Obituaries

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Hazel Irene Downs

Hazel Irene Downs, 83, of Prairie Hill, passed away Feb. 13, 2014 at the Windsor Healthcare Residence in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at Prairie Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation was held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Downs was born March 6, 1930 in Wortham. She was retired from Freestone Credit Union, where she worked as a loan officer for many years.
Downs was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Zuber and Ara Allison; brother, Sonny Zuber and great-great grandson, Tommy Billingsley.

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Feb

Rosie Mae Timberlake


Rosie Mae Timberlake

Rosie Mae Timberlake, 83, passed away Feb. 13, 2014 in Fort Worth. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Mexia Cemetery with Chaplain Paul Reedy officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Rosie was born Jan. 18, 1931 in Cotton Gin, to Marshall and Nancy Jewel Archibald Kuyava. She worked for many years as a waitress at Ray’s Steakhouse and Buddy’s Cafe in Mexia. She later went to work and retired from the Mexia State School after 22 years of service as a canteen clerk. While working at the Mexia State School, she attended MCC and Navarro College, obtaining her child care certification.

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14
Feb

Deborah Kaye Brooks


Deborah Kaye Brooks

Deborah Kaye Brooks, 60, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 14, 2014 at her home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Prairie Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie Grove Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the Prairie Grove Baptist Church.
Deborah was born Dec. 15, 1953 in San Antonio, to Carl and Margaret Doris Burkett Sims. She was a secretary for the Foster Grandparents at the Mexia State Supported Living Center. Deborah married Danny James Brooks on Sept. 13, 2000 in Coolidge.
Deborah was a very caring person with a big heart, always giving to those in need. She cherished her family and spending time with them. She was very creative, a wonderful seamstress, enjoyed garage selling and gardening. It was said that she could grow a flower from a “stick.” 

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Feb

Willie Buchanan 'Buck' Slaughter


Willie Buchanan 'Buck' Slaughter

Willie Buchanan “Buck” Slaughter, 91, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 12, 2014 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Bill Wright and Mr. Neil Bond officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Buck was born Sept. 19, 1922 in Mexia, to Harlie and Willie Shelton Slaughter. He was a retired building superintendent city inspector.
Buck was raised in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School. At the age of 16, while still attending high school, he managed to join the Mexia National Guard unit. On March 19, 1939, he became a member of Company B, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division. After World War II began, he was mobilized into the U.S. Army on Nov. 25, 1940.

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13
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Sheila Butcher

Sheila Butcher, 51, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 at the Teague Nursing Home. Funeral services are pending with Pearly Gates Funeral Home, pearlygatesfuneralhome.org.

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11
Feb

Pinkie Lee Green


Pinkie Lee Green

The angelic hosts came for Pinkie Lee Green, 83, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in the Fairfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fairfield, among loving family and devoted friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 700 IH-45, in Fairfield, with Rev. Michael Daniels, pastor, True Vine DOXA Center, officiating and Rev. C.W. Anderson serving as eulogist. Interment will follow at Pine Top Cemetery in Oakwood.
Pinkie Lee Green was the fourth child born to T.J. Turner and Dollie Gibson Turner on March 27, 1930 in the Butler community of Freestone County, where she grew up and attended the public schools. She was baptized in the Youngs Mills Church at an early age.
Pinkie was married to Paul Coleman and Arnestia “Ted” Green.

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10
Feb

Walterine Preciphs Robinson

The angelic hosts came for Walterine Robinson, 67, on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in the Fort Worth Manor Nursing Home among loving family and devoted friends.
Funeral services are Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at Head Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 605 McClintic St. in Groesbeck. Rev. Sean A. Taylor, pastor, St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Euless, will officiate. Interment will follow at Zion Rock Cemetery in High Bank.
Walterine Preciphs Robinson was the eldest of two children born to Walter Edward and Ethel Jewel Preciphs on Oct. 18, 1946 in Groesbeck.
She attended Groesbeck Public Schools which include Blackshear Elementary and Washington High School. Walterine accepted Christ at an early age at Head Branch Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor N.C. Williams.
Walterine was united in holy matrimony to Joe Robinson and to this union was born a son, Joe Earl Robinson, who now resides in Burleson.

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10
Feb

Cornealius (C.P.) Polk


Cornelius Polk

Funeral services for Cornelius Polk will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Greater Haynes Memorial COGIC, 601 N. Denton in Mexia, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. til 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Mr. Cornelius Polk, a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to all, transitioned from this earthy life on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
Mr. Cornelius Polk, also known as "CP," was born on Jan. 3, 1932, to the proud parents of Jim and Julia (Shannon) Polk. He was the oldest of five siblings.
Cornelius confessed Christ at an early age. He was a fun-loving man; if asked a question, he would oftentimes answer back in a joking manner. He also had a serious side, though. He said what he meant and he meant what he said.

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10
Feb

Lonzo '202' Anderson


Lonzo '202' Anderson

Funeral services for Mr. Lonzo "202" Anderson will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2:02 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton in Mexia. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. til 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
On March 25, 1947, God released Lonzo "202" Anderson, one of his greatest treasures into the earth. He was born to Lugenia (Genie) and Hattie Mae Anderson in Mexia. Lonzo went to be with the Lord on Feb. 10, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Waco.
Lonzo accepted Christ at a young age and united with Jones Chapel Methodist Church in Mexia. He received his education from the Mexia Independent School District, where he was a standout football player. He often stated "202" came from number of tackles he made during his senior year.
After graduating, he and Elise Anderson were united in Holy Matrimony; and to this union, three children were born.

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10
Feb

Michael Edwin Skolaut

Michael Edwin Skolaut, of Thornton, passed away Wed, Feb. 5, 2014 at Providence Hospital in Waco. He was 72. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Old Union Church of Christ, with Brother Glenn Easterly officiating.
After the memorial service, a luncheon will be served at the church building for family and friends. 
Mike was born and raised in Houston, where he graduated from high school. He was in the Army branch of the Armed Forces, serving in Korea. 
He owned his own landscaping business. One of his accounts for several years, of which he was very proud, was the Houston Astrodome.
He also worked as a telecommunications technician for Southwestern Bell and later for Williams Telecommunications.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Joseph and Anastasia Skolaut, and his older brother Gene.
He is survived by his brother Richard and his sister Betty.

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