Obituaries

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19
May

Clifford Wayne Meredith


Clifford Wayne Meredith

Clifford Wayne Meredith of Groesbeck passed away Friday, May 16, 2014 at Limestone Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tracy Sims and Rev. Ron Driskell officiating, and Barbara Walker providing the music. Burial followed in the Old Union Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Hughes, Dennis Walker, Keven Hughes, Gabe Gibson, Woodie Anglin, Russ Johnson, Richard Smalley and Thompson Myers. Honorary pallbearers were Arlie Vickery, Jimmy Cotton, Cloyd Duckworth, Johnny Rogers, Jerry Rogers, Kevin Rogers and David Montomery.
Clifford was born Dec. 13, 1949 in Mexia to Clifford Thomas and Dorothy Coryne Teer Meredith. He graduated from Wortham High School and worked as a field inspector in the oil and gas industry. Clifford was a member of Central Baptist Church in Thornton.

Wed
14
May

Willliam Ray 'Pokey' Graves


Willliam Ray 'Pokey' Graves

Funeral services for Willliam Ray "Pokey" Graves will be held Saturday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 203 S. Ellis in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Eulogist will be Pastor Charles Cashaw. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in the Doyle community.
William Ray Graves was born Feb. 7, 1956 in Limestone County, the ninth child born to Katie Ruth Graves and Sherman Graves and Willie Mae Cook.
Graves confessed in Christ at an early age, attending church at The Web Chapel Primitive Baptist Church and later the Andrew Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Graves graduated from Groesbeck High School where he excelled in football and track. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for four years, earning an honorable discharge. In 1980 he married Joyce Ann Jackson and to this union three children were born.

Wed
14
May

Van Austin Harris Jr.


Van Austin Harris Jr.

Van Austin Harris Jr., 60, of Mexia died May 11, 2014 in Harris Hospital in Fort Worth.
He was born March 12, 1954 in Limestone County. He lived in Fort Worth, Colorado and Mexia, and was a Baptist.
He is survived by his sister, Linda J. Randle and husband Roy, of Fort Worth; and brothers, Stanley L. Harris and wife Regina, of Tyler, and Nolan DeWayne Harris of Mexia.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel, 602 N. Ross in Mexia, with Rev. Claude Jackson officiating. Burial will take place at Cedar Hill Burial Park.
Casket Bearers will be Eric Goodman, Claud Sandles Jr., Ray Randle, Gary Brown, George Chambers, Donald Reed and Cameron Randle.
Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wed
14
May

Jeremy Dyrone Henderson


Jeremy Dyrone Henderson

Funeral services for Jeremy Dyrone Henderson will be held Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m., at Lone Star Baptist Church, 629 Grayson St. in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Eulogist will be Pastor Nathaniel Bedford. Burial takes place at Jerusalem Cemetery in Teague .
Jeremy Henderson was born Oct. 6, 1987 in Groesbeck, to Robert and Shirley Henderson. He departed this life May 7, 2014 at his home with his loving wife by his side.
Henderson attended Groesbeck ISD schools. He worked at Groesbeck LTC as a cook until his health failed.
Dyrone, as he was called by family and friends, was preceded in death by his two grandmothers, two grandfathers and one sister, Cathy Ann Wickware.

Wed
14
May

Beverly Ann Wallace


Beverly Ann Wallace

Beverly Ann Wallace, 72, of Mexia, passed away May 13, 2014 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mary Wilburn officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery, near Teague. Family visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Wallace was born Oct. 12, 1941 in Pilot Point, to Dr. Jesse F. Baker and Evelyn M. Henry. She had been in the community for more than 50 years. She worked at the sewing factory here in Mexia in the 1970s, and then spent many years working at Charlie’s Exxon.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnny Alldredge; and daughter, Karla Alldredge.

Mon
12
May

Irma Lou Canada Means


Irma Lou Canada Means

The angelic hosts came for Irma Lou Canada Means, 69, of Groesbeck, on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Providence Hospital in Waco, among loving family and devoted friends. A graveside service will follow.
Irma was born Jan. 5, 1945 to Sherman Canada and Ora Lee Cobb in Groesbeck. She grew up in Groesbeck and attended the public schools there. Irma accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Mount Gideon Primitive Baptist Church in Doyle.
Means attended college and was employed as a nurse for the Mexia State School for many years.
She enjoyed fishing, watching soap operas and reading romance novels. Irma will be remembered most for her sweet tea.
Preceding her in death are: her parents; her brothers, Willie Canada and Sherman Canada Jr.; and her grandson, Justin Canada.

Fri
09
May

William Ray Graves

Funeral services for William Ray Graves of Groesbeck are pending at the Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia. Graves made his transition from this earth Wednesday evening, May 7, 2014, at his home surround by a host of loving family and friends. Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Fri
09
May

Robert L. Spencer


Robert L. Spencer

Robert L. Spencer, 77, passed away May 9, 2014 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Robert was born Aug. 14, 1936 in Mexia, to L.L. and Carriebelle Scarbrough Spencer. After graduating from Mexia High School in 1955, he received his bachelor's degree in business from Sam Houston State University. Robert served his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
On Aug. 23, 1958, Robert married Charlotte Ann Hance and they were blessed with two sons. Charlotte passed away July 4, 1985. On April 13, 1986, Robert married Donna Sullivan.

Fri
09
May

Jean Talley Miller


Jean Talley Miller

Jean Talley Miller, 85, passed away May 7, 2014 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.
Jean was born May 16, 1928 in Eureka, Kan., to Russell Wesley and Margaret Talley.
She had lived in Mexia for many years. Jean was a Sunday school teacher and longtime active member of the First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Mexia Garden Club and bridge clubs and enjoyed reading.
Jean greeted everyone with a smile and treated them with love and respect. Her love for God, her family and friends was very visible in her life. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family, but they find comfort in knowing she is now in her heavenly home.

Fri
09
May

Edward Edell Ridge


Edward Edell Ridge

Edward Edell Ridge, 89, of Wortham, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Fairfield. Visitation was held Friday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Capps Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Capps Memorial Chapel with Brother Ed Ridge officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Pete Ridge, Steven Morgan, Michael Ridge, Jeff Morgan, Mike Haggard and Ricky Ridge.
Ridge was born Dec. 1, 1924 in Freestone County, to Hardy and Mary Chapman Ridge. On Nov. 20, 1944 he married Rosia Crook in Fairfield and had celebrated 69 years of marriage. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Freestone County as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Kirvin Baptist Church.
Ridge loved the Lord and his family. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, daddy, papa, great-grandpa and great-great-grandpa.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

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