Obituaries

Wed
19
Apr

Wanda Dawson

Wanda Dawson, 73 of Corsicana, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 in Dallas.
She was born April 4, 1944 to Cleve and Buelah Tackett of Mexia. She was a homemaker, an avid animal lover, and enjoyed gardening. She was known for her kind generous heart. The last 25 years she worked with her husband every summer on their place “Happy Ours Farm.” She found great joy in all the people that came to the orchard through out the years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, a much loved son-in-law Johnny Chapman and much loved nephew Lynnie Long.
She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years Jimmy Dawson; daughter Tammy Chapman; grandson Justin Chapman and wife Christy; granddaughter Holly Galbreath and husband Tiger; her much loved great grandchildren Avery and Rhen Chapman; sisters and brother, June and Columbus Long, Candy Hardin, Teri Hill and Rick Tackett. She is also survived by numerous other family and friends.

Tue
18
Apr

Nokona Grace Reece

Nokona Grace Reece passed away in Waco on April 14, 2017. Graveside services will be 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 19 in the Mexia Cemetery with the Reverend Darrel Ward officiating.
Nokona Grace was born in Waco on April 14, 2017 to Zachary and Tiffany Hays Reece.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Billy Ray Hays; uncle, Matthew Lynn Sanford; and numerous other family members.
Nokona is survived by her parents, Zachary and Tiffany Reece of Mexia; grandparents, Jenny Hays and Sidney Wolfe, Michael and Michele Slaughter and Johnny and Sandra Reece all of Mexia; and numerous other relatives.
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Wed
12
Apr

Lora Anniece Pate Caldwell

Lora Anniece Pate Caldwell, 83, of Columbia died Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  Services for Mrs. Caldwell were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 12 in the chapel of Temples-Halloran Funeral Home, 5400 Bush River Road, Columbia, S.C., 29212. The Dr. Ronald D. Vaughan officiated.  The family greeted friends following the service. Burial was private.
Mrs. Caldwell was born in Buffalo on May 9, 1933. She was the daughter of the late James Larkin Pate and Grace Berry Pate. The love of her life was her late husband Harris Benjamin “Buddy” Caldwell, Jr. of 51 years. Anniece was pre-deceased by her sister and brothers, Sybil Bates, James, Eugene and William Pate.
She retired from South Western Bell Telephone Company and was a member of St. Andrews Baptist Church.

Wed
12
Apr

Rachel Gloria Taylor

Rachel Gloria Taylor, age 77, of Round Rock, and formerly of Palestine, went to her eternal reward with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 10, 2017. Mrs. Taylor passed away in Round Rock at Baylor Scott & White Hospital, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Taylor was born on May 18, 1939 in San-Diego, Calif. where she grew up with her eleven brothers and sisters. She was the ninth child of twelve to the late Aurelio and Christina Caudillo.

Mrs. Taylor was a Christian and a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palestine. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She was a busy lady who loved to cook, crochet, knit, play Bingo, work in her yard and travel.


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.

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