Obituaries

Tue
17
Jan

David Stallard

David Stallard went home to Jesus on Jan. 13, 2017, after 91 years on this Earth.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Friday (July 20) at Clifton Funeral Home, with services at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Pastors Eddie Booth and Rusty Penney will officiate.

David was born June 26, 1925, the ninth of 10 children in a struggling farm family in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. His earliest memories included going trapping with his mother to provide food in the Depression. His love of the outdoors endured, and he fished and hunted the rest of his life.

Early on, he saw the military as the path out of poverty. He lied about his age to enter a military program in Virginia but was found out weeks later and sent home. Then came World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater, including Saipan, in the Army Air Force.

Tue
17
Jan

Janice Diane Turner

Janice Diane Turner, age 66 of Meridian, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017, in Clifton, after a decades-long battle with diabetes.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Clifton Church of Christ with minister Steve Countryman officiating. Burial was in the Meridian Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jared Cosper, Casey Cosper, Jeremy Leverett, Mike St. Clair, Wilford Don Roberts, and Charles Grady Roberts.

Janice was born in Beaumont, Texas on June 10, 1950 to Edwin James and Mary Jo Betts. She was the oldest of three children. Growing up in a military family, she lived in many places including Beaumont, Meridian, Everman, Fort Worth, Alamogordo, New Mexico, Wichita, Kansas, Dallas, and even a stint in Wurzburg, Germany while her father was stationed abroad following World War II.

Tue
17
Jan

Roy E. Vick

Roy E. Vick, 96, of Waco passed away at Ridgecrest Retirement and Healthcare on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial at Clifton Memorial Park.

Roy E. Vick was born on August 30, 1921 to Johnnie Willie Vick and Linnie Lorene (Harmon) Vick in Wylie, Texas. The son of a sharecropper and farmer, he relocated frequently during his youth throughout the South Texas and Gulf Coast regions of Texas. When he was sixteen years old, his father died leaving Roy, the oldest son, to continue the farming duties of his father, while going to school. After graduating from high school, he, his mother and his brothers and sisters relocated to a farm east of El Campo, Texas.

Tue
17
Jan

Theogene Luke Lavergne

Theogene Luke “T. L.” Lavergne, 93, of Clifton passed away Friday, December 30, 2016, at Goodall-Witcher Hospital. No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements were under the direction of Clifton Funeral Home.

T. L. was born October 8, 1923, in Church Point, LA to Joseph Austin and Edna Marie (Boudreaux) Lavergne. He grew up and graduated high school in Church Point. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany near the end of World War II. Upon his return from the service, he moved to Washington State where he went to work for the civil service. He later worked for the Santa Fe Railroad until his retirement. For the past 25 years, he had made Clifton his home.

Tue
10
Jan

Moises Aaron Serrano

Moises Aaron Serrano age 5, of Meridian, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at his residence with his loving family by his side.

Funeral services were Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the First United Pentecostal Church in Meridian. Bro. Phil Murphy, Bro. Raymond D. Sims, Bro. Theo Heartsill, and Bro. James Webb will officiate. Burial was at the Morgan Cemetery in Morgan, Texas. Visitation was Friday, January 6, 2017 at the First United Pentecostal Church in Meridian. Serving as pallbearers were Diego Duran, Jose Martinez, Fernando Duran, Jarron Sims, Jersain Duran, Anthony Serrano, Gavin Sims, and Jonathan Serrano.

Tue
10
Jan

Elaine Moore

Betty Elaine Moore, 79, of Cranfills Gap passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 at her residence. Funeral services were Monday, January 9, 2017 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Ryan Pederson officiating. Visitation was prior to the service at the church. Burial at Boggy Cemetery.

Elaine was born on February 10, 1937 to Ovie and Betty Huse. She attended school in Cranfills Gap where she graduated in 1955. She married Dalton Moore on January 19, 1957. Life took them to Kansas City, Missouri and Muskogee, Oklahoma before returning home to Texas in 1966. She went to work as an accountant for Texas Industries in 1966 and retired in 2000 after 34 years of service.

Tue
10
Jan

Mildred Inez Hammock

Mildred Inez Hammock, 88, of Clifton passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Waco. Funeral services were Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Clint Schofield officiating. Visitation was Monday, January 9, 2017 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial at Turnersville Cemetery.

Mildred “Midge” was born on May 2, 1928 in Seymour, TX to S.D. (Buck) and Beulah Knight Wallace. She finished high school at Seymour High and then attended Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where she obtained her degree in Secretarial Science in 1950.

She began her career working for Humble Oil. She then married Jess G. Hammock, Jr on October 5, 1963, and they began their lives together in Dallas. They later opened up their life-long public accounting firm in Clifton, TX which ran from 1966-2015.

Tue
03
Jan

Juanita Felan Tarango

Juanita Felan Tarango, age 85 of Meridian, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 in Meridian, Texas. Funeral services were 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian with Rev. Richard Creech officiated. Visitation was from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home. Interment was at the Meridian Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Rubin Felan, Jehramy Felan, Brian Bason, Billy Tarango, Felix Morrones, and Jonathan Vasquez. Juanita Felan was born on January 2, 1930 in Evant, Texas to Melquides and Estafana Garza Felan. She married Sixto Alvarado “Cecil” Tarango on September 29, 1947 in Meridian, Texas. To this marriage 4 children were born. Juanita worked at Popst Manufacturing for 2 years. She then started working at Walls Sewing Factory in Clifton. Juanita was a sewing machine operator at Walls from 1966- 1991. After she left Walls she then started working for a cleaning service.

Tue
03
Jan

Margie Darrene Morris

Margie Darrene Morris, age 82, a resident of Whitney passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 22, 2016 in Waco, TX. Margie was born on August 24, 1934 in Itasca, TX to Houston and Ruby (Powell) Frederick. Darrene was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her passion in life was her family, especially the grandchildren. She loved to sit on the back porch and watch the humming birds. She also had a semi-tamed deer that she named Tinkerbell. Margie took care of and babied Tinkerbell, waiting on the porch to feed that deer nightly. She was deeply loved and will be missed immensely. Those left behind to cherish her memory include her husband of 61 years, Tommy Morris; her children, Judy Ann Aguon and husband David Ray, Carol Jean McBee and husband Randy and Tommy Lee Morris and wife Lisa Ann; three grandchildren, Joshua and Jake McBee and Mistell Buckaloo and husband Rocky and 12 great grandchildren.

Tue
03
Jan

Katherine Elizabeth Bennett Levy

Katherine Elizabeth Bennett Levy age 92, of Walnut Springs, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Glen Rose Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Lawson Memorial Chapel in Walnut Springs. A visitation was held from noon until service time. Brady Dempsey and Rev. Richard Trotter officiated. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. Serving as pallbearers were John Uloth, Ray Uloth, Frank Heilman, Charles Heilman, Aaron Joseph Mills, and Billy Hildreth. Katherine Elizabeth Bennet was born on August 9, 1924 in Houston, Texas to Lesley Earl and Kate Eliza Uloth Bennet. But her story actually begins in Walnut Springs where her mother Kate Eliza Uloth Bennett was born, the fourth of eleven children. This was the first generation of Uloths born in America.

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