Obituaries

Tue
11
Apr

James Weldon Duke

The Reverend James Weldon Duke, 61, of Mexia passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at his residence.
James was born Dec. 28, 1955 in Lufkin to John Wesley and Lenna Bell Witcher Duke. He grew up and went through school in Lufkin. After high school he attended Goodyear Technical School to become a mechanic; however, James could not deny a calling to the ministry and attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary. James spent the rest of his career as a minister and missionary with the International Baptist Convention and it was evident that his love and passion was serving the Lord and bringing people to Christ. Many years of his missionary work was in Bulgaria, helping and ministering to the people there.
After retiring from the missionary field, James and his wife Audrey moved to Mexia and became members of the First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Lufkin Masonic Lodge # 669.

Tue
11
Apr

Marilyn White Phillips

Marilyn White Phillips, 91, passed away Thursday morning, April 6, following a brief illness. Born in Mexia on Feb. 25, 1926, Marilyn was the only child of Mary Elenor McKenzie and William Mack White. Her Mexia roots were as deep as those of her parents and her paternal grandparents, Etta B. Means and William Mack White, Sr., and her maternal grandparents, Eva Pauline Sterne and Tracy McKenzie, all of whom lived in Mexia until their deaths.

Fri
07
Apr

Willie Ora Thomas

The Angelic hosts came for Mrs. Willie Ora Thomas on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at her residence in Mexia among loving family and devoted friends.  Viewing and visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday, April 7 from 6-8 p.m. with the family present. funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. in the Westside Church of Christ, 102 S. Herman St., Mexia with Bro. Thomas Gilmore officiating.  Interment will be in the Sandy Creek Cemetery, Coolidge.
Willie Ora was born June 27, 1917 in the Datura Community near Coolidge. She received her education at Elm Schools in Datura.
Willie Ora married J.C. Thomas and this union was blessed with 71 years of happiness until the Lord called him home in December 2008. To this union nine children were born; one preceded her in death. 

Tue
04
Apr

Deborah Denise Evans LeFever

Deborah Denise Evans LeFever, 51, of Bellmead, passed away peacefully Friday, March 31, 2017 at Providence Hospice Place in Waco. 
Services will be 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Boulevard, Waco, with the Reverend Jeff Stinson and Chaplain Karen Hulsey officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. prior to the service.
Denise was born Feb. 27, 1966 in Lufkin to James and Margaret (Crabtree) Evans. The family moved to Waco in 1968. She graduated from University High School and later took computer training at TSTC. She enjoyed sales and was quite a small business entrepreneur. Denise loved her family, especially her grandchildren Allie and Haylee who lovingly called her NeeNee.
She was preceded in death by her father, James E. Evans; grandparents, Palmer and Hattie Evans and Rev. L.E. and Gladys Crabtree; and a nephew, Bryan Jacob Evans.

Fri
31
Mar

Deron Lynn Clayton

Deron Lynn Clayton “Big D” was born in Mexia on June 13, 1963, to Curtis and Gutherene Clayton. He passed away on March 27, 2017.
Deron united with Cameron Chapel Church of God In Christ at an early age. He was a member until he was called home to be with the Lord.
Deron was employed with the Mexia State School for 25 years. He worked for Heart of Texas MHMR for seven years and also Kosse Coal Mine for three years.
In his spare time, Deron loved to fish and enjoyed baseball.
On Nov. 22, 2015, Deron was united in marriage with Yolanda Porter.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, George and Alberta Weathers; twin daughters, Kamesha Darinique and Ramesha Darrilyn Clayton.

Fri
31
Mar

DeQuincy Dunn

DeQuincy Dunn was born on Dec. 21, 1979, to Judy Jefferson and Ardelle Martin, and was raised by Willie Jefferson. He passed away on March 28, 2017.
Quincy attended Mexia High School and attended St. Luke United Methodist Church as a child.
On Oct. 21, 2016, Quincy and Tromicka Hobbs united in marriage and formed a family. His hobbies were fishing and recently raising chickens, which he was very proud of. He also loved his pit bulls, playing cards and watching movies.
Quincy was preceded in death by his father, Willie Jefferson II, and his brother, Willie Jefferson III.

Fri
31
Mar

Arthur L. Beachum

Arthur L. “Monkey” Beachum was born to Arthur and G.G. Beachum on Dec. 22, 1935, in Mount Calm. Arthur went to school at Dunbar High School. Monkey loved to play dominoes, loved music and working on cars. He was a mechanic with his father for many years until his health failed him. He married Margaret Curry on Feb. 14, 1957, and two children were born, Pamela Crenshaw and Gary Beachum. Arthur passed away on March 17, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Andrew Beachum.
Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter, Pamela Crenshaw; son, Gary Beachum; siblings: Ray Lucky, Robert (Carla) Beachum, Merlene (Bubba) Carroll, Marzella (Issac) Buchanan, and Christine (James) Alberty; grandchildren, Tephany, Brandon and Sherrod; great-grandchildren Tye’Quisha, Jalen, Dontrevius and Gary’s grandbaby.

Fri
31
Mar

Tennyson Burks

Tennyson Burks was born on July 9, 1949, in Mexia, to Lurlean Adams and Elijah Burks Jr. He passed away on March 1, 2017.
He grew up in Mexia and attended Mexia High School. He attended Union Baptist Church when he was young.
He served in the U.S. Marines from Jan. 19, 1964, until his honorable discharge in 1974.
Tennyson was preceded in death by his parents, Lurlean and Elijah Burks Jr; brothers, Billy Jack Burks, Elijah Burks III and Elijah Burks IV.
He is survived by children Startrice (Myron) Phillips and Derrick (LaKinya) Mack Sr.; sisters Nevada (Elmo) Hawkins and Nylene Bigham; grandchildren Ashyra Mack, Derrick Mack Jr., Deandre Robinson, Titiara Burks, Diamond Willis and Bradford Willis; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home and will be held on April 1, at 11 a.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home.

Tue
28
Mar

McKenzie Jackson

The Angelic Hosts came for McKenzie Jackson on March 17, 2017, at his residence in Balch Springs, among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing and a prayer service with the family present will be held Friday, March 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, in Teague.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1, at 12:30 p.m. in Grove Island AME Church, 561 CR 901, Mexia, with the Rev. Coby Shorter III, of Austin, officiating; and the Rev. Stanley Johnson, pastor of Grove Island AME Church, as eulogist. Interment will be in the Grove Island Cemetery.

Mon
27
Mar

Geneva Grayson Robertson

Funeral services for Mrs. Geneva Grayson Robertson were held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017, at Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home in Jewett. Patsy Robinson officiated. Interment followed the services at Concord Cemetery.
Mrs. Robertson passed away on Tuesday, March 21 at the Forever Young Home in Groves.

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