Casey Matthew Bates, 65, of 2508 Ave. F Bay City, died in his home Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1976. He was born March 22, 1911 in
Matagorda County, the son of the late Sid Bates and Mrs. Isabel Van Dorn
Bates. He is survived by his sister Mrs. Maude Bates of Bay City and his aunts Mrs. W. G. Jones of Caney
and Mrs. Jesse Gladney of Freeport. He was a member of the MethodistChurch and the American Legion and Eagles and was a veteran of World War II.
The funeral rites will be said at the First Methodist Chapel on Ave. G Thursday, Nov. 11, 1976 at with the Rev. James Thompson
officiating. Interment will be in CaneyCemetery under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE
[Corrections submitted by Robert Bates:
The birth father of Kasey and Maude was J. B. Kimball. When their mother
and Mr. Kimble divorced, she took back her maiden name of Bates and also
gave it to her children.]
OF FIRST MATAGORDA CO. SHERIFF DIES HERE JOHN WHARTON BATES DIES SATURDAY FOLLOWING BRIEF ILLNESS
Mr. John Wharton Bates, age 45, farmer, son of the late Sidney Johnson
Bates and scion of one of the oldest families in our county, his
great-grandfather, Isaac Van Dorn, having been the first sheriff of
Matagorda County, passed away here Saturday evening, June 12 at 11:00
o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Belle Bates. Death came
following an illness of about a week. Pneumonia was the cause of the
Mr. Bates, son of John Wharton Bates and Susan Amanda Matthews, was born
in Brazoria, January 6, 1892. He was the grandson of General Joseph
Bates. He had lived in this county most of his life, having been engaged
The deceased is survived by his wife, four sons, Morris Henry, Guy Van
Dorn, Ernest Monroe and John Wharton, Jr., four daughters Ruby Love,
Betty Gene, Febee Amanda and Alice Bell. His mother, Mrs. Amanda Bates
also survives besides three sisters, Mrs. Bell Bates, Mrs. Guy Jones,
Mrs. Anderson Gladney and one brother, Morris S. Bates.
THE MATAGORDA COUNTYTRIBUNE ,
Thursday, June 17, 1937
[Corrections submitted by Robert Bates
(grandnephew of John Wharton Bates) Parents of John Wharton Bates were
Sidney Johnston Bates and Susan Amanda Matthews Bates.]
Age 78 years, 11 months and 3 days, died at the residence
of her daughter, Mrs. Maude Bates, in Bay City
Wednesday morning, October 15th 
The funeral services will be held from the Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home this (Wednesday) afternoon at 4:30.
Interment in Matthew's Cemetery near Caney.
[Corrections submitted by Robert Bates (great-grandson of Susan Amanda
Bates): Maude was a granddaughter of Susan Amanda Bates. Susan did not
live with Maude, but did live with her son, Morris Bates, and his wife,
Lola Grimes Bates. Susan Amanda Matthews Bates' parents were John
Matthews and Isabella Van Dorn Matthews. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Sidney Johnston Bates.]
Funeral services for Roy Morrett Griffith III, 46, of Cedar Lane will be held Friday at CedarLaneBaptistChurch with the Rev. Ron George officiating. Burial will follow at the MatthewsFamilyCemetery in Bay City.
Mr. Griffith was born March 1, 1945, to Roy Morrett Griffith, Jr. and Verna
Lee Estill Griffith in Bay City and died July 1, 1991 in Cedar Lane.
A lifelong resident of Cedar Lane, he was a member of the CedarLaneBaptistChurch.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Denbow Griffith of Cedar Lane; two
daughters, Mikki Renee Griffith of Houston and Mitzi Roanne Griffith of
Cedar Lane; a son, Steven Roy Griffith of Bay City; parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Jo A. Wyse of Cedar Lane; and two brothers, Joe Estill Wyse of
Sugar Land and Richard Lee Wyse of Cedar Lane.
Pallbearers are Jerry Coble, Bill Wilson, Dase Wilson, Bill Bona, David
O'Rear and John Hazely.
Contributions can be made to the Cedar Lane Baptist Church Van Fund.
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.
Mrs. Tommie Katuria Hamilton, age 73 years, 5 months and 8 days,
died at the Newgulf hospital Saturday afternoon at .
Mrs. Hamilton is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ira Clements and Mrs.
