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LaBauve Cemetery

Francitas, Jackson County, Texas


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

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

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

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

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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