Residents Buried in Other Cemeteries
Fawn Adams Blackwell, 85, of Bay City,
passed from this life on Saturday,
January 12, 2002.
She was born June 27, 1916 in Ganado,
Texas to John Henry Adams and Rachael
Ruth Weynedt Adams.
A lifelong resident of Matagorda County,
she lived for many years at Collegeport,
and resided in Bay City since 1980.
She was a member of the Apostolic
Pentecostal Church of Bay City.
She is survived by her daughter and
son-in-law, Jean and the Rev. Samuel R.
Starks of Bay City, Dean and Faye
Blackwell of Chandler, Texas;
daughter-in-law, Willene Blackwell of
Bay City; brothers, Lloyd Adams and wife
Irene of Angleton, Texas and Noel Adams
and wife Hollice of Alvin, Texas;
sister, Selina Williams and Ellen
Linscomb of West Columbia, Texas and
Blanche Lonis and Sybil Carr of Alvin,
Texas; sisters-in-law, Allie Adams and
Annie Adams of Alvin, Irwon Jenson of
Palacios, Texas, Geneva Jenson of Sugar
Land, Texas and Betty Blackwell of Bay
City; grandchildren, Robin Benton and
husband, James of Flower Mound, Texas,
Kristi Allison and husband Gene of
Naples, Fla., Shannon Blackwell of
Chandler, Texas, Greg Starks and wife
Michele of Austin, Regena Dumas and
husband John of Arlington, Texas; and by
her great-grandchildren, Jonathan
Starks, Matthew Starks, Andrew Dumas,
Bailey Benton and Brice Benton; her
special friends, Ann Reynolds and Nikki
Barker; and by numerous nieces and
nephews and a great host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Wade Blackwell; her son, Neil
Blackwell; her brothers, Van and Burt
Adams; by her parents, John and Rachael
Adams; and by her great granddaughter,
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Apostolic
Pentecostal Church in Bay City with the
Rev. Sam Starks and the Rev. Greg Starks
officiating. Interment will follow at
Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.
Pallbearers will be Shannon Blackwell,
Greg Starks, John Dumas, Kenneth
McKissick, George Agnew and James
Starks. Honorary pallbearers are Don
Steele and Wyatt Ashcraft.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros.
She was loved and will be missed by all
who knew her. The family offers a very
special thanks to all of her care givers
and staff at the Legacy. Your dedication
to fulfilling her needs has been
outstanding. May the blessings of the
Lord be with each of you.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Thomas Bryant Clark, born Oct. 1, 1912
in Collegeport, [Matagorda County] TX,
died at his home in Santa Ana, CA on
June 15, 2006. He came to Santa Ana in
1926 with his parents and two younger
brothers. As a graduate of Santa Ana H.
S., Santa Ana College, and then USC in
1933, Tom began working for Inland
Transportation Corp in 1935, a local
agricultural carrier in Orange, CA, as
asst. manager and an officer of the
company. In 1958 he began his own
practice as a management consultant to
motor carriers, which he continued until
1997. He was a member of both the state
and national trade associations for the
industry. Tom served as a member of
several boards: YMCA, Elks Lodge, elder
of First Presbyterian Church in Santa
Ana, Orange County Orchid Society and
various other organizations. He served as
District Governor of Lions Clubs
International and President and founding
member of Southern California Lions Eye
Institute. The extent of his work in
Lions Clubs for 68 years led him to be
known as "the grand old man of Lions."
Beloved by his family, Tom was married
to Barbara for 57 years until she died
in 1990. He is survived by his children,
Richard (Santa Ana) and Ruth Ann
(Richmond, CA), seven grandchildren and
seventeen great-grandchildren. A
celebration of Tom's life will be held
at Ebell Society, 625 N. French St.,
Santa Ana, 92701, on Sat., June 24 at
11:00 a.m. The family requests that in
lieu of flowers, donations be made to
the Southern California Lions Eye
Institute, P. O. Box 1679, Costa Mesa,
Orange County Register, Orange County, California,
June 22, 2006
PALACIOS -- Henry Collins, 68, of Palacios, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002.
He was born Feb. 22, 1934, in Collegeport, to Cynthis Collins and Andy
Campbell. He was a retired diesel mechanic for Alcoa and Dow Chemical
Survivors: son, Henry Collins, III of Houston; brothers, Harry Collins
and Rev. Myron Campbell, both of Houston, Andy Campbell, III. of Los
Angeles, Calif., Carrol Campbell of Charlotte, N.C. and Ernest Campbell
of Paramount, Calif.
Visitation will be 9 p.m. tonight at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home
Services will be 1 p.m. at West Palacios Church of God of Prophecy, the
Rev. Roosevelt Ellis and Elder Eric Young, officiating. Burial will be
at Palacios Cemetery. Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City.
THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE. March 1, 2002
Dorothy Ann Corporon
December 19, 1927 - January 29, 2015
Dorothy Ann Corporon, 87, of Collegeport, Texas, passed away January 29,
She was born December 19, 1927, in Gulf Port, Mississippi to the late
Alfred Kux and Evelyn Daniel Kux. She was a member of the Palacios
Church of Christ and the VFW Post 2467 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Percy Corporon, in 2006.
Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Carolyn Corporon of Snyder, TX;
sons, Allen Neal Corporon and wife Linda of Liberty Hill, TX and Kenneth
Duane Corporon of Collegeport; grandchildren, Brett Allen Corporon,
Nicole Corporon, Jannet Scarlet and husband Shannon, Jennifer Pruitt and
husband Kyle, Carl Anderson and wife Monica, Robert Nitsch, and Jaclyn
Dillard; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Pruitt, Lisa Huston and Marc
Friends called at the funeral home beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, February
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015, at the
Palacios Funeral Home with Bro. Peter Marsh officiating.
Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012.
Bay City Tribune,
February 4, 2015
Dorothy Maxine Corporon, 91, of
Collegeport, TX died January 10, 2004 at
Wesleyan Nursing Home in Georgetown, TX.
She was born August 11, 1912 in Baraboo,
WI to the late Alonzo and Anna Schubring
Crane. Mrs. Corporon was a resident of
Collegeport most of her life, before
moving to Georgetown in Oct. of 2001,
and was a member of the First
Presbyterian Church of Collegeport where
she was the church pianist for some 75
Survivors include: daughter and
son-in-law: Joy and Robert Keszler of
Georgetown; 4 sons and daughters-in-law:
Eugene and Vadis Corporon of Kingsland,
Roy and Pam Corporon of Cuero, Weldon
and Carolyn Corporon of Seguin, TX, and
Russell and Janice Corporon of Palacios;
niece: Judy Lewis and her husband Dick
of Baraboo, WI; 15 grandchildren, 31
great-grandchildren and 2
great-great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband R. L.
Corporon and two brothers, Alvin and
Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM
Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at the
Palacios Funeral Home with Revs. Janell
and Andy Blair officiating. Interment
will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons. The
family will receive friends at the
Palacios Funeral Home Monday evening
from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Memorials may
be made to the First Presbyterian Church
of Collegeport. Arrangements with
Palacios Funeral Home [Matagorda County,
Texas]. (361) 972-2012.
The Victoria Advocate, January 12, 2004
Minnie L. Keeler Corse
The shade of sorrow was drawn across our community Monday and all mourn
the passing of one of our most prominent figures. No person can live in
a community twenty-two years and all that time be an important figure in
every civic work and not be missed and mourned. Minnie L. Keeler was
born in Montpelier, Vt., March 2, 1862. Seth W. Corse was born in the
northern part of the same state close to the Canadian border. Time
passed and they met, loved and were married October 15, 1885. For some
twenty years, they made their home in Montpelier and finally removed to
Collegeport where they have since resided. For forty-seven years, Minnie
and Seth have together walked the paths of life. Roses richly laden with
the perfume of joy and happiness have been plucked along the path.
Thorns have pricked at times as a reminder that life is not all
pleasure, but the path widened, flowers grew more abundantly, the
perfume of the joy and peace that comes with the fading years was theirs
in an abundant measure and so this day when Seth Corse has come to the
parting of the way, he may truly say that in the possession of this
woman and his life with her God has been lavish in His blessings. All I
can say after a friendship lasting all these years is a prayer that God
will receive into His loving care the soul of Minnie and that He will
watch over and hold close and enrich the soul of Seth who is left to
finish the journey.
This union was blessed with four children,
but two of them passed away early in life. The two daughters living are
Mrs. Charles E. Duller (Lena) of Blessing and Mrs. Major Lincoln Putman
(Pearl) of the U. S. army stationed at Manila, P. I. Ever since coming
to this community, Mrs. Corse has been an active participant in every
civic movement. She was a charter member of the Woman's Club and served
several terms as president. Past president of the County Federation of
Women's Clubs, delegate to the district conventions and delegate of the
state conventions. She was one of the women who organized the club
library and was faithful in her interest in that work until her last
day. She was also active in church and Sunday School work. Several years
ago, President Coolidge appointed her postmaster of the local office and
as such has given us splendid postal service. Always a leader in these
efforts, she was ever ready to advise with her associates and act as the
majority deemed best for the community.
With the passing of Minnie L. Corse, this
community has lost a dependable leader, so no wonder that we all mourn.
The funeral service was held in Blessing at the home of Mrs. Charles
Duller, with Reverend Ray of Palacios reading the service. The only
music was the singing of her favorite song Tennyson's "Crossing the
Bar." This was at her request. Something like forty autos brought
friends from all portions of the county and they came with hearts filled
with sorrow and sympathy. Interment was in the Palacios cemetery.
Requiscat in peace.
Whose sudden visitations daze the world,
Vanish like lightning, but they leave behind
A voice that in the distance far away
Wakens the slumbering ages."
--Sir H. Taylor.
Jerry Ellis, 57, of Houston died August
31, 2002 at Methodist Hospital in
He was born September 20, 1944 in
Brownwood, TX to William L. and Rosalie
Mae Nelson Ellis.
Mr. Ellis was a resident of Houston the
past year and a former longtime resident
of Bay City and Collegeport. He was a
member of the Collegeport Presbyterian
On November 16, 1962 he joined the U.S.
Navy, and on December 4, 1964 he
received an honorable discharge so he
could donate one of his kidneys to his
Survivors include: wife, Dollee Collier
Ellis of Houston; mother, Rosalie Ellis
of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law,
Leisa and Jack McLeod of League City;
two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ritchie
Ellis of Houston and Dee and Dawn Ellis
of Texas City; two brothers and
sisters-in-law, Tommy and Pat Ellis of
Palacios, and Jesse and Rebekah McLeod;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his
father, W. L. Ellis, and his brother,
Graveside funeral service was held
Monday, September 2, 2002, at the
Palacios Cemetery with the Rev. Andy
Arrangements were with Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home. A00014B2002SP04
The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, Sep 04, 2002
Mae Nelson Ellis
Oct. 22, 1917 - March 13, 2006
Rosalie Mae Nelson Ellis was born at the
Nelson home on October 22, 1917 to Roy
and Carrie Belle Nelson.
