Obituaries

Wed
22
Oct

Jerry Hogan


Jerry Hogan

Jerry Hogan, 67, of Kirvin, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Wortham, with brother Gene Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Family visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Jerry was born Sept. 30, 1947 in Kirvin, to Joe and Ollie Hogan. He truly was the heart of Kirvin and was loved by all.
Hogan was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billy Hogan and Johnny Hogan; sister-in-law, Wanda Hogan; sister, Mary Lou Hughes; brother-in-law, Bill; and his grandson, Briar Scruggs.

Tue
21
Oct

Sheila Danelle Heil Fautt


Sheila Danelle Heil Fautt

Sheila Danelle Heil Fautt received ultimate healing on the evening of Oct. 16, 2014, when she returned home into God’s loving embrace.
Born Aug. 22, 1971, to Cynthia Miller and Darvel Heil Jr., Sheila made a lasting impact on the town of Wortham – her welcoming spirit exuded a sense of inclusivity which no one could resist. She had the inexplicable ability to create a dynamic and caring relationship with anyone. She was an avid Bulldog fan and a devoted friend.

Tue
21
Oct

Kevin DeWayne Bennett


Kevin DeWayne Bennett

Funeral services for Kevin DeWayne Bennett will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 306 N. Ellis in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Burial takes place at Shady Grove Cemetery; eulogist is Pastor B.T. Jones.
Kevin DeWayne Bennett began his life's journey Sept. 30, 1967 in Groesbeck. He was the fifth child of six born to the union of Edward Bennett and Jessie Mae Bennett. His journey ended Oct. 19, 2014.
Kevin confessed Christ at an early age at Grace Tabernacle Church. As a young adult, he became a member of Andrew Chapel Primitive Baptist Church where he served as an usher.

Thu
16
Oct

John Edward Strangmeier


John Edward Strangmeier

John Edward Strangmeier, of Beach City, entered into eternal rest Oct. 15, 2014, at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 15 days. John was born to William Frederick Carl and Willie Mae Bussey Strangmeier on Jan. 30, 1935 in Baytown.
John and his bride, Helen Margaret (Miller), celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 14, 2014, reminiscing about their elopement, their first apartment, the five burgers they would get for $1 (John would eat 4.5 and Helen would eat the other half), and the many wonderful years together rearing their three children and enjoying their wonderful large family.
John was preceded in death by his parents.

Thu
16
Oct

Anna Pearl Williamson


Anna Pearl Williamson

Anna Pearl Williamson, 84, of Seguin, passed away Sept. 21, 2014 with her family by her side. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at 11 a.m.; Rev. John Rabon officiated.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Mexia Cemetery.

Mon
13
Oct

Ivan Jack Ward


Ivan Jack Ward

Ivan Jack Ward, 69, of Coolidge, passed away Oct. 13, 2014 in Burleson. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Coolidge with Rev. Charles Kimble and Rev. Robert Barnett officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Ivan was born Nov. 4, 1944 in Waco, to Roy Jack and Mildred Elizabeth Mayes Ward. He graduated from Coolidge High School in 1963 and entered Sam Houston State University where he received his bachelor's of science degree in agriculture. Ivan was a farmer and rancher for the majority of his life. He also owned a construction business and a feed lot for several years.

Wed
08
Oct

Shirley Kay Haynes Wilks

Funeral services for Shir­ley Kay Haynes Wilks are pend­ing at Pearly Gates Fu­neral Home in Mexia.
Shirley went to be with the Lord on Oct. 7, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Waco.

Wed
08
Oct

Casandra ‘Sandy’ Baker

Funeral services for Casandra “Sandy” Baker will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 10, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m.
Casandra “Sandy” Baker was born Feb. 13, 1965, in Dallas to Belvin and Evelyn Baker. She had one child, Chadrick “Chad 1” Baker. Sandy Joined Antioch Baptist Church at an early age. Sandy passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, with family at her side.
She was preceded in death by her father, Belvin Baker, also Ma Dear, and daddy Zeke, Daddy Jack Freeman and Early Lou McClendon; and two brothers, Belvin Lawrence and Carl Baker. Sandy will be remembered as a loving mother and aunt. Sandy loved taking care of her nieces and nephews, also everybody else’s children.

Wed
08
Oct

Laura Alice Burns

Funeral services for Ms. Laura Alice Burns will be held on Oct. 11 at Head Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 605 McClinton Drive in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held at Pearly Gates Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and a wake service will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at Head Branch in Groesbeck, with Pastor Earnest Cashaw as eulogist.
Laura Alice Burns was born May 27, 1934, to Alice Mae Roberts and Willie Burns, in Big Hill. Laura received her formal education at Black Shear High School in Groesbeck. Having heard the good news of Jesus Christ, Laura accepted the call of salvation and was baptized at Head Branch Missionary Baptist Church, where she became a dedicated member for many years. Laura served well in many capacities: mission, usher board, hospitality and secretary of Sunday school until her health failed.
At a decision-making time in her life, Laura joined the staff of Parkview Regional Hospital, where she worked as a head chef, until her retirement.

Mon
06
Oct

Sherrill Evett Williams


Sherrill Evett Williams

Sherrill Evett Williams, 46, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.
She was born Oct. 27, 1967, in Mexia. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1986.
Those left to cherish her memories are: her only child, son, Shanane Sample of Mesquite; mother, Shirley Glenn Whitaker of Mexia; sisters, Lisa and Angela Glenn; paternal grandmother, Thelma Slaughter.
Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church. She will be buried at Jerusalem Cemetery in Teague.

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