Obituaries

Fri
02
Dec

James Elmo Robison

James Elmo Robison, 86, of Thornton, passed away Dec. 1, 2016 in Waco. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Thornton with Pastor Randy Ayres officiating. Masonic Rites will also be conducted at the Chapel. Interment will follow in the Cobb Cemetery. Keith Masters, James Robison, Remington Masters, McKenzie Masters, Kristopher Masters and Juston Prichard will serve as pallbearers. Randal Masters, Kenny Buchheit, Jonathan Tooke, Doug Yarbrough, Mark Cox and Harry Vanskike will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Thornton.

James was born in Mexia on March 2, 1930 to Joyce Fain and Annie Elizabeth White Robison. He graduated from Thornton High School where he played football for the Thornton Tigers. He was a retired railroad welder for GATX, a longtime rancher and a state mowing contractor.

Fri
02
Dec

Betty Jean Wirdlow

The Angelic Hosts came for Mrs. Betty Jean Wirdlow Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 in the Manor Nursing And Rehabilitation Center among loving family and devoted friends.  

Viewing was held Friday, Dec. 2 from 3-5 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home and from 6-8 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 405 South Belknap in Mexia.  

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton, Mexia. Rev. Robert Cambpell, pastor of St, Luke United Methodist Church will officiate.  Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery. 

Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street, Teague, is serving the Wirdlow Family.  

Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book and light a candle.

Mrs. Betty Jean Wirdlow-June 6, 1934-Nov. 30, 2016

Wed
30
Nov

Betty Joann Holt

Betty Joann Holt, 82, passed away Nov. 29, 2016 at her home in Point Enterprise. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at Northcrest Church of Christ with Mr. Shane Alexander officiating. Interment will be in the Point Enterprise Cemetery. Trey Holt, Mitch Holt, Joshua Espinoza, Warren Holt, Vince Keys, and Charles Sims will serve as pallbearers. Bob Collins, Jacob Espinoza and Brody Brewer will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Betty was born Feb. 6, 1934 in Archer City to John Archibald and Myrtle Ora Weir Knox. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Masters in Home Economics. She taught for the Mexia ISD for 32 years, prior to retirement. It was also in Mexia that she met and married her loving husband, W. E. “Ed” Holt.

Mon
28
Nov

Howard Donald “Bronc” Hall

Howard Donald “Bronc” Hall passed away Nov. 23, 2016 at his home in Mexia at the age of 82. Graveside services were at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26 in the Prairie Grove Cemetery with Rev. Walter Pickens officiating.

Howard was born Aug. 25, 1933 in Oakwood to John Hamilton and Virgie Louise Minor Hall. He had lived in Mexia for most of his life. He worked for Owens Pipeline Company and Randy Turner Construction for many years, prior to retirement. He loved not only working on the pipeline, but the many friends he made throughout his career.

Howard married the love of his life, Billie Sue Jackson, on May 6, 1955 in Mexia and they were blessed with three children, Billy Don, Connie and Jana. His family was his pride and joy, especially his grandchildren or as he called them “his babies”.

Fri
25
Nov

Emma Mozelle Barkouskie

Emma Mozelle Barkouskie, 95, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 23, 2016, at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Mexia, with Brother Paul Moore officiating. Interment will be at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be Friday evening 6-8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.

Emma Mozelle was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Delia, to Sidney and Elizabeth Jones Roberson. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1939 and then attended beauty school and became a beautician. She worked in the beauty shop at the Mexia State School until her retirement.

She is survived by her sons, Ronnie Barkouski and wife Debbie, of Shiloh, and Gary Barkouski and wife Wanda, of Mexia; eight grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Tue
22
Nov

Christopher Mark Gardner

Christopher Mark Gardner, of China Spring, entered his heavenly home at the young age of 12. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25 at Christ Gospel Fellowship Church in Mexia with Pastor Steve DuBois officiating.

