Maria Elba Castilla Ramos

Maria Elba Castilla Ramos, 86, of Mexia, passed away Aug. 12, 2015 at The Manor Nursing Home in Mexia.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Camino de Salvacion in Mexia, with Pastor Prudencio Pevia officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Ramos was born Jan. 30, 1929 in Encarnacion de Diaz, Jalisco, Mexico, to Luis Castilla Sosa and Magnolia Gallegos Castilla. She had been in Mexia since 1983 and was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Maria was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio G. Ramos; sisters, Gloria N. Ramirez and Carlota A. Sapien; as well as her parents.


Charles W. Dolen

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Charles W. Dolen was born Jan. 30, 1937 in Cypress, to Johnnie W. Dolen Sr. and Iva E. Coats Dolen. He grew up in Cypress where he attended Cy-Fair schools.
He joined the Army in 1956 and served his country in Korea and Vietnam. Charles received many awards and medals, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 10 Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, five Overseas Service Stars, Army Commendation Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Good Conduct Medal Fourth Award.
He spend a total of 30 months in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1980 and was employed with the Lawton, Okla. Public Schools Transportation Department as the security coordinator.
He married Nelda (Bisbee) Mansel on March 3, 1995.


Zeffer Shanell Douglas

Zeffer Shanell Douglas was born Sept. 20, 1995 in Mexia, to Latoya Lloyd and Lonnie Ray Connor. She was the youngest of four children.
She died July 28, 2015 in Groesbeck.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at Church On The Rock, 1470 Hwy. 14 in Groesbeck, with Pastor Victor Adams officiating and Pastor Bryan Hallmark of First Assembly of God in Mexia as eulogist.
Zeffer graduated from Mexia High School in 2013. She was currently attending Steven-Hager University to receive her associate’s degree in business administration.


Minnie Pearl Morgan Brown

Minnie Pearl Morgan Brown, a native of Sandy Community, Limestone County, passed away Aug. 3, 2015, in Houston. She was born to Cul Houston and Nora Medlock Morgan on Aug. 4, 1932. She attended Echols and Woodland Schools in Limestone County and was the sister of the late Vivian Morgan Reed and Lawless Morgan.
Brown was an accomplished tailor and seamstress. She previously lived in Los Angeles, Calif. and Dallas, and was living in Houston at the time of her passing. She was a member of Church Without Walls in Houston.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ossie Brown; one son, Larnie Busby; two brothers and four sisters, W. G. (Eliza) Morgan, Vivian (Isom) Reed, Lawless (Hattie) Morgan, Sybil Morgan (Herbert) Mozee, Lazell Morgan, and Billie Bush.


Louise Elaine High

Louise High was born on Sept. 27, 1932 in Dew.
She passed away July 31, 2015.
There will be a viewing Friday, Aug. 7, at Dorsey & Keatts Funeral Home, 602 N. Ross in Mexia, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There will be no remarks during services.
Visitation will be at Salem Baptist Church, 252 FM 489 East in Dew, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, with family present. Services will be held at noon, Saturday, Aug. 8, at Salem Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Dorsey & Keatts Funeral Home.


Joann Blackmon Burleson

Joann Blackmon Burleson, 84, a longtime resident of the Point Enterprise community, was called home to be with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ on the evening of Aug. 3, 2015, surrounded by her two devoted children and other loved ones, following a lengthy illness.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Aug.5, at 10 a.m. at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Elders Andrew Stull and Daryl Inman officiated.


Ernestine Johnson Spears

Ernestine proceeded this life into another on July 27, 2015. God took his child, our angel, who was a caring, loving person to everyone she knew. She taught us to love and share.We all love her, but God loves her best.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ in Mexia.
Ernestine was born July 23, 1941 in Waco, to Penola Brooks and George Johnson.
She moved to Dallas, where she met her husband, Eugene Spears, and they soon married. Later she moved to Mexia, where she lived for about 20 years. After that, she moved to Mart.
Ernestine was a very out-going person, loving and very sweet.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Helen Pace; and two great-grandchildren, Samuel Shepherd I and Ivyana Shepherd.


Donald Ray ‘Don’ Morton

Donald Ray “Don” Morton, 76, of Fair Oaks, passed away Aug. 4, 2015 in Groesbeck.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 7, in the Oaks Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Don was born in Fair Oaks on Feb. 1, 1939 to Claude C. and Ruby Pearl Justice Morton. He was the youngest of 11 children. He was a retired police officer of 35 years. He served 20 years with Houston Police Department, 10 years as Limestone County Chief Deputy and five years with the Mexia Police Department. He also served on the board of directors of the Chief Deputy’s Association during this time.


Estelle M. Baldwin

Estelle M. Baldwin, 92, passed away Aug. 3, 2015 in Groesbeck. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Ferguson Cemetery (Oletha Community) with Larry Dickens and Joe Lucas officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia.
Estelle was born in Mexia on April 25, 1923, to James Roger and Eva Owens Moody. She was a lifelong resident of Limestone County.
Estelle was a wonderful example of a godly Christian woman and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was dedicated to caring for her husband, raising their two sons and spoiling their grandchildren. Her family, also, remembers her as being a fantastic cook and an awesome seamstress. Estelle was a long time member of the Shiloh Church of Christ.
She was preceded by her husband, W.E. Baldwin; and siblings, Ray Moody, J.T. Moody, Quin Moody, Coie Carlisle, Mary Knight, Dorothy Johnson, Irene James and Violet Kelly.


Verna Mae Forbes Livingston

Verna Mae Forbes Livingston, 97, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the St. Catherine Center in Waco.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. Luke A.M.E. Church, 117 E. Church St. in Waco, with Pastor Pamela Riviera officiating. The only viewing be held at the church from noon to 1 p.m.. Interment will follow at Doris Miller Memorial Park in Waco.
Verna was born Aug. 3, 1917. She met and married Robert Allen “Ray” Livingston in 1941 in Waco. She served Waco ISD for more than 50 years as a classroom teacher.
She is survived by her loving, devoted son, Ray Allen Livingston and wife, Pat, of Lake Jackson; granddaughter, Felicia Livingston, of Burbank, Calif.; and a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.
Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, is serving the family of Verna Mae Livingston. Visit to sign the guest book and light a candle.


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