Obituaries

Tue
03
Jan

Dorothy Josey Owen

Dorothy Josey Owen, 85, of Granbury, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in a Fort Worth Hospital. Graveside funeral services were held at 11:00 A. M., Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the Meridian Cemetery, S. Hill Street, Meridian, Texas, with Aaron Kenagy officiating. Dorothy Louise Josey was born January 26, 1931 in Meridian, Texas to William McNeill Josey and Addie Bell White Josey. She was raised in Meridian and attended Meridian Elementary and Meridian High School. On February 18, 1949, Dorothy became the bride of Roy Leon Owen in Weatherford, Texas. After marriage, in 1949, the young couple moved to Fort Worth where they remained until 1989 when they retired and moved to Granbury, Texas to make their home. During the time they lived in Fort Worth, Dorothy worked as a school secretary in the Fort Worth Public Schools and was a Para-Professional for the Fort Worth Independent School District system.

Tue
03
Jan

Betty Sue Johannes

Betty Sue Johannes, age 83, of Clifton and a former resident of Meridian, passed away early Thursday morning, December 29, 2016, in the Lutheran Sunset Home in Clifton. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M.Saturday, January 7, 2017, in the Faith Lutheran Church in Meridian, Rev. Herb Lammert officiating. Private family only interment will be in the St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery (Rock Church) near Cranfills Gap. Betty Sue Urban was born March 16, 1933, in Kilgore, Texas, a daughter of the late Albert Emil Ludwig Urban and Fanny Mae Streety Urban. She was raised in the Kilgore area and grew up in the oil fields of East Texas. She moved to Cuero at an early age where she finished high school. She attended college at Victoria Junior College and later at Texas Lutheran College where she met and married Allen Bruce Johannes on August 1, 1954, in Cuero, Texas. The couple shared 62 years of marriage. Betty taught school for over 40 years.

Tue
03
Jan

Carl Cooper Gilbert, Jr.

Carl Cooper Gilbert, Jr., 75, of Meridian, TX, died Dec. 26, 2016, in Clifton, TX. Visitation will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Chaplain Monty Mongomery officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. Mr. Gilbert was born Aug. 12, 1941, in Dallas, TX, to Carl Cooper Sr. and Pauline Gilbert . On Nov. 27, 1981, he was married to Patsy Allen in Conroe. He was in the Navy eight years, serving on the USS Tinosa submarine on the east coast between Cuba and Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Mr. Gilbert was retired from the Houston Police Department having served 35 years in the accident division. He was a member of Meridian First United Methodist Church of Meridian. He was an avid fan of the Houston Oilers and later the Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers and enjoyed golfing and grilling steaks.

Tue
27
Dec

Don Tergerson

Don Tergerson passed away on December 23, 2016. He was born in the Mustang Community near Cranfills Gap,Texas on September 11, 1927 to Clarence and Drucilla Tergerson. Upon graduating Cranfills Gap High School he joined the Merchant Marines and served until 1945. He then enlisted in the Army and served in the Philippines until 1947. He married Nelda Swenson June 27, 1948. Armed with a tremendous work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit, Don and Nelda moved to Midland in 1949 where he began marketing eggs to local grocery stores. That business grew into Tergerson Fine Foods and eventually Phoenix Fine Foods, a wholesale food distributorship supplying restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities in Midland-Odessa and throughout West Texas. Don was a faithful servant to God and his community. He was a founding member of Midland Lutheran Church serving on numerous boards and committees. He was a member of the Midland Lions Club with 25 years of perfect attendance.

Tue
27
Dec

Irene Miihlhause Schulze

Irene Miihlhause Schulze, 88, of Mosheim, passed away peacefully at Providence Health Center in Waco on Saturday morning, December 24, 2016 surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton led by Pastor Clayton McCord. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m., December 27, 2016, prior to the funeral. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Clifton, Texas. Irene was born April 18, 1928 in her family home near Mosheim, Texas to the late Otto and Helen (Hoehn) Miihlhause, the third of four sisters. She was baptized May 27, 1928 at St John Lutheran Church, Coryell City and confirmed there on April 6, 1941. Irene attended school at Concord from 1934- 1938, a one-room schoolhouse on property adjacent to the Miihlhause farm. After the Concord school closed, Irene attended school in Turnersville and graduated in 1945. Irene completed further education at the Four C Business College in Waco in 1946.

Wed
21
Dec

Pat Freels

Pat Freels, 87, of Clifton, passed away on December 13, 2016. A graveside service under the direction of Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Hillcrest Garden of Memory near Hillsboro. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016, at the funeral home. We have lost a missing link to our great family, the one that kept us all in line and told us how the “cow ate the cabbage.” Patsy Ruth Freels was born on March 5, 1929, in Waco, to Clarence and Juanita (Maddox) Brooks. Most of her life was spent in Fort Worth and Dallas where she worked at Oak Farms Dairy and for 20 years as a bookkeeper at the Parker Foundation. She loved to garden, dance and take fishing trips to the coast. She died in her own home just as she wished. Many thanks to her three sons, and also to Michelle, Crystal and Rebecca for all their help and guidance. Mamaw will be missed by many, but never forgotten.

Wed
21
Dec

Betty Myers

Betty Myers, age 85, of Morgan, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in Waco, Texas.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian with Rev. Kenneth Stevens and Steve Merrill officiated. Burial was at the Kimball Cemetery near Kopperl. Viewing was from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Keith Harris, Kent Harris, Kelly Harris, Mike Rich, Ronnie Sumners, and Jerry Sumners.

Betty Jo Harris was born on October 23, 1931 in Morgan, Texas to Sterling and Fannie Mae Terry Harris. She was raised and educated in Morgan. Betty worked at the Cow Pasture Bank in Rio Vista for 35 years. She was a song director at the First Baptist Church in Morgan for 15 years. Betty married Clifford J. Myers on July 1, 1950 in Valley Mills, Texas. Together they had one son Stanley. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Tue
13
Dec

Jean Josey

Jean Josey, 88, of Clifton passed away Monday evening, December 5, 2016 at Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton. Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 9, at the Clifton Funeral Home Chapel in Clifton with Pastor Tater Paschal of the Bosque County Cowboy Church officiating. Burial will follow at Clifton Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, December 8, at the funeral home. Jean was born on September 8, 1928 in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She was the daughter of John Albert “Big Daddy” and Hazel (Middleton) Warren. She lived in Yazoo City until moving to Meridian, Texas at the age of 17. She lived there for the next 15 years until returning to Mississippi for 4 years. At that point, she returned “home” to Texas for good. For a number of years, she lived in Cranfills Gap, among other Central Texas communities, before settling in Clifton to be near family. Among her many interests, she loved to read and crochet.

Tue
06
Dec

Eva Lee Schulz

Eva Lee Schulz (nee 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
06
Dec

Clarence Delbert Rogers

Clarence Delbert “Sie” Rogers, 81, of Clifton passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016, at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Grace Memorial Baptist Church.

Born March 12, 1935 in Canyon, where he was raised, Clarence was the son of Clarence Carl and Edith (Hicks) Rogers. On May 25, 1957, he married Glenda Lavell Sweet. They had two sons, Rick and Rusty Rogers.

For 16 years, Clarence worked for the Texas State Highway Department in Amarillo as head mechanic. He later transferred to the Hillsboro office where he worked for 14 years, retiring in 1994. From 1980-2009, he and his family lived in Whitney and moved to Clifton in August of 2009.

Clarence was an artist and enjoyed painting. He also loved the outdoors, was an avid gardener, and liked to fish. He was a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church.

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