Obituaries

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Luease Sheppard

The Angelic Hosts came for Mrs. Luease Stewart Sheppard on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at her residence among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing was held Friday, March 16, in the Union Memorial United Methodist Church, Sandy Community of Coolidge. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17, at Northcrest Church Of Christ, 918 Tehuacana Road in Mexia. The Rev. Leroy Goff officiated, and Elder Alfred Iglehart was the eulogist. Interment was in the Woodland Cemetery if Nexua,
The Rev. Leroy Goff and Elder Alfred Iglehart were the officiating ministers. Interment was in the Woodland Cemetery near Mexia.
Mrs. Sheppard was born April 9, 1931, to Lucille Sanders and Joseph Stewart near Mexia. She grew up in the Woodland and Comanche Crossing area, and spent most of her childhood days with her grandparents: Wyatt and Lutisha Sanders.

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Margaret Jo McPherson Archer

Mrs. Margaret Jo Mc​Pherson Archer, 92, a longtime Coolidge resident, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Waco.
Mrs. Archer was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Groesbeck, to Joseph and Lula Mae Parsons McPherson.
She married John Ray Archer on Oct. 17, 1941, and they were blessed with four children and enjoyed many happy years together before his death in 1995.
Mrs. Archer was an exceptional wife, mother and grandmother. She had a strong work ethic and worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Hancock Butane and First State Bank in Coolidge, not retiring until she was 83 years of age. Not one to be idle at home, she enjoyed working in her yard and doing things for her family. She was a member of Northcrest Church of Christ in Mexia.

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Ardys Jeanette Irwin

Ardys Jeanette Irwin, daughter of Viola Souders  and Arland Smalley, was born in New Virginia, Iowa, in 1931 and died in Mexia, on March 16, 2018, with family by her side, at 86 years of age.
She grew up in New Virginia and graduated from New Virginia High School. She married Robert Irwin on July 8, 1949, in New Virginia. Four children were blessed to this union: Mike, Bill, Betty Jo and Pat.
Ardys worked as a homemaker the first part of their marriage, then went to work for Preferred Risk Insurance Company, working her way up to supervisory positions before retiring. She then continued on her journey of doing for others, through her quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing and volunteer work.

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Frank McMillian

The Angelic Hosts came for Frank McMillian on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Parkview Regional Hospital, Mexia, among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will be held Friday, March 23, 1-7 p.m., with the family present 6-7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 24, at 2:30 p.m. in the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Chapel with Pastor Earl Bell officiating and Elder Billy Jackson, Eulogist. Interment will be in the Antioch Cemetery, North 1st Street in Teague.
Mr. McMillian was born Dec. 5, 1937, the second child born to Van and Sallie McMillian in Orville, Ala. He grew up in Hazard, Ky., where he attended the public schools. He and his wife, Frances, were married in Bloomerville, Ky., in 1961, and they were the parents of two children: Frank Jeffery McMillian and Chrystal McMillian. Frank and Choicey were married on March 24, 1984, in Teague.

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Nelda Lummus

Nelda Lummus, 71, formerly of Mexia, passed away March 12, 2018, at her home in Palestine. Funeral services were held Friday, March 16, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, with Brother Bubba Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Lost Prairie Cemetery. Mike Warren, Ricky Van Winkle, Micky Van Winkle, Jeff Lummus, David Keenum and Rhome Starkes served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Van Winkle, Charlie Morris and Jimmy Steele.
Nelda was born July 14, 1946, in Mexia, to George Lester and Minnie Lee Robertson Foley. Mexia was her home, prior to her moving to Palestine 17 years ago.
She was a graduate of Mexia High School, Class of 1964. She married the love of her life, Danny Lee Lummus, on Aug. 13, 1964, in Mexia.

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Jim Rodgers

Jim Rodgers, 55, of Sunset, passed away March 9, 2018, in Fort Worth. Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 13, at 10:30 am at First Baptist Church in Alvord, with burial to follow at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Jim was born Oct. 26, 1962, in Wortham, to Morris Frank and Claudia Jean Rodgers. He married Peggy Jones on March 9, 2002, in Sunset. Jim had been in law enforcement for over 20 years, with the last 14 as an investigator with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department. He invested much of his time rehabilitating the youth of Wise County.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Goolsby.

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Harbard Echols

Harbard Echols was born March 8, 1933, in Sandy, to the late Demock and Frankie Echols. He attended Echols Community School.
 He met and married Ezra Lean Reed on Sept. 23, 1954, a union lasting 62 years until his passing. They produced nine children: Clifton Darnell (Myrtle), Harbard Lee (Louella), and Anthony, all of Dallas, Elvis Eugene, of Coolidge, Efrem Ray (Debra), of Mexia, Gary Echols (Ramona), of Benbrook, Darlene Whitley (Jessie), of San Diego, Calif., Brenda Brown (Felton), of Scott, La., and Katie Richards, of Belton.
Harbard Echols left us on March 6, 2018 at Windsor Healthcare Residence in Groesbeck, Texas. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, DeEmory, Carlton and Arbra Echols; two sisters, Jeanie Jones and Claudesta McCoo.

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Newell J. Cox

Mr. Newell J. Cox was born on Nov. 11, 1930, in Teague, and was found gone home to glory, in his home on Saturday, March 5, 2018.
He was lovingly placed in the nurturing hands of Mr. and Mrs. P.T. Cox (Maggie), who predeceased him.
Newell accepted Christ at an early age at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Teague. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School as salutatorian in 1948. He enrolled as a freshman in Huston-Tillotson College in 1948, in Austin, where he later pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. While on campus, his love for music blossomed, and he enjoyed playing with the blues bands of Ray Charles, Johnnie Taylor and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland. In 1952, Newell graduated with honors with a degree in Music Education with a concentration in band.

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Michael Lynn Chambers

Mr. Michael Lynn Chambers was born November 7, 1965 to Henry and Edith Chambers.
Michael graduated from Mexia High School in 1984. He was employed at the Mexia State School for many years. He confessed his life to Christ at a young age to the Alexander P.B. Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Henry and Edith Chambers and a sister, Queenie Louise Chambers.
He leaves to cherish his memories: Wife: Sharon of Groesbeck; daughters: Amika Adkison (Antwon) of Waco, Ranada Jackson of Mexia, and Tamina Hacket of Groesbeck; brothers: Rev. Henry Chambers Jr, (Margie) of Mexia and Levi Chambers (Pattie) of Omaha, Neb.; Sisters: Eva Yvonne Chambers of Mt. Pleasant, Brenda Hubbard of Mexia, CaSandra Alexander (Benjamin) of Dallas, and Carolyn Cummings (Robert) of Waco; grandkids: Da’Niya, Da’Moria, Avianna, Jonavon, Jur’nee, Khloe and Gabrielle; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Gabriel Saldivar

Services for Gabriel Saldivar, 85, of Mexia, and formerly of Post, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Post ISD Auditorium, with Eliseo Chapa and Lupe Perez Jr. officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. A prayer service was held at 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Gabriel died on March 9, 2018, at his home in Mexia. He was born on March 24, 1932, in Rockdale, to Francisco and Concha (Acevedo) Saldivar. He married Lillia Gonzales on Jan. 29, 1950, in Post. She preceded him in death on July 31, 1990. He worked for Postex Cotton Mills for many years and later retired from the Post Independent School District.

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