Obituaries

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09
Mar

Jerry Lee Elmore


Jerry Lee Elmore

Jerry Lee Elmore, 76, formerly of Mexia, passed away March 7, 2015 in Clear Lake. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Jerry was born Dec. 21, 1938 in West Virginia, to Leon and Hazel Kilgore Elmore. He worked for NASA for 25 years as a graphic artist and designer. He designed the patches that the astronauts wore in space on Apollos 11 and 17. Jerry’s painting of the space station was once featured in Time magazine. He also worked for Stewart-Stephenson in their design department for 15 years and for the Foster Grandparent Program at the Mexia State Supported Living Center for a number of years.
Jerry’s hobby was fishing; he loved to fish whether it be in the bay or in this area. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mexia.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mon
09
Mar

Jack Murray Bounds


Jack Murray Bounds

Jack Murray Bounds, 67, passed away Feb. 28, 2015, in Wortham.
Jack was born in Waco on June 25, 1947. After living in Waco and Wichita Falls, Jack’s parents, Jackie and Lemoine, moved the family to Houston where Jack attended several different junior high and high schools, because new schools were being built closer to their home each year. Jack attended Spring Branch HS and Memorial HS, and, finally, Spring Woods High School, graduating in 1966. After high school, Jack attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Jack moved to East Texas with his first wife, Pat, where he worked as a police officer for the city of Gladewater. Jack was thrilled when his son, Jackson Lemoine, was born in 1970. Jack later worked for a time in the oil field before he began working as a truck driver. He worked as a hot shot driver, then as a long haul truck driver for many years.

Mon
09
Mar

Ina Rae Gorden Rickard


Ina Rae Gorden Rickard

Ina Rae Gorden Rickard, 56, of Coolidge, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015. A loving tribute to Ina’s life was held with family and close friends on March 9 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Interment was in the Tehuacana Cemetery.
Ina was born Aug. 8, 1958 in Mexia, to Burney Gorden and Mary Beth Demoney. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class in Coolidge. Upon graduation, Ina attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a degree in business management in 1980. From there, she went to work at Frazier & Frazier Industries and retired in 2014, completing 34 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Bill Barham.

Fri
06
Mar

Jimmie B. Porter


Jimmie B. Porter

Jimmie B. Porter, 86, of Mexia, passed away March 5, 2015 in Mexia. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Mexia, with Revs. Steve Schulte and Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow at Mexia City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Jimmie is a native of Dallas. He moved to Corsicana in 1948, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Griffin, and they married Dec. 4, 1949. In 1953, Jimmie and Dorothy moved to Mexia, and Jimmie managed Corley Funeral Home for John R. Corley. He has owned and operated Porter Funeral Home since 1969. He was awarded Mexia’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2002, being noted for his longtime attention to civic work in Mexia and the surrounding community.

Fri
06
Mar

Dan Moore


Dan Moore

Dan Moore, 77, of Waco, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015.
Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. A private family committal will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Wortham Cemetery with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Wortham. Following the service, visitation with the family will follow at the church in Wortham.

Fri
06
Mar

Thierry O'Shay Jones-Rhoden

Graveside services for Baby Thierry O'Shay Jones-Rhoden are Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Lone Star Cemetery in Groesbeck. Baby Jones-Rhoden went home to be with Lord Feb. 25, 2015.
Those cherishing the memory are mother, Kamesha Jones; father; DeSean Rhoden; sisters, Essance Jones and Praisj'a Rhoden; brothers, Sabrien Jones, Ombry Jones and Aijalon Roden; and a host of other family members.
Rev. Nathaniel Bedford will be the eulogist. Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia, is in charge of arrangements. Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Wed
04
Mar

Willie Ruth Cooper


Willie Ruth Cooper

Willie Ruth Cooper departed this life Feb. 28, 2015 at Providence Hospital in Waco.
Funeral services will be held March 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia, with Rev. Thomas Dansby officiating and Rev. Victor Adams as eulogist. Visitation is March 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as she sleeps in sweet repose at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia. Burial will be at Sandy Creek Cemetery in Coolidge.
Cooper, better known to her children as “Mama Ruth,” was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Coolidge, the only child of James “Jim” and Murnice Mayfield.
In her early years she was an active member of Union Memorial United Methodist Church. She received her education from Coolidge School. She met and married John Edward Cooper on Nov. 4, 1957.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son-in-law, Ronnie Walker.

Wed
04
Mar

Ronald E. ‘Ronnie’ Dempsey


Ronald E. ‘Ronnie’ Dempsey

Ronald E. “Ronnie” Dempsey, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 24, 2015.
He was born Sept. 20, 1956 in Mexia. He was the second child born to Elmer Eugene and Katherine Elizabeth Shinault Dempsey of Mexia.
Ronnie attended Mexia High School and had a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He served four years in the U.S. Navy. His hobbies included listening to Buddy Guy, detailing his car and playing call of duty on his PS3. He also enjoyed taking long drives.
Ronnie was a kind, gentle, loving man, and his smile and laughter would brighten your day. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who know him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine Elizabeth Shinault Dempsey.

Wed
04
Mar

Lazell Morgan


Lazell Morgan

Lazell Morgan of Garland passed away Feb. 18, 2015.
She was born to Cul Houston and Nora Medlock Morgan on April 17, 1941, in the Sandy Community, Limestone County. She attended Echols and Woodland schools in Limestone County and was the younger sister of the late Vivian Morgan Reed and Lawless Morgan.
Lazell resided in the Dallas and Garland areas for more than 55 years. She attended Eastfield College and worked for the Dallas Independent School District, U.S. Post Office, and served as a security guard at different businesses. She was a world traveler to Australia, India, New York, and Indiana, to name a few. She was a very private, creative person who wrote poetry and short stories. She was married twice but had no children. She served as a confidant and friend for her many nieces and nephews.

Wed
04
Mar

James Lawrence Phillips Sr.


James Lawrence Phillips Sr.

The angelic hosts came for James Lawrence Phillips Sr., 75, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas, among loving family.
Viewing will be Friday, March 6, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Services will be Saturday, March 7, with a remembrance service with viewing from 9 a.m. to noon and visitation with the family present from noon to 1 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel. The graveside service will follow from 1 to 2 p.m. at Cotton Gin Cemetery, FM 1388 FCR 930 in Teague.

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