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Francitas, Jackson County, Texas


Z. M. Bryant

Mr. Z. M. Bryant died at his home near Blessing, Wednesday, June 15, 1932. He was born March 12, 1855, at Clinch Port, Va. He had been a resident of Texas since 1912, and made his home on a farm just west of Palacios a number of years prior to his moving to Blessing. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock and interment made in the cemetery west of Blessing [LaBauve Cemetery, Francitas, Jackson County, Texas].

Palacios Beacon, June 16, 1932

Charles "Sonny" Burt
June 14, 1934 - Aug. 6, 2008

Charles "Sonny" Burt, 74 of Horatio, Arkansas died at St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, Texas on August 6, 2008.

He was born June 14, 1934 in Bay City, Texas to Ed Kostner and Ruth Starling. He married Goldie Burt.

He is survived by daughter Robbie Burt; granddaughter, Deborah Wakefield; grandson, Dustin Wakefield; great granddaughters, Krista and Shanna Wells.

He was preceded in death by his son, Don G. Burt and wife, Goldie Burt.

He was a member of the Church of Christ. Charles was self employed as a carpenter foreman at South Texas Project. He loved the deer lease and hunting and many good Bar-be-que cook offs with Palacios Trail Riders.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2008 At Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Max Pluss from Golden Ave Baptist Church officiating.

Interment will be in La Bauve in Francitas, Texas 77961.

Bay City Tribune, Published August 12, 2008


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

Goldie Lucille Burt

Goldie Lucille Burt passed from this earthly life on May 24, 1997 at her home in Bay City to join the angels in heaven and to meet our almighty and merciful God.

Burt was born on Feb. 11, 1939 in Francitas to Robert Ruben and Nettie May Carvell Joines. She married Charles Gordon Burt on July 16, 1955 and raised their family of two starting in Francitas and later in Bay City.

Burt leaves behind her devoted husband Charles Gordon Burt; a son Don Gordon Burt of Sweeny; a daughter Robbie Denise Wakefield of Anahuac; grandson Dustin Paul Wakefield of Anahuac; granddaughter Deborah Christine Wakefield of DeQueen, Arkansas; two great granddaughters Krista Colleen and Shanna Christene Wells and two sisters Margaret Aileen Richardson of Bay City and Lillie Lorine Schmersahl of Sweeny.

She was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors, especially the hill country of southwest Texas. Burt was a member of our Lord’s Church, The Sixth Street Church of Christ.

Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday, May 27 at the Sixth Street Church of Christ in Bay City with Brother Joe Wrape officiating. She will be laid to rest in LaBauve Cemetery in Francitas.

Pallbearers are Gary Joines, Paul Hunt, Don Schmersahl, Glen Joines, Audie Northcutt and Mike McKissick.

Honorary pallbearers are Earl Armstrong and David Rowell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Daily Tribune, May 27, 1997

Alfred Lokey Byars

Graveside service for Alfred Lokey Byara, 75, of Francitas, were held at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1992 in Francitas.

Burial followed in Francitas Cemetery under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home of Bay City.

Mr. Byars died Sunday, Nov. 15 at his home.

He was born Dec. 6, 1926 in Yoakum, Texas to the late Carl B. and Georgie Castillo Byars. He was a Catholic and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Blessing.

Survivors include his wife, Laverne of Francitas; step-daughters, Peggy Sue Barker of New Caney, Karen Lynn Walleck of Francitas and Sherry Jones of Houston; step-sons, Willard Charles James of Napa, Calif. and Chuck Jennings of San Augustine; a sister, Margie Coline of El Campo; brothers, Carl of Austin and Otto of Francitas; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jackson County Herald-Tribune, November 19, 1992

Erma Lee Campbell

Services were held January 4, 1989 for Erma Lee Campbell who passed away at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home. Rev. Eddie Cude officiated at the ceremony held at the Palacios Funeral Chapel and at the interment at Francitas Cemetery.

Erma Lee Campbell was born July 6, 1912 at Bandera, Texas and died January 1, 1989. She is survived by her daughters Wanda Hardin and Linda Ellis, both of Palacios, Lottie Knipp of San Antonio, and Elizabeth Taylor of Sanford, Florida. She is also survived by a sister, Lois Anderson of Pledger, Texas, 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, January 11, 1989

Jesse E. Campbell, Former Beacon Columnist, Passes Away In Francitas Tues.

Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Hood went to Francitas today, Wednesday, to attend the funeral of Jesse E. Campbell, who died of a heart attack Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Mr. Campbell was one of Francitas’ greatest boosters and for many years his column, “Francitas Facts and Fancies,” was published in the Francitas Bee, and read by hundreds of admirers in nearly every state in the Union. The Beacon carried contributions from him quite often during the past ten years. His passing on brings sadness to the hearts of many, while the Beacon family feels as though one of our own number had answered the summons “To come over there.”

Palacios Beacon, December 24, 1931

Mattie E. Campbell

Mattie E. Campbell, relect of the late Jesse E. Campbell, of Francitas, died at her home in that place Saturday night, following an illness of some duration. She was 81 years of age, December 5, 1941, and had resided at Francitas since 1914, coming there from Denver, Colorado.

Mrs. Campbell was of a quiet unassuming manner, loved her home and all its surroundings. Her kindness and thoughtfulness of neighbor and friend exemplified her true Christian character and the trust and faith she had in her Heavenly Father. Her passing brings a feeling of loneliness to all who knew her, yet we know she is at rest and with those she loved who had preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. Kelly, pastor of the Francitas Methodist Church, and the remains placed in the bosom of Mother Earth, beneath the beautiful live oak trees she so admired in the cemetery south of Francitas where her companion of many years was buried ten years ago last December.

The large crowd to attend the last rites and the many beautiful floral offerings attested to the love and esteem held for “Aunt Mattie” by the entire community.

Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Hood and Capt. and Mrs. Herman Hood, of this city attended the services.

Palacios Beacon, February 5, 1942

Yancey Campbell

Funeral services for Yancey Campbell were held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday, October 17, in the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating. Interment was in the Francitas Cemetery.

Son of the late Jack and Mollie Cain Campbell, he was born December 14, 1906, in Oakhurst, Texas. A retired farmer and a resident of Palacios for 22 years, he died Friday, October 15 in Wagner General Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Erma Lee Campbell of Palacios; four daughters, Ms. Lottie Campbell and Mrs. Gilbert Ellis of Palacios, Mrs. Homer Hardin of Wharton and Mrs. Leo Hardin of Port Lavaca; three sisters, Mrs. Anton Schild of Ganado, Mrs. W. T. Hicks of Lake Livingston and Mrs. Foster Burkett of Crockett; one brother, John D. Kay of Palacios and 12 grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, October 21, 1976

William R. Capak

Francitas—William Ray Capak, 45, of Francitas, died Saturday, November 29, 1997.

He was born Feb. 16, 1952, in Palacios to Ruby Rose Capak of Francitas and the late Louis Capak. He was a ranchhand and a Baptist.

Survivors: daughters, Cassandra Capak and Kendra Capak; son, William R. Capak Jr. of Francitas; mother; brother, Hugh Capak of Edna; and one grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday at LaBauve Cemetery in Francitas, Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 782-2152.

Victoria Advocate, December 1, 1997

Francitas Facts - Stella Carrillo

Tragedy struck again at about midnight last Saturday when a pickup in which the family of Nicholas Carrillo were returning from Palacios was overturned, killing the baby girl, Stella, and seriously injuring the small brother, Santos. The father, Nicholas was badly injured. The others received minor injuries. The baby will be laid away here in the Francitas Cemetery.

Edna Herald, March 13, 1952

Henry Richard Crawford
(January 27, 1937 - January 3, 2012)

Henry Richard Crawford, 74, of Edna, TX passed away January 3, 2012. He was born January 27, 1937 to the late Jack Crawford and Mary Ann Castell Crawford.

His wife Wanda Pearl Crawford preceded him in death in 2002. Sons Freddie Gowan, Larry Crawford and granddaughter Sarah Crawford also preceded him in death. Survivors include daughters Frances Ramos & husband Gabriel of Callalen, TX and Wanda Fletcher & husband James of Avinger, TX; sons Richard Crawford of Three Rivers, TX and Joseph Crawford & wife Gay; sister Bernice Griffin; grandchildren Harmony, Karen, Crystal, Larry, Jennifer, Michael, Matthew, Ashley, Lamonte, David and Hannah and 19 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, Jan. 6, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at La Bauve Cemetery in Francitas, Texas. Pallbearers will be Gabriel Ramos, Joseph Crawford, David Crawford, Lamonte Baukman, and Michael Cannon.

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

Infant Dorris

A bright angel came for a few hours to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Dorris in the person of a 9 1/2 pound baby boy on Feb. 2 then passed to a brighter realm on Feb. 3. Interment was in Francitas Cemetery.

The mother, tho very ill for a few days, is on the road to recovery.

The sympathy of the entire community is extended the family in this hour of sorrow.

