Obituaries

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David Wright Montgomery

David Wright Montgomery

David Wright Montgomery, 65, passed away Feb. 4, 2016 at his home in Mexia.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bill Wright Jr. and Pastor Glenn McGuire officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the First Presbyterian Church.
David was born Jan. 4, 1951 in Teague, to Kenneth Wright and Nancy Sue Norton Montgomery. He grew up in Teague and was a member of the Teague High School class of 1969. He worked as a driller in the oilfield for many years, in addition to several years for Lone Star Gas and the Mexia State Supported Living Center.

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05
Feb

Lavern R. ‘Jack’ Mowell

Lavern R. “Jack” Mowell, 83, passed away Feb. 4, 2016 in Mexia.
He was born Jan. 2, 1933 in Myrtle, S.D., to Lavern and Helen Mason Mowell. He retired from Pharmacy Plus in Mexia after five years of service as a pharmacist and a lifetime career of over 50 years in the pharmaceutical profession.
Lavern married Edythe Bachman on May 11, 1978 in South Dakota. Together, they enjoyed traveling and touring different places; they loved the coast of Galveston. However, there was nothing he enjoyed more than being with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Vera, Iris and Ina.
Lavern is survived by his wife, Edythe Mowell of Mexia; children, Rick Mowell and wife, Sherry of Spearfish, S.D. and Deb Delbridge and husband, Harold of Milesville, S.D.; stepsons, Tim McGinnis of Nevada, Monty McGinnis of Nevada and Jason McGinnis of Mexia; grandchildren, Sean, Jaeson, Christal, Carisa and Cody; and nephew, Tom Looby.

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05
Feb

Maxie Dean Holmes

Maxie Dean Holmes, 81, passed away after a lengthy illness on Jan. 21, 2016, at his home in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, with his loving wife, Karen, by his side.
He was born Aug. 15, 1934 in Mexia, to Vashti and Denzil Jackson Holmes. Maxie dearly loved flying airplanes and helicopters and was an avid golfer.
Maxie graduated from Mexia High School in 1951. He attended Baylor University and Arlington State College where he was an Air Force cadet. Later, he served his country as a civilian flight instructor for the Army, and also as a helicopter pilot for the Missouri National Guard.
In 1983, Maxie retired as a captain from his career as a pilot for Ozark Airlines. He became a member of the Silver Swallows Club and also received the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Aviator Award.
Holmes was preceded in death by his parents.

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05
Feb

Dorothy Mae Henderson

Dorothy Mae Henderson, 90, passed away February 5, 2016 in Mexia. Funeral services are pending at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband, Edsel Henderson of Mexia.
A complete obituary will be in Tuesday's addition of The Mexia News.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Wed
03
Feb

Cassius Wayne ‘C.W.’ Wirdlow

Cassius Wayne ‘C.W.’ Wirdlow

Cassius Wayne Wirdlow, known as C.W., was born Feb. 28, 1930 in Limestone County, to Ruby Simpson Wirdlow and Cassius Wirdlow. He was their only child.
He received his education in the Woodland Community Schools and later served in the Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
Most of his young adult life, he resided in the Dallas area. During his career, C.W. was employed with a steel company and also worked for the railroad.
C.W. was a member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church and Mount Zion Baptist Church of Dallas, where he was an active member.
He retired and returned to the Limestone County area where he united with Mount Gideon Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. H.V. Chambers. In his leisure, he enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, fishing and gardening.

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03
Feb

William Hardy Miller

William Hardy Miller

William Hardy Miller, 71, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 2, 2016 at the Groesbeck LTC.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Thornton, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Visitation with the family will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
“Billy,” or “Miller,” as he was referred to, was born Sept. 28, 1944 in Amarillo, to Charles LaFate “Shot” and Jeanie Alberta Moore Miller. He attended West Texas State University in Canyon in 1974, and then went on to Arlington Baptist College, where he graduated in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree, with a Bible major and a minor in English.
From 1970 to 1971, he conducted evangelistic meeting and youth-centered revivals. From 1971 to 1972, he was the youth director at Sunrise Baptist Church in Amarillo, were he grew the youth program from five to more than 50.

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03
Feb

Lawrence Paul Graham, Jr.

Lawrence Paul Graham, Jr.

Lawrence Paul “Larry” or “Screaming Eagle” Graham Jr. passed away Feb. 1, 2016 at his home in Wortham.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at Mexia First Assembly of God, with Rev. Bryan Hallmark officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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03
Feb

Theodora Lane ‘Dora’ Bryant

Theodora Lane ‘Dora’ Bryant

Theodora Lane Bryant was the third child born to Theodore L. Bryant and Beatrice Baker Bryant. This eventful occasion took place March 15, 1956 in Heidelberg, Germany. She died Jan. 28, 2016.
Theodora received her education at Rosedale Park Elementary, and Dunbar Middle and High School of Fort Worth. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in December 1978 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
She was employed with ONTV from 1981 to 1983, one of the first cable television stations in the DFW area, until the company was sold. Thereafter, she was a retail manager at K-Mart in Waco for a brief period of time. She began her career in 1985 with the Department of Human Services (HHSC) as a Food Stamp/AFDC caseworker, then advanced to a case manager and later was promoted to a BSD trainer until her retirement in May 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Leo C. Bryant, Mary Bryant Baltzgar and Altus J. Bryant.

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Feb

Linda Sue Krause

Linda Sue Krause

Linda Sue Krause, 66, of Groesbeck, passed away Jan. 31, 2016 at Providence Place in Waco.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia. Interment will follow at Coolidge Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Krause was born May 30, 1949 in Elgin, to Andrew and Evie Baldree Walker. She was a homemaker in her own home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert George Mansell; son, Earnest Ray Walker; brother, Jimmy Dean Walker; and her parents.

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Margaret Shockley Miller

Margaret Shockley Miller, 88, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 31, 2016 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at Shiloh Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Wright officiating. Family visitation is 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the day of the service, at Porter Funeral Home, 208 N. Canton in Mexia.
Miller was born March 21, 1927 in Shiloh, to Andrew and Lille Wells Shamblin. She worked in Mexia managing several convenience stores and worked at the cotton mill for many years.
She is survived by her children, Linda Fetter and husband, Bill, Johnny Shockley and wife, Carol, Joyce Fetter and husband, Melvin, Brenda Kilgore and Janice Hodge and husband, John; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and extended family.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

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