Obituaries

Wed
17
Aug

William Ray Shields, Jr.

William Ray (Bill) Shields Jr. entered heaven on August 8, 2016. A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 13, at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Bill was born to Ray and Christine Shields on August 12, 1947 in Odessa Texas. They moved to the Lake Whitney area in 1957 and he graduated from Meridian High School in 1965. In 1969 he married Sandra Jackson and from that union Natalie Renee was born. In September 1976 he married Ellen Sommerfeld and they had two daughters, Nikki and Rebecca. Bill was an antique collector and co-founder of the Laguna Park Flea Market. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t sell to anyone. His love for sports in high school led him to try out for the Houston Astros as a pitcher. The two things he loved the most, besides family, were being outdoors hunting and fireworks. He sold fireworks every Fourth of July and Christmas for almost 50 years in Laguna Park.

Wed
17
Aug

Robert Allen Hamilton

Robert Alan Hamilton, 45, of Clifton, passed away into the arms of Jesus on Friday, August 12, 2016 in Waco, Texas, with his loving wife by his side. Funeral services for Robert are scheduled for 2:00 p. m., Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian, Texas. Interment will follow in the Clifton Memorial Cemetery, Clifton, Texas. A visitation will be held from 12:30 p. m until the service beginning at 2:00 P. M. Mr. Hamilton was born March 20, 1971 in Fort Worth, Texas to Roxie (Shaw) Hamilton and Kenneth Hamilton. He was raised and attended schools in Fort Worth, and moved to the Lake Whitney area in 2000. Robert was a certified Ford diesel mechanic, having worked at Cleburne Ford, Jeff England, and Main Street Elite. He loved being outdoors and grew up hunting and fishing. He especially loved hunting and fishing with his Dad and Grandpa, and in recent years with his wife, Robin.

Wed
10
Aug

Ernest Elmo Harvey

Ernest Elmo Harvey was born on December 2, 1927 in Norse, TX. He was the 10th child born to Marvin and Ida Harvey. Elmo was better known by his nickname “Percy” as he was growing up. He attended Clifton schools, participating in all sports. He graduated in 1946. He was a very loyal Clifton Cub supporter all his life. He was an encyclopedia of sports; always citing games scores, stats, key plays, rookie performances, and the like. Elmo was a man of strong faith and was ordained as a deacon on February 26, 2012. He visibly practiced his faith and was a “prayer warrior” on a daily basis. Elmo married Carrol Jean White on September 17, 1948. His early working years were spent at Kimbell Milling Company in Clifton, TX. After a few years, he was employed at Phillips Petroleum Company in McGregor, TX, later to become Rocketdyne, and eventually Hercules Inc. He retired from Hercules after 35 plus years of service.

Wed
03
Aug

Ronald E. Brooks

Ronald E. Brooks was born in Muskeegan, Michigan to Floyd and Mary Brooks who have preceded him in death. Ronald lived in Cranfills Gap since 2012 and enjoyed having his coffee in the morning with his farmer friends. He has left behind his wife of 54 years, Barbara, two children Ron (Kathi) Brooks Jr and Karen (Joe) Hines. Also, five  

Wed
03
Aug

Monty Jay Belvin

 

Monty Jay Belvin, 44, died July 26, 2016, at his home. Monty was born February 19, 1972 in Killeen, TX to E.J. and Janice Belvin. He attended school in Clifton. In school, Monty was involved in FFA showing cattle at Central TX Fair and all other major shows. He was also on the football team from Jr. High all the way through High School. He graduated in 1991. Monty worked as a mechanic and in equipment maintenance most of his adult life. Graveside service was held July 30, 2016 at 3 PM, Live Oak Cemetery in Hamilton, TX. Monty was preceded in death by one brother, Jason Belvin and his grandparents. Left to cherish Monty’s memories are his parents, E.J. and Janice Belvin of Clifton; brother, Troy Belvin of Ft. Worth; daughter, Brittany and husband Justin Ketchum of China Spring; sons, Ty Belvin of Henderson, and Coby Goains of Gatesville. He is also survived by one granddaughter, Kaelyn Ketchum. 

