Obituaries

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19
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Linda Lee Cartwright Heyer

Linda Lee Cartwright Heyer passed away Friday, July 7, 2017, in Clifton, Texas. She was born January 19, 1946 in Ft. Worth, Texas, to Grover and Exa Cartwright, of Haltom City. She grew up attending Lakeland Baptist Church. She also attended the old, Birdville High School, in Haltom City. Linda taught herself piano at a young age and played beautifully by ear. She loved Country and Western music and worked closely with local artists down through the years. She enjoyed dancing, fishing, BINGO, going to garage sales and flea markets. Linda was preceded in death by her infant daughter, LaDonna Renee Yates, both parents, Grover and Exa Cartwright, and her brother, Max Cartwright. She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Ashworth, son in law, Jerry Ashworth, granddaughter, Chessica Ashworth, grandson, Jamie Ashworth, with fiance, Olivia Lopez, and great grandson, Sylas Ashworth, all of Morgan, Texas.

Wed
12
Jul
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Jean Fay Dunn Jones

Jean Fay Dunn Jones was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a beautician for 65 years before retiring in 2010. As owner of her own business, Jean’s Beauty Shop, she enjoyed styling hair and establishing long lasting relationships with her customers. When the children were young, Sunday afternoons were spent boating at nearby lakes. Spending time with her grandchildren and visiting with friends were also two of her favorite enjoyments. Jean’s favorite hobbies were playing dominoes and line dancing with the Texas Tornadoes. Jean was an active member in Zion Lutheran Church. Friendships were made with other church families and camping trips to Lake Brownwood and New Mexico were annual events. Jean was born May 4, 1926 in Cranfills Gap, Texas. She passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the age of 91.

Wed
12
Jul
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J. B. Carroll

J.B. “Pete” Carroll, age 75, passed from this life Sunday, July 9, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. Pete was born June 29, 1942 in Plainview. He owned and operated Carroll Stone and Rock for many years. Pete was a loving Husband, Father, and Grand Father. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he humbly served in many areas including Bishop of the Weatherford Ward and patriarch of the Weatherford Stake. He was Preceded in death by his father William Foster Carroll, son Kevin Carroll, and Great Grandson, Jordon Paredes. Pete is survived by his Wife, Sandra Carroll, Daughters, Kayla Calderon and husband Roy, Kelley Jackson and husband Bill Son, Clinton Carroll and wife Sharon, Mother, Dorothy Hutchins, Grandchildren, Jennifer, Alicia, Brady, Carin, Brenna, Erica, Micah, Amelia, and 5 Great Grand Children Funeral Ceremony 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 12 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with visitation at 9 a.m.

Wed
12
Jul
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Samuel L. Fielder

Samuel L. Fielder, Jr., age 81 of Clifton, passed away at 9:10 a.m., Monday, July 3, 2017 at his residence in Clifton. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Steiner Baptist Church in Morgan with Pastor John Moore officiating. Samuel Loyd Fielder, Jr. was born on July 20, 1935 in Lone Oak, Arkansas to Samuel Loyd, Sr. and Annie Lay Fredricks Fielder. He was a flooring installer for most of his working career. Samuel attended the Steiner Baptist Church in Morgan, Texas. Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Mary Hammond Fielder of Clifton; brothers, Lonnie Fielder and wife, Marie, of Kennedale, Don Fielder and wife, Sandy, of Mabank; sisters, Mary Halter of Blue Ridge, Pattsie Clifton of Little Elm, Lucille Hearne and husband, Leon, of England, Arkansas; sons, Andy Fielder and wife, Christi, of Mesquite, Danny Fielder of Fort Worth; daughter, Julie Poe of Clifton; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and many friends.

Wed
05
Jul
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Malory Leo Fousek

Malory Leo Fousek died unexpectedly, but peacefully at his home in Clifton on June 21, 2017. Services are pending and will be held by the family in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida in July. Mal was born June 20, 1939 in Anderson SC to Leo Phillip and Doris (McClain) Fousek. At the age of 18, he joined the US Air Force and traveled the world on various duty assignments, one of his favorite assignments was Spain. He was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam era, flying F-4’s and the F105G Wild Weasel. He was known by many as “the wildest weasel.” After retiring from the USAF in 1979, he entered the scuba diving business owning a dive store, Fathoms’ Way, and PADI Instructor Training Center, Ocean Tech in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Mal and his wife were partners in the business and Mal was responsible for the certification of thousands of divers as PADI Scuba Instructors. In 1989, they moved to California where they worked for the PADI Worldwide Headquarters.

Wed
28
Jun
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Bettye Jean Knudson

Bettye Jean (Calvert) Knudson, 90, of Cranfills Gap passed away Tuesday morning June 20, 2017. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, June 23, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap with Pastor Ryan Pederson officiating. Burial followed at the St. Olaf Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7p.m. prior at the Clifton Funeral Home in Clifton. On Oct. 1, 1926, Bettye was born in Oak Cliff to Wilbur H. and Ida Mae (Boles) Calvert. She grew up in Oak Cliff and was baptized and joined the Brooklyn Avenue Methodist Church there in 1940. In 1943, she graduated from Sunset High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and a drummer in the pep squad. Bettye was united in marriage to the love of her life, Carroll Knudson, on February 26, 1945, in Melbourne, FL, while he was in serving in the U. S. Navy. After completing his service, the couple moved to Bosque County in 1947. Carroll preceded her in death on January 20, 2007, after 61 years together.

Wed
28
Jun
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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.

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