Obituaries
 
 
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FARR, Wayne--Meridian Man Killed in Wreck
Meridian (Spl)-Pauls Wayne Farr, 22, of Meridian was killed Saturday night in an auto accident on icy roads about four miles north of Clifton on Fm 1991.  Investigating Department of Public Safety officers said his car slid off the road and into a ditch.  Funeral services will be held at 2:pm Thursday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norse.  Burial will be in the Norse Cemetery.  Survivors in clued his parents Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Farr of Meridian; two brothers, Stan Farr of Clifton and Lynn Farr Jr. of Montreal Canada and two sisters Mrs. DeWitt Alsup of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Hap Arnold of Ft Worth and a step-grandmother.
FARRAR, LORENE--Cathy SHELLEY
Whitney Messenger; Friday, September 15, 1972; Services Saturday
Mrs. John (Lorene) Farrar of Laguna Park passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Whitney Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Chapel in Whitney, Rev. Doug Lawrence
officiating.  Interment was in Coon Creek Cemetery in Bosque County.
Mrs. Farrar was born July 15, 1918 in Abilene.  She married John Farrar June 10, 1950.  She was a member of Lake Whitney
Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, John Farrar of Laguna Park; a daughter, Mrs. Betty Schraeder of Temple; two step-children, Dale
Farrar of Waco and Mrs. Johnnie Alice Brown of Houston; her mother, Mrs. Dessie McDugal of Laguna Park; two brothers,
Hollis McDugal of Gholson and Stewart McDugal of Dallas; six grandchildren.
FERGUSON, MRS. MATTIE O.--Bernie ALSUP
Mrs. Ferguson, 65, died today at her home, 2804 NW 18th.  Born in Bosque County, she had lived
here 41 years.  Survivors are her husband, J. D. Ferguson; four sons, Joe L., Jim T., Johnny C. and Grover C. Ferguson; a daughter, Mrs. Annie Lou Martin, all of Fort Worth; one sister; two brothers;
16 grandchildren, and two great - grandchildren.  Services will be at 3:30 p. m. Wednesday at
Shannon Memorial Chapel, with burial in Greenwood.
*don't know what Fort Worth newspaper this was in....She died on Feb 13, 1956.
FLATT, R.C. Former Meridian Resident Dies in Temple
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 19, in Bryan for R.C. Flatt 59 who died Thursday in a Temple hospital.  Mr. Flatt was a retired program specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a veteran of World War II. He was a former Meridian resident Minister in charge of the service was Dr. Cyrus B Barcus of the Herring Avenue Methodist Church in Waco assisted by Rev. Harral Dunnan of the First United Methodist Church in Bryan.  Burial was in Oak Wood Cemetery in Waco.  Survivors include his wife, Fannie, of Bryan, one son, Curtis A. Flatt of Dallas;one sister Mrs. R.B. Tucker of El Paso and three grandchildren.
FLEMING, BONNIE FAY TALIAFERRO SOSEBEE--Carolyn Bethany SOSEBEE
(Taken from the Lubbock Avalanche Journal April 25, 2004)
(Bonnie (picture) was the wife of George Wylie Sosebee, a native of Bosque County
(Born November 13, 1911 in Walling Bend)

Services for Bonnie Fay Taliaferro Sosebee Fleming, 87, of Ropesville will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2004,
at the Ropesville Church of Christ with Don Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park
under the direction of Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home. She died at her residence following a short illness Friday,
April 23, 2004.

Bonnie was born to Benjamin Mason and Emma Amelia Glenn Taliaferro in Plainview Oct. 27, 1916.
She married George Wylie Sosebee in Plainview April 15, 1936. They resided in the Lakeview and the Abernathy
communities before moving to the Ropesville Project Community in January 1944. Bonnie and Wylie were involved
in farming, and raising horses, cattle and other livestock. Wylie died May 24, 1975. Bonnie moved from the farm
and built a home in Ropesville in April 1978. She married Clarence Elmer "C.E." Fleming Oct. 30,
1981. C.E. died Feb. 20, 1985. Bonnie was a member of the Ropesville Church of Chri st, a homemaker,
and enjoyed her time as a member of the Ropesville Senior Citizens. She was also preceded in death by a son,
Bartie Dan Sosebee, April 22, 1937; two brothers, Elvin Lee Taliaferro and Lloyd Mason Taliaferro; and a sister, Thelma Lillie Taliaferro.

Survivors include a son, Troyce Wylie and wife, Carolyn Faye Bethany Sosebee, of Abilene; four daughters, Patsy
Gayle Sosebee and husband, John Robert Smith, of Ropesville, Kaye Nell Sosebee and husband, Robert John Wylie,
of Big Spring, Linda Janeen Sosebee and husband, Richard Wayne Burns, of Round Rock, and Bonnie Sue Sosebee
and husband, Robert Michal Coker, of Ropesville; 13 grandchildren, Robert Randall and Mary Pat Bevers Smith of
Ropesville, LaWana Gayle Smith and Randall Duane Ferguson of Levelland, D'lene Kaye Wylie of Big Spring, Larry
Alan and Rebecca Lee "Becky" Evans Smith of Ropesville, Sherry ReBeka Smith Airhart of Ropesville, Janeen Beth
Burns Jones of Round Rock, Amanda June "Amy" Sosebee and husband, Lee Eric Butt of Chardon, of Ohio,
Tamora Leah Burns of Austin, Pamela Ann Sosebee and husband, Larry Shane Luckey, of Ft. McCord, Wash., Kenneth
Don and wife, Dianna Davis Suter, of Mesquite, Suzahn Rachelle Suter and husband, John F. Swetish, of Colorado
Springs, Colo., Troy Keith Sosebee of Abilene, and Jason Wylie Sosebee of Washington, D.C.; two step-grandchildren,
Elizabeth Ann Coker and husband, Daniel J. Franklin, of Smyer, and Rebecca Lynn Coker and husband, John Graves,
of Levelland; 26 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers
and honorary pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons, Robert Randall Smith, Larry Alan Smith, Kenneth Don
Suter, Troy Keith Sosebee, Jason Wylie Sosebee, Randall Duane Ferguson, Larry Shane Luckey, Lee Eric Butt, John
F. Swetish, Robert Andrew "Robby" Smith, Raymond Duane Ferguson, Johnathan Robert Ferguson, Brian Keith
Smith, Casey Don Jones, Anthony Jerome Lara, and Mark Lee Carrasco. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Ropesville Church of Christ, 301 Hockley Main, Ropesville, Texas 79358; Lubbock Children's Home, P.O. Box
2449, Lubbock, Texas 79408; or West Texas Centers for MHMR, 319 Runnels, Big Spring, Texas 79720. The family
will receive friends at Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home, 4444 South Loop 289, Sunday, April 25, 2004, from 2
until 4 p.m. To send online condolences go to www.franklin-bartley.com

