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Ava Inez Minze Funeral Services Held on Sunday 
Ava Inez Wilson Minze, age 86, of Mexia, passed away, Friday, March 30, 2001 in a Waco hospital. 
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Richard Williams officiating. Burial followed in the Hogan Cemetery. 
Mrs. Minze was born October 6, 1914 in Limestone County. She was a homemaker, caregiver and had been previously a charge nurse for the Mexia State School. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a lifelong resident of this area. 
Survivors include her husband: Jake Minze of Mexia; one daughter: Noma Nell Thomas of Mexia; one brother: Vestal Wilson of Groesbeck; one granddaughter: Dawn Turk of Dripping Springs; four great grandchildren: Meredith and Claire Higgins, Wyatt and Clayton Turk; many many nieces, nephews and extended family members. 
She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Bryan and Scott Higgins; three sisters, Ada Allison, Alta Martin and Augusta Wilson; four brothers, Voshiel, Virgil, Vernon and Velton Wilson. 
Pallbearers were Herb Wilson, Dale Wilson, Henry Wilson, Charles Wilson, Randy Wilson and Johnny Ross Walton. 

Bengie F. Boyd Funeral Services Held on Monday 
Funeral services for Bengie F. Boyd, age 59, of Donie were held on Monday, April 2, in Ricks Funeral Home Chapel in Jewett. Mr. Boyd died on Saturday, March 31, 2001, in the Windsor Manor Nursing Center in Groesbeck. 
Mr. Boyd was born in Leon County on August 24, 1941. He had lived on Lake Limestone before moving to Donie about five years ago. He was an equipment operator for Northwestern Resources. He was a Baptist. 
He is survived by his wife, Marcia Boyd of Donie; two sons, Randy Boyd and wife, Angela of LaGrange and David Boyd and wife Trina of Jewett; grandchildren: Meagan Boyd, Lacy Boyd and Dashia Boyd, all of Jewett, and Brooke Boyd of LaGrange; one great-grandchild; three brothers; J.D. Boyd of Buffalo, Bill Boyd and wife Lucille of Tawokani and Gary Boyd and wife Becky of Palestine; one sister, Gladys Sales of Centerville. 
Rev. James Engle officiated at the funeral services. 
Pallbearers were Tuc Morgan, Phil Longorio, J.D. Boyd, Bill Boyd, Gary Boyd, and Larry Whittenburg. 
Interment was in Sardis Cemetery. 

Lorin Edward Hill Funeral Services Held on Sunday 
Funeral services for Lorin Edward "Eddie" Hill, age 62, of Jewett were held on Sunday, April 1, at the Lake Limestone Baptist Church. Mr. Hill died on Friday, March 30, 2001, in Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. 
Mr. Hill was born on August 20, 1938. He had lived in Houston and Jewett. He worked as a carpenter, painter, and other construction jobs. He enjoyed fishing. He was a member of the Lake Limestone Baptist Church. 
He is survived by his fiance', Doris Henderson of Lake Limestone; the following friends: Lillie Mae Read of Jewett, Robert and Inez Read of Jewett, Dwain and Terry Read of Perryton, Rachel Read of Perryton, Haley Thompson of Lubbock, James and Katherine Gincel of Marquez, and Billy and Janet Verm of Thornton, and his family at Lake Limestone Baptist Church. 
Rev. Johnny Layton, pastor of Lake Limestone Baptist Church, officiated at the funeral services. 
Pallbearers were Mike Read, LaVoyd Ginsel, Eric Ginsel, Jeremy Wilson, Steve Ezell, and Johnny Robinson. 
Interment was in Sardis Cemetery. 
Ricks Funeral Home of Jewett was in charge of arrangements. 

