Obituaries

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Apr

John Prendergast Neece III


John Prendergast Neece III

John Prendergast Neece III passed away April 1, 2015. He was born Jan. 25, 1944 in Del Rio, to Ella Mae and John P. Neece Jr. He grew up and graduated from high school in Mexia. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in computer science.
He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in Germany and a Cobra helicopter pilot during Vietnam. He was awarded a Bronze Star, the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and a Purple Heart. After leaving the Army, he worked as a tax assessor/ collector for several years in Willis and Bryan. He was later a software engineer with the Internal Revenue Service and retired to Southaven, Mississippi.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles with friends to many parts of the United States. He was an avid gun enthusiast and belonged to several local gun clubs.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wed
15
Apr

John Douglas Marberry


John Douglas Marberry

John Douglas Marberry, 85, of Lake Mexia, passed away April 14, 2015 at his residence. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin, with Gene Allen officiating. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Marberry was born March 30, 1930 in Kirvin, to John P. and Pauline Prouty Marberry. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Houston for 30 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nancy Mitchell; son-in-law, Dave Dougherty and brother, Bill Marberry.

Wed
15
Apr

Marjorie Christine Felz Wright

Funeral services for Marjorie Christine Felz Wright will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Marjorie Christine Felz Wright was born Oct. 22, 1926 in Mexia, to parents John and Pauline Barkouskie Felz.
She passed away April 12, 2015 in Humble at the age of 88.
She grew up in the Mexia area and began working on her father’s farm while in high school. She enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, fishing with a cane pole, canning and grocery shopping. Marjorie worked as a sales and office supervisor at a Houston office supply company, as well as raising her two children. Everything she did was for her children and family, with uncompromising love and devotion.
She was greeted in Heaven by her parents; and sisters, Katherine Crutchfield and Theresa Boyd.

Mon
13
Apr

Mozelle Carey


Mozelle Carey

Funeral services for Mozelle Carey of Groesbeck will be held Wednesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at Lone Star Baptist Church, 629 Grayson in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 14 at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia, with a wake service from 6 to 8 p.m., with family and friends present. Pastor Darrick Bledsoe Sr., St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Waco, will officiate, while the eulogist will be Pastor Curtis Tennell Sr. of Webb Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Mozelle Carey was born Feb. 8, 1926 to the parentage of Joe Waters and Rosie Jones Waters in Groesbeck. She was the second of 10 children. A sweet angel came down from Heaven at 3:30 a.m. April 10, 2015, and said, “Mozelle, it’s time to go home.” She gently took his hand and went to live eternally.

Mon
13
Apr

Kim Covey Curry


Kim Covey Curry

Kim Covey Curry, 53, of Groesbeck, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Waco following a sudden illness.
A memorial service to celebrate Kim’s life will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck, with Rev. Tracy Sims and Todd Nicks officiating.
Kim was born May 28, 1961 in Amarillo, to Robert Lee Covey and Shirley Jean Miley Covey. She graduated from Trinity High School in Euless in 1979. She worked for Russell Grace Insurance Agency in Fort Worth, learning the insurance business on the job, and was an underwriter for commercial insurance lines.

Mon
13
Apr

Jose Federico Torres


Jose Federico Torres

Jose Federico Torres, 44, of Mexia, passed away April 11, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Deacon Dwight Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Rosary will begin at 7 p.m.
Jose was born March 10, 1971, to Federico Torres and Maria Luisa Rodriguez in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. He married his loving wife, Maria Josefina Navarro, on June 17, 1992 in Mexia.
Jose was a devoted husband, father and brother; his family was his life. He was a kind man with a big heart and a friendly, outgoing personality. He was a handyman who could be called on by his neighbors, or anyone, at any time to help repair a car or anything else. Jose was a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nora Amaya.

Mon
13
Apr

Glennie Sue ‘Susie’ Bressie Keeling

Glennie Sue Bressie Keeling passed away April 11, 2015.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Doyle Edward Keeling, of Pasadena.
Susie was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Corsicana, to Bernice Bressie and Wesley Bressie.
She graduated from Corsicana High School, and then attended Texas Women's University in Denton, graduating in 1946. Susie and Doyle married on Sept. 6, 1946, following Doyle's discharge from the U.S. Navy.
In addition to husband Doyle, Susie is survived by her son, Glenn E. Keeling of Pasadena; Kitty Keeling McCaig and husband, Albert McCaig Jr., of Waller; son, Thomas W. Keeling of Deer Park; three grandchildren, Chad Keeling, Amanda "Blake" Haller and husband Joe, and Donald McCaig and wife Taylor, and two great-grandchildren.

Mon
13
Apr

Andrew 'Dudabug' Beachum


Andrew 'Dudabug' Beachum

Funeral services for Andrew (Dudabug) Beachum, who died April 4, 2015 in Mexia, were held Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at Northcrest Church of Christ, 918 Tehuacana Road in Mexia. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home. Bishop Demetrius Beachum served as eulogist.
Andrew Beachum was born to Arthur and C.G. Beachum on Aug. 19, 1939, in Prairie Hill. He worked with his father and brother at Snowball’s and Sons Garage. He also worked in Dallas as a paint and body specialist. From there he moved to Houston with his family and had several auto businesses, for eight years, then returnred to Mexia and continued to work with his father, Snowball, until he became ill.
He also ran the Dragan Inn, which was a teenage place for young people. He loved to show young people a good time. He also built hot rod cars to race in Dallas and Mexia. He loved to go to the race track, this was his hobby.

Thu
09
Apr

Connie Jo Hofer


Connie Jo Hofer

Connie Jo Hofer, 63, of Denton peacefully left this earth and went to Heaven on Monday, April 6, 2015.
She was born on Oct. 24, 1951 in Mexia, to Bill and Carrie Jones. Early in her life, Bill, Carrie and Connie moved to West Columbia and later to Angleton. Connie graduated from Angleton High School in 1970 and moved briefly with her family to Venezuela, where her father Bill worked overseas.
Returning to the U.S. in early 1971, she subsequently attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, where she met her future husband, Richard Hofer of Houston. Connie and Richard married in 1972, living in and around Houston for many years before moving to Denton in 1999. Connie worked many years as a legal secretary when in Houston before becoming a mother and proudly raising her two children, Billy and Jessica, at home while husband Richard worked.

Mon
06
Apr

Lois Ouida Ward


Lois Ouida Ward

Lois Ouida Ward, 89, of Mexia, passed away April 3, 2015 at Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Dew Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ward was born March 27, 1926 in Lanely, to John Archie and Lois Black Pruitt. She graduated from Lamar University with an associate’s degree in nursing. She worked at the Mexia State Supported Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvis Ward; her parents; brothers and sisters, Sterling, Preston, Yvonne, Harold and Jewell Padgett.

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