FORSYTHE, LEWIS A.--Cathy SHELLEY
Clebrune Times Review; Sunday, March 3, 2003
CLIFTON -- Lewis A. Forsythe, age 92, of Kopperl, passed away on Friday night, Feb. 21, 2003, in the Goodall-Witcher
Hospital in Clifton.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, in the Kopperl First Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev.
Rob Tombrella, officiating. Burial was in the Kimbell Cemetery.
Lewis was born Oct. 24, 1910, near Glen Rose, Texas. He was the son of the late Joseph L. and Maude M. Cline Forsythe. On
Dec. 10, 1932, he was united in marriage to Lillie Bell Hadley in Cleburne. The couple lived there for seven years before
moving to Kopperl in 1939. Lewis worked as a mechanic, farmer and rancher most his life. He had served on the Kopperl
Independent School District board as well as being a member of the Kopperl First Baptist Church and the Kopperl Masonic
Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Bell, on Oct. 21, 1993.
Survivors include three daughters: Betty Jean Cogdill and husband, Kenneth, of Granbury, Jo Ann Young and husband,
William, of Edmond, Okla. and Joyce Lou Grier of Kopperl. Three sons: Billy Ray Forsythe and wife, Leta Ruth, of Kopperl;
Jimmy Lewis Forsythe and wife, Carolyn of Rio Vista, Tommy Allen Forsythe and wife, Betty of Rio Vista; one sister: Lois
Loree McKelvey of Cleburne; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and
a host of friends.   Pallbearers were Robert Forsythe, Steven Forsythe, Kenny Cogdill, Clint Forsythe, Kevin Forsythe, Bob Hodges and Rick Hodges.   Lawson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Lawson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 616, Meridian, Texas, 254-435-2792

 
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GALLAWAY, REV. ROBERT--Paper's obit--Dave JOHNSTON
GANDY, MRS. CHARLIE (AGNES)
Meridian(Spl)-  Mrs Charlie(Agnes) Gandy,85 of Meridian, died Monday morning in a Meridian nursing home.  Funeral services will be held at 2p.m. today at the Meridian First United Methodist Church,Rev.E.R. Gordon and Rev.V.E. Hankinson officiating.  Burial will be in the Meridian Cemetary.  Mrs Gandy was a lifelong resident  of Bosque County.  Her husband was a former Bosque County,clerk.  He died in 1970.  She was a Methodist.  Survior include two sons,Alton Gandy of Meridian of Meridian and Elgin Gandy of Fort Worth;a sister Mrs Josie Burditt of Hillsboro;five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
GARRETT, TAYLOR CHEYENNE
Services for Taylor Cheyenne Garrett, 8 months, 12 days old, of Walnut Springs, were held at 2 pm on Friday, Nov. 10 at Walnut Springs Memorial Methodist Church with Rev. James Taylor & Rev. Tim Emmons officiating.  Taylor died at 9:30 pm on Wed., Nov. 8, 1989, at Ft. Worth Children's Hospital.  Burial was in Fulton Cemetery, near Walnut Springs, with Lawson Funeral Home handling the arrangements.  Taylor was born 26 Feb. 1989 in Clifton, daughter of Eddy & Talana (Jackson) Garrett.  She had lived all her life in Walnut Springs, & was baptized at the Walnut Springs Memorial Methodist Church.  Survivors are her parents:  Eddy Ray & Talana Jackson Garrett of Walnut Springs; maternal grandparents:  Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Jackson of Walnut Springs; Paternal grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Pat Garrett of Alvord; Paternal great grandparents: Mr. & Mrs. Lester Neighbors of Alvord and Mr. & Mrs. V.T. Garrett of Haynesville, LA.   Pallbearers:  Ted Williams, Ted Whitt, Marlin Dempsey, & Brady Dempsey.
GASKEY, Mrs. EDNA
Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Gaskey, 88, of liberty, were hled Nov. 8 at the Allison Funeral Home.  Burial was in Guedry Cemetery, Baston.  Mrs. Gaskey was the mother of John R. "Buck" Gaskey of Meridian.  Mrs. Gaskey died in Kersting Hospital Saturday, Nov. 4, 1982.  She had been in failing health for the past 3 years.  Besides her son, Mrs. Gaskey is survived by a daughter, Helen Rowe, of Liberty; 2 brothers:  Hart Hooks of Baston, and Floyd Hooks of Silsbee; a sister, Marguerite Lewis of Liberty; 3 grandsons, and 5 great grandchildren.
GOAINS, JAMES CLABE
James Clabe Goains, age 83, or Meridian, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1989, in the Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton.  Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 pm in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. R.L. Whitworth and Rev. O.H. Dockery officiating.  Burial was in the Meridian Cemetery.  James was the osn of the late Thomas Ovie Goains, and Florence Elizabeth Foster Goains.  He was born June 23, 1906, in Pottsville, AR.  He moved at the age of 3 to Iredell, where he was raised.  He went to school in Spring Creek.  On Dec. 23 1923, James united in marriage to Rosey Bradley at Iredell.  She preceded him in death on Oct. 4, 1977.  James was a former resident of Walnut Springs, McGregor, and Merkel.  He had lived in Meridian for the past 42 years and worked as a carpenter until he retired.  He was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church.  Survivors are 3 daughters:  Minnie Guinn of Meridian, Beatrice Paulson of Waco, and Doris Eckols of Waco; 1 son:  Joe C. Goains of Waco; 3 half sisters:  Ophillia Goains of Meridian, Lovella Johnson of Ft. Worth, and Lillie Bonds of Clifton; 3 half brothers:  O'Neal Goains of Ft. Worth, James Earl Goains, and J.E. Goains, both of Meridian; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Michael Goains, Darrell Goains, Billy Paulson, Johnny Riddle, Dean Engeal, and Dwight Goains.
GOLDEN, ANNA ELIZABETH--Edward L. WILLIAMS
Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Golden, wife of S. D. (sic) Golden and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hendricks, died very suddenly Monday morning at her home in this City.  She was not in the best of health but no one thought of her condition being serious in the least and when the news spread from house to house at an early hour Monday morning that Mrs. Golden was dead, it was a shock to the people.  She had for some time been aflicted with a bad cough but had readily yielded to treatment and everyone thought she would live for many years to come.  During the night Sunday night she had a bad coughing spell but after taking one dose of cough medicine she again fell asleep as did Mr. Golden, and slept until 4 o'clock Monday morning when she was seized with another spell, and this attack failed to yield to medicine and she died in about fifteen, before the doctor could reacher her though he lived but a block or two away.  Mrs. Golden was born in the State of Alabama Oct 21st, 1872, and was therefore 41years old last October.  She was married to S. E. Golden in 1888, to which union ten children were born and were all present at some time during the time the family was passing through through the sad ordeal.  She leaves a fathful mother, one sister, three brothers and a husband and ten children,four of whom are married and six at home, to mourn her departure, but they sorrow not as those who have no hope.  Mrs. Golden was a good christian woman having been a faithful and true member of the Methodist church since she was 12 years old, and in all the checkered scenes of life through which she was called to pass, she never wavered in her religious life, but remained true and faithful until she was called to enter the church above.  The last words she spoke were: "The Lord has called for me and I am ready to go." and fell asleep in Jesus.  The funeral service was conducted in the Methodist church on March 2nd, by her old friend, W. V. Jones, in the presence of a large crowd of sympathizing friends.  At the close of the service at the church the remains were borne to the Riverside Cemetery where they were gently laid to rest to await the resurrection day.  All who knew Mrs. Golden could join in saying that a good woman has been translated from this world of sorrow and stife to the Country where sorrow is unknown, and where it is eternal day.  The Record joins the many friends in extended sympathy to the bereaved family and relatives.
Notes: Anna was the daughter of Willis Hardick & Sarah Ann (Cox) Hendricks.
She married Seaborn Emory Golden on Nov 26, 1888, in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.
GOLDEN, FELIX--Sue BEARDEN
FELIX GOLDEN DEAD

