Obituaries

Mon
16
Dec

Johnnie O. Christian

Johnnie O. Christian, 79, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 16, 2013, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at First United Methodist Church, Mexia, with the Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Brookside Memorial Park in Houston.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Johnnie was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Cleveland, to John Robert and Lula Bentley O’Conner.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mexia. She was also a member of the Mexia Garden Club, Woman’s Friday Club, Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, and Parkview Hospital Auxiliary.

Johnnie had a very outgoing personality, always cheerful and friendly.

Mon
16
Dec

Thelma Louise ‘Gran’ Hickson

Thelma Louise “Gran” Hickson, 93, formerly of Me­xia, passed away Dec. 13, 2013, in Azle. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16, at Blair-Stubbs Cha­pel, with the Rev. James Boling officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Louise was born Oct. 20, 1920, in Ennis, to Leonard M. and Ruth Trice Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clau­die D. Hickson; parents, Ruth Trice Anderson and Leonard Anderson; brother Milburn Anderson; and sisters Violet Anderson Wil­liams and Mary “Sissy” Hughes.

Fri
13
Dec

Fayma Henderson Hill

Fayma Henderson Hill passed away Dec. 10, 2013, in Mexia at the age of 83.

She was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Mexia, where she grew up, attending Mexia High School where she met the love of her life, John J. Hill, who preceded her in death in 1995. She has gone to join him in Heaven, forever together.

Fayma graduated from Mexia High School in the Class of 1947. She then attended The University of Texas, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She then went to Sul Ross State College, where she obtained her master’s in Education in 1957.

John and Fayma were married Dec. 23, 1951, in Mexia, and both were teachers and administrators in Odessa, Erie and Broomfield, Colo., Fayma continued her lifelong career in education in Longmont, Colo., at both Niwot and Longmont high schools, where she worked in the library and front office for 26 years prior to her retirement.

Fri
13
Dec

Larry LaRue

Larry LaRue, 60, of Me­xia, went home to Heaven on Dec. 9, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Larry was born June 22, 1953, in Mexia, to Henry and Virginia LaRue.

He was a near lifelong resident of Mexia, graduating from Me­xia High School in 1972. Larry was a graduate of TSTC in Waco and a former school board member of Mexia ISD. Some of his favorite past times were team roping, bulldogging and fishing, as well as supporting the students and athletes of Mexia ISD.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Chrisner LaRue.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Cleshay LaRue; son Laramie LaRue; father Henry LaRue; sister Elaine Schulte and husband Bill, of Mexia; nephews Blaine, Bruce and Bill; niece Belinda; and great-nieces Brittany, Bethany and Brandie. He is also survived by a special son, Jose “Pepe” Contreras.

Fri
13
Dec

Ernest Busby

Ernest Busby died Dec. 7, 2013. He was born Feb. 16, 1927 in rural Rice, to Ples Busby, a Freestone County native, and Mae Bell Butler, a Wood County native. Ernest accepted Christ at an early age. He grew up in Rice and attended public schools there.

After graduation, Busby enlisted in the Air Force on Aug. 6, 1945. Ernest reenlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 14, 1945 and shortly after, on Dec. 26, 1945, he married the love of his life, Mildred Lankford of Teague. Nine children were born to this union and their marriage was strong for 66 years until Mildred Busby’s death in 2012.

Mon
09
Dec

Refus E. Pevehouse

Refus E. Pevehouse, 83, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 7, 2013 in Mexia.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, with Rev. Clifton Jones officiating. Interment was in the Prairie Grove Cemetery.
Refus was born Feb. 14, 1930 in Personville, to James E. and Lillie Reynolds Pevehouse. He was a truck driver for more than 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Refus is survived by his daughter, Mary Howell; sister, Clarice Fargo and husband, Dale; and brother, Raymond Pevehouse.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Thu
05
Dec

Jackie Van Linn

Jackie Van Linn, 70, of Mexia, passed away on Dec. 3, 2013, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at Mexia Cemetery, with the Rev. Karen Hulsey officiating. No formal family visitation was held.
Jackie was born on May 18, 1943, to Paul and Rosie McClain Foley. She was a longtime employee of the Mexia State Supported Living Center before retiring. Jackie loved to travel and was an avid animal lover.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Jerald Linn; sister Janie Foley and brother Jerry Foley. Jackie is survived by her son, Paul Linn and wife Vicky, of Mexia; sisters Jacquetta Cawood of Temecula, Calif., and Paula Carlson, of Ohio; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for the family.
Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
04
Dec

Barbara Sue Webster


Barbara Sue Webster

Barbara Sue Webster, of Mexia, passed away at Providence Hospital in Waco on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at age 71.
Graveside services will be held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Fort Parker Memorial Park Pavilion, with Pastor Clifton Jones officiating.
Barbara was born on Jan. 24, 1942, in Blairsville, Ga., to Willard and Norma Brooks, as the surprise baby following three older children. After growing up and going through school in Georgia, Barbara met a young man from Groesbeck who was visiting relatives in Georgia. She and Earnest Webster were united in marriage three months after they met, on Oct. 24, 1962.
Barbara moved with her husband, Earnest, to the Central Texas area. A few years later he bought a house and farm near Mexia, where they raised their family and lived the rest of their lives.

Wed
04
Dec

Tyler Wade Archibald


Tyler Wade Archibald

Our loving Tyler Wade Archibald, 32, passed on to eternal life, having succumbed in his lengthy, courageous fight against a wretch­ed disease on Dec. 1, 2013, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
He fought his battle with courage, humanity, grace and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our precious Tyler. We pray for him and that a cure for the deadly disease will be close at hand.
Tyler was born Sept. 7, 1981, in Big Springs.
He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He loved life and lived every day positively. Golf was his passion and he loved all sports.
He enjoyed the outdoors and being with his family and friends.

Wed
04
Dec

Chad Carter

Chad Carter, 48, of Buffalo, passed away Nov. 26, 2013 in Temple.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Jeff Hatton officiating. Interment was in the Mount Tabor Cemetery.
Chad was born Jan. 31, 1965 in Lubbock, to Willard Conrad Carter and Gloria Johnson. He was a rancher. He loved the country, raising cattle and having a good time with family and friends. Chad was a fun-loving guy who will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, and brother, Kim Carter.
Chad is survived by his special friend and companion, Misty Michelle Watson; father, Willard Carter; sister, Jamie Baker and husband, Kevin; nephews, Will Baker, Keith Carter and wife, Amey and Nathan Medina; great-nieces, Grace Carter and Rylee Pierce; two stepfathers, Steve Decker and Raymond Peters.
Pallbearers were Keith Carter, Will Baker, Kevin Baker, Steve Decker, Raymond Peters and Dustin Murchison.

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