Obituaries

Wed
19
Oct

Clifton Doyle Carroll

Clifton Doyle Carroll, of Wortham, passed away in Mexia on October 17, 2016, at the age of 90. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Wortham Cemetery with Bro. Jared Rogers officiating.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Clifton was born in Wortham on April 7, 1926 to Wilmer and Nellie Michaels Carroll. He was a lifelong resident of the Wortham area. He was a carpenter, farmer and rancher. Clifton was country at heart and enjoyed doing almost anything outdoors. He loved his farm, raising cows, gardening, fishing and hunting. He was well known for his expertise in growing okra; HEB even offered to buy his okra.    

Although Clifton had no children of his own, he loved children and enjoyed having them around. He was very friendly, outgoing and enjoyed every opportunity to visit with family and friends. He was an honest man and a hard worker and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Wed
12
Oct

Milton James Morgan, Sr.

Milton James Morgan, Sr. passed away Sunday, Oct. 9. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at Union Memorial Methodist Church in Sandy Community.

Viewing will be from 1-6 p.m., Friday at Dorsey & Keatts Funeral Homes Chapel.

Milton was preceded in death by wife, Della Morgan and son, David Morgan.

He is survived by five sons and one daughter.

Officiating the services will be Rev. Julius Chappell. Eulogist is Rev. Riley Armstead. Interment will be at Sandy Creek Cemetery.

Mon
10
Oct

Anna Beth “Pidgie” Montgomery Thompson

Anna Beth “Pidgie” Montgomery Thompson, of Mexia, passed away in Groesbeck on October 8, 2016 surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 59. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Chaplain Karen Hulsey and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating. Interment will follow in the Tehuacana Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Anna Beth was born in Mexia on Jan. 18, 1957 to Hiram “Pete” and Shirley Richardson Montgomery. She was a lifelong resident of Mexia and a graduate of Mexia High School Class of 1975. She was presently employed as a Diet Technician for the Mexia State Supported Living Center, where she had worked for 26 years.

Sat
08
Oct

Gary Griffin

Gary Griffin, 66, of Mexia, passed away October 6, 2016 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Mexia Cemetery.

Visitation with the family present will be Saturday evening 5-7 p.m.

Gary was born June 16, 1950 in Mexia to Monroe and Inez Broughton Griffin. He was co-owner of Griffin Lawn Service with son Corey Griffin for 25 years and later joined by son Chad Griffin.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William & Mattie Griffin and Paul & Hattie Broughton; parents, Monroe & Inez Griffin and brothers, Ronny Griffin and Jerry Griffin. 

Mon
03
Oct

Wayland Alvin Hatfield

Wayland Alvin Hatfield, 75, of Waco passed away Thursday, September 29, 2016. He will be cremated according to his wishes and the family will have private services at a later date.

Wayland was born April 25, 1941 to Albert Hatfield and Ella Watson in Mexia. He attended the Shiloh schools until they closed. He then attended and graduated from Mexia High School. Wayland joined the Navy right out of high school in 1959 and served for over 23 years, retiring in 1983. After his service, Wayland began working for Nautilus before retiring from their Virginia location and moving back to the Mexia area. Wayland enjoyed fishing with his friends at the lake, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was never a stranger to anyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Fri
30
Sep

Wyvonne McLelland

Wyvonne McLelland, 87, of Wortham, passed away September 28, 2016 at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at the First United Methodist Church Wortham with Reverend Don Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation.

Wyvonne was born Jan. 9, 1929 in Mexia to Neal and Ola Jackson Michaels.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Elgin McLelland Jr. and son & daughter-in-law, Michael Elgin & Cynthia McLelland. 

She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Calame & husband, Rick; grandchildren, Krista Ball, J.R. McLelland & wife, Michelle, Josh McLelland & wife, Jeanna, Bryan Calame and Cody Calame & wife Kali; great grandchildren, Ty Williams, James McLelland, Coby McLelland, Trent Williams, Brody McLelland, Darcy Taylor, Braidee Taylor, Macee Calame, Rockie Calame and Tatum Calame;  special friend, Billy Joe Steelman and family.

Fri
30
Sep

Angela Ford

Angela Ford passed away Monday, September 26, 2016 at Baylor Hospital.

Angela is the daughter of Reverend Clifton and Vinella Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3 at the New Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Garland. Pastor W.J. Davis (uncle) will deliver the eulogy.

Golden Gate Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wed
28
Sep

Myrtle “Dolly” Foreman

Myrtle “Dolly” Foreman passed away on September 26 2016 in Corsicana. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Bro. David LeFlore officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Glade Cemetery. Grandsons, Troy Foreman, Jeff Odom, Clay Foreman, Kelly Jernigan, Ryan Foreman, Jamey Odom, Heath Foreman, Jason Odom and Dustin Lane will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 9-11 a.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Dolly was born in Mexia on June 7, 1929 to Emmett and Myrtle Johnson. She lived most of her life within three miles of where she was born. Dolly dedicated her life to raising, encouraging and being supportive of her children, even as adults. She loved having her family home and cooking for them, especially during the holidays.

Wed
28
Sep

Barbara Hearon Owen

Barbara Hearon Owen, of Mexia, passed away on September 27, 2016 in Groesbeck at the age of 76.  Funeral services will be 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Bill Wright, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Cotton Gin Cemetery. Charles Walpole, Henry Sims, Sr., Johnathan Bible, Roy West, Brian Staton and Robert Farnes will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Dick and Howard Medlock.

Barbara was born in Mexia, on Oct. 2, 1939 to Joe Mack and Tennie Watson Hearon. She was a lifelong resident of Mexia. During her working career, Barbara worked at the Corner Feed Store, Wal-Mart, Mexia State School and, as a seamstress, for Karner-Phillips.

Wed
28
Sep

Allen Sidney Johnston

Allen Sidney Johnston was born on December 11, 1931 in Mexia in the home of his paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Albert Sidney Johnston, Sr.  He was the first child born to Sidney & Dorothy Johnston and his only sibling, Jan, was born the following year.

 Allen graduated from Mexia High School in 1948 as a member of the undefeated Blackcat football team. He remained lifelong friends with many of these teammates. Shortly after high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and was stationed in Britain and Germany. Upon his return home from service, he met and married Joy Paris of Coolidge. They were married 61 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jan Johnston Cairns.

He is survived by his wife, Joy, five children, 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

    Kent, the eldest, and wife Pam; their four sons: Kody & Erin Johnston, Kole & Erica Johnston, Clay Johnston, and Cade Johnston

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