Obituaries

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19
Feb

Jeremiah Amos Abraham

Jeremiah Amos Abraham, 36, of Sandy, passed away Feb. 16, 2018, in Waco, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Mexia First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Jason Ellis officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Jeremiah was born April 22, 1981, in Mexia, to James and Barbara Abraham.  He lived in the Sandy Community most of his life.  Jeremiah graduated from Wortham High School and received his degree in Diesel Mechanics from TSTC.  He was an employee of the Mexia State Supported Living Center for the last seven years and previously employed by John Deere.

Fri
16
Feb

Bernard Johnson

Bernard Johnson was born Aug. 31, 1936, to the parentage of Alvin Theolphis and Hattie Johnson in Mexia. He passed away on Feb. 12, 2018.
He met and fell in love with Rene Morgan in 1959, and from this union three sons were born.
He worked many years and later retired from the Dr Pepper Company.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife, Rene; sons Bernard Jr. (Colette), Kenard- Sandy (Lisa) and Robbie (Kim); one special daughter, Tabitha Bluitt; brother Alvin Bill; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Gideon Baptist Church of Doyle.
Arrangements entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

Fri
16
Feb

Sammie Faye Turner

Sammie Faye Turner passed away Feb. 14, 2018, at her home in Kirven at the age of 68. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Mexia State Supported Living Center’s All Faiths Chapel, with Chaplain Karen Hulsey and the Rev. Tommy Lance officiating. 
Interment will follow in the Woodland Cemetery in Kirven. Corey Current, Michael Carter, Keith Roberson, Mason Roberson, Blake Davis, Tucker Davis, Carter Davis and James Kitchens will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Hall and Rodney Latham. 
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Friday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Sammie was born June 16, 1949, in Fairfield, to Sam and Omah Faye Lance Carter. She graduated from Fairfield High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. She retired in August 2017 from the Mexia State Supported Living Center after 33 years of service as an administrative assistant.

Fri
16
Feb

Rosietta Forge Ray

Rosietta Forge Ray, of Groesbeck, was born Sept. 21, 1934, to the late Rushie B and Mozelle Forge.
She departed this earthly life on Feb. 12, 2018.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, two sons, and two daughters.
She leaves to cherish her memories eight daughters, one son, two sisters, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
A wake will be held Friday, Feb. 16, at Mt Gideon in Doyle from 7 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. at Church of Christ in Groesbeck.
The Rev. Larry Gray will be officiating.
Arrangements and service entrusted to Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia.

Fri
16
Feb

Jesus R. Ponce

Jesús R. Ponce, better known as “Ricardo,” to his family and friends, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 7, 2018.  At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his loved ones.   
Ricardo was born in Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico.  He later came to the United States, where he came in search of a better life. In 2003, he met the love of his life, Sara, whom he married in 2005. Soon after that they welcomed four beautiful children.  
Ricardo was a very hard worker and a very responsible father. He was a very happy person who never met a stranger. He had a good heart. Ricardo was also an animal lover who enjoyed raising different animals. During his spare time, Ricardo loved spending time with his wife and four children. His favorite hobby was fishing, along with his family. Ricardo also loved to travel. He will be greatly missed.

Fri
16
Feb

Donald Fayne O’Connell

Donald Fayne O’Connell, 66, of Mexia, passed away on Feb. 8, 2018, in Mexia. Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 12, at Jones Funeral Services Chapel. Judge Ray Jones officiated. Interment followed at Mexia Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jacob O’Connell, Tyler Samford, Travis Samford, Sam Wright, William O’Connell and Dwight Cannon. Family visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Mr. O’Connell was born on Dec. 21, 1951, in Mexia, to Leroy Melvin “Mike” and Vida Lorene Carlisle O’Connell. He retired after 33 years of service as a mail carrier and window clerk with the Mexia Post Office. Donnie loved the outdoors, driving the backroads, and hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sharon Gwen O’Connell; his parents and siblings and their spouses, JoAnn Cannon and husband Gene, Peg Fisk and husband Bill, Michael O’Connell, Van O’Connell and Patrick O’Connell.

Thu
08
Feb

Robert D. Talley

Robert D. Talley
Robert D. Talley, known as Bob and Deday to his friends and family, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home in Mexia after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born on Feb. 16, 1935, in Bonham, to Russell and Ione Talley.
Bob was the owner of Talley Chemical and Supply for over 30 years in Mexia. He gave back to the community with involvement in Mexia Rotary Club, Mexia Economic Development Corporation and Gibbs Memorial Library Board. He was twice selected as Mexia Citizen of the Year. You could find him each morning at Whataburger, enjoying coffee and conversation with his numerous friends.

Thu
08
Feb

Jesse Jewel “Jay” Simmons

Jesse Jewel “Jay” SimmonsJesse Jewel “Jay” Simmons, 87, of Dallas, passed away Feb. 5, 2018, at Medical City Dallas Hospital. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Wortham Cemetery.
Jay was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Wortham, to Dean and Mary Adelaid Weaver Breedlove. She spent many summers in Wortham with her grandparents while growing up, and she attended Navarro College. It was in Wortham that she met her future husband, and where she made many life-long friends. Jay was a talented artist, and her paintings, needlework and holiday ornaments are examples of her creative spirit. Jay will be remembered for her warm heart, tremendous generosity, special sense of humor and her unfailing ability to speak her mind.

Wed
07
Feb

Joseph Lawrence Schuster

A person’s true value is the good they do in this world, and Joseph Schuster touched many.
Dr. Joseph Lawrence Schuster, known by his friends as a caring and earnest man who loved his family, died Feb. 3, surrounded by his children and the love of his life, Sylvia. He was 85 years old.
Joseph was born in Teague on May 21, 1932, to Michael and Anna Schaffer Schuster. Raised on a diverse farm in East Central Texas, Joseph learned the value of family and working together, and developed a love for land, natural resources and conservation.
He received an A.S degree in Agriculture from Tarleton State College 1952; a B.S. in Range and Forestry from Texas A&M University in 1954; a M.S. in Range Ecology from Colorado State University in 1959; and a Ph.D. in Range Science, with a minor in Soil and Plant Physiology from Texas A&M University in 1962.

Mon
05
Feb

Lloyd Carl Burkeen

Loyd Carl Burkeen passed away February 2, 2018 in Mexia, Texas at the age of 88. Funeral services were at 2 PM, Monday, February 5, 2018 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Judge Daniel Burkeen officiating. Interment followed in the Concord Cemetery near Jewett, Texas. Visitation with the family was at 1 PM, prior to the service.
Loyd was born, a twin, January 7, 1930 in Leon County to William Harrison and Ruth Edna Brooks Burkeen. He married his lifelong partner, Johnnie May Horne on August 2, 1954. He retired from the Mexia State School, after having worked there for many years.
Although Loyd was rather quiet and easy going, he was also friendly and treated everyone with respect. He was a hard worker, enjoyed gardening (always had a big garden) and loved to go walking. He and his wife lived a happy, simple life together for 63 years.

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