Obituaries

Mon
11
Apr

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr.

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr.

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr. was born to the parentage of the David and Leola Busby on Nov. 5, 1951. Busby departed this life on April 5, 2016 in Wortham.
He attended public school in Wortham, then joined the Army, graduating from Fort Port Louisiana U.S. Army base. He received an honorable discharge.
Busby was a reserve officer. He also attended truck driving school and later attended seminary. He also worked for Mexia State School, and Limestone County Detention Center for eight years, from which he retired. Upon his death, he was employed part-time at Auto Zone.
Busby met and married Mary Ann Holmes on Dec. 13, 1990 and to this union one son, Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Jr., was born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Leola Busby, and sister, Joyce Busby.

Fri
08
Apr

Bennie Garner Spurlock

Bennie Garner Spurlock

Bennie Spurlock, 82, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at First United Methodist Church Mexia, 203 N. Canton, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Burial will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Bennie was born Aug. 1, 1933 in Dawson. Bennie moved to Groesbeck in 1975 with her husband, Mack, where they owned and operated Limestone Cable T.V. until 1990. In their retirement years, the Spurlocks enjoyed traveling with their RV club, square dancing and spending time with their grandchildren.
Bennie was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Spurlock; her mother, Opal Garner, and father, Henry Garner; and her sisters, Ruby Pauline and Leveta Gwyn Garner.

Thu
07
Apr

Johnny B. Massey

Johnny B. Massey

Johnny B. Massey, 82 of Wortham passed away March 31, 2016 in Waco. He was born June 20, 1933 in Winkler, to John Thomas Massey and Letha Brinson Massey. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Streetman and loved ranching.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Massey and mother Letha Davis; brother, H.L. Massey and two sisters, Mable Massey Anderson and Mary Massey Robinson.
He is survived his wife, Janis Massey of Wortham; five children, Cynthia Smith and husband Lary of Lindsey, Okla., Carla Crawley and husband Andy of Teague, Darla Bottoms and husband J.W. of Fairfield, Tommy Massey of Wortham and James Williams of Dallas; three siblings, Harold Massey of Fairfield, Freddie Finley of Corsicana and R.E. Massey of Corpus Christi; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Thu
07
Apr

Herbert Ray Jones

Herbert Ray Jones

Herbert Ray Jones was the fourth child of 10 children born to Booker T. Jones and Inez Dawkins Jones.
He was born in Midland on July 5, 1961. Herbert went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 2, 2016.
He accepted Christ at an early age and served God with his musical talents. At the age of 13, Herbert began playing the guitar with the Friendly Gospel Singers, in which his father was a member. Throughout his life, he played for various gospel groups and churches.
Herbert loved family, life and laughter. He lived life to the fullest. Herbert also loved to write letters to his family and friends expressing his love for God. He will long be remembered by his family and friends for his outpouring of love and generosity.
After graduating Mexia High School in 1980, he enlisted in the U.S. military where he actively served his country. He was employed at Carry-On Trailers.

Thu
07
Apr

Joyce Marie Echols Johnson

Joyce Marie Echols Johnson

Joyce Marie Echols Johnson was born Sept. 7, 1936 in Mexia, the seventh child to Joseph Echols Sr. and Ruby Faye Crawford Echols. Joyce went to be with the Lord on April 2, 2016, with loved ones by her side.
Viewing will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 8, at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home, 602 N. Ross Ave. in Mexia, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 9, at 10:45 a.m. at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel, with Rev. Delphine Vasser of St. John A.M.E. Church of Mexia officiating and Rev. Darrin Montena, associate pastor, Mount Hebron Baptist Church of Garland as eulogist. Interment will be held at the Cedar Hill Burial Park in Mexia.

Thu
07
Apr

Rufus Jackson Sr.

Rufus Jackson Sr.

Alfronzo and Vernada Carter Jackson welcomed their newborn son, Rufus, on Feb. 19, 1935. He was the fifth of nine children in the Jackson family and, as the hand of God would direct, he spent all of his life in the Grove Island community. Rufus accepted Christ at the age of 13 and became a member of the Grove Island African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, under the leadership of Rev. J. E. Ross.
Rufus attended the Furney Richardson School. As a teenager he was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. He also participated in the New Farmers of America and exhibited his animals in county, district and state competitions. He even exhibited animals during the annual State Fair of Texas in Dallas. He graduated from the Furney Richardson School in May 1953.

Thu
07
Apr

Jessie Harris Jr.

Jessie Harris Jr.

Jessie Harris Jr. (“Uncle Jun-Jun,” “Meatloaf,” “Uncle J”) was the son and fourth child of six children of the late Jessie Harris Sr. and Willie B. Tatum Harris. He was born in Limestone County on Sept. 2, 1955.
He accepted the Lord in his life at an early age, became a member and was baptized at Webb Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Jessie attended public schools in Groesbeck, where he was very active in most all sports. He later attended Paul Quinn College in Waco, where he was given a full baseball scholarship. While there, numerous professional baseball clubs took interest in his ability and considered a possible draft. He attended a New York Yankee baseball mini-camp in Hempstead, which awarded him two tickets, a Yankee duffle bag and an invitation to New York for the official tryout for the major league.

Wed
06
Apr

Mary Allen Eakins

Mary Allen Eakins, 77, of Mexia, passed away April 4, 2016 at Providence Place in Waco. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church in Mexia, with Rev. Jeff Wright, officiating.
Eakins was born April 30, 1938 in Groesbeck, to James Allen and Minnie Catherine Murdock Eakins. She retired after 32 years as a nurse’s aide at the Haven Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George Washington Eakins and James Alfred Eakins; and sister, Linda Joan Eakins.
Survivors include her daughter, JoAnn Eakins Dabney and husband, Shad, of Mexia; grandsons, Freddie Shade Dabney and Josh Jenkins, of Mexia; granddaughters, Suzie Sadler and Mattie McCloskey, of Mexia; and niece, Holly Molina.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Wed
06
Apr

Rev. Vernon Busby

Funeral arrangements and services are pending for Rev. Vernon Busby of Wortham.
He passed away April 5, 2016.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
06
Apr

Edward Brown

Funeral arrangements and services pending for Edward Brown of Mexia.  
He passed away April 6, 2016 in Waco.
Services entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

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