She died March 13, 2006 in Bay City. She
graduated from Collegeport High School
in 1935 and from Southwest Texas State
Teacher's College in 1940.
Rosalie taught a total of 25 years in
Richards, Bay City, and Palacios
Schools. She married W. L. Ellis on
October 5, 1947 and was a lifelong
member of Matagorda County.
She was preceded in death by her
parents, her husband, and two sons
Gilbert Ellis and Jerry Ellis.
Survivors include: two sons and three
daughters-in-law, Jesse and Carolyn
Ellis of Collegeport, Tommy and Pat
Ellis of Palacios; and Dollee Ellis of
Bacliff, Texas; one sister, Ethel
Williams of Bay City; 10 grandchildren,
16 great grandchildren, two great, great
grandchildren, and a number of nieces
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m.
Thursday at the First Presbyterian
Church in Palacios with the Revs. Andy
and Janell Blair officiating. Interment
will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Thomas Holsworth,
Mason Holsworth, Russell Corporon, Buddy
Lenz, G. W. Franzen and Fred Law.
Memorials may be made to the charity of
your choice. Online condolences may be
sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net.
Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral
Bay City Tribune, Published March 15, 2006
Otto Heinrich Gabelman
O. H. Gabelman, 93, an old timer of Collegeport, died Thursday. He came
to Collegeport in 1909 and lived here until recently when he went to
live with a niece in League City. Burial services were held in League
Palacios Beacon, April 4, 1963
Galveston Memorial Park - Courtesy of Find A Grave
Volunteer Floyd Lanny Martin #47610184
Funeral services for Otto Gabelman, 92, will be held
at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Jack H. Rowe funeral home, with the Rev.
James Abington, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Galveston Memorial Park cemetery,
Mr. Gabelman died at 7 a. m. Tuesday in the home of
his great-niece, Mrs. Sam Hays of 3114 Edgewood street, League City.
Mr. Gabelman was born April 17, 1870, in Lincoln,
Kansas. He was a retired rice farmer and had been a resident of League
City for the past year and a half. He was a former resident of
Collegeport Fort [Collegeport], Texas, for 30 years.
He was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include two brothers, Robert Gabelman of
Salina, Kansas; and Chris Gabelman of Oregon; nieces, nephews and other
Galveston Daily News, March 28, 1963
Goff Dies Collegeport; Services Here
Funeral services for Mrs. Eva E. Goff,
83, wife of Frederick W. Goff of
Collegeport, were held at 4 p.m. today
at the Taylor Brothers funeral home.
Rev. George Gillespie of Collegeport and
Rev. Rollo L. Rilling officiated.
Interment was in the Hawley cemetery of
Mrs. Goff died at her home in
Collegeport at 2 p.m. Wednesday. She had
been a resident there for 24 years.
Surviving besides her husband are a
daughter, Mrs. Nelle Burnett of
Sweetwater, Ill.; a son, Homer F. Goff
of Houston; a sister Mrs. Ada Wilbanks
of Palacios; seven grandchildren and
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Thursday, May 10, 1945
Original Settler Of Collegeport Dies In Houston
(From Bay City News)
An original settler of Collegeport,
John B. Heisey, 89, died in Houston last
The son of Dutch farmers, he was reared in
Pennsylvania during the Civil War era. As a young man he pushed west and
settled in Frankfort, Kansas, where he later married, farmed, and ran a
When the town of Collegeport, across the bay
from Palacios, was founded in 1909, the Heiseys came to Texas. They
farmed in Collegeport until Mr. Heisey’s health began to fail. In 1936
they went to Houston.
He was the oldest member of the West
University Methodist Church in Houston. When the new West University
church was built in 1939, Mr. Heisey turned the first spade of dirt at
Burial was held in the Woodland Garden of
Memories in Houston. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sara Luella Heisey,
and one son, Merrill L. Heisey, both of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Martha
Kierking of Topeka, Kansas, and one brother, Solomon B. Heisey of
The Palacios Beacon, June 26, 1947
Nancy Emma Hendrix
Mrs. Nancy Emma Hendrix, a resident of Collegeport, Texas, passed away
Sept. 6, 1948, at the Bayview General Hospital at the age of 78 years, 8
months and 6 days.
Mrs. Hendrix was born in Illinois December 31, 1869, but had made her
home in Texas for a number of years.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. F. A. Roesler of Collegeport; 15
grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren, besides a large circle of
Funeral services were held from the Palacios Funeral Home, Wednesday,
Sept. 8th at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Rayford B. Harris officiating. The
remains were taken to the Hawley cemetery near Blessing where interment
was made, the Palacios Funeral Home in charge.