  After being confined to his room practically all the time for the past five months, Felix G. golden died at his home in Valley
Mills last Thursday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock, surrounded by his entire family, consisting of his wife and six boys, besides
many other relatives and friends.

  Mr. golden was born in Calhoun County, Alabama, on November 8th, 1841, and moved from that state to Tennessee, later
in life where he resided until he moved to Texas, locating near Peoria, Hill county, where he resided with his family until moving
to Bosque county on December 4th, 1904, purchasing the Reeder ranch at Hurst Springs, moving from there to the Fitzhugh
ranch east of Clifton and later sold out and went to Plainview, Hale county in 1914, when he traded his property there to Joe
M. Sears for the Albert Sears property there going back to Valley Mills, and took charge of this property in October, 1915, at
which place he died as above stated.

  He was quite active until a few months ago before he was taken ill and was never able to ?? affairs to any great extent.  His
sons were ever faithful and together with his wife, who is blind, saw to it that nothing was left undone to alleviate his pain and
to say that every attention was given.

  Mr. Golden was a Confederate veteran having spent the entire four years of the Civil War when he received two wounds,
one in each arm, the one in the right making him a cripple for life, but despite his wound, he was able to, or did do, the work
seldom done by any able bodied man.

  He was married in Alabama, to Miss Amanda Boyd and to the union were both nine children, eight boys and one girl.  Two
boys and the daughter died many years ago, but their six boys, Taylor, who resides in Floyd county, bob living at Clifton, Reuben, Walter, John and Sam, reside in Valley Mills.  The six boys acting as pall bearers at his funeral.

  The funeral services were conducted at the home on Friday at 9 o'clock after which the remains were carried to Peoria, his
old home for interment.  Elder Wallace of Temple had charge of the funeral services and accompanied the remains to Peoria
for burial.

  To the bereaved ones, the Messenger extends sympathy in this sad hour.
  ---------------FUNERAL NOTICE
  The friends and acquaintances of the family
  are requested to attend the funeral of
  F. G. GOLDEN
  Born Nov. 8, 1841
  Died June 3, 1920
  Services at residence at 9 o'clock a.m., June 4th.  Interment at Peoria (Hill County) Friday
  afternoon, June 4th
  Valley Mills, Texas  June 3, 1920

GOLDEN, GRANDMA F. G.--Sue BEARDEN
DIES AT AGE OF 82 YEARS

Grandma F. G. Golden, born May 30, 1848 in the state of Alabama, died Sunday, July 6, 1930, at the home of her son,
John Golden, in the Hurst Springs community in Coryell county, after an illness of some days, but directly from a stroke
of paralysis that she was taken with only a few days prior to her death.  She had been in failing health many years, and
for the past thirteen years was totally blind.
Deceased was married to F. G. Golden at the age of sixteen years, and to this union thirteen children were born; only six
sons are living to mourn the death of this dear old mother who meant so much to them, seven of the children and the
husband and father passing to their reward some years ago.  She had been a member of the Church of Christ since she was
sixteen years of age, and Eld. Nance of Hillsboro conducted the religious services both at the home of her son, John Golden,
at 10:30 and at the grave, Monday morning, July 7.
Many years of her life were spent in Bosque, Hill and adjoining counties.  she was truly a pioneer citizen of this section.
Besides the six living sons, there are 43 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren left to mourn her passing.  The sons are:
R. L. Golden, Valley Mills; Taylor Golden, Plainview; R. A. Golden, Clifton; Walter A. Golden, Meridian; Sam R. Golden,
Tulia, and John Golden, Hurst Springs.

GOLDEN, HOWARD WEST "SONNY"--Sue BEARDEN
Howard West "Sonny" Golden was born July 19, 1916, in the family home near
Clifton, Texas, at the foot of what was called the "Golden Mountains," to
Robert Lee Golden and Maud (West) Golden.  He was the 9th of 10 children
born into this family.

Howard passed away October 16, 2005, in Waco, Texas, at the Regent Care
Center of Woodway, at the age of 89 years, 2 months, 27 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Bessie Olson, Etta
Lou Dahl and Maudine Golden; six brothers, Archie, Paul, Leo, Carroll, Ben
and Ray Golden; and son-in-law, Donald Bearden.

He is survived by one daughter, Sue Bearden of Lorena, Texas; one son, Bobby
George Golden and hiis wife, Karon, of Groesbeck, Texas; one granddaughter,
Sherri Hutcheon and her husband Jeff, of Castle Rock, Colorado; and one
great-granddaughter, Lindsey LaDon Hutcheon; also, ex-wife, Bama "Reecie"
Golden, and one sister-in-law, Ruby Golden.

He attended Clifton and Valley Mills schools.

As a young boy, he was baptized into the Church of Christ.  In 1952, he was
baptized into the First Baptist Church at Clifton, Texas, where he remained
a member until his death.

He loved his Lord, family, country and Bob Wills music and enjoyed playing
bingo and 42 when he wasn't watching a rodeo on TV.  He was particularly
proud of his great-granddaughter, Lindsey, as a day neer went by in his life
that he didn't mention her to anyone who would listen.

He was a rancher and carpenter, also working as a guard at the Gatesville
Reformatory and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad during World War II,
transporting soldiers.  He loved ranching and touring with the rodeo
circuit, participating in calf roping events and cutting horse contests.  He
also trained cutting horses.

He and his wife, "Reecie", owned a ranch at Cranfills Gap, Texas, for many
years before selling it and purchasing a hardware store in Clifton, which
they operated for several years.