Palacios Beacon, February 8, 1940

Parents: James Elmer Dorris & Pauline Ethredge Dorris
Baby born in Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas

Final Rites Monday For Mrs. Sadie Evans

Funeral services for Mrs. Sadie V. Evans were held at the Palacios Funeral Home at 2 p. m. Monday March 5, with Rev. V. E. Moore pastor of the Pentecostal Church in Port Lavaca, officiating. Interment was in the Francitas Cemetery.

A resident of the Turtle Bay Community, Mrs. Evans was born December 3, 1872 in Bonnard, Mo. She died Wednesday night, February 28, at her home.

She is survived by her husband, C. A. Evans, and two sons, Claude Bryant of Lincoln, Nebr. and A. O. Cassady of Indianapolis, Ind.

Palacios Beacon, March 8, 1962

The Passing Of Uncle Bob Fleury

The Last Post sounded for Uncle Bob Fleury on Sunday morning, March 25th at 8 a. m. We who had known him well for 8 years, and some of us for many more, were glad that he passed out without any suffering. He was able to be around as usual on Saturday, and was called away the next morning. Uncle Bob--as he was known to everyone--was born in Washington County in 1843, the son of Major Fleury, who fought at the battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The Fleury family settled in Jackson county, near the town of Roxana, about the year 1860. At the time the Fleury family settled in Jackson County there were two tribes of Indians in the adjacent territory--the Carancahua and Cado tribes. The old town of Roxana, beautiful for location, at the confluence of the Lavaca and Navidad rivers, is now no more. When the Missouri Pacific passed through that country, the inhabitants of Roxana refused a right-of-way unless at a prohibitive price. The Missouri Pacific passed them by, and the town is now in ruins, only chimneys and underground cisterns to be seen--and these a sad reflection on the non-progressiveness of the citizens.

Major Fleury was a well-known cattleman and farmer in the early days, owning many darkies. He was succeeded by his son, Uncle Bob, whose demise we are recording, and to whom we are paying a last tribute of respect. Uncle Bob married Miss Adonia LaBauve about the end of the Civil War. We laid him to rest in the little LaBauve cemetery, one mile on this side of Francitas, fenced off many years ago by the LaBauve family as a place to bury their own beloved dead, and as a God's acre for their neighbors, too. At that time there were no roads hereabouts--only a cattle range. The LaBauve family came to Jackson County from Louisiana about the year 1859.

Uncle Bob was a Presbyterian. But it matters not what he was called, so long as he was a believer. There is neither Presbyterian, nor Methodist, nor Baptist, nor Roman Catholic in heaven, where all are one in Christ Jesus. The funeral service was held by Rev. G. F. Gillespie, Pastor of the Palacios Presbyterian Church, who delivered a short address both at the home of Mr. Grover Lawson where he lived, and at the graveside--basing his remarks on Psalm 23, Vs. 1: "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."

Uncle Bob did not lack a protecting providence, patriotism, courage, common sense, generosity. He joined the Confederate Army at the age of 17, and during the great part of the Civil War fought for the South Land that he love so well. He was captured at the Battle of Vicksburg, returning home when an exchange of prisoners was made. For some years he had roomed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lawson, who treated him with great kindness, and who have earned the Master's blessing: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." His own children would have been glad to have him live with them, but he preferred to live in Palacios.

The State of Texas had given him a small pension for some years, pitiably small, but perhaps sufficient for his needs. We who met him often on the croquet ground, or occasionally played forty-two with him, wondered at the strength of mind and memory he possessed for a man of his years--and let it be confessed that we were sometimes taken aback by his language, which we all overlooked because he had fought for his country, and because, too, he was an old cattleman. Mr. Grover Lawson informs us that he was naturally generous in all his dealings.

Three sons, Ed, Jim and Ernest, were present at the funeral, and two daughters, Mrs. O'Brien and Mrs. O'Brien?, with other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lawson were present together with a few neighbors and friends, at the funeral service at the home. We looked around for some of the old cronies with whom he had played forty-two so often, but alas! some of them were missing--perhaps they had not heard. The pallbearers were Messrs. John Bolling, Ron Huddleston, E. Mosier, Guy Stulting, Grady Walker, Walter Williams.

We laid him to rest in the land of the setting sun, among the live oaks, and the tangled underbrush and the wild flowers.

"And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light;
In front, the sun climbs slow, how slowly,
But westward look, the land is bright."

I have said we laid him to rest in the land of the setting sun, but best of all we laid him to rest in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection from the dead, where "they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more: neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

On a modest headstone in the little LaBauve Cemetery, marking the resting place of a woman, we found these two inscriptions--at the top the picture of an angel:--

"Farewell, dear--, angels guard thy tomb."
"Dear friends on earth I love you all."

