Obituaries

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.

Wed
12
Aug

Arthur Loyal Sullivan, Sr

Arthur Loyal Sullivan Sr., 78, went to be with our Lord Aug. 9, 2015, he walked through the gates of Heaven to  meet God, Jesus and many loved ones who went before him.  Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 14, from 6-8 pm at Riley Funeral  Home Funeral. Services will be held at 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 15, at Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton with  burial to follow will be in the Meridian Cemetery in Meridian. Arthur was born May 5, 1937 in Meridian, to Albert Sullivan  and Mable (Brake) Sullivan.  Arthur was a Christian since 1969. At his passing Arthur was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Hamilton.  As a young boy he attended Providence Baptist Church in Hamilton. He was also a member of Assembly of God of Duncanville  for 11 years, and a member of Cornerstone Assembly of God in Meridian for 13 years. He had also attended The Barn  Church in Hamilton. He went to schools in Clifton, Cranfills Gap and Fairy, and  on Oct. 27, 1956 he married Georgia Ellrena Steel.

Wed
12
Aug

Glenda Janet Thiele Sorley

Glenda Janet Thiele Sorley, age 62, of Clifton passed away at her residence on Wednesday, Aug. 15,  2015. Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 7, at Zion United Church in Womack, Texas followed by burial at Clifton Memorial Park  near Clifton. Glenda was born Nov. 22, 1952, at Providence Hospital in Waco to Adolph and Lorene Thiele. On Jan. 11, 1953, she was baptized at Evangelical and Reformed Church in Womack by  Reverend Otto Schulze and was confirmed May 22, 1966 at Zion United Church by Pastor Walter Simpson. Her memory verse at confirmation was John 3:16. On Jan. 25, 1975, she and Arlen Sorley were united in marriage by Rev. Frank Horak, also at Zion UnitedChurch. Together they raised two adopted children, Jennifer and Jason. A diligent employee, she worked for Ashcraft Variety Stores, Winns, Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home, and nearly 20 years at ALCO in Clifton. In addition, she taught music and substituted at Clifton Elementary School.

Wed
05
Aug

Tina Marie Couchman Pate

Tina Marie Couchman Pate walked into the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 30, 2015. A Memorial Service was held Sunday, August 2, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Clifton. Tina was born on Aug. 13, 1971, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Frank and Elaine Couchman. She married John Clinton Pate on Aug. 12, 1989. Tina’s life was indeed a life to be celebrated. Wife, mother, homemaker, volunteer, and faithful servant of God. She was loved by her family and friends for her servant’s heart, compassion and generosity, and deep love for others and the Lord. In Clifton, Tina worked with special needs children at CISD and volunteered with the Clifton Band Backers Organization for many years. She was president of the Aggie Mom’s club and worked for Texas State Technical College in Waco, in the Access and Learning Accommodations, where she worked closely with the deaf community.

Wed
29
Jul

James Burt Smith, Jr.

James Burt Smith, Jr. of Clifton passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Waco. A graveside service was held Saturday, July 25, in Hamilton. The eulogy was given by Clarence Fields, Jr. Scriptures were  read by Judge David Christian with a closing prayer by Dr. Bill Craig. Smith was born July 13, 1937 in Galveston to James Burt Smith, Sr.  and Mamie Marvin Teutsche. He was raised in Texas City where he graduated from high school at 16. He attended  Tarleton State College, then transferred to North Texas State College where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. After graduating from college, he married Nancy Fay  Strickland of Hamilton in 1958 and moved to Clifton in 1960. He worked for the Clifton branch of Kimball Milling  Company as General Manager.In 1955, he became the first Administer of Goodall- Witcher Hospital, and was instrumental in the planning   of the current hospital in 1972. He was also involved in many of the additions enjoyed today.

