Obituaries

Wed
21
Oct

Billy Wayne Burch

Billy Wayne Burch, 68, of Clifton, passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at his residence. Funeral services were held at Church of Christ, Clifton, with Mr. Steve Countryman officiating. Burial followed at Clifton Memorial Park. Billy was born Aug. 31, 1947 in Meridian. He was the son of James Sr. and Elouise (Yoakum) Burch. After graduating from Meridian High School, he went on to serve his country in the Unites States Army in Germany. After the Army, Billy went to work for Clifton Moulding for several years. He worked in the oil field for 4 years,Wilkerson Feed Store in Meridian for 5 years, then for Trotter Construction in Walnut Springs for 10 years, retiring in 2009. He enjoyed hunting and was an  avid fisherman. Preceding him in death were his parents and 1 nephew, Brian Burch of Clifton.

Wed
21
Oct

Betty Louise Stevenson

Betty Louise Stevenson, 88, of Laguna Park passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. No Services are  scheduled at this time. Born Aug. 24, 1927 in Floyd County, Betty was the daughter of Delbert Wilburn and Lois (Baker) Bybee. Survivors include her children, Lois Marie Givens Degges and Husband Wade; Charles Orrin Givins Jr. and wife Pam; grandchildren, Cody Degges and wife Tanya, Robbie Givens; and one great-grandchild, Braden Degges. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made at www.cliftonfh.com.

Wed
21
Oct

Ralph K. Robinson

Ralph K. Robinson, 83, of Clifton, died Oct. 17, 2015 from complications of vascular dementia. Following a private family burial at Clifton Memorial Park, a public memorial service will be held to honor Ralph’s life at 2 p.m., Oct. 24 at the First Baptist Church in Clifton, with a reception to follow. Robinson was born at home on March 17, 1932 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
14
Oct

Larry Floyd Mickelson

Larry Floyd Mickelson, age 74, of Iredell, Texas went to be with the Lord on Oct. 6, 2015 in the comfort of his residence, with his family by his side. Funeral services were held at Oct. 10 at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap with Pastor Joan Iker and Pastor Gordon Johnson officiating. Internment followed at the St. Olaf Lutheran (Rock Church) Cemetery in Cranfills Gap. Pallbearers were Chad Henderson, Adam Walther, Gary Young, Gary Collins, Blake Henderson, and Chris Collins. Honorary Pallbearers were Terry Flory and Edward Herbert. Mr. Mickelson was born on Oct. 30, 1940 in Meridian to Floyd Carl and Virgie Irene Hovend Mickelson. Larry lived in Cranfills Gap up until he was in the ninth grade. The family then moved to Arlington where he graduated from Arlington High School in 1959. He was a longtime banker in Arlington for 35 years. Larry later moved back to Iredell and started an Insulation business.

Wed
14
Oct

Ray H. Gibbons

Ray H. Gibbons, age 94, of Meridian, Texas, passed away early Monday morning, September 28, 2015, at Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Sept. 30, at the Meridian First Baptist Church with Chaplain Ed Stauffer, Rev. Richard Creech, and Rev. Colin Errington, officiating. Interment was in the Meridian Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Pennington, Payton Wallace, James Gregory, Leo Young, Rex Anderson, Bob Lehman, Byron Howard, and Earl Courtney. Honorary Pallbearers were Ron Bowlin, Billy Moore, Doc Adams, Gene Harville, Greg Garland, Curt Balmos, Bob Patton, Bubba Crawford, Joe Allen, and the Meridian Volunteer Fire Department. Ray Herald Gibbons was born on Oct. 9, 1920 in Iredell, Texas to D. O. and Gracie Gibbons. He was an only child. Ray graduated from Iredell High School. On May 3, 1941, Ray married Tommie Webb in Glen Rose. To this marriage, one child was born, Emma Sue Gibbons.

Wed
07
Oct

Doris Evelyn Moore

Doris Evelyn Moore, 85 of Fort Worth, beloved sister and aunt, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Doris was born Oct. 1, 1929, in Clifton. She lived a life devoted to family, teaching, art and adventure. After graduating from North Texas College and earning a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, she followed her bliss by becoming an Art teacher to American children in Germany for 18 years. It was during this time that she created a lasting family memory for her nephews and sister by taking them on a self-guided tour through Europe in her VW bug. Her determination, independence and dauntless spirit are as vivid to them as her hearty laugh and steely resolve. Doris took every opportunity to expose her young nieces and nephews to other cultures, gifting them with camel saddles, nesting Russian dolls, German wildflower china, and a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Wed
30
Sep

Inez Roberson

Wed
30
Sep

Edra Lee Reinke

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30
Sep

George Earl Nowlain

Wed
23
Sep

Jason Carl Sorley

Jason Carl Sorley, 31, of Clifton passed away at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco on Monday, Sept. 13, 2015. Memorial services were held at Hold Angels Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 17. Jason was born May 5, 1984, in Austin. He was adopted by his parents, Arlen and Glenda Sorley when he was only a few days old from the Lutheran Social Services in Austin. He was a member of Zion United Church at Womack where he was baptized and confirmed. At age 14, he joined Holy Angels Catholic Church where he remained a member. Sorley excelled in various activities that he was involved in. At a young age he was involved in many plays at the Tin Building Theatre and continued as an actor through the years. A few of the plays he participated in were “Lend Me A Tenor,” “The Shakey Tale of Doctor Jakey,” and “Our Town.”. Being a runner, he enjoyed sports such as baseball, track and tennis.

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