Obituaries

Wed
02
Dec

Billy Ray ‘Mike’ Chambers

Funeral services for Billy Ray Chambers, better known as "Mike,” will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at Westside Church of Christ. 102 S. Herman in Mexia. Elder Tas Betts will be the eulogist and Brother Thomas Gilmore will officiate.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Chambers made his transition from earth to glory on Nov. 27, 2015, in Fairfield.
Chambers’ life journey began March 23, 1947 in Wortham, to the union of his parents, Washington T. Chambers and Teresa Thomas Chambers. He received his formal education from F.W. Wheeler School in Wortham, and Navarro College in Corsicana. Billy also served his country in the Army for four years. Billy accepted Jesus Christ at an early age at Smith Chapel P.B. Church in Wortham.

Wed
02
Dec

Susan Jennifer Boytis

Susan Jennifer Boytis, 45, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 26, 2015 at her residence. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia, with Brother Jared Rogers officiating. After the service, the family will have visitation time until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Susan was born Jan. 29, 1970 in Trenton, N.J., to William Robinson and Sylvia Paul. She has been in Mexia since 2005 and was, along with her husband, owner of Al’s Auto Service in Mexia for the past five years.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Tue
01
Dec

Loree Alexander Cody

Loree Alexander Cody, 88, loving mother, sister and devoted friend, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at North Union Church, in West, Miss., Pastor Ladell Blanton officiating. Burial will follow at North Union Cemetery with interment next to her beloved first daughter Valera, who preceded her passing in 1992 and sister, Nellie Norwood, who died in 2012.
Memorial services will be held at a later date at Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Mexia.
Loree was born Feb. 26, 1927 in Beatty, Miss., and a graduate and salutatorian of Kosciusko High School, class of 1945. She moved to Texas in 1948, living in Teague and Mexia. She worked for many years in Karner-Phillips Department Store in Mexia. Cody dearly loved this job and was loved in turn by the people she assisted and whose lives she touched.

Mon
30
Nov

Roy Kent Westmoreland

Roy Kent Westmoreland, 60, passed away Nov. 26, 2015 in Houston. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 29, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia. Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery.
Kent was born July 29, 1955 in Falfurrias, to Roy Pitt and Merle Davis Westmoreland. He grew up in Alice, where he sang in the First Baptist Church youth choir and participated in the Alice Coyote Band. After graduating from Alice High School in 1973, he received a degree in history from Sam Houston State University. Kent was presently employed by Maersk Shipping in Houston as a shipping agent with 30 years of service.

Mon
30
Nov

Curtis Lee Sullivan

Curtis Lee Sullivan of Groesbeck passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at his home.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 30, at the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Burial followed in the Thornton City Cemetery.
Curtis was born in Pratt, Kan., to Marvin Sullivan and Vada Irene (Ritterhouse) Sullivan. As an adult, he worked in the oil and gas fields, traveling on many jobs in Kansas, Louisiana and Texas. He retired about eight years ago from Anadarko.
Curtis met Thelma Bullard four years ago, and they were married on July 22, 2013 in Groesbeck, where they made their home. They enjoyed taking trips together for each anniversary. Although Curtis had health problems all the time they knew each other, his death still came unexpectedly and much too soon in their time together. They loved each other greatly and he will be dearly missed.

Mon
30
Nov

Sharon Elizabeth Beene

Sharon Elizabeth Beene, 71, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 28, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services were held 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating. Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery.
Sharon was born July 19, 1944 in Detroit, Mich., to Herbert Everette Norwood and Margaret Eileen Troutz. She retired from Fairfield ISD after working a number of years as an educational paraprofessional, a job that was very dear to her heart.
Sharon’s love for God, family and others was exemplified in the way she lived her life. Her love for her husband, children and other family members was strong, but everyone knew her grandchildren owned her heart; they came first. Children were Sharon’s passion: She not only loved, but was a great counselor to the children at school as well as those in the church nursery.

Mon
30
Nov

Nelva Jane Addy

Nelva Jane Addy, 86, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 29, 2015 at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. until service time. Interment will be at Prairie Grove Cemetery.
Nelva was born Oct. 13, 1929, to Homer and Eva Dee Hall Smart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Wesley Addy.
She is survived by her sons, Lamar Addy and wife, Paulette and Randall Reed Addy; grandchildren, Chad Addy, Erik Addy, Elizabeth Addy, Randall Wayne Addy and Kelley Dowell; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Addy, Asher Martinez, Rylen Martinez, Hudson Martinez and Millie Dowell; extended family, James and Susan Anderson and family, Micah Anderson and family and Windy Barnard and family.

Mon
30
Nov

Ronald Watson

Funeral arrangements for Ronald Watson are pending are pending with Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Watson, 59, of Forest Glade, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 in a vehicle accident. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents and two brothers.

Fri
27
Nov

Jerri Kennedy Huston

Jerri Kennedy Huston, 49, of Waco and previously Point Enterprise, passed away on Nov. 20, 2015 at the Crestview Healthcare Residence in Waco. Graveside services were held on Friday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Elder Travis Brown of the Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Corsicana officiated.
Kennedy was born Feb. 19, 1966 in Garland, to Rudy and Ruth Blackmon Kennedy. She attended Garland High School. Jerri loved the Lord and was a member of the Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Corsicana. After many years of illness, she is no longer suffering.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Walter Blackmon Sr. and Opal Weems Blackmon; maternal step-grandfather, Aubrey Burleson of Mexia, and paternal grandmother, Jewell Kennedy.

Fri
27
Nov

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith, 79, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 22, 2015 at the Windsor nursing home in Groesbeck. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at noon at Mexia Cemetery, with Pres. Andrew Thompson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiating. Visitation was held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home. Sandra was born April 20, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Charles Wesley Smith and Marion Josephine Smith Stuart. She married the love of her life, Jesse Smith, in 1952. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Thomas "Mickey" Smith; her son, Mark Alan Smith; sister, Kay Ferguson; and brothers, Ray Smith and C.D. Smith.

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