Obituaries

Thu
07
Apr

Joyce Marie Echols Johnson

Joyce Marie Echols Johnson

Joyce Marie Echols Johnson was born Sept. 7, 1936 in Mexia, the seventh child to Joseph Echols Sr. and Ruby Faye Crawford Echols. Joyce went to be with the Lord on April 2, 2016, with loved ones by her side.
Viewing will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 8, at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home, 602 N. Ross Ave. in Mexia, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 9, at 10:45 a.m. at Dorsey-Keatts Chapel, with Rev. Delphine Vasser of St. John A.M.E. Church of Mexia officiating and Rev. Darrin Montena, associate pastor, Mount Hebron Baptist Church of Garland as eulogist. Interment will be held at the Cedar Hill Burial Park in Mexia.

Thu
07
Apr

Rufus Jackson Sr.

Rufus Jackson Sr.

Alfronzo and Vernada Carter Jackson welcomed their newborn son, Rufus, on Feb. 19, 1935. He was the fifth of nine children in the Jackson family and, as the hand of God would direct, he spent all of his life in the Grove Island community. Rufus accepted Christ at the age of 13 and became a member of the Grove Island African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, under the leadership of Rev. J. E. Ross.
Rufus attended the Furney Richardson School. As a teenager he was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. He also participated in the New Farmers of America and exhibited his animals in county, district and state competitions. He even exhibited animals during the annual State Fair of Texas in Dallas. He graduated from the Furney Richardson School in May 1953.

Thu
07
Apr

Jessie Harris Jr.

Jessie Harris Jr.

Jessie Harris Jr. (“Uncle Jun-Jun,” “Meatloaf,” “Uncle J”) was the son and fourth child of six children of the late Jessie Harris Sr. and Willie B. Tatum Harris. He was born in Limestone County on Sept. 2, 1955.
He accepted the Lord in his life at an early age, became a member and was baptized at Webb Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Jessie attended public schools in Groesbeck, where he was very active in most all sports. He later attended Paul Quinn College in Waco, where he was given a full baseball scholarship. While there, numerous professional baseball clubs took interest in his ability and considered a possible draft. He attended a New York Yankee baseball mini-camp in Hempstead, which awarded him two tickets, a Yankee duffle bag and an invitation to New York for the official tryout for the major league.

Wed
06
Apr

Mary Allen Eakins

Mary Allen Eakins, 77, of Mexia, passed away April 4, 2016 at Providence Place in Waco. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church in Mexia, with Rev. Jeff Wright, officiating.
Eakins was born April 30, 1938 in Groesbeck, to James Allen and Minnie Catherine Murdock Eakins. She retired after 32 years as a nurse’s aide at the Haven Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George Washington Eakins and James Alfred Eakins; and sister, Linda Joan Eakins.
Survivors include her daughter, JoAnn Eakins Dabney and husband, Shad, of Mexia; grandsons, Freddie Shade Dabney and Josh Jenkins, of Mexia; granddaughters, Suzie Sadler and Mattie McCloskey, of Mexia; and niece, Holly Molina.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Wed
06
Apr

Rev. Vernon Busby

Funeral arrangements and services are pending for Rev. Vernon Busby of Wortham.
He passed away April 5, 2016.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
06
Apr

Edward Brown

Funeral arrangements and services pending for Edward Brown of Mexia.  
He passed away April 6, 2016 in Waco.
Services entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

Wed
06
Apr

Everette ‘Ray’ McDonald

Everette “Ray” McDonald of Teague, wife of Cleophus McDonald, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at her residence in Teague, 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.

Mon
04
Apr

Lona Madella Wooten Evans

Lona Madella Wooten Evans

Lona Madella Wooten Evans, 75, of Grand Saline and formerly of Mount Calm and Las Vegas, Nev., passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Country Trails Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Grand Saline.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard, with Rev. Craig Morris officiating. Interment followed in Mount Antioch Cemetery near Mount Calm.
Madella was born Dec. 31, 1940 in Coolidge, to Joe Bryant Wooten and Lottie Mae Crye Wooten. She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas and also studied at the University of Texas. Madella worked as a supervisor at Mexia State School for over 18 years, from the 1970s into the early 1990s. She previously worked at one time at Kreditor’s Manufacturing in Hubbard and was a Baptist.

Mon
04
Apr

Nelle Yvonne Thornton Werner Gallagher

Nelle Yvonne Thornton Werner Gallagher, of Calvert, passed away April 1, 2016. She was grateful to her lord and savior for allowing her to spend a while on his beautiful creation of Earth.
A family visitation was held Monday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 408 S. Magnolia St. in Hearne,. Graveside service is Tuesday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at Tehuacana Cemetery, in Tehuacana.
She was born July 23, 1935, and attended grade school at Tehuacana and high school at Mexia, graduating in 1953. She also attended Navarro Junior College and McLennan Community College, earning an associate’s degree in human growth and development.

Mon
04
Apr

Hubert Ray Jones

Funeral arrangements and services are pending for Hubert Ray Jones, 54, of Mexia.
Jones passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia is in charge of arrangements.

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