Obituaries

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28
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Melba D. Hill

Melba D. Hill, 92, of Clifton passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility, where she was a resident for several months following a stroke. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. June 26, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Clifton with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial followed at the Clifton Cemetery. Visitation was from 9-10 a.m. Monday prior to service time at the church. Melba Dean Cash was born in Meridian on October 29, 1924, to Willie Bowman Cash and George Cash. She was raised on a ranch outside of Meridian and attended Meridian schools. For a brief time she lived in Mississippi and then moved to New York, where she met McRoy Hill. The couple was married in 1949 and moved to Clifton in 1956. She worked in Clifton for many years as a seamstress at Wall’s and later was employed at Gibson’s and Winn’s in downtown Clifton. Melba had two sons and was active in local school activities and with the local scout troop, where she served as a den mother.

Wed
28
Jun
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Oscar “Al” Carlson, Jr.

Oscar Alton (Al) Carlson, 90, returned to his heavenly home on June 23, 2017, after a brief illness. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. June 28, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Clifton with Pastor Clay McCord officiating. Burial followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. June 27 at Clifton Funeral Home. Al was born at home near Meridian, Texas, to the late Oscar Anton and Bertha Caroline on August 7, 1926. He grew up in a large farming family and was accustom to hard work and a meager living. He was baptized at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Norse and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton. Al served in the U.S. Army from March 1944 to July 1, 1946, attaining the rank of sergeant. On September 16, 1949, he married the great love of his life, Marilyn Ann Colwick. Their union produced four children, thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Wed
21
Jun
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David Lee Wilson

David Lee Wilson, age 67, of Meridian, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Providence Hospital in Waco due to complications of injuries sustained while serving 3 tours of duty with the U. S. Marine Corps in Viet Nam. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 24, 2017, in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel. Family members will conduct the service. The U. S. Marine Corps will provide military honors. Mr. Wilson was born Dec. 3, 1949, in Mooreland, Oklahoma where he was raised and educated. He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1967 and was honorably discharged in 1970. Mr. Wilson received 3 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars as well as several commendations for his service. He resided in California where he worked as a chef for many years. He retired and moved to Meridian in 2001. On May 7, 1983, he was united in marriage to the former Marsha Lake in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wed
21
Jun
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Gloria Swanson Stryker

Gloria Swanson Stryker, 94, of Clifton passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Gean Cope officiating. Burial will follow at Turnersville Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Gloria was born Gloria Swanson White on November 13, 1922 here in Bosque County. She grew up in the Clifton area and graduated from Clifton High School. She attended several colleges until she received her teaching degree. She taught elementary school class for almost 20 years all over the world as she moved with her military husband. In March of 1945 she married Clarence “Billy” Stryker and moved to Seattle, Washington to be with him when he was not out with the fleet. Billy was in the Navy during World War II. In 1947 they had a son, Donald Ray, at the Clifton hospital.

Wed
14
Jun
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Kenneth Ray Key

Visitation for Kenneth Ray Key, 82, of Clifton will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Moody Leon Methodist Church followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 am with Pastor Dennis Rejcek officiating. A Private burial will follow at the Buckhorn Cemetery. Kenneth R. Key died on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Providence hospital in Waco. Kenneth Ray Key was born on March 29, 1935 to Jim Ed Thomas Key and Lona Mae Holder Key in the Buckhorn Community near Moody, Texas. Kenneth attended the Buckhorn grammar school , The Grove Middle School and graduated from Moody High School in 1953. On June 7, 1958 he married Carrie Lee Gilliam and together started their family. Kenneth was a manager of a grocery store in the White Hall Community and later partnered with his brother John to have Key’s Garage in Oglesby, Texas. He was an excellent machinist and could fix just about anything.

