Obituaries

Wed
21
Oct

Lillian Brodnax Wallace

Lillian Brodnax Wallace died peacefully at her home in Austin on Oct. 20, 2015. She was born Dec. 9, 1915, in Mexia, to Albert W. and Ruby Hayter Brodnax. The family moved to Coolidge in 1923, where Lillian attended school before graduating from Baylor University in 1937. She married Frederick E. Wallace, who preceded her in death in 1992. Most of their married life was spent in Houston.
In Houston, Lillian was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Susanna Wesley Bible Class, The Blue Bird Circle, Current Study Club, Colonial Dames, Old Main Society and Heritage Club of Baylor University, and the Houston Country Club. She and Frederick also belonged to the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., where they spent many summers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Nancy Brodnax Peoples; and her brother, W.W. Brodnax.

Wed
21
Oct

James Ray Porter

James Ray Porter, of Gainesville, originally from Aquilla, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015.
He was born March 31, 1976.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Victory Full Gospel Fellowship Church, 618 S. Third St. in Wortham.
James Ray recently worked at Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma. He attended Mexia High School.
He has gone home to be with God, and his granny, Cora Porter.
He is survived by his children, Sara, Weston and Samuel Porter; mother, Edna Lowry; two brothers, Jerry Don and Ernest Case; his Papa James Porter; and his girlfriend, Melissa O’Brien.

Wed
21
Oct

Charlie Frank Bounds

Charlie Frank Bounds, 60, passed away Oct. 19, 2015 in Mexia.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Brother David Bates officiating.
Charlie was born April 18, 1955 in Mexia, to Charlie Walter and Frances Edra Sudduth Bounds. He grew up in Tehuacana where he completed the fifth grade, prior to transferring to Mexia ISD. He worked as a truck driver for Larry Smith and the Dr Pepper Company for a number of years, in addition to working on farms and ranches.
Charlie had an outgoing personality, never met a stranger. He enjoyed playing his bass guitar and in his earlier years played with a local band throughout the area. He was once a member of the Brotherhood of Bikers. Charlie was a lover of all animals.
Charlie cherished his family and spending time with them. He was a loving brother and uncle who was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

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.

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