"Sonny" continued living in Clifton, until his health deteriorated and he
moved to Waco, where he lived out his life in Assisted Living facilities.

Funeral service is held at the Clifton Funeral Home, Clifton, Texas, at
10:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 19, 2005, with Reverend Jeff Hutcheon
officiating and music by Charlyn Stacey.
Pallbears are: Bobbie Bearden and nephews Milton Glenn Dahl, Bobby Chris
Dahl, David Golden, Jerry Wayne Golden and  Scott Greenbauer.

Interment is at the Stanford Chapel Cemetery on Chapel Road, Hewitt, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Hewitt, Texas, First
Baptist Church, Groesbeck, Texas, or First Baptist Church, Clifton, Texas.

GOLDEN, MAUD (WEST)--Sue BEARDEN;   The Obit
Maud (West) Golden was born 2-15-1877 in Prairie Valley community in Hill County, TX.
She died 2-16-1963 in the Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home, Clifton, TX
GOLDEN, ROBERT LEE "BOB"--Sue BEARDEN;   The Obit
Robert Lee "Bob" Golden was born 8-9-1875 in Whitney, TX; He died 10-5-1948 in Valley Mills, TX
GOLDEN, SEBORN E.--Edward L. WILLIAMS
(my great-great grandfather)
Meridian Tribune, Jan 17, 1941 page 3
S. E. Golden
S. E. Golden, retired farmer and long time resident of this section passed away Thursday, January 2nd at 10:20 p.m. at the family home here. Had Mr. Golden lived until May 17 of this year he would have been seventy-three years of age, having been born in the state of Alabama on Ma 17, 1868. At an early age he came to Texas and on November 26, 1888 he was married to Miss Anna Elizabeth Hendricks, who preceded him in death on March 1st 1915. To this union 10 children were born, nine of whom survive.  On March 1st, 1916 he was again married to Mrs. Clara Jones who now survives him. Mr. Golden was a staunch member of the Methodist church, Rev. F. L. Wilshire, pastor of the First Methodist Church here, assisted by Rev. D. D. Tidwell, pastor of the First Baptist Church, conducted the funeral services which were held at the Methodist church here Friday afternoon, January 3rd.  Beside the widow, Mr. Golden is survived by four sons and five daughters, namely, Lee and Emory Golden of De Leon, Ollie Golden, of Quannah, Texas and
Lucius Golden of Iredell, Texas; Mesdames Tessie Brownlee and Sally Coan of De Leon, Mrs. Mae Patterson of Meridian, Texas; Mrs. Eulan Patterson of Dallas and Mrs. Addie Bownam of Iredell.  After funeral services at the Methodist church here, the body was carried to Iredell where interment was made in the Iredell cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased, with funeral arrangements in charge of Higginbotham's Funeral Home.
GRAHAM, PEARL LEE (nee:  WARREN)
Services for Pearl StevesonGraham, 74, of Clifton, were held on Sunday, 12 Jan at Samnorwood Baptist Church, with Rev. E.W. North, retired Baptist minister, & Rev. Kerry Aines officiating.  Pearl died on Jan. 9, 1986 at Goodall-Witcher Hospital.  Burial was at Wellington Cemetery in Wellington, under the direction of Lamb Funeral Home of McLean.  Local arrangements were by Clifton Funeral Home.  Pearl was born 6 Dec. 1911 in clifton.  She moved to McLean in 1971 from Samnorwood & back to Clifton in 1984 from McLean.  She was a member of Samnorwood Baptist Church.  Survivors:  2 daughters: Wanda Keller of Hubbard, & Betty Sweatt of Clinton, AR; 2 sons: John Steveson of Weatherford, OK, & Bobby Steveson of Norman, OK; 5 sisters: Annie Laxon of Clifton, Lola Thompson of Pampa; Ada Hord of Stephenville; Charlene Laxon of Gruver; & Bernice Light of andrews; 2 brothers: Marvin Warren of Gainesville, & Willie Warren of Andrews; 13 grandchildren, & 17 great grandchildren.
GRIMM, CHARLES FRED--Edward L. WILLIAMS
Last Rites Held for C.F. Grimm/Karl Friederich Wilhelm Grimm Who Died at 81
Mr. C. F. Grimm, of Meridian, who died Sunday, January 7, 1951, in Holt hospital at Meridian, Texas, had been in failing health several years and became seriously ill a short time before his death.  Funeral services were held in Brister Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas, January 8, 1951, conducted by Rev. Carl H. Mutschink, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Clifton, Texas, followed by interment in Meridian Cemetery.  His grandsons were pallbearers.  Mr. Grimm was born  April 3, 1869, in Austin County, near Sealy and was 81 years, 9 months and 5 days of age at the time of his death and had lived in Bosque County since 1906, about 45 years.  He was united in marriage to Miss Marie Patent in the year 1890, a little over 60 years ago.  To this union 12 children were born five sons and seven daughters, nine of whom survive their father.  Three daughters preceded him in death, two in infancy and the other about 20 years ago.  Mr. Grimm was baptized in the Luthern faith in Washington County, Texas, at the age of 23.  Surviving Mr. Grimm are his wife, Mrs. C. F. Grimm; four daughters, Mrs. R. P. Bass and Mrs. John Hanna of Meridian, Mrs. O.D. Cox of Grandview and Mrs. Collis Williams of Walnut Springs; five sons E. H. and Gus of Meridian, Lewis of Dallas, Walter of Hamlin and Marvin of Clifton; two brothers, Lewis Grimm and Rudolph Windt of Brenham; one sister, Mrs. Ida Sternberg of Brenham; 26 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends to mourn the passing of one who had filled all the stations of life and filled them well.

GRIMM, FURMAN ALEXANDER- Submitted by Edward L. Williams

THE CLIFTON RECORD - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Memorial services were held for Furman Alexander Grimm, 85, of Temple on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in temple. Burial was in Kileen, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Furman Grimm was born in Bosque County on Aug. 25, 1922, and went to be with his Lord on June 25, 2008. Born, the first of two children to Enor and Olga Grimm, his life was spent in a family and relatives of close ties as well as a strong love and faith in the Lord.

He became a child of God as an infant at his baptism in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Norse on Oct 15, 1922. His baptismal covenant was confirmed Oct 15, 1936, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton. He loved his Lord, loved his family and was a faithful friend to all who knew him. His unwavering belief in God and faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ, was his strength, comfort and council. This relationship was evident in his loyalty and devotion to family and friends. He was a lifelong Lutheran and served the church in many capacities where ever he and his family resided.

He was a faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple.

"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. That what I try to do as I approach every day. I try to thank the Lord as he spared me in combat and later as a World War II prisoner of war. I am a survivor. Every day when the sun comes up, I say, thank you Lord for another day, Indeed, He has been good to me," said Furman Grimm.

