Obituaries

Wed
10
Feb

Harry Johnson

The angelic hosts came for Harry Johnson, husband of Gloria Johnson, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 in the Mexia LTC among loving family and devoted friends.
Services are pending at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book.

Mon
08
Feb

Donna G. Farmer McPherson

Donna G. Farmer McPherson

Donna G. Farmer McPherson, 56, passed away Feb. 6, 2016 in Groesbeck.
She was born Oct. 23, 1959 in Corsicana, the only child of Abb and Ila Farmer. She worked many years in retail and as a caregiver for Cen-Tex A.R.C. in Mexia, before being forced to retire due to health complications.
Donna married Jeffrey McPherson on Feb. 8, 1986 in Corsicana. Together they enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and spoiling their one and only grandchild, Nehemiah, “Nemo.”
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Donna is survived by her husband, Jeff, of Mexia; children, Jonathan McPherson and wife, Lyndie, of Groesbeck, and Scott Robinson and wife, Debbie, of Mexia; grandson, Nehemiah, and many, many cousins.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Providence Hospice and Groesbeck LTC for their care and support and the many others in the community for their prayers and support during Donna’s illness.

Mon
08
Feb

Dorothy Mae Henderson

Dorothy Mae Henderson

Dorothy Mae Henderson, 90, passed away Feb. 5, 2016 in Mexia.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Mexia Cemetery, with Rev. Dale McDaniel officiating.
Dorothy was born Aug. 7, 1925 in Personville, to Henry and Jewel Pittman Dossey. She married her lifelong partner, Edsel M. Henderson, on Feb. 26, 1944 in Mexia. For a period of time, she worked for a dry cleaners and as a daycare teacher; however, taking care of her husband and raising their children was her first priority.
There was no doubt that Dorothy loved the Lord, her family and many friends. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. When she wasn’t busy with church, family or friends, she enjoyed working puzzle books. Dorothy had an outgoing personality, enjoyed visiting with people and believed in treating everyone with respect; she was loved by all who knew her. She was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church in Tehuacana.

Mon
08
Feb

Lee Wayne Collie

Lee Wayne Collie

Lee Wayne Collie, 78, of Palestine, formerly of Fairfield, passed away Feb. 5, 2016 at the Dogwood Trails Assisted Living Center in Palestine.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Wortham, with Revs. Bennie Mize and Justin Colquette officiating. Interment followed at Union Cemetery in Freestone.
Family visitation was held Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church.
Collie was born May 2, 1937 in Donie, to Tylus and Leola Eppes Collie. He worked for the railroad, Darr Equipment, and was a parts manager for Teague Ford Company. He retired after 22 years as a parts manager and mechanic with TXU (Big Brown).

Fri
05
Feb

David Wright Montgomery

David Wright Montgomery

David Wright Montgomery, 65, passed away Feb. 4, 2016 at his home in Mexia.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bill Wright Jr. and Pastor Glenn McGuire officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the First Presbyterian Church.
David was born Jan. 4, 1951 in Teague, to Kenneth Wright and Nancy Sue Norton Montgomery. He grew up in Teague and was a member of the Teague High School class of 1969. He worked as a driller in the oilfield for many years, in addition to several years for Lone Star Gas and the Mexia State Supported Living Center.

Fri
05
Feb

Lavern R. ‘Jack’ Mowell

Lavern R. “Jack” Mowell, 83, passed away Feb. 4, 2016 in Mexia.
He was born Jan. 2, 1933 in Myrtle, S.D., to Lavern and Helen Mason Mowell. He retired from Pharmacy Plus in Mexia after five years of service as a pharmacist and a lifetime career of over 50 years in the pharmaceutical profession.
Lavern married Edythe Bachman on May 11, 1978 in South Dakota. Together, they enjoyed traveling and touring different places; they loved the coast of Galveston. However, there was nothing he enjoyed more than being with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Vera, Iris and Ina.
Lavern is survived by his wife, Edythe Mowell of Mexia; children, Rick Mowell and wife, Sherry of Spearfish, S.D. and Deb Delbridge and husband, Harold of Milesville, S.D.; stepsons, Tim McGinnis of Nevada, Monty McGinnis of Nevada and Jason McGinnis of Mexia; grandchildren, Sean, Jaeson, Christal, Carisa and Cody; and nephew, Tom Looby.

Fri
05
Feb

Maxie Dean Holmes

Maxie Dean Holmes, 81, passed away after a lengthy illness on Jan. 21, 2016, at his home in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, with his loving wife, Karen, by his side.
He was born Aug. 15, 1934 in Mexia, to Vashti and Denzil Jackson Holmes. Maxie dearly loved flying airplanes and helicopters and was an avid golfer.
Maxie graduated from Mexia High School in 1951. He attended Baylor University and Arlington State College where he was an Air Force cadet. Later, he served his country as a civilian flight instructor for the Army, and also as a helicopter pilot for the Missouri National Guard.
In 1983, Maxie retired as a captain from his career as a pilot for Ozark Airlines. He became a member of the Silver Swallows Club and also received the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Aviator Award.
Holmes was preceded in death by his parents.

Fri
05
Feb

Dorothy Mae Henderson

Dorothy Mae Henderson, 90, passed away February 5, 2016 in Mexia. Funeral services are pending at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband, Edsel Henderson of Mexia.
A complete obituary will be in Tuesday's addition of The Mexia News.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Wed
03
Feb

Cassius Wayne ‘C.W.’ Wirdlow

Cassius Wayne ‘C.W.’ Wirdlow

Cassius Wayne Wirdlow, known as C.W., was born Feb. 28, 1930 in Limestone County, to Ruby Simpson Wirdlow and Cassius Wirdlow. He was their only child.
He received his education in the Woodland Community Schools and later served in the Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
Most of his young adult life, he resided in the Dallas area. During his career, C.W. was employed with a steel company and also worked for the railroad.
C.W. was a member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church and Mount Zion Baptist Church of Dallas, where he was an active member.
He retired and returned to the Limestone County area where he united with Mount Gideon Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. H.V. Chambers. In his leisure, he enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, fishing and gardening.

Wed
03
Feb

William Hardy Miller

William Hardy Miller

William Hardy Miller, 71, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 2, 2016 at the Groesbeck LTC.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Thornton, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Visitation with the family will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
“Billy,” or “Miller,” as he was referred to, was born Sept. 28, 1944 in Amarillo, to Charles LaFate “Shot” and Jeanie Alberta Moore Miller. He attended West Texas State University in Canyon in 1974, and then went on to Arlington Baptist College, where he graduated in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree, with a Bible major and a minor in English.
From 1970 to 1971, he conducted evangelistic meeting and youth-centered revivals. From 1971 to 1972, he was the youth director at Sunrise Baptist Church in Amarillo, were he grew the youth program from five to more than 50.

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