Christopher was born Oct. 18, 2004 in Port Neches to Mark and Karen Gipson Gardner. He was a student at China Spring Middle School. Some of his favorite things were his IPad, Nascar, watching the Disney movies, especially Cars and the Mickey Mouse Club House.

Christopher was a loving son and brother; he adored his sister. He always greeted everyone with a big smile, was always happy and had a way of brightening any room.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Mark and Karen Gardner of China Spring; sister, Rachel Gardner; paternal grandmother, Ruth Gardner of Mexia; paternal grandfather, LeRoy Gardner of Oregon; aunt, Anne Gardner of California; and a number of cousins.

Wed
16
Nov

Margaret A. Bleakney

Margaret A. Bleakney passed away November 16, 2016 in Mexia at the age of 75. A Rosary will begin at 11:15 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at Noon, Friday, Nov. 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Justin Nguyen officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.  Bill Crider, Johnny Holmes, Noah New, Ron Huffstutler, George Liles, Edmund Schuster and Robert Mortimer. Honorary pallbearers will be the Class of 1959.      

Margaret was born in Mexia on Sept. 19, 1941 to William J. and Margaret Faucher Bleakney. She grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School, Class of 1959. After retiring from the Texas Department of Human Service Real Estate Division in Austin, she returned to Mexia to make her home.

Wed
16
Nov

Reverend Winfred T. Arthur, Jr.

The Reverend Winfred T. Arthur, Jr., age 63, of Palestine, died Thursday, November 10, 2016 at home.
Service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Dogwood Hill Baptist Church, 3400 N. Hwy 79, Palestine, with Willmott Pastor Michael Thompson officiating and words of comfort from Pastor Shaun Arthur of Melrose Ave SDA Church. Interment following service in Fort Houston Cemetery in Palestine. Repast following interment at Dogwood Hill Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Friday, Nov. 18 at Emanuel Funeral Home - Palestine Chapel, located at 1721 W. Oak Street, Palestine.

Winfred was born Jan. 22, 1953 in Houston. His parents were Mamie Jean Arthur and W. T. Arthur Sr. Winfred graduated from Neches High School in 1971. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad for 38 ½ years as a Carman. He was married to Annie Tutt-Arthur for 39 years and to this union five children were born.

Mon
14
Nov

Annie Joyce (Henderson) Hawkins

Annie Joyce (Henderson) Hawkins of Waxahachie passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living in Waxahachie. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at at LaSalle Cemetery with Rusty McMahon officiating.

Annie was born July 7, 1932 in the Ben Hur Community to James W. Henderson, Sr. and Reba Tula (Williams) Henderson. She graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1953. After high school she was self-employed as a seamstress and mainly worked with upholstery as well as car and truck interior customizations.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Hawkins; both parents; three brothers, James Henderson, Jr., Merl (Noe) Henderson and Bill Henderson and one sister, Christine Wright.

Annie is survived by her son, Drake Hawkins and wife Sheila and grandchildren, Haley Hawkins and Wyatt Hawkins all of Waxahachie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mon
14
Nov

Prudencio Ramos Pevia

 Prudencio Ramos Pevia, 72, went home to be with his Lord Nov. 13, 2016 in Waco.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, at Open Door Church located at 900 N Loop 340, Waco. Burial will follow in Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 16, at Camino Church located at 111 East Palestine Mexia.

Prudencio was born July 10, 1944 in Champoton, Campeche, Mexico to Felix and Librada (Ramos) Pevia. He was a lifelong minster. He began his ministry in Mexico when he married the love of his life, Elsy in 1965. They often joked with each other on how they met. In 1961 the love story started, Elsy was visiting in town and happened to walk by his house with a green dress on. Prudencio said “For her I will start going to church.” On a separate occasion before they had even met, he walked by her house and that was when Elsy said “Ooooh, What a handsome guy!”  Four year later they officially met and married on Aug. 29, 1965.

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