Obituaries

Wed
21
Sep

William E. Lacy

Pastor William E. Lacy, Jr., age 73 of Dallas, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016.

His body will lie in state on Friday, Sept. 23 from 12 noon - 7 p.m. Musical wake will start at 7 p.m. 

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 held at House of Refuge Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1822 Bayside St., Dallas.

Services entrusted to Golden Gate Funeral Home.

Wed
21
Sep

Martha Blanche Keel

Martha Blanche Keel, of Mexia, passed away in Waco  on September 21, 2016 at the age of 71. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Mexia Cemetery with Bro. Justin Colquette officiating.

Martha was born in Gatesville on Aug. 7, 1945 to Gilbert Harwell and Blanche Dossey Lowrance.  She was the business manager of White Rock Radiology in Dallas for a number of years, prior to retirement. 

Martha married James Larry Keel, Sr. on April 17, 1965, they were blessed with two children, James, Jr. and Amber.  She loved her husband and children but nothing could compare to the love she had for her grandchildren, they owned her heart.  She had a very outgoing personality, made friends easily and a willingness to listen to anyone and offer advice that may be helpful.

Wed
21
Sep

Willie Beatrice Smith

Willie Beatrice Smith, of Fort Worth, passed away on September 14, 2016.

Viewing will be from 1-7 p.m., Friday Sept. 23 at Dorsey and Keatts Funeral Home in Mexia. Funeral will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at Antioch Baptist Church, located at 610 N. Denton, Mexia. Burial will be at the Cedar Hill Burial Park.

Willie was born April 10, 1926 in Axtell to Warren and Lydia Belcher. She graduated as Valedictorian at Dunbar Douglas School.

She later married James Smith, Sr.

Willie worked at Leader Cleaners as a manager;  Loyola University in the accounting department and retired from Gearhart Owens.

She was a member of Dunbar-Douglas Association and Texas Historical Commission. She was also a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 52 years.

Wed
21
Sep

Edwin (Eddie) Louis Spurgeon

Edwin (Eddie) Louis Spurgeon, 74, of Wortham, passed away at his residence on September 20, 2016.  Visitation with the family present will be Thursday, Sept. 22 at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia from 6-8 p.m.  There will be no formal services.

Eddie was born Jan. 10, 1942 in San Antonio. He loved Arabian horses and was an officer of Texas Arabian Distance Riders Association for over 20 years. He was involved in many equine organizations and helped establish LBJ Grasslands Equestrian Trails. Eddie was an avid NASCAR fan and known to all as a Jack of all Trades.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark O’Neal Spurgeon and is survived by his wife, Linda Spurgeon of Wortham and daughter, Marianne Spurgeon Walker & husband Keith also of Wortham as well as many friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Gibbs Memorial Library in Mexia.

Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Mon
19
Sep

Mary “Louise” Faust

Mary “Louise” Faust, 93, of Mexia, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at her home of natural causes. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church with Pastor David Bolden officiating.

Louise was born Dec. 10, 1922 in Scurry to Walter and Maggie Dobbs. She had nine brothers and two sisters who have preceded her in death.  After graduating from Scurry Ross High School she attended junior college taking courses in real estate, bookkeeping and receiving a beautician license. In addition to her many accomplishments, she worked in WWII as a “Rosie the Riveter.”

Mon
19
Sep

R. Bennett Barham

R. Bennett Barham passed away on August 24, 2016 in Houston. He was 66 years old.

Bennett was born Aug. 5, 1950 to E.J. and Imogene Barham. He was the last remaining member of that family. He was proceeded in death by his parents, a sister - Ann Butler and a brother - John R. Barham.

He grew up and went to school in Mexia graduaitng in 1970. After graduation he joined the Air Force (1970-1974). He did two tours of duty in Vietnam.

After leaving the service he moved to Houston and began working for the Port of Houston until he retired in 2014.

Bennett never married and is survived by Bobbie Barham, sister-in-law of Mexia; a niece, Katie Allen of Fairfield; two nephews, Robert Barham of Mexia and Rhett Butler of Fairfield.

Bennett was cremated and his ashes will be spread at his deer lease in South Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date for friends and family.

Mon
19
Sep

Kimberly Ann Manning

Kimberly Ann Manning, 49, of Opelika, Ala. passed away at her home on September 16, 2016 surrounded by her family. God relieved Kim of her pain after  three years of fighting the fight and is now in peace with loved ones.

Kim was born Sept. 23, 1966 in Wortham to Howard Watson, III and Becky Baldwin Oliver.

Visitation with family will be rom 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Mexia Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Gillet officiating.

Kim attended Westfield High School, class of 1985. She went on to further her career and attended Lufkin Beauty School. Kim married Barry Manning and from that union had three daughters; Brandie, Candice and Amanda.

Fri
16
Sep

William Q. “Billy” Bozeman

William Q. “Billy” Bozeman, 75, of Groesbeck, passed away in Waco on September 14, 2016. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.

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

Billy was born in Texas City on Aug. 4, 1941 to William and Muzetta Mae Johnston Bozeman. He graduated from Mexia High School, Class of 1960. He also attended school in Texas City for a number of years. He retired from United Grocery Store in Dalhart after 19 years of service as an assistant produce manager.

On Dec. 29, 1962, Billy married the love of his life, Gathel Coonce, in Lost Prairie. Together, they raised six children. His life revolved around his family, especially, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Billy had a special place in his heart for children, he loved them all. He also considered “Mr. Hoss”, his dog and faithful companion, a part of his family.

Wed
14
Sep

William Pascal Cornelius, Jr.

William Pascal Cornelius, Jr., 79, of Mexia, passed away September 10, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital in Wacos.  Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mexia Cemetery with Chaplain Karen Hulsey officiating. There will be no formal visitation.

William was born Jan. 23, 1937 in Paris to William Sr. & Dorothy Rawlins Cornelius.  

He is survived by his wife, Robin U. Cornelius of Mexia; daughters, Ruth Ellen Cornelius of Baytown and Lynn Lewis of Dickenson; sisters, Connie Buchanan of Houston, Joyce Klais of Jacksonville, Fla., Marion Bertaut of Thibodaux, La., Ellen Thomas of Slidell, La., Debbie Kimbrough of Pasadena and Dotsy Cook of Slidell, La.; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you donate to the charity of your choice.

Visit porterfuneralhometx.com to sign the guestbook and leave a message for the family.

Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
12
Sep

Eva Miller

Eva Miller, 98, passed away in Mexia on September 10, 2016. She had been a resident of the Mexia LTC for the past three years.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Don Ellis officiating. Burial will be next to her husband in the Wortham Cemetery. John Ellis, Carmen Sanchez, Shanon Miller, Gail Cate, Keith Satterfield and Jakob Satterfield will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Eva was born in Wortham  on May 7, 1918 to Earnest and Mary Ila Cate Rogers, the oldest of five children. Eva married L.G. “Buddy” Miller on Aug. 8, 1942. She lived most of her adult life in Mexia, where she raised her four children. 

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