Obituaries

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Jim Jarvis


Jim Jarvis

Dear Readers, Friends, Foes and Fellow Texans:
Jim Jarvis loved to read and write stories about playing cowboys and Indians as a kid, Texas history, America’s early wars and our war heroes from every era. He found himself in a fight for his life over the past few weeks, and he fought with all the heart and valor as his favorite historical heroes. After a vicious war with a barrage of life-threatening medical issues, he earned his freedom and is finally at peace. The night before his untimely demise, Dad was reflecting on his 76 years and stated that he had had a good life and that, given the chance, he wouldn’t change a thing.
We hope you enjoyed reading our dad's award-winning stories as much as he enjoyed writing and telling them. The passing down of stories was always an important tradition throughout our lives. In his memory, our family would like to share with you some of the best parts of Jim Jarvis that you may not have known.

Mon
12
Jan

Glen Earl Killingsworth


Glen Earl Killingsworth

Glen Earl Killingsworth, 79, passed away Jan. 11, 2015 at his home in Personville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Steve Cowart officiating. Interment will following in the Little Flock Cemetery in Jewett.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Glen was born June 5, 1935 in Lost Prairie, to Claud and Desi Gibson Killingsworth. He retired from Nucor Steel after many years in the shipping department.
Glen married Margaret Ann Thomas on Nov. 18, 1955 in Teague. They were blessed with three children, Terry, Kim and Kathy.

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12
Jan

Evelyn Juanita Padgett


Evelyn Juanita Padgett

Evelyn Juanita Padgett, 85, passed away Jan. 9, 2015 in Palestine. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Jeff Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Cotton Gin Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Evelyn was born April 13, 1929 in Shanks (Freestone County), to Maron Author and Lois Mildred Day Padgett. She retired from the Mexia State School after many years of service.
Evelyn was a quiet, sweet, loving person who just loved people. She thoroughly enjoyed working at the Mexia State School and taking care of “her kids.” She enjoyed playing the piano, music and working in the yard. Evelyn had a passion for driving around the countryside. When she needed a break from everyday things, driving was her therapy. She loved her church family and attending Northside Baptist Church in Mexia.

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12
Jan

Elizabeth Ann Maddox Robinson


Elizabeth Ann Maddox Robinson

Elizabeth Ann Maddox Robinson, 81, passed away Jan. 10, 2015 in Keene, following complications from heart surgery. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Pastor Jim Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Elizabeth was born May 15, 1933 in Mexia, to Ruben Lee and Mary Maddox. After graduating from Mexia High School, she attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Elizabeth married Wilton D. Robinson in August 1953 in Mexia. She was a ministers’ wife and mother who also worked as a legal secretary and secretary to several school principals. Her love for God, family and friends was evident in the way she lived her life. Elizabeth enjoyed knitting and took great pride in making special Christmas stockings for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, R.L. Maddox Jr; and sisters, Carrie Lou Booker and Ester Earl Maddox.

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10
Jan

Roxie May

Roxie May, 98 of Mexia, passed away Jan. 8, 2015 at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Herrington officiating. Interment will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. May was born July 25, 1916 in Reno, Ark. to John Wesley and Mallie Leona Berry Harvey. She grew up in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Roxie worked in Tulsa during World War II, where she modified military aircraft bombers. She married Henry D. May on Aug. 29, 1946 in Weatherford. The resided in Pasadena before locating to Mexia in 1973. She went to work for Walmart at the old store as a cashier, then moved to the new store as a cashier, before retiring as a greeter at age 95. She was a member of the Red Hat Club and played with the Ageless Symphony Orchestra with the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and daughter, Judy Diane Krisco.

Wed
07
Jan

Anthony Cleon Reed Sr.


Anthony Cleon Reed Sr.

Funeral arrangements for Anthony Cleon Reed Sr. will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m., at Union Memorial United Methodist Church, Sandy Community. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia, Pastor Sylvester Keys II eulogist, elder Billy J. Freeman. Burial will be held at Sandy Creek Cemetery.
Anthony Cleon Reed Sr. was born to Taylor and Irene Reed on Dec. 12, 1962, in Mexia. He grew up in the Sandy Community where he attended Union Memorial Church. He was educated in the Mexia ISD school system. He graduated from Mexia High School in 1982.

Mon
05
Jan

Shirley Ann Owens


Shirley Ann Owens

Shirley Ann Owens, 68, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 4, 2015 at Providence Medical Center in Waco. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Owens was born on Feb. 7, 1946 in Limestone County, to John and Eula Smith Dabney. Her family was very important to her, and she was “the best wife and mother in the world.”

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05
Jan

Katherine Elaine Oliver


Katherine Elaine Oliver

Katherine Elaine Oliver, 75, passed away Jan. 3, 2015 in Tyler. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. Interment will follow in the Marquez Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Katherine was born July 8, 1939 in Marquez, to Douglas Alfred and Thelma Estelle Newsom Sills. She moved to Mexia in 1983. Katherine owned and operated H&R Block from 1984 until she retired.
She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was a young mother left to raise her three children at a young age, due to the death of her husband. Katherine was a strong woman and hard worker. She enjoyed watching football and game shows on TV and working crossword puzzles. In earlier years, she enjoyed playing dominoes and card games with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Haskel Oliver.

Mon
05
Jan

Fred Joseph Blackmon


Fred Joseph Blackmon

Fred Joseph Blackmon, 84, passed away Jan. 5, 2015 in Mexia. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Brother Earl Sterling officiating. Interment will follow in the Tehuacana Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Fred was born March 5, 1930 in Malakoff, to Thomas Jefferson and Naomi Ray Blackmon. He worked for Mexia Textile, then after they closed, as a mechanic and Mexia ISD school crossing guard. Fred proudly served his country in the Army National Guard.
On April 24, 1953, Fred married the love and light of his life, Nelda Lou Sterling. They were blessed with six children, Ricky, Georgenia, Debra, Scarlet, Charlotte and Joey.

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05
Jan

Callie McAdams Brown


Callie McAdams Brown

Funeral services for Callie McAdams Brown were held Friday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Brother Kenneth Henbest officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Tim Walthall, David McAdams, Robert McAdams, Ricky Cannon, Stanley Inderman and Dustin Inderman. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Orand, Ronny McAdams, Danny Bonner, Terry Walthall, John Collins and members of the Freestone Church of Christ.
Brown, 93, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Waco.

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