Obituaries

Wed
22
Jan

Corry Ray Wiltse Owens


Corry Ray Wiltse Owens

Funeral services for Corry Ray Wiltse Owens, 23, will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at God's House of Prayer for all People, 202 S. First Street in Coolidge. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home from 11 a.m. til 7 p.m., with Elder Billy Jack Freeman as eulogist.
Corry was born on July 18, 1990, in Temple, to Michael Ray Brooks Owens and Linda Kay Wiltse, and went to be with the Lord on Jan. 15, 2014, in Galveston, with family by his side.
He attended and was a member of First Baptist Church in Coolidge and accepted the Lord and Savior at a very young age. He loved to spend time with his family, ride horses, sing and dance. Corry never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face.

Mon
20
Jan

Junior Payne Findley

Junior Payne Findley, 83, of Prairie Hill, passed away Jan. 10, 2014, in Mexia.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Prairie Hill Cemetery, with Mr. Alden Garber officiating.
Junior was born March 1, 1930, in Prairie Hill to Thomas Payne and Amy Beatrice Vickery Findley. He lived in the Prairie Hill area his entire life. He was a rancher who enjoyed raising cattle, country living and spending time with his family. Junior believed in working hard and treating people the way he wanted to be treated.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years, Mary Findley.
Junior is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Donna Findley; grandson Kyle Hancock and wife Cheryl; great-grandchildren Katelinn and Kyler Hancock; sister, Frances Burke; brother-in-law, Jerry Ward and wife Tammy; and several nieces and nephews.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Mon
20
Jan

Debra M. Dunlap

Debra Dunlap was called to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, in Waco.
She was born Jan. 29, 1954.
She grew up in Mart and married Robert Dunlap Sr.
Debra was a kind, loving person and never knew a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lola Jenkins MacBride; father Harvey MacBride; two brothers, Charles Pippkins and Alford Hardy MacBride; sister-in-law Evelyn MacBride; brother-in-law Lloyd Dunlap; niece Darlene McKinney; and son Robert Jeffrey MacBride.

Mon
20
Jan

Brent 'Boogity-Bozo' Johnson


Brent 'Boogity-Bozo' Johnson

Brent “Boogity-Bozo” Johnson, 56, of Point Enterprise, passed away Jan. 19, 2014 at Providence Health Center in Waco. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at Point Enterprise Cemetery with Rev. James Herrington, officiating. No formal family visitation will be held.
Johnson was born Aug. 20, 1957 in Groesbeck. He worked for several years at Centex in Mexia, specializing in woodworking. He loved to play in the band, enjoyed his biker friends, and especially his beloved dog, Daisy.
Boogity was preceded in death by his parents, John Raymond and Mary Henderson Dailey.
He is survived by his brothers, Jack Johnson and wife, Pam, of Point Enterprise and Jimmy Dailey of Austin; special friend, Donna Shockley of Mexia; his beloved dog, Daisy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for your family.

Fri
17
Jan

Glen Allen Corder


Glen Allen Corder

Glen Allen Corder , 63, of Coolidge, formerly of Amarillo, passed away Jan. 15, 2014, at his home. He attended Northcrest Church of Christ in Mexia. Glen, along with his sister, Cynthia Corder-Holmes, gave his life to Christ on June 26, 1959. He graciously donated his body to science; UT Medical Center in Dallas.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Northcrest Church of Christ, with Mr. Shane Alexander and Mr. Mike Clements officiating.
Glen was born Sept. 12, 1950, in Seagraves, to Joel Allen and Carlene Huddleston Corder. He grew up in El Paso,, graduating from Eastwood High School. He later attended and graduated from South Plains College with a degree in drafting.
Glen moved to Amarillo where he worked as a draftsman, surveyor and map maker for 35 years, retiring from Xcel Energies.

