Obituaries

Wed
04
Nov

Nathan Jackson Jutson

Family and friends are asked to please attend graveside services for Nathan Jackson Jutson. The services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at New Hope Cemetery.
Jutson was born Jan. 5, 1928, and died Feb. 17, 2015. Jack was born in Limestone County and lived there until he was 16 years old, when he joined the Merchant Marines for two years, then served in the Air Force for 20 years. He retired April 1, 1976 as a technical sergeant.
Upon his retirement he relocated to Groesbeck where he worked for General Dynamics in Waco.
Jack’s final wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes buried in New Hope Cemetery, at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day.

Mon
02
Nov

Shelia Madene Sims

Shelia Madene Sims, 56, longtime Mexia educator, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 in Mesquite. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Northcrest Church of Christ in Mexia, with Shane Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Shelia was born in Dallas on Dec. 11, 1958, to William Harvey Medders Jr. and Margret Anne Tipton Johnson. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tenn.; her master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, and later, received her principal’s certification. Shelia was a school teacher for Mexia ISD for 33 years and principal of the Mexia Junior High School for one year, prior to retiring due to health reasons.

Fri
30
Oct

Alexander Gray

Funeral services for Alexander Gray, of Katy, are pending with the Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Gray went home to be the Lord on Oct. 27, 2015, while at his home, surrounded by family.

Thu
29
Oct

Gary W. Coaster Sr.

Gary W. Coaster Sr.
The angelic hosts came for Gary W. Coaster Sr., 60, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo., among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing begins Friday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. and a wake service follows from 6 to 8 p.m. in Moore’s Angelic Chapel.
Funeral services are Saturday, Oct. 31, at noon in the Christian Lighthouse Church, 401 SW 1st Ave. in Hubbard. Evangelist Ella A. Coaster and Pastor Erine Sample will officiate. Interment will be in the Valley View Cemetery in Hubbard.
Gary W. Coaster was the son of Autry Coaster and Alma McClendon Coaster and was born in Hubbard. He grew up in Hubbard but graduated from O.D. Wyatt High School and attended Tarrant County Junior College, both in Fort Worth. Coaster was a member of Greater Mount Hope Baptist Church of Mount Calm, Rebirth Baptist Church of Groesbeck, and was a member of the Sheffield Life Family Center in Kansas City, Mo., at the time of his death.

Wed
28
Oct

Joyce Marie Burns Shepherd

Joyce Marie Burns Shepherd departed this life to go be with the Lord on Oct. 21, 2015, in Temple.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Andrew Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, on Cypress Street in Groesbeck. Rev. Charles Cashaw will be the eulogist.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Shepherd was born Mary 13, 1943 in Limestone County, the daughter of Cal and Teallie Burns. Joyce grew up in this community and attended public schools in Ben Hur and Mart.
She met and married Willie Earl Jackson and to this union one child was born, Joyce Ann Jackson. She later met and married Lester Shepherd, and four step-children were added: Billy, Eugene, Michael and Johnnie Shepherd.
Preceding Joyce in death are her parents; a daughter, Joyce Ann Graves; a son, Eugene Shepherd; and five brothers, Robert, Wilson Lee, C.D., N.J. and L.J. Burns.

Wed
28
Oct

Edwin Everette Plummer Sr.

Lifelong Limestone County resident Edwin Everette Plummer Sr., 88, passed away peacefully after a brief illness early Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2015, at his home in the Kickapoo community, just a few steps from where he led his first congregational hymn as a young boy, hoisted atop the teacher’s desk. Born Jan. 1, 1927, in Stamford, to John D. and Ruby (Walters) Plummer, Edwin Plummer graduated from Mexia High School in 1945. After serving in Europe in World War II, he returned to Central Texas and attended Westminster College in Tehuacana during the 1948-49 school year. He then transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where in 1951 he received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics with a minor in English. He began his teaching career at the State Orphans’ Home in Corsicana in 1951, and on June 8, 1952, married his sweetheart, Nancy Helen Holbrook, in Nacogdoches.

Wed
28
Oct

Lillian Marie Richardson McElroy

Lillian Marie Richardson McElroy, 93, of Shiloh, passed away Oct. 27, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, with Neil Bond and Rev. David Snow officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Marie was born in Mexia on Oct. 17, 1922 to Jesse William and Mandy Charlotte (Graham) Richardson. On Dec. 22, 1939, she married the love of her life and her lifelong partner, Alfred Maurice McElroy. They were blessed with two children, Stella E. and James “Jim.”
Marie loved nothing more than taking care of her family, especially cooking for them. For as long as she was able, she made Jim a special bread braid at Christmas, as well as numerous other delicious dishes. She also enjoyed growing flowers, sewing and quilting.

Wed
28
Oct

Clell Kirth Lenamond

Clell Kirth Lenamond, 89, of Thornton, passed away at his home in Mexia on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.
Visitation will be held fro 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, and burial will follow at Cobb Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adam Lenamond, Joshua Lenamond, Colby Rameriz, Blake Lenamond, "Skeeter" Henry Commiskey and Donnie Sanders.
Clell was born Sept. 6, 1926 in Thornton, the son of Weldon and Thelma Lenamond. In his early years, Clell would help with milking the cows for the family business. He recently recounted the stories of taking the milk out to the lane for the Borden man to pick up.

Wed
28
Oct

Lewis Ben ‘Smokey’ Henderson

Lewis Ben “Smokey” Henderson died peacefully at his home in Mexia on Oct. 28, 2015, at the age of 71. Doctors said he didn’t have long, but he said, “Just bring it on – cancer can’t break me.” With his devoted wife by his side and a smile on his face, he knew the battle he had to face.
Smokey was born Nov. 7, 1943 in Mexia, to Elder Johnnie Sr. and Lillie Mae Davis Henderson. He graduated from Woodland High School, class of 1963 and Texas State Technical Institute, class of 1973, with a mechanics and auto body degree.

Mon
26
Oct

Richard Franklin Outlaw

Richard Franklin Outlaw, of Groesbeck, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at his residence, with his wife and daughter at his side. He was age 68, one day short of his birthday.
Visitation is Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Major Ernest Fullwood (Salvation Army, New Jersey) and Rev. Steve Nance (First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck) officiating. The Salvation Army Brass Band from Killeen will provide music, with Sue Leach leading the congregation in one song, and Amalia Munoz and Raul Munoz providing vocal and guitar for one song.
Pallbearers will be Chris Henson, Josh Christian, Ron Garrett, Jim Cox, Jerome Christian and Joseph Christian.

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