Obituaries

Wed
03
Feb

Cassius Wayne ‘C.W.’ Wirdlow

Cassius Wayne ‘C.W.’ Wirdlow

Cassius Wayne Wirdlow, known as C.W., was born Feb. 28, 1930 in Limestone County, to Ruby Simpson Wirdlow and Cassius Wirdlow. He was their only child.
He received his education in the Woodland Community Schools and later served in the Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
Most of his young adult life, he resided in the Dallas area. During his career, C.W. was employed with a steel company and also worked for the railroad.
C.W. was a member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church and Mount Zion Baptist Church of Dallas, where he was an active member.
He retired and returned to the Limestone County area where he united with Mount Gideon Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. H.V. Chambers. In his leisure, he enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, fishing and gardening.

Wed
03
Feb

William Hardy Miller

William Hardy Miller

William Hardy Miller, 71, of Mexia, passed away Feb. 2, 2016 at the Groesbeck LTC.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Thornton, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Visitation with the family will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
“Billy,” or “Miller,” as he was referred to, was born Sept. 28, 1944 in Amarillo, to Charles LaFate “Shot” and Jeanie Alberta Moore Miller. He attended West Texas State University in Canyon in 1974, and then went on to Arlington Baptist College, where he graduated in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree, with a Bible major and a minor in English.
From 1970 to 1971, he conducted evangelistic meeting and youth-centered revivals. From 1971 to 1972, he was the youth director at Sunrise Baptist Church in Amarillo, were he grew the youth program from five to more than 50.

Wed
03
Feb

Lawrence Paul Graham, Jr.

Lawrence Paul Graham, Jr.

Lawrence Paul “Larry” or “Screaming Eagle” Graham Jr. passed away Feb. 1, 2016 at his home in Wortham.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at Mexia First Assembly of God, with Rev. Bryan Hallmark officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Wed
03
Feb

Theodora Lane ‘Dora’ Bryant

Theodora Lane ‘Dora’ Bryant

Theodora Lane Bryant was the third child born to Theodore L. Bryant and Beatrice Baker Bryant. This eventful occasion took place March 15, 1956 in Heidelberg, Germany. She died Jan. 28, 2016.
Theodora received her education at Rosedale Park Elementary, and Dunbar Middle and High School of Fort Worth. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in December 1978 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
She was employed with ONTV from 1981 to 1983, one of the first cable television stations in the DFW area, until the company was sold. Thereafter, she was a retail manager at K-Mart in Waco for a brief period of time. She began her career in 1985 with the Department of Human Services (HHSC) as a Food Stamp/AFDC caseworker, then advanced to a case manager and later was promoted to a BSD trainer until her retirement in May 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Leo C. Bryant, Mary Bryant Baltzgar and Altus J. Bryant.

Mon
01
Feb

Linda Sue Krause

Linda Sue Krause

Linda Sue Krause, 66, of Groesbeck, passed away Jan. 31, 2016 at Providence Place in Waco.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia. Interment will follow at Coolidge Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Krause was born May 30, 1949 in Elgin, to Andrew and Evie Baldree Walker. She was a homemaker in her own home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert George Mansell; son, Earnest Ray Walker; brother, Jimmy Dean Walker; and her parents.

Mon
01
Feb

Margaret Shockley Miller

Margaret Shockley Miller, 88, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 31, 2016 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at Shiloh Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Wright officiating. Family visitation is 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the day of the service, at Porter Funeral Home, 208 N. Canton in Mexia.
Miller was born March 21, 1927 in Shiloh, to Andrew and Lille Wells Shamblin. She worked in Mexia managing several convenience stores and worked at the cotton mill for many years.
She is survived by her children, Linda Fetter and husband, Bill, Johnny Shockley and wife, Carol, Joyce Fetter and husband, Melvin, Brenda Kilgore and Janice Hodge and husband, John; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and extended family.
Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Fri
29
Jan

Patsy Ann Copeland

Patsy Ann Copeland

Patsy Ann Copeland, 81, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 28, 2016 in Groesbeck. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Mexia Cemetery with Pastor Jason Ash officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Patsy was born in Bowden, Ga., on Dec. 12, 1934, to David Odell and Frances Alford Alexander. She graduated from Teague High School. On Sept. 3, 1955, in Mexia, Patsy married the love of her life, Joe Edward Copeland. She worked at the Mexia Theater, for a number of years in the office at Dick Scott Ford and 10-plus years as a dental assistant for Drs. Williams and Dossey, before joining her husband in buying and selling estates and antiques.

Wed
27
Jan

Julia Annette Carroll

Julia Annette Carroll

Julia Annette Carroll, 54, passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Josh Cagle officiating.
Annette was born Feb. 13, 1961 in Levelland, to Albert Riley and Anita Julia Wilson White. She was one of a kind and will be dearly missed by us all.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Darrell "Butch" Carroll; daughter, Leigh Ann Carroll; son, Daniel Carroll; sisters, Theresa Muensterman and Velta Rule; brother, Dillard White; several nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends.
A limb has fallen from the family tree
That says grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Sign the online guestbook at bellmeadfuneralhome.com.

Mon
25
Jan

Joseph A. ‘Joe’ Sandifer

Joseph A. ‘Joe’ Sandifer

Joseph A. “Joe” Sandifer, 53, of Mexia passed away unexpectedly at Parkview Regional Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.
Joseph was a lifetime resident of Mexia, graduated Mexia High School and later attended Navarro College. He was part-owner of The General Washout in Jewett, an oilfield service company.
Joseph enjoyed hunting, fishing and classic cars. He never met a stranger and always extended his friendship. He will be missed by many.
Joseph was preceded in death by his mother, Violet Gardner Sandifer and brother, Leonard Sandifer.

Mon
18
Jan

Homer Allen Copley

Homer Allen Copley

Homer Allen Copley, 91, of Coolidge, passed away Jan. 16, 2016 in Waco.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the First Baptist Church in Coolidge with Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Interment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery.
Visitation with the family is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Homer was born Aug. 12, 1924 in Dawson, to Claude Allen and Rosana Bryant Copley. He lived in the Coolidge area most of his life. He was a lifelong farmer and rancher. Homer believed in hard work, honesty and serving the Lord. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather whose goal in life was to love, protect and provide for his family.

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