Obituaries

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30
Sep

Angela Ford

Angela Ford passed away Monday, September 26, 2016 at Baylor Hospital.

Angela is the daughter of Reverend Clifton and Vinella Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3 at the New Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Garland. Pastor W.J. Davis (uncle) will deliver the eulogy.

Golden Gate Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wed
28
Sep

Myrtle “Dolly” Foreman

Myrtle “Dolly” Foreman passed away on September 26 2016 in Corsicana. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Bro. David LeFlore officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Glade Cemetery. Grandsons, Troy Foreman, Jeff Odom, Clay Foreman, Kelly Jernigan, Ryan Foreman, Jamey Odom, Heath Foreman, Jason Odom and Dustin Lane will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 9-11 a.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Dolly was born in Mexia on June 7, 1929 to Emmett and Myrtle Johnson. She lived most of her life within three miles of where she was born. Dolly dedicated her life to raising, encouraging and being supportive of her children, even as adults. She loved having her family home and cooking for them, especially during the holidays.

Wed
28
Sep

Barbara Hearon Owen

Barbara Hearon Owen, of Mexia, passed away on September 27, 2016 in Groesbeck at the age of 76.  Funeral services will be 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Bill Wright, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Cotton Gin Cemetery. Charles Walpole, Henry Sims, Sr., Johnathan Bible, Roy West, Brian Staton and Robert Farnes will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Dick and Howard Medlock.

Barbara was born in Mexia, on Oct. 2, 1939 to Joe Mack and Tennie Watson Hearon. She was a lifelong resident of Mexia. During her working career, Barbara worked at the Corner Feed Store, Wal-Mart, Mexia State School and, as a seamstress, for Karner-Phillips.

Wed
28
Sep

Allen Sidney Johnston

Allen Sidney Johnston was born on December 11, 1931 in Mexia in the home of his paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Albert Sidney Johnston, Sr.  He was the first child born to Sidney & Dorothy Johnston and his only sibling, Jan, was born the following year.

 Allen graduated from Mexia High School in 1948 as a member of the undefeated Blackcat football team. He remained lifelong friends with many of these teammates. Shortly after high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and was stationed in Britain and Germany. Upon his return home from service, he met and married Joy Paris of Coolidge. They were married 61 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jan Johnston Cairns.

He is survived by his wife, Joy, five children, 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

    Kent, the eldest, and wife Pam; their four sons: Kody & Erin Johnston, Kole & Erica Johnston, Clay Johnston, and Cade Johnston

Wed
28
Sep

Ray Anthony Blocker “Fuzzy”

Ray Anthony Blocker passed away Sept. 23, 2016 in Waco. He was born June 9, 1954. Services will be at 11  a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at W. H. Littles & Sons Mortuary, in Waco, 601 Ashburn Street.

Wed
28
Sep

Sandra “Sandy” Lynn Owen Bellard

Mrs. Sandra “Sandy” Lynn Owen Bellard, 63, of Farrar, went to be with our Lord and Savior Monday, September 26, 2016 in Waco.

Sandy was born Aug. 13, 1953 in Houston to Wallace and Anna Owen. She married Sidney “Crazy” J. Bellard in 1982 in Groesbeck. Her loves were her daughter, her family farm and her margaritas. Her favorite flower was the carnation and her favorite food, of course, was Mexican. She graduated from Sam Houston High in Houston and continued her education at Kingwood Lone Star College. Sandy was an accountant for over 20 years at Surveyor’s Instruments in Houston. She retired from Surveying Equipment Specialist Inc. as part owner of the company. She remained a resident of Houston until moving to her family farm in Farrar in 2011. She was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Houston.

Wed
21
Sep

William E. Lacy

Pastor William E. Lacy, Jr., age 73 of Dallas, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016.

His body will lie in state on Friday, Sept. 23 from 12 noon - 7 p.m. Musical wake will start at 7 p.m. 

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 held at House of Refuge Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1822 Bayside St., Dallas.

Services entrusted to Golden Gate Funeral Home.

Wed
21
Sep

Martha Blanche Keel

Martha Blanche Keel, of Mexia, passed away in Waco  on September 21, 2016 at the age of 71. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Mexia Cemetery with Bro. Justin Colquette officiating.

Martha was born in Gatesville on Aug. 7, 1945 to Gilbert Harwell and Blanche Dossey Lowrance.  She was the business manager of White Rock Radiology in Dallas for a number of years, prior to retirement. 

Martha married James Larry Keel, Sr. on April 17, 1965, they were blessed with two children, James, Jr. and Amber.  She loved her husband and children but nothing could compare to the love she had for her grandchildren, they owned her heart.  She had a very outgoing personality, made friends easily and a willingness to listen to anyone and offer advice that may be helpful.

Wed
21
Sep

Willie Beatrice Smith

Willie Beatrice Smith, of Fort Worth, passed away on September 14, 2016.

Viewing will be from 1-7 p.m., Friday Sept. 23 at Dorsey and Keatts Funeral Home in Mexia. Funeral will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at Antioch Baptist Church, located at 610 N. Denton, Mexia. Burial will be at the Cedar Hill Burial Park.

Willie was born April 10, 1926 in Axtell to Warren and Lydia Belcher. She graduated as Valedictorian at Dunbar Douglas School.

She later married James Smith, Sr.

Willie worked at Leader Cleaners as a manager;  Loyola University in the accounting department and retired from Gearhart Owens.

She was a member of Dunbar-Douglas Association and Texas Historical Commission. She was also a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 52 years.

Wed
21
Sep

Edwin (Eddie) Louis Spurgeon

Edwin (Eddie) Louis Spurgeon, 74, of Wortham, passed away at his residence on September 20, 2016.  Visitation with the family present will be Thursday, Sept. 22 at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia from 6-8 p.m.  There will be no formal services.

Eddie was born Jan. 10, 1942 in San Antonio. He loved Arabian horses and was an officer of Texas Arabian Distance Riders Association for over 20 years. He was involved in many equine organizations and helped establish LBJ Grasslands Equestrian Trails. Eddie was an avid NASCAR fan and known to all as a Jack of all Trades.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark O’Neal Spurgeon and is survived by his wife, Linda Spurgeon of Wortham and daughter, Marianne Spurgeon Walker & husband Keith also of Wortham as well as many friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Gibbs Memorial Library in Mexia.

Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

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