Obituaries

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05
Nov

James W. Lair

James W. Lair Passed away at the age of 90 years on Oct. 28, 2014 following a sudden illness. A private memorial was held Nov. 4 in Meridian Texas and his final resting place will be at Arlington Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Virginia on a date still to be determined. Lair was born on July 4, 1924. He graduated from Texas A&M, and for went on to serve his country for over 30, fighting communism in the far east. He was a World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by his mother, Letha (Tompkins) Swaffar. He is survived by his uncle Billy C. Tompkins, a daughter Letha C. Lair, son James W. Lair II, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. For all of those who had the pleasure to know him, he is loved and will surely be missed.

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05
Nov

Richard Lee Petty, Sr.

Richard Lee Petty Sr., 58, of Cranfills Gap, Texas passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 in a Waco, Texas hospital. A Memorial funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian, Texas with David Jones and Charlie Jones officiating. Richard was born Oct. 10, 1956, in Yuba City, California. He moved to Bosque County at a young age where he was raised and educated. On Jan. 23, 1984, he was united in marriage to Leslie Meyer in Meridian. Richard had lived near Cranfills Gap for several years and was a automotive mechanic. Mr.

Wed
05
Nov

Michael Floyd Pickard

Michael Floyd Pickard, 68, passed away at his residence on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Grave side services were held Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Clifton Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Herbert Lammert presiding. Visitation was at the Clifton Funeral Home on Thursday. Michael Pickard was born Oct. 3, 1946 in Fort Worth, to Floyd and Lela Mae (McCormick) Pickard. Michael was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed coaching his daughters in any and all activities. His greatest joys were fishing with his grandson and tea parties with his granddaughters. He was a loving, caring, kind hearted man with a warm word for all. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon, and two daughters, Leighan Copple and husband Mike; and Lynn Knaak and husband Christian; and three grandchildren, Luke Copple, Laura Copple and Carson Knaak. The family requests that in leiu of flowers, please make a donation to the local food pantry in his name.

Wed
05
Nov

Susanne Bradley Stockard

Susanne Bradley Stockard, 60, went to be with her Lord and the angels on Oct. 9, 2014 in Houston, after a year-long battle with cancer. Susanne and husband David Stockard, who grew up in Meridian, had  already partially moved to a family home in Meridian for retirement, but the cancer delayed the final move. Funeral services were held at Mission Bend United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Burial was in Meridian Cemetery on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Susanne so much had looked forward to life in the country and sitting in the backyard, with her pug dogs. She was a Christian from a long-time Methodist ministerial family and was confident that she was going to be with her Lord and the angels, having seen the bright lights and angels in her dreams. She was ready. Susanne was born on Nov. 30, 1953 in Shreveport, LA to Osborn Walker Bradley, Jr. and Edna Floreine Crater Bradley. She attended Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, graduating from Spring Woods High School in Houston.

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05
Nov

James Arthur Guinn

James Arthur Guinn, born Aug. 1, 1945 in Meridian, to parents Arthur and Billie (Smith) Guinn, passed away Oct. 31, 2014 in Iredell Texas. James also known as J.A. and Zero, loved hunting, fishing, flying remote controlled airplanes and oil painting. J.A. was preceded in death by his parents Arthur & Billie Guinn. J.A. is survived by wife Sandra Guinn, son; Eddie Guinn and wife Marla, daughter; Amy VanWinkle and husband Gary, brothers; Danny Guinn and wife Betty and Chuck Guinn and wife Cheryl, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nephews, nieces and cousins and numerous friends. Funeral services were held Monday Nov. 3, 2014, at Harvest Hills Funeral Home in Hico with burial to follow at Mitchell Cemetery, Iredell.

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05
Nov

Billy Don Price

Billy “Bill” Don Price, 78, of Laguna Park went to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Waco. There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial at Riverside Baptist Church in Meridian. A meal will be served for the family from 11-12 on Nov. 8, 2014, the memorial will follow at 1 p.m. Bill Price was born on Jan. 18, 1936, in Peacock, Stonewell County, Texas. He retired from Chemical Lime in 2001 with 15 years of service. He worked for the Sweetwater Fire Department in 1964; served six years in the National Guard; two years in the Army Reserves; and spent time in the Army. He loved playing guitar, singing, and had a band for 25 years. For the last three years he was very active in his family church. He loved to teach his church family members how to play the guitar. He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Jackson Prince, mother, Hazel Inez Agnew Price; brother, Denver Price and two nephews, Darryl Price and Sterling Lofton.

Wed
29
Oct

Gary Don Holt

Funeral services for Gary Don Holt were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Clifton, with Pastor Dr. Jerry Smith conducting the service. Burial followwd in the Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery. Gary Don Holt was the second of three sons born to John “Buster” Holt and Ruby Lee Wallace Holt. He was born on Dec. 12, 1947 in Clifton. He grew up on a farm in the Smith Bend area that has been in his family since 1873. He was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Clifton as a youth. He graduated from Clifton High School in 1966. He graduated from Hill Jr. College and attended UTA for a year before going to work for Duggan Trailer Company in Groesbeck. In 1969, he went to work for the Chemical Lime Company. He worked there until 1978, when he returned home to work on the family farm. He married Teresa Atlas on Nov. 20, 1976. The couple made their home on the family farm. Two children were born to this marriage, Kilee in 1979 and Raymond in 1982.

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29
Oct

Jean Orfield

Jean Orfield, age 77, of Meridian, passed away early Saturday morning, Oct. 18, 2014, in a Fort Worth hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Meridian, with the Rev. Charles Collett officiating. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the Crown Hill Memorial Park, Dallas. She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Orfield of Frisco and Lori Smith and her husband, Mike, of Morgan; granddaughter, Kadi Smith of Morgan; sisters, Fredna McCutcheon of Irving, Polly Cowsertt of Junction and Perry Bedair of Highland Village; number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Otto Pilant and Elma Francis Knight Pilant; and a sister, Betty Jo Neighbors. Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at lawsonfunralhome.net. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home of Meridian, Texas.

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29
Oct

Roy L. Owen

Roy L. Owen, age 87, of Granbury, passed away early Thursday morning, Oct. 23, 2014, in a Ft. Worth nursing facility. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in the Meridian Cemetery with Aaron Kenagy officiating. Roy was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Meridian, Texas. He was a son of the late Willis C. Owen and Ethel Durham Owen. He was raised in Meridian where he graduated from high school. At the age of 16, he moved to Ft. Worth to work. He started as a welder and worked up to become a foreman, production superintendent and then vice-president of Mid-Texas Mfg. Company. In 1980 he and a partner opened R-O Mfg. Co., a sheet metal fabrication plant. In 1987, Roy retired and moved to Granbury in 1989 Roy was united in marriage to Dorothy Josey on Feb. 18, 1949, in Weatherford. He was a member of the Granbury First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Granbury; daughter, Teresa Pels and her husband, Billy, of Ft.

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29
Oct

Jessie M. Smith

Jessie M. Smith passed away into the arms of His Lord on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Denver, CO. Interment will be in Bandera, TX. Smith was born in Ardmore, OK on Sept 18, 1944. He was 70 years old when he passed away. Jessie loved the ocean so he became a crewmember at the age of 13. He did this for 45 years. He is survived by his sister, Betty Lee Smith of Walnut Springs; her children, Shelilah (James) Dean, Chris (Tonya) Croy, Clifton (Stephanie) Croy, Casey (Clara) Croy; and great neices and nephews, Delaney,McKenzie and Tori Croy, Jeremy Eary, Kris and Zachory Croy.

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