Jose Federico Torres

Jose Federico Torres, 44, of Mexia, passed away April 11, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Deacon Dwight Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Rosary will begin at 7 p.m.
Jose was born March 10, 1971, to Federico Torres and Maria Luisa Rodriguez in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. He married his loving wife, Maria Josefina Navarro, on June 17, 1992 in Mexia.
Jose was a devoted husband, father and brother; his family was his life. He was a kind man with a big heart and a friendly, outgoing personality. He was a handyman who could be called on by his neighbors, or anyone, at any time to help repair a car or anything else. Jose was a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nora Amaya.


Glennie Sue ‘Susie’ Bressie Keeling

Glennie Sue Bressie Keeling passed away April 11, 2015.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Doyle Edward Keeling, of Pasadena.
Susie was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Corsicana, to Bernice Bressie and Wesley Bressie.
She graduated from Corsicana High School, and then attended Texas Women's University in Denton, graduating in 1946. Susie and Doyle married on Sept. 6, 1946, following Doyle's discharge from the U.S. Navy.
In addition to husband Doyle, Susie is survived by her son, Glenn E. Keeling of Pasadena; Kitty Keeling McCaig and husband, Albert McCaig Jr., of Waller; son, Thomas W. Keeling of Deer Park; three grandchildren, Chad Keeling, Amanda "Blake" Haller and husband Joe, and Donald McCaig and wife Taylor, and two great-grandchildren.


Andrew 'Dudabug' Beachum

Funeral services for Andrew (Dudabug) Beachum, who died April 4, 2015 in Mexia, were held Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at Northcrest Church of Christ, 918 Tehuacana Road in Mexia. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home. Bishop Demetrius Beachum served as eulogist.
Andrew Beachum was born to Arthur and C.G. Beachum on Aug. 19, 1939, in Prairie Hill. He worked with his father and brother at Snowball’s and Sons Garage. He also worked in Dallas as a paint and body specialist. From there he moved to Houston with his family and had several auto businesses, for eight years, then returnred to Mexia and continued to work with his father, Snowball, until he became ill.
He also ran the Dragan Inn, which was a teenage place for young people. He loved to show young people a good time. He also built hot rod cars to race in Dallas and Mexia. He loved to go to the race track, this was his hobby.


Connie Jo Hofer

Connie Jo Hofer, 63, of Denton peacefully left this earth and went to Heaven on Monday, April 6, 2015.
She was born on Oct. 24, 1951 in Mexia, to Bill and Carrie Jones. Early in her life, Bill, Carrie and Connie moved to West Columbia and later to Angleton. Connie graduated from Angleton High School in 1970 and moved briefly with her family to Venezuela, where her father Bill worked overseas.
Returning to the U.S. in early 1971, she subsequently attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, where she met her future husband, Richard Hofer of Houston. Connie and Richard married in 1972, living in and around Houston for many years before moving to Denton in 1999. Connie worked many years as a legal secretary when in Houston before becoming a mother and proudly raising her two children, Billy and Jessica, at home while husband Richard worked.


Lois Ouida Ward

Lois Ouida Ward, 89, of Mexia, passed away April 3, 2015 at Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Dew Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ward was born March 27, 1926 in Lanely, to John Archie and Lois Black Pruitt. She graduated from Lamar University with an associate’s degree in nursing. She worked at the Mexia State Supported Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvis Ward; her parents; brothers and sisters, Sterling, Preston, Yvonne, Harold and Jewell Padgett.


Carolyn Frances Miller

Carolyn Frances Miller, 70, passed away April 5, 2015 in Mexia. In honor of her wishes, the family will have a private service only.
Carolyn was born Dec. 30, 1944 in Mexia, to Falton and Violet Medlen Miller. She was a nurse for the Mexia State School for 15 years and Marlin State Prison for 10 years, jobs she loved and in which she took great pride in providing care to others.
Carolyn was a very caring, compassionate and loving person. She was blessed with two children, who were the light of her life. She lovingly cared for her parents during their aging years; family meant everything to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Sherri St. John, and husband, Gary Ferguson, of Mexia; and son, Russell Dale Wood, of Mexia.
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James Wendell ‘Jim’ Hughes

James Wendell “Jim” Hughes, 81, of Waco, passed away April 1, 2015 at St. Catherine’s Providence Hospice in Waco. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 3, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Mexia, with Rev. Jeff Stinson officiating. A graveside service followed in the Mexia City Cemetery with full military honors.
Jim was born July 18, 1933 in Deliah, to John and Effie Mae Jones Hughes. He grew up in Mexia and attended Mexia ISD prior to joining the Air Force. He proudly served his country for 22 years, from 1948 until 1970.
Jim married JoAnn Whitley on Jan. 20, 1975. He and JoAnn were owners and operators of Jim’s Krispy Chicken in Mexia and Waco for many years prior to retirement. Jim was known as an extremely hard worker.
His love for God and his family were very evident. He loved spending time with his family and serving his church. He was an active member of The Church of The Redeemed in Waco.


Lester T. ‘Buck’ Busby, 85

The angelic hosts came for Lester T. ‘Buck’ Busby, 85, on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in the Quality Care Nursing Home in Waco, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 4, at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Nokomis D. Jackson serving as officiant and Rev. Charles Kelley as eulogist. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Lester was the fifth child of six children born to Sam Busby and Lillian Gary Busby. He was born July 12, 1929 in Frosa. He grew up in Limestone County and attended the public schools there. Lester accepted Christ at an early age and attended Mount Gideon Primitive Baptist in the Doyle community and was a member of Woods Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Kirvin.
Buck enlisted in the Army in 1947 and was honorably discharged in 1949.


Betty ‘B.J.’ Fortson

Betty Fortson, 55, passed away March 25, 2015 in Mexia.
Betty was born Sept. 2, 1959 in Snyder, to Clinton Earl “Bud” and Glenda Green Wallace.
Fortson was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her children, Shane Ingram of Mexia, Wendy Shiflett and husband, Brian of Mexia, and Amber Nash of Mexia; and grandchildren, Jacoby, Kayley, Kelsey, Cody and Lance.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at noon her mother’s residence, 1006 N. Watson St. in Mexia. Friends and family are asked to celebrate. Tea and drinks will be provided; bring picnic food if you wish.


Penny Ann Gesell Graham

A loving farewell for Penny Ann Gesell Graham, 50, of Wortham, was held Monday, March 30, at 11 a.m. at Wortham Cemetery. Rev. Gary Watson and Rev. Justin Colquette officiated.
Penny was born Jan. 30, 1965 and passed away March 26, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Keith Graham; mother, Margaret Irene Gesell, and sister, Susie Umphrey.
Survivors include her father, Gary Raymond Gesell; children, Krystal Tucker and spouse, David Tucker, Brittany Graham, Clinton R. Graham, and stepson Larry Graham and spouse, Jessica Graham; grandchildren, Jovie Tucker, Halen Tucker, Liam Garay and Delanie Graham; sisters, Linda Huckabee and spouse, Bobby Huckabee and Terry Gesell; mother-in-law, Hudene Smith; sister-in-law, Shelley Paradoski and spouse, Don Paradoski; nieces and nephews, Billy Drury, Stephanie Webber, Brandon Huckabee, Kodie Carmack, Adrian Clark, Krista Paradoski and Bradley Paradoski.


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