Obituaries

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.

Mon
31
Mar

Willie David Owens

The angelic hosts came for Willie David Owens, 75, on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at his Teague residence, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, April 4, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, with the family receiving visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in the First Baptist Church, 209 N. 6th Ave. in Teague. Rev. Carlos Daniels will officiate and apostle David Ransom will serve as the eulogist. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Fairfield.
Willie David Owens was born March 14, 1939 in Sewards Mill, Freestone County, the third child of Willie Dexter Owens and Ruth Johnson Owens.

Mon
31
Mar

Florience Jones

Florience Jones, 90, of Mexia passed away March 29, 2014 in Mexia.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 31, in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Rick Gray officiating.
Florience was born March 13, 1924 in New Hope, to Hobert and Sarah McCoslin Hull. She devoted her life to caring, not only for her family, but others as well. Her love for God and her family were exemplified in the way she lived her life.
Florience had a beautiful smile that reflected her sweet, quiet personality. She was an excellent seamstress and also enjoyed crocheting. Florience was a longtime active member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Jones; and son, Marvin Jones.
Florience is survived by her daughter, Thelma Smith of Chandler; son, Allen Jones of Dayton; grandchildren, Kim Beene, Debbie Heuermann, Elizabeth Jones, Marie Jones, Sharon Pellam and Chris Jones; and five great-grandchildren.

Wed
26
Mar

Weldon (W.M.) Moody Tidwell


Weldon (W.M.) Moody Tidwell

Weldon (W.M.) Moody Tidwell, 89, of Brazoria, formerly of Hubbard, stepped into eternity March 24, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife and family. Services for Weldon will be held Friday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Wade Funeral Chapel.
Weldon was born Aug. 22, 1924 in Freestone County, to Mary Moody and Walter V. Tidwell. He attended Mexia schools before joining the Army Air Corps in World War II. He served from Aug. 15, 1941 to Nov. 16, 1946. He then worked in the oil fields in New Mexico. It was shortly after that when Weldon started his career in the trucking industry. First, with Brown Express in Houston/ Waco and then with Yellow Freight System in Tulsa, Okla. / Dallas. He worked for Yellow Freight as a dispatcher and line haul operations manager for 25 years. After his retirement in 1982 he worked in the Hubbard/ Malone area as a carpenter.

Mon
24
Mar

Nelda Jean Popejoy


Nelda Jean Popejoy

Nelda Jean Popejoy of the Shiloh community passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 in Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, at age 79.
Funeral services are Tuesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams of the Church of Christ in Groesbeck officiating. Burial will follow at Hogan Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be H.G. Wilson, Carlton Weishun, Kenneth Baker, Scott Wilson, Charles Self, Orlando Oviedo and Dillan Terry.

Mon
24
Mar

Dorothy M. Lahrmann


Dorothy M. Lahrmann

Dorothy M. Lahrmann, 79, of Mexia, entered into heaven on March 23, 2014. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Benji Magnaye officiating. Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Dorothy was born July 29, 1934 in Mexia, to Will and Francis Alexander Barkouskie. She graduated from Teague High School and was a lifetime of resident of Freestone and Limestone counties.
Dorothy worked for J.C. Penney in Mexia and then, for many years, the Mexia State School until her retirement. She was very outgoing and enjoyed being around people. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cherished her time spent with them. Dorothy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Rhonda Jarrell; and brother, Marion Barkouskie.

Sat
22
Mar

Susan Patricia Lee Bleakney


Susan Patricia Lee Bleakney

Susan Patricia Lee Bleakney, 67, went to be with our Lord Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Monday, March 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia with Father Benji Magnaye officiating. Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home with Rosary at 7 p.m.
Susan was born June 9, 1946 in Mexia, to John E. and Patsy Lee. She was raised in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School. On Dec. 21, 1966, she married the love of her life, William J. “Bill” Bleakney. They lived in Dallas for a time, where Susan was employed by the Traveler’s Insurance Company and Bill was employed by Interstate Theaters.

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