Daniel Jean Mitchell Memorial Service Held on Monday 
Daniel Jean Mitchell, born February 24, 1925 in Parks, Texas, passed away on March 30, 2001 in Houston. He graduated from San Jacinto High School and attended the University of Houston. He was a very devoted husband and father of three. He was a lover of aviation and horses. 
Dan joined the Air Force April 24, 1943 to serve in World War II as a member of the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers. He flew missions in China, was shot down by the Japanese, captured by the Chinese underground and smuggled 180 miles out of enemy territory back to an American Base. He received a China Air Medal, Republic of China Honorary Commission of Fighter Pilot with Rank of 1st Lieutenant and C.B.I. Theater citations. Dan also was the Corporate Aviation Manager/Pilot for Unocal, and retired after 37 years of service. He received the National Business Aircraft Association Million Miler Safe Flying Award three times. 
He was a lifetime Vice President and Director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a member of the Salt Grass Trail, Official Stock Show Wagon #4, Tejas Vaqueros, Flying Tigers of the 14th Air Force Association, Quiet Birdsmen, and Caterpillar Club. He also was a member of Second Baptist Church in Houston. 
Dan was preceded in death by his mother and father, Merle and Marie Mitchell. 
He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Martin (Dot) Mitchell; daughters, Judith Jane Kimble and husband Gene, Patricia Ann Hereford; son Daniel Jean Mitchell, Jr. and wife Susan; brother Merle Mitchell, Jr,; sisters Gertrude Haferkamp and Joe Ann Williams; grandchildren Lane Kimble, Holly Hereford, and Kevin and Lisa Hereford; great-granddaughter Emma Hereford; mother-in-law Margaret Martin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, godchildren and a host of friends. 
A memorial service honoring Dan's life was held April 2 at 10 a.m. at Second Baptist Church Sanctuary, 6400 Woodway, Houston, Texas. 
Pallbearers were Dr. Joe Ainsworth, Oliver Bateman, Jim Bloodworth, Bubba Becker, J.E. Delahoussaye, Jamie Ehrman, Carolyn Faulk, Sam Henry, Hal Husbands, Caroline McIntosh, Edgar McMurray, Max Parnell, Louis M. Pearce, Jr., Clayton Underwood, Mike Wells and Dub Worrell. Honorary pallbearers were the Flying Tigers, Lifetime Vice Presidents of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Quiet Birdsmen and Tejas Vaqueros. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Texas Heart Institute, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund or charity of choice. 

Mary Ann Brown Graveside Services Held on Tuesday 
Mary Ann Brown, 64, of Mexia, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2001 in Mexia. 
Graveside Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the LaSalle Cemetery near Groesbeck with Dr. Troy Brooks of the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck and Rev. Karen Hulsey, Chaplain of the Mexia State School officiating. 
Miss Brown was born February 10, 1937 in Groesbeck to Elbert G. and Maggie Beulah (Lansford) Brown. She was a resident of Mexia for many years. 
Survivors include one sister: Margrette Croft of Groesbeck; three brothers: Dale Brown of Mexia, Keeling Brown of Chula Vista, CA and Gordon Brown of Huntsville. 
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

James Arthur Long Funeral Services Held on Friday 
Funeral services for James Arthur Long, age 52, of Tyler and formerly of Mexia were held on Friday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mexia. Mr. Long died on Tuesday, March 27, 2001, in Tyler. 
Mr. Long was born on October 19, 1948, in Houston. He had lived in Tyler for the past four years and had lived in Mexia from 1971 to 1997. He was a therapist technician for Rusk State Hospital. He worked for many years in Mexia for A & W Auto Parts. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mexia. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Robert Long and Catherine Copeland Long and by a brother and sister, Wallace Long and Bea Devorak. 
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Long of Tyler; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Amy Long of Flower Mound; daughter and son-in-law, Angie and John Spurlock of Allen; grandchildren, Jackson Long and Hailey Spurlock; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Long of Houston and Lucille Phillips of Livingston; brothers, W. C. Long of Mt. Selman and J. R. Long of England. 
Dr. Charles Rice and Rev. Max Burkhead officiated at the funeral services. 
Pallbearers were Danny Drake, David Drake, Darren Drake, William Long, David Long, and John Belota. 
Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery. 

Mrs. Danny Reeson Graveside Services Held on Monday 
Graveside services for Mrs. Danny Lloyd Reeson, age 91, of Mexia were held on Monday, April 2, in the Mexia Cemetery. Mrs. Reeson died on Friday, March 30, 2001, in the Manor Nursing Home in Mexia. 
Mrs. Reeson was born on December 16, 1910, in Mexia. She had lived in Mexia all of her life. She was an office secretary for Drane Estate in Corsicana. She was Christian Science. 
She is survived by her brother, Elliott Bowers of Huntsville; three nieces, Linda Rushing of Seguin, Cynthia Kimmel of Santa Barbara, California, and Brenda McClure of Dallas. 
Rev. Ken Lane, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Mexia, officiated at the funeral services. 
Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home of Mexia was in charge of arrangements. 

