Obituaries

Wed
26
Aug

Adelle Todd

Adelle Todd, age 101 of Gatesville passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at her home. Graveside services were held Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at Restland Cemetery. Memorial services followed at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Harvey Ozmer, Rev. Gene Gurley and Rev. Robert Cavanaugh officiating. Visitation with the family will follow services at the church. Mrs. Todd was born on April 18, 1914 in Caps, Texas to the late Frank and Lina Hopkins. She graduated from Abilene High School and attended McMurry College. She married Plez Todd in 1934 in Abilene. She had prepared herself to be a school teacher, but chose to be a full-time mother and helper for her husband for almost fifty years in the ministry of the United Methodist Church. After retirement, they continued to make their home in Gatesville, where she was active in the life of the church, the United Methodist Women and the Foster Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev.

Wed
26
Aug

Bobbie Doris Mims

Services for Bobbie Doris Mims, 87, homemaker, who died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, were held Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at the Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Les Mims officiating. Burial followed at Mitchell Cemetery, in Iredell, Texas. Arrangements are by Lacy Funeral Home. Bobbie was born in Santa Anna, Texas, on April 30, 1928, to Ernest B. and Anna Dell (Brown) Jones. She married Clyde Howard Mims on July 21, 1945, in Anson, Texas. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1992. She was a member of the Church of Christ, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Iredell, and was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her children, David H. Mims and wife, Connie, of Stamford, Richard T. Mims and wife, Mary Lou, of Medina, Debra W. Hiilsmeier and husband, Don, of Hico, and Mary E. Mims of Abilene; grandchildren, Les, Stephanie, Heidi, Ritchie, Alicia, Denise, & Donya; eleven great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Jamie.

Wed
26
Aug

Helen Lucille Dozier

Helen Lucille Dozier, 87, of Walnut Springs, passed away Saturday morning, August 15, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Memorial Methodist Church in Walnut Springs with Chaplain Glenn Murray officiating. A visitation was held Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. Pallbearers were Kendal Ross, Jarrod Ross, Robert Davis, Matthew Davis, Arby Gonzales, and Chris Hilton. Helen Dozier was born on February 29, 1928 in Olney, Texas to Iler and Ava Annie Keene Gray. She began working at American Airlines in 1946. She married Ralph Dozier on the Texas-Oklahoma weekend in 1948. She enjoyed hosting many foreign exchange students throughout the years. Helen loved traveling and looked forward to events with American Airlines Three Diamond Society and The Grey Eagles. She helped organize the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth before it opened.

Wed
26
Aug

Barbara Jane Covey

Barbara Jane Covey, age 85, of Comanche, formerly of Meridian, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian with Rev. Richard Creech officiating. A visitation was held on Thursday with family and friends enjoying memories and stories of Mrs. Covey. Interment was in the Meridian Cemetery. Barbara was born on August 26, 1929 in Port Lavaca, Texas to Pearl Henry and Dovie Carter Carpenter. She married Loyd Covey on September 12, 1946 in Port Lavaca, Texas. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to San Marcos and later to Clifton in 1951. In 1964, they moved to Meridian. Mrs. Covey lived in Meridian for several years after the death of her husband in 1997. She had resided in Comanche for the past several years to be near family as her health declined.

Wed
26
Aug

Carolyn Rose Sealock Blum

Carolyn Rose Sealock Blum, 78, of Clifton passed away Aug. 11, 2015. A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton with Reverend Clayton McCord officiating. Carolyn was born Sept. 5, 1936, in Texas City, Texas, the younger of two children born to Clyde Robert and Beulah Mae (Cornwell) Sealock. She attended public school at Texas City High School and also attended Master Classes at a music festival during one summer spent in Aspen, Colorado. At the age of four, Carolyn began playing the piano and could read music before she could read words. When she was nine and her sister, Doris, was eleven, they entered numerous contests in Galveston. Their recitals featured solos and dual piano classical selections. Participating in church services, Doris would play the organ and Carolyn would be at the piano. Carolyn was taught by a Julliard piano teacher and at the age of thirteen she, too, began teaching piano.

