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Debra Jean Smith

Debra Jean Smith, 56, of Clifton passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at her residence. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Grand Old Gospel Lighthouse in Clifton with Rev. George Watson officiating. Burial followed at Evans Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday, October 13, at Clifton Funeral Home. Debra was born February 8, 1961 in Gatesville to Vernon and Floyce Culp. For many years she worked at Gatesville ISD in the cafeteria. She later worked at Sweetwater ISD and Clifton ISD as a custodian and supervisor. Being outdoors, traveling, camping, hiking, sight seeing, gardening, and canning brought lots of enjoyment to Debra’s life. She loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR racing. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was her favorite driver. The most important thing to her was spending time with her family and friends. Her dog, Rowdy, was special to her.

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Fred A. McDowell

Fred A. McDowell, age 90 of Spring Creek,passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at his home. He was born August 30, 1927 in the Spring Creek community. He was the son on the late Joseph E. Mc- Dowell and Ollie Alsup McDowell. He started school in the Spring Creek Community and graduated from Iredell in 1945. He served in the Army from November 22, 1945 to December 2, 1946. He was united in marriage to Peggy Howell in Fort Worth on June 6, 1948. Fred graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary on May 1, 1953 with a Diploma of Sacred Music and on July 13, 1956 with a Bachelor of Religious Education. He was ordained into the ministry on October 13, 1957. He served churches in Spring Creek, Fort Worth, Pecos, Seagraves, Amarillo, Breckenridge, and Seymour before taking the position as Director of Missions for the Wichita Archer Clay Baptist Association in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1993 he retired from full time ministry and returned to the Spring Creek community.

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Johnye Lou Kleine

Funeral services for Johnye Lou Kleine, 83, were held at the First United Methodist Church of Clifton on Friday, October 13, 2017, with Rev. Mary Gean Cope and Tony Hall officiating. A graveside service was held at the Clifton Cemetery. Johnye Lou Kleine was born on March 10, 1934 in Clifton, to Ernest Henry Schumacher and Thelma Neel Schumacher. Her battle with cancer and Parkinson’s disease came to an end at the Lutheran Sunset Ministries on October 9, 2017 when she went to be with the Lord. Johnye’s first job was working at the Corner Pharmacy soda counter and this is where she met the love of her life, Melvin Kleine. They were married in the First United Methodist Church of Clifton on July 25, 1952. They were able to celebrate 56 loving years together as husband and wife and were blessed with three children. Johnye went on to attend Clifton College and following graduation was able to start her lengthy career in banking.

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Evelyn Amelia Kneisly Hanes

Evelyn Amelia Kneisly Hanes of Clifton, Texas, formerly of Enon, Ohio, entered into eternal rest on October 9, 2017. Evelyn was born in Osborn, Ohio, on September 19, 1918. Her parents were Ira “BoBo” Reiling Kneisly and Josephine “JoJo” Haddix Kneisly. Her parents nicknames were due to Evelyn’s eldest son, at an early age, being unable to pronounce Josephine. Evelyn graduated from Bath Township High School in 1936 and after graduation, began nurses training at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Subsequently, she met Jimmie W. Hanes of Enon, and upon his return from working in Canada, with his brother’s construction company, he brought home an engagement ring for Evelyn and being a nurse was no longer an option. Together they had three children: Colonel Jimmie W. Hanes Jr., United States Air Force, Retired, of Crawford, Texas; Major Jan Kneisly Hanes, United States Army, Retired, of Maryville, Tennessee; and Vicki Gail Hanes, who passed away at the age of 19.

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Glenda Lee Guidry

Glenda Lee Guidry age 81, of Morgan passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at her residence in Morgan. Per Ms. Guidry’s requests she will be cremated and the family will have a memorial service at a later date. Glenda was born on May 31, 1936 in Houston, Texas to Sydney A. and Vida Gray Guidry. The family moved to Fort Worth in 1945. While on Earth Glenda was with S.W.B.T. for 15 years and attended TCJC and Brantley-Draughn Business School. She owned the Town and County Pet Center and Springtown Home Gifts. Glenda was a licensed Rehabilitator with Texas Parks and Wild Life. Glenda and her partner Mary Thannisch raised and showed champion and companion dogs under their name, Glyn-Mar Rotweilers. Later she and Mary moved to Morgan, Texas where Glenda served on the City Council and was also elected Mayor. Glenda spent over 20 years in the Medical Administrative/Clerical field. She always said her best job was with Fort Worth Urology when it was on Pennsylvania Ave.

