When she was in elementary school, the family moved to Sikeston, Missouri where she grew up and graduated from high school. It was there that she met Charles Franklin Gwaltney, Jr. They married April 6, 1957, and began a lifelong ministry and loving marriage. Donnie served alongside Charles in Southern Baptist churches in Kennett, Missouri, Jonesboro, Arkansas, San Antonio, Texas, Athens, Texas, Albany, Georgia, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, back to San Antonio and then back to Athens in 1996 to retire on Lake Athens. She enjoyed serving at the Food Pantry, FBC homebound ministry, Meals of Kindness, Literary Guild, and FBC Clothing ministry. She served in children’s ministry, music ministry, cradle roll, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir. She had many gifts and passions. A faithful, supportive wife for 42 years, she loved Charles more the day he died than the day she married him. Donnie and Charles raised 3 children, Jennifer, Julie and Peter with a true and real love for the Lord. They welcomed and loved as their own, in-laws, John Margeson, Chuck Byrd, and Ginny Sills. My Donnie to 12 grandchildren and 9 ¾ great-grandchildren, she prayed for, loved and adored them all. Her greatest gift was her love for Jesus, her spirit of joy, enthusiasm for life, confidence in her faith, and hugs. It was hard to pass by her without getting a hug. Her smile shined brilliantly with the love of Christ. She prepared her family and her friends for her home going with anticipation and joy. She made her home at Arabella of Athens Assisted Living for the last 3 years where she found a ministry and called it her happy place.
Funeral Services for Susan Clanton, 60, of Palestine are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Bro. Scott Wylie officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery near Bradford.
Mrs. Clanton went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 14 in Ft. Worth.
James was preceded in death by his father Pearl Exter McTaggart, mother Dorothy Elizabeth Touchtone McTaggart, sister D`Alice McTaggart Cahill, brothers Lester Exter McTaggart, Willie J. (Bill) McTaggart and Wesley Gene (Bobby) McTaggart. Also, preceding James in death was a wife Patricia June Christy McTaggart, a daughter Judith (Judy) McTaggart Rogers and a son James Laroy (Jim) McTaggart. James leaves his wife of 17 years, Martha C. Moore Callaway McTaggart, son Leslie Taylor McTaggart, daughters-in-law Denise McTaggart and Karen McTaggart, son-in-law Doyle Rogers, step-children Mike and Jean Callaway, Lloyd and Marsha Hoelting.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Keller Andrew Thormahlen.
Don was a graduate of Elgin High School and Hardin-Simmons University where he developed lifelong friendships. While in university at Abilene he met his bride Patricia and started their first home. A loving husband and father, Don was influential in many lives. Mr. Thormahlen was a Mortgage Banker for many years. His service in the Army National Guard was a reflection of his patriotism and love for country.
She was preceded in death by her father, Millard Davis and her mother Lena Pearl; father and mother-in-law Ernest and Mary Ida Morgan.
Nancy was working for the Andrews Center in Athens, where she was admired and loved by her co-workers. She was a family strong lady, she adored her kids and grandkids with all she had. She was a very dedicated friend, wife, mother and grandmother and sister. Nancy will be greatly missed by all of those who knew her and loved her.
She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Jesse Lynn Morgan; her 3 daughters, Emily Blake and husband Branson, Rachel Wilson and husband Russell, and Holly Celeste Morgan; grandchildren, Lance McLeod and wife Ashley, Cadye Childress, Morgan Wilson, Mary-Celeste Daphne Pearl Childress, Aubrey Blake, Andrew Wilson, Hudson Blake, and Jackson Blake; great-grandchildren, Kynlee and Conner McLeod; her sisters, Connie Lovelady, Mary Cleckly, Frances Cain and husband Bill; her brother, Jon Davis; sister-in-law, Cathy Morgan; brother-in-law, John Morgan and wife Missy; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Bethel Christian Church of Athens, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 1 p.m. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial to follow at Meredith Campground. Autrys Carroll-Lehr is in charge of arrangements.