Obituaries

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Marion E. ‘Billy’ Howze


Marion E. ‘Billy’ Howze

Marion E. “Billy” Howze, 93, left his earthly home peacefully and surrounded by his loving family and friends, and entered into his eternal home to be with his Lord on March 29, 2015.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Billy was born Feb. 21, 1922 in Datura, to William Lee and Lula Mae Hancock Howze. He lived in this area his entire life and attended Coolidge High School. He retired after 31 years of service as maintenance foreman and fire chief at the Mexia State School; he was, officially, their first fire chief.

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30
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Eddie Lee Atchley


Eddie Lee Atchley

Funeral services for Eddie Lee Atchley were held Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at the Freestone Baptist Church. Brother Paul Heuermann and Brother Alejo Salas officiated. Interment followed at Dew Cemetery.
Visitation was held Friday with the family present from 6 ti 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.
Atchley, 75, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
He was born in Dew on Sept. 2, 1939, and moved with his family to Childress and then to Corpus Christi, where he grew up. He married Nora on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1969, in Corpus Christi and they shared more than 45 years together.

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Dr. Elgin Eugene Sims


Dr. Elgin Eugene Sims

Dr. Elgin Eugene Sims, 96, passed away March 26, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, at the Lost Prairie Baptist Church with Rev. Clifton Jones officiating. There will be time provided in the service for people to share. Interment will follow in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Lost Prairie Baptist Church.
Eugene and his twin sister, Christine, were born April 11, 1918, to H.H. and Lurah Easterling Sims, in the Lost Prairie Community of Limestone County, where they grew up.
He graduated from Donie High School and Sam Houston College in Huntsville with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture. It was in Huntsville that he met his future wife, Lucille Blackwood.

Wed
25
Mar

Joseph James Russo


Joseph James Russo

Joseph James Russo, 79, of Mexia, passed away March 23, 2015 in Fort Worth. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 27, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia. Interment will follow at Mexia City Cemetery.
Family visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Porter Funeral Home, with a rosary following at 7 p.m.
Russo was born Jan. 28, 1936 in Chicago, Ill., to Frank and Mary Giandinoto Russo. He was active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church for many years. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecelia Macaluso Russo; parents; brother, Steve Russo and granddaughter, Kristen Schronk.

Wed
25
Mar

JoAnn Whitley Hughes


JoAnn Whitley Hughes

JoAnn Whitley Hughes, 63, passed away March 23, 2015 at her home in Waco. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Bro. Jerry Stinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia City Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
JoAnn was born in Mexia on Aug. 23, 1951, to Ivy Olin Whitley and Martha Beldin Whitley. She grew up in Mexia and attended Mexia ISD schools.
JoAnn married James W. Hughes on Jan. 20, 1975. She and James were owners and operators of Jim’s Krispy Chicken for many years, prior to retirement.
She loved her family and spending time with them. Her husband will always remember JoAnn as being a very special lady who will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Mark Whitley; son, Richard Hughes; and son-in-law, Brian Erkfitz.

Wed
25
Mar

Hershel Cunningham

Funeral services for Hershel Cunningham, 83, of Oakwood, are pending at Porter Funeral Home. Cunningham passed away March 25, 2015 at his residence.
Cunningham was born on May 29, 1931. A complete obituary will be posted later.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for the family.

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25
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Gerald Lee Fulton


Gerald Lee Fulton

Gerald Lee Fulton, 73, of Simsboro, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
He was born Jan. 26, 1942 in Donie, to Arthur and Eunice Fulton. Gerald attended Donie School and graduated from Teague High School, where he was class president and quarterback for the Teague Lions in 1960. He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Sam Houston State in 1964 and continued his education at Baylor University.
Gerald married the love of his life, Ann Bozeman Fulton, on June 14, 1963. The Lord blessed their union with two children, Traci Leigh Fulton and Gerald Lynn “Jerry” Fulton.
He worked as purchasing agent, then office manager at ABCO in Mexia for 22 years. He later worked for ABCO’s parent company, A. Brandt Manufacturing Co., in Fort Worth. He was division accountant at E.R. Carpenter, Inc. in Temple, and retired as business manager of Limestone County Detention Center in Groesbeck.

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25
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Luther Eugene ‘Buck’ Castleberry


Luther Eugene ‘Buck’ Castleberry

Luther Eugene “Buck” Castleberry, of Groesbeck, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at Providence Hospital in Waco, at age 86.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Troy Brooks of Madisonville officiating. Barbara Walker will be the vocalist. Burial will follow in Fort Parker Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Rawls King, Rand Bates, Danny Hewitt, Larry Wilson, Jon King and Charles King.
Buck was born to Luther Lee Castleberry and Mary Helen Cox Castleberry on Aug. 13, 1928 in the Prairie Grove Community. The family moved into Thornton around 1934, and Buck attended school in Thornton and helped his father on the farm.

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Alvie Albert York

Alvie Albert York of Rowlett, formerly of Groesbeck, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the age of 89.
A memorial service was held Monday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1005 N. Red River Street in Mexia. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. the day of the funeral.
Alvie was born Oct. 28, 1925 in Limestone County, to W.H. and Mary Melissa (Sikes) York. He was a dedicated Jehovah's Witness. He was a truck driver by trade, and had many CB friends that he kept in touch with. As a young man he was a baker at a local cafe in Mexia. He loved to cook and garden. He loved to eat pies and desserts.

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Alan Wayne High Sr.


Alan Wayne High Sr.

Funeral services for Alan Wayne High Sr. will be held Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m., at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God In Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Elder C.D Washington will serve as eulogist, and Brother Thomas Gilmore will officiate. Burial will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.
Alan Wayne High Sr. was born Sept. 11, 1959 to the parentage of Morris L. High Sr. and Betty M. Smith High. He confessed a hope in Christ at the Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God In Christ and was a faithful member. He attended school in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School in 1977. He attended college in obtained a degree in air conditioning and refrigeration from TSTI.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to Janet L. High on July 20, 1981, and to this union three children were born.

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