GLEN ROSE - Leaford Clifton Bivens, 94, died Dec. 15 in Glen Rose.
He was born on June 27, 1917, in Wise County to James Loyd and Ella Francis Bivens.
Family visitation time will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, at Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Wiley Funeral Home, with Rev. Dennis Moore officiating. Burial will be in Squaw Creek Cemetery.
Leaford went to work as an aircraft mechanic for Consolidated Vultee (now Lockheed) in 1942. He worked on the B-24, B-32, B-36, B-58, F-111, RB57F and F-16. That was his full-time job until he retired in 1976.
But his first love was “the land.”After the family moved from Fort Worth to Springtown in 1951, Leaford “farmed on the side,”plowing or planting or picking cotton, etc. for several hours every evening five days a week and all day on Saturday, but never on Sunday.
In January 1956 land was purchased in Somervell County on Highway 144 three miles north of Glen Rose, and Leaford moved his family for the last time. There he developed a herd of registered Hereford cattle. It was a peaceful scene to gaze on - grazing white-faced cattle spread out across the valley from the front porch of the farm house on the hill.
Leaford accepted the Lord as his Saviour at a young age and was always active in a local Baptist church until the last few years. He served as a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent at various times and especially enjoyed leading congregational hymns.
Leaford’s parents, four brothers and one sister, preceded him in death, as did Mozelle Wilson, his wife of 45 years and the mother of his children. Also, his second wife, Leona Hogge; his third wife, Inez Wallis Wilson; and his fourth wife, Oma Lee Joiner, preceded him just six weeks ago.
Great-grandson Kristopher Thetford and grandson, Steven Bivens, also preceded him in death.
Leaford is survived by his six children: Louella Vernon and husband, Bob, of Bivins, Texas; Leoy Bivens and wife, Janet, of Glen Rose, Texas; Loretha Ann Galloway and husband, Glen, of Winnsboro; Lemuel Bivens and wife, Cindy, of Milford; Timothy Bivens and wife, Judy, of Glen Rose; and Lonita Rachel Larson and husband, Brian, of Rosemount, Minn. Other survivors are stepson Billy Ray Carpenter and wife, Lula, of Mabank; five step-grandsons; and five step-granddaughters.
Also, 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Five sisters also are survivors: Bernice Kinchen of Springtown; Ila Mae Fite and husband, Ross, of Ozark, Mo.; Wanda Woodard and husband, Don, of Fort Worth; Joyce Llene Torbett and husband, Sidney, of Springtown; and Delores Gibbs and husband, James, of Denison.