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Centenarians Buried in Matagorda County

Deceased County Residents Who Reached the Age of 100 and Beyond

A centenarian is a person who has attained the age of 100 or more.  These are the centenarians who have been identified to date. The page is for all of Matagorda County and additions of others buried in the County are welcomed. Submissions can be emailed .


Centenarians Born in Matagorda County and Buried Elsewhere


Geneva Edison Abbage - Eastview Cephas Gear - Unknown, Van Vleck Freida Kettler Oliver - Cedarvale
Helen Velma Hall Akers - Hawley Mary Augusta Glaze - Cedarvale Maria Oros - Cedarvale
Harriett Amboree - Grove Hill Susan Gray - Shiloh Myrtle Lee Thurmond Parish - Roselawn
Phebe Anderson - Roselawn Nealie Tone Griggs - Shiloh Hilario Perez - Cedarvale
John James Barr - Palacios Curtis G. Hamill - Cedarvale Nicholas Perez - Cedarvale
Louise Brown Barr - Roselawn Pearl Hale Hammond - Midfield May Posey - Hawley
Ann Elizabeth Baxter - Matagorda Alice Hardy - Ashby Edith Kirby Valigura Rasmussen - Hawley
Julia Belanger - Roselawn Cody Davis Harkless - Eastview William Louis Reitz - Hawley
Wilma Kathryn Bickham - Cedarvale Maude Hawkins - Bethlehem Romula Reyes - Cedarvale
Mabel Green Birkner - Roselawn Micaela Garcia Hernandez - Roselawn Edna "Grandma" Ross - Roselawn
Cynthia “Callie” Blaylock - Cedarvale Mary Jane Hill Horn - Cedarvale Johanna Rowton - Palacios
Frieda Boehm - Hawley Pauline Huebner - Cedarvale Beatrice Barbara Ellis Sanders - Palacios
Philip Milhouse Bowie - Bowie Cecilia Polasek Jalufka - St. Peters Cora May Anderson Sears - Cedarvale
Jadie Branstetter - Roselawn Nellie G. Jesse - Cedarvale Lenore Hall Simons - Cedarvale
Lorena Williams Brown - Shilon Sallie Johnson - Roselawn Annie Sliva - Roselawn
Nellie Spiller Brown - Shiloh Roxie Emma Dunlap Johnson - Eastview Clara “Cottie” Smith - Matagorda
Lida Mable Bryan - Roselawn Arthur Jones - Union Pledger Esther Dienst Smith
Kathryan “Kate” Calhoun - Cedarvale Orene G. Schweinle Jordan - Roselawn Alva Lela Stanford - Cedarvale
Macedonio Carrio - Cedarvale John Loman - Harris Vevi Stevens - Cedarvale
Ora M. Cash - Cedarvale Pedro Lopez - Palacios John Sutherland - Cedarvale
Sallie M. Clardy - Palacios Victoria Lewis McElrath - Cedarvale Ella Hawkins Taylor - Cedarvale
Leatha Burdett Collins - Eastview Roy Eugene McGlaun - Cedarvale Henry Thompson - Shiloh
Rose Scott Cook - Eastview Julian Mendoza - Cedarvale Ben Thornton - Unknown, Pledger
Ann Gillett Cox - Cedarvale Blanche Beatrice Miller - Unknown Margaret Young Times - Eastview
Rena Faye Curtis - Hawley Mollie Yeamans Miller - Matagorda Maria Rocha Tobias - Palacios
Sylva Lucile Barr Davenport - Palacios Lela Ethel Newton Milstead - Cedarvale Tiem V. Tran - Palacios
Henry Louis Delaplain - Palacios Otilia Hernandez Mora - Cedarvale Olivia Alfreda Walters - Palacios
Leona Dykes - Eastview Edna "Eshie" Long Muller - Cedarvale Edgar B. Wells - Cedarvale
Carrie Frierson - St. John Martha Eureka Martin Neuszer - Hawley Nellie White - Eastview
Carlota “Carmen” Gaona - Hawley Margaret  “Rose”  Newman - Cedarvale Joel Williams, Sr. - Bethlehem
Anna Rugeley Gartrell - Cedarvale    

Centenarians By Cemetery

Alice Hardy


Geneva Edison Abbage

March 15, 1888 - September 2, 1996

Funeral services for Mrs. Geneva Edison Abbage, age 108, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at 2 p. m., at the Jesus Free Will Holy Temple Church in Bay City, with Rev. L. V. Harvey, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, officiating, and Bishop J. Johnson, presiding. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 p. m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Saturday from 1 to 2 p. m. at the church.

She was born on Buckner's Prairie in Cedar Lane, Texas, March 15, 1888 to Watkin Edison, Jr. and Mary Louise Vann Edison, and passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

Whatever education she received was obtained from Vann School on Buckner's Prairie in Cedar Lane, and was taught by Mrs. Phoebe Allen.

Very early in life, she joined the Berean Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, where she served as Secretary of the Sunday School. Upon moving to Bay City in 1909, she united with Mother Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. H. C. Cashew. There, she served as President of the Mission Society, Secretary of the Sunday School, and a member of the Sanctuary Choir where she always led the song, "I Have Never Reached Perfection, But Lord I've Tried." Occasionally she would recite poems.

In 1983, she united with Ebenezer Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. L. V. Harvey, where she enjoyed the rest of her life serving God. In her Christian giving, it was evident she served faithfully wherever she worshipped and proved to be a good follower. She was a member of the Progressive Order of Pilgrims and the Eastern Star.

"Mama Geneva" was a loving mother to her three children Amanda, Elaine and Jimmie Lee, all of whom preceded her in death. She was especially proud of her six generation family, and was honored from time to time by those around her.

Survivors include one granddaughter, Mrs. Addie M. Spiller of Bay City, and one great-granddaughter and great-grandson-in-law, Mrs. Deborah Spiller Allen (& Eunice) of Houston. Also three great-great-grandsons, Cobin, Christopher and Lee Andrew, as well as one great-great-great-granddaughter, Nicole. She also leaves a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and a family of many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Watkin Edison, Jr. in 1936, her mother, Mary Louise Edison in 1956, her son, Jimmie Lee Wright in 1941, her two daughters Elaine Jackson in 1994, and Amanda Southall in 1996; two great-great-grandsons, LaTroy and Alonzo Allen in 1995, as well as her siblings.

Active pallbearers will include Eunice Allen, Cobin Allen, Tony Southall, James Mills, J. D. Gatson and Moses Gatson.

Honorary pallbearers will include the deacons of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, September 1996

One of Matagorda County's oldest residents dies at 108
By William T. Wood

BAY CITY--Genevia Abbage, widely believed to be the County's oldest living resident, passed away Monday at Matagorda General Hospital of natural causes.

She was 108.

She had been living for the past six years at the Bay Villa nursing Home.

Mrs. Abbage was born in 1888 to Watkin Edison Jr. and Mary Louise Vann Edison, on a small farm in what was then called Buckner's Prairie. Later, when the train tracks were brought through the area, the town's name was changed to Cedar Lane.

She was educated as a child by a local teacher named Phebe Allen.

In 1909, following the legendary storm of that year, she moved to Bay City where she went to work as a housekeeper for the John Sutherland family. Sutherland at that time was serving as Bay City's mayor. She later took a job at the Vann Shine Hospital where she worked as a domestic.

She was a lifetime member of area churches. Most recently she had been attending Ebenezer Baptist Church in Bay City.

Mrs. Abbage outlived all three of her children but is survived by one grand daughter, three great grandchildren, and one great, great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Jesus Temple Church located at 2420 Avenue C in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, September 1996

Helen Velma Akers
July 29, 1913 - April 10, 2014

Helen Velma Akers, 100, formerly of Palacios passed away April 10, 2014. She was born July 29, 1913 in Dalhart, TX to the late Lewis Hall and Pearl Foster Hall.

Survivors include her husband of 76 years, Leonard Akers; daughter Velma Staten & husband Arlie of Tucson, AZ; son Lewis Akers & wife Rita of Madisonville, TX; sister Bertha Harris of Woodward, OK; brothers Floyd Hall of Roswell, NM and Everett Hall of Palm Desert, CA; grandchildren Alton Bostwick, Allison Akers, Amanda Akers, Audrey Seaton, Lisa Simnacher and Daniel Simnacher and 6 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Hawley Cemetery, near Blessing, TX, with Rev. Louis Rush officiating.


Harriett Amboree
September 27, 1887 - May 8, 1989

Funeral services for Harriett Amboree, 101, of Pledger will be held 11 a. m. Saturday at Grove Hill Baptist Church, Pledger, with the Rev. Frank Cones officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Pledger.

Friends may call from 11 a. m. to 9 p. m. Friday at Dixon Funeral Home, Brazoria, and from 10 to 11 a. m. Saturday at the church. A wake will be held from 7 to 9 p. m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Amboree died May 8, 1989, at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Wharton.

She was a member of Grove Hill Baptist Church and the Court of Calanthe.

Survivors include six sons, Floyd Amboree of Pledger, Junius Amboree, the Rev. C. W. Amboree and Travis Amboree, all of Houston, J. D. Amboree of West Columbia and Hilliard Amboree of Waldolf, Md.; four daughters, Ruby Williams of Pledger, Ruth Marshall and Eliza Odom, both of Houston, and Sidney Higgins of West Columbia; two sisters, Louisa Laws and Alice Rutherford of Houston; 51 grandchildren; 100 great-grandchildren; and 55 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Johnson Williams Jr., the Rev. Thomas Lemon Jr., J. C. Amboree, Odell Marshall, Gregory Amboree and Jimmie Williams.

Honorary pallbearers include Floyd, Junius, the Rev. C. W., Travis, J. D. and Hilliard Amboree.

Arrangements are with Dixon Funeral Home, Brazoria.

The Daily Tribune, May 11, 1989


Phebe Anderson
July 14, 1893 - October 19, 1997

Phebe Anderson, age 104, died Oct. 19 in the Cypress Woods Care Center in Angleton.

Funeral services will be 2 p. m., Wednesday Oct. 22 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Dr. W. D. Baker and Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Visitation with family will be from 6 – 8 p. m., today at the funeral home.

Anderson was a long time resident of Bay City before going to Angleton to live. She was born July 14, 1893 in Fairfax, Mo., to parents William and Susan Prettyman Dwyer. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City for over 80 years. She was a charter member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. At one time she owned and operated the Better Business Bureau in Bay City, and she had also sold Luziers Cosmetics.

Survivors are daughters, Beth Duncan of Angleton, and Edna (Hannah) Pfleghar of Carson City, Nevada; four grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren; nephew, Carl Anderson of Matagorda; nieces, Betty Jane Izzard of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Mary Ann Honeycutt of Harwood, Texas.

She was preceded in death by husband Bill Anderson; daughter, Wilma Bradshaw; sister, Mary Anderson; and brother, Ira Dwyer.

Pallbearers were Carl Anderson, Tom Anderson, Billy McDowell, Roy Lee Anderson, Andy Anderson and Frank Baethe.

Service under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, October 21, 1997


John James Barr
November 15, 1860 - March 14, 1961


Local Centenarian, J. J. Barr, Is Buried Wednesday Afternoon

John James Barr, Palacios' oldest citizen, died at his home north of Palacios early Tuesday morning. He had attained the age of 100 years, 3 months and 27 days.

Funeral services were held at the Palacios Funeral Home Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 in the afternoon with the Rev. Richard Stone conducting the service. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.

A resident of Palacios since 1915, he was born on November 15, 1860 in Joliet, Illinois, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Porter Barr. The family moved to Iowa and in his early days he herded cattle in western Kansas and Iowa.

In 1891 he married the late Mrs. Emma R. Barr and they later moved to Maryville, Missouri where he engaged in farming and the raising of registered Shropshire sheep.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Barr Davenport of Dallas, Misses Minda and Alice Barr of Palacios; two sons, Harold of Bay City and Henry of Palacios, three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Palacios Beacon, March 16, 1961

Emma Rosina Barr

Last rites were held Monday, October 24, at 4 p. m. in the Palacios Funeral Home for Mrs. Rosina Barr, conducted by Rev. Wesley N. Schulze, pastor of the Methodist Church and burial made in the Palacios cemetery under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.

Mrs. Barr was born January 11, 1869, near Pekin, Ill. When about 10 years of age she moved with her parents to Rockwell City, Iowa, and when quite young she became a member of the Evangelical Church, where she learned to sing many songs in the German language.

She taught school a short time before her marriage to J. J. Barr of Lake City, Iowa, on June 23, 1891, and her death Sunday, October 23, 1949, ended their more than 58 years of married life.

From Iowa they moved to Maryville, Mo., where both became members of the Presbyterian Church.

In 1915, the family moved to Palacios where they have since made their home.

Survivors are the husband, J. J. Barr, Miss Alice Barr, Miss Minda Barr, of Palacios; Mrs. Sylvia Davenport, Dallas; Harold Barr of Bay City; Henry Barr of Palacios, two brothers, Fred and George Ramige of Peoria, Ill., and four grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, October 27, 1949

J. J. Barr Celebrates One Hundredth Birthday At Family Gathering Sunday

J. J. Barr celebrated his one hundredth birthday Sunday with a family gathering at his home.

He was born in Joliet, Illinois on November 15, 1860. In his early days he herded cattle in western Kansas and Iowa. He can recall seeing herds of buffalo grazing on the prairies. For many years he had in his possession a buffaloe robe used as a lap robe in the horse and buggy days. He can also recall seeing the glow of fire from the big Chicago fire which was visible for many miles.

The family moved to Iowa where in 1891 he married the late Mrs. Emma R. Barr. After moving from Iowa to Maryville, Missouri, he engaged in farming, specializing in raising registered Shropshire sheep.

In 1915 the family moved to Palacios, Texas, where he continued farming activities until retiring.

The family present Sunday for the birthday dinner were: Mr. and Mrs. Home Davenport of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barr and family, Mrs. M. J. Scudder and Miss Doris Shillinburg of Bay City, Mrs. Mildred Barr, Wallace Barr, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Barr, Misses Alice and Minda Barr of Palacios.

Palacios Beacon, November 17, 1960


Louise Brown Barr
April 9, 1902 - February 8, 2008

Having lived a blessed and wonderful life of 105 years, Louise peacefully passed on the evening of February 8, 2008.

She was born in Hutchinson, Kansas on April 9, 1902 to Herbert Brown and Elizabeth Lord Brown. Louise spent her childhood in Houston, Velasco-Freeport and graduated high school in Bay City, Texas. Following her Mother's death she left the University of Texas to help her Father care for her younger sister, Betty. She married Leonard Alexander Barr upon his return from U.S. Army service in France during World War I. After their four children were grown they lived in Mexico, Sicily, Germany and several states before settling in Bay City, Texas where they were active in community life and St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Leonard died in 1977 after a beautiful marriage of 56 years. Louise spoke several languages, wrote two books and inspired many with her love, boundless optimism, kindness and wisdom.

Louise's loving family includes, present and past, siblings the Rev. Lawrence Lord Brown and wife Anna, Ruth and Harry Webb and family, Betty and Lloyd Farr and family, Herbert Brown, Jr. and family; children, Leonard, Jr. and Minerva Barr and family, Cliff and Lucy Barr and family, Bob Barr, Nancy Barr and Barbara Barr and family, Betty and N.G. Norton and Gary Wagner and family. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, by thirteen grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and has had the pleasure of seeing and holding several of her grandchildren's grandchildren.

