Obituaries

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Dortha Myrl ‘Dottie’ French

Dortha Myrl ‘Dottie’ French

Dortha Myrl “Dottie” French, 89, of Wortham, passed away Feb. 28, 2016, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Wortham, with Rev. Gary Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery.
Family visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.
French was born June 1, 1926 in Wortham, to C.A. and Sarah Eady Tackitt. She attended school at Harmony Hill until third grade, before going to Wortham, from which she graduated.
Later in life, she graduated from San Jacinto College and attended the University of Houston. She was president of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was raised in the country around Wortham, and loved riding horses, even riding bareback. She enjoyed riding with her friends at Bald Hill.

Mon
29
Feb

Thomas Harlan 'Tommy' Smith

Thomas Harlan 'Tommy' Smith

Thomas Harlan Smith, of Groesbeck, passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at Groesbeck LTC.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 1, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Bob Harr officiating, and Barbara Walker as vocalist. Burial followed in the Fort Parker Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Wietzikoski, Mike Wietzikoski, Mark Lynd, Terry Stewart, David Tawater, Bob Coffee, Ron Fritz and Dennis Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Walton, Dwain Popejoy, Rand Bates, Marcus Ray Hanna, Robert Tawater, Sammy Tawater, the DQ “coffee bunch,” and the GHS class of 1959.

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26
Feb

Jerry Lee Willis

Jerry Lee Willis, 75, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 13, 2016 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 16, at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mexia. Father Justin Nguyen officiated. A rosary was said Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home.
Jerry was born Nov. 29, 1940 in Mexia, to Albert Lee and Trudie M. Ingram Willis. He grew up and spent most of his life in Mexia, with the exception of four years when he lived and worked in Houston. Jerry was a graduate of Mexia High School, class of 1958.
He married Bridget A. Vacek on Oct. 6, 1962 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard. Jerry and Bridget have one daughter, Monica Ann (Gray) Willis.

Wed
24
Feb

Miller Frank Talley

Miller Frank Talley

Miller Frank Talley passed away peacefully on Feb. 20, 2016, surrounded by family and loved ones.
He was born June 26,1947 in Corpus Christi, to Gault H. Talley and LaVerne Miller Talley. Being the son of a “Navy man,” he grew up living in many places, including Key West, Fla.; Norfolk, Va. and the British West Indies before moving to Mexia in 1960. A lifelong Blackcat, he graduated from Mexia High School in 1965. He attended Navarro Junior College before graduating from Arlington State University (now The University of Texas at Arlington) in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Wed
24
Feb

Christopher Wayne McWilliams

Christopher Wayne McWilliams

The angelic hosts came for Chris McWilliams on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in the Providence Medical Center in Waco, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing was Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Moore's Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church North Teague, 209 N. 6th St. in Teague.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Baptist Church North Teague. Interment is at the Antioch Cemetery on North 1st Street in Teague.
Christopher Wayne McWilliams was born Nov. 23, 1967 at Teague General Hospital, to parents, Bobby Carter and Christene McWilliams. He was baptized at the age of 6 at First Baptist North Teague Church by the late Rev. W.H.T. Gillespie.

Wed
24
Feb

Juanita Rae Lyde

Juanita Rae Lyde

Our beloved Mamie has gone to be with her heavenly father. Juanita Rae Lyde, 84, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at her residence in McAllen.
She is survived by her husband, John Henry Lyde Jr., of McAllen; sons, John Richard (Maricela Campos) Lyde of McAllen, and James Randall (Marian) Lyde of Anderson; daughter, Johnna Rene (Bryan) Taylor of Waco; nine grandchildren, Reyann, Samantha, Ryan, Jenna-Beth, Madison, Sydney, Jake, J.D. and Joshua; two great-grandchildren, Reylie and Lincoln; and two sisters, Ida Mae Pendley and Ermal Mischler.
Juanita was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Rose Gottlich, and her sister, Freda Rose Scevers.

Mon
22
Feb

Juan Vaiz

Juan Vaiz

Juan Vaiz died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.
He was born in Edcouch on June 24, 1945. He was a pastor for 36 years. His ministry took him to Texas, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.
Wake and viewing were held Monday, Feb. 22, at Lone Star Baptist Church of Groesbeck.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Monte Carmelo Church in Groesbeck.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elena Vaiz; daughters, Ruth Lomack (Gregory), Rachel Rivera (Mario), and Dalila Rhone (Charles); son, Lazaro Vaiz (Amanda); eight grandchildren, Alan, Steven, Kelsey, Toby, Justin, Jade, Angel, Kaylee and Ryan; five great-grandchildren, Dawson, Jayden, David, Pierce and Olivia; and his longtime man's best friend of 10 years, Bianca.
Services were held at Lone Star Baptist Church and Monte Carmelo Church. Upon retirement from his ministry he became a member of Monte Carmelo.
Funeral arrangements and services entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

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22
Feb

Larry Blasingame

Larry Blasingame

Larry Blasingame was born May 30, 1952 in Brady. He graduated from Teague High School in 1970. He was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Mesquite.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Mesquite, and at 2 p.m. at the Coolidge Cemetery in Coolidge.
Larry worked for the railroad before becoming employed by the Texas Department of Corrections as a transfer agent and corrections officer. He was employed there for 17 years. Larry was also a tax preparer for H&R Block.
He was an avid softball player and coached the Turbos, a girls fast-pitch team in League City, in the 1980s.

Fri
19
Feb

Clara June Waldrop

Clara June Waldrop

Clara June Waldrop, 85, of Coolidge passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 in Mexia. Clara June was born Oct. 23, 1930 in Coolidge, to James P. and Maggie M. Brewer Jones. She grew up in Coolidge and graduated valedictorian of Coolidge High School’s class of 1947. She married Billy Waldrop on Aug. 31, 1946 and they enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage.
Clara June lived an amazing life, raising four children as a wife and a homemaker; however, she never lost her love of school and learning new things. As the children got out on their own, she went back to school and received degrees in general business and real estate.

Fri
19
Feb

Tex Clayton Loper

Tex Clayton Loper

The world is a less remarkable place today. Tex Clayton Loper left us Feb. 15, 2016, sadder, wiser and so much better for having known him. Born in California, to older parents, father Raz Clayton Loper (65) and Nobie Jones Loper (44), on Aug. 3, 1943, Tex received his “state-sized” moniker to fill the void in his mother’s heart as she pined for her home in the Lone Star State.

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