Obituaries

Wed
06
Nov

Tolbert Earl Bain Jr.

Tolbert Earl Bain Jr., 89, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 5, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will be held prior to the service, starting at 1 p.m., at the church.

Mr. Bain was born April 5, 1924 in Mexia, to Tolbert Earl Sr. and Amanda Matthews Bain. After high school and college, he served in the U.S. Navy for almost four years, being honorably discharged March 1, 1946. He married Valle Louise Stevenson on July 14, 1951 in Frost, and was employed here in Mexia at the U.S. Post Office for 30 years. He was a member of many civic organizations including VFW, BiStone Travel Club, USS Ommaney Bay CVE ship reunions, Odd Fellows, and the National & State Parks Association. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mexia.

Mon
04
Nov

Delores Jean Sims

Delores Jean Sims, 66, passed away Nov. 1, 2013, in Groesbeck.

Graveside services were Monday, Nov. 4, at the Mexia Cemetery, with Chaplain Karen Hulsey officiating.

Delores was born Jan. 4, 1947, in Lufkin, to Ivey Franklin Sims Jr. and Willie Marjorie Herring Sims.

She was always happy, friendly and loved everyone she met. Delores won the heart of all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Deliloh Schmidt.

Delores is survived by her loving friends and caregivers.

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Fri
01
Nov

Glenn Rudolph Erickson

Rudolph Erickson, 82, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, at his residence. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. at Mexia Cemetery, with Keith Schroeder officiating. Family visitation will be held Friday evening, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Rudolph was born July 7, 1931, in Coolidge, to Vernon and Dail Vines Erickson. He was a 1949 graduate of Mexia High School. He received a music scholarship to Navarro Junior College. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Connally Air Force Base and playing in the USAF Band. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

Wed
30
Oct

Minnie Modene Terry

Minnie Modene Terry, 94, of Conroe, passed away Oct. 29, 2013, at her home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, in the Mexia Cemetery, with Mr. Larry Cone Jr. officiating.

Modene was born June 2, 1919, in Corsicana, to Paul P. and Octie W. Scott Wallace. She married Chester Lee Terry in 1939.

She was a hard worker, while being a dedicated wife and mother; she also worked as a waitress for the majority of her life.

Modene had a green thumb when it came to growing plants, which she loved to do.
She enjoyed doing ceramics, knitting, crocheting and a cup of coffee while visiting with friends.

She was known for making good pies and superb enchiladas.

Wed
30
Oct

Rhonda ‘Sissy’ Jarrell

Rhonda “Sissy” Jarrell, 57, of Mexia, passed away on Oct. 28, 2013, at her residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father Benjie Magnaye, M.F., officiating.

Interment will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Family visitation will be held on Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Rhonda was born May 4, 1956, and was a lifetime resident of Limestone and Freestone counties. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1974 and then received her RN nursing degree in 1981.

She is survived by her two children, Wendie and Chad Jarrell, of Mexia; her little blessings: her four grandchildren, Madeline, Andrew, Savanah and Caley; mother Dorothy Lahrmann; sister Lisa Stone; brother Steve Ferguson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers are Jeremy Stone, Jered Stone, Jason Stone, Brandon Ferguson, Ronnie Ferguson and David Bates.

Mon
28
Oct

Rolland ‘Doc’ Belcher

Rolland “Doc” Belcher passed away Thursday evening at his home on Lake Mexia. Doc was born in Nevada, Iowa on Feb. 16, 1933, to Clark and Evelyn Belcher. Doc joined the United States Navy at the age of 17, serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired from the Navy in 1971 and made his home in Wahiawa, Hawaii with his wife, Pauline, and three children, Dwayne, Teresa and Beverly. He worked as a contractor for the U.S. Weather Service in Hawaii for many years and for FOPCO Construction Company before his retirement in 1994. He was a Catholic and served as a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. His Pauline passed away in 1992 after 40 years of marriage.

Fri
25
Oct

Robert Carlton Bailey

Robert Carlton Bailey, 62, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 22, 2013, at his home.

Robert was born May 7, 1951, in Hubbard, to Joe Carlton and Francis Slater Bailey. He married Laneil Blackmon on Aug. 7, 1991, in Key West, Fla. Robert retired from the Mexia State School after 28 years of service as Director of the Geriatric Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Robert is survived by his wife, Laneil Bailey, of Hubbard; stepson Msgt John P. Strength, IV, USAF IG Team of Langley, Va.; and sister Priscilla Bailey Blissett.
At Robert’s request, no service will be held.

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Wed
23
Oct

Doris Elizabeth Phillips

Doris Elizabeth Phillips, 80, of Point Enterprise, passed away on Oct. 22, 2013, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.

Services will be held on Saturday, Oct, 26, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Mexia, with Elder Daryl Inman, Elder Travis Brown and the Rev. Jimmy Petty officiating. Interment will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Family visitation will be at Porter Funeral Home 6-8 p.m. on Friday evening.

Wed
23
Oct

Ruby Jewell Hardin

Ruby Jewell Hardin, 100, of Prairie Hill, passed away Oct. 21, 2013 in Groesbeck.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at Prairie Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Hill Baptist Church.
Jewell was born Nov. 23, 1912 in Delia, to Callie C. Spivey and Mae Price Spivey. She graduated from Prairie Hill High School in 1929. Jewell married J. D. “Jap” Hardin in 1930 and they welcomed their only son, James D., in 1931. After receiving a cosmetology certificate at Truman’s Waco Beauty School, she opened and operated her own beauty shop for 30 years.

Wed
23
Oct

Joyce Ann Killion Sansom

Joyce Ann Killion Sansom of Woodway passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Services were 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with the Reverends Howard Martin, Doug Blackford and Jeremy Holt officiating. Burial followed at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.

Joyce was born Sept. 15, 1935, in Waco, to Perry and Irene Killion. She attended West and Waco High Schools and Baylor University. She and Rev. Lloyd Sansom were married Dec. 27, 1952. She was a supportive pastor’s wife, loving mother and “Mimi.” Joyce was a faithful member of Cogdell United Methodist Church.

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