Obituaries

Fri
19
Jun

Christopher Cothran Jennings

Christopher Cothran Jennings, 46, of Salinas, Calif. passed away peacefully in his home on June 12, 2015.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by a funeral service on Wednesday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel-College Station, 2901 Texas Ave. South in College Station.
Christopher was born March 17, 1969 in Chicago and spent his childhood in both Louisiana and upstate New York before moving to Texas.
He graduated from Mexia High School in 1987 and attended Baylor University and the University of Texas at Arlington where he received a bachelor’s degree with honors in marketing. Christopher resided in Salinas where he was the Certified Pull Master for Me and the Hound Memphis Barbeque. He always felt that barbecue was a way of expressing who you are. His patience and attention to pulling the old school way was always by hand and at the time of service – never before.

Wed
17
Jun

Jeanne Bradley

Jeanne Bradley, 82, of Longview, formerly of Mexia, passed away Wednesday, June 17 after a brief illness.
Graveside funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at the Shiloh Cemetery, with pastor Steve Craig officiating.
A full obituary will appear In Saturday's paper.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to sign the guest book or to leave a memorial message for her family.

Mon
15
Jun

David ‘Dave’ Henry Weihausen

David “Dave” Henry Weihausen, 74, passed away after a lengthy illness. Visitation was Friday, June 12, from 10 to 11 a.m at the pavilion in Faulkenberry Cemetery with graveside services following at 11 a.m., with Chaplin Mary Wilburn officiating.
Dave was born June 26, 1940 in Galveston. He attended St. John’s Lutheran Church and parochial school during which time he was baptized and reared in the Lutheran faith.
In 1970, Dave met the love of his life, Suzanne Hudgins, and they married on May 15, 1971 in Houston.
Upon moving to Groesbeck in 1973, Dave worked at Ferguson Chevrolet, continuing his passion of selling cars and trucks. When his children were of school age, he became involved in community, school and church organizations. Dave was a member of both United Methodist churches in Mexia and Groesbeck where he was involved in youth leadership.

Fri
12
Jun

Vera Beatrice Reed Livingston

Vera Reed Livingston, 92, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas.
Vera was born Oct. 31, 1922 in northwest Limestone County, the third child and first girl born to Tom and Eliza Ferrell Reed. Her father purchased land and moved to the Sandy Community in the early 1930s when she was about 13 years old. Her father was a sharecropper, farmer, blacksmith, syrup maker, church deacon and vice president of Dorsey Burial Association. She grew up with 12 siblings and they were required to work on the farm. She learned a great deal from her dad.

Wed
10
Jun

Joyce Ann Jackson Graves

Funeral services for Joyce Ann Jackson Graves will be held Saturday, June 13, at 11 a.m., at Andrew Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, West Cypress St. in Groesbeck; Pastor Charles Cashaw will be the eulogist.
Family and friends may visit Graves as she slumbers in sweet repose at Pearly Gates Funeral Home on Friday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Joyce Ann Jackson was born Aug. 25, 1959 in Groesbeck, to Joyce Marie Burns Jackson and Willie Earl Jackson. She attended Groesbeck Public Schools where she played basketball. She was employed at Mexia State School until her health failed. Joyce Ann never met a stranger. She was loved by many. She will be truly missed. She was a member of Andrew Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Joyce Ann married her husband, William Ray Graves, who preceded her in death. To this union three children were born.

Wed
10
Jun

Francis Adrian ‘Doc’ Lynch

Francis Adrian "Doc" Lynch passed away June 4, 2015.
Adrian was born June 27, 1927 in Anson, to Robert and Sarah Lena (Worth) Lynch.
Adrian was a great teacher and he loved God and people. Adrian was a Master Mason, Shriner and veteran of World War II. He received his 60th-year pin from the Masonic Lodge last year. To know him was to love him.
Adrian was raised in Leesburg. He loved the sand and the tall pine trees and the smell of the woods. This passion for the earth made him a great fit for deep respect that he had for his hometown and the people.
Adrian was an adventurer and left his footprints on the ground of every state in the union with the exception of Alaska. He loved his little country home near Mount Calm. He loved his walks with his geese, puppies, cat, guineas and chickens each day.
Adrian was a great father to his four children.

Mon
08
Jun

Gertha Faye Brooks

The angelic hosts came for Gertha Faye Brooks, 65, on Sunday, May 31, 2015 in the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
Funeral services were at noon Saturday, June 6, in the Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 620 N. MLK Ave. in Wortham, with Rev. R.K. Redmond, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at the Brooks Memorial Garden in Wortham.
Gertha Faye was born in Wortham on March 8, 1950, to Milford Lee and Gracie Lockhart Brooks.
Faye confessed to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and joined the Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. She was baptized under the Rev. H.V. Chambers.
She was educated in the Wortham public schools, attending F.W. Wheeler and graduating from Wortham High School in 1968.
Upon graduation, Faye relocated to Dallas and later to Kansas City, Mo., where she remained until her demise.

Fri
05
Jun

Charles Fredrick Wiltse

Charles Fredrick Wiltse died May 27, 2015 at his home in Mexia. He was born July 26, 1947 to Robert and Margot Wiltse of Midland, Michigan.
He enjoyed fishing, working on vehicles, bowling and playing cars. He was a fan of NASCAR racing.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Robert C. Wiltse and Margot Wiltse-Lamont; brother, Alan Wiltse; niece, Maryann Wiltse; great-nephew, Corry Ray Wiltse; and his son and best friend, Charles Fredrick Wiltse Jr.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 20 1/2 years, Terri Ann Wiltse of Mexia; daughter, Tonya Sue Fischer; son Chester Alger Wiltse, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; as well as nine other children, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Wiltse of Hudsonville; three sisters, Carol Dine of Moody, Sue Jackobs of Clermont, Fla., and Gloria Wiltse of Florida.

Fri
05
Jun

Billy Joe Grubbs

Billy Joe Grubbs, a loving and faithful husband, father, Pop, brother and friend, peacefully went to be with the Lord June 2, 2015 in Waco, at the age of 86 years.
Bill was born Nov. 17, 1928 in Dallas, to R. N. and Cordie Grubbs. He was the youngest of nine children, with five brothers (Clyde, Claude, Graham, Paul and Richard) and three sisters (Frances, Winnie and Juanita), who lovingly referred to him as their “Baby Brother.”

Fri
05
Jun

Audie Mae Lide

Graveside services for Audie Mae Lide, 94, of Waco, will be held Saturday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at Wortham Cemetery, with Rev. Ronnie Dabney officiating. No family visitation will be held.
Lide went home to be with the Lord on June, 1, 2015 at her residence in Waco. She was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Wortham, to W.C. and Mary Arizona Haley. There she met and married John Ross “Dick” Lide. They were married for 48 years, prior to his death in 1994. They later moved to Mexia, and gave birth to her only son, Dickie Lee Lide.
Audie Mae was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband, John Ross Lide; only son, Dickie Lide; brothers, Dee, Clifton and Vernon Haley; and sister, Ruby Cooper.

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