Essie Lee Sanders Carter

Funeral services for Essie Lee Sanders Carter will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Greater Haynes Memorial, COGIC, 601 N. Denton St., in Mexia.

Minister Bettie Macklin will officiate, and the Rev. Claude Jackson will be the eulogist.

Family and friends may visit Mrs. Carter as she slumbers in sweet repose at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171, in Mexia, on Friday Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A wake service will follow 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at Sardis P.B. Church, 600 E. Sumpter St. in Mexia.

Essie Carter passed away Dec. 15, 2013, at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Forth Worth, with her family present.

Essie Lee Sanders Carter was born to the parentage of Mr. Alex Sanders and Mrs. on March 2, 1913.

She received her formal education at Dunbar High School in Mexia. Mrs. Carter confessed a hope in Christ early in her teenage years while united with New Hope Baptist Church, in Tehuacana.

In the 1930s, Essie San­ders united in holy matrimony with James Means Sr., and to this union were born three children.
Later in years, she met and married Charlie Carter; and she united in worship and service to Smith Chapel Church, in Wortham.
During her faithful service at Smith Chapel, Mrs. Carter served in many offices of the church as well as president of the usher board of Zion Rest Association.

In September 2010, she united with Sardis P.B. Church under the leadership of Pastor Claude Jackson where she served faithfully until her sunset on Dec. 15.

Preceding her in death were one daughter, Ruby Bennett, and two grandchildren, Valerie Means and Ronald Means.

She leaves four generations to cherish her precious memories: three children, Dora Mae Miller, of Mexia, James (Grace) Means Jr., of Ana, and Thelma (Joe) Mc­Ree, of Jennings, La.; five grand­children, Alan (Betty) Carter, and Anita (Rocky) Mikes, both of Fort Worth, Ger­ald (Diane) Thomas, of Mexia, Ce Veranda (Randy) Thomas and Vickie Polk, both of Wortham; 14 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grand­children; two cherished friends, Sammie Davis, of Wortham, Hilda Awalt, of Wortham; and a host of family and friends.