Graveside services for O. B. Clifton, 82, of Bryan are scheduled Thursday September 30 at College Station City Cemetery with Dr. Tim Owens of First Baptist Church in Bryan and Owen Clifton officiating under direction of Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.
Mr. Clifton died peacefully on Sunday, September 26 with his family at his bedside. He was born August 19, 1922 in Hopkins County, Texas and was raised with his three siblings on the small farm his parents owned. He grew up working, riding, playing, and studying out in the country, and the values he learned there never left him. Except for harvesting crops in the Midwest in the summers, he had never been out of Texas until the Second World War. He enlisted at age 18 and was trained as a pilot in bases around the United States. He shipped out on the Queen Mary to England in 1944. He flew 67 missions as a fighter pilot in the European theatre, including air cover on D-Day, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for Bravery. The stories of his military service were undiscovered until his grandchildren and daughters-in-law probed for them when he was in his sixties. His squadron had a 30% mortality rate, and we still do not know what his medals were for. Our father returned from the War, and married Marjorie Jean Dugan, whom he met in Dallas. He was devoted to her for the rest of his life. He graduated from Texas A&M University on his GI bill. Three sons quickly followed. The only jobs he ever considered were farming and teaching farming. Our family moved about East Texas as Dad was steadily promoted through the Agricultural Extension Service. With characteristic discipline he earned his PhD while working full time. He then joined the administration of the extension service at Texas A&M University in 1948. Our family settled in Bryan. He retired at age 55 when his job interfered with time with his grandchildren. He spent the rest of his long life in our mother’s company mostly focused on seeing that his sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren landed on their feet.
His grandchildren’s memories of their “Papaw” include: visits to the A&M animal farms ending with an always-anticipated ice cream cone from the creamery, fishing trips at the 11 acres, perfect barbecue chicken and fried catfish dinners, “taking off like a bunch of dirty shirts”; coveralls and work gloves smelling of sawdust, fresh grass and motor oil, picking vegetables in the garden, hand-constructed playhouses and doghouses that were built more solidly than most homes on the street, hearing him tell his favorite stories about each of his grandkids.
Dad was fundamentally affected by the Depression but not by world war. He took few risks and did not borrow money. He did not wear his religion or his politics on his sleeve. He judged all men only by what they did. Dad was a farmer of another sort. He planted seeds in the hearts and souls of his family. He taught by living example of unmatchable personal strength and integrity. He taught us all what it meant to be dignified, honest, and moral servants of God and each other. He dedicated his life and his love to his family, and without expectation or complaint, he gave endless amounts of time and work. He left behind a great deal of himself in this three sons and daughters-in-law and eleven grandchildren. Looking back, this was the legacy he always intended to leave.
He was survived by his wife Marjorie Clifton of Bryan, three sons and daughters-in-law; Dr. Guy L. and Karen Clifton of Houston, Gaylon and Edith Clifton of Tyler, and Leslie C. and Lucy Clifton of LaGrange, one brother; Buel Clifton of Llano, one sister; Ava Lacefield of Irving, and eleven grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials to be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church in Bryan or to a charity of choice.
Mildred Carlisle Weaver
Sept. 27, 2004
NAVASOTA — Services for Mildred Carlisle Weaver of Navasota are set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota.
The Rev. Ross Poteet will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Navasota.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Weaver died Monday in College Station.
She was born in Brenham and was a homemaker. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary. She also was a charter member of Edgewood Country Club and was involved with the March of Dimes, American Heart Association, Texas Beekeepers Association and American Beekeeping Federation.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond “Morris” Weaver of Navasota; a son and daughter-in-law, J.D. “Jeff” Jr. and Cynthia Moody of Piedmont; a daughter and son-in-law, Alice Moody Imhoff and Tom DeOlloz of Navasota; a sister, Effie Mae Albright of Austin; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Navasota.
Edward Joseph Hannahan Jr.
Aug. 25, 1922 — Sept. 16, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Services for Edward Joseph Hannahan Jr., 82, of New Orleans were held Saturday at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home.
Mr. Hannahan died Sept. 16.
He was born in New Orleans.
He was a retired petroleum engineer for Gulf Oil Corp. He was an Army medic during World War II, where he served in the Battle of the Bulge, earned a Bronze Star and was discharged with the rank of captain. He later earned a petroleum engineering degree from Louisiana State University.
Mr. Hannahan lived in Bryan for 24 years and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Gloria Thibodaux Hannahan; two daughters, Kerry Hannahan Hutchinson and Sharon Rose Hannahan; a brother, Beryl Jane Hannahan; a son-in-law, James P. Hutchinson; and two grandsons.
Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 300 N. Main St., Bryan, Texas 77803.
Joe R. ‘JR’ Reed
April 24, 1927 — Sept. 26, 2004
Services for Joe R. “JR” Reed, 77, of Bryan are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.
