Obituaries

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01
Jun

Prevell Fern Keith Hardin

Prevell Fern Keith Hardin, 74, of Mexia passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Medical City Hospital in Dallas. She was born Oct. 13, 1940 in Navarro County, to Lemuel and Ruth Keith.
She lived in the Dallas area most of her life and raised her family in Mesquite. She graduated from Dallas Baptist University and had a successful career in residential real estate. She owned Town East Realtors in Mesquite for 25 years and later retired to Lake Mexia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lemuel and Ruth Keith.
She is survived by her husband, Don Hardin; daughter, Debbie Hardin; son, David Hardin and wife Leanne; granddaughter, Laurin Musso and husband Johnny; grandsons, Dustin and Darin Hardin; sister, Barbara Christine Keith; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel, 418 N. 13th St. in Corsicana. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Fri
29
May

Wesley Lynn ‘Wild Lee’ Stevens

Wesley Lynn “Wild Lee” Stevens, 61, of Mexia, passed away May 27, 2015. He was born Jan. 24, 1954.
Memorial services will be held Monday, June 1, at 2 p.m. at The Corner Stone Cowboy Church, 3.7 miles east of Mexia on U.S. 84.
He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Stevens Cartlidge; son, Jeremy Lynn Casper Stevens; brother, Paul Stevens of Wortham; sisters, Reba Duke and Lori Sessions of Kirvin; five grandchildren, Paige and Hannah Yeldell of Mexia, and Grace Cartlidge, Weston Chance Cartlidge and Georgia Cartlidge of Tool; many nieces and nephews; and his little dog, Muffin.

Fri
29
May

J.W. Branch

The angelic hosts came for J.W. Branch, 79, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in Seattle, Wash., among loving family and devoted friends. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at Moore’s Angelic Chapel, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, with Rev. C.J. Wiley officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Freestone County.
J.W. Branch was born to Annie Lee Holland Branch and Haywood Branch on May 22, 1935, in Coolidge. J.W. grew up in Limestone County and graduated from Furney Richardson High School. He accepted Christ while living in Dallas.
In 1957, J.W. united in holy matrimony with Clarissa Dunbar of Teague, and lived for three years in Dallas, before relocating to Seattle, Wash. in 1960. To this union their only child, a daughter, Cornelia Angel, was born. Throughout their union, J.W. was Clarissa’s “rock,” always demonstrating a deep attentiveness over decades.

Wed
27
May

Bertie Faye Ingram Archibald

Bertie Faye Ingram Archibald was born July 13, 1926, to John and Louise Ingram. She went to her heavenly home Monday, May 25, 2015.
Bertie was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mexia and attended regularly until ill health no longer allowed her participation. She lived all her life in Mexia, with the exception of a few years in Waxahachie, Temple and Lancaster. She loved her home and returning to Mexia was a top priority during her rehab in Midlothian, where she’d been since a fall in mid-March.
Although Bertie worked outside the home for many years, her great love was being a homemaker, cooking and taking care of her home and family. She was a very independent woman, having been a widow since 1991. She didn’t care to travel, but what she really enjoyed was watching her Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers!
Bertie was preceded in death by her husband, O.A. Archibald.

Mon
25
May

Dwain Bennett Funderburk


Dwain Bennett Funderburk

Dwain Bennett Funderburk, of the Ben Hur community near Groesbeck, passed away at age 83 on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his home, where he was cared for by his wife during his battle with cancer.
Visitation was Saturday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Common Ground Cowboy Church between Kosse and Bremond, with military honors and with burial to follow at Ebenezer Cemetery near Kosse.
Pallbearers were Robert Antis, John Woodruff, Dennis Funderburk, Jeff Woodruff, Dana Key and James Stringfellow.
Dwain was born April 18, 1932 to Willard and Lucille (Sullivan) Funderburk in Humble. He grew up through his school years in the Kosse, Thornton and Groesbeck areas. He served in the Navy from October 1950 through November 1954, with medals for service in Korea and China. He later re-enlisted and served two more years in the Navy.

