Obituaries

Wed
16
Dec

Tracy Wood Bennett

Tracy Wood Bennett

Tracy Wood Bennett, 99, passed away Dec. 14, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, in the Armour Cemetery in Coolidge, with Jason Stovall officiating.
Tracy was born Sept. 24, 1916 in Datura, Limestone County, to Wood and Hattie Heath Bennett. He grew up in the Coolidge area and graduated from Coolidge High School. Tracy worked in Tulsa, Okla. as a Certified Public Accountant for a number of years before retiring. After his wife, Ruby, passed away, he moved to Mexia where he later married Maureen DeVore.
Living a long life, Tracy was blessed with good health, a good mind and the opportunity to live independently until earlier this year. He had an outgoing personality and made friends easily. Tracy loved his family and his faithful companion, his dog, Boy. His favorite pastime was playing dominoes.

Mon
14
Dec

Albert Earl ‘Slim’ Smith

Albert Earl ‘Slim’ Smith

Albert Earl Smith was born Jan. 26, 1949, the fourth child born to Harvie and Helen Bell Smith.
He professed Christianity at an early age and had a personal relationship with God.
Albert graduated from Dunbar High School in 1968.
He was a carpenter and helped build and restore many buildings and houses throughout Mexia and surrounding areas.
He later met and married Audrey Forge, and to this union, one child was born. Later, he met Clara Greer and they had one child.
Albert died Dec. 10, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Frankie Woods and Rosa Matthews; a brother, James Ray Smith; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Mon
14
Dec

Rachel Katherine Gatson

Rachel Katherine Gatson

A service of praise and thanksgiving for the life of Rachel Katherine Gatson was held Monday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Full Gospel Church of Fairfield, 303 Hwy. 75 in Fairfield. Apostle David Ransom Sr. is pastor, Pastor Daniel Gatson officiated and Bishop Carlos Daniels was the eulogist
Rachel Katherine Gatson was born Oct. 10, 1927 in Fairfield, to Johnny and Anna Ellis. She graduated from Furney Richardson High School.
Rachel had a long and productive life. She was a Christian, and a devoted wife and mother. Those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Her gentle smile and caring heart brought much joy to her family.
“Kat” gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. She loved the Lord and church.

Fri
11
Dec

Walton Edward ‘Ed’ Holt

Walton Edward ‘Ed’ Holt

Walton Edward “Ed” Holt, 91, passed away Dec. 10, 2015 at his home in Point Enterprise. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, at Northcrest Church of Christ with Shane Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Ed was born in Mexia on Feb. 22, 1924, to Elbridge and Lucy Johnson Holt. He grew up during the Depression, working on the family farm in Point Enterprise. His love for the country and home was very evident when he and a friend hitchhiked home from San Diego, Calif., rather than wait for transportation. Ed proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After the service, he began his career as a welder, working in construction and offshore for numerous years prior to retiring from Texas Utilities Generating Company after 18 years of service.

Fri
11
Dec

Harold Van Fisher

Harold Van Fisher, 82, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 10, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Northcrest Church of Christ with Robin Wright officiating. Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery.
Harold was born Jan. 1, 1933 in Okmulgee, Okla., to Oren Floyd and Florence Howard Fisher. Harold grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School, class of 1951. While in high school, he played football and was proud to have been a star player and member of the 1949 Blackcats’ state playoff team.
Harold was the original owner and founder of the Snack Shack in Mexia; he purchased the K&N Root Beer stand and changed the name. Several years after selling the Snack Shack, he went to work for the Mexia State School as maintenance supervisor, from which he later retired.

Wed
09
Dec

Edith Tabor Chambers

Edith Tabor Chambers was born Sept. 8, 1928, to John and Ada Tabor, in Alexandria, La. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at True Vine Church in Alexandria. She attended Peabody High School in Alexandria, then Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.
She was united in holy matrimony to Rev. H.V. Chambers Sr. for 60 years. To this union six children (“oil wells”) were born.
Chambers was a very Godly and delightful person. She met no strangers. She was the musician for Mount Gideon P.B. Church in Doyle and played for 55 years at Alexander P.B. Church in Mexia, until her health began to fail. She loved everyone and had an impact on a lot of kids in the neighborhood through her songs and her love for God.
On Dec. 4, 2015, the Lord called this angel home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, brother, great-grandson and the love of her life for 60 years, her husband.

Wed
09
Dec

Rachel Gatson

Funeral services for Rachel Gatson are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home.
Gatson died Dec. 8, 2015 in Palestine.

Mon
07
Dec

Emil Rogers Sr.

Emil Rogers Sr., 72, of Groesbeck, passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at his home.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Cobb Cemetery.
Emil was born Sept. 13, 1943 in Buckholts, to Maria and Pete Rogers. The family moved to Mexia when he was 14, and he lived there many years, then lived the rest of his life in Groesbeck. He worked for U.S. Silica for 43 years. He made many friends in his lifetime and was well loved by family and friends.
Emil was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Betty Ellis, Lupita Rogers, Matilda Ybarra, Ruperta Reyes, Hilaria O’Geda, Martha Balboa, Candelaria Medina and Amada Ybarra; and one brother, Conrado Rodriguez.

Mon
07
Dec

Mona Ruth Pond

Memorial services for Mona Ruth Pond will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Kelly family residence, 126 CR 256 in Fairfield. Betty Macklin will officiate.
Pond, 84, passed away Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at the Kelly residence near Farifield.
She was born in Italy, Texas on May 4, 1931, but grew up in Arkansas. She returned to Texas as an adult and moved to Florida for a few years before returning to Texas to stay. Pond was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and foster mother to many. She loved all children. Pond was also a true animal lover and adored her pets.
Pond was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Eugene Pond; her parents, Ruie England and Lucy Betty Travis; and four brothers, F.L. Travis, Grady Travis, Louis Travis and Kenneth Travis.

Mon
07
Dec

Ben Alvin Cantrell

Ben Alvin Cantrell, 73, passed away Dec. 3, 2015 in Wortham. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 6, at 20 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Wortham. Rev. Justin Colquette officiated. Interment followed at Richland Cemetery.
Cantrell was born March 12, 1942 in Wortham, to Gude and Jewell Virginia Ridge Cantrell. He loved everyone he met, and never met a stranger. He loved hunting, fishing, NASCAR and Texas Rangers baseball.
Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Libhart Cantrell; parents; brother, Charles Cantrell; sister, Virginia Adair and his in-laws, J.C. and Margaret Libhart.
He is survived by his son, Brent Cantrell and wife, JoAnn; brothers, Roy Cantrell, Jerry Cantrell and Danny Cantrell; sisters, Betty Colson and Linda Harrington; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Adam Young, Zane Young, A.J. Sandlin, Glenn Allen, Ty Scruggs and John Libhart.

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