Matagorda County Obituaries
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Joe Anthony Acosta

June 13, 1936 – June 15, 2013


BAY CITY - Joe Anthony Acosta, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013 surrounded by family. Anthony was born on June 13, 1936 in Bay City to the late Baldomero and Estella Acosta.

Anthony loved music and history. He never met a stranger. Anthony was there to help those in need.

Anthony is survived by his son, Mark Anthony & wife (Florene) Acosta; grandson, Tykeal Acosta; sisters; Alicia Villarreal, Mary Ann Cervantes; brother, Al Acosta & wife (Lynette), numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.
 
Preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Anna-Liese Acosta Carr; sisters, Lucia DeLos Santos, Esther Acosta, Katy Charles, Estella Silvas; brothers, Able, John Gilbert, and Louis Acosta.

Mass of the Resurrection will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Monsignor Gerry Cernoch celebrant. Rite of committal to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Visitation from 2:00-8:00P.M. Tuesday with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30P.M. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net

Published in the Victoria Advocate on June 18, 2013
 


Allie May Adams - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Mildred "Duchess" Urban Adams

20 September 1919 – 22 May 2013

CEDAR LANE - Mildred "Duchess" Urban Adams, 93, of Cedar Lane passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013. She was born September 20, 1919 in Bay City to the late Hubert Weisiger & Ada Myrtle Spivey Bowie. Mildred was a life long resident of Matagorda County, and a member of Cedar Lane Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son Hollie Warren Urban & wife Edith of Cedar Lane; brother: Philip Milhouse Bowie & wife Vernie of Cedar Lane; 3 grandsons; 2 great grandsons; 1 great great grandson; 3 granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Lloyde Morris Urban and James Adams; and 3 sisters: Willie Christie Bowie, Huberta Peterson, and Frances Sophia Shearer.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, May 15, 2013 at Cedar Lane Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Bowie Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Harry Urban, Willie Urban, Ronnie Bowie, Mike Bowie, C. L. Pray, Clay Phillips, David Angerstein, and Dennis Griggs. Honorary Pallbearer will be: Harold Urban.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on May 24, 2013
 

Troye Fowler "Tuffy" Adams

1911 - 1973

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Smiley Aguilar
(May 23, 1963 - March 27, 2013)

Smiley Aguilar went to be with his Lord and loved ones on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Smiley was born on May 23, 1963 in Galveston to the late Domingo and Virginia Hernandez Gazca. Smiley was a loving husband and father who loved to barbeque for his family and friends. Smiley is survived by his wife of 14 years Nora Garza Aguilar, children; Daniel, Smiley Jr., Mike , Marissa, Sarah, Brandon; grandchildren, Jaylynn, Makylah, Aleesah, Aungelie, George lll, Zaydah, Sophia, Mike iv, Amirra, Aaliyah,; brothers, Domingo Jr., Benny, Louis, Sammy; sisters, Pauline, Dora, Stella , Shirley and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation Monday from 2:00-8:00P.M. Monday with a prayer service at 6:00P.M. at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers, Ismael Aguilar, Jr., Daniel McClary, Mike Herrera, Brandon Lee Aguilar, Domingo Aguilar, Frankie Cortez, Benny Aguilar and Louis Aguilar

www.taylorbros.net
 


Einar John Ahysen, Sr.
Jan. 17, 1932 – April 24, 2013

Einar John Ahysen, Sr., 81, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Atria Collier Park, Beaumont. He was born on January 17, 1932, in Port Arthur, to Edna Thibodeaux Ahysen and John Peter Ahysen.

He had been a longtime resident of Beaumont before retiring to the Tyler area, and just recently returned to Beaumont.

Einar was a practicing Christian. He was christened at birth in the Roman Catholic Church. He later served in the Baptist Church. He later became a member of the United Methodist Church and was elected a trustee and a servant wherever he was needed.

Einar’s family and friends will sorely miss him. We look forward to being re-united.

He is survived by: his wife, Nancy Chilton Ahysen; children, Robyn Ahysen Peurifoy and her husband, Mike, of Beaumont; Johnny Ahysen of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Donny Ahysen and his wife, Jami, of Bay City; David A. Ahysen of Beaumont; Troy Grimes and his wife, Staci; and Gina Acevedo and her husband, Lee, all of Lumberton; eleven grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of Mr. Ahysen’s family and friends for his visitation was at 2 p.m., with his funeral service at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

His committal will be at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

A memorial service for interment of Mr. Ahysen’s cremated body will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152, Bullard, Texas 75757; Texas Home Health Hospice, 5683 East Texas Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77706; or Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713.

Complete and updated information may be found at www.broussards1889.com.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 30, 2013
 

Alma Alene Allen
Jan. 11, 1915 - April 2, 1997

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 


Jeanette Alliniece
May 7, 1917 – December 28, 2013

Funeral services for Jeanette Alliniece, 96, of Bay City, are pending with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

She was born May y7, 1917 in Van Vleck, Texas to Eli King and Leona Fisher King.

