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Clarence Wayne Halford

Published 12:00am Wednesday, July 30, 2014

April 17, 1930 — July 27, 2014


MEADVILLE — Services for Clarence Wayne Halford, 84, who died Sunday, July 27, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Meadville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Sisk officiating.

Burial will follow in Midway Cemetery under the direction of Franklin Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Mr. Halford was born April 17, 1930, in Bude, the son of 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 graduation from 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 1949, 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 a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Halford was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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