Obituaries

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.

Fri
24
Mar

William Daniel Franks (Dan)

William Daniel Franks (Dan) began life in the hospital, then located in Teague, on April 19, 1932. He was the son of Edna Smith of Richland and Ernest Franks of Point Enterprise; the grandson of Lula and Farmer Franks of Point Enterprise. His childhood was spent in Dallas, Sherman and Electra.
He attended North Texas University majoring in psychology. It was there he met Neoma Sue Wiggins at an event for Methodist students. Upon graduation in 1953 Dan enrolled in seminary at Iliff School of Theology, at Denver University. Following Sue’s graduation in 1954, she and Dan were married in the Methodist Church in Sue’s hometown of San Augustine.

Wed
22
Mar

Sidell Winn, Jr.

Sidell Winn, Jr. (Bootsy, Big Red, Uncle Sid, Skillet) was born in Wortham to the parentage of Sidell Will, Sr. and Lessie L. Winn on Jan. 15, 1941, a long time ago. At an early age, he professed his commitment and love of Jesus Christ and became a member of New Home Baptist Church under the direction of L.L. Sheffield  of Mexia. He was also a member of St. John AME Church of Mexia then a member of Mustang Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Riley Armstead.
He graduated from Dunbar High School in Mexia in 1959 and enlisted in the United States Navy where he became a master boilermaker and was honorably discharged in 1961. Sid worked for United States Airlines in San Francisco, Calif. and Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, Calif.

Tue
21
Mar

William Thomas “Tommy” Dabney, Sr.

William Thomas “Tommy” Dabney, Sr. passed away March 20, 2017 at his home in Mexia at the age of 70.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, March 23 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment, with Military Honors, will follow in the LaSalle Cemetery. William T. Dabney, III, Sean Ridge, Donnie Morrow, Trevor Morrow, Bennie Ray Murphy and Terry Adams will serve as pallbearers. 
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Tommy was born Jan. 12, 1947 in Groesbeck to James William Dabney and Bertha Lee Allen Morrow. He had been a resident of Mexia for most of his life. Tommy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.   Prior to retirement, he worked in concrete construction.

Tue
21
Mar

Freda Murel Fox Daniel

Freda Murel Fox Daniel passed away March 20, 2017 in Mexia at the age of 88. Graveside services and interment will be 11a.m., Wednesday, March 22 at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth with the Reverend James Dorman officiating.
Freda was born Jan. 16, 1929 in Brownfield to Eldridge Monroe and Lena Cooper Fox. After graduating high school, she continued her education and received a degree in cosmetology. Freda’s career as a beautician ended after 40 years of service.
Freda married, the love of her life, Preston Dearmon Daniel on Aug. 11, 1945 in Glen Rose, they were blessed with three daughters, Paula, LuAnn and Shannon. After retiring, they moved to Mexia in 1991 to be close to family, especially, the grandchildren. Freda devoted her life to serving the Lord and loving and caring for her family. She was an active member of Landmark Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and loving husband of 55 years, Preston Daniel.

Tue
21
Mar

Ethel Marie Ford

Services for Ethel Marie Ford was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Lincoln Center Recreation in College Station. Ms. Ford passed away on March 7, 2017. Services entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.
And This Is My Life Story….
On the blessed day of Feb. 10, 1952, a beautiful baby girl was born to the proud parents, Isaiah and Doris Marie Merchant in Shiro. They lovingly named her ETHEL MARIE MERCHANT. She was the first daughter to be born to this union and so they showered her with love.
 
HER WALK WITH THE LORD

Tue
21
Mar

Bobbie Richardson

Bobbie Richardson of Wortham passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Bobbie was born just outside of Tehuacana on April 17, 1928. She lived there with her parents Dossie and Roma Spakes and brother Doyle (Jumbo) Spakes and attended school in Tehuacana. After graduating from the seventh grade, she then moved to Wortham to finish out her education. In Wortham, she met her lifelong mate, W.O. Richardson. Together Bobbie and W.O. built a life in Wortham where they raised their four children.

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