J. L. "Buckwheat" Morton, 78, of Mexia, passed away May 24, 2015 at his home in Forest Glade. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus Sheffield and Mr. Michael Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Buckwheat was born August 5, 1936 in Mexia to Grady and Laura Bea Morton. He was a lifelong resident of Mexia. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Buckwheat began his working career at the Mexia Textile Mill and later worked and retired from Mexia Industrial Products. On August 30, 1973, he married the love of his life, Patsy West and they were blessed with a son, Kevin, the light of their life. He now has two beautiful granddaughters that have stolen his heart. Buckwheat's family was not only very precious to him, his love overflowed to many families. Everybody loved "Uncle Buck". Buckwheat never met a stranger, if you ran into him and did not know him, it was just temporary. He enjoyed visiting with anyone. His hobbies consisted of playing dominoes, fishing, going to football and baseball games and coon hunting (in his earlier days). He hosted many domino games, fish fries and family gatherings in his famous "barn" behind his home. Buckwheat's love for kids was never ending, every summer you could find him at the baseball park watching the games, regardless of whose kids were playing. He was one of the biggest Blackcat fans around, he watched them at both practices and games. He was famous for making the "touchdown bells", that he gave to so many. He supported the school and sports during the time Kevin was a participant and even after. Buckwheat was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Finis "Tubby" Morton; brother-in-law, Sonny Henderson; nephew, Jackie Morton; and niece, Wanda Lummus. Buckwheat is survived by his wife, Patsy Morton of Mexia; son, Kevin Morton and wife, DeAnn of Hilltop Lakes, TX; granddaughters, Kaylee and Rylee Morton of Hilltop Lakes; brother, Grady "Bo" Morton, Jr. of Mexia; sister, Juanita Henderson; and sister-in-law, Darlene Morton; and a number of nieces and nephews and numerous friends. Pallbearers will be Mike Morton, Spike Morton, Brian Quaca, Jason Morton, Leven Barker, Brad Connally, Tom Quaca and Jarrod Hardin. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Allen, Doug DeBerry, Bobby Forrest, Billy Foley, Louie Masters, Dennis Walker, Tommy Morton and Robbie Turner. Memorials may be made to the Mexia Blackcat Booster Club, P.O. Box 454, Mexia, TX 76667.
Monday, May 25th, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home