Obituaries

Wed
17
Sep

Van William O'Connell


Van William O'Connell

Van O'Connell was born July 25, 1947 in Shiloh, to Mike O'Connell and Vida Carlile O'Connell, and passed away Sept. 15, 2014 at his home,
Van was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who cherished his family and was a friend to all who knew him. He loved anything related to hunting, fishing and the outdoors in general.
Van was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Vida O'Connell; sister and brother-in-law, Joann and Gene Cannon; and sister-in-law, Dixie McClellan.

Wed
17
Sep

Ronald Kipling 'Kip' Hobbs

Ronald Kipling “Kip” Hobbs, 38, of Mexia, was called home early on in the week of Sept. 8, 2014.
Kip was a loving father and grandfather that made it known that his children and granddaughter were his pride and joy. He will be remembered for his many jokes that would cause the biggest belly laugh around and his big heart that everyone will miss so much. He enjoyed being around his family, his oh-so-many dogs, and anything that had to do with basketball.
He was preceded in death by mother, Gloria Jean Hobbs.
Kip is survived by the love of his life and mother of their two children, Cristi Shores; daughter, Christina Young; son, Jake Hobbs; granddaughter, Carsyn Young; father, Ronald E. Hobbs; sister, Lisa Sadler; brothers, Timmy Sadler, Brent Hobbs and Daniel Hobbs; and loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

Wed
17
Sep

Jose LeAndrea Williams

Funeral services for Jose LeAndrea Williams of Corsicana are pending with Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Williams with home to be with Lord Sept. 17, 2014 at his home in Dallas, surrounded by family and friends.
Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Wed
17
Sep

Dorothy Mae Miller

Funeral services are pending for Dorothy Mae Miller of Corsicana at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Miller went home to be with the Lord Sept. 13, 2014 surrounded by loving family and friends. She was born Jan. 27, 1938.
Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Wed
17
Sep

Dorothy Mae Craig


Dorothy Mae Craig

Dorothy Mae Craig, 93, passed away Sept. 16, 2014 at her home in Mexia.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at the First Assembly of God Church with Brother Brian Hallmark, Brother Paul Moore and Chaplain Larry Holden officiating. Interment will follow in the Lake Chapel Cemetery in Freestone County.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Dorothy was born June 22, 1921 in Bremond, to Oliver and Lucy Lee Edwards Williams. She was raised in Wortham by her mother and step-father, Jack Conn. She devoted her life to serving her Lord and caring for her family. She was a longtime active member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Wed
17
Sep

Charles Lee Lewis


Charles Lee Lewis

Charles Lee Lewis, 62, of Tehuacana, passed away Sept. 14, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at Landmark Baptist Church in Mexia, with Rev. Shane Winters and Rev. Bob Harr officiating. Interment will follow at Old Union Cemetery. Family visitation was held Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Lewis was born Sept. 1, 1952 in Mexia, to Elmer Lee and Ozelle Douthit Lewis. He was a cowboy all his life and that was his true love and passion. He was a member of the Lone Star Cowboy Church in Mexia.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; son, Johnny Lee Lewis; and sisters, Juanita Carroll, Betty Lou Broughton, Diane Hansen and Gloria Menton.

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.

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