Alma Esther Savage Funeral Services Held on Wednesday 
Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Esther Savage, age 82, of Mexia were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, in the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia. Mrs. Savage died on Monday, April 2, 2001, in the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. 
Mrs. Savage was born on September 14, 1918, in Gravity, Iowa. She lived in Mexia from 1953 to 1956, and she returned to Mexia in 1980. A homemaker, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mexia. 
She is survived by her husband, Elvin Savage of Mexia; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Sandra Savage of Mexia; grandsons, Alan and Stan Savage of Mexia; great-grandchildren, Marcy, Rachel and Michael Savage and Madison and Kennedie Savage. 
Rev. Max Burkhead, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Mexia, officiated at the funeral services. 
Pallbearers were A. B. McBay, William Sims, Tom Broderson, Bob Fain, Sonny Jones, and Kenneth Hudnall. 
Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mexia. 

Billie Burton Perkins Graveside Services Held at Big Hill 
Billie Louise Burton Perkins, age 73, of Groesbeck, passed away October 16, 2001 in Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. 
Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Big Hill Cemetery with Dr. Robert Herzig officiating. 
Mrs. Perkins was born February 1, 1928 in Big Hill, Texas, to Milburn C. and Eva Kate (Wilkerson) Burton. Mrs. Perkins graduated from the University of Houston with a nursing degree and worked as a registered nurse until her retirement. Billie enjoyed deep sea fishing, puzzles, and the Wheel of Fortune. 
Mrs. Perkins was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cleo C. Perkins; sister Margie L. Gray; brother and sister-in-law James Rudolph and Nina Burton; brother Charles Burton and his sons Keith and Terry Cason. 
Mrs. Perkins is survived by her brother Jack Burton of Brazoria; brother-in-law Thomas D. Gray of Lancaster; sister-in-law and best friend Joyce Burton of Groesbeck. She was a beloved aunt to nephews Kenneth Burton, John Gray, Dennis Burton, Mike Cason and Rickey Cason; nieces Kathy Johnson, Connie Stemrich and Susan Robertson. Mrs. Perkins will be deeply missed by all that knew her. 
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Virginia E. Swingler Funeral Services Held on Friday 
Virginia E. Swingler, age 64, of Mexia, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2001 in Parkview Regional Hospital. 
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 19, in Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Fulton officiating. Burial followed in Union Cemetery (Falls County) Lott, Texas. 
Miss Swingler was born July 21, 1937 in Marlin to George W. and Eva (Bolin) Swingler. Miss Swingler was preceded in death by her parents. 
Miss Swingler is survived by her sister, Linda Lawson of Mexia; niece Melanie Lynn Tobias of Lott; nephew Randal Crawford of Houston; great nephew Colton Dale Nevill of Lott. 

Mary Virginia Clay Graveside Services Held on Friday 
Mary Virginia Clay, age 79, of Old Union, died Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at her home. 
Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. Friday at Old Union Cemetery with Brother Glenn Easterly officiating. 
Mrs. Clay was born on March 13, 1922 in Jacksonville, Texas to Bill and Lilian (Burnett) Dyess. Mrs. Clay was a member of Old Union Church of Christ and was a retired bookkeeper for Nieman Marcus. Mrs. Clay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Milford O. Clay on March 28, 1999; her son and daughter-in-law Michael and Mary Catherine Clay. 
Mrs. Clay is survived by two granddaughters, Cayce Johnson of Greenville, Texas and Calli Willard of Starkville, MS; three great grandchildren; half-brother Neil Dyess. 
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Edwina N. Wolfe Passes Away Oct. 18 
Edwina Naudine Wolfe, 83, of Groesbeck, died Thursday, October 18, 2001. 
Cremation has been performed and no services are planned at this time. 
Mrs. Wolfe was born July 2, 1918 in Quitaque, Texas to Edwin Jahue and Lidia Mae (Page) James. Mrs. Wolfe was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents Edwin and Lidia James; and her husband Robert Sidney Wolfe. 
Mrs. Wolfe is survived by two daughters, Jo Ann Campbell of Groesbeck and Jerry Dean Defilippi of Lavonia, MI; two sons, Jessey Wayne Helms of Groesbeck and Larry R. Helms of Chipley, FL; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one sister, Jeanette James McClain of Childress; two brothers, Alvin James of Mulvane, KS and Jahue Vernon James of Childress. 
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Olva Jackson Funeral Services Held on Saturday 
Mrs. Olva B. Jackson, 90, of Prairie Hill, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, in Waco. Services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Hill Baptist church with the Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Burial followed at Prairie Hill Cemetery. 
Mrs. Jackson was born March 7, 1911, in Delia and had lived all of her life in Limestone County. She was a retired librarian for the Coolidge schools and a long time active member of the Prairie Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Jackson was also a member of Coolidge Garden Club and was a member of the Eastern Star for over 70 years. 
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Houston Jackson in 1995; and also her brother, Conner Spivey. 
Survivors include son, Danny and wife Gayle Jackson of Houston; grandchildren, Whitney and Houston Jackson; brother Charles Spivey of Belton; and sisters, Mrs. Sally Sain and Mrs. Jewell Hardin, both of Prairie Hill. 
Pallbearers were Deacons of Prairie Hill Baptist Church. 
Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home of Mexia was in charge of arrangements. 

