Obituaries

Wed
09
Apr

Johnnie Earline Ainsworth Owen


Johnnie Earline Ainsworth Owen

Johnnie Earline Ainsworth Owen, 88, passed away peacefully at her home in The Woodlands on April 9, 2014.
She was born Aug. 3, 1925 to Emma Mae Boaz Ainsworth and John Almer Ainsworth.
Services will be held at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia on Friday, April 11 at 2 p.m. with visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.
Earline and Clovis raised their family in the Thiefneck community just south of Personville. She moved to a new home in The Woodlands years after his death. In 2010, she moved into Heritage Oaks Assisted Living in Conroe where she remained until October 2013. At that time, she moved into a house in a retirement community in The Woodlands. Earline enjoyed living there with her flower and vegetable gardens. She would sit for hours admiring her flowers and watching the squirrels and birds.   

Mon
07
Apr

Patsy Dell Johnson

Patsy Dell Johnson, 81, of Wortham, passed away on April 5, 2014, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. at Point Enterprise Cemetery, with the Rev. Danny Richardson, Jr. officiating.
Mrs. Johnson was born on Jan. 23, 1933, in Donie, to Andrew D. and Carmie Lee Miller Richardson.
She was preceded in death by her son, Johnnie Wright Jr., and her parents.
Survivors include her son, David Wright Sr. and wife Debbie, of Pasadena; grandson David Wright Jr., of Sugar Land; granddaughter Dee Ann Wright, of Humble; two great-grandsons; sisters Lockett Chandler, of Sweeney, Berdell Lord, of Waxahachie, Gloria Murphy and husband Don, of Wortham, and Caroline Dunn, of Wortham; brothers A.D. "Sonny" Richardson and wife Lajuan, of Teague, and Danny Richardson Sr. and wife Jane, of Streetman.

Mon
07
Apr

Kenneth Ray Chrisner


Kenneth Ray Chrisner

Kenneth Ray Chrisner, 59, of Mart died Friday, April 5, 2014 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
He was born Aug. 19, 1954 in Mexia, the son of Henry Curtis and Mary Helen Chrisner. He graduated from Mexia High School in 1972. He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister-in-law, Lisa Chrisner.
He is survived by his brothers, Raymond Chrisner and wife Lou, of Forest Glade and Elton Chrisner of Coolidge; sister, Martha Janiece Chrisner of Forest Glade; nieces and nephews, Kimberly Kirchner of Dallas, Ashly Willmon of Forest Glade, Ron Arnold of Shiloh, Lisa Arnold of Corsicana, Jenna Chrisner of Waco, Robin Chrisner of Forest Glade; half brothers, Al Odem of Marlin, James Edgar, half-sister, Aniece Sepulveda and family, of San Antonio.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mon
07
Apr

Donald D. DeZelle


Donald D. DeZelle

Graveside services for Donald D. DeZelle, 94, will be held Saturday, April 5, at 3 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Teague. Rev. Alan Van Hooser will officiate.
Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home. At 2:30 p.m., the funeral procession will line up and travel from the funeral home to the cemetery.

Wed
02
Apr

Viola Marie Moss


Viola Marie Moss

Viola Marie Moss, 93, of Mexia, passed away April 1, 2014 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Viola was born July 21, 1920 in Tehuacana, to Michael Bennett and Elnora Bronaugh Reynolds. She retired from the Mexia State School after many years of service. She devoted her life to serving God, loving her family and treating everyone the way she wanted to be treated. She also had a great sense of humor.
Viola’s favorite pastime was sewing and quilting. She quilted with the Methodist Church ladies quilting group for many years. She also loved to travel. Her favorite quote was “You’re going to live until you die.” She was a longtime, active member of the First United Methodist Church.

Wed
02
Apr

Lance Alan Duncan


Lance Alan Duncan

Lance Alan Duncan, 32, of Lake Mexia, passed away March 31, 2014 at his residence. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 3, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Lance was born March 19, 1982 in Ardmore, Okla. to Richard and Tommie Lu Nabors Duncan. He had been employed for 12 years as an insurance agent and realtor at his father’s business, Mexia Insurance Service.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Joyce A. Duncan; nephew, Gabriel Brokmeyer and his best friend, Tyler Archibald.

Wed
02
Apr

Bruce Howard Wilburn


Bruce Howard Wilburn

Bruce Howard Wilburn, 94, of Groesbeck, passed away March 31, 2014 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, April 4, at Prairie Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Clifton Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the LaSalle Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Bruce was born July 22, 1919 in Personville, to Henry William and Etta Reynolds Wilburn. He was a retired operator at Union Carbide, now, Dow Chemical. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Bruce enjoyed being with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his dog, Bootsy. He also liked to sing, play bingo at the Senior Citizens Center and participate in the Monday morning coffee club with the men from church. He was a longtime, active member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church.

Wed
02
Apr

Booker T. ‘Deke’ Coleman

Booker T. "Deke" Coleman, 66, of Mexia died at home on March 30, 2014.
He was born June 13, 1947.
Viewing is Friday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home Chapel, 602 N. Ross Ave. in Mexia.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the same location. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Mexia.

Wed
02
Apr

Bonnie Faye Carpenter


Bonnie Faye Carpenter

Bonnie Faye Carpenter, 96, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday, March 31, 2014.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Benbrook United Methodist Church in Benbrook. Interment is Sunday, April 13, in New Hope Cemetery. Open visitation is at at Greenwood Funeral-Cremation, 3100 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth.
Bonnie Faye was born April 28, 1918, in Bend, San Saba County, to the late Henry Marvin Thompson and Viola Corinda Taylor. She graduated from Mexia High School. She married John Richard Carpenter, now deceased, in Natalia on Aug. 16, 1940; they were married for 65 years.

Wed
02
Apr

Bobbie Jean Sanders

Bobbie Jean Sanders, 79, of Marquez died March 27, 2014 in a Dallas hospital.
She was born Feb. 21, 1935 in Marquez and was a member of Robinson Chapel Baptist Church.
She leaves to cherish her memory seven children, Bertha Bailey and Barbara Allen, both of Normangee, Jo Sanders of Grand Prairie, Jacqueline Sanders of Dallas, Jennifer Sanders of Groesbeck, and Robert Sanders and Elmer Sanders, both of Marquez; brother, Joe Spurling of Marquez; sisters, Florence Mosley of Normangee and Lola Rogers of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a hosts of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at Robinson Chapel Baptist Church in Marquez. Interment will follow at Brushy Cemetery in Marquez.

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