Obituaries

Fri
24
Jan

David Fisher Self Jr.

David Fisher Self Jr., 70, of Coolidge, passed away Jan. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Hubbard Cowboy Church. Interment will follow at Coolidge Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Self was born March 6, 1943 in Houston, to David Fisher and Gladys Elizabeth Tart Self Sr. David Self Jr. was a lifelong farmer and rancher, and retired from the railroad. He also worked for some time in the oil field industry. He was an expert on farm equipment and he could fix it all.

David was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Deonica Garza Self and brother, Tommy Lee Self.

Fri
24
Jan

Vera Mae Phillips

Vera Mae Phillips, 81, of Fort Worth and formerly of Mexia, passed away Jan. 22, 2014 at the White Settlement Nursing Center in Fort Worth. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will start prior to the service, at 1 p.m.

Phillips was born Nov. 3, 1932 in Tehuacana, to William and Lulie Lee Archibald Black. She loved to crochet, sew and do plastic canvas. She also loved TV and always had her Gameboy (which she could beat anyone on).

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Raymond Phillips, and her parents.

Fri
24
Jan

Raymond Durham

Raymond Durham, 82, was born May 7, 1931 in Mexia, to Amos and Annie Mae Durham.

He went to be with our Lord on Jan. 23, 2014. He was employed by Occidental for 40 years and enjoyed 23 years of retirement in Lake McQueeney.

Raymond was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Colgin, and brother, Roy Durham.

He is survived and will be dearly missed by his devoted and loving wife of 60 years, Barbara, and children Debbie Anderson (Don), Duane Durham, Dwight Durham (Julie), Deann Vice (David), and Darina Buell (Bruce).

Raymond and Barbara were blessed with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and he was known to them as their “Pop.”

Raymond served in the Army, was a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, and was involved in many various clubs and organizations. He took up painting when he retired and was quite the artist. He will be missed by us all.

Fri
24
Jan

Peggy Kathleen ‘Kat’ Morrison

Peggy Kathleen (known to everyone as “Kathy” or “Kat”) Morrison, of Groesbeck, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Baylor Hospital’s T. Boone Pickens Cancer Center in Dallas, following her 10-year battle with health problems. She was 52.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck; services will be conducted by Thomas Barber, a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve McGowen, Mike McGowen, Wade Harrison, Rick Wyatt, David Bell and John Ranochak. Fellow bikers will be escorting the procession to the cemetery.

Kathy was born Oct. 27, 1961 at Nacogdoches. She grew up with her mom, Betty (Sigler) Rife and stepfather, Harvey Rife, in Mexia, graduating from Mexia High School. She married at age 16, and after graduating, worked briefly at a local flower shop and then for the next 15 years at the Mexia State School.

Wed
22
Jan

Corry Ray Wiltse Owens


Corry Ray Wiltse Owens

Funeral services for Corry Ray Wiltse Owens, 23, will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at God's House of Prayer for all People, 202 S. First Street in Coolidge. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home from 11 a.m. til 7 p.m., with Elder Billy Jack Freeman as eulogist.
Corry was born on July 18, 1990, in Temple, to Michael Ray Brooks Owens and Linda Kay Wiltse, and went to be with the Lord on Jan. 15, 2014, in Galveston, with family by his side.
He attended and was a member of First Baptist Church in Coolidge and accepted the Lord and Savior at a very young age. He loved to spend time with his family, ride horses, sing and dance. Corry never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face.

Mon
20
Jan

Junior Payne Findley

Junior Payne Findley, 83, of Prairie Hill, passed away Jan. 10, 2014, in Mexia.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Prairie Hill Cemetery, with Mr. Alden Garber officiating.
Junior was born March 1, 1930, in Prairie Hill to Thomas Payne and Amy Beatrice Vickery Findley. He lived in the Prairie Hill area his entire life. He was a rancher who enjoyed raising cattle, country living and spending time with his family. Junior believed in working hard and treating people the way he wanted to be treated.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years, Mary Findley.
Junior is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Donna Findley; grandson Kyle Hancock and wife Cheryl; great-grandchildren Katelinn and Kyler Hancock; sister, Frances Burke; brother-in-law, Jerry Ward and wife Tammy; and several nieces and nephews.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Mon
20
Jan

Debra M. Dunlap

Debra Dunlap was called to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, in Waco.
She was born Jan. 29, 1954.
She grew up in Mart and married Robert Dunlap Sr.
Debra was a kind, loving person and never knew a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lola Jenkins MacBride; father Harvey MacBride; two brothers, Charles Pippkins and Alford Hardy MacBride; sister-in-law Evelyn MacBride; brother-in-law Lloyd Dunlap; niece Darlene McKinney; and son Robert Jeffrey MacBride.

Mon
20
Jan

Brent 'Boogity-Bozo' Johnson


Brent 'Boogity-Bozo' Johnson

Brent “Boogity-Bozo” Johnson, 56, of Point Enterprise, passed away Jan. 19, 2014 at Providence Health Center in Waco. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at Point Enterprise Cemetery with Rev. James Herrington, officiating. No formal family visitation will be held.
Johnson was born Aug. 20, 1957 in Groesbeck. He worked for several years at Centex in Mexia, specializing in woodworking. He loved to play in the band, enjoyed his biker friends, and especially his beloved dog, Daisy.
Boogity was preceded in death by his parents, John Raymond and Mary Henderson Dailey.
He is survived by his brothers, Jack Johnson and wife, Pam, of Point Enterprise and Jimmy Dailey of Austin; special friend, Donna Shockley of Mexia; his beloved dog, Daisy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for your family.

Fri
17
Jan

Glen Allen Corder


Glen Allen Corder

Glen Allen Corder , 63, of Coolidge, formerly of Amarillo, passed away Jan. 15, 2014, at his home. He attended Northcrest Church of Christ in Mexia. Glen, along with his sister, Cynthia Corder-Holmes, gave his life to Christ on June 26, 1959. He graciously donated his body to science; UT Medical Center in Dallas.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Northcrest Church of Christ, with Mr. Shane Alexander and Mr. Mike Clements officiating.
Glen was born Sept. 12, 1950, in Seagraves, to Joel Allen and Carlene Huddleston Corder. He grew up in El Paso,, graduating from Eastwood High School. He later attended and graduated from South Plains College with a degree in drafting.
Glen moved to Amarillo where he worked as a draftsman, surveyor and map maker for 35 years, retiring from Xcel Energies.

Fri
17
Jan

Glen Bernhard Benson


Glen Bernhard Benson

Glen Bernhard Benson, 89, of Lake Mexia, passed away Jan. 13, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, with Chaplain Tom Parker officiating.
Glen was born Aug. 21, 1924, in Lisbon, Ill., to Gunval and Myrtle Jurene Walker Benson; one of ten children.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, on the USS Cascade. After service, he went to work for Valley Telephone in Oregon and, in 1968, was transferred to Texas to install cable.
While working in Texas, he met Mary Bounds and they married on May 4, 1968, in Navasota. Glen started a TV repair and security system business in Navasota. They later moved to Illinois, where he worked for several years and then moved to Huntington, where he retired from the Memorial Hospital in Lufkin.

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