Obituaries

Wed
06
Sep

Guillermo Luna

Guillermo Luna of Groesbeck passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at his home.
Visitation and rosary were held from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Groesbeck Funeral Home with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia with the Reverend Justin Nguyen officiating. Burial will follow at Faulkenberry Cemetery.
Guillermo was born June 25, 1929 in San Felipe, Guanajuato to Anastacio and Placida Luna. He moved to Groesbeck where he worked for Hobbs Bonded Fibers for 20 plus years until his retirement at age 60.
He is preceded in death by both parents and two sons, Rosario Luna and Lupe Luna.
Guillermo is survived by his wife, Antonia Luna; sons, Raul Luna of Groesbeck and Valentin Luna of Groesbeck and daughters, Ana Calvillo of Mexia and Juana Luna Barco of Mexico; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Wed
06
Sep

Nora Ardeci Weaver

Nora Ardeci Weaver, of Mexia, passed away Sept. 3, 2017 in Groesbeck at the age of 88. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 in the Faulkenberry Cemetery with Ms. Heidi Krosby officiating.
Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Nora was born Jan. 1, 1929 in Corsicana to Lee and Nellie Flowers Fitzgerald. She was a well-known cosmetologist and businesswoman in Mexia for 20 years; she owned and operated Nora’s Beauty Salon and Tri-County Beauty Supply.
Nora married her loving and devoted husband, Dale G. Weaver, on Feb. 22, 1974. She was a loving mother of five children and blessed with nine grandchildren, who were her pride and joy. She always looked forward to having her family together, especially, during holidays.

Wed
06
Sep

Patricia Gaunnt Thompson

Funeral services for Patricia Gaunnt Thompson were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Paul Gauntt officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Tuesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Thompson passed away on Monday, Sept. 4 at the Mexia L.T.C.

Wed
06
Sep

Tarenza Donald Evans

Funeral services for Tarenza Donald Evans will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 at St. James Primitive Baptist Church in Coolidge.
Tarenza Donald Evans was born on Oct. 15, 1984 in El Dorado, Ark. He passed away on Aug. 28, 2017.
He was baptized at the early age. Tarenza was a choir member, junior deacon, and lifelong member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Coolidge under the leadership of Pastor Troy Eastland, Jr. He attended grade school at Coolidge Elementary and graduated from Coolidge High School in 2005. Tarenza was also a student at Paul Quinn College in Dallas.
Tarenza was preceded in death by his grandmother, Vernell Cornish-Hatten; father, Michael Suell; and sister, Rachelle Evans.

Wed
06
Sep

Ocie B. Lewis

Ocie B. Lewis was born on Aug. 9, 1925 in Tehuacana to the parents of David Williams and Celestine Lewis. She passed away on Aug. 23, 2017.
Lewis was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers, two sons and one daughter. 
She leaves to cherish her memories: three daughters, Angeline Hawkins of Paris, Annie Faye Lewis of Grand Prairie, Doris Robinson of Arlington; one son, Lee Lewis of Paris; sisters, Ethel Mae Busby and Vernstine Lewis; brothers, Clarence Lewis, Robert Lewis and Mentie Lewis all of Mulshoe; 26 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren nieces and nephews who she loved very much. A host of other family members and friends. And a very special little man who was born just for her, Julian Allen Brown.
Service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2 at St. James Primitive Baptist Church in Coolidge. 
Service and arrangements entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia. 

Wed
06
Sep

Yarnell “Nell” Hutchinson Kirven

Services for Yarnell “Nell” Hutchinson Kirven were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Union Memorial United Methodist Church.
Kirven was born on Feb. 13, 1954 in Sandy. She passed away on Aug. 29. She was the first child of Sammie Lee Hutchinson. She attended Coolidge Community School. She left school and went to job corp and later to beautician school.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one great-grandchild and step-father, Henry Davis, Sr. 

Wed
06
Sep

James Albert Adams

James Albert Adams “Apple Jack” was born to the parentage of Alice S. Adams and Percy Lee Jackson on March 9, 1969 in Mexia. He received his formal education from Mexia ISD and graduated from Gary job Corps in San Marcos. James was employed for several years with Golden Corral and Drilling Rig restaurants until his health failed. He had a very unique way of making others feel important as well as special with his infectious smile and caring and giving ways. He loved watching TV especially football and Empire. James accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. 
He was preceded in death by his parents Alice S. Adams and Percy Lee Jackson; grandparents, Katherine Adams Newsom and Willie Newsom.

Fri
25
Aug

Virgil Arlen Lowrie

Virgil Arlen Lowrie, Attorney at Law, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family.
Virgil was born in Prairie Hill on May 12, 1936 to Gertrude Lee (Forrester) Lowrie and Virgil Austin Lowrie. As the youngest of three children, Virgil grew up in a small farmhouse and graduated from Prairie Hill High School.
He graduated from Baylor University with a law degree which lead to a lifelong passion of representing clients to the best of his ability.
After graduating from Baylor, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and attended basic training at Fort Bliss in El Paso. He retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Colonel.
He retired from the State of Texas as a Claims Attorney and went into private practice in Denton. He worked up until several weeks before his death.

Wed
23
Aug

McKinley Banks

The Angelic Hosts came for McKinley Banks on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 in the Memorial Herman Hospital in Katy among loving family and devoted friends  Viewing will begin  Friday, Aug. 25 from 1-7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 252 E, FM 489, Fairfield. Minister Brandon Rowe, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Dallas is the officiant. The Reverend Sterling Coleman of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Houston, is the eulogist. Interment will be at the Salem Cemetery.
McKinley was the 13th child of 15 children born to Major and Etherial Johnson Banks in Teague. He was raised by his mother’s sister, Eugenia Johnson Scott in Midland and graduated from Midland High School with the Class of 1974. He was baptized in the baptist church. McKinley relocated to Houston from Midland where he remained until his death.

Wed
23
Aug

Chester Moody

The Angelic Hosts came for Chester Moody, a Fairfield resident, in the Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will be held Friday, Aug. 25 at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home from 1-7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. in the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 371 FM 1580, Fairfield, with Pastor Wendell Blair, True Vine Holiness Baptist Church, Dallas, officiating. Interment will be in the New Zion Cemetery.
Moody was born April 16, 1946 in Palestine to Clinton Moody, Sr. and Ella Mae Moody Lee. He was the third of four children and accepted Christ at an early age in the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Chester graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Teague with the Class of 1962. Chester and Ezra Turner were married and to this union two children were born: Chester Moody, Jr. and James Shelton Moody.

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