Obituaries

Wed
02
Sep

Virgil Octavious Russell

Virgil Octavious Russell, of Robinson, passed away Aug. 31, 2015 at his home. Virgil was interred Monday evening at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Point Enterprise Community Center.
Russell was born Dec. 20, 1937 in Point Enterprise. He graduated from Mexia High School in 1956. He received his bachelor’s of science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma University and a master’s of science degree from Tarleton State University.
Virgil worked for more than 20 years in the transportation industry and taught school 23 years for Marlin ISD.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ida Louise Mackey; his daughter, Amy Louise Russell; brothers, Albert Russell and Paul Russell; sisters, Maxine MacMahon and Ruby Randall, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the ALS Texas Chapter at ALStexas.org

Wed
02
Sep

Cleo Mack Haynes

Funeral services for Cleo Mack Haynes will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Canton in Mexia. Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Officiating will be Pastor Claude Jackson, and eulogist will be Elder Billy Jack Freeman.
Cleo Mack Haynes was born March 21, 1930 in Kosse. She was the fourth child born to Elma and Joshua Mack Sr.
She accepted Christ at an early age. She became affiliated with Union Baptist Church of Mexia. Cleo attended Dunbar School and later married the late Perry Haynes Sr.
She became and employee at the Mexia State School until she sustained an injury. She resided at the Manor Nursing Home until her health failed. She went to be with the Lord on Aug. 27, 2015, with loving family at her side. She courageously fought a battle and never gave up until God said it was OK to come home.

Mon
31
Aug

Maki McRey LeNoir

Maki McRey LeNoir, a precious baby girl, lived with her father and mother, Marty and Mandi LeNoir, and brother, Blain Ray LeNoir, of Mexia, from her birth on May 13, 2015, through Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.
Maki was a precious gift from God given to her parents; brother; paternal grandparents, Stanley Ray and LuRene LeNoir of Groesbeck; maternal grandmother, Vicki McReynolds of Coolidge; maternal grandfather, Keith McReynolds of Coolidge; uncle and aunt, Scott and Michelle LeNoir, of Groesbeck, and cousins, Cutter Chambers, RayLee LeNoir and Paige Lenoir, of Groesbeck; uncle, Kelly McReynolds and cousin, Tristan McReynolds, of Aledo; uncle and aunt, Matt and Susan McReynolds and cousins, Christian McReynolds, Addison McReynolds and Parker McReynolds, of Weatherford; and great-grandparents and numerous other aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Mon
31
Aug

Ruby Mae Mooney

Ruby Mae Mooney, was born Feb. 15, 1928 in Groesbeck, to George and Henrietta Mooney.
As the matriarch of her large diverse family, everyone knew they could go to Ruby for help and advice. Ruby loved to laugh and had an amazing sense of humor. We all loved to hear her tell stories of her youth, followed by her contagious laugh. 
Ruby passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 24, 2015, with her family by her side. 
She is survived by two sisters, Vivian Dugar and Erma Allen; daughter, Margie Wallace; two sons, Willie Bryant Sr. and Kirby Bryant; five grandchildren, Weldon Bryant, Rodney McClain, Willie Bryant Jr., Edward Bryant and Som Bubpala; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Bryant; her daughter, Gloria Bryant McClain; and her great-grandson, Daniel J. Bryant.

Fri
28
Aug

Richard Moore ‘Dick’ Lawrence

Funeral services for Richard Moore “Dick” Lawrence will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist in Teague. Rev. Robert Besser will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery. Grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family present is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home, 900 U.S. 84 West in Teague.
Lawrence, 91, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at the Teague Nursing Home.
He was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Walters, Okla., to Richard W. and Eunice Pearl Moore Lawrence. The Lawrence family moved to Teague in 1939 where Dick graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1940. After graduation, he worked for Ham Brothers Funeral Home in Teague. He then decided to make the funeral business his profession. Dick graduated from the Dallas School of Embalming in 1942 and later received his mortician’s license.

