Obituaries

Fri
31
Jan

Alva Ray Fortson


Alva Ray Fortson

Alva Ray Fortson, 86, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 30, 2014 in Killeen. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Fortson was born Nov. 14, 1927 in Mexia, to Joseph S. and Tressie Wisenhunt Fortson. He was with the Southern Pacific Railroad as a clerk for 38 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a Freemason. His family describes him as a wonderful father, grandfather and kind man.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delia Fortson; parents; and brothers, Ollie Fortson and Joseph Fortson.

Wed
29
Jan

L.B. Gamble Jr.


L.B. Gamble Jr.

L.B. Gamble Jr, 69, passed away on Jan. 26, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with Mr. Joe Lucas officiating and Mr. John Stubbs presiding over the Masonic Service. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery, with the DPS presenting the Texas flag to the family.
L.B. was born July 18, 1944, in Mexia, to L.B. Sr. and Dorothy Jean Gamble. He grew up in Shiloh, where he attended school through junior high, then went to high school in Mexia.
After graduating high school, L.B. went to Sam Houston State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree. Upon graduating, he went to work for the Department of Public Safety in the driver’s license division, stationed in Harlingen for a year, then stationed as a highway patrolman in Hallettsville for two years.

Wed
29
Jan

James Arthur 'Little Black' Forge Sr.


James Arthur 'Little Black' Forge Sr.

The angelic hosts came for James Arthur “Little Black” Forge Sr., 94, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Parkview Regional Hospital, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 31, 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, Feb. 1, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Williams, pastor of Kingdom Fellowship Bible Church in Teague officiating. Interment will follow at Grove Island Cemetery in Teague.
James Arthur Forge Sr. was born May 5, 1919 to the parentage of George Forge and Vera Williams Forge in Freestone County. He grew up in Freestone County and attended Furney Richardson public schools. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Odessa, and helped build many churches in Odessa.

Wed
29
Jan

Dell Elnora Tackett


Dell Elnora Tackett

Dell Elnora Tackett, 92, of Mexia, passed away on Jan. 28, 2014, at the Manor Healthcare Residence in Mexia.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at Tehuacana Cemetery, with the Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Family visitation will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 30, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Tackett was born on Dec. 6, 1921, in Union High to Silas and Vivian Gullett Sawyer. She was retired from the Mexia State School as a dorm attendant.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H.T. “Bo” Tackett; brother Dorman Wayne Sawyer and sister Dorothy Adams.
Survivors include her daughter, Annette Jones and husband Richard, of Leander; son H.D. Tackett and wife Linda, of Hubbard; daughter Nola Jeanette Chambers, of Forest Glade; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mon
27
Jan

Ronnie Jim Looney

Ronnie Jim Looney, 69, of Wortham, passed away Jan. 24, 2014, at his residence. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wortham, with the Rev. Jarod Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation was Monday evening, 6-8 p.m., at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Looney was born on May 8, 1944, in Lufkin, to Joe W. Looney Sr. and Callie Clora Fenley Looney.

He spent many years with Chevron as a welder, then a pipeline inspector.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marsha Looney; parents; and brothers and sister, Joe Looney Jr., Linda Looney, Tommy Looney and Martha Byrd.

Mon
27
Jan

Ted B. Bumpas

A memorial service in remembrance of Ted B. Bumpas will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, starting at 2 p.m. at Forest Glade Baptist Church in Mexia.

Ted B. Bumpas passed away Dec. 30, 2013. He was born May 6, 1930 in Rockdale, and grew up in Madisonville, where he excelled in football.

After high school he began working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until he was called for active service in the Army for the Korean Conflict. He served in the Field Communication area. When discharged, he returned to work for the telephone company for 40 years, retiring in 1988.

He and the family moved to Grandfalls, TX until his only son graduated from high school. Then the family moved to Alpine, to help care for his mother-in-law.

Married for 56 years, he and his wife Margaret Ogle Bumpas were blessed with four daughters and one son.

Fri
24
Jan

David Fisher Self Jr.

David Fisher Self Jr., 70, of Coolidge, passed away Jan. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Hubbard Cowboy Church. Interment will follow at Coolidge Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Self was born March 6, 1943 in Houston, to David Fisher and Gladys Elizabeth Tart Self Sr. David Self Jr. was a lifelong farmer and rancher, and retired from the railroad. He also worked for some time in the oil field industry. He was an expert on farm equipment and he could fix it all.

David was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Deonica Garza Self and brother, Tommy Lee Self.

Fri
24
Jan

Vera Mae Phillips

Vera Mae Phillips, 81, of Fort Worth and formerly of Mexia, passed away Jan. 22, 2014 at the White Settlement Nursing Center in Fort Worth. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will start prior to the service, at 1 p.m.

Phillips was born Nov. 3, 1932 in Tehuacana, to William and Lulie Lee Archibald Black. She loved to crochet, sew and do plastic canvas. She also loved TV and always had her Gameboy (which she could beat anyone on).

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Raymond Phillips, and her parents.

Fri
24
Jan

Raymond Durham

Raymond Durham, 82, was born May 7, 1931 in Mexia, to Amos and Annie Mae Durham.

He went to be with our Lord on Jan. 23, 2014. He was employed by Occidental for 40 years and enjoyed 23 years of retirement in Lake McQueeney.

Raymond was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Colgin, and brother, Roy Durham.

He is survived and will be dearly missed by his devoted and loving wife of 60 years, Barbara, and children Debbie Anderson (Don), Duane Durham, Dwight Durham (Julie), Deann Vice (David), and Darina Buell (Bruce).

Raymond and Barbara were blessed with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and he was known to them as their “Pop.”

Raymond served in the Army, was a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, and was involved in many various clubs and organizations. He took up painting when he retired and was quite the artist. He will be missed by us all.

Fri
24
Jan

Peggy Kathleen ‘Kat’ Morrison

Peggy Kathleen (known to everyone as “Kathy” or “Kat”) Morrison, of Groesbeck, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Baylor Hospital’s T. Boone Pickens Cancer Center in Dallas, following her 10-year battle with health problems. She was 52.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck; services will be conducted by Thomas Barber, a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve McGowen, Mike McGowen, Wade Harrison, Rick Wyatt, David Bell and John Ranochak. Fellow bikers will be escorting the procession to the cemetery.

Kathy was born Oct. 27, 1961 at Nacogdoches. She grew up with her mom, Betty (Sigler) Rife and stepfather, Harvey Rife, in Mexia, graduating from Mexia High School. She married at age 16, and after graduating, worked briefly at a local flower shop and then for the next 15 years at the Mexia State School.

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