Obituaries

Fri
27
Nov

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith, 79, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 22, 2015 at the Windsor nursing home in Groesbeck. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at noon at Mexia Cemetery, with Pres. Andrew Thompson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiating. Visitation was held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home. Sandra was born April 20, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Charles Wesley Smith and Marion Josephine Smith Stuart. She married the love of her life, Jesse Smith, in 1952. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Thomas "Mickey" Smith; her son, Mark Alan Smith; sister, Kay Ferguson; and brothers, Ray Smith and C.D. Smith.

Mon
23
Nov

Grace Wilkins

Grace Wilkins, 80, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 20, 2015 at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Parkside Full Gospel Church in Mexia, with Revs. Don Hoxworth and Paul Moore, officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Grace was born April 14, 1935 in Paulsboro, N.J. She met the love of her life, Don Wilkins, while he was stationed there in the service. They married in 1959 and moved to Texas where they raised their four children.
Grace was always a very generous person and she never met a stranger. She loved her family more than anything and her family’s friends were always treated like her own. Grace got pure joy out of spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids and she absolutely loved getting pictures of them on her phone.

Mon
23
Nov

Sandra Smith

Funeral services for Sandra Smith, 79, of Mexia, are pending at Porter Funeral Home. Smith, who was born April 20, 1936, passed away Nov. 22, 2015 at the Windsor Nursing Home in Groesbeck.
A complete obituary will be posted later.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for the family.

Mon
23
Nov

John Estle ‘Kink’ Ridge

John Estle “Kink” Ridge, 92, of Groesbeck, passed away Nov. 20, 2015.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 23, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck officiating. Burial followed at Old Union Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Johnny Kent, Cody Sunday, Justin Vickery, Tim Barco, Kenneth Shields and Lewis Garner. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Kent, Herbert Gene Wilson and Earl Leonard.

Fri
20
Nov

Ethel Marie Black Fisher

Ethel Marie Black Fisher, 79, of Victorville, Calif., was called home by the Lord on Nov. 5, 2015. Her service will be Monday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, Calif. The Rev. Michael Coffee and the Rev. Peter Uwarow of the Community Church at Jess Ranch will officiate. The graveside service and interment will be on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m., at the Mexia Cemetery, Cemetery Road, in Mexia. The Rev. Andy Davis of the First Baptist Church at Belton, will officiate.

Wed
18
Nov

Victor Alfred Adams

Funeral services for Victor Alfred Adams will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Eulogist will be Pastor Victor D. Adams, with Pastor Thomas Dansby officiating.
Victor Alfred Adams was born to the parentage of Curtis B. Adams Sr. and Katherine Adams on Sept. 15, 1947 in Mexia. He passed away Nov. 11, 2015 in Mexia.
Victor received his formal education and graduated from Pinkston High School class of 1965, in Dallas. After graduating, he joined the Army and fought in Vietnam. Victor was self-employed until his health failed. He loved fishing, hunting, reading Westerns and spending time with family.
Victor accepted Christ as his lord and savior at an early age.

Wed
18
Nov

Arzo S. Burnim

Arzo S. Burnim, or “Coach,” as many referred to him, was called home to be with the Lord on Nov. 16, 2015.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Teague High School Auditorium, 420 Loop 255 in Teague. Viewing will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Born to Gatha Sanders Burnim and Briscoe Burnim in Nacogdoches County, on April 12, 1923, he was the first son and the fourth of six children. He attended the segregated public schools of Nacogdoches (Macedonia Elementary and E. J. Campbell High School) and, with the urging and assistance of one of his teachers, went off to Prairie View A&M College, from which he graduated in 1947 with a degree in agriculture. While at Prairie View, he met Ruby Dell Brigham of Greenville, and they were married Dec. 21, 1947. To this union, four children were born: Mickey, Mellonee, Avis (deceased), and Wonda.

Mon
16
Nov

Donna Fay Wheeler

Donna Fay Wheeler, 75, passed away Nov. 12, 2015 in Mexia. In honoring her wishes, there will be no public service.
Donna was born May 5, 1940 in Taberville, Mo., to James and Dolly Groves Reece. She and her husband, Roger, owned and operated Wheeler’s Hot Pit Barbeque for a number of years. Donna was a hard worker – she also maintained a home and raised six children in addition to operating a business. When she had some free time, she enjoyed going fishing, reading or working puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger Wheeler; sister, Carlotta Byfield; brother, Jim Reece; and special friend of 30 years, Marshall Jones.

Mon
16
Nov

Finis G. Peyton II

Funeral services for Finis G. Peyton II were held Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Brother Dale Mitchell officiated. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery with Masonic honors.

Visitation was Sunday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Peyton, 68, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Waco. He was born in Jacksonville on Jan. 11, 1947. Finis grew up in Teague and graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1965. He attended Baylor University and the University of North Texas before going to work for Brown & Root in Fairfield.

Mon
16
Nov

JC Huffman

JC Huffman, 86, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 15, 2015 in Waco. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Rosewood Cemetery in Humble, with Pastor Richard Mooney officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
JC was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Humble, to James Edison and Eugene Dry Huffman. He retired from the Harris County Road Maintenance Department after 30 years of service. He also served his country in the Navy during World War II.
JC had an outgoing personality and enjoyed visiting with people. He didn’t like to stay at home by himself so he frequented the local stores to be among people, especially H-E-B, Walmart and Brookshire’s, before they closed. He was truly “A Man About Town!”

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