Obituaries

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Lee Murzel Elder

Our beloved father, grandfather, and friend, Lee Murzel Elder, went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 13, 2016 in San Angelo. Lee Murzel Elder was born as the first child of seven on November 4, 1923, in Kress, Texas, to Prentice and Velma (Cunningham) Elder, who lived in the rural Texas Panhandle where his grandfather was a working cowboy on the Goodnight Ranch. When Lee was very young, the family moved to Clifton, Texas. He served our country during World War II from 1943- 1946 in the Army Air Corps. Lee fell in love at first sight with Joyce Hundley. On August 31, 1946, they were married in a double wedding ceremony with his sister, Oleta, and her fiancé, Herb Lubke. Lee and Joyce were happily married for 69 years. Lee first worked for the Hobbs Public Schools, then he and Joyce settled in Denison, Texas, to raise their four children. The family moved to San Angelo when the school district hired Lee as Business Administrator until his retirement in 1982.

Wed
01
Jun

Cherida Mae Gilbreath

Cherida Mae Gilbreath, age 72, of Walnut Springs, passed from this world, and entered the Kingdom of Heaven surrounded by family, Wednesday afternoon, May 25, 2016, after an extended illness. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016, in the Walnut Springs Baptist Church, 152 4th Street. Rev. T. J. Joyner and Brady Dempsey officiated. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 27, also at Walnut Springs Baptist Church. Pallbearers were Kevin Bean, Jordan Duncan, Garry Baker, Randy Baker, Kirk Dempsey, Ryan Morrow, Joey Speer, and Eddy Speer. Honorary Pallbearers were Al Disanto, Garland Morrison, Meldon Thomas, Bruce McCombs, Jarrell Sutherland, Tommy Speer, Mike Robinson. Pallbearers in Memoriam were Lonnie Halbert and Tommy Vick. Cherida was born to Holland and Dorothy Neace Boney on August 17, 1943 in Breckenridge, Texas. She grew up in Fort Worth, where she attended Diamond Hill schools.

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01
Jun

Herman Marvin Foust

Herman Marvin Foust was born October 3, 1915 at Ames in Coryell County, Texas, to Annie Caroline Wilhelm Foust and Walter Roberts Foust. He died at Lutheran Sunset Home in Clifton, Texas on May 23, 2016. On May 27, 1937, Herman married Bessie Opal Harrell. Opal died in 1986 in Clifton, Texas, after 49 wonderful years of marriage. Herman married Eda Esther Henrietta Dietiker on April 15, 1987 and enjoyed 23 years of married life until her death on November 19, 2010. Herman, Opal, and Eda had no children of their own, but loved and doted on nephews, nieces, cousins, students, children from the church and preschool, and children of friends. Any time something was needed for the children, Herman was there. He farmed for the better part of his working life and also served for a number of years as a corrections officer. Herman was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Clifton, the Loyalty Sunday School Class, and the Clifton Lions Club.

Wed
25
May

James R. Tuttle

James R. Tuttle age 76 passed away on May 6, 2016 in San Marcos, TX. Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday May 20, 2016 at the Old Rock Church in Cranfills Gap, TX. Reverend Laurie Tuttle will be officiating. James was born in Fort Worth, TX on September 9, 1939 to Ernest and Bessie Tuttle. James married the love of his life Nancy Miller Tuttle on November 12, 1959. Together they have three children James H Tuttle, Tim Tuttle and Cindy Tuttle Krych, three grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

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25
May

June Reed

June was an angel on earth. She was raised on farms and was no stranger to hard work. She wasn’t just a daughter, she was also a second mother to some of her sisters and many other people. When June became a mother, her life was complete. The bond between her and her children was immeasurable. She was an awesome and loving wife, mother, and sister. June worked at Lockheed and was a modern day Rosie the Riveter. She met and fell in love with her Prince Charming, James Reed, her love, her best friend, the King of her world. He made all of her dreams come true. She is preceded in death by her Mother, Dortha Hammond and her Father, Vernon Lee Hammond. She is survived by her husband James Reed, her sons, Lee and wife Deb Burgamy, Dwayne and wife Cristy Burgamy, Brandon and wife Tina Reed. Her daughter, Karen and husband Billy Wayne Rogers, 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, 8 sisters - Vera, Jackie, Janie, Liz, Mary, Sally, Debbie, and Becky and the brother Jerry Hammond.

Wed
18
May

Edward Byron Bryn

Edward “Ed” Byron Bryn, 86, of Clifton Texas passed away Friday, May 13, 2016. A celebration of life service was held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Clifton Texas. Burial followed at St. Olaf Kirke (Old Rock Church), Cranfills Gap, Texas. Visitation was held Monday May 16, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Ed was born on July 17, 1929 to John E. and Mabel Rogstad Bryn of Cranfills Gap, Texas. He was confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Olaf Lutheran Church and continued his unwavering faith until his death. Ed graduated from Cranfills Gap High School, attended Clifton College where he was on the football team, Texas Lutheran College in Seguin where he obtained his teaching and coaching certificate, and Baylor University. He was a boys and girls basketball and track coach and a football coach in Aleman, Priddy, Lometa and Cranfills Gap. He later was the owner-operator of the Exxon service station in Clifton, Texas.

Wed
18
May

Marcelle Moore Kipp

Marcelle Moore Kipp is finally coming home to Clifton, and will be interred with her parents Elif and Torese Moore in Clifton Cemetery on May 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM. Clifton Cemetery is on Highway 6. Her daughters Sharon Kipp Lowe and Karen Kipp, son Carl Kipp, granddaughters Lauren Scheeler and Elan Rinck, and nephews Kyle and Kevin Conn welcome Marcelle’s friends to join us for the service. Marcelle’s surviving sister Ruth Moore Conn is unable to attend, but will be with us in thought. After the graveside ceremony by Pastor Clay McCord, attendees are invited to the Jacob Olson Museum Annex for reminiscences and refreshments at 11:15 PM 306 S Avenue Q Clifton, Texas 76634, across the street from the museum. 

Wed
11
May

Daniel R. Vargas

Daniel R. Vargas, loving husband, father and grandfather went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Daniel R. Vargas was born on January 14, 1948 in Rosenberg, Texas to Fred and Maria Rivera Vargas. He is survived by his wife Virginia Nunez Vargas of Meridian; daughter, Mary Vargas of Waco; sons: Daniel Vargas of Florida, Victor Vargas and wife Pam of Arlington; several grandchildren, brothers and sisters. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers during this difficult time. A private memorial honoring the life of Daniel R. Vargas will be held at a later date.

Wed
11
May

Lee B. Stanley

Lee B. Stanley, 73, of Clifton passed away at home on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 803 W. 3rd, Clifton, TX on Tuesday, May 10 at 2 pm. Burial followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was at 1-2 pm, prior to the service at the church. Lee was born at Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton on September 23, 1942 to Robert A. and Anna MarieSeljos Stanley. Robert and Anna Marie had met at Clifton College. Lee was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Worth. He graduated from Granbury High Schoolin 1961, then Texas Lutheran College in 1966, where he metthe love of his life, Dorothy Elaine Dietzman in the fall of 1964. They were married on February 19, 1966 at Zion Lutheran Church in McGregor, Texas. He was a dedicated science teacherin San Antonio and McGregor before moving to Cliftonin 1969 to teach science and coach football, girls’ basketball and girls’ track.

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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.

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