Johnnie Worley and four sons Brown, Jimmie, Walter and Jack Hamilton all
of Buckner Prairie.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the at the Matthews cemetery with Rev. G. W. Lee of Newgulf Baptist Church
officiating. Taylor Brothers was in charge of arrangements.
Thursday, February 24, 1937
Walter C. "Harry" Hamilton, farmer and cattleman of Cedar
Lane, died at his home Saturday afternoon at 2:20 o'clock and was buried
at the Matthews Cemetery Sunday morning at 9 o'clock.
Mr. Hamilton was born in South Carolina, September 17, 1877, moved to Texas when three months old. He has lived in MatagordaCounty since 1904.
In 1901 he was united in marriage to Miss Tinnie Washburn. To this union
seven children were born, six of whom survive and all were present when
the end came.
Mr. Hamilton, is survived by his wife, four sons, Harry, Jim, Walter and
Jack; two daughters, Susie Ruth and Mrs. Ira Clements; one sister, Mrs.
W. A. Moore of Bay City and three grandchildren.
Of a large heart, generous nature, and self-sacrificing spirit, Mr.
Hamilton possessed those lovable qualities that have endeared him to all
who knew him. Here are legions of friends who mourn his passing with his
grief stricken family.
Pallbearers were Mr. J. Bruce, Mr. Geo. Culver, Mr. E. J. Werlla, Mr.
Marion Byars, Mr. Hubert and Phillip Bowie.
THE MATAGORDA COUNTYTRIBUNE, Thursday, Aug 24, 1933
Mrs. Gertrude Matthews, age 61 years, 8 months and 5 days, died on
Monday afternoon at at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hy.
Estill in Cedar Lane
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at at Cedar Lane with Rev. P. T. Ramsey officiating. She
is survived by two sons, Rodney and James and two daughters, Mrs. Hy.
Estill and Mrs. Gertrude Gresham. Funeral arrangements are under the
direction of Walker-Matchett.
THE MATAGORDA COUNTYTRIBUNE,
Thursday, November 10, 1932
Mrs. John Matthews, one of Matagorda county's oldest and most highly
respected residents passed away suddenly this morning, after a long and
Decedent was the relict of John Matthews, a pioneer citizen, who passed
away some years ago. The family has resided at Caney, the old home for
more than a half century, were prominent in the affairs of the county
from it's earliest period until now, and have been held in esteem by
everyone all through the long space of years.
Mrs. Matthews was the mother of Judge Jesse Matthews and W. A. Matthews,
who survive her.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon in the family burial
grounds near the old home, following religious services which will be
held at the residence at Saturday afternoon.
THE MATAGORDA COUNTYTRIBUNE, Thursday, May 18, 1923
Mr. John Matthews one of Matagorda county's oldest and most highly
respected citizens died at his home at Caney at Wednesday December 10th, and was buried
in the Caney cemetery on Thursday afternoon December 11th, with
religious services conducted by M. H. Reed.
Deceased was born in Hillsboro, London County, Virginia, February 23,
1835 and was, therefore, 78 years, 9 months and 17 days of age when
In 1855 Mr. Matthews came to Matagorda county and began merchandising at
Caney continuing in business and residing in the same place since that
time. He has been very prosperous all of his life and was numbered
amongst the most prominent of the citizens of the Gulf Coast of Texas.
"Matthews Store," as his place has been known for generations,
is one of the historic spots of historic Matagorda and for years was the
leading business house of the country.
Mr. Matthews was loved and honored by all who knew him, took a prominent
part in the upbuilding and advancement of his county and country, was an
honored Confederate veteran, a pioneer and was a man of honor and
Besides his wife, who is ten years his junior, Mr. Matthews leaves five
living children. They are Mrs. Amanda Bates of Caney, Judge Jesse
Matthews of Glen Flora, and former county judge of that county, R. V.
Matthews of Caney, Mrs. Mary Lawson of Matagorda and W. A. Matthews of
The Tribune joins the hundreds of friends in this county and section of
the state in extending to the family the deepest and most sincere
Madelyn Lee Matthews went to her peaceful repose April 16, 2002 at the
Legacy. Born September 22, 1910, in Hempstead, Texas to Thomas and Mamie
She graduated from San Jacinto High School in Houston in 1928. She
married Sylvain A. "Jack" Matthews in 1935 and moved to Van Vleck where
her husband farmed rice and raised cattle. She and her husband reared
four children in the family home on Allenhurst Road.
