J.L. ‘Buckwheat’ Morton

J.L. “Buckwheat” Morton, 78, of Mexia, passed away May 24, 2015 at his home in Forest Glade. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield and Mr. Michael Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family was 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Buckwheat was born Aug. 5, 1936 in Mexia, to Grady and Laura Bea Morton. He was a lifelong resident of Mexia. He proudly served his country in the Army. Buckwheat began his working career at the Mexia Textile Mill and later worked and retired from Mexia Industrial Products.
On Aug. 30, 1973, he married the love of his life, Patsy West, and they were blessed with a son, Kevin, the light of their life. He now has two beautiful granddaughters who have stolen his heart. Buckwheat’s family was not only very precious to him, his love overflowed to many families. Everybody loved “Uncle Buck.”


Geraldine Guest Bliss Stanley

Geraldine Guest Bliss Stanley, 67, passed away, May 13, 2015, in Arlington. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24, in Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Vestal officiating.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m.
Gerry was born Feb. 22, 1948, in Mexia, to James and Helen Duncan Guest. She grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School in 1966. She was a house parent at the Texas Baptist Home for Children in Waxahachie for a number of years.
Gerry never met a stranger; she was friendly and had an outgoing personality. Her love for God, her family, children and everyone was easily seen in the way she lived her life. At an early age, she became interested in playing the piano and, without any lessons, learned how to play on her own.


Johnny ‘John Boy’ Pendleton

Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Ceasar Pendleton will be held on Saturday May 23, at Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church, 629 Grayson St. in Groesbeck. You may visit Johnny Pendleton as he slumbers in sweet repose at Pearly Gates Funeral Home on Friday May 22, from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. Pastor Nathaniel Bedford will be the eulogist, and the Rev. Nathan Bedford will officiate. Burial will be in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Johnny Pendleton, nick­named John Boy, was born to the late Odell Marie Wash­ington and the late Henry Lee Pendleton on Oct. 23, 1948, in Marlin.
He accepted Christ at an early age at Davis Chapel. He was also a member of Rebirth Missionary Baptist Church. He later rededicated his life to Christ at Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church. He continued to serve as a deacon and a member of the Lone Star Male Chorus under the leadership of Pastor Nathaniel Bedford until his health failed.


Robert ‘Bob’ Henry

Dr. Robert Bruce “Bob” Henry went home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2015, during his short stay at the Groesbeck LTC Facility.
Bob was born in San Benita on Nov. 7, 1937, to Eloise Huffman and Billy Thornton. His school years were spent in Angleton, where he graduated with the class of 1957.
After graduation, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in California. He completed his service in 1960 and then enrolled at Sam Houston University. It was there he met Patricia “Patsy” Bottoms, and on Sept. 2, 1961, he married the love of his life. They moved to Beaumont, where Bob completed his bachelor’s degree in art at Lamar University. He taught art a few years as he and Patsy started their family. They had two sons, Jeff and Scott.


Jan Tillie Ashmore

Jan Tillie Gorden Ashmore, 59, of Coolidge, passed away on May 16, 2015, with her loving family by her side. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Tillie had touched in some small way throughout her memorable life.
Tillie was a life time resident of Coolidge and served as postmaster there until retirement in 2012. She enjoyed 15 years of service with the United States Postal Service, and prior to that spent many years working at Bob’s Grocery in Coolidge; however, her most prized position was that of Mother.
Tillie was born Nov. 27, 1955, in Mexia, to Burney Gorden and Mary Beth Demoney. She married Jesse Young Ashmore on Sept. 2, 1972.
Tillie is survived by her loving family: her husband of 42 years, Jesse Ashmore; daughters, Carla Ashmore-Kutscherousky, of Coolidge, Jessica Mazanec and husband Eddie ,of Waco, and son, Clay Ashmore and wife Keri, of Tehuacana.


A.D. Black

Memorial services for A.D. Black were held Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague.
Black, 61, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
He was born and raised in Pasadena and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree. He taught agriculture at Buffalo High School for several years before going into business for himself as a welder. He later went to work for Westmoreland Coal Mine, where he remained the past 27 years. Black married Sheila on July 6, 1990, and they shared more than 24 years together. He was an active member of Cossacks Motorcycle Club for more than 14 years and was well known for playing Santa Claus in numerous events for many years in Teague, Freestone County and beyond.
Black was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Allen, and one brother, Larry Black.


Damen Lamont Jayce Flury

Damen Lamont Jayce Flury, 3, of Oakwood, passed away May 10, 2015 in Donie. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia, with family and friends officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday, May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Damen was born May 10, 2012 in Palestine, to Damen Lamont Flury and Corie Luegina High.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Stacy Flury, and uncles, James Moore and James Grube and Kevin.
He is survived by his mom, Corie High of Donie; dad, Damen Flury of Palestine; sister, Kallie Flury of Palestine; grandpa, Daniel Flury of Palestine; great-grandparents, Don and Lue High of Oakwood; step-dad, Jim Clark of Donie; stepsister, Cailey Clark; stepbrothers, Cutter Clark and Colton Clark, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


Dovie Levingston

Dovie Levingston, 98, died May 6, 2015 in Fort Worth.
She was born Feb. 12, 1917, and educated at the Douglass and Dunbar schools in Mexia.
She was married to Felix Levingston and enjoyed cooking, especially cakes. She was a member of Sweet Home Baptist church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary William and husband, Frank, Helen Guptin and Betty Holloman, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel, with Rev. Byron Ravnell. Burial will take place at Mexia Memorial Cemetery.


Helen Rotondo Mielke

Helen Rotondo Mielke, 88, of Mexia, passed away May 11, 2015. She was born June 11, 1926 in Commerce.
In 1946, Mielke married Daniel J. Rotondo in Paris, Texas. They were married until his death in 1965. In 1970, she married E. John Mielke in Alpine. They resided in Mexia until his death in 1995.
She worked as a baton twirling teacher/ choreographer and high school band majorette/ drill team choreographer for more than 20 years. She was also the founding director for the Longview High School Viewettes in Longview, in 1964.
She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Rotondo Jamian of Magalia, Calif. and Dana Rotondo Leva of Wichita, Kan.; one son, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Shelly Brackeen as well as siblings, Thomas Brackeen and Faye Kuznicki.
A cremation immediately followed her passing and a memorial service will be held at a later date.


Brenda Greer Craft

Brenda Greer Craft, RN, 96, passed away May 9, 2015 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Brenda was born May 31, 1918 in Farmersville, to B.H. and Margie Glass Jean, the oldest of three daughters. After graduating from high school in Carlsbad, N.M. at the age of 16, she continued her education, graduating nursing school in McKinney, and at Parkland Hospital in 1939 with her RN degree.
Brenda worked for the American Red Cross at Baylor Hospital where she became their first infusion nurse. She volunteered, during World War II, at Camp Roberts, Camp Pendleton and Catalina hospitals. Afterwards, she returned to work at Baylor Hospital and then moved to Mexia in June 1947.


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