Obituaries

Wed
16
Sep

James O. Larson

James O. Larson, 77, of Gause, Texas passed away Sept. 5, 2015. A Memorial Service will be held Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale. Pastor Ed Truelson will be leading a celebration of the life and music of James. Recordings of his student’s performances in Bryan, Wellington, and Dulles High School will be heard. A private graveside service will be held at the Clifton, Texas cemetery at a later time. James was born to Arnel and Opal Larson in a farmhouse outside Clifton, on Oct. 30, 1937. He graduated from Clifton High School and continued his education at John Tarleton Agriculture College in Stephenville, Texas, North Texas State University in Denton, Texas and received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree at Midwestern University in Wichita Falls. He went on to earn a Master of Education Degree while attending West Texas State University in Canyon, and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He also earned his Supervisory Certification at Sam Houston.

Wed
09
Sep

Merler Dennis Edge

Merler Dennis Edge, 87, of Dallas, passed away Thursday afternoon, Aug. 13, 2015, in a Dallas care facility. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in the Memorial Methodist Church in Walnut Springs, Texas, with the pastor, Rev. Ken Berry, officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. Pallbearers were David Boyd, Damon Boyd, Jason Dann, Jordan Dann, Clint Pullin, and Cody Pullin. He was born in Waco, on Oct. 23, 1927 and was the only son of Merler and Gladys “Dick” Edge. He grew up in Walnut Springs and served in the U. S. Navy Reserves at the end of WW II. He moved to Dallas in the late 1940’s and married Billye Hellums in 1951. Dennis had a long career working for the Lone Star Gas Company, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He is survived by his son, Mike Edge of Ft. Worth; daughter, Ginger Dann and husband, Mark, of Dallas; grandsons, Jason and Jordan Dann; and a number of other relatives and a host of friends.

Wed
09
Sep

Danny Ray Huffman

Danny Ray Huffman, of Clifton, passed away on Sept. 1, 2015, one day after his 65th birthday. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at Zion United Church at Womack, with Rev. Michael Vaughan officiating. Burial followed at Clifton Memorial Park. Danny was born in Dallas on Aug. 31, 1950, the younger of two children born to Ray and Dorothy Huffman. He graduated from Sunset High School in 1968 and served in the military for six years.

Wed
09
Sep

Bernard L. Rhodes

Bernard L. Rhodes, age 83 of Walnut Springs, passed away early Friday morning, Sept. 4, 2015 at a Meridian nursing facility. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 at the Lawson Memorial Chapel in Walnut Springs with Rev. T. J. Joyner officiating. Interment was in the Fulton Cemetery near Walnut Springs. Pallbearers were Rickey Lively, Chuck Tweedle, Jeff Tweedle, Kenny Tweedle, Tommy Mitchell, and Bobby Mitchell. Bernard was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Walnut Springs. He was a son of the late Clyde Rhodes and Mary Wagner Rhodes. Bernard worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator. He was affiliated with the Pentecostal Church.

Wed
02
Sep

Bertina Bartels

Wed
26
Aug

Adelle Todd

Adelle Todd, age 101 of Gatesville passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at her home. Graveside services were held Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at Restland Cemetery. Memorial services followed at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Harvey Ozmer, Rev. Gene Gurley and Rev. Robert Cavanaugh officiating. Visitation with the family will follow services at the church. Mrs. Todd was born on April 18, 1914 in Caps, Texas to the late Frank and Lina Hopkins. She graduated from Abilene High School and attended McMurry College. She married Plez Todd in 1934 in Abilene. She had prepared herself to be a school teacher, but chose to be a full-time mother and helper for her husband for almost fifty years in the ministry of the United Methodist Church. After retirement, they continued to make their home in Gatesville, where she was active in the life of the church, the United Methodist Women and the Foster Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev.

Wed
26
Aug

Bobbie Doris Mims

Services for Bobbie Doris Mims, 87, homemaker, who died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, were held Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at the Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Les Mims officiating. Burial followed at Mitchell Cemetery, in Iredell, Texas. Arrangements are by Lacy Funeral Home. Bobbie was born in Santa Anna, Texas, on April 30, 1928, to Ernest B. and Anna Dell (Brown) Jones. She married Clyde Howard Mims on July 21, 1945, in Anson, Texas. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1992. She was a member of the Church of Christ, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Iredell, and was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her children, David H. Mims and wife, Connie, of Stamford, Richard T. Mims and wife, Mary Lou, of Medina, Debra W. Hiilsmeier and husband, Don, of Hico, and Mary E. Mims of Abilene; grandchildren, Les, Stephanie, Heidi, Ritchie, Alicia, Denise, & Donya; eleven great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Jamie.

Wed
26
Aug

Helen Lucille Dozier

Helen Lucille Dozier, 87, of Walnut Springs, passed away Saturday morning, August 15, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Memorial Methodist Church in Walnut Springs with Chaplain Glenn Murray officiating. A visitation was held Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. Pallbearers were Kendal Ross, Jarrod Ross, Robert Davis, Matthew Davis, Arby Gonzales, and Chris Hilton. Helen Dozier was born on February 29, 1928 in Olney, Texas to Iler and Ava Annie Keene Gray. She began working at American Airlines in 1946. She married Ralph Dozier on the Texas-Oklahoma weekend in 1948. She enjoyed hosting many foreign exchange students throughout the years. Helen loved traveling and looked forward to events with American Airlines Three Diamond Society and The Grey Eagles. She helped organize the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth before it opened.

Wed
26
Aug

Barbara Jane Covey

Barbara Jane Covey, age 85, of Comanche, formerly of Meridian, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian with Rev. Richard Creech officiating. A visitation was held on Thursday with family and friends enjoying memories and stories of Mrs. Covey. Interment was in the Meridian Cemetery. Barbara was born on August 26, 1929 in Port Lavaca, Texas to Pearl Henry and Dovie Carter Carpenter. She married Loyd Covey on September 12, 1946 in Port Lavaca, Texas. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to San Marcos and later to Clifton in 1951. In 1964, they moved to Meridian. Mrs. Covey lived in Meridian for several years after the death of her husband in 1997. She had resided in Comanche for the past several years to be near family as her health declined.

Wed
26
Aug

Carolyn Rose Sealock Blum

Carolyn Rose Sealock Blum, 78, of Clifton passed away Aug. 11, 2015. A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton with Reverend Clayton McCord officiating. Carolyn was born Sept. 5, 1936, in Texas City, Texas, the younger of two children born to Clyde Robert and Beulah Mae (Cornwell) Sealock. She attended public school at Texas City High School and also attended Master Classes at a music festival during one summer spent in Aspen, Colorado. At the age of four, Carolyn began playing the piano and could read music before she could read words. When she was nine and her sister, Doris, was eleven, they entered numerous contests in Galveston. Their recitals featured solos and dual piano classical selections. Participating in church services, Doris would play the organ and Carolyn would be at the piano. Carolyn was taught by a Julliard piano teacher and at the age of thirteen she, too, began teaching piano.

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