Obituaries

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24
Jun

Kenneth Wren

Kenneth Wren, 78, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, at his residence near Freestone after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 13, 1934, in Freestone, grew up in Freestone County and graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1953. Kenneth continued his education by earning a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and his master’s degree at Texas A&M University. He married Patsy Baker on Nov. 9, 1957, and they shared more than 55 years together. Wren started his career teaching FFA and became the vocational director at Marlin ISD for many years before holding the same position at Mexia ISD until his retirement. He was an avid fisherman. His passion was ranching and raising cattle which he did for many years, but his true pride and joy was his two granddaughters. Wren was an active member of First Baptist Church in Teague for more than 30 years and served as a deacon.

Mon
24
Jun

Raymond Lewis Wietzikoski

Raymond Lewis Wietzikoski, of Groesbeck, passed away at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco on Friday, June 21, 2013, at age 80.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams, Father Benji Magnage and Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Burial followed in Faulkenberry Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tommy Bienski, Donald Bienski, Anthony Wietzikoski, Eric Wietzikoski, Richard Wietzikoski, Craig Champion and Russell Black. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Smith, Don Koenig and John Martin.

Raymond was born Dec. 7, 1932 to Marion Wietzikoski and Mary (Kubiak) Wietzikoski in Marlin, where he grew up and attended school. He was confirmed in the Catholic Church in Marlin.

Fri
21
Jun

Doris Dale Shamblin

Doris Dale Shamblin, 60, of Point Enterprise, passed away June 20, 2013 at her mother’s residence. Graveside services will be held Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at Point Enterprise Cemetery with Rev. James Herrington and Rev. Eddie Hayworth officiating. No formal family visitation will be held.

Doris was born Oct. 19, 1952 in Mexia, to Donald David and Mary Ann Taylor Shamblin. She served many years as an office manager in Mexia. Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church of Point Enterprise, where she served as the church treasurer, Sunday school director, and taught Sunday School and Missions Friends on Wednesdays. Her hobbies included cross stitch and elephant collecting.

Shamblin was preceded in death by her father, Donald David “Pookie” Shamblin.

Mon
17
Jun

Jim Santiago Rosas Silvas Jr.


Jim Santiago Rosas Silvas Jr.

Jim Santiago Rosas Silvas Jr., 75, of Mexia passed away June 12, 2013 at The Manor Healthcare Residence in Mexia, where he had resided for almost four months.
Jim was born Jan. 2, 1938 in Marlin, to Jimmy Santiago Pena Silvas Sr. and Julia Rosas Silvas. He married Mary Louise Silvas on Nov. 26, 1958 in Marlin. He was a paint contractor in Marlin and Mexia for many years prior to his retirement in 2000. Jim loved to fish and just being outdoors. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend to many. He had been attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Mary on Aug. 1, 2003.
Jim is survived by his daughters, Melissa Candanoza and husband, Jose R. Candanoza and their three children of Mexia, Mary Helen Rogers and husband, Kevin Rogers and their four daughters of Wortham, and one other daughter; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Mon
17
Jun

Jim Silvas Jr.

Jim Silvas Jr. passed the morning of June 12, 2013 after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Falls County on Jan. 2, 1938.
Jim was a local businessman and owner of Silvas Painting Co. He also ran a small cabinet and furniture shop where he built new pieces, did restorations and during football season, cheered endlessly for his Dallas Cowboys.
He was married Nov. 8, 1958 to Maria Garza of Marlin, and the couple lived there until moving their family to Mexia in 1973.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife in 2003.
He is survived by three daughters, Linda and husband Ronnie Pointer of Mexia, Helen and husband Kevin Rogers of Wortham, and Melissa and husband Jose Candanoza of Mexia. He has nine grandchildren, as well as great- and great-great-grandchildren. Jim also has brothers, sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
As per Jim’s request there will be no public service. His immediate family will gather for a remembrance.

Mon
17
Jun

Don Christian 'Chris' Johanson


Don Christian 'Chris' Johanson

Don Christian “Chris” Johanson, 56, of Pipe Creek, passed away June 15, 2013. Funeral services are pending at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, at First Baptist Church of Mexia with Pastor David Mitchell and Mark Wilburn officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Chris was born Dec. 30, 1956 in Fort Worth, to Don and Robbie Johanson.
After graduating from Mexia High School in 1975, he went to Texas A&M University, where he received his degree in mechanical engineering. He was self-employed.
­­Chris’ greatest love and pleasure in life was spending time with his wife and daughters. He was a member of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio.
He was preceded in death by his father, Don Johanson; and nephew, Riley Welan.

Thu
13
Jun

Eleanor Love Jones


Eleanor Love Jones

The angelic hosts came for Eleanor Love Jones, "Sister Ross," on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Viewing was held Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. The family did not plan a wake or visitation. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m. in the Titus Chapel United Methodist Church, 301 FM 1365 in Teague. Viewing was held from noon to 1 p.m., when the service began. Interment was at Grayson Chapel Cemetery, 235 FM 1365 in Teague.
Eleanor “ Sister” Ross was the second child of Emery and Areatha Ross. She was born April 1, 1932 in Freestone County. She grew up in the Furney Richardson Community and attended the public schools there.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Areatha Ross; a brother, Royell Ross; and two grandsons, Marcus Love and Zachary Love.

Thu
13
Jun

Steven Tyrone Minor Sr.

Funeral services for Steven Tyrone Minor Sr., 28, of Mart, will be held June 25, at 11 a.m. at First Methodist Church, 701 E. Texas Ave. in Mart.

The Rev. Leonard Jones will officiate, and the Rev. Dennis Brown will be the eulogist.

Steven was born Jan. 15, 1985, in Waco, to Rodney and Imogene Minor. He was the second of two children.

He lived in Mart all of his life and became a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age. He graduated from Mart High School, Class of 2003.

He met and married Andrea Ibarra, and to this union, two children were born. He worked at Forrest River until the time of his death, June 7, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, paternal grandfather, nephew, aunts and uncles.

Wed
12
Jun

Charlene Black

On June 5, 2013, in Fort Worth, Charlene Black left this earth on the wings of angels, to go to a new home.

Funeral services for Charlene Black will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Greater Haynes Memorial C.O.G.I.C, 601 N. Denton in Mexia.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 14, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Eulogist will be Pastor Lewis Brown. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.

On April 2, 1985, in Fort Worth, Charles and Pearl Black became the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, whom they named Charlene. Charlene attended and received her education at O.D. Wyatt High School, TCU College, and studied at Kaplan University, as a medical assistant.

She accepted Christ as a child and united with Bright and Glory Church, and Greater Saints Steven.

She became a mother of two handsome sons, LaDerion D. Johnson and Jaylon P. Johnson.

Wed
12
Jun

Margaret Beachum

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Beachum, of Mexia, will be held on Friday June 14, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Gideon P.B. Church in the Doyle community. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m., at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Eulogist, Bishop Demetrius Beachum.

Margaret C. Beachum was born in Springfield, on May 2, 1939, to the late John Curry and Marzella Canada. Her journey ended on June 5, 2013, at Parkview Regional Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.

She was baptized at an early age at Cannon Baptist Church in Springfield. She went to school at Woodland High School in , and in Springfield, but received her GED from Navarro College.

She was united in marriage to Arthur Beachum Jr. on Feb. 14, 1957, and to this union two children were born.

She was employed at Mexia State School for over 20 years, and later retired. She loved antiquing and going shopping with her sisters and daughter.

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