He graduated from Clifton High School in 1939 and entered the University of Texas that same year. After joining the Enlisted Reserve Corps, he was called into service in early 1943. He later entered the Army Specialized training Program where he studied Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

When the program was discontinued, he joined the 99th Infantry Division. He later served in the European Theatre including the Battle of the Bulge. He was taken prisoner, moved to Stalag XIII C and liberated near the end of the war in the town of Wendlestein near Nurenburg.

After graduating from the University of Texas in early 1947, he became employed as a Geophysicist with Humble Oil and Refining Company (Exxon). His work extended over much of West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico.

He married Frances Bronstad in 1948 and two sons, Steven and Michael, were born to this union. Later in 1948 they moved to California when Humble opened offices in Los Angeles. Grimm came back to Roswell N.M. as District Geophysicist. In 1959, he became the Area Exploration Geophysicist in Midland. In 1965 he assumed the position of Chief Geophysicist for ESSO in the Philippines while his family resided in Manila. While in Southeast Asia, operations were conducted in the South China Sea off the coast of Northern Borneo and the Gulf of Thailand. After completion of work in Singapore, the family moved to Houston where he served on the Staff of Chief Geophysicist.

After retirement from Exxon, he managed a cattle ranch north of Meridian, Texas. He retired fully in 1980 and the family moved to Clifton where they resided for 20 years before moving to Temple in 2002.

Grimm was an avid golfer having had three hole in ones. He played intramural baseball at the University of Texas and played football and basketball in High School.

He is survived by his devoted wife Fran of 59 years; a son, Michael, and grandchildren, Tyler and Kirstin.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steven, in 1999; and a brother Trenton, in 1936.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Temple, Texas, or to Lutheran Sunset Ministries, P.O. Box 71, Clifton, or Vista Care, 2626 S. 37th St., Ste. B., Temple.

 

GRIMM, MARIA PATENT--Edward L. WILLIAMS
Attend Mrs. Grimm's Funeral From Rotan
Mr. and Mrs. Art Singley and Mrs. L. D. Singley, of Rotan, were in Bosque County Wednesday of last week to attend the funeral services held at 2:30 o'clock that afternoon in Meridian at the Brister Funeral Home for the ladies aunt, Mrs. C. F. Grimm. of Meridian. They made their headquarters while here in the home of the ladies' sister, Mrs. A.G. Amundson, and family in Clifton.  Mrs. C. F. Grimm, aged 83, died at the home near Meridian of her son-in-law & daughter, Mr. & Mrs. John Hanna, on Tuesday, February 2.  Following the services interment was in the Meridian Cemetery.  Left to survive Mrs. Grimm are five sons, E.H. Grimm, Gus Grimm, Walter Grimm, & Marvin Grimm of Meridian and Louis Grimm of Dallas, and four daughters, Mrs. John Hanna (Clara) and Mrs. R. T. Bass (Helen), of Meridain.  Mrs. Callis [Collis] Williams (Marie), of Walnut Springs, & Mrs. O. D. Cox (Annie) of Cleburne.  Attending the services from Clifton were Mr. & Mrs. A.G. Amundson, Jodie Amundson, Mrs. Ida Grimm, C.C. Grimm, Alfred Grimm, & Mrs. J.L. Amundson.  The deceased was an aunt of each of the above mentioned persons with the exception of Mrs. Ida Grimm whose sister-in-law she was.
GOULDMAN, JOSEPHINE URBAN--Pat LYON
Josephine Victoria Urban Gouldman, 70, of Laguna Park, Clifton, died at her home
Tuesday, October 2, 2001, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her life will be celebrated with services at First Baptist Church, Laguna Park on Friday, October 5, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. Lunch for family members will be served at noon. Burial will be at Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery. Family will be available for visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4, at Clifton Funeral Home. Josephine Victoria Urban was born to Joseph Urban and Ella Sommerfeld Urban on January 17, 1931 in Bosque County and grew up in the Smith Bend ? Coon Creek communities, graduating from Clifton High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Billie Earl Gouldman, on September 6, 1952 in Harris County, Texas. Most of their married life was spent in the Houston-Baytown area. They enjoyed hunting and fishing together and often traveled in their private plane. In 1992, they returned to Bosque County to build their retirement home, but Billie preceded Josephine in death in May, 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and son-in-law, Bruce Rowland, who died in December, 1999. Josephine remained active in the Laguna Park community, among family and life-long friends who loved her. Her quilting was admired by all, and was cherished as gifts by her family and friends. At the time of her death she was working on a quilting project for her children. She was a faithful member of the congregational family of First Baptist Church, Laguna Park. She was a member of the Bluebonnet Club and regularly played dominoes. Josephine was treasurer of theSmith Bend ? Coon Creek Cemetery Association. She and a double first cousin together pursued the genealogy of their shared ancestry, enjoying great fun, joy and excitement over their discoveries.  "Josie" is survived by her children, Janice Rowland of Baytown and Steven Gouldman and wife Karen of Tampa, Florida; sister Ella Poston of Waco; brothers, Joe Urban of Waco and Bobby Urban of Dickinson; grandson Brandon Rowland of Baytown; special aunt, Ann Urban Sommerfeld and double first cousins Helen Sommerfeld Amundson and Patricia Sommerfeld Lyon of Clifton; brothers-in-law, Jake Gouldman and wife Jean, Reuben Gouldman and wife Ruby, of Laguna Park, Tat Gouldman and wife Jimmie, Clyde Gouldman and wife Dorothy of Houston; sister-in-law Mary Helen Gouldman Kleypas and husband Darryl, all of Laguna Park, and multiple Urban and Sommerfeld kin, having been one of 11 "double first cousins." She will be missed, but will always be remembered with love and laughter.  Pall bearers were Joe Urban, Bobby Urban, Charles Urban, Don Urban, Ralph Sommerfeld, Darryl Kleypas, and Tommy Lange.  Memorials may be made to Waco Providence Hospice, Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery Association, or the First Baptist Church at Laguna Park.
 
