Obituaries

Fri
11
Sep

Joe Harold Wofford

Joe Harold Wofford, 89, of Mesquite, passed away Sept. 11, 2015 in Dallas. Funeral services will be noon, Monday, Sept. 14, at the Calvary Baptist Church, with Brother James Kinman officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Joe was born in Hubbard, on July 24, 1926, to Alonzo Farris and Edna Vada Harrison Wofford. He served as a Houston Police officer, Medallion store manager and owned and operated a pawn shop for 15 years prior to retirement.
On April 1, 1944, he married the love of his life, Nannie B. Cavnar, in Houston, and they were blessed with one son, Jerry. Joe proudly served his country in the Army during World War II. He was a longtime member of the Oates Drive Baptist Church.
Joe’s family was his pride and joy; family gatherings were at the top of his list of things he loved. He also enjoyed fishing, squirrel hunting and playing cards and dominoes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings.

Wed
09
Sep

Lois Lucille Chenault Forrester

Lois Lucille Chenault Forrester, 101, of Coolidge, passed away Sept. 8, 2015 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie Hill Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Lois was born May 18, 1914 in Palmer, Ellis County, to John Wesley and Minnie Chenault. She married Robert Edmond Forrester on Nov. 1, 1932. They were blessed with three children, June, Robert Edmond Jr. and Kenneth Ray. In addition to being a homemaker for many years, Lois also worked at and retired from the Mexia State Supported Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert “Ed” Forrester, and son, Robert “Bobby” Forrester Jr.

Wed
09
Sep

Delma ‘Dell’ Marie Dempsey

Delma “Dell” Marie Dempsey, 53, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 8, 2015 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Old Union Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Dell was born on March 5, 1962 in Mexia, to Robert Melvin Dempsey and Willie Hazel Morehead. She retired after 32 years as a nurse’s aide at the Mexia State Supported Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her father; sister, Sharon Denise Dempsey; grandmother, Kitty Inez Morehead and grandfather, Willie Wilbert Morehead.
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Smith and husband, Dave of Tehuacana; mother, Hazel Matchett of Mexia; brothers, Russell Dempsey and Dean Dempsey, both of Mexia; sisters, Debbie Allen and husband, Robert of Dew and Melba Barber of Glen Rose; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Wed
09
Sep

Michael Frank Schuster

Michael Frank Schuster passed away Sept. 9, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Justin Nguyen. Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family was 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Rosary began at 6 p.m.
Mike was born May 29, 1929 in Mexia. Before graduating in 1948, he played football on the Mexia High School district championship team. He married Carol Lea Shaw on Dec. 18, 1952. He received his bachelor and master of science degrees from Texas A&M College and his PhD from Mississippi State University in the field of entomology. Mike was a world-class research scientist and conducted research in crop protection with both Mississippi State and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Following retirement, he resettled to Mexia, and continued to be active in the agricultural community.

Mon
07
Sep

Annette Vinson Ward

Annette Vinson Ward, 96, passed away Sept. 5, 2015 in Groesbeck. Services are pending at this time.
Annette was born Dec. 27, 1918 in Coolidge, to Aubrey Allen and Addie Mae Dowdle Vinson.
She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Ward DePaul of Georgetown; son, Bill Ward of Coolidge; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Fri
04
Sep

Elizabeth Ann Johnson

Elizabeth Ann Johnson passed away, at the age of 80, in Tomball, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Elizabeth was born Aug. 25, 1935 in Wichita Falls, to Jessie Raymond Allen and Oletha Annie Rich Allen.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Ginger Ann Mann; son, Ken Bess; three grandchildren, Bridgett Bess, Heather Gillette and Kris Mann; three great-grandchildren, Skylar Gillette, Tanner Cole and Trevor Mann; sisters, Connie Reed and Rayma Molock; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. So today, Elizabeth’s family ask, please do not morn or weep, but instead celebrate her life. She lived a long, fulfilling life and was able to do everything she ever wanted.

Wed
02
Sep

Virgil Octavious Russell

Virgil Octavious Russell, of Robinson, passed away Aug. 31, 2015 at his home. Virgil was interred Monday evening at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Point Enterprise Community Center.
Russell was born Dec. 20, 1937 in Point Enterprise. He graduated from Mexia High School in 1956. He received his bachelor’s of science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma University and a master’s of science degree from Tarleton State University.
Virgil worked for more than 20 years in the transportation industry and taught school 23 years for Marlin ISD.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ida Louise Mackey; his daughter, Amy Louise Russell; brothers, Albert Russell and Paul Russell; sisters, Maxine MacMahon and Ruby Randall, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the ALS Texas Chapter at ALStexas.org

Wed
02
Sep

Cleo Mack Haynes

Funeral services for Cleo Mack Haynes will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Officiating will be Pastor Claude Jackson, and eulogist will be Elder Billy Jack Freeman.
Cleo Mack Haynes was born March 21, 1930 in Kosse. She was the fourth child born to Elma and Joshua Mack Sr.
She accepted Christ at an early age. She became affiliated with Union Baptist Church of Mexia. Cleo attended Dunbar School and later married the late Perry Haynes Sr.
She became and employee at the Mexia State School until she sustained an injury. She resided at the Manor Nursing Home until her health failed. She went to be with the Lord on Aug. 27, 2015, with loving family at her side. She courageously fought a battle and never gave up until God said it was OK to come home.

Mon
31
Aug

Maki McRey LeNoir

Maki McRey LeNoir, a precious baby girl, lived with her father and mother, Marty and Mandi LeNoir, and brother, Blain Ray LeNoir, of Mexia, from her birth on May 13, 2015, through Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.
Maki was a precious gift from God given to her parents; brother; paternal grandparents, Stanley Ray and LuRene LeNoir of Groesbeck; maternal grandmother, Vicki McReynolds of Coolidge; maternal grandfather, Keith McReynolds of Coolidge; uncle and aunt, Scott and Michelle LeNoir, of Groesbeck, and cousins, Cutter Chambers, RayLee LeNoir and Paige Lenoir, of Groesbeck; uncle, Kelly McReynolds and cousin, Tristan McReynolds, of Aledo; uncle and aunt, Matt and Susan McReynolds and cousins, Christian McReynolds, Addison McReynolds and Parker McReynolds, of Weatherford; and great-grandparents and numerous other aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Mon
31
Aug

Ruby Mae Mooney

Ruby Mae Mooney, was born Feb. 15, 1928 in Groesbeck, to George and Henrietta Mooney.
As the matriarch of her large diverse family, everyone knew they could go to Ruby for help and advice. Ruby loved to laugh and had an amazing sense of humor. We all loved to hear her tell stories of her youth, followed by her contagious laugh. 
Ruby passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 24, 2015, with her family by her side. 
She is survived by two sisters, Vivian Dugar and Erma Allen; daughter, Margie Wallace; two sons, Willie Bryant Sr. and Kirby Bryant; five grandchildren, Weldon Bryant, Rodney McClain, Willie Bryant Jr., Edward Bryant and Som Bubpala; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Bryant; her daughter, Gloria Bryant McClain; and her great-grandson, Daniel J. Bryant.

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