Don Gordon Burt, 46, of Sweeny, died
Wednesday, May 21, 2003.
He was born Wednesday November 21,
1956 in Bay City.
He is survived by: wife, Sharyl D.
Burt of Sweeny; father, Charles G.
Burt of Bay City; sister and
brother-in-law, Robbie and James
Johnson of Bay City; stepchildren,
Jeremy Aiken of Angleton, Jason and
Amanda Bridges of Angleton, Patricia
Bridges of Houston, Stephanie and
Scott Pearcy of Bastrop; three
grandchildren; one niece; one
nephew; numerous other relatives and
He was preceded in death by: mother,
Goldie Joines Burt.
Services were 10 a.m., Saturday May
24, 2003, at Baker Funeral Home
Chapel with Pastor Daniel Baugh
Visitation was Friday May 23, 2003
at 4-7 p.m. in West Columbia at
Baker Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was held at LaBauve Cemetery
in Francitas, Texas.
Pallbearers were Jeremy Aiken, Alvin
Biggers, Jason Bridges, Lewis
Longoria, Ronnie McLarty, Scott
Pearcy, Darrell Phillip, Luther
Honorary pallbearers were Paul
Alexander, Chris Arnold, Joe
Delgado, Cles King, Patrick Peck,
Victor Pedroza, Tim Shaddox.
Memorial contributions can be made
to Hospice Care Team or Brazosport
Arrangements were with Baker Funeral
The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, May 25, 2003
Violent Accidents Kill Three in
County Over The Weekend
Tot Killed in Palacios; Two Die in
Three violent deaths were recorded
in Matagorda County this weekend,
two by a violent headon traffic
accident about 9:20 p.m. Saturday in
which a woman and a man were killed,
and a tragic shooting accident which
took the life of a six-year-old
Dead from the traffic accident which
was about a mile west of the
Blessing underpass on Highway 35
were Mrs. Nellie Odom McGauthey, 20,
of Humble, who was killed instantly,
and Pete Carrillo, 22, of Francitas,
who died about 10 minutes after the
accident. Mrs. McGaughey was pinned
in the death car, a 1955 Ford, for
quite sometime before the body could
be removed. Carrillo, whose 1950
Ford was on Mrs. McGaughey's
side of the road at the time of the
terrific impact was thrown from the
car. He died before arrival of a
Taylor Brothers Ambulance.
Investigating officers of the
Saturday night traffic accident said
the wreck was a "perfect head-on
collision." in that both cars were
struck flush on the extreme front of
Both cars were badly crumpled with
the motor of the 1955 Ford driven by
Mrs. McGaughey, being driven back
into the front seat area, as was the
metal of the side rear of the 1955
Ford. The impact also jarred open
the turtle of Carrillo's 1950 Ford,
and tossed the jack of the car about
10 to 12 feet behind the car.
Traffic was slowed for the accident,
but not stopped for both cars were
on the left side of the highway as
one looked towards Bay City.
Mrs. McGaughey, who was enroute to
spend her first wedding anniversary
with her husband M. G. McGaughey on
Sunday, was driving east towards Bay
City at the time and Carillo was
driving west towards Blessing at the
time of the of the fatal accident.
The two traffic deaths were the
first recorded in Matagorda County
this year. State Highway Patrolman
Leonard Swan reported.
Later when the victim's husband Mr.
McCaughey arrived at the funeral
home in Bay City he told B. L.
Bickham, sheriff's deputy that his
wife's parents had 12 years ago died
in a similar tragic traffic
There were no skid marks on the
road, Officer Swan and others said
Mr. McGaughey is a driller for
Henderson Drilling Company, working
on a site at Blessing when the
accident occurred. He was residing
at the Blessing Hotel. The couple
had planned an anniversary
celebration for Sunday, which would
have marked the first anniversary of
The scene of the accident was on a
straight stretch of Highway 35 about
a mile west of the turns and
underpass at the junction of
Highways 35 and 71. The location was
about 15 miles from Bay City.
Justice of the Peace D. B. Hinton
rendered verticts of accidental
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Monday, April 29, 1957
FRANCITAS - Harold E. Crawford, 81, of Francitas, passed away on
Feb. 4, 2007.
He was born on Jan 1, 1926, in Rockwall to the late Jack E. Crawford
and Mary Annie Castell.
He is survived by his loving wife, Della Arboneau Crawford; sons,
James and wife Vicki Crawford of Francitas, and Marvin and Heidi
Crawford of Charlottesville, Va.; daughters, Sally Crawford of
Rockport and Kathryn Cantu of Aransas Pass; brother, Henry Crawford
of Bay City; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
All will miss him.
