Obituaries

Fri
18
Sep

Janice Ann Morrow

Janice Ann Morrow, 64, made her heavenly ascension Sept. 13, 2015 in Mexia. A memorial service will be held at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church, 201 S. 8th Ave. in Teague, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.
Janice was born Sept. 28, 1950. She was a loving and caring mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend. She worked at the Mexia Walmart as a greeter and cashier for many years and never met a stranger. She was always full of smiles and laughter. She loved her family and fishing. It didn’t matter if she reeled in the big one or just sat with her fishing pole in hand and bait in the water, she was happy.
Janice was preceded in death by her loving parents, Rory and Polly Morton, and caring husband, Isaac Morrow.

Fri
18
Sep

Danna Eagans

Danna Eagans, who was born Feb. 26, 1965, at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, returned to the Lord on Sept. 16, 2015. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at First Baptist Church in Mexia with Brother Billy Bob Evans officiating. Interment will follow in the Cogdell Cemetery near Tehuacana. Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Danna was preceded in death by her father, Starley Cogdell; and grandparents, Dick “Gran Gran” and Lynn “Meme” Cogdell and Elmer Lee “Babe” and Ozelle “Granny” Lewis. Danna is survived by her husband, Rayford Eagans; son, Caleb Eagans; mother, Margaret Cogdell; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Alan Savage; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Edie Cogdell; nieces and nephew Rachel, Michael and Macy Savage and Chelsea and Mary Cogdell; and her baby, 9-year old English Bulldog, Tank. Danna graduated from Boerne High School in 1983 and received her business degree from San Antonio College.

Mon
14
Sep

Frances Neal Holmes Miller

Frances Miller, 80, of Dickinson, completed her service on earth as a devout Christian on Sept. 8, 2015 and has now taken her place with the Lord. The loving wife of Allen Miller for 61 years passed peacefully from this life surrounded by her family at home.
Frances was born Aug. 12, 1935 in Jewett, and was a longtime resident of Limestone County. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1953. She married the love of her life, Allen Miller, of Teague, on May 22, 1954 and had three wonderful children. She was a member of the Eastern Star.
This family has been very blessed with the most giving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother the world has ever known. Her greatest gift has always been her caring nature for her family and friends. She loved to travel with Allen and shared many priceless adventures around the world with him. She will be greatly missed and we know she will be waiting to welcome us all with open arms into her new home.

Mon
14
Sep

Beulah Mae Ford Gilliam

Funeral services for Beulah Gilliam, 85, were held Monday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Brother Benny Mize officiated. Interment at Union Cemetery near Freestone followed the services.
Visitation was held Sunday, with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Gilliam passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at her residence in Donie.
Beulah was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Vega, to William B. and Mable A. Ford. She attended Tucumcari High School in Tucumcari, N.M., where she graduated in 1948. She moved to Dallas soon after graduation and worked as a secretary for seven years. On March 5, 1955, she married Cloner Gilliam and moved to Donie. While in Donie, she served as a director of the board and vice president of Donie State Bank until retirement. Gilliam was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Donie.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Cloner Gilliam.

Fri
11
Sep

Joe Willie ‘Joe B.’ Burleson

Joe Willie “Joe B.” Burleson, of Dallas, passed away in the Houston Medical Center N.W. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Black and Clark Funeral Home in Dallas, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Good Street Baptist Church, 3110 Bonnie View Road in Dallas, with Rev. Joe Ross officiating. Interment will be in Laureland Cemetery.
Joe Willie, born March 39, 1972, was the youngest child of Eva Atkins Burleson and the late Joe Louis Burleson. Joe was baptized in the Good Street Baptist Church by Rev. Caesar W. Clark. He was a graduate of the A. Maceo Smith High School of Dallas, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Prairie View A&M University.

Fri
11
Sep

Carolyn Fae Ainsworth

Carolyn Fae Ainsworth, 81, of Thornton, passed away Sept. 11, 2015 in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Thornton with Rev. Ray Grissett officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Thornton.
A complete obituary will be in Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Fri
11
Sep

Clifford Lincoln McIlveen

Clifford Lincoln McIlveen triumphantly transitioned from this earthly realm to the heavenly realm and entered in eternal rest on Sept. 8, 2015, in Fairfield. Viewing was 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. at Jones Chapel U.M.C., 360 Church St. in Fairfield. Burial takes place at Fairfield Methodist Cemetery. McIlveen was born Sept. 1, 1928 in Fairfield, the son of Billie Lorenzo McIlveen and Eva Lena Harris McIlveen. Lincoln was the fourth son of three older brothers. “Daddy Link,” as he was most affectionately called by all who knew him, was a reserved and quick-witted individual. Lincoln pursued his academics at Dogan High School in Fairfield, and obtained his barber’s license from Tyler Barber College.

Fri
11
Sep

Joe Harold Wofford

Joe Harold Wofford, 89, of Mesquite, passed away Sept. 11, 2015 in Dallas. Funeral services will be noon, Monday, Sept. 14, at the Calvary Baptist Church, with Brother James Kinman officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Joe was born in Hubbard, on July 24, 1926, to Alonzo Farris and Edna Vada Harrison Wofford. He served as a Houston Police officer, Medallion store manager and owned and operated a pawn shop for 15 years prior to retirement.
On April 1, 1944, he married the love of his life, Nannie B. Cavnar, in Houston, and they were blessed with one son, Jerry. Joe proudly served his country in the Army during World War II. He was a longtime member of the Oates Drive Baptist Church.
Joe’s family was his pride and joy; family gatherings were at the top of his list of things he loved. He also enjoyed fishing, squirrel hunting and playing cards and dominoes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings.

Wed
09
Sep

Lois Lucille Chenault Forrester

Lois Lucille Chenault Forrester, 101, of Coolidge, passed away Sept. 8, 2015 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie Hill Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Lois was born May 18, 1914 in Palmer, Ellis County, to John Wesley and Minnie Chenault. She married Robert Edmond Forrester on Nov. 1, 1932. They were blessed with three children, June, Robert Edmond Jr. and Kenneth Ray. In addition to being a homemaker for many years, Lois also worked at and retired from the Mexia State Supported Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert “Ed” Forrester, and son, Robert “Bobby” Forrester Jr.

Wed
09
Sep

Delma ‘Dell’ Marie Dempsey

Delma “Dell” Marie Dempsey, 53, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 8, 2015 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Old Union Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Dell was born on March 5, 1962 in Mexia, to Robert Melvin Dempsey and Willie Hazel Morehead. She retired after 32 years as a nurse’s aide at the Mexia State Supported Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her father; sister, Sharon Denise Dempsey; grandmother, Kitty Inez Morehead and grandfather, Willie Wilbert Morehead.
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Smith and husband, Dave of Tehuacana; mother, Hazel Matchett of Mexia; brothers, Russell Dempsey and Dean Dempsey, both of Mexia; sisters, Debbie Allen and husband, Robert of Dew and Melba Barber of Glen Rose; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

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