Obituaries

Wed
29
Nov

David William Smith

David William Smith, 68, of Mexia passed away Nov. 25, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia.
Smith was born Jan. 31, 1949 in Newport, Vt. to Richard and Susan Smith. He served in the United States Navy and was a very loving husband and father. His favorite name was Pepa and his family will dearly miss all the stories he had to tell. David was always there and ready to help anyone that needed help.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Michelle Tollett.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Smith of Mexia; son, Eric Tollett and wife, Stephanie of Austin and grandsons, Alex Salas and Anthony Salas both of Mexia.
An online quest book is available at corleyporterfuneralhome.com and by selecting the David Smith obituary.
Corley-Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
29
Nov

Norma Lee Shulanberger McNeil

Norma Lee Shulanberger McNeil died peacefully on Nov. 27, 2017 at University Hospital in San Antonio at the age of 88.
McNeil is survived by her son and daughters, Jack McNeil and wife Marian of Magnolia, Linda McNeil of San Antonio, and Kathy McNeil of Waco. She is also survived by her granddaughter Veronica Filips, husband Tim and great-granddaughter Emma Filips of Magnolia.
Her husband Jack Kermit McNeil of Mexia preceded her in death.
Norma was born on Feb. 14, 1929 in El Centro, Calif. to Edgar and Katie Shulanberger. She was the oldest daughter with eight siblings. She married Jack K. McNeil in 1946. Over the years the couple welcomed their three children into their home. Her children remember her as a gentle and patient mother who encouraged them to pursue their educational goals.

Wed
29
Nov

Srean Hampton-Curry

Srean Hampton-Curry of Waco was born on Feb. 10, 1960 in Drew, Miss. to Wilton Hampton and Alberta Sims. She passed away on Nov. 17, 2017.   
Srean leaves to cherish her loving memories: her companion of 13 years, Kenny Barnes. Her children: Homer Hampton, Kathy Hampton-Kendricks, Marvin Curry, Latoya Curry; siblings, Robert Sims, Jr., Wilson Hampton, Flora Hampton, Elizabeth Hampton, Melvin Hampton, Glenn Hampton, JT Hampton, Vera Hampton, Ann Rhodes, Jimmy Rhodes, Billy Talton; grandchildren, Tiyun Kendricks, Hamaya Hampton, Ronadre Kendricks, Dyanna Ramsey, Jermaine Jones, Marveuna Robinson, Dareuna Robinson, Ronald Jr. Kendricks, Mi’Terria Duffy, Jamica Guilford, Kingston Knowlin, Tatiyana Mills, Kali’Mai Boyd, Ryiot Patterson, Jaxon Normart; Special nieces/nephews, Willie Hampton, JT Hampton, Renee Hampton-Taylor and Shaquana Wiley
Funeral services were held on Nov. 25, 2017. Services were entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

Wed
29
Nov

Mary Earl Phillips

Mary Earl Phillips passed away on Nov. 26, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at Mt. Gideon Primitive Baptist Church of Doyle.
Phillips was born on July 5, 1955 in Dallas to the parentage of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phillips. She was a graduate of Groesbeck High School in Groesbeck. She worked and retired from the County Tax Office in Wichita Falls, Texas for 39 years until her health failed her. Her love for her family was priceless. She was a faithful member at her church. One of her favorite scripture in the bible was Proverbs 3:5-6. She played the piano and donated to St. Jude Children Research hospital for many years.  
She leaves to cherish her memories: sisters, Minnie Blocker, Marie Forge and Ethelene Phillips; brothers, Richard (Ruthie) Phillips, Sammy (Trina) Phillips and Christopher Phillips and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service and arrangements entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

Wed
29
Nov

Robert Max Sheppard

Robert Max Sheppard passed away Nov. 28, 2017 in Waco at the age of 85. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 1 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia with Pastor Steve McCoy and Pastor Curtis Carter officiating. Graveside services will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Veteran’s section of the Waco Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors. Robbie Sheppard, Mason Krantz, Cooper Krantz, Curtis Carter, Bobby Sheppard, Kelly Sheppard, Robert Krantz and Tony Czajkowski will serve as pallbearers. Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Mon
27
Nov

Avis Gore Willis

Avis Willis (Mimi to her loved ones), 90, returned to her heavenly home on Nov. 24, 2017 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and friends, and her firm belief in God supported her in this struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Mimi was a wonderful soul who gave selflessly to her family, friends and community.

Mon
27
Nov

Damon Allen

Funeral services for Damon Allen will be held on Friday, Dec.1, 2017, at the Mexia High School Football Stadium in Mexia. Pastor Bryan Hallmark will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Salem Cemetery near Freestone.
Visitation will be held on Thursday with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.
Trooper Damon Allen passed away in the line of duty on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, near Fairfield.

Fri
24
Nov

Geneva Elizabeth Walker

Geneva Elizabeth Walker, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 23, 2017 in Waco, at the age of 75. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Northcrest Church of Christ with Jimmy Woodall and Stephen Trantham officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Bryan Trantham, Bradley Trantham, Russ Trantham, Eddie Walker, J. R. Walker and Keith Smith will serve as pallbearers.  Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Wed
22
Nov

Bryan Lee Bradley

Bryan Lee Bradley passed away unexpectedly at home on Nov. 20, 2017, in Wortham at the age of 55.
Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25 at Mexia First Assembly, 1100 N. Ross in Mexia. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bryan’s life. The Reverend Jason Ellis will officiate. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chet Seelinger, Delbert Kyle, Morris DeFriend, Jimmy Fewell, John Favors, Mark Tilley, Wesley Willard, and Calvin Popp. Honorary pallbearers will be board members of the Farmers State Bank.

Wed
22
Nov

Dorothy “Jackie” Nadene Hawkins Brown

The Angelic Hosts came for Dorothy “Jackie” Nadene Hawkins Brown, age 84, on Nov. 18, 2017 in the Fairfield Nursing and Rehab Center of Fairfield among loving family and devoted friends. Memorial services are planned for a later date following her instructions for the disposition of cremation.  
Brown was born on April 10, 1933 in Crescent, Okla., to John C. and Betty E. Norwood Hawkins. She graduated from Douglas High School. She and Edward Lee Brown, a native of Teague, were married and lived in Los Angeles, Calif. for a number of years. Brown spent many years as a nursing home caregiver and she and Edward Lee moved back to Teague more than 33 years ago.
Dorothy was the oldest of 13 children, had a twin sister, Doris who preceded her in death and was a sibling to a second set of twins. Preceding Brown in death are her children: Jacqueline and Marvin Littleton; her parents; three brothers and two sisters.

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