Palacios Beacon, September 9, 1948
Warren C. Hendrix
Warren Carter Hendrix, 79, of Collegeport, and for many years a resident
of Louise, died in Nightingale Hospital early Sunday morning, Feb. 15,
following an illness of only a few hours.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock in the
Wheeler Funeral Chapel, El Campo, and interment was made in Hawley
cemetery, Blessing. Pall bearers were cowboy friends and neighbors from
Rev. Jno. L. Shepherd, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Angleton,
and former pastor of the Louise Baptist Church, conducted the last rites
and was assisted by Rev. R. W. Whetsel, present pastor of the Louise
Mr. Hendrix was converted and joined the Baptist church at an early age,
and was a member of the Louise Church twenty years.
Deceased was born in 1869. A native Texas, he followed farming and
ranching as his profession. On August 12, 1887, he was married to Miss
Emma Temple and their sixty one years of marriage were marked with
congeniality and understanding.
They were the parents of five children, all of whom had preceded their
father in death, except one daughter, Mrs. Fred Roessler of Collegeport.
Survivors other than Mrs. Hendrix, also include 16 grandchildren and 15
great grand children.
Mr. Hendrix' friends were many as was attested to by the great floral
tribute; and by the number who traveled some distance to pay their
respect to a steadfast friend and neighbor.--El Campo Citizen.
Palacios Beacon, February 26, 1948
Frank A. King
Frank Alva King, a resident of Matagorda
County for more than 40 years, and well known cattleman, died at his
home near Collegeport, Sunday morning.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon
at 3 o'clock at the Matchett-Newman Funeral Home in Bay City with Rev.
George F. Gillespie, of Palacios, officiating. Burial was at Cedarvale
Cemetery and a large crowd was in attendance. Mr. King was born July 10,
1875, and died October 10, 1943, age 68 years, 3 months.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter,
Mrs. Frances Barton, West Columbia; three sons, F. H. King, U. S. Navy,
Abel and Fred King, Collegeport; two brothers, Bob King, Houston, and
Bowie King, Pasadena; two sisters, Mrs. Marion Countess and Mrs. Frank
Wooley, Freeport, and three grandchildren.
The Palacios Beacon, Thursday,
October 14, 1943
Kundinger, 79, Dies Saturday
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon
for Mrs. Hattie May Kundinger, 79, of Collegeport, who passed away in
the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo on Saturday.
She was born October 18, 1884, in Iowa and
had been a resident of Collegeport since 1909. She was a retired
postmistress of the Collegeport Post Office and was a member of the
First Presbyterian Church of that city.
Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m.
from the First Presbyterian Church with interment in the Palacios
Cemetery with Rev. Richard stone officiating.
Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Jack Wolf
of Coldy, Kansas; one step-sister, Mrs. J. E. Wood of Woodsboro, Texas,
one nephew, Wilbur Moore and one niece, Mrs. Burr D. DeWald.
Pallbearers were Dean Merck, R. L. Corporon,
Gustave Franzen, Gerry Wells, Thomas Holsworth, Billy Halfen, Verner
Bowers and Robb Wells.
The Daily Tribune, May 25, 1964
Mr. Jeremiah Lashbrook, age 63 years 4 months 11 days passed away at
the family residence in Collegeport, Texas Saturday night.
Mr. Lashbrook is survived by his wife, Mrs. Reasie M. Lashbrook,
five daughters, Jeana May, Beulah Minerva, Maude Elizabeth, Betty
Jane and Emma Geraldine Lashbrook of Collegeport, Texas; mother,
Mrs. S. E. Lashbrook; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Wells and Mrs. Chas.
Meran and one brother, Mr. Fred Lashbrook, all of Beardtown, Ill.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence in Collegeport
Monday afternoon of three o’clock with Rev. Rolo Rilling, pastor of
the First Christian Church, Bay City, Texas, officiating. Burial
will be at Hawley Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in charge of
November 30, 1942
Milford Austin Liggett
August 31, 1923 - June 29, 2014
Milford Austin Liggett, age 90, passed away on
June 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas. He was born on August 31, 1923 in
Collegeport, Texas to Lester E. and Agnes E. Liggett. Milford
graduated from high school in Blessing, Texas in 1940, and continued
on to attend college at Texas A&I College, which is now Texas A&M
University at Kingsville. During his time in college, in the year
1942, after Pearl Harbor, he was enlisted to the U.S. Army Air
Corps. Milford served his country, flying B-24s, until February
1946. After returning from the military he became employed with
Sears Roebuck & Company. He was employed there from 1947 to 1978.
Milford retired from Sears Roebuck as a Store Manager, and enjoyed
the retired life. He spent his days golfing, playing with friends,
Milford married Rose Parten on April 15, 1944 and they spent 70
wonderful years of marriage together. She is left behind to cherish
his memory. Milford is also survived by his daughter, Janice R.
Liggett and son, Keith W. Liggett. The family will receive friends
on July 3, 2014 at 1pm, and a graveside service will be held
immediately following. All services will be held at Forest Park
Lois Blake Keller Maher, 98, formerly of
Sweeny, passed away February 6, 2009. She was born November 28, 1910
in Collegeport, TX to the late Roy E. Coffin and Alma McSparran
Coffin. Lois was a member of the First United Methodist Church in
Sweeny and was the organist there for many years.
Her husbands, Ludwin Keller & Johnny
Maher, and daughter Sue Keller all preceded her in death. Survivors
include: sons & their wives Kerry & Earline Keller of Port Lavaca,
and Rex & Exa Mae Keller of Sweeny; cousin Jean Barrow & husband Mac
of Alvin; grandsons Craig, Lane, Keith & Brad Keller; 9 great
grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 11:00
AM Monday, February 9, 2009 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with Rev.
