Obituaries

Mon
13
Jun

James Cary ‘Bubba’ McDaniel

James Cary ‘Bubba’ McDaniel

Funeral services for James Cary “Bubba” McDaniel will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Brother Justin Colquette will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Woodland Cemetery near Kirvin.
Visitation was held Monday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
McDaniel, 63, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield.
He was born Sept.21, 1952 in San Diego, Calif., to Vernon and Helen Norton McDaniel. He moved to Texas with his family at an early age and grew up in Freestone County, graduating from Wortham High School. After graduation, he went to work in the oil fields and had numerous drilling-related jobs for over 40 years, until his retirement in 2013. He enjoyed going fishing, especially catfishing with his family and friends.
McDaniel was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Caryn McDaniel.

Mon
13
Jun

Anita Gaona Gomez

Anita Gaona Gomez, 63, passed away at her home in Mexia on June 12, 2016. A celebration of Anita’s life began Monday afternoon, June 13, and continue through 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, at Iglesia Mision Pentecostal Church. Graveside service and interment will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, in the Mexia Cemetery.
Anita was born in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico on Jan. 6, 1953, to Reyes Gaona and Ramona Pargas. She married Pedro Gomez in Mexico in 1968. She was a loving wife and mother. She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild and looking forward to meeting granddaughter, Jenesis Gracyanne.
Anita enjoyed spending time with her family, church family and actively participating in church activities. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was a member of Assemblies in Christ Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mon
13
Jun

Eady Jorene Bigham

Eady Jorene Bigham

Eady Jorene Bigham, known to family and friends as “Jo,” returned to our heavenly father on June 10, 2016. She was born Nov. 24, 1942.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at Porter Chapel Wortham, with Pastor Eddie Jones of First Baptist Church of Eureka officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery.
Visitation with the family present was Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel Wortham.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Eady Spain.

Mon
13
Jun

Tammy Ruth Batts

Tammy Ruth Batts, 58, passed away June 11, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.
Graveside services are Wednesday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at Wortham Cemetery, with Mike Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel Wortham.
Tammy was born March 23, 1958 in West Helena, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Royal and Mary Margarette Barton Batts, and brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Janice Batts.
Tammy is survived by two brothers, Don Royal Batts and wife Marilyn of Oil City, La., and David Batts and wife Judy of Tehuacana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook.
Porter Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Wed
08
Jun

Lillie Faye Thomas

Lillie Faye Thomas

The family of Faye Thomas let her go with the angelic hosts on Friday, June 3, 2016, at her residence in Wortham, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be held Friday, June 10, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. in the Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 620 N. MLK Dr. in Wortham. The pastor, Rev. Ronald Redmond, will officiate and Rev. Curtis Jefferson Jr., pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Weatherford, will be the eulogist. Interment will be in the Wortham Cemetery.
Faye was born July 29, 1939 in Mexia to Tellwood Bluitt and Ardie Lee Houston, who preceded her in death. She grew up in Mexia, graduated with the Dunbar High School class of 1954, was first a member of New Home Missionary Baptist Church in Mexia, and was an active member of Beluah Missionary Baptist Church, Wortham.

Mon
06
Jun

Alan McGee

Alan Wayne McGee

Alan Wayne McGee, 54, passed away at his home in Point Enterprise on June 6, 2016.
Graveside services were 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 8, in the Point Enterprise Cemetery with Bro. Eddie Hayworth officiating.
Visitation with the family was 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Alan was born in Wichita Falls on Oct. 6, 1961, to Jerry and Patricia Barton McGee. He lived in the Mexia area most of his life. He worked as an auto mechanic for a number of years.
Alan was a loving son, father, grandfather and brother. He was a friend to many and will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him. He was also a member of the Point Enterprise Baptist Church.
Alan is survived by his parents, Jerry and Pat McGee of Mexia; son, Michael McGee of Eureka Calif.; three granddaughters; brother, Lane McGee of Mexia; sister, Teresa Wright of Mexia; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Wed
01
Jun

Arthur Lee Forge

Arthur Lee Forge

Arthur Lee Forge, 92, died May 29, 2016 at his home in Mexia.
He was born July 26, 1924 to the Arthur and Lizzie Brooks Forge. He served in the Navy during World War II as a gunner and received an honorable discharge January 11, 1946.
He married Della B. Hobbs on July 20, 1946. Then later, he met and married Artavia Eagan on March 10, 1970.
He was a member of the Freestone Travelers. He worked for Dick Scott Ford, Gulf Oil Petroleum and as a foster grandparent at Mexia State School.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wives, Della B. Forge and Artavia Forge; children, Mary Louise Forge Levels, Michael Forge and Arthur Lee Forge Jr.; and siblings, Elizabeth and Willie.

Wed
01
Jun

Cathy Reeves

Cathy Reeves of Richland passed away at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the age of 58.
She was born Oct. 21, 1957 in Corsicana, to Robert and Carolyn Minatra. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wortham. She worked as a seamstress at Hager Slacks and worked at the Mexia State School. She was vice president for the Retreat Riding Club, Tri County Horse Association. She enjoyed going camping, enjoyed going to the lake and going to garage sales.
Cathy was preceded in death by her parents.

Mon
30
May

Billie Ruth Heggar-Wilder

Billie Ruth Heggar-Wilder

Billie Ruth Heggar-Wilder, 85, died May 23, 2016 in Dallas.
She was born April 30, 1931.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, at Singing Hills Funeral Home, 6221 University Hills Blvd. in Dallas.
Celebration hour is 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton in Mexia. Burial will commence Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m. in the DFW National Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Singing Hills Funeral Home of Dallas.

Fri
27
May

Charley Lee Daniel

Charley Lee Daniel

Charley Lee Daniel, 81, of Mexia, passed away May 25, 2016 in Groesbeck.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 27, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Brother John McElroy officiating. Interment was in the Lost Prairie Cemetery. Pallbearers were Billy Sims, Charley Daniel II, Jack Rush, Jonathan Bible, Johnny Rogers and Ben Garner.
Charley was born in Tolar, to Ed and Norvella Sanders Daniel. He grew up in Tulia, where he played outstanding basketball for Tulia High School, and graduated class of 1955. Charley worked for the Dallas Police Department for 21 years, Pullman Pools in Fort Worth for 10 years and Lightsey’s Peach Orchard in Mexia for 10 years. He was also a member of the Texas National Guard.

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