Louise had many friends at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin where she was an active member. Friends Janie Rivera, Bertha Riojas and Jennifer Lynn supported her with loving care at Westminster Healthcare during the last several years. The family appreciates the kindness and companionship of the residents and staff at Westminster Manor in Austin.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at the Westminster Manor Chapel conducted by the Reverend Rhoda Montgomery of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Burial will be at a time to be determined in Van Vleck, Texas at the side of her husband, Leonard Alexander Barr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 452-8811. Obituary and guestbook online at

Bay City Tribune, Published February 13, 2008


Ann Elizabeth Baxter
December 17, 1847 – August 19, 1949

Final Rites Are Held Sunday 101-Year-Old Matagorda Woman

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Baxter, 101, were held Sunday afternoon at the Matagorda Cemetery. Mrs. Baxter would have been 102 December 17.

Mrs. Baxter, reported to be Matagorda County’s oldest citizen, was born on the Matagorda Peninsula and lived in the county all her life. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lou Ellis, at Matagorda Friday night.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Will McNabb, Mrs. E. C. Baker, Mrs. Lou Ellis, and Mrs. Lydia Moberly of Matagorda and Mrs. Amos Lee of Bay City; 23 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Baxter lived to see three of her children celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaries: Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. McNabb

Matagorda County Tribune, August 25, 1949


Julia Belanger
December 8, 1896 - August 20, 1999

Funeral Services for Julia Belanger, 102, of Concord, NC will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999 at The Church of God of Prophecy in Bay City with Rev. Robert Collins and Rev. James Logan officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

She died Aug. 20 at Big Elm Nursing Center in Kannapolia, NC.

She was born Dec. 8, 1896 in Saint Martinsville, La. to the late Victor and Adolphina Estave Guillotee.

She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, a former resident of Bay City from 1932 to 1993, when she moved to Midland, N. C. to live with her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jules Joseph Belanger, Sr. on June 14, 1960; her son Jules Belanger, Jr. on March 28, 1992; and by six sisters and one brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Flavia B. Thompson of Midland, NC; son and daughter-in-law, C. V. and Ann Belanger of Beaumont; three grandchildren, Darryl Thompson of Concord, NC, C. V. Belanger, Jr. of Flower Mound, Tex. and Elizabeth Ann Belanger of Richardson; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bennie and John Stevens, Owen Middleton, Bill Bell, Donald Berglund and Richard Franklin.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, August 25, 1999

Wilma Kathryn Bickham
January 4, 1905 - July 26, 2005

Wilma Kathryn Bickham, 100, of Angleton, died July 26, 2005, at Cypress Woods Nursing Home in Angleton, Texas.

She was born January 4, 1905, in Osyka, Mississippi, to the late James Hollis and Celia E. Smith Berryhill.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Angleton, a resident of Angleton since 1950, and a former resident of Bay City.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn Lucille and Dean Liesman; sister, Emma Lou Graham, all of Angleton; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her sons, Donald, Maurice, William Lee and Houston L. Bickham, Jr.; sisters, Lillian Lucille Orrell and Mildred Hood; and brother, James Bryan Berryhill.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2005, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rodney Bowman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to the Angleton Christian School, c/o First Baptist Church, Angleton, Texas.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, July, 27, 2005



Mabel Green Birkner
May 12, 1901 - September 20, 2004

Over a century of living ended when, Mabel Green Birkner passed away September 20, 2004 at the age of 103 in Bay City. Mrs. Birkner was born on May 12, 1901 in Neiderwald, Texas to William Wyatt Green and Docia Almedia Lovett Green. She was the only daughter in a family of nine.

She spent most of her young life in Hays County and the Austin area and attended Austin High School. On September 15, 1920 she was married in Creedmoor, Texas, to Joe A. Birkner, Sr.

In 1926, with three small sons, the Birkners moved to Bay City to engage in cotton farming, the dairy business and later, building construction. Five more children were born in Bay City. Mrs. Birkner served as the bookkeeper at Birkner’s Dairy until the family sold the dairy and established the Birkner Lumber Company.

A gentle lady and devoted mother of eight children, she was an active member of the First Christian Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the Church Choir. In the late 70’s, the Birkners returned to the church of their childhood and joined The First United Methodist Church, which she attended regularly.

For over fifty-five years, Mrs. Birkner enjoyed hunting with her husband and family in the Texas Hill Country. She was an excellent marksman and was featured at the age of ninety-nine in USA Today and Texas Parks and Wildlife as the oldest registered female hunter in Texas. On her last hunt at the age of 101, she killed a deer and a hog.

She told many stories of her life during the amazing century of inventions and changes that she witnessed. One story was a move the Green family made from Buda to McCaulley in West Texas for her Mother’s health. To support the family, her father and brothers farmed cotton and opened a small grocery store. After her Mother’s recovery, they moved back to Creedmore but returned by wagon and mule teams. She slept in the wagon at night, except for one night when a storm struck and they spent the night in a schoolhouse in Hillsboro. The trip took over a month.

Mrs. Birkner was happiest surrounded by her large and loving family, hosting family gatherings, and cooking wonderful meals. She was interested and involved in the lives of her beloved family until the very end of her life. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing at family gatherings, and was a champion at needlepoint. She lived in her own home until she moved to The Legacy a year ago.

She is predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Joe Birkner, in 1981, her daughter Mabel Birkner Wakefield in 1974, her eight brothers Bill Green, Emmitt Green, Otis Green, Ragen Green, Wyatt Green, Luke Green, Preston Green and Tom Green, and her parents. Her nephew, Alfred Birkner, also predeceases her.

She is survived by her children, Joe A. Birkner, Jr. and wife Dorothy, Bay City, Otis H. Birkner Sr. and wife Doris, Bay City, Otha W. Birkner and wife Melba, Vanderpool, Jack W. Birkner and wife Mary Lou, El Campo, Mary Kiesling and husband Larry, Kenedy, Anna Ruth Klein and husband Robert, Tomball, Kathleen Stevens and husband Richard, Fort Worth; her nephew, Kenneth Birkner, San Antonio, twenty five grandchildren, fifty-eight great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters: Cindy Duncan, Linda Burgess, Donna Sutherland, Mary Ann Harrison, Kathleen Nichols, Lisa Selph, Kay Cole, Marla Menard, Patty Lampley, Alexandra Stevens Hillebrecht, and Diane Cowart.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Wyatt Birkner, Donald Birkner, Timothy Birkner, Otis Birkner, Jr., Charles Birkner, Joe Klein, Jeffrey Klein, Larry Kiesling, Jr., Jack Birkner, Jr., Richard P. Stevens, Bobby Wakefield, Scott Wakefield, David Wakefield, and Glen Wakefield.

The family wishes to acknowledge the excellent compassionate care of the staff of The Legacy.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p. m. on Thursday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at The First United Methodist Church, Bay City at 2 p. m. Friday. The Reverend Pauline Harvey will conduct the Celebration of the Life of Mabel Green Birkner, our dear Mother. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, September 22, 2004



Cynthia Caroline “Callie” Carrington Blaylock

February 13, 1897 - April 29, 1998


Funeral services for Cynthia Caroline “Callie” Carrington Blaylock, 101, of Bay City were at 2 p. m. Saturday, May 2 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Zimmerman and Rev. W. D. Baker officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.


Blaylock passed away Wednesday, April 29 at the Legacy Healthcare Center in Bay City. She was born Feb. 13, 1897 near Sargent to John Cockrell Carrington and Heppie Stephens Carrington. She was a resident of Bay City since 1898, when her family moved to Bay City and her father became Matagorda County Surveyor.


She joined the First Baptist Church in 1909, graduated from Bay City High School in 1915, and then worked in the County Surveyor’s office for her father. The loves of her life were her family, the church and the library.


She began substituting at the library for Mrs. Grover Moore, the librarian and neighbor, in the 1930’s, and then became the librarian in 1947 and continued until she retired in the middle 1970’s. She continued to work part time at the library until she was 90 years old. She entered Matagorda House in November of 1993 and lived there until her death.


She is survived by one daughter, Cleo Barkley of Houston; one son and daughter-in-law, Al Blaylock and Nancy of Dallas; three grandchildren, Margaret and husband Dr. Charles Goolsbee of Houston, Layton Blaylock and wife Nita of Austin, Susan and husband Dr. Paul Funk of Dallas; two great grandchildren, Leeann and Layton Funk of Dallas; and by her special friend, Helen “Boo” Neary.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Hulen Allen “Buck” Blaylock, and a grandson, Norman Barkley, III.


Pallbearers were Dr. Fred Matthes, Carl Anderson, Pat Matthes, Dr. Bryan Simons, E. M. Huitt, and Donald Pollard. Honorary pallbearers were Harley Savage, Dr. Clyde Funk, Roy Sanders, James Sowell, Glyn Kinsey, Gerald Ussery, Stan Eldridge, Wayne Michael, Robbins Odom, Gaston Morton, Rector Walton, Gerald Rowland, Morris Richardson, and Hollie Briscoe.


The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Bay City Library, the First Baptist Church, or the charity of your choice.


Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.


The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, April 15, 1998                            Hulen A. Blaylock


Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Frieda Boehm
May 8, 2012

BLESSING Frieda Boehm, 101, of Odessa, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Deerings Nursing Home in Odessa.

Graveside services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with the Rev. Jared Stillions officiating. Arrangements are by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.

She was born in El Campo.

Survivors: Daughter, LaNell Elkins of Odessa; and sister, Leona Schults of Bay City.

Published in Odessa American on May 9, 2012

[Daughter of Joseph Edward Strack, Sr. and Selma Bender Strack]



Philip Milhouse Bowie

September 18, 1914 - March 27, 2016


Philip Milhouse Bowie, 101, of Cedar Lane, Texas, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

He was born on September 18, 1914, in Cedar Lane, Texas, to the late Hubert and Ada Spivey Bowie.

Philip served his country proudly in the Army Air Corp during WWII and was stationed at Ellington Field during the war. After 1945, he was part of the Asiatic Pacific Campaign stationed at Kwadualein Island. His father, Hubert, was a descendant of George and Francis Bowie who moved to Matagorda County in 1850. Philip moved back to Cedar Lane from Houston in 1961, where he operated his own filling station. He served on the board of Directors of Jackson Electric Co-op, and was a member of Cedar Lane Baptist Church. Philip loved to fish and garden.

Philip is survived by his wife, Vernie Bowie; children, Sally Pray, Ronald Bowie and Michael Bowie; step-children, Barbara Bevers and Liz Hardy; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016, at Cedar Lane Baptist Church in Cedar Lane Texas, with the Rev. Mike Patterson officiating.

Burial will follow at Bowie Cemetery in Cedar Lane, Texas, under the auspices of VFW Post #2438.

Serving as pallbearers will be Joshua Bowie, Philip Bowie, Michael Bowie, Jason Graham, George Hardy IV, Clyde Louis Pray III, Clyde Louis Pray IV and Jarrod McQuain.

Honorary pallbearers are B.W. Bevers, Tommy Dunlavy, Ray Horton, Clyde Pray II, Michael Pruett, H.W. Urban and Ronnie Woolsey.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-4613.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Bay City Tribune, March 30, 2016


Jadie Branstetter
December 24, 1907 - December 6, 2008

Miss Jadie Branstetter was born December 24, 1907 in Meade, Kansas to Peter Jefferson and Mary Jane Hudlow Branstetter. She graduated from high school in Bay City, Texas & continued training at Hotel Deise in Beaumont, Texas where she became a registered nurse. She served her country as a 1st Lt. in the US Army Nurse Corps for 3 years during WWII. Following the war she went to Galveston to teach and train others at the state hospital UTMB. She held the positions of supervisor of the Medical & Surgical part of the hospital for 40 years.

Retirement was spent traveling abroad and in the states. She enjoyed her home, gardening, handy work and was seen regularly at church and its functions. Late in life her natural creative talents came alive. She studied art and earned many rewards in her works in landscapes and floral oil paintings.

Miss Branstetter was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings Walter, Charles, Harry & Jennings Branstetter, Clarinda B. Dervage, Pearl B. Stien, & Birdie B. Streadl. After a long life she joined her parents and brothers and sisters in Heaven on December 6, 2008. She is survived by four nieces and two nephews.

Graveside services were 3:00 PM Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX with Rev. Mark Brumbelow officiating.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home



Lorena Williams Brown
April 26, 1906 – Sept. 26, 2007

A service of Christian Worship commemorating the Life, Love and Legacy of Lorena Williams Brown, 101, of Cedar Lane, Texas will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at First Baptist Church in Brazoria with the Pastor Steven Craig Staten I, Eulogist. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2007 at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Cedar Lane and from 1 until 8 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2007 at E. Viola & Son Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Brown was born in Cedar Lane, Texas on Thursday, April 26, 1906 to Minnie Spiller and Clarence Williams. She departed this life and entered into life eternal on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 in Bay City, Texas.

Lorena united in holy matrimony to Mr. Israel Brown, on December 16, 1933. God blessed this union with nine children.

Survivors include: three daughters, Rosie Kemp (Chester, Sr.) and Pinkie Johnson (Herman, Sr.) of Cedar Lane, and Dorothy Wright (Ethan, Sr.) of Missouri City; one son, Nelson Brown (Erma) of Cedar Lane; a very special, reared grand-son, Allan Brown (Karla) of Cedar Lane; a daughter-in-law, Clara Brown of Galveston. There are 283 grand, great-grand and great-great- grand children; and a host of nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.

Final arrangements entrusted to E. Viola & Son Funeral Home, 205 North Broad Street, West Columbia, Texas 77486.

Bay City Tribune, Published October 3, 2007


Nellie Spiller Brown

July 8, 1907 - October 27, 2007

Funeral services for Nellie Spiller Brown, 100, of Cedar Lane, will be held Saturday, November 3, 2007, at Shiloh Baptist Church Cedar Lane, Texas, with the Rev. Steven Staten, eulogist. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 until 8 p.m. at the chapel.

She was born in Cedar Lane, Texas, July 8, 1907, to Joe Spiller and Peggy Sidney Spiller, and passed away October 27, 2007, in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Survivors include: two daughters, Dr. Rayola Brown Cartwright of Houston, and Gloria Brown of Brazoria; two sons, Joe Dennis Brown of Cedar Lane, and Enoch Brown, Jr. of Brazoria; four grandchildren, Tara Broussard Weatherspoon, Glendria Shanks, Attorney Stan Broussard and Enoch Broussard, III. Also one great-granddaughter, Kendall Shanks; godson, Calvin Ward, and a devoted cousin, Floyd Spiller. Also an enormous host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Enoch Brown, Sr., son, Felix Boone Brown; daughter, Thelma Brown Broussard; sister, Thelma Powell.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, October 31, 2007

Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott & Jerrilyn Capers


Lida Mable Brown Bryan

November 9, 1908 - August 8, 2010

Lida Mable Bryan, 101, of Bay City passed away August 8, 2010. She was born November 9, 1908 in Zama, Mississippi to the late John Martin & Bessie Mae Thrasher Brown. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and had been a resident of Bay City since 1966.