Fri
17
Jan

Glen Bernhard Benson


Glen Bernhard Benson

Glen Bernhard Benson, 89, of Lake Mexia, passed away Jan. 13, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, with Chaplain Tom Parker officiating.
Glen was born Aug. 21, 1924, in Lisbon, Ill., to Gunval and Myrtle Jurene Walker Benson; one of ten children.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, on the USS Cascade. After service, he went to work for Valley Telephone in Oregon and, in 1968, was transferred to Texas to install cable.
While working in Texas, he met Mary Bounds and they married on May 4, 1968, in Navasota. Glen started a TV repair and security system business in Navasota. They later moved to Illinois, where he worked for several years and then moved to Huntington, where he retired from the Memorial Hospital in Lufkin.

Wed
15
Jan

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Gabriel


Jacquelyn “Jackie” Gabriel

The angelic hosts came for Jacquelyn Gabriel, 49, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at the East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St in Teague. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. in Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, 360 Church St. in Fairfield. Rev. O.L. Leveston, pastor, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Fairfield, will serve as eulogist and Rev. Cleo High, pastor, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Mexia, will officiate. Interment will follow at New Zion Cemetery, 371 FM 1580 in Fairfield.
Jacquelyn Venise Craig Gabriel, known as “Jackie,” was the second child born to Jack and Barbara Craig on Dec. 29, 1964 in Mexia. Jackie confessed her life to Christ at an early age at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized by the late Rev. Troy Sparks.

Wed
15
Jan

William Douglas 'Bill' Dutton

William Douglas "Bill" Dutton, of Thornton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at home. He attended the Church of Christ in Old Union. He donated his body to science at Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 19,, at the Church of Christ in Old Union, with Brother Glenn Easterly officiating. The service will be held following a luncheon at 12:30 at the church building on FM 937 for family and friends of the Duttons.
Bill was born in Evant, on Sept. 30, 1937 to Guy (Bill) Burton Dutton and Cenith Smith Dutton. He grew up in the De Leon-Dublin area, and during summer months and following high school, he worked construction, operating a drag line and driving trucks for bridge crews.

Wed
08
Jan

Willie L. Perry


Willie L. Perry

Willlie L. Perry, 91, of Mexia died Jan. 3, 2014 in Mexia. She was born Jan. 13, 1922 in Limestone County.
She was a housewife and domestic and was affiliated with Bethsadia Baptist Church and Eastern Star.
She is survived by three sons, Alvin C. Perry of Tacoma, Wash., Zack "Ricky" (Karen) Perry of Cedar Hill, and Michael (Veronica) Perry of Denton; four daughters, Patsy R. Echols of Cedar Hill, Thelma Jean Durham of Mexia, Connie (B.J.) Johnson of Fairfield and Maxine (Gerold) Jones of Irvin; two sisters, Estella Mitchell and Izora Jones, of Fort Worth; two sisters-in-law, Irma Coleman of Mexia and Delores Cannon of Fort Worth; special daughter, Lola (Joe) Alberts of Austin, Andrea Perry of Tacoma, Wash., Corrolotta Perry of Plano; and special friend, Louise Johnson of Tacoma, Wash.

Wed
08
Jan

Vernice Barnes-Brooks


Vernice Barnes-Brooks

Vernice Barnes-Brooks was born Jan. 1, 1934 in Falls County. She departed this life Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Parkview Hospital in Mexia.
Brooks was the 18th of 19 children, born to Louis and Marie McWilliams-Barnes. Her husband, Willie J. Brooks; stepson, James Brooks; both parents and 17 brothers and sisters all preceded Vernice in death.
Brooks received her formal education in the Kosse and also in the Groesbeck school systems. Vernice joined church at an early age and devoted her life to serving Christ Jesus and raising her children according to the scriptures. Brooks was a devoted member and usher at the New Light Missionary Baptist Church, Wiley Chapel Missionary Church (both in Dallas), and also an usher at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church of Stranger. At the time of her death, Brooks was a member of New Home Baptist Church in Mexia, where Rev. L. Brown serves as the pastor.

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