Obituaries

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Loyd E. 'Shorty' Jackson


Loyd E. 'Shorty' Jackson

Loyd E. “Shorty” Jackson died June 18, 2014 in San Antonio, where he had resided since 2003.
The Mexia native graduated from Mexia High School.
He lived in the Pasadena-Deer Park area for more than 50 years, working for Shell Oil Company and being active in Memorial Baptist Church and South Main Baptist Church.
He was raised in Mexia, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended the University of Houston.
His wife of 62 years, Reba, preceded him in death in 2009.
He is survived by his daughter, Melissa, and her husband, Craig Bird, of San Antonio; son, Rev. Loyd E. Jackson Jr. and his wife, Candy, of Kansas City; grandsons, Coby Bird and family of Fort Worth and Brant Bird and his family of Pleasanton; granddaughters, Courtney Stolfus and her family and Amanda Jackson, all of Kansas City; and seven great-grandchildren.

Wed
18
Jun

Cleo Rosellen Kelly


Cleo Rosellen Kelly

Cleo Rosellen Kelly, 68, of Mexia, formerly of Corsicana, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 13, 2014 after surgery in Waco.
Cleo was born Nov. 4, 1945 to Elisha "Bully" and Clara Carver and was a longtime resident of Corsicana. She was a loving mother and Nanny and could brighten anyone's day with her ability to make you laugh even during the toughest times.
Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Earl Carver; nephews, Kevin Haynes and Dirk Messer; daughter-in-law Betty DeChaume and brother-in-law, Bill Prince. 

Wed
18
Jun

George Hill Bounds Jr.


George Hill Bounds Jr.

George Hill Bounds Jr. of Point Enterprise passed away June 15, 2014 at The Manor Health Care Residence. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Mexia with Rev. Michael Vestal officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Parker Memorial Park in Groesbeck. Family visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born to George Hill Bounds and Ruby Johnson Bounds Feb. 26, 1935 in Wortham. He married Winda Nichols in August 1959 at Merit. George and Winda would have been married for 55 years come August of this year.
George was preceded in death by his father, mother, and his brother Lee Bounds.

Mon
16
Jun

Henry Lee Glenn Padgett


Henry Lee Glenn Padgett

Funeral services for Henry Lee Glenn Padgett will be held Tuesday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home Chapel in Teague with Paul Pryor officiating. Interment will follow at Cotton Gin Cemetery. Family visitation was held Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Padgett was born Aug. 20, 1952 in Pasadena, and passed away June 13, 2014. He was baptized at the age of 9 and was 61 at the time of his death. In his intermediate school years he was active in track, baseball and boxing. His family moved from Pasadena to Mexia in 1967 and then to Teague, where he attended Teague High School.
He married Tricia Hall on Dec. 6, 1975. They were married for 25 years until her death separated them in 2001. Padgett worked for Aycock Chevrolet and Leon’s Garage for several years. He loved his profession of auto mechanic and eventually opened his own auto repair shop in Teague. He finally closed his shop and went to work for Northwestern Resources.

Fri
13
Jun

Cora Lee Holt


Cora Lee Holt

Cora Lee Holt went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Graveside services are 3 p.m. Saturday in Point Enterprise Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway in Arlington.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2630 West Frwy., Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Lee, as she known by friends and family, was born March 20, 1933, to Elbridge and Lucy Holt in the small community of Point Enterprise outside Mexia, the youngest of eight children. Lee attended East Texas State College and majored in art. On May 18, 1952, she married Donald Ray Crockett and settled in Arlington, where they raised their three daughters, Lynn, Tanya and Laura.
Lee lived the remainder of her life in Arlington.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Holt and Amos Holt; and sisters, Ruby Williams, Marguerite Kerzee and Elizabeth Hawkins.

