Submitted by: Cathy Shelley
The Clifton Record; January 2003
Graveside funeral services for Clarence R. Petty, 86, of Meridian, were held
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, in the Morgan Cemetery, the Rev. Bill Schibler officiating.
Petty died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, in a Clifton hospital after an extended
illness. He was born Aug. 16, 1916, in Belton, a son of the late Levi H. and Mary
Jane Cantrell Petty, r. He had lived most of his life in Bosque County, where he
worked on ranches and cut cedar posts. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps in
World War II. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church. Survivors include two
daughters, Virginia Ratliff of Clifton, and Debbie Caughron of Granbury; two
sons, Russell Petty, Sr. of Meridian, and Richard Petty of Cranfills Gap; two
sisters, Marthie Renfro of Houston, and Mertel Hoggett of Rising Star; two
brothers, C.C. Petty of Turnersville, and Levi Petty of California; 33
grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren; and a
number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Pallbearers were
Scott Caughron, Russell Petty, Jr., Jimmy Ratliff, Charles Williams,
Clifton Hinds, and Jeff Ratliff.
Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, was in charge of arrangements.