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Joe White

Leslie Joe White, 76, of the Coon Creek Community passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at his residence. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at the Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery. Joe was born July 11, 1941 in Williamson County to Lynn and Vada White. He attended first and second grade at Bend, Texas before moving to Coon Creek in 1951 where he continued school before graduating from Clifton in 1960. He began working at Goodyear Tire in Waco before moving to Powell’s Supply where he eventually became store manager in Clifton. He married Rosalyn Marie Lancaster in 1972 which lasted 41 years until her death in 2013. He served on the Clifton City Council and was involved in several local organizations including the Lion’s Club, Conservatory of Fine Arts/Tin Building Theater, and the Clifton Volunteer Fire Department where he served as Fire Chief for several years.

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Nannie Valdeen Damron McCall

In loving memory of Nannie Valdeen Damron McCall, 77. Born June 19, 1940, Nannie passed away at home in Arlington Thursday morning, November 9, 2017 after bravely battling lung cancer for over a year. Visitation was held, on Sunday, November 12, at Wade Funeral Home, Arlington Tx. A visitation was also held on Tuesday, November 14, at Lawson Funeral Home, 127 6th Street, Walnut Springs, Tx. Funeral services were held immediately after the visitation at Lawson Funeral Home. She is preceded in death by her parents Marshall and Eugenia Damron and her only sister Ann Morrison. Survivors are her husband of 59 years Clarence Douglas McCall; children Pam Ammerman and husband Dave, Susan Ferrence and husband Jeff, and Thelma Graves and husband Kurt; precious grandchildren Daniel Creekmore, Christopher Creekmore, Valarie O’Connor, Taylor Lawson, Ethan Graves and Emma Graves, and precious great-grandchildren Alyssa, Khloe, Aiden, Jac, Maddox, Dominic, Birkleigh and Cooper.

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Joe Noland

Joe “Mark” Noland, 59, of Clifton, Texas passed away Nov. 23,2017 at a Providence Hospice Care Center from a recently diagnosed illness. Mark was born Nov. 16, 1958 in Floydada, Texas to Joe Richard Noland and Sandra Sams-Noland. He had two brothers Kevin and Karlton Noland and one sister LaDelle Noland- Gowens. He graduated from Floydada High School. In 1987, he married Gale Knighten-Noland. Mark had two daughters, Kaci Noland and Meagan Noland-Garland. Through high school, Mark worked on his family farm where they grew cotton and wheat. After high school, Mark moved to Bosque County and worked at Clifton Cattle Company. After meeting Gale, they moved back to Floyd County and farmed and ran wheat cattle. A few years later he was back in Bosque County where he cowboyed and eventually ended up at Bosque Supply selling metal buildings.

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Peggy Howell McDowell

Peggy Howell McDowell, age 86, who resided in the Spring Creek Community of Bosque County near Iredell, Texas, passed away early Friday morning, Nov. 24, 2017, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 1:30p.m., Nov. 27, 2017, in the Spring Creek Baptist Church. A visitation was held from 1 p.m. until service time. Burial was in the Spring Creek Cemetery. Peggy was born Feb. 23, 1931, in Everman, Texas and was a daughter of the late Jesse Herman Howell and Johnnie Fuller Howell. After her mother’s death her father re-married and Reta French Howell became her mother. She married Fred McDowell in 1948 and he preceded her in death on Oct. 10 of this year. Peggy spent many years in service to the Lord as the wife of a Music and Youth minster. She often worked in the offices of the churches she and Fred were called to serve. She was devoted to her children, grandchildren, and truly enjoyed her great-grandchildren and friends. Survivors include her daughters, Freida M.

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Shirley McCarty

Shirley McCarty, age 66, of Clifton, wife of Ted McCarty, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 21, 2017, at Providence Hospice Place in Waco. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Shirley was born April 2, 1951, in Abilene, Texas. She was a daughter of the late Benjamin Luce and Bernice Livingston Luce. On October 9, 1970, she was united in marriage to Ted McCarty in Walnut Springs. Shirley had lived in Clifton for several years. She worked as the kitchen manager at a local nursing home. She is survived by her husband Ted, of Clifton; children Wendy Taylor and husband Todd, of Cedar Hill and Terry McCarty and wife Heather,of Granbury; grandchildren Paige Spross and husband Matt, of Gatesville and Matthew Taylor of Cedar Hill; brothers Ben Luce of Joshua and Paul Luce of Cleburne; other relatives and friends. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net.

