Obituaries

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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.

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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.

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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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09
Mar

Velma L. Meyer

Velma L. Meyer, 92, of Clifton passed away March 6, 2016 at Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Rev. Brian McQuiggin officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial at Clifton Cemetery. Born January 7, 1924 in Bosque County, Velma was the daughter of Charlie and Ella Mae (Kettler) Schmidt. On January 16, 1943, She was united in marriage to Woodrow Meyer. They had two daughters, Charlene and Darlene. Velma worked in her parents’ restaurant, Charlie’s Café, for 30-plus years. She worked in the office at Wall’s Mfg. in Clifton, and at the Wall’s Mfg. Outlet Store in Cleburne for several years. In addition, she owned and managed a dress shop, and completed her career as a Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio owner in Clifton. Velma was active in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, and served as past president of the LWML.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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