Obituaries

Fri
27
May

Richard Lee Woods

Richard Lee Woods

Richard Lee Woods was born in Woodville on Oct. 22, 1952. He was at his home in Grand Prairie when he left us to join his savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on May 20, 2016. Although he was a three-time cancer survivor, he passed quietly of natural causes.
A graveside service will be held at Tehuacana Cemetery on Thursday, May 26, at 11 a.m., with his nephew, Brother Rich Kaszak, officiating. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening from 6- to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Richard’s family came to Mexia when he was 7 years old, but he always called it “home.” He was a member of the Mexia High School class of 1971.
Richard loved people and made friends easily. He was an avid classic car enthusiast, having completely restored/ street-rodded a 1940 Ford Sedan that earned him many trophies.

Fri
27
May

Sylvia Sue Thompson

Sylvia Sue Thompson

Sylvia Sue Thompson, of Mexia, passed away at Parkview Regional Hospital on Friday, May 20, 2016, at age 80.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 23, with Pastor Spain Trask of the First Assembly of God of Teague and her brother, Alan Youngblood, officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bruce Anderson, Dennis Chandler, Paul Edge, Shawn Phillips, Ben Hardin and Ron Jackson. Great-grandsons and nephews were honorary pallbearers.
Sue was born June 28, 1935 to Irving Randolph Youngblood and Irene Elizabeth Parks Youngblood, in Morgan. She grew up in Morgan until the family moved to Fort Worth while she was in high school.
Sue was united in marriage with B.W. Thompson in Fort Worth on Nov. 14, 1953, and they continued to live in Fort Worth and Dallas for four more years, until moving to his home community of Farrar in Limestone County. They moved to Mexia in recent years, after living many years in the country.

Fri
27
May

Linda Sue Starkes Herring

Linda Sue Starkes Herring, of Kosse, passed away at approximately 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
She was born Sept. 25, 1941. She is survived by her husband, three children, three grandchildren and many friends.
Graveside services were held Monday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m., at Criswell Cemetery in Marlin.

Wed
25
May

Johnnie Lee Jones

Johnnie Lee Jones

Johnnie Lee Jones was born March 10, 1932 in Limestone County, to the parentage of Arthur and Valerie Thomas. She passed away May 18, 2016.
She married Tracy Jones on Sept. 8,1947 and to that union 13 children were born; seven boys and six girls.
She was preceded in death by her parentss; husband, Tracy Jones; sons, R.L. Jones and Ray Jones; brothers, R.L. Thomas, Joe Thomas, L.C. Milus and M.C. Jennings; sisters, Corine Gibson, Gertrude Parker and LuBerta Thomas; and step-daughter, Mauldie Williams.

Fri
20
May

Lois Roberts

Lois Roberts, 96, of Pearland, passed away on May 18, 2016, at her residence. Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 23, at noon at Union Cemetery in Freestone County. Visitation with the family will be held 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Ms. Roberts was born on Feb. 23, 1920, in Freestone County, to Oscar and America Jane Eazell Allison. She was a very strong, committed Christian lady. Her family was everything to her, and she loved them deeply. All of the children loved going to her house, because she was known for her chocolate pies, and they knew that there would be a bowl of Hershey’s kisses on the table. She was an avid reader and quilter, and had a talent for raising beautiful flowers.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ben L. Roberts; son, Howard Roberts; great-grandson, Devon Taylor Collins; parents, Oscar and America Jane Allison; and siblings, Arnold Allison, Oscar Allison, Callie Ferguson and Caluph Allison.

Fri
20
May

Johnny Sanderson

John Peyton “Johnny” Sanderson passed away May 17, 2016, in Humble, at the age of 55.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21,, in the Coolidge Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be at the cemetery and after the service in the home of Aline Sanderson.
Pastor Shane Norcross, of Calvary Baptist Church, will officiate. Johnny had been a member of Calvary Baptist Church and had accepted Christ at an early age.
Johnny was born April 11, 1961, in Mexia to John J. and Aline Sanderson. He grew up in Mexia and was a graduate of Mexia High School.
He enjoyed long haul truck driving and working in the oil-related fields. He loved hunting, fishing and outdoor activities, and had a great love for his dogs, over the years, who were his faithful companions.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Sanderson, and his infant son, John Peyton Sanderson Jr.

Wed
18
May

Shirley Miller

Services for Shirley Ann Miller, of Mexia, will be held Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home Chapel, 602 N. Ross in Mexia. Pastor Billy Jack Freeman and Minister Jason Forge will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Mexia. Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, May 20, 1-7 p.m., also at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel. Shirley Miller passed away May 13, 2016, at Providence Hospice, in Waco. Shirley was born Oct. 28, 1952, in Mexia, to James “Buck” and Pearlie Mae (Palmer) Forge. She attended Odessa public schools. On Oct. 21, 1978, Shirley married James E. Miller, of Mexia. No children were born to their union. She worked for a long while at what was then the Mexia State School as food service manager, then finished her career working as a dietitian at Mexia LTC nursing home. Shirley was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, in Hillsboro.

Wed
18
May

Johnny Sanderson

John Peyton “Johnny” Sanderson passed away May 17, 2016, in Humble.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, in the Coolidge Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Aline Sanderson, of Mexia; brothers, Donald Sanderson, of Mexia, and Richard Sanderson, of Dallas; and sister, Brenda Ridge, of Mexia.
A complete obituary will be in the Saturday edition of The Mexia News.
Please visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message or sign the guestbook.

Mon
16
May

Shirley Miller

Shirley Miller, of Mexia, has passed away. Services are pending with Dorsey and Keatts Funeral Home.

Mon
16
May

Pat Newsom

Pat Newsom went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones. She had been battling advanced COPD and a heart condition for over a year.
A celebration of life for Pat will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 19, at the Coolidge Cemetery Chapel. Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Pat was born in Terrell on Feb. 8, 1936, to Elmer L. and Lois Dean. She grew up and graduated from high school in Wylie. In 1957, she married Bill Newsom and moved to Waco where she was a secretary for Crestview ISD and also a loan officer for Educators Credit Union.

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