Obituaries

Mon
09
Nov

Bailey Morris Hogan

Bailey Morris Hogan, 22, of Kirvin, passed away Nov. 5, 2015 near Hillsboro. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wortham, with Rev. Justin Colquette officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin. Family visitation will be held before the service from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.
Bailey was born Dec. 22, 1992 in Fairfield, to David and Sue Hogan. He was a 2011 graduate of Wortham High School, and had been a mechanic with Randy Turner Services for the past two years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kirvin.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond Hogan; great-grandparents, Rufus and Addie Hogan; and a cousin, Briar Scruggs.

Mon
09
Nov

Ida Elaine Parker

Ida Elaine Parker, 66, passed away Nov. 6, 2015 at the Nacogdoches Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Earl Bell officiating. Interment will follow at Lost Prairie Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service, starting at 1 p.m.
Ida Elaine Parker, also known as Aunt Lane or Momma Lane, was born Nov. 2, 1949, the daughter of Arvel and Dorothy Pate. She married Butch Parker on July 23, 1967 in Timpson. They lived their married life in Mexia after his completion of his Navy service. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Mon
09
Nov

Rev. Billy Guy Sewell

Rev. Billy Guy Sewell, 88, left his earthly home in Itasca on Nov. 4, 2015 and entered into his eternal home in Heaven. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Woodbury Baptist Church, 1793 FM 309 in Hillsboro, with Revs. Stanley Lohse and Bobby Gardner officiating.
Billy was born April 7, 1927 in Georgetown, the first-born of E. Guy and Bertha Sewell. He graduated from Belton High School, joined the Navy and served in World War II. After serving his country, he began his college education at Mary Hardin Baylor and graduated from Baylor University with his bachelor’s degree. He later received his master of religious education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary School.

Fri
06
Nov

Thelbert Bum Washington, Jr.

Thelbert Bum Washington Jr., of Woodway, passed away at his home Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.
Thelbert’s family gathered for visitation and a time of sharing on Friday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco.
A homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. at Greater Waco Baptist Church, 915 East Loop 340 in Waco, with pallbearers Gregory Parks Jr., Thomas Segrest, Shon Washington-Segrest, Taurus Lang, Willie Roy Favors and Jerry Carroll. Interment will be held Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, where the Air Force Honor Guard will perform military honors. Honorary pallbearers are Thelbert’s brothers, Clyde Washington, Willie Washington, Randy Washington, Charles Washington, Elgin Washington and Darron Washington.

Fri
06
Nov

Rocky McLean

Rocky McLean of Groesbeck passed away Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at Limestone Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 6, at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck with Rev. Tracy Sims and Brother Richard Williams officiating. Burial followed at Fort Parker Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers were Randy O'Bryant, Michael McGilvray, Richie Wilson, David Jones, Bubba Foley, Daniel Perry, Dwain Tatum and Lee Garrett. Steve Hunt, Mike Sutton, Braydin McLean, John K. Kilpatrick and Pat Goodman were honorary pallbearers.

Fri
06
Nov

Charles Ingram

Multi-talented Charles wrote several books, including two Westerns, “Passing Shadows” and “Trail to Phantom Hill.”
In his autobiography, “A Joyous Journey,” Charles stated, “I have been most fortunate in my life's journey to have had the privilege of being a citizen of this great country, the USA, and to reside in the wonderful state of Texas.”
The story of Charlie's life begins with his father, Charles Ingram Sr., returning from World War I and hearing of “Black Gold” in Texas. So he left Arkansas for Ranger, where Charles Ingram Jr. was born on Aug. 9, 1921.
The oil boom began to wane in Ranger so little Charlie's family moved to a boomtown in Central Texas called Mexia, when he was 2. Charles Sr. managed, then owned, an electric shop there.

Fri
06
Nov

Willard Buzzard

Willard Buzzard, 60, of Coolidge, passed away Oct. 29, 2015 at Navarro Regional Medical Center in Corsicana. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Coolidge.
Willard was born Feb. 24, 1954 in Charleston, W.V., to Willard Carson Buzzard Sr. and Loreda Bayless Buzzard. He had been in the Central Texas community for 20-plus years. He had been employed with the city of Coolidge for 20 years, where he served as chief of police. He was loved by all and will be missed by many.
Chief Buzzard was preceded in death by his father; Carl and Rita Chenoweth and Dora Harris.

Wed
04
Nov

Hayes Cotton Jr.

Hayes Cotton Jr. was born Oct. 10, 1937 in Mexia. He was the only child of Rutherford B. Hayes Cotton and Edwin Etta Cotton.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home, 602 N. Ross in Mexia. Rev. Bill Burton will serve as eulogist.
Hayes graduated from Woodland High School and from Prairie View A&M University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering. He moved to California and began working in the aerospace industry. He was one of the first black civil engineers to be hired by the Federal Aviation Administration, where he taught airport planning to engineers from around the world. He helped to design the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. He worked for the FAA for 25 years before retiring in late 1980s.
In 1963 he met and married Carolee Loewy in Los Angeles, Calif. To their union, their daughter Deborah was born.

Wed
04
Nov

Nathan Jackson Jutson

Family and friends are asked to please attend graveside services for Nathan Jackson Jutson. The services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at New Hope Cemetery.
Jutson was born Jan. 5, 1928, and died Feb. 17, 2015. Jack was born in Limestone County and lived there until he was 16 years old, when he joined the Merchant Marines for two years, then served in the Air Force for 20 years. He retired April 1, 1976 as a technical sergeant.
Upon his retirement he relocated to Groesbeck where he worked for General Dynamics in Waco.
Jack’s final wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes buried in New Hope Cemetery, at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day.

Mon
02
Nov

Shelia Madene Sims

Shelia Madene Sims, 56, longtime Mexia educator, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 in Mesquite. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Northcrest Church of Christ in Mexia, with Shane Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Shelia was born in Dallas on Dec. 11, 1958, to William Harvey Medders Jr. and Margret Anne Tipton Johnson. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tenn.; her master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, and later, received her principal’s certification. Shelia was a school teacher for Mexia ISD for 33 years and principal of the Mexia Junior High School for one year, prior to retiring due to health reasons.

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