Obituaries

Wed
18
Mar

Ian De’Shon Spence


Ian De’Shon Spence

Funeral services for Ian De’Shon Spence Jr. will be held Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 610 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171.
Spence died March 11, 2015 in Wortham.
Spence was born to Alma Cooper and Ian De’Shon Spence Sr. on March 19, 1993 in Hillsboro. “Lil Shon” attended schools in Mexia ISD.

Wed
18
Mar

Edward ‘Eddy’ Clifton


Edward ‘Eddy’ Clifton

Edward “Eddy” Clifton of Mexia, passed away March 17, 2015. Graveside services will be held Friday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at Mexia City Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Family visitation will be held Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Eddy was born March 3, 1926 in Oakland, Calif., to Olga Pauline Fossen. He served his country in the Army, where he was in the Korean War. He moved to Mexia in 1982.
Clifton was preceded in death by his mother; two brothers; his wife, Elizabeth Clifton, whom he cherished very dearly; along with a close friend, Billie Isham.
He is survived by a stepdaughter, Carol Powell and family, of New Jersey; nieces, Carol Blasingram, Irene McClusky and Donna Salazar; nephews, Ralph Urgolsters and Ryan Clifton; and many grandchildren.

Wed
18
Mar

Tommye Little

Tommye Little, 89, of Marlin, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the First Baptist Church in Marlin with Rev. Mark Newton officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Adams Funeral Home, 129 Connally in Marlin.
Little was born Oct. 27, 1925 in Limestone County, to William Silas and Minnie Lee (Tedder) Bond. She married Byron Little on Oct. 21, 1942 in Freestone and they celebrated more than 39 wonderful years together until his death on Sept. 9, 1982.

Wed
18
Mar

Vesta Owens Solomon

Vesta Owens Solomon
Funeral services for Vesta Owens Solomon will be held Wednesday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 700 I 45 South in Fairfield. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Burial will be at Fairfield United Cemetery with eulogist, Pastor W.C. Anderson, and Evangelist Lois Gatson officiating.
On Nov. 20, 1938. a beautiful girl was born to Martin L. and Odessa Canady Owens. She was the first of four children. She was born and raised in Fairfield, in Freestone County. On March 18, 2015, an angel was dispatched, saying peace be still in the life of Vesta, therefore Vesta was released from all pain, suffering and daily worries, surrounded by family and loved ones, in her lovely home.

Wed
18
Mar

Charles H. Burks


Charles H. Burks

Funeral services for Charles H. Burks will be held Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton St. in Mexia. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, then from 6 to 8 p.m. the same day at Beulah Baptist Church, 814 MLK Ave. in Wortham. Eulogist will be Pastor Eben Conner.
Charles H. Burks was born to Cora and Elijah Burks on April 22, 1927, in Wortham. He went home to be with the Lord on March 15, 2015.
He accepted Christ at an early age at Beulah Baptist Church in Wortham, and was a longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church in Sacramento, Calif., where he served on the trustee board. As a young boy he believed in working hard. He understood at an early age that “if you don’t work hard, you don’t eat.”

Mon
16
Mar

William Scott King


William Scott King

Nickname: Scott
Born: April 9, 1961 in Mexia, Texas
Father: Joseph Paul King Sr.
Mother: Norma Jeannine Hawthorne
Died: Nov. 15, 2014
at age 53
Survived by: brother, Joseph P. King; sister, Paula J. Anderson; brother, James C. King; nieces, Lisa A. Hritz, Brandy L. Anderson, Erica E. Young and Anna J. King; nephew, James J. King; grand-nephews, Evan Anderson and Eric Hritz.
Scott was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2014, and passed away peacefully on Nov. 15, 2014. He was able to spend time with his family and several friends in the days before his passing, and died knowing he was loved.

Mon
16
Mar

Gary Don Page


Gary Don Page

Gary Don Page, of Mexia, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, from cardiac arrest.
Gary was born June 4, 1964 in Mexia, to Weldon and Barbara Page.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, and three brothers, Charlie Cox, Kenneth Page and Stevie Page.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara Cox of Mexia; stepmother, Yvonne Sanders Page of Groesbeck; three brothers, Rodney Page of Mexia, Billy Cox of Mexia and Calvin Page of Groesbeck; six sisters, Pam Page Guest of Mexia, Lisa Page Smith of Mexia, Angela Page Bratton and husband Tim of Weimer, Shonda Cox of Mexia, Donna Cox and Mike Davis of Dallas and Nancy Page Thompson of Groesbeck; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and many cousins, extended family and many friends.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made at gofundme.com/ox2e7w, to help his mother with funeral costs.

Fri
13
Mar

Shon Spence

Funeral services for Shon Spence are pending with Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Spence went home to be with the Lord Wednesday evening, March 11.
Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Fri
13
Mar

R.L. ‘Hawk’ Hawkins


R.L. ‘Hawk’ Hawkins

R.L. “Hawk” Hawkins, 81, of Mexia, passed away in his home Friday, March 13, 2015. Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Neil Bond officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia City Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
R.L. was born Dec. 5, 1933 in Ben Hur. He married the love of his life, Arlene, on Nov. 30, 1955. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955-57, where he spent 18 months aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Mullany. After discharge, R.L. and Arlene made their home in Mexia, where they raised three sons, two daughters and a small collection of neighborhood children. After 33 years of service, he retired from Southwestern Electric Service Company (SESCO) in 1997.

Fri
13
Mar

Ercel Morris Hager


Ercel Morris Hager

Ercel M. Hager, 94, of Lake Mexia, passed away March 12, 2015 at his residence. Graveside services will be held Friday, March 13, at 4 p.m. at Mexia City Cemetery. Family visitation will be held prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Mr. Hager was born Aug. 25, 1920 to Morgan David and Eulla Elliott Hager. He served during World War II, from 1942 until the end of the war, during which he drove a tank in the Army and landed in Normandy on D-Day. He was a hardworking man who was loved by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his children, Richard Hager, Loretta Hager and David Hager; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Serving as pallbearers are Michael Hager, Jody Hager, Cole Hager, Morgan Hager, Jordan Yarborough, Cade Hawkins, Jaylen Meyars and Logan Yarby.

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