Fri
13
Jun

Walter 'Buster' Rogers

Walter "Buster" Rogers, 75, of Tehuacana died June 11, 2014 in Providence Hospital in Waco.
He was born Oct. 9, 1938 in Apopka, Fla., the son of Ruffin and Ruth Rogers. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years and was a plumber for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and Tehuacana First Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing, campin and bluegrass festivals.
He married Nancy Rogers in 1985.
Buster is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Tehuacana; son, Greg, of Austin; daughter, Jenny, of Thompson, Ga.; son, Charlie Fortson, of Gatesville; daughter, Joyce, of Tehuacana; grandchildren, Juston, Josh and Jake, of Louisiana, and Tommy, of Georgia; and numerous other family members and friends.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Tehuacana First Baptist Church.

Fri
13
Jun

Juanita Cotton Brooks


Juanita Cotton Brooks

Funeral services for Juanita Cotton Brooks will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Greater Haynes Memorial C.O.G.I.C, 601 N. Denton in Mexia.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Henderson Cemetery in Mexia.
Juanita Cotton Brooks was born May 16, 1929 in the Rocky Crossing Community, Mexia, Limestone County, to the parentage of Verna Pinkard and Dee Cotton.  She is the grandchild of Pearl King Pinkard and Zannie Pinkard.
She started school at Woodland but later she and her sister, Dorris, and mother, moved to Dallas.  After five years they returned to Mexia, where she graduated from Dunbar High School in 1948.
On March 23, 1950 she and Sanford Brooks were married and had three daughters, along with his daughter, Ivory Lucille Yarbrough.
On Wednesday afternoon, June 11, 2014, after a nice snack and a nap, the Lord called her home, to share eternity with him.

Wed
11
Jun

Raymond Ferril Bales


Raymond Ferril Bales

Raymond Ferril Bales, 94, passed away June 9, 2014 in Fort Worth. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, in the Mexia Cemetery.
Raymond was born Jan. 27, 1920 in Burkburnett, to T.W. and Ora Bales. He grew up in Mexia where he attended Forest Glade Elementary and Mexia High School.
He always thought of Mexia as his home. During his time at Mexia High School, he spent his after-school time delivering papers on a 20-mile paper route that went from downtown to the Reunion Grounds. He delivered The Mexia Daily News on his bicycle for four years.

Wed
11
Jun

James Earl Hitt


James Earl Hitt

James Earl Hitt, 93, of Garland, was born June 12, 1920 in Mexia, Texas to Earl and Hattie (Armstead) Hitt and passed away June 8, 2014 in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, Ruby Nell Hitt.
James is survived by children, James Edwin Hitt and Sandra Marie Watts; grandchildren, Darla Herman and husband, Mark, Jane Shaw and husband, Barron, Shelley McConnico and husband, David, Michael Watts and wife, Stacy, and Jessica Mather and husband, Jaime; great-grandchildren, Jacob Herman, Hazel Herman, Grace Ann Shaw, Abigail Shaw, Isabella Mather, Lennon Mather, Austin McConnico, Ashley McConnico, Parker Watts, Gavin Watts, Gracy Watts and Ruby Watts.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 12, at Williams Funeral Directors in Garland.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia with Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating. A Masonic graveside service will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Wed
11
Jun

Hugh Alton 'Mojo' Gilliam


Hugh Alton 'Mojo' Gilliam

Hugh Alton “Mojo” Gilliam, 80, of Mexia passed away June 9, 2014 in Waco. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Old Bethel Cemetery, with Neil Bond officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Mojo was born July 7, 1933 in Mexia, to Arvin James and Mary Ella Lancaster Gilliam. He was a lifelong resident of Mexia and a 1952 graduate of Mexia High School. After completing his education, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mojo retired from General Tire after 30 plus years of service.
He married the love of his life, Fayrene Prichard, on Aug. 19, 1960 in Mexia. They were blessed with two daughters, Carla and Shannon. Mojo was proud of family and loved nothing more than spending time with them, especially his grandsons. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially taking care of his yard. In his leisure time, he loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys.

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