Obituaries

Wed
17
May

Gerald Dean Henderson

Gerald Dean Henderson passed away May 16, 2017 in Mexia at the age of 85. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, May 19 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Mr. Kent Kendall officiating. Interment will follow Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will begin prior to the service at 1 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel.
Gerald was born Nov. 12, 1931 in Lost Prairie to Lester and Allie Lee Davis Henderson. He attended Mexia schools and graduated from Mexia High School, Class of 1950. Gerald proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955. On March 13, 1955, he married the love of his life, Marie Petery, in New York.  
Gerald retired from the Dallas Zoo, after 30 years of service as Supervisor of the Primate Department and returned to Mexia. He joined, and became an active member of the Mexia Lions Club. Gerald was very proud of his affiliation with the Lions Club and, in honor of his dedication, became the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. 

Mon
15
May

Martha B. Williams

Martha B. Williams passed away on May 13, 2017 in Waco at the age of 75. Funeral services was at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 at Calvary Baptist Church with the Reverend Shane Norcross officiating. Interment followed in the Forest Glade Cemetery. Blake Reed, Chad Commander, Darrell Spurlock, Jordan Maggard, Jason Morton and Steven Starnes served as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family was from noon until service time at 2 p.m., Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church.

Fri
12
May

Carolynn Ann Williamson Thornton

Carolynn Ann Williamson Thornton, wife, mother, grandmother and child of God died on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 68. 
Carolynn was loving, kind, devoted and a faithful servant to our Lord and Savior. She was a woman focused on service and family. She loved quilting, reading, cooking shows, the color pink, things with bling, shopping trips with a splurge, Christian fellowship, and church on Sunday. She was witty and funny and a constant source of inspiration and love. She was the whole world in her husband’s, Will’s, eyes and the love in her children’s heart.

Fri
12
May

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Angelic Hosts came for Oliver Wendell Holmes on Friday morning, May 5, 2017 in the Kindred Hospital in Mansfield among loving family and devoted friends. 
Viewing began Thursday, May 11 from 1-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m.
Funeral services were held May 12 at 11 a.m. in the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Plano with the pastor, Rev. Isiah Joshua, Jr., officiating. Interment will be Friday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the DFW National Cemetery. Dallas and Funeral Honors will be provided by Dyess Air Force Base, Abiline. 
Oliver W. Holmes was born on July 8, 1945 in Plano to the parents of Jack and Mae Leatha Whitfield Holmes.  He passed away suffering from a serious illness.

Fri
12
May

Sylvia Juanita Johnson

Sylvia Juanita Johnson entered into her heavenly home, from Tyler, on May 12, 2017 at the age of 87. A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m., Monday, May 15 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Bill Wright, Jr. and Rev. Jeff Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Justin Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Brian Wallace, Bradley Wallace, Garrett Thibodeaux and Logan Durrett will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday at Blair-Stubbs Chapel.

Wed
10
May

Pedro Javier Salgado

Pedro Javier Salgado passed away at Scott & White Hospital on May 9, 2017 in Temple at the age of 63. His loving wife of 41 years, Maria Guadalupe Salgado, never left his side.

Wed
10
May

Tammey Jean Shriver

Tammey Jean Shriver passed away May 8, 2017 in Mexia at the age of 58. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 11 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Pastor James Rincker officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Troy S. Blanton, April K. Price, Brad Allen, Charles Todd, Michael Todd and Steve Todd.
Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p. m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Tammey was born Nov. 24, 1958 in Houston to Gerald Steven and Shirley Jean Miller Todd. She was an employee of the Mexia Wal-Mart Deli Food Department.
Family was most important to Tammey, especially her son, Brad, who was the love of her life. She loved to cook for her family, enjoyed sewing, crocheting (when she was younger) and gardening. Tammey was a very organized person and someone who took pride in her work.  She had, also, achieved a license in real estate. She had an outgoing personality and made friends easily. Tammey will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Fri
05
May

Lillie Mae Mack Henderson

Lillie Mae Mack Henderson went to be with the Lord April 30, 2017.
Henderson was born Sept. 28, 1937 in Kosse. She was the seventh child to Joshua and Elma Mack. Lille received her formal education from Dunbar High School in Mexia. She was a devoted member who also sang in the choir at Union Baptist Church in Mexia. Lillie completed her certificate in dietary management from TCTI now (TSTC) in Waco and was employed at the Mexia State School for over 20 years in the Food Service Department.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Joshua and Elma Mack; husband, Johnnie O. Henderson Jr.; one son, Larry J. Henderson Sr., and daughter-in-law Wanda Reed Henderson; brothers, Arthur Mack, Rayford Mack, Joshua Mack Jr., Billy Mack and sisters, Elsia Wallace, and Cleo Haynes.

Fri
05
May

William Wayne Barber Jr

William Wayne Barber Jr., born 30 Nov. 1973, went to be with his God in Heaven at 7:09 on the third day of May, 2017.
Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 12-2 p.m. at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church on Friday, May 5.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 5 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Mexia with Pastor Paul Moore officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6 in Bunton Cemetery in Dale just outside Lockhart. He will be buried with his maternal grandparents, George and Leona Dennison.

Wed
03
May

Loyd L. McDaniel Jr.

Loyd L. McDaniel Jr. was born on June 27, 1932 in Freestone County to the parentage of Loyd Lee McDaniel and Lorine Johnson McDaniel. He went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at Lakeshore Village Nursing Facility in Waco, with his wife by his side.
Loyd accepted Christ as his Lord and savior. He began working at an early age for A&P Grocery in Mexia. He later began a career as crane operator for Smith Building Co. in Waco. He held that position for 28 years and later went to work for Wales Industrial for 12 years where he retired in 1998. During his life Loyd was a master at his craft, he was the first black crane operator in Waco. His skills took him to different parts of the state of Texas to operate his crane.
In his spare time Loyd loved taking care of the horses and cows. Loyd married Lillian on Feb. 10, 1978 in Falls County. Their beloved union was filled with many memories. They were quite the team and devoted to each other.

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