Dora (Mema) Mae Means Miller

Dora (Mema) Mae Means Miller joined the Angel of Sleep into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Sept. 3 at First United Methodist Church of Mexia. Service and arrangements entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home. 

Dora , the daughter of Essie Lee Sanders Means and James Means Sr., was born on Nov. 15, 1933 in Wortham. 

She received her formal education at W. F. Wheeler High School in Wortham where she graduated as the Valedictorian in 1952. In the early 1960’s Mrs. Miller united in Holy Matrimony to Tump Thomas, and to this union were born three children. In the late 1960’s she met and married J.B. Miller.


Lee Roy Howard

Lee Roy Howard, 76, of Mexia, passed away September 5, 2016 at the Manor Nursing Home in Mexia. Funeral services will be held oat 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gerald Henderson officiating. Interment will be at Coolidge Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6–8 p.m.

Lee Roy was born on June 15, 1940 in Munday to Curtis and Bonnie Suggs Howard.

He is survived by his sister, Becky Sims & husband, Jim; grandsons, Tim Krause & wife, Nancy and Howard Krause & wife, Glenda; six grandchildren, sevdn great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Nikki Krause, Kristi Krause, Matt Krause, Jim Sims, Anthony Conn and Terrell Conn. Honorary pallbearer will be Brandon Krause.

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Melvin Russell Dempsey

Melvin Russell Dempsey, 56, of Mexia, passed away September 6, 2016 at Providence Hospice Place in Waco. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9 at Mexia Cemetery with Chaplain Karen Hulsey officiating. Visitation with the family present will be Thursday evening 6-8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.

Russell was born Sept. 25, 1959 in Mexia to Robert Melvin and Hazel Dempsey.

He is survived by his mother, Hazel Matchett of Mexia; brother, Elmer Dean Dempsey of Mexia; sisters, Melba Barber of Glen Rose and Debbie Allen & husband, Robert of Dew; nieces, Lisa Marie Smith & husband, Dave of Tehuacana, Kristen Allen and Amy Allen both of Dew and Alexis Dempsey; nephews, Jeremy Allen of Mexia, Jason Allen of Rosenburg and Zeb Barber of Glen Rose.

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Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Michael "Chris" Christensen

A memorial service will be held for Michael "Chris" Christensen at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at the South McKinney Street Baptist Church located at 828 South McKinney. 

Chris was born on Sept. 3, 1950 in Dallas. His parents were Chris and Jennie Christensen who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife Betty Christensen in 2012. Chris passed away on Aug. 28, 2016. at Parkview Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his brother Rick Christensen of Denison and his sister Nikki Christensen of Sherman.

Christ was decorated for honorably serving his country in the U.S. navy during the Vietnam War. 

Chris moved to Mexia in 1985 and worked as a psychologist at the Mexia State Supported Living Center until his retirement in 2014. He served as a psychologist on the Longhorn, Barnett, and Martin Units.


Georgie Ruth (Sanders) Murphey

Georgie Ruth (Sanders) Murphey of Groesbeck passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 at Groesbeck. She was 89 years old.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 29 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Randy Ayres officiating. Burial followed at Lost Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tommy Rutledge, Gary Petty, Pete Sims, James Lewis, Kirk Petty and Cody Sanders. Honorary pallbearers were Doyle Sanders and Johnny Lowther.

Georgie was born May 6, 1927 in Groesbeck to George Sanders and Lilly Arenda Brown Sanders. She grew up and attended school in the Groesbeck/Thornton area.


Caldin Faye Mack Moffett White

Caldin Faye Mack Moffett White, also known as “Carolyn” went home to be with the Lord on August 16, 2016 with Robbie by her side during this transition.  

Caldin was born Feb. 20, 1958 to the late Rayford Lee Mack, Sr. and Lizzie Kirven in Limestone County. She graduated from Mexia High School and was employed at the Mexia State Supported Living Center for 20 plus years until her death. She was baptized at an early age at Union Baptist Church of Mexia.  

She was a devoted sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a devoted companion to Robbie Nolan whom they loved each other dearly.   

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Johnnie Wash Medlock

Johnnie Wash Medlock of Mart, passed from this life on August 19, 2016. Funeral services for will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 27 at First United Methodist Church of Mart. Seårvices and arrangements entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

On Sept. 29, 1916, Johnnie was the third oldest of sixteen children born to Ike and Georgia Lee Medlock in Coolidge. Johnnie attended school near Prairie Hill in Limestone County. As a young man, he worked as a farmer and rancher at home. Johnnie, along with his four younger brothers, enjoyed singing around the kitchen table practicing harmonizing their voices. Together, they decided to form a gospel group calling themselves, The Medlock Brothers.  


Keith "Bud" Retz

A Celebration of Life for Keith (Bud) Retz will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at the Freestone Community Center in Freestone. Bro. Josh Gafford will officiate. 

Mr. Retz passed away on Thursday, August 18 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. 

He was born in Richmond, Ind. on June 24, 1931 to Eugene & Edith (Wright) Retz. Mr. Retz had lived in Freestone County for the past 21 years. He was an accomplished team roper and raised horses with his late wife, Virginia, operating their own brood mare business. Mr. Retz was a horse trader and loved his profession. 

He is survived by one son, Mike Retz & wife Donna of Donie; two grandsons, Keith Retz & wife Jennifer of west Texas, and Russell Retz & wife Nikki of Hewitt; one great-granddaughter, Lauriel Retz; other relatives and friends. 

Mr. Retz was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Retz. 


Garland Ray Cain

Garland Ray Cain, 83, of Mt. Dora, Fla. was born Aug. 28, 1932 in Mexia and passed away Aug. 13, 2016.  Mr. Cain and his wife Jeanne lived in Leesburg for 20 plus years after his retirement from Jones and Laughlin, Continental Emsco later LTV Energy Products, where he worked for 40 years before retiring in 1994. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Leesburg, serving as a deacon as well as volunteering with the bus ministry and with maintaining and repairing the church facilities. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed golf and tennis, his daily walks and was renowned for his love of ice cream.


Jackie Mae Russell

Jackie Mae Russell passed away in Colorado City on August 11, 2016 at the age of 91. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Daniel “Dan” Russell.

Jackie is survived by two daughters, Janet Stribling of Fluvanna and Carolyn Kitching of North Richland Hills; five grandchildren; and other relatives.

A complete obituary will be in Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

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