Essie Braswell Vanderford went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, age 98 years and 7 months. She was born April 7, 1915, in Acworth, Ga. Essie was a resident of Clovis, Ca., and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Wallace A. Vanderford, of Clovis; son, William H. Vanderford, of Clovis; parents, William H. and Laura J. Braswell; brother, Dewey Braswell; sister, Gladys I. Braswell Vanderford, all of Lawrenceburg, Tn. She is survived by son, Charles L. Vanderford, of Crescent City, Ca.; daughter, Laura J. "Jan" Vanderford, of Clovis, Ca.; eight grandchildren; 23 greatgrandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Clovis Funeral Chapel on Monday, November 25, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Clovis Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. Interment to follow at Clovis Cemetery.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Nov. 24, 2013