Obituaries

Wed
25
Mar

Alan Wayne High Sr.

Funeral services for Alan Wayne High Sr. will be held Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m., at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God In Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Elder C.D Washington will serve as eulogist, and Brother Thomas Gilmore will officiate. Burial will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Alan Wayne High Sr. was born Sept. 11, 1959 to the parentage of Morris L. High Sr. and Betty M. Smith High. He confessed a hope in Christ at the Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God In Christ and was a faithful member. He attended school in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School in 1977. He attended college in obtained a degree in air conditioning and refrigeration from TSTI.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to Janet L. High on July 20, 1981, and to this union three children were born.

Mon
23
Mar

Allan W. High

Funeral services for Allan W. High are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
High went to be with the Lord on Sunday March 22, 2015 at Baylor Health Care Center in Dallas, with loving family by his side.
Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the register book.

Fri
20
Mar

Wyona Ewbank

Wyona Ewbank, 92, of Mexia, passed away March 18, 2015 at The Manor in Mexia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 21, at 2:30 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia, with Stanley Gregory officiating. Interment will follow at Bald Prairie Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Wyona was born Feb. 23, 1923 to Walter and Tincy Thornal Hopper. She was a real estate agent in Houston before moving to Mexia. While here, she worked at Walmart for many years, always providing a warm smile and greeting to all she came into contact with.
Ewbank was preceded in death by her husband, James Geno Ewbank; parents; and granddaughter, Wyona Green.

Fri
20
Mar

Larry Joe Beldin

Larry Joe Beldin, 59, of Wortham, passed away March 18, 2015. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham, with Rev. Ronnie Dabney officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the chapel.
Larry was born Feb. 25, 1956 in Wortham, to Naomi Christine and John Henry Beldin.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny and Jackie Beldin, and a sister, Trisha Holden.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Beldin, of Wortham, whom he loved and cherished very dearly; son, Larry Joe Beldin Jr., of Wortham; daughters, Angie Allen, of Wortham, and Lauren Whisenhant and husband, Blake, of Corsicana; grandchildren, Kane Allen, Xavier Allen, Ryan Beldin, Paige Allen and Emma Whisenhant; numerous nieces and nephews, along with many other family members and close friends.

Wed
18
Mar

Andrew James ‘Jim’ Holmes Jr. 

Andrew James “Jim” Holmes Jr., 80, passed away March 17, 2015. He was born Oct. 10, 1934 in Donie, to Andrew Sr. and Helen Fenton Holmes.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Holmes, of Rockport; two sons, Billy Holmes and wife, Charla, of Groesbeck, and Marc Holmes, of Donie; one daughter, Jean Ann Holmes, of Fairfield; his first wife, Elenor Holmes, of Mexia; four grandchildren, Andy Holmes and wife, Veronica, of San Antonio, John Holmes and wife, Meagan, of Groesbeck, Lauren Holmes, of Groesbeck, and Reagan Holmes, of Mexia; a nephew, Chad Thomas, of Teague; and his two best friends, Maggie and Lulu, of Rockport.
A memorial service is pending. Condolences may be sent to the family at charliemarshallfuneralhomes.com.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation in Jim’s honor to the Humane Society of Aransas County, 1308 Myrtle St., Rockport, TX 78382.
Arrangements entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., of Aransas Pass.

Wed
18
Mar

Ian De’Shon Spence

Funeral services for Ian De’Shon Spence Jr. will be held Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 610 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171.
Spence died March 11, 2015 in Wortham.
Spence was born to Alma Cooper and Ian De’Shon Spence Sr. on March 19, 1993 in Hillsboro. “Lil Shon” attended schools in Mexia ISD.

Wed
18
Mar

Edward ‘Eddy’ Clifton

Edward “Eddy” Clifton of Mexia, passed away March 17, 2015. Graveside services will be held Friday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at Mexia City Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Family visitation will be held Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Eddy was born March 3, 1926 in Oakland, Calif., to Olga Pauline Fossen. He served his country in the Army, where he was in the Korean War. He moved to Mexia in 1982.
Clifton was preceded in death by his mother; two brothers; his wife, Elizabeth Clifton, whom he cherished very dearly; along with a close friend, Billie Isham.
He is survived by a stepdaughter, Carol Powell and family, of New Jersey; nieces, Carol Blasingram, Irene McClusky and Donna Salazar; nephews, Ralph Urgolsters and Ryan Clifton; and many grandchildren.

Wed
18
Mar

Tommye Little

Tommye Little, 89, of Marlin, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the First Baptist Church in Marlin with Rev. Mark Newton officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Adams Funeral Home, 129 Connally in Marlin.
Little was born Oct. 27, 1925 in Limestone County, to William Silas and Minnie Lee (Tedder) Bond. She married Byron Little on Oct. 21, 1942 in Freestone and they celebrated more than 39 wonderful years together until his death on Sept. 9, 1982.

Wed
18
Mar

Vesta Owens Solomon

Vesta Owens Solomon
Funeral services for Vesta Owens Solomon will be held Wednesday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 700 I 45 South in Fairfield. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Burial will be at Fairfield United Cemetery with eulogist, Pastor W.C. Anderson, and Evangelist Lois Gatson officiating.
On Nov. 20, 1938. a beautiful girl was born to Martin L. and Odessa Canady Owens. She was the first of four children. She was born and raised in Fairfield, in Freestone County. On March 18, 2015, an angel was dispatched, saying peace be still in the life of Vesta, therefore Vesta was released from all pain, suffering and daily worries, surrounded by family and loved ones, in her lovely home.

Wed
18
Mar

Charles H. Burks

Funeral services for Charles H. Burks will be held Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton St. in Mexia. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, then from 6 to 8 p.m. the same day at Beulah Baptist Church, 814 MLK Ave. in Wortham. Eulogist will be Pastor Eben Conner.
Charles H. Burks was born to Cora and Elijah Burks on April 22, 1927, in Wortham. He went home to be with the Lord on March 15, 2015.
He accepted Christ at an early age at Beulah Baptist Church in Wortham, and was a longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church in Sacramento, Calif., where he served on the trustee board. As a young boy he believed in working hard. He understood at an early age that “if you don’t work hard, you don’t eat.”

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