Obituaries

Mon
26
Jan

Luis B. Chapa Sr.


Luis B. Chapa Sr.

Luis B. Chapa Sr., 72, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He left this world peacefully at Providence Hospice Place surrounded by many of his loved ones.
Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery.
Luis was born in Hobson on Aug. 19, 1942 to Thomas and Juanita Chapa. He grew up in Lamesa and graduated from Lamesa High School in 1962. Shortly after, Luis enlisted in the Army National Guard and after training he became a tank commander and marksman.

Mon
26
Jan

Frank Enders Groover Jr.


Frank Enders Groover Jr.

Frank Enders Groover Jr., 91, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 in Brenham, after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in Mexia City Cemetery in Mexia.
Frank was born to Frank Enders Groover and Minnie Riddle Groover in Mexia, on Sept. 8, 1923.
He graduated from Mexia High School and from Texas A&M University, class of 1945. He was a member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in California and in the Philippines.
Groover married Cathrine Paulos on June 12, 1949 at First Baptist Church, San Antonio. During their marriage, they lived in Dallas, Waco and Temple, where Groover retired from American Desk Manufacturing Company.
He was a member of the Rotary Club and First Baptist Church, Temple. He attended First Baptist Church, Brenham, while living in Brenham.

Fri
23
Jan

Clarence Edward Ferrell Jr.


Clarence Edward Ferrell Jr.

Clarence Edward Ferrell Jr. was born Nov. 17, 1969 in Coolidge. He was the third child born to Clarence Edward Ferrell Sr. and Tennie Lee Collins.
He received his education at Coolidge Independent School District. He worked at the Mexia State School as a resident trainer.
Clarence received Christ at an early age.
On Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at his home, Clarence was called home to rest.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He leaves to cherish his home-going two sisters, Barbara A. Calhoun (Johnny) and LaTonya Y. Ferrell (Bobby); and two brothers, Phillip Ray Ferrell (Ginger) and Tyrone D. Ferrell, all of Coolidge, and a host of relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Thu
22
Jan

Sara Olivarez


Sara Olivarez

Sara Olivarez, 89, of Mexia, passed away Jan. 19, 2015 in Waco.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Sara was born Oct. 4, 1925 in Coolidge, to Paul and Julia Cervantez Lopez. She worked at the Mexia Textile Mill for a short time and later opened a daycare in her home, but her main job revolved around caring for her family.
Sara married David Olivarez on Jan. 16, 1948 in Coolidge. She and David were blessed with five children: Della, Arthur, Al, Alicia and Millie. When Sara wasn’t spending time with family, she enjoyed sewing and gardening; she was a hard worker. She and David were very active members of the Mexia VFW. Sara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Like most grandmothers, she loved spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thu
22
Jan

Gary Lee Brim


Gary Lee Brim

Gary Lee Brim of Seguin, and formerly of Waco, met his Lord and Savior on Jan. 18, 2015.
He was born Aug. 12, 1948 in Waco. Gary attended Richfield High School in Waco, and Coolidge High School in Coolidge. He had a varied and rewarding work career until retirement to include Bell Helicopter of Fort Worth and General Dynamics of Waco. He was sheriff for the McLennan County Sheriffs and Constables Office in Waco. He worked for Central Freight Lines Inc. of Waco for numerous years as safety supervisor. In later years, he worked for Young Brothers Construction Co. of Waco, Hunter Industries of San Marcos, MICA of Dallas as safety director and Texas and Archer Western based out of Chicago, as safety supervisor.
He had many interests to include golf, fishing, auto racing, baseball, archery and hunting. He loved to watch his favorite teams, the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers.

Tue
20
Jan

Clarance Ferrell

Funeral arrangements for Clarance Ferrell of Coolidge are Pending at Pearly  Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. You may visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.

Tue
20
Jan

Helen Ruth Henderson Williams


Helen Ruth Henderson Williams

Funeral services for Helen Ruth Henderson Williams will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, 601 N. Denton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home.
Helen Ruth Henderson Williams was born Jan. 6, 1953 in Mexia, to Elder Johnnie and Lillie Mae Davis Henderson. She entered into eternal rest on Jan. 15, 2015.
She attended and graduated from Mexia Independent School District. Helen was always furthering her education. She attended 4-C Business College, where she received her secretarial diploma. She then attended Hill College where she received her associate's degree. She later went to NEC, where she obtained her business administration diploma.
Helen was affiliated with Haynes Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder Charles Ray Beard Sr. In 1967, she married Walter "Shag" Williams, who preceded her in death.

Tue
20
Jan

Ostell 'Big O' Ross Jr.


Ostell 'Big O' Ross Jr.

The angelic hosts came for Ostell Ross Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral Sservices are 1p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at First Baptist Church Mexia, 500 E. Carthage St. in Mexia. Minister Jimmy Abram, Antioch Asia Primitive Baptist Church in Teague, will officiate and Rev. Claude Jackson, pastor of Sardis Primitive Baptist Church in Mexia, will serve as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Mexia.

Tue
20
Jan

Era Lee Jones


Era Lee Jones

Funeral services for Era Lee Jones were held Jan. 19, 2015 at Greater Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ, Pastor James Wright eulogist, Elder Billy J. Freeman officiator.
Era Lee "Aunt Fat" Jones was born July 27, 1937 in Tehuacana, to Albert and Molly Bedford. Era attended Dunbar High School. She was a member of Mexia Revival Center, under the leadership of Pastor James Wright Sr. Era worked and retired from Mexia State School after 33 years of service.
After retirement, Era began her second career as a foster grandparent, and remained as such until her health failed.
Era was united in matrimony to Eli Freeman Jones. They lived happily married until his death; together, two children were born.
She died Jan. 15, 2015 in Waco.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband; three brothers, Henry Sr., William and Willie; three sisters, Johnnie, Irma and Erma; one son, Neal Jones.

Fri
16
Jan

LaNita Kay Burkhalter

LaNita Kay Burkhalter, 57, of Deer Park passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 after a brief battle with liver cancer.
She was born Dec. 22, 1957 in San Antonio, to Travis and Lorna Dean Lancaster.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Steve Burkhalter; son, Chris Burkhalter, and his wife, Michelle, and their children, James, Laura and Jacqueline; son, Josh Burkhalter, and his children, Christian, Haley and Devin; and daughter, Amber Nahlen and her husband, Russell, and their children Joseph, Travis and Charles.

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