Obituaries

Wed
22
Aug

Earnest Renold Clifton

Earnest Renold Clifton, 58, of Cameron died Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the North Orchard St. Church of Christ in Cameron. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron. Wake services will be held Friday, Aug. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Mr. Clifton was a retired Minister of the Temple Crestview Church of Christ and had been very active in Jail Ministries. He was born April 30, 1960, in Cameron to George W. Clifton Jr. and Earnestine Riggins Clifton. He married Brenda Kay Spells. 

Earnest is survived by his wife, Brenda Clifton of Cameron; sons, Denzel Clifton of Cameron, Kassum Wesley of Killeen, Don Juan Spells of Temple, Barry Garrett Jr. of Cameron, Verdell Wells of Cameron, Joshua Lewis of San Angelo, and Justin Lewis of San Angelo; and seven grandchildren.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Tue
21
Aug

Tom Dupree Kirkscey

Tom Dupree Kirkscey, 89, of Rosebud, passed away at his home on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.

Tom was born Aug. 23, 1928, in Lott, to Thomas Cicero and Bernice Barnett Kirkscey. He graduated from Lott High School in 1945 and received an athletic scholarship to play football at Southwestern University in Georgetown. He graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

At Southwestern, he met the love of his life, Bena Taylor Kirkscey. They were married on July 25, 1948. After college, Tom coached several sports and taught business classes at Rochelle, Smithville, and Eagle Lake High Schools. In 1953, he and Bena moved to Rosebud to operate the Kirkscey Locker Plant until his retirement in 1993. He thoroughly enjoyed visiting with his customers.

Tue
21
Aug

Leland Glenn Dees

Leland Glenn Dees, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, surrounded by his family at the age of 72.

He was born July 11, 1946, in Cameron to Raymond Yates and Edna Mae (McDonald) Dees. He was a successful business man starting out selling vacuum cleaners and becoming an owner of Allstate Insurance Company before retiring a little over three years ago.

Leland enjoyed horseracing, going to the casinos, fishing, being a practical jokester; but most of all he enjoyed the time spent with his family and friends entertaining at his home with food and fun. 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Daisy Dees; sons, Steven Dees, and John Dees and wife Amy; brothers, William Ray Dees and Terry Hardwick; his grandchildren, whom he referred to as “The Troops,” Madison Dees, Mason Dees, Makenna Dees, Abigail Boudreaux and Andre Boudreaux.

Tue
21
Aug

LeRoy Behringer

LeRoy Behringer, 85, of Gause, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in a Caldwell nursing and rehab facility. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Brother Larry Blackmon officiating. Burial will follow in the Gause Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at the funeral home.

Mr. Behringer was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Mart to Henry A. and Theresa Augusta (Fenske) Behringer. He married Barbara Fuller Alford on Oct. 31, 1964, and she preceded him in death in 2006. 

He retired from General Tire and became a rancher. He served in the U.S. Navy and the American Legion. He was a 50-year member of the Fidelis Masonic Lodge #1127, a member of the York Rite, the Scottish Rite, Ben Hur Shriner and the Royal Jester #115.

Tue
21
Aug

Larry Charles Hopkins

Larry Charles Hopkins, 76, of Cameron, died Sunday July 1, 2018, in a Temple hospital. 

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Mr. Hopkins, a mechanic and carpenter, was born Dec. 3, 1941, in Wichita, Kan., to Charles and Maxine (Jones) Hopkins. He married Lucy Buck on Jan. 5, 1963. He had served in the U. S. Navy. 

Survivors include: his wife, Lucy Hopkins of Cameron; son, Aaron Hopkins of Overland Park, Kan.; daughter, Cathy Schiferl of Dallas; brothers, Leonard Hopkins of Harvest, Ala., and Harold Hopkins of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Deborah Williams of Stockton, Kan.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Tue
21
Aug

Blasa Martinez Sanchez

It is with great sadness that the family of Blasa Martinez Sanchez announces her passing on Aug. 20, 2018, at the age of 93 years.

Mrs. Sanchez was born in Chriesman, and was a Member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church. She was also involved in different organizations in church including: Breakfast Mexicano, Ladies Society, and Guadalupanas.  She was a homemaker and once worked at Hensley Russell Dress Factory in the early 70’s. Mrs. Sanchez loved to sew, bake and cook for her family. She welcomed all her visitors with coffee and cookies. She will be greatly missed.

Tue
14
Aug

Edith Ethel Faseler Hensley

Edith Ethel Faseler Hensley, age 96, was surrounded by her loved ones when she went to be with her Heavenly Father on Aug. 9, 2018. 

Ethel was born in Yancey, Texas, on Sept. 28, 1921, to Louis Faseler and Bertha Spellman Faseler.  She graduated as valedictorian from Yancey High School in 1939. She went on to attend Texas State University, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, the College Glee Club, YWCA, and the Little Symphony Orchestra.  In her sophomore year, she was voted Gaillardian, an award for outstanding and accomplished students. She met and married Debs Benson Hensley of Cameron on Dec. 7, 1940, while they were still students.

Thu
09
Aug

William Lane Caldwell

William Lane Caldwell, of Cameron, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.

He was born on Oct. 1, 1937, in Cameron, to the late Barry Cass and Lois (Watterson) Caldwell, Sr.

Mr. Caldwell proudly served in the United States Navy. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Lahoma Caldwell; daughter, Cheryl Caldwell; and brother, Kenneth W. Caldwell.

Mr. Caldwell is survived by his cherished children, Kevin Lynn of Oklahoma, Bonnie Lynn of Ohio, Lonnie Lynn Yates of Cameron, James Lynn of Cameron, Jeannie Rosemond of Cameron, Ladonna Monds of Georgia and Warren Caldwell of California; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Barry C. Caldwell Jr. of Houston, and Harold D. Caldwell of California; and numerous other family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Temple Garden of Memories, 8101 Old Hwy 81, Temple, Texas on Monday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Bud Barnes.

Thu
09
Aug

Gerald Edward Sowders

Gerald Edward Sowders, 85, of Milano, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in a Caldwell nursing facility. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Bro. Wayne Kirk officiating. Burial will follow in the Milano City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Sowders was born April 1, 1933, to Edward and Frances (Taylor) Sowders in San Saba, Texas. He served in the Army and then became a lineman for Dallas Power.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Thornton) Sowders; his son, Ricky; and grandson, Edward. 

He was a member of Marlow Baptist Church.  

Mon
06
Aug

Alton James Moraw

Mass of Christian Burial for Alton James Moraw, 77, of Temple, were held Friday, Aug. 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Darrell Kostiha officiating.  Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Moraw died Monday, July 30, at his residence.

Mr. Moraw was born July 2, 1941, in Cameron to Anton Moraw and Laura Wilde Moraw. He graduated from Cameron High School in 1959 and attended Temple College. He enlisted in the Army in 1959 and served for three years. He married Deanna Bruggman of Cyclone May 8, 1965. He worked in Banking at First National Bank, at Duplex Products and in Accounting.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Lodge in Temple. 

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