Obituaries

Fri
11
Oct

Zeno P. ‘Buddy’ King

Zeno P. “Buddy” King, 94, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at his home in Corsicana, with his family by his side.

He was born in Mexia, on Jan. 16, 1919, to Zeno P. King and Frances Gibbs King. He grew up in Mexia and finished high school, a member of the Class of 1936. Buddy’s college training at Southern Methodist University was interrupted by four years in the U.S. Army, where he served as Chief Warrant Officer and Band Master of the 83rd Infantry Division, participating in five European Theatre Campaigns.

After returning to SMU, he received his degree in music and served for three years as Associate Director of the SMU Mustang Band.

In 1939, Buddy married his high school sweetheart, Anita Massey, with whom he celebrated their 61st anniversary on Aug. 19, 2000.

Wed
09
Oct

Vivian Easterbrook Campbell

Vivian Easterbrook Campbell, 86, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 8, 2013 at her residence. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Herrington officiating.

Mrs. Campbell was born Nov. 29, 1926 in Houlton, Maine to Emmons and Bernice Easterbrook Faulkner. She graduated high school in Maine and completed Navarro College School of Nursing. Vivian worked as an LVN for more than 30 years.
She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Campbell lived in Mexia since 1985 and previously in Fairfield from 1945 until moving to Mexia. She married Homer Jesse Robertson on Dec. 20, 1947 in San Antonio; he passed away June 13, 1982. She then married Ray Campbell on April 13, 1985; he passed away in February of 1999.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husbands; sons, Homer William Robertson & Carl Michael Robertson and two great-grandchildren.

Wed
09
Oct

Mary Jane Thomas

Mary Jane Thomas, 61, of Wortham, passed away Oct. 8, 2013 at Providence Health Center in Waco. Graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Wortham Cemetery with Brother Sam Walton, officiating. Family visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Mrs. Thomas was born March 11, 1952 in Seguin, to Osby and Margaret Vollmar Sisco. She was a housewife and loved to make quilts. Any time there was a new baby on the way, she was ready to make another quilt.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother and a sister, Patricia Ross.

Mon
07
Oct

Jammie Marie Smith Dunn

Funeral services for Mrs. Jammie Marie Smith Dunn will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Chapel.

The Rev. Claude Jackson, of Sardis PBC will officiate. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Burial Grounds.

Viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dorsey-Keatts Chapel.

Mrs. Dunn went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 5, 2013.

She was born in Mexia on Dec. 31, 1962, to the late James Roy and Mattie Smith.

Jammie was a certified nursing assistant. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Wed
02
Oct

John Wesley Spencer Jr.

Johnny Wesley Spencer Jr., 83, of Wortham, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, 2013, of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Wortham, with the Rev. Gary Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Mon
30
Sep

Mary Ann Malfa

Mary Ann Malfa, 82, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 30, 2013, in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at First Baptist Church in Mexia with the Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Mary Ann was born May 15, 1931, in Limestone County, to Leonard Harvard and Mary Carolyn Hargrove Miles.
She retired after a banking career of 44 years, most of which were with Texas Commerce Bank. She was a loving mother who devoted her life to caring for her children. Mary Ann found being a grandmother was one of the greatest joys in the world; she cherished her grandsons.

Mary Ann’s hobbies consisted of crafts, which included foiling and painting; and there was nothing that could top her love for shopping. She also had a faithful friend and companion, her pug, Max. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Mexia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings.

Mon
30
Sep

Mattie Lou Stubbs

Mattie Lou Stubbs, 75, of Wortham, passed away Sept. 28, 2013, in Mexia. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 30, at First Baptist Church in Wortham, with the Rev. Stephen Schulte officiating. Interment was in the Wortham Cemetery.

Mattie was born March 2, 1938, in Palestine, to Floyd C. and Jewel Coleman Deck. She married John J. Stubbs on July 6, 1956, in Wortham. During her years at Wortham High School, she excelled in basketball having been named all district guard.
Mattie retired from the Wortham ISD after completing 39 years of service as secretary to the superintendent; a school to which she was very dedicated.

Fri
27
Sep

Foy Harley Johnson

Foy Harley Johnson, 79, of Personville, passed away Sept. 26, 2013 at his home. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, at Freestone Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Heuermann and Rev. John Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.

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

Fri
27
Sep

Paula Merlyne Phillips

Paula Merlyne Phillips, 51, has died.

She was born May 12, 1962 in Mexia , the daughter of Joe L. and Gloredia Tipps Phillips.

She was a member of Groesbeck Church of Christ and a 1980 graduate of Groesbeck High School. She graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1984 and taught school in Marlin, Germany, Maryland and Mexia. Paula also worked as a receptionist at Limestone Medical Center and was a volunteer at Maffett Public Library.

Paula was preceded in death by her grandparents, aunts, uncles and a brother, Haywood Gregory Phillips.
She leaves to cherish her memories her parents; sisters Damita (Michael) Brassfield and Patrice (Herman) Houston; brothers Joe Christopher (Kasandra) Phillips and Sharles “Chuck” Phillips; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Wed
25
Sep

Paula M. Phillips

Services for Paula M. Phillips will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. at Groesbeck Church of Christ, in Groesbeck, with Brother Cliff Foxx, pastor, officiating and Brother Richard Williams as eulogist. Burial will follow at the Lone Star Cemetery, also in Groesbeck.

Paula was born May 12, 1962.

She passed away at her residence in Webster on Sept. 22, 2013, at age 51.

Dorsey Keats Funeral Home is in charge of the services for Paula M. Phillips.

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