Obituaries -- September 12, 2013


Rita Lynn Biggs, 56, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013, after an automobile accident on Hwy. 84 just east of Teague. Visitation was Sunday, September 8 at Day Funeral Home, 513 E. Main, in Madisonville.

A funeral service was held on Monday, September 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. Brother Jim McKenzie, a minister for Christ, officiated. Rita?s nephew, Landon Fowler, gave the eulogy. Interment was in Madisonville City Cemetery.

Rita was born July 31, 1957, to Sue and Chad Biggs at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX. She was very conscientious at what she strove to pursue and/or accomplish, which included nursing (3.83 college GPA), tutoring the illiterate, writing, quilting, sewing, cooking, as well as painting very beautiful and detailed images on ceramic display plates. She received desktop publishing certification and was taking Navarro College classes with her sister to become certified as a Medical Coder and Transcriptionist. Rita also had a 11-page story published in the book titled ?Crime and Punishment: Inside Views? for which she received certified Distinguished Writer acknowledgment. She was very compassionate, forgiving, loving, intelligent, artistic, determined, and zealous. Rita was crazy about her cats, Trooper and Little Girl, enjoyed cleaning, as well as browsing garage sales and flea markets.

Rita was preceded in death by her father, Chad M. Biggs Sr. of Irving, and husband, Joe Mossotto of Florida.

Those left to cherish Rita?s memory include mom Sue Heflin and step-dad Gene of Hilltop Lakes; sister Linda Biggs Oberle of Teague and husband Kennan; brother Chad M. Biggs Jr. and wife Vickie of Hudson, Florida; uncle John Biggs and aunt Marilyn of Midlothian; step brothers, Ronny Heflin and wife Susan of Valley View, and Steve Heflin and wife Deniese of Montgomery; most compassionate friend James Brown of Victoria; and other family members and friends.

Day Funeral Home of Madisonville was in charge of the arrangements.


The Angelic Hosts came for Mrs. Doris McWilliams, 88, on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in the Teague Nursing and Rehab Center among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing was held Friday, September 6, 2013 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM at the Funeral Home and with a Musical Tribute Service from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church North Teague, 112 Grayson Street, Teague.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the First Baptist Church 209 N. 6th Street, Teague with Rev. Cleo High and Pastor Larry Rose, officiating.

Interment followed in the Antioch Cemetery, North First Street in Teague.

Doris J. McWilliams was the 3rd child of Roosevelt Gillespie and Molly Lucille Wade Gillespie and was born in the Salem Community of Freestone County, Texas on August 23, 1925. She went to be the Lord on September 3, 2013 at the Teague Nursing Home in Teague, Texas.

Doris grew up in Freestone County and attended the public schools there. She graduated from Furney Richardson High School. Doris accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Salem Missionary Baptist Church. After marrying Charlie Wyman McWilliams, she moved to Teague and joined First Baptist Church North Teague under Rev. A. A. Wilcox. During her husband?s time as a Pastor, Mrs. McWilliams served as First Lady to: Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Simsboro Community of Teague, Texas; New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas; St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Corsicana, Texas; New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Tennessee Colony, Texas; First Baptist Church South Teague, Teague, Texas; and when her husband Rev. C. W. McWilliams became Associate Minister at her home church, First Baptist Church North Teague, she assisted First Lady Johnetta Gillespie, wife of Rev. W. H. T. Gillespie, and served on the Preacher?s Aide and Homecoming Committee. After her husband?s death, she continued her membership and was faithful member under Rev. W. H. T. Gillespie, Rev. E. J. Malone, and Rev. Larry L. Rose, Jr. As a member she served as Mission President, Bible Teacher, Choir President, Devotional Leader, and Sunday School Teacher. Doris McWilliams attended Navarro Jr. College and received her Nursing Assistant certification. She later went back to school and became the first African American to receive her Medication Aide Certificate in Teague. She worked in Nursing Homes in Teague and Mexia. She also did private sittings for several families in the community. After retirement, Doris volunteered at the Mexia State School Supported Living Center?s Foster Grandparent Program and served for 10 years. Mrs. McWilliams was also a member of the Heroines of Jericho, AARP, and she served as an advisor to community members who needed help applying for any type of assistance from the Government.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sons: James McWilliams and Wyman McWilliams; her infant daughters: Ernestine McWilliams and Margaret Ann McWilliams; and also Charlie Jean McWilliams-Smith; seven brothers and two sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory are: her sons: Maurice McWilliams and wife Gwen, Fort Worth, Texas; Dwain McWilliams and wife Mary, Marion, Ohio; Billy McWilliams and wife Maria, San Antonio, Texas; Bobbie McWilliams and wife Ricarda, Teague, Texas; Alfonzo Dale McWilliams and wife Evelyn, Port Arthur, Texas; her daughters: Christene Wilson and husband Jerry, Teague, Texas; Felicia Goodwin and husband John, Alvin, Texas; her brothers: Rev. C. W. Gillespie and wife Diane, Fort Worth, Texas; Elbert Gillespie, Fairfield, Texas; 14 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, 3 Great-Great Grandchildren and a host of Nieces, Nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Moore?s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street, Teague, Texas is serving the McWilliams Family. Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.


Funeral services for Mrs. Jean Williams, 80, were held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Steve Cowart officiated. Interment followed the services at Cotton Gin Cemetery near Teague.

Visitation was on Friday with the family present from 6:00p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Williams passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Providence Hospital in Waco. She was born and raised in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School with the Class of 1950. She married Chick Williams on March 3, 1952, and shared over sixty-one years together. Mrs. Williams was a dedicated homemaker and housewife and enjoyed spending time with her family as well as shopping from home on the QVC network. Mrs. Williams was a member of First Baptist Church in Teague for over fifty-five years.

She is survived by her husband, Chick Williams of Teague; one daughter, Susan Stanford of Teague; one granddaughter, Randi Stanford of Houston; five nephews, James Judd, Gerald Judd, Henry Judd, Larry Judd, and Glen Judd; six nieces, Royce Ann Boykin, Eunice Chreene, Sharon Turner, Dawn Ellen Schaffer, Diann McMahan, and Linda Kay Grimes; other relative and friends.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents, Hally Burton and Lorene Douglas Williams, and one brother, Kenneth Williams.

The family requests memorials be made to 61 Isaiah Ministries (Shannon Hopkins), 522 Oxbow St., Mesquite, TX 75149 or The Lord?s Storehouse, 402 Main St., Teague, Texas 75860 or to the charity of your choice.

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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