Obituaries

Tue
07
Feb

Rachel Burney Barnett Carter

Rachel Burney Barnett Carter, age 87, of Katy and formerly of Morgan, Texas passed away on January 30, 2017 in Katy, Texas.

Graveside services were held Friday, February 3, 2017, at Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery. Bro. Bill Barnett officiated at the service.

Rachel Burney was born on November 16, 1929 at her home outside of Meridian, Texas to Lawrence L. and Lillie Mae Wright Burney. She attended and graduated from Morgan High School. After high school she moved to Fort Worth where she raised her children. She then remarried and moved to Houston where she resided for 15 years before returning back to Morgan. For the past eleven years Mrs. Carter resided in Waco. Mrs. Carter was a secretary, working in the insurance business for 30 years in many different places. In her free time she loved to sew and read. She will be truly missed by all.

Tue
07
Feb

William Joseph Roper

Priscilla Martin, age 93, of Gatesville passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Hall officiating. Burial followed at Turnersville Cemetery.

Tue
07
Feb

William Joseph Roper

William Joseph Roper, 62, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 29, 2017 with his loving wife, Esther Roper, at his side. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, February 3, 2017, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Clifton. Burial followed at Clifton Memorial Park. Escort services to the graveside will be provided by the Free Masons Motorcycle Riding Club. Visitation was Thursday, February 2, at Clifton Funeral Home with Rosary recited.

William was born August 7, 1954 in Clifton to Mack and Frances Roper. He grew up with one brother, Ben Roper, and one sister, Joan Roper. William attended Clifton High School and graduated in 1972. William and Esther Coates were united in marriage on September 14, 1991 in Laguna Park, and recently celebrated 25 years together.

Tue
31
Jan

Billy Ray Wise

Billy Ray Wise, 86, of Clifton passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at his residence. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Clifton Funeral Home with Chaplain Dave Anfenson officiating.

Billy was born March 5, 1930, in Clifton, to Felix and Bessie (Ledlow) Wise. Following his graduation from Mosheim High School, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for 30 years. Stationed mostly in San Diego, his career took him all over the world. On February 28, 1978, he retired as Master Chief Petty Officer. Following his time in the Navy, he worked for the civil service administration in aviation electronics. In 1999, he returned to Clifton.

Tue
31
Jan

William Joseph Roper

William Joseph Roper, 62, of Clifton passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Clifton. Burial will follow at Clifton Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00-7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 2nd with a rosary service starting at7:00 P.M. at Clifton Funeral Home.

Tue
31
Jan

Maradelle C. Langseth Helton DeWitt

Maradelle C. Langseth Helton DeWitt, 90, passed away on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 in Clifton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 31st at 2:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, with graveside services to follow at Trinity Cemetery. Pastor Clayton McCord will officiate the ceremony.

Maradelle was born on December 18th, 1926 in DeLeon, Texas. She was athletic in school and a cheerleader at Clifton High. She was also creative, studying art at Clifton College. She married Garland Helton, an army sergeant, on June 1st, 1946. After moving to Austin, Maradelle began working for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Statistics, and spent many years as a homemaker. After the passing of her first husband, she met Charles DeWitt of San Antonio, a federal railroad inspector. They married on January 2nd, 1977. Together, they spent their retirement years criss-crossing America as active members of the Airstream trailer club.

Tue
31
Jan

Thelma Margaret White Darden

Thelma Margaret White Darden of Arlington and Meridian, TX passed away January 19, 2019. Funeral services were Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Meridian. Rev. Daniel Hawkins officiated. Burial was in the Meridian Cemetery.

The only child of Enoch Lewis White and Annie Merle Cheatham was born April 14, 1918 in Waco, TX. She moved to Meridian with her family in 1923 where they lived next door and became best friends with the T. L. Darden family, a prominent Bosque County pioneer family.

She attended and graduated from Meridian schools and soon after married Thomas Len Darden Jr. on November 30th 1938. They lived in Fort Worth, Lubbock, Houston, and Arlington, yet Meridian was always home and where they maintained life-long friendships they made. After Len retired, they enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends, and dividing their time between Meridian and Arlington.

Tue
31
Jan

Don Arvid Brock

Don Arvid Brock was born to Vernon Gaylord Brock and Amelia Louise Stadig on November 7, 1947. He grew up in the Houston Area.

He married Mary Margaret Wharton and they had one son. He later married Corinne Jeanne Brandt, the love of his life.

Don enjoyed an exciting life of riding bulls, racing cars, motorcycles and sail boats in his younger years. He also loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. e and his wife, Corinne loved fossil and gem hunting. He was active in many areas of business including Selling soaps and cleaning supplies for a number of years and working on IBM equipment. He worked in the oil field until age 62 when he retired. He was also the co-holder of several patents.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014 and survived a Whipple II for more than 2 years until the cancer claimed his life on January 17, 2017. He died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loved ones.

Tue
24
Jan

Olaf Lloyd Omenson

Olaf Lloyd Omenson, age 93 went to be with the Lord on Monday January 16, 2017 at the Lutheran Sunset Home. Funeral services will be held at2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Bill Metting officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial at Norse Cemetery.

Olaf was the fourth child of Oscar and Dora Omenson born August 28, 1923 in the Rock House at Norway Mills. He had three brothers and sisters, Evelyn Bakke, O’Belle Harris Polete, and Oscar Omenson Jr. all of whom proceeded him in death.

1st Lt. Olaf Omenson served in the Army Air Corps from December 1942 through December 1945 and was a P-51 fighter pilot in the Pacific theater. Upon being discharged, he returned to Bosque County where he continued to farm and attend Clifton Junior College.

In 1947 he married Nettie Louise Whitley, and in 1952 he began a career with the Monsanto Chemical Company in Texas City.

Tue
24
Jan

Caroline Braune Miller

Caroline (Braune) Miller, 91, of Clifton passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Clifton Cemetery.

Caroline was born on July 10, 1926 to Carl and Alma (Bernhardt) Braune. She was the youngest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters. The first six years of her life were spent in Cotulla, near San Antonio, and later in Rogers. The family returned to Bosque County, settling in the Chase Community and then Womack. In 1944, she graduated from Clifton High School. In her youth, she helped her father with his threshing and black-smithing. She enjoyed playing card games and fishing with her mother in her spare time.

On November 27, 1947 she and Norbert Miller were united in marriage at the Womack Church. Their union would produce three children. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, her parents and her siblings.

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