Obituaries

Fri
24
Mar

William Daniel Franks (Dan)

William Daniel Franks (Dan) began life in the hospital, then located in Teague, on April 19, 1932. He was the son of Edna Smith of Richland and Ernest Franks of Point Enterprise; the grandson of Lula and Farmer Franks of Point Enterprise. His childhood was spent in Dallas, Sherman and Electra.
He attended North Texas University majoring in psychology. It was there he met Neoma Sue Wiggins at an event for Methodist students. Upon graduation in 1953 Dan enrolled in seminary at Iliff School of Theology, at Denver University. Following Sue’s graduation in 1954, she and Dan were married in the Methodist Church in Sue’s hometown of San Augustine.

Wed
22
Mar

Sidell Winn, Jr.

Sidell Winn, Jr. (Bootsy, Big Red, Uncle Sid, Skillet) was born in Wortham to the parentage of Sidell Will, Sr. and Lessie L. Winn on Jan. 15, 1941, a long time ago. At an early age, he professed his commitment and love of Jesus Christ and became a member of New Home Baptist Church under the direction of L.L. Sheffield  of Mexia. He was also a member of St. John AME Church of Mexia then a member of Mustang Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Riley Armstead.
He graduated from Dunbar High School in Mexia in 1959 and enlisted in the United States Navy where he became a master boilermaker and was honorably discharged in 1961. Sid worked for United States Airlines in San Francisco, Calif. and Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, Calif.

Tue
21
Mar

William Thomas “Tommy” Dabney, Sr.

William Thomas “Tommy” Dabney, Sr. passed away March 20, 2017 at his home in Mexia at the age of 70.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, March 23 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment, with Military Honors, will follow in the LaSalle Cemetery. William T. Dabney, III, Sean Ridge, Donnie Morrow, Trevor Morrow, Bennie Ray Murphy and Terry Adams will serve as pallbearers. 
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Tommy was born Jan. 12, 1947 in Groesbeck to James William Dabney and Bertha Lee Allen Morrow. He had been a resident of Mexia for most of his life. Tommy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.   Prior to retirement, he worked in concrete construction.

Tue
21
Mar

Freda Murel Fox Daniel

Freda Murel Fox Daniel passed away March 20, 2017 in Mexia at the age of 88. Graveside services and interment will be 11a.m., Wednesday, March 22 at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth with the Reverend James Dorman officiating.
Freda was born Jan. 16, 1929 in Brownfield to Eldridge Monroe and Lena Cooper Fox. After graduating high school, she continued her education and received a degree in cosmetology. Freda’s career as a beautician ended after 40 years of service.
Freda married, the love of her life, Preston Dearmon Daniel on Aug. 11, 1945 in Glen Rose, they were blessed with three daughters, Paula, LuAnn and Shannon. After retiring, they moved to Mexia in 1991 to be close to family, especially, the grandchildren. Freda devoted her life to serving the Lord and loving and caring for her family. She was an active member of Landmark Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and loving husband of 55 years, Preston Daniel.

Tue
21
Mar

Ethel Marie Ford

Services for Ethel Marie Ford was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Lincoln Center Recreation in College Station. Ms. Ford passed away on March 7, 2017. Services entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.
And This Is My Life Story….
On the blessed day of Feb. 10, 1952, a beautiful baby girl was born to the proud parents, Isaiah and Doris Marie Merchant in Shiro. They lovingly named her ETHEL MARIE MERCHANT. She was the first daughter to be born to this union and so they showered her with love.
 
HER WALK WITH THE LORD

Tue
21
Mar

Bobbie Richardson

Bobbie Richardson of Wortham passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Bobbie was born just outside of Tehuacana on April 17, 1928. She lived there with her parents Dossie and Roma Spakes and brother Doyle (Jumbo) Spakes and attended school in Tehuacana. After graduating from the seventh grade, she then moved to Wortham to finish out her education. In Wortham, she met her lifelong mate, W.O. Richardson. Together Bobbie and W.O. built a life in Wortham where they raised their four children.

Fri
17
Mar

Ruby Merle Westmoreland

Ruby Merle Westmoreland, age 90, of Gatesville, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Graveside services was at 11 a.m., Friday, March 17 at Mexia City Cemetery in Mexia with Chaplain Gary Baxley officiating. Visitation was Thursday, March 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Scott’s Funeral Home.
Merle was born on August 5, 1926 in Baskin, La. to the late Roy Edgar Davis and Virginia Maxwell Davis. She graduated from Rayville High School in Rayville, La. in 1944. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors of Sociology. While at LSU, she was an “LSU Beauty.” After college, she met Roy Westmoreland on a blind date. They married not long after and moved to south Texas. Merle was an active member of the community and of First Baptist Church in Alice. She was a PTA president and one of her more proud moments was winning “Yard of the Month.” Merle was known by friends and family for having a gregarious personality and a positive outlook on life.  

Fri
17
Mar

Charles Ray “Chuck” Beldin

Charles Ray “Chuck” Beldin, 76, of Mexia, passed away March 15, 2017 in Waco. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, March 18 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Ronnie Dabney officiating. Interment will follow in the Wortham Cemetery.  Jonnie Masters, Jackie Beldin, Dennis Hughes, Robert Myers, James Lloyd and Brandon Walton will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family was 5-7 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Chuck was born Oct. 10, 1940 in Wortham to Samuel R. and Mary K. Lide Beldin. He was owner and operator of a number of various businesses in Mexia for over 50 years.

Thu
16
Mar

Evelyn Thomas Hendricks

Evelyn Thomas Hendricks was born on Dec. 30, 1948 to the late R.L. Thomas and Verner Lee Thomas in Limestone County. She passed away on March 10, 2017.   
She attended and graduated in 1967 from Blackshear Washington High School where participated in sports and band. Thereafter she attended Tyler Jr. College and later attended Navarro College to become a Dietician. 
During her early years, she was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church of Groesbeck and then became an active member of Kingdom Hall as a Jehovah Witness in Mexia.  
She later met and married Bennie Hendricks who preceded her in death.
Evelyn Thomas Hendricks  was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lee Wilmer Thomas and Robert Thomas; sisters, Ruth Marie Miles, Gladys Jackson and Alice Tatum; niece, Cathy Wickware and nephews, Dyrone Henderson and Lewis Williams

Thu
16
Mar

Mary D. Wilson

Mary D. Wilson, 80, of Coolidge, passed away March 13, 2017 in Groesbeck.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18 at First Baptist Church in Coolidge with the Reverend Chuck Sturgeon and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating.  Interment will follow in the Prairie Hill Cemetery.  Ricky Shearer, Gary Kilgo, Steve Kilgo, Charles Herrell, Kevin Pederson and David Pederson will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m.
Mary was born Dec. 12, 1936 in Hubbard to Louis A. and Florence Jones Kilgo.  She grew up and attended school in Hubbard.  On Jan. 20, 1956 in Garland, she married the love of her life, Elmer Raymond Wilson.  After a few years, they moved to Coolidge, where they made their home.  Mary retired, after 40 years of service as an office assistant for Coolidge ISD.

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