 

Wed
03
Aug

Daniel Mathias Reierson

Daniel Mathias Reierson, 38 of Cranfills Gap passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016. He was born November 14, 1977 to Iris and Joel Cox. At 4 ½ years of age, he was adopted by Kenneth Reierson and was raised by Iris and Kenneth. Daniel graduated from Cranfills Gap High School in 1996 as salutatorian. He was very proud of his perfect attendance throughout his school years as well as at Sunday school at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Daniel worked as a carpenter and was very skilled at this profession. His work was superb. On 11-11-11, he married Julie Barree and from this union Maddie Kay and Samuel Mathias were born. Daniel loved his family and children beyond words. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ruth and R.C. Reierson and great uncle and aunt, B.T. and Aline Hamby.

Wed
27
Jul

Ronald E. Brooks

Ronald E. Brooks was born in Muskeegan, Michigan to Floyd and Mary Brooks who have preceded him in death. Ronald lived in Cranfills Gap since 2012 and enjoyed having his coffee in the morning with his farmer friends. He has left behind his wife of 54 years, Barbara, two children Ron (Kathi) Brooks Jr and Karen (Joe) Hines. Also, five grandchildren; Chris and Thomas Brooks, Kenneth (Suni), Kourtney (JD), and Matthew Moore. Also seven great grandchildren, Haylee, Delaney, Randy, Sky, Ryker, Kimber and baby Moore on way. Also, two sisters; Cheri Bale of Florida and Christine Ball of Illinois. Ron served in the United States Army from 1960-1963. Retired from Homeland Security in 2005. A memorial service was held at their home Sunday July 24. Ron will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Wed
20
Jul

George Dewey Ratliff

Dewey loved the song, “I Can Only Imagine.” No longer will he imagine “…… what it will be like to walk by His side.” Dewey transitioned to his eternal home, July 11, 2016 at about 10 p.m. surrounded by his family. George Dewey Ratliff, Jr., having completed his list of earthly missions, was called home by his Lord God defeating pancreatic cancer July 11, 2016. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Bosque County Courthouse in Meridian, Texas. Dewey Ratliff was born March 21, 1951 in Kentucky to George Dewey Ratliff, Sr. and mother, Alma Whitaker Ratliff. They moved to South Bend, Indiana, the next year. He and his wife, Julie Pederson, came to Bosque County in 1995 moving to the family farm at Norse. He found he had arrived home. A committed family man, Ratliff married Julie Pederson in Farmersville, Texas, April 8, 1989, and was blessed with three children: Ann, Caleb and Christian.

Wed
13
Jul

Helene Clark

Helene “Leni” Clark, age 86, of Walnut Springs, passed away Monday morning, July 4, 2016, in a Waco care facility. A graveside funeral service was held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 7, in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. Pastor Dewayne Sims officiated. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m.., Wednesday, July 6, in the Lawson Memorial Chapel, 6th and Norway Streets, Walnut Springs. Leni was born December 12, 1929, in Nurnberg, West Germany where she was educated. She moved to the United States in 1955. On February 18, 1956, she married A. B. “Junior” Clark in Granbury, Texas. She moved to Walnut Springs where she lived the remainder of her life. Leni worked for several years as a medication aide at a local nursing home. She attended the Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Friderick and Anna Seitz Buttner; brother, George Buttner; husband, Junior Clark, and a grandson, Justin Clark.

Wed
13
Jul

Mervin L. Spitzer

Mervin L. “Fuzz” Spitzer, age 89, of Meridian, passed away early Monday morning, July 4, 2016 in Meridian, Texas. Funeral services were 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Meridian with Rev. Henry Radde and Rev. Daniel Hawkins officiated Interment was at the Clifton Memorial Park. Visitation was from 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Pallbearers were Michael Spitzer, Gary Fossett, Loyd Fossett, Darrell Goains, Dean Engle, and Jason Engle. Mervin L. Spitzer was born on February 17, 1927 in Perry, Texas to Ernest and Alma Stark Spitzer. He married Bobbye Wilcox on February 24, 1950 in Clifton, Texas. Together they had one son, Tommy Spitzer. Fuzz worked for Erath County Electric Cooperative presently known as United Cooperative Services where he worked as lineman and area foreman for 34 years. He had served on the Meridian City Council for 20 years; on Meridian I. S. D.

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