Wed
12
Aug

Arthur Loyal Sullivan, Sr

Arthur Loyal Sullivan Sr., 78, went to be with our Lord Aug. 9, 2015, he walked through the gates of Heaven to  meet God, Jesus and many loved ones who went before him.  Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 14, from 6-8 pm at Riley Funeral  Home Funeral. Services will be held at 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 15, at Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton with  burial to follow will be in the Meridian Cemetery in Meridian. Arthur was born May 5, 1937 in Meridian, to Albert Sullivan  and Mable (Brake) Sullivan.  Arthur was a Christian since 1969. At his passing Arthur was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Hamilton.  As a young boy he attended Providence Baptist Church in Hamilton. He was also a member of Assembly of God of Duncanville  for 11 years, and a member of Cornerstone Assembly of God in Meridian for 13 years. He had also attended The Barn  Church in Hamilton. He went to schools in Clifton, Cranfills Gap and Fairy, and  on Oct. 27, 1956 he married Georgia Ellrena Steel.

Wed
12
Aug

Glenda Janet Thiele Sorley

Glenda Janet Thiele Sorley, age 62, of Clifton passed away at her residence on Wednesday, Aug. 15,  2015. Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 7, at Zion United Church in Womack, Texas followed by burial at Clifton Memorial Park  near Clifton. Glenda was born Nov. 22, 1952, at Providence Hospital in Waco to Adolph and Lorene Thiele. On Jan. 11, 1953, she was baptized at Evangelical and Reformed Church in Womack by  Reverend Otto Schulze and was confirmed May 22, 1966 at Zion United Church by Pastor Walter Simpson. Her memory verse at confirmation was John 3:16. On Jan. 25, 1975, she and Arlen Sorley were united in marriage by Rev. Frank Horak, also at Zion UnitedChurch. Together they raised two adopted children, Jennifer and Jason. A diligent employee, she worked for Ashcraft Variety Stores, Winns, Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home, and nearly 20 years at ALCO in Clifton. In addition, she taught music and substituted at Clifton Elementary School.

Wed
05
Aug

Tina Marie Couchman Pate

Tina Marie Couchman Pate walked into the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 30, 2015. A Memorial Service was held Sunday, August 2, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Clifton. Tina was born on Aug. 13, 1971, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Frank and Elaine Couchman. She married John Clinton Pate on Aug. 12, 1989. Tina’s life was indeed a life to be celebrated. Wife, mother, homemaker, volunteer, and faithful servant of God. She was loved by her family and friends for her servant’s heart, compassion and generosity, and deep love for others and the Lord. In Clifton, Tina worked with special needs children at CISD and volunteered with the Clifton Band Backers Organization for many years. She was president of the Aggie Mom’s club and worked for Texas State Technical College in Waco, in the Access and Learning Accommodations, where she worked closely with the deaf community.

Wed
29
Jul

James Burt Smith, Jr.

James Burt Smith, Jr. of Clifton passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Waco. A graveside service was held Saturday, July 25, in Hamilton. The eulogy was given by Clarence Fields, Jr. Scriptures were  read by Judge David Christian with a closing prayer by Dr. Bill Craig. Smith was born July 13, 1937 in Galveston to James Burt Smith, Sr.  and Mamie Marvin Teutsche. He was raised in Texas City where he graduated from high school at 16. He attended  Tarleton State College, then transferred to North Texas State College where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. After graduating from college, he married Nancy Fay  Strickland of Hamilton in 1958 and moved to Clifton in 1960. He worked for the Clifton branch of Kimball Milling  Company as General Manager.In 1955, he became the first Administer of Goodall- Witcher Hospital, and was instrumental in the planning   of the current hospital in 1972. He was also involved in many of the additions enjoyed today.

Wed
29
Jul

Wilma Jean Hinesly

Wilma Jean Hinesly, age 78, of Whitney passed away July 23‚ 2015.A graveside service was held Monday, July 27, 2015 at Clifton Memorial Park Cemetery. Jean was born Jan. 28, 1937 in Limestone County to the late Raymond  and Lola Peppers. She attended Waco schools and raised her family in Blanket, Texas. She and  husband, Dan, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on May 29, 2015. Throughout her life, Jean enjoyed many pastimes but her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Hinesly; daughters  Mechelle Slaughter of Clifton, Rena Blanton and husband J.E. of Meridian and Dee Ann Stailey of California; Sons Jim Hinesly and wife Janet of California and Jack  Hinesly of Oregon. Grandchildren Bryan Blanton, Krista Ogden and husband Josh, Amber McCormack and husband Brian, Aaron Henderson, six step-grandchildren, and eleven  great-grandchildren.

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