Obituaries

Fri
19
Jul

Jerline Harrison


Jerline Harrison

Funeral services for Mother Jerline Harrison will be held Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. at New Greater Emanuell Baptist Church, 2554 East Ann Arbor Blvd., Dallas, Rev. R.L Washington Sr., pastor and eulogist.
Jerline Harrison was born April 7, 1943 to the parentage of Jannie Lee Carpenter and P.V. Finley. She received formal education at the Wilmer Hutchinson School in Dallas. Her occupation was a certified nursing assistant.
She confessed Christ at an early age, and united with New Greater Emanuell Church under the leadership of Rev. C.L. Vesley, in Dallas.
She met and married the late James Ray Harrison, and to this union five children were born.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, two brothers and her husband.

Fri
19
Jul

Dora Lee Keenum


Dora Lee Keenum

Funeral service for Dora Keenum will be held Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home.
Dora Lee “Big MaMa” Keenum 69, of Mexia, peacefully went home on July 16, 2013, surrounded by family and friends at Navarrow Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Tx.
Dora Lee was born April 7, 1944 in Freeport, to Lester Foley and Minnie Robertson. Dora Lee was known to many people as Big Mama. She was always happiest when she was surrounded by her loved ones. She worked for many years as a nurse, and she loved taking care of the elderly. Dora Lee was received in heaven by her parents, Lester and Minnie Foley, and husband, David Keenum.

Wed
17
Jul

Bryan Kevin Sterling


Bryan Kevin Sterling

Bryan Kevin Sterling, 40, of Mexia, passed away July 15, 2013, in Waco. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Tom Prentiss officiating. Interment was in the Forest Glade Cemetery.
Bryan was born Dec. 20, 1972, in Wortham, to Earl Sterling and Romelda Garber Moffett. He was a loving and gentle-hearted son who loved his family and everyone he met. He loved going to church, holidays, fishing and swimming. Bryan, especially, looked forward to family gatherings. He was happiest when he was with his family. Although he will be truly missed by his family here on earth, they take great comfort in knowing he is now with God and his heavenly family.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Maxine Sterling; and Claude “Tennessee” and Louise Garber.

Mon
15
Jul

J.W. Cargile

J.W. Cargile, 60, of Me­xia, passed away July 14, 2013, in Mexia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Eddie Hayworth officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Wayne was born April 9, 1953, in Barstow, Calif., to E.K. Cargile and Billie Jo Holmes Pollock. He had been a resident of Mexia for 37 years. Wayne married Sharon Bain on June 10, 1977, at the First Baptist Church in Mexia. He had been an employee of the Mexia State Supported Living Center Laundry Department for the past eight years. Wayne was devoted to God and his family; loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was always actively involved and very supportive of his children and grandchildren in their school activities or anything in which they were involved. He was a member of Point Enterprise Baptist Church.

Mon
15
Jul

William Kimsey Posey Jr.

Funeral services for Wil­liam Kimsey Posey Jr. will be held Wednesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Brother Scott Matthews will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery with an escort and honor guard provided by the Patriot Guard.

Visitation will be held Tues­day, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Posey, 85, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at his residence near Teague. He was born Jan. 23, 1928, in Teague and graduated from Teague High School with the Class of 1945.

He attended Navarro College and Baylor University and played football for both schools before entering into the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in China with the 1st Marine Division.

Fri
12
Jul

Howard Eugene Awalt

Howard Eugene Awalt, 64, of Mexia, passed away July 11, 2013, in Mexia.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Bryan Hallmark of­fi­ciating.
Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Howard was born Feb. 9, 1949, in Pratt, Kan., to Ocie and Patsy Freeman Awalt. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Sam Houston State University. He worked for Lide Industries prior to becoming ill.

Howard’s world was his family. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He also took great pride in working and landscaping his sister’s yard.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Fri
12
Jul

Frank Edward Lemanski

Frank Edward Lemanski passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

Wed
10
Jul

Solomon Antonio ‘Andy’ Johnson

Funeral services for Solomon Johnson will be held Saturday July 13, at 1 p.m. at Mexia High School Auditorium, 1120 N. Ross in Mexia.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 12, from noon to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, with eulogist Pastor Kennen Jackson, and officiator, Pastor Timothy Williams. Burial will be held at Sandy Creek Cemetery.

Solomon A. Johnson, 34, made his transition from this world to his heavenly home on July 2, 2013 at Providence Hospital.
Solomon, born Aug. 27, 1978, was the sixth child born to Shirley and Joe Glenn Johnson.

Solomon was an avid baseball lover and played with the Mexia Little League Baseball Association, all through his elementary and junior high years. He played with several AAU baseball teams and received many awards and certificates as a left-handed pitcher with a speed of more than 90 miles per hour. He was a mentor to other children, helping them to develop their pitching skills.

Wed
10
Jul

Charlsye Lynn Phillips Adams

Charlsye Lynn Phillips Adams lost her battle with cancer on July 8, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 11, in the Mexia Cemetery with Chaplain Mary Wilburn officiating.

Charlsye was born Jan. 28, 1943, to Macon Howard Phillps Jr. and Willie Mae Har­ris Phillips in Mexia. She lived most of her life in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School.

She was a loving wife and mother who cherished her family. Charlsye was a longtime Girl Scout leader and served as secretary of Limestone Crime Stoppers for several years. She was owner of Sanders Exxon and Parts House for 20 years. She was a born-again Christian who loved serving her Lord.

Charlsye married the love of her life, Joe Wayne Adams Sr., on Oct. 18, 1988, in Las Vegas. They made their home in Mexia and enjoyed 22 wonderful years together.

Fri
05
Jul

Willie Ray Dunn

Willie Ray Dunn, 49, the twelveth child of Collie Sr. and Janie Mae Dunn, died July 5, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and three brothers, James Freeman, Melvin Dunn and Johnny Dunn.
He attended school in Houston, and worked at H-E-B, Brookshire’s and Centex in Mexia for several years. He was a member of Northcrest Church of Christ.

He leaves behind to mourn him his oldest sister, Mary Medlock, of Mexia; Sally Allen of Dallas, Mary Burns and Randy Burns of Mexia, Ruby Dunn of Mexia, Ella (BeBe) Dunn and Ronnie Davis of Mexia, Judy Jefferson of Mexia and Reneé Dunn, also of Mexia; two brothers, Colllie (Jamie) Dunn and Billy Joe Dunn, both of Mexia; and a host of uncles, nieces, nephews, aunts and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Northcrest Church of Christ, 918 Tehuacana Road in Mexia, Shane Alexander officiating.

Arrangements by Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

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