Arrangements under the direction of Oaklawn Funeral Home, Edna,
Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/6/2007.
Funeral services for Wanda Pearl
Crawford, 62, of Francitas, were
held Oct. 18, 2002 at Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home in Bay. The
Rev. George Tompkins officiated,
followed by interment at LaBauve
Cemetery in Francitas. She died Oct.
14 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in
A native of Lawton, Okla., she was
born May 6, 1940 to the late Larry
Warren and Lottie Drumgoole Gowan.
Mrs. Crawford was a resident of
Francitas the past 25 years and was
a member of the First Baptist Church
Survivors include her husband, Henry
Richard Crawford of Francitas; two
daughters and sons-in-law: Wanda
Marie and Bobby Thompson of El
Campo, and Frances Sue and Gabriel
Ramos of Corpus Christi; four sons
and daughters-in-law: Freddie Ray
and Sandra Gowan of Burkburnett,
Tex., Richard Eugene and Sonieca
Crawford of Three Rivers, Joseph and
Gay Crawford of Corpus Christi, and
Larry Warren and Pat Crawford of
Francitas; four sisters: Martha West
of Milan, Tenn., Marry Teeter of
Lawton, Okla., Virginia Ruckman of
Burkburnett and Sharon Hernandez of
Wichita Falls; two brothers, Larry
Gowan of Wichita Falls and Jerry
Gowan of Scottland, Tex.; 11
grandchildren and two
She was preceded in death by one
sister, Nancy Hernandez.
Pallbearers were Freddie Gowan,
Richard, Joseph and Larry Crawford,
Bobby Thompson and Gabriel Ramos.
The Palacios Beacon, October 24, 2002
Rev. Cockrum, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, conducted
last rites for Mrs. Karen Bolette Hansen Tuesday, August 31, at 3
p.m. at the Palacios Funeral Homes.
Mrs. Hansen was born June 27,
1867 in Denmark. She was married to the late Christian Hansen, who
preceded her in death last September 27. They lived in the
Deutschburg community for many years, moving to Palacios about seven
Mrs. Hansen died Saturday, August 28, at the Bayview General
Hospital. She was buried in the Palacios Cemetery.
She is survived by her step-daughter, Mrs. Marie Geffert of
Chicago and several nieces and nephews.
The Palacios Beacon, September 2, 1954
[former resident of Francitas]
Funeral services for Christian Hansen, 92, a long time resident
of this area, were held at the Palacios Funeral Home Tuesday,
September 29. Services were conducted by Rev. George E. Mancross,
Sr. Burial was in the Palacios Cemetery.
Hansen died at his home Sunday September 27, 1953 and was born in
Denmark on January 25, 1861. He had lived here for the past six
years after retiring from farming. He was a veteran of the
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Christene Hansen and one
daughter, Mrs. Marie Geffert of Chicago, Ill.
The Palacios Beacon, October, 1953
[former resident of Francitas]
(Obituary and picture courtesy of Annette Gutweniger)
FRANCITAS - Mary Jane Holloway, 72, of Francitas, passed away Feb.
10, 2007. She was born Nov. 22, 1934 to the late John Martin and
Mable May Smith Schillings. She was a former longtime resident of
Palacios and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Holloway of Francitas; daughter
Mable May Eggamore of Palacios; son Lloyd Holloway Jr. of Sandia;
sisters, Dorothy Ann Kraiser of Port Lavaca and Wanda Matura of
Collegeport; 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughters, Mary Ann Anderson and
Kathy Ann Holloway Loff.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 at the
Palacios Funeral Home, with Bro. Shan Jackson officiating. Interment
will follow at the Francitas Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios,
Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/12/2007.
FRANCITAS - Funeral services for Wheeler G. Joines, 67, of Francitas
will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson County Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be in the Joines Family Cemetery near LaWard, under
direction of Jackson County Funeral Home.
Mr. Joines was born July 11, 1906 in Jackson County and was a member
of the Church of Christ. He died Sunday morning in a Victoria
hospital after a brief illnes..
Surviving are two brothers, Robert of Francitas and Otis of Houston;
two half brothers, W. R. Joines of Francitas and James T. Joines of
Thompson; three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Moore of Beaumont, Mrs. Ruby
Carre of Vidor and Mrs. Sylvia Linton of Houston, and a half sister,
Mrs. Ettie [Etta] Gibbs of Bay City [Matagorda County].
