Obituaries

Tue
29
Dec

Charles Ray Wright Sr.

Charles Ray Wright Sr.

Charles Ray Wright Sr. was born to Hosea “Hosie” D. Wright and Willie Mae Gray Overstreet on Oct. 31, 1944 in Bremond, Robertson County. He was later raised by his late stepfather, Jim Gray Sr., and mother, Willie Mae Gray.
At an early age, Charles became a member of the Progress Missionary in Bremond, under the leadership of the late Rev. A.A. Manning. Being the second eldest child, Charles helped his parents by nurturing his younger brothers and sisters. He was so diverse that he could go from pulling cotton to picking out dress fabric for his little sister. It was no secret that Charles was a colorful and witty child. It was always said that you could always count on Charles to give you a laugh or two during the course of the day.

Tue
29
Dec

Beatrice Bowers Jones

Beatrice Bowers Jones

Beatrice Bowers Jones was the second child of Cleady and Versie Bowers. She was born in Limestone County on Oct. 11, 1944.
She went to be with her Lord on Dec. 28, 2015, with her children and grandchildren around her.
She was known as Bea to family and friends. She grew up in Limestone County and completed her education in 1963 at Community High School in Coolidge. She also attended the School of Nursing in North Carolina.
She met and married William W. Jones in 1964. To this union two beautiful girls were born: Elvundra D. Jones and Dana R. Jones.
As a homemaker and a loving mother, she wore many hats, such as a caregiver, seamstress that she loved as well as being a very exceptional cook. She was employed at the Mexia State School. She later moved to Houston, working with children as a preschool teacher and driving school buses for La Porte ISD. She also worked as a full time apartment manager

Mon
21
Dec

Perri Liles Ingram

Perri Liles Ingram

Perri Liles Ingram, 49, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 21, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the First Baptist Church in Mexia with Rev. Marcus Sheffield and Pastor Earl Sterling officiating. Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery.
Perri was born April 30, 1966 in Garland, to George Jackson and Gladys Fisher Liles. She was a member of the Mexia High School Class of 1984, “A True Defender of the Blackcats.” She was a longtime, well-known beautician in Mexia. Being a beautician was a job Perri thoroughly enjoyed. Her customers were considered to be her extended family; she loved them.

Mon
21
Dec

Edna I.B. Gooden Goodie Belcher

Edna I.B. Gooden Goodie Belcher

Funeral services for Edna I.B. Gooden Goodie Belcher will be held Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Greater Haynes Memorial C.O.G.I.C., 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Minister Kelvin Belcher will be eulogist.
Edna Gooden Belcher was born June 22, 1945 to Daniel Gooden and Eva Mae Kelley. She was called home Dec. 17, 2015.
She was the most spectacularly complicated, feisty, beautiful, passionate, wonderfully stubborn person there ever was. She loved to laugh and was so far ahead of her time. She was the first person of color to work for the IRS in Texas. She never believed that there was not anything that a person could not do. She is missed and we know she is already hanging out with her Ace, her brother bunny, and listening to Bill Withers.
She is survived by her husband, Willie Clyde Belcher; children, Amanda Goodie, Eva Preston, and Zamfira Elizabeth Bingham, and Daniel Goodie.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of professional services.

Fri
18
Dec

C.L. ‘Charles’ Kizzie

C.L. ‘Charles’ Kizzie

A memorial service for C.L. “Charles” Kizzie will be held Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Emanuel Funeral Home, 1222 N. First St. in Teague.
Kizzie, 68, died Dec. 16, 2015, at Providence Hospice Center in Waco.
He was born July 18, 1947, to Cleota and Celia Mae Carson Kizzie. He attended school at Madisonville ISD. After graduation he began his career as a cook. Later on, after moving to Mexia, he held various positions in other fields, with the longest being at the Mexia Rock Crusher (25 years). He was a "Jack of all trades.”
Kizzie was preceded in death by both parents; his stepfather, Leslie Gilbert; a son, Charles Kizzie; brother, Sidney Kizzie and grandson, Ian Spence.

Fri
18
Dec

Edna Gooden Belcher

Funeral services for Edna Gooden Belcher are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Mrs. Belcher went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Windsor Nursing Home in Groesbeck.

Wed
16
Dec

Ronnie C. Carter

Ronnie C. Carter

Ronnie C. Carter, 72, of Coolidge, passed away Dec. 14, 2015 at his residence. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Coolidge, with Rev. Larry Holden officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home, 208 N. Canton in Mexia.
Carter was born Aug. 31, 1943 in Mexia, to Joseph Conrad and Bessie Burleson Carter. He married Frances Kennedy on April 26, 1968 in Waco. He was with Mrs. Baird’s for 13 years and the Mexia State Supported Living Center for 17 years. Ronnie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coolidge. His favorite hobbies were fishing, his yard and his family.
Carter was preceded in death by his parents.

Wed
16
Dec

Tracy Wood Bennett

Tracy Wood Bennett

Tracy Wood Bennett, 99, passed away Dec. 14, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, in the Armour Cemetery in Coolidge, with Jason Stovall officiating.
Tracy was born Sept. 24, 1916 in Datura, Limestone County, to Wood and Hattie Heath Bennett. He grew up in the Coolidge area and graduated from Coolidge High School. Tracy worked in Tulsa, Okla. as a Certified Public Accountant for a number of years before retiring. After his wife, Ruby, passed away, he moved to Mexia where he later married Maureen DeVore.
Living a long life, Tracy was blessed with good health, a good mind and the opportunity to live independently until earlier this year. He had an outgoing personality and made friends easily. Tracy loved his family and his faithful companion, his dog, Boy. His favorite pastime was playing dominoes.

Mon
14
Dec

Albert Earl ‘Slim’ Smith

Albert Earl ‘Slim’ Smith

Albert Earl Smith was born Jan. 26, 1949, the fourth child born to Harvie and Helen Bell Smith.
He professed Christianity at an early age and had a personal relationship with God.
Albert graduated from Dunbar High School in 1968.
He was a carpenter and helped build and restore many buildings and houses throughout Mexia and surrounding areas.
He later met and married Audrey Forge, and to this union, one child was born. Later, he met Clara Greer and they had one child.
Albert died Dec. 10, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Frankie Woods and Rosa Matthews; a brother, James Ray Smith; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Mon
14
Dec

Rachel Katherine Gatson

Rachel Katherine Gatson

A service of praise and thanksgiving for the life of Rachel Katherine Gatson was held Monday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Full Gospel Church of Fairfield, 303 Hwy. 75 in Fairfield. Apostle David Ransom Sr. is pastor, Pastor Daniel Gatson officiated and Bishop Carlos Daniels was the eulogist
Rachel Katherine Gatson was born Oct. 10, 1927 in Fairfield, to Johnny and Anna Ellis. She graduated from Furney Richardson High School.
Rachel had a long and productive life. She was a Christian, and a devoted wife and mother. Those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Her gentle smile and caring heart brought much joy to her family.
“Kat” gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. She loved the Lord and church.

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