Obituaries

Fri
28
Jun

Robert Earl Eddington


Robert Earl Eddington

The angelic hosts came for Sonny Eddington last Tuesday morning, June 25, 2013, in the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, in Waco, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be held Friday, June 28, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, beginning at 10 a.m., and with the family present 6-7 p.m..
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 28, at 2 p.m. in the Haynes Temple Church Of God In Christ, Mexia, where Elder C.D. Washington is pastor. Officiating will be Elder Tas Betts and Elder Don Manning. Interment will be in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, in Mexia.
He was born in Limestone County, to Homer Eddington Jr. and Helen Ruth Simon Eddington, was a graduate of Mexia High School, a carpenter and served in the United States Army.

Mon
24
Jun

Maxine Farmer Stringer

Maxine Farmer Stringer, 70, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 24, 2013 at Twilight Home in Corsicana. She was born July 2, 1942 in Corsicana to Herman Lee and Katie Mae Farmer.

She was the caretaker for James Carroll for 18 years.

She was preceded in death by a husband, Ray Just; parents, Herman Lee and Katie Farmer; brother, Laught Farmer; sisters, Jo Nell Toms and Jimmie Ruth Slaughter; and a step-daughter, Dorothy Jean Hull.

Mon
24
Jun

Michael Nolan ‘Mike’ Austin

Michael Nolan “Mike” Austin, 64, passed away June 22, 2013 in Waco. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, June 27, in the Forest Glade Cemetery.

Mike was born Sept. 17, 1948 in San Antonio, to Delmer and Betty June Austin. He had been a resident of the Mexia area since the early 1980s. He was a retired master electrician. Mike proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a part of the 11th ACR. He was a lifetime member of the Black Horse Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mike is survived by his wife, Ann Kilgore of Mexia; daughters, Melissa Dawn Austin of Houston and Summer Austin Barnes of Dallas; grandson, Blake Dixon Barnes; sisters, Donna and Nancy; and brother, Chris.

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Mon
24
Jun

Raymond Joseph ‘Ray’ Halliburton

Raymond Joseph “Ray” Halliburton, 81, of Mexia passed away June 22, 2013 at his home at Lake Mexia. Funeral services will be 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Michael Vestal and Rev. David Hutchason officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Ray was born March 26, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa to Thomas Raymond and Mary Curtis Lusby Halliburton. He retired from Montgomery Ward after 26 years as a supervisor.

He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in business. He was also an honorary business professor at Baylor University in Waco. Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Jan. 20, 1982, he married Norman Jean Pratt.

Mon
24
Jun

Kenneth Wren

Kenneth Wren, 78, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, at his residence near Freestone after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 13, 1934, in Freestone, grew up in Freestone County and graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1953. Kenneth continued his education by earning a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and his master’s degree at Texas A&M University. He married Patsy Baker on Nov. 9, 1957, and they shared more than 55 years together. Wren started his career teaching FFA and became the vocational director at Marlin ISD for many years before holding the same position at Mexia ISD until his retirement. He was an avid fisherman. His passion was ranching and raising cattle which he did for many years, but his true pride and joy was his two granddaughters. Wren was an active member of First Baptist Church in Teague for more than 30 years and served as a deacon.

Mon
24
Jun

Raymond Lewis Wietzikoski

Raymond Lewis Wietzikoski, of Groesbeck, passed away at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco on Friday, June 21, 2013, at age 80.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams, Father Benji Magnage and Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Burial followed in Faulkenberry Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tommy Bienski, Donald Bienski, Anthony Wietzikoski, Eric Wietzikoski, Richard Wietzikoski, Craig Champion and Russell Black. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Smith, Don Koenig and John Martin.

Raymond was born Dec. 7, 1932 to Marion Wietzikoski and Mary (Kubiak) Wietzikoski in Marlin, where he grew up and attended school. He was confirmed in the Catholic Church in Marlin.

Fri
21
Jun

Doris Dale Shamblin

Doris Dale Shamblin, 60, of Point Enterprise, passed away June 20, 2013 at her mother’s residence. Graveside services will be held Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at Point Enterprise Cemetery with Rev. James Herrington and Rev. Eddie Hayworth officiating. No formal family visitation will be held.

Doris was born Oct. 19, 1952 in Mexia, to Donald David and Mary Ann Taylor Shamblin. She served many years as an office manager in Mexia. Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church of Point Enterprise, where she served as the church treasurer, Sunday school director, and taught Sunday School and Missions Friends on Wednesdays. Her hobbies included cross stitch and elephant collecting.

Shamblin was preceded in death by her father, Donald David “Pookie” Shamblin.

Mon
17
Jun

Jim Santiago Rosas Silvas Jr.


Jim Santiago Rosas Silvas Jr.

Jim Santiago Rosas Silvas Jr., 75, of Mexia passed away June 12, 2013 at The Manor Healthcare Residence in Mexia, where he had resided for almost four months.
Jim was born Jan. 2, 1938 in Marlin, to Jimmy Santiago Pena Silvas Sr. and Julia Rosas Silvas. He married Mary Louise Silvas on Nov. 26, 1958 in Marlin. He was a paint contractor in Marlin and Mexia for many years prior to his retirement in 2000. Jim loved to fish and just being outdoors. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend to many. He had been attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Mary on Aug. 1, 2003.
Jim is survived by his daughters, Melissa Candanoza and husband, Jose R. Candanoza and their three children of Mexia, Mary Helen Rogers and husband, Kevin Rogers and their four daughters of Wortham, and one other daughter; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Mon
17
Jun

Jim Silvas Jr.

Jim Silvas Jr. passed the morning of June 12, 2013 after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Falls County on Jan. 2, 1938.
Jim was a local businessman and owner of Silvas Painting Co. He also ran a small cabinet and furniture shop where he built new pieces, did restorations and during football season, cheered endlessly for his Dallas Cowboys.
He was married Nov. 8, 1958 to Maria Garza of Marlin, and the couple lived there until moving their family to Mexia in 1973.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife in 2003.
He is survived by three daughters, Linda and husband Ronnie Pointer of Mexia, Helen and husband Kevin Rogers of Wortham, and Melissa and husband Jose Candanoza of Mexia. He has nine grandchildren, as well as great- and great-great-grandchildren. Jim also has brothers, sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
As per Jim’s request there will be no public service. His immediate family will gather for a remembrance.

Mon
17
Jun

Don Christian 'Chris' Johanson


Don Christian 'Chris' Johanson

Don Christian “Chris” Johanson, 56, of Pipe Creek, passed away June 15, 2013. Funeral services are pending at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, at First Baptist Church of Mexia with Pastor David Mitchell and Mark Wilburn officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Chris was born Dec. 30, 1956 in Fort Worth, to Don and Robbie Johanson.
After graduating from Mexia High School in 1975, he went to Texas A&M University, where he received his degree in mechanical engineering. He was self-employed.
­­Chris’ greatest love and pleasure in life was spending time with his wife and daughters. He was a member of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio.
He was preceded in death by his father, Don Johanson; and nephew, Riley Welan.

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