Her husband William D. Bryan, grandsons John Patrick Bryan & William Michael Bryan as well as a sister and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Survivors include daughter Cynthia Ann Ferguson & husband Tom of Ramona, CA; sons James C. Bryan & wife Billie of Tyler and Charles T. Bryan & wife Myrna Kay of Dallas; grandchildren James C. Bryan, Jr., Joan Weathers, Steve Bryan, Jami Shaban, Tom Ferguson, Jr. and Courtney Witherell; great grandchildren Jennifer Bryan, Michael Bryan, Daniel Hanzik, Michelle Huddleston, Bryan Shaban, Brittney Shaban, Allie Ferguson, Tom Ferguson III, Carl Witherell, Wyatt Ferguson and Grace Ferguson and 3 great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, August 13, 2010 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be David Weathers, Daniel Hanzik, Steve Bryan, David Shaban, Tom Ferguson, Jr. & Allen Witherell. Her great grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of The Legacy for their care and support.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home


Kathryan “Kate” Calhoun

April 24, 1882 - November 9, 1982


Services will be held for Mrs. Kathryan “Kate” Calhoun, of Bay City and a lifetime resident of Matagorda County, 10 a. m. Thursday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.


Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Milton McWilliams of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.


Calhoun died November 9, 1982 at her residence.


Survivors include sons, C. L. Calhoun of Corpus Christi, Walter H. Calhoun of Bay City; daughters, Mrs. John P. Mitchell of Rockport, Mrs. H. M. Kelly of Bay City; sister, Mrs. A. B. Lorino of Houston; several nieces and nephews.


Burial will follow services at Cedarvale Cemetery.


Pallbearers include Hugh Strickland, George Deerman, Jack Ellercamp, W. H. Broughton, Richard Weinberg and John Underwood.


Services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins Bay City Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, November 10, 1982                                          Walter L. Calhoun


Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby



Macedonio Salazar Carrio

September 12, 1849 - June 2, 1956


County’s Oldest Resident Dies Saturday; Rites Sunday


Services were held Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Care Church in Bay City for Macedonio Carrio, who at 106 years was the oldest Matagorda County resident. He died Saturday morning at Matagorda County General Hospital.


The native of Starr County was born in 1850 and had been a resident of Matagorda County since 1906. He was a retired farmer and lived in the Midfield area.


About two weeks ago he broke his hip in a fall, but had been in good general health prior to the fall.


Sunday the services were conducted by Rev. J. P. Shannon with burial at Cedarvale Cemetery.


He is survived by four sons, Manuel and Julius Carrio of Houston, John Carrio of Midfield, Frank Carrio of Mount Clements, Michigan; five daughters, Mrs. Edward Hernandez, Mrs. Ann Miller, Mrs. Oren Talbitzer, Mrs. Lucio Gusman, all of Houston, and Mrs. Jesus Augular of Palacios, and 32 grandchildren.


The Daily Tribune, June 4, 1956


Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby



Ora M. Cash

June 2, 1868 - October 13, 1971


County’s Oldest Citizen Dies At 103


Matagorda County’s oldest citizen, Mrs. Ora M. Cash, age 103, died Wednesday at Matagorda General Hospital. Although she had been hospitalized since January 7, 1969, Mrs. Cash had remained mentally alert, and able to be in a wheel chair throughout the day until a week ago. On Monday night of this week she required round-the-clock nurses, quietly losing strength each day until 3:30 p. m. Wednesday when she seemed to rouse momentarily, then just as quietly took a last soft breath.


Born in Pike County, Missouri, Mrs. Cash came to Bay City as a bride in 1899. Her late husband, William Cash, was one of the prominent early business men, and together they did a great deal to help in the early progress of Bay City. Their life together was centered around their home church and community affairs and when Mr. Cash died his death occurred just five months before they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.


Mrs. Cash taught Sunday School for many years, and served at some time in every activity of the church work. She was one of the two first women to serve on the school board. And she was a charter member of the early women’s organizations in town, such as the still existing Chautauqua Club.


In recent years she enjoyed reading the progress of the world in the years she lived in Bay City. After the historical event of the first men on the moon, she laughingly remarked that it was a long way from her first trip to Bay City from Wharton. The road from Wharton was rut-deep mud, and took the cart pulled by small donkeys all day and into the night to get to Bay City.


Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 p. m. at the First Baptist Church, with burial in Cedarvale Cemetery. Rev. W. D. Baker and Rev. Wm. D. O’Neal will officiate.


Mrs. Cash is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Clara Mae Cochran and Mrs. Mary E. Hurst, both of Bay City; two grandchildren: Mrs. Sam W. Waters of Galveston and Dr. M. L. Hurst of Dallas; three great-grandchildren: Sharolyn and Wendy Hurst and Scott Thomas Waters.


The Cancer Fund, in memory of the only son of Mrs. Cash, the late T. C. Cash of Tyler, and the Memory Book of the First Baptist Church are the tributes Mrs. Cash would have selected.


The Daily Tribune, Thursday, October 14, 1971


Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby




Sallie M. Clardy
July 28, 1876 - August 15, 1976


Mrs. Sallie M. Clardy, 100, of Palacios died Sunday, August 15, 1986 in Wagner General Hospital. She was born July 28, 1876, in Wadley , Alabama. Mrs. Clardy has been a resident of Palacios since 1928 and celebrated her 100th birthday on July 28. She is survived by her three sons, B. B., Vernon and Bill Clardy of Palacios and one grandchild. She was a member of the First Methodist Church. The funeral was held in Palacios Funeral Home Monday, August 16, at 2 p. m. under the direction of Rev. Carl L. W. Israel. Burial followed in Palacios Cemetery. The pallbearers were Eugene Harvey, Louis Hickl, Richard Sanders, Billy Morton, Lee Slaughter and Arl? Hunt. Arrangements were handles by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Newspaper and date unknown



Leatha Burdett Collins

09 Oct 1906 - 25 May 2009


BAY CITY - Funeral services for Leatha Burdett Collins, 102, of Bay City, will be Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Murray G. Martin, pastor, and Pastor I. E. Holmes officiating.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Viewing was Friday, May 29, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Green's Mortuary Chapel.

Final arrangements entrusted to Green's Mortuary of Bay City at 979-245-3489.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/30/2009



Rose Scott Cook
Died April 2014


Funeral services for Rose Scott Cook, 100, of Bay City, Texas, will be Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11 a.m., at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. T. L. Richardson, officiating.

Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. 

There will be no viewing afterwards.

Burial will follow immediately after the services at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, April 16, 2014



Ann Gillett Cox
June 3, 1893 - August 18, 1993


Graveside services for Ann Gillett Cox, 100, of Fair Oaks Ranch will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday in Cedarvale Cemetery with the Rev. Hugh Jones officiating.

Mrs. Cox was born June 3, 1893 in Matagorda County to James Stanley and Laura Meta Williams Gillett and died Aug. 18, 1993 in the residence of her cousin, Modell Gillett Rommell.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church, a former longtime resident of Bay City and lived in Fair Oaks Ranch for the past eight years.

Survivors include: two stepdaughters, Dolly Rice of Dallas and Mary Dell Lee of Lafayette La.; a nephew Hugh Gill of Corpus Christi; and a cousin, Model Gillett Rommell of Fair Oaks Ranch.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. T. Cox.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, August 22, 1993


Rena Faye Curtis
January 6, 1906 - May 30, 2006

Faye Curtis, 100, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at her home in Grand Prairie, TX. She was born January 6, 1906 in Kensington, KS to the late Warner & Mary Olive “Dollie” Jones Sanford. She worked for Jack Hollister Insurance and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her best friend & caregiver: Louise Head Cole of Irving; nephew: Jim Curtis; 3 nieces: Shirley Pickel of Bay City, Phyllis Sewell of Weslaco, TX, and Verna Barker of Austin. Mrs. Curtis was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Charles Willis Curtis; daughter: Mary Jo Poland; sister: Lula Pickel; and brother: Walter Sanford.

A Funeral Service will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearer will be: Jim Craft, Jim Curtis, and Rupert Franzisko. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Callier Grimes, Jack & Lane Hollister, Dr. Russell Matthes DDS, and Bobby Wilkinson. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home


Sylva Lucile Barr Davenport
 September 1, 1900 - January 30, 2001

Sylva Lucile Barr Davenport, 100, of Memphis, Tenn. died January 30, 2001 at the Applingwood Healthcare Center in Memphis.

She was born September 1, 1900 in Maryville, Mo. to the late John James and Emma Rogina Ramige Barr.

Mrs. Davenport was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a resident of Memphis the past 10 years and a former longtime resident of Palacios. She was a retired registered nurse from Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Survivors include: niece, Doris Ann Barr of San Antonio; nephew, Richard D. Barr of Saudi Arabia; great nephews, Rob and James Barr; sister-in-law, Helen E. Barr of Cordova, Tenn.

Graveside funeral services will be 11:30 a. m. Friday, February 2, 2001, at the Palacios Cemetery with the Rev. Andy Blair officiating.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.


Daily Tribune, February 1, 2001


Henry Louis Delaplain
September 7, 1848 - November 15, 1948



Carrie Frierson


Funeral services for Carrie “Mama Carrie” Frierson, 102, of Houston, Texas, formally of Bay City, Texas, were held Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 11 a.m., at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Murray Martin, pastor and the Rev. Ben Lillie, Sr., eulogizing.

Burial followed immediately after the service at St. John Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

Viewing was held one hour before services.  There was no viewing afterwards.

She leaves to cherish her memories, two children, Kirk D. Revis (Delia Brown), and Brenda C. Lillie (Ben II); one niece, Earnestine Austin; eight grandchildren, Kesha Moore, Kirk Revis Jr., Sam Revis, Jimmie Revis, Kemetra Revis, Mattaline Revis, Chris Williams and Zoie Lillie; four great-grandchildren, Twila Frierson-Sardinea, Tirkza Frierson, Josiah Revis and Jasalyn Revis; five great-great-grandchildren, Darrek Frierson (whom she raised as her son), Ocativa Frierson, Byron Sardinea Jr., Savion Frierson, and TaKeya Eady; two great-great-great-grandchildren, Aleah Sardinea and Byron Sardinea III; and a host of family and close friends.

Final arrangements were entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, February 14, 2016


Leona Dykes
October 14, 1875 - December 30, 1978

Funeral services for Carrie “Mama Carrie” Frierson, 102, of Houston, Texas, formally of Bay City, Texas, were held Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 11 a.m., at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Murray Martin, pastor and the Rev. Ben Lillie, Sr., eulogizing.

Burial followed immediately after the service at St. John Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

Viewing was held one hour before services.  There was no viewing afterwards.

She leaves to cherish her memories, two children, Kirk D. Revis (Delia Brown), and Brenda C. Lillie (Ben II); one niece, Earnestine Austin; eight grandchildren, Kesha Moore, Kirk Revis Jr., Sam Revis, Jimmie Revis, Kemetra Revis, Mattaline Revis, Chris Williams and Zoie Lillie; four great-grandchildren, Twila Frierson-Sardinea, Tirkza Frierson, Josiah Revis and Jasalyn Revis; five great-great-grandchildren, Darrek Frierson (whom she raised as her son), Ocativa Frierson, Byron Sardinea Jr., Savion Frierson, and TaKeya Eady; two great-great-great-grandchildren, Aleah Sardinea and Byron Sardinea III; and a host of family and close friends.

Final arrangements were entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, February 14, 2016


Carlota "Carmen" Gaona
November 29, 1909 - August 4, 2010

Carlota “Carmen” Gaona was born in Corpus Christi, TX on November 29, 1909 to the late Frank Torres and late Josephina Ramirez. After a long, long life of 100 years, she passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in Palacios, Texas, surrounded by her beloved family. As a migrant worker, she traveled and lived in many states, making Palacios, Texas her final place of residence. She is survived by her brother Johnny R. Bustillos of Houston, TX, Grandchildren Amelia and Husband Alfonso Trevino of Flint, Michigan, Trinidad and Wife Maria Raigosa of Fort Hood, TX, Mario Sr. and wife Lilia Nunez of Irving TX, Mary Rose and Husband Daniel Galvan of Blessing, TX, and Johnny and Wife Betty Nunez of Lake Jackson, TX, and Loretta Ortega of Houston, TX., approximately 27 Great Grandchildren, 53 Great, Great Grandchildren., and 1 Great, Great, Great, Grandchild, 16 nieces and nephews, and numerous Great- Great, and Great, Great, Great nieces and nephew.

She was preceded in death by her Sons Guillermo “Willie” and wife Benita Nunez of Palacios, and Joe and wife Inez Nunez of Houston, Brothers and Sisters; Maria, Pedro, and Rodolfo Bustillos, Josephine Llanes of Sweeny, and Catalina Ramirez of Palacios; and Niece Lily Bustillos of Palacios. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios, TX. Discourse will be held on Sunday, August 8, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios, TX. and Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, TX. Pallbearers will be Daniel and David Galvan, Johnny Nunez Jr., Mario Nunez Jr., Mark Garcia, Vincent Rojas, Edward Garza Jr. Honorary Pallbearers: Carlos Galvan, Tony Galvan, Mike Galvan, and Edward Garza Sr.


Anna Rugeley Gartrell
July 10, 1876 - February 13, 1977


Anna Rugeley Gartrell, 100, of Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Richmond, Texas, died at the nursing home on February 13, 1977. She was born July 10, 1876, in Matagorda, Texas. She is survived by one son, Nicholas V. Gartrell of Harper, Texas, by four grandchildren, James W. Gartrell, Jr. of League City, Texas, John A. Langston, Jr. of Rochester, Minnesota, Mrs. Robert J. Tiffany, Jr. of Houston, Texas, and Harry P. Gartrell of Dallas, Texas, and by six great-grandchildren.


Services will be held Tuesday, February 15, at 12:00 Noon at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, with Father Charles Sonnier officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas. Pallbearers will be Emil Ottis, David Hinton, F. L. Miller, J. W. Gartrell, Jr., H. P. Gartrell, and R. J. Tiffany, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Dawdy, D. B. Hinton, Rowland Rugeley, and J. C. Lewis. Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, February 14, 1977         Obituary courtesy of Susie Adkins               Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby





Cephas Gear



Justice D. E. Cates was called Monday to hold an inquest over the remains of Cephas Gear, an ex-slave and perhaps the oldest person in this section of the state.

From the information obtainable, all of which was more or less authentic, “Uncle” Cephas was 118 years of age. Death came to him suddenly and followed a brief, but supposedly slight illness.

Justice Cates found upon inquiring of the many who knew the centenarian that Cephas Gear was brought out of North Carolina with a large number of slaves to New Orleans, thence to Galveston and from there to this county. Because of his enormous and perfect build he brought, when sold, the highest price of the several hundred others.

Who sold “Uncle” Cephas and who bought him for how much, Justice Cates could not learn. He thinks, however, the information given him by which the old negro’s age was fixed is reliable.

The Daily Tribune, June 10, 1930

[Note: Death Certificate states Cephas Gear is buried at Van Vleck, Texas.]



Mary Augusta Glaze
Nov. 18, 1900 - Oct. 8, 2005


Mary Augusta Glaze, 104, of Bay City, died Oct. 8, 2005 at Bay Villa Nursing Home.

She was born Nov. 18, 1900 in Uvalde, Texas, to the late Robert and Rosa Emma Marek Bullard.

Mrs. Glaze was a resident of Sargent from 1934 until 1997, when she moved to Bay City.

She was a member of the Sargent Baptist Church and she and her late husband owned and operated the Sargent Grocery for many years.

Survivors include: two sisters, Grace Keener and Lucille Rodgers, both of Bay City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Lonnie Glaze; sister, Emma Foltyn; and brothers, Cliff, Marion, Mike, Oliver, Henry and Bill Bullard.

Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the Rev. Zach Nicholson officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

The family received friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Sargent Baptist Church.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979)245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, October 12, 2005                     Lonnie Glaze                      Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby




Susan "Susie" Gray
February 14, 1828 - March 28, 1930


Shiloh Cemetery, Cedar Lane, Texas



Nealie Tone Griggs
December 31, 1902 - February 26, 2005


Funeral services for Nealie Tone Griggs, 102, of Cedar Lane, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Shiloh Baptist Church, in Cedar Lane, with the Rev. Steven Staten officiating and the Rev. Larry Griggs, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 until 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.

