Obituaries

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Jay Fain Bodine

Jay Fain Bodine

Funeral services for Jay Fain Bodine will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Rev. Bob Sullivan and Rev. Paul Ransburger will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 8, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home.
Bodine passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield.
He was born March 13, 1931 in Coolidge to Samuel Perry and Lena B. Aldridge Bodine. His mother passed away when he was only 3 weeks old and he was raised by his father and older siblings. He moved to Teague at age 6 and attended Teague schools, graduating with the THS class of 1949 at the age of 16. Bodine, as he was often called, went to work delivering mail for a brief time and then began a 35-year career with the Burlington-Rock Island Railroad, working as a yard clerk.

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James Edward ‘Big D’ Benedict

James Edward ‘Big D’ Benedict

James Edward Benedict (affectionately known as “Big D”), of Groesbeck, passed away Jan. 2, 2016 in Mexia.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating.
James was born Feb. 8, 1921 in Port Arthur, to Van Benedict and Edna Benedict, the first of six boys. James proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific. He was with one of the first expeditionary forces to enter Nagasaki, Japan after the bombing. In 2014, he was chosen as one of the lucky veterans by Honor Flight to travel to Washington, D.C., to view the World War II Memorial Monument.
During his career, James worked in the cable system business in Texas. He worked as a Cablevision engineer in Mexia at the outset of that business. After his retirement at age 65 he worked for many years for the city of Mexia as a crossing guard for Mexia ISD.

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Cynthia D. Garner

Cynthia D. Garner

Cynthia D. Garner, 46, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 2, 2016 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Garner was born Aug. 5, 1969 in Wortham, to Willis and Gladys Garner. She was retired from the Mexia State School.
Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her children, Ashley Garner of Mexia, Jennifer Garcia and husband, James, of Coolidge and Stephanie Garner and spouse, Junior Garcia, of Mexia; grandchildren, Alex and Alexis of Mexia, Zaynie, Keegan, Maleah and Harley of Coolidge, and Darian, Evan and Kendel of Mexia; brother, Randal Garner and wife, Donna, of Italy; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Robert Ezell Williams

Robert Ezell Williams

Robert Ezell Williams went to be with the Lord on Dec. 31, 2015 at Providence Hospital in Waco.
He was born April 3, 1943 in Mexia, the fifth child of Alfred James Williams and Clara Bell Williams. He confessed a belief in Christ at an early age.
He attended Dunbar High School in Mexia and continued his education by attending college at Prairie View A&M. He joined the Army in 1966 and while serving earned the National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Campaign medal, Vietnam Service medal, Expert Rifleman and two O/S bars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Those left to cherish is memory are his sister, Margie Dancer of DeSoto; brother, Alfred Williams Jr. of DeSoto, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia, with Elder C.D. Washington as eulogist.

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Arthur Alonzo ‘Red Dog’ Van Zandt

Arthur Alonzo “Red Dog” Van Zandt went to be with the Lord on Jan. 2, 2016 at his home, with loving family by his side.
He was born May 2, 1954 in Hamlin, to Katherine Ervine and Lonnie Van Zandt. He attended Oscar DePriest School and graduated from Hamlin High School in 1972. He was always a hard worker and provider. He worked numerous jobs in his lifetime to include Sun Oil for 14 years and Three Rivers Chemical. He worked until he medically retired.
He was a highly intelligent man, with a photostatic memory. He read the newspaper cover-to-cover and worked crossword puzzles daily.
He was a devoted, loving father, grandfather and loved his entire family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, four sisters and a child, Baby Lonnie.

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Lesley Jo Kitchens May

Lesley Jo Kitchens May

Lesley Jo Kitchens May, 48, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 30, 2015 in Temple.
A celebration of Lesley’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Chaplain Karen Hulsey officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Lesley was born in Groesbeck on Sept. 17, 1967, to E.J. and Bonnie Jean Brown Kitchens. She grew up in Mexia and attend Mexia schools. She had been an instructor at the Mexia State Supported Living Center for a number of years.

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Walter Lee ‘Peanut’ Busby

Walter Lee ‘Peanut’ Busby

Walter Lee “Peanut” Busby went to be with the Lord on Dec. 30, 2015 at Mexia LTC.
He was born Oct. 14, 1953 in Mexia, to Wilmer T. Busby Sr. and Vera Ann Kiser Busby, the youngest of nice children. He was named after his uncle, Walter Lee Kiser.
Busby came into this world a bit prematurely, and his small stature earned him the nickname “Peanut,” a name given to him by his special aunt, Alma C. Spivey.
He was educated in Mexia, attending Woodland High School and Mexia High School. He had several trades, mostly plumbing, and didn’t mind working. Mainly his career was spent in the plumbing business, and he worked with and for the many plumbers in the family – brother, brother-in-law and nephews.
He had a hard time turning down a domino challenge.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bobbie; one sister and four brothers.

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Oneata Durham

Oneata Durham

Oneata was the third child born to Arthur and Lizzie Bell (Brooks) Forge, in Rocky Branch.
Oneata attended school in the Rocky Branch area and gave her life to Christ at a young age. In 1948, she united with Antioch Baptist Church. She was a faithful member who worked with numerous ministries and was president of the Usher’s Board for many years.
In 1944, Oneata married Sylvester Hobbs. Two children were born to this union.
After dissolving the marriage, Oneata built her home next door to her parents on Freeman Street. There she raised her children and called it home until her death.
In 1960,  she married Joe Durham and to this union one child was born. Oneata worked at various jobs including: Ryan’s Hotel, Holiday Martin, the dentist’s office, the medical clinic and she had her own custodian business. “Mother Dear” was the pillow that her children and family members could always turn to when help was needed.

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Dec

Charles Ray Wright Sr.

Charles Ray Wright Sr.

Charles Ray Wright Sr. was born to Hosea “Hosie” D. Wright and Willie Mae Gray Overstreet on Oct. 31, 1944 in Bremond, Robertson County. He was later raised by his late stepfather, Jim Gray Sr., and mother, Willie Mae Gray.
At an early age, Charles became a member of the Progress Missionary in Bremond, under the leadership of the late Rev. A.A. Manning. Being the second eldest child, Charles helped his parents by nurturing his younger brothers and sisters. He was so diverse that he could go from pulling cotton to picking out dress fabric for his little sister. It was no secret that Charles was a colorful and witty child. It was always said that you could always count on Charles to give you a laugh or two during the course of the day.

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Dec

Beatrice Bowers Jones

Beatrice Bowers Jones

Beatrice Bowers Jones was the second child of Cleady and Versie Bowers. She was born in Limestone County on Oct. 11, 1944.
She went to be with her Lord on Dec. 28, 2015, with her children and grandchildren around her.
She was known as Bea to family and friends. She grew up in Limestone County and completed her education in 1963 at Community High School in Coolidge. She also attended the School of Nursing in North Carolina.
She met and married William W. Jones in 1964. To this union two beautiful girls were born: Elvundra D. Jones and Dana R. Jones.
As a homemaker and a loving mother, she wore many hats, such as a caregiver, seamstress that she loved as well as being a very exceptional cook. She was employed at the Mexia State School. She later moved to Houston, working with children as a preschool teacher and driving school buses for La Porte ISD. She also worked as a full time apartment manager

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