Obituaries

Fri
23
Oct

Gencia Marie Brown Thomas

Funeral services for Gencia Marie Brown Thomas will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, at noon, at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church, 1021 E. Palestine in Mexia. Officiating will be Pastor Kennan Jackson; eulogist will be Pastor Claude Jackson. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 N. Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Gencia went to be with the Lord on Oct. 14, 2015 in Amarillo.
She was born in May 13, 1943 in Mexia, the first child of Ruby Faye Brown. She grew up in the Woodland Community and attended the public school and graduated from Mexia High in 1974. She also met and married Michael Melton, who preceded her in death, and to this union three daughters were born. She later in life met and married Sinclar Thomas Jr. They had 21 great years together. He preceded her in death, as did her mother, Ruby, and grandchild, Maraisa.
Her pastimes were bingo and spending time with her friends. She loved to laugh.

Fri
23
Oct

Michael Leroy O’Connell

Michael Leroy O’Connell, 69, of Groesbeck, went to his heavenly home with the Lord, leaving behind his health struggles of the past year and one-half. He passed away at Groesbeck LTC on Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2015, with his wife by his side.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 26, at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, followed by burial in Old Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Blackmon Jr., Bobby Carroll, Brandon Noey, Wil Floyd, Kyle Brizendine, Kody Daniel, Leonard Stewart and Steven Posey. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Collins, John Collins, and coworkers of BNSF Railroad, Teague.

Wed
21
Oct

Lillian Brodnax Wallace

Lillian Brodnax Wallace died peacefully at her home in Austin on Oct. 20, 2015. She was born Dec. 9, 1915, in Mexia, to Albert W. and Ruby Hayter Brodnax. The family moved to Coolidge in 1923, where Lillian attended school before graduating from Baylor University in 1937. She married Frederick E. Wallace, who preceded her in death in 1992. Most of their married life was spent in Houston.
In Houston, Lillian was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Susanna Wesley Bible Class, The Blue Bird Circle, Current Study Club, Colonial Dames, Old Main Society and Heritage Club of Baylor University, and the Houston Country Club. She and Frederick also belonged to the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., where they spent many summers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Nancy Brodnax Peoples; and her brother, W.W. Brodnax.

Wed
21
Oct

James Ray Porter

James Ray Porter, of Gainesville, originally from Aquilla, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015.
He was born March 31, 1976.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Victory Full Gospel Fellowship Church, 618 S. Third St. in Wortham.
James Ray recently worked at Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma. He attended Mexia High School.
He has gone home to be with God, and his granny, Cora Porter.
He is survived by his children, Sara, Weston and Samuel Porter; mother, Edna Lowry; two brothers, Jerry Don and Ernest Case; his Papa James Porter; and his girlfriend, Melissa O’Brien.

Wed
21
Oct

Charlie Frank Bounds

Charlie Frank Bounds, 60, passed away Oct. 19, 2015 in Mexia.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Brother David Bates officiating.
Charlie was born April 18, 1955 in Mexia, to Charlie Walter and Frances Edra Sudduth Bounds. He grew up in Tehuacana where he completed the fifth grade, prior to transferring to Mexia ISD. He worked as a truck driver for Larry Smith and the Dr Pepper Company for a number of years, in addition to working on farms and ranches.
Charlie had an outgoing personality, never met a stranger. He enjoyed playing his bass guitar and in his earlier years played with a local band throughout the area. He was once a member of the Brotherhood of Bikers. Charlie was a lover of all animals.
Charlie cherished his family and spending time with them. He was a loving brother and uncle who was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

Fri
16
Oct

Derwood E. ‘Ed’ Burleson

Retired Army Maj. Derwood E. “Ed” Burleson, of Waco, a World War II and Korean War veteran who embraced his family and his Texas heritage with equal passion, passed away Thursday night at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center after a short illness.
He was 95.
Ed will be laid to rest with full military honors during a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at LaSalle Cemetery on FM 1953 (north from Hwy. 164 seven miles east of Groesbeck), near where he was born on Dec. 28, 1919, to Thomas E. and Ella May Burleson.
Rev. Eric Howell of Dayspring Baptist Church will preside.
Ed was a storyteller whose Texas roots ran deep. His ancestors included Edward Burleson, a soldier and statesman who was elected vice president of the Republic of Texas in 1841.

Wed
14
Oct

Virginia Jenkins Bounds

Virginia Jenkins Bounds, 101, was received into Heaven from her home, in Tehuacana, on the morning of Oct. 13, 2015. She was born in Eldorado City on June 3, 1914, to Sparks B. and Louise Coleman Jenkins. They lived in Hubbard, Marshall and Mexia.
In 1935, Virginia married James Thomas “J.T.” Bounds. They lived in Lockhart before returning to Tehuacana, where they made their home for the remainder of their lives. J.T. was a farmer and rancher until his death in 1990. Virginia assisted him by keeping his books and feeding his helpers delicious meals. She worked for the city of Tehuacana, as secretary and also served as secretary of the Tehuacana United Methodist Church where she was a longtime active member; was a member of the D.A.R. and served as a faithfully active member of the Rotary Club of Mexia from 1990 until December 2013.

Wed
14
Oct

Charles O’Neal ‘Chalie Rock’ Johnson

Charles O’Neal ‘Chalie Rock’ Johnson
Funeral services for Charles O’Neal ‘Chalie Rock’ Johnson, 31, of Corsicana will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at noon at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collins in Corsicana. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Life Line Family Church, 5301 W. Hwy. 31 in Corsicana. Officiating will be Pastor Willie Horn and eulogist will be Minister Kamar Chambers.
Charles was born Dec. 19, 1983 in Corsicana, to the parentage of Charles E. Allen and Debra Johnson. He received his formal education from Corsicana Independent School District and continued his education and received a degree in paint and body from TSTC College.
Charles was a dedicated father, brother and friend. His passion was helping others, and working on and reconstructing cars.

Wed
14
Oct

Delores Wadle Ouellette

Delores Wadle Ouellette, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Austin, passed away peacefully on Oct. 11, 2015 at the age of 76, lovingly surrounded by family.
“Dee,” as some family and friends knew her, was born in Mexia on July 13, 1939. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1957. She moved to Austin and attended Durham Business College before beginning her career with the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation. She met her husband of 56 years, Joseph R. Ouellette, in Austin, and they were married Dec. 5, 1959. Delores retired in 1991 after 31 years of service with the state. After enjoying a short retirement, she joined her husband in their business in Belton until they sold it in 2000.

Wed
14
Oct

Katherine Bluitt Wright

Funeral services for Katherine Bluitt Wright will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. at Northcrest Church of Christ, 918 Tehuacana Road in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Burial will take place in Woodland Cemetery.
Katherine Bluitt Wright was born Nov. 18, 1948 in Waco. She was the fifth child born to Maggie Lee Bluitt and the first daughter born to Hollis Mitchell.
She was educated in the public schools of Mexia and Houston. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School on June 2, 1967 in Houston.
On Sept. 11, 1970, she married the love of her life Franklin Roosevelt “GG” Wright. To this union eight children were born. GG preceded her in death.
Katherine died Oct. 11, 2015 at Navarro Regional Medical Center in Corsicana.

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