Obituaries

Mon
25
Apr

Eddie Clifton ‘Cliff’ Crownover

Private memorial services will be held April 30, 2016 for family and close friends at Mr. Crownover’s previous residence.
Cliff was born Sept. 20, 1937 in Tecumseh, Okla., and passed away April 21, 2016 at Groesbeck LTC.
In the summer of 1983, Cliff met his wife, Margaret, who he married Feb. 14, 1984. He loved to go fishing every chance he could and watch bull riding. Cliff worked for Propane Energy Company for more than 30 years.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years; sister, Lou Donnohue of Lake Jackson; children, Trent Crownover, Johnny Whitmire, of Cuero, and Jason Whitmire and wife, Brenda, of Copperas Cove; and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of one’s choice.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a message.

Mon
25
Apr

Fred Dickson

Funeral services for Fred Dickson, of Temple, are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
20
Apr

Aubrey Lee ‘Billy’ Jones

Aubrey Lee ‘Billy’ Jones

The angelic hosts came for Aubrey Lee “Billy” Jones at his residence in Kosse, on Friday, April 15, 2016, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be held Friday, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home, 1215 E. Yeagar in Groesbeck, under the direction of Moore's Angelic Funeral Home of Teague.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. in the Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church, 629 N. Grayson in Groesbeck, with the pastor, Rev. Nathaniel Bedford, officiating, and Rev. L.B. Perry, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Stranger, as eulogist. Interment will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery of Calvert, with full Masonic funeral rites by Hopeful Lodge #78, F&AM of Texas, from Marlin.
Aubrey “Billy” Jones was born in Limestone County on Oct. 10, 1950, the fifth child born to Ennis Jones and Jewel Watkins Jones. He grew up in Kosse and graduated from Washington High School with the class of 1969.

Tue
19
Apr

Aubrey Jones

The angelic hosts came for Aubrey Jones at his residence in Kosse, on Friday, April 15, 2016, among loving family and devoted friends.
Services are pending at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

Fri
15
Apr

Beatrice Bluitt Williams

Beatrice Bluitt Williams

Beatrice Bluitt Williams, 96, left this earth on the wings of angels on April 9, 2016 at her home in Mexia.
Viewing was held Friday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Emanuel Funeral Home, 1222 N. First in Teague.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Ford Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the Henderson section of Mexia Memorial Cemetery, with Rev. Wilmer Davis officiating and giving the eulogy. Active pallbearers will be Billy Hardaway III, K. Troy Brooks, Lester Busby Jr., Cedrick Franklin, Aaron Harris and Ronald Paul Jackson III.
A beautiful baby girl was born to David and Vashti (Brown) Bluitt on Feb. 5, 1920, in Mexia. Beatrice was raised in Mexia and attended Dunbar High School. She furthered her education by receiving her medication aide certificate.

Wed
13
Apr

James Cameron Quinn Sr.

James Cameron Quinn Sr.

James Cameron Quinn Sr., 86, passed away April 10, 2016 at the Groesbeck LTC. Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Marquez Cemetery. Family visitation was held Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home, 208 N. Canton in Mexia.
Quinn was born June 9, 1929. He was a prison guard, then retired after many years a truck driver. He loved to be around people, and insisted everyone call him “Papa Quinn.” The staff at the nursing home was more like family to him than just caregivers. He really appreciated them and loved being around them. He enjoyed playing dominoes and bingo. There was not a day that went by that he could go without his Dr. Peppers and Little Debbie’s.
Quinn is survived by his daughter, Janey Quinn of Wortham; son, James Quinn Jr. of Cedar Park; and grandsons, Garrett Quinn of Mexia and Colton Quinn and wife, Chelsea, whom will be welcoming a baby boy in June.

Wed
13
Apr

Everett ‘Ray’ Roberson McDonald

Everett ‘Ray’ Roberson McDonald

Everett ‘Ray’ Roberson McDonald
The angelic hosts came for Everett "Ray" McDonald on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at her residence in Teague, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, and continue until 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m., at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Moore's Angelic Chapel.
Everett McDonald was born May 4, 1940 in Calvert, to Luke E. and Jennie Lee Johnson Roberson. She grew up in Mexia, and attended public schools there, and was baptized at the First Baptist Church South Teague.
Her passions were for cooking, shopping and most of all, attending church and singing solos. She had a beautiful singing voice and was programmed to sing by many churches in the community.

Wed
13
Apr

Edward Earl Brown

Edward Earl Brown

Funeral services for Edward Earl Brown will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Westside Church of Christ, 308 W. Herman in Mexia, with Rev. Billy Jack Freeman officiating and Rev. Lester Brown serving as eulogist. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Edward Earl Brown was born March 1, 1956 in Ferris, to Eula “Peg” Chambers and M.C. Brown. He graduated from M.B. Smiley High School in Houston, then served in the Air Force for four years and the Navy for four years. He worked at Wortham Nursing Home, and at the Barnett Unit of the Mexia State School.
Ed was baptized at a young age at Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Wortham.
On Nov. 10, 2006, Edward was united in matrimony to Minnie Mack, a union that lasted until his death on April 6, 2016.
Edward was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Carl Brown.

Mon
11
Apr

Delia Ethel Platt

Delia Ethel Platt

Delia Ethel Platt, 87, of Groesbeck, passed away at her residence on April 8, 2016. She was born Nov. 29, 1928 in Fallon, to Walter and Jewell Duke Redden.
Delia was known by her family as a loving mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She took great pride in her family and always wanted them to have the best. She was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witness of Mexia and participated in many church activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of more than 60 years, H.T. Platt; and a brother, James Madison Redden.
Delia is survived by her sons, Troy Gene Platt and wife, Sue, Joe Lynn Platt and wife, Esther, and Terry Lee Platt; grandchildren, Vikki Sue Grimes, Tommy Gene Platt, Rachel Lynn Talbot, Lisa Ann Bartlett, Michael Gene Platt, James Lee Platt and Steven Hall; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Aline Robinson; and sister-in-law, Opal Hilton.

Mon
11
Apr

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr.

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr.

Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Sr. was born to the parentage of the David and Leola Busby on Nov. 5, 1951. Busby departed this life on April 5, 2016 in Wortham.
He attended public school in Wortham, then joined the Army, graduating from Fort Port Louisiana U.S. Army base. He received an honorable discharge.
Busby was a reserve officer. He also attended truck driving school and later attended seminary. He also worked for Mexia State School, and Limestone County Detention Center for eight years, from which he retired. Upon his death, he was employed part-time at Auto Zone.
Busby met and married Mary Ann Holmes on Dec. 13, 1990 and to this union one son, Rev. Merland Vernon Busby Jr., was born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Leola Busby, and sister, Joyce Busby.

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