Obituaries

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05
Jun

Charles Fredrick Wiltse

Charles Fredrick Wiltse died May 27, 2015 at his home in Mexia. He was born July 26, 1947 to Robert and Margot Wiltse of Midland, Michigan.
He enjoyed fishing, working on vehicles, bowling and playing cars. He was a fan of NASCAR racing.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Robert C. Wiltse and Margot Wiltse-Lamont; brother, Alan Wiltse; niece, Maryann Wiltse; great-nephew, Corry Ray Wiltse; and his son and best friend, Charles Fredrick Wiltse Jr.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 20 1/2 years, Terri Ann Wiltse of Mexia; daughter, Tonya Sue Fischer; son Chester Alger Wiltse, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; as well as nine other children, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Wiltse of Hudsonville; three sisters, Carol Dine of Moody, Sue Jackobs of Clermont, Fla., and Gloria Wiltse of Florida.

Fri
05
Jun

Billy Joe Grubbs

Billy Joe Grubbs, a loving and faithful husband, father, Pop, brother and friend, peacefully went to be with the Lord June 2, 2015 in Waco, at the age of 86 years.
Bill was born Nov. 17, 1928 in Dallas, to R. N. and Cordie Grubbs. He was the youngest of nine children, with five brothers (Clyde, Claude, Graham, Paul and Richard) and three sisters (Frances, Winnie and Juanita), who lovingly referred to him as their “Baby Brother.”

Fri
05
Jun

Audie Mae Lide

Graveside services for Audie Mae Lide, 94, of Waco, will be held Saturday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at Wortham Cemetery, with Rev. Ronnie Dabney officiating. No family visitation will be held.
Lide went home to be with the Lord on June, 1, 2015 at her residence in Waco. She was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Wortham, to W.C. and Mary Arizona Haley. There she met and married John Ross “Dick” Lide. They were married for 48 years, prior to his death in 1994. They later moved to Mexia, and gave birth to her only son, Dickie Lee Lide.
Audie Mae was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband, John Ross Lide; only son, Dickie Lide; brothers, Dee, Clifton and Vernon Haley; and sister, Ruby Cooper.

Wed
03
Jun

Talley K. Ferguson

The angelic hosts came for Talley K. Ferguson, 88, of Buffalo, on Thursday, May 27, 2015 in the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Waco, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
Ferguson was born Jan. 19, 1927 in Houston, the youngest of five children born to Lester Ferguson and Helen Barton Ferguson. He grew up in the Houston area and attended the public schools there. Talley accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Houston.
In August 1958, he married Jackie Heuricy, who preceded him in death.
Ferguson was a Mason, a Shriner, served in the Merchant Marines and owned TK Barbershop in Buffalo. He was employed as a pipefitter for 40 years and was a member for the Local 211 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union.
Talley enjoyed fishing and working with his cattle. He will be remembered most for being straightforward.

Wed
03
Jun

Linda Carol Lumpkin Morton

Linda Carol Lumpkin Morton, 66, of Fair Oaks passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Waco.
Linda was born Sept. 25, 1948 in Lufkin, to James Aubry and Mildred Alice Lumpkin. She graduated from Livingston High School, Tyler Junior College and Texas Eastern School of Nursing. After nursing school, she pursued her love of nursing for more than 40 years, touching the lives of so many over that period of time. Linda was truly blessed with many talents which included needlework, artistic abilities and a real knack for photography. Photography was her main hobby for the last 10 years.
The Order of the Eastern Star was extremely important to Linda. She was a member and past worthy matron of the Corsicana and Fairfield chapters. She was a Baptist.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Daniel Wayne Stone.

Wed
03
Jun

Gertha Faye Brooks

The angelic hosts came for Gertha Faye Brooks, 65, on Sunday, May 31, 2015 in the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., surrounded by loving family and devoted friends. Brooks was born March 8, 1950.
Funeral services are pending at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home is serving the family of Gertha Faye Brooks. Visit mooresangelic funeralhome.com to sing the guestbook and light a candle.

Mon
01
Jun

Prevell Fern Keith Hardin

Prevell Fern Keith Hardin, 74, of Mexia passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Medical City Hospital in Dallas. She was born Oct. 13, 1940 in Navarro County, to Lemuel and Ruth Keith.
She lived in the Dallas area most of her life and raised her family in Mesquite. She graduated from Dallas Baptist University and had a successful career in residential real estate. She owned Town East Realtors in Mesquite for 25 years and later retired to Lake Mexia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lemuel and Ruth Keith.
She is survived by her husband, Don Hardin; daughter, Debbie Hardin; son, David Hardin and wife Leanne; granddaughter, Laurin Musso and husband Johnny; grandsons, Dustin and Darin Hardin; sister, Barbara Christine Keith; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel, 418 N. 13th St. in Corsicana. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Fri
29
May

Wesley Lynn ‘Wild Lee’ Stevens

Wesley Lynn “Wild Lee” Stevens, 61, of Mexia, passed away May 27, 2015. He was born Jan. 24, 1954.
Memorial services will be held Monday, June 1, at 2 p.m. at The Corner Stone Cowboy Church, 3.7 miles east of Mexia on U.S. 84.
He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Stevens Cartlidge; son, Jeremy Lynn Casper Stevens; brother, Paul Stevens of Wortham; sisters, Reba Duke and Lori Sessions of Kirvin; five grandchildren, Paige and Hannah Yeldell of Mexia, and Grace Cartlidge, Weston Chance Cartlidge and Georgia Cartlidge of Tool; many nieces and nephews; and his little dog, Muffin.

Fri
29
May

J.W. Branch

The angelic hosts came for J.W. Branch, 79, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in Seattle, Wash., among loving family and devoted friends. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at Moore’s Angelic Chapel, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, with Rev. C.J. Wiley officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Freestone County.
J.W. Branch was born to Annie Lee Holland Branch and Haywood Branch on May 22, 1935, in Coolidge. J.W. grew up in Limestone County and graduated from Furney Richardson High School. He accepted Christ while living in Dallas.
In 1957, J.W. united in holy matrimony with Clarissa Dunbar of Teague, and lived for three years in Dallas, before relocating to Seattle, Wash. in 1960. To this union their only child, a daughter, Cornelia Angel, was born. Throughout their union, J.W. was Clarissa’s “rock,” always demonstrating a deep attentiveness over decades.

Wed
27
May

Bertie Faye Ingram Archibald

Bertie Faye Ingram Archibald was born July 13, 1926, to John and Louise Ingram. She went to her heavenly home Monday, May 25, 2015.
Bertie was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mexia and attended regularly until ill health no longer allowed her participation. She lived all her life in Mexia, with the exception of a few years in Waxahachie, Temple and Lancaster. She loved her home and returning to Mexia was a top priority during her rehab in Midlothian, where she’d been since a fall in mid-March.
Although Bertie worked outside the home for many years, her great love was being a homemaker, cooking and taking care of her home and family. She was a very independent woman, having been a widow since 1991. She didn’t care to travel, but what she really enjoyed was watching her Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers!
Bertie was preceded in death by her husband, O.A. Archibald.

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