Louella Marie Porterfield Smith, 79, of Hamilton died in Fort Worth Dec. 25, 2003. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Dick Stovall officiating. Burial followed in the Fairy Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was born March 7, 1924 at Valley Mills, the daughter of Marvin Lester Smith and Minnie Reecie Hovey Smith.
She was married to Marvin Porterfield in 1941 at Anson. They shared thirty-three years of married life prior to his passing on April 4, 1974. In 1980 she was united in marriage to John Dee Smith who proceeded her in death with his passing on July 11, 1999.
Mrs. Smith’s husband Marvin was a Church of Christ minister and she was at his side helping him carry out the duties wherever he was called to minister. She worked as a nurse at the Hamilton General Hospital and the Hurley Nursing Home. After she and John Dee married they made their home in Carlton for a number of years prior to moving to Hamilton. She was devoted to her family. She was a member of the Park Heights Church of Christ.
Survivors include her son Billy Porterfield and his wife Wanda of Mansfield; three grandchildren; three step grandchildren; six great- grandchildren and honorary son Bill Dean Stubblefield; four sisters, Cleo Hill of Fort Worth, Doris Latham of Tulia, Pearl Lewis of Hamilton and Hattie Angerstein of Crockett; two step sons Bob Tice and Aslly Smith.
She is preceded in death by an infant brother, M.L. Smith and two sisters, Willie Francis Edwards and Patsy Jean Beasley.
Pallbearers were Lester Lewis, Jimmy Don Edwards, Charles Ray Edwards, Van Latham, J.D. Warren, Lemuel Angerstein.
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Delbert Wayne (Goss) Arnett, 72, died at Hamilton Dec. 27, 2003. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at the Evant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Weaver officiating. Burial followed in Murphree Cemetery at Evant.
Mr. Arnett was born June 7, 1931 in Hamilton County, the son of Jasper Arnett and Millie Glover Arnett. He was a resident of Evant for many years where he worked for the Evant Feed Mill until his retirement. He was a member of the Evant Baptist Church.
Survivors include his two brothers Jessie and Joe Arnett of Evant and sister-in-law Mary Etta Arnett of League City.
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Bennie Wade Coble, 67, died Dec. 25, 2003 at Hamilton. Funeral services were held Dec. 27 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Chapman officiating. Burial was in Pearl Cemetery.
Mr. Coble was born May 8, 1936 at Overton, the son of Curtis Richmond Coble and Frances Irene Williams Coble.
At the age of seventeen he entered the Army during the Korean conflict. He was stationed in Austria during much of his Army tour where he learned to mountain climb and ski.
Mr. Coble was married to Sarah Ann Doyle on March 28, 1958 at Fort Worth.
He was active in the community where he was a contractor and builder, coach in the Little League ball program, a member of the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department until his retirement where he had held various offices and served as an emergency medical technician. He was a member of the Rock House Masonic Lodge and the Grace Pentecostal Church. For a number of years he was a truck driver hauling milk from the Central Texas area to the processing plants.
Mr. Coble loved to fish. He also loved to visit with his family and many friends in the coffee shop or wherever they met. Bennie never met a stranger.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister Ruth Palmer.
Survivors include his wife Sarah Ann Coble of Hamilton; three children, Curtis Coble of Hamilton, Scott Coble of Gatesville and Russell Coble of Jonesboro; five grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Martin of North Richland Hills and Janie Martin of Slidell; and one half-brother, Robert McAfee of Lubbock.
Pallbearers were Cruz Moncada, Larry Curry, Keith Curry, Johnny Jones, Durwood Marwitz, and Joe Dalton.
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Mona Elizabeth Ferguson Ge-rald, 89, of Hamilton died Dec. 27, 2003. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 in the Park Heights Church of Christ in Hamilton with burial in Old Hamilton Cemetery. Dick Stovall and Chris Frizzell officiated.
Mrs. Gerald was born July 26, 1914 at Hamilton, the daughter of Warner Pierce Ferguson and Daisy Doggett Ferguson.
She was married to P. M. Gerald at Hamilton on April 28, 1934. He precedes her in death with his passing on January 11, 1995.
