Obituaries

Fri
12
Sep

Lela Barksdale Graham


Lela Barksdale Graham

Lela Barksdale Graham, 89, of Weatherford and formerly of Wortham, passed away Sept. 10, 2014 at her residence.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at Cade Cemetery in Navarro County. Family visitation was held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.
Graham was born Nov. 27, 1924 in Streetman to William and Dovie Cantrell Miller. She was a homemaker who loved taking care of her children and grandchildren.
Lela was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Graham Sr.; son, Harvey Graham Jr.; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughters, Karen Elaine Michaels of Weatherford, Edna Locke of Florida and Judy Lewis of Weatherford; son, Marcus Graham of Wortham; 12 grandchildren; 28-eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Wed
10
Sep

Harvey David Taylor


Harvey David Taylor

Harvey David Taylor passed away at the age of 61 on Sept. 6, 2014 at his residence in Teague, following a two-year battle with cancer.
Services were held Monday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Brother Steve Cowart officiated. Interment followed at Coolidge Cemetery. Family visitation was held Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Harvey, known as David to many, was born Feb. 26, 1953 to Lester and Marie Taylor in Teague. He lived in Teague almost his whole life. After retirement from Mexia State School, he continued work as a carpenter and was known for his attention to detail and determination to reach perfection. His hobby of woodworking resulted in his creation of many beautiful and unique pieces of furniture for family and friends.
Harvey was preceded in death by his daughter, Misty Dawn Taylor; his father, Lester Taylor, oldest brother, Burton Taylor and youngest sister, Kim Lucher.

Wed
10
Sep

Wilma Janette Walser

Wilma Janette Walser of Mexia went to be with her Lord, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.
A private graveside celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Hurst Ranch Cemetery near Star.
Janette was born in San Antonio on May 17, 1953 to Rev. Garland and Gladys (Poe) Walser. She grew up in Evant.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Darel.
She is survived by two sisters, Jean Millsap and husband Lee of Waco and Marie Terral and husband Joe of Axtell and a host of nephews and nieces.
Janette was our “angel girl” and we were so blessed to enjoy her for so many years. Special thanks to Mexia State School, HMR staff, LTC Nursing Home staff, Providence Hospice and Katherine Williams for her special love and ministry to our little sister.
Leave online condolences at rileyfuneral.com. Riley Funeral Home of Hamilton is in charge of the arrangements.

Wed
10
Sep

Harley Douglas Tisdale


Harley Douglas Tisdale

Harley Douglas Tisdale passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Mexia, at the age of 81. He was born Sept. 30, 1932 in Kirven, to David Marion and Irene Tisdale. Douglas proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He served in Alaska as a radar operator and remained in the Army reserve for an additional eight years.
On Oct. 17, 1956, he married the love of his life, Wanda Leila Osborne, and this union was blessed with six daughters. The majority of Douglas’ career was spent in construction work; however, he retired from Mexia State School.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Genieve Osborne; two sisters, JoAnn Cecil and husband, Bill and Florene Padgett and husband, Therman; one brother, David Lloyd Tisdale; three sister-in-laws, Bonnie Tisdale, Bobbie Osborne, Lou Worley and husband Dwyn; one grandchild, Jennifer Chambers; and one great-grandchild, Gavin Williams.

Tue
09
Sep

Louise A. Horn

Louise A. Horn, 93, passed away Sept. 8, 2014 at Cartmell Home for Aged in Palestine.
Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia. Interment will follow in the Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine.
Louise was born Nov. 22, 1920 in Cotton Gin, to Will and Frances Alexander Barkouskie. She retired from Murray’s Corporation after 15 years of service as an inspector. She was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Horn; and sister, Dorothy Lahrmann.
Louise is survived by her stepchildren, Dorothy Jean Brown, Billie Bacon, Mary Huffman and James Howard Horn Jr.; sister, Bernadette Stone and husband, W.N.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visit www.blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Tue
09
Sep

Charles David Howard Jr.


Charles David Howard Jr.

Charles David Howard Jr., commonly known as “Chuck” and “Junior,” passed away Sept. 7, 2014 at the age of 46. He was born Aug. 5, 1968 in Laredo, to Vergie and Charles Howard. He graduated from Teague High School.
Charles was the proud father of one son, Jordan, from his first marriage. He was a devout Christian of the Baptist faith. Charles was proud to be a Master Mason. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his spare time. His chosen career was with TDCJ for many years. He retired from TDCJ and then returned to work for them again.

Tue
09
Sep

Bennie Charles Posey


Bennie Charles Posey

Bennie Charles Posey, 84, passed away Sept. 8, 2014 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Mexia with Rev. Marcus Sheffield, Rev. Jerry Fulton and Rev. Michael King officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodland Cemetery in Kirven.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Bennie was born Nov. 2, 1929 in Kirk, to Delma Ross and Lois Lorene Sikes Posey. He graduated from Mexia High School in 1947. He was a Sgt. 1st Class in the National Guard during the Korean War era. Bennie married Jimmie Payne on Feb. 23, 1952 in Mexia.

Fri
05
Sep

Ronald Wayne 'Ronny' Patterson


Ronald Wayne 'Ronny' Patterson

Ronald Wayne "Ronny" Patterson, 57, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Kerens, due to complications of congestive heart disease.  
He was born Jan. 15, 1957 in Chico, California.
Throughout his life he resided primarily in Pasadena, Mexia and New Orleans. He was a graduate of Mexia High School and attended Sam Houston State College in Huntsville. He was a true German Shepherd dog lover and spent many years enjoying the companionship of his beloved pets, Bud, Molly and Brandy.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Patterson of Mexia, and parents, Edna Ward Goodrich of Mexia and Jesse Davis Patterson of Austin.
He is survived by his sisters, Linda Monson of Katy and Sandra Horton of Panola; nephews, Michael Williams of Decatur, Ga. and Roy Goldman of Kemp; nieces, Susan Mitchell of Harrisburg, Penn., Kelly Waldon of Galveston, Mary Urban of Battleground, Wash. and Kathy Sutton of Katy; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.  

Fri
05
Sep

Melissa Diane Barrentine


Melissa Diane Barrentine

Funeral services for Melissa Diane Barrentine will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home, 900 U.S. 84 West in Teague. Brother Scott Matthews will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Driver Cemetery near Teague.
Visitation will be held Saturday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Melissa, 36, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield. She was born in Leland, Miss. and grew up in Bryan before moving to Teague where she graduated with the Teague High School class of 1996 and was a proud member of the Lady Lions softball team. Melissa worked at Woodforest Bank in Walmart in Mexia for more than seven years and was presently assistant manager. She was a Baptist and a member of the Order of Eastern Star #331 in Fairfield.
Melissa was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, James Barrentine Sr.; maternal grandfather, Frank Gordon; and one aunt, Sandra Gale Triplett.

Fri
05
Sep

Maxine Ramsey


Maxine Ramsey

Maxine Ramsey, 77, of Waco, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.
She was born July 12, 1937.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Mexia City Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd. in Waco.
Maxine was born in Groesbeck to Fred and Reba (Pelton) Petty.  She worked many years for the J.C. Penney catalog stores in Waco, Mexia and Corsicana. She married Henry Cecil Ramsey on Sept. 5, 1967.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Charles and Don Ramsey; and a grandson, Derek.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Haddix of Waco; son, Jerry Ramsey of Waco; granddaughter, Kristi Winegeart; and seven grandsons, Jonathan Haddix, Donnie Kemp, Kurt Haddix, Christopher and J.D. Ramsey, Jonathan McPherson and Michael Haddix.
An online guest book is available at oakcrestwaco.com.

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