She was born in Cedar Lane, Texas, December 31, 1902, to Isaac Tone and Luvenia Henderson Tone, and passed away February 26, 2005, in Cedar Lane.

Survivors include: two daughters, Mary Jane Griggs of Galveston, and Louise Johnson of LaMarque; and three sons, Jimmie Griggs and Verna of Houston, Dennis Griggs and Anita of Cedar Lane, and Albert Tone and Madeline of Aberdeen, Maryland; also 34 grandchildren; 81 great-grands; 18 great-great-grands; and a host of nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Bay City Tribune, March 2, 2005



Curtis G. Hamill

January 24, 1872 - March 1, 1973


Last Spindletop Oil Pioneer Dies
Burial In Bay City


A man who witnessed the beginning of a new era when the Lucas gusher came in at Spindletop some 70 years ago died yesterday at the age of 100.


Curtis G. Hamill was standing on a derrick platform 40 feet off the ground January 10, 1901, when the gusher hit at Spindletop Hill south of Beaumont, Texas. The full force of the stream of oil hit Hamill in the face, signaling the start of the greatest oil boom in history. He landed on the derrick floor below, miraculously uninjured.


Hamill, whose son, P. R. Hamill lives in Bay City, was born in January born in January 24, 1872, in Iowa and also lived for a time in Pennsylvania before moving to Texas.


He led a farm boy’s life through much of his youth and was forced to leave Baylor University after a serious case of pneumonia.


He met his wife, the former Eva Estelle Smith, in Bell County while he was selling smoothing irons from house to house. They were married in 1893.


After acquiring a farm near Waco, he was ruined by a sudden storm. He went to work for a Waco dairy but soon was offered a job by elder brother, Jim, who broke into the drilling business by working on the first great artesian well in Texas. Younger brother, Al, was a partner in the firm, called Hamill Brothers of Corsicana.


Hamill accepted the job and that led him to the derrick platform and the Lucal Well at Spindletop.


On his 97th birthday, he looked back on the historic moment.


“If there hadn’t been a Spindletop, there would be no oil business today,” he said. “It was sure something to be a part of it. I’m glad I was there but I’d hate to go through it all again.”


Survivors include two sons, Claude of Houston and P. R. of Bay City, Tex.; a daughter, Ethel Semple of Burney, Tex., and two grandchildren.


The funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon in the First Baptist Church at Bay City. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery at Bay City.



Curtis Gainer Hamill


Curtis Gainer Hamill, 100, a resident of Houston passed away March 1. Survivors include: 1 daughter, Mrs. Ethel Semple of Boerne; 2 sons, Percy R. Hamill of Bay City and Claud B. Hamill of Houston; 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Mr. Hamill moved to Bay City from Kerrville in 1922 and lived here 15 years before moving to San Antonio where he lived for 17 years. He later moved to Houston where he resided for 11 years. He was a member of the Kerrville Baptist Church and the Oddfellows. Funeral services will be held March 3 at 2 p. m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. W. D. Baker and Rev. G. Wayland Elmore officiating. Interment will be at the Cedarvale Cemetery with pallbearers being: T. Austin Castleton, Otis Russell, Harry Cowger, H. Norman Barkley, W. J. Luder, Jr., Frank Hurley, Jr., Hugh Strickland and J. W. Sanders. Mr. Hamill’s remains will lie in state at the home of his son, P. R. HAmill from 2 p. m. Friday until 12 noon Saturday when he will be taken to the First Baptist Church. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of funeral arrangements.


The Daily Tribune, March 2, 1973


Mrs. C. G. Hamill Dies; Services Set For Friday

Mrs. C. G. Hamill, mother of P. R. Hamill, Bay City bank president and civic leader, died Wednesday night in Kerrville.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hamill will be held at the First Baptist Church in Bay City at 3 p. m. Friday with the Rev. Ferman Weedon, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mrs. Hamill was a former resident of Bay City having lived here for many years prior to moving to Houston and then to Kerrville some 20 years ago.

She was a member of the Baptist Church and during her residency here when her children were young, she was active in young people’s work in the church.

Surviving in addition to her son in Bay City are her husband, C. G. Hamill, Kerrville; another son, Claude Hamill, Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Vogelsang, Abilene; and Mrs. S. G. Semple, Burney, Texas; and three grandchildren. Another son, Ellis Hamill preceded her in death.

Daily Tribune, February 2, 1961



Pearl Hale Hammond
November 26, 1894 - April 9, 1995


Services for Pearl Hale Hammond, 100, of Angleton, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Angleton with Rev. Chris Tate and Rev. Fred F. Carter, Jr. officiating.  Graveside service and burial will be in Midfield Cemetery in Midfield, Texas at 2 p.m.

Pearl Hammond passed away on Sunday, April 9, 1995, at the Village on the Creek Convalescent Home in Clute.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Palms Funeral Home.  The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday.

Mrs. Hammond was born Nov. 26, 1894, in Fannin County, north of Dallas.  She came to Midfield, Texas at age 18 as a school teacher.  In 1917 she married Allison Hammond, a rice farmer in Matagorda and Brazoria counties.  They moved to the Angleton area in 1941.  Her love of family and gardening was nurtured by memberships in the Home Demonstration Club, 4-H, Daylilly and Amaryillis Societies, and the First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Hammond was preceded in death by her husband Allison, three sons, Bill, James and Richard Hammond, and two grandsons, Michael Hammond, Jr. and Christopher Ogando.

She is survived by three daughters, Lois Hall and Eva Coley, both of Houston and Allie Adams of Alvin, Tx., daughters-in-law, Amy Hammond and Marie Hammond, both of Angleton and Linda Hammond Findley of Melbourne, Ark.; 27 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and a host of family members.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Memorial donations may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 219 Arcola, Angleton, Texas, 77515 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton.


Alice Hardy
September 16, 1886 - January 9, 1993

Funeral services for Alice Hardy, 106, of Palacios will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Burial will be at Ashby Cemetery, Ashby, Texas.

Mrs. Hardy was born Sept. 16, 1886 in Leesville and died Jan. 9, 1993 at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Palacios.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Markham. Mrs. Hardy was a former longtime resident of Bay City who lived in Palacios for 15 years. She was a Gold Star Mother in World War II.

Survivors include a son-in-law, Alfred G. Carter of Palacios; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Palacios.

The Daily Tribune, January 11, 1993



Cody Harkless
January 30, 1910 - April 25, 2011


Over one hundred years ago, from a rural community in Matagorda County, Texas, was the humble beginning of a noble life. Cody Davis was born on Sunday, the 30th day of January, in 1910, when William Henry Harrison was the 27th President of the United States of America, and the challenge of life's success was the cultivating and gathering of the harvest in the fields. While yet very young, and at the death of her mother, Phoebe, Cody was reared by a cousin, Matilda Taylor Scott. There, she shared her upbringing with siblings, family and friends, and lived the life which extended thirty-one years beyond the allotted three score years and ten.

Cody grew up in the community of her birth known as the Hudgins Settlement, named for her relatives. She grew up in an era when children walked miles to school; she attended a public school in that community and Galveston, Texas, and was grateful for the teachings she received.

She accepted Christ at an early age while attending the worship services with their family. She later was baptized and became a member of the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church in the Hudgins Settlement. In later years approaching maturity, and with a profound understanding of Christianity, Cody became the embodiment of the Scripture from II Corinthians 5:17a, which sayeth, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” Since then, she has devoted a lifetime to the cause of Christ. While living on Caney, she fellowshipped with the Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. In later years, she fellowshipped with the First Pentecostal Church, Bay City, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Marvin J. Moore. She later united with the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ in Bay City and leadership Elder Lester Colter. There, she was bestowed the distinguished title as “Mother Harkless,” one she revered with high esteem, sacredness and with stewardship.

She served faithfully and proved to be a good follower. Not only did she express her strong religious beliefs, but she grew when Christian character; devoting herself to the teachings of the Bible, her life being a testament to the way in which she believed, and obedient to Christ’s commandment that “ye love one another.” Her sincere followship and fellowship were clearly evident to all whom she worshiped with. Throughout life, she kept the faith even upon being required to convalescent care. She held firm to her trust in God for spiritual strength and guidance. When in declining health and limited mobility to attend the worship services, her confidence remained equivalent to the meaning of the hymn which singeth, “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, I’ll Be There.”

On a Christmas Eve Monday, December 24, 1928, Cody Davis was married to Mayfield Harkless of Cedar Lane, by the Rev. S. M. Morgan. Besides the three sons who died in infancy, they shared their lives with eleven children who reach maturity, consisting of four sons and seven daughters, nurturing their development as a whole child, and working for their well-being. If a woman's home is your castle, certainly Mrs. Harkless provided an atmosphere of welcome to those who entered therein! She was a devoted wife who assisted her husband in every aspect. Oh, what a wonderful love she provided their children and three generations of grandchildren who were blessed to encompass her gift of motherhood, and who felt her passion, devotion and warmth. Happy are they who shared her life, love and legacy.

Cody Harkless was a generous woman who gave of herself and loved so freely-- God, the church, her family, friends, and the community. A radiant smile and stately disposition were known “in the gates.” Every heart felt her contagious friendship which seemingly shined as a beacon of light upon those around her.

Her civic involvement included volunteer services with the Bay City Head Start for a number of years. She was also active with the Bay City Homemaking Club. She received her official certification in Foster Parenting, whereby opening her home to the seven foster children she sheltered during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Because of her concern for the homebound, she received her certification as a Home Care Provider, and ultimately became certified as a Nurse’s Aide in Health Care.

No doubt, her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, foster mother, sister, aunt, counselor and friend are but a few of the attributes that made up her distinct and beautiful character. Fortunate are the lives of others that this lovely lady touched while she traveled through this life here on earth. Behold, and the days came when the cycle of her life paced a rapid decline, and the spiritual realm of Cody Harkless began to transform from this earth to a brand-new life, as in II Corinthians 5:1, which sayeth, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

And it came to pass, that on Monday, the 25th day of April, in 2011, in Bay City, Texas, the beautiful life and earthly journey of Cody Harkless came to an end in the same manner in which she lived; with quietness, courage and honor. After a longevity of 101 years, 2 months and 26 days, the tides came in, she was led beside the still waters and lifted to a closer walk with the Savior, fulfilling the scriptural dream in II Corinthians 5:18, which giveth assurance that “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

By her transition, she leaves loving memories to a devoted family consisting of five daughters, Bessie Lemon of Bay City, Texas, Ella Newsome (& Mack, Sr.), Mary Moses and Carol Harkless, all of Houston, Texas, and Mildred Webb (& James) of Oakland, California; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 14 great-grands; and an enormous family of other relatives and friends.

Besides her parents and three infant sons, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mayfield Harkless; two daughters, Joyce Wright and Germalean Collins, and four sons, Mitchell Harkless, Sr., Preston Harkless, Curby Lee Harkless, Sr. and Aaron Harkless, Sr.; siblings, Bessie Williams, Willie Davis, Jimmie Scott, Sr. and Joe Scott Green.

And these are the days and years of the earthly life of Cody Davis Harkless, and her story, as it is written. Surely, goodness shall follow her all the days of her life thereafter, and her life, love and legacies shall be cherished in the hearts of many for generations to come.

Funeral Folder

[Buried Eastview Cemetery, Bay City]

Cody Harkless

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Cody Harkless, 101, of Bay City, who passed away April 25, 2011, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at New Hope Baptist Church in Bay City, with Elder Lester Colter, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-5197.

Published in Victoria Advocate on April 29, 2011



Maude Hawkins
January 9, 1906 - July 3, 2008


Funeral services for Maude Hawkins, 102, of Sargent, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Bethlehem Christian Church in Cedar Lake, with the Rev. K.W. Bree, eulogist. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 until 8 p.m. at the chapel.

She was born in Cedar Lake, Texas, January 9, 1906, to Gertrude Wilson and George Austin, and passed away July 3, 2008 in Cedar Lake.

Survivors include: two daughters, Gertrude Williams of Cedar Lake and Addie Smith of Sargent; and two sons, Phillip Mack of Bay City and the Rev. Shedrick Hawkins of Los Angeles, California. Also five daughters-in-law, Emma Mack and Ella Mae Hawkins, both of Bay City, Lola Mack of Magnolia, Joyce Hawkins of Houston, and Hettie Hawkins of Los Angeles, and one son-in-law, Jimmie Times of Bay City. Also 35 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, 28 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas (979) 245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, Published July 9, 2008

Courtesy of Vera Petteway-Nyormoi


Micaela Garcia Hernandez
June 2, 1894 - November 19, 1994

Funeral services for Micaela Garcia Hernandez, 100, of Van Vleck, were held at 2 p. m. Monday, Nov. 21, 1994, at the Rose of Sharon Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Janie Robles officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Mrs. Hernandez was born June 2, 1894, in Monelova, Coahuila, Mexico, to Mateo and Estanislada Zamarron Hernandez and died Nov. 19, 1994 at her home.

Formerly of McAllen, she has resided in Van Vleck for the past seven years and was a member of the Rose of Sharon Pentecostal Church in Bay City.

Survivors include two daughters, Sabina H. Ramirez of Van Vleck and Dominga H. Lira of Edinburg; two sons, Vacilio Hernandez of Woodville, Calif., and Leon Hernandez of Florida; 40 grandchildren and 39 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Heriberto Hernandez and son, Manual Hernandez.

Pallbearers are Bert Munoz, Ray Garza, Tony Pompa, Louis Carrion, Tito Mendez, Ruben Ramirez, Joaquin Lira and Manuel Lira.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, November 22, 1994


Mary Jane Hill Horn
September 29, 1899 - September 30, 2001

Jane Horn, 102, of Bay City died September 30, 2001 at Matagorda House in Bay City.

She was born September 29, 1899 in Palacios, Texas to the late Sidney Johnson and George Alice Boyd Hill. Mrs. Horn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church as a life long resident of Bay City and Matagorda County.

Survivors include: three grandchildren, Jan Taylor and her husband Charles of Bay City, Rae Robinson of New Rhodes, La., and Ben Morris and his wife Linda of Irving, Texas; eight great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray L. Horn; and daughter, Mary Alice Morris.

Graveside funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2001, at Cedarvale Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001AOT02

The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, October 2, 2001



Pauline Huebner
August 21, 1894 - March 23, 1996


Pauline Huebner was born Aug. 21, 1894 and died March 23, 1996, at her home on the family ranch near Bay City.


Daughter of Franz and Marie Louise Kehrer Huebner, Miss Huebner was schooled at home by various live-in teachers She learn to play the piano at an early age and continued her music all of her life. She attended school at Bon Avon in San Antonio and later studied and taught at the Houston Conservatory of Music. Pauline shared her talent on many occasions and for 30 years was the pianist and organist for the First Presbyterian Church, where she was a lifelong member. She will be remembered for her love of family and God. Her family having participated in the development of Matagorda County and Bay City, Pauline particularly enjoyed sharing stories about the early days.


She is survived by her sister Marguerite Poole, niece Pauline Blair, nephew John and Myrtle Huebner, great nieces and nephews Jan Huebner Harmon and husband Rich, Julia and Miranda; Kristi and Greg Meyer, Clay, Keith and Bryan; Molly and Keith Dunn, Kaitlyn, Bethany, Anna and John; Mike and Debbie Coppock, Travis and Taylor; Jeff Coppock and Susanna Coppock. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Adolph, Otto and John Huebner.


