Obituaries

Wed
28
Oct

Joyce Marie Burns Shepherd

Joyce Marie Burns Shepherd departed this life to go be with the Lord on Oct. 21, 2015, in Temple.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Andrew Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, on Cypress Street in Groesbeck. Rev. Charles Cashaw will be the eulogist.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Shepherd was born Mary 13, 1943 in Limestone County, the daughter of Cal and Teallie Burns. Joyce grew up in this community and attended public schools in Ben Hur and Mart.
She met and married Willie Earl Jackson and to this union one child was born, Joyce Ann Jackson. She later met and married Lester Shepherd, and four step-children were added: Billy, Eugene, Michael and Johnnie Shepherd.
Preceding Joyce in death are her parents; a daughter, Joyce Ann Graves; a son, Eugene Shepherd; and five brothers, Robert, Wilson Lee, C.D., N.J. and L.J. Burns.

Wed
28
Oct

Edwin Everette Plummer Sr.

Lifelong Limestone County resident Edwin Everette Plummer Sr., 88, passed away peacefully after a brief illness early Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2015, at his home in the Kickapoo community, just a few steps from where he led his first congregational hymn as a young boy, hoisted atop the teacher’s desk. Born Jan. 1, 1927, in Stamford, to John D. and Ruby (Walters) Plummer, Edwin Plummer graduated from Mexia High School in 1945. After serving in Europe in World War II, he returned to Central Texas and attended Westminster College in Tehuacana during the 1948-49 school year. He then transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where in 1951 he received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics with a minor in English. He began his teaching career at the State Orphans’ Home in Corsicana in 1951, and on June 8, 1952, married his sweetheart, Nancy Helen Holbrook, in Nacogdoches.

Wed
28
Oct

Lillian Marie Richardson McElroy

Lillian Marie Richardson McElroy, 93, of Shiloh, passed away Oct. 27, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, with Neil Bond and Rev. David Snow officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Marie was born in Mexia on Oct. 17, 1922 to Jesse William and Mandy Charlotte (Graham) Richardson. On Dec. 22, 1939, she married the love of her life and her lifelong partner, Alfred Maurice McElroy. They were blessed with two children, Stella E. and James “Jim.”
Marie loved nothing more than taking care of her family, especially cooking for them. For as long as she was able, she made Jim a special bread braid at Christmas, as well as numerous other delicious dishes. She also enjoyed growing flowers, sewing and quilting.

Wed
28
Oct

Clell Kirth Lenamond

Clell Kirth Lenamond, 89, of Thornton, passed away at his home in Mexia on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.
Visitation will be held fro 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, and burial will follow at Cobb Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adam Lenamond, Joshua Lenamond, Colby Rameriz, Blake Lenamond, "Skeeter" Henry Commiskey and Donnie Sanders.
Clell was born Sept. 6, 1926 in Thornton, the son of Weldon and Thelma Lenamond. In his early years, Clell would help with milking the cows for the family business. He recently recounted the stories of taking the milk out to the lane for the Borden man to pick up.

Wed
28
Oct

Lewis Ben ‘Smokey’ Henderson

Lewis Ben “Smokey” Henderson died peacefully at his home in Mexia on Oct. 28, 2015, at the age of 71. Doctors said he didn’t have long, but he said, “Just bring it on – cancer can’t break me.” With his devoted wife by his side and a smile on his face, he knew the battle he had to face.
Smokey was born Nov. 7, 1943 in Mexia, to Elder Johnnie Sr. and Lillie Mae Davis Henderson. He graduated from Woodland High School, class of 1963 and Texas State Technical Institute, class of 1973, with a mechanics and auto body degree.

Mon
26
Oct

Richard Franklin Outlaw

Richard Franklin Outlaw, of Groesbeck, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at his residence, with his wife and daughter at his side. He was age 68, one day short of his birthday.
Visitation is Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Major Ernest Fullwood (Salvation Army, New Jersey) and Rev. Steve Nance (First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck) officiating. The Salvation Army Brass Band from Killeen will provide music, with Sue Leach leading the congregation in one song, and Amalia Munoz and Raul Munoz providing vocal and guitar for one song.
Pallbearers will be Chris Henson, Josh Christian, Ron Garrett, Jim Cox, Jerome Christian and Joseph Christian.

Mon
26
Oct

Dora Mae Howard

Dora Mae Howard, 79, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 23, 2015 in Waco.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Wilson Chapel Cemetery.
Dora was born in Frost on Feb. 4, 1936 to Commodore M. and Jenny Mae Hutchison Coffee. She worked in the Mexia State Supported Living Center Foster Grandparent program for a number of years; prior to that, she devoted her life to her most important job, raising her seven children.
Dora loved interacting with people. She spoke to everyone she met and usually struck up a conversation with them. She loved to read and was a frequent visitor to the library; she was also a big Texas Ranger fan. Dora was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Fri
23
Oct

Gencia Marie Brown Thomas

Funeral services for Gencia Marie Brown Thomas will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, at noon, at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church, 1021 E. Palestine in Mexia. Officiating will be Pastor Kennan Jackson; eulogist will be Pastor Claude Jackson. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 N. Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Gencia went to be with the Lord on Oct. 14, 2015 in Amarillo.
She was born in May 13, 1943 in Mexia, the first child of Ruby Faye Brown. She grew up in the Woodland Community and attended the public school and graduated from Mexia High in 1974. She also met and married Michael Melton, who preceded her in death, and to this union three daughters were born. She later in life met and married Sinclar Thomas Jr. They had 21 great years together. He preceded her in death, as did her mother, Ruby, and grandchild, Maraisa.
Her pastimes were bingo and spending time with her friends. She loved to laugh.

Fri
23
Oct

Michael Leroy O’Connell

Michael Leroy O’Connell, 69, of Groesbeck, went to his heavenly home with the Lord, leaving behind his health struggles of the past year and one-half. He passed away at Groesbeck LTC on Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2015, with his wife by his side.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 26, at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, followed by burial in Old Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Blackmon Jr., Bobby Carroll, Brandon Noey, Wil Floyd, Kyle Brizendine, Kody Daniel, Leonard Stewart and Steven Posey. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Collins, John Collins, and coworkers of BNSF Railroad, Teague.

Wed
21
Oct

Lillian Brodnax Wallace

Lillian Brodnax Wallace died peacefully at her home in Austin on Oct. 20, 2015. She was born Dec. 9, 1915, in Mexia, to Albert W. and Ruby Hayter Brodnax. The family moved to Coolidge in 1923, where Lillian attended school before graduating from Baylor University in 1937. She married Frederick E. Wallace, who preceded her in death in 1992. Most of their married life was spent in Houston.
In Houston, Lillian was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Susanna Wesley Bible Class, The Blue Bird Circle, Current Study Club, Colonial Dames, Old Main Society and Heritage Club of Baylor University, and the Houston Country Club. She and Frederick also belonged to the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., where they spent many summers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Nancy Brodnax Peoples; and her brother, W.W. Brodnax.

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