Obituaries

Wed
03
Aug

Tommy Lee “Tom” Kerley

Tommy Lee “Tom” Kerley, of Teague, passed away Aug. 1, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Temple.  Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Michael Vestal officiating. A graveside service, with Military Honors and interment, will follow in the Salem Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, prior to the service. Butch Nichols, Nick Nichols, Ron Day, Lance Tarkington, Chip Vance and Ross Wellen will serve as pallbearers.

Tom was born in Temple on June 23, 1947 to Andrew Lawrence and Ima Lela Covington Kerley. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Tom was a plumber for Temple Independent School District retiring after 30 years of service. After retiring he returned to his hometown, Teague, to make his home.

Tom had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. He also enjoyed Civil War re-enactments, old English motorcycles and telling stories.

Mon
01
Aug

Lillian Prowell

Lillian Faye Prowell passed away Aug. 1, 2016, in Mexia, at the age of 86. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Northcrest Church of Christ with Mr. Shane Alexander officiating. Interment was at the Mexia Cemetery. Josh Prowell, Aaron Prowell, Ben Prowell, Alex Davis, Don Corbitt, John Turpin and Dwight Gamble served as pallbearers.

Visitation with the family was from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Lillian was born in Teague on Nov. 10, 1929 to Cary and Cassie French Jones. She was a graduate of Teague High School, Class of 1947. Lillian married the love of her life, Calvin D. Prowell, on Sept. 6, 1947. They moved to Mexia where they made their home. After her children were old enough to go to school she went to work for Mexia Independent School District and retired after 28 years of service as a teacher’s aide.

Mon
01
Aug

Janice C. Taylor

Janice C. Taylor, of Groesbeck, was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at age 79.
Graveside services was at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at LaSalle Cemetery, with the Reverend Clifton Jones of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church officiating.
 Honorary pallbearers were Robert Cardona, Brian Taylor, Michael Taylor, Kenny Hammock, Kyle Hammock, Garry Ferguson, and Dillon McGuffy.
Janice was born on April 10, 1937 to Joseph Rueben Coe and Margaret (Stewart) Coe in rural Limestone County. She grew up on the farm in the LaSalle community near Groesbeck, and graduated from Groesbeck High School.
Janice was united in marriage with Jerry Lynn Taylor on July 18, 1983 at Groesbeck. They made their home in the LaSalle community.

Mon
01
Aug

Deborah Kay “Debbie” (Thompson) Phillips

Deborah Kay “Debbie” (Thompson) Phillips, of Mexia, passed away at Scott and White Healthcare in Waco on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at age 59.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Spain Trask of the Assembly of God Church of Teague, and her uncle, Pastor Alan Youngblood, officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Anderson, Dennis Chandler, Paul Edge, Shawnn Phillips, Ben Hardin, and Charlie Pickett. Her cousins will be honorary pallbearers.
Debbie was born Nov. 9, 1956 to B. W. and Sylvia Sue (Youngblood) Thompson in Dallas. She grew up in the Farrar community and graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1975. She was a member of the Groesbeck Goat Band. She attended cosmetology school in Waco and was licensed as a beautician by the time she finished high school.

Fri
29
Jul

David Allen

David Allen joined his Heavenly Father on July 27, 2016, at the age of 64, after fighting cancer for the last 18 months. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones at the time of his departure. 

He married his wife and soul-mate of 48 years, Bertha Barnes Allen on Aug. 2, 1968.

David leaves behind his wife, Bertha Allen; his son, Dwayne David and wife, Charlene Allen; grandchildren, Timothy David, Trinity Grace, Chayne Marie and Christopher Mason of Cypress; his son, Brandon Neal and wife, Keri Allen; grandchildren Cole Riley, Taylor Ryanne, Bradley Mitchell Bailey and Benjamin Lucas Bailey of Groesbeck. He also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Glenda Boswell, a brother-in-law Roy Allen Barnes and a host family and friends.