Sherry Crenshaw officiating.
Bay City Tribune, February 4,
Elve Merck Martin
Graveside services for Elve Merck
Martin, 90, of Houston are scheduled for 10 a. m. Friday at the
Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with Dean
Mrs. Martin was born Feb. 26, 1903 in
Oklahoma Territory and died Nov. 2, 1993 at Treemont Health Care Center
Residing in Houston most of her life,
she devoted her time and energy to family, friends, the Houston PTA and
the Broadmoor Christian Church.
Survivors include a son, Jerry K.
Martin of Nashua, N. H.; eight grandchildren, Stephen Craig Martin of
Corpus Christi, Gary Keith Martin of Fremont, Calif., M. Jack Martin III
of Austin, Marla Martin Garcia of Clear Lake, Jennifer and Jamie Martin
of Pearland, Lee Martin Pavach of Ann Arbor, Mich., Steven Kincaid
Martin of Barringotn, R. I. and nine great-grandchildren, Rory and Lydia
Pavach, Katherine and Amanda Martin, Nicholas Martin, Maclean Martin,
Erin Garcia and Elissa and Conner Martin and by a brother, Dean Merck of
Pallbearers are her grandsons, Lt. USN
Stephen Craig, M. Jack Martin III and Gene Garcia and her nephews, Dean
Merck Jr., John M. Merck, Patrick W. Mahurin Sr. and Patrick W. Mahurin
She was preceded in death by her
husband M. Jack Martin in 1965 and by a son, M. Jack Martin Jr. in 1986.
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home in Bay City.
November 4, 1993
Dean Eanes Merck
Dean Eanes Merck, 89, of Collegeport,
passed away Wednesday, January 22, 1997 at the Palacios Bay Nursing and
Rehab Center, Palacios, TX. He was born July 20, 1907 in Independence,
Okla. to Baulser V. Merck and Sadie Moore Merck. He came to Collegeport,
with his parents, two brothers and five sisters in September 1909. He
attended school in Collegeport, was an active athlete, and enjoyed
playing baseball. It was not uncommon to hear “Home Run, Deanie Boy!”
when he played on the Palacios baseball team. He enjoyed flying and
piloted his own airplane, until he was not able to renew his pilot’s
license due to heart trouble. He was an active member of the First
Presbyterian Church of Collegeport where he was an Elder and Sunday
School Teacher. As Chairman of the Building Committee, he directed the
construction of the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall. He was recognized
by his church for his 40 years of active service on the Session. He was
also chairman of the Mopac House Foundation and an active member of the
Collegeport Volunteer Fire Department, which was organized around his
dining room table. He began his farming career farming cotton and later
began farming rice in 1938. He enjoyed farming and was named Matagorda
County’s 1976 Rice Farmer of the Year by the Bay City Chamber of
Commerce. He was also a member of the Matagorda County Historical
Commission and served as a Director of the Matagorda County Museum. He
was a member of the Matagorda County Historical Society. At the 1992
Heritage Day Celebration, Dean E. Merck was presented a plaque,
dedicated to an Outstanding 20th Century Pioneer, by the
Matagorda County Historical Society. He was also a member of the Hawley
Cemetery Association in Blessing. He is survived by his wife of 64
years, Dorothy F. Merck, a son and daughter-in-law, Dean F. and Nelda
Merck of League City, by his grandsons, Mark Merck and his wife Cathy,
Russell Merck and his wife Hayes, and Galen Merck. He is also survived
by his great grandchildren, Danyelle Merck and Matthew Merck and by a
host of family and friends. Funeral services will be held 2 p. m.
Saturday, January 25, at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.
Dave Gallaher officiating. Interment will follow at
Hawley Cemetery, in Blessing.
Pallbearers will be Mark Merck, Russell Merck, Galen Merck, G. W.
Franzen, Derril Franzen and Wesley Franzen. Arrangements are with Taylor
Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX.
January 24, 1997
DEAN F. MERCK
Mr. Dean F. Merck, 68, passed away in a
local hospital, Saturday, September 22,
A resident of League City, he was raised
in Collegeport, Texas, a small farming
community outside of Bay City.
Dean was a graduate of The University of
Houston and worked for the Texas
Department of Highways and Public
Transportation as a Civil Engineer.
Survivors include: wife, Nelda Merck of
League City; mother, Dorothy Merck of
Bay City; sons and their wives, Mark and
Cathy Merck of Collegeport, Russ and
Hayes Merck of Cromwell, CT, Galen Merck
of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Danyelle
and Matthew Merck.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, September 24, 2001 in the Jack
Rowe Funeral Home. Services will be held
at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2001
in Friendswood "Friends" Church with
interment to be held at 2 p.m. in the
Hawley Cemetery, Bay City [Blessing].
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, September 25, 2001
Dorothy Merck, 94, of Collegeport died
April 8, 2002 at Matagorda House Nursing
Home. She was born July 25, 1907 to the
late Gustav Albert and Ellen Augusta
Blandlund Franzen. Mrs. Merck was a
member of the Collegeport Presbyterian
Church and a longtime resident of
Survivors include: daughter-in-law Nelda
Merck of League City; brothers, Alex
Franzen of Collegeport and James Franzen
of Pearl River, La.; three
grandchildren, Mark Merck and wife Cathy
of Collegeport, Russell Merck and wife
Hayes of Cromwell, Conn., and Galen
Merck of League City; two great
grandchildren, Danyelle and Matthew
Merck both of Collegeport. She was
preceded in death by her husband Dean E.
