Obituaries

Wed
14
Aug

Cecil ‘Tiny’ Hileman

Cecil “Tiny” Hileman, 83 of Burlington, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. Burial followed in the Powers Chapel Cemetery near Rosebud with full military honors. Visitation was Monday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home home.

Mr. Hileman was born Jan. 19, 1930 in Goose Creek, to Joe and Odie (Davis) Hileman.

He married Carolyn Rothe on Oct. 29, 1977. Tiny retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving in the Korean Conflict.

He owned Tiny’s Drive In, in Rosebud, from 1969 until 1985. He also retired from Farm Bureau Insurance after 22 years of service.
His son Shane preceded him in death in 1994.

He was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Fri
09
Aug

Briar Shane Scruggs

Briar Shane Scruggs, 19, of Streetman, passed away Aug. 7, 2013 in Jal, New Mexico. Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Wortham with Rev. Justin Colquette officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin.

Visitation with the family present will be Sunday evening, Aug. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Wortham.
Briar was born Sept. 19, 1993 in Corsicana. He graduated Wortham High School in 2012. He was Homecoming King, had a distinguished high school football career and was a mentor for a kids-without-fathers program. He was a member of Christian FCA and a Little League coach. Briar loved to play his harmonica, loved to hunt and was a true country boy through and through and was known as “Bubba” to many. His motto/favorite verse was Philippians 4:13 NKJV, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Wed
07
Aug

Sinclair O. ‘Sonny’ Thomas Jr.

Funeral services for Sinclair Thomas, 64, were held Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Sardis P. B. Church, 1021 E. Palestine St. in Mexia. Interment took place at Brown Chapel Cemetery in Butler.

The angelic hosts came for him at the Teague Nursing Home on July 28, 2013 among loving family and devoted friends.
Sinclair O. “Sonny” Thoma, Jr. was born Sept. 30, 1948 in Dallas, to the parentage of Sinclair Thomas Sr. and Rosie Mae Johnson Thomas. The family moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he attended the public schools.

He met and married Beulah Washington in California and to this union, three sons were born.

Sonny retired as a truck driver from Bekins Van Lines and Martin Transportation Co., and later moved back to Mexia where he lived until his death.

His favorite pastimes were baseball, watching television and spending time driving his truck.

Wed
07
Aug

Lee Edward “Horss Baby” Lewis

Funeral services for Mr. Lee Edward Lewis, known to most of his family and friends as Horss Baby, will be Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Greater Haynes Memorial C.O.G.I.C., 601 N. Denton St. in Mexia. The Elder Michael Davis will officiate and the Rev. John Delley, of Faith Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C., Dallas will beeulogist. Visitation will be Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.

Mr. Lewis made his transition from this earthly home to a better one on Aug. 1, 2013 at his home.

He was born in in 1946 in Vernon to the parentage of Milton Leo Lewis and Arthenia Palmer Lewis, both now deceased. He professed Christ at an early age and gave his life to Christ. He attended F.W. Wheeler school in Wortham.

Wed
07
Aug

Ezzer Lean Tippen

The angelic hosts came for Mrs. Ezzer Lean Tippen, 76, on July 31, 2013 at Fairview Manor in Fairfield, among devoted family and friends. A viewing will be held at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. in True Vine DOXA Center, 917 S. Fairway in Fairfield. Rev. Michael Daniels, pastor, will be the eulogist and Rev. James Green Jr., pastor of Inspiring Word Christian Center, will serve as officiant.

Ezzer Lean was born Oct. 12, 1936 in Butler, the first child of Napolean and Lonnie Lee Henderson. She grew up in Butler and she attended Butler Public Schools. She was baptized in the Union United Church in Butler. She later met and married Dan Tippen Jr.

Mrs. Tippen was personal cook for Sonny Sessions during the coon-hunting season for 25 years. Later she worked in home health care.

Fri
02
Aug

Nelda Lou Blackmon

Nelda Lou Blackmon, 76, of Mexia, passed away Aug. 1, 2013 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Pastor Earl Sterling officiating. Interment will follow in the Tehuacana Cemetery.

Nelda was born Oct. 12, 1936, in Bremond, to George Minyard and Ethel Wiley Sterling. She had been a resident of Mexia for 60 years. Nelda married the love of her life, Fred Joseph Blackmon, on April 24, 1953 in Mexia. Her love and devotion to God and her family were evident in the way she lived her life. She supported her children and grandchildren in all of the activities in which they chose to participate. Many will remember Nelda for her smile and great sense of humor.

Fri
02
Aug

Louis Kukulski

Louis Kukulski, 94, formerly of Thornton, passed away July 12, 2013, in Chicago. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 5, in the Thornton Cemetery, with Father Benji Magnaye officiating.

Visitation with the family will be 4-6 p.m. on Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Thornton.

Louis Kukulski was the beloved husband of the late Belva (nee Stutts); devoted son of the late Petronella (nee Kamykowski) and the late Walter Kukulski; dear brother of Charlotte (late Steve) Olszewski, the late Sally (late Anthony) Schiavo, late Wanda (late Michael) Surdej and the late Bernice Kukluski; and the fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kukulski served proudly in the United States Army-Air Force during World War II.

Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Mon
29
Jul

Johnnie Lucille Evans-Wallace

Funeral services for Mrs. Johnnie Wallace will be held Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. in the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel at 406 Monroe St. in Teague, with the Rev. Cleo High, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Mexia, and the Rev. Charles Kelley, pastor of Woods Chapel Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Wortham Cemetery, in Wortham. Viewing will be held Tuesday, July 30, from 10 a.m. until the service begins.

Johnnie Lucille Evans-Wallace, was born on Jan. 5, 1918, to the parentage of the late Richard Evans and the late Mamie Williams Evans, in Kirvin. She professed her belief in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was a member of Woods Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

She attended school in Kirvin and left home at an early age to pursue better employment opportunities. She worked and lived for many years in Stamford, Conn., Chicago, and White Plains, N.Y., before returning home to Texas, finally settling in Houston until she retired.

Fri
26
Jul

Fred Edwin Payne

Fred Edwin Payne, 79, of Waco passed away July 25, 2013 in Waco. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin, with Rev. Michael King officiating.
Fred was born Nov. 30, 1933 in Streetman, to Charlie Hallie Payne and Polly Mae Bryson. Fred attended schools in Mexia. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and traveled extensively around the world. He had tours of duty in Texas, Okinawa, Japan, Alaska and Ankara, Turkey. He attended Baylor University and later received his bachelor of education degree from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He retired from the Air Force in 1972 to live in Waco. Fred worked for Goodwill Industries as a rehabilitation director. Later, he also was employed by Baylor University as a police officer.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billie and Orville and a sister, Bobbie Walker.

Mon
22
Jul

Mattie Idella Dunbar Vernon

The angelic hosts came for Mattie Idella Dunbar Vernon, 75, of Teague, on Monday, July 22, 2013, at the Groesbeck LTC nursing facility among loving family and devoted friends.

A viewing will be held Friday, July 26, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel in Teague. The Rev. Walter Franklin, pastor of Teague Circuit United Methodist Churches will officiate and the Rev. Larry Rose Jr., pastor of First Baptist North Teague, will serve as eulogist. Interment will take place at the Antioch Cemetery in Teague.

Mattie Vernon was born the only child of Ned Burks and Lura “Blackie” Dunbar on March 11, 1938, in Freestone County.

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