Obituaries

Wed
09
Mar

Francis Audrey Petty

Francis Audrey Petty, age 79 of Gatesville, passed away Monday, February 29, 2016 at a Waco hospital. Graveside funeral services were held at the Turnersville Cemetery near Gatesville. A visitation was held for family and friends Wednesday, at the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian. Pallbearers were Tommy Petty, Jr., Allan Thompson, Bruce Gilmore, George Kelley, Russell Kelley, Darrin Kennedy.  Honorary Pallbearer: Ricky Petty Audrey was born October 3, 1936, in Belton, Texas. She was a daughter of the late Alvin Vernon Kelley and Esta Ruby Garrett Kelley. Audrey was raised in New Braunfels. On July 28, 1951, she was united in marriage to Calvin C. “Coot” Petty in Burnet, Texas and he preceded her in death on May 27, 2003. She lived in Summerfield, Texas and later moved to the Gatesville/Turnersville area in 1971. She was a homemaker and a member of the Turnersville Baptist Church.

Wed
09
Mar

Kirby Humphries

Funeral services for Kirby Humphries, age 86, of Brownwood, was held March 3 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Slaymaker officiating. Burial followed in Eastlawn Memorial Park. Kirby passed from this life on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Brownwood. Kirby W. Humphries was born on November 18, 1929 at home in Bosque County to Bunyan W. and Myrtle (Kilgore) Humphries. He married Betty Pat Sherwood on May 24, 1946. They were blessed with two sons. Kirby was employed by Santa Fe Railway in 1948 and retired in December 1987. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, water skiing and golf. Kirby is survived his wife of 69 years, Betty Pat; two sons, Pat Alan Humphries and wife Linda and Michael Kirby Humphries and wife Betty Martin Humphries, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother Don Humphries of Clifton and many much loved nieces and nephews. Kirby was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Wed
02
Mar

Thomas Dean Daugherty

Thomas Dean Daugherty, 82, of Meridian, passed away Thursday morning, February 25, 2016 in a Cleburne nursing facility. Funeral services were held February 27, 2016 at the Church of Christ, Meridian, Texas with Minister Clint Howard officiating. Interment was in the Fowler Family Ranch Cemetery near Meridian. Pallbearers were Phillip Daugherty, Tanner Singleton, Benjamin Fowler, Billy Joe Thomas, J. D. Randolph, and Tommy Miller. Mr. Daugherty was born April 2, 1933, in Electra, Texas where he was raised and educated. He later attended LeTourneau Tech in Tyler, Texas. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years. He was married to Johnnie Loretta King on August 28, 1965 in Electra, Texas. Thomas had been a resident of Meridian for the past 3 years where he was an active and faithful member of the Church of Christ. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and enjoying the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Wed
02
Mar

Barbara Ann Derrick

Barbara Ann Derrick, 77, of Clifton Texas passed away peacefully on February 24th, 2016. Survived by three children; David Derrick, Laura Bright & her husband Ricky Bright, and Craig Derrick & his wife Valerie Derrick, along with three grandchildren; Aaron Bright, Jacob Bright, and Ayden Derrick, also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service Celebration of Life will be held Saturday March 5th 2016 at 1 PM at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Valley Mills, Texas.

Wed
02
Mar

Darlene Hulme

Darlene Hulme, age 93, passed away Monday, February 22, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in the Clifton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Clifton Cemetery. Born December 19, 1922 in Henderson, Iowa, Darlene was the daughter of I.O. and Maude Jacobs. She was the second oldest of six siblings. She attended school in Council Bluffs, Iowa and after graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1943, she completed her basic training and indoctrination courses at the Naval Training School in the Bronx, New York. After which, she reported to San Pedro, California for duty in the Radio-Radar Division. Darlene met her husband, Allen, and they were married in Long Beach, California on December 23, 1944. She was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy as storekeeper second class and returned to Clifton, Texas to await her husband’s return from Okinawa.