 
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HANNA, Mrs. COLLIN (MARY FRANCIS)
Mary Francis Hanna, age 71, of Arlington, formerly of Meridian, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 3, 1989, in an Arlington hospital, after an extended illness.  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, Jan. 6 at 1 pm in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel, in Meridian, with Rev. Ron Durham, pastor of Waco Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial was in the Meridian Cemetery.
HANNA, JOHN WINFRED--Edward L. WILLIAMS
Hanna Services Scheduled Today
MERIDIAN (SPL) - Funeral services for John W. Hanna, 76, of Meridian, will be at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. today.  Rev. Gene Grace and Rev. Tommy Brooks will officiate.  Burial will be in Meridian Cemetery.  Mr. Hanna died in a Meridian hospital Thursday.  Mr. Hanna was born in Montague County in 1893 and came to Bosque County at an early age.  He married Clara Grimm Dec
17, 1916.  He was a retired farmer and rancher and membr of the Meridian First Baptist Church.  Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Viola Davis of Odessa; one son, Alton Hanna of Dallas; three brothers, Herman Hanna of Meridian, Vernon Hanna of Rio Vista, and Joe Hanna of Cleburne; three sisters, Mrs. Gennetia Hanson and Mrs. Pearly Collins both of Cleburne and Mrs. Lou Ella Green of Cicso; and three grandchildren.
HARDWICK, JOSIE (REESING)
Josie Hardwick, age 86, of Meridian died Thursday afternoon, Jan 19, 1989, in an Arlington hospital after a brief illness.  Services were held Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, at 1:30 pm in the Faith Lutheran Church in Meridian, with Rev. Allen Johannes and Rev. John Homerstad officiating.  Burial was in the Meridian Cemetery, with Lawson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Josie Marie Reesing, daughter of the late Oscar B. Reesing and Emma Huse Reesing, was born Dec. 21, 1902, in the Harmony Community, west of Clifton.  She was the 4th of 11 children.  At the age of 10, she moved with her parents to the Cooper Communtiy, north of Clifton.  After attending the Cooper Rural School, she graduated from Clifton Lutheran Academy, and then Clifton Junior College.
On Aug. 6, 1924, she was united in marriage to Alfred Hardwick at Meridian.  The couple made their home near Meridian, except for 7 years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when they lived in the Texas panhandle, near Gruver.  They enjoyed farming and ranching near Meridian after their return.  Mr. Hardwick served the citizens of Bosque County for several years, first as county clerk and then as county judge.  Mrs. Hardwick served the county as district clerk for 2 terms, retiring in Dec 31, 1970.  Her husband preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1963.  She continued to live on the farm unitl Dec of 1978, when she moved to Meridian.  She moved to Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home in 1985, and then to Arlington a year ago to be near her son.  Mrs. Hardwick was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church of Meridian.  Survivors include a son, Olin A. Hardwick, Jr. of Arlington; 2 grandchildren:  Kelly Hardwick and Scott Hardwick, both of Jefferson, NY; 3 step- grandchildren:  Mark Foster of Dallas, Lourie Foster of Lubbock, and Heather Foster of Arlington' a sister, Mrs. R.W. (Eunice) Cooksey of granbury; 5 brothers:  John Reesing of Ft. Worth, Walter Reesing of Waco, and Pete Reesing, Albert Reesing, and Raymond Reesing, all of Clifton; and other relatives.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Inga Bronstad, adn 3 borthers, Jim Reesing, Oliver Reesing, and Leroy Reesing.  Pallbearers were Odin Bronstad, Jerry Reesing, Curtis Hardwick, N.L. Schlegel, Bobby Reesing, and Mike Reesing.
HARDWICK, RUTH (Mrs. William A.)
Ruth Hardwick, 92, of Meridian, died Sat. afternoon 18 Nov 1989 at the Meridian Geriatric Center.  Services were held on Mon., Nov 20 at 11 am at the Meridian First Methodist Church with Rev. Stephens and Rev. Melanie Soulen officiating.  Burial was inMeridian Cemetery with Lawson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Born Ruth Lucille BROWN, on 19 July 1897, to the late Martin & Helen Canuteson Brown, Ruth was raised, & went to school in the Meridian area.  Ruth wed William Asbury Hardwick on Oct. 19, 1913 at Meridian, & he preceded her in death on 20 Nov. 1970.  The couple lived in various parts of Texas, inlcuding Walnut Springs, before returning to Merdian in 1958.  Ruth was a homemaker, and a member of the Meridian First united Methodist Church.  Survivors:  2 daughters:  Thelma Frances Sloan of Temple, and Hazel Lucille Hogan of Arlington; a son:  Carrol Keith Hardwick of London, England; a sister, Mrs. Alcie Beach of Meridian; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Bill Hardcastle, C.K. Word, Henry Bass, Buzz Spitzer, Junior Jones, & Moize Adney.
HARRINGTON, FLOYD--Cathy SHELLEY
Whitney Messenger; Friday, April 15, 1994
Floyd Harrington, age 77, of Rt. 1 Morgan, Texas died Thursday, April 7 in a Waco Hospital.  Funeral services were 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 1994 at the Marshall and Marshall Chapel in Whitney with the Rev. Katie Stellar officiating. Interment was at the Whitney Memorial Park in Whitney.  Mr. Harrington was born May 13, 1916 in Irving, Texas. He was the son of L.E.
and Mary (Averett) Harrington. He lived around the Grapevine area before moving to Morgan and the Whitney area in Decmeber 1985. He married Sarah Baley on Septembre 2, 1947. He was a farmer and served in the U.S. Army furing World War II. Mr. Harrington was a Methodist.  He is survived by his wife, Sarah Harrington of Rt. 1, Morgan, Texas; four sisters, Mary Bagwell of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Georgia Millican of Montague, Doris Pond of Fort Worth and Lois Pond of Euless; and a number of nieces and nephews.
HELMS, HOMER--Cathy SHELLEY
The Hillsboro Reporter; Monday, March 25, 2002
Mr. Homer Helms, 81, of Clifton died Thursday, March 14, at a Clifton hospital. He was born October 1, 1920 in the Womack Community in Bosque County, son of William A. and Kate Augusta (Wichier) Helms. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the Military Police Department, 1848th Service Command Unit. He received the American Service Medal, World
War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and four overseas service bars. He married Inez Prince May 28, 1957, and she preceded him in death March 4, 1997. He had lived at the Woodland Hills Addition since 1962 and in Clifton since 1998. He was a member of Prairie Valley Baptist Church.  Survivors include: one son, Homer Paul Helms, Jr. of Austin; two sisters, Fridia Nelson of Milano and Adelle Priobe of Caldwell; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at
Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Whitney with Rev. Eddie Booth officiating. Interment was at Peoria Cemetery.
HENDRICKS, SARAH ANN (COX) (1842 - 1919)--Edward L. WILLIAMS
Sarah or Grannie as she was forever called was born March 9, 1842 in Cahaiba, Selma County Alabama.  Early in life she professed faith in Christ and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and ever afterwards remained a Christian and loyal member.  She was frank and positive in her convictions but she always exercised a loving spirit which had good results.  Grannie was exceptionally full of life and jolly for one so advanced in years and physical liabilities.  Though she suffered greatly she seldomly complained.  She bore her ailments like a tried soldier of the cross.  She seldom got to attend church but her faith always remained unshaken.  At her only daughter's house at Hico, Texas, Aug 17, 1919, Granny Hendricks pure spirit took its flight and winged itself back to God who gave it.  Her remains were brought here and laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery.  May the good father of all comfort her aged companion the three sons and the daughter who were left behind to morn their loss.  H. A. Nichols, Pastor, Iredell, Texas
Notes:  Wife of Willis Hardick Hendricks, mother of Anna Elizabeth (Hendricks) Golden.
HERRING, LINCOLN D., SR.--Rose DENSON
The Rev. J. B. Everett of Buckner Boys Ranch, Burnett, will conduct funeral services Wednesday, August 16, 1972, at 10 a.m. in Burkett Baptist Church for Lincoln D. Herring, Sr., 69, of Burkett (TX).
Assisting Rev. Everett will be the Rev. Tommy Larner, pastor of Burkett Baptist Church. Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna will be in charge of arrangements, and interment will be in Burkett Cemetery.  Mr. Herring died Monday, Aug. 14, in Ranger Park Hospital, Santa Anna. A Baptist and resident of Coleman County since 1933, he retired as a laborer in 1968. He had moved here from Bosque
County.  Son of the late David Moses Herring and Molly Josephine Brock Herring, he was born Oct. 14, 1902 in Iredell.  He and Cora Lee Everett were married in Hamilton on Feb. 20, 1925.  Surviving him are his widow of Burkett; four daughters, Mrs. Juanna B. Cochran of Joplin, Mo., Mrs. Selesea May Epperson of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Rowena K. Anderson of Santa Anna and Mrs. Sharon Lee Childers of Cisco; four sons, Billy Joe Herring of Jenks, Okla., James Clark Herring of Broken Arrow, Okla., Sylvester Ray Herring of Mineral Wells and L. D. Herring Jr. of Ft. Worth; four sisters, Mrs. Katie Worrell of Waco, Mrs. Ona Groveunder and Mrs. Esther Borgman of Ft. Worth and Mrs. Linnie Walker of Colorado City; one brother, John Robert Herring of Santa Anna; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
 (taken from unknown newspaper, most likely from Burkett, TX paper, Aug. 15, 1972 - with heading: Rites Tomorrow For Burkett Man, L. D. Herring, Sr.) Lincoln D. Herring Sr. was a brother
HERRINGTON, RUBY (Mrs. J.M.)
