Obituaries

Mon
21
Dec

Edna I.B. Gooden Goodie Belcher

Edna I.B. Gooden Goodie Belcher

Funeral services for Edna I.B. Gooden Goodie Belcher will be held Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Greater Haynes Memorial C.O.G.I.C., 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Minister Kelvin Belcher will be eulogist.
Edna Gooden Belcher was born June 22, 1945 to Daniel Gooden and Eva Mae Kelley. She was called home Dec. 17, 2015.
She was the most spectacularly complicated, feisty, beautiful, passionate, wonderfully stubborn person there ever was. She loved to laugh and was so far ahead of her time. She was the first person of color to work for the IRS in Texas. She never believed that there was not anything that a person could not do. She is missed and we know she is already hanging out with her Ace, her brother bunny, and listening to Bill Withers.
She is survived by her husband, Willie Clyde Belcher; children, Amanda Goodie, Eva Preston, and Zamfira Elizabeth Bingham, and Daniel Goodie.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of professional services.

Fri
18
Dec

C.L. ‘Charles’ Kizzie

C.L. ‘Charles’ Kizzie

A memorial service for C.L. “Charles” Kizzie will be held Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Emanuel Funeral Home, 1222 N. First St. in Teague.
Kizzie, 68, died Dec. 16, 2015, at Providence Hospice Center in Waco.
He was born July 18, 1947, to Cleota and Celia Mae Carson Kizzie. He attended school at Madisonville ISD. After graduation he began his career as a cook. Later on, after moving to Mexia, he held various positions in other fields, with the longest being at the Mexia Rock Crusher (25 years). He was a "Jack of all trades.”
Kizzie was preceded in death by both parents; his stepfather, Leslie Gilbert; a son, Charles Kizzie; brother, Sidney Kizzie and grandson, Ian Spence.

Fri
18
Dec

Edna Gooden Belcher

Funeral services for Edna Gooden Belcher are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Mrs. Belcher went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Windsor Nursing Home in Groesbeck.

Wed
16
Dec

Ronnie C. Carter

Ronnie C. Carter

Ronnie C. Carter, 72, of Coolidge, passed away Dec. 14, 2015 at his residence. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Coolidge, with Rev. Larry Holden officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home, 208 N. Canton in Mexia.
Carter was born Aug. 31, 1943 in Mexia, to Joseph Conrad and Bessie Burleson Carter. He married Frances Kennedy on April 26, 1968 in Waco. He was with Mrs. Baird’s for 13 years and the Mexia State Supported Living Center for 17 years. Ronnie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coolidge. His favorite hobbies were fishing, his yard and his family.
Carter was preceded in death by his parents.

Wed
16
Dec

Tracy Wood Bennett

Tracy Wood Bennett

Tracy Wood Bennett, 99, passed away Dec. 14, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, in the Armour Cemetery in Coolidge, with Jason Stovall officiating.
Tracy was born Sept. 24, 1916 in Datura, Limestone County, to Wood and Hattie Heath Bennett. He grew up in the Coolidge area and graduated from Coolidge High School. Tracy worked in Tulsa, Okla. as a Certified Public Accountant for a number of years before retiring. After his wife, Ruby, passed away, he moved to Mexia where he later married Maureen DeVore.
Living a long life, Tracy was blessed with good health, a good mind and the opportunity to live independently until earlier this year. He had an outgoing personality and made friends easily. Tracy loved his family and his faithful companion, his dog, Boy. His favorite pastime was playing dominoes.

Mon
14
Dec

Albert Earl ‘Slim’ Smith

Albert Earl ‘Slim’ Smith

Albert Earl Smith was born Jan. 26, 1949, the fourth child born to Harvie and Helen Bell Smith.
He professed Christianity at an early age and had a personal relationship with God.
Albert graduated from Dunbar High School in 1968.
He was a carpenter and helped build and restore many buildings and houses throughout Mexia and surrounding areas.
He later met and married Audrey Forge, and to this union, one child was born. Later, he met Clara Greer and they had one child.
Albert died Dec. 10, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Frankie Woods and Rosa Matthews; a brother, James Ray Smith; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Mon
14
Dec

Rachel Katherine Gatson

Rachel Katherine Gatson

A service of praise and thanksgiving for the life of Rachel Katherine Gatson was held Monday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Full Gospel Church of Fairfield, 303 Hwy. 75 in Fairfield. Apostle David Ransom Sr. is pastor, Pastor Daniel Gatson officiated and Bishop Carlos Daniels was the eulogist
Rachel Katherine Gatson was born Oct. 10, 1927 in Fairfield, to Johnny and Anna Ellis. She graduated from Furney Richardson High School.
Rachel had a long and productive life. She was a Christian, and a devoted wife and mother. Those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Her gentle smile and caring heart brought much joy to her family.
“Kat” gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. She loved the Lord and church.

Fri
11
Dec

Walton Edward ‘Ed’ Holt

Walton Edward ‘Ed’ Holt

Walton Edward “Ed” Holt, 91, passed away Dec. 10, 2015 at his home in Point Enterprise. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, at Northcrest Church of Christ with Shane Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Ed was born in Mexia on Feb. 22, 1924, to Elbridge and Lucy Johnson Holt. He grew up during the Depression, working on the family farm in Point Enterprise. His love for the country and home was very evident when he and a friend hitchhiked home from San Diego, Calif., rather than wait for transportation. Ed proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After the service, he began his career as a welder, working in construction and offshore for numerous years prior to retiring from Texas Utilities Generating Company after 18 years of service.

Fri
11
Dec

Harold Van Fisher

Harold Van Fisher, 82, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 10, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Northcrest Church of Christ with Robin Wright officiating. Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery.
Harold was born Jan. 1, 1933 in Okmulgee, Okla., to Oren Floyd and Florence Howard Fisher. Harold grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School, class of 1951. While in high school, he played football and was proud to have been a star player and member of the 1949 Blackcats’ state playoff team.
Harold was the original owner and founder of the Snack Shack in Mexia; he purchased the K&N Root Beer stand and changed the name. Several years after selling the Snack Shack, he went to work for the Mexia State School as maintenance supervisor, from which he later retired.

Wed
09
Dec

Edith Tabor Chambers

Edith Tabor Chambers was born Sept. 8, 1928, to John and Ada Tabor, in Alexandria, La. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at True Vine Church in Alexandria. She attended Peabody High School in Alexandria, then Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.
She was united in holy matrimony to Rev. H.V. Chambers Sr. for 60 years. To this union six children (“oil wells”) were born.
Chambers was a very Godly and delightful person. She met no strangers. She was the musician for Mount Gideon P.B. Church in Doyle and played for 55 years at Alexander P.B. Church in Mexia, until her health began to fail. She loved everyone and had an impact on a lot of kids in the neighborhood through her songs and her love for God.
On Dec. 4, 2015, the Lord called this angel home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, brother, great-grandson and the love of her life for 60 years, her husband.

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