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CHARLES KEVIN MIZE

Charles Kevin Mize, also known as “Mizo” to his friends, of Meridian passed away on February 13, 2018 in Meridian, Texas at the age of 56. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 16, at the Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Richard Norton officiated. Visitation was on Feb. 15, at the Lawson Funeral Home. Burial was at the Meridian Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Dagley, Rodrick Allen, Chuck Tweedle, Michael Williams, Ruben Felan and Richard Norton. Charles Kevin Mize was born on Feb. 1, 1962 in Waco, Texas. He moved to Meridian as a teenager where he had spent the rest of his life. He prided himself on being a third generation farmer. Throughout his life you could have found him building fences, underneath a hood, trucking down the road, watching hog shows, and at the occasional chicken fight. Mizo was truly a jack of all trades and a self-proclaimed outlaw. He definitely made his own kind of impression on this world, his legacy will be carried on and be told often.

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ALVIN LOYD CHAFFIN

Alvin “Buddy” Loyd Chaffin, of Devine, Texas, passed away Tuesday Jan. 23, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 86. He was born July 3, 1931 in Iredell, Tx to William Lee and Irene (Sparks) Chaffin, both who precede him, along with his son Buddy DeWayne Chaffin and his stepmother Kate Chaffin. Buddy is survived by his brother James Nolan Chaffin and wife Eleanor; two sisters, Wilma Loader and Vonnie “Tink” Masters. He was a member of the Devine Masonic Lodge #590, where he served as a Master Mason since 1959. He was also a member of the Shriners. While service in the United States Air Force on Azores Island, he was a flight chief mechanic. He was a retired supervisor with ethe civil service at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After his retirement, he enjoyed life on his farm. Visitation was held Jan. 25, at the Hurley Funeral Home. A graveside service was held Jan. 27, at the Mitchell Cemetery in Iredell, Texas.

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Beutonne Evatt Davis

Beutonne Evatt Davis, 89, lost a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Stephenville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Huckabay Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Stephenville Funeral Home. Bonnie Beutonne Evatt was born on Sept. 6, 1928, in rural northern Erath County. The daughter of Claud B. and Vernie (McInroe) Evatt, she was a fifth generation descendant of early Erath County settlers on both family lines. She attended the one-room Liberty Valley School next to the family farm through sixth grade, before transferring to Huckabay. There she excelled in academics, sports, met her future husband, and graduated valedictorian of her senior class in 1945 at age 16.

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Royce Payton Heath

Royce Payton Heath of Iredell, Texas passed away at age 91 on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Clifton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were held Jan. 15, at the First United Methodist Church of Iredell. Graveside services, including presentations by the Clifton Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Iredell Masonic Lodge followed at Mitchell cemetery in Iredell. Born June 10, 1926 in Venus, Tx, Heath served in the Navy during WWII (1944 thru 1946) on a minesweeper in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. His ship was one of those tasked with sweeping Tokyo Harbor of mines prior to the arrival of the battleship USS Missouri for the official Japanese surrender. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy Royce settled in Arlington, Texas where he earned an Associate’s Degree from North Texas Agricultural College (now UT Arlington).

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Judith Ann Marrow Kienbaum

Judith Ann Marrow Kienbaum, 73, of Clifton passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at her residence. The family will hold a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, February 16, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Norse with Pastor Bill Metting officiating. Judith was born November 24, 1944 in Rockingham, NC to Marvin and Frances (Moore) Marrow. Her family moved to San Antonio, TX when she was young. She soon met the man she would share her life with: Michael Herman Kienbaum. She lived in San Antonio with Michael most of her life. They joined their son Matthew’s family in Bosque County in 2004. She committed herself to her family and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her daughter Caroline and husband Michael Herman Kienbaum.

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Orville Anderson

Orville Anderson went to be with the Lord on Jan. 31, 2018, passing away quietly in his sleep. He was laid to rest with his family Feb. 3, at St. Olafs Kirke in Cranfills Gap TX. Orville was an amazing father, inventor, businessman, cattle and cotton farmer. He was predeceased by his wife Cherry, son Ricky, and is survived by his daughter Connie.

