Obituaries

Wed
13
Jul

Wayne Earl Decker

Wayne Earl Decker, of Groesbeck, passed away on July 6, 2016. Graveside services were held for Wayne on July 13, at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck.
Wayne was the fourth of five children. He was born on Oct. 20, 1957, to Alice and Fred Decker Jr., in Phoenix, Ariz.
He graduated from Carl Hayden High School, in Phoenix. He also attended Texas State Technical College in Waco.
Wayne was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church.
He worked for 15 years at Wal-Mart and Groesbeck I.S.D. He loved fishing and hunting.
When Wayne married, he became a husband, father, and grandfather, all in on day.

Mon
11
Jul

Lahoma Tyner Patton

Lahoma Tyner Patton, 85, formerly of Teague, passed away July 9, 2016, in Katy. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Lahoma was born in Teague on Nov. 18, 1930, to J. V. and Mable Adkins Tyner. She graduated from Teague High School, Class of 1948. Lahoma married Leland Patton on July 1, 1949, and they were blessed with one daughter, Melba. They lived in Cotton Gin for a number of years before moving to Teague to be closer to the schools.

Mon
11
Jul

Cecil McDonald Jr.

Cecil McDonald Jr. passed away on July 8, 2016, at the age of 88, following a lengthy illness of reoccurring strokes.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 11, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Interment was in the Shiloh Cemetery, with Holloway Martin, Bill Hughes, Elmer Beene, Terry Lynn McDonald, Rick Sadler and Billie Gene “Scooter” McDonald serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were James Shivers, Grady Masters and Arlie Vickery.
Visitation with the family was Sunday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Cecil was born on Oct. 27, 1927, in Tehuacana Valley, to Cecil McDonald Sr. and Susie Black McDonald. He was a lifelong resident of the Shiloh, Mexia and Groesbeck areas, having moved away to Sweeney for only a brief period of time. Cecil was the oldest son in the family. He attended school in Shiloh but had to quit at an early age to help his mother take over the farm after his dad broke his back.

Mon
11
Jul

Duane Scott Hinchliffe

Duane Scott Hinchliffe, 55, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016 in Baytown.
Services were held at Second Baptist church, Baytown, on July 7 with Rev. Mark Stafford officiating. Pallbearers were longtime friends, Kevin Acker, Joey Contreres, David Edwards, Barfield Nettles, David Speer and stepson, David Alphin. Burial followed at Cedarcrest Cemetery in Baytown.
Duane was an organ donor. He was a member of Second Baptist Church, their praise and worship team and the rhythm guitarist in the church band.
Duane was born in Port Arthur on Jan. 25, 1961, to Donnie M. and Carolyn Stewart Hinchliffe.

Wed
06
Jul

Mildred Juanita Freeman Zackery

Mildred Juanita Freeman Zackery

The loving family and devoted friends of Mildred Zackery let her go with the angelic hosts on Monday, July 4, 2016 at her Mexia LTC residence. Viewing was held Friday, July 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home and from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 405 S. Belknap St. in Mexia. The family was available at the church from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton St. in Mexia. Interment will take place in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, U.S. 84 West in Mexia.
Zackery was born Dec. 2, 1935 in Limestone County. Her parents were Lindsey Jack Freeman and Viola Hampton Freeman Rhodes. Ezekiel Rhodes Jr. was her stepfather. Her siblings were: Evelyn Jean Freeman Baker and Lindzey Lee Freeman (Sonny).

Mon
27
Jun

Helen Blackmon Sturges-Anderson

Helen Blackmon Sturges-Anderson, born July 20, 1928, died June 22, 2016 at the age of 87. She was one of 11 children (including twin sister, Hazel Mitchell), born to Elder W.R. Blackmon and his wife Phoebe in Point Enterprise.
Helen was a 46-year resident of Dallas, and married to Eli Anderson Sturges in that city in 1946. He passed in 1985.
Two children were born to that union, and both children survive her: a beloved son, David L. Sturges, and wife Kelly, of McAllen, and their daughters, Jaime Bare of San Antonio and Tori Espensen-Sturges of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a beloved daughter, Janet E. Veazey and husband Jack Veazey, of Waxahachie, and their children, Carrie Waltenbaugh of Waxahachie, and Steven Molina of Arlington, and four great-grandsons.
Helen enjoyed a long, rewarding career in office administration in Dallas, retiring from the Bank of America in 1991 to open Seven Gables, a highly successful bed and breakfast inn in Waxahachie.

Wed
22
Jun

Wilma Lee Asher Mansel

Wilma Lee Asher Mansel

Wilma Lee Asher Mansel, 97, passed away June 22, 2016 in Mexia. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Wilma was born in Mexia on Nov. 20, 1918, to Ollie Eugene and Ethel Clancy Asher. She married Jack Lester Mansel on June 30, 1936 in Mexia.
Wilma became an insurance agent for Germania Insurance Company and opened the first insurance office in the West Columbia area. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Columbia and of the Eastern Star Chapter 61 in Alice.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Mansel; son, Jackie Mansel; grandson, Gary Mansel; and brother, Cecil Asher.

Mon
20
Jun

Betty Ruth Turner Little

Betty Ruth Turner Little

Betty Ruth Turner Little, 86, passed away June 18, 2016 in Corpus Christi. Graveside services will be 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, in the Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Visitation with the family was 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Betty was born in Mexia on May 25, 1930, to G.W. and Mary Alexander Turner. She was the youngest of nine siblings. She devoted her life to her husband, raising their three sons and spoiling her grandchildren. Although she loved and enjoyed all her grandchildren, she had a special bond with her only granddaughter.
Betty was a wonderful cook and she enjoyed nothing more than having her family together, especially during holidays. She was also a collector of antiques.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, S. Adrian Little; and son, Rodney W. Little.

Fri
17
Jun

Billie Jean Black

Billie Jean Black

Billie Jean Black, 81, of Mexia, passed away June 15, 2016. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Mexia Cemetery.
She was born June 24, 1934 to Roy and Willie Brice. She was the youngest of seven children and all have preceded her in death except one brother, Boots Brice, who has been blessed with a wonderful and loving wife named Gale. Those that passed before her are brothers, Jessie Rose, Calvin, Buddy and Joe Brice along with a sister named Helen.
Mom also lost her youngest daughter, Cindy Lamb, who was the very heart of this family. In Mom’s passing we know Cindy was there looking down with tears in her eyes yet smiling as she took Momma’s hand and gently helped her cross over.
Mom is survived by her husband of 63 years, William Lee “Bill” Black, and two daughters, Coiese Black Quaca and Cheryl Black Marth. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Wed
15
Jun

James Everett Betts

James Everett Betts

On Oct. 25, 1948 in Fairfield, Texas, McDuffe and Willie B. Jones Betts became the proud parents of a wonderful little baby boy whom they names James Everett. He was the third of seven children.
James was raised in Fairfield, and attended school in Dogan and served in the Army. He accepted Christ early in life and joined Fairfield Baptist Church.
James married JoAnn Allen, who preceded him in death.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, McDuffe and Willie B. Betts, two brothers, Billy Joe Jones and Frank Betts.
On June 8, 2016 in Waco, God called him home.

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