Obituaries

Thu
10
Mar

Ricky Lynn Willis

Ricky Lynn Willis

Ricky Lynn Willis, 58 of Odessa, passed away March 5, 2016 in Midland.
Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, with a wake at 7 p.m., at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel in Odessa.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at St. James Baptist Church, with Rev. Darren Willis officiating and eulogy said by Rev. Charles Sims. Burial will follow Monday at 10 a.m. at Ector County Cemetery in Peaceful Gardens. Willis was born July 15, 1957 to the Joe and Doris Willis in Odessa. He attended Ector County ISD and later received his GED. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church, Rev. C. E. Sims pastor.
Ricky married Margaret Davis and to this union they had one son, Charles Tyrone Willis. He later married Junell Jones-Pearson and from this union he gained three daughters and three grandchildren, Dekaree, Atalia and Azlynn of Arlington.
Ricky was preceded in death by his parents.

Thu
10
Mar

Pinkie Carroll

Pinkie Carroll

Mother Missionary Pinkie Carroll was the fifth child of Homer Eddington and Helen Ruth Simon Eddington. She was born July 20, 1949 in Mart.
She went to be the Lord on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Kindred Home of Fort Worth.
She grew up in the Doyle Community of Groesbeck, Texas and attended Woodland Public Schools and Mexia Public Schools. She received her GED at Navarro College. She accepted Christ at an early age under the late Rev. Clinton Wright Sr.
In 1985, she married the late Vernon Carroll Sr. There were no children born to this union. She was faithful to her husband until his death. She was employed by the Mexia Nursing Home as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. She also worked in the janitorial department of the Mexia Independent School District until she retired.

Mon
07
Mar

Thomas Eugene ‘Gene’ Moore

Thomas Eugene ‘Gene’ Moore

Thomas Eugene “Gene” Moore, 83, passed away March 4, 2016 at his home in Point Enterprise. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 7, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with Brother Bruce Rudd officiating. Interment was in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Gene was born May 31, 1932 in Limestone County, to Eugene Hastings and Ruby Viola Little Moore. After high school, he proudly served his country in the Air Force. Gene married his lifelong partner, Peggy Wright, on March 29, 1956 in Houston. His love for God and his family was easily revealed in the way he lived his life. He loved and cherished all his family, but like most grandfathers, thought there was nothing more precious than his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gene was a rather quiet, easy-going man who never complained; when asked how he was doing, his answer was always, “Wonderful.”

Mon
07
Mar

Norma Lee Holt Budai

Norma Lee Holt Budai

Norma Lee Holt Budai, 91, of Tehuacana, passed away March 6, 2016 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. Interment will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, near Corsicana.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Norma was born Oct. 1, 1924 in her family home in Ennis, to Grover Cleveland Holt and Annie Lee Jones. On July 4, 1946, Norma married her loving husband, Dan Louis Budai Jr. They were blessed with two children, Janis and Bobby. In addition to taking care of her family, she dedicated many years of service to the Texas Miller Hat Factory in Corsicana before retiring.

Fri
04
Mar

Alberta Frances ‘Amy’ Jones Biggers

Alberta Frances ‘Amy’ Jones Biggers

Funeral service for Alberta Biggers will be held Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. at Greater Haynes Memorial C.O.G.I.C of Mexia.
Alberta Frances “Amy” Jones Biggers was born Feb. 25, 1944 in Cuero, the second child of Lawrence Kay Jones and Ivra Lee Hawkins Jones.
She accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and attended New Home Baptist Church in Mexia, under the leadership of Rev. L.L. Sheffield. She attended public school at Douglass Elementary and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1961. She loved those Dunbar Dragons. Some of her fondest memories were the times she spent with her classmates and participating in the school reunions.

Fri
04
Mar

Johnny Lee Wright

Johnny Lee Wright

Johnny Lee Wright was born to Elvene Hardaway and Johnny Wright on Oct. 1, 1949. Johnny went to glory on Feb. 25, 2016.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at Sandy Creek Cemetery.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jerry Hardaway and a sister, Marie Hardaway.
He is survived by his children, Trish Woodberry, Treletta Wright, Tambrinia Wright, Tabisha Wright (Precious), Lorraine Lewis Wright and Duran Lewis Wright; sisters, Beulah Hardaway, Lucille Hardaway and Yvonne Hardaway; brothers Otis O. Hardaway, Willie B. Hardaway, Robert Adkinson, Mark Hardaway and Ozar Hardaway; several grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia is in charge of arrangements.

Fri
04
Mar

Andrew Morgan

Funeral arrangements and services are pending for Andrew Morgan.
Morgan, of Sandy, passed away March 3, 2016.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
29
Feb

Dortha Myrl ‘Dottie’ French

Dortha Myrl ‘Dottie’ French

Dortha Myrl “Dottie” French, 89, of Wortham, passed away Feb. 28, 2016, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Wortham, with Rev. Gary Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery.
Family visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.
French was born June 1, 1926 in Wortham, to C.A. and Sarah Eady Tackitt. She attended school at Harmony Hill until third grade, before going to Wortham, from which she graduated.
Later in life, she graduated from San Jacinto College and attended the University of Houston. She was president of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was raised in the country around Wortham, and loved riding horses, even riding bareback. She enjoyed riding with her friends at Bald Hill.

Mon
29
Feb

Thomas Harlan 'Tommy' Smith

Thomas Harlan 'Tommy' Smith

Thomas Harlan Smith, of Groesbeck, passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at Groesbeck LTC.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 1, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Bob Harr officiating, and Barbara Walker as vocalist. Burial followed in the Fort Parker Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Wietzikoski, Mike Wietzikoski, Mark Lynd, Terry Stewart, David Tawater, Bob Coffee, Ron Fritz and Dennis Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Walton, Dwain Popejoy, Rand Bates, Marcus Ray Hanna, Robert Tawater, Sammy Tawater, the DQ “coffee bunch,” and the GHS class of 1959.

Fri
26
Feb

Jerry Lee Willis

Jerry Lee Willis, 75, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 13, 2016 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 16, at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mexia. Father Justin Nguyen officiated. A rosary was said Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home.
Jerry was born Nov. 29, 1940 in Mexia, to Albert Lee and Trudie M. Ingram Willis. He grew up and spent most of his life in Mexia, with the exception of four years when he lived and worked in Houston. Jerry was a graduate of Mexia High School, class of 1958.
He married Bridget A. Vacek on Oct. 6, 1962 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard. Jerry and Bridget have one daughter, Monica Ann (Gray) Willis.

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