Ruby Herrington, 91 of Meridian, died Tuesday night, 8 Nov 1988 at the Meridian Geriatric Center after an extended illness.  Services were Thursday, Nov 10, 10:30 am at the Merdian First Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Creech officiating.  Burial was at Austin Memorial Park, Austin, TX.  Lawson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.  Born Ruby Garber 24 Nov 1896, to the late James F. & Claudia Yarbrough Garber, in Morgan, where she was raised.  Dec 25, 1922 she married James M. Herrington in Ranger.  She & James lived in Ranger & Colorado City for a number of years before moving to Austin in 1943.  James died 15 April 1953.  Ruby worked for many years in the state comptroller's office in Austin.  She moved to Meridian in 1966, where she was a member of the Meridian First Baptist Church, Meridian Garden Club, & various other civic groups.  Survivors:  a daughter & her husband, Doris & Denson Westbrook of Dallas; a son & his wife, Jack & Pat Herrington of Salado; 2 sisters: Blanche Hampton of Dallas, & Bettye Alexander of Houston; & 4 grandchildren.
HILDERBRAND, HAROLD EDWARD--Betty R. CROOK (a volunteer with Central Texas Genealogical Society in Waco, TX)
"Waco Tribune-Herald", Waco, McLennan County, Texas, Thursday, 20 February 2003, page 3C, column 1.
Dr. Harold Edward HILDERBRAND died on Saturday, 15 February 2003, at home in Meridian.  He was born in Baca County,
Colorado, to Viola Cordes Hilderbrand and Gilbert I. Hilderbrand.  The family lived in Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, and
he graduated from Miami High School in 1936.  He graduated from Oklahoma University in 1943 with an M.D. degree and went
to Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas, for medical internship.  He was a captain in the Army Medical Corps for two
years.  After discharge, he started a practice in Rockport, then moved to Goliad, Goliad County, Texas, and practiced
medicine for 16 years.  On 24 January 1963, he married Carolyn Koenig in Beeville, Texas.  The family moved to Valley
Mills and on to Meridian, where he practiced medicine for 21 years until retirement in 1986.  Survivors: wife, Carolyn
Koenig Hilderbrand of Meridian, sons Keith Hilderbrand and Keith Hilderbrand, both of Meridian, and Van Hilderbrand and
his wife, Christy, of Austin.  Grandchildren were Tori Bodnar of Moody, Texas, Keisha Hilderbrand of Opelika, Alabama,
Keith A. Hilderbrand, Jr., of Kurten, Texas, and C. K. Hilderbrand of Austin, Texas.  There were three
great-grandchildren.  Lawson Funeral Home of Meridian was in charge.  No services were scheduled.
HOLLINGSWORTH, JOHN FRANKLIN, JR.--Cathy SHELLEY
Clifton Record; Tuesday, March 18, 2003
   Funeral services were held for John Franklin Hollingsworth, Jr., 78, of Clifton, on Friday, March 14, 2003, at First
Baptist Church of Clifton, with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Hollingsworth was born on June 25, 1924, in Hillsboro,
to John Franklin Hollingsworth, Sr. and Gussie White Hollingsworth. He passed away on Monday, March 10, 2003.
Hollingsworth grew up in Houston where his father owned a retail clothing store. He was baptized and became a member of
the Second Baptist Church of Houston. It was there in the youth group that he met his wife to be, Mary Jane Shambaugh. He
attended Lamar High School in Houston and the University of Texas at Austin. It was at UT that he and Shambaugh became
more than friends. They were married on Oct. 2, 1943 in Houston. For the first few years of their marriage, he worked as a
roughneck in the oil patch, helped on ranches, and did whatever needed to be done to make a living. They moved from place
to place, making stops in Ozona, Montgomery, Ala., and finally ending up in Fort Worth. He was employed as Mens clothing
sales representative, and his territory was Kansas, but his home was in Texas. Two daughters, Jane and Melinda, were born to the marriage. The girls grew up in East Fort Worth where they attended Eastern Hills High School and where the family were active members of Sagamore Hills Baptist Church. In 1958, Hollingsworth opened a mens store in Richardson. It was here that he found his joy. He loved waiting on the customers and making sales. He was a people person who could at home with anyone,
regardless of social class, ethnicity, or educational status. Mary Jane worked as a bookkeeper and business manager and he
ran the front end of the store. Together they made a wonderful team. In 1965, they began to see more of their life-long
dream fulfilled. They bought a place in Bosque County, between Clifton and Cranfills Gap. He added ranching to his work
schedule and they made the weekend trips to the farm to keep things going. In 1971 they moved to the farm and began to build a
home. John continued to work in the store until he retired and Mary Jane kept active on the farm working outdoors, feeding
the cattle, and planting a garden. In 1989, she became sick and for the following six years, until her death, she was
confined indoors, primarily in bed. John became an ardent servant to her needs and the two who started out as childhood
friends ended their earthly vows through sickness and health, and for better or worse. He enjoyed making the rounds
visiting friends from the VFW, the auto parts store, to Bertelsens, to the Dairy Queen, and other places that he
frequented. He will always be remembered for his friendliness, humor, and his laugh. Survivors include his daughters, Jane
Scott and husband, Jim Scott, and Melinda Tripp and husband, Gary Tripp; grandchildren, Eric Scott, Ginny Twarowski,
Summer Brag, and Meadow; and great-grandchildren, James and Emma Scott, and Katelin Twarowski.
HOUSTON, MAGGIE WORRELL--Rose DENSON
Obituary for Maggie Worrell Houston, age 91, Waco Tribune Hearld, Nov. 5, 1999:
 "Maggie Houston, 91, of Waco, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at a local nursing home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, with the Rev. Russell Dixon officiating.  Mrs. Houston was born June 23, 1908, in Iredell, Texas. She attended schools there. She married Lenord Lee Houston on October 20, 1926. He preceded her in death on May 17, 1989. She lived in Iredell many years where Mr. Houston was a stock farmer. She moved to Waco in 1964. She worked several years at Grace Temple Preschool. She was a member of Grace Temple Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mildred Pryor in 1980.  Survivors include two daughters, LaRue Sadler and husband Bill of Seattle, Wash., and Patsy Low and husband Ottis of Waco; son, Marshall Houston of Baytown, Texas; sister, Donna Berry and husband Carroll of Goldthwaite; brother, James Worrell and wife Sylvia of Alvin; 10 grandchildren; and 11 greatgrandchildren.  Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons. Memorials may be made to Grace Temple Baptist Church."
researchers notes:
Maggie (Worrell)  Houston was the daughter of William Byston and Katie Leola (Herring) Worrell and the grand daughter of Stwphen Wade and Sarah Elizabeth (Temple) Worrell.
HUMPHREY, LAWRENCE H., Jr.
Services for Lawrence Humphrey, Jr., 54, of Clifton were held at 2 pm Saturday, May 7 at Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home Chapel, with Rev. Lauren Endahl & Rev. Garland Totski officiating.  He was the son of Lawrence H., Sr. & Gladys (Knudson) Humphrey, born 20 June 1933, in Dallas, & died 5 May 1988.  Burial was in Rock Church Cemetery.  Lawrence attended Woodrow Wilson High School, was a resident of Clifton for over 20 years, & was a disabled veteran.  He served in the Army in Germany.  He was a Lutheran.  Family members comment that his kindness & thoughtfulness are remembered by many & that he was a great comfort to his mother, Mrs. Gladys Fieszel, who survives him.  Pallbearers:  Wendell Knudson, Roy Knudson, Morris Knudson, Roger Knudson, & Harland Copeland.
HUTCHISON, KATIE--Cathy SHELLEY
The Clifton Record; Wednesday, January 8, 2003
Funeral services were held for Katie Ferrell Bearden Hutchison, 93, on Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 at the Clifton Funeral
Home Chapel, with Rev. Don Bearden and Rev. Bill Connally officiating. Hutchison was born on May 6, 1909, in Fairview,
Texas, to Arthur Crumbley Bearden and Henrietta Moore Bearden. She passed away on Jan. 4, 2003. She attended the Fairview
school system, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Valley Mills. She participated in Sunday School classes,
other church functions, and she helped with serving the senior citizens at the City Hall in Valley Mills. Hutchison, or
Aunt Katie, as she was called by most people, enjoyed doing her own yard work, growing plants and flowers, doing
needlework, and entertaining her friends and family with wonderful meals. She married Fred Hutchison on Sept. 18, 1943, in
Fort Worth, where she spent the majority of her married life and her working life with Globe Laboratories. After their
retirement, the Hutchisons purchas!
ed a home in Valley Mills. She continued to live there for several years after Fred's death on July 13, 1978. They were
married for 35 years. Later, in 1999, with declining health, She chose to move to the Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home,
selling both her house in Valley Mills and the farm in Cayote. Hutchison was preceded in death by her husband, Fred
Hutchison, in 1978; her parents; two sisters, Iva Bearden McMillan and Mattie Bearden McMillan; and four brothers, Benny
Rush Bearden, Ray Bearden, Audie Bearden, and Frank Bearden. She is survived by one sister, Florence Bearden Downey, along
with six nieces, Helen Blassingame, Catherine Dorough, Edna Gilmore, Joyce Higginbotham, Bessie Mounger, and Florence
Sadler; and seven nephews, Wendell Bearden, Donald Bearden, Bobbie Bearden, Bobby Ray Bearden, Clark McMillan, Jack
McMillan, and Virgil McMillan. Everyone who came in contact with her knew she was very independent and full of wit and
humor. She was blessed with a long life !
but will be missed by her family and friends. Pallbearers were Clark McMillan, John McMillan, Donald Bearden, Bobbie
Bearden, Bart Bearden, and Bert Reyna. Internment was in the Clifton Memorial Cemetery in Clifton under the direction of
Clifton Funeral Home.
 
