Obituaries

Fri
27
Oct

Wilton Dawson Robinson

Wilton Dawson Robinson, 85, passed away Oct. 25, 2017 in Burleson. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m.
Wilton was born June 7, 1932 in Madisonville to L. D. and Ruby Robinson. He received his degree from Sam Houston University, where he met and married his loving wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Maddox Robinson. They moved to Mexia where he taught science at Mexia High School and was a member of the Army Reserve.  During this time, the Lord called him into ministry under the direction of Dr. Edwin J. Mays of the First Baptist Church, Mexia. Wilton served as Minister of Music and/or Minister of Education in various churches for the next 49 years; he retired from the ministry while in Harlingen.

Wed
25
Oct

Edgar Alton “Bud” Lemon, Jr.

Edgar Alton “Bud” Lemon, Jr., 78, of Groesbeck passed away Oct. 19, 2017 at Providence Healthcare Center in Waco. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Mexia branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1209 Hinchliffe Road in Mexia.
Edgar was born Sept. 3, 1939 in Claremore, Okla. to Edgar Alton, Sr. and Edith Marie Bough Lemon. He served in the Navy for four years.

Wed
25
Oct

Harley Gene Barrett, Sr.

Harley Gene Barrett, Sr. would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time.
Funeral services were at the Coolidge Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2017. Services were directed by Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer.
Gene was born Dec. 26, 1931 to Samuel Franklin and Ruby Percal Barrett in Malone. He went to school in Bynum and had two years of college. He met and married Doris Meria Paris on Feb. 14, 1953 in the old baptist church in Coolidge. They had 60 years together until she was called away in 2012.

Mon
23
Oct

James Edward “Eddie-Boy” Trantham, I

James Edward “Eddie-Boy” Trantham, I, 85, passed away Oct. 20, 2017 in Mexia. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Bro. David Bates officiating. Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery. Fain Carroll, Josh Williamson, Frog Roberts, Dale Weaver, Steve Trantham, Mike Trantham, Paul Wayne Carroll and John Carroll served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Cecil Sandifer, Milton Carroll, Jimmy Van Winkle, John Pevehouse, Delbert Kyle, Sr., Darrow Condon, Scott Condon, Clint Condon and the Bi-Stone Building Supply employees.
Eddie-Boy was born Feb. 4, 1932 in Mexia to Russell White and Edna Danner Trantham. Mexia was always home, the railroad was going strong, and here is where he began his long working career. Eddie-Boy retired from Southern Pacific Railroad after 44 years of service in the Building and Maintenance Department.

Sat
21
Oct

J. E. “Eddie-Boy” Trantham

J. E. “Eddie-Boy” Trantham, 85, passed away Oct. 20, 2017 in Mexia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Eddie-Boy is survived by his wife, Jodelle Trantham of Mexia; children, Mary Alice Stampinato of Mart, Judy Paetzold of Elk City, OK, Sara Jo Trantham, James Trantham, II and Sue Lil Roberts all of Mexia; and other relatives.
A complete obituary will be in the Tuesday edition of the Mexia News.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to sign the guest book or leave a message of condolence.

Wed
18
Oct

Christine Banks Kerzee

Christine Banks Kerzee, 90, of Mexia, passed away on Oct. 17, 2017 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church of Mexia, with the Reverend Tom Prentiss, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Mexia Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be at 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Serving as pallbearers are her grandsons, Brad Henderson, Michael Jones, Russell Henderson, Christopher Jones, Jordan Kerzee, Ryan Condon and Nolan Russell. 
Christine was born on Dec. 25, 1926 in Quitman to John Herman and Laura Clifford Powell Banks. She graduated from Quitman High School. She had been in Mexia since January of 1949. On Aug. 28, 1951 in Dallas, she married Alton Bennett Kerzee, Jr., a union which gave them five wonderful children. 

Thu
12
Oct

Roger L. Layton II

Roger L. Layton II, of the Mexia State Support Living Center (MSSLC), Mexia, passed away on Oct. 8, 2017, at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, Waco at the age of 46.
He was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents.
He leaves behind with cherished memories his parents, Roger L. Layton and Karen L. (Seamount) Layton, sisters Frances Windels and husband Denis, Karal Nicol and husband Tom, Fai Wheeler and husband Brian, two uncles, two aunts, a host of nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at the MSSLC for providing 28 years of excellent care for him.
No memorial service is being planned by the family at this time.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to sign the guest book or leave a message of condolence.

Thu
12
Oct

Barnell Tyler

Barnell Tyler, 81, passed away Oct. 10, 2017 in Mexia. Memorial services will be at 1 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Tom Prentiss officiating.
Barnell was born June 3, 1936 in Temple to Oscar and Ruby Tyler. He was admitted to Cen-Tex Group Home on June 12, 1990 from the Mexia State School.
Barnell was a very caring person and enjoyed his friends and staff. He served on the Human Rights Committee since 2004. Barnell was a very important part of the committee and expressed his opinions in many areas, which were usually right.
After his parents’ death, his cousin, Margaret Rucker, served as his guardian until her death in 2016. Ray Rucker continued to be involved in Barnell’s life.
Barnell will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visit blair-stubbs.com to sign the guest book or leave a message of condolence.

Thu
12
Oct

Franchelle Fowler Jones

Graveside services for Franchelle Fowler Jones, 87, a native and longtime resident of Mexia will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in the Mexia Cemetery with David Mahan, former Minister of Eastern Hills Church of Christ in Athens, officiating. Grandsons Trey Bankhead, Trent Bankhead and Tye Bankhead, along with Rick Sadler, Don Corbitt and Jimmy Prather, will serve as pallbearers.
Jones was born Aug. 31, 1930 in Mexia, died Oct. 10, 2017 in Athens. She was a member of Northcrest Church of Christ.
She was a public school teacher for 32 years. She taught most of those years at the second grade level, having begun her teaching career in the Fort Worth Independent School District. She, also, taught in Port O’Connor, Spring, Lampasas and for 21 years in Mexia before retiring.
She was preceded in death by her parents, A. L. and Josie Lee Fowler; husband of 56 years, Jack Ralph Jones; and son, James Lynn Jones.

Fri
06
Oct

Connie Sue Watters

Connie Sue Watters, 59 years young, of Mexia joined the Lord on Oct. 4, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Visitation for Connie will be held at Corley-Porter Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 6 in Mexia, from 6 – 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. , Saturday, Oct. 7 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield of First Baptist Church in Mexia officiating. Burial will be at the Wortham Cemetery in Wortham.

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