Francitas Obituaries
 

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 friends.

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 officiating.

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 Waldrip.

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 Cancer Center.

Arrangements were with Baker Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, May 25, 2003
 


Pete Carillo
Violent Accidents Kill Three in County Over The Weekend
Tot Killed in Palacios; Two Die in Auto Wreck

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 Palacios youth.

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 each vehicle.

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 accident.

There were no skid marks on the road, Officer Swan and others said Saturday night.

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 their marriage.

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 deaths.

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, 361-782-2221.

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 Houston.

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 of Palacios.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 years ago.

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]
 


Services Held For Christian Hansen

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 Spanish-American War.

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, 361-972-2012.

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, August, 1973
 


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 Palacios.

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 Cooke,
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 Michael Nedbalek.

Honorary pallbearers are Johnnie Nedbalek Jr., Jayme Scott, and Alex Mendieta.

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 arrangements.

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 great-grandchildren.

 

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Triska Funeral Home, the Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating.

 

Burial will be at  Hawley Cemetery in Blessing [Matagorda County, Texas]. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

 

The Victoria Advocate, June 22, 2005

 

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 officiating.

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, (979) 245-4613.

Victoria Advocate, 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 friends.

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."

A FRIEND
 

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 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Derek Goode, Tyler McAfee, Donald McAfee, Damon Williams, Terry Hargus, David Hernandez.

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 Blessing.

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 Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, (979) 245-4613.

Victoria Advocate, 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 at Hawley 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.

Daily Tribune, 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 officiating.

Burial will follow at Red Bluff Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund of the donor's choice.

Oaklawn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements, 361-782-2221.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/2/2007.