Obituaries

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Dec

Samuel 'Sammie' Doyle Biggers


Samuel 'Sammie' Doyle Biggers

The angelic hosts came for Samuel “Sammie” Doyle Biggers on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the Teague Nursing Home in Teague, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing was Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services are noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel, with elder James Willis officiating and Rev. Eddie Mason serving as eulogist. Interment will follow at Grayson Chapel Cemetery in Teague.
Samuel was the fifth child of James Rance Biggers and Clyntell Kirven Biggers and was born in Freestone County on Dec. 20, 1940.
He grew up in the Furney Richardson community and graduated in 1959 from Booker T. Washington High School in Teague. He was baptized in Titus Chapel United Methodist Church in Teague in his early years.
Those preceding him in death are his parents, and his sisters, Glories Caldwell and Allene Glascow.

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08
Dec

Grace Davis

Funeral arrangement for Grace Davis of Fort Worth are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Davis went to be with the Lord on Dec. 3, 2014, at Arlington Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Worth.
You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Mon
08
Dec

Eugene Brewer

Funeral arrangements for Eugene Brewer are pending are Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Brewer went to be with the Lord on Nov. 30, 2014 at Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck.
You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

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08
Dec

Bishop John L. McKnight


Bishop John L. McKnight

Funeral services for Bishop John L. McKnight will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at noon at First Assembly of God, 1417 E. Loop 304 in Crockett. Apostle Reginald D. Rice Sr. will officiate; eulogist will be apostle Earnest Parham.
Bishop John L. McKnight was born Feb. 25, 1925 , in Crockett, to the proud parents Sam and Satire McKnight. On Nov. 25, 2014, in Crockett, Bishop McKnight left this earth on the wings of angels.
McKnight attended Post Oak School in Crockett. Bishop accepted Jesus Christ in to his life at an early age. He was a faithful member under the leadership of Prophet Harmon, until later starting his own ministry and building two churches, in Crockett and Grapeland. Bishop McKnight was affiliated with Bishop Henry Thomas, Bishop Joseph Thomas and Bishop Robert L. Fryer of Georgia for many years.

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01
Dec

Judy Stutts Crider


Judy Stutts Crider

Judy Stutts Crider was born in Marlin on Nov. 5, 1943, the only child of Pet and Eldred Stutts of Thornton. She departed this life Nov. 27, 2014.
Judy grew up in Thornton, and was salutatorian of her high school graduating class. She attended Baylor University and graduated in 1965 with a BBA in economics. Two weeks after her graduation, she married Bill Crider of Mexia. She worked as a secretary while Bill went to graduate school, first in Denton and then in Austin.
Their daughter, Angela, and their son, Allen, were both born in Austin. They were truly the pride and joy of Judy’s life from the moment they entered it, and it is no exaggeration to say that she loved them even before they were born. 

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01
Dec

Dorothy Lou Bates


Dorothy Lou Bates

Dorothy Lou Bates of Wortham went home into God's embrace on Nov. 26, 2014.
Graveside services were held Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Wortham Cemetery with Rev. Justin Colquette officiating. Family visitation was held Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.
Bates was born Jan. 28, 1927 to Lida and J.D. Moore. Dorothy Lou attended Navarro College and Baylor University. She loved her career as a registered medical technologist. She was a member of the Texas State Society of American Medical Technologists and traveled throughout the United States to participate in conferences. Dorothy Lou loved to dance. For several years she taught tap dance. She also loved the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and the Dallas Cowboys.

Fri
28
Nov

Lydia Ann Schuster La Faitt


Lydia Ann Schuster La Faitt

Lydia Ann Schuster La Faitt passed away Nov. 23, 2014 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler from complications following heart surgery.
Lydia was born Sept. 22, 1951 in Mexia. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1970 and lived in Mexia until she married Danny LaFaitt on Feb. 14, 1972. They moved to Whitehouse and she resided there until her death.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Danny LaFaitt; two sons, Shane La Faitt and Dustin La Faitt, and a daughter, Wendy La Faitt; two granddaughters, Lauren Warner and Rylan La Faitt, three sisters-in-law, Rita Prinkey of Whitehouse, Charlene "Charlie" Brittian of White Oak and Le An Adams of Bullard; a brother-in-law, Bill La Faitt of Larue; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Jimmy and Rosemary Vest of Groesbeck and Dorothea Cox of Mexia; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ed and Sue Schuster of La Verne, Calif., and Andy and Donna Schuster of Corona, Calif;, and several nieces and nephews.

Fri
28
Nov

John L. McKnight

Funeral service for Bishop John L. McKnight of Crockett are pending at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia.
Bishop McKnight went peacefully at his home in Crockett with family and friends at his side.
You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Fri
28
Nov

Hilda Ann Awalt


Hilda Ann Awalt

Hilda Ann Awalt, 72, of Wortham, passed away Nov. 25, 2014 at her residence. Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, outside of Franklin. Family visitation was held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.
Awalt was born Oct. 19, 1942 in Bryan, to Lee William and Mary Lanora Thorpe Moore. She was raised in Franklin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Nora Joyce Hernandez, Marie “Shug” Liles, Maxine DeBoard and Virginia Hickman; and brothers, Clifford Moore, Howard Moore and William Moore Jr.

Mon
24
Nov

Ruby Pearl Hobbs


Ruby Pearl Hobbs

Ruby Pearl Hobbs was born March 1, 1937 in the Sandy Community, Coolidge, the 11th child born to Mary and Manuel Freeman.
She graduated from Woodland High in Mexia and went on to Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View to receive her bachelor of arts degree in English in 1958. Ruby met Rufus Dabney Jr. while attending Prairie View and the two married shortly after she graduated from college. To this union, her only child, a daughter, was born.
Ruby became a devoted teacher who continued her education by obtaining a master of arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Ruby's life afforded her with opportunities to travel and teach at elementary school through college in Illinois (Chicago), Michigan (Detroit), and various cities in Texas (Galveston, Prairie View, Wichita Fails, Houston and Raywood). During her tenure as a teacher, Ruby was the recipient of numerous awards, honors and recognition.

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