Obituaries -- June 13, 2013


Lonnie Benton Baggett, 79, passed away June 7, 2013 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, Texas. He was born on December 30, 1933, in Freestone, Texas.

He was the youngest of four children born to Lonnie and Laura Baggett. He graduated from Teague High School in 1951. Benton enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1956, underwent basic training at Fort Hood, Texas and was sent to Augusta, Georgia where he trained with the Signal Corp. From there, he was deployed to Fort Meade, Maryland; he played the drums in the U.S. Army Pipe and Drum Corp. until being honorably discharged in September 1958.

He married Crowell Ann Clark, of Teague, Texas, on February 16, 1957, and they moved back to Texas upon his discharge. He gained employment with the Texas Highway Department in 1959 and retired from the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation in 1987. Beginning in the sixties, he operated a bicycle shop at his home, where he built, repaired, bought, and sold bicycles. To those who didn?t know his name but required bike repair, he was known simply as ?the bicycle man.? Benton had enjoyed being outdoors his entire life and was happiest while tending his cattle, raising vegetables in his garden, fishing, or doing anything that involved being on his tractors. He also enjoyed participating in worship services by singing and playing harmonica for the elderly and infirmed at local retirement homes. And he never met a pecan that he didn?t like.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Vernon Baggett; and sisters, Eula Elliott and Kay Shipp.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Baggett, of Mexia, Texas; son, Stan Baggett and wife, Kelly, of Hudson Oaks, Texas; son, Jeff Baggett, of Crawford, Texas; grandson, Nathan Baggett, and wife, Carol, of Weatherford, Texas; granddaughter, Laura Cooke, and husband Lucas; great-grandchildren Maverick Baggett, Benjamin Baggett, and Emma Cooke; many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a host of faithful and cherished friends at Temple Baptist Church in Mexia, Texas, where he was an ordained deacon.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at Blair Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia, Texas, with Bro. Michael Vestal of Temple Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Teague, Texas.

Please visit www.blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.


Doris Capps Mabry, 87, of Fairfield, passed away Monday, June 3, 2013 at her residence. Services were held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Capps Memorial Chapel with Dr. Don Willis and Rev. T. Paul Kethley officiating. Interment followed at Fairfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Sims, Joe Bond, George Davis, Warren Awalt, O. B. (Brownie) Utley, III, Warren Davis, Dickie Hill and Burt Richards.

Doris was born September 1, 1925 in Olden, TX, to parents Miller Lardin Ekas, Jr. and Phyllis Marie Smith Ekas. She was a retired registered nurse having attended Texas Tech University and Parkland Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas. In 1950 she and her husband, Ben Capps Jr. moved to Fairfield from Henderson and opened Capps Funeral Home. Mr. Capps preceded her in death on December 31, 1967. She continued operation of the funeral home with her second husband; Manly Mabry, who preceded her in death in 2003. She was a long time member of First United Methodist Church of Fairfield.

Left to cherish her memory is a son, Barry Capps and wife Cindy of Fairfield; grandson, Ben Capps and great-granddaughter, Cariss of Fairfield; granddaughter, Kirby Flandry and husband Dannie and great-grandchildren, Taylor and Travis of Fairfield; granddaughter, Erin McKenzie and husband Jeff and great-grandson Judson of Victoria; a son, Mike Capps of Austin; granddaughter, Karli Capps of Austin; granddaughter, Dr. Christa Lows and husband Kent and great-granddaughter Avery and great-grandson Grayson of Mableton, GA; granddaughter, Kelli Wetsel and husband Reagan and great-grandsons Carter, Reese and Rex and great-granddaughter Cameron all of Plano; a brother, M. L. Ekas, III and wife Ann of North Ft. Myers, FL; a niece Sue Dupree of Pine Island, FL; a nephew, David Ekas of Houston.

To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the family a personal tribute, please visit our website at www.cappschapel.com.


Graveside services for Cora Grace Storey Persons, age 85, of Pasadena, TX, will be held on Saturday, June 15th, at 2:00p.m. at Salem Cemetery near Freestone. Rev. Richard Gillet will officiate.

Visitation will be held on Saturday morning, prior to the services, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

Mrs. Persons went home to her Lord on Friday, June 7th, 2013. She was born April 20, 1928 in New Hope, Texas (near Teague) to David G. Storey and Fannie Shelton Storey. On November 15, 1944, she married William Melvin Persons in Teague. Cora was an exceptionally happy and caring lady, who had a love for life, never met a stranger, and had a smile and a hug for everyone. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt to her large family.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Nicole Peters and husband Blair of McKinney; grandson, Kyle Burr of Houston; five great-grandchildren, Quinn Peters, Reagan Peters, Eliza Peters, Sofia Burr, and Olivia Burr; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her many brothers and sisters; her daughter, Geneva Gayle Persons; her daughter Linda Sherian Persons Burr; and her husband William Melvin Persons.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family. Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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