Obituaries

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William Harry ‘Bill’ Wragge


William Harry ‘Bill’ Wragge

William Harry “Bill” Wragge, 61, of Dawson, passed away at his home near Lake Navarro Mills on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Ricky Woodall and Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.
Bill was born June 2, 1953 in New Brunswick, N.J., to Arnold William and Ruth Rosemary (Metzner) Wragge. He grew up in Burlington and Willingboro, New Jersey. Bill graduated from Burlington County VoTech in 1969. He attended New York University and received his associate’s degree and attended California College for Health Science for his bachelor of science degree. Bill received his master of science degree from the University of Phoenix. He served in the U.S. Marines for three years where his tours of duty included Vietnam. Bill received the Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Service Award along with various others.

Wed
25
Feb

Elbert ‘E.J.’ Tatum Jr.


Elbert ‘E.J.’ Tatum Jr.

Elbert Tatum Jr. was born May 1, 1949 in Groesbeck. He was the third child born to Elbert Tatum Sr. and Ruby Lee Tatum.
Elbert Tatum Jr. (“E. J.”) graduated from Washington High School in Groesbeck. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1969, where he served two years overseas until being honorably discharged. EJ returned home to Groesbeck and worked as a faithful employee for several companies. He was a very special member of the Foster Grandparent program at the Mexia State School, where he volunteered with a warm smile and an outstretched hand. E.J. retired from Mexia State School after 25 years of dedicated service in the food service department.
Elbert accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age. E.J. was a kind, gentle, loving man, his smile and laugh would brighten anyone’s day. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him.
E.J. went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at Windsor Healthcare in Groesbeck.

Mon
23
Feb

Katheleen S. Tippit

In loving memory of my wife Katheleen S. Tippit. Married 40 years. She is survived by her spouse, John R. Tippit; son, Kenneth Leon Tippit Sr. and wife Mary Tina Michelle Jamison; grandson. Kenneth Leon Tippit Jr.,; granddaughter, Amber Skye Louise Tippit; and first great-grandchild, Hunter Leigh Menchaca on the way, all from Tomball; mother, Anita Beatrice Pool Sterling; sister, Joyce Laverne Cayton Sanov, both from Gladewater; sister, Alice Bertha Cayton Grimes and husband Charles David Grimes, both from Leesville, La.; sister, Audrey Dean Sterling Ross, and husband Bryan Rose, both from Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mon
23
Feb

Valle Louise Stevenson Bain


Valle Louise Stevenson Bain

Valle Louise Stevenson Bain, 90, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 21, 2015 at her home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia City Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be held prior to the service, starting at 12:30 p.m., at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home Chapel.
Louise was born Dec. 16, 1924 in Frost, to Thomas William and Lessie Caldwell Stevenson. Upon completion of college, she moved to London, Texas, where she taught first and second grade for London ISD.

Mon
23
Feb

Arther ‘A.D.’ Hendrick Sr.


Arther ‘A.D.’ Hendrick Sr.

Arther Darrell “A.D.” Hendrick Sr., 82, of Waco, passed away Feb. 20, 2015 at a local hospital. Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chris Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Waco Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Arther was born Aug. 26, 1932 in the Mount Calm area, to Alvie Hendrick and Jewel Etheridge Hendrick. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He married Shirley Mae Rossi and later married Mary on June 16, 1982. He worked for Owens Illinois and Certain-Teed and loved old cars and motorcycles. He was a member of the Cushman Club and Mustang Club.
Arther was preceded in death by his brother, Luther Hendrick.

Mon
23
Feb

Ann Bozeman Fulton


Ann Bozeman Fulton

Ann Bozeman Fulton, 73, of Simsboro, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.
She was born Sept. 27, 1941 in Personville, to O.T. and Allie B. Bozeman.
Ann attended Fair Oaks School and graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1960. She married Gerald Lee Fulton on June 14, 1963. For years, Ann was a fixture in downtown Mexia, where she worked at K. Wolens, Western Auto and Goodyear Tire Company. She also worked as activity director and assistant administrator at Haven Nursing Home before returning to retail business as manager of Sinclair’s Shoes and J’s Outlet. Ann retired from Mexia ISD. During her retirement years, she worked part-time at the Pickin’ Patch.

Fri
20
Feb

Christopher Blake McIntire


Christopher Blake McIntire

Christopher Blake McIntire, of Old Union, left his loved ones and friends in grief when his life was tragically ended in an accident on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at age 29.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, David Bates of Tehuacana officiating. Burial will follow in LaSalle Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chace Killingsworth, Shane Killingsworth, Clint Winstead, Paden Theiss, Colin Lenamond, Josh Lenamond, Bubba Wedgman and Cleve Ferguson. Honorary pallbearers will be Trent Lenamond, Dusty Capps, Bubba Sullivan, Chase Sullivan and Dennis Walton.

Fri
20
Feb

Albert Newton York


Albert Newton York

Albert Newton York, 67, left his earthly home to be with his Lord, and other family members, in his heavenly home on Feb. 18, 2015. A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at Northside Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Wright officiating.
Albert was born Feb. 10, 1948 in Mexia, to Louis Dee and Bernie Myrtle Briggs York. After high school, he went to work for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, then he returned home to work at Big Brown as pipe fitter. He also worked as a truck driver and in construction.
Albert proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. While serving, he met the love of his life, Linda Theresa Keller, and they married on Jan. 17, 1970 in Norfolk, Virginia. They spent 39 years together raising their family, as well as horses, cattle and dogs, while living in the Kickapoo community (Limestone County). They traveled to a number of states showing prize-winning German Shepherd dogs.

Wed
18
Feb

Henrietta J. Ross


Henrietta J. Ross

Funeral services for Henrietta J. Ross will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Northcrest Church of Christ of Christ, 918 Tehuacana Road in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, then a wake service will be held at Salvation Light House C.O.G.I.C, 915 Lena St. in Mexia. Elder Don Manning will be the eulogist, Elder Charles Beard, the officiator, and burial takes place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Henrietta J. Ross died Feb. 11, 2015 in Mexia.
She was born March 27, 1937 in Tehuacana, to Henry and Marie Harris. Henrietta was the third of six children born to the union. She was educated in the Mexia public schools. She was a member of Salvation Light House C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Elder L.J. Manning and first lady Joyce Manning. Henrietta loved her family and friends.
She worked for Health Home Care, and she loved helping people. She also loved working with the pastor’s aide.

Mon
16
Feb

Rosalba Bennett ‘Rose’ Cunningham


Rosalba Bennett ‘Rose’ Cunningham

The angelic hosts came for Rosalba Bennett “Rose” Cunningham, 54, on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at her residence in Mexia, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing was held Saturday, Feb. 14, beginning at 10 a.m., with a vigil service from 6 to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, in the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel.
Rose was born Jan. 25, 1961 in Brownsville, the first child of Arnulfo and Julia Bennett. She grew up in Port Isabel and attended the public schools there.

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