Clarence Wayne Halford

Published 10:08am Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Funeral Services for Clarence Wayne Halford of Bude are 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Meadville United Methodist Church. Graveside services will follow at Midway Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Sisk will officiate. Franklin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Meadville United Methodist Church and continues Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Mr. Halford, 84, died July 27, 2014, at his residence peacefully surrounded by his family. He was born on April 17, 1930, in Bude to Larry W. “Pete” and Lela Smith Halford.

He was a graduate of Meadville High School and Mississippi State College. He worked for Fayette Hardwood Company before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served two years during the Korean War, spending time in Germany. He had a long, distinguished career in the oil and gas industry – spanning 55 years, four states, several companies and many consulting jobs after his retirement.

Upon graduating college in 1957, he went to work with Humble Oil Company in Natchez before moving to New Orleans, as an accountant with Shell Oil Company. He started as an accountant and moved into the operations department where he had many different jobs in production throughout the years. Before returning to Mississippi in 1987, he was the division manager of the East Texas Production Division of Delta Drilling Company in Tyler, Texas.

He was a member of the Methodist church since 1949 and a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1952. He was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a member of the American Legion.

Survivors are his loving wife of 62 years, Sarah Pearl Higginbotham Halford; sons, Kirby Wayne Halford and wife, Pam; daughter, Sandra Gayle Halford-Amburg and husband, James; grandchildren, Carmen Halford, Amanda Halford, Brandon Amburg and Kirby Amburg; sisters, Elsie Merle Quinn “Bill”, Erma Lou Luckett “Tom” and Norabeth Halford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Meadville United Methodist Church or Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

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