Obituaries

Wed
11
May

Viola Cornett

Viola Cornett age 95, of Meridian, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 in a Clifton care facility. Funeral services were held Friday, May 6, 2016 in the Meridian First Baptist Church with Rev. Colin Errington officiating. Pallbearers were Chance Cornett, Cade Cornett, Elvin Pool, Brent Heatherly, Brian Barr, and Jackie Fisher. On Saturday, May 7, 2016 graveside services were held at the Knox City Cemetery in Knox City, Texas with Rev. Andy Needham officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Cornett, Tom Whitford, Jackie Fisher, Ronnie White, Charlie Zeissel, and Jimmy Zeissel. Viola Cornett was born in Munday, Texas on April 27, 1921 to George and Mary Zeissel. She was raised in the country and met the love of her life, B.F. Cornett at a track meet. They married and moved to Knox City, Texas on November 24, 1939. Together the couple had four children. Viola was a wonderful wife and mother who loved her children dearly.

Wed
11
May

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, of Meridian, Texas, passed away peacefully at her home, Tuesday, April 5. She was born April 15, 1937 to Tom and Dessie (Cummings) Elsik in Burleson County, Texas. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Frank, her son Dave and wife Cathy, sister Peggy McNew and husband David, brother Dwight Elsik and wife Esther, grandsons Christopher Lance and wife Kim, David Blake and wife Keri, and 5 great grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held at 11am Saturday, April 30 at Walnut Springs United Methodist Church, Walnut Springs, Texas, followed by a luncheon at the Walnut Springs Community Center.

Wed
04
May

Darlene Madson

Darlene Madson, 78, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at home at Lazy Acre, Lake Mills, Iowa. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Monday, May 2, 2016, at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, Iowa, with Pastor Melinda McCluskey and Pastor Joel L. Guttormson officiating. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street in Lake Mills and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Darlene’s family suggest memorials be directed to Salem Quilters, 401 S Lake Street, Lake Mills, IA 50450. Darlene Lou Madson was born on November 7, 1937, to Glenn and Evelyn (Hanson) Dahl at home in Worth County, Iowa. Darlene was baptized at Emmons Lutheran Church, and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church. She was a 1955 graduate of Lake Mills High School and received her R.N. from Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

Wed
04
May

Carl Smith, Jr.

Carl Smith Jr., 82, of Clifton passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Norse with Pastor Bill Metting officiating. Burial at Norse Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Carl August Smith, Jr. was born on March 10, 1934 in a Waco Hospital, the only child of Carl (Charlie) and Hallie (Walter) Smith, He grew up in the Norse Community near Clifton, on the Smith Family Farm, that was purchased in 1881 by his paternal grandparents who came to this area from Sweden and Norway. He spent part of his childhood in the home of his Aunt and Uncle, Martin and Helga Ringness to be near the school bus route. He would recall how they would speak Norwegian when they didn’t want him to know what they were talking about. Carl was baptized on May 6, 1934 by the Rev. PE Thorson and confirmed on May 28, 1948 by the Rev.

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04
May

Richard Barr Dickey

Richard Barr Dickey July 24, 1926 - March 27, 2016 LUBBOCK-Richard B. Dickey, of Lubbock and Clifton, Texas, passed from this life to eternity on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Richard was born in Huntington Beach, CA on July 24, 1926. Mr. Dickey was the only child of Mr.Joel Ray Dickey (J.Ray) and Pauline Bishop Dickey. After three years in California, he returned with his parents to Lubbock. The Scoggin-Dickey Motor Company, formed in 1929 by Mr. A.L. Scoggin and Mr. J. Ray Dickey, was to become the work of his life, both as a young man and continuing for many decades, Richard gave his service, tireless work and leadership to his family company. Mr. Dickey was a 1943 graduate of Lubbock High School, and soon after entered the United States Navy during WWII and served from 1944-1946 while stationed in Hawaii as a Bearcat jet mechanic. After completing his service in the Navy, Richard enrolled at Texas Technological College, completing his BBA and graduating in 1950.

