J. E. “Eddie-Boy” Trantham

J. E. “Eddie-Boy” Trantham, 85, passed away Oct. 20, 2017 in Mexia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Saturday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Eddie-Boy is survived by his wife, Jodelle Trantham of Mexia; children, Mary Alice Stampinato of Mart, Judy Paetzold of Elk City, OK, Sara Jo Trantham, James Trantham, II and Sue Lil Roberts all of Mexia; and other relatives.
A complete obituary will be in the Tuesday edition of the Mexia News.
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Christine Banks Kerzee

Christine Banks Kerzee, 90, of Mexia, passed away on Oct. 17, 2017 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church of Mexia, with the Reverend Tom Prentiss, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Mexia Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be at 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Serving as pallbearers are her grandsons, Brad Henderson, Michael Jones, Russell Henderson, Christopher Jones, Jordan Kerzee, Ryan Condon and Nolan Russell. 
Christine was born on Dec. 25, 1926 in Quitman to John Herman and Laura Clifford Powell Banks. She graduated from Quitman High School. She had been in Mexia since January of 1949. On Aug. 28, 1951 in Dallas, she married Alton Bennett Kerzee, Jr., a union which gave them five wonderful children. 


Roger L. Layton II

Roger L. Layton II, of the Mexia State Support Living Center (MSSLC), Mexia, passed away on Oct. 8, 2017, at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, Waco at the age of 46.
He was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents.
He leaves behind with cherished memories his parents, Roger L. Layton and Karen L. (Seamount) Layton, sisters Frances Windels and husband Denis, Karal Nicol and husband Tom, Fai Wheeler and husband Brian, two uncles, two aunts, a host of nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at the MSSLC for providing 28 years of excellent care for him.
No memorial service is being planned by the family at this time.
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Barnell Tyler

Barnell Tyler, 81, passed away Oct. 10, 2017 in Mexia. Memorial services will be at 1 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with the Reverend Tom Prentiss officiating.
Barnell was born June 3, 1936 in Temple to Oscar and Ruby Tyler. He was admitted to Cen-Tex Group Home on June 12, 1990 from the Mexia State School.
Barnell was a very caring person and enjoyed his friends and staff. He served on the Human Rights Committee since 2004. Barnell was a very important part of the committee and expressed his opinions in many areas, which were usually right.
After his parents’ death, his cousin, Margaret Rucker, served as his guardian until her death in 2016. Ray Rucker continued to be involved in Barnell’s life.
Barnell will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
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Franchelle Fowler Jones

Graveside services for Franchelle Fowler Jones, 87, a native and longtime resident of Mexia will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in the Mexia Cemetery with David Mahan, former Minister of Eastern Hills Church of Christ in Athens, officiating. Grandsons Trey Bankhead, Trent Bankhead and Tye Bankhead, along with Rick Sadler, Don Corbitt and Jimmy Prather, will serve as pallbearers.
Jones was born Aug. 31, 1930 in Mexia, died Oct. 10, 2017 in Athens. She was a member of Northcrest Church of Christ.
She was a public school teacher for 32 years. She taught most of those years at the second grade level, having begun her teaching career in the Fort Worth Independent School District. She, also, taught in Port O’Connor, Spring, Lampasas and for 21 years in Mexia before retiring.
She was preceded in death by her parents, A. L. and Josie Lee Fowler; husband of 56 years, Jack Ralph Jones; and son, James Lynn Jones.


Connie Sue Watters

Connie Sue Watters, 59 years young, of Mexia joined the Lord on Oct. 4, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Visitation for Connie will be held at Corley-Porter Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 6 in Mexia, from 6 – 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. , Saturday, Oct. 7 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Marcus Sheffield of First Baptist Church in Mexia officiating. Burial will be at the Wortham Cemetery in Wortham.


Helen Adella Stonecipher

Funeral services for Helen Adella Stonecipher, 81, of Point Enterprise will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel. Interment will follow in the Point Enterprise Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Helen was born Dec. 22, 1935 in Millbank, South Dakota to Worth B. and Mable A. Reed Crandall. She was a beautician for over 35 years, a job she not only enjoyed, but an opportunity to make many friends. She also owned her own shop, Helen’s Beauty Shop, for many years, prior to retirement.


Glynn Erwin Beene

Glynn Erwin Beene, of Ferris, born on June 18, 1929 in Mexia lost his long battle with a rare form of cancer on Friday Sept. 29, 2017.
Glynn passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his four children.
He is survived by Doyle Beene, brother, Louise Jones, sister, daughter Glynda and husband Johnny Martin, daughter Monica and husband Richard Ball, daughter Melinda and husband Curtis Mitchell, son Eric and wife Angie, four grandkids, Jahnna, Mark, Jennifer and Madison, and three great grandkids, Jace, Kylie and Whitney and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
He was a loving father, brother, uncle and grandfather and will be missed dearly.
Funeral services will be held on at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 2 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia with the Reverend Bill Wright, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Point Enterprise Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday morning 10-11 a.m. prior to the service.


Ada Burleson Conner

The Angelic Hosts came for Mrs. Ada Burleson Conner on Sept. 20, 2017 in the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Carrollton among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will begin Friday, Sept. 29 from 1-7 p.m. in the Chapel of Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street in Teague.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at 12 noon in the Mexia Civic Auditorium, 101 South McKinney Street, Mexia. Viewing will be held Saturday at the auditorium from 11 a.m. until the services begin at noon with the Reverend Louis Carr, Jr. officiating and Dr. E. A. Benson, eulogist. Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery, LCR 474, Mexia.
Conner was born Feb. 18, 1934 in Mexia. She graduated from Dunbar High School in 1951 and went on to attend Bishop College and Texas Southern. She married Warren Conner in 1956 (who preceded her in death). Ada was also preceded in death by her son, Ricky A. Burleson and her parents, Louis and Alma Burleson.


Harold Ray Sewell

Former Mexia resident, Harold Ray Sewell, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 in Bremerton, Wash.
He was born in Mexia on July 11, 1932 and is preceded in death by his wife Joan, his parents Robert B. and Ruby L. Sewell, brother Robert B. Sewell, Jr and sister Jeanette Garrett.
Sewell is survived by his brother Wallace Glenn Sewell of Coppell, two sons, Lindsey Sewell of Poulsbo, Wash., Steve Sewell of Beaver, Ore. and four grandchildren, Tristan, Lauren, Jennifer and Tyler.
Ray was a graduate of Mexia High School and was the editor of the yearbook his senior year. During his high school years he learned to operate the linotype machine at the Mexia Daily News. His linotype skills helped his earn his way through Baylor University and was useful in securing additional linotype work for a number of years. He attended the University of Innsbruck in Austria by earning a Fulbright Grant.


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