

Mon
13
Jun

James Cary ‘Bubba’ McDaniel

James Cary ‘Bubba’ McDaniel

Funeral services for James Cary “Bubba” McDaniel will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Brother Justin Colquette will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Woodland Cemetery near Kirvin.
Visitation was held Monday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
McDaniel, 63, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield.
He was born Sept.21, 1952 in San Diego, Calif., to Vernon and Helen Norton McDaniel. He moved to Texas with his family at an early age and grew up in Freestone County, graduating from Wortham High School. After graduation, he went to work in the oil fields and had numerous drilling-related jobs for over 40 years, until his retirement in 2013. He enjoyed going fishing, especially catfishing with his family and friends.
McDaniel was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Caryn McDaniel.

Mon
13
Jun

Anita Gaona Gomez

Anita Gaona Gomez, 63, passed away at her home in Mexia on June 12, 2016. A celebration of Anita’s life began Monday afternoon, June 13, and continue through 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, at Iglesia Mision Pentecostal Church. Graveside service and interment will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, in the Mexia Cemetery.
Anita was born in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico on Jan. 6, 1953, to Reyes Gaona and Ramona Pargas. She married Pedro Gomez in Mexico in 1968. She was a loving wife and mother. She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild and looking forward to meeting granddaughter, Jenesis Gracyanne.
Anita enjoyed spending time with her family, church family and actively participating in church activities. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was a member of Assemblies in Christ Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mon
13
Jun

Eady Jorene Bigham

Eady Jorene Bigham

Eady Jorene Bigham, known to family and friends as “Jo,” returned to our heavenly father on June 10, 2016. She was born Nov. 24, 1942.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at Porter Chapel Wortham, with Pastor Eddie Jones of First Baptist Church of Eureka officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery.
Visitation with the family present was Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel Wortham.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Eady Spain.

Mon
13
Jun

Tammy Ruth Batts

Tammy Ruth Batts, 58, passed away June 11, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.
Graveside services are Wednesday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at Wortham Cemetery, with Mike Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel Wortham.
Tammy was born March 23, 1958 in West Helena, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Royal and Mary Margarette Barton Batts, and brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Janice Batts.
Tammy is survived by two brothers, Don Royal Batts and wife Marilyn of Oil City, La., and David Batts and wife Judy of Tehuacana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook.
Porter Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Wed
08
Jun

Lillie Faye Thomas

Lillie Faye Thomas

The family of Faye Thomas let her go with the angelic hosts on Friday, June 3, 2016, at her residence in Wortham, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be held Friday, June 10, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. in the Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 620 N. MLK Dr. in Wortham. The pastor, Rev. Ronald Redmond, will officiate and Rev. Curtis Jefferson Jr., pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Weatherford, will be the eulogist. Interment will be in the Wortham Cemetery.
Faye was born July 29, 1939 in Mexia to Tellwood Bluitt and Ardie Lee Houston, who preceded her in death. She grew up in Mexia, graduated with the Dunbar High School class of 1954, was first a member of New Home Missionary Baptist Church in Mexia, and was an active member of Beluah Missionary Baptist Church, Wortham.

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