Rodger Dale Cotton

Rodger Dale Cotton, 63, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at First Baptist Church in Mexia with Rev. Bob Tarbet and Mr. Ben Bloomer officiating. Interment will follow in the Tehuacana Cemetery.

Rodger was born Feb. 7, 1950 in Mexia, to Woodrow and Mildred Cotton; the second of four children.
He married his best friend, Betty Jean Robinson, on May 30, 1969 in Kirvin. They had many traveling and hunting adventures during their 44 years together. They were blessed with two daughters, Brandi Jean and Rustyn Dale, whom they raised to be respectful, God-fearing and family-oriented adults.

At the time of his passing, Rodger had three grandchildren who adored him. Each had received their own nickname from Rodger at birth.


Jimmy Wayne Rhodes

Jimmy Wayne Rhodes, of Thornton, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Limestone Medical Center, at age 68.

Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 24,, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.

Funeral services were 2: p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Steve Nance officiating. Music was provided by Phil Koester and Mrs. Ginger Fritz.

Pallbearers were Nick Nichols, Michael McGilvray, Ronald Crane, Scott Smith, Bradley Swick and Marshall McCullen. Honorary pallbearers were David Diver, Charlie King, Rawls King, John Banks Campbell, Lonnie Laqua, David Beard and Steve Nance.
Jimmy was born Dec. 19, 1944 to Charles Rhodes and Edna Earl (Carpenter) Rhodes.

Jimmy and Barbara Ann Allman both graduated together in 1963. They were united in marriage on Jan. 26, 1965 at the home of Brother Malcom Smith in Groesbeck, and celebrated 48 years of marriage.


Garland Edwin Wells Sr.

Garland Edwin Wells Sr. of Brazoria passed away Aug. 22, 2013 at the age of 93. Mr. Wells was born Feb. 3, 1920 in Mexia, to Zelma Hughes Wells and James Edwin Wells.
In addition to his parents, Garland was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Faye Wells in 2008; a grandson, Joel David Wells; and two sisters, Nell Copeland (Luther) and Lucy Cooksey (L.C.).
He is survived by his sons, Garland E. Wells Jr. (Speedy) and wife, Nelva, Jerry L. Wells and wife, Jeannie, and Dennis E. Wells, and wife, Janet; his half-brother, Jim Wells and wife Candis; half-sister, Linda Keeton and husband Stan; cousin, Durwood Kennedy; special sister-in-law, Martha Cox; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.


James Claudie Allsup

James Claudie Allsup, 93, of Mexia, began his eternal rest on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. at Porter Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. James Rineker and the Rev. Chris Nickleberry officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Family visitation will be held on Friday evening, 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Allsup was born on Sept. 10, 1919, in Payne Springs, to Henry V. and Mary Granthom Allsup. He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and was among the third wave in the storming of Utah Beach in the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944. He was wounded on July 4, 1944.


Frances Juanita Wilson

Frances Juanita Wilson, of Groesbeck, passed away on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at the Groesbeck LTC, at age 91.
Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Church of Christ in Groesbeck. Brother Richard Williams of the Groesbeck Church of Christ and Brother Benny Lucus of the Shiloh Church of Christ will officiate, and burial will follow in Hogan Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Saling, Paul Wilson, Brandon Wilson, Brandon Nugent, Keith Easter and Skip Spurlock.

Frances was born March 7, 1922, to James Henry Hudson and Bertha Edie (Dickey) Hudson at Big Hill. She started school at Big Hill and graduated from Thornton High School. Frances was united in marriage with Vestle Edward Wilson on April 4, 1941, at the home of Brother Malcolm Smith. They farmed with her parents at Big Hill for awhile, then lived some years at Ben Hur, and later moved to Thornton, to farm and ranch and raise their family.


Mary Alice Cooper Hatcher

The angelic hosts came for Mary Alice Cooper Hatcher, 61, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Fairview Healthcare Center in Fairfield, among loving family and devoted friends.

A viewing will be held Friday, Aug. 16 at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. during the wake service.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 303 South Mount St. in Fairfield. Rev. Darrell Houston, pastor of St. Luke and Mt. Vernon United Methodist Churches, Houston, is officiating and Bishop Sam Cumby, pastor of Behind the Veil in Fairfield, and will serve as eulogist. Interment will take place at Fairfield Baptist Cemetery in Fairfield.

Mary Alice Cooper Hatcher was born on Jan. 24, 1952 in Fairfield. She was the second child born to Frank and Annie Lee Turner Cooper.

Her parents and oldest brother, Joe Frank Cooper, preceded her in death.


William Eddie Potillo

The angelic hosts came for William Eddie Potillo, 57, on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his residence in Fairfield, among loving family and devoted friends.

A memorial service for Mr. Potillo will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel, 406 Monrore St. in Teague. The Rev. Obry Earl Hatcher will official.

William Eddie was the third child of Matthew and Annette Potillo, and was born Sept. 5, 1955, in Orlando, Fla. He grew up in Fairfield, where he attended Dogan High School.

Eddie was baptized in the Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church, in Fairfield.

William Eddie and Cynthia Johnson were married in Fairfield.

His employment career included being custodian at The Dallas Market Center and at Parkland Hospital, in Dallas.
Eddie’s interest were reading, baseball and basketball, and being with his children, family and friends.

He will be remembered most for his sharp wit and his sense of humor.


Willis Boyd Walpole

Willis Boyd Walpole, 78, of Mexia passed away Aug. 14, 2013 in Mineola.

Visitation with the family will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

Boyd was born Feb. 19, 1935 in Tehuacana, to Jetson Harold and Esma Cora Harrison Walpole. He worked for many years as an insurance salesman and maintenance supervisor for Southern Traditions Furniture Company.


Cecil ‘Tiny’ Hileman

Cecil “Tiny” Hileman, 83 of Burlington, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. Burial followed in the Powers Chapel Cemetery near Rosebud with full military honors. Visitation was Monday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home home.

Mr. Hileman was born Jan. 19, 1930 in Goose Creek, to Joe and Odie (Davis) Hileman.

He married Carolyn Rothe on Oct. 29, 1977. Tiny retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving in the Korean Conflict.

He owned Tiny’s Drive In, in Rosebud, from 1969 until 1985. He also retired from Farm Bureau Insurance after 22 years of service.
His son Shane preceded him in death in 1994.

He was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.


Briar Shane Scruggs

Briar Shane Scruggs, 19, of Streetman, passed away Aug. 7, 2013 in Jal, New Mexico. Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Wortham with Rev. Justin Colquette officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin.

Visitation with the family present will be Sunday evening, Aug. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Wortham.
Briar was born Sept. 19, 1993 in Corsicana. He graduated Wortham High School in 2012. He was Homecoming King, had a distinguished high school football career and was a mentor for a kids-without-fathers program. He was a member of Christian FCA and a Little League coach. Briar loved to play his harmonica, loved to hunt and was a true country boy through and through and was known as “Bubba” to many. His motto/favorite verse was Philippians 4:13 NKJV, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


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