Obituaries

Wed
25
Nov

Bobby George Golden

Bobby George Golden, of Groesbeck, passed away at his home on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at age 65. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, with Dr. Tod Tanner and Rev. Clayton Griggs officiating. Music was provided by Charlyn Stacy, niece, accompanied by JoAnn Stone. Burial followed in the Thornton Cemetery with Jeff Hutcheon, nephew officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Ledlow, Garland Braune, Mike Williams, Johnny Wilson, Jim Hunter, and Ron Bates. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Wayne Golden, Joe Rosas, Ron Franks, and Jim Tubbs. Golden was born Jan. 28, 1950 in Meridian. At that time, his family was living on a ranch at Cranfills Gap, and they moved to Clifton when he was two years old. He graduated from Clifton High School in 1968. Although Bobby played all sports, football was a big part of his high school years.

Wed
18
Nov

Elsie King

Elsie King, 101, of Clifton passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. A Graveside Service was held Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at the Kopperl Cemetery with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Elsie Day was born on Aug. 13, 1914 near Kopperl on the family farm. Elsie was the third child born to Ben and Bessie Billings Day. She grew up near Kopperl, and attended the Union Hill School in her early years and graduated from Kopperl High School. After graduation, she attended a beauty school. She met Robert “Bob” King in Kopperl, and after a brief courtship, they got married on Oct. 28, 1937. In the early years, the couple made their home in Kopperl. They moved to Louisiana with Bob’s job and lived there most of their young and middle adult years. Bob worked in the oil industry. One son John, was born in Rayne, LA. After John was raised, they took opportunities to travel and work overseas. They traveled with oil companies around the world.

Wed
18
Nov

Dixie Heath

Dixie Heath, 85, of Iredell passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at a local nursing home. A Funeral Service was held Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at First United Methodist Church of Iredell. Visitation was held prior to the service. Burial followed at Mitchell Cemetery in Iredell. Born June 4, 1930 in Arlington, Dixie was the daughter of Joe and Ruth (Bellamy) Kelly. Her family was one of the founding families of Arlington, where she grew up. In her youth she played softball, which led her to meet husband Royce Heath, they were united in marriage in 1947. She worked as an Administrative Secretary at UTA for over 25 years before retiring. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Iredell and an avid reader. Preceding her in death were her parents and a son, Bobby Heath.

Wed
11
Nov

Alta La Verne Scown Pearson

Alta La Verne Scown Pearson, age 94, died Oct. 30, 2015 at the Heckmann Residence in Clifton, Texas. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at the Andice Cemetery near Georgetown, Texas with Rev. Clint Hopson and Rev. Robert Boyce officiating. Alta La Verne Scown was born in Loraine, Texas on Jan. 21, 1921. She was the oldest of six children born to parents John Homer Scown & Treva Alice Compton Scown. La Verne is survived by her step-son Todd Pearson and wife Martha and ten nieces and nephews all of whom affectionately called her “Aunt Midge”. After attending school in Loraine, LA Verne moved with her family to Monahans, where she lived and worked for several years before moving to the Los Angeles, California area. La Verne loved gardening and always had a beautiful yard in the sunny, California climate. She never strayed far from her Texas roots and would come home every summer for a long visit, bringing with her a lovely tan and pictures of her gorgeous flowers.

Wed
11
Nov

Arthur (Fuggie) Pederson

Arthur (Fuggie) Pederson, 83, of Clifton passed away Tuesday, Nov.3, 2015 at Hillcrest Hospital in  Waco, due to complications of pneumonia. A Funeral Service was held Saturday, Nov. , 2015 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church at Norse. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial followed at Norse Cemetery. Arthur was born on April 5, 1932 to Pete Leonard and Belinda (Mickleson) Pederson, on the family farm about 12 miles west of Clifton in the Norse Community. He was the fourth child and second son of Pete and Belinda. He attended school at Norse, then later at Clifton. He helped his dad farm as his brother Milton was serving our Country, his big sister Lillian had to care for the family during these days as their mother was sick and being treated in the hospital in San Angelo, the kids had a lot of good memories of the farm days. Arthur was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Norse, where he has been a lifetime member.

