Obituaries

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.

Mon
21
Aug

Lexus Evett “Lexi” Vine Koncaba

Lexus Evett “Lexi” Vine Koncaba was born on Aug. 5, 1997 in Mexia. She passed from this life, just 20 years after birth, due to an auto accident while on a trip with her sister, Brianna, her husband, Matt and his sister, Hannah (who also lost her life in the wreck).
Lexi had a varied path through life, belying the normal kid by being bright and bubbly and loving her vegetables, and, because she loved animals and tamed even wild cats, she was fondly known by family members as the ‘crazy cat lady’. She was involved in activities while in school, including cheerleading.
She met Matt at Haunted Hollow, where they were both working at the time, fell in love and married on May 21, 2016.  

Mon
21
Aug

Danny Frank Jackson

Danny Frank Jackson left his temporary, earthly home on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Bulverde where he has lived for the past four years.
Danny was born in Waco on Sept. 24, 1949, an only child, to Olva Spivey and James Houston Jackson. He is predeceased by his parents and is survived by his wife of forty-one years,Gayle, two children, Whitney Jackson of Austin, and Houston Jackson of Houston, as well as numerous cousins.
He was raised on a farm near Prairie Hill, was a member of the Prairie Hill Baptist Church and attended Coolidge High School where he was Salutatorian. In high school he was lead singer and keyboard player in a band, The Tradewinds, which played in and around Waco. He graduated from The University of Texas in 1972 with a degree in accounting. He obtained his CPA in 1976 and was a Life Member of the UT Ex-Students’ Association. 

Mon
21
Aug

David A. Blasingame

Major David A. Blasingame, USMCR, age 60, passed away in Fort Worth on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 in Biggers Funeral Chapel of Lake Worth; Interment: 1:15 p.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery; Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Monday at Biggers Funeral Home.
A 1979 graduate of Texas Tech University, David later received his Masters Degree in Military Studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College of Quantico, Va. and completed his education with a Juris Doctor degree from the Baylor University Law School in Waco, 1996.
David retired from 23 years of service in the Marine Corps. He was stationed with the 3rd LAAD Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. a veteran of the 1990s Gulf Wars, and also a commanding officer of the weapons reserve station in Waco. He later served in Tirana, Albania and Accra, Ghana writing their military training manuals for each country’s fledgling military.

Fri
18
Aug

Robert Cerna

Roberto Fernando Cerna passed away Aug. 17, 2017, in Mexia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. A family graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21, in the Waco Memorial Park.
Visitation with the family will be 4-5:30 p.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Robert was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Monterrey, Mexico. Robert was married to his loving wife, Elia, for 72 years, and they were blessed with a precious daughter, Belinda. His family was the light of his life. He and Elia’s world revolved around any and everything that pertained to Belinda.
Robert enjoyed a long career as an engineer, working primarily for numerous cotton gins. After retiring, he and Elia moved to Waco and then to Mexia, to be closer to Belinda. He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling. Robert was a faithful Christian.

Wed
16
Aug

Edsel Maurice Henderson

Edsel Maurice Henderson, 91, of Mexia, passed away Aug. 15, 2017 in Waco. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Mexia Cemetery. Colby Cunningham, Tyler Cunningham, Jon Cunningham, Pat Orsak and Jeff Bronikowski will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be from 12-1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Edsel was born Dec. 5, 1925 in Personville to Carlie and Nora Bessie Vest Henderson. Edsel married his loving wife and lifelong partner, Dorothy Mae Dossey on Feb. 26, 1944 in Mexia. One month later, he was in the US Army serving in WWII. After being discharged from the Army, he went to work for Phillips Petroleum as an operation supervisor, retiring after many years of service.

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