Obituaries

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Dec

Kenneth Cooper

Kenneth Cooper passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. He suffered a stroke in October of 2013 and despite his hard work and some progress toward recovery, succumbed to a rapidly developing case of pneumonia. enneth was born at Iredell, Texas on Feb. 22, 1928. He graduated from Iredell High School in 1945, John Tarleton College at Stephenville in 1947, and Texas A&M in January 1949, at the age of 20. To put himself through college he worked a great variety of jobs, including one very hot Texas summer of digging foundations for the building of Highway 22 between Meridian and Whitney Dam. Cooper was baptized during his youth at Spring Creek Baptist church outside Iredell. Following his marriage he attended the Methodist Church and taught the Men’s Class at Kopperl United Methodist church for several years. At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

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17
Dec

Guss Willard Eoff, Jr.

Guss Willard Eoff, Jr., age 91 of Meridian, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2014, at his residence near Meridian. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in the Meridian Church of Christ with Minister John Moore officiating. Burial was in the Meridian Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sean Eoff, Shannon Eoff, Dart Hyde, Tim Talley, Bryan Ramsey, and Jason Strawser. Guss was born March 7, 1923, in Ft. Worth, Texas, and was raised in southern California. He was a son of Guss W. Eoff, Sr. and Minnie Frances Ware Eoff. On Feb. 22, 1942, he was united in marriage to Ila Laline “Lily” Norris in Huntington Park, California. To this union one son was born, Larry, also a Gospel preacher. Guss began preaching in 1942. Guss attended Pepperdine College and Southwest State Teachers College. He received his Doctor of Ministry in 2000. Guss had preached in local congregations in California, Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Missouri.

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17
Dec

Marvin Eugene Fossett

Marvin Eugene Fossett, 93, passed away on Dec. 5, 2014 in Clifton, Texas. The funeral was held Monday, Dec. 8, at the First Baptist Church where Marvin had been a faithful member since 1936, with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Military graveside services will be in the Clifton Cemetery located on Hwy 6. The funeral was under the direction of Clifton Funeral Home. Marvin was born in Clifton, on Oct. 12, 1921 to George L. Fossett, Sr., and wife, Ida Otterson Fossett. He was blessed with three brothers, George L Fossett, Jr., Calvin Fossett and Frank Fossett. Marvin had a childhood filled with good memories of his family, friends and school days. He graduated from Clifton High School in 1941. He enlisted in the Air Force in May of 1943. He received his training at Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, and special training in aircraft gunnery training in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was promoted to T-Sergeant, went overseas in July of 1944. He served as a turret gunner on B-17. He flew on 13 missions.

Wed
10
Dec

Ivanne Estelle Farr

Ivanne Estelle Farr, 74, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 3, 2014 in Del Rio, Texas. After a valiant battle with a long illness, she went home to be with her true Father in heaven in the most peaceful way. Ivanne was born on Feb. 7, 1940 in Texarkana, Arkansas to the late F. Lynnwood and Leone Seedig Farr. She graduated from Texarkana High School in 1957 and attended Southwest Texas State University. After marrying, she raised her three children in Corpus Christi. Ivanne merged her love of the earth’s natural treasures, her God-given talent of artistry and inherited entrepreneurship, and founded her jewelry studio, Ivanne Et Cie, Inc. in Corpus Christi in 1976. She designed one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for clients throughout south Texas and all over the world.

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10
Dec

James Leslie Pruett

Funeral services for James Leslie (JL) Pruett, 73, of Clifton, were held Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Gospel Light House with Pastor Sherry Pierce officiating. Interment was at Clifton Cemetery. James Pruett was born on Feb. 9, 1941, in Killeen, to William Leslie (Bill) Pruett and Imodean Carlisle. He passed away at Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. He attended school in Belton. On Aug. 14, 1962, he married Nancy Helen Pierce Pruett. The couple had three children. He was self-employed and was a heavy machine operator. He had lived in Belton, Clifton and Meridian and his church affiliation was Pentecostal. He loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He also loved telling jokes, making people laugh and watching John Wayne movies. He was preceded in death by his father, William Leslie Pruett, his mother, Imodean Carlisle Pruett; and a sister, Opal Dean Jackson.

