Obituaries

Wed
18
Sep

Billy Joe Thompson

Billy Joe Thompson, 78, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 16, 2013, at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Wright officiating.

Interment will follow at Lost Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening 6-8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.

Billy Joe was born May 13, 1935, in Personville, to Lloyd Byron Thompson Sr. and Lillian Easterling Thompson. He will be remembered by Mexia residents riding his bicycle all over town visiting with many, including the children at the Methodist Preschool, Kiddieland Day Care, and Bob Wright at the News office and everyone at Porter Funeral Home.

He always looked forward to Bob giving him a newspaper when he stopped by the News office to visit with him and picking up pens and calendars at Porter Funeral Home to give to his friends and family.

Wed
18
Sep

Shelton Heggins

The angelic hosts came for Shelton Heggins on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Methodist Hospital of Dallas, among loving and devoted family. A viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.

Funeral services for Mr. Heggins, 66, will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m at All Faith Chapel, Mexia State Supported Living Center, Chapel Drive in Mexia. The Rev. S.M. Wright II, of People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, will be officiating.
Mr. Heggins was born Feb. 16, 1947 in Jewett, to the parentage of Genie Heggins and Vessie Heggins Clark.

He received his education from Woodland High School in the Woodland community. He pursued a career in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Shelton accepted Christ at an early age. He attended various churches throughout his military career. He later became a member of the People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, where he served as an elder.

Mon
16
Sep

Billy Joe Thompson

Funeral services for Billy Joe Thompson, 78, of Mexia, are pending at Porter Funeral Home.

Mr. Thompson passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Mexia LTC nursing and rehabilitation facility.

Among survivors are his sister, Annie Kate Pevehouse, of Lost Prairie.

Mon
16
Sep

Virgil Keeton Sr.

The angelic hosts came for Mr. Virgil Keeton Sr., 92, born Oct. 17, 1920, at his Fairfield residence on Sept. 12, 2013, among loving family and devoted friends.

A viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 20, from 6 p.m. until 8 at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, 360 Church St. in Fairfield.
Funeral services for Mr. Keeton will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Mount St. in Fairfield. Interment will take place at the Hopewell Cemetery in Fairfield.

Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street, Teague, Texas, will serve the Keeton family. Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

Mon
16
Sep

James Wendell McIlveen

It is with profound sadness that the family of James Wendell McIlveen conveys his passing from this life on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Houston.

James, 69, was the son of the late Milford and Eva Lois McIlveen. The family will receive guests for viewing from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Mount St. in Fairfield, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m.

Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St., Teague, TX 75860 Ph. 903-389-2221, is serving the McIlveen Family.
Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

Mon
16
Sep

Virginia Rose Retz

Memorial services for Virginia Rose Retz will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mexia. The Rev. Marcus Sheffield will officiate.

Retz, 80, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at her residence near Donie. Retz was diagnosed with cancer and expected to live for only three months, but her battle lasted over two-and-a-half years.

She was born and raised in Richmond, Ind. She married Keith Retz on June 1, 1951, and they shared over 62 years together. Retz moved to Texas in 1972, and lived in Sanger for 33 years before moving to Freestone County in 1994.

Fri
13
Sep

Velma Irene ‘Tump’ Asher

Velma Irene “Tump” Asher, 91, of Mexia, passed away September 12, 2013, in Mexia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept, 16, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Rev. James Hooper officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Tump was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Crockett, to Will and Della Brough Chrisner.

She worked for several businesses in Mexia prior to owning and operating Trubye Lee’s Dress Shop. She married Cecil C. Asher on April 19, 1941, in Mexia. Tump had to learn how to cook when she was very young, due to the death of her mother, and she learned well as she was an excellent cook. Her life revolved around God, her family and friends. She was willing to help anyone, no questions asked, nor any complaints.

Fri
13
Sep

Rolando Olivares

Rolando Olivares, 26, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 11, 2013. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at Calvary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mario Rivera officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Rolando was born Sept. 30, 1986, in Fairfield, to Jose Olivares Sr. and Antonita “Tonie” Rivera Contreras. He worked at Cen-Tex for many years. Rolando had a very outgoing personality and was very active in the community. He was loved by all who knew him. Rolando was an active member of Nueva Vida Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Manuel Olivares; maternal grandfather Santiago Rivera; and brother Joey Olivares.

Fri
13
Sep

Roxie L. Carter

Funeral services for Roxie L. Carter, 89, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at Gibson Chapel AME Church, CR 901 in Mexia, the Rev. Stanley Johnson, pastor. The Rev. Cleo High will serve as officant and the Rev. Bill Burton will be the eulogist. Interment will take place at the Cotton Gin Cemetery, Freestone County.

Roxie went to be with the Lord on Sept. 10, 2013, at Mexia LTC Nursing and Rehabilitation among loving family and devoted friends.

Wed
11
Sep

Riley Reagan

Riley Reagan, 63, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 7, 2013 in Temple. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at Forest Glade Baptist Church with Rev. Gil Ash officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Visitation with the family is 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Glade Baptist Church.

Riley was born June 17, 1950 in Houston, to Gordon and Theda Tucker Reagan. He was a mechanic and musician. He enjoyed restoring old cars but his passion was music. Riley spent 25 years in Florida playing his guitar in bands, as well as at many other places. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Riley attended Forest Glade Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Judy Reagan; daughters, Rilina and Roxann; two sisters; and one brother.

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