Obituaries

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.

Wed
22
Jul

Mary Heyen

Mary Heyen, 60, of Clifton, passed away at her home on July 14, 2015. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitney with Rev. Philip C. Wottrich, officiating. Burial followed at Whitney Memorial Park. A  visitation was held Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney. Mary was born on Feb. 18, 1955, in Dallas, Texas the daughter of Frank Owen and Virginia Lee Palmer. On July  31, 1991, she married Randall Heyen in Fort Worth. She worked in the cleaning business for about 35 years and the last 20 years as owner/operator of Heyen Cleaning Service. Going to garage sales was a favorite activity and she collected  nick-nacks. Since she never met a stranger, she was always willing to help anyone in need.  She loved her family unconditionally. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitney. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Wed
22
Jul

Pat Perry Duncan

The Lord called Pearl Harbor Survivor, Pat Perry Duncan, at the age of 92, to his higher service the evening of July 13, 2015. Graveside services with military honors were held on Saturday, July 18, at Our Savior Lutheran Cemetery in Norse, Texas at 3 p.m.  Visitation was Thursday evening at Galloway FuneralHome. Funeral Services were at First Baptist Church, Beeville, on July 17, 2015.  He was born Feb. 22, 1923 in Meridian, Texas. He married Carol Matson on Nov. 30, 1941. After her passing, he married Penny Terry on Dec. 2, 2007 and moved to Beeville. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Spurgeon and  Mary Duncan, and sister, Bernice Cosper. Pat is survived by his daughter, Jan Duncan; his son, Bill (Paula) Duncan, his step-daughter, Theresa (Jack) Allen; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Wed
22
Jul

Arthur Birdwell

Arthur Birdwell, of Clifton, formally of Austin, passed away on July 7 at home. Arthur was born at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas on Feb. 17, 1931 to James Arthur and Esther Christine Birdwell. Following graduation from Austin High School in 1951, Arthur served two years in the Military Police, U.S. Army, and was stationed mainly at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio,  Texas. Upon release from the service, Arthur Married Rebecca Moore of Llano, Texas in 1953. They moved back to Austin to begin their married life.Arthur worked for Texas Electric Cooperatives, the U.S. Postal Service, Tracor, and the University of Texas at Austin, where he retired in 1996. He was preceded in death by both his parents and inlaws; a step-brother, Jimmie Lee Birdwell; and a brother, Joe Morris Birdwell.

Wed
15
Jul

James Ronny Riggs

James Ronny Riggs, age 60, of Clifton passed away on Sunday morning, July 12, 2015 in Clifton. Funeral serviceswill be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Clifton with Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be  yle Riggs, Codie Riggs, Tim Case and Cole Word. Burial will follow at Clifton Cemetery. Ronny was born on Aug. 17, 1954 in Canyon, to Jimmyand Jane ( Jones) Riggs. He was a 1972 graduate of Clifton High School and completed his education with his graduation from Stephen F. Austin University. Following school, he worked for Chemical Lime Company in Clifton. Ronny was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Riggs, and his brother, Randy Riggs, in 1995. He is survived by his daughter, Dana Riggs Case and husband, Tim; granddaughters, Hayli and Emma Case; grandson, Weston Paul Case; his mother, Jane Riggs of Clifton; and brother, Russell Riggs and wife, Lisa, of Clifton.

Wed
15
Jul

Frances Rope

Wed
15
Jul

Raymond R. Herzog

Wed
08
Jul

John Kenneth Wigington

John Kenneth Wigington, age 39, died on Saturday, July 4, 2015 due to a heart condition. He was born August 29, 1975 in Arlington, Texas, to James “Jim” and Earlene Wigington. He was a 1994 graduate of Cranfills Gap High School and went on to earn his LVN from Hill College. He married Kelli Adler on October 6, 2012, in Waco. John was employed at the Valley Mills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, making knives, collecting guns, mowing (not so much weed-eating), and most of all spending time with his family. John is lovingly remembered by his wife Kelli of Clifton; parents Jim and Kippi Wigington of Clifton; brother Steven and wife Deborah Wigington of New Braunfels; brother Phillip and wife Heather Wigington of Crowley; sister Micki and husband Chris Evans of Clifton; loving companion “Whitey Bitey”: and loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives.Services will be held at 10 A.M.

Wed
08
Jul

Ferlin Odell Colwick

Lifelong Bosque County resident Ferlin Odell Colwick, age 80, passed away June 14, 2015 in Waco at St. Catherine’s Hospice. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 11 at the First United Methodist Church of Cranfills Gap at 10:30 A.M. A graveside service will be held at Boggy Cemetery at a later date. Ferlin was born on June 29, 1934 in the Boggy Community hear Cranfills Gap to Belford and Mabel Anderson Colwick. Ferlin graduated from Cranfills Gap High School. He enlisted in the Air Force in January of 1954 and served honorably until discharged in October of 1957. He returned to Cranfills Gap where he farmed and ranched for most of his life, becoming a carpenter later in life. Ferlin and his old trucks were a fixture around Cranfills Gap, and he will be remembered for the generosity he bestowed on many friends over the last few years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Belford and Mabel, his brothers Gene and Ray Colwick, and his nephew Steve Colwick.

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