She is preceded in death by her husband in 1967 and her son, Charles
Eugene, in February of this year. She leaves behind a large family.
Survivors include: sons, Jack A. and wife Ollie of Bay City, Robert A.
of the family home; daughter, Bonnie Socha of Van Vleck, and
daughter-in-law, Betty Matthews of Bay City; grandchildren are Nancy,
James and Ernie of Fairbanks, Alaska, Robert Reed of Huntsville, Lacy
Gilbert and Steven of El Maton, Nina Reeser and Greg of Santa Rosa,
California, Gary Matthews of Santa Rosa, Leanne Sliva and Paul of Bay
City, Trey Rugeley and Debra of Bay City, Sherri Harvey of Goliad, Jerry
Machacek and Daniel of Goliad, Pattie Stelec and Willie Jr. of Edna,
Samantha Hudgins and Kyle of Van Vleck, Yvonne Bartz and husband of
North Dakota. Great grandchildren are Ken George, Brian, Stephanie and
Jason Harvey, Vance Ashley and Tyler Strelec, Cayce and Ethan Sliva, Ben
Meier, Walker and Faith Rugeley, Brandi and Alex Reed, Katherine Taylor,
Samantha James, and Ashley Gilbert. Great-great grandchild is Adriana
George. Also Mrs. Anne Terry, her roommate and special friend for these
last two years, and the loving staff of the Legacy who took wonderful
care of her above and beyond the call of duty, and the support group of
caring people from Hospice Support Care of El Campo. Also she leaves a
host of friends who will miss her sorely.
Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bay City Funeral Home in Bay City.
Services for Mrs. Matthews will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First
Baptist Church in Bay City with the Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.
Interment will follow at the historic Matthews Family Cemetery on FM
2540 in Van Vleck.
Pallbearers were Michael Grisham, Mark Grisham, Trey Rugeley, Paul Sliva,
Willie Strelec Jr., Daniel Machacek, Brian Harvey, Darrin Wiends and
Gary Matthews. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Wyse, Thomas Matthews,
Smokey Rouse, Gerald Ussery, Dr. James Ely, Art Richardson, Freddie
Lipscomb, Marty Lipscomb, and Ken Lipscomb.
Madelyn Matthews was a true lady of her era. May she rest in peace while
we who love her look forward to seeing her again in eternity.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.
The belated news of the death of Mr. R. V. Matthews, which occurred at
his home at Caney last Thursday, reached this office today.
Mr. Matthews was a life-long citizen of MatagordaCounty and was a member of one of the foremost and oldest families of the
country. His death came as a distinct shock and surprise to the many
friends of the family.
Decedent was about 46 years of age and leaves a wife and several
children. He was a brother of Judge Jesse and W. A. Matthews.
The remains were laid to rest in the family burial grounds on Friday.
The Tribune extends its deepest sympathy to the bereaved ones.
November 3, 1916
MATTHEWS, Rodney Green, 73, of Rt. 1, Box 69, Bay City, died Tuesday at his home. Funeral
services set for Thursday at the Bay City Funeral Home
Chapel. The Rev. Bill Baker, pastor of the FirstBaptistChurch, will officiate. Burial will be in the CaneyCemetery. Matthews was a life-long resident of MatagordaCounty. He was a farmer-rancher and a member of the Southwest Cattlemen's
Association. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Vinnie Zula Matthews; two
daughters, Mrs. Zula Weaver of Houston and Mrs. Caroline Culpepper of
Corpus Christi; two sons, Steve Matthews and Rodney E. Matthews, both of
Bay City; one brother, Jim Matthews of Bay City; two sisters, Mrs. Madge
Estill of Cedar Lane and Mrs. Eaton Grisham of Caney; 11 grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Ira Clements Jr., Clyde
Ashcraft, Joe A. Wyse, Ray Griffin, James Griffin, Bobby Matthews,
Kenneth Joice and Vernon Harrison.
She was born Sept. 6, 1907 in Crum Creek, Indian Territory to Aaron Harrison and Amanda Sisson
Scott. She was a member of the CedarLaneBaptistChurch and was a resident of Cedar Lane from 1935 to 1991 when she moved to
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Peggy Weldon of Bay City and by six grandchildren and two great
She was preceded in death by her husband H. N. Weldon in 1970 and by two
sons Paul Elmore Weldon in 1985 and Larry Leon Weldon in 1989.
