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John Dewey "JD" Holcombe, Jr.

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J. D. Holcombe, Jr.

MATAGORDA - J.D. Holcombe, 79, of Matagorda, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003.

He was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Houston, to the late John Dewey Sr. and Mary M. Ely Blackburn Holcombe.

Survivors: wife, Nelda Fayle Holcombe; daughters, Mary Brantley of Kuttawa, Ky., Rita Carlock of Manvel, Kay Zavala of Taft, and Claudia Springston of Oregon; sons, Dewey Holcombe of Hamilton and John Holcombe of Matagorda; sister, Thelma Wolfer of Livingston; brother, John Henry Holcombe of Jacksonville; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors 6-8 p.m. Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Oliver Southall officiating.

Burial will be at Matagorda Cemetery. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, November 16, 2003

Funeral Services For Mrs. Grace Holmes Held In Matagorda

Funeral services were held Thursday for Mrs. Grace Melva Holmes at the Matagorda Methodist Church. Services were conducted by the Rev. Harvey Matney.

Mrs. Holmes, 63, who once was a resident of Matagorda, lived in Aransas Pass. She was on the way to visit relatives in Matagorda over the holidays when stricken at Newgulf in the home of her brothers, Arthur Mahavier.

Mrs. Holmes is survived by her husband, W. H. Holmes of Aransas Pass; her sister, Miss Ann Mahavier of San Antonio; and three brothers, Chester Mahavier of Matagorda, Henry Mahavier of Matagorda, and Arthur Mahavier of Newgulf.

Interment was in the Matagorda Cemetery.

Daily Tribune, December 25, 1952

George A. Holt

Funeral services for George A. Holt, 69, of Matagorda, will be at 1:30 a. m. Sunday, June 28, 1998 at the St. Peter’s Baptist Church in Matagorda, with Rev. Isaiah Gartica officiating. Burial will follow at Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda. Visitation will be Saturday until 9 p. m. in the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel, and from 11 to 11:30 a. m. Sunday at the church.

Holt was born Tuesday, April 30, 1929 in Matagorda to Jack Holt, Sr. and Massie Alexander Holt. He passed away Wednesday, June 24, 1998, in Bay City. His religious affiliations included life-time membership with St. Peter’s Baptist Church in Matagorda. He was employed for many years at South Texas Project as warehouse supervisor in pipe fitting. His civic involvement included his memberships with the V. F. W. Post No. 4459, the American Legion and the Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Delores Holt of Matagorda; two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda Conner and James of Dallas, and Betty Holt of Houston; four sons and a daughter-in-law, George A. Holt, Jr. of Bay City, Ronnie Ray Holt of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Harland E. Holt of Houston and Raymond E. Holt and Patricia of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his father-in-law, Listern Stewart of Baytown; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives; and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gilbert L. Holt; and a brother, Jack Holt, Jr.

Active pallbearers will be Monte Lee, Walter Lee, Jr., Samuel Lee, Simon DeSoto, Ronnie Weaver, and Ricky Bryant. Honorary pallbearers will be George Holt, Ronnie Holt, Harland Holt, Raymond Holt, Perry King Lewis, Albert Clay, Bill Barnes and James Conner.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, June 28, 1998

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Jack Holt Jr.

Funeral services for Jack Holt Jr., 65, of Matagorda will be held at noon Saturday at St. Peter’s Baptist Church, Matagorda, with the Rev. L. K. Williams officiating. Burial will be in Matagorda Cemetery, Matagorda.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. Friday at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

Mr. Holt was born Oct. 8, 1920, in Matagorda to Jack and Massie Alexander Holt Sr. and died July 7, 1986, at V. A. Hospital, Houston.

He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Baptist church.

A brother, George Holt Sr., and several nieces and nephews survive.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, July, 1986

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Rev. John W. Holt

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Murray Holt

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Vadyse Bedford Hood

Funeral services for Vadyse Bedford Hood, 84, of Matagorda will be held 10:30 a. m. Friday at Matagorda United Methodist Church, Matagorda. Burial will be in Matagorda Cemetery.

Mrs. Hood was born Jan. 3, 1905, in Matagorda to William Edward and Minnie Baxter Bedford and died Aug. 21, 1989, at Wagner General Hospital, Palacios.

A lifelong resident of Matagorda, she was a member of the Garden Club and Matagorda United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Gail Turner of Austin; a son, Gerald Robert Hood of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Bertha Broughton of Bay City; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bond Hood, in 1958.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, August, 1989

Lois Simons Watson Howard

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Michael Lewis Howarton

Michael Lewis Howarton, 23, of Van Vleck died Tuesday, February 13, 2001. He was born April 17, 1977 in Lafayette, La. to Marion Lynn and Vickie McDonald Howarton

He is survived by: his parents of Van Vleck; daughter, Alexis Howarton of Alvin; sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Robert Thomas of Yorktown, Texas; brother, Roy Howarton of Van Vleck. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lynn Howarton.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Friday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Bro. Earl Breazeale officiating. Interment followed at Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda, Texas. Pallbearers were Roy Howarton, Robert Thomas, Stephen Breazeale, Anthony Kimmey, Denny Normand and Joel Black. A00011A2001FB18

Daily Tribune, February 18, 2001

Roy Howarton

Feb. 13, 1960 – Nov. 6, 2007

Roy Louis Howarton “Fuzzy” stepped into his heavenly dimension November 6, 2007. Lately he spoke often of God and heaven and was prepared in his heart to meet Jesus.

He was the first born son to Marion and Barbara Turbiville Howarton on February 13, 1960. His early growing up years were spent in Goldthwaite, Texas where he was born. At age nine the family moved to Van Vleck, Texas where he completed his schooling. He was a member of the Van Vleck High School band and Ag class. He was a mathematical genius. After high school he began his career as a talented, inspirational and dedicated master automotive and diesel mechanic. Many perfectionist hours were spent on friends, family and customers vehicles, mud racing vehicles, and the occasional go cart. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, grilling outdoors and Star Trek.

Those who were there to greet Roy at heaven’s gates were his grandparents, Ed and Eda Turbiville, Harvey and Mary Morris, Rachel Howarton; two brothers, Lynn and Michael Howarton; and one cousin Raylynn Howarton.

Roy leaves behind a loving family: Barbara Kimmey and Christal Howarton of the home; Edmond Howarton (grandchildren Logan and Morgan), of Bay City, Anthony and Dana Kimmey (grandchildren, Nicole and Caleb), of Van Vleck, Marcus Kimmey of Houston, Mike and Natasha Morton of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Marion Howarton and Vickie Howarton of Selkirk, Michelle Howarton of Palacios, Ray and Doris Howarton of Seguin and numerous other extended family and friends.

Gravesite services will be at Matagorda Cemetery beside his brother Michael at 2 p.m. Monday November 12, 2007.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home of Bay City.

Bay City Tribune, November 11, 2007


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