Obituaries

Wed
14
Oct

Ray H. Gibbons

Ray H. Gibbons, age 94, of Meridian, Texas, passed away early Monday morning, September 28, 2015, at Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Sept. 30, at the Meridian First Baptist Church with Chaplain Ed Stauffer, Rev. Richard Creech, and Rev. Colin Errington, officiating. Interment was in the Meridian Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Pennington, Payton Wallace, James Gregory, Leo Young, Rex Anderson, Bob Lehman, Byron Howard, and Earl Courtney. Honorary Pallbearers were Ron Bowlin, Billy Moore, Doc Adams, Gene Harville, Greg Garland, Curt Balmos, Bob Patton, Bubba Crawford, Joe Allen, and the Meridian Volunteer Fire Department. Ray Herald Gibbons was born on Oct. 9, 1920 in Iredell, Texas to D. O. and Gracie Gibbons. He was an only child. Ray graduated from Iredell High School. On May 3, 1941, Ray married Tommie Webb in Glen Rose. To this marriage, one child was born, Emma Sue Gibbons.

Wed
07
Oct

Doris Evelyn Moore

Doris Evelyn Moore, 85 of Fort Worth, beloved sister and aunt, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Doris was born Oct. 1, 1929, in Clifton. She lived a life devoted to family, teaching, art and adventure. After graduating from North Texas College and earning a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, she followed her bliss by becoming an Art teacher to American children in Germany for 18 years. It was during this time that she created a lasting family memory for her nephews and sister by taking them on a self-guided tour through Europe in her VW bug. Her determination, independence and dauntless spirit are as vivid to them as her hearty laugh and steely resolve. Doris took every opportunity to expose her young nieces and nephews to other cultures, gifting them with camel saddles, nesting Russian dolls, German wildflower china, and a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Wed
30
Sep

Inez Roberson

Wed
30
Sep

Edra Lee Reinke

Wed
30
Sep

George Earl Nowlain

Wed
23
Sep

Jason Carl Sorley

Jason Carl Sorley, 31, of Clifton passed away at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco on Monday, Sept. 13, 2015. Memorial services were held at Hold Angels Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 17. Jason was born May 5, 1984, in Austin. He was adopted by his parents, Arlen and Glenda Sorley when he was only a few days old from the Lutheran Social Services in Austin. He was a member of Zion United Church at Womack where he was baptized and confirmed. At age 14, he joined Holy Angels Catholic Church where he remained a member. Sorley excelled in various activities that he was involved in. At a young age he was involved in many plays at the Tin Building Theatre and continued as an actor through the years. A few of the plays he participated in were “Lend Me A Tenor,” “The Shakey Tale of Doctor Jakey,” and “Our Town.”. Being a runner, he enjoyed sports such as baseball, track and tennis.

Wed
23
Sep

Rita Faye Willmann Patterson

Rita Faye Patterson of Clifton passed away on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. The family received visitors on Friday, Sept. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Clifton Funeral Home. Rita was born on Feb. 4, 1952, in Waco to Robert and Marie Willmann. She and her three brothers grew up in Womack on their family farm. Rita graduated from Clifton High School in 1970 and married Keith Patterson on September 26, 1970. Keith and Rita had two daughters, Christina and Carla. Rita loved being outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. In addition, Rita was an avid volunteer for many activities in Clifton, including the CISD band, the Clifton 4-H Club, and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Wed
23
Sep

Thelma Rena Johnston

 
Wed
23
Sep

Molly Elizabeth Cavanaugh

Molly Elizabeth Cavanaugh, age 76, died after a lengthy illness on Sept. 16, 2015, in Temple. A Memorial Service was held on Sept 19 at the First United Methodist Church at Evant with a reception following at the church. Rev. Phyllis Davis and Rev. Don Johnson officiated. All were welcome to attend and celebrate Molly Cavanaugh’s life. Molly was born on Dec. 11, 1938 in Winters, TX, to parents CS and Mary Harris. She attended school for many years in Plainview, which she considered her home. Molly worked in the insurance industry for many years. She was a great wife, loving mother, niece and Grandmother. She married Robert Cavanaugh in 1955 and the couple had four children together. She supported her husband in the ministry of the United Methodist Church for several decades. She was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed traveling with her husband in their RV, reading, crocheting, and cross-stitching.

Wed
23
Sep

Leo Roland Beaudry

Leo Roland Beaudry, age 82, of Laguna Park, passed away Sept. 13, 2015 in Clifton, after a long illness. Leo was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Fall River MA, the youngest of four children of Louis and Albina (Emond) Beaudry. He attended Catholic schools in Fall River before enlisting in the United States Air Force, where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He and Barbara Marion Fournier were married on June 25, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in New Bedford, MA. The couple commemorated their 60th wedding anniversary this year at Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton where the staff graciously hosted a celebration in Leo’s hospital room. He worked for many years in the vending machine sales and service industry in New Bedford MA and in Dallas TX until his retirement in 1994. The couple moved to Dallas in 1981, planning to stay for two years. After their first Texas winter, however, they abandoned plans to return to the cold New England winters.

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