Category: Obituaries

Janet Bixby Thompson

Janet Bixby Thompson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 13, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Fairfield Conference Center, 839 E. Highway 84 in Fairfield. Janet Thompson was born May 15, 1932 in Shellsburg, Iowa to Merl and Lucille Weir. She was the oldest of three children, with a sister Roberta and brother Gordon. In March 1951 she married William (Bill) Ray Thompson following his completion of boot camp for the US Navy. After Bill’s discharge from the Navy, they moved back to Vinton, Iowa. Bill began technical school in Chicago, Illinois shortly after moving back to Vinton. Janet and their 2 children, Gordon Duane and Jana Rae moved back in with her parents at their farm while Bill continued his education.  During this time Janet worked as an operator at the phone company in Vinton. Following Bill’s graduation with training in Mechanical Engineering, Bill was offered a position with the former Collins Radio in Richardson, Texas.  At this time Janet began her career with Texas Instruments.  Bill and Janet had 2 more children, Lorraine (Lori) Marie and Arthur (art) Merl.  Bill and Janet raised their family and lived in the Richardson/Plano area until their retirement. As a couple, they were very active in square dancing and bridge, making many lifelong friends. The...

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Deryl Missildine

Deryl Missildine, 75, formerly of Fairfield, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Tyler.  Graveside services were held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Lake Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Ricky Missildine officiating.  Pallbearers were Randy Turner, Larry Rice, David Missildine, Sid Fryer, Olen Clary and Shelton Snow. Mr. Missildine was born October 5, 1941 in Fairfield to parents Lee Boyd and Ruby Hughes Missildine.  He was a retired pipeliner and former owner of M-Co in Freestone, TX.  For the past six years, he had been residing in Tennessee Colony having relocated there from Palestine.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death his first wife Joy Missildine and a second wife Jerry Oliver.  A son, Kevin Missildine, preceded him in death in 2005. Left to cherish his memory are three children, Jill Matthews-Ivison and husband Darrell of Wylie, TX; Don Missildine and wife Page of Corsicana, TX; Jon Missildine of Tennessee Colony, TX; a sister, Sandra Turner of Jewett, TX; five grandchildren, Connie Foster, Lee Missildine, Keith Missildine, Kristi Villa and Ryle Jo Missildine; 7 great-grandchildren. To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the family a personal tribute, please visit our website at...

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Willie Ora Thomas

The Angelic Hosts came for Mrs. Willie Ora Thomas on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at her residence in Mexia among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing and visitation were held at the Funeral Home on Friday, April 7, 2017 with the family present. Funeral services were Saturday at the Westside Church of Christ, located at 102 S. Herman Street in Mexia with Brother Thomas Gilmore officiating. Interment followed in the Sandy Creek Cemetery in Coolidge, Texas. Willie Ora was born June 27, 1917 in the Datura Community near Coolidge, Texas. She received her education at Elm Schools in Datura. Willie Ora married J.C. Thomas and this union was blessed with 71 years of happiness until the Lord called him home in December 2008. To this union nine children were born; one preceded her in death. Willie Ora was a homemaker and later worked as a Foster Grandparent at Mexia State School. She loved working with the special needs children and reading to them. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved sharing the Gospel with others. Willie Ora attended Westside Church of Christ in Mexia, Texas until her death. She loved The Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband J.C. Thomas; daughter, Elnora Ross; sisters, Odessa Rutherford and Daisy Woodson; brother, Samuel Cole; grandsons, Darren Ross, Ilyas Abdullah, and Frank Mark Ross. She leaves to...

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McKenzie Jackson

The Angelic Hosts came for Mr. McKenzie Jackson at his residence in Balch Springs, TX among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing and a Prayer Service, with the family present, was held Friday, March 31, 2017. Funeral Service were held Saturday, April 1st at the Grove Island AME Church located at 561 CR 901, Mexia, with Rev. Coby Shorter, III of Austin, TX Officiating and Rev. Stanley Johnson, pastor of Grove Island AME Church serving as Eulogist. Interment was in the Grove Island Cemetery. McKenzie was the first child born to the late Alfronzo and Vernada Carter Jackson. They welcomed in their new arrival on December 28, 1927 in the county of Limestone, city of Mexia, and the state of Texas. Alfronzo and Vernada lived distantly from school, so the parents kept McKenzie home and did home schooling until his sister was older and they could send the two children to school together. McKenzie was too little to walk that distance alone; consequently, McKenzie and his sister, Ervie, graduated together. He graduated from Furney Richardson High School in May of 1946, Teague, Texas. At an early age, McKenzie accepted Christ and became a member of Grove Island AME Church. He served faithfully all of his childhood and adult life. He served as a member of the choir, superintendent of Sunday School, Class Leader, Steward and trustee. He sang with...

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Glenn McGinn

Glenn McGinn, 68, of Fairfield, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 in Tyler.  Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Ken Pruitt officiating.  Interment followed at Lake Chapel Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Josh Simmons, Clayton Wells, Michael Dunn, Darryl Briggs, Joey Jaggears and Billy Clarkson. Glenn was born December 8, 1948 in Morenci, Arizona to parents David and Lettie Hudman McGinn.  He had been a resident of Fairfield since 1977 moving from Caddo Mills, Texas.  On March 1, 2017 Glenn and his wife Betty celebrated 31 years of marriage.  For a number of years Glenn drove a truck for Lance Inc.  He retired four years ago, from Headwaters Resources in Jewett where he worked as a safety coordinator and lab tech.  Glenn was a member of First Baptist Church of Fairfield.  In addition to his parents Glenn was preceded in death by a brother Ed McGinn in 2007 and a daughter, Tish Hatton on May 12, 2016. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Betty; two children, Holly McGinn of Fairfield; Erica Barnes of Weatherford, TX; five grandchildren, Amelia Wells, Josh Simmons, Haylie Barnes, Zachary Barnes and Brianna Hatton; one great-grandchild, J. J. Simmons; three sisters and a brother, Pat Walters of Carson City, NV; Gene Sutton and wife Lorene of Palestine, TX; Charlotte Briggs and husband Wayne of Smithville,...

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