Obituaries

Wed
13
Aug

Dorothy Nell Graves Jackson


Dorothy Nell Graves Jackson

Dorothy Nell Graves Jackson died Aug. 6, 2014 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Groesbeck Church of Christ, 203 S. Ellis in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 15, from noon to 7 p.m. Pastor Charles Chashaw will be eulogist, with burial at Shady Grove Cemetery in the Doyle Community.
Jackson was born Sept. 1, 1949 in Limestone County, the second child born to Katie Ruth Graves and Sherman Lee Graves Sr.
Dorothy Nell confessed to Christ at an early age, attending Lone Star, Webb Chapel, and later Andrew Chapel, where she was a dedicated member, Sunday School teacher and Christian leader until her health began to fail.

Mon
11
Aug

Bill L. Halbert, M.D.


Bill L. Halbert, M.D.

Funeral services for Dr. Bill L. Halbert will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Brother Scott Matthews will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Wednesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home, 900 U.S. 84 West in Teague.
Halbert, 83, passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the Fairfield Nursing and Rehab Center in Fairfield.
Halbert was a longtime practicing physician in Teague for 45 years. He came to join the medical practice of Drs. Maurice Gage and Jack Cox after graduating in 1956 from Baylor University College of Medicine, serving his internship at Hermann Hospital in Houston, and serving on the medical staff of Mexia State School for one year.

Fri
08
Aug

Wiley Ford Ward


Wiley Ford Ward

Wiley Ford Ward, 70, of Teague, passed away Aug. 4, 2014 in Dallas. Graveside services will be held at a cemetery in Tucumcari, New Mexico, at a later date.
Wiley was born June 20, 1944 in Douglas, Ariz., to Henry Ford and Martha Fay Kidd Ward. He received his bachelor of science degree from Sul Ross College. After working for the federal prison system for 18 years as a psychologist, he went to work for Butler Communications.
Wiley enjoyed motorcycling, reading and traveling. He was especially interested in World War I, World War II and Indian and American history. Wiley believed in and tried to enjoy life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Wiley is survived by his wife, Linda of Teague; three children, Michael, Josh and Wanda; two grandchildren, Travis and Kahla; two great-grandchildren, Wylie and Caleb; and a sister, Nannine.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Wed
06
Aug

Blanche Thelma Daniels Hyrams


Blanche Thelma Daniels Hyrams

Blanche Thelma Daniels Hyrams, 90, passed away July 30, 2014 at Greenview Nursing Home in Waco.
She was born Nov. 8, 1923 in Freestone County. She was the last of five children born to Shannon Daniels and Willie Stephens Daniels. She grew up and attended Houge and Salem Schools in Teague. She became a Christian and was baptized at Salem Missionary Baptist Church at an early age.
In 1945, Thelma moved to Fort Worth, where she met Frederick Hyrams and theirs was love at first sight. They were married and to this union one child was born. Later, Thelma moved to Mexia, and did domestic work for years. Finally, she was hired at the Mexia State School. After employment there, she went to Navasota Community College and got her CNA certificate, which enabled her to move to a charge position on the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift at the Longhouse Unit. She retired in 1987.

Wed
06
Aug

Doris Jean Harp


Doris Jean Harp

Doris Jean Harp, 88, passed away Aug. 5, 2014 at her home in Mexia. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 8, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with Rev. James Hooper officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Doris was born Oct. 6, 1925 in Mexia, to Almer L. and Lena B. Dailey Person.
She married J.D. Sunday on Jan. 29, 1942; their time together was short, as God called him home on April 21, 1960. She retired from the Mexia State School after 18 years of service.
Doris was a longtime active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Mexia. She loved her church and church family. One Sunday, she received special recognition as the church’s longest-standing member.

Mon
04
Aug

Dorothy King Burks


Dorothy King Burks

The angelic hosts came for Dorothy King Burks, 67, on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Thursday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Viewing will also be held Friday, Aug. 8, from noon until 7 p.m. at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey, 6101 Bosque Blvd. in Waco.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Antioch Baptist Church, 2814 S. 12th St. in Waco. Interment will follow at Doris Miller Cemetery in Waco.
Dorothy K. Burks was born Aug. 29, 1946 in Teague, to Alonzo Peterson and Lyla Keeton. She graduated from Blackshear High School in Odessa. She was a National Honor Society member, salutatorian and also played the clarinet in the band. She later attended Odessa College and North Texas State University.

Fri
01
Aug

James Robert Shelby Carroll


James Robert Shelby Carroll

James Robert Shelby Carroll, "Shelby", passed away July 30, 2014 in Wortham. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham, with Rev. John Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel.
Shelby was born April 21, 1981 in Corsicana, to James Carroll and Stacy Keeling Johnson. He was in Wortham all of his life.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Marilyn Keeling and Ruth Carroll.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Stacy and Nolan Johnson, of Wortham; father and stepmother, James and Kathy Carroll of Dew; son, Jordan Carroll, of Mexia; sister, Jami Brown, of Wortham; grandfather, Arnold Keeling, of Wortham; nephews, Alex and Luke Brown, of Wortham; niece, Hannah Brown, of Wortham; as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

Wed
30
Jul

Billy Ray Brooks


Billy Ray Brooks

Funeral services for Billy Ray Brooks will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. at Ford Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 800 W. Palestine in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with eulogist Pastor Wilmer Davis, and Pastor Charles L. Cashaw Jr. officiating.
Billy Ray Brooks was born to Irma Jean Brooks and Leslie Hawkins, in Limestone County. He was called home to glory on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Scott & White Hospital.
Billy’s greatest love was his family, spending time with his grandchildren, and outdoor activities. Billy attended public school in Mexia. He was an oil field worker and pipeline worker for many years. He was a member of Ford Chapel Church.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Irma Jean Brooks, and sister, Brenda Scruggs Brooks.

Mon
28
Jul

Valeressa Hobbs West


Valeressa Hobbs West

Valeressa Hobbs West died July 23, 2014 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
Funeral services for Valeressa will be held Wednesday July 30, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton St. in Mexia. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday July 29, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery. Rev. Tyrell Hobbs, eulogist; Rev. Tristan Hobbs, officiating.
Valeressa West was born to Lee Milton Hobbs and Lee Ellen Gamble Hobbs on June 13, 1961. Valeressa accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of Greater Little Zion Baptist Church, and served in the kitchen.
Valeressa met and married the love of her life, Lewis West. To this union, four children were born. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1980. Valeressa worked many years as a cook for Mexia Junior High School and Teague Nursing Home. She also worked at Mexia State School.

Mon
28
Jul

Steve Allen Hicks Sr.


Steve Allen Hicks Sr.

Steve Allen Hicks Sr., of Mexia, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Manor Healthcare Residence in Mexia. He was 71.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Benny Horn officiating. Burial will follow in Lost Prairie Cemetery.
Sons and grandsons will be pallbearers: Steve Hicks III, Steve Hicks Jr., Ski Hicks, William Hicks, William Hicks Jr., and Jason Hicks. Stanley Hicks will be an honorary pallbearer.
Steve was born on Dec. 14, 1942 in Waco to Marvin Hicks and Inez Smith Hicks. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968 through 1969, and was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery.

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