Obituaries

Tue
22
Mar

Brayden Coverdale

Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend, Brayden Coverdale, 21 - a 2012 Stephenville High School graduate, former Tarleton State University student and athlete, passed away unexpectedly, March 14, 2016. While at Stephenville High School, He was awarded all-state honors as a defensive back for the Yellow Jacket football team and involved in other extracurricular activities. During his time at SHS he helped his team to the regional finals as a junior and senior; made the DFW Super Team as a senior; Padilla Poll first-team all-state; THSCA second- team all-state and THSWA honorable mention all-state in 2011; THSCA academic all-state in football and baseball; and lettered in football, baseball, track and golf. After high school he went on to play football at Tarleton State University as a reserve for multiple positions, where in 2014 he was honored with the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He recently transferred to Texas Tech.

Tue
22
Mar

Fletcher Lynn Autrey

Retired cabinetmaker Fletcher Lynn Autrey, age 62, of Meridian joined the Lord on March 14, 2016. Celebration of life for Mr. Autrey will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Windy Ryon Area in Saginaw, Texas: 6201 Windy Ryon Way, Saginaw, Texas 76179. He was a beloved brother, son, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend to many. Mr. Autrey was born on May 8, 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas where he lived until he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and lived in Kansas for over 30 years before returning to Texas in 2011. He is preceded in death by his father, Cantrell Autrey.

Wed
16
Mar

George B. Arnold, Jr.

George Beggs Arnold Jr., 59, of Clifton passed away March 10, 2016 at his residence. Graveside services are on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 1:00p.m. at Clifton Cemetery, with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Born July 13, 1956 in Bosque County, George was the son of George B. Arnold and Ruth (Johle) Arnold. On January 21, 1976, he was united in marriage to Darlene Meyer. They had two children, George Beggs Arnold III (Trey) and Breana Nicole (Arnold) Via. On June 22, 1995, George welcomed his second daughter, Brandi Nicole Arnold. In the early 70’s George worked for the telephone construction company, Wilco Inc., that was owned and managed by Woodrow Meyer. He also owned and managed Arnold Motors in Clifton Texas, as well as other successful enterprises. George was a real estate developer and worked diligently at developing and building into what is now known as Oak Run Subdivision in Clifton, Texas. George was a member of Zion United Church in Womack, Texas, where he was also baptized.

Wed
09
Mar

Jeffa Odgen Dettinger

Jeffa Odgen Dettinger passed from this life on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the age of 92 in Louisville, Colorado. The burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA Born December 25, 1923 in Morgan Texas, Jeffa Ogden Dettinger grew up on a farm outside of Meridian, TX and graduated from Meridian High School in 1941. After graduation, she moved to Ft Worth, where she met her first husband, Jack Cook, a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He was shot down and killed over Germany in 1944. Jeffa went to work at Carswell AFB after the war, and met her second husband, Ryan Taylor, from Burleson, TX. Ryan was a navigator and bombadier on B-24s during WWII and completed 36 missions over Europe. Jeffa and Ryan enjoyed 47 years together, traveling the world while he was an officer in the US Air Force. Ryan passed away in San Antonio, TX, where he and Jeffa retired. Jeffa then moved to Virginia to be near her daughter and her family.

Wed
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.

Wed
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.

Wed
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.

Wed
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.

Wed
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.

Wed
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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