Obituaries

Mon
06
Feb

Mattie Hildebrand

Mattie Hildebrand of Mexia passed away Monday, Feb. 06, 2017 at home with her family by her side.
Visitation will be held prior to the funeral on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 9-11a.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 11a.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Shane Alexander officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Parker Cemetery.
Mattie was born on July 16, 1932 in Waldo, Ark. to Ezekiel and Lillian (Beasley) Staggs. In 1963 she moved from Arkansas to Texas and was later united in marriage to Donald G. Hildebrand on Sept. 23, 1966 in Austin. Mattie was a bookkeeper most of her profession life and after marriage became a housewife. Some of her most memorable times were cooking and collecting cookbooks from family members or any she could get her hands on, fishing, a very talented piano player. She loved most, spending time with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Stephanie Gallman.

Thu
02
Feb

Melanie Jean Ashmore

Melanie Jean Ashmore, 61, of Austin, passed away on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin after a brief illness, surrounded by her beloved daughters and family.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1955 in San Antonio to Jesse J. Ashmore and Bonnie Ruth Young Ashmore and grew up in Tehuacana. She attended schools in Tehuacana, Coolidge, and Fairfield, graduating from Fairfield High School in 1973. After living in Waco, she returned to her hometown of Tehuacana and worked at the Mexia State School as a secretary. She earned her associates degree in nursing from Navarro Community College in 1982, working as a registered nurse at the Mexia State School and also in Mexia and Groesbeck hospitals for many years.
After her daughters’ graduation from high school in Mexia, Melanie moved to the Austin area working as a nurse and case manager for St. David’s Hospital for 20 years.

Thu
02
Feb

Willie Sue Tucker

Willie Sue Tucker
June 27, 1928 – Jan. 31, 2017

Fri
27
Jan

William Cleofus (W. C.) Barger

Funeral services for Mr. W.C. Barger was held on Friday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Roy Prather will officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Thursday with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home.
Mr. Barger passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.

Wed
25
Jan

James Birch “Jamie” Teer

James Birch “Jamie” Teer passed away Jan. 24, 2017 at his home in Mexia, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 50. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Dale McDaniel officiating.
James was born April 8, 1966 in Mexia to Jodie and Thelma Lavette McElroy Teer, youngest of four children. In 1997, he moved back to Mexia to take care of his parents, after his dad had a stroke. James married his loving wife, Jovonna Klepper in Shiloh on Oct. 22, 2010.
James enjoyed working at Walmart, always making every effort in doing his job well, as in any job; having a good work ethic was important to him. He enjoyed playing dominos, watching Jeopardy and was a big Dallas Cowboy fan. He also loved trivia, history and geography.

Tue
24
Jan

Merillyn Aiken

Merillyn Aiken, 74, of Cross Plains, passed away in Abilene on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel in Cross Plains with Jeff Addison officiating. Burial followed the service at the Pioneer Cemetery in Cross Plains. The family had a time of visitation from 6-8 p.m., Sunday at Higginbotham Funeral Home, Cross Plains.

Fri
20
Jan

Claude Albert Nussbaum, Jr.

Claude Albert Nussbaum, Jr. passed away Jan. 11, 2017 at his home in Mexia at the age of 86. The Nussbaum family was one of the first families of Mexia, Claude was the last of them living in Mexia.
Claude was born Oct. 24, 1930 in Mexia to Claude and Alma Fleig Nussbaum. He was a graduate of Mexia High School, where he excelled in football. He scored the only Mexia touchdown in the 1947 Regional Championship game which, with the extra point, won the game. After high school, he proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War and graduated from Texas A&M. On Aug. 8, 1951, Claude married his high school sweetheart, Anita Joyce Hancock; they celebrated 64 years together, just two days prior to her death on Aug. 10, 2015. 
Claude retired from New York Life Insurance Company after many years of service as a sales representative.
Discussing football and politics with friends was one of Claude’s favorite pastimes.   

Wed
18
Jan

Neil Ray Bond

Neil Ray Bond, 82, of Shiloh, passed away Jan. 16, 2017 in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery. Joe Roark, David Knight, Eddy Plummer, Bill Beene, Michael Oliver and Dan Beene will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Wallace, Moe Litton, Fred Reagan, Glen Shoemaker and Benny Lucas.
Visitation with the family will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Neil was born Oct. 27, 1934 in Coolidge to Homer and Zula Anders Bond. After graduating from Mexia High School, he continued his education, graduating from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s of Administration degree and receiving his Teacher/Administration certification from Texas A&M. He also served his country in the US Army. Neil married the love of his life and best friend, Mary New, on Feb. 21, 1953.

Wed
18
Jan

Alice Sue Cagle

Alice Sue Cagle
Jan. 3, 1949 – Jan. 14, 2017

Mon
16
Jan

Neil Bond

Neil Bond, 82, of Shiloh, passed away Jan. 16, 2017.  Funeral services are pending at this time.
Neil is survived by his wife, Mary Bond; two sons, Brandon Bond and Ronald Bond; and grandchildren.
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