Obituaries

Wed
08
Jan

Willie L. Perry


Willie L. Perry

Willlie L. Perry, 91, of Mexia died Jan. 3, 2014 in Mexia. She was born Jan. 13, 1922 in Limestone County.
She was a housewife and domestic and was affiliated with Bethsadia Baptist Church and Eastern Star.
She is survived by three sons, Alvin C. Perry of Tacoma, Wash., Zack "Ricky" (Karen) Perry of Cedar Hill, and Michael (Veronica) Perry of Denton; four daughters, Patsy R. Echols of Cedar Hill, Thelma Jean Durham of Mexia, Connie (B.J.) Johnson of Fairfield and Maxine (Gerold) Jones of Irvin; two sisters, Estella Mitchell and Izora Jones, of Fort Worth; two sisters-in-law, Irma Coleman of Mexia and Delores Cannon of Fort Worth; special daughter, Lola (Joe) Alberts of Austin, Andrea Perry of Tacoma, Wash., Corrolotta Perry of Plano; and special friend, Louise Johnson of Tacoma, Wash.

Wed
08
Jan

Vernice Barnes-Brooks


Vernice Barnes-Brooks

Vernice Barnes-Brooks was born Jan. 1, 1934 in Falls County. She departed this life Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Parkview Hospital in Mexia.
Brooks was the 18th of 19 children, born to Louis and Marie McWilliams-Barnes. Her husband, Willie J. Brooks; stepson, James Brooks; both parents and 17 brothers and sisters all preceded Vernice in death.
Brooks received her formal education in the Kosse and also in the Groesbeck school systems. Vernice joined church at an early age and devoted her life to serving Christ Jesus and raising her children according to the scriptures. Brooks was a devoted member and usher at the New Light Missionary Baptist Church, Wiley Chapel Missionary Church (both in Dallas), and also an usher at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church of Stranger. At the time of her death, Brooks was a member of New Home Baptist Church in Mexia, where Rev. L. Brown serves as the pastor.

Wed
08
Jan

Ross Morris

Graveside services for Ross Morris of Hubbard will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at Valley View Cemetery in Hubbard. Ross went to be with the Lord Jan. 3, 2014 in Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro. Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia is in charge of professional services for the Morris family.

Wed
08
Jan

Floria Lee Anderson Mack

Funeral services for Floria Lee Anderson Mack will be held Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at Union Memorial United Methodist Church in the Sandy Community. Visitation will be held Friday Jan. 10, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with Elder James Lucas as eulogist. Burial will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery.
Floria (Flo) Lee Anderson-Mack was born March 18, 1938, to the late Herbert "Sonny" Adkison and Malissa Henry, in Limestone County. Anderson-Mack went to be with the Lord on Jan. 3, 2014, at Providence Hospital, in Waco.
She grew up in the Sandy Community of Coolidge and attended the Sandy Public Schools.
On Sept. 1, 1956, she united in holy matrimony to the late Tilman Anderson Jr., and to this union 10 children were born, three of whom preceded her in death.
On Dec. 4, 2002, she married Isaiah Mack, and to this union one child was born and preceded her in death.

Wed
08
Jan

Henry Virgle “H.V.” O’Bryant Jr.


Henry Virgle “H.V.” O’Bryant Jr.

Henry Virgle “H.V.” O’Bryant Jr., 75, of Denton, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton.
Henry was born on Jan. 26, 1938 in Bandera, to Henry Virgle Sr. and Lillie Loretta (Brown) O’Bryant. He was married to Gale Marlene Allen on March 9, 1984 in Denton. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Shady Shores Baptist Church. He worked for many years as the manager of the Sacred Choral Music Department at Pender’s Music Store in Denton; he had also worked as a chaplain at the Mexia State School and directed the choir, “Sunshine Singers,” as they traveled all over the country. He served on staff at churches in Dallas, Pasadena, Seguin, Smithville, Mexia and Denton. He was a member of the Stanfield Masonic Lodge #217 of Denton and was a Mason of the 32nd degree.

Tue
07
Jan

Darrell Keith Chambers


Darrell Keith Chambers

The angelic hosts came for Darrel Keith Chambers, 50, on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 in Fort Worth.
A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church, 1021 East Palestine St. in Mexia. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery on Hwy. 14 in Wortham.
Darrell Keith Chambers was born Aug. 17, 1963 in Wortham to the proud parents, George Washington and Sammie Lee Chambers. He was baptized at Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church by Rev. H. V. Chambers Sr. at an early age. Darrell received his education at Wortham ISD, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged after four years of service.
Darrell was currently attending technical school in Fort Worth for his certification as a welder. He had been a truck driver and a laborer in the Fort Worth area.

Mon
06
Jan

Henry Virgle “H.V.” O’Bryant Jr.


Henry Virgle “H.V.” O’Bryant Jr.

Henry Virgle “H.V.” O’Bryant Jr., 75, of Denton, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton.
Henry was born on Jan. 26, 1938 in Bandera, to Henry Virgle Sr. and Lillie Loretta (Brown) O’Bryant. He was married to Gale Marlene Allen on March 9, 1984 in Denton. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Shady Shores Baptist Church. He worked for many years as the manager of the Sacred Choral Music Department at Pender’s Music Store in Denton; he had also worked as a chaplain at the Mexia State School and directed the choir, “Sunshine Singers,” as they traveled all over the country. He served on staff at churches in Dallas, Pasadena, Seguin, Smithville, Mexia and Denton. He was a member of the Stanfield Masonic Lodge #217 of Denton and was a Mason of the 32nd degree.

Mon
06
Jan

Don Carroll Green


Don Carroll Green

Don Carroll Green, 77, of Mexia, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, after battling an acute illness.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Tehuacana Methodist Church in Tehuacana. Arrangements are being handled by Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia.
Don was born March 19, 1936, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Edgar and Edith Green. The family moved to the Mexia area when Don was a young boy. As a teenager, he and his friends and cousins would spend time hunting, fishing and camping out whenever they could. As a young teenager, Don began working in the Mexia oilfields as a roustabout. Stories included Don and other young oilfield workers seeing who could climb the derrick ladders the fastest using only their hands.

Fri
03
Jan

Shirley Elaine Padgett


Shirley Elaine Padgett

Shirley Elaine Padgett, 66, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 1, 2014, in Temple. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Joe Lucas officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Shirley was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Clarendon, to Eldon and Ruth Whitsell Kay.
She married H. O. “Niel” Padgett Jr. on Oct. 14, 1970, in Durant, Okla. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. Shirley retired from the Mexia State Supported Living Center after 32 years of service.
Shirley loved her family and spending time with them, especially her grandchildren; they were her pride and joy. She was always supportive of her children and grandchildren in sports or any activities in which they participated. She also enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Colonel James S. Kay.

Fri
03
Jan

Julia Faye Hamilton

Julia Faye Hamilton, 76, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 31, 2013, in Mexia.
Funeral services are 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
A visitation will be held 2-3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Mexia.
Julia Faye was born Oct. 28, 1937, in Longview, to Harold L. and Bertha J. Blanchard Hamilton.
She received her master’s degree from Baylor University. Julia taught in the Mexia ISD for over 35 years. Although she never had any children of her own, she loved her students as if they were her own and they loved her. She also loved to paint and taught classes in painting. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Julia Faye is survived by a host of friends, church family and students.

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