Obituaries

Mon
30
Nov

Nelva Jane Addy

Nelva Jane Addy, 86, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 29, 2015 at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. until service time. Interment will be at Prairie Grove Cemetery.
Nelva was born Oct. 13, 1929, to Homer and Eva Dee Hall Smart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Wesley Addy.
She is survived by her sons, Lamar Addy and wife, Paulette and Randall Reed Addy; grandchildren, Chad Addy, Erik Addy, Elizabeth Addy, Randall Wayne Addy and Kelley Dowell; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Addy, Asher Martinez, Rylen Martinez, Hudson Martinez and Millie Dowell; extended family, James and Susan Anderson and family, Micah Anderson and family and Windy Barnard and family.

Mon
30
Nov

Ronald Watson

Funeral arrangements for Ronald Watson are pending are pending with Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Watson, 59, of Forest Glade, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 in a vehicle accident. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents and two brothers.

Fri
27
Nov

Jerri Kennedy Huston

Jerri Kennedy Huston, 49, of Waco and previously Point Enterprise, passed away on Nov. 20, 2015 at the Crestview Healthcare Residence in Waco. Graveside services were held on Friday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Elder Travis Brown of the Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Corsicana officiated.
Kennedy was born Feb. 19, 1966 in Garland, to Rudy and Ruth Blackmon Kennedy. She attended Garland High School. Jerri loved the Lord and was a member of the Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Corsicana. After many years of illness, she is no longer suffering.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Walter Blackmon Sr. and Opal Weems Blackmon; maternal step-grandfather, Aubrey Burleson of Mexia, and paternal grandmother, Jewell Kennedy.

Fri
27
Nov

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith, 79, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 22, 2015 at the Windsor nursing home in Groesbeck. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at noon at Mexia Cemetery, with Pres. Andrew Thompson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiating. Visitation was held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home. Sandra was born April 20, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Charles Wesley Smith and Marion Josephine Smith Stuart. She married the love of her life, Jesse Smith, in 1952. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Thomas "Mickey" Smith; her son, Mark Alan Smith; sister, Kay Ferguson; and brothers, Ray Smith and C.D. Smith.

Mon
23
Nov

Grace Wilkins

Grace Wilkins, 80, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 20, 2015 at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Parkside Full Gospel Church in Mexia, with Revs. Don Hoxworth and Paul Moore, officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Grace was born April 14, 1935 in Paulsboro, N.J. She met the love of her life, Don Wilkins, while he was stationed there in the service. They married in 1959 and moved to Texas where they raised their four children.
Grace was always a very generous person and she never met a stranger. She loved her family more than anything and her family’s friends were always treated like her own. Grace got pure joy out of spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids and she absolutely loved getting pictures of them on her phone.

Mon
23
Nov

Sandra Smith

Funeral services for Sandra Smith, 79, of Mexia, are pending at Porter Funeral Home. Smith, who was born April 20, 1936, passed away Nov. 22, 2015 at the Windsor Nursing Home in Groesbeck.
A complete obituary will be posted later.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for the family.

Mon
23
Nov

John Estle ‘Kink’ Ridge

John Estle “Kink” Ridge, 92, of Groesbeck, passed away Nov. 20, 2015.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 23, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck officiating. Burial followed at Old Union Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Johnny Kent, Cody Sunday, Justin Vickery, Tim Barco, Kenneth Shields and Lewis Garner. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Kent, Herbert Gene Wilson and Earl Leonard.

Fri
20
Nov

Ethel Marie Black Fisher

Ethel Marie Black Fisher, 79, of Victorville, Calif., was called home by the Lord on Nov. 5, 2015. Her service will be Monday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, Calif. The Rev. Michael Coffee and the Rev. Peter Uwarow of the Community Church at Jess Ranch will officiate. The graveside service and interment will be on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m., at the Mexia Cemetery, Cemetery Road, in Mexia. The Rev. Andy Davis of the First Baptist Church at Belton, will officiate.

Wed
18
Nov

Victor Alfred Adams

Funeral services for Victor Alfred Adams will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Eulogist will be Pastor Victor D. Adams, with Pastor Thomas Dansby officiating.
Victor Alfred Adams was born to the parentage of Curtis B. Adams Sr. and Katherine Adams on Sept. 15, 1947 in Mexia. He passed away Nov. 11, 2015 in Mexia.
Victor received his formal education and graduated from Pinkston High School class of 1965, in Dallas. After graduating, he joined the Army and fought in Vietnam. Victor was self-employed until his health failed. He loved fishing, hunting, reading Westerns and spending time with family.
Victor accepted Christ as his lord and savior at an early age.

Wed
18
Nov

Arzo S. Burnim

Arzo S. Burnim, or “Coach,” as many referred to him, was called home to be with the Lord on Nov. 16, 2015.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Teague High School Auditorium, 420 Loop 255 in Teague. Viewing will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Born to Gatha Sanders Burnim and Briscoe Burnim in Nacogdoches County, on April 12, 1923, he was the first son and the fourth of six children. He attended the segregated public schools of Nacogdoches (Macedonia Elementary and E. J. Campbell High School) and, with the urging and assistance of one of his teachers, went off to Prairie View A&M College, from which he graduated in 1947 with a degree in agriculture. While at Prairie View, he met Ruby Dell Brigham of Greenville, and they were married Dec. 21, 1947. To this union, four children were born: Mickey, Mellonee, Avis (deceased), and Wonda.

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