Wed
02
Mar

Virginia Rae Svach

Virginia “Ginny” Rae Svach, 82, of Lakeside Village passed away Sunday morning, February 21, 2016 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She was being treated for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Lakeside Village, located at 156 CR 1307 in Lakeside Village. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.LLS.org, or to First Baptist Church of Lakeside Village, 156 CR 1307, Morgan, TX 76671. Ginny was born on January 28, 1934 in Joliet, Illinois to Raymond David Rang and Lillian Alberta (Astbury) Rang. She grew up in Joliet and after attending Joliet Township High School went on to nurses training at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. She graduated in 1954 and became a Registered Nurse. She met her future husband, Louis “Lou” Anton Svach, in 1951, while he was serving in the US Navy during the Korean War.

Wed
02
Mar

Katherine Ann Tindall

Katherine Ann Tindall passed to be with her Lord February 17, 2016. She was born in Meridian, Texas, on September 23, 1942. Katherine attended Cranfills Gap Schools, and enjoyed small-town Texas childhood and teenage years. Shortly after High School, she married Jimmy Doshier, a marriage which ended in divorce after a few years. Katherine returned to live with her mother in Cranfills Gap in the mid-1980’s. She was a faithful employee of Hico Nursing Home and for more than ten years at Sunset Lutheran Home in Clifton. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cranfills Gap, where she grew up in the faith, and where she regularly attended Sunday school and church. The members there formed a close family to her. Katherine did not have children of her own, so her deep concern and enjoyment in life centered around her three nieces, Michele, Lisa, and Stephanie, and nephew Ross.

Wed
02
Mar

Olney Noran Nygaard

Olney Noran Nygaard, age 89, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016 in Arlington, TX. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February, 24 2016 at St. Olaf’s Rock Church with Pastor Joan Iker officiating. Burial will follow at the Rock Church Cemetery. Olney Noran Nygaard was born on a farm and ranch near Cranfills Gap, Texas on October 22, 1926. Upon completion of Cranfiils Gap High School, Noran enrolled in Clifton Jr. College in Clifton, Texas. Noran was called into military service and was sent to the Pacific islands. When he returned he attended Texas A & M University and North Texas State University. Noran worked in the oil fields of West Texas before following a friend to the Northwest. He was employed in geophysical and civil engineering on the Pacific Coast, U.S.A. He was hired by a surveying crew and worked all over the Northwest, mainly in Washington and Oregon. He loved this area and became a master surveyor, better known as “Big Tex” to one and all.

Wed
02
Mar

Janice Barron Elston

Janice (Jan) Barron Elston, 84, of Pampa, died February 23, 2016 in Amarillo. Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Friday, February 26, 2016, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel, with Rev. Lonny Robbins, officiating. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.Jan was born September 12, 1931 in Lamesa to John N. and Mildred Barron. She was reared in Lamesa and graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock in 1954. She taught school in Sunray and Houston. Since 1986, she served as a volunteer tutor in the Pampa Adult Literacy Program, and also served as a tutor trainer, teaching literacy tutor workshops in several towns in the Panhandle. Since 1966, Jan was a volunteer with the Tri-State Golf Association tournament. She was past president of several medical auxiliaries, including Top O’ Texas, Hutchinson County and Gray County Medical Auxiliaries.

Wed
24
Feb

Fern Johnson Wiggins

Heaven opened up on February 14, 2016 to welcome home our Valentine, Fern Johnson Wiggins, 94, of Clifton, TX. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 18th, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton. Pastor Clayton McCord officiated. Burial was in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery at Norse. Organist for the service was long time friend, Martha Erickson and soloist was John Erickson. Clara Fern Johnson Wiggins R.N. was born on June 27, 1921, in the Norwegian community of Clifton. Fern was baptized into Christ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in 1921. She was also confirmed there on Pentecost in 1935. Fern grew up on the family farm at Norse, a place where a great and loyal work ethic was nurtured, and attended grade school and jr. high at Turkey Creek School. In 1939, Fern graduated from Clifton High School, after having been a cheerleader for the Clifton Cubs. She then attended Clifton College where she met her sweetheart and future husband, Tommy Wiggins.

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