Obituaries

Wed
23
Mar

Luberta Thomas

Luberta Thomas

Luberta Thomas was born July 5, 1939 in Limestone County, to Authur and Valarie Thomas. She passed away March 14, 2016.  
Services will be held March 26 at 1 p.m. at Head Branch Missionary Baptist Church of Groesbeck.
She accepted Christ at an early age. She later joined Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church of Midland, where she served faithfully as an usher.
She was united in holy matrimony to Marion Brown Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Marcus Brown; a daughter, Merilyn Brown Johnson; brothers, R.L. Thomas, L.C. Milus, Joe Thomas, Le Roy Thomas and M.C. Jennings; and sisters, Corine Gibson and Gertrude Parker.

Mon
21
Mar

Harold Julius Nussbaum

Harold Julius Nussbaum

Harold Julius Nussbaum, 86, of Mexia, passed away March 19, 2016.
Graveside service will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Harold was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., on March 12, 1930, to Julius Harold and Erna Rang Nussbaum. He was a lifelong resident of Mexia and graduate of Mexia High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. Harold was a well-known, respected banker in Mexia for 50-plus years, prior to his retirement.
Harold had an outgoing and humorous personality; he never met a stranger. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, whether it was at the coffee shop, at home or at the hospital. He was loved and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, J. Harold Nussbaum II.

Fri
18
Mar

Luberta Thomas

Funeral services are pending for Luberta Thomas, formerly a resident of Groesbeck. Arrangements are being made by Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

Fri
18
Mar

Andrew ‘Andy’ ‘Big Man’ Morgan

Andrew ‘Andy’ ‘Big Man’ Morgan

Andrew “Andy” “Big Man” Morgan died March 3, 2016.
He was born Feb. 11, 1955 in Coolidge, the son of Wade and Eliza Morgan. He attended Echols and Dunbar schools, and was a member of Union Memorial Methodist Church. He married Johnnie Allen Morgan, who preceded him in death in 2009.
Andy worked for Layne Texas Steel of Houston and in his leisure time, enjoyed dominoes, sports, games and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; stepfather, Beromie Lee; brother, Phillip Ray; sisters, Ollie Silman and Bessie Nemons

Mon
14
Mar

Jacob Francis ‘Jake’ Schneider

Jacob Francis ‘Jake’ Schneider

Jacob Francis “Jake” Schneider, 78, was born Jan. 12, 1938, and died at home on March 9, 2016. Because of his firm belief in The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, he has returned to his heavenly home to be with the heavenly Father in peace.
Jake was strongly devoted to the Catholic Church and was a member at The Queen of Angels Church in Dickinson. He was a kind and friendly spirit who knew no strangers. His uplifting personality was well known among his family and friends and he will be deeply missed.
Jake was preceded in death by his father, Roy, and mother, Florida; his sister, Marie; his wife, Margaret, and two infant children.

Fri
11
Mar

Col. Joe T. Haney

Col. Joe Tom Haney

Director emeritus of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band Col. Joe T. Haney passed from this earth into life eternal on March 9, 2016. He was born to Clyde Theodore and Vista Mae Mahan Haney in Colorado City, on Aug. 19, 1927, and was destined to become a musician. His paternal grandfather organized and played in community bands in Clyde and Baird; his father and aunt sang duets on the radio; and his mother was a piano teacher. When Joe was 2, his father died a tragic death in a pipeline explosion. Needing a more lucrative job to raise her adored only child, Vista Mae moved from West Texas to Marlin where she became a bookkeeper, taught Sunday school and also wrote children’s plays for the Presbyterian nursery school. She gave him piano lessons, but the call of the neighborhood boys to play football and tennis was his preference. His love for sports was developed in high school where he won the district and regional championships in tennis and was punter and kicker on the football team.

Fri
11
Mar

J.T. Sandifer

J.T. Sandifer

J.T. Sandifer, 90, of Mexia, passed away quietly after a short bout with pancreatic cancer at his home on Thursday, March 10, 2016.
J.T. was a lifetime resident of Limestone County, attending Groesbeck High School. In 1943, during World War II, he entered the Army, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He was stationed first in New Guinea and later in the Philippines, around Manila. His duties included the 236th AAA Search Light Battalion and as a member of the Military Police, which frequently involved transporting and guarding Japanese POWs. Honorably discharged in 1946, at the rank of corporal, he returned to Limestone County to resume civilian life.

Fri
11
Mar

Jerry Douglas Boyd

Jerry Douglas Boyd

Jerry Douglas Boyd, 74, of Mexia, passed away March 8, 2016 at Providence Hospital in Waco, surrounded by his loving family.
Jerry was born Nov. 17, 1941 in Lubbock, to William Neil and Elena Josephine Deleshaw Boyd, one of 12 children. He grew up in Lubbock, where he married his high school sweetheart, Ida M. Drury, on Feb. 4, 1960. In 1968, they moved to Mexia to be near other family members.
Jerry learned the trade of dry-walling, a trade that served him well for over 50 years. He became well known throughout the Mexia area for his good work, competency and reliability. He worked not only for himself, but for numerous contractors.

Thu
10
Mar

Ricky Lynn Willis

Ricky Lynn Willis

Ricky Lynn Willis, 58 of Odessa, passed away March 5, 2016 in Midland.
Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, with a wake at 7 p.m., at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel in Odessa.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at St. James Baptist Church, with Rev. Darren Willis officiating and eulogy said by Rev. Charles Sims. Burial will follow Monday at 10 a.m. at Ector County Cemetery in Peaceful Gardens. Willis was born July 15, 1957 to the Joe and Doris Willis in Odessa. He attended Ector County ISD and later received his GED. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church, Rev. C. E. Sims pastor.
Ricky married Margaret Davis and to this union they had one son, Charles Tyrone Willis. He later married Junell Jones-Pearson and from this union he gained three daughters and three grandchildren, Dekaree, Atalia and Azlynn of Arlington.
Ricky was preceded in death by his parents.

Thu
10
Mar

Pinkie Carroll

Pinkie Carroll

Mother Missionary Pinkie Carroll was the fifth child of Homer Eddington and Helen Ruth Simon Eddington. She was born July 20, 1949 in Mart.
She went to be the Lord on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Kindred Home of Fort Worth.
She grew up in the Doyle Community of Groesbeck, Texas and attended Woodland Public Schools and Mexia Public Schools. She received her GED at Navarro College. She accepted Christ at an early age under the late Rev. Clinton Wright Sr.
In 1985, she married the late Vernon Carroll Sr. There were no children born to this union. She was faithful to her husband until his death. She was employed by the Mexia Nursing Home as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. She also worked in the janitorial department of the Mexia Independent School District until she retired.

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