Obituaries

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Courtney L. Gamble

Funeral services were held for Courtney L. Gamble on Feb. 25 at First Baptist Church in Mexia. He passed away on February 17, 2017.  Courtney was born Jan. 22, 1976 to Reginald Tucker and Pamela Gamble, in Mexia.
He attended John H. Reagan School in San Angelo then moved back to Mexia to finish school in the Mexia School District.

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06
Mar

Velvia Ann Gamble Wylie

Velvia Ann Gamble Wylie of Mexia passed away on Feb. 23, 2017. Her services were held on Feb. 28 at Westside Church of Christ in Mexia. Services were entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.
Mrs. Wylie was born to Vowow (Doc) and Johnnie Mae (Johnson) Gamble in Tehuacana on Sept. 10, 1949. She attended school at Dunbar High and Mexia High School. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1970.
She became a member of Westside Church of Christ in 1968, where she remained a life-long member.
She married Mr. Bennie Ray Wylie, Sr., on June 10, 1972. Her husband of 32 years, Bennie, Sr., preceded her in death in 2004. She and her husband raised three children during their union – Mr. Danny L. Gamble of San Angelo, Mrs. Velvia P. Keithley of Huntsville, and Mr. Bennie Ray Wylie, Jr. of Tuscola.
Through her children, she had eight beloved grandchildren – Ashlea Nicole, Johanna, Jenae, Braden, Caden, Aliyah, Cora, and Hope.

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06
Mar

Alexander “Alex” Kent Moore

Alexander “Alex” Kent Moore, 84, of Granger, Indiana, passed away at Elkhart General Hospital on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the First United Methodist Church Wortham with the Reverend Chris Rowe officiating. Visitation will be 10– 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Wortham Cemetery.  
Alex was born on Sept. 12, 1932 in the small town of Wortham to the late Walter and Olive Lee (Bounds) Moore. His beloved mother, Olive, an exceptional school teacher, ingrained the importance of education into Alex from a very young age. His grandfather, a staunch Methodist minister, instilled in him a strong faith in God. The United States Marine Corps embedded his patriotism and deep abiding love for our country. 

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06
Mar

Nelda Jean Orr

Nelda Jean Orr passed away March 4, 2017 in Groesbeck at the age of 87.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 7 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Pastor Earl Sterling and Pastor Wes Willie officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.  William Rogers, David Rogers, Nathan Rogers, Casey Purcell, Jimmy Rogers and Glen Dale Rogers, Jr. will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Osbaldo Renovato, Daniel Thomas and Frank Strong.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Nelda was born Dec. 21, 1929 in Dew to William Richard and Inez Cadenhead Moore. She worked at the Mexia Hospital for approximately 10 years. 

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06
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Jerry Allen Cotton

Jerry Allen Cotton was born to Horace and Edna Faye Cotton on Jan. 5, 1946 in Waco. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Palestine Regional Hospital.  He grew up in the Frosa community and attended Prairie Hill School and graduated from Groesbeck High School.  God called him to the ministry at the age of 18.  He graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Religion.  He began his ministry as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church.  He went on to pastor Oletha Baptist Church, Jewett Baptist Church, Judson Baptist Church and was pastor of Cayuga Baptist Church for the past 38 years when he went to be with the Lord.

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06
Mar

Johnnie Mae Jones Whiteside

Services for Johnnie Mae Jones Whiteside of Caldwell, were held on February 18, 2017 at Westside Church of Christ in Mexia. Services were entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.
On Dec. 14, 1948, Johnnie Mae was the second child born to Tracy and Johnnie Lee Jones. She attended school in Limestone County and was a 1968 graduate of Washington High School. She accepted the Lord at an early age. She was a member of Holy Temple of Jesus Christ No. 8 in Caldwell where she worked faithfully on auxiliary programs. She married Joe Whiteside in 1971 and they later moved to West Texas where they lived most of their life. She was a devoted wife for 32 years until his death and worked as her husband’s secretary and was a housewife. Together they raised eight children.

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24
Feb

Rose Black

Rose Black was born in Mexia on July 17, 1927. Always a kind and gentle soul, she passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2017.
Rose graduated from Mexia High School, Class of 1944. She was a Charter Member of Northside Baptist Church.  On Sept. 7, 1947, she married her lifelong partner, A C Black.
Waco, soon after, became their home.  Rose worked at the Elite Café, and in later years, for Home Interiors.  She became a longtime active member of the Methodist Church in Waco.
Rose’s greatest love was for her family.  She was a Christian with a giving heart and always treated people the way she wanted to be treated, with love and respect.   

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24
Feb

Leslie Ellen Howard Dolen

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Leslie Ellen Howard Dolen went to be with the Lord, losing her battle with cancer.
A lifelong entertainer, Leslie enjoyed writing and telling stories to friends and family. She was also a talented actress, artist and singer with a deep understanding of the Bible. Her generous spirit edified friends and family alike.
She is survived by her husband, Gene; daughters, Elspeth and Gwyneth Dolen; parents, John and Ellen Howard; sisters, Adrienne McGill and Melanie Stratton; brothers-in-law, Brian McGill and Mike Stratton; Uncles, Charles Arnim, Lee Rothenberg and Ken Calura; Aunts, Jean Rothenberg, Marian Calura and Julia Arnim.  She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at First Baptist Church in Mexia with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating.

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22
Feb

Hollis Owen “Skip” McKissack

Hollis Owen “Skip” McKissack, formerly of Sherman, passed away Feb. 22, 2017 in Mexia surrounded by his loving family. 
Skip was born March 31, 1946 in Bonham to Jess McKissack and Glenda Hollis Burleson.  He attended North Texas University where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity.  He was Manager of King Architectural Metal Company, for a number of years, prior to retirement.
Skip married Sandra Waldrop on Jan. 5, 1996 in Sherman. His family was his pride and joy, especially, his grandchildren.  Skip enjoyed fishing, loved Lake Texoma and most anything that pertained to being outdoors.  He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Coolidge.  Skip was friendly, outgoing and enjoyed living life to the fullest.  
He was preceded in death by his father, Jess McKissack.

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15
Feb

Douglas Wayne Walton

Douglas Wayne Walton, 70, of Mexia, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in Waco.
Doug was born Dec. 30, 1946 in Odessa to Douglas and Betty Smith Walton. He had lived in the Mexia area most of his life where he was in the construction contracting business most of that time. Doug leaves behind his mark on many building projects in Mexia.
Survivors include his sons, Ronnie (Lisa), Richard (Tomell) and Brandon (Brittany), 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by his sisters, Linda, Shelia and Regina.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Teague with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to sign the guest book or to leave a memorial message for his family.

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