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Peggy Joyce Hall Foster & Lynn Jean Foster

A memorial service will be held for Peggy Joyce “Buddy” and husband, Lynn Jean Foster, at 10 a.m. on Oct. 28,2017 at the First Baptist Church, Clifton, Texas. Visitation will be immediately after the memorial service. Buddy was born in Nimrod, Texas on April 8, 1929, to Berford William and Vera Compton Hall. Her family moved to Mitchell County, then to Sweetwater, where Buddy went through elementary school. The family moved to Bosque County where she was graduated from Meridian High School in 1946. It was here in Meridian where Buddy first met and dated Lynn Foster. After her graduation. Buddy went to work for Farmers State Bank in Meridian. Later, she moved to San Antonio to live with her mother and step-father, and worked at a bank in San Antonio. Lynn was born in San Benito, Texas on February 23, 1928, to Noble Clifton and Ressie Marie Wilkinson Foster. Lynn and his parents moved to Meridian in 1944, where Lynn graduated high school in 1945.

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Charles Ray Symank

Charles Ray Symank passed away on Oct. 6, 2017, after a brief battle with brain cancer at the age of 78. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church, Coryell City (Gatesville). Pastors Christopher Richmann and Larry Henrichs will be co-officiates. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Cemetery at Norse (Clifton) under the direction of Foss Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 13 at Foss Funeral Home in Valley Mills from 6 – 8 p.m. Charles was born December 15, 1938, at Mosheim (Valley Mills), TX to Otto and Helen Willmann Symank. He was baptized at St. James Lutheran Church at Mosheim on March 5, 1939 and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church at Coryell City on May 24, 1953. He graduated Mosheim High School in 1956, earned an AA degree from Tarleton State University in 1958, a BA degree in Biology Secondary Education from Baylor University in 1964 and an M.Ed.

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Melba Joyce Herridge

Melba Joyce Herridge, 81, of Meridian, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in the Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton. Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Board Branch Cemetery near Llano, Texas. Mr. Robert Herridge officiated. Joyce was born April 26, 1936, in Belton, Texas. She was a daughter of the late Archie White and Mary Robinson White. She was raised and educated in Lometa. On May 22, 1954, she was united in marriage to Douglas Carl Herridge in Houston, Texas. Her husband served in the military for 20 years and Joyce followed him to many places in the world. She had lived in Meridian since 1983. Joyce was a member of the Church of Christ.

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Susan Goodall Witcher Thomas

Susan Goodall Witcher was born into this life 12 January 1947 in Waco, Texas, and was immediately adopted by Dr. Seth Lamar Witcher, Sr. and his wife, Willie Sue Goodall Witcher of nearby Clifton, Texas. Susan relished in the idea that she was “a chosen child”, noting that her dad, Dr. Witcher, upon seeing their new daughter, told Susan’s new mother that Susan “was the most beautiful baby you ever saw.” The color photos from the early years clearly reveal her dad’s joy while in her presence. In addition to her parents, Susan was blessed to have her own live-in grandmother, Mrs. Willie McNeill Goodall, Sue’s mother and widow of Dr. Claude L. Goodall of Waco. Susan grew up in Clifton, educated in the Clifton school system and graduating in 1965. These formative years were blessed by wise teachers who molded their students and encouraged their best efforts, notably Nora Harris; Jennie Gilliam; and Mae Elinor Schow.

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Leonard Charles Howard, Jr.

Leonard Charles Howard, Jr., 78, ended his long battle with congestive heart failure on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at the Goodall Witcher Nursing Facility in Clifton, Texas. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in the Clifton Church of Christ. Minister Steve Countryman officiated. Burial was in the Meridian Cemetery. A visitation was from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 5,2017, in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel. Pallbearers were Brad Coffelt, Byron Howard, Everett Ray Howard, Gary Howard, Gary Phillips, Jerald Phillips, Michael Phillips and Johnny Waldrop. Charles was survived by his wife of 59 years, Iola Faye (Flatt) Howard; his daughter, Susan Baker and her husband Ronnie Baker, from Meridian, Texas. He was also survived by grandchildren, Lance Baker and wife Meghan Baker, from Houston, Texas; Micah Baker and wife Kayla Baker from Plano, Texas; and Kelsy Baker from McKinney, Texas; two great granddaughters, Norah and Emery.

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