Obituaries

Sat
22
Mar

Susan Patricia Lee Bleakney


Susan Patricia Lee Bleakney

Susan Patricia Lee Bleakney, 67, went to be with our Lord Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Monday, March 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia with Father Benji Magnaye officiating. Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home with Rosary at 7 p.m.
Susan was born June 9, 1946 in Mexia, to John E. and Patsy Lee. She was raised in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School. On Dec. 21, 1966, she married the love of her life, William J. “Bill” Bleakney. They lived in Dallas for a time, where Susan was employed by the Traveler’s Insurance Company and Bill was employed by Interstate Theaters.

Sat
22
Mar

Shawna Lynn Patterson Surratt


Shawna Lynn Patterson Surratt

Shawna Lynn Patterson Surratt, 26, of Hurst, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at her family’s home in Mexia, following a lengthy illness. She was born to David and Patti Patterson in Midland, on Feb. 20, 1988. She married the love of her life, Jared Surratt, on Oct. 31, 2013. Shawna was raised in Carlsbad, N.M., then, upon high school graduation, moved to Waco.
To know Shawna was to love her. With her courage, she led everyone to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. Her laughter could fill a room; her smile and the twinkle in her green eyes, knew no stranger. Her biggest joy in life was being the “Best Aunt” to her precious Jaxen, Blake, Alyssa and Novaleigh. She was thrilled to now be a second mom to her husband’s son, Logan.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, A. E. and Lura Smith.

Sat
22
Mar

Cecil Bradford 'Deak' Willis


Cecil Bradford 'Deak' Willis

The angelic hosts came for Cecil Bradford "Deak" Willis, 73, on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe in Teague, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at True Vine DOXA Center, 917 South Fairway in Fairfield, with Rev. Michael Daniels, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Oakwood.
Willis was born April 13, 1940 in Freestone County, the second of six children born to Ervin Willis and Arra Mae Washington Willis.
Willis grew up in Freestone County and attended Fairfield public schools. He was baptized in New Zion Baptist Church in the Post Oak community at an early age. Cecil was a deacon as well as a Mason.

Mon
17
Mar

Annie Odessa 'Mama Babe' Mims


Annie Odessa 'Mama Babe' Mims

Annie Odessa "Mama Babe" Mims, 82, died March 13, 2014, at the Manor Nursing Home in Mexia, where she resided for the last 13-1/2 years.
Services will be held at Grove Island AME Church on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at Grove Island AME Church, FM 1365 between Mexia and Teague. Viewing will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home, 602 N. Ross in Mexia.
She was born Oct. 9, 1931 to Willie Hollie and Gladys Mae Hunter in Mexia. She graduated from Dunbar High School in Mexia.
She was married to C.W. "Ike" Mims in May 27, 1953. They were married for 42 years until C.W. passed away in 1995.
Odessa joined Grove Island AME Church at an early age where she served as an usher and deaconess. She was employed at Teague General Hospital until she retired.

Wed
12
Mar

Sybil Laningham Bryant

Funeral services for Sybil Laningham Bryant will be held Friday, March 14, at 10 a.m. at the chapel building at Wilson Chapel Cemetery near Donie. Gene Fambrough will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Wilson Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Bryant, 92, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in College Station. She was born and raised in Freestone County and worked for the Mexia State School for several years, but was an accomplished seamstress for most of her life. Bryant sewed countless garments for several generations of her family through the years. She enjoyed fishing and was a great cook. Bryant was a member of the Church of Christ.
Bryant was preceded in death by her husbands, Marvin Laningham and Jack Bryant, and one daughter, Kathryn Outlaw.

Wed
12
Mar

Jimmie Rhodes


Jimmie Rhodes

Jimmie Rhodes passed away early, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Jimmie was 77 years old, born on Aug. 17, 1936. He was a hard working roofer and construction worker all his life. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father that he didn’t have to be, a grandfather, brother and a loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and Frank Brown, and Carol and Pauline Rhodes; brother Paul Rhodes; two sisters, Ann Posey and Dorothy Liker; and his son, Duane Van Dyke.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Rhodes; two daughters and sons-in-law, Annette and Jimmy Hupp, and Connie and Brent Turner; six grandchildren, Christopher, Michael and Clayton Hupp, Amber Nicole Loggins, Christina Sherwood and Brandon Turner; five great-grandchildren, Ezra Loggins, Duane Sherwood, Cadence, Ayden and Kaidence Hupp; sisters Vivian Braun, Roberta Crum and Cathy Baily; and many nieces and nephews.

Wed
12
Mar

Ray Gene Henderson


Ray Gene Henderson

Ray Gene Henderson, 83, of Mexia, passed away March 10, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Wilmer Davis and Brother Jan Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Ray Gene was born April 11, 1930 in Farrar, to Carlie and Nora Bessie Vest Henderson.
Having spent the majority of his life in Mexia, Ray Gene was a well-known and respected man around town. His working career started at the Mexia Cotton Mill and a neighborhood grocery. Later he owned and operated a number of businesses around Mexia including used car sales, roofing, house leveling and contract work, and a service station. Raising cows and farming provided him with a great deal of enjoyment.

Mon
10
Mar

Marshall Ray Thurman


Marshall Ray Thurman

Marshall Ray Thurman, 78, went to be with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 8, 2014. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Randy Ayres of the Word of Life Family Worship Center officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Troy Dyer, Nick Martinez, Emilo Trevino, Heli Trevino III, Michael Trevino, Tyler Sunday and Joshua Thurman. Stanley Gibson, who was his caregiver at home, will be an honorary pallbearer.
Marshall Ray was born in Houston to Marshall John and Ocie Ray Thurman. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 35 years before retiring. Marshall Ray and wife, Consuelo, moved to Groesbeck in 1986 and founded Fairlane Farms, where he raised Red Angus cattle.

Fri
07
Mar

Margaret 'Margie' M. Spillers

A celebration of the life of Margaret "Margie" M. Spillers, 79, of Flint is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Westwood Baptist Church of Tyler, with Tom Crawford officiating
Margaret went to be with her Lord and savior on March 2, 2014.
Margaret was born Feb. 7, 1935 in Clark Fork Township, Mo., the daughter of John and Elsie Martin. She was raised by her stepmother, Minnie Martin, and paternal grandmother, Mattie Margaret Martin. She was raised in the Lutheran church, attending catechism classes as an expression of her faith. She owned several restaurants in East Texas. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, taking care of her family and doting on her grandsons.
Margaret was preceded in death by her father and stepmother, John and Minnie Martin; mother, Elsie Martin; brother, Bob Martin; and sister, Betty Louise Schoen.

Tue
04
Mar

Laudious Vandel 'Del' Lemons Jr.


Laudious Vandel 'Del' Lemons Jr.

Laudious Vandel “Del” Lemons Jr. passed away at his home in Tomball on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at age 76.
Visitation with the family will begin at noon before funeral services in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, and the funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Rev. Steve Nance of the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck will officiate, and burial will follow in the Faulkenberry Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John R. Lemons, James Lemons, Jeff Campbell, Johnathan VanDerbeek, Joshua Campbell and Scott Shillingburg.
Del was born in Groesbeck on Jan. 14, 1938 to L.V. (Sr.) and Rosemary Lemons. Del was voted “Most Handsome” in his senior class of 1956, and had been a Groesbeck Goat football and track athlete. He moved to Houston after graduation where he worked for Western Auto and attended classes at the University of Houston. He served in the National Guard for seven years.

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