Obituaries

Sat
30
Aug

Leroy Williams Jr.


Leroy Williams Jr.

Funeral services for Leroy Williams Jr. will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mart. Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Leroy Williams Jr. was born May 22, 1956 in Floydada to Mary Alice Williams and Leroy Williams Sr. .
He was called home to glory on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 in Jackson, Tennessee.
Leroy's greatest loves were his family, cooking, dancing and singing. He worked as a chef in Henderson, Tennessee. He was a member of J.P. Baptist Church in Henderson.
Preceding him in death were his mother and father, and two sisters, Ella Faye Wiley and Thelma Williams.

Wed
27
Aug

Gary L. Butler


Gary L. Butler

The angelic hosts came for Gary Butler, 57, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing is Friday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are Saturday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church of Wortham, with Rev. John Delancey, pastor, officiating. Rev. Rodney K. Jackson, First Christian Missionary Baptist Church of Houston, will serve as the eulogist. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery.
Gary L. Butler was born Aug. 29, 1956 in Wortham, the last child of George and Sarah Burks Butler. He grew up in Wortham and attended the public schools there. He was baptized in the Beulah Baptist Church at a young age. Gary attended Sunday School and was a member of the church choir at Beulah.

Wed
27
Aug

Wanda Dolson Gantt


Wanda Dolson Gantt

Wanda Dolson Gantt went to be with her Lord and savior on Aug. 22, 2014. By her bedside for her journey were her niece and best friend, Diane McCeig, along with “borrowed” loving daughters, Lori McCeig and Leisha Beamer.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Rick Gray officiating. Interment was in the New Hope Cemetery near Farrar.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Don Landry and Raymond Gantt; two brothers, Marvin Dolson and Robert Dolson; two sisters, Ruth Hester and Dorthey Bradick; and special great-nephew, Curtis McCeig.

Wed
27
Aug

Lauro Roque Zamora


Lauro Roque Zamora

Lauro Roque Zamora, 78, a native of Brownsville who had lived in Mexia for the last 18 years, died Aug. 18, 2014. He was born Aug. 16, 1936. He was laid to rest Friday, Aug. 22, in his hometown.
Zamora was well known around the Mexia area as a great mechanic, working on tractors, cars, trucks, dozers and just about anything that ran on gas and oil. He was a good and kind-hearted man who would help anyone, a firm father who had lots of friends. He would say his most memorable times were spent in Tehuacana where he helped his best friend, Sammy, on the rancho. He will be missed by his family and friends.
Zamora is survived by his wife, Irma Zamora; five sons, Larry, Carlos, Joe, Eddie and Victor Zamora; two daughters, Lupita Zamora and Gabriela Martinez; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Lupe Zamora and Edith Zamora; and a son-in-law, Ricardo Martinez.
You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. May you rest in peace, Apa (Dad).

Wed
27
Aug

James Richard 'Jim' Phillips


James Richard "Jim" Phillips

James Richard Phillips, 70, of Brazoria, passed peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, from his earthly home to his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior, with his loving family at his bedside.
Jim was born Feb. 27, 1944, in Mexia, to Richard M. Phillips and Marjorie Welch Phillips. He graduated from Refugio High School. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Army where he served his country honorably for six years. In 1968, Jim went to work for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport. He worked at Warehouse A as a forklift driver. He retired in 1997 with 30 years of credited service.
On July 11, 1969, he married his loving wife, Linda Vaughn of LaMarque. Together they shared 45 years of marriage.

Wed
27
Aug

Deward Forrest LeFevre


Deward Forrest LeFevre

On Aug. 21, 2014 Deward Forrest LeFevre went to sleep and woke up in heaven. His joy and love of life brought smiles to all. He never met a stranger, stayed true to his faith and fiercely protected his family. His was a spirit full of adventure and hard work.
Deward loved to tell stories. His family kidded that he could talk to a fence post and he did. Other loves were the Bible, sports and the Masonic Lodge. His trusty Ford Ranger and toolbox stood ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Deward, born Jan. 8, 1924, and Charlene married Aug. 23, 1942. Their 72 years of married bliss produced two children, Susan and Biff; five grandchildren, Shannon, Mika, Lindsay, Grant and Garrett; son-in-law, Kit Campbell; daughter-in-law, D'Ann; and great-grandchildren, Hayden, Paige, Madison and Mason, who will also miss their Grandy. Deward is also survived by his brother, Morris LeFevre.

Wed
27
Aug

Billie Marie Haines Woolsey


Billie Marie Haines Woolsey

Billie Marie Haines Woolsey, 75, formerly of Mexia, passed away Aug. 23, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Woodland Cemetery in Kirven.
Billie was born in Freestone, Texas on Jan. 12, 1939. She spent her life caring for not only her own family, but many others as long as her health permitted. She was employed for many years as a caregiver.
Billie’s favorite hobby was playing bingo. She will be remembered by those who knew her as someone who had an outgoing personality and loved being around people. Billie was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother who cherished her time with her children and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her son, Joe Allen Mann.

Fri
15
Aug

Jean Aman Wright


Jean Aman Wright

Jean Aman Wright, 94, claimed her hope of glory on Aug. 13, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Andrew Wright; brother, Bernice Aman; and sisters, Claudine Aman and Tommie Norris.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Bishop and husband, Bob Bishop; by her son, Mark Wright and wife, Pat Wright; grandchildren, Dr. Micah Bishop and wife, Dr. Aubrey Bishop, Jaime Thornton and husband, Dr. Matt Thornton, Seth Wright and fiancee, Kari Thornton, and Sara Rodgers; and one great-grandson, Harrison Rodgers.

Thu
14
Aug

Dori Ann Talley


Dori Ann Talley

Dori Ann Talley passed away at her Tulsa, Okla. residence Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.
Dori was born May 6, 1940 in Boonville, Ark., to Guy and Jessie Davis. Dori grew up in California and Oregon. She attended Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
She pursued a career in cosmetology and was known by many to be a master hairstylist. She owned the Talley Barber Shop in Mexia, and she was a partner in the salon, Cut Above, in Little Rock, Ark.
Dori was unmistakably a class act. She always served her clients well and always maintained a special ability to create beauty.
Dori was preceded in death by her parents; her two children, John Robertson and Cindy Smith; and her siblings, Sue Choate, Bobby Davis, Grace Dowdy and Billy Davis.
She is survived by her husband, Miller Talley; stepdaughter, Tracy Schneider; son, Phillip Talley; and her siblings, Linda Burkhead, Peggy Nelson, James Davis and Dale Davis.

Wed
13
Aug

Gloria Marie Hartsfield


Gloria Marie Hartsfield

Gloria Marie Hartsfield, 85, left her earthly home in Waco on Aug. 11, 2014, to enter her heavenly home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at Owen Funeral Home in Cartersville, Ga., with Rev. Rudy Ross officiating. Interment will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery, also in Cartersville.
Visitation with the family was held Wednesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia. There will also be a visitation with the family at 10 a.m. Saturday at Owen Funeral Home in Cartersville.
Gloria was born April 30, 1929 in Cartersville, Ga., to Ben and Lona Mae Stiles Mills. She married Charles E. Hartsfield on Nov. 6, 1949. They later moved to the Tehuacana/ Mexia area. She retired from the Mexia State School after 20 years of service as an executive assistant.

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