Obituaries

Mon
18
Jul

Kevin Ray Lee

Kevin Ray Lee, 53, of Wortham, was called home unexpectedly by the Lord July 14, 2016 at his home in Wortham. Funeral services for Mr. Lee were held Sunday, July 17 at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia. Burial followed in the St. Elmo Cemetery in Freestone County where his maternal grandparents are buried as well as a long line of other ancestors.

Kevin was born July 23, 1962, at Carswell Air Force Base Hospital, in Ft. Worth to Fred and Mary Alice Lee. He grew up in Mesquite and completed his education there. He lived in the Dallas area for many years but for several years had resided in the Streetman, Mexia and Wortham area.  He leaves behind many friends and loved ones who will remember him.

Mon
18
Jul

James E. (Buck) Cannon

The world lost a loving, witty man on Friday night. He was beloved by people everywhere he lived, and was especially admired by younger people he mentored through the years. He was a loving, fun husband and father and gave us such a wonderful life. His two year fight against cancer was valiant and he beat the odds in living much longer than expected. We will miss him greatly.

James E. (Buck) Cannon was born in Thornton (population 432) to James Barnett Cannon and Virginia Ann Buck Cannon. The family moved to Mexia in 1940 for Buck’s 1st grade school year. He was a Boy Scout, quarterback on the Mexia Blackcats football team and president of his senior class of Mexia High School. He enrolled at Tarleton State College in 1951 and became battalion commander of the corp of cadets and commander of the Wainwright Rifles, a crack drill team that won many awards.

Fri
15
Jul

Debora Kay “Debbe” (Coleman) Hall

Debora Kay “Debbe” (Coleman) Hall, of Groesbeck, went to be with her Lord and Savior, on Thursday, July 14, 2016, passing away at Providence Hospice Place in Waco, at age 55.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
The Reverend Michael Nemec of Christ Lutheran Church of Hillsboro and the Reverend Dr. Ray Ballmann of Word of Truth Lutheran Church of Glen Rose will officiate, and Rebecca Fisher is the pianist. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Leslie Keys, Jack Mauldin, Buster Horn, Judge Daniel Burkeen, Tom Fisher, and David Mason. The Home-School children of Tri-County Christian Home Educators will be honorary pallbearers.
Debbe was born Nov. 3, 1960 in Mexia to Jerry Coleman and Vernell Sue Lenamond Coleman Lown.
She grew up in Groesbeck and Thornton, graduating from Groesbeck High School in the Class of 1979, where she had participated in the GHS Band.

Wed
13
Jul

Gerilynn Norrid

The family and friends of Gerilynn Norrid, a Groesbeck resident, let her go with the Angelic Hosts on Wednesday, July 6,  at Groesbeck LTC.  Graveside services were held Monday, July 11, at Waco Memorial Park, 6623 S. I-35, in Waco. 

Chaplain Karen Hulsey from the Mexia State Supported Living Center officiated.  Gerilynn was born in Corpus Christi on Sept. 19, 1947, to Leon Dawson Norrid and Alma Grace Manger Norrid. 

Those who will cherish her memory are her friends and the staff of Mexia State School Supported Living Center and Daybreak Community Services. 

Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street, in Teague, is providing the final care for Gerilynn Norrid.  Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

Wed
13
Jul

Maycelle Coleman

Funeral services for Maycelle Coleman, of Mexia, are pending. Ms. Coleman passed away on July 12, 2016. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home, Dr. Cedrick Gamble, president.

Wed
13
Jul

Lunnell Johnson

Funeral services were held for Lunnell Johnson on July 9, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Waco. Ms. Johnson passed away on July 1, 2016.
Lunnell Johnson was born in Cameron, on May 9, 1920, to the late Helen Cortez and Melvin Rogers.
She lived in Mt. Calm as a child and later moved to New York, where she worked in a factory; she was also a caregiver.
She married J.D. Johnson. They had no children.
Lunnell was an aunt who loved her family and would help feed everyone. She moved to Waco in 1976, to be in her mother’s home, which she loved. She had many family relatives whom she loved and who preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted nephew, Lorenzo Tucker, and wife Kim, of Houston; aunt Louise Cortez, of Houston; and niece Micki Sykes (Bobby).
She had many godchildren and cousins in Fort Worth, and many other family and friends.

Wed
13
Jul

Wayne Earl Decker

Wayne Earl Decker, of Groesbeck, passed away on July 6, 2016. Graveside services were held for Wayne on July 13, at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck.
Wayne was the fourth of five children. He was born on Oct. 20, 1957, to Alice and Fred Decker Jr., in Phoenix, Ariz.
He graduated from Carl Hayden High School, in Phoenix. He also attended Texas State Technical College in Waco.
Wayne was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church.
He worked for 15 years at Wal-Mart and Groesbeck I.S.D. He loved fishing and hunting.
When Wayne married, he became a husband, father, and grandfather, all in on day.

Mon
11
Jul

Lahoma Tyner Patton

Lahoma Tyner Patton, 85, formerly of Teague, passed away July 9, 2016, in Katy. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Lahoma was born in Teague on Nov. 18, 1930, to J. V. and Mable Adkins Tyner. She graduated from Teague High School, Class of 1948. Lahoma married Leland Patton on July 1, 1949, and they were blessed with one daughter, Melba. They lived in Cotton Gin for a number of years before moving to Teague to be closer to the schools.

Mon
11
Jul

Cecil McDonald Jr.

Cecil McDonald Jr. passed away on July 8, 2016, at the age of 88, following a lengthy illness of reoccurring strokes.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 11, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Interment was in the Shiloh Cemetery, with Holloway Martin, Bill Hughes, Elmer Beene, Terry Lynn McDonald, Rick Sadler and Billie Gene “Scooter” McDonald serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were James Shivers, Grady Masters and Arlie Vickery.
Visitation with the family was Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Cecil was born on Oct. 27, 1927, in Tehuacana Valley, to Cecil McDonald Sr. and Susie Black McDonald. He was a lifelong resident of the Shiloh, Mexia and Groesbeck areas, having moved away to Sweeney for only a brief period of time. Cecil was the oldest son in the family. He attended school in Shiloh but had to quit at an early age to help his mother take over the farm after his dad broke his back.

Mon
11
Jul

Duane Scott Hinchliffe

Duane Scott Hinchliffe, 55, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016 in Baytown.
Services were held at Second Baptist church, Baytown, on July 7 with Rev. Mark Stafford officiating. Pallbearers were longtime friends, Kevin Acker, Joey Contreres, David Edwards, Barfield Nettles, David Speer and stepson, David Alphin. Burial followed at Cedarcrest Cemetery in Baytown.
Duane was an organ donor. He was a member of Second Baptist Church, their praise and worship team and the rhythm guitarist in the church band.
Duane was born in Port Arthur on Jan. 25, 1961, to Donnie M. and Carolyn Stewart Hinchliffe.

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