Wed
26
Aug

Mary F. Robinson

The angelic hosts came for Mary F. Robinson on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in the Methodist Central Hospital of Dallas, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be held Friday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Moore's Angelic Funeral Chapel in Teague. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Second Mission Baptist Church in Corsicana. Pastor Charles Kelley will officiate and interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Streetman.
Mary F. Robinson was born April 12, 1917 in the Birdston Valley community of Navarro County, to James P. Boldon and Izora English. She received her formal education from the Birdston Valley School District. She and Clint Ezell Robinson were married for more than 51 years and their marriage ended with his death. She was baptized in the Goodwill Baptist Church and later joined the Macedonia Baptist Church in Streetman, where she remained until her death.

Wed
26
Aug

Erroyal Raynell Steverson

The angelic hosts came for Pastor Erroyal Raynell Steverson on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 in the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing was held Friday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lotts Mortuary, 2434 Martin Luther King Dr. in Dallas.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. in the Ideal Pentecostal Church, 1000 E. Redbird Lane in Dallas. Bishop Ray Campbell, pastor, officiated and interment was in Laurel Land Memorial Park of Dallas.
Pastor Steverson was born Dec. 15, 1957 in Dallas, the son of Hazel Steverson and the late Johnnie Steverson. He was reared in Dallas and graduated from Frankston High School. He accepted his call to serve as pastor of Zion Travelers Baptist Church of Peeltown, Kaufman County and served this congregation until the Lord called him from labor to reward. He established the "A Dependable Driver Services Co." in Dallas, and received numerous awards for roping.

Mon
24
Aug

Thomas Dwight Jones

Thomas Dwight Jones, 72, of Mexia, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Mexia on Aug. 21, 2015. Graveside services were held Sunday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. at Lost Prairie Cemetery. Rev. Danny Niedecken officiated.
Thomas was born July 28, 1943 in Personville, and graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1961. He married Delilah in 1968, and together they raised two daughters. He was owner of Jones Upholstery Shop for 25 years, before retiring in 2005.
Jones was preceded in death by his father, John Jones of Groesbeck.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Delilah Jones; mother, Marjorie Jones of Groesbeck; siblings, Billy Wayne Jones, Brenda Miller, Cherri Miller, Debbie Pope and Bob Jones; daughters, Stephanie Edwards of Mexia and Shauna Sullivan of Huffman; five grandchildren, Blake Edwards, Jackson Sullivan, Chelsea Edwards, Savannah Sullivan and Logan Edwards.

Mon
24
Aug

Paulette Frazier-Matthews

The angelic hosts came for Paulette Frazier-Matthews at her residence in Grapevine, on Sunday morning, Aug. 16, 2015.
Viewing was held Friday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gregory Spencer Funeral Directors, 4000 Miller Ave. in Fort Worth. Funeral Sservices were held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. in the Richmond Avenue Church of Christ, 1220 E. Richmond Ave. in Fort Worth, with the minister, Brother Victor Norris Sr., officiating. Interment was in the Antioch Memorial Cemetery, North First Avenue in Teague.
Matthews was the youngest child of Theo and Bertha Frazier and was born in Dallas. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, attended Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, and took her law degree from The Lorenzo Patiño School of Law, at the University of Northern California.

Wed
19
Aug

Frances Loray Goodrich

Frances Loray Goodrich, 88, of Coolidge, passed away Aug. 17, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Coolidge Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Larry Holden officiating.
Visitation with the family is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Frances was born in Otto on Oct. 16, 1926, to James Kelly and Ardurow Glover Simmons. She worked for Varo, in Mexia, for a period of time; however, being a wife and mother took precedence over everything else; her family was her life. Frances was truly a good cook, although her family (laughingly) gave her the title of “The Best Dressing Maker,” she was the only one they knew who added dill pickles to her dressing.

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