Obituaries

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.

Thu
02
May

Guy Douglas Smith Jr.

Guy Douglas Smith Jr., 90, of Dallas, passed away April 30, 2013, at his home in Dallas.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be noon-1:30 p.m., Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Guy was born Aug. 17, 1922, in Mexia, to Guy Douglas Smith Sr. and Irene Buchanan Smith.
He grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School in 1939.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the European Theater during World War II. On Dec. 18, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, he was captured when his unit was overrun.
Guy arrived at Stalag IXB in Bad Orb, Germany on Christmas Day, 1944, and was liberated on Easter Sunday, 1945. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and received the P.O.W. medal in 1981, after it was created by President Ronald Reagan.
Guy married Patricia L. Page in Mexia on Jan. 7, 1950.

Thu
02
May

Verna Brown Johnson

The angelic hosts came for Mr. Verna Brown Johnson on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Kindred Hospital in Dallas. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. until 7 on Tuesday, April 30, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Cornerstone Full Gospel Church at 303 State Highway 75 North in Fairfield. Officiating will be Apostle David D. Ransom Sr., pastor. Interment will be at the Jerusalem Cemetery in Fairfield.
Mr. Brown was born on Sept. 1, 1933, to the Rev. Allen and Naomi Johnson, in Freestone County.
He attended the Fairfield public schools and was a cook helper in various restaurants. He enjoyed singing in church and was known for his favorite song: “You’ve Got to Move When the Lord Gets Ready.”

Thu
02
May

Sandra Nell Brooks

Sandra Nell Brooks was born Dec. 31, 1952, in Mexia, the third daughter of Sanford and Juanita Cotton Brooks.
Sandra passed away quietly in her sleep on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at her home in Houston.
She is survived by her mother, Juanita Brooks; and sisters, Verna Dean Brooks and Benita Brooks. Also among the many left to cherish her memory are seven aunts, two uncles, 20 first cousins, three nieces, two great-nieces, three great-nephews and two great-great nieces.
Services are scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at Dorsey & Keatts Funeral Home Chapel, 602 N. Ross Avenue in Mexia.
Burial will follow at Henderson Chapel Cemetery, on Cemetery Road in Mexia, next to Mexia Memorial Cemetery.

Thu
02
May

Landereth Charnell Freeman

Landereth Charnell Freeman, 72, of Mexia, passed away April 29, 2013, in Teague.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 3, at First United Methodist Church, Mexia, with the Rev. Kory Koch and Jan Harrison officiating.
Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Landereth was born April 2, 1941, in Gorman, to Wil­liam Sterling and Veta Juanita Murray Brown.
She received her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Texas Wesleyan University.
Landereth married Billy G. Freeman in Fort Worth, on Sept. 5, 1965.
She taught school in the Mexia ISD for 10 years before retiring. She enjoyed gardening, reading and painting.
However, her favorite and most treasured time was spent with her granddaughters. Landereth’s love and devotion to her family was evident to all who knew her.

Thu
02
May

Lester Jones

Lester Jones was released into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on April 27, 2013.
Lester was born on Jan. 5, 1958, to the late Harvey Lee Jones and Lizzie Mae Word Jones.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Services will be held today, Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at St. James Primitive Baptist Church in Coolidge. Eulogist will be Minister Gerald Henderson.
Burial will be in Brown-McGee Cemetery in Coolidge.
He graduated from Coolidge High School in Coolidge and also served in the U.S. Army.
Lester joined First Baptist Church of Coolidge at an early age. Later he married Joyce Marie Owens.
Lester worked as a carpenter, in construction and did other odd jobs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Marie Owens; one son; his grandparents Lee and Alma Jones; his father, Harvey L. Jones; two brothers, Arthur and Anthony Jones.

Mon
22
Apr
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Tranessa Nicole Reed Bradshaw

Tranessa Nicole Reed Bradshaw will be held Sunday April 21, at 2 p.m. at Mexia High School, 1120 N. Ross Ave. Pastor Fitzgerald Thomas will be the eulogist, and Apostle Cedric Porter will officiate. Visitation will be held Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tranessa, also known as "LuLu" (special to Grandma Ruthie), was born in Mexia, on Sept. 4, 1991, to Bobby Bradshaw IV and Venesa Bradshaw. Tranessa attended school in the Mexia area and was in the Mexia Blackcat Band for three years. She graduated from Mexia High School in 2010. She was a certified medication aide and had been studying to become a registered nurse. Her hobbies were decorating hair, sewing, cooking, singing, praise dancing and writing poems and songs. She enjoyed her family and friends on a regular basis. She accepted Christ as Lord and was baptized at an early age.

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