Wed
07
Jun
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Jason Alton Carlson

Jason Alton Carlson, 45, passed away as the result of a massive heart attack at his home outside of Clifton on May 31, 2017. The family will hold a private memorial and celebration of Jason’s life on the family farm at a later date. Jason was born in Pampa, Texas on August 19, 1971. He graduated from Pampa High School in 1990 and went on to graduate from Texas State Technical Institute in Amarillo where he became certified in welding and fabrication. He moved to the family farm in Bosque County June 1994. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Jason had a delightful sense of humor and loved telling stories to his three year old niece. He was currently working on a novel and had a vivid imagination. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Whitney, where he was saved and baptized May 29, 2005. Family left with precious memories are his father and mother, Julian P. Carlson Jr. and Carolyn R. Carlson; sister, Crystal G. Chambliss and husband, C.

Wed
07
Jun
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Nellie Belle Dickerson

On Friday December 16th at 1:16 pm Nellie Belle (New) Dickerson passed away. She was born Feb. 2,1922 in the Clifton area. Nellie (GanGan) moved to Tacoma WA in 2002 after her husband passed away. She was one of nine children. She has one surviving sister. Etta Faye Rosco of Burlson,Texas. She has two sons Chester Dickerson of Auburn, WA and Ronnie Dickerson of Buckly, Wa. Nellie lived the past 10 years with her Ex-daughter-inlaw Pam Greenleaf of Tacoma,Wa. She has three Grand kids and four great grand kids. Friends and family are welcome to come celebrate her life at Clifton Cemetery, 2 p.m. on June 17.

Wed
07
Jun
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Phyllis Fay Alford Olson

Phyllis Fay Alford Olson, age 79 of Fort Worth, Texas, went to be with her Lord Thursday morning, May 25, 2017. Services were held on June 3 at the Old Rock Church in Cransfills Gap, Texas Phyllis was born on October 31, 1937, in Huntsville, Texas to Ethel Fay Hawkins Templeton and Claude Andrew Templeton. Phyllis graduated from North Side High School and attended East Texas State College in Commerce (later Texas A&M at Commerce) for three years on a percussion scholarship. Phyllis returned to Fort Worth where she completed her undergraduate work at Texas Wesleyan College. Phyllis married Roland Wayne Olson June 10, 1961 at Rosen Heights Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Roland and Phyllis had three children: John Walter, Thomas Wade and Karen Elaine. Thomas died when he was three days old. She earned her master’s degree at Texas Christian University.

Tue
30
May
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Robert Euston Shulenberger

Robert Euston Shulenberger, 97, of Cleburne passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Weatherford Healthcare Center. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 at the High Point Church Of God in Cleburne with Reverend Chris Jones officiating. Robert was born May 10, 1920 in Allentown, PA to D. Emmett and S. Ruth (Clippinger) Shulenberger. He grew up in Allentown and later made his way to Florida. In the early 1980’s, he moved to Clifton, TX. Robert drove a truck for many years and also worked as a security guard. He had many talents and loved being a magician and chalk artist. Some of his hobbies included leather work and wood work. For 60 years, he was involved in the gospel ministry where he pastored at two churches during that time. He was a member of the High Point Church of God. Preceding him in death were his parents. Survivors include his wife, Marie Shulenberger; children, Nancy Lee Groves, Cheryl Rene Heberlig, David T. Petty and wife, Ruby, Robert A.

Tue
30
May
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Nellie Belle Dickerson

On Friday, Dec.16 at 1:16 p.m. Nellie Belle (New) Dickerson passed away. She was born Feb. 2, 1922 in the Clifton area. Nellie (GanGan) moved to Tacoma Wa in 2002 after her husband passed away. She was one of nine children. She has one surviving sister. Etta Faye Rosco of Burlson,Texas. She has two sons Chester Dickerson of Auburn, Wa and Ronnie Dickerson of Buckly, Wa. Nellie lived the past 10 years with her ex-daughter-in-law Pam Greenleaf of Tacoma, Wa. She has three grand kids and four great grand kids. Friends and family are welcome to come celebrate her life at Clifton Cemetery, 2 p.m. on June 18.

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