Obituaries

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.

Mon
12
Oct

Beth Gibson Ireland

The angelic hosts came for Beth Gibson Ireland on Thursday morning, Oct. 8, 2015 in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
A celebration of life without viewing was held Monday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, 303 S. Mount St. in Fairfield. Pastor Ken Pruitt officiated and Bishop Sam Cumby brought the Word.
Beth Gibson Ireland was born and raised in Houston. She was the first born child to Roger and Christine Gibson. She graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1975 in Houston. She then attended Houston Community College and Baylor University. Beth met and married James Ireland in 1984 and to that union was born Felicia Monét Ireland and Philip Morgan Ireland.

Mon
12
Oct

Ray S. Awalt Sr.

Ray S. Awalt Sr. passed away Oct. 11, 2015 at the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Cade Cemetery near Streetman. Family visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Awalt was born Oct.16, 1929 in Navarro County, to Ocie Jay and Willie Virginia Awalt. Some knew him for his music (Ray Awalt and The Bi-Stone Playboys), some knew him from his many years spent in the Freestone/Limestone county area and some knew him for his business (ABC Sign and Fence) of 30-plus years in Corsicana, but we knew him as Daddy.
Awalt was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Ruth Awalt; brothers, Jay Awalt, Bill Awalt and Olsie Awalt, and parents.

Fri
09
Oct

Joshua Mack Jr.

Funeral services for Joshua Mack Jr. will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God In Christ, 601 N. Denton 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 takes place in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Joshua Mack Jr. was born May 28, 1934 to the parents of Alma Burgess Mack and Joshua Mack Sr. He was born and raised in Kosse, then later moved to Mexia.
He accepted Christ at an early age, and became a member of Union Baptist Church in Mexia. He worked in the oil field, and also for the public schools in Mexia, as a bus driver in 1988. He spent his leisure time playing dominoes, which he loved doing.
Joshua went to be with the Lord on Oct. 8, 2015.

Fri
09
Oct

Marjorie Latham

Marjorie Louise Latham, 76, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 9, 2015 in Waco.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at Christ Gospel Fellowship in Mexia. Pastor Stephen Dubois officiated. Interment followed at Forest Glade Cemetery. Family visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Marjorie was born Nov. 1, 1938 in Washington County, to Fennie James and Opal Bertine Thompson Kennedy. She married Jimmie Latham on March 3, 1955. They moved to Mexia in 1964, where she was a resident for 52 years. She loved horses, and trail rides, which she used to participate in. She always wanted to go to the ocean and take off on a cruise.

Fri
09
Oct

Charles Johnson

Funeral arrangements for Charles Johnson, 31 of Corsicana, are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Charles went to be with the Lord on Oct. 7, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital, among family and friends.

Fri
09
Oct

Rev. Lewis Peoples Jr.

The angelic hosts came for Rev. Lewis Peoples Jr. on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at his residence in Mexia, among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home and from 3 to 5 p.m. at Freedom Baptist Church, Hwy. 171 in Mexia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at noon in the First Baptist Church, 500 E. Carthage in Mexia. Rev. T.N. Williams and Rev. Cleo High will officiate. Interment will be in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, U.S. 84 in Mexia. 
Rev. Lewis Peoples Jr. gave the town of Greenville and Lewis Peoples Sr. and Minnie Lee McQueen Peoples much joy with his birth on July 14, 1940. At 7:14 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, Rev. Peoples passed away.

Wed
07
Oct

Patsy Bounds Schultz

Patsy Bounds Schultz left this earthly home to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.
Patsy was born Feb. 4, 1930 in Wortham, the daughter of Clyde Knox Bounds and Pauline Longbotham Bounds. Patsy was the younger of two daughters. As a young girl, Patsy was Clyde’s “little boy” and loved spending time out at the ranch with her cowboy boots and pistol. At the age of 17, Patsy was nominated as “Miss Freestone County” and later won the “Miss Mexia” pageant. Patsy attended Navarro Junior College, later transferring to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, majoring in elementary education.
In 1950, Patsy married Ferdinand Joseph Schultz of Groesbeck, settling in Mexia. Patsy and Joe had five children and were actively involved in the First Baptist Church and community. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1977. Patsy then lived in Mexia until 1981, when she relocated to Hillsboro. In 2011, she moved to the Dallas area to be near her children.

Wed
07
Oct

Lorine D. Pate

The angelic hosts came for Lorine D. Pate on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at her residence in Mexia, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing was held Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Moore's Angelic Chapel. Interment will be in the Old Spring Seat Cemetery, Donie.
Lorine Pate was oldest of 11 children born to Luke Scott and Alice Mosley and also to Bib Durham, and was born in Freestone County. She grew up in Freestone County and attended the public schools there.
She was baptized in the New Spring Seat Baptist Church in Donie. At New Spring Seat, she was the church secretary, a member of the Mission Society, Sunday School and other auxiliaries.
Pate was housekeeper for the Gilliam, May, Hudson and Turner families in Donie. She was employed as custodian for the Donie Baptist Church, and the Donie Bank.

Wed
07
Oct

Quindo Francine Reed Mathews

Quindo Francine Reed Mathews was born Oct. 30, 1958 to the parentage of Isom and Vivian Morgan Reed in the Sandy Community (Coolidge), Limestone County. She was the seventh of 11 children.
She attended Mexia public schools including Douglas Elementary and graduated from Mexia High School in May 1976.
She accepted Christ and joined Union Memorial United Methodist Church in Sandy at an early age. She always loved music and singing in the church, much like her father. She recently joined and was a faithful member of New Beginnings House of Worship in Waco.

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