Funeral services will be held at Saturday, June 14 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow
at the MatthewsCemetery in Van Vleck.
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE,
June 12, 1997
WELDON, Hiram Newton, age 62, passed away Saturday at his home. Service
is scheduled for today at CedarLaneBaptistChurch with Rev. Victor Edge officiating.
Interment will be in the MatthewsCemetery. He is survived by his widow, three sons N. W. Weldon of Lafayette, La.,
Paul of Freeport and Larry of Wadsworth, two sisters, Mrs. S. W. Renfrow
of Van Vleck, and Mrs. Otis O'Neal of Palestine; three brothers, Joe
Weldon of Boteau, Okla., J. T. of Lubbock and E. __ of Havana, Ark.,
also five grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Don Ross, Glenn Robertson,
Cecil Pruett, James Grisham, Charles Branstetter, Joe Wyse. Honorary
pallbearers George Ratliff, Elmer Billington, M. T. Walker, B. T. Cross,
Eaton Grisham, Tom Shannon, Jack Moon, Elo Werlla, Levi Wheat and C. R.
Allen. Arrangements are by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
Weldon was a resident of Cedar Lane for 35 years and a member of the BaptistChurch.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE
Funeral services for Richard Lee "Dick" Wyse, 30, of Cedar Lane will be held Friday at Taylor Brothers Funeral chapel with the Rev. Bill Haskell
officiating. Burial will follow at MatthewsFamilyCemetery in Bay City.
Mr. Wyse was born Dec. 12, 1961 in Bay City to Jo A. and Verna Lee Estill Wyse and
died May 6, 1992 in Cedar Lane.
A lifelong resident of the area, Mr. Wyse was a member of CedarLaneBaptistChurch.
Survivors include his parents; a daughter, Krystle Wyse of Rosenberg; and a brother, Jody Wyse of SugarLand. He was preceded in death by a brother,
Roy M. Griffith III in July 1991.
Pallbearers will be Barry Weathers, David Weathers, Lee Weathers, Danny
Andel, Bill Bona and James Dancer.
In lieu of usual gifts or contributions, donations may be made to the CedarLaneBaptistChurch youth fund.
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.
SUGAR LAND - Jo A. Wyse, 72, of Sugar Land and formerly of Cedar Lane,
died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004.
He was born March 14, 1921, in Texarkana, to the late James Alfred and
Carrie Morris Wyse. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the
U.S. Army Air Force. He was a member of Cedar Lane Baptist Church.
Survivors: son, Joe E. Wyse of Sugar Land; six grandchildren; and eight
Preceded in death by: wife, Verna Wyse; sons, Richard Lee Wyse and Roy
M. Griffith III; and brother, Morris Wyse.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Cedar Lane Baptist Church, the Rev. Bob
Burial will be at Matthews Cemetery in Van Vleck. Taylor Bros. Funeral
Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.
Pallbearers: Lois Willy, Danny Andel, Frank Baker, Charles Dacke, Dr.
Robert Coburn, and Ted Hobby.
Memorials: Cedar Lane Baptist Church or Ft. Bend Baptist Academy, 1250
7th St., Sugar Land, Texas 77478.
The Victoria Advocate, February 10, 2004
Picture courtesy of Jody Wyse
Verna L. Wyse, 70, of Cedar Lane, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 1995 at her residence.
She was born September 5, 1925 in Sargent to Henry Watterson and Madge
Bell Matthews Estill. She was a lifelong resident of Cedar Lane and a member of the CedarLaneBaptistChurch, serving as Church Treasurer, a member
of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the Daughters of the American
She was employed as a bookkeeper for Coastal Automotive Service.
She is survived by her husband Jo A. Wyse of Cedar Lane, a son and daughter-in-law, Joe Estill
"Jody" Wyse and wife Lesley of Sugarland, and by six
grandchildren, Mikki Renee Griffith, Steven Roy Griffith and Lisa
Griffith, Mitzi Roanne Griffith, Tamra Dawn Wyse, and Krystle Wyse. She
is preceded in death by her parents Henry W. and Madge M. Estill, and by
two sons, Richard L. Wyse in 1992 and Roy M. Griffith in 1991.
Funeral services will be held at Saturday, Dec. 23, 1995 at the CedarLaneBaptistChurch with Rev. Wayne Ramsey officiating.
Interment will be at the MatthewsFamilyCemetery, Bay City.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE
Picture courtesy of Jody Wyse
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