Obituaries

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Joe F. Cannon

Joe F. Cannon, age 75, of Meridian, passed away Saturday morning, March 23, 2012, in Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian with Rev. David Booker officiating. Joe was born April 12, 1937, in Lufkin. He was son of the late John Frank Cannon and Mary Lou Sammons Cannon. He was raised in Crockett, where he finished school in 1955 and on July 23 of that year, he was united in marriage to Marguerite Krenek. Joe and his wife later moved to Huntsville where they both worked in the prison system. Joe became a Texas Game Warden in 1962 and his first assignment was in Tarrant County. In 1967, he was assigned to Bosque County where he worked until 1979. He and his wife worked in the oil and gas leasing business for several years, then they owned and operated Meridian Floral until retirement. Joe was a member of the Meridian Masonic Lodge and was a Master Mason.

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Marvin J. McClure

Marvin J. (Mack) McClure, age 82, of Iredell, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, in the Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home after an extended illness. A memorial service was held Thursday, March 28, 2013, in the Mitchell Cemetery in Iredell with Rev. Don Caldwell and Bradley Fletcher officiating. Mack, as he was known by all his family and many friends, was born March 30, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Edward F. and Margaret Crump McClure. While a child, the family relocated to Washington D.C. They later bought land in Maryland and built their home. He entered the U. S. Army at the age of 17 and served until April of 1955. Upon his return from Korea, Mack was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas and it was there that he met Nancy Strange and they were married April 23, 1955, in Iredell. On July 7, 1956, their only son, Dickie Mack McClure, was born.

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Marc Denzel Johnson

Marc Denzel Johnson of Cranfills Gap went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2013. A memorial service for Marc was held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church where he was an active member. He lived in faith and died in grace. He was born Nov. 7, 1938 to Elvis and Ina Johnson, Baptized as a baby on Dec. 11, 1938 and confirmed on May 24, 1953 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. On May 23, 1957 he married Betty A. Knudson, and then served in the U.S. Navy until 1961 as a jet engine mechanic. Marc returned to Cranfills Gap, and in 1969 he helped start Gap Tractor Salvage. He was locally known as the “Fat Man” from the Gap, and all over the United States he was well known as the expert in “experienced” tractor parts. He had a passion for antique tractors, emceeing at tractor pulls and auctioneering at various benefits in the area. He was always a passionate volunteer for a good cause, even working with UPS for 16 years to get them the right to carry packages intra-state.

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26
Mar
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Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson, 74, of Cranfills Gap passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Clifton with his family by his side. A memorial service will held Wednesday, at 2 p.m., at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap. Johnson was born on November 7, 1938. He had been the Mayor of Cranfills Gap for many years, a spokesman for the Gap all his life, the voice of the Lions football team, the voice of Septemberfest, and involved in everything that happened in the Gap and around the county. He also wrote a newspaper column for many years under the title, Marc’s Remarks. He will be missed by the community and everyone in the county. Although not available at press time, a full obituary to run next week’s edition of The Clifton Record.

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26
Mar
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James Thomas McGlamery

James (Jim) Thomas McGlamery, 68, of Meridian, died on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his residence, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Funeral services for Jim were held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Meridian with Rev. Colin Errington officiating. Graveside services and burial were held at the Meridian Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Les Miller, John Garrett, J. R. Wagner, Greg Hughes, Billy Poteet, and Wesley Beeman. Jim was born August 22, 1944 in Dallas. He was the son of the late William P. McGlamery and Selma Holder McGlamery. He grew up in Oak Cliff and graduated from W. H. Adamson High School in 1962. He went on to attend East Texas State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. In addition, Jim, or “Mac”, as he was known to his friends, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternal Order and remained an active alumnus throughout his life. He served in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 until 1974.

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Patsy Leck Armstrong Farwell

On February 7, 2013 Patsy Leck Armstrong Farwell passed into heaven at Providence Hospital in Waco. She was surrounded by her family and her Pastor, Rev. Brian McQuiggin. A graveside service will be held April 7 at 2 p.m. in the Clifton Lutheran Cemetery. Patsy was born on July 27, 1945 to Herbert Albert Leck and Melba Morris Leck Scott. She lived in the farming community of Womack until the age of 9 when the family’s home burned and they moved into town. She attended Clifton schools all her life and was confirmed into the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clifton in 1959. She remained a member of that church all her life although in later years she was unable to attend services so Pastors would visit her in her home. In 1962 she married Michael Armstrong from Glen Rose. There were four children born to this union: a son, Michael and three daughters, Julie, Karen, and Angela. Patsy graduated from McLennan Community College Magnum com Laude with a degree in nursing in 1973.

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Emma Lee Symank

Funeral services for Emma Lee Symank, 84, were held Monday, March 25, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Laird Duran officiating. She passed away at Lutheran Sunset Ministries on Saturday, March 23. Emma Lee Cash was born on Dec. 30, 1928, in Clifton the daughter of Hilda Leck and Louie Cash. She married Earl Symank on March 2, 1952, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton. The couple had four children. She had also lived in Austin in 1952, moving back to Clifton in 1959. She was a house wife. She loved all animals, horses, dogs, and cats. She had a sweet deposition and was a devoted wife for 49 years to Earl Symank. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Symank, and sisters, Dorothy Allen, Arcilla Johnson, and Anna Mae Williams.

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Mar
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Sallie Griffis Helms

Sallie Griffis Helms, Ph.D., departed this world in peace on March 15, 2013. The cause of her death was pancreatic cancer. During her 61 years on this earth, Sallie was privileged to share her life with her beloved husband of 35 years, William Charles Helms, and cherished sons, William Travis Helms of New Haven, Connecticut and Chase McKnight Helms of Atlanta, Georgia. Her “three angels” were the lights of her life. Sallie’s husband, Bill, tended to her with such great and loving care during her illness. Never was a wife showered with such unselfish love. Her sons Travis and Mac brought Sallie immeasurable pride and joy and a great sense of gratitude. Sallie was delighted by the way Travis and Mac engage themselves with the people and world around them. She also loved her dog, Kakkie, a loyal companion and ministering spirit throughout her years of treatment.

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19
Mar
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Merial Edwin Bachhofer

Merial Edwin Bachhofer passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013 in Cleburne. He was born May 22, 1942 to Edward Christopher Bachhofer and Oleta Collins Bachhofer. He married Sandra Birchfield on Sept. 29, 1962 in Cleburne, Texas. Merial served his country in the United States Army. He was of Church of Christ faith and retired from being a commercial butcher. Merial loved life and had a very positive outlook. He could accomplish anything to put his mind to. He loved his family and was a constant encouragement to them. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wayland Bachhofer; and sister, Cheri Gregor.

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Mar
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Aubrey Lee Dutschmann

Aubrey Lee (Dutch) Dutschmann, age 83 years young, passed away at Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility on March 10, 2013. Funeral services were held Friday, March 15, at Riverside Baptist Church in Meridian, under the direction of Foss Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Graveside services were held at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. Aubrey was born June 5, 1929, in a house on Flint Creek near The Grove. Aubrey was the oldest of ten boys. He loved fishing, hunting and camping. He was employed by Central Freight Lines Inc., where he drove a truck for over 30 years retiring in June, 1987. He was a past member of the Good Sam’s Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lydia (Tolkmitt) Dutschmann; four wives, Maxine (Gunn), Violet (McAlpine), Eudoris (Reinke) Robbie (Chambers); four brothers, Eddie, Winfred, Arvin, Otto; three nephews, Bobby, Michael, and Ronnie.

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