Obituaries

Mon
14
Dec

Rachel Katherine Gatson

Rachel Katherine Gatson

A service of praise and thanksgiving for the life of Rachel Katherine Gatson was held Monday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Full Gospel Church of Fairfield, 303 Hwy. 75 in Fairfield. Apostle David Ransom Sr. is pastor, Pastor Daniel Gatson officiated and Bishop Carlos Daniels was the eulogist
Rachel Katherine Gatson was born Oct. 10, 1927 in Fairfield, to Johnny and Anna Ellis. She graduated from Furney Richardson High School.
Rachel had a long and productive life. She was a Christian, and a devoted wife and mother. Those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Her gentle smile and caring heart brought much joy to her family.
“Kat” gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. She loved the Lord and church.

Fri
11
Dec

Walton Edward ‘Ed’ Holt

Walton Edward ‘Ed’ Holt

Walton Edward “Ed” Holt, 91, passed away Dec. 10, 2015 at his home in Point Enterprise. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, at Northcrest Church of Christ with Shane Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Ed was born in Mexia on Feb. 22, 1924, to Elbridge and Lucy Johnson Holt. He grew up during the Depression, working on the family farm in Point Enterprise. His love for the country and home was very evident when he and a friend hitchhiked home from San Diego, Calif., rather than wait for transportation. Ed proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After the service, he began his career as a welder, working in construction and offshore for numerous years prior to retiring from Texas Utilities Generating Company after 18 years of service.

Fri
11
Dec

Harold Van Fisher

Harold Van Fisher, 82, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 10, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Northcrest Church of Christ with Robin Wright officiating. Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery.
Harold was born Jan. 1, 1933 in Okmulgee, Okla., to Oren Floyd and Florence Howard Fisher. Harold grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School, class of 1951. While in high school, he played football and was proud to have been a star player and member of the 1949 Blackcats’ state playoff team.
Harold was the original owner and founder of the Snack Shack in Mexia; he purchased the K&N Root Beer stand and changed the name. Several years after selling the Snack Shack, he went to work for the Mexia State School as maintenance supervisor, from which he later retired.

Wed
09
Dec

Edith Tabor Chambers

Edith Tabor Chambers was born Sept. 8, 1928, to John and Ada Tabor, in Alexandria, La. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at True Vine Church in Alexandria. She attended Peabody High School in Alexandria, then Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.
She was united in holy matrimony to Rev. H.V. Chambers Sr. for 60 years. To this union six children (“oil wells”) were born.
Chambers was a very Godly and delightful person. She met no strangers. She was the musician for Mount Gideon P.B. Church in Doyle and played for 55 years at Alexander P.B. Church in Mexia, until her health began to fail. She loved everyone and had an impact on a lot of kids in the neighborhood through her songs and her love for God.
On Dec. 4, 2015, the Lord called this angel home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, brother, great-grandson and the love of her life for 60 years, her husband.

Wed
09
Dec

Rachel Gatson

Funeral services for Rachel Gatson are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home.
Gatson died Dec. 8, 2015 in Palestine.

Mon
07
Dec

Emil Rogers Sr.

Emil Rogers Sr., 72, of Groesbeck, passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at his home.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Cobb Cemetery.
Emil was born Sept. 13, 1943 in Buckholts, to Maria and Pete Rogers. The family moved to Mexia when he was 14, and he lived there many years, then lived the rest of his life in Groesbeck. He worked for U.S. Silica for 43 years. He made many friends in his lifetime and was well loved by family and friends.
Emil was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Betty Ellis, Lupita Rogers, Matilda Ybarra, Ruperta Reyes, Hilaria O’Geda, Martha Balboa, Candelaria Medina and Amada Ybarra; and one brother, Conrado Rodriguez.

Mon
07
Dec

Mona Ruth Pond

Memorial services for Mona Ruth Pond will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Kelly family residence, 126 CR 256 in Fairfield. Betty Macklin will officiate.
Pond, 84, passed away Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at the Kelly residence near Farifield.
She was born in Italy, Texas on May 4, 1931, but grew up in Arkansas. She returned to Texas as an adult and moved to Florida for a few years before returning to Texas to stay. Pond was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and foster mother to many. She loved all children. Pond was also a true animal lover and adored her pets.
Pond was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Eugene Pond; her parents, Ruie England and Lucy Betty Travis; and four brothers, F.L. Travis, Grady Travis, Louis Travis and Kenneth Travis.

Mon
07
Dec

Ben Alvin Cantrell

Ben Alvin Cantrell, 73, passed away Dec. 3, 2015 in Wortham. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 6, at 20 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Wortham. Rev. Justin Colquette officiated. Interment followed at Richland Cemetery.
Cantrell was born March 12, 1942 in Wortham, to Gude and Jewell Virginia Ridge Cantrell. He loved everyone he met, and never met a stranger. He loved hunting, fishing, NASCAR and Texas Rangers baseball.
Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Libhart Cantrell; parents; brother, Charles Cantrell; sister, Virginia Adair and his in-laws, J.C. and Margaret Libhart.
He is survived by his son, Brent Cantrell and wife, JoAnn; brothers, Roy Cantrell, Jerry Cantrell and Danny Cantrell; sisters, Betty Colson and Linda Harrington; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Adam Young, Zane Young, A.J. Sandlin, Glenn Allen, Ty Scruggs and John Libhart.

Fri
04
Dec

Ronald Ray Watson

Ronald Ray Watson, 59, of Forest Glade, passed Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 in a vehicle accident. A viewing was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. A memorial service was 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Steve Watson officiating.
Pallbearers for the services were Dustin Bonner, David Watson, James Spence, Joey Alfred, Billy Sterling and Dean McCoslin. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Charles Schultz, Howard Hill, David Moore and Terry Gore.
Ronald was born April, 14, 1956 in Mexia, to Freddie and Madie Watson.
He was preceded by his brother Derrell and survived by his wife, Charlotte (the love of his life); parents; brothers, Donald and Roy; children, Audry, Andrea and Bryan; and grandchildren, Chance and Karter.

Fri
04
Dec

Annie Mae Richards

Mae Richards, 95, of Corsicana passed away Dec. 1, 2015. She was born June 3, 1920, in Teague, to Charlie Matthew and Nora Barge Beene.
She was a longtime member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, grand-children and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her husband, Jesse Monroe Richards.
She is survived by her son, Ervin Richards and wife, Gail; sister, Edna Lambert Brice; grandchildren, Randy Richards and Jackie Evett, Angela Richards Fine and Michael McCarter, Dennis Ervin Richards and wife, Laura, and Terry Manuel Richards and wife, Emily; great-grandchildren, Amanda Richards, Stephanie Richards, Justin Richards, Jordan Richards, Taylor Richards, Isabella Richards, Brynlee Richards, Madison Evett, McKenzie Evett, Makenna Evett and Chandler Ware; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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