Obituaries

Wed
03
Sep

Juanita Wilson Chandler


Juanita Wilson Chandler

Juanita Wilson Chandler passed away at the age of 89 in Ashdown, Ark. on Sept. 1, 2014. She was born on July 15, 1925 in Farrar. She was a Christian and a Baptist. Juanita retired from the J.C. Penney Company. She loved to garden.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Alton H. Chandler.
Juanita is survived by one son, Wayne Chandler and wife, Kathy of Ashdown, Ark.; one sister, Mae Baldree and husband, Bob of Hearne; five grandchildren, Steve Chandler and Clint Sherron of Ashdown, Ark., Chris Chandler of Midland, Beth Icenhour of Texarkana, Ark. and Melissa Craig of Red Water.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, at New Hope Cemetery in Limestone County, with Rev. Bob Baldree officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Temple Baptist Church in Mexia.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Sat
30
Aug

Lila Faye Price

Funeral services for Lila Faye Price will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Lila Faye Price was born Aug. 4, 1923 in Angus, to the parentage of Othello and Mary Simmons. She was educated in the Angus school district. She moved to Mexia, where she united with Antioch Baptist Church. During her early years at Antioch, she served on the Usher Board.
She was employed by the Mexia State School for many years, before retiring.
Lila Faye married David West Sr., and to this union one son, David West Jr., was born. Later, Lila Faye married L.C. Price, who preceded her in death.

Sat
30
Aug

Leroy Williams Jr.


Leroy Williams Jr.

Funeral services for Leroy Williams Jr. will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mart. Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Leroy Williams Jr. was born May 22, 1956 in Floydada to Mary Alice Williams and Leroy Williams Sr. .
He was called home to glory on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 in Jackson, Tennessee.
Leroy's greatest loves were his family, cooking, dancing and singing. He worked as a chef in Henderson, Tennessee. He was a member of J.P. Baptist Church in Henderson.
Preceding him in death were his mother and father, and two sisters, Ella Faye Wiley and Thelma Williams.

Wed
27
Aug

Gary L. Butler


Gary L. Butler

The angelic hosts came for Gary Butler, 57, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing is Friday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are Saturday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church of Wortham, with Rev. John Delancey, pastor, officiating. Rev. Rodney K. Jackson, First Christian Missionary Baptist Church of Houston, will serve as the eulogist. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery.
Gary L. Butler was born Aug. 29, 1956 in Wortham, the last child of George and Sarah Burks Butler. He grew up in Wortham and attended the public schools there. He was baptized in the Beulah Baptist Church at a young age. Gary attended Sunday School and was a member of the church choir at Beulah.

Wed
27
Aug

Wanda Dolson Gantt


Wanda Dolson Gantt

Wanda Dolson Gantt went to be with her Lord and savior on Aug. 22, 2014. By her bedside for her journey were her niece and best friend, Diane McCeig, along with “borrowed” loving daughters, Lori McCeig and Leisha Beamer.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Rick Gray officiating. Interment was in the New Hope Cemetery near Farrar.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Don Landry and Raymond Gantt; two brothers, Marvin Dolson and Robert Dolson; two sisters, Ruth Hester and Dorthey Bradick; and special great-nephew, Curtis McCeig.

Wed
27
Aug

Lauro Roque Zamora


Lauro Roque Zamora

Lauro Roque Zamora, 78, a native of Brownsville who had lived in Mexia for the last 18 years, died Aug. 18, 2014. He was born Aug. 16, 1936. He was laid to rest Friday, Aug. 22, in his hometown.
Zamora was well known around the Mexia area as a great mechanic, working on tractors, cars, trucks, dozers and just about anything that ran on gas and oil. He was a good and kind-hearted man who would help anyone, a firm father who had lots of friends. He would say his most memorable times were spent in Tehuacana where he helped his best friend, Sammy, on the rancho. He will be missed by his family and friends.
Zamora is survived by his wife, Irma Zamora; five sons, Larry, Carlos, Joe, Eddie and Victor Zamora; two daughters, Lupita Zamora and Gabriela Martinez; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Lupe Zamora and Edith Zamora; and a son-in-law, Ricardo Martinez.
You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. May you rest in peace, Apa (Dad).

Wed
27
Aug

James Richard 'Jim' Phillips


James Richard "Jim" Phillips

James Richard Phillips, 70, of Brazoria, passed peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, from his earthly home to his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior, with his loving family at his bedside.
Jim was born Feb. 27, 1944, in Mexia, to Richard M. Phillips and Marjorie Welch Phillips. He graduated from Refugio High School. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Army where he served his country honorably for six years. In 1968, Jim went to work for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport. He worked at Warehouse A as a forklift driver. He retired in 1997 with 30 years of credited service.
On July 11, 1969, he married his loving wife, Linda Vaughn of LaMarque. Together they shared 45 years of marriage.

Wed
27
Aug

Deward Forrest LeFevre


Deward Forrest LeFevre

On Aug. 21, 2014 Deward Forrest LeFevre went to sleep and woke up in heaven. His joy and love of life brought smiles to all. He never met a stranger, stayed true to his faith and fiercely protected his family. His was a spirit full of adventure and hard work.
Deward loved to tell stories. His family kidded that he could talk to a fence post and he did. Other loves were the Bible, sports and the Masonic Lodge. His trusty Ford Ranger and toolbox stood ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Deward, born Jan. 8, 1924, and Charlene married Aug. 23, 1942. Their 72 years of married bliss produced two children, Susan and Biff; five grandchildren, Shannon, Mika, Lindsay, Grant and Garrett; son-in-law, Kit Campbell; daughter-in-law, D'Ann; and great-grandchildren, Hayden, Paige, Madison and Mason, who will also miss their Grandy. Deward is also survived by his brother, Morris LeFevre.

Wed
27
Aug

Billie Marie Haines Woolsey


Billie Marie Haines Woolsey

Billie Marie Haines Woolsey, 75, formerly of Mexia, passed away Aug. 23, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Woodland Cemetery in Kirven.
Billie was born in Freestone, Texas on Jan. 12, 1939. She spent her life caring for not only her own family, but many others as long as her health permitted. She was employed for many years as a caregiver.
Billie’s favorite hobby was playing bingo. She will be remembered by those who knew her as someone who had an outgoing personality and loved being around people. Billie was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother who cherished her time with her children and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her son, Joe Allen Mann.

Fri
15
Aug

Jean Aman Wright


Jean Aman Wright

Jean Aman Wright, 94, claimed her hope of glory on Aug. 13, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Andrew Wright; brother, Bernice Aman; and sisters, Claudine Aman and Tommie Norris.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Bishop and husband, Bob Bishop; by her son, Mark Wright and wife, Pat Wright; grandchildren, Dr. Micah Bishop and wife, Dr. Aubrey Bishop, Jaime Thornton and husband, Dr. Matt Thornton, Seth Wright and fiancee, Kari Thornton, and Sara Rodgers; and one great-grandson, Harrison Rodgers.

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