Mrs. Gerald was born, lived and died in Hamilton, but she and Pope Miller traveled extensively to many countries on mission trips and vacations. She spent countless hours working with the World Bible School, encouraging and responding to thousands of people in many countries. She gave support to many missionaries including one African preacher that she corresponded with and was his major financial supporter.
She was a very involved and much loved member of Park Heights Church of Christ. You could count on her to be there whenever the doors were opened. For fifty years she was affectionately known as the Kool-Aid lady at Vacation Bible School, serving cookies, Kool-Aid and a smile.
Until her illness struck this summer, Mrs. Gerald was an avid community volunteer helping at the library, United Care, painting fingernails at the nursing home and delivering Meals on Wheels. She loved gardening, reading books and playing Mexican Train with her special group of friends.
Mrs. Gerald’s first profession was a hair dresser, but soon after her marriage to Pope Miller, she became his right hand and partner in developing the Gerald Company from a small feed store into a thriving feed mill, turkey hatchery, turkey dressing plant, and more. She put in long hours at the mill and did everything from blood testing turkeys, driving trucks, candling eggs, testing cream and raising chickens, to keeping the books.
Her favorite role was that of mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy was getting to help raise all her grandchildren as well as their buddies who thought of her as their grandmother too.
Survivors include her two children, Dixie Herring and husband Clint and P. M. (Bubba) Gerald Jr. and his wife Shirley, all of Hamilton; four grandchildren, Gerald Wayne Scott Jr., John Russell Scott, D’Layne Lenore Gerald and Colter Zane Gerald; four great-grandchildren, Miller Scott, Katy Scott, Rachel Scott and Jordan Scott.
Mrs. Gerald is preceded in death by a sister, Merle Laird and two brothers Theron and Bob Ferguson.
Pallbearers were Pete Jordan, George Tolbert, Jack Davidson, John Jones, Jim Ervin, Danny Hemphill, Jimmy C. Adams.
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Marcella Mae Green Dorton, 90, died in a Waco Hospital Dec. 23, 2003. Funeral services were held Dec. 27 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Fenison officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton.
Mrs. Dorton was born April 14, 1913 at Newport, Ark., the daughter of George and Mary Jane McGowan Green.
Mrs. Dorton was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Mrs. Dorton was married to Sam Dorton in 1932. He preceded her in death in 1933. She is also preceded in death by their daughter, Alice Mae White and her husband Charlie.
On September 25, 1934 at Big Spring, Texas she was united in marriage to Joe Dorton. He preceded her in death with his passing on Sept. 9, 1963. She is also preceded in death by two of their children Bessie Jo Weinkauf and her husband Richard and James Louis Dorton and his wife Karen and son-in-law Lyle Spencer.
Survivors include two children, Martha Sue Spencer and Dennis P. Dorton both of Hamilton and her beloved poodle companion Cujo; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Charles White, Rickey White, Cary White, Byron Spencer, Jelle Zijlstra and Bill Thompson.
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James Earl Smith Jr., 74, of Gatesville, died April 7 in a Gatesville hospital. Funeral services were held April 9 at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jack Riley officiating. Burial was at the Osage Cemetery.
He was born Aug. 19, 1929 in Hamilton, the son of James Earl and Bess Griffis Smith. He attended school in Hamilton, graduating from Hamilton High School in 1948.
Mr. Smith joined the Navy in 1948, serving on the USS Andromeda. During his military service he served in the South Pacific, Korea and China. He received the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal (1 star), a Good Conduct Medal and the China Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He attended Baylor University, graduating with a BBA in 1955. Mr. Smith was a member of Delta Sigma Phi.
He was married to Jean Hix on Nov. 17, 1956 at the First Presbyterian Church of Gatesville. He worked as a gasoline distributor for Phillips 66 in Hamilton and as a rancher. He continued to ranch after his retirement.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Earline Jones.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Smith of Gatesville; a daughter, Carole Smith of Austin; a son, J. David Smith and wife Gayla of Waco; a sister, Sue Williams and husband Roy of Arlington; sister-in-law, Janis Hix of Gatesville; grandchildren, Abby, Suzanna and James David Smith Jr., all of Waco.