Merck; by son, Dean F. Merck; sisters,
Mamie Wells and Emma Bryan; brothers,
Clifford, Gustave "Goose" and Arnold
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday,
April 11, 2002, at Taylor Bros. Funeral
Home with the Reverends Andy and Janell
Blair officiating. Interment will follow
at Hawley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark, Russell, and
Galen Merck, G. W., Derril, and Wesley
Franzen. Honorary pallbearer will be
Matthew Merck. The family will receive
friends Wednesday evening from 5 to 7
p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Collegeport
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home. A00014B2002AR10
THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Final Rites Today For John M. Merck,
Funeral services for John Merck, Sr.,
who died suddenly Tuesday noon, July 8, at his home in Collegeport, will
be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, July 10 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in
Bay City, conducted by Rev. A. T. Dyal.
Interment will be in the
July 10, 1958
Henry Griffin Roe, Jr., 64, of
Collegeport passed away January 4, 2004
at his residence. He was born November
19, 1939 in Pasadena, Texas to Henry
Griffin Roe, Sr. and Flora Elvora
Griffin Roe. He had been a resident of
Matagorda County since 1983 and owned
and operated Matagorda Sales.
He is survived by: three daughters,
Vulinda Kay Roe of Bay City, Ronda Ann
Davis of Houston and Cynthia Denise
Kennedy of Tomball, by one son, Henry
Griffin Roe, III of Dallas, and by one
sister, Penny Looney of Houston; nine
grandchildren, Chad, Pamela, Cody, Henry
Justin, Crystal, Alyssa, Michelle,
David, and Morgan and by a great
The family will receive friends and
family at the funeral home from 6- 8pm
Wednesday, January 7, 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 1 pm
Thursday, January 8, 2004 at Taylor
Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ed
Webber officiating. Private burial will
be held at a later date.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home in Bay City.
The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Born August 8, 1910
Died January 16, 2006 at the age of 95
Frances was born in Kansas City,
Missouri, to Harley and Linnette Halfen.
She grew up as one of seven children in
Texas and went to high school in San
Antonio, where she met the love of her
life, Francis Irving Savage. They
married May 28, 1930 in San Antonio,
boarded a train for Collegeport, Texas
and began their life together. A few
years later, they moved to Bay City
where they raised their two sons and saw
their family grow to include seven
grandchildren, sixteen great
grandchildren, and three great great
grandchildren. They were an integral
part of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and
served their Lord in many ways. During
their life together, both were involved
in raising cattle, growing rice, and in
many civic activities. Frances was a
member of the Chautauqua Club, the Study
Club, Book Review, Garden Club and the
Bay City Art League. She volunteered
countless hours as a member of the
Matagorda General Hospital Pink Ladies
Frances was preceded in death by her
husband, Francis: her parents, Harley
and Linnette Mae Halfen; her sisters,
Erma Pennell, Jane Johnson, and Vera Mae
Bradley; and brothers Jack Halfen and
Billy Halfen. She is survived by one
sister, Mary Ann Jackson of Pearland.
Frances will be lovingly remembered by
Harley Stewart Savage and wife, Jane of
Francis Irving Savage, Jr. and wife,
Diane of Wimberly
Suzanne and Bruce Grover
Debra Ann & David Shield
Diana and Buzzy Romine
Stewart and Tami Savage
Kirby and Kerry Savage, all of Bay City
Francis Savage III and Jennifer Savage
of Ft. Worth
Gardner and Joy Savage of Dallas
Her great grandchildren:
Jim and Allison Grover
Paul and Christy Grover
Michael and Kim Romine
Jennie and Keith Meyer
Matthew and Katie Murray
Her great great grandchildren: Luke
Meyer, Karsyn Murray, and Kolbe Murray.
Funeral services will be held at St.
Mark's Episcopal Church in Bay City at
10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2006.
Pallbearers will be her great grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be her great
granddaughters. Burial will be at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the Memorial
Fund at St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
2200 Avenue E., Bay City, TX 77414.
Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral
Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.
Bay City Tribune, January 18, 2006
JAMES WILLIAM SHUEY
James William Shuey
James William Shuey died Monday evening at
about eight o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Della Braden.
"Uncle Will," as he was known to all his
friends, had been confined to his bed for about two months due to a
He was a native of Nebraska, and came to
Texas in 1909 to make his home.
Deceased is survived by two sisters, Mrs.
Della Braden of Blessing, and Mrs. Nelson of Collegeport; a brother in
Oklahoma; a niece, Mrs. A. R. Matthes, and a nephew, Paul Braden.
Funeral services were held in the Taylor
Bros funeral home in Palacios, Tuesday evening at four o'clock with Rev.
Gillespie officiating. The active pallbearers were Robert Thorp, Tick
Pierce, Albert White, Paul Wheeler, B. B. and Brownie Rhodes.
Among those attending the funeral were Mr.
and Mrs. C. E. Vawter and Tom Hale of Bay City, Mrs. Hugh Thompson of El
Campo, Mrs. Harry Cowger of Clemville, Misses Bernice and Jack Williams
of Markham. Blessing Correspondent
James William Shuey, was born near Nebraska City, Neb., Jan 7, 1873, and
passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. Della Braden, in Blessing,
Texas, Oct. 12, 1936, aged 63 years, 9 months and 5 days.