Wed
29
Jul

Wilma Jean Hinesly

Wilma Jean Hinesly, age 78, of Whitney passed away July 23‚ 2015.A graveside service was held Monday, July 27, 2015 at Clifton Memorial Park Cemetery. Jean was born Jan. 28, 1937 in Limestone County to the late Raymond  and Lola Peppers. She attended Waco schools and raised her family in Blanket, Texas. She and  husband, Dan, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on May 29, 2015. Throughout her life, Jean enjoyed many pastimes but her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Hinesly; daughters  Mechelle Slaughter of Clifton, Rena Blanton and husband J.E. of Meridian and Dee Ann Stailey of California; Sons Jim Hinesly and wife Janet of California and Jack  Hinesly of Oregon. Grandchildren Bryan Blanton, Krista Ogden and husband Josh, Amber McCormack and husband Brian, Aaron Henderson, six step-grandchildren, and eleven  great-grandchildren.

Wed
22
Jul

Mary Heyen

Mary Heyen, 60, of Clifton, passed away at her home on July 14, 2015. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitney with Rev. Philip C. Wottrich, officiating. Burial followed at Whitney Memorial Park. A  visitation was held Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney. Mary was born on Feb. 18, 1955, in Dallas, Texas the daughter of Frank Owen and Virginia Lee Palmer. On July  31, 1991, she married Randall Heyen in Fort Worth. She worked in the cleaning business for about 35 years and the last 20 years as owner/operator of Heyen Cleaning Service. Going to garage sales was a favorite activity and she collected  nick-nacks. Since she never met a stranger, she was always willing to help anyone in need.  She loved her family unconditionally. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitney. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Wed
22
Jul

Pat Perry Duncan

The Lord called Pearl Harbor Survivor, Pat Perry Duncan, at the age of 92, to his higher service the evening of July 13, 2015. Graveside services with military honors were held on Saturday, July 18, at Our Savior Lutheran Cemetery in Norse, Texas at 3 p.m.  Visitation was Thursday evening at Galloway FuneralHome. Funeral Services were at First Baptist Church, Beeville, on July 17, 2015.  He was born Feb. 22, 1923 in Meridian, Texas. He married Carol Matson on Nov. 30, 1941. After her passing, he married Penny Terry on Dec. 2, 2007 and moved to Beeville. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Spurgeon and  Mary Duncan, and sister, Bernice Cosper. Pat is survived by his daughter, Jan Duncan; his son, Bill (Paula) Duncan, his step-daughter, Theresa (Jack) Allen; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Wed
22
Jul

Arthur Birdwell

Arthur Birdwell, of Clifton, formally of Austin, passed away on July 7 at home. Arthur was born at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas on Feb. 17, 1931 to James Arthur and Esther Christine Birdwell. Following graduation from Austin High School in 1951, Arthur served two years in the Military Police, U.S. Army, and was stationed mainly at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio,  Texas. Upon release from the service, Arthur Married Rebecca Moore of Llano, Texas in 1953. They moved back to Austin to begin their married life.Arthur worked for Texas Electric Cooperatives, the U.S. Postal Service, Tracor, and the University of Texas at Austin, where he retired in 1996. He was preceded in death by both his parents and inlaws; a step-brother, Jimmie Lee Birdwell; and a brother, Joe Morris Birdwell.

Wed
15
Jul

James Ronny Riggs

James Ronny Riggs, age 60, of Clifton passed away on Sunday morning, July 12, 2015 in Clifton. Funeral serviceswill be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Clifton with Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be  yle Riggs, Codie Riggs, Tim Case and Cole Word. Burial will follow at Clifton Cemetery. Ronny was born on Aug. 17, 1954 in Canyon, to Jimmyand Jane ( Jones) Riggs. He was a 1972 graduate of Clifton High School and completed his education with his graduation from Stephen F. Austin University. Following school, he worked for Chemical Lime Company in Clifton. Ronny was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Riggs, and his brother, Randy Riggs, in 1995. He is survived by his daughter, Dana Riggs Case and husband, Tim; granddaughters, Hayli and Emma Case; grandson, Weston Paul Case; his mother, Jane Riggs of Clifton; and brother, Russell Riggs and wife, Lisa, of Clifton.

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