Obituaries

Fri
06
Nov

Charles Ingram

Multi-talented Charles wrote several books, including two Westerns, “Passing Shadows” and “Trail to Phantom Hill.”
In his autobiography, “A Joyous Journey,” Charles stated, “I have been most fortunate in my life's journey to have had the privilege of being a citizen of this great country, the USA, and to reside in the wonderful state of Texas.”
The story of Charlie's life begins with his father, Charles Ingram Sr., returning from World War I and hearing of “Black Gold” in Texas. So he left Arkansas for Ranger, where Charles Ingram Jr. was born on Aug. 9, 1921.
The oil boom began to wane in Ranger so little Charlie's family moved to a boomtown in Central Texas called Mexia, when he was 2. Charles Sr. managed, then owned, an electric shop there.

Fri
06
Nov

Willard Buzzard

Willard Buzzard, 60, of Coolidge, passed away Oct. 29, 2015 at Navarro Regional Medical Center in Corsicana. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Coolidge.
Willard was born Feb. 24, 1954 in Charleston, W.V., to Willard Carson Buzzard Sr. and Loreda Bayless Buzzard. He had been in the Central Texas community for 20-plus years. He had been employed with the city of Coolidge for 20 years, where he served as chief of police. He was loved by all and will be missed by many.
Chief Buzzard was preceded in death by his father; Carl and Rita Chenoweth and Dora Harris.

Wed
04
Nov

Hayes Cotton Jr.

Hayes Cotton Jr. was born Oct. 10, 1937 in Mexia. He was the only child of Rutherford B. Hayes Cotton and Edwin Etta Cotton.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home, 602 N. Ross in Mexia. Rev. Bill Burton will serve as eulogist.
Hayes graduated from Woodland High School and from Prairie View A&M University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering. He moved to California and began working in the aerospace industry. He was one of the first black civil engineers to be hired by the Federal Aviation Administration, where he taught airport planning to engineers from around the world. He helped to design the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. He worked for the FAA for 25 years before retiring in late 1980s.
In 1963 he met and married Carolee Loewy in Los Angeles, Calif. To their union, their daughter Deborah was born.

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.

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