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Reba L. Johnson

Reba L. Johnson, age 96, of Clifton, passed away early Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, 2017, in the Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton. A celebration of her life was held Nov. 28, 2017, in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at the Kopperl Cemetery. There was no formal visitation. Reba was born Oct. 28, 1921, on the McCullough family ranch just outside of Morgan Texas. She graduated from Morgan High School and it was there that she met the love of her life Ralph Johnson. The couple was married on Dec. 27, 1939, in Morgan. They were blessed with one daughter, Vicki Johnson. After Reba and her family moved to Grand Prairie, Texas, she began her working career at a down town shoe store. After being told that women could not properly sell shoes from a shoe stool, she preceded to talk them into considering her employment by giving her a week trial period. At week’s end, she had out sold everyman. She went on to become store manager of several more shoe stores in the Metroplex.

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Fredrick William Henkelman, Jr.

Fredrick William Henkelman Jr., 83, of Burleson, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Funeral Services were held Nov. 24, 2017 at Mountain Valley Funeral Home. Visitation was, Nov. 22 at the funeral home. Fred was born July 28, 1934 in Clifton to Fredrick William Sr. and Elizabeth (Braune) Henkelman. He was a loving father and grandfather. Fred was an avid sports enthusiast and knew all the local players and their stats. He was a longtime girls’ softball coach, as well as, a member of the Burleson Sports Hall of Fame. Fred proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He held the title of Master Mason at Burleson Lodge #649. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Morelock Henkelman; and his parents.

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Taylor Cole Bradley

Taylor Cole Bradley age 19, of Clifton passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 16, 2017. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m., Nov. 21, 2017, in the Clifton First Baptist Church. Rev. Josh Pruett officiated. Pallbearers were Leonard Gayle, Colt Litteken, Kevin Dawkins, Kyle Williams, Alex Simpson, and Josh Olson. Visitation was from 6 – 8 p.m. Nov. 20, at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Taylor was born on March 26, 1998 in Waco, Texas to James and Sherrie Waller Bradley. Taylor graduated from Clifton High School in May 2016. He had a huge love for powerlifting, football, off-roading, and marching band. In addition, he had an endless love for family and friends, and never knew a stranger. No matter who was in the car, he was always in charge of the music. His taste in music can easily be described as everything. He was always competitive and had to be the best at everything. The birth of his son, Bentley, set a fire under him and gave him a new drive.

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Griffin Noelle Anderson

Griffin Noelle Anderson, 17, of Stanton, Texas was born Jan. 15, 2000 to Holly Neely and CW Anderson. She left this earth to be with her Lord and Savior along with her boyfriend and father of her child, Taylor Bradley, and their dear friend, Diego Picon, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 outside of Clifton, Texas. Griffin was a vibrant young lady, so full of life, constantly sharing her contagious smile and laugh with everyone. She had a love for softball, taking pictures, baking, music, all things Johnny Cash, and especially her dog, Cowgirl. She regularly took charge of those around her and was a big part of the glue that constantly pulled her family and friends together. Griffin’s heart was so full of love and nowhere was it more evident than in the love she had for her sweet baby boy Bentley. With her strong personality that was ever so sweet yet sassy, she brought sunshine and laughter wherever she went.

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Lewis M. Humphreys

Lewis M. Humphreys, 83, of Clifton passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at Clifton Memorial Park. Visitation was held Nov. 19, 2017 at Clifton Funeral Home. Lewis was born December 29, 1933 in Boliver County, Mississippi. Lewis was the only child born to his parents, Walter Jackson Humphreys and Willie Elizabeth Brown Humphreys. He grew up helping his parents make a living by farming the land. There was a combined family of six brothers and four sisters. Lewis had little formal education, having dropped out of school at an early age due to serious illness. Through self-determination and constantly reading, he was able to qualify for a GED diploma as an adult. He was very proud of this accomplishment. After years of struggle, Lewis left home at the age of sixteen and joined the Armed Services, serving his country honorably in the Korean Conflict.

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