May angels guard Uncle Bob's last resting place, and may his spirit hear the mocking bird sing in the live oaks.

Palacios Beacon, March 29, 1928

"Uncle Bob" Fleury Passes Away Sunday

John Robert "Uncle Bob" Fleury died at his home in this city early Sunday morning, and after a service Monday morning, conducted by Rev. G. F. Gillespie, his remains were taken to the family burying lot on the other side of the Carancahua river near Francitas and interred beside those of his wife, who had preceded him to the Great Beyond some years ago. Six children survive him, two daughters and four sons.

Palacios Beacon, March 29, 1928

Glenn Richard Fry

Francitas - Glenn Richard Fry, 82, of Francitas, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2012 in Victoria. He was born July 8, 1930 in Meadville, Pa. to the late Harry Alfred and Ora Anna Smeltzer Fry. He was a pipe fitter and a Baptist.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen Lee Mosley of Cleveland; son, Henry M. Totman (Shirlie) of Francitas; 7 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois Mae Depew Fry; and son, Edward C. Totman. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Victoria, 361-575-3212.

Victoria Advocate, December 22, 2012

Lois Mae Fry

Francitas—Services for Lois Mae Fry, 77, of Francitas, who died Saturday, will be 10 a. m. today at Artero Memorial Chapels in Port Lavaca, the Rev. Eric Treaster officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Rodney Stokley, Shannon Stokley, Richie Stokley, Henry M. Totman III, Jason McBride and Travis Graman.

Honorary Pallbearers: David Thedford.

Victoria Advocate, January 21, 2003

Clois Allen Gresham

Ganado--Services for Clois Allen Gresham, 56, of Ganado, who died Sunday, will be 2 p. m. today, First Baptist Church in Ganado, the Revs. Larry Helms and Dennis Vyvial officiating.

Burial: LaBauve Cemetery in Francitas, Ganado Funeral Home. 771-2120.

Pallbearers: Mike VanPelt, Ted Byrd, Mike Welch, Robbie Baker, Roland Skoruppa and Bill Morris.

Honorary pallbearers: June Dale Jackson and Patrick Moore.

Victoria Advocate, November 30, 1993

Evelyn M. Griffith

Blessing—Evelyn Maudine Griffith, 57, of Blessing died Sunday, Jan. 9, 1977.

She was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Liberty County.

Survivors: husband, Raymond Lee Griffith; sons, Edward Rountree of Spring, Terry Rountree of Gonzales, La., John Rountree of Batson, Lewis Griffith of Midfield, and Pete Griffith and Willie Griffith, both of Blessing; daughter, Phyllis Gill of New Caney; sister, Melba Heck of Robert Lee; brother, Jimmy Doucette of Ville Platte, La., and 17 grandchildren.

Visitation will begin Tuesday morning until noon Wednesday at Bay City Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p. m. Wednesday at Francitas Cemetery, the Rev. John Nelson officiating.

Dick R. Elkins Funeral Home, Bay City, (409) 245-4893.

Victoria Advocate, January 21, 1997

Griffith Rites Held – Jessie Griffith

Graveside services for Jessie Griffith, 82, of Francitas were held at 4 p. m. Oct. 2 at Francitas Cemetery with Eddie Callender officiating.

Burial followed at Francitas Cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

She was born Feb. 20, 1904, at Palacios. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She died Sept. 30 at a Port Lavaca hospital.

Surviving re her husband, W. W. Griffith of Francitas; seven sons, Ervin Griffith of Edna, Vernon Griffith of Bay City, Sterling Griffith of Port Lavaca, Raymond Griffith of Blessing, J. W. Griffith, Mack Griffith and Kerry O’Neil Griffith, all of Francitas; five daughters, Annie May Long and Susie Jalufka, both of Francitas, Ethel Tanner of Port Lavaca, Faye Sparks of Bay City, and Melvina Nelson of Cape Carancahua; a sister, Fannie Doris of Wharton; 32 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Edna Herald, October 9, 1986

K. O. "Nokie" Griffith

(April 9, 1934 - November 6, 2017)

K. O. “Nokie” Griffith, Sr., 83, of Francitas, TX passed away November 6, 2017. He was born April 9, 1934 in Francitas, TX to the late W. W. Griffith and Jessie Fay Green Griffith.