Tim Owens of First Baptist Church in Bryan will officiate. Burial will be in New Church Cemetery in Edge.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Reed died Sunday at his home.
He was born in Dallas and lived in Bryan for more than 50 years. He served in the U.S. Army as a surgical technician during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Earl Graham Post No. 159.
Mr. Reed was an owner and operator of an auto parts and machine shop in Bryan. He was a Houston Shriner and a Bryan Mason for 50 years. He was a charter member of the Bryan Breakfast Lions Club, a member of First Baptist Church and a member of the Bryan Businessmen’s Bible Class for 56 years.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Peggy Reed of Bryan; a son, Ronnie Reed of Bryan; a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Jim Langford of Houston; and a granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, Texas 77803.
Alma Flentge Wensel
Oct. 10, 1917 — Sept. 28, 2004
BRENHAM — Services for Alma Flentge Wensel, 86, of Brenham are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Salem Lutheran Church in Welcome.
The Rev. Jason Korthauer will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.
Mrs. Wensel died Tuesday in Brenham.
She was born in Washington County.
She was a homemaker and a member of Salem Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rubin Wensel.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Edward L. and Marilyn Wensel; a brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Ruth Flentge; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Hellen Dannhaus and Mary and Monroe Tockhorn; four sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Irene Flentge, William Felscher and Tekla and Martin Wiesepape; and a grandson.
Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church or a charity of choice.
Richard S. Stephens
Jan. 12, 1914 — Sept. 27, 2004
Memorial services for Richard S. Stephens, 90, of College Station are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at A&M United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Deborah Proctor will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan.
Mr. Stephens died Monday at Sheridan on Anderson.
He was born in Barry. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1935 with a degree in petroleum engineering and worked for Gulf Oil Corp. for 43 years, 23 years of which were in Venezuela.
Mr. Stephens served in the Army during World War II and attained the rank of captain. He retired to College Station in 1975 and was active in the Maroon & White Club, the Association of Former Students, the Quarterback Club, the 12th Man Foundation and A&M United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey Sutter Stephens of College Station; two daughters and sons-in-law, Allison and Gerry Daniel of Birmingham, Ala., and Elizabeth and Michael Becker of Austin; six grandchildren; and a nephew.
Memorials may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840.
Ernest Densey Jr.
June 26, 1918 — Sept. 25, 2004
Services for Ernest Densey Jr., 86, of Bryan are set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Daniel & Son Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. D.N. Jones of Greater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Densey died Saturday.
He was a lifelong resident of Bryan and a retired mechanic. He served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie B. Densey.
Survivors include five sons and four daughters-in-law, Clarence R. and Sharon Densey, Charles E. and Debbie Densey, Robert L. and Shorty Densey and James A. Densey, all of Bryan, and Ernest III and Velda Densey of College Station; six daughters and four sons-in-law, Kathy L. and Troy Davis of Chicago, Dorothy and Randy Hargrove of College Station, Lillie B. Densey, Debra A. and Fredie Ruiz and Shirley A. Marshall, all of Bryan, and Barbara A. and Michael Cardinal of San Diego; 37 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
May 14, 1931 — Sept. 27, 2004
ROCKDALE — Services for Uvenia Richards, 73, of Rockdale are set for 9 a.m. Thursday at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.
Burial will be in Thornton Cemetery near Trinity.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Bill Whaley of Murray Street Church of Christ in Rockdale will officiate.
Mrs. Richards died Monday at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale.
She was born in Trinity and was a waitress at Shipley Do-nuts.
She was a member of Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edd D. Richards Sr.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Edd D. Jr. and Ruth Richards of Houston; a stepdaughter, Sandra Jo Bennett of Virginia; a sister, Elva Money of Rockdale; a grandson; and a great-grandson.
Tony ‘Sonny’ LaBarbera
Sept. 13, 1922 — Sept. 27, 2004
Services for Tony “Sonny” LaBarbera, 82, of Bryan are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
The Rev. Kirby Garner will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. LaBarbera died Monday at St. Joseph Regional Health Center.
He was born in High Bank and lived in Bryan most of his life. He was a custom cotton harvester.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 159, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4692 and Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. LaBarbera served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the African, Italian and European campaigns and was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for valor. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lena LaBarbera of Bryan; two sons and daughters-in-law, Sam A. and Donna LaBarbera and Frank and Dana LaBarbera, all of College Station; two brothers, Joe LaBarbera Jr. and Sam LaBarbera, both of Bryan; and four grandchildren.
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Celeste Engelbrecht, 101, of College Station died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending with Memorial Funeral Chapel College Station.
Beverly L. Ellis of College Station died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending with Jones-Washington Mortuary in Bryan.
Beatrice Kerr, 11 a.m., Galilee Baptist Church in Caldwell.
Douglas Leroy Thompson, 12:30 p.m., Memorial Funeral Chapel College Station, College Station Cemetery.
Joe R. “JR” Reed, 10 a.m., Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan, New Church Cemetery in Edge.