Obituaries

Wed
28
Oct

Lewis Ben ‘Smokey’ Henderson

Lewis Ben “Smokey” Henderson died peacefully at his home in Mexia on Oct. 28, 2015, at the age of 71. Doctors said he didn’t have long, but he said, “Just bring it on – cancer can’t break me.” With his devoted wife by his side and a smile on his face, he knew the battle he had to face.
Smokey was born Nov. 7, 1943 in Mexia, to Elder Johnnie Sr. and Lillie Mae Davis Henderson. He graduated from Woodland High School, class of 1963 and Texas State Technical Institute, class of 1973, with a mechanics and auto body degree.

Mon
26
Oct

Richard Franklin Outlaw

Richard Franklin Outlaw, of Groesbeck, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at his residence, with his wife and daughter at his side. He was age 68, one day short of his birthday.
Visitation is Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Major Ernest Fullwood (Salvation Army, New Jersey) and Rev. Steve Nance (First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck) officiating. The Salvation Army Brass Band from Killeen will provide music, with Sue Leach leading the congregation in one song, and Amalia Munoz and Raul Munoz providing vocal and guitar for one song.
Pallbearers will be Chris Henson, Josh Christian, Ron Garrett, Jim Cox, Jerome Christian and Joseph Christian.

Mon
26
Oct

Dora Mae Howard

Dora Mae Howard, 79, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 23, 2015 in Waco.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Wilson Chapel Cemetery.
Dora was born in Frost on Feb. 4, 1936 to Commodore M. and Jenny Mae Hutchison Coffee. She worked in the Mexia State Supported Living Center Foster Grandparent program for a number of years; prior to that, she devoted her life to her most important job, raising her seven children.
Dora loved interacting with people. She spoke to everyone she met and usually struck up a conversation with them. She loved to read and was a frequent visitor to the library; she was also a big Texas Ranger fan. Dora was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Fri
23
Oct

Gencia Marie Brown Thomas

Funeral services for Gencia Marie Brown Thomas will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, at noon, at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church, 1021 E. Palestine in Mexia. Officiating will be Pastor Kennan Jackson; eulogist will be Pastor Claude Jackson. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 N. Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Gencia went to be with the Lord on Oct. 14, 2015 in Amarillo.
She was born in May 13, 1943 in Mexia, the first child of Ruby Faye Brown. She grew up in the Woodland Community and attended the public school and graduated from Mexia High in 1974. She also met and married Michael Melton, who preceded her in death, and to this union three daughters were born. She later in life met and married Sinclar Thomas Jr. They had 21 great years together. He preceded her in death, as did her mother, Ruby, and grandchild, Maraisa.
Her pastimes were bingo and spending time with her friends. She loved to laugh.

Fri
23
Oct

Michael Leroy O’Connell

Michael Leroy O’Connell, 69, of Groesbeck, went to his heavenly home with the Lord, leaving behind his health struggles of the past year and one-half. He passed away at Groesbeck LTC on Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2015, with his wife by his side.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 26, at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, followed by burial in Old Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Blackmon Jr., Bobby Carroll, Brandon Noey, Wil Floyd, Kyle Brizendine, Kody Daniel, Leonard Stewart and Steven Posey. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Collins, John Collins, and coworkers of BNSF Railroad, Teague.

Wed
21
Oct

Lillian Brodnax Wallace

Lillian Brodnax Wallace died peacefully at her home in Austin on Oct. 20, 2015. She was born Dec. 9, 1915, in Mexia, to Albert W. and Ruby Hayter Brodnax. The family moved to Coolidge in 1923, where Lillian attended school before graduating from Baylor University in 1937. She married Frederick E. Wallace, who preceded her in death in 1992. Most of their married life was spent in Houston.
In Houston, Lillian was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Susanna Wesley Bible Class, The Blue Bird Circle, Current Study Club, Colonial Dames, Old Main Society and Heritage Club of Baylor University, and the Houston Country Club. She and Frederick also belonged to the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., where they spent many summers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Nancy Brodnax Peoples; and her brother, W.W. Brodnax.

Wed
21
Oct

James Ray Porter

James Ray Porter, of Gainesville, originally from Aquilla, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015.
He was born March 31, 1976.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Victory Full Gospel Fellowship Church, 618 S. Third St. in Wortham.
James Ray recently worked at Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma. He attended Mexia High School.
He has gone home to be with God, and his granny, Cora Porter.
He is survived by his children, Sara, Weston and Samuel Porter; mother, Edna Lowry; two brothers, Jerry Don and Ernest Case; his Papa James Porter; and his girlfriend, Melissa O’Brien.

Wed
21
Oct

Charlie Frank Bounds

Charlie Frank Bounds, 60, passed away Oct. 19, 2015 in Mexia.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Brother David Bates officiating.
Charlie was born April 18, 1955 in Mexia, to Charlie Walter and Frances Edra Sudduth Bounds. He grew up in Tehuacana where he completed the fifth grade, prior to transferring to Mexia ISD. He worked as a truck driver for Larry Smith and the Dr Pepper Company for a number of years, in addition to working on farms and ranches.
Charlie had an outgoing personality, never met a stranger. He enjoyed playing his bass guitar and in his earlier years played with a local band throughout the area. He was once a member of the Brotherhood of Bikers. Charlie was a lover of all animals.
Charlie cherished his family and spending time with them. He was a loving brother and uncle who was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

Fri
16
Oct

Derwood E. ‘Ed’ Burleson

Retired Army Maj. Derwood E. “Ed” Burleson, of Waco, a World War II and Korean War veteran who embraced his family and his Texas heritage with equal passion, passed away Thursday night at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center after a short illness.
He was 95.
Ed will be laid to rest with full military honors during a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at LaSalle Cemetery on FM 1953 (north from Hwy. 164 seven miles east of Groesbeck), near where he was born on Dec. 28, 1919, to Thomas E. and Ella May Burleson.
Rev. Eric Howell of Dayspring Baptist Church will preside.
Ed was a storyteller whose Texas roots ran deep. His ancestors included Edward Burleson, a soldier and statesman who was elected vice president of the Republic of Texas in 1841.

Wed
14
Oct

Virginia Jenkins Bounds

Virginia Jenkins Bounds, 101, was received into Heaven from her home, in Tehuacana, on the morning of Oct. 13, 2015. She was born in Eldorado City on June 3, 1914, to Sparks B. and Louise Coleman Jenkins. They lived in Hubbard, Marshall and Mexia.
In 1935, Virginia married James Thomas “J.T.” Bounds. They lived in Lockhart before returning to Tehuacana, where they made their home for the remainder of their lives. J.T. was a farmer and rancher until his death in 1990. Virginia assisted him by keeping his books and feeding his helpers delicious meals. She worked for the city of Tehuacana, as secretary and also served as secretary of the Tehuacana United Methodist Church where she was a longtime active member; was a member of the D.A.R. and served as a faithfully active member of the Rotary Club of Mexia from 1990 until December 2013.

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