Obituaries

Thu
22
Jan

Gary Lee Brim


Gary Lee Brim

Gary Lee Brim of Seguin, and formerly of Waco, met his Lord and Savior on Jan. 18, 2015.
He was born Aug. 12, 1948 in Waco. Gary attended Richfield High School in Waco, and Coolidge High School in Coolidge. He had a varied and rewarding work career until retirement to include Bell Helicopter of Fort Worth and General Dynamics of Waco. He was sheriff for the McLennan County Sheriffs and Constables Office in Waco. He worked for Central Freight Lines Inc. of Waco for numerous years as safety supervisor. In later years, he worked for Young Brothers Construction Co. of Waco, Hunter Industries of San Marcos, MICA of Dallas as safety director and Texas and Archer Western based out of Chicago, as safety supervisor.
He had many interests to include golf, fishing, auto racing, baseball, archery and hunting. He loved to watch his favorite teams, the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers.

Tue
20
Jan

Clarance Ferrell

Funeral arrangements for Clarance Ferrell of Coolidge are Pending at Pearly  Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Tue
20
Jan

Helen Ruth Henderson Williams


Helen Ruth Henderson Williams

Funeral services for Helen Ruth Henderson Williams will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home.
Helen Ruth Henderson Williams was born Jan. 6, 1953 in Mexia, to Elder Johnnie and Lillie Mae Davis Henderson. She entered into eternal rest on Jan. 15, 2015.
She attended and graduated from Mexia Independent School District. Helen was always furthering her education. She attended 4-C Business College, where she received her secretarial diploma. She then attended Hill College where she received her associate's degree. She later went to NEC, where she obtained her business administration diploma.
Helen was affiliated with Haynes Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder Charles Ray Beard Sr. In 1967, she married Walter "Shag" Williams, who preceded her in death.

Tue
20
Jan

Ostell 'Big O' Ross Jr.


Ostell 'Big O' Ross Jr.

The angelic hosts came for Ostell Ross Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral Sservices are 1p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at First Baptist Church Mexia, 500 E. Carthage St. in Mexia. Minister Jimmy Abram, Antioch Asia Primitive Baptist Church in Teague, will officiate and Rev. Claude Jackson, pastor of Sardis Primitive Baptist Church in Mexia, will serve as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Mexia.

Tue
20
Jan

Era Lee Jones


Era Lee Jones

Funeral services for Era Lee Jones were held Jan. 19, 2015 at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, Pastor James Wright eulogist, Elder Billy J. Freeman officiator.
Era Lee "Aunt Fat" Jones was born July 27, 1937 in Tehuacana, to Albert and Molly Bedford. Era attended Dunbar High School. She was a member of Mexia Revival Center, under the leadership of Pastor James Wright Sr. Era worked and retired from Mexia State School after 33 years of service.
After retirement, Era began her second career as a foster grandparent, and remained as such until her health failed.
Era was united in matrimony to Eli Freeman Jones. They lived happily married until his death; together, two children were born.
She died Jan. 15, 2015 in Waco.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband; three brothers, Henry Sr., William and Willie; three sisters, Johnnie, Irma and Erma; one son, Neal Jones.

Fri
16
Jan

LaNita Kay Burkhalter

LaNita Kay Burkhalter, 57, of Deer Park passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 after a brief battle with liver cancer.
She was born Dec. 22, 1957 in San Antonio, to Travis and Lorna Dean Lancaster.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Steve Burkhalter; son, Chris Burkhalter, and his wife, Michelle, and their children, James, Laura and Jacqueline; son, Josh Burkhalter, and his children, Christian, Haley and Devin; and daughter, Amber Nahlen and her husband, Russell, and their children Joseph, Travis and Charles.

Wed
14
Jan

Verna Mae Davis Sweet


Verna Mae Davis Sweet

Funeral services for Verna Mae Davis Sweet will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m., at Head Branch Baptist Church, 605 McClintic St. in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Eulogist will be Rev. William Gibbs, officiator is Rev. Monroe Allen.
On Oct. 28, 1930 in Groesbeck, Dennis and Evie Davis gave birth to the youngest of 11 children, a beautiful baby girl. She received her formal education from Blackshire High School in Groesbeck. She accepted Christ into her life at a young age while attending Head Branch Baptist Church in Groesbeck. On Jan. 10, 1949, she gave birth to a beautiful girl, Shirley Graves (Juda).

Wed
14
Jan

Mary Odessa Hancock

Mary Odessa Hancock, 100, of Mexia, a longtime educator and world traveler, died peacefully Jan. 12, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born May 7, 1914, in San Angelo, where her father, the Rev. O.W. Milburn, was a circuit-riding Methodist minister after the turn of the century. He served at his last church as pastor in Tehuacana, where Odessa resided for several years.
She and her late husband, Warner Douglas Hancock, were married in 1934. He served his country during World War II (1942-45) in the European Theatre, culminating in the Battle of the Bulge after which he completed college at Westminster College in Tehuacana and attended Sam Houston State University during the summers. He began teaching in Yoakum in 1950 and was there for one school year.

Wed
14
Jan

Febie R. Menter


Febie R. Menter

The angelic hosts came for Febie R. Menter on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at the Teague Nursing Home among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will be Friday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Haynes Temple C.O.G.I.C., 601 Denton St. in Mexia, where Elder C.D. Washington is pastor. Superintendent O.Z. Hall will officiate and Elder Gerald Thomas will serve as eulogist. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Burial Park in Mexia.
Mother Febie R. Menter was born to John Murphy and Juliette Carroll Murphy in Grapeland, on Jan. 15, 1925. She grew up in Grapeland and attended the public schools there.
She was married to Autry Lee Jones and William Menter. They both preceded her in death.

Mon
12
Jan

Jim Jarvis


Jim Jarvis

Dear Readers, Friends, Foes and Fellow Texans:
Jim Jarvis loved to read and write stories about playing cowboys and Indians as a kid, Texas history, America’s early wars and our war heroes from every era. He found himself in a fight for his life over the past few weeks, and he fought with all the heart and valor as his favorite historical heroes. After a vicious war with a barrage of life-threatening medical issues, he earned his freedom and is finally at peace. The night before his untimely demise, Dad was reflecting on his 76 years and stated that he had had a good life and that, given the chance, he wouldn’t change a thing.
We hope you enjoyed reading our dad's award-winning stories as much as he enjoyed writing and telling them. The passing down of stories was always an important tradition throughout our lives. In his memory, our family would like to share with you some of the best parts of Jim Jarvis that you may not have known.

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