Obituaries

Wed
11
Jun

Raymond Ferril Bales


Raymond Ferril Bales

Raymond Ferril Bales, 94, passed away June 9, 2014 in Fort Worth. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, in the Mexia Cemetery.
Raymond was born Jan. 27, 1920 in Burkburnett, to T.W. and Ora Bales. He grew up in Mexia where he attended Forest Glade Elementary and Mexia High School.
He always thought of Mexia as his home. During his time at Mexia High School, he spent his after-school time delivering papers on a 20-mile paper route that went from downtown to the Reunion Grounds. He delivered The Mexia Daily News on his bicycle for four years.

Wed
11
Jun

James Earl Hitt


James Earl Hitt

James Earl Hitt, 93, of Garland, was born June 12, 1920 in Mexia, Texas to Earl and Hattie (Armstead) Hitt and passed away June 8, 2014 in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, Ruby Nell Hitt.
James is survived by children, James Edwin Hitt and Sandra Marie Watts; grandchildren, Darla Herman and husband, Mark, Jane Shaw and husband, Barron, Shelley McConnico and husband, David, Michael Watts and wife, Stacy, and Jessica Mather and husband, Jaime; great-grandchildren, Jacob Herman, Hazel Herman, Grace Ann Shaw, Abigail Shaw, Isabella Mather, Lennon Mather, Austin McConnico, Ashley McConnico, Parker Watts, Gavin Watts, Gracy Watts and Ruby Watts.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 12, at Williams Funeral Directors in Garland.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia with Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating. A Masonic graveside service will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Wed
11
Jun

Hugh Alton 'Mojo' Gilliam


Hugh Alton 'Mojo' Gilliam

Hugh Alton “Mojo” Gilliam, 80, of Mexia passed away June 9, 2014 in Waco. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Old Bethel Cemetery, with Neil Bond officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Mojo was born July 7, 1933 in Mexia, to Arvin James and Mary Ella Lancaster Gilliam. He was a lifelong resident of Mexia and a 1952 graduate of Mexia High School. After completing his education, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mojo retired from General Tire after 30 plus years of service.
He married the love of his life, Fayrene Prichard, on Aug. 19, 1960 in Mexia. They were blessed with two daughters, Carla and Shannon. Mojo was proud of family and loved nothing more than spending time with them, especially his grandsons. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially taking care of his yard. In his leisure time, he loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys.

Wed
11
Jun

Helen Ruth Baker


Helen Ruth Baker

Helen Ruth Baker went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2014 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Funeral services for Helen Ruth Baker will be held Tuesday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at Greater Friendship MBC, 2023 Wenneca in Fort Worth. Visitation was held Monday, June 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Greater Friendship in Fort Worth. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Arlington.
During the fall of 1949 in the month of November and the eighth day, a daughter was born to Robert and Pearlie LaGrone Baker. They named her Helen Ruth Baker. She was the second to this union. This eventful occasion took place in Forreston.
Helen received her early childhood education from Forreston High and graduated at the top of her class as salutatorian in 1968.
Helen worked for local uniforms for many years. In 1975 she worked for Tandy Instruments. Later Tandy changed their name to ASC. She worked for ASC until she retired in 1993.

Wed
11
Jun

Edgar Lee Jackson


Edgar Lee Jackson

It is written that when life begins it is like an open book with many blank pages. Each day as we live our deeds are recorded page by page until we close our eyes in death and await that great getting up morning.
The pages of this book began for Edgar Lee Jackson when he was born to Edgar "Ben" and Lee Tatum "Dimp" Jackson on Jan. 8, 1951 in Groesbeck. He was the seventh child to their union. On May 5, 2014, this book ended when the Lord called Edgar to his sweet rest.

Mon
09
Jun

Robin Thompson


Robin Thompson

Funeral services for Robin Thompson will be held Tuesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Brother Paul Gauntt will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation with the family present was held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Thompson, 55, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014, at her residence in Teague. She was born in Teague Oct. 30, 1958, and moved to Mexico where she attended parochial schools from 1967 to 1975. Robin remained fluent in speaking both English and Spanish. She raised three children and was a homemaker for most of her life. Robin operated a day care and raised cattle for a period of time, but was best known for working in Mexia in the photo department of Walmart for some 11 years. She loved music and adored her grandchildren.
Thompson was preceded in death by one sister, Rebekah Thompson, and her father, Jerry Thompson.

Mon
09
Jun

Reagan Dean Jacobs


Reagan Dean Jacobs

Huge shoes to fill, left vacant with the passing of one of Coolidge’s finest, Reagan Dean Jacobs. Reagan, 51, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his home. He was an active citizen of Coolidge for 42 years.
Reagan was born in Palestine, on Sept. 7, 1962. He is the son of Bobby and Pat Jacobs of Coolidge.
He married Janet Gilliam, of Teague, on Dec. 14, 2013 in Coolidge.
Reagan was a family man. He was a loving and devoted father to his children, Drew, Sammie and Gabi. He enjoyed watching his girls play basketball, volleyball, track and softball and feeding cows with Drew. Together, they loved to fish, show livestock at the local county show and cooking. He enjoyed fishing, family gatherings, playing “42” every chance he got, and growing vegetables, with much success, in his garden.

Mon
09
Jun

Edgar Jackson

Funeral services for Edgar Jackson are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Jackson went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2014 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, with his loving family by his side.

Mon
09
Jun

Dorothy Diane Weatherly


Dorothy Diane Weatherly

Dorothy Diane Weatherly, 69, of Richardson, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends at Medical City, Dallas on Thursday, June 5, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Woodcreek Church, 3400 E. Renner Road in Richardson. A reception will follow the service in The Atrium of Woodcreek.
Dorothy Weatherly was born in Waco and grew up in Prairie Hill, the daughter of Victor Mark Hardin and Dorothy Faye Ward Hardin. Dorothy attended Mexia High School and Stephen F. Austin University, receiving her degree in accounting and economics.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Fri
06
Jun

Julius Nussbaum


Julius Nussbaum

 Julius Nussbaum, 80, formerly of Greenville, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. Graveside services will be 3 p.m., Friday, June 6, at Temple Emanu-El Cemetery in Dallas under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rabbi Debra Robbins will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, June 7, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Nussbaum was born in Mexia on March 21, 1934. He was the son of Claude Albert Nussbaum and Alma Fleig Nussbaum. He married Joan Glassman on Dec. 27, 1955 in Dallas. Nussbaum was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a navigator. He was retired from Glassman Oxygen and Supply Company in Greenville. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas.

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