Obituaries

Mon
21
Aug

Lexus Evett “Lexi” Vine Koncaba

Lexus Evett “Lexi” Vine Koncaba was born on Aug. 5, 1997 in Mexia. She passed from this life, just 20 years after birth, due to an auto accident while on a trip with her sister, Brianna, her husband, Matt and his sister, Hannah (who also lost her life in the wreck).
Lexi had a varied path through life, belying the normal kid by being bright and bubbly and loving her vegetables, and, because she loved animals and tamed even wild cats, she was fondly known by family members as the ‘crazy cat lady’. She was involved in activities while in school, including cheerleading.
She met Matt at Haunted Hollow, where they were both working at the time, fell in love and married on May 21, 2016.  

Mon
21
Aug

Danny Frank Jackson

Danny Frank Jackson left his temporary, earthly home on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Bulverde where he has lived for the past four years.
Danny was born in Waco on Sept. 24, 1949, an only child, to Olva Spivey and James Houston Jackson. He is predeceased by his parents and is survived by his wife of forty-one years,Gayle, two children, Whitney Jackson of Austin, and Houston Jackson of Houston, as well as numerous cousins.
He was raised on a farm near Prairie Hill, was a member of the Prairie Hill Baptist Church and attended Coolidge High School where he was Salutatorian. In high school he was lead singer and keyboard player in a band, The Tradewinds, which played in and around Waco. He graduated from The University of Texas in 1972 with a degree in accounting. He obtained his CPA in 1976 and was a Life Member of the UT Ex-Students’ Association. 

Mon
21
Aug

David A. Blasingame

Major David A. Blasingame, USMCR, age 60, passed away in Fort Worth on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 in Biggers Funeral Chapel of Lake Worth; Interment: 1:15 p.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery; Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Monday at Biggers Funeral Home.
A 1979 graduate of Texas Tech University, David later received his Masters Degree in Military Studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College of Quantico, Va. and completed his education with a Juris Doctor degree from the Baylor University Law School in Waco, 1996.
David retired from 23 years of service in the Marine Corps. He was stationed with the 3rd LAAD Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. a veteran of the 1990s Gulf Wars, and also a commanding officer of the weapons reserve station in Waco. He later served in Tirana, Albania and Accra, Ghana writing their military training manuals for each country’s fledgling military.

Fri
18
Aug

Robert Cerna

Roberto Fernando Cerna passed away Aug. 17, 2017, in Mexia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. A family graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21, in the Waco Memorial Park.
Visitation with the family will be 4-5:30 p.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Robert was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Monterrey, Mexico. Robert was married to his loving wife, Elia, for 72 years, and they were blessed with a precious daughter, Belinda. His family was the light of his life. He and Elia’s world revolved around any and everything that pertained to Belinda.
Robert enjoyed a long career as an engineer, working primarily for numerous cotton gins. After retiring, he and Elia moved to Waco and then to Mexia, to be closer to Belinda. He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling. Robert was a faithful Christian.

Wed
16
Aug

Edsel Maurice Henderson

Edsel Maurice Henderson, 91, of Mexia, passed away Aug. 15, 2017 in Waco. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Mexia Cemetery. Colby Cunningham, Tyler Cunningham, Jon Cunningham, Pat Orsak and Jeff Bronikowski will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be from 12-1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Edsel was born Dec. 5, 1925 in Personville to Carlie and Nora Bessie Vest Henderson. Edsel married his loving wife and lifelong partner, Dorothy Mae Dossey on Feb. 26, 1944 in Mexia. One month later, he was in the US Army serving in WWII. After being discharged from the Army, he went to work for Phillips Petroleum as an operation supervisor, retiring after many years of service.

Mon
14
Aug

Norman Christopher Parks

Norman Christopher Parks traveled peacefully to his eternal home on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at the age of 47.  A Celebration of Life ceremony will be 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15 in the Teague High School Auditorium with the Reverend Tom Prentiss and Rev. Glenn McGuire officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 6-9 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Chris was born July 28, 1970 to Jim and Marjorie Parks in Wichita Falls.  The Parks family moved a few years later to the Central Texas area and made Mexia their home.  Chris was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Mexia Blackcat Class of l988 and Midwestern State University Class of 1996.
Chris married his loving wife of 22 years, Michelle Samford on May 27, 1995 and they welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Rebekah, in December 2000.

Mon
14
Aug

Harold Brewer

Reverend Harold Brewer passed away on July 25, 2017 and his service was held on July 29 at Lone Star Baptist Church of Groesbeck. His mother, Bobbie Conner of Mexia and the family of Harold Brewer would like to extend a sincere thanks of gratitude to those who were with them during this difficult and trying time. 
A friendly smile,
a casual touch,
these are things
that mean so much.
To know you are with us
in our time of sorrow,
sharing our prayers,
today and tomorrow. 
God gives us the comfort
in the form of good friends,
may His peace be with you,
His love never ends.

Mon
14
Aug

Jack Benjamin Higgins

Jack Benjamin Higgins passed away on Aug 13, 2017 at his home in Donie at the age of 86. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16 in the First Baptist Church in Donie with the Reverend Robert McDougal officiating. Ron Arnold, Logan Arnold, Ben Taylor, Billy Lauderdale, Zack Lauderdale and Carl W. Thompson will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Turner, Ray Newsome and Roy DeFriend.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Jack was born April 18, 1931 in Limestone County to Burley Roy and Mary Elizabeth Douglas Higgins. He served his country as a member of the National Guard. He retired from Southern Pacific Railroad after completing 41 years in the track maintenance department.

Mon
14
Aug

Peggy Sue Springer

Peggy Sue Springer passed away on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at her home, at age 81.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Criswell Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Michalak, Jason Butler, Zack Meador, Hank Smith, Frank James, and Chad Raines.
Peggy was born Aug. 22, 1935 in Limestone County to Jimmy Bryant 
Patterson and Nettie Marie Simmons Patterson. She graduated from Marlin 
High School in 1954.
Peggy worked as a bookkeeper for many years for numerous hospitals and 
the Mexia water department. In her trade, she was meticulous in all her 
dealings. In fact she was known to never let things go.

Peggy married James (Jim) Michael Springer in 2009. Family was very 
important to Peggy and she loved sewing and cooking for them.

Wed
09
Aug

Louie Leldon Masters

Louie Leldon Masters passed away Aug. 7, 2017 at his home in Mexia at the age of 83. Graveside services were held at 11a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9 in the Mexia Cemetery with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating.
Louie was born Nov. 14, 1933 in Mexia to Algie Edell and Velma Cox Masters. He retired from Dick Scott Ford, after 35 years of service. Then he worked for 10 more years at Blackmon’s Used Cars before officially retiring.
Louie married his loving wife of 61 years, Ruby Lively, on June 16, 1956. Their family consisted of four boys, who he enjoyed spending endless hours with on the baseball field and golf course. Louie was active in whatever they were involved in, a dad they could count on for support; he was their best friend. He had the opportunity to begin this journey over as he became the proud grandfather of a grandson, Cole, the light of his life.

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