Obituaries

Fri
09
May

William Ray Graves

Funeral services for William Ray Graves of Groesbeck are pending at the Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia. Graves made his transition from this earth Wednesday evening, May 7, 2014, at his home surround by a host of loving family and friends. Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Fri
09
May

Robert L. Spencer


Robert L. Spencer

Robert L. Spencer, 77, passed away May 9, 2014 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Robert was born Aug. 14, 1936 in Mexia, to L.L. and Carriebelle Scarbrough Spencer. After graduating from Mexia High School in 1955, he received his bachelor's degree in business from Sam Houston State University. Robert served his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
On Aug. 23, 1958, Robert married Charlotte Ann Hance and they were blessed with two sons. Charlotte passed away July 4, 1985. On April 13, 1986, Robert married Donna Sullivan.

Fri
09
May

Jean Talley Miller


Jean Talley Miller

Jean Talley Miller, 85, passed away May 7, 2014 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.
Jean was born May 16, 1928 in Eureka, Kan., to Russell Wesley and Margaret Talley.
She had lived in Mexia for many years. Jean was a Sunday school teacher and longtime active member of the First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Mexia Garden Club and bridge clubs and enjoyed reading.
Jean greeted everyone with a smile and treated them with love and respect. Her love for God, her family and friends was very visible in her life. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family, but they find comfort in knowing she is now in her heavenly home.

Fri
09
May

Edward Edell Ridge


Edward Edell Ridge

Edward Edell Ridge, 89, of Wortham, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Fairfield. Visitation was held Friday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Capps Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Capps Memorial Chapel with Brother Ed Ridge officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Pete Ridge, Steven Morgan, Michael Ridge, Jeff Morgan, Mike Haggard and Ricky Ridge.
Ridge was born Dec. 1, 1924 in Freestone County, to Hardy and Mary Chapman Ridge. On Nov. 20, 1944 he married Rosia Crook in Fairfield and had celebrated 69 years of marriage. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Freestone County as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Kirvin Baptist Church.
Ridge loved the Lord and his family. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, daddy, papa, great-grandpa and great-great-grandpa.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Fri
09
May

Clinton Keith Graham


Clinton Keith Graham

Clinton Keith Graham, 51, of Wortham, passed away May 7, 2014 at his residence. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. at Wortham Cemetery with Rev. Gary Watson officiating. Family visitation will be held prior to the service, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.
Graham was born Jan. 18, 1963 in Los Angeles, Calif., to Larry Keith Graham and Hudene Magness. After graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1981 to 1985. He had been in the Wortham community since 2000, and had been employed at the Mexia State School from 2000 to 2007.
Graham was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Magness, Betty McNaughten, Frankie Graham and Harvey Graham.

Thu
08
May

Bobbie Ruth Forman


Bobbie Ruth Forman

Bobbie Ruth Forman of Mexia, cherished mother and aunt, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Waco. By her request no funeral services will be held. The family will have a private ceremony at a later date.
Ms. Bobbie was born April 20, 1937, at home in Teague, to Robert Henry Forman Sr. and Martha Ruth (nee Hayes). She graduated from John H. Reagan High School in Houston in 1955, and shortly after married Daniel Thomas Courteau and moved to Los Angeles. Many years later she felt the tug of her native soil and returned to Texas, first to Dallas where she worked for the schools as an office lady, before retiring full-time in Mexia.
She is survived by a brother, Gerald, of Houston; nieces, Dorothea Forman of Corsicana and JoAnna (Stephen) Studebaker of Mexia; son, Michael David Courteau of Mexia, and daughter, Suzanne Courteau of Arcata, Calif.

Wed
07
May

Jeremy Henderson

Funeral services for Jeremy Henderson, 26, of Groesbeck are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Henderson made his transition at his home in Groesbeck on May 7, 2014, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Wed
07
May

Patricia Ann Carroll Bell-Watson


Patricia Ann Carroll Bell-Watson

Patricia Ann Carroll Bell-Watson, 61, of Mexia died May 4, 2014 in Rowlett.
She was born Sept. 8, 1952 in Mexia. She worked at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Boyd Unit.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Earsline Nemons of Mexia.
She is survived by her husband, George Watson, of Mexia; daughters, Detrice Bell-Brown and Regina Bell-Ingram; sisters, Blance Ferrell and Irma Lacy of Dallas; brothers, Kirvin Carroll Jr. of Dallas and Ennis Carroll of Mexia; and 13 grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel, 602 N. Ross Ave. in Mexia, with Rev. Cleo High officiating. Burial will take place at Cedar Hill Burial Park Cemetery in Mexia.
Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home in charge of services.

Mon
05
May

Maria Bernardina Yepez Ramirez

The angelic hosts came for Maria Bernardina Yepez Ramirez, 92, on Friday, May 2, 2014 at her Teague residence among loving family and devoted friends.
She was born May 21, 1921.
A private viewing was held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 3, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 609 Cedar St. in Teague.
Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home served the family of Maria Bernardina Yepez Ramirez. Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book and light a candle.

Mon
05
May

Raymond Eugene 'Ray' Ethridge


Raymond Eugene 'Ray' Ethridge

Raymond Eugene “Ray” Ethridge, 64, passed away May 2, 2014 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Prairie Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Clifton Jones and Judge Daniel Burkeen officiating. Interment will follow in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home and from 1 to 2 p.m. at Prairie Grove Baptist Church on Wednesday.
Ray was born May 7, 1949 in Three Rivers, Mich. to Eldon and Alice Young Ethridge. He grew up in Personville and graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1967. He furthered his education through Navarro Junior College, graduating in 1969, and then graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1971.
Ray was baptized at an early age at the Personville Baptist Church and in later years joined the First Baptist Church in Mexia.

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