Services will be held at 2 p. m. on Tuesday, March 26, 1996, at First Presbyterian Church in Bay City with Reverends Todd Collier and Allan Anderson officiating.


Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers are Mike Coppock, Greg Meyer, Doug Huebner, Lawrence Gwin, Jr., Wayne Yanko and Edwin Cerny. Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Bay City Public Library, the Presbyterian Children’s Home or the charity of choice.


The Daily Tribune, March 24 or 25, 1996




Cecilia Polasek Jalufka
February 10, 1916 - March 3, 2016

Cecilia Polasek Jalufka, 100 years young, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016. 

Cecilia was born February 10, 1916, in Shiner, TX, to Joe and Annie Pekar Polasek.  Cecilia was one of eleven children.  She married August John Jalufka in October of 1935, in Shiner, and together they raised their ten children.  Cecilia was a wonderful homemaker, who loved to cook and bake for her family, her kolaches and chicken soup were among their favorites. She loved gardening in her yard, and even won “Yard of the Month” with her wonderful green thumb.  She also loved playing dominos and bingo.

She is survived by her children; her daughters, Justine Hubenak, Delores Kemp, Virginia Tucker and Linda Raab, her sons; Fred Jalufka, Frank Jalufka, Edward Jalufka, and Adolf Jalufka; also her thirty grandchildren; fifty-six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Cecilia Chamrad; her son, August Jalufka; and her ten siblings.

Visitation will be at St. Peter Catholic Church in Blessing, TX, at 9 a.m., with Rosary being recited at 9:30 a.m., and Funeral Mass beginning at 10 a.m., on Monday, March 7, 2016.

Interment will immediately follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing, TX.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Adolf Jalufka at P. O. Box 44, Blessing, TX  77919.

Services have been entrusted to Russell Todish of Slavik -Edna Funeral Home, 209 N. Allen St. Edna, TX  77957. 361-782-2152.

Bay City Tribune, March 9, 2016


Nellie G. Jesse
December 6, 1887 - May 16, 1988


A memorial service for Nellie G. Jesse of Kerrville, formerly of Markham, will be held 2 p. m. Sunday at the Markham Methodist Church with the Rev. William A. Haskell officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City.


Mrs. Jesse was born Dec. 6, 1887, in Gonzales, Texas, and died May 16, 1988, in Kerrville.


She was the first telephone switchboard operator in Markham.


Survivors include a daughter, Kay Conlee of Kerrville; a son, Walter V. Jesse of Austin; and three grandchildren, Carolyn Robertson and Kathy Jo Hanson, both of Houston, and Vinna Farhoudi of Kerrville.


Memorial gifts can be made to the Markham Methodist Church.


The Daily Tribune, May, 1988              Walter F. Jesse              Marker photo courtesy of Betty Crosby




Roxie Johnson
July 18, 1907 – August 6, 2007

Mrs. Roxie Emma (Dunlap) Johnson, a resident of Pasadena, Texas for the last five years and formerly of West Columbia, passed away August 6, 2007. She lived to be 100 years old having been born July 18, 1907 to Sarah Emma Dunlap and Doctor Meakins Dunlap of Rosefield, Louisiana.

Funeral services will be held at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 10:00 a. m. with Pastor Danny Johnson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2007 from 5:00 p. m. until 7:00 p. m. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers are Glenn Daley, Great Grandson, Bryan Daley, Grandson, Danny Dahlgren, Tim Pelata, David Banks & Ray Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Ori, Johnny Chancellor, Chris & Daniel Fabrygel, James Patterson & Joe Jackson.

Roxie married Robert “Bob” Johnson April 17, 1921 and were married for 62 wonderful years. She was one of the sweetest people anyone could ever know and was the salt of the earth. She was an extraordinary woman with a tender heart, a strong faith in God and a limitless capacity to love unconditionally. She loved to sit out on her front porch on a cool spring morning, drink a hot cup of coffee, gaze at her beautiful flowers and watch the hummingbirds fly around her feeder. She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed sharing stories with family and friends. These special memories have now become jewels for her family to treasure forever.

When talking about her early life, she said, “Times were hard then, but we didn’t know it.” However, she loved her new conveniences. Air conditioning, washers, dryers and clothes that don’t have to be ironed were wonderful luxuries that became necessities. Two of her sons fought in WWII and her father fought in the Civil War. In 1943, she and her husband owned a shoe shop and then later owned and ran the Pit, a Bar-B-Q restaurant in West Columbia, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter, Roxie Marlene Johnson Miller of Lake Jackson; granddaughter, Carolyn Jean Davis Daley of Pasadena; great granddaughters, Dana Carol Daley Pelata of Clear Lake and Angela Marlene Daley Banks of Deer Park; great grandsons, Bryan Daniel Daley of Pasadena, Danny Curtis Dahlgren, Eric James Williams of Tekemah, Nebraska and Jason Lee Reynoldson of Omaha, Nebraska; great great grandsons, Logan Alexander Pelata and Gavin Connor Banks.

Arrangements are by Baker Funeral Home, 634 S. Columbia Dr., West Columbia, Texas. Online Condolences may be sent to .

Courtesy of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home


Sallie Johnson
1822 - May 13, 1930

Sallie Johnson was born in 1822 in Kentucky and died May 13, 1930 in Galveston, Texas. She was buried in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City, Texas on May 15, 1930.

[Information from death certificate]


Arthur Jones
October 2, 1889 - February 29, 1996


Orene G. Schweinle Jordan
Dec. 4, 1905 - June 30, 2009

Orene G. Schweinle Jordan of Van Vleck, Texas was called to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at the age of 103.

She was truly one of God's miracles and lived her entire life with the unshakable belief that He was always by her side. She set a lasting example of how one's life should be lived with courage, humility, integrity, honesty, friendship, hard work and love of family. Her inspired spirit could never be broken. Those of us who knew and loved her are better for her memory.

Orene was born on December 4, 1905 to Emma Emelia Mueller and William Louie Schweinle on a farm five miles north of Huffsmith, Texas. She was a part of what has been called "the greatest generation" and lived to see this country develop from a horse and wagon technology to hero's walking on the face of the moon. She believed that all things were possible through preparation, hard work and faith in God. That belief sustained her for over 100 years. Her memory never faded and details of her life remained as fresh in her mind as if they happened yesterday. She wrote her life story in longhand at age 97 and all who read it found it to be remarkable. She set life's examples for the generations of her family who will follow her.

Her special interests were many and she never attempted anything she couldn't do. She was an outstanding seamstress and for years she made most of her families clothes. She was self taught and developed a strong understanding of accounting, ranching, construction, real estate and politics. She started and became an accomplished artist after her 80th birthday. She was a partner in business and ranching with her husband, William G. Jordan, who pre-deceased her in 1991 at age 92. More than anything else, she was an outstanding mother to her two children, Shirley Jordan Flanagan and Don D. Jordan.

In addition to her parents, Orene was preceded in death by five of her six brothers and sisters including Theodore G. Schweinle, William E. Schweinle, Albert A. Schweinle, Andrew R. Schweinle and Edna A. McKinnon and her son-in-law, William S. Flanagan.

She is survived by: her sister, Dana Scholl, her daughter, Shirley A. Flanagan, son Don D. Jordan and wife, Barbara, grandchildren Mark Flanagan and wife, Tracy, Mike Flanagan and wife, Beatrice, Monte Flanagan, Leslie Hazlewood and husband, Gary, Lisa Cunningham and husband, Chris and Laura McNear and husband, Steve. She has provided memories to her great-grandchildren, Jeremy Flanagan, Michael Flanagan, Tara Hazlewood, Taylor Hazlewood, Tyler Hazlewood, Carley Cunningham, Kyle Cunningham, and Christopher Cunningham that will sustain them throughout their lives.

The family recognizes with deep appreciation and gratitude the outstanding care provided to Orene over the past few months by Tracy Flanagan, Charita Preston, Iris Diaz, Laura Diaz and Sylvia Galindo.

Memorial services in celebration of Orene's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Don Storey officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. In lieu of flowers contribution may be made in her name to the First United Methodist Church of Van Vleck, PO Box 497, Van Vleck, TX 77482-0497.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 2313 Ave I, Bay City, TX 77414. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published July 8, 2009


John Loman
1815 - February 20, 1915

John Loman, died February 20, 1915 and was buried in the Harris Family Cemetery located in the area of the county known as Boggy on Feb. 21, 1915. He was a neighbor of the Harris family and his death certificate indicated he was 100 years old and married. The records of William Walker's Furniture Store & Undertaking indicates that I. J. Bond purchased 1 coffin and 1 burial robe for J. Loman for $12.50.

Charles Edwin Gilbert, the editor of The Matagorda News and Midcoast Farmer, wrote of Mr. Loman in his August 20, 1913 issue. His article indicates that Mr. Loman was only 85 years old at the time.

"John Loman, was once an enterprising farmer, but now an invalid at the age of 85. Lying on a cot in the cook shade of a china tree, he presented a picture which should appeal to those who can contribute to make his declining years at least free from want or care. They have a niece and son, near grown, who have lived with them since infancy. They are the dependence of these old people."


Pedro Lopez
June 24, 1810 - April 8, 1919

Pedro Lopez was a fisherman who was born in Mexico. He was buried in Palacios Cemetery on April 9, 1919.

[Information from death certificate]


Mrs. Victoria McElrath

June 14, 1861- December 30, 1862


Longtime Resident Dies
101 on June 14


Mrs. Victoria Lewis McElrath, 101, of Markham died late Sunday afternoon at the home of her son, G. C. McElrath in Markham. She was a lifelong resident of the Baptist church and a Matagorda County resident for 27 years.


She was the widow of the late Frank A. McElrath who died several years ago.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday in the drawing room of the Bay City Funeral Home with Rev. Robert E. Black of Markham First Baptist Church and Rev. Ferman R. Weedon of Bay City First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery.


Survivors, besides the son, include one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Leathers of Snow, Okla.; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Three children preceded her in death.


Pallbearers will be G. L. McElrath, Carl McElrath, George W. Hall, Richard Bowers, Hoyt Johnson and Weldon Bowers.


Mrs. McElrath was born in Bloomfield, Mo., to a college professor and his wife as the Confederate troops were moving into camp at that town. Her father later became a lieutenant in the Confederate army and was among those that did not return after the war. Her mother died at the age of 35.


She married her husband in 1879 and moved with him to Bay City 27 years ago.


The Daily Tribune, December 31, 1962




Roy Eugene McGlaun
September 11, 1912 - November 11, 2012



Roy Eugene McGlaun, 100, of Texas City, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Kingwood Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas under the direction of Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City.

Mr. McGlaun was born September 11, 1912 in Bay City, Texas.

He was retired from Union Carbide. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge A.F & A.M #1118 Texas City and the El Mina Shrine.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie McGlaun.

Survivors include his niece, Linda Broughton and husband Fred of New Caney, Texas; and numerous other friends and relatives.

Bay City Tribune, November 14, 2012            Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham




Julian Mendoza
June 22, 1839 - October 12, 1940


Final Rites Held For 101-Year Old Bay City Mexican

One of the oldest residents of Bay City, Julian Mendoza, age 101years, 3 months and 20 days, died at his home on Avenue H Saturday night at 8 p. m.

He had been a resident of Bay City for 23 years. His wife passed away about 9 days ago at the age of 85.

Funeral services were held from the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Sunday at 5 p. m. with Father Elmendorf officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Walker-Matchett Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, October 14, 1940

[Death certificate indicated that Mr. Mendoza was born in Mexico and was the son of Francisco Mendoza. He was buried in Bay City, Texas, which would indicate Cedarvale, however, he is in an unmarked grave.]



Blanche Beatrice Miller
September 17, 1908 - March 15, 2015


Blanche Beatrice Miller, our beloved “Yidah”, passed away March 15, 2015, at the age of 106.

She was born September 17, 1908, in Elvins, Missouri, to the late Paul Roegner and Nettie Gough Roegner. Formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, she had been a resident of Bay City, TX, since 2003.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Eugene Miller; and son, Gene Paul Miller.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Katherine (Collins) Miller of Bay City; grandchildren, Stewart N. Miller (Nena Duvall) of Seabrook, TX, Karen D. LaBouve (Ray) of Nederland, TX, and Barbara A. Blanchard (James) of Friendswood, TX; great-grandchildren, Christopher N. Miller (Trisha), Tyler C. Miller, Cornelia A. Miller-Rubach (Charles), Jesse S. Miller, Cody I. Blanchard (Erin), Mitchell P. Blanchard and Katherine M. Blanchard; and great-great-grandchildren, Madison Miller, Tessa Miller and Karlee Blanchard.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Her family would like to extend their extreme gratitude to the staff at Matagorda House, especially the 500 hall, for their love and care.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, March 22, 2015



Mollie Yeamans Miller
March 21, 1903 - Dec. 20, 2009


Mollie Yeamans Miller, 106, of Matagorda, Texas, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2009 in Wharton, Texas.

She was born March 21, 1903 in Matagorda to Philip Yeamans and Pauline Bunk Yeamans. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Boling.

She is survived by: her daughter, Evelyn Anne Wofford of Lake Jackson; by grandchildren, Roger Wofford and wife Brenda of Jones Creek; by great grandchildren, Lisa Woffard Brown and husband Bill of Oyster Creek, Steven Turnquist, Samantha and Megan Fancher; by great-great grandchildren, Cole Hines and wife Amber, and Hunter Artwell; and by great-great-great grandchild, Aubrey Hines.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, by husband, Ray Miller; by son-in-law, Burt Wofford, Jr; by grandson, Ray Wofford; and by eight brothers and sisters.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at Matagorda Cemetery, Matagorda, Texas with the Rev. Oliver Southall officiating.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Avalon Place and the staff of Houston Hospice of El Campo.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published December 23, 2009


Lela Ethel Newton Milstead

February 8, 1892 - January 12, 1994

Funeral services for Lela Ethel Milstead, 101, of Bay City, are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Bay City with the Reverends Mike Zimmerman and Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Mrs. Milstead was born February 8, 1892, in Mount Vernon to Jesse M. and Edna E. Tabb Newton and died Jan. 12, 1994, in Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bay City, a member of Rebecca’s Lodge and a resident of Matagorda County since 1918.

Survivors include a daughter, Grace Brown of Bay City; a brother, H. C. “Smokey” Newton of Bay City; a grandson, Grady R. Harrison of Cleveland; two great-granddaughters, Brenda Baker of Texas City and Stephanie Howser of Liberty; five great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; two nieces, a nephew, two great-nieces and one great-nephew.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home of Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, January 13, 1994



Otilia Hernandez Mora

April, 24 1913 - May 28, 2013



Cedarvale Cemetery            Rumaldo G. Mora





Edna Earl Mangum Long Muller

August 7, 1902 - February 20, 2005



DICKINSON - Edna "Eshie" Long Muller, 102, of Dickinson, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005.

She was born Aug. 7, 1902, in Albany, to the late Will and Florence Mangum. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Dickinson, a life member of VFW Post 6378 Ladies Auxiliary of Dickinson, and she was a Gold Star Mother.

Survivors: daughters, Virginia Long Meyer and Joyce Long Rogers, both of Dickinson; son, Steven Long of Houston; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husbands, Jacob Hayward Long and Harry Muller; daughter, Lee; son, GM3C William Frank "Billy" Long, USN; five sisters; and two brothers.