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Natalie Nicole Kelley

Natalie Nicole Kelley, age 6, of Valley Mills - Crawford area passed away on Jan. 23, 2018, at McLane Children’s Hospital, in Temple, Texas, due to an auto accident. The funeral service was on Jan. 31 at the Valley Mills First Baptist Church under the direction of Foss Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Natalie was born on Feb. 26, 2011, in Clifton, Texas, to Ronnie and Jamie Lynn (DeChaume) Kelley. She was currently in the first grade at Valley Mills Elementary. Natalie was the boss of the house. She never met a stranger and everyone she met she stole their hearts. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her and loved her dearly. She loved spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, camping or sitting around watching her cartoons. There were many other things she loved doing, playing dolls, riding her bike, jumping on the trampoline, riding four wheelers, swimming or riding on the golf cart with her Aunt Bob. If it was moving she wanted to ride it.

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David Einar Jorgenson

David Einar Jorgenson passed away peacefully at home in the early morning of Jan. 29, 2018. He was surrounded, as he was in life, by love. In the days before, his family spent time with him, expressing their love and caring. He was a fighter to the end in his 20-year battle with Parkinson’s, like the true Viking that he was. Christabel was by his side just as she was for the last 60 years. They loved each other, and he also loved their children Kimberly, Kristofer and Kirstyn, their children-in-law Grant, Marina, and Shae, their grandchildren Kelsii, Kaarin, Anna, Adam, Alexandra and Andrei, their grandchild-in-law Craig, and their great-grandson Henry. An enormous circle of family and friends will miss him. David was born in Britton, South Dakota on March 8, 1935 to Einar Jorgenson and Beulah Holmestad Jorgenson. In 1939, he moved with his family to Bricelyn, Minnesota. There he grew up with two older sisters Mae Lorraine and Elaine, who adored him.

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Iola Faye Howard

Iola Faye Howard age 79, ended her sweet, strong life and journey on earth, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility in Clifton, Texas. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Feb. 6, at the Clifton Church of Christ with Minister Steve Countryman officiating. A visitation was Feb. 5, at the Lawson Funeral Home. Interment was in the Meridian Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brad Coffelt, Robert Flatt, Byron Howard, Everett Ray Howard, Gary Howard, Gary Phillips, Jerald Phillips, Michael Phillips, and Johnny Waldrop. Iola Faye Flatt was born on September 11, 1938 in Hamilton County, Texas to Cortis Leonard and Iola Ivena Newton Flatt. She grew up on the family farm west of McGirk, Texas. When Faye was 6, after the death of her Mom, her Dad, (who all referred to as Pop), moved the family to Meridian, Texas. While Faye’s older siblings attended school, she would sit on her Dad’s lap as he taught her to read, as a preschooler.

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Barry Keith Wyld

Barry Keith Wyld, 81, of Hammond, Louisiana, went to his heavenly home on Jan. 24, 2018. He was born Sept. 15, 1936, to Keith Wilfred and Marjorie Mary Taylor Wyld, in Arncliffe, Australia. His wife of almost 60 years, Ada Gayle Carlson Wyld, survives. Also surviving are his son and daughter- in-law,David and Karla Wyld; grandsons Spencer and Carson Wyld; brother Russell Siemantel and wife Linda, and nephews, Ryan, Sean, and Alec Siemantel and their families. Barry’s father Keith Wyld, mother Marjorie Wyld Siemantel, and his step-father Henry Siemantel preceded him in death, as did his in-laws, Carl A. and Ruby “Mimi” Carlson. At the end of World War II, Barry left his childhood home in Australia with his mother to live in New Mexico, later moving to live in both Amarillo and Dallas, Texas. He met the love of his life, Ada Gayle Carlson, in January of 1956 at what was then North Texas State College.

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