Obituaries

Wed
01
Apr

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.

Wed
01
Apr

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.

Mon
30
Mar

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.

Mon
30
Mar

Nathan James ‘Jim’ Ramsey

Maj. Nathan James “Jim” Ramsey, USAF retired, went to be with the Lord March 30, 2015 in Dallas. He was 90 years old. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.

Mon
30
Mar

Milton Collier Phillips

Milton Collier Phillips, 85, of Point Enterprise, passed away March 27, 2015 at Providence Hospice Place at St. Catherine’s in Waco. Special thanks to the staff for their loving care in the past few weeks.
Services will be held Wednesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 519 S. McKinney St. in Mexia. Interment will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Family visitation will be at 1 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church prior to funeral services.
Milton, widely known as “Cotton,” was born in Mexia on Sept. 6, 1929. He was the youngest of 12 siblings. He attended Point Enterprise School and his secondary years at Mexia High School, graduating in 1947. Soon thereafter, he served in the Army at Fort Hood.

Mon
30
Mar

Marion E. ‘Billy’ Howze

Marion E. “Billy” Howze, 93, left his earthly home peacefully and surrounded by his loving family and friends, and entered into his eternal home to be with his Lord on March 29, 2015.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Billy was born Feb. 21, 1922 in Datura, to William Lee and Lula Mae Hancock Howze. He lived in this area his entire life and attended Coolidge High School. He retired after 31 years of service as maintenance foreman and fire chief at the Mexia State School; he was, officially, their first fire chief.

Mon
30
Mar

Eddie Lee Atchley

Funeral services for Eddie Lee Atchley were held Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at the Freestone Baptist Church. Brother Paul Heuermann and Brother Alejo Salas officiated. Interment followed at Dew Cemetery.
Visitation was held Friday with the family present from 6 ti 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.
Atchley, 75, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
He was born in Dew on Sept. 2, 1939, and moved with his family to Childress and then to Corpus Christi, where he grew up. He married Nora on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1969, in Corpus Christi and they shared more than 45 years together.

Fri
27
Mar

Dr. Elgin Eugene Sims

Dr. Elgin Eugene Sims, 96, passed away March 26, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, at the Lost Prairie Baptist Church with Rev. Clifton Jones officiating. There will be time provided in the service for people to share. Interment will follow in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Lost Prairie Baptist Church.
Eugene and his twin sister, Christine, were born April 11, 1918, to H.H. and Lurah Easterling Sims, in the Lost Prairie Community of Limestone County, where they grew up.
He graduated from Donie High School and Sam Houston College in Huntsville with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture. It was in Huntsville that he met his future wife, Lucille Blackwood.

Wed
25
Mar

Joseph James Russo

Joseph James Russo, 79, of Mexia, passed away March 23, 2015 in Fort Worth. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 27, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia. Interment will follow at Mexia City Cemetery.
Family visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Porter Funeral Home, with a rosary following at 7 p.m.
Russo was born Jan. 28, 1936 in Chicago, Ill., to Frank and Mary Giandinoto Russo. He was active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church for many years. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecelia Macaluso Russo; parents; brother, Steve Russo and granddaughter, Kristen Schronk.

Wed
25
Mar

JoAnn Whitley Hughes

JoAnn Whitley Hughes, 63, passed away March 23, 2015 at her home in Waco. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Bro. Jerry Stinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia City Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
JoAnn was born in Mexia on Aug. 23, 1951, to Ivy Olin Whitley and Martha Beldin Whitley. She grew up in Mexia and attended Mexia ISD schools.
JoAnn married James W. Hughes on Jan. 20, 1975. She and James were owners and operators of Jim’s Krispy Chicken for many years, prior to retirement.
She loved her family and spending time with them. Her husband will always remember JoAnn as being a very special lady who will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Mark Whitley; son, Richard Hughes; and son-in-law, Brian Erkfitz.

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