Obituaries

Fri
13
Mar

R.L. ‘Hawk’ Hawkins


R.L. ‘Hawk’ Hawkins

R.L. “Hawk” Hawkins, 81, of Mexia, passed away in his home Friday, March 13, 2015. Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Neil Bond officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia City Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
R.L. was born Dec. 5, 1933 in Ben Hur. He married the love of his life, Arlene, on Nov. 30, 1955. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955-57, where he spent 18 months aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Mullany. After discharge, R.L. and Arlene made their home in Mexia, where they raised three sons, two daughters and a small collection of neighborhood children. After 33 years of service, he retired from Southwestern Electric Service Company (SESCO) in 1997.

Fri
13
Mar

Ercel Morris Hager


Ercel Morris Hager

Ercel M. Hager, 94, of Lake Mexia, passed away March 12, 2015 at his residence. Graveside services will be held Friday, March 13, at 4 p.m. at Mexia City Cemetery. Family visitation will be held prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Mr. Hager was born Aug. 25, 1920 to Morgan David and Eulla Elliott Hager. He served during World War II, from 1942 until the end of the war, during which he drove a tank in the Army and landed in Normandy on D-Day. He was a hardworking man who was loved by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his children, Richard Hager, Loretta Hager and David Hager; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Serving as pallbearers are Michael Hager, Jody Hager, Cole Hager, Morgan Hager, Jordan Yarborough, Cade Hawkins, Jaylen Meyars and Logan Yarby.

Thu
12
Mar

Jack Murray Bounds


Jack Murray Bounds

Jack Murray Bounds, 67, passed away Feb. 28, 2015, in Wortham.
Jack was born in Waco on June 25, 1947. After living in Waco and Wichita Falls, Jack’s parents, Jackie and Lemoine, moved the family to Houston where Jack attended several different junior high and high schools, because new schools were being built closer to their home each year. Jack attended Spring Branch HS and Memorial HS, and, finally, Spring Woods High School, graduating in 1966. After high school, Jack attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Jack moved to East Texas with his first wife, Pat, where he worked as a police officer for the city of Gladewater. Jack was thrilled when his son, Jackson Lemoine, was born in 1970. Jack later worked for a time in the oil field before he began working as a truck driver. He worked as a hot shot driver, then as a long haul truck driver for many years.

Wed
11
Mar

Robert Lee Spivey


Robert Lee Spivey

Funeral services for Robert Lee Spivey are 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, 118 E. 18 St. in Thornton, with Rev. Terry Spivey as eulogist.
You may visit Spivey as he sleeps in sweet repose at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. The family will be present from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Thornton.
Spivey was born Feb. 25, 1944 in Thornton, to Thomas and Sophroma Spivey.
He attended Washington High School in Groesbeck. In early adulthood, he met Hazel McCullen, and they had three children: Anthony, Robert and Tammy McCullen. Spivey joined the U.S. Army in 1967, serving for 2 years. He later moved to Fort Worth, where he met and married Mildred Davis. To that union two children were born, Tumeka and Tosha Spivey.

Wed
11
Mar

Nathan Jackson Jutson


Nathan Jackson Jutson

Nathan Jackson Jutson was born Jan. 5, 1928, and died Feb. 17, 2015.
Jack was born in Limestone County and lived there until he was 16 years old, when he joined the Merchant Marines for two years, then proudly serving in the Air Force for 20 years. During his service he was stationed in Korea, Japan, the Philippines and several U.S. posts. He retired April 1, 1976 as a technical sergeant.
Upon his retirement he relocated to Groesbeck where he worked for General Dynamics in Waco. Jack dropped out of school in the fourth grade. However, in the military he achieved his high school diploma. At the age of 45 he received his associate’s degree from McLennan Community College.
Jack continued to have a thirst for knowledge, obtaining his broker and independent insurance license. For a time he opened an office in town. When Lake Limestone was developed he worked with the Sadler family to develop the Lake Limestone community.

Wed
11
Mar

Joshua D. Mulkey


Joshua D. Mulkey

Funeral services for Joshua “J.D.” Mulkey will be held Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Northcrest Church of Christ, 918 Tehuacana Road in Mexia. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 13, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Officiating will be Pastor Cleo High; Pastor James Johnson will serve as eulogist.
Joshua Mulkey was born March 1, 1996 in Waco, to Arthur Mulkey and Shaunacy Peoples. He was educated in the Mexia and Teague school districts. He loved to play football and basketball and love playing his Playstation. He was a junior usher at Freedom Missionary Baptist Church and also sang in the youth choir.
He went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2015 in Teague.
He was preceded in death by his father; great-grandmother, Gloria J. Peoples, and his cousin, Tyree Smith, who he loved dearly.

Wed
11
Mar

Ina Clydene Rincker


Ina Clydene Rincker

Ina Clydene Rincker, 67, of Mexia, passed away March 9, 2015 in Waco.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, March 14, at the First Pentecostal Church of God in Mexia, with Pastor James Rincker officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia City Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Clydene was born Aug. 24, 1947 in Dallas, to Floyd and Ruthie Rich Smith. She retired from CSC Insurance claims department after five-plus years of service.
Clydene enjoyed a quiet, simple life. Her love for God, family and her church family were her inspirations in life. She enjoyed keeping her grandchildren, family gatherings and attending church. Clydene’s hobbies were playing games, the computer, reading her Bible and all types of books, and she loved flowers. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of God in Mexia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Karen Doney.

Wed
11
Mar

Christine Warren

Viewing for Christine Warren is 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at St. Paul Church of God In Christ, 600 Cox St. in Teague.
Warren passed away March 6, 2015 at her residence.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia is in charge of arrangements. Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Mon
09
Mar

Jerry Lee Elmore


Jerry Lee Elmore

Jerry Lee Elmore, 76, formerly of Mexia, passed away March 7, 2015 in Clear Lake. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Jerry was born Dec. 21, 1938 in West Virginia, to Leon and Hazel Kilgore Elmore. He worked for NASA for 25 years as a graphic artist and designer. He designed the patches that the astronauts wore in space on Apollos 11 and 17. Jerry’s painting of the space station was once featured in Time magazine. He also worked for Stewart-Stephenson in their design department for 15 years and for the Foster Grandparent Program at the Mexia State Supported Living Center for a number of years.
Jerry’s hobby was fishing; he loved to fish whether it be in the bay or in this area. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mexia.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mon
09
Mar

Jack Murray Bounds


Jack Murray Bounds

Jack Murray Bounds, 67, passed away Feb. 28, 2015, in Wortham.
Jack was born in Waco on June 25, 1947. After living in Waco and Wichita Falls, Jack’s parents, Jackie and Lemoine, moved the family to Houston where Jack attended several different junior high and high schools, because new schools were being built closer to their home each year. Jack attended Spring Branch HS and Memorial HS, and, finally, Spring Woods High School, graduating in 1966. After high school, Jack attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Jack moved to East Texas with his first wife, Pat, where he worked as a police officer for the city of Gladewater. Jack was thrilled when his son, Jackson Lemoine, was born in 1970. Jack later worked for a time in the oil field before he began working as a truck driver. He worked as a hot shot driver, then as a long haul truck driver for many years.

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