Obituaries

Wed
14
Sep

Bill Key

Bill Key, 89, of Clifton, Texas, passed away Monday, September 5. A funeral service was held on Friday, September 9, at the First Presbyterian Church in Clifton with the Reverend Clint Schofield officiating. Burial followed at Clifton Memorial Cemetery. was Thursday, September 8, at Clifton Funeral Home. Born May 4, 1927 in Fort Worth, Texas, Bill was the son of Dr. William Frank Key, Sr. and Lena Mae Estill. He graduated from Paschal High School in 1944. Following high school graduation, he entered the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1947. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a B. A. in biology in 1949. He attended medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, graduating in 1953. In Fort Worth he met and married Alma Caroline Geren in 1955. They moved to Mason, Texas, where Bill practiced medicine and Alma taught high school English. In 1956 the couple moved to Clifton, where Dr. Key joined Goodall-Witcher Hospital and Clinic.

Wed
07
Sep

Jesse James Jones

Jesse Jones, 91, of Walnut Springs, left this earthly life peacefully, in the early morning hours of August 22, 2016, after a long illness. No arrangements have been made at this time. Jesse James Jones was born on February 6, 1925, in Waco, Texas to Jesse and Maude Della McRay Jones. He grew up and was educated in the central Texas area, graduating from Clifton High School. He showed his love of Country by serving in the United States Army Air Corps as a tail gunner in a B-25 as well as a B-24 Liberator in the Pacific Theater in WWII. After returning from the service, he moved to Walnut Springs where he met the love of his life, Thelma Ruth Caddell. They were united in marriage on May 14, 1947 and made their home in Walnut Springs. After retiring from the aircraft industry, he enjoyed many things including working in his Sharp All Shop, mowing, helping friends and family in any way he could, and attending live music shows with his wife.

Wed
07
Sep

Jon Stephen Hoffpauir

Jon Stephen Hoffpauir went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2016. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at First Baptist Church, Clifton with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Steve was born in his home in the Heights area of Houston, Texas on November 20, 1935. He was the son of Dorothy Stephens Hoffpauir and Winan Joseph Hoffpauir. He graduated from Milby High School of Houston and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he was the President of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. The majority of Steve’s career was spent in the energy and petro chemical industry. He also followed his passion for food by venturing in several restaurant enterprises, which included Vice President/Director of Franchise for Mr. Gatti’s. Steve was an avid reader who loved history and poetry. He was an active member of the Bosque Art Center and the BAC Culinary Club where he recently was awarded The Grand Champion of “Men Who Cook”.

Wed
31
Aug

Elizabeth Woosley

Elizabeth (Liz) Woosley, age 78, of Meridian, passed away late Monday evening, August 22, 2016, in a Waco, Texas hospital due to complications following surgery. Mrs. Woosley was 78 years old. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 27, in the Meridian Church of Christ with Minister Drew Hyde officiating. Private, family only, burial was in the Meridian Cemetery. A visitation was held from 5:30 until 7:00 P.M., Friday, at Lawson Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers were Cody Woosley, Corey Woosley, Josh Woosley, Jake Woosley, David Bogart, Les Bogart, Troy Latson, and Todd Murphy. Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Woosley was born on February 8, 1938 in Benevidez, Texas to her parents, John G. and Louise Bogart. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1956 where she was a member of the Abilene High School Eagle band. She married Henry Woosley in 1957.

Wed
31
Aug

Mary Ruth Paulson

Mary Ruth Paulson, age 88, of Cranfills Gap, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in a Hamilton nursing facility. Funeral services were held Friday, August 26, 2016 at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap with Rev. Herb Lammert officiating. Interment was in the St. Olaf Rock Church Cemetery. A visitation was held Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Pallbearers were Will Paulson, Ricky Paulson, Christopher Paulson, Mark Paulson, Sidney Paulson, and Tabitha Paulson. Mary Ruth Paulson was born November 4, 1926 on her grandparents farm, 5 miles west of Meridian, to Pete and Selma Amundson Paulson. She attended school in Meridian. She married Chris Matthew Paulson, Jr. on February 4, 1949 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Norse.

Wed
31
Aug

Olivia Carrillo Berecca

Funeral services for Olivia Carrillo Becerra, 39, of Joshua, Texas was Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 304 Charles Street, Morgan, Texas 76671. Burial followed in Morgan Cemetery. The Rosary was said. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Rosser Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers were Javier Carrillo, Jesus Carrillo, Jr., Jose Carrillo, Antonio Lira, Jesus Alejandro Lira and Francisco Saenz. Honorary pallbearers were Alejandro Rodriquez and Albert Solano. Ms. Becerra passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born in Cleburne, Texas on September 29, 1976, the daughter of Rosa Maria and Jesus Carrillo. She was employed at Indicom Buildings. Ms. Becerra was preceded in death by her mother, Rosa Maria Carrillo de Becerra. She is survived by her sons, George Enrique Perez, Cesar Luis Perez and Luis David Ortiz; daughter, Maria Annebell Perez; father, Jesus Carrillo; brothers, Jose C.

Wed
31
Aug

Julie K. Green of Cranfills Gap

Julie K. Green of Cranfills Gap, Texas went to be with her lord and savior on Aug 12, 2016. Julie was at home with her family. Julie was born July 10th 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas. She is survived by her partner David Sorely, her son George Green, her daughters Lisa Green and Raine and Rosa Green-Page; her brothers: Walter and Luther Morgan; sister Lillie Flowers; grandchildren Casey Raine, Sarah Page, Jacob Page ,Megan Burnet, Colvin Burnet; five grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren and many friends. A Celebration of Life was held on Aug 27 at Cranfills Gap Community Center Cranfills Gap, Texas

Wed
24
Aug

Amy Deanna Mantooth Adams

Amy Deanna Mantooth Adams, age 44, passed away on August 16, 2016 in Glen Rose, Texas. Funeral services were held Friday, August 19, 2016 at the First United Pentecostal Family Church in Cleburne, Texas with Rev. Dewaun Ashley, Bishop F.L. Ashley, Rev. W.C. Roach, and Rev. K. Colegrove officiating. Interment was in the Brazos Point Cemetery in Brazos Point. A reception followed the burial at the Brazos Point Church fellowship hall. A visitation was held Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Pallbearers were Lesley Jameson, Scott Tacker, Mark Tacker, Otis Vaughn, Larry Williams, Theo Heartsill, and David Doss. Amy Deanna Mantooth was born on May 12, 1972 in Cleburne, Texas to Harvey Lee and Sandra Joyce Barnes Mantooth. She attended and graduated from Glen Rose High School. Shortly after graduating from high school Deanna started working in the banking business. While still in school she attended the Vine Life United Pentecostal Church in Glen Rose.

Wed
24
Aug

Anita J. Griffin Armstrong

Anita J. Griffin Armstrong, 83, a longtime resident of Meridian, Texas, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Waco, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Armstrong were held on Monday afternoon, August 22, 2016, at 2:00 P.M., in the Meridian First United Methodist Church with the pastors, Rev. Daniel Hawkins and Rev. Richard Creech officiating. Pallbearers were Darren Dunn, Kenneth Radde, Don Bice, and Paul Hardcastle. Anita J. Armstrong was born September 10, 1932 in Dallas, Texas to Lawrence Griffin and Uda Lee Climmer Griffin. She attended schools in Dallas and after graduating from high school she attended college. In 1952 Anita married Allan Anson Armstrong in Dallas, where Allan worked for a bank. In 1953 the young couple moved to Meridian, Texas where they made their permanent home, and Allan worked as a Supervisor for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, retiring in 1990.

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.

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