Obituaries

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16
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James Wendell McIlveen

It is with profound sadness that the family of James Wendell McIlveen conveys his passing from this life on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Houston.

James, 69, was the son of the late Milford and Eva Lois McIlveen. The family will receive guests for viewing from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Mount St. in Fairfield, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m.

Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St., Teague, TX 75860 Ph. 903-389-2221, is serving the McIlveen Family.
Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

Mon
16
Sep

Virginia Rose Retz

Memorial services for Virginia Rose Retz will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mexia. The Rev. Marcus Sheffield will officiate.

Retz, 80, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at her residence near Donie. Retz was diagnosed with cancer and expected to live for only three months, but her battle lasted over two-and-a-half years.

She was born and raised in Richmond, Ind. She married Keith Retz on June 1, 1951, and they shared over 62 years together. Retz moved to Texas in 1972, and lived in Sanger for 33 years before moving to Freestone County in 1994.

Fri
13
Sep

Velma Irene ‘Tump’ Asher

Velma Irene “Tump” Asher, 91, of Mexia, passed away September 12, 2013, in Mexia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept, 16, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Rev. James Hooper officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Tump was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Crockett, to Will and Della Brough Chrisner.

She worked for several businesses in Mexia prior to owning and operating Trubye Lee’s Dress Shop. She married Cecil C. Asher on April 19, 1941, in Mexia. Tump had to learn how to cook when she was very young, due to the death of her mother, and she learned well as she was an excellent cook. Her life revolved around God, her family and friends. She was willing to help anyone, no questions asked, nor any complaints.

Fri
13
Sep

Rolando Olivares

Rolando Olivares, 26, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 11, 2013. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at Calvary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mario Rivera officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Rolando was born Sept. 30, 1986, in Fairfield, to Jose Olivares Sr. and Antonita “Tonie” Rivera Contreras. He worked at Cen-Tex for many years. Rolando had a very outgoing personality and was very active in the community. He was loved by all who knew him. Rolando was an active member of Nueva Vida Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Manuel Olivares; maternal grandfather Santiago Rivera; and brother Joey Olivares.

Fri
13
Sep

Roxie L. Carter

Funeral services for Roxie L. Carter, 89, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at Gibson Chapel AME Church, CR 901 in Mexia, the Rev. Stanley Johnson, pastor. The Rev. Cleo High will serve as officant and the Rev. Bill Burton will be the eulogist. Interment will take place at the Cotton Gin Cemetery, Freestone County.

Roxie went to be with the Lord on Sept. 10, 2013, at Mexia LTC Nursing and Rehabilitation among loving family and devoted friends.

Wed
11
Sep

Riley Reagan

Riley Reagan, 63, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 7, 2013 in Temple. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at Forest Glade Baptist Church with Rev. Gil Ash officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Visitation with the family is 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Glade Baptist Church.

Riley was born June 17, 1950 in Houston, to Gordon and Theda Tucker Reagan. He was a mechanic and musician. He enjoyed restoring old cars but his passion was music. Riley spent 25 years in Florida playing his guitar in bands, as well as at many other places. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Riley attended Forest Glade Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Judy Reagan; daughters, Rilina and Roxann; two sisters; and one brother.

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11
Sep

Bobby Joe Creech

Bobby Joe Creech, 67, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 9, 2013 in Temple. The family will have a private memorial service.

Bobby was born May 30, 1946 in Uvalde, to Cecil Finley and Marilyn Brody Creech. He was a self-employed master plumber for over 20 years. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a very active member of the American Legion in Teague; always involved in every club fundraiser or wherever he was needed. Although Bobby enjoyed camping and motorcycles, his precious time spent with his grandchildren was his greatest joy. He was a very devoted and loving father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruthie Creech.

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11
Sep

Fred Masters

Fred Masters, of Thornton, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Limestone Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel. Ministers Sedric Thomas, Tracy Sims, Randy Ayres and Billy Anderson will conduct the services, and burial will follow in Thornton Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Steven Dale Masters, Mason Keith Masters, Larry McKenzie Masters, Michael Shane Masters, Dustin Joe Masters, Chesley Kane Sullivan, Kristopher Keith Masters, Randal Craig Masters, Mason McKenzie Masters and Michael Brandon Noey. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Ward, James “Bubba” Pollard, Marcus Ray Hanna, Joel Thomas, Grady “Butch” Masters, Ty Austin Pagel, William Heath Masters, John Kyle “Bubba” Sullivan and Jimmy Rucker.

Mon
09
Sep

Alvin ‘Al’ Maddox Jr.

Alvin “Al” Maddox Jr. was born Aug. 8, 1930, in Prairie Hill, and passed peacefully from a stroke at age 83, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He served 11 years in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. Al earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Sam Houston State University and went on to have a long, successful career in law enforcement. He worked with the State Liquor Control Board and the Dallas Sheriff’s office, beginning his career under Sheriff Bill Decker. 

One of his main interests was the Kennedy assassination and he often participated in programs at the Sixth Floor Museum, sharing his memories of that tragic day.

He was known for his enjoyment of coin collecting, his keen sense of humor, love for his family and love for his sweet dogs, Phybe and Snowball.   

Fri
06
Sep

Doris Jean Gillespie McWilliams

The angelic hosts came for Mrs. McWilliams last Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in the Teague Nursing and Rehab Center among loving family and devoted friends.

Viewing will be Friday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague; and with a musical tribute service from 6-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church North Teague, 112 Grayson St. in Teague. Fu­ner­al services will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, 209 N. Sixth St. in Teague, with the Rev. Cleo High and Pastor Larry Rose, officiating.

Interment will be in the Antioch Cermetery, North First Street in Teague.

Doris J. McWilliams was the third child of Roosevelt Gillespie and Molly Lucille Wade Gillespie and was born in the Salem Community of Freestone County on Aug. 23, 1925.

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