Obituaries

Wed
29
May

Frances Elizabeth Fowler

Picture of Frances Elizabeth Fowler

Frances Elizabeth Fowler, 85, of Mexia passed away May 28, 2013 in Mexia. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 31, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will be in the Mexia Cemetery.
Frances was born June 14, 1927 in Mexia, to Alton B. Kerzee Sr. and Addie Bond Kerzee. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1944. Frances married John Fowler on Feb. 21, 1948 in Limestone County. She and John owned and operated the Majestic Cleaners in Mexia for over 30 years, while also raising their two children.
After retirement, she worked at Casual Fashions and the Christian Life Center for many years. She had a friendly, outgoing personality and loved to be around people. She was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church. She was also very active in the community. Frances was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister; her life was her family, church and work.

Wed
29
May

Quentin Shane Cooper

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Quentin Shane Cooper, 17, of Gulf Breeze, Fla. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 4:12 a.m., after a long battle with liver cancer.
Quentin graduated with the Gulf Breeze High School Class of 2013 and loved skateboarding, baseball, video games and hanging out with his friends. He also worked at Funny Cars on Pensacola Beach.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sarah Walker and John Cooper; and great-grandparents, Faye (Clea) Myers and L.C. (John) Cooper.
He is survived by his parents, Trina (Chris) Turner, and John (Tracy) Cooper; grandparents; Chuck Walker, Sandy (Doyle) Lee and Bea Turner; uncles, Mark Walker and Greg Turner; aunts, Ofelia Walker and Lisa Turner; cousin Madyssen Walker; stepbrothers, Daniel and Brent Turner; stepsisters, Chancey and Kennah Craig, and numerous relatives and friends.

Mon
27
May

George Melvin Owen


George Melvin Owen

George Melvin Owen, 83, of the Prairie Grove Community, passed away on May 25, 2013, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at Prairie Grove Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 at Porter Funeral Home.
Mr. Owen was born on Jan. 29, 1930, in Robinson County to Opie and Ruth Owen. He was raised by his stepmother, Ella Bell Wedgeman Owen, due to his mother passing at an early age. He was in a blended family of 12 brothers and two sisters.

Mon
27
May

Billy Frank Mills

Billy Frank Mills, 81, of Mexia passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Mexia. Billy was born July 29, 1931 in Coolidge, to James Elmer and Arie Mae Carroll Mills
Billy married Dixie L. Neale on July 30, 1951 and they were married close to 60 years before her death in 2011.
He enjoyed a long career with Shell Oil and Exxon Oil Company and retired as a seismograph crew foreman.
Billy was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie; son, Doug Mills; brother, Roger Mills; and sister, Dorothy Marshall. 
Survivors include his son, Paul Mills, and wife, Lana, of Waco; grandson, Jason Mills, and wife, Rhonda, and their son, Ty, of Mexia; grandson Giles Mills of Corpus Christi and his children, Avery, Martina and Bailey; granddaughter, Jamie Padro, and husband, David, and their daughter, Eve, of Maryland; four sisters, Linda, Barbara, Mary and Brenda; two brothers, David and Darrell; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Fri
24
May

Claude Philpott


Claude Philpott

The angelic hosts came for Mr. Claude Philpott, 80, on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street in Teague, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 252 FCR 489 West in Teague, Rev. E.O. Riley, pastor. Rev. Roosevelt Nickerson will officiate and Rev. Wayne Williams will serve as eulogist. Interment will be at Salem Cemetery in Teague.
Claude, born Feb. 28, 1933, accepted Christ into his life at the age of 12 during revival one summer night and united with Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life he united with First Baptist Church South Teague, where he served as deacon and Bible teacher.

Wed
22
May

Paul Ray Pelton

Paul Ray Pelton
Paul Ray Pelton

The angelic hosts came for Paul Ray Pelton on Monday, May 13, 2013, at The Manor Healthcare Residence in Mexia, among loving family and devoted friends. A viewing will be held Friday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m. in the Union Primitive Baptist Church at 222 CR 901 in Teague. The Rev. Ken Bailey, pastor, will be officiating, and Elder Roderick Miles will be the eulogist. Interment will follow at the Grove Island Cemetery in Teague.

Fri
17
May

Van Morris Hanshaw


Van Morris Hanshaw

Van Morris Hanshaw Jr., 53, of Groesbeck, passed away May 15, 2013, in Waco. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Minister Frank Pruitt officiating. Interment will follow in the Wilson Chapel Cemetery.
Van was born May 17, 1959, in Loma Linda, Calif., to Van Morris Hanshaw Sr. and Joyce Marie Hanshaw. He worked for Fed-Ex Freight as the number-one board driver out of Waco for 23 years. Van loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Van Hanshaw Sr.; sister Susan Holliday; and father-in-law, James E. Howard.

Fri
17
May

William ‘Bill’ Forrest Sandlin


William ‘Bill’ Forrest Sandlin

William “Bill” Forrest Sandlin passed away May 13, 2013, in Ogden, Utah, where he lived contentedly for more than 30 years. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, in the Mexia Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 2, 1944, in Velasco, and spent his youth in Jones Creek. Upon graduation from Brazosport High School in Freeport, Bill soon began his service to our country as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. He was a Specialist E-5 of the distinguished Army 101st Airborne Division. During his service, Bill was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for heroism and the first Oak Leaf Cluster.

Fri
17
May

Terry Hunt Carson


Terry Hunt Carson

Terry Hunt Carson, 64, of Mexia, died on Wednesday, May 14, 2013, at the Mexia LTC Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born May 27, 1948, in St. Louis, to Ed and Sue Carson. He married Cathy A. Van Buren on June 27, 1994.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy Carson, of Mexia; daughter Cara Ann Carson and fiancé Ian Blong; grandson and namesake, Carson William Blong of Berkeley, Calif.; nephew Cleighton Carson, of Florida; aunt Margaret Sonneday, of St. Louis; sister-in-law Debbie Smith; and nieces Tiera Avila, Aphie Smith and Iris Smith, all of Florida.
Terry’s parents, Ed and Sue Carson, and one brother, Michael Carson, along with his godfather, Stan “The Man” Musial, preceded him in death.
He also leaves behind his “Band of Brothers,” Willie, John, Dale, Danny, Zeke and Keith, who spent many summers in Montana fishing and giving each other love and support throughout his lifetime.

Wed
15
May

Rev. Lewis Taylor Jr.

Headshot of the Rev. Lewis Taylor Jr.

The angelic hosts came for Rev. Lewis Taylor Jr. on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, and from 3 to 7 p.m. at St John’s Baptist Church, 200 T.A. Carroll Ave. in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. in the Church On The Rock, 1470 Hwy. 14 North in Groesbeck. Rev. L.B. Perry will officiate and Rev. Reginald Edmonson will be the eulogist. Interment will follow at the Lone Star Cemetery in Groesbeck.

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