Rose Black

Rose Black was born in Mexia on July 17, 1927. Always a kind and gentle soul, she passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2017.
Rose graduated from Mexia High School, Class of 1944. She was a Charter Member of Northside Baptist Church.  On Sept. 7, 1947, she married her lifelong partner, A C Black.
Waco, soon after, became their home.  Rose worked at the Elite Café, and in later years, for Home Interiors.  She became a longtime active member of the Methodist Church in Waco.
Rose’s greatest love was for her family.  She was a Christian with a giving heart and always treated people the way she wanted to be treated, with love and respect.   


Leslie Ellen Howard Dolen

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Leslie Ellen Howard Dolen went to be with the Lord, losing her battle with cancer.
A lifelong entertainer, Leslie enjoyed writing and telling stories to friends and family. She was also a talented actress, artist and singer with a deep understanding of the Bible. Her generous spirit edified friends and family alike.
She is survived by her husband, Gene; daughters, Elspeth and Gwyneth Dolen; parents, John and Ellen Howard; sisters, Adrienne McGill and Melanie Stratton; brothers-in-law, Brian McGill and Mike Stratton; Uncles, Charles Arnim, Lee Rothenberg and Ken Calura; Aunts, Jean Rothenberg, Marian Calura and Julia Arnim.  She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at First Baptist Church in Mexia with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating.


Hollis Owen “Skip” McKissack

Hollis Owen “Skip” McKissack, formerly of Sherman, passed away Feb. 22, 2017 in Mexia surrounded by his loving family. 
Skip was born March 31, 1946 in Bonham to Jess McKissack and Glenda Hollis Burleson.  He attended North Texas University where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity.  He was Manager of King Architectural Metal Company, for a number of years, prior to retirement.
Skip married Sandra Waldrop on Jan. 5, 1996 in Sherman. His family was his pride and joy, especially, his grandchildren.  Skip enjoyed fishing, loved Lake Texoma and most anything that pertained to being outdoors.  He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Coolidge.  Skip was friendly, outgoing and enjoyed living life to the fullest.  
He was preceded in death by his father, Jess McKissack.


Douglas Wayne Walton

Douglas Wayne Walton, 70, of Mexia, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in Waco.
Doug was born Dec. 30, 1946 in Odessa to Douglas and Betty Smith Walton. He had lived in the Mexia area most of his life where he was in the construction contracting business most of that time. Doug leaves behind his mark on many building projects in Mexia.
Survivors include his sons, Ronnie (Lisa), Richard (Tomell) and Brandon (Brittany), 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by his sisters, Linda, Shelia and Regina.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Teague with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Visit to sign the guest book or to leave a memorial message for his family.


Maria Ruiz

A Funeral Mass for Maria Ruiz will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia. Father Justin Nguyen will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation was on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 3-9 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague and a Rosary service was held on Monday at 7 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.
Mrs. Ruiz passed away on Friday, Feb. 10 at her residence in Mexia.


Roylene Marie Pigg

Roylene Marie Pigg, 78, of Mexia, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.
She was born in June 1938 in Clinton, Indiana and married in May 1958. She has always lived somewhere in Texas.
She leaves behind her husband of almost 59 years, Thomas; Daughters, Sherri and husband Alex, Andrea and husband Mike, son Chris and wife Taylor; grand-daughter Jennifer and husband Rob; great grand-daughters Hailey and Teagan; grandsons Nathan, and Jacob and wife Alyssa; great grand-daughter Cianna, and sister Jeanne. There are numerous sister-and brother-in laws, nieces and nephews and many friends who loved her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her sister Shirley and her son Richard.
Roylene loved having friends and family over for meals. She was a great cook and everyone enjoyed her fun, laughter and playing games – even when she always won! She will be missed by all.


Mattie Hildebrand

Mattie Hildebrand of Mexia passed away Monday, Feb. 06, 2017 at home with her family by her side.
Visitation will be held prior to the funeral on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 9-11a.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 11a.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Shane Alexander officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Parker Cemetery.
Mattie was born on July 16, 1932 in Waldo, Ark. to Ezekiel and Lillian (Beasley) Staggs. In 1963 she moved from Arkansas to Texas and was later united in marriage to Donald G. Hildebrand on Sept. 23, 1966 in Austin. Mattie was a bookkeeper most of her profession life and after marriage became a housewife. Some of her most memorable times were cooking and collecting cookbooks from family members or any she could get her hands on, fishing, a very talented piano player. She loved most, spending time with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Stephanie Gallman.


Melanie Jean Ashmore

Melanie Jean Ashmore, 61, of Austin, passed away on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin after a brief illness, surrounded by her beloved daughters and family.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1955 in San Antonio to Jesse J. Ashmore and Bonnie Ruth Young Ashmore and grew up in Tehuacana. She attended schools in Tehuacana, Coolidge, and Fairfield, graduating from Fairfield High School in 1973. After living in Waco, she returned to her hometown of Tehuacana and worked at the Mexia State School as a secretary. She earned her associates degree in nursing from Navarro Community College in 1982, working as a registered nurse at the Mexia State School and also in Mexia and Groesbeck hospitals for many years.
After her daughters’ graduation from high school in Mexia, Melanie moved to the Austin area working as a nurse and case manager for St. David’s Hospital for 20 years.


Willie Sue Tucker

Willie Sue Tucker
June 27, 1928 – Jan. 31, 2017


William Cleofus (W. C.) Barger

Funeral services for Mr. W.C. Barger was held on Friday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Roy Prather will officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Thursday with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home.
Mr. Barger passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.


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