Obituaries

Tue
29
Nov

Barbara J. Mack

Barbara J. Mack, 68, a resident of Clifton since 2003 went home to her Heavenly Father November 18, 2016. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, December 2, 2016 at Boggy Cemetery. She was preceded in death by parents Merion and Charlene Stubbs Hennesay, the love of her life Frank Mack, and son Eric Mack. She is survived by her brother Merion Cecil Hennesay Jr and wife Bobbie, nephew Troy Hennesay and wife Paula, niece Shawnda Camp and husband Rick, three great nieces, and two great nephews. Condolences may be made at www.cliftonfh.com.

Wed
23
Nov

Billie Joe Fouts

Billie Joe “BJ” Fouts age 95 of Iredell, TX passed away November 4, 2016in the Clifton Hospital. Services were held 3:pm. Monday, November 7 at the Iredell Baptist Church, followed by graveside services at Mitchell Cemetery.

BJ was born July 26, 1921 to QA and Grace Harris Fouts. BJ married Jewel McDonel on December 25, 1940.

BJ was a lifelong resident of Iredell. He temporally resided in Dallas- Fort Worth area prior to WWII and California before deploying to the Pacific Theater during the war a a seaman aboard the U.S.S. Napa assault ship where he participated in several campaigns including the February 1945 land of the Marines on the island of Iwo Jima where he served as crewman of one of the Napa’s landing craft.

Tue
15
Nov

BONNIE WITHERS

Bonnie Withers, age 88, of Lakeside Village passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Austin, Texas. A visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2016 at Blessing Funeral Home in Mansfield. Another visitation and viewing was held at 11:30 a.m., followed by funeral services at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Kopperl. The Reverend Kent Berry officiated. Interment was in the St. Paul Cemetery near Mansfield, Texas. Mrs. Withers’ Pallbearers were Adrian Chapa, Isaiah Kershner, Bill Ray, Jeremy Maxwell, Bill Harrison, Scott Harrison, Seven Wiles, and Tim Wiles. Bonnie was born on June 7, 1928 in Mansfield, Texas to Charles Hubbard and Johnnie Gay Huggins Harrsion. Bonnie was raised in Mansfield, and graduated from Mansfield High School in 1945. Upon graduation from high school, Bonnie attended business school. She married Henry “Wayne” Harmon in 1946.

Tue
15
Nov

SAMMY DEE EVANS

Sammy Dee Evans, 63, of Clifton passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at his residence. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Grand Old Gospel Lighthouse, Clifton with Rev. George Watson officiating. Visitation was held Friday, November 11, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial at the Evans Family Cemetery. Sammy was a long time resident of Clifton., TX. After a courageous battle with cancer, Sammy passed away at his home in Clifton, TX, surrounded by many family and friends. Sammy was born and raised in San Saba, TX. He was a Truck Driver that enjoyed talking to whomever he meet in the many different states he had the privilege to drive across. He was one of fourteen children born to the late Lee Wilson and Mary Dee Evans and was the beloved husband of Chereta Evans for over 43 years 11 months.

Tue
15
Nov

EVA LEE PRINCE

Eva Lee Prince was born 1923 to Myrtle Charity Jacob/Alvin Hill Prince Sr. about 8 miles E-NE of Crawford, and 5 miles due south of China Spring. Her grandparents were Missouri Elizabeth “Lizzie” Chandler/Reuben Prince, also Baneta Everett/James Richmond Jacob. “Lizzie” Prince moved to Texas with her 6 children about 1900 following the death of husband Reuben in Newnan, Georgia, of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Three grandparents, both parents, and 4 of 7 of Eva Lee’s siblings interred in the Valley Mills cemetery. Richmond Frasier, grandfather of J R Jacob above, and early 1870 Bosque County School Superintendent interred in Oswald Cemetery east of Clifton, Texas. She was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church in Ocee, and attended a small finishing school for girls nearby. The Rev. Benjamin Oscar Herring and wife of Baylor were frequent house guests Sunday afternoons after his sermons at Shiloh.

