Obituaries

Fri
24
Apr

Joe Durham

Funeral services Joe Durham are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Durham with home to be the Lord on April 23, 2015 in Dallas, with family and friends by his bedside.
You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Fri
24
Apr

Isabelle Grandberry

Funeral services for Isabelle Grandberry are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Grandberry’s soul was set free April 21, 2015 in Desoto, with family and friends by her bedside.
You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Fri
24
Apr

Charles Henry ‘Soap’ Osborne


Charles Henry ‘Soap’ Osborne

Charles Henry “Soap” Osborne, 87, of Coolidge, entered into his heavenly home April 22, 2015. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Coolidge with Pastor Bob Rainey officiating. Interment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Soap was born June 14, 1927 in Emmett, to P.G. and Eula Littlejohn Osborne. He grew up in Coolidge and after graduating from Coolidge High School, received his bachelor’s degree in education from Sam Houston State Teachers College and master’s degree from Baylor University. He proudly served his country in the Army in Germany.

Wed
22
Apr

Louis Charles Williams

Louis Charles Williams, 75, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2015, with his loving family by his side. He was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Mexia.
Louis was a Marine and proudly served his country.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Williams, and father, Ira Williams.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle, of Tyler; daughter, Leah Williams, of Tyler, and son, Donald, of Houston; grandchildren, Haden, Madalyn, James and Rebecca.
A private memorial will be held for the family in Point Enterprise. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the American Cancer Society.

Mon
20
Apr

Rudy Garcia

Rudy Garcia, 61, born June 9, 1953, passed away peacefully at his residence on April 17, 2015, with his loving wife by his side.
Rudy was talented in carpentry work, and had a love for animals, the outdoors and his family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Hernandez, and two brothers, John Garcia and Michael Garcia.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Mexia; sisters, Margret Crownover and husband, Cliff, of Mexia, Angela Semar and husband, Dale, of Trinity, Rebecca Canales of Mexia, and Evelyn Vaughn and husband, John, of Teague; a brother, Dave Garcia and wife, Helen, of Yermo, Calif.; stepchildren, Paul Goodman and wife, Natasha, Jody Ray Goodman and wife, Larisa, and Patrick Goodman; grandchildren, Harlie, Rylie, Zackary, Bralie, Michael, Jadie Rae, Kaylee and Kinley; and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the American Cancer Society.

Mon
20
Apr

Carlene Mae Tackitt


Carlene Mae Tackitt

Carlene Mae Tackitt, of Mexia, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Providence Hospice Place in Waco, at age 80.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Hurd’s Prairie Church (at Petteway Cemetery near Bremond), with Rev. Bill Wright officiating.
Carlene was born June 26, 1934 in Bremond, to Ernest Hammond and Opal G. (McKinney) Hammond. When she was a young teenager, the family moved to Detroit, Mich., where her father went to work for General Motors. With no work in the area and Depression times, her father and several more men caught the train in Bremond to go north, looking for work in the new automobile factories. A year later, he sent money for the family to join him there. Carlene graduated from Chadsey High School in Detroit (where one of her classmates later became the famous singer, Diana Ross.)

Mon
20
Apr

Don Allen Ridge


Don Allen Ridge

Don Allen Ridge, 54, of Wortham, passed away April 18, 2015 in Mexia. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wortham, with Rev. Justin Colquette and Rev. Karen Hulsey officiating. Interment with Masonic honors will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Ridge was born June 21, 1960 in Mexia, to Clyde E. (Hardhead) and Mary Patterson Ridge. He retired from the Mexia State Supported Living Center and was currently employed with Centex ARC in Mexia. Don was a lifetime member and past master of the Longbotham Masonic Lodge in Wortham.

Mon
20
Apr

Earl Sneed Tucker


Earl Sneed Tucker

Earl Sneed Tucker, 90, of Eureka Springs, Ark. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 17, 2015.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka Springs. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. April 23 in Wortham.
Earl was born Jan. 4, 1925 in Curry. He was a realtor and rancher in Arkansas and Texas. For 60 years, Earl was a Mason and was honored for his dedication to the Colorado #96 Lodge in Webberville. He was an active member and avid supporter of the Manor Methodist Church. He also never met a stranger and was always giving and willing to help others.
He was happily married to Jannelle (Jan) Tucker (Greer) for more than 60 years.

Mon
20
Apr

John Prendergast Neece III


John Prendergast Neece III

John Prendergast Neece III passed away April 1, 2015. He was born Jan. 25, 1944 in Del Rio, to Ella Mae and John P. Neece Jr. He grew up and graduated from high school in Mexia. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in computer science.
He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in Germany and a Cobra helicopter pilot during Vietnam. He was awarded a Bronze Star, the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and a Purple Heart. After leaving the Army, he worked as a tax assessor/ collector for several years in Willis and Bryan. He was later a software engineer with the Internal Revenue Service and retired to Southaven, Mississippi.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles with friends to many parts of the United States. He was an avid gun enthusiast and belonged to several local gun clubs.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wed
15
Apr

John Douglas Marberry


John Douglas Marberry

John Douglas Marberry, 85, of Lake Mexia, passed away April 14, 2015 at his residence. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin, with Gene Allen officiating. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Marberry was born March 30, 1930 in Kirvin, to John P. and Pauline Prouty Marberry. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Houston for 30 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nancy Mitchell; son-in-law, Dave Dougherty and brother, Bill Marberry.

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