Obituaries

Mon
23
Apr

Carroll Irvin McMahon

Carroll McMahon, 82, of Mexia, passed away April 16, 2018, in Waco. Graveside services were held on Thursday, April 19, at Lost Prairie Cemetery near Lake Limestone, with Michael Tollison, grandson, officiating.

Carroll was born Nov. 26, 1935, in Limestone County, to Marvin Irvin and Otis Onita McMinn McMahon. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife H. JoAnn Dockery McMahon; two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his children, Stanley McMahon, Martha Butler, Jerri Lynn Walts and husband Ricky Lee, Rusty McMahon and wife Amy, and Ricky McMahon; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
An online guest book is available at corleyporterfuneralhome.com and by selecting the Carroll McMahon obituary. Corley-Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
23
Apr

Mildred Louise Cotton Monk

Mildred Louise Cotton Monk, 89, of Tehuacana,, entered her heavenly home on April 18, 2018, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. She was surrounded by her loved ones. Funeral services were held Friday, April 20, at First Baptist Church, Mexia, with the Rev. Dale McDaniel and the Rev. Chris Rowe officiating.  
A private graveside service followed at the Mexia Cemetery. Grandsons Brandon Ford, Bradley Ford, Bryan Cotton, Esteban Ybarra, Mark Rogers, Jesse Fuentes and stepsons Scott and Colby Santana served as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family was Thursday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Mildred was a very outgoing person. She was loving and caring and had a beautiful smile. She was a faithful Christian who loved the Lord, her family and friends. She also loved her beloved dog, Goldie.
Mildred was born in Frosa, on Oct. 8,1928, to Ross Miller Russell and Georgie Mae Moses.  

Mon
23
Apr

Samuel Thomas ‘Tom’ Bozeman Jr.

Samuel Thomas “Tom” Bozeman Jr. of Coolidge passed away April 13, 2018, in Mexia at the age of 81. A celebration of life service was held Sunday, April 22, at the VFW Post 4694 in Mexia.
Tom was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Crane, to Samuel Thomas Bozeman Sr. and Christine Jones Bozeman. He was a truck driver most of his life. He drove all over the U.S. and Canada. Tom married his loving wife, Peggy Flowers, on Dec. 31, 1986, in Coolidge. He loved his family and spending time with them. He especially loved to grill hamburgers for their family gatherings.
Tom enjoyed visiting with everyone; he never met a stranger, and made friends wherever he went.  One of his favorite pastimes was going to the VFW and sitting at what they called, “The Table of Knowledge” and talking about the events of the day.  He even had the opportunity to be in a movie called “Dawn.” It was filmed by Jay Reel, and Tom played the sheriff.  

Fri
20
Apr

Jesse Ray Owens

Jesse Ray Owens, 73, of Mexia, passed away on April 19, 2018, at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Services Chapel. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Family visitation will be held on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers are Thomas Leago, Mark Leger, Bradley Leger, Joseph Owens, Jeremy Owens and Jimmy Owens Jr.

Mr. Owens was born on Jan. 15, 1945, in Limestone County, to Opie and Ella Bell Owens. He was a man of many talents, including construction and carpentry, and he was also an auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley Ann Owens.

Tue
17
Apr

John James ‘J.J.’ Jarrell

John James “J.J.” Jarrell passed away April 12, 2018, at his home in Wortham, at the age of 30. Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, at First Baptist Church in Wortham, with the Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment followed in Wortham Cemetery. Scott Wilkins, Will Barnes, Clint Crawshaw, Adrian Beck, Michael Dunn, Cory Cawthorne, Cal Johnson and Chunky Busby served as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family was held Sunday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
J.J. was born March 29, 1988, in Dallas, to Randy L. and Bettina Stubbs Jarrell. He grew up in Wortham and graduated from Wortham High School. He had been Plant Operator for Enbridge, Inc. for 10 years.

Tue
17
Apr

Freddie Gean Dabney

Freddie Gean Dabney passed away April 13, 2018, in Mexia at the age of 80. A time to visit and celebrate his life with the family will be held on Wednesday, April 18,, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. 
Freddie was born Sept. 2, 1937, in Mexia. Mexia had been his home for his entire life.  He worked for Dick Scott Ford and Beene Motors prior to opening his own auto body repair shop. Freddie was known for doing an excellent job in repairing automobiles; he was very meticulous and strived to do a good job.
Freddie married his loving wife, Bobby Anglen, on Dec. 12, 1959, in Mexia; they were blessed with two sons, Steven and Shad. He cherished his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His favorite time with the grandchildren was spent “hanging out” on the back porch. When he had the opportunity, he also enjoyed fishing and remodeling old cars. 

Fri
13
Apr

Doris Myri Nash Taylor

Mrs. Doris Myrl Nash Taylor was born July 14, 1920, in Lovelady, and passed away April 2, 2018, in Webster. Mrs. Taylor was formerly of Coolidge and retired from AT&T after thirty-five years of service. She was a past president for the Garden Club in Coolidge; president of the council for the residents of Regency Village in Webster; treasurer for the Food Bank at Glad Tidings Church and Secretary for the Senior Citizens Center in Limestone County.
Mrs. Taylor is preceded in death by her husband Aubie Nash; husband Byron Taylor; daughter Patsy Carol Sims; stepdaughters Earnestine Smith and Joy Bartay; stepson, Charles Taylor; sons-in-law Ray Robertson and Mickey Powell; parents Jones and Augusta Smith; and sister Evelyn Smith.

Fri
13
Apr

Murphy L. Pate

Murphy L. Pate, 81. of San Antonio, passed away at his home on April 10, 2018, with Vicki, his wife of 46 years, and other loved ones nearby. Murphy was born in Flo, Texas on Aug. 7, 1936, to Jim Pate and Gracie Pate. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Anniece Pate Caldwell and Sybil Bates, and brothers James Pate, Bill Pate and Gene Pate.
Murphy’s childhood years were spent in Mexia, where he graduated from Mexia High School in 1956. He was on the football, basketball and track teams and was proud to be a Mexia Blackcat. His dearest friends were from his school days, and he remained close to them over the years. He attended many of the Mexia High School reunions, including his 60th reunion in 2016. He enjoyed getting together with his friends and discussing the ‘good old days.’ His fondest memories were those spent as a Boy Scout and a Mexia Blackcat.

Fri
13
Apr

Bruce Anthony Davis

Bruce Anthony Davis, son of Elmer and Willie Davis, was born on Jan. 22, 1961. He attended Dogan High School in Fairfield, and Navarro Junior College in Corsicana. He was raised in Church of God No. I under the leadership of Pastor L.C. Gant. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Willie Davis; wife Mary Davis; sister Cordie Love; brothers Alvis Parks, Jerry Davis and Darrell Davis.

Mon
09
Apr

Margaret Elizabeth Keller

Margaret Elizabeth “Betsy” Keller, 85, died Monday, April 9, 2018, at her residence in Fairfield. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at First United Methodist Church of Fairfield, with Dr. Richard Heyduck and the Rev. J. Mack Strange officiating. Interment will follow at Fairfield Cemetery.
Mrs. Keller was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Corsicana to parents Ernest A. and Margaret Stubbs Strange. She lived in Wortham and attended Wortham schools.

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