The family will receive visitors 5-9 p.m. tonight at James Crowder Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church.

Burial with full VFW Auxiliary honors will be 3:30 p.m. at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. James Crowder Funeral Home, Dickinson, 281-337-1515.

The Victoria Advocate, Monday, February 21, 2005



February 24, 1906 - May 2, 2007

BLESSING [Matagorda County, Texas] - Martha Eureka Martin Neuszer was born on Feb. 24, 1906, in Gillette, Karnes County. This baby girl, destined to live life to its fullest, was the daughter of Eureka Billings Martin and Frank Duffy Martin. Mrs. Neuszer was a longtime resident of Blessing. She died on May 2, 2007, in Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City, after having lived over a century at the age of 101 years, 2 months, 8 days.

Mrs. Neuszer was preceded in death by her husband, Leo P. Neuszer; her parents; two brothers, Clyde and Earl Martin; and three sisters, Eula Martin, Selma Rollins, and Leona Rackley; her son-in-law, Bob Ackerman of Blessing, and one infant granddaughter, Connie Lynnette Neuszer.

She is survived by one daughter, Margie Ackerman of Blessing; one son, Leo Neuszer and wife Nalona of Bay City; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dora Martin of Columbus; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Martha Eureka Martin completed high school, in Sample, in April 1925. She later married Leo P. Neuszer, in Gonzales, on Dec. 21, 1927, after which time they later moved to Matagorda County in 1927, first in Deutschburg Community, then to the Blessing Community. The family moved to the present home site in January 1939, where Mrs. Neuszer lived until November 2005, before becoming a resident in the Matagorda House Nursing Home.

During her latter years Mrs. Neuszer remained quite active in spite of her advanced age. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Blessing. She was an avid member of the Midfield Home Demonstration Club. Her publicized hobby has been crocheting baby and children's caps. In April 2001, M.D. Anderson-Houston recorded 810 caps, which she donated to their children's unit. Since then, until November 2005, Mrs. Neuszer continued to crochet caps for the hospital, as well as for Women's Pregnancy Center in Bay City.

Funeral services, conducted by her grandson-in-law, the Rev. James Collins, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios.

Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery immediately following the services.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Funeral services are arranged by Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/4/2007


Margaret Rosamond "Rose" Langham Newman
February 25, 1907 - July 21, 2009

Margaret Rosamond “Rose” Langham Newman, 102, passed away at her home on Tuesday July 21, 2009.

A lifetime resident of Bay City, she was born to Bay City Pioneers Charles and Martha Dantzler Langham. Meeting her at Heaven’s Gate are her parents, her husband Charles, her sisters Charlotte, Martha, and Connie and her beloved grandson Blake Newman Bunk. Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter, Nanci Bunk and husband Dr. John Bunk, grandsons Charles and wife Denise, Craig and wife Elizabeth and great-grandchildren Foley Blake, Samantha Rose, Carter Langham and Charles Davis Bunk, niece Martha Engman and dear friend Annelle Gann.

She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for over 70 years and served tirelessly and lovingly in numerous capacities. She was the Chamber of Commerce Woman of the year in 1978 and Methodist Woman of the year in 1968. She was a charter member of the Pink Ladies at Matagorda General Hospital with over 8,000 hours served, and a charter member of the Pilot Club, being Pilot of the Year in 1973. She was a past Matron and Deputy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and was awarded the Grand Cross of Color for organizing and working with the Rainbow Girls. She was on the Board of the Bay City Cemetery for many years where she served as Vice President. Also, she was Matagorda County Treasurer for two terms in 1936.

She was a compassionate, loving, totally unselfish and generous lady who never said “No” to any individual group with which she was associated.

The family will be eternally grateful to her wonderful caretakers, Melba Edison, who cared for her for over 6 years, Dora Jackson, and Ernestine Sardinia as well as the wonderful people with Houston-El Campo Hospice.

The family will receive friends from 7pm to 8pm Friday, July 24, 2009 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at
Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers are Charles Bunk, Craig Bunk, Foley Bunk, George Chadwick, Jim Gann and Dennis Gann. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bay City.

Bay City Tribune
, Wednesday, July 22, 2009



Services Held – Charles Newman

Mr. Charles Newman, a Bay City resident for many years, died Sunday afternoon in Matagorda General Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a. m. at the First Methodist Church with Rev. G. R. House, pastor, officiating. Interment was at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mr. Newman was a stockholder and manager of the Union Truck Lines office here in Bay City.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Charles Newman, one daughter, Nanci, his parents Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Segrest of Wharton and one brother, Guy Segrest, Jr.

Bay City News, April 23, 1958



Freida Martha "Smokie" Kettler Oliver

December 29, 1898 - January 9, 1999


Funeral services for Freida “Smokie” Kettler Oliver, 100, of Bay City will be at 4 p. m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999 at First United Methodist Church, Rev. Mike Toland officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Oliver died Jan. 9 in Humble where she had lived for the past seven years. She was born Dec. 29, 1898 in Fort Bend Co. to the late William M. and Louise Tegeder Kettler. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay City and a longtime resident of Bay City.

Oliver is survived by her son and daughters-in-law, Glen Dale and Sharon Oliver of Houston, and Deenie Oliver of Bay City; grandchildren, Linda Green and husband Gary of Bay City, Pam Smith and husband Ben of Friendswood, Gayle Wiggins and husband Steve of Alvin, Cil Stitt and husband Marty of Humble, Jimmy Oliver and wife Sandra of Lake Jackson, and Dale Oliver and wife Jennifer of Houston; and by 12 great grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband Sterling B. Oliver in December of 1968 and her son Curtis S. Oliver in September of 1989.

Pallbearers will be Gary Green, Steve Wiggins, Marty Stitt, Benjamin Smith, Jimmy Oliver, and Dale Oliver.

Memorials may be made to Gleaner Class or Altar Guild of First United Methodist Church of Bay City.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January 12, 1999      Sterling B. Oliver          Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby




Maria Oros
August 15, 1910 - April 5, 2015


Maria “Tia” Oros went to be with her Lord on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Maria was born August 15, 1910 in Mexico to Modesto and Bartola Oros.

Maria was a loving, God-fearing woman, and felt blessed to live to be 104 years old. She enjoyed cooking and tending to the flowers in her garden. Maria was like a mother and grandmother to her nieces, great-nieces and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Maria is survived by her sister, Anita Oros; brother, Juan Oros Sr.; special nieces, Esther Cantu, Inez Ochoa, Viola Rivera, Olga Mata, Amelia Garza, Belia Avila, Minerva Gutierrez, Gracie Martinez, Joann Garza, and numerous other great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Maria is preceded in death by parents; sisters, Felicitas Oros and Petra Ortiz; brothers, Jessie Oros, Candelario Oros, Santiago Oros and Sebastian Oros.

The family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, with a 6:30 p.m. rosary, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel, Bay City, Texas.

Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Bay City, Texas, with Msgr. Gerry Cernoch celebrant.

Rite of committal to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Ezekiel Garza Jr., Adam Oros, Arnulfo “Cookie” Arriaga Jr., Robert Rivera Jr., Jessie Oros, Roy Gutierrez, Ronald Rivera and Daniel Zepeda.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, April 8, 2015                     Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby




Myrtle Lee Parish
February 28, 1909 - April 7, 2010


Myrtle Lee Thurmond Parish, 101, of Smithville passed away Thursday, April 7, 2010. She was born February 28, 1909 in East Bernard, TX to the late Annie Louise Rieger Malone and Marion Matthew Malone. Myrtle had been a resident of the Towers Nursing Home in Smithville for the past 8 years. She was a 60 year resident of the Pledger Community, and a member of the Abell St. Church of Christ in Wharton. She was well-known and very active in the Pledger, Texas, community and wore many hats. She served as Pledger Postmaster for 35 years, a leader in EAC, cattle rancher, seamstress, activities for the elderly, and very active in politics. She was instrumental in the building of the Pledger Community Center and obtaining the playground equipment. She will be remembered and missed by family and friends.

She is survived by daughter-in-law, Minnie Thurmond; two granddaughters (Sheri Doguet and husband, David, Vicki Ray Wiggins and husband, Steve); one grandson, Marion T. (Tommy) Thurmond; eight great-grandchildren (David Doguet, Jr., Daric Doguet (Erin), Darin Doguet (Katy), Ashley Doguet, Kristyn Ray Shahan (Michael), Kole Ray, Ty Thurmond (Karen), Whitney Thurmond; five great-great-grandchildren (Elena Doguet, Atticus Wootton, Sonny Shahan, Paisley Doguet, Ethan Vrana).

She was preceded in death by parents, Annie Louise Rieger Malone and Marion Matthew Malone; sisters (Rescia Malone Burridge, Willie Malone Horvath, Alta Malone Thompson, Pearl Malone Reed); brothers (Horace Malone and Mack Malone); husband (Floyd Parish); and her only child, a son, Marion T. (Sonny) Thurmond. A graveside service will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX, on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home



Hilario Perez
November 6, 1857 - August 21, 1861


104-Year-Old Bay City Man Dies At Home


Hilario Perez, who would have celebrated his 104th birthday on Nov. 6, died at his home, 1705 Avenue L, Bay City Monday.


Perez, a native of Mexico, had been residing in Bay City for the past 33 years.


Rosary will be said at 7:30 o’clock Tuesday night followed by requiem mass at 9:30 a. m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. J. P. Shannon officiating.


Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Guadalupe Martinez and Miss Janie Perez, both of Bay City, and Miss Luz Perez, Mexico; sons, Pedro Perez, Tom Perez, Rosalio and Jesse Perez, all of Bay City; a brother, Carman Perez, Corpus Christi; 39 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.


The Daily Tribune, August 22, 1961

Cedarvale Cemetery


Catarina R. Perez




Nicholas Perez
March 27, 1862 - September 28, 1963


Dies at 101


Nicholas Perez, 101 year old resident of 1606 Avenue K, died late Friday afternoon in Matagorda General Hospital after an extended illness.


Perez, a Bay Citian for 38 years, was a member of the Catholic Church. The Rosary was recited in the drawing room of the Bay City Funeral Home Sunday evening at 8:00 p. m. A Requiem Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. C. J. Martin as the celebrant was held this morning at 9:00 a. m. with committal services following at the Bay City Cemetery.


Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Annie Zamora of Bay City, Mrs. Josefa Trevino of Cuero, Mrs. Natvidad Gauna of Earth and Mrs. Josefina Medina of Mark[ham]; four sons, J. C. of McAllen, Lorenzo of Bay City, Isidore of El Paso, Isidro of Houston; 63 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.


The Daily Tribune, September 30, 1963



May Posey

April 22, 1883 - March 8, 1985
Hawley Cemetery, Blessing



Edith Viola Kirby Valigura Rasmussen

June 10, 1912 - October 8, 2012

Edith Viola Rasmussen, 100, of Bay City passed away October 8, 2012. She was born June 10, 1912 in Bay City to the late John James Kirby and Georgia J. Ham Kirby. She worked as a clerk at the Markham Post Office for 21 years.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earnest Valigura, her second husband, Otto Rasmussen and 6 siblings.

Survivors include son William Valigura & wife Virginia of Albuquerque, NM; grandson Paul M. Valigura & wife Mary of Los Lunas, NM; great grandchildren Erin V. Wrobel & husband Joe and Jordan P. Valigura & wife Amy, great-great grandchildren Luke & Will Wrobel & numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Friday, October 12, 2012 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

William Louis Reitz
July 17, 1889 - November 8, 1989

Funeral services for William Louis Reitz, 100, of Blessing will be held 10 a. m. Saturday at Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Herbert A. Willke officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Reitz was born July 17, 1889, in Bernardo Prairie, Colorado County, Texas, to John and Otillia Burttschell Reitz and died Nov. 8, 1989, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

A resident of Blessing since 1961, he was a member of the Catholic church.

Survivors include two daughters, Maxine Hilton of Floresville, Texas, and Willie Marie Holsworth of Palacios; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Reitz was preceded in death by his wife, Essie Reitz, on July 27, 1984.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

The Daily Tribune, November 9 or 10, 1989


Rites Set For Mrs. Reyes

February 12, 1861 - May 7, 1863


Rosary will be recited at 8 p. m. Wednesday for centenarian Mrs. Romulo[a] Reyes, 102, of 1009 Avenue J at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, and mass will be held at 8 a. m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.


Mrs. Reyes died Tuesday afternoon and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Juna Molinar of Bay City, 23 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was born on Feb. 12, 1861 in Mexico and was a longtime Bay Citian.


The Daily Tribune, May 8, 1963               Cedarvale Cemetery                          Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby





April 11, 1907 - November 14, 2009

CEDAR LANE - Edna "Grandma" Ross, 102, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 14, 2009 at her home in Cedar Lane. Grandma was born on April 11, 1907 in McComb, Okla. to parents Elvira and Wade Hampton. She was a long time member of the Cedar Lane Baptist Church and was a member of the Home Demonstration Club since 1967.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey Lee Ross; her son, Gale Ross; three sisters; and four brothers.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Don and Maxine Ross; and five grandchildren, Patricia Reaves and her husband David, Steve Ross, Fay Allen and her husband, James, Darron Ross and his wife, Sharilyn, and Gaylynn Goodman and her husband, Jimmy. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Clay and Raelynn Scroggin, Lacy and Doug Rosson, Bruce Meyer, Stephen and Jennifer Ross, Jimmy Don and Wendy Ross, Caren and David Murdoch, Tony and Tiffany Ross, Cory Kruse, Ryan Goodman, Blaine Ross, Jordan Ross, and Mackenzie Goodman. She has 11 great-great-grandchildren, Stephan Lee Ross, Noah Rosson, Travis Ross, Madalyn Lamb, Sarah Ross, Taylor Ross, Austin Ross, Tyler Rosson, Trenton Ross, Levi Scroggin, and Camden Ross.

A visitation was held on Monday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Bay City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 at the Cedar Lane Baptist Church with Rev. Maurice Morrow and Rev. David Roach officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Steve Ross, Darron Ross, Stephen Ross, Tony Ross, Bruce Meyer, and Clay Scroggin.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Cedar Lane Baptist Church, Glenn Roberson, Ray Horton, Larry Lewis, Jimmy Grisham, Paul Hill and Raymond Brooker.

She loved her immediate family and always wanted to be helpful. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

The Victoria Advocate, November 17, 2009



Johanna "Johnnie" Schiemenz Rowton
March 8, 2015 - February 25, 2016


Johnnie Rowton
(March 8, 1915 - February 25, 2016)

On the morning of February 25, 2016 Johanna “Johnnie” Rowton passed away at St. Catherine’s Nursing Home in Waco, TX. She was 100 years of age. Johnnie was born in McLennan County, TX on March 8, 1915 to Martin and Emma Schiemenz. She moved to Palacios, TX in the early 1950’s where she resided until 2008.

She is survived by her grand-children, Joe Blair Rowton and wife Jaime and Natalie Kaiser and husband Lou, great grand-child Beau Rowton, son-in-law Gerard Holloway, and Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Alva Milton Rowton, children Phyllis Holloway and John “Butch” Rowton, parents and siblings. Graveside services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Palacios Cemetery in Palacios, TX with Rev. Kathy Vineyard officiating. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mildred Jupe, Marguerite Henriksen and the staff at St. Catherine’s Nursing Home in Waco, TX for their dedicated care of Johnnie in her last years.

Taylor Brothers Funeral Home



Beatrice Barbara Ellis Sanders
January 14, 1898 - May 5, 1998



Funeral services for Beatrice Barbara Ellis Sanders, 100, of Palacios will be at 11 a.m. today, May 7 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman and Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will be at the Palacios Cemetery.

