Obituaries

Fri
03
Jan

Shirley Elaine Padgett


Shirley Elaine Padgett

Shirley Elaine Padgett, 66, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 1, 2014, in Temple. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with the Rev. Joe Lucas officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Shirley was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Clarendon, to Eldon and Ruth Whitsell Kay.
She married H. O. “Niel” Padgett Jr. on Oct. 14, 1970, in Durant, Okla. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. Shirley retired from the Mexia State Supported Living Center after 32 years of service.
Shirley loved her family and spending time with them, especially her grandchildren; they were her pride and joy. She was always supportive of her children and grandchildren in sports or any activities in which they participated. She also enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Colonel James S. Kay.

Fri
03
Jan

Julia Faye Hamilton

Julia Faye Hamilton, 76, of Mexia, passed away Dec. 31, 2013, in Mexia.
Funeral services are 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Danny Niedecken officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
A visitation will be held 2-3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Mexia.
Julia Faye was born Oct. 28, 1937, in Longview, to Harold L. and Bertha J. Blanchard Hamilton.
She received her master’s degree from Baylor University. Julia taught in the Mexia ISD for over 35 years. Although she never had any children of her own, she loved her students as if they were her own and they loved her. She also loved to paint and taught classes in painting. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Julia Faye is survived by a host of friends, church family and students.

Fri
03
Jan

Edgar Lee Jones


Edgar Lee Jones

Edgar Lee Jones, 70, of Groesbeck, passed away on Jan. 1, 2014, at the Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C. Darron Killingsworth officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Teague. Family visitation will be held on Monday evening, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Jones was born on Feb. 4, 1943, in Teague, to Edgar W. and Ethel Martin Jones. He was in the Army and worked in the oil fields. He loved to research his Indian heritage and playing his guitar. He married his wife, Bonnie Tull, on Aug. 29, 1992. They were married 22 years. Ed was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Matthew Lynn Sanford and Justin Lynn Heath; great-nephew James Wesley Williams Jr. and son-in-law Billy Richard Sutton.

Thu
02
Jan

Karen Darby Davila

Karen Darby Davila, born Aug. 17, 1945, passed away Dec. 24, 2013, in Austin. Funeral services will be held in San Antonio at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy.

Thu
02
Jan

Bonnie Faye Burleson


Bonnie Faye Burleson

Funeral services for Bonnie Faye Burleson, 81, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Brother Steve Cowart will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation was held Monday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mon
30
Dec

Minister Earnest C. Clay


Earnest C. Clay

Funeral services for Minister Earnest C. Clay will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at noon at Living Word Church of God In Christ, 1005 Dunbar St., Waco.

Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mexia, with eulogist Supt. Gilbert Gil­lum, Living Word Church of God in Christ, Waco.

Minister Earnest Clay was born Aug. 25, 1954. He was the eighth child born to Willie and Annie Clay. He attended Booker T. Washington in Marlin, and later served in the U.S. Army.

He was baptized at the Church of the Living God in Marlin,. On Aug. 25, 1953, in Marlin, W.C. and Annie B. Clay were given a very special blessing. I am sure that even they did not realize the magnitude of such a blessing. The Lord had given them a son who would grow up to make his own unique imprint on the sidewalk of life.

Fri
27
Dec

Minnie Lee McWilliams

Minnie Lee McWilliams
The angelic hosts came for Mrs. Minnie Lee McWilliams, 94, on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at her Teague residence among loving family and devoted friends. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street in Teague. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Fred Lampkin, Pastor of Path of Righteousness Ministries, in Dallas, will officiate. Interment will follow at Lincoln Cemetery in Dallas.
On Nov. 12, 1919, a baby girl was born to Robert and Azalee (Boot) Jones Williams and they named her Minnie Lee. She was the second child of two children.
She was raised in Teague and received her education from Booker T. Washington High School, in Teague. Minnie Lee attended St. Paul Church of God In Christ, in Teague, while the Elder McCarthey was pastor.

Fri
27
Dec

Margaret Williams


Margaret Williams

Margaret Williams
The angelic hosts came for Ms. Margaret Williams, 88, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2013, at VITAS Inpatient Hospice in Irving, as she was surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
Funeral services are Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 4501 S. Marsalis Ave., in Dallas, with Pastor Harold Dangerfield officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery on North First Street in Teague.
Ms. Williams was born to Roosevelt Williams and Mendoza Sims Williams on Aug. 16, 1925, in Teague. Margaret was also raised by her Grandma Ella and Grandfather Willie Williams. She grew up in Teague and attended St. James United Methodist Church.

Fri
27
Dec

Hazel ‘Nannie’ McCullen Masters

Funeral services for Hazel Masters will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at Head Branch Baptist Church, 605 McClintic St. in Groesbeck, with eulogist Elder James Lucas.

Hazel Masters was born July 5, 1944, in Thornton, to James and Vernell McCullen.

She attended school at Rosenwald in Thornton, and later became a student at Blacksheer and Washington High schools in Groesbeck.

She joined and was baptized at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Thornton, at an early age.

She was a friend to all and would generously give the clothes off her back to someone in need.

She later moved back home where she met and married Julius Masters on Dec. 23, 1981.

Hazel worked for the Mexia State School as a medical driver for many years until she retired.

She became an active member of Greater Grace Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. in Groesbeck,, where she was a dedicated member and Christian. She was a loving mother, sister and grandmother.

Fri
27
Dec

Tennie Lee Ferrell

Funeral services for Tennie Lee Ferrell will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at Union Memorial United Methodist Church, in the Sandy Community; Pastor Monroe Allen will be the eulogist.

Tennie Ferrell was born Dec. 2, 1945, in Coolidge, the first daughter to be born to the late R.C. Collins and Mattie Pearl Baker.

Tennie received her education from Coolidge Independent School District. She worked 30 years at the Manor Nursing Home in Mexia.

Tennie was united in holy matrimony to Clarence Edward Ferrell on April 3, 1970. To this union, five children were born.

She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

On Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital, Tennie was called home to be at rest. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. Ferrell; parents R.C. Collins and Mattie P. Baker; brother Billy C. Baker; and sister Vettie M. Hayes.

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