The Victoria Advocate,
Funeral mass for Raymond William Koch, 58, of Palacios was held 10
a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with
the Rev. James Nischan officiating. Interment was at St. Peter’s
Catholic Cemetery in Blessing.
Mr. Koch died Sunday, May 12. He was born Nov. 15, 1943 in Francitas
to the late Johnnie L. and Edyth Lillie Capak Koch.
A resident of Palacios since 1952, he was a retired welder from
Alcoa Aluminum and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include his sister, Virginia Chipman of LaWard, and nieces
and nephews, Monica Dunn, Greg Chipman and Rhonda Lewis, all of
Pallbearers were David Koch, Richard Parrish, William Parrish, Keith
Boazman, Ronald Pokoyski and James Cepak. Honorary pallbearers were
Emil Kurtz and Bobby Koch.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Building
Fund, 1004 Magnusson St., Palacios, Tx 77465 or to Hospice Support
Care, 1102 N. Mechanic, Suite B, El Campo, Tx. 77437.
Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
THE PALACIOS BEACON,
May 15, 2002
FRANCITAS - Annie Mae Francis Long, 83, of Francitas, passed away
Feb. 5, 2007. She was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Francitas, to the late
William Walton and Jessie Fay Green Griffith. She was a bookkeeper
and a member of the Church of Christ in Francitas.
She is survived by: her daughter, Terry Mendieta; her grandchildren,
Joseph Nedbalek, Michael Nedbalek, and Dana Scott;
great-grandchildren, Kristina Marie Owens, Joseph Nedbalek Jr.,
Mercedes, Audie, and Andrew Scott; sisters, Susie Jalufka, Fay
and Melvina Nelson; brothers, Raymond Griffith, Sterling Griffith,
K.O. Griffith, and Ervin Griffith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland C. Long; parents;
infant sister; sister, Ethel Jane Tanner; and brothers, Vernon R.
Griffith, J. W. Griffith, and Mack W. Griffith.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at LaBauve Cemetery in
Francitas, Mr. Mike Griffith officiating.
Pallbearers are Ashly Jalufka, Willie Griffith, Barney Griffith,
Butch Griffith, Dwayne Griffith, David Sparks, Joseph Nedbalek, and
Honorary pallbearers are Johnnie Nedbalek Jr., Jayme Scott, and Alex
Memorials may be made to LaBauve Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 134,
Francitas, Texas 77961.
Grace Funeral Home, Victoria, 361-573-4341, in charge of
Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/8/2007.
Robert F. Long
FRANCITAS - Robert F. Long, 62, of
Francitas, died Friday, June 17, 2005. He was born June 23, 1942, in
Ganado, to Robert E. and Alice Jones Long. He was a truck driver for
Vulcan Materials of Helotes.
Survivors: daughters, Sherry Long of
Hephzibah, Ga. and Lynnette Lander of Dayton, Ohio; son, Robert E.
Long of San Antonio; sisters, Hilda Pendleton of Edna and Mary
Goodman of Bay City; five grandchildren; and two
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at
Triska Funeral Home, the Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating.
Burial will be at
Blessing [Matagorda County, Texas]. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo,
The Victoria Advocate, June 22,
Photo courtesy of Kristin Pendleton.
FRANCITAS—Michael Emory Magee Sr.,
29, of Francitas, died Saturday, July 15, 2000.
He was born Aug. 5, 1970, in Fort
Worth, to Carrol Dean Magee and Addelia Fitzgerald, both of
Francitas. He was a railroad switchman for Point Comfort Northern
Railroad and a member of First Baptist Church of Blessing.
Survivors: parents, wife, Teresa
Magee; daughter, Geniva Magee of Francitas; sons, Allen Magee and
Michael Magee Jr., both of Francitas; sisters, Beverly Harris of
Blessing and Jennifer Magee of Francitas; grandparents, Ethel Magee,
Minnie and Irwin Baggett, all of Midfield.
Preceded in death by: son, Darin
Guynes; grandfathers, Bob Fitzgerald and Emery Magee.
Services will be 2 p. m. Tuesday at
First Baptist Church in Blessing, the Rev. Steve LaFleur
Burial will be at
Hawley Cemetery. Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home, Bay City, (979) 245-4613.
July 17, 2000
The death angel again came into our midst on January 20th, 1934, and
called to our friend, Mr. John Martin of Francitas. As all who
suffer from long illness, Mr. Martin was ready, prepared and waiting
to go. He had been confined to his bed of suffering for nearly a
whole year with pulmonary tuberculosis and knew that his life must,
at any moment be laid down.
