Obituaries

Wed
29
Oct

Gary Don Holt

Funeral services for Gary Don Holt were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Clifton, with Pastor Dr. Jerry Smith conducting the service. Burial followwd in the Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery. Gary Don Holt was the second of three sons born to John “Buster” Holt and Ruby Lee Wallace Holt. He was born on Dec. 12, 1947 in Clifton. He grew up on a farm in the Smith Bend area that has been in his family since 1873. He was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Clifton as a youth. He graduated from Clifton High School in 1966. He graduated from Hill Jr. College and attended UTA for a year before going to work for Duggan Trailer Company in Groesbeck. In 1969, he went to work for the Chemical Lime Company. He worked there until 1978, when he returned home to work on the family farm. He married Teresa Atlas on Nov. 20, 1976. The couple made their home on the family farm. Two children were born to this marriage, Kilee in 1979 and Raymond in 1982.

Wed
29
Oct

Jean Orfield

Jean Orfield, age 77, of Meridian, passed away early Saturday morning, Oct. 18, 2014, in a Fort Worth hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Meridian, with the Rev. Charles Collett officiating. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the Crown Hill Memorial Park, Dallas. She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Orfield of Frisco and Lori Smith and her husband, Mike, of Morgan; granddaughter, Kadi Smith of Morgan; sisters, Fredna McCutcheon of Irving, Polly Cowsertt of Junction and Perry Bedair of Highland Village; number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Otto Pilant and Elma Francis Knight Pilant; and a sister, Betty Jo Neighbors. Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at lawsonfunralhome.net. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home of Meridian, Texas.

Wed
29
Oct

Roy L. Owen

Roy L. Owen, age 87, of Granbury, passed away early Thursday morning, Oct. 23, 2014, in a Ft. Worth nursing facility. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in the Meridian Cemetery with Aaron Kenagy officiating. Roy was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Meridian, Texas. He was a son of the late Willis C. Owen and Ethel Durham Owen. He was raised in Meridian where he graduated from high school. At the age of 16, he moved to Ft. Worth to work. He started as a welder and worked up to become a foreman, production superintendent and then vice-president of Mid-Texas Mfg. Company. In 1980 he and a partner opened R-O Mfg. Co., a sheet metal fabrication plant. In 1987, Roy retired and moved to Granbury in 1989 Roy was united in marriage to Dorothy Josey on Feb. 18, 1949, in Weatherford. He was a member of the Granbury First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Granbury; daughter, Teresa Pels and her husband, Billy, of Ft.

Wed
29
Oct

Jessie M. Smith

Jessie M. Smith passed away into the arms of His Lord on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Denver, CO. Interment will be in Bandera, TX. Smith was born in Ardmore, OK on Sept 18, 1944. He was 70 years old when he passed away. Jessie loved the ocean so he became a crewmember at the age of 13. He did this for 45 years. He is survived by his sister, Betty Lee Smith of Walnut Springs; her children, Shelilah (James) Dean, Chris (Tonya) Croy, Clifton (Stephanie) Croy, Casey (Clara) Croy; and great neices and nephews, Delaney,McKenzie and Tori Croy, Jeremy Eary, Kris and Zachory Croy.

Wed
22
Oct

Randy Elvin Gummelt

Randy Elvin Gummelt passed from multiple severe organ failures on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at 4 p.m., in the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Clifton Funeral Home. Gummelt was born on Feb. 4, 1951, in Bruceville, the son of Luther James and Minniegene Gummelt. He was a 1969 graduate of Clifton High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force at age 19 and served during the Vietnam war. He helped build the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Glen Rose. As a scaffold buildinger, he was the first worker there and the last to leave. After construction was complete he began to travel to other nuclear facilities as an outage worker. His home away from home was the Cooper Nuclear plant in Brownsville, NE. He enjoyed racing and working on his cars. He once held the world’s record for fastest “Y-block” 292.

Wed
22
Oct

Dorothy Cleo Jones Scott

Graveside services for Dorothy Cleo Jones Scott were held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Clifton Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Reed Justice. She passed away on Oct. 13, 2014, from complications related to heart disease. She was born on Nov. 9, 1921, on her family farm near Clifton where she spent the early years of her life, and later at their residence in Clifton. She was the daughter of Sam Davis Jones and Elsie Mae Jeanes Jones, whose families date back to colonial Virginia. She was the second of three children, older brother Omer and younger sister, Joanne. Her mother Elsie advised her and supported her in obtaining an education, stating, an education is of great value and cannot be taken from you. She graduated from Clifton High School in 1939, as the homecoming queen and served on the school yearbook staff, “The Cub.” After graduating from Clifton College she accepted a position as a dental hygienist at Randolph Air Force Base near San Antonio.

Wed
22
Oct

Frances Wiggs

Frances Wiggs, 81, of Frisco, passed away on Oct. 10, 2014. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Clifton Funeral Home. Interment followed at Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery in Laguna Park. She was born on Feb. 5, 1933, in Eden, to Ada Ruby Carter and J.P. Bland. On Dec. 16, 1950, she married O.C. Carl Price in Lemesa. The couple had three children. She was a homemaker. Later in life, she attended Tarrant County Junior College where she graduated with a Associate in Accounting. On June 30, 1988, in Roanoke, she married William Richard Wiggs. She was a very gracious lady. It did not matter to her if you were related by blood or part of her extended family, she treated everyone with the same amount of love and kindness.

Wed
15
Oct

Tommy Vannata

Thomas Jake (Tommy) Vannatta, age 58, of Valley Mills passed away Oct. 9, 2014, in a Waco hospital surrounded by his loved ones. Funeral services were Monday at the Valley Mills First Baptist Church. Interment will be at the Valley Mills Cemetery under the direction of Foss Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorials may be made to Garrett Trammell Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank Bosque County. Tom was born in Mineral Wells, Oct. 4, 1956 the eldest son of Tom and Jeanette Vannatta. He moved to Valley Mills in the fifth grade and graduated from Valley Mills High School in 1975. He played football, basketball and baseball and made many lifelong friends during his school years. Tom married Cindy Behringer Vannatta in 1977 and had three sons together. Tom lived most of his life in the Valley Mills, Speegleville and Crawford area. He hunted and fished every field, creek, lake and woods he could find and shared his love of hunting and fishing with his sons.

Wed
15
Oct

David Wayne Harrelson

Our precious father, husband, grandfather, brother, and friend, David Wayne Harrelson, passed away at his home on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at Clifton Memorial Park. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. David was born on Aug. 2, 1952 in Sapulpa, OK to Audie and Edgar Harrelson. He graduated from Beggs High School, Beggs, OK in 1971. David married Charlotte Cobb in West, Texas on Feb. 12, 1987. The couple resided in Clifton. David worked at Plantation Foods in Cargill for 30 years. For the past nine years, he worked at Jim’s Packing Store and the Clifton Sale Barn. Preceding David in death were his parents and a daughter, April.

Wed
08
Oct

Marsha Franklin Bundy

Marsha Gayle (Franklin) Bundy, age 61, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at her residence in Moody. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Patton Baptist Church near Valley Mills. Interment will be at the Valley Mills Cemetery under the direction of Foss Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Marsha Franklin was born April 8, 1953, in Waco. She was the daughter of Aubrey Arnold and Ruth Ann (Williams) Franklin. She was a 1971 graduate of Valley Mills High School and a member of Patton Baptist Church. She had formerly worked at Providence Hospital and had retired from Texas State Department of Human Services due to health reasons. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Barbara Lynn Franklin, and step-mother Gladys Long Franklin.

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