Obituaries

Tue
20
Jan

Era Lee Jones


Era Lee Jones

Funeral services for Era Lee Jones were held Jan. 19, 2015 at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, Pastor James Wright eulogist, Elder Billy J. Freeman officiator.
Era Lee "Aunt Fat" Jones was born July 27, 1937 in Tehuacana, to Albert and Molly Bedford. Era attended Dunbar High School. She was a member of Mexia Revival Center, under the leadership of Pastor James Wright Sr. Era worked and retired from Mexia State School after 33 years of service.
After retirement, Era began her second career as a foster grandparent, and remained as such until her health failed.
Era was united in matrimony to Eli Freeman Jones. They lived happily married until his death; together, two children were born.
She died Jan. 15, 2015 in Waco.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband; three brothers, Henry Sr., William and Willie; three sisters, Johnnie, Irma and Erma; one son, Neal Jones.

Fri
16
Jan

LaNita Kay Burkhalter

LaNita Kay Burkhalter, 57, of Deer Park passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 after a brief battle with liver cancer.
She was born Dec. 22, 1957 in San Antonio, to Travis and Lorna Dean Lancaster.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Steve Burkhalter; son, Chris Burkhalter, and his wife, Michelle, and their children, James, Laura and Jacqueline; son, Josh Burkhalter, and his children, Christian, Haley and Devin; and daughter, Amber Nahlen and her husband, Russell, and their children Joseph, Travis and Charles.

Wed
14
Jan

Verna Mae Davis Sweet


Verna Mae Davis Sweet

Funeral services for Verna Mae Davis Sweet will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m., at Head Branch Baptist Church, 605 McClintic St. in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Eulogist will be Rev. William Gibbs, officiator is Rev. Monroe Allen.
On Oct. 28, 1930 in Groesbeck, Dennis and Evie Davis gave birth to the youngest of 11 children, a beautiful baby girl. She received her formal education from Blackshire High School in Groesbeck. She accepted Christ into her life at a young age while attending Head Branch Baptist Church in Groesbeck. On Jan. 10, 1949, she gave birth to a beautiful girl, Shirley Graves (Juda).

Wed
14
Jan

Mary Odessa Hancock

Mary Odessa Hancock, 100, of Mexia, a longtime educator and world traveler, died peacefully Jan. 12, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born May 7, 1914, in San Angelo, where her father, the Rev. O.W. Milburn, was a circuit-riding Methodist minister after the turn of the century. He served at his last church as pastor in Tehuacana, where Odessa resided for several years.
She and her late husband, Warner Douglas Hancock, were married in 1934. He served his country during World War II (1942-45) in the European Theatre, culminating in the Battle of the Bulge after which he completed college at Westminster College in Tehuacana and attended Sam Houston State University during the summers. He began teaching in Yoakum in 1950 and was there for one school year.

Wed
14
Jan

Febie R. Menter


Febie R. Menter

The angelic hosts came for Febie R. Menter on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at the Teague Nursing Home among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will be Friday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Haynes Temple C.O.G.I.C., 601 Denton St. in Mexia, where Elder C.D. Washington is pastor. Superintendent O.Z. Hall will officiate and Elder Gerald Thomas will serve as eulogist. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Burial Park in Mexia.
Mother Febie R. Menter was born to John Murphy and Juliette Carroll Murphy in Grapeland, on Jan. 15, 1925. She grew up in Grapeland and attended the public schools there.
She was married to Autry Lee Jones and William Menter. They both preceded her in death.

Mon
12
Jan

Jim Jarvis


Jim Jarvis

Dear Readers, Friends, Foes and Fellow Texans:
Jim Jarvis loved to read and write stories about playing cowboys and Indians as a kid, Texas history, America’s early wars and our war heroes from every era. He found himself in a fight for his life over the past few weeks, and he fought with all the heart and valor as his favorite historical heroes. After a vicious war with a barrage of life-threatening medical issues, he earned his freedom and is finally at peace. The night before his untimely demise, Dad was reflecting on his 76 years and stated that he had had a good life and that, given the chance, he wouldn’t change a thing.
We hope you enjoyed reading our dad's award-winning stories as much as he enjoyed writing and telling them. The passing down of stories was always an important tradition throughout our lives. In his memory, our family would like to share with you some of the best parts of Jim Jarvis that you may not have known.

Mon
12
Jan

Glen Earl Killingsworth


Glen Earl Killingsworth

Glen Earl Killingsworth, 79, passed away Jan. 11, 2015 at his home in Personville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Steve Cowart officiating. Interment will following in the Little Flock Cemetery in Jewett.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Glen was born June 5, 1935 in Lost Prairie, to Claud and Desi Gibson Killingsworth. He retired from Nucor Steel after many years in the shipping department.
Glen married Margaret Ann Thomas on Nov. 18, 1955 in Teague. They were blessed with three children, Terry, Kim and Kathy.

Mon
12
Jan

Evelyn Juanita Padgett


Evelyn Juanita Padgett

Evelyn Juanita Padgett, 85, passed away Jan. 9, 2015 in Palestine. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Jeff Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Cotton Gin Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Evelyn was born April 13, 1929 in Shanks (Freestone County), to Maron Author and Lois Mildred Day Padgett. She retired from the Mexia State School after many years of service.
Evelyn was a quiet, sweet, loving person who just loved people. She thoroughly enjoyed working at the Mexia State School and taking care of “her kids.” She enjoyed playing the piano, music and working in the yard. Evelyn had a passion for driving around the countryside. When she needed a break from everyday things, driving was her therapy. She loved her church family and attending Northside Baptist Church in Mexia.

Mon
12
Jan

Elizabeth Ann Maddox Robinson


Elizabeth Ann Maddox Robinson

Elizabeth Ann Maddox Robinson, 81, passed away Jan. 10, 2015 in Keene, following complications from heart surgery. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Pastor Jim Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Elizabeth was born May 15, 1933 in Mexia, to Ruben Lee and Mary Maddox. After graduating from Mexia High School, she attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Elizabeth married Wilton D. Robinson in August 1953 in Mexia. She was a ministers’ wife and mother who also worked as a legal secretary and secretary to several school principals. Her love for God, family and friends was evident in the way she lived her life. Elizabeth enjoyed knitting and took great pride in making special Christmas stockings for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, R.L. Maddox Jr; and sisters, Carrie Lou Booker and Ester Earl Maddox.

Sat
10
Jan

Roxie May

Roxie May, 98 of Mexia, passed away Jan. 8, 2015 at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Herrington officiating. Interment will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. May was born July 25, 1916 in Reno, Ark. to John Wesley and Mallie Leona Berry Harvey. She grew up in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Roxie worked in Tulsa during World War II, where she modified military aircraft bombers. She married Henry D. May on Aug. 29, 1946 in Weatherford. The resided in Pasadena before locating to Mexia in 1973. She went to work for Walmart at the old store as a cashier, then moved to the new store as a cashier, before retiring as a greeter at age 95. She was a member of the Red Hat Club and played with the Ageless Symphony Orchestra with the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and daughter, Judy Diane Krisco.

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