Last summer while Mrs. Cumby was conducting her meeting here, he was
converted. Later he was baptized by Bro. Elswick of LaWard and
became a member of the Pentacostal Church.
Up to this time he had been an honest, upright man and had a host of
Mr. Martin was born in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Jan. 14, 1882. He was
married 24 years ago to Miss Reda Carvell. They came to Texas
fifteen years ago and have been in midst ever since.
Besides his wife and two boys, Floyd and John Edward, he leaves one
sister here, Mrs. W. R. Joines.
To his loved ones we extend our deepest sympathy and wish to console
them by still calling them our friends and trying to help them over
the hard places in the road of life by real, true friendliness.
"Grieve not, we wish to say,
He is waiting over the way
He is where there's no pain nor sorrow,
He will meet you on the morrow."
Funeral services for Vonda S. Motes,
66, of Port Lavaca, were held April
15, 2006 at the First United
Methodist Church in Port Lavaca with
Rev. Carl Westbrook officiating.
Miss Motes was born Sept. 20, 1939
in Francitas, TX to the late William
Earl and Stella Ringo. She died
April 12, 2006.
She was a retired cook for the
Calhoun County ISD, and a member of
the Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughters
Sharlyn Goode of Port Lavaca, Joan
McAfee of Port Lavaca, and Karen
Williams of Victoria; and six
Pallbearers were Derek Goode, Tyler
McAfee, Donald McAfee, Damon
Williams, Terry Hargus, David
She was preceded in death by her
husband William “Sonny” Motes;
sisters Elsie Lee Plachy, Mary Bell
and Lararicia Kaye Vinigire; and
brother Calvin Meril Ringo.
The Palacios Beacon, April 19, 2006
FRANCITAS—Ermond Thord Phillips,
85, of Francitas, died Friday, July 14, 2000.
He was born Dec. 25, 1914, in
Thornton, to the late Sidney Vernon and Molley Taylor Phillips. He
was the owner-operator of Francitas Grocery and a member of the
First Baptist Church in Francitas.
Survivors: stepdaughter, Mildred
Powell of Horseshoe Bay; son, Keith E. Phillips of Francitas;
stepsons, Joe Taylor of Houston and Travis Taylor of San Antonio;
sister, Mildred Autry of Brazoria; brother, Homer Phillips of
Preceded in death by: parents,
wife, Ruby Phillips.
Services will be 4 p. m. Monday at
Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.
Burial will be at
in Blessing. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, (979) 245-4613.
July 16, 2000
Funeral services for Ruby Phillips,
80, of Francitas will be held 11 a. m. Thursday at Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ron Lynn presiding. Burial will be
Cemetery in Blessing.
Mrs. Phillips was born March 2,
1912 to Walter White and Mary Leona Swanner Bracewell and died May
26, 1992 at Matagorda General Hospital.
She was a member of Francitas
Baptist Church and a resident of Francitas for 35 years. Mrs.
Phillips was formerly of Tipton, La.
She is survived by her husband,
Ermond Thord “Buggie” Phillips of Francitas; a daughter and
son-in-law, Mildred Elane and Gerald Powell of Horseshoe Bay; three
sons and two daughters-in-law, Joe F. and Ruth Taylor of Houston,
Travis T. and Maryland Taylor of San Antonio and Keith E. Phillips
of Francitas; a brother, Raymond Bracewell of Bedias; four
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.
May 27, 1992
LOLITA - Eiland "E.C." Curtiss Wofford,
77, of Lolita passed away on Jan. 31, 2007.
He was born in Jackson County on Nov. 19, 1929, to the late
James Wilson and Arzella Collum Wofford. He was retired from
Alcoa after 32 years and was in the A/C and refrigeration
repair business for 20 years. He served his country in the
U.S. Army MP Division from 1951-1953.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Erma Ross,
Sammie Allen, and Barbara Joines; and brothers, Leon Elvie
Wofford, Lewis Avery Wofford, and Collis J. Wofford.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Nell Wofford of Lolita;
daughters, Linda Kay Kolar and husband, Jerry, of
Los Alamos, N.M., and Kathy Lynne McPeters and
husband, Rodney, of Bowie; grandchildren, Christopher Kolar
and wife, Rhonda, Chastity Kolar, and Kevin Pullen and wife,
Mandy; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Fisher Pullen.
Visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. tonight, Feb. 2, 2007, at the
Lolita Methodist Church.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb 3, 2007,
at the Lolita Methodist Church, the Rev. Gene Rice
Burial will follow at Red Bluff Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund of the donor's
Oaklawn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements,
Published in the Victoria Advocate