Elmo Dansby

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A graveside service for Elmo Dansby was held Saturday, Feb. 8, at Clifton Cemetery. Visitation and fellowship was hosted by the family at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall following the service. Elmo Dansby passed away on Feb. 5, 2014 at the age of 92. Elmo Dansby was born on Jan. 23, 1922, in Fort Worth on the banks of the Trinity River where he survived a flash flood as a baby. He was the only son born to William H. Dansby and Ethel Lee Walker Dansby. The family moved to Iredell when he was a child where his family farmed for a few years and his father tried other occupation. The family moved to the Clifton area where his father built and established the Dansby Feed Mills in 1931. Elmo was baptized in the First Baptist Chruch on May 15, 1938. He attended Clifton public schools and graduated from Clifton High School. While at CHS, he played football, baseball, and ran track. In his senior year, he also had the lead role in the school play. He attended Clifton Junior College, North Texas State, and Louisiana Tech, prior to WWII. During the War, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. He was on board the ill-fated IX-191, an oil tanker, when it was lost at Okinawa. He returned to the U.S. aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga. He was honorably discharged from the Navy following the war and returned home to Clifton. He entered the family business with his father. They rebuilt the Dansby Feed Mills after the war. He married Sarah Swenson on April 8, 1951. They made their home in the old Swenson place which Sarah restored. The place was also known for its beautiful yard. This home became the gathering place for family and friends through the years. They raised three sons, William Tilden (Bill), Wade Evan, and Mark David. After his father’s death in 1955, Elmo took over the family business which he as operated for all of his adult life. He has been a daily fixture there with his overalls, buying and selling grains, feed, pecans, and other agricultural products. His wife, Sarah, worked at the local bank, hospital and clinic. She was a delicate woman with an engaging smile. When she became sick, Elmo faithfully took care of her. He will be remembered for his compassion and caring shown to his wife during her battle with cancer. He closed his business for three months and never left his wife’s side during her illness. She passed away in 1977. He raised his three sons to the best of his ability and would help anyone who needed help. To many in our community, he has been a walking history book of early Clifton and Bosque County. He was always open to conversation on just about any subject. He loved working with the public and cattle. He has been a fixture in downtown Clifton, except for the war years, since the Dansby Feed Mill opened in 1931. He was also active helping a number of civic organizations and a variety of people across the years. For the past 24 years, the Clifton Ministerial Alliance has used his red scales to weigh the gifts of food given in the local food bank drive which he supported. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church and has been active in the church for the past 76 years, serving in a variety of roles, and active in a Men’s Sunday School class. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his lovely wife, Sarah. Survivors include his three sons, Bill, Wade and Mark Dansby, all of Clifton; and three grandchildren, Michael Lee Dansby, Jennifer Marie Dansby, and Annie Maria Dansby; and 10 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the American Cancer Society. Clifton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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