Honorary pallbearers were Brad Corrigan, Peary Harrison, John Pierson, Curtis Baker, James Crow, J.W. Blackwell, Bert Schrank and Robert J. Hunt.
Memorials may be made to Providence Hospice, 4830 Lakewood Dr., Waco, TX 76710.
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Gilbert Samuel Sommerfeld, 89, died at his home on April 7, 2004. Funeral services were held April 10 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church with Rev. Ernest Bernet officiating. Burial was in the Woodland Park Cemetery.
Mr. Sommerfeld was born in Hamilton County on February 8, 1915, the fifth of eight children to Karl Frederick and Hulda Krueger Sommerfeld.
He grew up in Aleman and was a farmer until he was inducted into the military. He served in the U.S. Air Force in WWII as a military Police Officer. After his discharge, he resumed farming until he was called back into service in 1950
during the Korean Conflict. When he was discharged from miltary service for the second time in 1951, he went to work for the Mineral Wells Police Department and pursued a career in law enforcement until his retirement in May, 1978.
Over the years he served as a patrolman, Chief of Police, and
Chief of Criminal Investigations for the City of Mineral Wells and also as a volunteer fireman.
He served two terms (from 1961 to 1969) as the Palo Pinto County Sheriff and was the Officer of Security for Can-Tex Industries for six months. He also coached Pony League and was an avid supporter of youth sports.
He was a faithful member of St. Mark Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his six brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Mae Winningham Sommerfeld of Mineral Wells; three daughters, Bettye Sue Parker, Lu Ann Harrington and husband Roy, and Sandra Lynn Sommerfeld; two step-children: Kathleen Brown and
husband Wayne, and Larry Streger and wife Anne; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
Rolen Ogle, 78, died April 8 at his home in Comanche. Funeral services were held April 12 at Pearl Street Church of Christ in Comanche with Minister Gerald Stockstill officiating. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco.
He was born June 9, 1925 in Crosbyton, the son of Charlie Clinton Ogle and Ollie (Hawkins) Ogle. He was a farmer and rancher and a member of Pearl Street Church of Christ in Comanche. Mr. Ogle was a veteran and served in the United States Army during World War II.
He was married to Delores Penn on April 30, 1967 in Abilene. She preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 1990.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Troy Westbrook of Cisco; a son, Lewis McGough of Clyde; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Gary Mosley of Buffalo Gap; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Wes and Odell Ogle of Monahans; a brother and sister-in-law, Oma “Bud” and Peggy Ogle of Llano and a brother, W.C. Ogle of Hosington, Kan.
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Charles William Kelly, 68, died April 10, 2004 in Tyler. Funeral services were held at Lloyd James Funeral Home Chapel on April 13, with Rev. David Sheppard officiating. Burial was at Tyler Memorial Park.
Mr. Kelly was born March 28, 1936 in Hamilton County. He was retired from American Airlines where he worked as maintenance crew chief. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ava Holder Kelly in 1996.
Survivors include his daughters, Deborah Kirkpatrick and husband Charles of Tokyo, Tx; Brenda Clements and husband Robert of Azle, Shelly Martin and husband Wayne of Springtown, Melanie Shaw and husband Jimmy of Tyler, Vickie Shope of Tyler; a son, Ste-ven Dobbs and wife Donna of Whitehouse; a brother, John Kelly; sisters, Mary Jane Gardner and Ethel Lois Kirkland; a sister-in-law, Beth Holder of Tyler; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Steven Dobbs, Brandon Blakely, Mike Blakely, Jim Shaw, Mark Higginbotham and Wayne Martin.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler
Jerry Phillip Neal, 65, died March 16, 2004, at Harris Methodist Hospital in Stephenville. Graveside services were held March 18, 2004 at Live Oak Cemetery.
Mr. Neal was born June 6, 1938, in Hamilton the son of Boyd and Ella Bankston Neal. He was married to Lena Jane Chapman on July 21, 1983, in Cleburne.
He was a truck driver and member of the Bread of Life Ministries Church.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Joyce Williamson and Teri Gardner, both of Blum; stepson, Jimmy Ray Chapman of Rio Vista: brothers John Emmett Sellers of Altus, Okla. and Leonard Sellers of Abilene; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and neph-ews.
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