Obituaries

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Cornealius (C.P.) Polk


Cornelius Polk

Funeral services for Cornelius Polk will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Greater Haynes Memorial COGIC, 601 N. Denton in Mexia, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. til 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Mr. Cornelius Polk, a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to all, transitioned from this earthy life on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
Mr. Cornelius Polk, also known as "CP," was born on Jan. 3, 1932, to the proud parents of Jim and Julia (Shannon) Polk. He was the oldest of five siblings.
Cornelius confessed Christ at an early age. He was a fun-loving man; if asked a question, he would oftentimes answer back in a joking manner. He also had a serious side, though. He said what he meant and he meant what he said.

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10
Feb

Lonzo '202' Anderson


Lonzo '202' Anderson

Funeral services for Mr. Lonzo "202" Anderson will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2:02 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton in Mexia. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. til 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
On March 25, 1947, God released Lonzo "202" Anderson, one of his greatest treasures into the earth. He was born to Lugenia (Genie) and Hattie Mae Anderson in Mexia. Lonzo went to be with the Lord on Feb. 10, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Waco.
Lonzo accepted Christ at a young age and united with Jones Chapel Methodist Church in Mexia. He received his education from the Mexia Independent School District, where he was a standout football player. He often stated "202" came from number of tackles he made during his senior year.
After graduating, he and Elise Anderson were united in Holy Matrimony; and to this union, three children were born.

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10
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Michael Edwin Skolaut

Michael Edwin Skolaut, of Thornton, passed away Wed, Feb. 5, 2014 at Providence Hospital in Waco. He was 72. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Old Union Church of Christ, with Brother Glenn Easterly officiating.
After the memorial service, a luncheon will be served at the church building for family and friends. 
Mike was born and raised in Houston, where he graduated from high school. He was in the Army branch of the Armed Forces, serving in Korea. 
He owned his own landscaping business. One of his accounts for several years, of which he was very proud, was the Houston Astrodome.
He also worked as a telecommunications technician for Southwestern Bell and later for Williams Telecommunications.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Joseph and Anastasia Skolaut, and his older brother Gene.
He is survived by his brother Richard and his sister Betty.

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05
Feb

Bradley James Swick


Bradley James Swick

Bradley James Swick, of Groesbeck, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the age of 49.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Burial will follow at Ferguson Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Smith, Randy Ingram, Scott Smith, Mika Morgan, Jeff Blair and Michael McGilvray. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Smith, Danny Hewitt, Todd Telford, Randy Roach, Charlie King, Leo McGilvray, Robert Radar, Kent Reynolds, Dennis Wilson and Charles Holloway.
Bradley was born May 18, 1964 to Bobbie Jean (Holle) and Bill Swick. He attended Groesbeck schools, graduating in 1982.
Bradley began working at the family business, Swick’s BBQ & Groesbeck Meat Company, at an early age, with his Dad and Uncle Floyd. He continued working there, eventually owning and running the business until last December.

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05
Feb

Wilbur June White Bradley


Wilbur June White Bradley

Funeral services for Wilbur June (White) Bradley, 90, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the First Baptist Church in Mexia. Rev. Marcus Sheffield, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Brother Marc Wilson and Brother Michael Vestal. Interment will follow in the White family plot in the Dew Cemetery in Dew.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

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03
Feb

Julius Caesar ‘J.C.’ Hawkins III


Julius Caesar ‘J.C.’ Hawkins III

Julius Caesar “J.C.” Hawkins III, 82, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 3, 2014 in Mexia. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating.
J.C. was born May 28, 1931 in Freeman, Mo. to J.C. Hawkins Jr. and Erma Lorena Rowe Hawkins. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
On June 28, 1958, J.C. married Betty Sue Flynt in Mexia. He worked for Lone Star Gas for several years and later, Southwestern Electric Service Company, where he retired after many years of service.
J.C. enjoyed spending time with his family; he was especially proud of his grandchildren. His hobbies consisted of hunting, fishing and visiting with people; friends at the coffee shop or just around town..
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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03
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Elzie Delano Bennett


Elzie Delano Bennett

The angelic hosts came for Elzie Bennett Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in The Wesbury Place in Houston, among loving family and devoted friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Moore's Angelic Funeral Chapel, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, with the viewing from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The family has requested a closed casket service with Rev. Clifford Estell McIlveen officiating. Interment will be in the Silent Grove Cemetery in Cheneyboro, Navarro County.

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31
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Alva Ray Fortson


Alva Ray Fortson

Alva Ray Fortson, 86, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 30, 2014 in Killeen. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Fortson was born Nov. 14, 1927 in Mexia, to Joseph S. and Tressie Wisenhunt Fortson. He was with the Southern Pacific Railroad as a clerk for 38 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a Freemason. His family describes him as a wonderful father, grandfather and kind man.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delia Fortson; parents; and brothers, Ollie Fortson and Joseph Fortson.

Wed
29
Jan

L.B. Gamble Jr.


L.B. Gamble Jr.

L.B. Gamble Jr, 69, passed away on Jan. 26, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with Mr. Joe Lucas officiating and Mr. John Stubbs presiding over the Masonic Service. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery, with the DPS presenting the Texas flag to the family.
L.B. was born July 18, 1944, in Mexia, to L.B. Sr. and Dorothy Jean Gamble. He grew up in Shiloh, where he attended school through junior high, then went to high school in Mexia.
After graduating high school, L.B. went to Sam Houston State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree. Upon graduating, he went to work for the Department of Public Safety in the driver’s license division, stationed in Harlingen for a year, then stationed as a highway patrolman in Hallettsville for two years.

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29
Jan

James Arthur 'Little Black' Forge Sr.


James Arthur 'Little Black' Forge Sr.

The angelic hosts came for James Arthur “Little Black” Forge Sr., 94, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Parkview Regional Hospital, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Williams, pastor of Kingdom Fellowship Bible Church in Teague officiating. Interment will follow at Grove Island Cemetery in Teague.
James Arthur Forge Sr. was born May 5, 1919 to the parentage of George Forge and Vera Williams Forge in Freestone County. He grew up in Freestone County and attended Furney Richardson public schools. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Odessa, and helped build many churches in Odessa.

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