Obituaries

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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.

Wed
30
Apr

Novella Virginia Collins


Novella Virginia Collins

Funeral services for Novella Collins will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at Lone Star Baptist Church, 629 Grayson St. in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, with family present from 6 to 7 p.m.. Eulogist will be Pastor Nathaniel Bedford, and burial will take place at Lone Star Cemetery.
Novella Virginia Collins was born Oct. 25, 1941, to the parentage of Aubrey and Mary Lou Johnson. She was the seventh child (the baby) born to this union.
Novella attended and graduated from Blackshire High School. Novella was a loving and devoted mother a wonderful sister, friend and aunt. She was dedicated to her family, and loved to laugh and have fun. Novella will be truly missed.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Joe Collins; sisters, Ruby Jackson, Idell Jackson and Norma Pettis; and brothers, A.J. Johnson and C.D. Johnson.

Wed
30
Apr

Kanyon Wyatt Beldin

Kanyon Wyatt Beldin was born into the arms of Jesus April 21, 2014 at Providence Hospital in Waco. His family will be having a private memorial service celebrating him at a later date.
Kanyon is survived by his parents, Stephen and Heather Beldin of Mexia; twin sister, Adalynn Beldin of Mexia; grandparents, John and Judith Pfund of Mexia, Bobby and Belinda Beldin of Mexia, Christine Suter of Waco and Kenneth and Jean Baker of Waco; as well as many aunts of uncles.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.
Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
30
Apr

Frankie Lee Carter


Frankie Lee Carter

Funeral services for Frankie L. Carter will be held Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m., at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church in Mexia. Viewing will be held Friday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home, 602 N. Ross in Mexia.
Carter was born Sept. 29, 1920 and passed away in the comfort of her home on April 28, 2014. She was a resident of Wortham. Carter was a retired educator and an active participant in her church and community.
Survivors include a host of loving nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Wed
30
Apr

Elizabeth Ann Watson


Elizabeth Ann Watson

Elizabeth Ann Watson, 90, passed away April 27, 2014 in Denton. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, at Victory Baptist Church, between Groesbeck and Thornton, with Rev. Billy Anderson officiating. Interment was in Round Prairie Cemetery in Seale.
Elizabeth Ann was born May 12, 1923 in Paris, Ark,, to Dewey and Golda Mae Parrot Lee. She lived in Brazosport for most of her life, then in Marque and the last 11 years in Corinth.
Elizabeth Ann was an excellent seamstress and master quilter. She also enjoyed gardening, especially roses, and collecting hummingbird ornaments. She was an active member of The Red Hat organization. But above all, she cherished her family; they were her pride and joy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Wallace Watson Sr.; sister, Evelyn; and brothers, Richard, Bill and George Lee.

Wed
30
Apr

Boaz 'BoBo' Sneed


Boaz 'BoBo' Sneed

Boaz “BoBo” Sneed, 68, of Groesbeck, passed away April 28, 2014 at his residence.
Graveside services will be held Friday, May 2, at 3 p.m. at Mexia Cemetery with Pastor Sonny Beaver officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Boaz was born Oct. 8, 1945 in Big Spring, and had been in the Mexia community since his early 20s.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Irna Boaz and his sister, Noma Sissie Sneed.
Survivors include his foster care mom, Rhona Merritt of Groesbeck; special friend, Rachelle Johnston and husband, Joy Wright Jr. of Groesbeck and their son, Caleb; cousins, Rodger Boaz of Van Nuys, Calif. and Anne Sandefer of Mexia; as well as many special and loving friends at the Mexia State Supported Living Center.
The family requests memorial contributions be made in Sneed’s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Mon
28
Apr

Louis Harvey York


Louis Harvey York

Louis Harvey York, 85, of Mexia, entered into his heavenly home on April 27, 2014. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Jeff Wright and Rev. Bill Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Louis was born June 28, 1928 in Honest Ridge (near Groesbeck) to Louis D. and Bernie Briggs York. Due to the necessity of helping on the family farm, he was unable to complete his education. He worked at the Mexia Textile Mill and retired from the Mexia State School after 20 years of service at each entity. Louis married Virginia Ruth Hargrave in Mexia on Nov. 15, 1952.

Mon
28
Apr

Louise Matthews Kennedy


Louise Matthews Kennedy

Louise Matthews Kennedy, 77, passed away April 26, 2014 in Grapevine. Graveside services were held at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 27, in the Point Enterprise Cemetery with Rev. Mark Matthews officiating.
Louise was born May 24, 1936 in Groesbeck, to Alfred and Erby Hines Matthews. She worked for the First National Bank in Mexia, Mexia State School and retired from the prison in Rosharon, where she worked for 21 years as secretary to the warden.
To Louise, there was no greater joy than spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her family was her pride and joy.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Thomas Matthews.

Mon
28
Apr

William Merle Thornton


William Merle Thornton

Memorial services for Merle Thornton were held Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague. Brother Steve Cowart officiated.
Visitation was held prior to the service Thursday with the family present from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Eighth Avenue Church.
 William Merle Thornton, 72, of Teague, passed away with family members at his side Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014. Merle was born May 16, 1941 in New Hope, the second of five children born to Macon and Lucille Thornton.
He graduated from Mexia High School in 1959 and attended Navarro Junior College in Corsicana. He was a member of the Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague. Merle was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 37 years.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents.

Wed
23
Apr

Eva Joyce High Baker


Eva Joyce High Baker

The angelic hosts came for Eva Joyce Baker, 81, the wife of Charlie Baker of Mexia, on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, among loving family and devoted friends.
Baker will be available for public viewing Friday, April 25, at 10 a.m. in Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 26, at noon at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, FCR 489 in Teague, with Rev. E. O. Riley, pastor, officiating. Rev. Stanley Johnson, pastor of Grove Island African Methodist Episcopal Church in Mexia, will serve as the eulogist. Interment will follow at Grove Island Cemetery in Mexia.

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