Johnny Beldin

Johnny Beldin, 70, of Mexia passed away July 11, 2017. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 14 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia with Ronnie Dabney officiating. Interment was at Wortham Cemetery. Visitation was on Thursday evening 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Johnny was born Oct. 21, 1946 in Mexia to John Henry and Naomi Christine Sterling Beldin. He was retired from Brown Oil & Gas as a pumper.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Larry Joe Beldin. Johnny is survived by his wife, Martha Lou Beldin; daughter, Tina Lou Davis; grandsons, Taylor Blake Kitchens and wife Hayley, Daniel Dean Kitchens, John Rowdy Kitchens and Jayden Tyler Kitchens; great granddaughter, Maci Jean Kitchens; brother, Jackie Lynn Beldin and sister, Patricia Ann Beldin Holder.
Serving as pallbearers were Taylor Kitchens, Daniel Kitchens, Rowdy Kitchens, Jake Kitchens, Cody Woodall and Austin Woodall.


John M. Jones

John M. Jones, of Shiloh, passed away July 9, 2017 in Mexia at the age of 78. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, July 14 at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Reverend David Snow officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery with Mason Graveside Rites. Todd Jones, Nicholas Jones, Jason Morton, Clinton Winstead, Mitchell Jones, Luther Ray Jones, Jr. and Larry Jones will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
John was born Sept. 10, 1938 in Tyler to Joe B. and Ritabelle Herring Jones. He grew up in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School, Class of 1957. John proudly served his country in the US Army during the Cuban Crisis; he loved the USA and forever remained proud and loyal to his country.


Amanda Sue Larson Wilson

Amanda Sue Larson Wilson, born April 6, 1979, was granted her angel wings on July 4, 2017 following a  five year battle against cancer. Her final days were spent at home surrounded by family and friends.
Amanda’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.
Although Amanda’s suffering was long, she was filled with strength, perseverance and the ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With her courage, she led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. She was an independent spirit with a style all her own. She worked hard. She worked as a dental assistant/office manager for approximately 17 years. She was bold and beautiful. Her love for her husband Walt and their dog Bogey, family, friends, and really all people, was immeasurable.


Ina Louise Cooper

Ina Louise Cooper, age 76, of Burnet passed away on June 30, 2017 in Austin. She is survived by first cousin, Bobby Storey, of Nocona and many Storey and Cooper family cousins. She is preceded in death by her mother Margaret Storey Cooper and father Roy Elmer Cooper.


Deborah Currie Bowman

Funeral services for Deborah Currie Bowman will held at 5 p.m., Friday, July 7 at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. The Reverend Bill Wright will officiate. Cremation will follow the services.
Visitation will be held throughout the day on Friday from 10 a.m - 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Deborah passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston.
She was born in Pasadena on Jan. 25, 1952. She grew up in Pasadena and graduated from Sam Rayburn High School with the class of 1970. She lived in Mexia for about forty years. Deborah graduated from Navarro College in 1991 with a degree in nursing and went to work as an LVN for MD Anderson before hiring on with an agency that sent her to numerous major hospitals for the remainder of her career. In her spare time, she loved creating arts and crafts and was known for selling her goods at garage sales and flea markets. She was a Baptist by faith.


William Lee (Bill) Black

William Lee (Bill) Black, 91 of Mexia passed away July 1, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 6 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Jon Honea officiating. Interment will be at the Mexia Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation.
Dad was born Sept. 24, 1925 to Al and Lulie Black and was the oldest of four children. Surviving siblings are Margie Farris and Argie Black. Those that passed before him were his wife of 63 years, Billie Jean Black, sister Vera Mae Phillips and his youngest daughter Cindy Lamb.
He is survived by two daughters, Coiese Black Quaca and Cheryl Black Marth and his eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.


Freddie Horn Watson

Freddie Horn Watson, 87, of Forest Glade passed away July 1, 2017 at his residence. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, July 3 at Wortham Cemetery with Steve Watson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday evening 6-8 p.m. at Corley-Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Freddie was born June 9, 1930 in Navarro County to James Benjamin and Lila Rebecca Chausse Watson. He served in the U.S. Army and afterwards was an upholsterer by trade.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sons, Ronald Ray Watson and Derrell Dale Watson. Freddie is survived by his wife, Madie Watson of Forest Glade; sons, Donald Watson of Mexia and Roy Watson and wife Michelle of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Audrey Watson, Andrea Spence, Linda Sanders, Michael Watson, Bryan Watson, Kevin Dorn, Cameron Dorn and Kaylie Watson; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Otha Charlene Zuber

Otha Charlene Zuber was born on May 13, 1945 and passed away on July 1, 2017. She always went by Charlene, thinking Otha sound too much like a boy’s name.
She retired from the Mexia State School with 35 years of service as an x-ray technician and head of her department. After retirement, she could be found working part time at several of the local hospitals around the area and taking care of her granddaughter. In 2012 she moved to Montgomery to help her daughter and volunteered at the local elementary school library where all the kids and teachers knew her as Oma.


Leon Jones

Leon Jones went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
He was the fifth of nine children, born May 17, 1950 to Dwain and Jewel Jones, Sr. in Delia, Limestone County. Leon attended public school in both Mart and Mexia. He excepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of the Mustang Baptist Church where he loved playing his guitar and singing in service. His favorite song was “On My Way Home.” He worked for Mexia State School and TXI for many years. He retired from Northwestern Resources, Texas Westmoreland Coal after 29 years.
Preceding him in death were his parents.


Mamie Williams Frazier

The Angelic Hosts came for Mamie Williams Frazier on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in the Groesbeck LTC among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing and visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m., Friday, June 30 at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., July 1 in the Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church, 629 N. Grayson Street, Groesbeck with the pastor, Reverend Nathaniel Bedford officiating and Rev. L. B. Perry presiding. Interment will be in the Lone Star Cemetery in Groesbeck.
Frazier was born on Dec. 21, 1943 in Groesbeck to Freddie Medlock and Minnie Lee Williams. She grew up in Groesbeck and attended public  school there. On Sept. 3, 1971, Mamie and Maurice Frazier were married in Dallas where they raised their five children. They were active and faithful members of Greater Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas under the pastorate of the late Rev. L. C. Jones, Sr.


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