Obituaries

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19
Sep

Mary “Louise” Faust

Mary “Louise” Faust, 93, of Mexia, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at her home of natural causes. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church with Pastor David Bolden officiating.

Louise was born Dec. 10, 1922 in Scurry to Walter and Maggie Dobbs. She had nine brothers and two sisters who have preceded her in death.  After graduating from Scurry Ross High School she attended junior college taking courses in real estate, bookkeeping and receiving a beautician license. In addition to her many accomplishments, she worked in WWII as a “Rosie the Riveter.”

Mon
19
Sep

R. Bennett Barham

R. Bennett Barham passed away on August 24, 2016 in Houston. He was 66 years old.

Bennett was born Aug. 5, 1950 to E.J. and Imogene Barham. He was the last remaining member of that family. He was proceeded in death by his parents, a sister - Ann Butler and a brother - John R. Barham.

He grew up and went to school in Mexia graduaitng in 1970. After graduation he joined the Air Force (1970-1974). He did two tours of duty in Vietnam.

After leaving the service he moved to Houston and began working for the Port of Houston until he retired in 2014.

Bennett never married and is survived by Bobbie Barham, sister-in-law of Mexia; a niece, Katie Allen of Fairfield; two nephews, Robert Barham of Mexia and Rhett Butler of Fairfield.

Bennett was cremated and his ashes will be spread at his deer lease in South Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date for friends and family.

Mon
19
Sep

Kimberly Ann Manning

Kimberly Ann Manning, 49, of Opelika, Ala. passed away at her home on September 16, 2016 surrounded by her family. God relieved Kim of her pain after  three years of fighting the fight and is now in peace with loved ones.

Kim was born Sept. 23, 1966 in Wortham to Howard Watson, III and Becky Baldwin Oliver.

Visitation with family will be rom 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Mexia Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Gillet officiating.

Kim attended Westfield High School, class of 1985. She went on to further her career and attended Lufkin Beauty School. Kim married Barry Manning and from that union had three daughters; Brandie, Candice and Amanda.

Fri
16
Sep

William Q. “Billy” Bozeman

William Q. “Billy” Bozeman, 75, of Groesbeck, passed away in Waco on September 14, 2016. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.

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

Billy was born in Texas City on Aug. 4, 1941 to William and Muzetta Mae Johnston Bozeman. He graduated from Mexia High School, Class of 1960. He also attended school in Texas City for a number of years. He retired from United Grocery Store in Dalhart after 19 years of service as an assistant produce manager.

On Dec. 29, 1962, Billy married the love of his life, Gathel Coonce, in Lost Prairie. Together, they raised six children. His life revolved around his family, especially, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Billy had a special place in his heart for children, he loved them all. He also considered “Mr. Hoss”, his dog and faithful companion, a part of his family.

Wed
14
Sep

William Pascal Cornelius, Jr.

William Pascal Cornelius, Jr., 79, of Mexia, passed away September 10, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital in Wacos.  Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mexia Cemetery with Chaplain Karen Hulsey officiating. There will be no formal visitation.

William was born Jan. 23, 1937 in Paris to William Sr. & Dorothy Rawlins Cornelius.  

He is survived by his wife, Robin U. Cornelius of Mexia; daughters, Ruth Ellen Cornelius of Baytown and Lynn Lewis of Dickenson; sisters, Connie Buchanan of Houston, Joyce Klais of Jacksonville, Fla., Marion Bertaut of Thibodaux, La., Ellen Thomas of Slidell, La., Debbie Kimbrough of Pasadena and Dotsy Cook of Slidell, La.; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you donate to the charity of your choice.

Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
12
Sep

Eva Miller

Eva Miller, 98, passed away in Mexia on September 10, 2016. She had been a resident of the Mexia LTC for the past three years.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Don Ellis officiating. Burial will be next to her husband in the Wortham Cemetery. John Ellis, Carmen Sanchez, Shanon Miller, Gail Cate, Keith Satterfield and Jakob Satterfield will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Eva was born in Wortham  on May 7, 1918 to Earnest and Mary Ila Cate Rogers, the oldest of five children. Eva married L.G. “Buddy” Miller on Aug. 8, 1942. She lived most of her adult life in Mexia, where she raised her four children. 

Fri
09
Sep

Brysen Jamal Rhodes

Brysen Jamal Rhodes also known as “BJ” or “B. Rhodes,” passed away on August 28, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 3 at First Baptist Church of Mexia.  Service and arrangements entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home. 

Brysen was born Jan. 1, 1996 to Byron and Camilla Rhodes of Wortham. He attended Wortham Schools and later graduated from New Beginnings in 2014.

Brysen is survived by his parents, Byron and Camilla Rhodes; sister Kameron Rhodes; sister and brother-in-law, Ashley and Collin Brooks; brother Chaston Pruitt; niece, Ameeya Rhodes; maternal great grandmother, Willie Ora Thomas; paternal grandparents Ernestine and Major Kirven; Gene and Elaine Henry Rhodes; maternal grandparents, James and Rosie Thomas; and a host of other family and friends.

Fri
09
Sep

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.

Wed
07
Sep

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.

Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Wed
07
Sep

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.

Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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