Obituaries

Wed
30
Mar

Betty Ann Reavis

Betty Ann Reavis, 62, of Clifton went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Friday, April 1, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Clifton Cemetery. Guests are asked to wear bright colors to honor Betty’s bright and cheerful personality. Betty was born and raised in Clifton, Texas, the daughter of Gerald Sormrude and Betty Hunt Sormrude. Betty is preceded in death by her first husband John Fanelli who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Betty later married Gary Reavis, and had a daughter Kimberly Reavis. Betty was a member of First United Methodist Church where in her early years she taught Sunday school. Betty became a nurse and worked at the Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home. Throughout her life, Betty enjoyed helping others in any capacity. She was full of life even as she struggled with her own health remaining strong until the end. She was known for being outspoken, funny and compassionate.

Wed
30
Mar

Doland Layne Olson

Doland Layne Olson of Cranfills Gap, Texas passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the William R Courtney, State Veterans Home in Temple, TX. Visitation was at Clifton Funeral Home, the service was be held at St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church, Cranfills Gap, Texas on Tuesday, March 29. Graveside service followed at the Rock Church Cemetery, Cranfills Gap. Doland is survived by one sister Francis Earle of Metairie, LA and his twin brother, Roland Olson of Whitney, TX, sister in law Linda Olson of Little River-Academy, TX, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He served in the United States Army in Korea in 1959. Doland was a graduate of East Texas State University with work at Texas A&M. He was employed by the Texas Department of Agriculture where he served as a supervisor.

Tue
22
Mar

Frances Louise Homerstad

Frances Louise Loper Homerstad, 95, of Clifton passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Norse. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Norse Cemetery. Frances was born and raised in Mosheim, TX, the daughter of Oscar Loper and Sarah Henderson Loper. She attended Clifton Junior College, where she met John Homerstad. She said she knew from the moment they met that they would marry, which they did at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Norse, TX, on August 31, 1941. They were married for more than 65 years until his death in 2006. She went with her husband wherever his calling took them, including Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota. After pastoring in Minnesota, they took their two young children to Japan, where they had two more children and served as Lutheran missionaries for 17 years.

Tue
22
Mar

Brayden Coverdale

Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend, Brayden Coverdale, 21 - a 2012 Stephenville High School graduate, former Tarleton State University student and athlete, passed away unexpectedly, March 14, 2016. While at Stephenville High School, He was awarded all-state honors as a defensive back for the Yellow Jacket football team and involved in other extracurricular activities. During his time at SHS he helped his team to the regional finals as a junior and senior; made the DFW Super Team as a senior; Padilla Poll first-team all-state; THSCA second- team all-state and THSWA honorable mention all-state in 2011; THSCA academic all-state in football and baseball; and lettered in football, baseball, track and golf. After high school he went on to play football at Tarleton State University as a reserve for multiple positions, where in 2014 he was honored with the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He recently transferred to Texas Tech.

Tue
22
Mar

Fletcher Lynn Autrey

Retired cabinetmaker Fletcher Lynn Autrey, age 62, of Meridian joined the Lord on March 14, 2016. Celebration of life for Mr. Autrey will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Windy Ryon Area in Saginaw, Texas: 6201 Windy Ryon Way, Saginaw, Texas 76179. He was a beloved brother, son, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend to many. Mr. Autrey was born on May 8, 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas where he lived until he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and lived in Kansas for over 30 years before returning to Texas in 2011. He is preceded in death by his father, Cantrell Autrey.

Wed
16
Mar

George B. Arnold, Jr.

George Beggs Arnold Jr., 59, of Clifton passed away March 10, 2016 at his residence. Graveside services are on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 1:00p.m. at Clifton Cemetery, with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Born July 13, 1956 in Bosque County, George was the son of George B. Arnold and Ruth (Johle) Arnold. On January 21, 1976, he was united in marriage to Darlene Meyer. They had two children, George Beggs Arnold III (Trey) and Breana Nicole (Arnold) Via. On June 22, 1995, George welcomed his second daughter, Brandi Nicole Arnold. In the early 70’s George worked for the telephone construction company, Wilco Inc., that was owned and managed by Woodrow Meyer. He also owned and managed Arnold Motors in Clifton Texas, as well as other successful enterprises. George was a real estate developer and worked diligently at developing and building into what is now known as Oak Run Subdivision in Clifton, Texas. George was a member of Zion United Church in Womack, Texas, where he was also baptized.

Wed
09
Mar

Jeffa Odgen Dettinger

Jeffa Odgen Dettinger passed from this life on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the age of 92 in Louisville, Colorado. The burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA Born December 25, 1923 in Morgan Texas, Jeffa Ogden Dettinger grew up on a farm outside of Meridian, TX and graduated from Meridian High School in 1941. After graduation, she moved to Ft Worth, where she met her first husband, Jack Cook, a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He was shot down and killed over Germany in 1944. Jeffa went to work at Carswell AFB after the war, and met her second husband, Ryan Taylor, from Burleson, TX. Ryan was a navigator and bombadier on B-24s during WWII and completed 36 missions over Europe. Jeffa and Ryan enjoyed 47 years together, traveling the world while he was an officer in the US Air Force. Ryan passed away in San Antonio, TX, where he and Jeffa retired. Jeffa then moved to Virginia to be near her daughter and her family.

Wed
09
Mar

James Kenneth “J.K.” Fulton

James Kenneth “J.K.” Fulton, age 83, of Meridian passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Funeral services were held Friday, March 4, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Meridian. Interment was at the Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas. Rev. Charles Collett and Rev. Brandon Carter officiated. A visitation for family and friends was held at the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian. Pallbearers were Emil Fritz, Mike Fritz, Doug Fritz, Tony Frizt, Chad Giles, Virgil Curtis, Joe McAninch, and Donna O’Neal. J.K. was born on December 19, 1932 in Alvarado, Texas to James Carl and Ora Lee Williams Fulton. He graduated from the Memphis High School. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 40 years in Fort Worth, Texas. He retired from Southwestern Bell and moved to Meridian in 1991. He was a very active and faithful member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Meridian.

Wed
09
Mar

Charles William Kelley

Charles William Kelley, 73, of Clifton passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Grand Old Gospel Lighthouse Church. Donnie Ringo and Pastor Bobby Dickey officiated the service. Visitation was held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial at Clifton Memorial Park. Born November 28, 1942 in San Saba, TX, Charles was the son of Charles and Mamie Kelley. On February 7, 1960, he married Elizabeth JoAnn Evans in Granbury, TX. They had four children, Charles Lee, William Clayton, James Aubrey and Frieda Sue. Buddy was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, always taking care of his family first. He loved his family and God. He helped build the Grand Old Gospel Lighthouse Church and cut the cross that hangs on the wall. He was always teasing and encouraging us. He will be missed by many.

Wed
09
Mar

Joe Marchman

Joe Marchman, age 83, of Meridian, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at his residence after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 5, 2016, in the Meridian First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Wilson and Rev. Richard Creech officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs, Texas. Serving as his pallbearers were Houston Marchman, Joe Marchman, Jr., Sam Scholl, Grayson Phillips, Tiny Allen, and Kevin Hilderbrand. Joe was born September 25, 1932, in Meridian. He was a son of the late Herschel V. and Mary Ruth Rosenquist Marchman. Joe was a graduate of SMU in 1957. He was the first city manager for the City of Plano, Texas beginning in 1958. Joe was a pioneer and developer for Plano. He created the Western Heritage Sale with Gov. John Connally, Louis Pearce, Tio Kleburg, Bobby Shelton and Bill Burford. Joe was an avid collector of historial 19th century French and British Art.

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