Mr. Shuey moved with his parents to Kansas
in 1878. He came to Texas in 1909 and continued to make this state his
home, and was well and favorably known in the Blessing and Collegeport
communities. Besides the sister, Mrs. Braden, where he made his home for
some time, he is survived by one other sister, Mrs. Roy Nelson, of
Collegeport, one brother, S. P. Shuey, of Booker, Tex. He had been in
failing health for some time and confined to his bed for the past two
Funeral services were held at the Palacios
Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. G. F. Gillespie,
assisted by M. A. Travis, of Alamo, Texas, an old friend of the family.
Burial was made in the Palacios Cemetery under the direction of the
Palacios Funeral Home.--Palacios Beacon.
It is hard at a time like this to express our feelings and our thoughts
in writing. Anything said or written would not be sufficient to fill the
place of a person so beloved by all his relatives and friends, and so we
can only try in our own inadequate way to express our sympathies to
those so bereaved at this great loss.
Will Shuey was "Uncle Will" to everyone,
young or old. When the occasion demanded, he was just as young as the
youngest or just as old and severe as the hoariest. In his long illness
he was always cheerful, ready to joke and laugh with any of his bedside
visitors, and though the last days of his life were spent indoors, he
made the most of it. He set an enviable example for those of us who
perhaps fear illness, and though a poor consolation, we are all thankful
that his passing was so very painless.
The memory of a man such as this is not
easily erased from the minds of those who knew him so well, and we
always will be able to recall the days when he was just old "Uncle
will," ready for anything and a real, "sure 'nuff" friend.--Blessing
The Matagorda County Tribune,
Thursday, October 29, 1936
Bobbye Ruth Ware Slone, born January 4,
1931 in Collegeport, Texas passed away
September 19, 2004 in Austin.
A resident of Bay City for almost 20
years, she was know as "Miss Bobbye" of
the Avenue F Stanley Store during the
Mrs. Slone was preceded in death by her
husband of 49 years, Rev. J. C. Slone,
Jr., her parents, Bessie Mae and R. C.
Ware, Sr., her brother, Jimmy Mack Ware
and her sister, Annie Belle Dunn Rector.
Mrs. Slone is survived by: her brother,
R. C. Ware, Jr. and sister-in-law Tina
Hall Ware of Houston; her son, Jerry
Wayne Slone and daughter-in-law Carla
Shimek Slone of Austin; her son James
Clyde Slone also of Austin; her
daughter, Mary Slone Shiloh and
son-in-law Michael Kelly Shiloh of
Houston; and two granddaughters, Kelly
Slone Shiloh and Caroline Michele Shiloh
Mrs. Slone was a member of First Baptist
Visitation will be held at Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home, Friday, September 24, 2004
from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Funeral services
will be held at 10 am Saturday,
September 25, 2004 at Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home in Bay City with Pastor
Eric Klimpel of St. Peter Lutheran
Church officiating. Interment will
follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.
Honorary pallbearers are Chester
Corporon, Laddie J. Nemec, Earl Adams,
E. M. Huitt, Fred Huitt and Donald
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home in Bay City.
The Bay City Tribune, September 22, 2004
MATAGORDA [Matagorda County, Texas] -
Lela LeCompte Smith, 85, of Matagorda,
died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003.
She was born Dec. 31, 1917, in
Collegeport, to the late Joseph M.
"Pete" and Lillie Bell Ryman LeCompte.
She was a retired grocery store clerk
for Parsutt's Grocery. She was a member
of the VFW Post 4459 Ladies Auxiliary
and a charter member of the First
Baptist Church of Matagorda.
Survivors: daughters, Lillie Mae Orr of
Matagorda and Patsy Cartwright of
Elkhart; sons, George "Sonny" Armstrong
of Matagorda, Earl Armstrong Jr. of
Centerville and Jesse Lee Smith Jr. of
Bay City; 15 grandchildren; numerous
great grandchildren; and numerous
Preceded in death by: husband, Jesse Lee
Smith Sr.; daughters, Lela Erlene
Armstrong and Jessica Smith; parents;
sisters, Ethel Soloman and Roslie
Stringham; brothers, Joseph "Joe"
LeCompte and Jack LeCompte;
granddaughter, Susan Elaine Cartwright;
and great-great grandson, Dakoda
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor
Bros. Funeral Home chapel.
Burial will be at Matagorda Cemetery.
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City,
The Victoria Advocate, January 11, 2003
Daisy Bullington Thompson, 89, of Markham, passed away at her home on
Wednesday, March 15, 2000.
She was born Oct. 16, 1910, in Madison County, Texas to the late David
L. & Minnie M. Bullington.
She was a longtime resident of Matagorda County, residing in Collegeport
She was a member of the Baptist Church and a member of the Markham Senior
She is survived by: daughter, Pat Whitmire of Markham; sister and
brother-in-law, Minnie "Tootsie" and Frank Gayle of Markham;
grandchildren, Bob Thompson, Sammy Thompson, Teddy Joe Whitmire II, and
Tami Jo Whitmire; and 10 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2000 at
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating.
Private Internment will be held at Hawley Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, 17 Mar 2000
Services Held Wednesday For
Funeral services were held Wednesday
afternoon at the Taylor Brothers Funeral
Home in Bay City for J. R. "Bob"
Thompson, Collegeport farmer, who was
found dead in Virginia last week with a
bullet in his head.
