About Kenneth Cecil Gifford:
Rockdale Reporter, Thur., 26 July 2001
Funeral services for Kenneth Gifford, 78, were held
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 in Rockdale. Burial followed in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. He died Sunday,
July 22, 2001 in the VA Hospital in Temple.
Mr. Gifford, a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel
area, was born Nov. 4, 1922 in Milam County near San Gabriel to John Riley and Berthal (Terrell) Gifford.
He was a graduate from San Gabriel High School, Veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army and
a member of the Thorndale VFW #4009. Mr. Gifford, a farmer most of his life, and Rose Marie Rutherford
were married Aug. 14, 1948 in Cuero.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Marie Gifford; sisters,
Effie Eula Caffey and Doris Elloie Doss; brothers, J. R. Gifford, Jack Gifford and Quinn Gifford and
Surviving are: Son, Kenny Gifford of Rockdale; daughter, Betty Anderson and husband
Stanley of Austin; grandchildren, Scott Brink of Austin, Vickie Clark and husband Kelley of Sharp, Keith
Brink and wife Pam of Austin, Kent Brink and wife Tia of Taylor, Tammy Hernandez and husband Bennie
of Thorndale; great grandchildren, Anna Clark of Sharp, Amanda Brink of Austin, Blain Hernandez and
Terrin Hernandez of Thorndale; special friend, Janice Janette of Huntsville. Pallbearers were John
Curik, Frank Felton, Gus "Buddy" Schramm, Buster Cast, John Morton and Kit Worley. Honorary pallbearer
was Weldon Puckett.
About Rose Marie Rutherford:
Gifford, Mrs. Rose Marie of Rockdale. Age 64. Died 11/7/1989 (Tuesday) in Scott & White Hospital in
Temple. Services held 11/8 (Wed) in Phillips & Luckey Chapel in Rockdale. Burial in IOOF Cemetery
in Rockdale. Tyson Parker officiated. She was born 9/1/1925 in Thorndale, the daughter of O.J. and
Tillie (Lehmann) Rutherford. Spent most of her life in Milam Co. Charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary
of Hill Johnson Post 4009 in Thorndale, past president of the organization, and active member until
she became ill. Married Cecil Kenneth Gifford on 8/14/1948 in Cuero, Tx Preceded in death by parents,
brother O.J. Rutherford, Jr., and 2 infant sisters. Survivors: Husband, Kenneth Gifford, Sr. of Rockdale;
son Kenny Gifford of Rockdale; daughter, Betty Anderson of Austin; 2 sisters, Peggy Queen of Santa
Fe, Tx; Shirley Parker of La Grange, Tx; 8 grandchildren; uncle Alvin Lehmann of Thorndale.