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Dec

Ollie Faye Veteto

Ollie Faye Veteto, 90, more commonly known as Memaw, of Valley Mills, went to meet her savior Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Regent Care Center in Waco. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 8, at Searsville Country Church in Valley Mills with Dr. Lynn Parks and Rev. Richard Rust officiating. Interment will follow at Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery under the direction of Foss Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorials may be made to Searsville Country Church in Valley Mills, Texas. Faye was born July 6, 1924 in Mosheim. She was a loving mother and wife who spent many years traveling the country as a dedicated pastors wife. In later years, Faye and her husband opened up a successful furniture and appliance store in Clifton. After the death of her husband, she worked at Foss Funeral Home and volunteered at the Valley Mills Care Center for many years. Faye enjoyed playing the piano and sharing Gods word with friends, family and strangers.

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10
Dec

Sid Rod McCoy

Sid “Chub” Rod McCoy, age 90, of Iredell died Dec. 1, 2014, at his home with his wife of 32 years, Pam, by his side. Funeral services were held Dec. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Iredell. Harvest Hills Funeral Home in Hico is handling the services and online condolences can be expressed at harvesthillsfuneralhome.com. The youngest of nine children, he was born Nov. 6, 1924 in Chalk Mountain to the late Ruben Sidney and Julia Ardella McCoy. He married Pamela Louise Leonard Nov. 3, 1982. He was a farmer and rancher in Iredell for most of his life. He was known for his dry sense of humor and his ability to poke fun at the rest of the coffee drinkers in the various cafes in Iredell. But above all, he was a hard working family man. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Jeff (Katherine) Williams, and Justin (Shanna) McCoy; a daughter, Jessica Annie-Lori (Jeremy) Luker; three grandsons; and six granddaughters.

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03
Dec

Dola Lee Burreson Blum

Funeral services for Dola Lee Burreson Blum, 91, were held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Clifton with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Dola Lee Burreson was born on Oct. 27, 1923, to Palmer Burreson and Mabel Burroughts Burreson in Sulphur, OK. She passed away on Nov. 22, 2014, at Goodall-Witcher Nursing Home in Clifton. She was one of six children born into the Burreson farming family. She grew up in the Central Texas area where she attended Cranfills Gap School. She married Earon William Blum in Coryell City at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Aug. 24, 1940. Two daughters were born to this marriage. The couple made their home in the Jonesboro area. She worked as a seamstress for Walls Manufacturing for over 30 years until her retirement. She was a faithful member for a long time at First Baptist Church of Cranfills Gap. After her husband passed away, she moved from their farm to Clifton in 1996.

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03
Dec

Jack Hinton

Jack B. Hinton, age 72, of Valley Mills passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in a Waco hospital surrounded by family and friends. Funeral servicea were held Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Valley Mills First United Methodist Church where he was an active member. Interment was at the Valley Mills Cemetery under the direction of Foss Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Valley Mills. Jack was born Nov. 3, 1942, in Valley Mills, to Henry and Reba Odle Hinton. On Aug. 2, 1963, he married Jane Anderson. They had two daughters Jamey and Jackie. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Jack was employed by Hercules (Alliant Techsystems, Inc.) for 30 years, retiring in 1997. In his younger years, he was a volunteer for the Valley Mills Fire Department and a member of the Valley Mills City Council. He loved hunting, fishing, working at the Organic + Nursery and attending every event his two granddaughters participated in.

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03
Dec

Veleta M. Phillips

Veleta M. Phillips, age 93, of Iredell, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 23, 2014, at her residence. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel with David Ramsey officiating. Interment will be in Mitchell Cemetery in Iredell. Veleta was born June 22, 1921, in Iredell, Texas, where she was raised and educated. She had lived within an eight mile radius of Iredell all of her life. On June 26, 1938, she was married to Clarence Weldon “Peck” Phillips in Meridian. Veleta had three great passions in life: her home, flowers and cooking. She kept a very clean house and was very proud of having the prettiest yard in town. She loved flowers of all kinds. Veleta loved to cook for her family and friends. She became famous for her pies. She always knew everyone’s favorite. She worked for the Iredell I.S.D. as a teacher’s aide for 13 years and retired from there in 1990. Veleta loved spending time with all the children in school.

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