Obituaries

Thu
07
Jan

Robert Dave Thurman

Robert Dave Thurman, of Big Creek West-Lake Limestone, passed away Monday, January 4, 2016, following his battle with Parkinsons for the past six years. He was 75. Visitation will begin at Groesbeck Funeral Home at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, prior to the funeral. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Tracy Sims of the Central Baptist Church of Thornton and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating. Mrs. Barbara Walker will be the vocalist. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Collett, Vincent Thurman, Jeff Sims, Blaine Douglas, Luke Ramsey, Greg Scherbenske, Al Stephens, and Dennis Smith. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be “The Brazos River Rats,” Dick Weaver, Wayne Brueggerman, Richard Farrington, Vernon Laird, James Slovacek, Clive Frazer, Joe Haupt, and Cecil Bobbitt.

Thu
07
Jan

James Edward Benedict

James Edward Benedict (affectionately known as “Big D”) of Groesbeck, Texas passed away January 2, 2016 in Mexia, Texas. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 8, 2016 at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck Texas, with Reverend Tracy Sims officiating. James was born February 8, 1921 in Port Arthur, Texas to Van Benedict and Edna Benedict, the first of 6 boys. James proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific. In he was with one of the first expeditionary forces to enter Nagasaki Japan after the bombing. In 2014 he was chosen as one of the lucky veterans by Honor Flight to travel to Washington, D.C. to view the WWII Memorial Monument. During his career James worked in the cable system business in Texas. He worked as a Cable Vision engineer in Mexia at the outset of that business. After his retirement at age 65 he worked for many years for the City of Mexia as a crossing guard for Mexia ISD.

Thu
07
Jan

Norman Fountain Raif

Norman Fountain Raif, of East Lake Limestone (Jewett), passed away at Providence Hospital on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at age 87. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 2:00 P.M. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Lee Weiler of the “All Around Cowboy Church” of Marquez officiating. Norman was born February 8, 1928 in Houston. At age 14, he was working at a gas station, and as he loved cars, he developed mechanic skills at a young age which he would use all of his life. He joined the Merchant Marines, which provided supply support to the U. S. troops, and was able to travel around the world, enjoying his trips to many ports and foreign countries. He next worked for the Houston Police Department for many years as mechanic of their vehicles.

Thu
24
Dec

Perri Liles Ingram

Perri Liles Ingram, 49, of Mexia, passed away December 21, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Mexia with Rev. Marcus Sheffield and Pastor Earl Sterling officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Perri was born April 30, 1966 in Garland, Texas to George Jackson and Gladys Fisher Liles. She was a member of the Mexia High School Class of 1984, “A True Defender of the Blackcats”. She was a longtime, well known, hairdresser in Mexia. Being a hairdresser was a job Perri thoroughly enjoyed, her customers were considered to be her extended family; she loved them. Perri’s family was her life. She was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was always protective of her children and enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren.

Thu
24
Dec

Anna Louis (Winstead) McVay

Anna Louis (Winstead) McVay, of Groesbeck, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015, in the Parkview Hospital in Mexia, at age 61. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 22, 2015, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Sonny Bever of the Church on the Rock officiating, followed by burial in the Thornton Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clint Winstead, Dusty Capps, Trent Lenamond, Colin Lenamond, Josh Lenamond, Jimmy Winstead, Jordan Yarbrough, and Erich Lundh. Skinner Lenamond and Jimmy Lenamond were Honorary Pallbearers. Anna was born on February 27, 1954 to Wesley Winstead and Louise (Copeland) Winstead in Leon County. She attended school in Leon County, and lived some of her life in Marquez. Anna worked many jobs as an adult, including laying pipe on a pipeline. She made many friends of the people she waited on while working many years as a waitress.

Thu
24
Dec

Jay Lou (Walton) Beck

Jay Lou (Walton) Beck, of Lake Limestone, born at Box Church on February 2, 1935, left this world early Sunday morning December 20. Jay Lou blessed her children by allowing them to share her last breaths of life in this world, before greeting and continuing her journey with her husband of 62 years, Frankie Lee Beck. Jay Lou spent her adult years of the earthly part of her journey in Yuma Arizona, Fort Worth and Groesbeck, and shared it with her children, Jay Frank, Sandra and Tina, her grandsons Jeffrey, Clay, Gregory & Blake, and two adored great grandkids Corban and Gracie. Jay Lou is also survived by her brother Johnny Ross Walton. With Frankie by her side, Jay Lou will have a joyful reunion with her mother Alta Martin, her beloved sister Donna Robinett, and her brother Steve Martin. Jay Lou will also be happy to once again be with the son she only had for one month, Ricky Dean. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 27th at Groesbeck Funeral Home.

Thu
17
Dec

Robert Randall Sims

Robert Randall Sims passed away on November 16, 2015 in Houston. He was born March 13, 1934 in Lost Prairie, Texas to Buck and Erna Sims. He graduated from Fair Oaks High School in rural Limestone County and served in the Army from 1954 to 1957 where he was a paratrooper with the 11th and 82nd airborne divisions. After the service he enrolled in the University of Houston and graduated with an accounting degree. After working for a large firm he opened his own CPA practice which gave him many years of enjoyment and fulfillment. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Sullivan Sims; his son Randy Sims and wife, Malinda; grandchildren, Trey, Cal and Samantha and daughter Juleigh Holley and husband, Gary; grandchildren Lee and Barbara. A private graveside service will be held at Lost Prairie Cemetery at a later date. 

Thu
17
Dec

Quinton Elijah Bozeman

Quinton Elijah Bozeman, of Groesbeck, at age 25, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Visitation will be held at Groesbeck Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 17, 2015, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Jerry Fulton officiating. Pallbearers will be Wesley Woitena, Joshua Woitena, Kevin Woitena, Nathan Vaughn, Eric Vaughn, and Stephen Young. Dustin Bozeman and Joshua Schoen will be honorary pallbearers. Quinton was born in Mexia on May 9, 1990 to Samuel J. Bozeman and Sharon K. (Rains) Bozeman Schoen. He grew up in Groesbeck, attending Groesbeck High School, where he played on the Groesbeck Goat football team, ran track, and especially enjoyed his welding class. Quinton graduated in the Class of 2009, and he also earned his Welding Certification in 2009 from Panola College. He continued to love welding as an occupation for some years.

Thu
10
Dec

Dessie Olene (Bell) Pollock

Thu
10
Dec

Emil Rogers

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