Gainesville Daily Register

February 8, 2013

Obits 2-8


Services for Marcia Ann Clifton, 70, are set for 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Valley View United Methodist Church with the Reverends Cheryl Murphy, Vic Casad and Larry Kruger presiding.  

Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the funeral home.

Marcia Clifton died on Feb. 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Methodist Hospital Dallas with her family at her side.  

She was born on Oct. 21, 1942, in Muenster to Samuel “JT” and Carrie Barker.  

She graduated as the valedictorian from Era High School in 1961, before marrying David Clifton in her parents’ home on Jan. 23, 1965, in Hood. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas Magna cum laude in home economics in 1964.  She later received her Ph.D. cum laude in biochemistry in 1969, after which she worked for several laboratories including the USVA hospital and the U.S Department of Agriculture while her husband worked in the nuclear industry.

Marcia worked as a dietitian for the University of Michigan and later taught at NCTC.  She worked many years for the State of Texas at the Denton State School for MHMR as a dietitian, from which she later retired.  In recent years Marcia served as a substitute teacher for Valley View, Era and Gainesville schools. Otherwise, she helped manage their family ranch in Valley View.  She was very active in the Valley View United Methodist Church serving on numerous committees and in the choir.

Marcia was preceded in death by her parents.  

She is survived by her husband, David Sherman Clifton of Valley View; two children, David Ashley Clifton (wife Elizabeth) of Valley View and Dabney Ann Swaidner (husband Major Scott Swaidner, serving in the Arabian Peninsula) of Woodbine. Also surviving is one granddaughter, Payton Clifton.

Pallbearers will be Gary Don Finley, Bradley Finley, Dwayne Finley, Billy Vann, Mike Mason, Jack Smith, Worth Gragg and Scott Swaidner.  (honorary pallbearers Jack Thayer & Jerry Flowers).

Memorial gifts can be made in her name to either the Valley View United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Era Methodist Church.

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Funeral services for Bonita Boyd Gresham, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Rosston United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry Kruger officiating.  

Interment will follow in Rosston Cemetery.  

Grandsons Shawn Gresham, Michael Gresham, Keith Gresham, Carl Gresham, Jason Ford and Jonathan Robertson will be pallbearers.  

Honorary bearers will be Serge Panizza, Scot Vogel, Nick Muller and Brian Johnson.  

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the church before service time.  

Services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.

Bonita was born Nov. 9, 1930, in Rosston.

She died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Pecan Tree Health and Rehab Center in Gainesville.  

She married Edward “Cotton” Gresham on March 5, 1949, in Haltom City.  

Mrs. Gresham worked for Century Weather Proofing, retiring after 30 years of employment.  She had also worked at Preston State Bank in Dallas, Lone Star Gas in Carrollton, Temple Pharmacy and Howard Wolfe Clothing in Bowie.  She loved country music and playing the guitar.

Survivors of Bonita Boyd Gresham include children and their spouses, John and Patsy Grisham of Gordonville, Sally and Tody Ford of Rosston, and Chris Grisham and Tammy Reynolds of Rosston; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brothers, Norris Boyd of Rosston, Ray Boyd of Forestburg and Doyle Boyd of Waller; and sisters, Rama Lee Barker of Bowie, Dawna Vann of Forestburg and Bobbie Mitchell of Georgia.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Amsey and Eula Boyd; husband, Cotton Gresham; one sister; and five brothers.

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PILOT POINT—Funeral services for Floyd Jackson, 69, of Pilot Point, are set for noon Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Midway Baptist Church in Pilot Point.

Mr. Jackson died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at North Texas Medical Center.

He was born April 6, 1943, in Pilot Point.

Survivors include children, Vincent Manuel of Arlington and Victor Manuel, Rodney Jackson, Dalton Jackson, Vickie Manuel, Valorie Manuel, Janice Nicole Jackson and Christy Jackson, all of Gainesville, Wendy Jackson of Lewisville, Valerie Jean Becknell of Denton and Doris Becknell of Corsicana; siblings, Early Jackson Jr. of Denton, Hulbert Jackson of Gainesville, Robin Jackson, Betty Allen, Sharon Fry, Janice Henderson and Kathy Holoway, all of Fort Worth, and Brenda McBride of Pilot Point; 32 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation is planned for 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Peoples Funeral Home in Denton.


Graveside services for Hugh Boyd Rivoire, 80, is set for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery Pavilion in Gainesville.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Rivoire family plot in Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. Rivoire died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

He was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Gainesville.

Memorials may be made to Sunset International Bible Institute at SIBI, Attn; Nancy, 3723 34th St., Lubbock, TX 79410.


MANNSVILLE, OKLA. — Funeral services for Christopher Andrew Wild, 21, of Mannsville, Okla. are set for 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Watts Memorial Chapel in Madill, Okla., with the Rev. Terry Johnson officiating.

Burial will follow at the Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Sandusky under the direction of Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla.

 Mr. Wild died Feb. 1, 2013, in Ardmore, Okla.

He was born April 5, 1991, in Denton.                     

Survivors include his mother, Patsy Wright of Mannsville, Okla.; father, John Wild of Ardmore, Okla.; siblings, Jamie Wild of Kingston, Okla., Patrick Wright of Riverview, Mich. and Adam Wild of Kingston, Okla.; and grandparents, Robert Wright of Whitesboro, Carolyn Pullen of Denton, Dee Clark of Ardmore, Okla., and Sue Wild of Fox, Okla.

Visitation is planned for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla., with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m.  

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