Obituaries

Wed
12
Nov

Ronald Truman Brown

Ronald Truman Brown, 71, passed away Nov. 11, 2014 in Teague. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Prairie Grove Baptist Church, with Brother Clifton Jones officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie Grove Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Prairie Grove Baptist Church.
Ronald was born Jan. 21, 1943 in Navasota, to Walter Truman and Willis Temple Brown. He had an outgoing personality. His greatest joy in life was be among people and surrounded by his loving family. Ronald was a loving son and brother.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ronald is survived by two sisters, Kay Walker and husband, Joe, and Linda Stacks and husband, Randy, all of Teague; two brothers, Mike Brown and wife, Lisa, of Kingwood and Mark Brown of Teague; two nieces; seven nephews; a number of great-nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.

Mon
10
Nov

Pearl Doris Freeman

Pearl Doris Freeman, 89, passed away Nov. 8, 2014 at Teague Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia, with Scott Sires and Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Alvarado.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Pearl Doris Freeman was born the first of five children to Mary Lee Morris Huett Bolton and Dewey Lovic Huett on May 30, 1925 in Sherman. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Wortham, and was a proud member of the Rebekas and Order of the Eastern Star. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jerry Sires of Alvarado; and sisters, Mary Ellen Dickenson and Marbry Lee “Cookie” Ball of Sulphur Springs.

Mon
10
Nov

Flura Delle Teer Erskine


Flura Delle Teer Erskine

Flura Delle Teer Erskine passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Nov. 7, 2014, in Longview, after 97 fulfilling years of life.
Born June 7, 1917, in Freestone County, to James Birch and Maude Edna Teer, she was the youngest of 14 children. She descended from a distinguished lineage of patriots in the American Revolution as well as Stephen F. Austin’s original 300 settlers who arrived in Texas in the 1820s.
She was married in 1940 to Blake Erskine of Tehuacana, where they made their home for 43 years. They were blessed with two children, Blake Charles and Kathy Delle. Erskine retired from the Mexia State School after many years of faithful service. She was a talented cook, homemaker and disciplined, hard worker who dearly loved her family and friends. She was also a master 42 player.
Her beloved husband preceded her in death in 1983.

Fri
07
Nov

James Duke Walker

Funeral arrangements for James Duke Walker of Coolidge are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Walker went to be with the Lord on Nov. 6, 2014 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Wed
05
Nov

Sharlett Ann Van Winkle


Sharlett Ann Van Winkle

Sharlett Ann Van Winkle, 71, of Shiloh, passed away Nov. 5, 2014 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. James Hooper and Rev. Shane Norcross officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church.
Sharlett was born Jan. 13, 1943 in Gray, to W.W. and Fannie Lelia Davis Wilson. She graduated from Lumberton High School in Lumberton, Miss., and later attended both Navarro College and McLennan Community College to obtain an associate's degree. Sharlett retired from the state of Texas Human Resource Department after 20 years of service, prior to working 12 years for Brown Oil and Gas and 14 1/2 years for ABCO Manufacturing Company.

Wed
05
Nov

Margaret Freeman Barefield


Margaret Freeman Barefield

The angelic hosts came for Margaret Freeman Barefield, 97, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at Lakeshore Village Nursing Home in Waco, among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will be Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Antioch Baptist Church, 610 N. Denton St. in Mexia, with Rev. Cleo High, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Margaret Freeman Barefield, the second of three children, was born Aug. 18, 1917 in Otto, to proud parents Will and Anna Lemuel Freeman. She spent her early life in the community of Otto. There she attended grade school and met and later married the love of her life, Henry B. Barefield. To this union, three loving children were born.
Margaret joined Antioch Baptist Church in Waco under the pastorage of Rev. R.L. Bailey.

Wed
05
Nov

Joseph David Gregory Jr.


Joseph David Gregory Jr.

Joseph David Gregory Jr. passed away Nov. 3, 2014 in Waco, at the age of 70.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Porter Chapel in Wortham, with Rev. Justin Colquette officiating. Interment will follow at Cotton Gin Cemetery in Cotton Gin. Family visitation was held Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the chapel.
He was born in Athens, Tenn. on Dec. 4, 1943, to Joe Gregory Sr. and Margaret Crittenden Gregory. The Gregorys moved around the country until settling in Houston, where David graduated from high school in 1961.
In August 1988, David began working for Mexia Fabrications in Wortham, now known as General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies Inc. David found home in Cotton Gin, where he met Julie. They were wed Aug. 11, 2007.
David was preceded in death by his parents, and a grandson, Christopher Dagle.

Wed
05
Nov

Fannie Mae Reel


Fannie Mae Reel

Fannie Mae Reel was born Jan. 18, 1932 and departed this life Nov. 1, 2014.
She grew up with four brothers and one sister. In school, Fannie was on the dance team which she enjoyed greatly. At age 19, she married J.C. Reel Jr. and in 1960 moved from East Texas to the Mexia area. They were married for 48 years when she was widowed.
For 16 plus years Fannie worked a nursing career at General Mexia Hospital and retired from the Mexia State School Infirmary. 
She is survived by her brother, Willie Tyus of Lake Mexia; son, Jay Reel of Lake Mexia; daughter, Kathy Bradshaw and family of Round Rock; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
Fannie is being celebrated and honored with a memorial Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia, with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in East Texas at a later date.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for the family.

Wed
05
Nov

Billie Jean Patton Bowden


Billie Jean Patton Bowden

Billie Jean Patton Bowden, 87, of Tyler went to be with her Lord and savior on Saturday Nov. 1, 2014 in Whitehouse.
A memorial service celebrating Billie’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Mexia, with Pastor Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Billie was born Nov. 4, 1926 in Mexia. She was the daughter of the late Alton and Nellie Whitaker Patton. She spent her childhood and early education in Mexia before receiving her master's degree from Baylor University.
She married Delbert Bowden on Aug. 17, 1946 in Mexia, where they lived and raised their family. Billie retired from the Mexia State School as a social worker.
She enjoyed growing flowers, playing bridge with friends, traveling and she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and her sister, Betty Goodrich.

Mon
03
Nov

Robert E. Sneed  


Robert E. Sneed  

The angelic hosts came for Robert E. Sneed, of Teague, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the Seton Medical Center in Austin, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dwayne Nemons officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Teague.
Robert E. Sneed was born to the union of Birdia Weathers Coleman and C.B. Sneed on June 18, 1935 in Freestone County. Robert, known as “Dude” to his family and friends, attended schools in the Freestone County Public School District and graduated from  Booker T. Washington High School. He joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he served faithfully until retiring with the rank of sergeant.  

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