He was loved and respected by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kelly Griffith and by 8 siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 62 ½ years Margie Brown Griffith of Francitas; daughter Karen Taylor (Allen) of Francitas; sons Kerry Griffith, Jr. (Carol) of Edna and Kevin Griffith (Sheila) of France; sisters Faye Cooke (Haskell) of Matagorda and Susie Jalufka (Fred) of Francitas; brother Ervin Griffith (Shirley) of Victoria and grandchildren Kyle Griffith, Kylann Griffith, Connor Griffith, Joanna Taylor, Michelle Taylor and Rebekah Taylor.

Graveside services will be 11:30 AM Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the La Bauve Cemetery in Francitas with Rev. Larry Swift officiating. Pallbearers will be Tom Blair, James Brown, Willis Brown, Ashley Jalufka, Pete Griffith, Lewis Griffith, Willie Griffith, Kyle Griffith and Connor Griffith.

Please make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society in his name.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home

Mack Griffith
Alcoa retiree

Graveside services for Mack Griffith, 66, of Francitas were held at 2 p. m. Oct. 13, 1994, at LaBauve Cemetery with the Rev. Ralph Mann and the Rev. Don Delaplain co-officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home of Port Lavaca.

Pallbearers were nephews, Wesley Batchelder, Ray Griffith, Kerry Griffith, Randy Griffith, Pete Griffith, Butch Griffith, Mike Griffith and Kevin Deyton.

Born June 4, 1928, in Francitas to the late W. W. and Jesse Green Griffith, he served in the Korean War and was an active member of V. F. W. Lodge 4403. He was also a retired tapper in the pot room for Alcoa and was a member of Point Comfort United Methodist Church. He died Oct. 11, 1994.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Batchelder Griffith; sisters, Annie Mae Long and Sue Jalufka, both of Francitas, Ethel Tanner of Port Lavaca, Faylene Sparks of Matagorda and Melvina Nelson of Cape Carancahua; brothers, K. O. Griffith and J. W. Griffith, both of Francitas, Raymond Griffith of Blessing, Sterling Griffith of Port Lavaca and Irvin Griffith of Victoria.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Griffith, on Aug. 1, 1992.

Memorials may be made to the LaBauve Cemetery, P. O. Box 203, Point Comfort, Texas 77978; or Point Comfort United Methodist Church.

Jackson County Herald-Tribune, October 20, 1994

Raymond Lee Griffith

Graveside services for Raymond Lee Griffith, 80, of Blessing, TX, were held Feb. 5, 2010 at the La Bauve Cemetery in Francitas, TX with Mike Griffith officiating.

Mr. Griffith was born Sept. 20, 1929 in Francitas, TX to the late Walton William Griffith and Jessie Faye Green Griffith. He passed away Feb. 2, 2010 in Victoria, TX.

He was a life long resident of Matagorda County and was a retired farmer, rancher, and oil field worker.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Durrell and Deean Griffith of Markham, Lewis Ray and Linda Griffith of Midfield, and Willie Lee and Robin Griffith of Blessing; sisters Medina Nelson of Cape Carancahua, Faye Haskell of Matagorda, and Susie Jalufka of Francitas; brothers K. O. Griffith of Francitas, Irvin Griffith of Victoria, and Sterling Griffith of Port Lavaca; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Alvena Gill; sisters Annie Mae Long and Ethel Tanner; brothers J. W. Griffith, Mack Griffith, and Vernon Griffith; and a grandson, Bryan Griffith.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons.

Donations in memory of Raymond Griffith may be made to: Francitas (LaBauve) Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 134 Francitas, TX 77961 or to the charity of choice.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, February 10, 2010

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 - 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.

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 Pentecostal 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."


Wm. Wesley Sanders

Wm. Wesley Sanders was born in Grimes County, Texas, July 5, 1873, where he spent his boyhood.

He was married to Mrs. Della Foster at Lufkin, Texas on December 20, 1910. They lived there two years then went to Louisiana for a while. They moved to Jackson County in May 1917. They have lived here in this community ever since. Mr. Sanders became a member of a Baptist Church in 1908, at Fairview near Lufkin, Texas.

He is survived by his wife and daughter here and a sister in Lufkin.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. George D. McClelland, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Palacios, interment in the Francitas cemetery.

Palacios Beacon, April 4, 1935

LaNelle J. Updike

Graveside services for LaNelle L. Updike, 71, of Francitas, were held Tuesday, June 6 at 2 p. m. at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Bernard “Buck’ Richea officiating.

Mrs. Updike was born Dec. 5, 1917 in Richmond, Virginia and died June 4, 1989 at her home.

Survivors include a daughter, M. Dean Sterrett of Francitas; grandchildren, Kenneth and Rosie Sanders, Keith and Lanny Riddle, Fred Upthagrove and family and Brett Upthagrove.

Palacios Beacon, June 7, 1989


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