Obituaries

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04
Mar

Ronald E. ‘Ronnie’ Dempsey


Ronald E. ‘Ronnie’ Dempsey

Ronald E. “Ronnie” Dempsey, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 24, 2015.
He was born Sept. 20, 1956 in Mexia. He was the second child born to Elmer Eugene and Katherine Elizabeth Shinault Dempsey of Mexia.
Ronnie attended Mexia High School and had a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He served four years in the U.S. Navy. His hobbies included listening to Buddy Guy, detailing his car and playing call of duty on his PS3. He also enjoyed taking long drives.
Ronnie was a kind, gentle, loving man, and his smile and laughter would brighten your day. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who know him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine Elizabeth Shinault Dempsey.

Wed
04
Mar

Lazell Morgan


Lazell Morgan

Lazell Morgan of Garland passed away Feb. 18, 2015.
She was born to Cul Houston and Nora Medlock Morgan on April 17, 1941, in the Sandy Community, Limestone County. She attended Echols and Woodland schools in Limestone County and was the younger sister of the late Vivian Morgan Reed and Lawless Morgan.
Lazell resided in the Dallas and Garland areas for more than 55 years. She attended Eastfield College and worked for the Dallas Independent School District, U.S. Post Office, and served as a security guard at different businesses. She was a world traveler to Australia, India, New York, and Indiana, to name a few. She was a very private, creative person who wrote poetry and short stories. She was married twice but had no children. She served as a confidant and friend for her many nieces and nephews.

Wed
04
Mar

James Lawrence Phillips Sr.


James Lawrence Phillips Sr.

The angelic hosts came for James Lawrence Phillips Sr., 75, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas, among loving family.
Viewing will be Friday, March 6, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Services will be Saturday, March 7, with a remembrance service with viewing from 9 a.m. to noon and visitation with the family present from noon to 1 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel. The graveside service will follow from 1 to 2 p.m. at Cotton Gin Cemetery, FM 1388 FCR 930 in Teague.

Wed
04
Mar

Elmer L. Hughes


Elmer L. Hughes

Elmer L. Hughes, 89, of Princeton, passed away March 1, 2015 in Plano.
He was born Dec. 11, 1925 in Knox County, to Arthur Elmer and Addie Pauline Brock Hughes.
He worked for the U. S. Postal Service. He served in the Marines during World War II.
He married Beatrice Virginia Van Ness on Nov. 14, 1948 in Houston.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Glenn Hughes, and brother, Richard Alonzo Hughes.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Beatrice Hughes; son, Michael David Hughes; son, Stephen Wayne (Cynthia) Hughes; daughter, Cynthia Lynne (Jim) Herren; son, Jeffrey Neil Hughes; daughter, Nancy Ann Caldwell; brothers, Jimmy Ray (Margie) Hughes and Billy Lawrence Hughes; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mon
02
Mar

Margaret Louise Owens Williams


Margaret Louise Owens Williams

Last Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, was a normal day for Margaret, with coffee in hand and laughter in her voice. She spoke to family and friends on the phone, had dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday and went to bed shortly after midnight. Before noon on Friday, she was called home to be reunited with so many loved ones who have gone before.
Margaret Louise Owens Williams was born to Ila B. (Stephens) Owens and Guy Leslie Owens in Mexia, on May 11, 1945. She was a member of the Mexia Blackcat Band and attended school in Mexia through high school.

Mon
02
Mar

James Ray ‘Root’ Utsey


James Ray ‘Root’ Utsey

James Ray “Root” Utsey, 70, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Waco.
He was born in Teague on Sept. 6, 1944. Utsey served in the U.S. Navy from March 1962 until November 1966, and worked as a pipeliner for all his working career.
Utsey was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Utsey, and three nephews, Jimmy Hales, Terry Hales and Kent Utsey.
He is survived by one son, Mitchell Utsey, and wife Bailey Burbank of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two daughters, Kasie McGowan and husband Michael of Mexia, and Jamie Nibbe and husband Andy of Teague; one step-son, Brandon Collinsworth of Austin; five grandchildren, Marcus James Utsey, Kara Diane Lodes, Justin Douglas Hargis, James Dean Hargis and Natalie Raye Nibbe; two sisters, Jimmie Lee Hales and husband Roy of Buffalo, and Marsha Dee Utsey of Teague; one niece, Deana Kay Wright of Buffalo; his beloved pet, Duke; and other relatives and friends.

Mon
02
Mar

Jack Murray Bounds

Jack Murray Bounds, 67, of Wortham, passed away Feb. 28, 2015 in Mexia. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.
Bounds was born on June 25, 1947 in Waco. A complete obituary will follow in a later edition.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Mon
02
Mar

Stanley Wayne ‘Curly’ Calame Sr.


Stanley Wayne ‘Curly’ Calame Sr.

Stanley Wayne “Curly” Calame Sr., 73, of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, passed away at his residence Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
He was born June 15, 1941 in Mexia, to Cleo and Louetta Ilene Ingram Calame.
Curly worked for Chattanooga Glass Company for 18 years and then went on to work for Navarro County, Precinct 4 for a number of years until he retired at age 62. Curly looked forward to his gardening but mostly enjoyed relaxing with his friends and family. He will be truly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; his parents; and his sisters, Oudia Jonell Calame Lamb and Lisa Diane Calame.
Calame is survived by his children, Stanley Wayne Calame Jr. of Richardson, Christi Calame Porter of Waxahachie and Adam Calame of McKinney; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Mickie Calame King of Round Rock; brother, Starley Calame of Tehuacana, and several nieces and nephews.

Mon
02
Mar

William Harry ‘Bill’ Wragge


William Harry ‘Bill’ Wragge

William Harry “Bill” Wragge, 61, of Dawson, passed away at his home near Lake Navarro Mills on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Ricky Woodall and Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.
Bill was born June 2, 1953 in New Brunswick, N.J., to Arnold William and Ruth Rosemary (Metzner) Wragge. He grew up in Burlington and Willingboro, New Jersey. Bill graduated from Burlington County VoTech in 1969. He attended New York University and received his associate’s degree and attended California College for Health Science for his bachelor of science degree. Bill received his master of science degree from the University of Phoenix. He served in the U.S. Marines for three years where his tours of duty included Vietnam. Bill received the Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Service Award along with various others.

Wed
25
Feb

Elbert ‘E.J.’ Tatum Jr.


Elbert ‘E.J.’ Tatum Jr.

Elbert Tatum Jr. was born May 1, 1949 in Groesbeck. He was the third child born to Elbert Tatum Sr. and Ruby Lee Tatum.
Elbert Tatum Jr. (“E. J.”) graduated from Washington High School in Groesbeck. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1969, where he served two years overseas until being honorably discharged. EJ returned home to Groesbeck and worked as a faithful employee for several companies. He was a very special member of the Foster Grandparent program at the Mexia State School, where he volunteered with a warm smile and an outstretched hand. E.J. retired from Mexia State School after 25 years of dedicated service in the food service department.
Elbert accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age. E.J. was a kind, gentle, loving man, his smile and laugh would brighten anyone’s day. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him.
E.J. went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at Windsor Healthcare in Groesbeck.

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