Obituaries

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Rudy Garcia

Rudy Garcia, 61, born June 9, 1953, passed away peacefully at his residence on April 17, 2015, with his loving wife by his side.
Rudy was talented in carpentry work, and had a love for animals, the outdoors and his family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Hernandez, and two brothers, John Garcia and Michael Garcia.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Mexia; sisters, Margret Crownover and husband, Cliff, of Mexia, Angela Semar and husband, Dale, of Trinity, Rebecca Canales of Mexia, and Evelyn Vaughn and husband, John, of Teague; a brother, Dave Garcia and wife, Helen, of Yermo, Calif.; stepchildren, Paul Goodman and wife, Natasha, Jody Ray Goodman and wife, Larisa, and Patrick Goodman; grandchildren, Harlie, Rylie, Zackary, Bralie, Michael, Jadie Rae, Kaylee and Kinley; and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the American Cancer Society.

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20
Apr

Carlene Mae Tackitt


Carlene Mae Tackitt

Carlene Mae Tackitt, of Mexia, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Providence Hospice Place in Waco, at age 80.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Hurd’s Prairie Church (at Petteway Cemetery near Bremond), with Rev. Bill Wright officiating.
Carlene was born June 26, 1934 in Bremond, to Ernest Hammond and Opal G. (McKinney) Hammond. When she was a young teenager, the family moved to Detroit, Mich., where her father went to work for General Motors. With no work in the area and Depression times, her father and several more men caught the train in Bremond to go north, looking for work in the new automobile factories. A year later, he sent money for the family to join him there. Carlene graduated from Chadsey High School in Detroit (where one of her classmates later became the famous singer, Diana Ross.)

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20
Apr

Don Allen Ridge


Don Allen Ridge

Don Allen Ridge, 54, of Wortham, passed away April 18, 2015 in Mexia. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wortham, with Rev. Justin Colquette and Rev. Karen Hulsey officiating. Interment with Masonic honors will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Ridge was born June 21, 1960 in Mexia, to Clyde E. (Hardhead) and Mary Patterson Ridge. He retired from the Mexia State Supported Living Center and was currently employed with Centex ARC in Mexia. Don was a lifetime member and past master of the Longbotham Masonic Lodge in Wortham.

Mon
20
Apr

Earl Sneed Tucker


Earl Sneed Tucker

Earl Sneed Tucker, 90, of Eureka Springs, Ark. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 17, 2015.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka Springs. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. April 23 in Wortham.
Earl was born Jan. 4, 1925 in Curry. He was a realtor and rancher in Arkansas and Texas. For 60 years, Earl was a Mason and was honored for his dedication to the Colorado #96 Lodge in Webberville. He was an active member and avid supporter of the Manor Methodist Church. He also never met a stranger and was always giving and willing to help others.
He was happily married to Jannelle (Jan) Tucker (Greer) for more than 60 years.

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20
Apr

John Prendergast Neece III


John Prendergast Neece III

John Prendergast Neece III passed away April 1, 2015. He was born Jan. 25, 1944 in Del Rio, to Ella Mae and John P. Neece Jr. He grew up and graduated from high school in Mexia. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in computer science.
He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in Germany and a Cobra helicopter pilot during Vietnam. He was awarded a Bronze Star, the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and a Purple Heart. After leaving the Army, he worked as a tax assessor/ collector for several years in Willis and Bryan. He was later a software engineer with the Internal Revenue Service and retired to Southaven, Mississippi.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles with friends to many parts of the United States. He was an avid gun enthusiast and belonged to several local gun clubs.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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15
Apr

John Douglas Marberry


John Douglas Marberry

John Douglas Marberry, 85, of Lake Mexia, passed away April 14, 2015 at his residence. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin, with Gene Allen officiating. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.
Marberry was born March 30, 1930 in Kirvin, to John P. and Pauline Prouty Marberry. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Houston for 30 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nancy Mitchell; son-in-law, Dave Dougherty and brother, Bill Marberry.

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15
Apr

Marjorie Christine Felz Wright

Funeral services for Marjorie Christine Felz Wright will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Marjorie Christine Felz Wright was born Oct. 22, 1926 in Mexia, to parents John and Pauline Barkouskie Felz.
She passed away April 12, 2015 in Humble at the age of 88.
She grew up in the Mexia area and began working on her father’s farm while in high school. She enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, fishing with a cane pole, canning and grocery shopping. Marjorie worked as a sales and office supervisor at a Houston office supply company, as well as raising her two children. Everything she did was for her children and family, with uncompromising love and devotion.
She was greeted in Heaven by her parents; and sisters, Katherine Crutchfield and Theresa Boyd.

Mon
13
Apr

Mozelle Carey


Mozelle Carey

Funeral services for Mozelle Carey of Groesbeck will be held Wednesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at Lone Star Baptist Church, 629 Grayson in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 14 at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia, with a wake service from 6 to 8 p.m., with family and friends present. Pastor Darrick Bledsoe Sr., St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Waco, will officiate, while the eulogist will be Pastor Curtis Tennell Sr. of Webb Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Mozelle Carey was born Feb. 8, 1926 to the parentage of Joe Waters and Rosie Jones Waters in Groesbeck. She was the second of 10 children. A sweet angel came down from Heaven at 3:30 a.m. April 10, 2015, and said, “Mozelle, it’s time to go home.” She gently took his hand and went to live eternally.

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13
Apr

Kim Covey Curry


Kim Covey Curry

Kim Covey Curry, 53, of Groesbeck, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Waco following a sudden illness.
A memorial service to celebrate Kim’s life will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck, with Rev. Tracy Sims and Todd Nicks officiating.
Kim was born May 28, 1961 in Amarillo, to Robert Lee Covey and Shirley Jean Miley Covey. She graduated from Trinity High School in Euless in 1979. She worked for Russell Grace Insurance Agency in Fort Worth, learning the insurance business on the job, and was an underwriter for commercial insurance lines.

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13
Apr

Jose Federico Torres


Jose Federico Torres

Jose Federico Torres, 44, of Mexia, passed away April 11, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Deacon Dwight Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Rosary will begin at 7 p.m.
Jose was born March 10, 1971, to Federico Torres and Maria Luisa Rodriguez in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. He married his loving wife, Maria Josefina Navarro, on June 17, 1992 in Mexia.
Jose was a devoted husband, father and brother; his family was his life. He was a kind man with a big heart and a friendly, outgoing personality. He was a handyman who could be called on by his neighbors, or anyone, at any time to help repair a car or anything else. Jose was a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nora Amaya.

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