Dan E. Hill Memorial Service Set for Sunday 
Dan E. (Danny) Hill of Groesbeck died Wednesday, Oct. 17 at SunBridge Nursing Home. 
Dan was born June 11, 1943 in Waco to James B. and Marie Armstrong Hill. He served during the Vietnam conflict and in civilian life was a painter and paper hanger. 
He was preceded in death by his mother Marie Hill, grandparents Henry Armstrong and Pauline Dawley. 
He is survived by his sons, Dan and David of Dallas; father, James B. Hill of Groesbeck; sister Linda Griffin and husband Bruce of Garland; nephew, John Hill and wife, Sandra; a niece, Phyllis Shell of Houston; two great-nephews Jason, Steven and Andrew; great-niece Julie Marie of Houston; his aunts Ruth Massey and husband Bill; Eleanor Bevers and husband Marvin of Groesbeck and many cousins. 
Graveside memorial services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28th at 3:00 p.m. at Old Union Cemetery 

Ronald Dockery, Sr. Funeral Services Held October 20 
Ronald Dene Dockery, Sr. age 67, of Mexia passed away October 18, 2001 at Parkview Regional Hospital. 
Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 20 at 11 a.m. at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. George Courtney, and Rev. Gaylon Henry officiating. Interment was at Lost Prairie Cemetery. 
Mr. Dockery was born August 22, 1934 in Groesbeck. He lived all of his life in Limestone County. Mr. Dockery was retired from the Limestone County Road and Bridge and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by a son Garry Allen Dockery; sisters: JoAnn McMahon, Edith Hammond and Mary Lou Ferguson and by a brother, James Dockery. 
He is survived by his wife Linda LaVern Dockery of Mexia; son Ronald Dene Dockery, Jr. of Mexia; three sisters: Hazel Parsons of Tatum, Frances Ferguson of Baytown, Ruth Simone of Dallas; two brothers: Donald Dockery of Groesbeck, Benny Dockery of Holland. 
Pallbearers were Richard Sandifer, Gerald Ray Taylor, Robert Sandifer, Larry Baker, John Cook, Dennis Cook, Randy Little, Johnny Powell. Honorary pallbearers were Limestone Co. Road and Bridge employees and Darrell Price. 
Blair-Stubbs of Mexia was in charge of arrangements. 

Rafe W. Coleman Funeral Services Held Oct. 21 
Mr. Rafe W. Coleman, age 79, of College Station and formerly of Teague, passed away October 18, 2001 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. 
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Williams & Lord Chapel in Ruleville, MS. Interment was in Leherton Cemetery in Ruleville. 
Mr. Coleman was born June 17, 1922 in Water Valley, Mississippi. He lived most of his life in Ruleville, Mississippi, the last 12 years in Teague. He was a farmer and a member of Dockery Baptist Church in Ruleville, MS. 
He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Henry and Sheila Coleman of College Station and Jackie and Robbye Coleman of Teague; grandchildren: James Ray Coleman, Shawn Coleman, Justin Coleman, Tyler Harris, Bryan Harris, Austin Harris; great grandchildren: Shelby Coleman, Autumn Coleman, Travis Coleman; brother: O.T. Coleman of Ruleville, MS. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Addie V. Coleman in June 2001 and by two brothers: Riley Coleman and Sam Coleman. 
Blair-Stubbs of Teague was in charge of arrangements. 


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