Obituaries

Fri
01
May

Orville Ray ‘Bubba’ Timberlake

Orville Ray “Bubba” Timberlake, 62, of Belton, passed away April 29, 2015. A family visitation was held Friday, May 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Graveside services followed immediately after visitation in the Mexia Cemetery with Pastor Paul Gauntt officiating.
Bubba was born Dec. 18, 1952 in Mexia, to Orville “Red” and Rosie Kuyava Timberlake. He grew up in Mexia and was a 1971 graduate of Mexia High School. He went to work with his dad at Timberlake’s Body Shop, and after he retired, continued to own and operate it, completing 27 years in the business. Bubba was presently employed with Texas Parks and Wildlife and had been for 16 years.
Bubba married the love of his life, Teresa Gale Gauntt, on March 15, 1975; they just celebrated 40 years together. They were blessed with two children, Sara and Stuart Wade. Bubba was devoted to his family; a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He especially enjoyed spoiling his granddaughter.

Fri
01
May

Isabell Granberry

Funeral services for Isabell Granberry will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Ford Chapel Baptist Church, 800 W. Palestine St. in Mexia, with the Rev. Wilmer Davis, pastor and eulogist. The Rev. Billy Freeman will officate.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Isabell Granberry (Aunt Bea) was the fourth child of the late Malloy Freeman and Ritter Lee Reid. She was born Sept. 23, 1929, and graduated from Dunbar High School in Mexia. She met and married Hamp Granberry Jr. in 1953. They were married for 57 years until he died in 2010. No children were born to this union, but she loved and raised nieces and nephews as her own. She loved children and the elderly. She would give them her last penny.

Fri
01
May

Melva Louise Harvey Turner

Melva Louise Harvey Turner, 87, of Dawson, went to be with the Lord April 29, 2015. She is survived by her devoted husband, Bill G. Turner; her brother, Don Harvey; and special nephew, Cliff Waters and wife, Maurleen. Melva was also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Clifton Henry “Jack” and Jesse Louise Harvey; her brother, Barry Harvey, and her sister, Jackie Harvey.
She was born Oct. 20, 1927 in Wortham, where she attended high school. She went on to study at Westminster College in Tehuacana, and received her master’s degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Melva was a born educator and began her teaching career at Fair Oaks School in Fair Oaks, and then later moved to Forest Glade Elementary School in Mexia.

Mon
27
Apr

Teresa Ibarra Acevedo

Teresa Ibarra Acevedo, 93, of Coolidge, passed away April 26, 2015 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Coolidge with Francisco Acevedo Sr. and Francisco Acevedo Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Coolidge Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Acevedo was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Corralitos Valparaiso, Zacarecas, Mexico. She was a homemaker and a wonderful family person who loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Acevedo was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Maria Acevedo and son-in-law, Carlos Samaniego.

Mon
27
Apr

San Juanita ‘Janie’ Boulware

San Juanita “Janie” Boulware, 59, of Mexia, passed away April 25, 2015 in Temple. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Pastor Gil Ash officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Janie was born Oct. 2, 1955 to Gilberto Gonzalez and Maria Carmen Velasquez in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. On Nov. 8, 1978, she married the love of her life, Harvey Boulware, in Sweetwater. She had been a resident of Mexia (Forest Glade) for 32 years.
Janie’s career was being a homemaker; she, fortunately, was able stay at home and raise her children. Janie was an excellent cook and nothing pleased her more than preparing foods for her family and others to enjoy. She also loved flowers and took great pride in having a pretty yard.
Janie was an active member of the Forest Glade Baptist Church for 12 years where she taught Sunday school for a number of years. She loved the Lord and lived her life serving Him.

Fri
24
Apr

Wanda Doris Conner

Wanda Doris Conner, 82, of Bremond, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Bremond Nursing Home.
Visitation will be held at Groesbeck Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Union Cemetery in Freestone County, with Pastor Richard Gillett of Teague officiating.
Doris was born March 1, 1933 to Baxter Lamar Priddy and Lulu Dovie Davis Priddy in Sulpher, Oklahoma. The family moved to Seymour while she was a young girl and she graduated from Seymour High School, with memories of her senior trip to New Orleans.

Fri
24
Apr

Joe Durham

Funeral services Joe Durham are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Durham with home to be the Lord on April 23, 2015 in Dallas, with family and friends by his bedside.
You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Fri
24
Apr

Isabelle Grandberry

Funeral services for Isabelle Grandberry are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Grandberry’s soul was set free April 21, 2015 in Desoto, with family and friends by her bedside.
You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Fri
24
Apr

Charles Henry ‘Soap’ Osborne

Charles Henry “Soap” Osborne, 87, of Coolidge, entered into his heavenly home April 22, 2015. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Coolidge with Pastor Bob Rainey officiating. Interment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Soap was born June 14, 1927 in Emmett, to P.G. and Eula Littlejohn Osborne. He grew up in Coolidge and after graduating from Coolidge High School, received his bachelor’s degree in education from Sam Houston State Teachers College and master’s degree from Baylor University. He proudly served his country in the Army in Germany.

Wed
22
Apr

Louis Charles Williams

Louis Charles Williams, 75, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2015, with his loving family by his side. He was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Mexia.
Louis was a Marine and proudly served his country.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Williams, and father, Ira Williams.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle, of Tyler; daughter, Leah Williams, of Tyler, and son, Donald, of Houston; grandchildren, Haden, Madalyn, James and Rebecca.
A private memorial will be held for the family in Point Enterprise. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the American Cancer Society.

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