Wed
11
Nov

Jerrie L. White

Jerrie L. White, 71, of Clifton, and a former resident of Walnut Springs, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in a Clifton care facility. Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in the Meridian Cemetery, with the Rev. Richard Creech officiating. There was a visitation and viewing prior to the service on Saturday. Jerrie Blakley was born Dec. 30, 1943, in Meridian. She was a daughter of the late James L. and Estelle Musick Blakley. She married Thomas Clyde White in 1973 and he passed away on May 31, 1999. Jerrie lived in Walnut Springs for several years until the death of her husband when she moved to Clifton. She is survived by a brother, James Blakley and his wife, Jeannie, of Saginaw; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home of Meridian.

Wed
28
Oct

Lonnie K. Halbert

 Lonnie K. Halbert, age 70, of Walnut Springs, passed away suddenly Monday morning, Oct. 19, 2015, as a result of a tragic accident. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 in the Walnut Springs Auditorium with Rev. T.J. Joyner and Brady Dempsey officiating. Burial followed at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. A visitation was held Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Walnut Springs Baptist Church. Lonnie was born on Feb. 24, 1945 in Dallas, to Barney and Katie Reed Halbert. Lonnie was united in marriage to Barbara Baker on June 5, 1965 in Walnut Springs. Lonnie is a member of the Walnut Springs Baptist Church.

Wed
28
Oct

Louis William Walters

Louis William (Bill) Walters, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the First Baptist Church in Meridian. Pallbearers were Gene Massengale, Charles Lindley, Gerald Nelson, Rick Davidson, Ron Edwards, Carlos Duncan, and Russ Washburn. Honorary Pallbearers were Kelly Washburn, Terry Flory, Tyler Walters, Conner Yarbrough, and Rily  Yarbrough. The services were presided over by Rev. Drew Dabbs and Rev. Aaron Ogburn, with burial at Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery. Bill was born on Feb. 15, 1940 in Osceola, AK, to Louis William Jr. and Mary Walters. Bill loved the outdoors, and enjoyed all types of hunting and fishing as a young boy. Bill’s aspirations took him to Washington, DC in 1954 to serve as a United States Senate page, where he would graduate from Capitol Page High School in 1958.

Wed
28
Oct

Ralph K. Robinson

Ralph K. Robinson, 83, of Clifton, TX, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 from complications of vascular dementia. Following a private family burial at Clifton Memorial Park, a public memorial service was held to honor Ralph’s life on Saturday, Oct. 24 at First Baptist Church Clifton with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating, and a reception to follow. Robinson was born on March 17, 1932 at home in the Cayote-Womack community and graduated from Meridian High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas Wesleyan College and did graduate studies at Texas Christian University and the University of New Mexico. Robinson married Helen DeLano in 1953, who he met at college. Robinson served in the U.S. Marine Corps at duty stations in California, Virginia, Hawaii, and Okinawa. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Robinson worked for Amoco as a petroleum landman for over 36 years and retired in 1992 as Division Land Manager.

Wed
28
Oct

Johnnie Lee Conrad

Johnnie Lee Conrad, 100, of Clifton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 in the Hope Center of the Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home. Visitation was held on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at the Clifton Funeral Home and a private graveside service for family members was held Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Clifton Memorial Park Cemetery. Pastor Mary Gean Cope of the First United Methodist Church of Clifton officiated at the service. Johnnie was born on March 4, 1915 in Bosque County to Joseph C. and Loraine Ryan. She graduated from Clifton High School and married Eldor Conrad on Oct. 14, 1934. They were married for over 67 years until Eldor passed away in 2002. They had two children, Bobby Joe and Linda Ann. She was a devoted mother, friend and neighbor. Johnnie loved to cook, sew, quilt, crochet and work in her garden, when she wasn’t working to support the family. She retired from the Clifton ISD Tax Office.

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