Sanders died May 5 at The Legacy in Bay City. She was born Jan. 14, 1898 in Pulaski, Ark. to the late William Laban and Margaret Wilson Ellis. When she was two years old, her family came to Texas in a covered wagon. Beatrice married C. D. Sanders on Dec. 21, 1913 in Todd, Texas. She joined the First Baptist Church of Palacios at the age of 11, where she is lovingly remembered as a wonderful Sunday School teacher and willing worker. Along with her sisters, she was an Eastern Star and a member of the Wayside Club. She served the community through the sewing rooms and canning kitchens during the depression and the war.

At her husband’s side, they farmed and later ran a gas station and store on Hwy 35. After his death, she worked for K. Wolens Store in Palacios. A renowned cook and seamstress; her talents were many, leaving her family and friends heirlooms to treasure.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Clara and Robert Kuehm of Houston; a son, Richard Ellis Sanders of Palacios; a sister, Nalois Grisham of Conroe; a brother, W. L. Ellis, Jr. and wife Rosalie of Collegeport; eight grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, C. D. Sanders; daughter, Helen Sanders Murphy; nine brothers and sisters; and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers are her great grandsons.

Special thanks to her family of friends at The Legacy for their care and kindness.

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Palacios or the Eden Alternative Fund at The Legacy in Bay City.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.              

The Daily Tribune, May 7, 1998

Resident celebrates her 100th birthday at the Legacy

Beatrice Sanders was 100 years old on January 14, 1998. She was born in Arkansas in 1898 to the Ellis family. Parents Aletha and William Laban Ellis had ten children, then her Mother died. Later her Dad remarried and they had two more children.

The family of 12 brothers and sisters moved in a covered wagon to Red Bluff, then to Palacios in 1900. Beatrice has lived in this area ever since.

Beatrice married C. D. Sanders and they raised three children. The oldest daughter, Helen Murphy is deceased. Sander’s son, Richard and daughter, Clara, with husband Bob Kuehm were in attendance for the birthday celebration held at the Legacy.

Her family shared a beautiful birthday cake with her many friends and residents. After blowing out the candles, facility director presented birthday congratulation certificates that were sent to Beatrice from President Clinton and Governor Bush. Many more birthday cards were on display in her room.

Beatrice had 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren and two great-grandchildren due next month. Beatrice was active in Eastern Star and a member at First Baptist Church since 1907.

She taught Sunday School classes for many years. She loved to work in the garden, and was a seamstress.

“There was a Sewing Room in Palacios, where she sewed for the public during the Depression,” her daughter said.

Beatrice lived with her daughter and son-in-law for 13 years. “We had a small garden, and if my rows weren’t straight, she’d get a hoe and go straighten them,” Bob said. “She was always a busy lady.”                                                                      

The Daily Tribune, January 18, 1998


Cora May Anderson Sears
April 18, 1898 - May 23, 2000

Cora May Anderson Sears, 102, of Bay City, died May 23, 2000 at the Matagorda House Nursing Center. She was born April 18, 1898 in Crawford County, Ill. to the late James and Mary Weirich Anderson. Cora married Odin Eli Sears in Robinson, Ill. on Nov. 20, 1915 and had three children. She was a resident of Bay City since 1952. Mrs. Sears was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, playing the piano in Sunday School, and until her move to the Legacy in Jan. 1997, she took an active part in the Gleaner Sunday School Class, picking up any of her classmates who needed a ride until she stopped driving at the age of 93. Before her eyesight failed at 98, she rarely missed sending birthday cards to all members of her class and her extended family members. She was faithful at journaling the events of her life, and regularly corresponding with friends and relatives. She was a very caring, giving person who passed these unselfish attributes and her love of music to her family.

Survivors include: a daughter, Mary Keller of Bay City; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 16 great great grandchildren; and her cherished roommate, Anne Terry.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Odin Eli in 1966; her son, Paul Evert; and daughter, Ruth Marie Cadenhead.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Crowe and the Rev. Mike Toland officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include: her grandsons, Charles Cadenhead, Don Keller III, Evert Keller, James Sears, Jerald Sears, Ronald Cadenhead and great grandsons, Don Keller IV and Jeff McMillan.

Honorary pallbearers will include: Lamar Evans, Bob Holland, Pete Arnold, and her other great grandsons, Steve, Ryan and Adam Cadenhead, John Paul, and James Sears, Jr.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 2317 Ave. G, Bay City, Texas 77414 or to the charity of choice. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, May 25, 2000                        Odin Eli Sears                     Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham




Lenore Hall Simons
January 30, 1911 - July 28, 2014


Lenore Hall Simons of Bay City, Texas passed away peacefully on July 28, 2014. She was born on January 30, 1911 and lived 103 years and 7 months. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lenore Pipkin Hall and Kirk Hall of Dallas, Texas; her beloved husband, Dr. Bryan E. Simons of Bay City: her son, Dr. Bryan E. Simons, Jr.; her daughter, Barbara Simons Slone: her sisters, Nancy Hall Keller, Dorothy Hall and Helen Hall; her grandson, Bryan Gregory Simons, and her granddaughter, Helen Elizabeth Simons.

Mrs. Simons is survived by her son, Dr. James Kirk Simons and wife, Dale of Driftwood, TX; a daughter in law, Glenda Simons Gottlich: eight grandchildren and their spouses: Tod and Lonna Slone, Keet, and Tina Slone, Kirk and Cecilia Slone, Gary and April Simons, John and Elaine Simons, Bryan and Traci Simons., Lanette and Sheahan Paul and Laura and Jason Hudson. Her grandchildren produced 25 great grandchildren: Kailey, Ace, Ky, Kale, Cole, Owen, Simon , Christiana, Garrison, Savannah, Elliana, Arriella, Conil, Caven, Cade, Seth, Tyce, Zack, Ashleigh, Ally, Addison, Mason, Mia, Katherine and Samantha. She is also survived by her nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 2:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, Texas with Rev. Dr. Mark W. Stoub and Pastor Gary Simons officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

The entire family wishes to especially thank Mrs. Simons’ caretaker and friend, Wilma Stredik, for her true faithfulness and care, and the medical staff at Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s ICU who gave her excellent and compassionate care.

Lenore Hall Simons will be remembered and cherished by all who knew her for her love for God, for her family, her church and the community of Bay City. Throughout her life, she was so involved with bringing the spirit of culture in music and the arts to this community and in making her gift of music important in all of her family’s lives. Our “Nanny” was the true matriarch of the Simons’ family and will enjoy her eternal life in knowing that she gave all of her God-given gifts to all who loved her. God has a true angel in Heaven.

Bay City Tribune, July 30, 2014


Annie Sliva
January 31, 1895 - March 26, 1995

A funeral mass for Annie Sliva, 100, of Bay City, is scheduled for 10 a. m. Tuesday, March 28, 1995, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Msgr. James Brunner officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

A rosary was said at 7:30 p. m. Monday, March 27, 1995, in the Chapel of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sliva was born Jan. 31, 1895, in Latium, to Paul and Frances Zaboralek Pisklak and died Sunday, March 26, 1995, in Bay City.

She was a member of the Catholic church and was married to Emil Sliva in Bellville on Sept. 15, 1916.

Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Sylvester and Bernice Sliva, Benjamin Sliva, Gilbert and Jan Sliva and Frank and Barbara Sliva, all of Bay City; five daughters and sons-in-law, Carmel and Frank Harrison and Ann and John Webber, all of Bay City, Marie and Ambrose Harrison of Hope, Ark., Gertrude and Marshall King of Lake Charles, La., and Flo and Alvin Saha of Angleton; 24 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Joey Sliva, Steve Sliva, Hurshel Harrison, Mark King, Kelly Webber, Paul Sliva, Britt Saha and Stuart Sliva.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross Catholic School Foundation.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home of Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, March 28, 1995



Clara "Cottie" Savage Smith
March 9, 1900 - November 13, 2000


Clara “Cottie” Smith, 100, of Sargent died Nov. 13, 2000 at Matagorda House in Bay City. She was born March 9, 1900, in Matagorda to the late Ed and Fannie C. Gottschalk Savage. Mrs. Smith was a life long member of Christ Episcopal Church and a former resident of New Gulf.

Survivors include: nephew, G. G. Savage, Jr. of Bay City; great nieces, Jane Ellerkamp Harris of Kingwood, Texas, and Patricia Ellerkamp Hodgdon of Sun Lake City, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Smith.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a. m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda, with the Rev. Harley Savage officiating.

Interment will follow at the Matagorda Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Amos Grice, John Harris, Tom Hodgdon, G. G. Savage, Jr., Billy Watkins and Tommy Watkins. Honorary pallbearer will be Frank Lewis.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000NV16

The Daily Tribune, November 16, 2000



Esther Dienst Smith
February 9, 1909 - June 3, 2012


Esther Dienst Smith, 103, of Bay City passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012. She was born February 28, 1909 in Parson, Kansas to the late Theodore F. & Dora H. Magner Dienst. They came to Bay City when Esther was 5 years old. She attended the Bay City Schools, and the C. I. A. College in Denton, Texas. Esther received her Teaching degree from Sam Houston State University late in life.

She and Carey Smith Jr. were married in Wharton, Texas, and were the parents of 2 sons: Vaden Miles and Manis Dale Smith. Esther and Carey spent their time in community service, and gave special attention to the Bay City Public Library. She was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Daughter’s of the American Revolution, Study Club, Book Review, and was Captain of the Motor Corps during World War II.

Esther is survived by her son: Manis Dale Smith of Chapala Jalisco, Mexico; 2 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carey O. Smith Jr. in 1993; son Vaden Miles Smith in 1991; and 2 brothers Theodore and Vance Dienst.

No services are scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the Bay City Public Library, 1100 7th St., Bay City, TX 77414 or charity of choice.                                Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Alva Lela Stanford
September 30, 1905 - December 18, 2006

Alva Lela Stanford, 101, of Bay City passed away December 18, 2006. She was born September 30, 1905 in Saltillo, Tennessee to Jim and Isabelle Hopper Meador. She had been a resident of Bay City since 1928 and was a very active member of the Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Willard F. Stanford, daughter Jo Etta Fern Stanford and grandson Buddy Hammock. Survivors include two daughters Ural Lee Donohoe of Bay City and Joyce Hammock of Killeen; six grandchildren Bruce, Terry & Roger Donohoe, Tony Hammock, Fawn Acuff, and Bobby Hammock and by fourteen great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10:00 am Friday, December 22, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sam Starks officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers include Bruce Donohoe, Terry Donohoe, Roger Donohoe, Tony Hammock, Jonny Hammock and John Milner. The family would like for you to wear something red if you plan to attend the funeral service. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Alva Lela Meador Stanford

Alva Lela Meador was born September 30, 1905, in Saltillo, Hardin County, Tennessee. She was the second child of James “Jim” Alan Meador and his wife Helen Elizabeth “Isabelle” Hopper Meador. Her older sister, Cella Mamie was always there to take care of little sister. There were three younger brothers, Truman, Cornia and Hershall. There was another younger little girl named Veatris, who died at the age of two.

Jim worked as a timber estimator and the family moved around quite a bit, but always returned to home base in Hardin County. When Alva was only 14 years old, her dad died during the flu epidemic of 1920. Only two years later her mother died of tuberculosis. Alva was devastated. The children went to live with their grandparents, but their grandmother also died just a few months later. From then on, the children went from one relative to another and Alva never felt like she belonged anywhere. She attended various schools but eventually just quit and went to work. She worked in various factories and packing plants.

When her sister, Cella, married Frank White and they moved to Texas, it wasn’t long until Alva came to live with them. It was then that she met Willard Stanford and after a long distance courtship they married. She used to laugh and say Willard asked her to marry him fourteen times before she said yes and she only said yes then because he promised he would hire her a cook. She never did get the cook, but Willard did do a lot of the cooking himself, until she finally learned how.

Alva and Willard got married December 3, 1931. The country was deep in “The Great Depression.” Their first months were spent in Odem, Texas, where Willard worked on a turnip farm. The pay was not good and Alva says there were days when they had turnips three meals a day. She hated turnips for the rest of her life. Alva was expecting their first child when they moved to Bay City. Their little girl, Jo Etta, died at birth. Alva was very depressed and almost died herself, but a year later, Ural Lee was born.

Willard worked at various jobs until he finally got on with Skelly Oil Company where he worked until he retired almost thirty years later. They built a simple home at the edge of town where they lived for most of their married life.

Alva’s health continued to cause her problems and she even spent some time in a sanitarium near Kerrville. When she came home, she had a strict diet to follow and had to eat a lot of oranges. She began to put on weight for the first time in her life. She and Willard joined the Pentecostal Church and a year or so later their third child, Joyce, was born.

Alva loved church and love to work for her church. She baked many, many pound cakes and lots and lots of pecan pies to sell for the church building fund. It was at church they met the Blackwell family who became lifelong friends. Alva could be found in the kitchen when the church had something special going.

One of her favorite ways to pass time was fishing She could sit for hours with a cane pole on a creek bank or bayside waiting for a fish to bite. She could make some of the best broiled flounder you ever ate—loads of butter, but oh so good.

She never did much craft work, but did make beautiful crepe paper roses which she dipped in paraffin. She also did some embroidery. When she first started going to the Pentecostal Church, one of the ladies, Sister Adams, tried to teach her to crochet. They got string from rice sacks at the rice mill and over a long period of time, Alva finally finished a bedspread for a twin bed.

Almost every Sunday, Alva and Fawn fixed dinner together. Mother never complained about us bringing home half the kids from church for Sunday dinner. Lots of time us kids would play baseball and Mother, Daddy, Aunt Fawn and Uncle Wade would be freezing up a batch of homemade ice cream.

Alva loved to sing the old songs of the “Tennessee Hills” and told many stories she had been told as a child sitting at the feet of an old ex-slave woman she called “Aunt Jane Cooper.” Joyce’s favorite song Alva used to sing was “The Baggage Coach Ahead.” Years later, one of her Tennessee friends asked Alva if she still played the guitar. She said no. She had never in my lifetime. I didn’t even know she ever had.

As long as she was able, Alva did lots of reading. She read a very wide range of books. She loved it when Willard opened a used book store in their garage. Her one regret in life was that she never learned to drive.

The great love of Alva’s live was her grandchildren and she spoiled every one of them. They all thought her sole job was to be their playmate.

She and Willard loved garage sales and every Saturday morning would find them going from one to another seeking bargains. They would keep the stuff until they got tired of it and then have a sale of their own to sell it to someone else. We didn’t dare leave anything at the house because she was sure to put it in a garage sale.

Eventually Alva reached the point she could no longer care for herself and Willard couldn’t care for her and himself, too, so she moved in with Ural Lee and Bill. She lived with them for two and a half years and then with Joyce for another year and a half until finally going to live at the Legacy. A few years later, Willard joined her there where they shared a room until Willard’s final illness. Alva continued to live there until her final moving day, December 18, 2006.

Courtesy of Ural Lee Stanford Donohoe                                      

Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Vevi Stevens
October 27, 1906 - December 3, 2006


Vevi Stevens died peacefully surrounded by a loving family on December 3, 2006.


She was born October 27, 1906, to Benjamin and Mattie Meredith Stevens in Markham.

Preceded in death by brothers, Luther Stevens of Wharton, Lee, Abe, Ben, John M. and Robert Stevens of Matagorda County, and sisters, May Werlla, Frances Patterson and Mollie Bullard. She and her family demonstrated an intense loyalty to family and a strong strength of character with their beliefs and lives.

