Obituaries

Wed
23
Jul

Emmie Jean Wardell

Emmie Jean Wardell, 66, of Dawson, passed away July 22, 2014 in Mexia. Funeral services are pending at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Emmie is survived by her husband, Bert Wardell Jr., of Dawson.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Wed
23
Jul

Billy Brooks

Funeral services for Billy Brooks are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Billy went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2014 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest register.

Mon
21
Jul

John Paxton Horn Jr.

John Paxton Horn Jr., 59, passed away July 18, 2014 at his home in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia. Interment will follow in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.
John was born Oct. 5, 1954 in Mexia, to John Paxton Horn Sr. and Lois Mae Tumlinson Horn. He grew up and lived in Groesbeck his entire life. He had worked for Chapman Construction Company and Frost Construction.
John was a simple man who enjoyed living a simple life. Just give him the great outdoors and he was happy. He enjoyed fishing, camping and blues music. John was an excellent gardener who could grow anything with very little effort.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Sandra Kay Horn Chapman.

Mon
21
Jul

Barbara Kerr Brooks


Barbara Kerr Brooks

A memorial service for Barbara Kerr Brooks, 70, of Coldspring, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 26, at Coldspring United Methodist Church with Rev. David Green and Rev. Larry Smith officiating.
Barbara was born June 14, 1944 in Houston, and passed away July 13, 2014 in Livingston. She worked as a teacher and had two masters degrees.
She is survived by her sister, Camille Kerr Reed of Van; niece, Robin K. Reed; nephew, Kevin W. Reed and Angie; great nephew and nieces, Jackson, Sadie and Annabelle; best friend, Judy Swanson; her whole Coldspring United Methodist Church family; along with numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Coldspring United Methodist Church-Share the Bread.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at cochranfh.com.

Wed
16
Jul

Jose Enrique De La O Sr.


Jose Enrique De La O Sr.

Jose Enrique De La O Sr., 60, of Mexia, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Providence Medical Center in Waco. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 3 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Mario Rivera officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
De La O was born May 22, 1954 in Tenexpa, Guerrero, Mexico, to Ceferino and Irais Mayares De La O. He has been in the community since 1988.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his sons, Jose De La O Jr. and wife, Melissa, Bobby De La O and wife, Patricia, and Erik Ceferino De La O and wife, Kinder, all of Mexia; sisters, Evelia De La O of Tenexpa, Maritelma De La O of Arizona, Taqueline De La O of Tenexpa, Yolanda De La O of Tenexpa; brothers-in-law, Ramon Bailon of Tenexpa and Melchor Gonzalez of Arizona, as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Thu
10
Jul

Raymond Carl 'PeeWee' Jackson Sr.


Raymond Carl 'PeeWee' Jackson Sr.

Funeral services for Raymond Carl "PeeWee” Jackson Sr. will be held Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m., at Groesbeck Church of Christ, 203 S. Ellis.
Raymond went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2014 at his residence, in Groesbeck.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 11, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lone Star Baptist Church, 609 N. Grayson in Groesbeck.
On June 27, 1928, Willie “Bill” and Isabella Freeman Dancer received a surprise – a baby boy born two months early. The local physician was called to the home out on Hwy. 164. The baby was delivered and the doctor informed Poppa Bill and Mamma Belle that the baby would die before he was able to make it back to town.

Thu
10
Jul

James Eugene Taliaferro


James Eugene Taliaferro

James Eugene Taliaferro passed away July 9, 2014 in Groesbeck. He was a lifelong resident of the Prairie Hill and Coolidge communities.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 12, at the Prairie Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Fred Sain officiating. A Masonic service and military honors will follow in the Prairie Hill Cemetery.
He was born in Hubbard on Feb. 8, 1926 to Jim and Clara (Medley) Taliaferro.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ellon Jones; daughter, Debra Stewart; and grandson, Ray Creecy.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda Holt, of Coolidge; son, Stephen and wife, Annie, of Austin; sister, Jacquiline Street of Haslet; five grandchildren, Jeff Creecy and wife, Lucy of Houston, Brandy Barrett of Tyler, Stephannie and Anna Taliaferro of Austin, and Jim and Kelli Stewart of Waxahachie; along with 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Wed
02
Jul

Walburga 'Wally' Lessmann Drescher


Walburga 'Wally' Lessmann Drescher

Walburga "Wally" Lessmann Drescher of Mutlangen, Germany was born Feb. 17, 1929, to Franz and Ida Lessman in Thomasdorf, Czech Republic. She went to be with our Lord on June 29, 2014.
On May 25, 1954 she married Wilhelm Drescher and they raised two daughters and one son.
Wally was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who always put others first. She was known for her warm hospitality and was an exceptional cook. Wally was an accomplished gardener and loved to travel, particularly enjoying her numerous trips to Texas. She was well known as a wonderful hostess and was always surrounded by many friends and family members.
Wally was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and one sister.

Wed
02
Jul

Tom P. Gee


Tom P. Gee

The angelic hosts came for Tom P. Gee, 50, on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at his Sandy Community home in Coolidge, among loving family and devoted friends. A
Viewing will be held Thursday July 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Viewing and visitation will also take place Friday, July 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Union Memorial United Methodist Church in Sandy Community.
Funeral services are 11 a.m., Saturday, July 5, in the Union Memorial United Methodist Church in the Sandy Community of Coolidge. Rev. Sylvester Key II, pastor, will serve as the eulogist and Pastor Kennen Jackson will officiate. Interment will follow at Sandy Creek Cemetery.
Tom P. Gee was born Aug. 13, 1963 in Coolidge, Limestone County, the eighth child born to Winford Gee Sr. and Bertha Reed Gee

Wed
02
Jul

Michael 'Mike' Van White


Michael 'Mike' Van White

Michael "Mike" Van White died June 23, 2015.
He was born Jan. 13, 1963, in Groesbeck, the son of Rev. Maurice and Mamie Frazier.
Michael graduated in 1981 from Sunset High School in Dallas.
Michael was employed at the Stouffer Hotel in Dallas for 22 years. Later he moved to Mexia, where he was employed at the Mexia State Supported Living Center until his passing.
Michael enjoyed being with his family and working with his friends at the Mexia State Supported Living Center. He loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks on television.

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