Obituaries

Fri
16
Oct

Derwood E. ‘Ed’ Burleson

Retired Army Maj. Derwood E. “Ed” Burleson, of Waco, a World War II and Korean War veteran who embraced his family and his Texas heritage with equal passion, passed away Thursday night at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center after a short illness.
He was 95.
Ed will be laid to rest with full military honors during a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at LaSalle Cemetery on FM 1953 (north from Hwy. 164 seven miles east of Groesbeck), near where he was born on Dec. 28, 1919, to Thomas E. and Ella May Burleson.
Rev. Eric Howell of Dayspring Baptist Church will preside.
Ed was a storyteller whose Texas roots ran deep. His ancestors included Edward Burleson, a soldier and statesman who was elected vice president of the Republic of Texas in 1841.

Wed
14
Oct

Virginia Jenkins Bounds

Virginia Jenkins Bounds, 101, was received into Heaven from her home, in Tehuacana, on the morning of Oct. 13, 2015. She was born in Eldorado City on June 3, 1914, to Sparks B. and Louise Coleman Jenkins. They lived in Hubbard, Marshall and Mexia.
In 1935, Virginia married James Thomas “J.T.” Bounds. They lived in Lockhart before returning to Tehuacana, where they made their home for the remainder of their lives. J.T. was a farmer and rancher until his death in 1990. Virginia assisted him by keeping his books and feeding his helpers delicious meals. She worked for the city of Tehuacana, as secretary and also served as secretary of the Tehuacana United Methodist Church where she was a longtime active member; was a member of the D.A.R. and served as a faithfully active member of the Rotary Club of Mexia from 1990 until December 2013.

Wed
14
Oct

Charles O’Neal ‘Chalie Rock’ Johnson

Charles O’Neal ‘Chalie Rock’ Johnson
Funeral services for Charles O’Neal ‘Chalie Rock’ Johnson, 31, of Corsicana will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at noon at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collins in Corsicana. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Life Line Family Church, 5301 W. Hwy. 31 in Corsicana. Officiating will be Pastor Willie Horn and eulogist will be Minister Kamar Chambers.
Charles was born Dec. 19, 1983 in Corsicana, to the parentage of Charles E. Allen and Debra Johnson. He received his formal education from Corsicana Independent School District and continued his education and received a degree in paint and body from TSTC College.
Charles was a dedicated father, brother and friend. His passion was helping others, and working on and reconstructing cars.

Wed
14
Oct

Delores Wadle Ouellette

Delores Wadle Ouellette, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Austin, passed away peacefully on Oct. 11, 2015 at the age of 76, lovingly surrounded by family.
“Dee,” as some family and friends knew her, was born in Mexia on July 13, 1939. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1957. She moved to Austin and attended Durham Business College before beginning her career with the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation. She met her husband of 56 years, Joseph R. Ouellette, in Austin, and they were married Dec. 5, 1959. Delores retired in 1991 after 31 years of service with the state. After enjoying a short retirement, she joined her husband in their business in Belton until they sold it in 2000.

Wed
14
Oct

Katherine Bluitt Wright

Funeral services for Katherine Bluitt Wright will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. at Northcrest Church of Christ, 918 Tehuacana Road in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Burial will take place in Woodland Cemetery.
Katherine Bluitt Wright was born Nov. 18, 1948 in Waco. She was the fifth child born to Maggie Lee Bluitt and the first daughter born to Hollis Mitchell.
She was educated in the public schools of Mexia and Houston. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School on June 2, 1967 in Houston.
On Sept. 11, 1970, she married the love of her life Franklin Roosevelt “GG” Wright. To this union eight children were born. GG preceded her in death.
Katherine died Oct. 11, 2015 at Navarro Regional Medical Center in Corsicana.

Mon
12
Oct

Beth Gibson Ireland

The angelic hosts came for Beth Gibson Ireland on Thursday morning, Oct. 8, 2015 in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
A celebration of life without viewing was held Monday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, 303 S. Mount St. in Fairfield. Pastor Ken Pruitt officiated and Bishop Sam Cumby brought the Word.
Beth Gibson Ireland was born and raised in Houston. She was the first born child to Roger and Christine Gibson. She graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1975 in Houston. She then attended Houston Community College and Baylor University. Beth met and married James Ireland in 1984 and to that union was born Felicia Monét Ireland and Philip Morgan Ireland.

Mon
12
Oct

Ray S. Awalt Sr.

Ray S. Awalt Sr. passed away Oct. 11, 2015 at the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Cade Cemetery near Streetman. Family visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Awalt was born Oct.16, 1929 in Navarro County, to Ocie Jay and Willie Virginia Awalt. Some knew him for his music (Ray Awalt and The Bi-Stone Playboys), some knew him from his many years spent in the Freestone/Limestone county area and some knew him for his business (ABC Sign and Fence) of 30-plus years in Corsicana, but we knew him as Daddy.
Awalt was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Ruth Awalt; brothers, Jay Awalt, Bill Awalt and Olsie Awalt, and parents.

Fri
09
Oct

Joshua Mack Jr.

Funeral services for Joshua Mack Jr. will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God In Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Burial takes place in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Joshua Mack Jr. was born May 28, 1934 to the parents of Alma Burgess Mack and Joshua Mack Sr. He was born and raised in Kosse, then later moved to Mexia.
He accepted Christ at an early age, and became a member of Union Baptist Church in Mexia. He worked in the oil field, and also for the public schools in Mexia, as a bus driver in 1988. He spent his leisure time playing dominoes, which he loved doing.
Joshua went to be with the Lord on Oct. 8, 2015.

Fri
09
Oct

Marjorie Latham

Marjorie Louise Latham, 76, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 9, 2015 in Waco.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at Christ Gospel Fellowship in Mexia. Pastor Stephen Dubois officiated. Interment followed at Forest Glade Cemetery. Family visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Marjorie was born Nov. 1, 1938 in Washington County, to Fennie James and Opal Bertine Thompson Kennedy. She married Jimmie Latham on March 3, 1955. They moved to Mexia in 1964, where she was a resident for 52 years. She loved horses, and trail rides, which she used to participate in. She always wanted to go to the ocean and take off on a cruise.

Fri
09
Oct

Charles Johnson

Funeral arrangements for Charles Johnson, 31 of Corsicana, are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Charles went to be with the Lord on Oct. 7, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital, among family and friends.

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