Obituaries

Wed
04
Feb

Zellie Durham


Zellie Durham

Funeral services for Zellie Durham will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Salem Community, Pastor Wayne William, officiator, Pastor E.O Riley, eulogist.
To John and Ada Pruitt on March 25, 1916, in Freestone County, on this blessed day was born a daughter who was named Zellie Pruitt. She attended and received her education at Salem schools. She received Christ at an early age at Salem Baptist Church. She loved to sew.
Life’s journey came to an end for Zellie Durham on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Fred Pruitt; husband, Bib “Good” Durham; and two stepsons, Willie Ray Durham and Charles Ray Durham.

Wed
04
Feb

Catherine Jordan

Funeral services for Catherine Jordan were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia.
Catherine Jordan was born to the parents of Ora and Tom Ransom in Buffalo, on May 29, 1927.
Catherine accepted Christ at a very early age. She joined the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mart, under the pastorage of Rev. C.B. Shepperd, and was baptized. Rev. J. Bob Thomas later became her pastor. Catherine moved to Marlin and joined the Marlin Baptist Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Dennis Everette, pastor. Catherine later moved to Waco and joined Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. Rufus McClan, and later Rev. Joe Bedford became her pastor. Catherine met the missionary sister at Greater Zion and they developed a great loving bond.

Wed
04
Feb

Emily Nussbaum Fox


Emily Nussbaum Fox

Heaven gained another angel on Feb. 3, 2015. Emily Nussbaum Fox passed peacefully at her home following a courageous battle with a terminal illness. Graveside services will be at noon, Feb. 5, in the Mexia City Cemetery with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Emily was born Oct. 3, 1958 in Dallas, to Claude and Joyce Hancock Nussbaum. She was an amazing, selfless, kind soul who never met a stranger. Her family was her pride and joy, especially her granddaughter, Brooklyn; spoiling her was Emily’s favorite hobby.
Emily loved animals of every kind. She spent many hours talking to her bearded dragon. She also had two spoiled cats, Jeb and Bengal.
Emily will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Bob Fox; daughter, Jennifer Walters and husband, Rich; granddaughter, Brooklyn Walters; parents, Claude and Joyce Nussbaum; and sister Claudia Starnes.

Mon
02
Feb

Patricia Gay Lankford


Patricia Gay Lankford

Patricia Gay Lankford passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.
She was born Dec. 23, 1951 at Fort Clayton Army Base in the Panama Canal Zone, to Kenneth Boatman and Marcine Reid. Patricia grew up in Abilene. She married Tom Lankford and moved to Omaha, Nebraska. She was active in O.M.A.H.A. youth ice hockey. Patricia was inducted as a lifetime member in 1995.
She moved back to Texas in 2005 after the death of her husband. She lived in Mexia, on the lake. She taught at Crockett ISD where she was loved by her students and faculty.
Patricia especially enjoyed reading books about history and Abraham Lincoln.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; mother, Marcine Reid; and brother, Terry C. Boatman.

Fri
30
Jan

Gene C. Steele Sr.


Gene C. Steele Sr.

To those who remember our dad, Gene C. Steele Sr.: He passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in the Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck, at the age of 93.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Mexia City Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Gene was born Nov. 25, 1921 in Forest Glade, to Frank and Maude E. Hancock Steele. He married Sally I. Martin on Feb. 16, 1942 in Corpus Christi. After almost 73 years together, they remained best friends and totally in love.
Gene was an upholsterer for nearly 50 years. After moving to Abbott, in 1960, he and Sally spent 35 years working together and serving the people in Hill County and the surrounding counties.

Fri
30
Jan

Dovie Lee ‘Tot’ Hayes Hatcher


Dovie Lee 'Tot' Hayes Hatcher

Funeral arrangements for Dovie Hatcher will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m., at Grace Baptist Church, 489 East in the Dew Community.
Dovie Lee “Tot” Hayes Hatcher was born the first child and first daughter of Pierce and Percillar Ann Hayes on July 18, 1934 in Fairfield.
She was raised in Fairfield and received her education from Trahan and Butler High School, she graduated in 1955 then moved to Fort Worth, where she worked for John Peter Smith Hospital. She later moved back to Fairfield where she worked at Curtis Mathis Televisions Manufacturer in Athens. She worked her passion, which was cooking, for many years and retired from Home Health Care as a CNA.
She joined church at an early age at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Black, where she served as president of Mission #2, Sunday school teacher. Her passion was singing. She loved singing and served 20-plus years as president of the choir department.

Fri
30
Jan

Catherine Moore

Funeral arrangements for Catherine Moore of Waco are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Catherine Moore went to be with the Lord on Jan. 28, 2015 at Quality Care of Waco.
Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Wed
28
Jan

Toni Michelle Moore-Payton


Toni Michelle Moore-Payton

Toni “Mickey” Moore-Payton, daughter of the late Shirley Wheeler and Bobby Gates Hall, was born July 16, 1961 in Roswell, New Mexico. Heaven got it a character on the early morning of Jan. 24, 2015, when she was gently lifted home after a lengthy, valiant, hard-fought struggle surrounded by friendly staff members at the Windsor HealthCare Residence in Groesbeck. Mickey was 53.
Waiting to welcome her to the heavenly father’s arms are her parents; maternal grandmother, Jessie Lawrence; stepfather, Samuel Wheeler and her favorite aunt, Charlotte Jefferson.

Wed
28
Jan

John Walter 'Jack' Reed

John Walter “Jack” Reed, 86, passed from this earth Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, following a long illness.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, at Northcrest Church of Christ with ministers Van Pendergrass, Dorisey’s brother, and Shane Alexander, of Northcrest Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia City Cemetery.
Jack was born Feb. 18, 1928 in Emporia, Kansas. He was the ninth of 10 children born to J. F. and Mary Golden Reed. He grew up in Kansas and moved to Fresno, Calif. when he was 18. Jack immediately began his career at Valley Decorating Company building floats for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. He worked as a commercial artist for Valley Decorating until he retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Gary Nelson, who passed away in 2004.

Wed
28
Jan

Charlene Winn Arnick


Charlene Winn Arnick

Charlene Winn Arnick
Charlene Winn Arnick passed away Jan. 24, 2015.
She was born July 21, 1945 in Wortham, to the parentage of Sidell Winn Sr. and Lessie Lee Winn.
Charlene received her education in Mexia, and graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School.
Charlene professed her faith in Christ at an early age at the New Home Baptist Church, in Mexia. After relocating to Dallas, she united with Bexar Street Baptist Church and later with Faithful Missionary Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir, worked in hospitality and belonged to various circles.
She attended technical school and was a dedicated employee of the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Dallas until retirement in 1995.
Charlene loved the Lord, church and her family. She enjoyed gardening, decorating, thrift shopping and antiquing. She loved gospel and jazz music.

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