Obituaries

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.

Mon
13
May

Nellie Fay Bullock

Nellie Fay Bullock, 79, of Rosebud, died Saturday, May 11, 2013 in a Rosebud nursing home.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 in Cook-Gerngross-Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Rosebud. Rev. Billy Joe Lambert will officiate.
Mrs. Bullock was born Sept. 2, 1933 in Rosebud to Charlie and Mildred Springer White. She lived in the Rosebud area all of her life. She married Stan Bullock on Feb. 25, 1977.
She is survived by her husband, Stan Bullock of Rosebud; a son, Richard Hileman, and wife, Wendy, of Mexia; two daughters, Jeanie Phillips and husband, Mike, of Rosebud and Tracy Shoemaker and husband, Rex, of Houston; three brothers, G.B. White and Sammy Gene White, both of Rosebud, and Tommy White of Fort Worth; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Powers Chapel Cemetery Association.

Fri
10
May

Rodell Blacknall

Rodell Blacknall, a lifelong resident of Groesbeck, passed away on May 9, 2013, in McKinney. He was born Sept. 28, 1931, in Groesbeck, to Ceola and Johnathan Blacknall, the middle son of three boys, himself, Ben and Johnathan Blacknall Jr.
He attended Blackshear High School where he played on the football team.
Rodell genuinely loved people and never met a stranger. He always wore a smile and as a retired truck driver he really loved and enjoyed fishing.
Rodell was also a dedicated Christian, who loved the Lord, serving as a member of Andrew Chapel of Groesbeck. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He moved to McKinney, in April 2012, where he took ill and passed away at home.
He was the last living sibling and now joins both his parents, both his brothers, and one son, David Blacknall, in death.

Fri
10
May

Kenneth Earl Gibbs

Kenneth Earl Gibbs

Kenneth Earl Gibbs, of Wortham, passed away May 10, 2013 at his home at the age of 68.
Visitation with the family will be held at the Wortham First United Methodist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 13 with the Rev. Harris Worcester and Doug Miller officiating.
He was born Dec. 10, 1944. At an early age, Ken and his family moved to California and finally settled into the small community of Hemitt where Ken spent the majority of his school years. He gave his life to God at an early age, attended seminary school during his senior year and graduated as an ordained minister. Ken and family moved to Nebraska and started a church which is still very active and has grown considerably from the early days of meeting in his home.

Wed
08
May

Harvey Clinton Hallmark

Harvey Clinton Hallmark
Harvey Clinton Hallmark

Harvey Clinton Hallmark, 49, of Mexia, passed away May 6, 2013, in Waco.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 10, at First Baptist Church in Wortham, with the Rev. James Herrington and the Rev. Justin Colquette officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Clinton was born Aug. 17, 1963, in Mexia to Harvey L. Hallmark and Nelda Brunson Hallmark. He lived in Mexia most of his life and was a graduate of Mexia High School.
He had been an employee of the Mexia State Supported Living Center Maintenance Department for the past five years.
Clinton loved to fish, watch football (Dallas Cowboy fan), sing and was always up for a good meal.
He was very interested in the history of Limestone County and knowledgeable of the Bible. He was a friend to many and always willing to help them or anyone else.

Wed
08
May

Walter Glenn Gibson Jr.

Walter Glenn Gibson Jr. departed this life on May 4, 2013, after a brief illness.
Glenn was born on Oct. 24, 1946, in Berrien Springs, Mich., the son of Walter Glenn Gibson Sr. and Ruth E. Grady.
Moving to Texas at an early age, Glenn attended Jefferson Academy in Jefferson, Lon Morris College in Jacksonville and Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, receiving his master’s degree in psychology in 1974.
In July 1974, Glenn moved to Mexia, where he began a long career as a psychologist at the Mexia State School. After retirement, Glenn continued as a psychologist in private practice until his recent illness.

Fri
03
May

Rita Jo Burleson

Rita Jo Burleson, of Mexia,, passed away early in the morning on May 2, after being in a coma that resulted from a surgery in November 2012. After a valiant effort by her friends and family members to defeat this attack on her body, Rita and our Father God chose the greater victory and decided it was time for her to go to her real home, Heaven.
Rita was born in Mexia, on Sept. 5, 1933, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ward. She started school a year earlier than most, and also skipped a grade, and graduated from Waco High School in 1950, at age 16. She was an outstanding student, and had a scholarship to Baylor University, but chose instead to remain in Mexia and marry her life-long sweetheart, Don Burleson.
This past March was their 61st anniversary.

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