Obituaries

Wed
16
Oct

Rhonda Dean Ellison Bone

Rhonda Dean Ellison Bone, 65, of Teague, passed away Oct. 10, 2013, at her residence in Teague. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating.

Rhonda was born April 24, 1948, in Mexia. She spent her childhood in the Shiloh community and Mexia area. She attended Shiloh school until she graduated eighth grade. She then attended Mexia High School.

Throughout her life, she held various jobs locally. She was a long-time employee of Perry Brothers Inc. in Mexia. She grew up attending Shiloh Baptist Church and made many friends that have remained loyal and loving.

Rhonda married Joseph Bone of Kentucky in June of 1984. They shared a special time together for 31 years.

Mon
14
Oct

Virginia Carol Olivarez

Virginia Carol Olivarez, 61, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 12, 2013 near Mart. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo, with Ralph Hale officiating.

Visitation with the family will be 9-11 a.m. Friday at Steward Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo.

Carol was born Aug. 30, 1952 in Wichita Falls, to J. D. and Helen Jordan. She went to high school at Azle High School in Azle, and graduated in 1970. She lived in Mexia from the mid-1980s until the time of her passing. Carol worked at Walmart, the Mexia State School and Check’n Go. She enjoyed antiquing for elephants, cooking, crocheting and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, J. D. Jordan, and joined by her mother, Helen Jordan.

Mon
14
Oct

Emery Ross

The angelic hosts came for Mr. Emery Ross, 103, at his Teague residence on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, among loving family and devoted friends.

A viewing will be held at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, on Friday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8.

Funeral services will be held at Gibson Chapel AME Church, LCR 901 in Mexia on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. with Brother Lamont Ross officiating. Interment will take place at Cotton Gin Cemetery in Mexia.

Mr. Ross was born to Scipio Ross and Beatrice Robinson Ross on Nov. 8, 1909, in Freestone County. Emery accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Gibson Chapel AME Church in Teague. On Jan. 19, 1930, Emery married Areatha Hollie, and seven children were born to this union. Mr. Ross worked as a farmer and was employed by Dallas Radiator Company, and Teague ISD. He enjoyed baseball, attending Texas Rangers games, hunting and fishing.

Fri
11
Oct

Zeno P. ‘Buddy’ King

Zeno P. “Buddy” King, 94, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at his home in Corsicana, with his family by his side.

He was born in Mexia, on Jan. 16, 1919, to Zeno P. King and Frances Gibbs King. He grew up in Mexia and finished high school, a member of the Class of 1936. Buddy’s college training at Southern Methodist University was interrupted by four years in the U.S. Army, where he served as Chief Warrant Officer and Band Master of the 83rd Infantry Division, participating in five European Theatre Campaigns.

After returning to SMU, he received his degree in music and served for three years as Associate Director of the SMU Mustang Band.

In 1939, Buddy married his high school sweetheart, Anita Massey, with whom he celebrated their 61st anniversary on Aug. 19, 2000.

Wed
09
Oct

Vivian Easterbrook Campbell

Vivian Easterbrook Campbell, 86, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 8, 2013 at her residence. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Herrington officiating.

Mrs. Campbell was born Nov. 29, 1926 in Houlton, Maine to Emmons and Bernice Easterbrook Faulkner. She graduated high school in Maine and completed Navarro College School of Nursing. Vivian worked as an LVN for more than 30 years.
She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Campbell lived in Mexia since 1985 and previously in Fairfield from 1945 until moving to Mexia. She married Homer Jesse Robertson on Dec. 20, 1947 in San Antonio; he passed away June 13, 1982. She then married Ray Campbell on April 13, 1985; he passed away in February of 1999.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husbands; sons, Homer William Robertson & Carl Michael Robertson and two great-grandchildren.

Wed
09
Oct

Mary Jane Thomas

Mary Jane Thomas, 61, of Wortham, passed away Oct. 8, 2013 at Providence Health Center in Waco. Graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Wortham Cemetery with Brother Sam Walton, officiating. Family visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Mrs. Thomas was born March 11, 1952 in Seguin, to Osby and Margaret Vollmar Sisco. She was a housewife and loved to make quilts. Any time there was a new baby on the way, she was ready to make another quilt.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother and a sister, Patricia Ross.

Mon
07
Oct

Jammie Marie Smith Dunn

Funeral services for Mrs. Jammie Marie Smith Dunn will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Chapel.

The Rev. Claude Jackson, of Sardis PBC will officiate. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Burial Grounds.

Viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dorsey-Keatts Chapel.

Mrs. Dunn went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 5, 2013.

She was born in Mexia on Dec. 31, 1962, to the late James Roy and Mattie Smith.

Jammie was a certified nursing assistant. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Wed
02
Oct

John Wesley Spencer Jr.

Johnny Wesley Spencer Jr., 83, of Wortham, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, 2013, of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Wortham, with the Rev. Gary Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Mon
30
Sep

Mary Ann Malfa

Mary Ann Malfa, 82, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 30, 2013, in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at First Baptist Church in Mexia with the Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Mary Ann was born May 15, 1931, in Limestone County, to Leonard Harvard and Mary Carolyn Hargrove Miles.
She retired after a banking career of 44 years, most of which were with Texas Commerce Bank. She was a loving mother who devoted her life to caring for her children. Mary Ann found being a grandmother was one of the greatest joys in the world; she cherished her grandsons.

Mary Ann’s hobbies consisted of crafts, which included foiling and painting; and there was nothing that could top her love for shopping. She also had a faithful friend and companion, her pug, Max. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Mexia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings.

Mon
30
Sep

Mattie Lou Stubbs

Mattie Lou Stubbs, 75, of Wortham, passed away Sept. 28, 2013, in Mexia. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 30, at First Baptist Church in Wortham, with the Rev. Stephen Schulte officiating. Interment was in the Wortham Cemetery.

Mattie was born March 2, 1938, in Palestine, to Floyd C. and Jewel Coleman Deck. She married John J. Stubbs on July 6, 1956, in Wortham. During her years at Wortham High School, she excelled in basketball having been named all district guard.
Mattie retired from the Wortham ISD after completing 39 years of service as secretary to the superintendent; a school to which she was very dedicated.

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