Obituaries

Wed
26
Jul

Marie Petery Henderson

Marie Petery Henderson passed away May 27, 2017 in Mexia, Texas at the age of 84. A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Marie was born Sept. 25, 1932 in Flushing, New York to William and Mary Petery. Marie graduated from Flushing High School, Class of 1950.  She married her loving husband, Gerald Henderson, on March 13, 1955 in New York, a few days after he was discharged from the Navy. They later moved to Dallas and returned to Gerald’s hometown of Mexia, after he retired.
Marie loved being a “stay at home” wife and mother. Her family was her priority in life and her pride and joy; she and Gerald were blessed with two daughters, Donna and Linda. She was the grandmother of three precious and loving grandchildren, Megan, Evan and Conner. Marie’s love for children extended to the many other children that she baby sat in her home for numerous years. She was also a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Fri
21
Jul

Clarence Dale Wormsbaker

Clarence Dale Wormsbaker, 90, of Waco, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, July 21, at OakCrest Funeral Home, with the Reverend Greg Brumit officiating. Interment will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.
Wormsbaker was born on Sept. 16, 1926, to Clarence and Neva (Henderson) Wormsbaker in Clayton, New Mexico. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged. He married Doris Tate and they shared a storybook marriage. They had a beautiful family whom they adored. Doris and Clarence worked together to start Waco Discount Carpet, now known as Waco Carpet Co. which has passed on to two generations and is still thriving today.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Doris.

Wed
19
Jul

Jerry Tubbs

The Angelic Hosts came for Jerry Tubbs early Saturday morning, July 15, 2017 at his residence in Kingwood among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, July 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with the family present. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. in the Greater Providence Baptist Church in Marlin. The Reverend Clifford  Jones will officiate and Rev. Durrell Ward will be the eulogist. Interment, with military funeral honors, will be held at Peaceful Rest Cemetery, State Highway 6 in Marlin.

Tue
18
Jul

James (Jimmy) Donald Trotter

James (Jimmy) Donald Trotter was born in Waco on Nov. 29, 1950, the son of the late Edward and Marjorie Trotter.  He left to be with his Heavenly Father on July 14, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Jimmy graduated from Mexia High School in 1968. Upon graduation from high school, he was granted an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. where he studied to pursue a career as a pilot. After sustaining a knee injury that precluded his pilot career, he transferred to Sam Houston State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1974.
He met his bride, Martha Elizabeth Jackson, while attending Sam Houston.  They were married in 1971 and moved to Conroe where Jimmy worked as a CPA for Hereford Lynch and Company.  They had their two children, David Clayton and Laci Elizabeth in Conroe.

Tue
18
Jul

Terry Lynn McGowan

Terry Lynn McGowan, 64, of Mexia, was called home to our Lord on July 13, 2017.  Terry was born in Leveland on Dec. 12, 1953 to Louis and Lillian Lucas.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Joe McGowan. Terry is also survived by her son Richard McGowan and wife Deniese of Fairfield, and her daughter Mary Guynes and husband Greg of Alvin, and her son, Tim McGowan of Arizona. She is known as “Mimi” to her eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brothers Bill Lucas, Thomas Lucas and Danny Lucas, and sister Margaret Swor, and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers James Lucas, Kenneth Lucas, Roger Lucas and Harold Lucas, and her sisters, Gladys Garner and Elsie Tricket; and her infant daughter, Teresa Jo.
A memorial service will be held to honor and celebrate Terry’s life at 3 p.m., July 23 at the home of her son Richard McGowan, 650 FM 2547 Fairfield.

Tue
18
Jul

Willie Sneed Tyus

Willie Sneed Tyus, 81, of Mexia passed away at his residence on July 14, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 18 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Dubois officiating. Interment will be at Cotton Gin Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be Monday evening 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Willie was born Sept. 3, 1935 in Smith County to Lewis Benjamin and Fannie Mae Fail Tyus. He was retired from Bell Helicopter. Willie enjoyed life and his family and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Perry Naomi Frank Tyus; brothers, Rufus Tyus, Howard Tyus and J.W. Tyus; sisters, Dorothy Killingsworth Suttle and Fannie Mae Reel.
Willie is survived by nephews, Johnny Killingsworth and Jay Reel; nieces, Joy Ethridge, Wanda Jean Campbell, Janice Rogers, Nancy Beleckis, Carolyn Clark and Kathy Reel Bradshaw; sister-in-law, Dolly Tyus as well as extended family and friends.

Tue
18
Jul

Elizabeth Ann “Cissy” Nichols

Elizabeth Ann “Cissy” Nichols, of Mexia, passed away, suddenly, July 13, 2017 in Houston at the age of 58. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 18 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Roy Prather officiating. Interment will follow in the Shanks Cemetery. David Paxton, Bennie Paxton, Tony Dostine, Thomas Kokenos, Kevin Jones and Randy Lockhart will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be from 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel.
Cissy was born Dec. 16, 1958 in Pasadena to Aldrice and Ruby Owens Smith. She retired from the Mexia State School after 25 years of service as an LVN. 

Tue
18
Jul

Dolores Jean Born

Dolores Jean Born, 80, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Mansfield. Funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 15 at the First United Methodist Church located at 201 N. Mount Street, Fairfield. Visitation was prior to services at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Graveside services followed at Lakeview Cemetery at 5 p.m. in Waxahachie.
Jean was born on July 20, 1936 in Mexia to Thomas and Bea Hathaway. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Kenneth Born.
Survivors include her children, Kim Born of Arlington and David Born and his wife; DiAnna Vela, of Rosenberg; grandchildren, Ty Born and Meredith Born, both of College Station; great grandson, Wyatt Born of Brenham; brother, Jerry Hathaway and his wife, Valaree, of Mexia; and sister in-law, Pat Born of Waxahachie.
Wayne Boze Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Fri
14
Jul

Johnny Beldin

Johnny Beldin, 70, of Mexia passed away July 11, 2017. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 14 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia with Ronnie Dabney officiating. Interment was at Wortham Cemetery. Visitation was on Thursday evening 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Johnny was born Oct. 21, 1946 in Mexia to John Henry and Naomi Christine Sterling Beldin. He was retired from Brown Oil & Gas as a pumper.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Larry Joe Beldin. Johnny is survived by his wife, Martha Lou Beldin; daughter, Tina Lou Davis; grandsons, Taylor Blake Kitchens and wife Hayley, Daniel Dean Kitchens, John Rowdy Kitchens and Jayden Tyler Kitchens; great granddaughter, Maci Jean Kitchens; brother, Jackie Lynn Beldin and sister, Patricia Ann Beldin Holder.
Serving as pallbearers were Taylor Kitchens, Daniel Kitchens, Rowdy Kitchens, Jake Kitchens, Cody Woodall and Austin Woodall.

Mon
10
Jul

John M. Jones

John M. Jones, of Shiloh, passed away July 9, 2017 in Mexia at the age of 78. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, July 14 at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Reverend David Snow officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery with Mason Graveside Rites. Todd Jones, Nicholas Jones, Jason Morton, Clinton Winstead, Mitchell Jones, Luther Ray Jones, Jr. and Larry Jones will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
John was born Sept. 10, 1938 in Tyler to Joe B. and Ritabelle Herring Jones. He grew up in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School, Class of 1957. John proudly served his country in the US Army during the Cuban Crisis; he loved the USA and forever remained proud and loyal to his country.

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