She is survived by three nieces and seven nephews and their families, Jack and Margaret Stevens of Cedar Lane, Tece and John Parker of Van Vleck, Abe Jr. and Charlotte Stevens of Cedar Lane, Bennie and Laverne Stevens of Bay City, John Francis and Ruth Stevens of Sargent, B.F. and Jeanne Stevens of California, Anna Ve and Jerry Farr of San Marcos, Billy Jr. and Marion Bullard of Cedar Lane, Mollie Ann and Roger Gaeckler of Cedar Lane and Lonnie and Elisa Bullard of Markham.

Miss Stevens and her sisters all were teachers graduating from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. They completed their degrees in the summertime and began teaching at age 16. Miss Stevens began her teaching career in a one-room school in Sargent in 1945 and taught math in Bay City for the remainder of her career. Miss Stevens, her sisters and their brother, John, who was a school board member, were honored in 1962 and featured in the Houston Chronicle for collectively contributing 137 years to public school education. Since then, five siblings have collectively contributed an additional 160-plus years to education.

From 1946 to 1988, Miss Stevens, the last surviving charter member of Cedar Lane Baptist Church, was an inspirational and lively leader of its youth. She with other assistants, including “Mr. Joe” Wyse, taught life lessons mixed with a sense of fun and life-changing directions toward discipline, love and Biblical values in a training union class at Cedar Lane Baptist Church known as the “Go-Getters.” She sponsored and participated in many memorable and exciting events for the youth, such as trips and picnics to the beach, to parks with volleyball and/or crochet, church-associated meetings for the youth and Playland Park. She mixed these activities often with visits to an elderly or shut-in person. Her influence and the memories from those times with “Miss Vevi” have had a long-lasting impact on Cedar Lane Baptist Church.

Miss Stevens has been a lifelong resident of Matagorda County and an active rancher for most of her life. She had her own cows until recently and harvested her own pecans. She demonstrated a strong sense of independence and unyielding work ethic despite the interest and willingness of her brother, John, and other siblings to share her ranging responsibilities.

Her declining years were enhanced by her timely and sharp sense of humor, her never-ceasing thoughtful attitude toward others and five years of excellent support from her caregivers. She was an amazing lady and loved by everyone who knew her.

Visitation was from 6 until 9 p. m. Monday at Bay City Funeral Home.

Services were Tuesday at 10:30 a. m. at Cedar Lane Baptist Church with the Pastor Zak Nicholson officiating. Burial was at Cedarvale in Bay City.

Pallbearers: Mark Grisham, Jody Wyse, Ray Horton, Butch Beavers, Mike Pruitt, Ronnie Pruitt, James Lee Stevens and John Drachenberg.

Honorary pallbearers: E. M. Huitt, Tom Uher, Elmer Billington, Phillip Bowie and Glen Robinson.

Those who wish to make donations can either make donations to the Stevens Family Scholarship for local youth at Texas State University through Anna Ve Farr at 1022 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, Texas 78666, or to Cedar Lane Baptist Church, Attention: Treasurer Barbara Bevers, at P.O. Box 90, Cedar Lane, Texas 77415.


The Daily Tribune, December 6, 2006


Courtesy of Betty Crosby



John Sutherland
June 22, 1864 - June 26, 1965




Ella Hawkins Taylor
September 16, 1886 - February 20, 1988


Funeral services for Ella Hawkins Taylor, 101, of Bay City will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bay City with the Rev. Hugh Jones officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.


Mrs. Taylor, who was born on Sept. 16, 1886, in Hawkinsville, died Feb. 20, 1988, at Matagorda House Nursing Home.


She was a resident of Bay City for nearly all her life and was a lifelong member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. She was the wife of the late Seth S. Taylor, the founder of Taylor-Steves Furniture Company and Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.


Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Frances Taylor Steves and Bert C. Steves of Bay City; five grandchildren, Taylor and Sandra Steves and Savanna and Albert Franklin of Bay City, Marthella and Ed Simpson of Kingwood, Diana and John Null of Missouri City and Lewis and Judy Steves of Bellevue, Wash.; 13 great-grandchildren, Mary Frances Steves, Scott Steves, Jean Claire Kubeczka, Kerry Savage and Rob Glassett, all of Bay City, Martha Lindsey of Dundee, Ill., Steve Simpson of Glen Burnie, Md., Dan Simpson of Kingwood, Chris Null, Bradley Null and Tracy Null, all of Missouri City, and Dana and Sarah Steves of Bellevue, Wash.; and four great-great-grandchildren.


Pallbearers will be great-grandsons Steve and Dan Simpson, Chris Null, Rob Glassett, Scott Steves, Kirby Savage and Gary Kubeczka.


Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.


The Daily Tribune, Sunday, February 21, 1988                Seth S. Taylor             Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby




Katy Taylor
July 12, 1846 - February 18, 1958


Shiloh Cemetery




Henry Thompson

September 9, 1826 - September 5, 1940



A story to strain the imagination of Robert “Believe It Or Not” Ripley was brought to the Tribune office this morning by County Clerk D. B. “Jack” Hinton, concerning the death of a Matagorda County negro.

The colored man, Henry Thompson of Pledger, just 20 miles from Bay City, died Sept. 5, 1940, at Pledger at the almost unbelieveable age of 114 years.

While this fact of extreme age alone is enough to make headline news, the cause of his death makes the story definitely in the “Believe It Or Not” class.

      The aged man died from eating hard-fried eggs!

The ancient was born in Alabama on Sept. 9, 1826, and was a long-time resident of Texas. When still a young man it is reported that the negro was a slave of John Quincy Adams sixth president of the United States.

The imagination staggers at contemplating the span of years and the events through which this man had lived. Wars were fought and nations made and dismembered. Automobiles, airplanes, radio and all the modern inventions were still in the very earliest experimental stage when he was an old man, at an age greater than the majority of people attain.

Through all the turmoil and change of over a century, when men were being slaughtered in wars, dying from epidemics, and accidents; for noble causes and for ignoble ones, this man lived to meet his death, after over a century from eating hard-fried eggs!

Only life itself could produce a story like this!

The Tribune received this story so long after the actual death of Henry Thompson because the record of his death was not filed in the County Clerk’s office until today.

Justice of Peace J. S. Mack of Pledger signed the certificate of death.

The Matagorda County Tribune, November 20, 1940

[Note: Death Certificate states Henry Thompson is buried at Pledger, Texas.]


Ben Thornton
July 15, 1873 - March 12, 1975

Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas


Margaret Young Times
September 30, 1891 - August 16, 1995


Funeral service for Mrs. Margaret Young Times, age 103, of Bay City, will be held Thursday, August 25th, at 1 p. m., at the First Sacred Memorial Christian Church in Bay City, with Rev. H. S. Williams, officiating, and Rev. A. H. Floyd, presiding. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.


Visitation will be Wednesday until 9 p. m. in the Chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Thursday from noon until 1 p. m. at the church.


Mrs. Times was born in Edna, Texas, on Wednesday, September 30, 1891, to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Young, and died Wednesday, August 16, 1995, in Sweeny House, Sweeny, Texas.


She was married to the Rev. Clarence Times of Live Oak, whom she assisted in the rearing of five children by which she provided motherly love and Christian principles.


In her Christian living, she exemplified true Christianity, and was recognized for her dedication, devotion and loyalty to her church and God. While a member of First Sacred Memorial Christian Church, at which one time her husband was pastor, she served the role of “First Lady” remarkably.


Mrs. Times was recognized throughout the community for her elegant character, her radiant smile and extraordinary cheerfulness. She was admired for her “beautiful snow white hair,” and for such kindness she shared with loved ones and friends.


Survivors include 6 grandchildren, Clark Murphy, Jr., Doreen Loretta Times Coyle, Clarence Times, Pravis Times, Donald Ray Murphy and Calvin Murphy. Also 15 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She leaves also 5 nieces, Mrs. Lucille Mosley Johnson of Bowie, Maryland, Ms. Eula Brown and Ms. Alberta Brown of Bay City, Mrs. Nona Peters of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Francis Grice of Inglewood, California. She is survived also by a host of other relatives and a family of friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Clarence Times, January 24, 1966, five step-children and one grandson.


Active pallbearers include Clarence Times, Pravis Times, Calvin Murphy, Joe Times, Jimmie Times and Felix Walley.


Honorary pallbearers include the Deacons, Trustees and Elders of First Sacred Memorial Christian Church.


Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.


The Daily Tribune, August 23, 1995




Maria Rocha Tobias

January 21, 1900 - October 28, 2004


PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] - Maria Rocha Tobias, 104, of Palacios, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004.

She was born Jan. 21, 1900, in Matahuela, Mexico, to the late Martin and Encarnacion Jinez Rocha. She was a homemaker and Baptist.

Survivors: son, Manuel De Jesus Tobias of Palacios; sister, Anatacia Sandoval of Palacios; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Julio Tobias; sisters, Concha Salazar, Luisa Estrello, Juana Morales and Julia Rivera; and brothers, Juaquin Rocha and Felipe "Chato" Rocha.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. today at Primera Iglesia Bautista in

A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the church.

Additional visitation will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Pallbearers: Frank Sanchez, Domingo Sanchez, David Sandoval and Pete Estrello.

Honorary pallbearers: Jesse T. Tobias, Larry Deadrick, Johnathan Tobias, Clyde Deadrick, Marcelino Morales, Willo Rodriguez, Robert Perez, Joe Morales, Pablo Rocha, Kenneth Moore, Nicholas Hendren, Tommy Tobias, Marty Tobias and John Bassett.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Victoria Advocate, October 29 & 30, 2004




Tiem V. Tran

January 1, 1910 - June 18, 2012
Palacios Cemetery, Palacios


Tiem V. Tran of Palacios passed away June 18, 2012. He was born January 1, 1910 in Vietnam to the late Rao Tran and Rao Nguyen. He had been a resident of Palacios since 1975 and was a net maker for commercial fisherman.

His wife Thai Nguyen preceded him in death. Survivors include daughters Lieu Tran, Theu Tran, Voc Tran, & Mai Tran; sons Luu Tran, Toan Tran, Truyen “T.V.” Tran & Thang Tran; brother Hieu Tran; 37 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Rosaries will be recited at 7:00 PM both Wednesday and Friday evenings at the Palacios Funeral Home. A mass will be held 5:30 PM Thursday at St. Anthony of Padua Vietnamese Apostolate Church. Funeral mass will be 10:00 AM Saturday, June 23, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. Dominic Nguyen and Rev. Brian Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lich Tran, Johnny Tran, Pham Tran, Frank Tran, Donnie Tran, Jason Nguyen, Loc Nguyen and Chinh Tran.



Olivia Alfreda Walters

13 Sep 1901 - Oct 2001


Graveside services for Olivia Walters, 100, of Palacios, were held Oct. 19, 2001 at Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Ben Sheeran of Hochheim Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Walters was one in a set of triplets born Sept. 13, 1901 in Frankfort, Ind. to Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Elder. The other two children were Victoria Alberta who died in 1998 and Paul Adolf who drowned in front of the family home in Palacios at the age of 12.

The family moved to Palacios in 1905 when Mr. Elder established the first bank in town. The family consisted of nine children—William, Marianna, Huldah, Ted, Jane, Victoria, Olivia, Paul and Estelle. After Olivia married Fred Walters, administrator of Sante Fe Railroad’s hospital in Topeka, Kansas, she made a name for herself as a leading hostess and volunteer worker. The couple retired to Palacios in 1978 to be in the company of Olivia’s family. The Walters were active in local church and civic activities. Fred died in 1984.

Mrs. Walters is survived by two sisters, Huldah Rees and Estelle Alley; and a niece and nephew.

Funeral arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, October, 2001




Edgar B. Wells

June 28, 1885 - March 30, 1991
Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City





Nellie White
c1848 - January 31, 1956


100 Year Old Woman Saved Here Today

Nellie White who is more than 100 years old, has been blind for past ten years, and is practically an invalid is alive this afternoon because the woman who brings her lunch every day came by two minutes early.

“Aunt” Nellie lives alone at 1120 Avenue B in North End. At noon today, a fire of undetermined origin set her house aflame. She says she was just sitting “by the door and I felt the hot blast coming at me, then I tried to get out.”

At just this time, Beulah Brown who lives across the street at 1121 Avenue B was bringing her lunch. She hadn’t noticed the fire because it was largely confined indoors. When she stepped on the porch, she heard Nellie pounding on the front door trying to get out.

Beulah opened the door and led “Aunt” Nellie out.

Following the fire which destroyed her bed, most of the furniture, and scorched the walls in the two rooms where Nellie lived, she spoke calmly, being primarily concerned about her bed.

Volunteer firemen had the blaze under control almost immediately after their arrival on the scene. Exterior of the frame house was not damaged.

Although, the cause of the blaze was undetermined, a wood-burning heater and stove was burning in the house and it was speculated that sparks from the heater set the blaze off.

Beulah Brown said the house was full of smoke and when she led “Aunt” Nellie out and added that the aged woman probably would have suffocated if she had been two or three minutes late.

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, April 20, 1950

[Death certificate information: Mrs. White was born in Texas and died in Houston, Harris County, Texas. She was buried in Eastview Cemetery. She was a widowed housewife.]


Joel Williams, Sr.
December 28, 1889 - June 8, 1995

Funeral services for Mr. Joel Williams, Sr., age 105, of Cedar Lake, will be held Sunday, June 11th, at 2:00 p. m. at the Bethlehem Christian Church in Cedar Lake, with the Rev. Kenneth W. Bree officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Cedar Lake.

Visitation will be Saturday until 9 p. m. in the Chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 7 til 9 p. m. in the Chapel.

Mr. Williams was born December 28, 1889, to Polk Williams and Amy Hawkins Williams, in the Hawkinsville Community, Matagorda County, Texas, and died June 8, 1995, at 3:30 a. m. at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

His religious affiliations included membership with the Bethlehem Christian Church for 95 years. He also served as Church Secretary for 78 years, as an Elder and member of the Deacon Board. Prior to his illness, he served as Sunday School Superintendent.

He graduated from Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama in 1912, with a degree in civil engineering. Among his career experiences include teaching and principalship in Public School from 1936-1966. He served as teacher of the Cedar Lake School from 1936-1942, at which time he was promoted to principalship, a position he held until 1952. When the Cedar Lake School consolidated with the Van Vleck School District in 1952, Joel Williams transferred to O. H. Herman School where he taught mathematics until his retirement.

Among his accomplishments include receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from Tuskegee University, he was especially proud of being taught by George Washington Carver, and sharing his school years with Booker T. Washington. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship, and also was the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service to the Cedar Lake Community. He was a member of the Retired Teacher's Association and a member of the Gulf Coast Masonic Lodge #272.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Faye Woodard, Mrs. Wilhelm Moye and Mrs. Girtha Woodard, all of Cedar Lake, and Mrs. Tena Simien of Sweeny. Also one son, Augustus Williams, Sr. of Houston. He leaves also a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and also a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives, and a family of many, many friends.

Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Clarinda Gee Williams, February 5, 1964, and two sons, Ralph Williams, December 19, 1974, and Joel Williams, Jr., August 21, 1977.

Active pallbearers include his grandsons Tracy Simien, Arthur Williams, Augustus Williams, Jr., Christopher Williams, Danny Woodard and Horace Woodard, Jr. Honorary pallbearers include the Deacons and Elders of Bethlehem Christian Church.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home of Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, June 1995


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