Obituaries

Fri
01
Aug

James Robert Shelby Carroll


James Robert Shelby Carroll

James Robert Shelby Carroll, "Shelby", passed away July 30, 2014 in Wortham. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham, with Rev. John Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel.
Shelby was born April 21, 1981 in Corsicana, to James Carroll and Stacy Keeling Johnson. He was in Wortham all of his life.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Marilyn Keeling and Ruth Carroll.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Stacy and Nolan Johnson, of Wortham; father and stepmother, James and Kathy Carroll of Dew; son, Jordan Carroll, of Mexia; sister, Jami Brown, of Wortham; grandfather, Arnold Keeling, of Wortham; nephews, Alex and Luke Brown, of Wortham; niece, Hannah Brown, of Wortham; as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

Wed
30
Jul

Billy Ray Brooks


Billy Ray Brooks

Funeral services for Billy Ray Brooks will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. at Ford Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 800 W. Palestine in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with eulogist Pastor Wilmer Davis, and Pastor Charles L. Cashaw Jr. officiating.
Billy Ray Brooks was born to Irma Jean Brooks and Leslie Hawkins, in Limestone County. He was called home to glory on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Scott & White Hospital.
Billy’s greatest love was his family, spending time with his grandchildren, and outdoor activities. Billy attended public school in Mexia. He was an oil field worker and pipeline worker for many years. He was a member of Ford Chapel Church.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Irma Jean Brooks, and sister, Brenda Scruggs Brooks.

Mon
28
Jul

Valeressa Hobbs West


Valeressa Hobbs West

Valeressa Hobbs West died July 23, 2014 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
Funeral services for Valeressa will be held Wednesday July 30, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton St. in Mexia. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday July 29, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery. Rev. Tyrell Hobbs, eulogist; Rev. Tristan Hobbs, officiating.
Valeressa West was born to Lee Milton Hobbs and Lee Ellen Gamble Hobbs on June 13, 1961. Valeressa accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of Greater Little Zion Baptist Church, and served in the kitchen.
Valeressa met and married the love of her life, Lewis West. To this union, four children were born. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1980. Valeressa worked many years as a cook for Mexia Junior High School and Teague Nursing Home. She also worked at Mexia State School.

Mon
28
Jul

Steve Allen Hicks Sr.


Steve Allen Hicks Sr.

Steve Allen Hicks Sr., of Mexia, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Manor Healthcare Residence in Mexia. He was 71.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Benny Horn officiating. Burial will follow in Lost Prairie Cemetery.
Sons and grandsons will be pallbearers: Steve Hicks III, Steve Hicks Jr., Ski Hicks, William Hicks, William Hicks Jr., and Jason Hicks. Stanley Hicks will be an honorary pallbearer.
Steve was born on Dec. 14, 1942 in Waco to Marvin Hicks and Inez Smith Hicks. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968 through 1969, and was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery.

Mon
28
Jul

James Thomas 'Jimmy' Clements


James Thomas 'Jimmy' Clements

The angelic hosts came for James Thomas “Jimmy” Clements, 69, on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his Fairfield residence, among loving family and devoted friends. A vigil service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Jimmy Clements was the oldest child of Alfred Clements and Gwendolyn Ruth Stacey Clements and was born in Houston on Sept. 3, 1944. He grew up in Houston’s West University neighborhood and attended the public schools there.
Jimmy married Tina Holiday in Northshore. Throughout his life, he was employed as a rancher, cowboy and a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, dancing and having a good time.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Henry Clements; and his grandparents, H.D. and Ruth Stacy.

Fri
25
Jul

Annie Kate Pevehouse


Annie Kate Pevehouse

Annie Kate Pevehouse, 87, passed away July 24, 2014 at her home in Personville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, July 26 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with Rev. James Rincker officiating. Interment will follow in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.
Annie was born Sept. 9, 1926 in Personville, to Lloyd Byron and Lillian Kennedy Easterling Thompson. She married John W. Pevehouse on Aug. 3, 1943 in Mexia. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who devoted her life to caring for her family and serving the Lord. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church in Mexia.

Fri
25
Jul

Emmie Jean Wardell


Emmie Jean Wardell

Emmie Jean Wardell, 66, of Dawson, passed away July 22, 2014 in Mexia, leaving behind her husband, Bert F. Wardell Jr., many cousins and friends.
Graveside services are 10 a.m., Saturday, July 26, at the Rice Cemetery in Rice. A Mass will follow at 2 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church, 508 E. Commerce in Mexia. 
Emmie was born Jan. 16, 1948 in Corsicana, to Albert Melton Emmert Jr. and Lee Ila Burks Emmert. After graduating from Corsicana High School, she received her LVN degree from Navarro College.  She worked for the Mexia hospital for many years.
Emmie married Bert F. Wardell Jr. on Nov. 16, 1974. She was a longtime member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Mexia. Emmie’s legacy for being very loving, caring and dedicated will be remembered by her family, friends and the many people she served.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, fondly referred to as Aunt Bill and Uncle Melton, and brother, Charles Emmert

Wed
23
Jul

Valeresa West

Funeral services for Valeresa West are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Valeresa went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2014 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest register.

Wed
23
Jul

Emmie Jean Wardell

Emmie Jean Wardell, 66, of Dawson, passed away July 22, 2014 in Mexia. Funeral services are pending at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Emmie is survived by her husband, Bert Wardell Jr., of Dawson.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Wed
23
Jul

Billy Brooks

Funeral services for Billy Brooks are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Billy went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2014 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest register.

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