Obituaries

Mon
13
Jul

Janet L. Owen

Janet L. Owen went home to be with the Lord July 10, 2015. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Prairie Grove Baptist Church with Revs. Cliff Jones and Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Janet was born at home in Mexia on Aug. 7, 1935, to Arvin and Edna Sterling. She was a homemaker for many years and most recently made clothing and blankets that she donated to hospice and sold to family and friends.
Janet dedicated her life to God, her church, her husband of 61 years, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Growing up, Janet enjoyed going to school and spending time with her family.

Fri
10
Jul

Bobby Lane Hogan

Bobby Lane Hogan was born in Mexia on Nov. 17, 1957, to parents, Alfred Colonel Hogan Sr. and Mary Alice Hayden Hogan. Bobby attended Dunbar Junior and Senior High Schools in Mexia. After high school, Bobby relocated to Austin, where he was employed many years with the City of Austin Utilities Company. In 2006, Bobby returned to Mexia, residing with his dad. Bobby worked with the Mexia Independent School District until May 2014.
Bobby was admitted to Providence Hospital in Waco on June 18. On July 4, Bobby was surrounded by family and in spite of his illness, he recognized present family members, calling each by name. On July 5 at 1 p.m., Bobby departed this life and went home to be with his heavenly father.
Bobby was preceded in death by his brother, Rossell Leo Hogan (1948-91), mother, Mary Alice Hayden Hogan (1923-2004), sister, Tawnya Annette Hogan Phillips (1960-2004) and his dad, Alfred Colonel Hogan Sr. (1920-2007).

Mon
06
Jul

Ruby Jewell Holloway

Ruby Jewell Holloway, 88, passed away July 5, 2015 in Waco, at Hillcrest Hospital. She was born July 3, 1927 in Roane, to Johnny and Blanche Aven. Later her family moved to Tupelo and Powell where she attended junior high and high school.

Mon
06
Jul

Kenneth ‘Ken’ Louis Hammer

Kenneth "Ken" Louis Hammer, 45, of Niederwald died in a single vehicle accident June 14, 2015. He was born Aug. 5, 1969 in San Antonio, the son of Lynn Adams Hammer and Verna Jo Williams Hammer, both formerly of Mexia.
He attended Crockett High School and Austin Community College.
His first wife, Michele Garcia, is the mother of his two sons, Kenneth "Kenny" G. Hammer and Kevin O. Hammer.
Ken later married Sandra Hammer and the two of them reared four wonderful children, Kenny, Kevin, Kelsey Andel and Mathias Andel.
Ken was a simple and yet complex person. He read and knew the Bible, but you would not see him in church. He was loud, funny, stubborn, smart (IQ 155), and oh-so-loving – so loving. He loved his family, especially his two sons, of whom he was so proud. Ken enjoyed watching movies with us, camping, cooking on his grill, and other outdoor activities. He could do everything. He could repair cars, mowers, computers and other electrical devices.

Mon
06
Jul

Melvin Eugene ‘Gene’ Yarbrough

Melvin Eugene ‘Gene’ Yarbrough
Melvin Eugene “Gene” Yarbrough, 81, longtime Mexia pharmacist, passed away July 4, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Gene was born Oct. 21, 1933 in Fallon, to Melvin and Margaret Fife Yarbrough. He lived in the Mexia area most of his life and was a graduate of Mexia High School. Gene furthered his education at the University of Texas where he received his master’s degree. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Gene operated Gene’s Pharmacy in Mexia for many years, prior to retirement. He was considered by his many customers to be not only a pharmacist, but their friend. He was always willing to go the extra mile to assist his customers/ friends with their needs. Although Gene was a good friend to many, he loved and cherished his family; he was a devoted son, husband, brother and uncle.

Mon
06
Jul

Clarence L. Washington

The angelic hosts came for Clarence L. Washington, 81, of Fairfield, on Friday, July 3, 2015 at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Thursday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, July 10, at Fairfield No. 1 Church of God in Christ, 1321 S. Fairway in Fairfield.
Clarence was born to Booker T. Washington and Hade Willis Washington in Freestone County. He graduated from Dogan High School in Fairfield, with the class of 1953. Clarence was a member of Fairfield No. 1 Church of God in Christ. Washington was the founder and owner Mr. Fish, a fish market in Dallas. He loved spending time with his family. Clarence will be remembered most for his smile.

Wed
01
Jul

Vener Oliver John Barnes

Vener Oliver John Barnes, a cherished husband and father of six, passed away June 26, 2015 at the age of 86.
Vener was born in London, England on Nov. 12, 1928, to William and Alice Snelling Barnes. He immigrated with his family to Texas when he was only 2 and never thought of himself as anything but a Texan. He grew up in Corpus Christi and served in the Navy on the destroyer USS Cushing during the Korean War. After graduating from the University of Texas, he went on to earn an master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University.
Vener spent most of his working career in the grocery industry and served as president of the Houston Retail Grocers Association. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were the owners of Barnes’ Westbury Minimax, where all of their six children worked and learned from them their values of life, love and family. In his retired life he was a proud volunteer for the Lake Mexia VFD and Caritas Mexia.

Mon
29
Jun

Eldon Blake ‘Ironhead’ Johnson

We sadly mourn the passing of a father, friend and father-in-law, and neighbor. Elson Blake Johnson, born Aug. 10, 1926 in Mexia, and passed away June 25, 2015 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 1, at 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church in Mexia, with Rev. Bryan Hallmark officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Glade Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Blake was a veteran and served proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II. He began work at a young age as a farmer, oilfield hand, heavy equipment mechanic and welder for many years.
Johnson was also a religious man and active member of First Assembly of God in Mexia, where he had many brothers, sisters and friends who will surely miss him. We will always miss you. God bless you, Ironhead.

Fri
26
Jun

Dana Alyson Thompson Russell

Funeral services for Dana Alyson Thompson Russell was held Friday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Brother Paul Gauntt will officiate. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Teague.
Visitation was held Thursday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Russell, 60, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at her residence near Mexia.
She was born in Teague Dec. 30, 1954. She spent most of her youth in Mexico, but returned to Texas in the mid1970s and lived in Mexia where she operated an in-home day care for over 20 years. She helped raise numerous children throughout those years in her home as her own. Dana later worked for Walmart in Mexia for many years. She enjoyed traveling, going on cruises, listening to music and attending concerts. Ms. Russell loved her grandchildren and was dedicated to caring for her mother.

Fri
26
Jun

Anthony Goff Sr.

The angelic hosts came for Anthony Goff Sr. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at his Teague residence, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing was held Friday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at Moore’s Angelic Chapel with Rev. Jamal Henry officiating and Rev. Tas Betts serving as eulogist. Interment will follow at Grove Island Cemetery in Teague.
Anthony Leverne Goff was the third child of Leroy Goff and Ella Mae Charles Goff. He was born in Bronx, New York on Aug. 24, 1961. He grew up in Corsicana and attended the public schools in Mexia.
Anthony was baptized in 1971 by his father, Rev. Leroy Goff, in the Rising Star Baptist Church of Mexia.
He met Patrice Coleman in 1990 and they were married for more than 25 years.

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