Wed
27
Apr

Esther Gladys Thiele

Esther Gladys Thiele (Grandma) passed away April 20, 2016 at the age of 83. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial at Valley Mills Cemetery. Esther was born in the Womack Community on Feb. 12, 1933 to Richard and Sophie Hennig. She has two brothers, Calvert Hennig and John Hennig. She married Joe Thiele on July 24, 1954. To this union, they had six children. They lived in the Womack area until the passing of Joe, then she moved to Clifton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Thiele; parents, Richard and Sophie Hennig; son-in-law, Charlie Durrett; grandchild, Junior Ponce; daughter-in-law, Diana Thiele.

Wed
27
Apr

Doris Jean Haltom

Doris Jean (Knudson) Haltom was “Promoted to Glory” on April 12, 2016. She was born on August 19, 1929, in Cranfills Gap, TX. Her Norwegian ancestors immigrated to Texas in the late 1800’s. The third of five children, she was raised on a farm and never forgot how much she “hated picking cotton.” Upon graduating from high school in Cranfills Gap as Salutatorian, she took the first bus out of town to Dallas where she attended Draughn’s Business College and met her future husband, Charles F. Haltom. They moved to Garland in 1956, where they raised their family and later moved to Rowlett in 1971, until her death. Doris became an insurance claims specialist and worked many years for Union Bankers Insurance. She was fun,outgoing, loved people and never met a stranger. She always had a smile on her face and she was very proud of her hardworking, 100% Norwegian heritage and her ancestors’ contribution to Texas’ rich history. Her big heart and generous nature easily drew friends to her.

Wed
20
Apr

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, of Meridian, Texas, passed away peacefully at her home, Tuesday, April 5. She was born April 15, 1937 to Tom and Dessie (Cummings) Elsik in Burleson County, Texas. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Frank, her son Dave and wife Cathy, sister Peggy McNew and husband David, brother Dwight Elsik and wife Esther, grandsons Christopher Lance and wife Keri, and 5 great grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held at 11am Saturday, April 30 at Walnut Springs United Methodist Church, Walnut Springs, Texas, followed by a luncheon at the Walnut Springs Community Center.

Wed
20
Apr

Ricky Lane Poe

Ricky Lane Poe, 56, of Clifton, went to be with Jesus on April 15, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Ricky’s family will hold a Celebration of Life service to honor his life and his strong faith in God on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:00PM at Lighthouse Church, 3635 Highway 6, Clifton. Honoring Ricky’s request and his legacy of always taking care of other people, his body will be donated to further cancer research. Ricky was born October 23, 1959 in Portales, New Mexico to the late Earl and January Prowell Poe. He is also preceded in death by two sisters. Ricky was always a hard working man and loved his family and taking care of others. Ricky married the love of his life, Gail Lynn Hostetler, on June 13, 1984 in Waco. Together they raised their family and built a life together. For the past 26 years, they have lived on Meridian Creek in Clifton, where Ricky enjoyed many hours of casting a line fishing while he worked in the yard.

Wed
20
Apr

Charles R. Tucker

Charles R. Tucker, 83, of Clifton passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home. Funeral services were held Friday, April 15, 2016 at First Baptist Church, Clifton with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial at Norse Cemetery. Charles Tucker was born on November 27, 1932 in Meridian. He was one of six children born to Cecil Tucker and Aileen Jordan Tucker. He grew up in Meridian and attended schools there. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1950. He married Kathryn Sather after a time of courtship in 1953. The couple moved to El Paso where he was in the Army and served during the Korean War. He was discharged from the service in 1955. Two sons would be born to this marriage, Charles Jr. and Randy. The family made their home here in Clifton at first where Charles worked for the Texas Highway Department. The family left in the early 1970’s when Charles went to work for the Liquor Control Board of Texas.

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