Obituaries

Wed
29
Jan

Dell Elnora Tackett


Dell Elnora Tackett

Dell Elnora Tackett, 92, of Mexia, passed away on Jan. 28, 2014, at the Manor Healthcare Residence in Mexia.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at Tehuacana Cemetery, with the Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Family visitation will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 30, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Tackett was born on Dec. 6, 1921, in Union High to Silas and Vivian Gullett Sawyer. She was retired from the Mexia State School as a dorm attendant.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H.T. “Bo” Tackett; brother Dorman Wayne Sawyer and sister Dorothy Adams.
Survivors include her daughter, Annette Jones and husband Richard, of Leander; son H.D. Tackett and wife Linda, of Hubbard; daughter Nola Jeanette Chambers, of Forest Glade; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mon
27
Jan

Ronnie Jim Looney

Ronnie Jim Looney, 69, of Wortham, passed away Jan. 24, 2014, at his residence. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wortham, with the Rev. Jarod Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation was Monday evening, 6-8 p.m., at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Looney was born on May 8, 1944, in Lufkin, to Joe W. Looney Sr. and Callie Clora Fenley Looney.

He spent many years with Chevron as a welder, then a pipeline inspector.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marsha Looney; parents; and brothers and sister, Joe Looney Jr., Linda Looney, Tommy Looney and Martha Byrd.

Mon
27
Jan

Ted B. Bumpas

A memorial service in remembrance of Ted B. Bumpas will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, starting at 2 p.m. at Forest Glade Baptist Church in Mexia.

Ted B. Bumpas passed away Dec. 30, 2013. He was born May 6, 1930 in Rockdale, and grew up in Madisonville, where he excelled in football.

After high school he began working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until he was called for active service in the Army for the Korean Conflict. He served in the Field Communication area. When discharged, he returned to work for the telephone company for 40 years, retiring in 1988.

He and the family moved to Grandfalls, TX until his only son graduated from high school. Then the family moved to Alpine, to help care for his mother-in-law.

Married for 56 years, he and his wife Margaret Ogle Bumpas were blessed with four daughters and one son.

Fri
24
Jan

David Fisher Self Jr.

David Fisher Self Jr., 70, of Coolidge, passed away Jan. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Hubbard Cowboy Church. Interment will follow at Coolidge Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Self was born March 6, 1943 in Houston, to David Fisher and Gladys Elizabeth Tart Self Sr. David Self Jr. was a lifelong farmer and rancher, and retired from the railroad. He also worked for some time in the oil field industry. He was an expert on farm equipment and he could fix it all.

David was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Deonica Garza Self and brother, Tommy Lee Self.

Fri
24
Jan

Vera Mae Phillips

Vera Mae Phillips, 81, of Fort Worth and formerly of Mexia, passed away Jan. 22, 2014 at the White Settlement Nursing Center in Fort Worth. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will start prior to the service, at 1 p.m.

Phillips was born Nov. 3, 1932 in Tehuacana, to William and Lulie Lee Archibald Black. She loved to crochet, sew and do plastic canvas. She also loved TV and always had her Gameboy (which she could beat anyone on).

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Raymond Phillips, and her parents.

Fri
24
Jan

Raymond Durham

Raymond Durham, 82, was born May 7, 1931 in Mexia, to Amos and Annie Mae Durham.

He went to be with our Lord on Jan. 23, 2014. He was employed by Occidental for 40 years and enjoyed 23 years of retirement in Lake McQueeney.

Raymond was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Colgin, and brother, Roy Durham.

He is survived and will be dearly missed by his devoted and loving wife of 60 years, Barbara, and children Debbie Anderson (Don), Duane Durham, Dwight Durham (Julie), Deann Vice (David), and Darina Buell (Bruce).

Raymond and Barbara were blessed with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and he was known to them as their “Pop.”

Raymond served in the Army, was a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, and was involved in many various clubs and organizations. He took up painting when he retired and was quite the artist. He will be missed by us all.

Fri
24
Jan

Peggy Kathleen ‘Kat’ Morrison

Peggy Kathleen (known to everyone as “Kathy” or “Kat”) Morrison, of Groesbeck, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Baylor Hospital’s T. Boone Pickens Cancer Center in Dallas, following her 10-year battle with health problems. She was 52.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck; services will be conducted by Thomas Barber, a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve McGowen, Mike McGowen, Wade Harrison, Rick Wyatt, David Bell and John Ranochak. Fellow bikers will be escorting the procession to the cemetery.

Kathy was born Oct. 27, 1961 at Nacogdoches. She grew up with her mom, Betty (Sigler) Rife and stepfather, Harvey Rife, in Mexia, graduating from Mexia High School. She married at age 16, and after graduating, worked briefly at a local flower shop and then for the next 15 years at the Mexia State School.

Wed
22
Jan

Corry Ray Wiltse Owens


Corry Ray Wiltse Owens

Funeral services for Corry Ray Wiltse Owens, 23, will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at God's House of Prayer for all People, 202 S. First Street in Coolidge. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home from 11 a.m. til 7 p.m., with Elder Billy Jack Freeman as eulogist.
Corry was born on July 18, 1990, in Temple, to Michael Ray Brooks Owens and Linda Kay Wiltse, and went to be with the Lord on Jan. 15, 2014, in Galveston, with family by his side.
He attended and was a member of First Baptist Church in Coolidge and accepted the Lord and Savior at a very young age. He loved to spend time with his family, ride horses, sing and dance. Corry never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face.

Mon
20
Jan

Junior Payne Findley

Junior Payne Findley, 83, of Prairie Hill, passed away Jan. 10, 2014, in Mexia.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Prairie Hill Cemetery, with Mr. Alden Garber officiating.
Junior was born March 1, 1930, in Prairie Hill to Thomas Payne and Amy Beatrice Vickery Findley. He lived in the Prairie Hill area his entire life. He was a rancher who enjoyed raising cattle, country living and spending time with his family. Junior believed in working hard and treating people the way he wanted to be treated.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years, Mary Findley.
Junior is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Donna Findley; grandson Kyle Hancock and wife Cheryl; great-grandchildren Katelinn and Kyler Hancock; sister, Frances Burke; brother-in-law, Jerry Ward and wife Tammy; and several nieces and nephews.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Mon
20
Jan

Debra M. Dunlap

Debra Dunlap was called to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, in Waco.
She was born Jan. 29, 1954.
She grew up in Mart and married Robert Dunlap Sr.
Debra was a kind, loving person and never knew a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lola Jenkins MacBride; father Harvey MacBride; two brothers, Charles Pippkins and Alford Hardy MacBride; sister-in-law Evelyn MacBride; brother-in-law Lloyd Dunlap; niece Darlene McKinney; and son Robert Jeffrey MacBride.

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