Fri
29
Jul

Temmer Jeff Johnson

The memorial services for Mr. Temmer Jeff Johnson will be July 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Grove Island AME Church with the Rev. Stanley Johnson serving as the Eulogist. 

Mr. Johnson, better known as TJ, went home to be the Lord July 18, 2016 in Groesbeck. 

TJ was born Dec. 30, 1931 to the late Jeff and Sarah Williams Johnson in Teague. He was one of three children. He went to school at Furney Richardson School and he work for the Teague Brick Company for many years. Before his health failed he worked for the City of Mexia until he retired. He confessed his hope in Christ and united with Asia P.B. Church of Teague and later placed his membership with Sandy C.O.G.I.C in the Sandy Community. He met and united in holy matrimony to Mrs. Rachel Clayton Johnson. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Alonzo Lee Johnson and sister Ethel Mae Benson. 

Fri
29
Jul

Paula J. Day

Paula J. Day, 62 years old, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Teague Nursing Home.

Funeral services for Paula J. Day will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 30 at First Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Larry Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born in Corsican on Oct. 12, 1953, but lived in Teague for all of her life. She graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1973. Paula enjoyed participating in Special Olympics and won several gold, silver, and bronze medals in numerous events. She loved to travel and was able to visit all of the lower forty-eight states as well as Mexico and Canada. Paula was a member of the First Baptist Church in Teague.

She is survived by her mother, Dora Day; two brothers, Johnny Day and Larry Day, all of Teague; two aunts, Melba Miller of Mesquite and Theda Miller of Garland; one uncle, Elmer Miller of Columbia, South Carolina; and numerous cousins. 

Wed
27
Jul

Nora Reece Johnston

Nora Reece Johnston, 81, passed away July 26, 2016 in Mexia. Funeral services will at 10 a.m., Friday, July 29 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Mr. Shane Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in the Thornton Cemetery. Johnny Reece, Milo Gonzalez, Joshua Bay, William Johnston, Caleb Johnston, Issac Johnston and James Johnston will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Nora was born in El Dorado, Mo. on Feb. 25, 1935 to James Franklin and Dollie Groves Reece. After graduating high school she entered college and earned an associates degree.  In 1956, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where she served her country, proudly, for four years. Nora worked, a number of years, for the Texas Department of Human Services as a record control clerk

Wed
27
Jul

Donald Howard Lipsett

Donald Howard Lipsett went to be with our Lord and Savior on the morning of July 25, 2016 at his residence at Three Forks Assisted Living Center in Forney. His previous residence was Mexia for 20 years and prior to that Mesquite for over 20 years. Don was born on Feb. 21, 1924 in Erie, Penn. to Albert and Edna Lipsett. PFC Lipsett served his country proudly as a member of the US Army during WWII overseas in Europe
under General Gearge S. Patton with the 841st Gasoline Supply Company. Mr. Lipsett earned an associates degree in mechanical engineering after the end of the war.

Mon
25
Jul

Virginia Nell Kerzee Buttery

Virginia Nell Kerzee Buttery was born in Point Enterprise on Jan. 18, 1929, to Will Kerzee and Lucy Kate Bozeman Kerzee; she was the youngest of nine children. After finishing school in Point Enterprise and Mexia, she attended secretarial school in Ft. Worth, where she met and fell in love with a handsome chemical engineer, Lewis Buttery.  Their marriage journey began on May 29, 1948, in Point Enterprise and carried them on many worldwide adventures. The joy of their lives was their children, Alice Johnson of Bryan, David Buttery and wife Tamara, of Woodland Park, Colo., and Laura Buttery of Bryan; grandchildren, Todd Johnson and wife Caitrin, Dave Johnson, Aaron Buttery and wife Lyndee, Amanda Howell and husband Patrick, and Jennifer Dunford and husband Gabriel; and 12 great-grandchildren.  Virginia passed away on July 21, 2016, in Bryan, and will be buried next to her husband, Lewis, in the Point Enterprise Cemetery on Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m.  Pastor Ted Foote and the Rev.

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