Obituaries

Thu
03
Dec

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith, 79, of Mexia, passed away Nov. 22, 2015 at the Windsor nursing home in Groesbeck. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at noon at Mexia Cemetery, with Pres. Andrew Thompson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiating. Visitation was held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home. Sandra was born April 20, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Charles Wesley Smith and Marion Josephine Smith Stuart. She married the love of her life, Jesse Smith, in 1952. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Thomas “Mickey” Smith; her son, Mark Alan Smith; sister, Kay Ferguson; and brothers, Ray Smith and C.D. Smith.

Thu
03
Dec

Lola Frances Shreve

Thu
03
Dec

John Marion Brown

Wed
25
Nov

Bobby George Golden

Bobby George Golden, of Groesbeck, passed away at his home on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at age 65. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 23, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, with Dr. Tod Tanner and Rev. Clayton Griggs officiating. Music was provided by Charlyn Stacy, niece, accompanied by JoAnn Stone. Burial followed in the Thornton Cemetery with JeffHutcheon, nephew officiating. Pallbearers wiere Robert Ledlow, Garland Braune, Mike Williams, Johnny Wilson, Jim Hunter, and Ron Bates. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Wayne Golden, Joe Rosas, Ron Franks, and Jim Tubbs. Bobby George Golden was born January 28, 1950 in Meridian, TX. At that time, his family was living on a ranch at Cranfills Gap, and they moved to Clifton when he was two years old. He graduated from Clifton High School in 1968. Although Bobby played all sports, football was a big part of his high school years.

Wed
25
Nov

James D. “Brother” Gilliam

James D. “Brother” Gilliam passed away at home on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at age 79. Funeral services were held on Friday, November 20, 2015, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams of the Church of Christ officiating. Burial followed in Faulkenberry Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Varner, Michael Gilliam, Derek Harrison, Terry Varner, Greg Smith, and Jerry Gilliam. Honorary pallbearers were Willie Johnson, Morris Beaver, Joe Brown, Joe Dugger, and Larry Duke. James who was known to all as “Brother,” was born May 3, 1936 to James Lucas Gilliam and Willa Faye (Archibald) Gilliam in the Box Church community. He attended Groesbeck High School, Class of 1954. James was united in marriage with Glenda Joyce Favors on August 31, 1962 in Groesbeck and made their home here the rest of his life. He was a truck driver for the majority of his life, and worked at rock crushers and drove heavy equipment, retiring in June 1993 from Gifford Hill.

Wed
25
Nov

John Estle (Kink) Ridge

John Estle (Kink) Ridge, 92, of Groesbeck, passed away November 20, 2015. Funeral services were held Monday, November 23, 2015, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck officiating. Burial followed at Old Union Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Kent, Cody Sunday, Justin Vickery, Tim Barco, Kenneth Shields, and Lewis Garner. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Kent, Herbert Gene Wilson, and Earl Leonard. J.E. (Kink) was born September 18, 1923, to Luther and Eva Boid Ridge, at Box Church, where he spent his early years. He served overseas in World War II. After his discharge from military service, Kink was a mechanic, truck driver, butane gas deliveryman, and convenience store owner. After the sale of his convenience store, he shredded pastures with his Dad and son, Bobbie, and cut many, many cords of wood.

Wed
18
Nov

John Willard ( “J.W.” or “J”) Wellman

John Willard ( “J.W.” or “J”) Wellman, of Lake Limestone, passed away at Providence Hospice–St. Catherine’s in Waco, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at age 72. A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the Prairie Grove Baptist Church, with Reverend Clifton Jones officiating. John was born in Mart on November 30, 1942, to John Wellman and Hulda (Schmidt) Wellman. After some of his early life in Mart, the family moved to Waco, where he attended La Vega high school, class of 1961. J.W. enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserves, and spent the most of his adult life working in construction, and installing swimming pools. John was united in marriage with Doris Christine Williams when she was seventeen years old. They had a long life together until she passed away on January 25, 2008. John and Doris moved to Lake Limestone about twenty-five years ago. They built a home right on the lake and enjoyed living there even though he fought the yaupons for years.

Thu
12
Nov

Peggy Mason Barnes

Peggy Yvonne Mason Barnes, age 76, of Rocky Face, GA passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Truman Talmadge Mason and Mary Lou (Lenamon) Mason; brother, William Patrick Mason. She was born at Box Church on Nov. 14, 1938 and moved at a young age to the Gulf Coast of Texas. She was a member of Tunnel Hill United Methodist Church in Tunnel Hill, GA and was coowner of Barnes Barn Bar-B-Que in Rocky Face, GA. She was an avid bowler & was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Thu
12
Nov

Rocky McLean

Rocky McLean of Groesbeck passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Limestone Medical Center. Funeral services wire held Friday, November 6, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck with Rev. Tracy Sims and Brother Richard Williams officiating. Burial followed at Fort Parker Memorial Park, with a solo sung by Mrs. Wendy Wilson. Serving as pallbearers were Randy O’Bryant, Michael McGilvray, Richie Wilson, David Jones, Bubba Foley, Daniel Perry, Dwain Tatum, and Lee Garrett., and Steve Hunt, Mike Sutton, Braydin McLean, John K. Kilpatrick, and Pat Goodman were honorary pallbearers. Rocky was born November 21, 1959 in Mexia to Spike Lamar McLean and Marjorie Janet White McLean, a household of three active boys of which he was the oldest. Rocky graduated from Groesbeck High School, Class of 1978. He was #21 on the Groesbeck Goat football team where he was an outstanding player.

Thu
05
Nov

Edwin Everette Plummer, Sr.

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