Obituaries

Wed
13
May

Helen Rotondo Mielke


Helen Rotondo Mielke

Helen Rotondo Mielke, 88, of Mexia, passed away May 11, 2015. She was born June 11, 1926 in Commerce.
In 1946, Mielke married Daniel J. Rotondo in Paris, Texas. They were married until his death in 1965. In 1970, she married E. John Mielke in Alpine. They resided in Mexia until his death in 1995.
She worked as a baton twirling teacher/ choreographer and high school band majorette/ drill team choreographer for more than 20 years. She was also the founding director for the Longview High School Viewettes in Longview, in 1964.
She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Rotondo Jamian of Magalia, Calif. and Dana Rotondo Leva of Wichita, Kan.; one son, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Shelly Brackeen as well as siblings, Thomas Brackeen and Faye Kuznicki.
A cremation immediately followed her passing and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mon
11
May

Brenda Greer Craft


Brenda Greer Craft

Brenda Greer Craft, RN, 96, passed away May 9, 2015 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Brenda was born May 31, 1918 in Farmersville, to B.H. and Margie Glass Jean, the oldest of three daughters. After graduating from high school in Carlsbad, N.M. at the age of 16, she continued her education, graduating nursing school in McKinney, and at Parkland Hospital in 1939 with her RN degree.
Brenda worked for the American Red Cross at Baylor Hospital where she became their first infusion nurse. She volunteered, during World War II, at Camp Roberts, Camp Pendleton and Catalina hospitals. Afterwards, she returned to work at Baylor Hospital and then moved to Mexia in June 1947.

Fri
08
May

Guy Fort Hancock


Guy Fort Hancock

Guy Fort Hancock, 95, of Hillsboro was called home Wednesday, May 6, 2015, surrounded by family. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Old Armour Cemetery in Coolidge. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.

Wed
06
May

Linda Kay Jones


Linda Kay Jones

Linda Kay Jones, 66, passed away May 6, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Point Enterprise Cemetery with Chaplain Karen Hulsey officiating.
Linda was born Dec. 2, 1948 in Georgetown; her parents were Carl and Evelyn Cox Golden. She had been a resident of the Mexia area for more than 50 years. She was a retired LVN. Linda worked for Parkview Regional Hospital, Mexia State School and various nursing homes in the area, completing a nursing career of 40 years.
Linda’s family and caring for people was her life. She was the proud mother of four loving daughters, five precious grandchildren and the apple of her eye, a great-grandson. Nothing made her happier than having all her family together, times she treasured.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Nita Holder.

Wed
06
May

Alvis Parks


Alvis Parks

Funeral services for Alvis Parks will be held Saturday, May 9, at noon at Corner Stone Full Gospel Church, 303 Hwy. 75 in Fairfield. Visitation will be held Friday, May 8, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia. Eulogist will be Apostle David Ransom.
Alvis Parks, son of Willie and Lacy Parks, was born Sept. 2, 1945 in Waxahachie. He attended Dogan High School in Fairfield. He accepted Christ and united with Corner Stone Full Gospel Church under the leadership of Apostle Ransom brothers, Jerry Davis and Darell Davis, and Sister Cordie Love.
Parks went home to be the Lord on April 29, 2015, surrounded by family and friends.

Mon
04
May

Maria Concepcion Rodriguez


Maria Concepcion Rodriguez

Maria Concepcion Rodriguez, 85, of Mexia passed away Monday morning, May 4, 2015, in Mexia.
Concha, as she was affectionately known, was born May 9, 1929 in Caldwell, to Florencio and Bernada Hernandez Serna. She married Pedro Rodriguez in 1959 and he passed away in 2006. Concha was a loving wife and mother, and a phenomenal cook, with her famous dish being chicken and rice.
Concha was very grateful and blessed with a special daughter-in-law, Tonya Rodriguez, who took care of her with great pride.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Diana Maxwell; son, Mark Rodriguez; grandchildren, Kevin Rodriguez, Brian Maxwell and Ashley Maxwell; and by all of her siblings.

Fri
01
May

Carrol Beth ‘Sally’ Wilson

Funeral services for Carrol Beth “Sally” Wilson, 91, of Mexia, will be held Monday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Steve Dubois officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until service time. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Warren, Ark., following the service.
Carrol Wilson was born Aug. 8, 1923 in Warren, Ark., to William and Mary Brown. She was the seventh of 10 children: Harold, Helen, Ethel, Hugh, Herbert, Hurley, Carol, Louise, Tommy Jean and Bobby Ray Brown.
Carrol married Joseph Grant Wilson in 1946. Joseph passed away in 1972.

Fri
01
May

Joe Earl Durham


Joe Earl Durham

Funeral services for Joe Earl Durham will be held Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home Chapel, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia, Pastor Timothy Williams, officiating and eulogist. Visitation was held Friday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home
Joe Earl Durham was born June 13, 1943 in Butler, Freestone County. He was the second child born to Carlton Durham Sr. and Bertha Allen Durham.
He attended elementary school at Frozy-Echols and graduated from Woodland High School in Mexia in 1963. Later he attended welding school.
He was first employed at Delta Steel, and he also worked at Dallas Fabrication until he was injured.
Joe was married to Thelma Perry, and two daughters were born from this union. After this marriage dissolved, Joe united in holy matrimony with Melinda Jean Gilmore, who preceded him in death. No children were born to this union.
Joe Earl Durham died April 22, 2015 in Dallas.

Fri
01
May

Pauline Katherine Keys


Pauline Katherine Keys

Pauline Katherine Keys, 97, of Cotton Gin, passed away April 29, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, in the Cotton Gin Cemetery with Jerry Keys officiating.
Pauline was born Jan. 4, 1918 in Freestone County, 4 miles north of Cotton Gin, to Henry Clay and Magdalene Berthelsen McKinney. She grew up during the depression in the 1930s. After walking 1 mile each day to attend the Cotton Gin School, she completed the sixth grade and then transferred to Mexia ISD, graduating in 1936.
Pauline married Jack W. Keys in 1940. While he was serving in the armed forces during World War II, she traveled with him from camp to camp throughout the United States. However, when he was transferred overseas, she remained with her parents to take care of their children, Lance and Madalene. After the war, they were blessed with three more children, Jerry, Ronnie and Kathy.

Fri
01
May

Orville Ray ‘Bubba’ Timberlake


Orville Ray ‘Bubba’ Timberlake

Orville Ray “Bubba” Timberlake, 62, of Belton, passed away April 29, 2015. A family visitation was held Friday, May 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Graveside services followed immediately after visitation in the Mexia Cemetery with Pastor Paul Gauntt officiating.
Bubba was born Dec. 18, 1952 in Mexia, to Orville “Red” and Rosie Kuyava Timberlake. He grew up in Mexia and was a 1971 graduate of Mexia High School. He went to work with his dad at Timberlake’s Body Shop, and after he retired, continued to own and operate it, completing 27 years in the business. Bubba was presently employed with Texas Parks and Wildlife and had been for 16 years.
Bubba married the love of his life, Teresa Gale Gauntt, on March 15, 1975; they just celebrated 40 years together. They were blessed with two children, Sara and Stuart Wade. Bubba was devoted to his family; a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He especially enjoyed spoiling his granddaughter.

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