Obituaries

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.

Wed
02
Jul

John C. 'J.C.' Jones


John C. 'J.C.' Jones

John C. "J.C." Jones, 66, of Mexia died June 28, 2014 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
He was born Oct. 12, 1947 in Limestone County, and was a retired truck driver from a variety of companies. He worshipped at Bethsaida Missionary Baptist Church.

Mon
30
Jun

Joyce Bowen McGuire


Joyce Bowen McGuire

Joyce Bowen McGuire, 85, was born April 24, 1929 to Emry and Gladys Wright Bowen in Oakhurst. She went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2014.
On July 26, 1946, she married Elmo McGuire; they had two sons, Glenn McGuire and the late Mark Alan McGuire. Joyce dedicated her life to being a pastor’s wife and to teaching English literature. She was beloved by her students, many of whom called her “Mama.”
Her real passion was missions. She served as an officer of the Women’s Missionary Union of the Congregational Methodist denomination for many years. When missionaries needed funds for certain projects, they would call Joyce, and, in just a matter of days, she would have received pledges and donations to meet the needs on the mission fields.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Elmo McGuire; a son, Mark McGuire; her parents, Emry and Gladys Bowen; a brother, Emry Elton Bowen; and a sister, Mary Nell Spivey.

Mon
30
Jun

Hazel Naomi Simmons


Hazel Naomi Simmons

On the morning of June 28, 2014, God called away the sweet spirit of Hazel Naomi Simmons to her heavenly home. Hazel was born May 23, 1920 in Pinewood, Minn. to Clarence E. and Estella Hurst Bacon. She was the third of seven children.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always put others ahead of herself. She loved her Lord and savior with all her heart and lived her life as a faithful servant.
Hazel married Robert "Bob" Simmons in August 1943. They raised four children in a home filled with love, giving those who knew them an example of a loving marriage and godly parents.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; son, Carey; and her siblings.

Wed
25
Jun

Turner Whorton


Turner Whorton

The angelic hosts came for Turner Whorton, 70, of Mexia on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in the Doctor’s Healthcare and Rehab Center in Dallas, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing and visitation with the family will be Friday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. in the Alexander Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 201 Kohlman Road in Mexia, with Rev. Henry Chambers Jr. officiating and Rev. Wilmer Davis Jr. serving as eulogist. Interment with military funeral honors will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Whorton was born Jan. 6, 1944 in Dallas, to Dee and Blanche Whorton of Mexia.
He attended Douglas Elementary and Dunbar High School in Mexia, and was valedictorian of his graduating class of 1961.

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