Obituaries

Wed
05
Nov

Margaret Freeman Barefield


Margaret Freeman Barefield

The angelic hosts came for Margaret Freeman Barefield, 97, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at Lakeshore Village Nursing Home in Waco, among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will be Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Antioch Baptist Church, 610 N. Denton St. in Mexia, with Rev. Cleo High, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Margaret Freeman Barefield, the second of three children, was born Aug. 18, 1917 in Otto, to proud parents Will and Anna Lemuel Freeman. She spent her early life in the community of Otto. There she attended grade school and met and later married the love of her life, Henry B. Barefield. To this union, three loving children were born.
Margaret joined Antioch Baptist Church in Waco under the pastorage of Rev. R.L. Bailey.

Wed
05
Nov

Joseph David Gregory Jr.


Joseph David Gregory Jr.

Joseph David Gregory Jr. passed away Nov. 3, 2014 in Waco, at the age of 70.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Porter Chapel in Wortham, with Rev. Justin Colquette officiating. Interment will follow at Cotton Gin Cemetery in Cotton Gin. Family visitation was held Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the chapel.
He was born in Athens, Tenn. on Dec. 4, 1943, to Joe Gregory Sr. and Margaret Crittenden Gregory. The Gregorys moved around the country until settling in Houston, where David graduated from high school in 1961.
In August 1988, David began working for Mexia Fabrications in Wortham, now known as General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies Inc. David found home in Cotton Gin, where he met Julie. They were wed Aug. 11, 2007.
David was preceded in death by his parents, and a grandson, Christopher Dagle.

Wed
05
Nov

Fannie Mae Reel


Fannie Mae Reel

Fannie Mae Reel was born Jan. 18, 1932 and departed this life Nov. 1, 2014.
She grew up with four brothers and one sister. In school, Fannie was on the dance team which she enjoyed greatly. At age 19, she married J.C. Reel Jr. and in 1960 moved from East Texas to the Mexia area. They were married for 48 years when she was widowed.
For 16 plus years Fannie worked a nursing career at General Mexia Hospital and retired from the Mexia State School Infirmary. 
She is survived by her brother, Willie Tyus of Lake Mexia; son, Jay Reel of Lake Mexia; daughter, Kathy Bradshaw and family of Round Rock; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
Fannie is being celebrated and honored with a memorial Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia, with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in East Texas at a later date.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for the family.

Wed
05
Nov

Billie Jean Patton Bowden


Billie Jean Patton Bowden

Billie Jean Patton Bowden, 87, of Tyler went to be with her Lord and savior on Saturday Nov. 1, 2014 in Whitehouse.
A memorial service celebrating Billie’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Mexia, with Pastor Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Billie was born Nov. 4, 1926 in Mexia. She was the daughter of the late Alton and Nellie Whitaker Patton. She spent her childhood and early education in Mexia before receiving her master's degree from Baylor University.
She married Delbert Bowden on Aug. 17, 1946 in Mexia, where they lived and raised their family. Billie retired from the Mexia State School as a social worker.
She enjoyed growing flowers, playing bridge with friends, traveling and she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and her sister, Betty Goodrich.

Mon
03
Nov

Robert E. Sneed  


Robert E. Sneed  

The angelic hosts came for Robert E. Sneed, of Teague, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the Seton Medical Center in Austin, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dwayne Nemons officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Teague.
Robert E. Sneed was born to the union of Birdia Weathers Coleman and C.B. Sneed on June 18, 1935 in Freestone County. Robert, known as “Dude” to his family and friends, attended schools in the Freestone County Public School District and graduated from  Booker T. Washington High School. He joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he served faithfully until retiring with the rank of sergeant.  

Mon
03
Nov

Frances Ann Owens


Frances Ann Owens

Frances Ann Owens, 69, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 1, 2014 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Karen Hulsey officiating. Family visitation will be held prior to the service, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Frances was born Sept. 23, 1945 in Concord, to William and Evie Johnson Griffin.
She is survived by her children, Alton Owens Jr. and wife, Shae, of Hillsboro, Michael Owens and wife, Laura, of Marquez, Sherry Tarkington of Corsicana and Richard Owens of Mexia; grandchildren, Josh Owens, Hank Foley, Davie Foley, Aaron Tarkington, Reese Tarkington, Graceyn Owens, Reed Owens, Amber Owens, Christian Owens, Michael Owens Jr., Kayla White, Kali Owens and Dru Owens; great-grandchildren, Maggie White, Summer and Stormy Foley, Braylyn Coppick, Brilee Foley, Taybor Owens and Demtree Hollie Jr.

Mon
03
Nov

Clara Smith Horace


Clara Smith Horace

Clara Smith Horace died Oct. 29, 2014.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia, with eulogist Shaun Rabb.
Clara Smith Horace was born Dec. 16, 1932 in Streetman, to Iree Smith and Ocilean Cooper. She professed a faith in Christ and later united with True Vine Church in Dallas, under the leadership of Pastor J.J. Adams, and later serving under Pastor Shaun Rabb.
She joined in Holy Matrimony with Jimmie Lee Horace in October 1974.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Castile Bonner and Alice Faye Woods; three brothers, Iree (Zeke) Smith, Lawrence (Redman) Smith and Robert Earl Smith; and one stepson, Roy Thomas Horace.

Fri
31
Oct

Wanda La Nell Clendenen Sterling

Wanda La Nell Clendenen Sterling, 74, of Reno, Texas, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Legend Healthcare, where she had resided the last four years.
She was born Feb. 6, 1944 in Mexia, a daughter of J.B. Clendenen and Eunice Naomi Carter Clendenen. Wanda worked for Dallas County in the elections department and was a member of Calvary Assembly of God.
On Nov. 28, 1968, she married Murvin Sterling in Mexia. He preceded her in death.
Wanda is survived by her sister, Shirley Jean Plunk and husband, Claude Plunk; niece, Michella Burkhart and husband David; nephew, Christopher Plunk; great-niece, Kimberly Sandovall and husband, Tim; great-nephews Joshua Burkhart and wife, Lindsey, and Denson Plunk; and great-great-nephew, Madison Sandovall.

Fri
31
Oct

Paul Glenn Willis Sr.


Paul Glenn Willis Sr.

Funeral services for Paul Glenn Willis will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia, with eulogist Pastor Fitzgerald Thomas.
Paul Glenn Willis Sr. was born June 12, 1940 in Limestone County, to the parentage of Homer Willis and Hattie Thomas. He accepted Christ at an early age. He attended public school in Limestone County. He worked in construction most his life.
Willis was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Cedric "Red" Willis; and sister, Pat Moore.

Fri
31
Oct

Nora Elia Amaya


Nora Elia Amaya

Nora Elia Amaya, 47, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 30, 2014 from injuries received in an auto accident. Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father Justin Ngugen officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation and Rosary will be 6 p.m. Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Chapel.
Nora was born April 11, 1967 in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico to Jose Federico Torres and Maria Louisa Rodriquez. She was employed by Carry-On Trailer Corporation.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Nora was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

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