 
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JORDAN, Rev. Johnnie Monroe
Rev. J.M. Jordan, 92, of Clifton, died Saturday night, July 23, 1988, in Goodall-Witcher Hospital, Clifton.  Services were held at 2 pm, Tuesday, July 26, at First Baptist Church in clifton with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating.  Born July 9, 1896, in Meridian, Johnnie was the son of the late Homer E. & Sarah Lester Jordan.  He went to school in Meridian, and graduated from Meridian College.  He then graduated from Baylor University in Waco, in 1930, with a degree in Bible & English.  On April 8, 1917, he was married to Vivian Burdick at Waco.  Rev. lived in Bosque County for several years, where he pastored churches beofre moving to Dallas.  He worked for Sears for many years, before becoming a chaplain at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, a position he held for 14 years.  After retiring, the Jordans moved to Clifton in 1977, where he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clifton.  Rev. J.M. had pastored churches in Oklahoma, Vernon, Amarillo, Meridian, among other places.  Pallbearers were Gene Hudgins, Nathan Johnson, Gene Creamer, Joe Crosley, Joe Enochs, Walter Draper, Merrill Brigance, and Rollie Kuntz.  Honorary pallbearer was L.B. Vance.  Survivors inlcude:  his wife, Vivian of Clifton; 3 daughters:  Dorothy Goodman of Isle of Palms, SC, Lucille Lewis of Dallas, and Janie Bryan of Fredericksburg; 3 sisters:  Arabella Brantley of Meridian, Wanda Lilliard, and Mary Baldridge, both of Waco; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild.
 

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