Obituaries

Tue
19
Apr

Aubrey Jones

The angelic hosts came for Aubrey Jones at his residence in Kosse, on Friday, April 15, 2016, among loving family and devoted friends.
Services are pending at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

Fri
15
Apr

Beatrice Bluitt Williams

Beatrice Bluitt Williams

Beatrice Bluitt Williams, 96, left this earth on the wings of angels on April 9, 2016 at her home in Mexia.
Viewing was held Friday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Emanuel Funeral Home, 1222 N. First in Teague.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Ford Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the Henderson section of Mexia Memorial Cemetery, with Rev. Wilmer Davis officiating and giving the eulogy. Active pallbearers will be Billy Hardaway III, K. Troy Brooks, Lester Busby Jr., Cedrick Franklin, Aaron Harris and Ronald Paul Jackson III.
A beautiful baby girl was born to David and Vashti (Brown) Bluitt on Feb. 5, 1920, in Mexia. Beatrice was raised in Mexia and attended Dunbar High School. She furthered her education by receiving her medication aide certificate.

Wed
13
Apr

James Cameron Quinn Sr.

James Cameron Quinn Sr.

James Cameron Quinn Sr., 86, passed away April 10, 2016 at the Groesbeck LTC. Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Marquez Cemetery. Family visitation was held Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home, 208 N. Canton in Mexia.
Quinn was born June 9, 1929. He was a prison guard, then retired after many years a truck driver. He loved to be around people, and insisted everyone call him “Papa Quinn.” The staff at the nursing home was more like family to him than just caregivers. He really appreciated them and loved being around them. He enjoyed playing dominoes and bingo. There was not a day that went by that he could go without his Dr. Peppers and Little Debbie’s.
Quinn is survived by his daughter, Janey Quinn of Wortham; son, James Quinn Jr. of Cedar Park; and grandsons, Garrett Quinn of Mexia and Colton Quinn and wife, Chelsea, whom will be welcoming a baby boy in June.

Wed
13
Apr

Everett ‘Ray’ Roberson McDonald

Everett ‘Ray’ Roberson McDonald

Everett ‘Ray’ Roberson McDonald
The angelic hosts came for Everett "Ray" McDonald on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at her residence in Teague, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, and continue until 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m., at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Moore's Angelic Chapel.
Everett McDonald was born May 4, 1940 in Calvert, to Luke E. and Jennie Lee Johnson Roberson. She grew up in Mexia, and attended public schools there, and was baptized at the First Baptist Church South Teague.
Her passions were for cooking, shopping and most of all, attending church and singing solos. She had a beautiful singing voice and was programmed to sing by many churches in the community.

Wed
13
Apr

Edward Earl Brown

Edward Earl Brown

Funeral services for Edward Earl Brown will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Westside Church of Christ, 308 W. Herman in Mexia, with Rev. Billy Jack Freeman officiating and Rev. Lester Brown serving as eulogist. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Edward Earl Brown was born March 1, 1956 in Ferris, to Eula “Peg” Chambers and M.C. Brown. He graduated from M.B. Smiley High School in Houston, then served in the Air Force for four years and the Navy for four years. He worked at Wortham Nursing Home, and at the Barnett Unit of the Mexia State School.
Ed was baptized at a young age at Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Wortham.
On Nov. 10, 2006, Edward was united in matrimony to Minnie Mack, a union that lasted until his death on April 6, 2016.
Edward was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Carl Brown.

Mon
11
Apr

Delia Ethel Platt

Delia Ethel Platt

Delia Ethel Platt, 87, of Groesbeck, passed away at her residence on April 8, 2016. She was born Nov. 29, 1928 in Fallon, to Walter and Jewell Duke Redden.
Delia was known by her family as a loving mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She took great pride in her family and always wanted them to have the best. She was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witness of Mexia and participated in many church activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of more than 60 years, H.T. Platt; and a brother, James Madison Redden.
Delia is survived by her sons, Troy Gene Platt and wife, Sue, Joe Lynn Platt and wife, Esther, and Terry Lee Platt; grandchildren, Vikki Sue Grimes, Tommy Gene Platt, Rachel Lynn Talbot, Lisa Ann Bartlett, Michael Gene Platt, James Lee Platt and Steven Hall; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Aline Robinson; and sister-in-law, Opal Hilton.

Mon
11
Apr

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr.

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr.

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr. was born to the parentage of the David and Leola Busby on Nov. 5, 1951. Busby departed this life on April 5, 2016 in Wortham.
He attended public school in Wortham, then joined the Army, graduating from Fort Port Louisiana U.S. Army base. He received an honorable discharge.
Busby was a reserve officer. He also attended truck driving school and later attended seminary. He also worked for Mexia State School, and Limestone County Detention Center for eight years, from which he retired. Upon his death, he was employed part-time at Auto Zone.
Busby met and married Mary Ann Holmes on Dec. 13, 1990 and to this union one son, Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Jr., was born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Leola Busby, and sister, Joyce Busby.

Fri
08
Apr

Bennie Garner Spurlock

Bennie Garner Spurlock

Bennie Spurlock, 82, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at First United Methodist Church Mexia, 203 N. Canton, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Burial will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Bennie was born Aug. 1, 1933 in Dawson. Bennie moved to Groesbeck in 1975 with her husband, Mack, where they owned and operated Limestone Cable T.V. until 1990. In their retirement years, the Spurlocks enjoyed traveling with their RV club, square dancing and spending time with their grandchildren.
Bennie was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Spurlock; her mother, Opal Garner, and father, Henry Garner; and her sisters, Ruby Pauline and Leveta Gwyn Garner.

Thu
07
Apr

Johnny B. Massey

Johnny B. Massey

Johnny B. Massey, 82 of Wortham passed away March 31, 2016 in Waco. He was born June 20, 1933 in Winkler, to John Thomas Massey and Letha Brinson Massey. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Streetman and loved ranching.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Massey and mother Letha Davis; brother, H.L. Massey and two sisters, Mable Massey Anderson and Mary Massey Robinson.
He is survived his wife, Janis Massey of Wortham; five children, Cynthia Smith and husband Lary of Lindsey, Okla., Carla Crawley and husband Andy of Teague, Darla Bottoms and husband J.W. of Fairfield, Tommy Massey of Wortham and James Williams of Dallas; three siblings, Harold Massey of Fairfield, Freddie Finley of Corsicana and R.E. Massey of Corpus Christi; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Thu
07
Apr

Herbert Ray Jones

Herbert Ray Jones

Herbert Ray Jones was the fourth child of 10 children born to Booker T. Jones and Inez Dawkins Jones.
He was born in Midland on July 5, 1961. Herbert went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 2, 2016.
He accepted Christ at an early age and served God with his musical talents. At the age of 13, Herbert began playing the guitar with the Friendly Gospel Singers, in which his father was a member. Throughout his life, he played for various gospel groups and churches.
Herbert loved family, life and laughter. He lived life to the fullest. Herbert also loved to write letters to his family and friends expressing his love for God. He will long be remembered by his family and friends for his outpouring of love and generosity.
After graduating Mexia High School in 1980, he enlisted in the U.S. military where he actively served his country. He was employed at Carry-On Trailers.

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