The services were held at 2:30 o'clock
and burial was in the Hawley Cemetery
Pallbearers were W. W. Wilkinson Jr.,
Vernon Bowers, Jimmy Norton, Arthur
Matthes, M. S. Holsworth and John Merck.
June 3, 1941, Newspaper Unknown
Mamie Wells, 86, of Collegeport, died March 1, 2000 at The Legacy. She
was born June 29, 1913 in Collegeport to the late Gustav Albert and
Ellen Agusta Bladlund Franzen.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport and a
lifelong resident of Collegeport.
Survivors include: two daughters-in-law, Mary Louise Tannner of Waco,
and Lynda and Buddy Lenz of Collegeport; son and daughter-in-law, Gerald
and Bettye Wells of Alleyton, Texas;. sister, Dorothy Merck of
Collegeport; brothers, Alex Franzen of Collegeport, James Franzen and
wife Ann of Pear River, La.; sister-in-law, Ida Mae Franzen of
Collegeport; grandchildren, Steve and Debbie Fitzpatrick, Alan
Fritzpatrick, Meloni and J. B. Cason, Traylor and Gena Lenz and Garrett
Lenz; great-grandchildren, Alan, Eric, Erin and Katie Fitzpatrick, Jason
Fitzpatrick and Cooper Cason; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs.
Wells was preceded in death by: her husband Gerald F. "Jerry" Wells,
Sr.; brothers, Arnold, Clifford, Gus, and Carl Franzen; and sister Ellen
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2000 at Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev's Andy and Jannel Blair and Dave
Gallaher officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport.
Pallbearers will be Steve and Alan Fitzpatrick, Traylor and Garrett
Lenz, J. B. Cason and G. W. Franzen. Honorary pallbearers will be
Session Members of Collegeport First Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Thursday, 02 Mar 2000
Robert Jay "Bob" Wilkinson, 84, of Bay City died September 22, 2000 at
the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton, Texas. Mr. Wilkinson was born
September 9, 1916 in Collegeport, Texas to the late Walter William and
Helen Lenora Gossett Wilkinson. He graduated from Bay City High School,
where he delivered the salutatory address for the class of 1934. In
1938, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree
in journalism. Mr. Wilkinson was elected to SIGMA DELTA CHI, a national
honorary and professional journalism fraternity. He worked on The Daily
Texan, the university newspaper, writing the first story about the UT
tower illuminated in orange following football victories.
Mr. Wilkinson played in local dance orchestras, the Bay City Municipal
Band, and was a member of the Longhorn Band at The University of Texas.
In 1938 he became sports editor and a news reporter for The Daily
Tribune. On December 28, 1939 he married Luceile Huebner, daughter of
Lillian Hurst and Marion Taylor Huebner, in the Presbyterian Church of
Bay City. On January 1, 1940, he became the editor of The Herald a
weekly Bay City newspaper.
With the development of WWII, Mr. Wilkinson joined the United States
Navy in 1943 and while stationed at the Corpus Christi Naval Training
Center, he was the editor of The Beam, the base newspaper. He left to
serve in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Lind, with the third and fifth
fleets, and at the war's end he was present at the Japanese surrender
ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.
Following, he served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. English, as part of the
occupation force in Japanese waters.
He received his honorable discharge from the Navy in February 1946, and
in June of that year published the first issue of the Bay City News.
Eleven years later, he sold the Bay City News to devote full time to the
oil business with his father.
The Business of W. W. Wilkinson and Sons was dissolved following his
father's death in 1968, and Wilkinson became an independent oil operator
and lease broker. His son, Robert J. "Bobby" Wilkinson joined him in
1977, becoming the third generation of Wilkinsons in the oil business.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a founding member of
the Bay City Country Club and Matagorda County Texas Exes, the Petroleum
Club of Houston, and several professional and civic organizations.
Survivors include wife, Luceile; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and
Peggy Wilkinson all of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and
Clayton Lake of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Malynn Ashcraft of
Broken Arrow, Okla., Clay Lake of Las Vegas, Nev., Chris Wilkinson and
Mindy Wilkinson both of Bay City; great grandchildren, Morgan Reber,
Maurice "Buddy" Ashcraft III and Sarah Ashcraft all of Broken Bow,
Okla., aunt, Jean Gossett of Salesville, Ohio; brother-in-law, Raleigh
Huebner of Bay City; sister-in-law Jean Huebner of Bay City; nephews,
Jack Wilkinson, Jr. of Houston, Kent Cummins of Elgin, Texas, Doug and
Bill Huebner of Bay City; nieces, Helen Fitch of Corpus Christi, Carol
Ann Bascom of Tucson, Ariz., Marion Lester of Fort Worth, Janet
Considine of Midland, and Jean Richardson of Bay City.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Cummins of Bay City;
brothers, John Paul Wilkinson of Midland and W. W. Wilkinson, Jr. of Bay
City; brothers-in-law, Robert Huebner of Palacios and M. T. Huebner of
Funeral Services were at 3 p.m. Monday September 25, 2000, at the First
Presbyterian Church in Bay City with the Rev. Allen Anderson
officiating. Internment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in
Van Vleck. Pallbearers were Chris Wilkinson, Clay Lake II, Clay Lake,
Jack Wilkinson, Darrell Hertel and Jack Conner. Memorials may be made to
the First Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000SP26
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, September 26, 2000