Obituaries

Wed
05
Feb

Bradley James Swick


Bradley James Swick

Bradley James Swick, of Groesbeck, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the age of 49.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Burial will follow at Ferguson Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Smith, Randy Ingram, Scott Smith, Mika Morgan, Jeff Blair and Michael McGilvray. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Smith, Danny Hewitt, Todd Telford, Randy Roach, Charlie King, Leo McGilvray, Robert Radar, Kent Reynolds, Dennis Wilson and Charles Holloway.
Bradley was born May 18, 1964 to Bobbie Jean (Holle) and Bill Swick. He attended Groesbeck schools, graduating in 1982.
Bradley began working at the family business, Swick’s BBQ & Groesbeck Meat Company, at an early age, with his Dad and Uncle Floyd. He continued working there, eventually owning and running the business until last December.

Wed
05
Feb

Wilbur June White Bradley


Wilbur June White Bradley

Funeral services for Wilbur June (White) Bradley, 90, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the First Baptist Church in Mexia. Rev. Marcus Sheffield, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Brother Marc Wilson and Brother Michael Vestal. Interment will follow in the White family plot in the Dew Cemetery in Dew.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Mon
03
Feb

Julius Caesar ‘J.C.’ Hawkins III


Julius Caesar ‘J.C.’ Hawkins III

Julius Caesar “J.C.” Hawkins III, 82, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 3, 2014 in Mexia. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating.
J.C. was born May 28, 1931 in Freeman, Mo. to J.C. Hawkins Jr. and Erma Lorena Rowe Hawkins. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
On June 28, 1958, J.C. married Betty Sue Flynt in Mexia. He worked for Lone Star Gas for several years and later, Southwestern Electric Service Company, where he retired after many years of service.
J.C. enjoyed spending time with his family; he was especially proud of his grandchildren. His hobbies consisted of hunting, fishing and visiting with people; friends at the coffee shop or just around town..
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mon
03
Feb

Elzie Delano Bennett


Elzie Delano Bennett

The angelic hosts came for Elzie Bennett Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in The Wesbury Place in Houston, among loving family and devoted friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Moore's Angelic Funeral Chapel, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, with the viewing from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The family has requested a closed casket service with Rev. Clifford Estell McIlveen officiating. Interment will be in the Silent Grove Cemetery in Cheneyboro, Navarro County.

Fri
31
Jan

Alva Ray Fortson


Alva Ray Fortson

Alva Ray Fortson, 86, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 30, 2014 in Killeen. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Fortson was born Nov. 14, 1927 in Mexia, to Joseph S. and Tressie Wisenhunt Fortson. He was with the Southern Pacific Railroad as a clerk for 38 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a Freemason. His family describes him as a wonderful father, grandfather and kind man.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delia Fortson; parents; and brothers, Ollie Fortson and Joseph Fortson.

Wed
29
Jan

L.B. Gamble Jr.


L.B. Gamble Jr.

L.B. Gamble Jr, 69, passed away on Jan. 26, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with Mr. Joe Lucas officiating and Mr. John Stubbs presiding over the Masonic Service. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery, with the DPS presenting the Texas flag to the family.
L.B. was born July 18, 1944, in Mexia, to L.B. Sr. and Dorothy Jean Gamble. He grew up in Shiloh, where he attended school through junior high, then went to high school in Mexia.
After graduating high school, L.B. went to Sam Houston State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree. Upon graduating, he went to work for the Department of Public Safety in the driver’s license division, stationed in Harlingen for a year, then stationed as a highway patrolman in Hallettsville for two years.

Wed
29
Jan

James Arthur 'Little Black' Forge Sr.


James Arthur 'Little Black' Forge Sr.

The angelic hosts came for James Arthur “Little Black” Forge Sr., 94, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Parkview Regional Hospital, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Williams, pastor of Kingdom Fellowship Bible Church in Teague officiating. Interment will follow at Grove Island Cemetery in Teague.
James Arthur Forge Sr. was born May 5, 1919 to the parentage of George Forge and Vera Williams Forge in Freestone County. He grew up in Freestone County and attended Furney Richardson public schools. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Odessa, and helped build many churches in Odessa.

Wed
29
Jan

Dell Elnora Tackett


Dell Elnora Tackett

Dell Elnora Tackett, 92, of Mexia, passed away on Jan. 28, 2014, at the Manor Healthcare Residence in Mexia.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at Tehuacana Cemetery, with the Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Family visitation will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 30, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Tackett was born on Dec. 6, 1921, in Union High to Silas and Vivian Gullett Sawyer. She was retired from the Mexia State School as a dorm attendant.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H.T. “Bo” Tackett; brother Dorman Wayne Sawyer and sister Dorothy Adams.
Survivors include her daughter, Annette Jones and husband Richard, of Leander; son H.D. Tackett and wife Linda, of Hubbard; daughter Nola Jeanette Chambers, of Forest Glade; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mon
27
Jan

Ronnie Jim Looney

Ronnie Jim Looney, 69, of Wortham, passed away Jan. 24, 2014, at his residence. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wortham, with the Rev. Jarod Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation was Monday evening, 6-8 p.m., at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Looney was born on May 8, 1944, in Lufkin, to Joe W. Looney Sr. and Callie Clora Fenley Looney.

He spent many years with Chevron as a welder, then a pipeline inspector.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marsha Looney; parents; and brothers and sister, Joe Looney Jr., Linda Looney, Tommy Looney and Martha Byrd.

Mon
27
Jan

Ted B. Bumpas

A memorial service in remembrance of Ted B. Bumpas will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, starting at 2 p.m. at Forest Glade Baptist Church in Mexia.

Ted B. Bumpas passed away Dec. 30, 2013. He was born May 6, 1930 in Rockdale, and grew up in Madisonville, where he excelled in football.

After high school he began working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until he was called for active service in the Army for the Korean Conflict. He served in the Field Communication area. When discharged, he returned to work for the telephone company for 40 years, retiring in 1988.

He and the family moved to Grandfalls, TX until his only son graduated from high school. Then the family moved to Alpine, to help care for his mother-in-law.

Married for 56 years, he and his wife Margaret Ogle Bumpas were blessed with four daughters and one son.

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