Tue
15
Nov

LANNY ROSS FREEMAN

Lanny Ross Freeman, 70, of Beeville, Texas passed away November 11, 2016. Funeral services will be held at Clifton Funeral Home in Clifton on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM, with Rev. Mary Gean Cope officiating. Burial will follow at Clifton Memorial Park in Clifton. Lanny was born August 5, 1946 in Clifton to Ross E. and Marinelle Freeman. After the family transferred to Midland in 1959, Lanny graduated from Lee High School there in 1964. During the Vietnam War, he served his country in the United States Air Force in Thailand. He received an Honorable Discharge in May of 1970 as a Technical Sergeant, Commando Special Operations Group. Lanny then relocated to Louisiana, where he began his new job at Gulf Oil Corporation as a tanker truck driver. Upon leaving Gulf in 1973, he returned to Midland and began work as a mud logger for Brine Ad. In 1975, he relocated to Laredo and began his successful career as an independent geologist in the oil and gas industry.

Tue
08
Nov

Robert Hanes

Robert “Bob” Hanes, 82, of Clifton passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016, at Clifton Nursing and Rehabilitation. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, November 3, 2016, in the Clifton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at 1:30 PM at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at Clifton Funeral Home. Born on December 17, 1933, Bob was the son of Morris and Irene (Miller) Hanes. He served in the U. S. Army from 1957-59. Following the service, he worked as a postal carrier in Oklahoma City, OK for many years. At the early age of thirteen, he began playing golf which became his cherished hobby over the years. In his spare time, he also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and loved to listen to big band music and music from the 50’s and 60’s. A very loving, caring, and honest man, you always knew where Bob stood on an issue. He was of the Baptist faith. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Tue
08
Nov

Isla Ruth Ray

Isla Ruth Ray was born on December 8, 1926 in Cranfills Gap, Texas. She was one of three children born to George Forrest Ray and Mary Reierson Ray. She grew up in Bosque County and graduated from Clifton High School in 1945. She attended Clifton College prior to her marriage to Clifford Dyer. The couple was married on December 8, 1946. To this union were born three sons, Cliff, Edwin , and Bobby. She worked for many years as a daycare worker and also as a devoted housewife. Her husband was a mechanic most of his adult life. Her home was always open to her sons’ friends and she became a second mother to many of them because she treated them like family. She became a member of First Baptist in 1961 and worked in a variety of places in the church through the years. In recent years, she was an active member of the Esther Sunday School Class and was involved with her class in ministry projects and fellowships. She will be remembered for her gracious, kind, and humble spirit.

Tue
08
Nov

Marie Elizabeth Colby Shelton

Marie Elizabeth Colby Shelton, age 49, of Meridian passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Meridian, Texas. Funeral services were at 1:00 P.M., Monday, November 7, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Clifton, Texas with Dr. Jerry Smith officiated. Visitation was from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian.Pallbearers were Stephen Colby, Justin Owens, Bobby Richards, Mike Chovanec, Todd Hyatt, and Rosie Zapata. Honorary Pallbearers were Joe Chovanec and Ronny Owens. Marie Elizabeth Colby was born on October 21, 1967 in Garden Grove, California to Leo E. and Mary Lou Dickson Colby. She was raised and graduated school in Apple Valley, California. While in high school she played in the band, volleyball, basketball, and ran track. She received a full scholarship for volleyball to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Marie has lived in California, Arizona, Kansas, Georgia, Colorado, and Texas.

Tue
08
Nov

Elsie Ann Jennings

Elsie Ann Jennings passed away Oct. 29, 2016 at her home in Eden Hill Communities in New Braunfels, Texas. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 5, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, Clifton, TX. Visitation was Friday, November 4, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial at Clifton Memorial Park. She was born Jan. 2, 1915 on a farm near Coryell City, Texas. She lived 101 years, 9 months and 27 days before passing peacefully. She was the 3rd of 8 children born to Ernest and Anne Symank. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Coryell City and finished her public education at Gatesville High School before going to Kings Daughters Hospital in Temple for Nurses Training. After completing her training she went to San Angelo Texas where she met Marion Dewey Jennings who she married in 1938. She worked at the Clinic Hospital before becoming the Office Nurse for Dr. Charles Englkng until her retirement in 1976.

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