Obituaries

Mon
22
Aug

Keith "Bud" Retz

A Celebration of Life for Keith (Bud) Retz will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at the Freestone Community Center in Freestone. Bro. Josh Gafford will officiate. 

Mr. Retz passed away on Thursday, August 18 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. 

He was born in Richmond, Ind. on June 24, 1931 to Eugene & Edith (Wright) Retz. Mr. Retz had lived in Freestone County for the past 21 years. He was an accomplished team roper and raised horses with his late wife, Virginia, operating their own brood mare business. Mr. Retz was a horse trader and loved his profession. 

He is survived by one son, Mike Retz & wife Donna of Donie; two grandsons, Keith Retz & wife Jennifer of west Texas, and Russell Retz & wife Nikki of Hewitt; one great-granddaughter, Lauriel Retz; other relatives and friends. 

Mr. Retz was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Retz. 

Wed
17
Aug

Garland Ray Cain

Garland Ray Cain, 83, of Mt. Dora, Fla. was born Aug. 28, 1932 in Mexia and passed away Aug. 13, 2016.  Mr. Cain and his wife Jeanne lived in Leesburg for 20 plus years after his retirement from Jones and Laughlin, Continental Emsco later LTV Energy Products, where he worked for 40 years before retiring in 1994. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Leesburg, serving as a deacon as well as volunteering with the bus ministry and with maintaining and repairing the church facilities. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed golf and tennis, his daily walks and was renowned for his love of ice cream.

Thu
11
Aug

Jackie Mae Russell

Jackie Mae Russell passed away in Colorado City on August 11, 2016 at the age of 91. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Daniel “Dan” Russell.

Jackie is survived by two daughters, Janet Stribling of Fluvanna and Carolyn Kitching of North Richland Hills; five grandchildren; and other relatives.

A complete obituary will be in Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.

Thu
11
Aug

James Rodney “Rawhide” Gregory

James Rodney “Rawhide” Gregory, 90, of Corsicana and formerly of Coolidge and Hubbard, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in Corsicana. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow in Coolidge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Wade Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 and from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday before the services.

Thu
11
Aug

John Finley

Mr. John Finley passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at his residence in Cotton Gin. Graveside services for Mr. Finley will be heldat 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12 at Driver Cemetery near Teague. Dr. Steven Diaz will officiate. 

Visitation will be held prior to the services at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague on Friday from 9-10 a.m. at which time a funeral procession will leave the funeral home and travel to the cemetery. 

He was born in Teague on April 18, 1946, to Vernon & Margaret Finley. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and returned to Freestone County after his service where he lived for all of his life. Mr. Finley spent a thirty-six year career working for the Railroad in Teague before retiring as an engineer in 2006. He enjoyed his retirement very much. John loved fishing and hunting, camping, rodeos, working on his land in Cotton Gin, and spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Finley was a Baptist by faith. 

Thu
11
Aug

Janie Graham

Janie Graham passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Providence Health Center in Waco. Memorial services for Graham will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Rock Island Full Gospel Church, 1101 N. 8th, Teague, with Bro. Earl Bell officiating. 

She was born in Teague on Oct. 29, 1946, to Verdell and Helen McAlpine, and lived in several locations during her childhood while her father served in the U.S. Army. She graduated from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio. Janie married David Graham on Oct. 15, 1966, and shared almost fifty years of marriage together. She moved around to several locations with her huband’s career in the U. S. Air Force before settling in Teague in 1985. She and her husband bought the Cleaners on Main Street in Teague and operated the business for ten years. Mrs. Graham also worked for Walmart in Mexia, Reliant Energy, and Brookshire Brothers in Teague before retiring. She was a Methodist by faith. 

Mon
08
Aug

Joyce Faye Eggins

Joyce Faye Eggins passed away on August 2, 2016. She was born Aug. 9, 1942 in Marquez to Mary Carr Keeling and Luther Keeling. She moved to Mexia at an early age and attended Dunbar schools in Mexia. At an early age she dedicated her life to Christ at Mexia Revival Center under Rev. L.C. Wright. She attended Mexia Revival Center for over 40 years.

In her lifetime she worked at Wright’s Barbecue for over 30 years. Daily she greeted customers with her infectious smile. In her later years, she found a new way to show love as a caregiver to families in need.

She married the love of her life, Theddo Eggins on Sept. 2, 1960. They celebrated 51 years of marriage. No children were born to this union. He preceded her in death in 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents and step-mother Katherine Keeling; Three sisters, Luther Mae Smith, Mary Alexander and Beulah Debreuil.

Mon
08
Aug

Patricia Ann Mulloy

Patricia Ann Mulloy, age 71, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016, in Comanche.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1945 in Comanche to Chester and Lillian (Williams) Johnston. She was united in marriage to Jerry Buchanan and he preceded her in death. On April 30, 2011 she was united in marriage to Carl David Mulloy. She was a retired bookkeeper for Petroleum Products in Mexia. She had lived in the Comanche community since 2004 where she became a Hospice volunteer, Salvation Army volunteer, White Stone Assisted Living volunteer, and a Comanche Cares volunteer. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and the Heritage Club in Comanche.  Patricia was a member of First Baptist Church of Comanche and had been attending Highland Avenue Congregational Methodist Church in Dublin.

Mon
08
Aug

Wanda Lee Young

Wanda Lee Young, 73, of Groesbeck, passed away August 4, 2016 at Providence Hospital in Waco. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia. Visitation with the family present will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8 at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.

Wanda was born Jan. 22, 1943 in Kingsport, Tenn.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. 

Wed
03
Aug

Tommy Lee “Tom” Kerley

Tommy Lee “Tom” Kerley, of Teague, passed away Aug. 1, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Temple.  Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Michael Vestal officiating. A graveside service, with Military Honors and interment, will follow in the Salem Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, prior to the service. Butch Nichols, Nick Nichols, Ron Day, Lance Tarkington, Chip Vance and Ross Wellen will serve as pallbearers.

Tom was born in Temple on June 23, 1947 to Andrew Lawrence and Ima Lela Covington Kerley. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Tom was a plumber for Temple Independent School District retiring after 30 years of service. After retiring he returned to his hometown, Teague, to make his home.

Tom had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. He also enjoyed Civil War re-enactments, old English motorcycles and telling stories.

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