Obituaries

Wed
24
Sep

Vicki Sharon Smith


Vicki Sharon Smith

Vicki Sharon Smith, 62, entered her heavenly home on Sept. 24, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept, 25, at Northcrest Church of Christ, with Jody Day officiating. Interment will follow in the Cotton Gin Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Vicki was born March 30, 1952, in Mexia, to Mandville Lide Jr. and Marie Hawkins Lide. She lived in the Mexia-Cotton Gin area her entire life and graduated from Mexia High School. She spent a total of 24 years working for the Mexia Police Department and Precinct 4 Constable.
Vicki was challenged with illnesses throughout many years of her life, and with her faith and the support of her loving family, embraced life and met the challenges. Vicki had a big heart; she not only loved and cherished her family but accepted other children into her home as her own. She was a longtime active member of the Shiloh Church of Christ.

Fri
19
Sep

Lorene Kay Banning


Lorene Kay Banning

Lorene Kay Banning, 61, passed away Sept. 16, 2014 at her home in Mexia. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Tom Prentiss officiating.
Lorene was born Jan. 1, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Harold and Lorene Lucille Graham Van Dyken. She moved to Mexia several years ago, to take care of her mother. Lorene was a loving and caring mother and daughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Everett Liles; and brother, Ronald Van Dyken.
Lorene is survived by her son, Jason Ryan Banning of Michigan; grandchildren, Stephanie Lynn Peterson, Samantha Banning Underwood, Cassandra Hallman, Neckose Alegria and Alicia Alegria; six great-grandchildren; and her dog and faithful companion, Coco.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Fri
19
Sep

Billie Jane Bays

Billie Jane Bays, 87, of Axtell, passed away Sept. 19, 2014 at Providence Health Center in Waco.
Graveside services are pending at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Bays was born Aug. 1, 1927 in Wortham.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook & leave a memorial message for the family.

Wed
17
Sep

Van William O'Connell


Van William O'Connell

Van O'Connell was born July 25, 1947 in Shiloh, to Mike O'Connell and Vida Carlile O'Connell, and passed away Sept. 15, 2014 at his home,
Van was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who cherished his family and was a friend to all who knew him. He loved anything related to hunting, fishing and the outdoors in general.
Van was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Vida O'Connell; sister and brother-in-law, Joann and Gene Cannon; and sister-in-law, Dixie McClellan.

Wed
17
Sep

Ronald Kipling 'Kip' Hobbs

Ronald Kipling “Kip” Hobbs, 38, of Mexia, was called home early on in the week of Sept. 8, 2014.
Kip was a loving father and grandfather that made it known that his children and granddaughter were his pride and joy. He will be remembered for his many jokes that would cause the biggest belly laugh around and his big heart that everyone will miss so much. He enjoyed being around his family, his oh-so-many dogs, and anything that had to do with basketball.
He was preceded in death by mother, Gloria Jean Hobbs.
Kip is survived by the love of his life and mother of their two children, Cristi Shores; daughter, Christina Young; son, Jake Hobbs; granddaughter, Carsyn Young; father, Ronald E. Hobbs; sister, Lisa Sadler; brothers, Timmy Sadler, Brent Hobbs and Daniel Hobbs; and loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

Wed
17
Sep

Jose LeAndrea Williams

Funeral services for Jose LeAndrea Williams of Corsicana are pending with Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Williams with home to be with Lord Sept. 17, 2014 at his home in Dallas, surrounded by family and friends.
Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Wed
17
Sep

Dorothy Mae Miller

Funeral services are pending for Dorothy Mae Miller of Corsicana at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Miller went home to be with the Lord Sept. 13, 2014 surrounded by loving family and friends. She was born Jan. 27, 1938.
Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Wed
17
Sep

Dorothy Mae Craig


Dorothy Mae Craig

Dorothy Mae Craig, 93, passed away Sept. 16, 2014 at her home in Mexia.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at the First Assembly of God Church with Brother Brian Hallmark, Brother Paul Moore and Chaplain Larry Holden officiating. Interment will follow in the Lake Chapel Cemetery in Freestone County.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Dorothy was born June 22, 1921 in Bremond, to Oliver and Lucy Lee Edwards Williams. She was raised in Wortham by her mother and step-father, Jack Conn. She devoted her life to serving her Lord and caring for her family. She was a longtime active member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Wed
17
Sep

Charles Lee Lewis


Charles Lee Lewis

Charles Lee Lewis, 62, of Tehuacana, passed away Sept. 14, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at Landmark Baptist Church in Mexia, with Rev. Shane Winters and Rev. Bob Harr officiating. Interment will follow at Old Union Cemetery. Family visitation was held Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Lewis was born Sept. 1, 1952 in Mexia, to Elmer Lee and Ozelle Douthit Lewis. He was a cowboy all his life and that was his true love and passion. He was a member of the Lone Star Cowboy Church in Mexia.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; son, Johnny Lee Lewis; and sisters, Juanita Carroll, Betty Lou Broughton, Diane Hansen and Gloria Menton.

Fri
12
Sep

Lela Barksdale Graham


Lela Barksdale Graham

Lela Barksdale Graham, 89, of Weatherford and formerly of Wortham, passed away Sept. 10, 2014 at her residence.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at Cade Cemetery in Navarro County. Family visitation was held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.
Graham was born Nov. 27, 1924 in Streetman to William and Dovie Cantrell Miller. She was a homemaker who loved taking care of her children and grandchildren.
Lela was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Graham Sr.; son, Harvey Graham Jr.; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughters, Karen Elaine Michaels of Weatherford, Edna Locke of Florida and Judy Lewis of Weatherford; son, Marcus Graham of Wortham; 12 grandchildren; 28-eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

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