Obituaries

Fri
03
Nov

Gary Edward Bennett

Gary Edward Bennett, 76, of Wortham, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Oct. 30, 2017 in Fairfield following a long and brave battle against Mesothelioma lung cancer. Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.
Gary was born Dec. 9, 1940 in Wortham to parents L. T. and Billye Louise Means Bennett. He served his country in the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force. He was a man of many talents and accomplishments. He approached life with great passion and integrity. He was a gifted speaker with an outgoing personality. Bennett never met a stranger. He loved nature and outdoors activities; especially hunting. He loved his wife, family and friends deeply. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Morgan Jennings.

Wed
01
Nov

Vera Blancet Sanders

Vera Blancet Sanders passed away on Oct. 30, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Dorcey – Keatts Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at the Antioch Cemetery in Teague. Visitation will be on Friday from 2-5 p.m.
Sanders grew up in Teague and graduated from Booker T. Washington High in 1948. She was often sought out to play and sing in local churches in the Freestone County.

Wed
01
Nov

Homer Ray Brown

The Angelic Hosts came for Homer Ray Brown on the morning of Oct. 29, 2017 at his residence in Houston, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will begin Friday, Nov. 3 from 1 – 7 p.m. in the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 in the Holman Street Baptist Church, 3501 Holman Street in Houston under the direction of Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home of Teague. The Reverend Roderick Cunningham, pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Dickinson will officiate. Interment will be in the Avant Cemetery, FCR 661, Teague.

Wed
01
Nov

Rayford Lee “Ray” Lasseter

Rayford Lee “Ray” Lasseter went to be with the Lord on Oct. 28, 2017, in Denton, and was surrounded by his family. He was retired from Chevron Corporation.
His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Good Samaritan Village Chapel, 2500 Hinkle Drive, Denton. The viewing will take place prior to the service from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Village Chapel. Officiating will be Senior Pastor Rev. Don Lee, First United Methodist Church, Denton, and Rev. Hank Demous, Chaplain at Good Samaritan Village, Denton where Ray resided.
Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park, 3100 White Settlement Road at University Drive, Fort Worth following the funeral service.

Mon
30
Oct

Thomas Jefferson “Baldy” Blackmon, Jr.

Thomas Jefferson “Baldy” Blackmon, Jr., longtime Mexia businessman passed away Oct. 28, 2017 at the age of 86. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Bro. Earl Sterling officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Nephews, Ricky Blackmon, Timmie Sterling, Jimmie Sterling, Travis McAlister, Jeff McAlister and Bobby Sterling will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Mathison, Elmer Beene, Brett Beene, Eddy Plummer, Kent Kendall, Milton Carroll, Bobby Richardson, Tony Wilson, Randy Wilson and Ron Day. Visitation with the family will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Mon
30
Oct

Lois Bernice Greene

Lois Bernice Greene, age 88, passed away on Oct. 19, 2017 in Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church; 1402 Elm Ave. in Waco. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow and be held at Waco Memorial Park Cemetery, 6623 Interstate 35 South in Waco.

Mon
30
Oct

Tony Joe Carden

Tony Joe Carden, 74, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 27, 2017 in Waco surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Bro. Michael Symank officiating. Graveside services with Military Honors will follow in the Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank. James Knight, Scott Watts, Mike Carpenter, Larry Branch and Bobby Jack Liles will serve as pallbearers. 
Tony was born Aug. 16, 1943 in Malakoff to Euric and Violet Gaston Carden. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Tony retired from Lone Star Gas Company after 30 years of service as Service Superintendent.
Tony was a wonderful caregiver. He took care of Molly, his first wife of 40 years, as she battled and, eventually, lost her life to cancer. He then, married Mary Carroll and took good care of her during her battle with cancer; she is now a cancer survivor. 

Fri
27
Oct

Wilton Dawson Robinson

Wilton Dawson Robinson, 85, passed away Oct. 25, 2017 in Burleson. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m.
Wilton was born June 7, 1932 in Madisonville to L. D. and Ruby Robinson. He received his degree from Sam Houston University, where he met and married his loving wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Maddox Robinson. They moved to Mexia where he taught science at Mexia High School and was a member of the Army Reserve.  During this time, the Lord called him into ministry under the direction of Dr. Edwin J. Mays of the First Baptist Church, Mexia. Wilton served as Minister of Music and/or Minister of Education in various churches for the next 49 years; he retired from the ministry while in Harlingen.

Wed
25
Oct

Edgar Alton “Bud” Lemon, Jr.

Edgar Alton “Bud” Lemon, Jr., 78, of Groesbeck passed away Oct. 19, 2017 at Providence Healthcare Center in Waco. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Mexia branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1209 Hinchliffe Road in Mexia.
Edgar was born Sept. 3, 1939 in Claremore, Okla. to Edgar Alton, Sr. and Edith Marie Bough Lemon. He served in the Navy for four years.

Wed
25
Oct

Harley Gene Barrett, Sr.

Harley Gene Barrett, Sr. would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time.
Funeral services were at the Coolidge Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2017. Services were directed by Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer.
Gene was born Dec. 26, 1931 to Samuel Franklin and Ruby Percal Barrett in Malone. He went to school in Bynum and had two years of college. He met and married Doris Meria Paris on Feb. 14, 1953 in the old baptist church in Coolidge. They had 60 years together until she was called away in 2012.

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