Obituaries

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.

Fri
01
May

Isabell Granberry


Isabell Granberry

Funeral services for Isabell Granberry will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Ford Chapel Baptist Church, 800 W. Palestine St. in Mexia, with the Rev. Wilmer Davis, pastor and eulogist. The Rev. Billy Freeman will officate.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Isabell Granberry (Aunt Bea) was the fourth child of the late Malloy Freeman and Ritter Lee Reid. She was born Sept. 23, 1929, and graduated from Dunbar High School in Mexia. She met and married Hamp Granberry Jr. in 1953. They were married for 57 years until he died in 2010. No children were born to this union, but she loved and raised nieces and nephews as her own. She loved children and the elderly. She would give them her last penny.

Fri
01
May

Melva Louise Harvey Turner

Melva Louise Harvey Turner, 87, of Dawson, went to be with the Lord April 29, 2015. She is survived by her devoted husband, Bill G. Turner; her brother, Don Harvey; and special nephew, Cliff Waters and wife, Maurleen. Melva was also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Clifton Henry “Jack” and Jesse Louise Harvey; her brother, Barry Harvey, and her sister, Jackie Harvey.
She was born Oct. 20, 1927 in Wortham, where she attended high school. She went on to study at Westminster College in Tehuacana, and received her master’s degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Melva was a born educator and began her teaching career at Fair Oaks School in Fair Oaks, and then later moved to Forest Glade Elementary School in Mexia.

Mon
27
Apr

Teresa Ibarra Acevedo


Teresa Ibarra Acevedo

Teresa Ibarra Acevedo, 93, of Coolidge, passed away April 26, 2015 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Coolidge with Francisco Acevedo Sr. and Francisco Acevedo Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Coolidge Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Acevedo was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Corralitos Valparaiso, Zacarecas, Mexico. She was a homemaker and a wonderful family person who loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Acevedo was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Maria Acevedo and son-in-law, Carlos Samaniego.

Mon
27
Apr

San Juanita ‘Janie’ Boulware


San Juanita ‘Janie’ Boulware

San Juanita “Janie” Boulware, 59, of Mexia, passed away April 25, 2015 in Temple. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Pastor Gil Ash officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Janie was born Oct. 2, 1955 to Gilberto Gonzalez and Maria Carmen Velasquez in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. On Nov. 8, 1978, she married the love of her life, Harvey Boulware, in Sweetwater. She had been a resident of Mexia (Forest Glade) for 32 years.
Janie’s career was being a homemaker; she, fortunately, was able stay at home and raise her children. Janie was an excellent cook and nothing pleased her more than preparing foods for her family and others to enjoy. She also loved flowers and took great pride in having a pretty yard.
Janie was an active member of the Forest Glade Baptist Church for 12 years where she taught Sunday school for a number of years. She loved the Lord and lived her life serving Him.

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