Obituaries

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.

Wed
08
Oct

Ronald L. Chatfield

(SFC) United States Army retired, Ronald L. Chatfield, 73, of Clifton, Texas and former longtime resident of Meridian, passed away Friday Oct. 3, 2014 in Waco, Texas. Funeral services were held Tuesday Oct. 7, 2014 at the Bosque County Cowboy Church, Clifton, with Pastor Tater Paschal officiating. Interment will follow at the Meridian Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers were Randy Hancock, Joshwa Chatfield, Dustin Chatfield, Matthew Chatfield, Daniel Gibson, and D.J. Segar. Ronald Chatfield was born Oct. 14, 1940 in Franklin Furnace, Ohio to Joseph and Rosie King Chatfield. He served with the U. S. Army and retired after 20 years of service. Ronald received the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/1st Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Medal; Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Service Stars; Good Conduct Medal Clasp, Bronze 5 Loops.

Wed
08
Oct

Ben Wilson Trotter

Graveside services for Ben Wilson Trotter, 95, were held Monday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, with Pastor Doug Nemitz, Alicia Thompson-Summers and David Johnson officiating. Ben Wilson Trotter was born on March 31, 1919, in Tom Bean, TX, to Tillie Hopkins Trotter and Tone G. Trotter. He passed away at Goodall-Witcher Hospital on Sept. 28, 2014. He had been a resident at the Heckman unit at Lutheran Sunset Ministries in Clifton. He attended Tom Bean High School and Clifton Junior College. He married Voleta Schulze on Nov. 7, 1945. He was preceded in death by both is wife and their son, John Wayne Trotter. After his military service in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945, he lived in Clifton. He worked for E.E. Stewart Motors and at the Clifton Post Office (1954-1979). He enjoyed reading and volunteering when his health allowed. He was a kind and gentle man and was loved and admired by all who knew him. He was a member of the VFW, National Assoc.

Wed
01
Oct

Joe Truett Lightsey

Joe Truett Lightsey, age 79, of Jonesboro passed away from this life on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 to be with his Heavenly Father. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Jonesboro Baptist Church. Burial followed at Jonesboro Cemetery. Joe was born on Dec. 13, 1934 in Pidcoke, Texas to Truett and Susie Lightsey. His family moved to Jonesboro when he was seven, and he graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1952. Joe graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and also took other courses at Tarleton State University. He served in the National Guard. He worked for General Tire and later for Cardinal Chemical Company. He married Flo Miller on Nov. 22, 1966, and they moved back to Jonesboro where Joe taught school and was principal of the Jonesboro School. He loved to teach his students and enjoyed all the extra-curricular activities at school where he made many friends. He was also a rancher and loved to work with his cattle.

Wed
01
Oct

Esther Maurine Ulland Wehe Clements

Esther Maurine Ulland Wehe Clements, born Jan. 19, 1944 in Bay City, died Sept. 22, 2014 in Keller. At the time of her death, she resided with her husband, George, in Burleson. Maurine is pre-deceased by her parents: Andrew Bert Ulland and Lila Pauline Hoff of Clifton, She was married to and is survived by George Clements of Burleson. They married July 25, 1998 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She also is survived by: her sons, Nolan Wehe and his wife Kristie of Austin, Rodney Wehe and his wife, Kauy and their sons, Ryan and Caden of Keller; a sister, Irene Hoeldtke of Valley Mills; and step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Pam Clements of Richardson; Keith Clements and his wife, Jackie and their children, Jonathan Mohler and his wife, Elizabeth and their children, Deryk and Alexys; Frank Boehler and Stacy McPherson and her children Courtlyn and Ethan Martin; and Zakery Boehler all of Waxahatchie; and Keith’s daughter, Brittney Clements of Naples, FL.

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