Mon
25
May

J.L. ‘Buckwheat’ Morton

J.L. “Buckwheat” Morton, 78, of Mexia, passed away May 24, 2015 at his home in Forest Glade. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield and Mr. Michael Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family was 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Buckwheat was born Aug. 5, 1936 in Mexia, to Grady and Laura Bea Morton. He was a lifelong resident of Mexia. He proudly served his country in the Army. Buckwheat began his working career at the Mexia Textile Mill and later worked and retired from Mexia Industrial Products.
On Aug. 30, 1973, he married the love of his life, Patsy West, and they were blessed with a son, Kevin, the light of their life. He now has two beautiful granddaughters who have stolen his heart. Buckwheat’s family was not only very precious to him, his love overflowed to many families. Everybody loved “Uncle Buck.”

Wed
20
May

Geraldine Guest Bliss Stanley

Geraldine Guest Bliss Stanley, 67, passed away, May 13, 2015, in Arlington. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24, in Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Vestal officiating.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m.
Gerry was born Feb. 22, 1948, in Mexia, to James and Helen Duncan Guest. She grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School in 1966. She was a house parent at the Texas Baptist Home for Children in Waxahachie for a number of years.
Gerry never met a stranger; she was friendly and had an outgoing personality. Her love for God, her family, children and everyone was easily seen in the way she lived her life. At an early age, she became interested in playing the piano and, without any lessons, learned how to play on her own.

Wed
20
May

Johnny ‘John Boy’ Pendleton

Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Ceasar Pendleton will be held on Saturday May 23, at Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church, 629 Grayson St. in Groesbeck. You may visit Johnny Pendleton as he slumbers in sweet repose at Pearly Gates Funeral Home on Friday May 22, from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. Pastor Nathaniel Bedford will be the eulogist, and the Rev. Nathan Bedford will officiate. Burial will be in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Johnny Pendleton, nick­named John Boy, was born to the late Odell Marie Wash­ington and the late Henry Lee Pendleton on Oct. 23, 1948, in Marlin.
He accepted Christ at an early age at Davis Chapel. He was also a member of Rebirth Missionary Baptist Church. He later rededicated his life to Christ at Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church. He continued to serve as a deacon and a member of the Lone Star Male Chorus under the leadership of Pastor Nathaniel Bedford until his health failed.

Wed
20
May

Robert ‘Bob’ Henry

Dr. Robert Bruce “Bob” Henry went home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2015, during his short stay at the Groesbeck LTC Facility.
Bob was born in San Benita on Nov. 7, 1937, to Eloise Huffman and Billy Thornton. His school years were spent in Angleton, where he graduated with the class of 1957.
After graduation, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in California. He completed his service in 1960 and then enrolled at Sam Houston University. It was there he met Patricia “Patsy” Bottoms, and on Sept. 2, 1961, he married the love of his life. They moved to Beaumont, where Bob completed his bachelor’s degree in art at Lamar University. He taught art a few years as he and Patsy started their family. They had two sons, Jeff and Scott.

Mon
18
May

Jan Tillie Ashmore

Jan Tillie Gorden Ashmore, 59, of Coolidge, passed away on May 16, 2015, with her loving family by her side. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Tillie had touched in some small way throughout her memorable life.
Tillie was a life time resident of Coolidge and served as postmaster there until retirement in 2012. She enjoyed 15 years of service with the United States Postal Service, and prior to that spent many years working at Bob’s Grocery in Coolidge; however, her most prized position was that of Mother.
Tillie was born Nov. 27, 1955, in Mexia, to Burney Gorden and Mary Beth Demoney. She married Jesse Young Ashmore on Sept. 2, 1972.
Tillie is survived by her loving family: her husband of 42 years, Jesse Ashmore; daughters, Carla Ashmore-Kutscherousky, of Coolidge, Jessica Mazanec and husband Eddie ,of Waco, and son, Clay Ashmore and wife Keri, of Tehuacana.

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