Howard Donald “Bronc” Hall

Howard Donald “Bronc” Hall passed away Nov. 23, 2016 at his home in Mexia at the age of 82. Graveside services were at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26 in the Prairie Grove Cemetery with Rev. Walter Pickens officiating.

Howard was born Aug. 25, 1933 in Oakwood to John Hamilton and Virgie Louise Minor Hall. He had lived in Mexia for most of his life. He worked for Owens Pipeline Company and Randy Turner Construction for many years, prior to retirement. He loved not only working on the pipeline, but the many friends he made throughout his career.

Howard married the love of his life, Billie Sue Jackson, on May 6, 1955 in Mexia and they were blessed with three children, Billy Don, Connie and Jana. His family was his pride and joy, especially his grandchildren or as he called them “his babies”.


Emma Mozelle Barkouskie

Emma Mozelle Barkouskie, 95, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 23, 2016, at Mexia LTC. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Mexia, with Brother Paul Moore officiating. Interment will be at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be Friday evening 6-8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.

Emma Mozelle was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Delia, to Sidney and Elizabeth Jones Roberson. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1939 and then attended beauty school and became a beautician. She worked in the beauty shop at the Mexia State School until her retirement.

She is survived by her sons, Ronnie Barkouski and wife Debbie, of Shiloh, and Gary Barkouski and wife Wanda, of Mexia; eight grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be her grandchildren.


Christopher Mark Gardner

Christopher Mark Gardner, of China Spring, entered his heavenly home at the young age of 12. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25 at Christ Gospel Fellowship Church in Mexia with Pastor Steve DuBois officiating.

Christopher was born Oct. 18, 2004 in Port Neches to Mark and Karen Gipson Gardner. He was a student at China Spring Middle School. Some of his favorite things were his IPad, Nascar, watching the Disney movies, especially Cars and the Mickey Mouse Club House.

Christopher was a loving son and brother; he adored his sister. He always greeted everyone with a big smile, was always happy and had a way of brightening any room.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Mark and Karen Gardner of China Spring; sister, Rachel Gardner; paternal grandmother, Ruth Gardner of Mexia; paternal grandfather, LeRoy Gardner of Oregon; aunt, Anne Gardner of California; and a number of cousins.


Margaret A. Bleakney

Margaret A. Bleakney passed away November 16, 2016 in Mexia at the age of 75. A Rosary will begin at 11:15 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at Noon, Friday, Nov. 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Justin Nguyen officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.  Bill Crider, Johnny Holmes, Noah New, Ron Huffstutler, George Liles, Edmund Schuster and Robert Mortimer. Honorary pallbearers will be the Class of 1959.      

Margaret was born in Mexia on Sept. 19, 1941 to William J. and Margaret Faucher Bleakney. She grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School, Class of 1959. After retiring from the Texas Department of Human Service Real Estate Division in Austin, she returned to Mexia to make her home.


Reverend Winfred T. Arthur, Jr.

The Reverend Winfred T. Arthur, Jr., age 63, of Palestine, died Thursday, November 10, 2016 at home.
Service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Dogwood Hill Baptist Church, 3400 N. Hwy 79, Palestine, with Willmott Pastor Michael Thompson officiating and words of comfort from Pastor Shaun Arthur of Melrose Ave SDA Church. Interment following service in Fort Houston Cemetery in Palestine. Repast following interment at Dogwood Hill Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Friday, Nov. 18 at Emanuel Funeral Home - Palestine Chapel, located at 1721 W. Oak Street, Palestine.

Winfred was born Jan. 22, 1953 in Houston. His parents were Mamie Jean Arthur and W. T. Arthur Sr. Winfred graduated from Neches High School in 1971. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad for 38 ½ years as a Carman. He was married to Annie Tutt-Arthur for 39 years and to this union five children were born.


Annie Joyce (Henderson) Hawkins

Annie Joyce (Henderson) Hawkins of Waxahachie passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living in Waxahachie. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at at LaSalle Cemetery with Rusty McMahon officiating.

Annie was born July 7, 1932 in the Ben Hur Community to James W. Henderson, Sr. and Reba Tula (Williams) Henderson. She graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1953. After high school she was self-employed as a seamstress and mainly worked with upholstery as well as car and truck interior customizations.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Hawkins; both parents; three brothers, James Henderson, Jr., Merl (Noe) Henderson and Bill Henderson and one sister, Christine Wright.

Annie is survived by her son, Drake Hawkins and wife Sheila and grandchildren, Haley Hawkins and Wyatt Hawkins all of Waxahachie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


Prudencio Ramos Pevia

 Prudencio Ramos Pevia, 72, went home to be with his Lord Nov. 13, 2016 in Waco.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, at Open Door Church located at 900 N Loop 340, Waco. Burial will follow in Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 16, at Camino Church located at 111 East Palestine Mexia.

Prudencio was born July 10, 1944 in Champoton, Campeche, Mexico to Felix and Librada (Ramos) Pevia. He was a lifelong minster. He began his ministry in Mexico when he married the love of his life, Elsy in 1965. They often joked with each other on how they met. In 1961 the love story started, Elsy was visiting in town and happened to walk by his house with a green dress on. Prudencio said “For her I will start going to church.” On a separate occasion before they had even met, he walked by her house and that was when Elsy said “Ooooh, What a handsome guy!”  Four year later they officially met and married on Aug. 29, 1965.


Jerry Lynn Maxwell

Jerry Lynn Maxwell, 63, went to his heavenly home November 10, 2016 in the VA Hospital, Amarillo after a short illness surrounded by his loved ones. Graveside services, with Military Honors, will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Mexia City Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral home.

Jerry was born in Wellington on Aug. 1953, the sixth son to Ernest and Opal Irene (Young) Maxwell. He married Diana Rodriquez on Aug. 28, 1984 in Memphis.

Jerry proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy as a Dental Tech. At the time of his death he was employed with Tyson Foods in Amarillo. His greatest joys were his children and grandchildren.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Diana; daughter, Ashley Irene Maxwell; and son, Brian Lee Maxwell; and brothers, Ernest, Jr. and Johnny Maxwell.


Cleathel Randall (C.R.) Rand

Cleathel Randall (C.R.) Rand, 86, of Groesbeck went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 4, 2016, at Providence Hospital in Waco.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 7 at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, with the Reverend Troy Brooks and Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Burial followed at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Dr. Chris Rand, Jimmy Bradley, Mikey Terry, Keith Rand, Derek Pringle; and great-grandsons Brayden Bradley, Jake Pringle, Dylan Rand, Tyson Pringle and Bryce Rand.  Honorary pallbearers were Elmer Beene Jr., Jack Forrest, Jimmy Harryman, Jim Longbotham, and Chuck Phillips.


Juana Garay

Juana Garay passed away, November 6, 2016, at her home in Mexia at the age of 85. Funeral services will be 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Anselmo Garay, Johnathan Garay, John Paul Lopez, Adrian Torrez, Jesse Garay and Rigoberto Castro will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home with Rosary at 7 p.m.

Juana was born in El Tigre Villanueve Zacatecas, Mexico to Jostenes Jimenez Tinado and Inez Frias. She had been a resident of Mexia for several years and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Juana was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, her family was her pride and joy. She was strong in her faith. She enjoyed cooking (was a great cook), crocheting, sewing and loved flower gardening, especially, roses.


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