Louise East Howze

Louise East Howze, 91, left her earthly home, surrounded by her loving family, and entered into her eternal home to be with her Lord on October 29, 2016. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Kyle Hancock, Ron Capehart, Brandon Oliver, Dr. Kent Howze, Martin Breuer and Steve Bullard. Wayne Jackson will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation with the family will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Louise was born May 21, 1925 in Coolidge to Arthur Richard and Hattie Bell East. She was a Laundry Supervisor for the Mexia State School, retiring after 16 years of services.


Johnny Brady

Johnny Brady, 79, formerly of Mexia, passed away at his home in Palacios on October 25, 2016. Graveside services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Johnny was born in San Antonio on Oct. 23, 1937 to Harlan Edward and Willie Lane Brady. He was a longtime resident of Mexia. He owned and operated the Lone Star Beer Distributorship in Mexia for a number of years. Later in life, Johnny bought a shrimp boat and opened a bait business in Palacios.

Johnny was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Palacios. 


Margaret (Peg) Kennett Mayfield

Margaret (Peg) Kennett Mayfield passed away peacefully, October 18, 2016, at her home in Mexia. Peg was born Jan. 4, 1922 in Roanoke, Va. Her parents were Charles William Kennett and Nina Loyd Kennett. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Virginia.

She graduated from college and taught school for one year. She then went to Washington D.C. and worked for the FBI during World War II, where she met her husband, R. Wendell Mayfield, who was stationed there in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, precursor to the CIA) section of the United States Navy before being deployed to Europe.

Upon Wendell’s return to the United States, he and Margaret were married at Arlington Heights Methodist Church in Arlington, Va. They then went to live in Chicago, Ill., where their son, Paul, was born.


Clifton Doyle Carroll

Clifton Doyle Carroll, of Wortham, passed away in Mexia on October 17, 2016, at the age of 90. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Wortham Cemetery with Bro. Jared Rogers officiating.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Clifton was born in Wortham on April 7, 1926 to Wilmer and Nellie Michaels Carroll. He was a lifelong resident of the Wortham area. He was a carpenter, farmer and rancher. Clifton was country at heart and enjoyed doing almost anything outdoors. He loved his farm, raising cows, gardening, fishing and hunting. He was well known for his expertise in growing okra; HEB even offered to buy his okra.    

Although Clifton had no children of his own, he loved children and enjoyed having them around. He was very friendly, outgoing and enjoyed every opportunity to visit with family and friends. He was an honest man and a hard worker and will be truly missed by all who knew him.


Milton James Morgan, Sr.

Milton James Morgan, Sr. passed away Sunday, Oct. 9. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at Union Memorial Methodist Church in Sandy Community.

Viewing will be from 1-6 p.m., Friday at Dorsey & Keatts Funeral Homes Chapel.

Milton was preceded in death by wife, Della Morgan and son, David Morgan.

He is survived by five sons and one daughter.

Officiating the services will be Rev. Julius Chappell. Eulogist is Rev. Riley Armstead. Interment will be at Sandy Creek Cemetery.


Anna Beth “Pidgie” Montgomery Thompson

Anna Beth “Pidgie” Montgomery Thompson, of Mexia, passed away in Groesbeck on October 8, 2016 surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 59. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Chaplain Karen Hulsey and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating. Interment will follow in the Tehuacana Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Anna Beth was born in Mexia on Jan. 18, 1957 to Hiram “Pete” and Shirley Richardson Montgomery. She was a lifelong resident of Mexia and a graduate of Mexia High School Class of 1975. She was presently employed as a Diet Technician for the Mexia State Supported Living Center, where she had worked for 26 years.


Gary Griffin

Gary Griffin, 66, of Mexia, passed away October 6, 2016 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery.

Visitation with the family present will be Saturday evening 5-7 p.m.

Gary was born June 16, 1950 in Mexia to Monroe and Inez Broughton Griffin. He was co-owner of Griffin Lawn Service with son Corey Griffin for 25 years and later joined by son Chad Griffin.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William & Mattie Griffin and Paul & Hattie Broughton; parents, Monroe & Inez Griffin and brothers, Ronny Griffin and Jerry Griffin. 


Wayland Alvin Hatfield

Wayland Alvin Hatfield, 75, of Waco passed away Thursday, September 29, 2016. He will be cremated according to his wishes and the family will have private services at a later date.

Wayland was born April 25, 1941 to Albert Hatfield and Ella Watson in Mexia. He attended the Shiloh schools until they closed. He then attended and graduated from Mexia High School. Wayland joined the Navy right out of high school in 1959 and served for over 23 years, retiring in 1983. After his service, Wayland began working for Nautilus before retiring from their Virginia location and moving back to the Mexia area. Wayland enjoyed fishing with his friends at the lake, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was never a stranger to anyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Wyvonne McLelland

Wyvonne McLelland, 87, of Wortham, passed away September 28, 2016 at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at the First United Methodist Church Wortham with Reverend Don Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation.

Wyvonne was born Jan. 9, 1929 in Mexia to Neal and Ola Jackson Michaels.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Elgin McLelland Jr. and son & daughter-in-law, Michael Elgin & Cynthia McLelland. 

She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Calame & husband, Rick; grandchildren, Krista Ball, J.R. McLelland & wife, Michelle, Josh McLelland & wife, Jeanna, Bryan Calame and Cody Calame & wife Kali; great grandchildren, Ty Williams, James McLelland, Coby McLelland, Trent Williams, Brody McLelland, Darcy Taylor, Braidee Taylor, Macee Calame, Rockie Calame and Tatum Calame;  special friend, Billy Joe Steelman and family.


Angela Ford

Angela Ford passed away Monday, September 26, 2016 at Baylor Hospital.

Angela is the daughter of Reverend Clifton and Vinella Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3 at the New Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Garland. Pastor W.J. Davis (uncle) will deliver the eulogy.

Golden Gate Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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