She passed away December 28, 2013 in Bay City Texas.

Among her survivors include two daughters, Lillie Alliniece Cook of Maywood, Illinois and Arlene Alliniece Franklin of Bay City.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. (979) 245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, January 1, 2014
 


Enrique “Henry” Alvarez
May 21, 1928 –August 29, 2013

Enrique “Henry” Alvarez went to be with his Lord on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Henry was born May 21, 1928 in Lordsburg, New Mexico to the late Felipe and Maria Montes Alvarez.

Henry was on the school board in Lordsburg, New Mexico for seven years, where he also served as president. Henry was an active member of L.U.L.A.C. of Lordsburg. Henry served his country in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Henry was retired from Conoco/Phillips and was a security guard at STP. Henry loved to paint, giving the paintings to family members. Henry also loved wood-working, carving numerous things for family and friends.

Henry is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Frances Alvarez; by his children, Anna Marie Ybarra and husband Oscar, Edmund Alvarez and wife Ofelia, Diana Teresa Cordoba and husband Greg, Angela Cleland and husband Michael; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Enrique, Jr., two brothers, Antonio Alvarez and Trinida Esquivel; and sister, Esperanza Lopez.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Monsignor Gerry Cernoch, celebrant.

Visitation will be Monday, September 2, 2013, from 1 to 8 p.m., with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX. 75231.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net

Bay City Tribune, October 1, 2013
 



 
Alva H. Anderson
1911 - 1973

Mozelle "Mickie" Anderson
1913 - 1979

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Louise A. Anderson

Nov. 30, 1878 - June 23, 1960

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Ruben Anderson   1904 - 1978
Elenora L. Anderson   1908 - 2004

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

 
Winston E. Anderson
Sept. 9, 1960 - July 26, 1993

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 


Billy Travis Arbuckle
November 4, 1934 –July 29, 2013

Billy Travis Arbuckle. 78, of Bay City passed away July 29, 2013.

He was born November 4, 1934 in Quanah, Texas to the late Herbert Cromwell Arbuckle Sr. and Laura Odessa Wilfong Arbuckle.

He was a licensed Pharmacist for 50 years and retired from Eckerd’s in 1999. He was well loved by his patients and cared deeply for their well-being.

Bill loved playing pool, was a Jazz enthusiast and was blessed with great culinary skills.

Survivors include: his wife of 32 years, Leeta Stephens Arbuckle; daughters, Dr. Lorna Kathleen Sheriff and husband Steve of Nacogdoches and Laura Linn Kinnard and husband Clavin of Orange; son, Billy T. Arbuckle Jr. and wife Robin of Orlando, Fla.; step-daughter, Kim Owen Scott and husband Gary of Lake Jackson; step-son, Greg Owen and wife Melinda of Van Vleck; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Herbert C. Arbuckle Jr. and Dr. Bert D. Arbuckle preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 until 7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials in his name may be made by visiting Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorsproject.org or calling 877-832-6997.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, July 31, 2013
 


Bill Arlitt
(February 26, 1921 - November 12, 2013)

William Brooks Arlitt, 92, of Bay City passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Houston. He was born February 26, 1921 in Bay City to the late Walter Frederick & Beulah Gladys Arlitt. Bill served his country during World War II as a member of the United States Army. He was a Cradle Member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, member of Bay City Country Club, and a Life member of VFW Post 2438. Bill was an excellent golfer, an avid fisherman, and he loved being with friends and family. He was loved by all, and will be deeply missed.

Bill is survived by his 2 daughters: Susan Turbeville & Malcom Perkins of Houston and Linda Black of Austin; 2 sons: Fritz Arlitt of Alvin and John & Tina Arlitt of Bay City; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife: Olive Mary Rowan Arlitt in February of 1984.

The family will receive visitors starting at 10:00 AM Friday, November 15, 2013 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, November 15, 2013 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Brad Sullivan officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be: Douglas Arlitt, Clayton Arlitt, Will Arlitt, Tom Kovar, Malcom Perkins, and Mike Finster.

Donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2200 Ave. E, Bay City, TX 77414.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Betty Ann Armatta
(November 5, 1936 - November 12, 2013)

Betty Ann Folse Armatta, 77, of Wadsworth passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Katy, Texas. Betty was born on November 5, 1936 in New Orleans, La. to the late Peter and Ada St. Martin Folse. She was a devoted wife of 56 years, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Her life revolved around her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be remembered for her generous heart and passion for her community! Betty was the owner of the Children's Store, a breast cancer survivor and supported many organizations including Bay City FFA, Matagorda County 4-H, Matagorda County Fair Association, Matagorda County Relay for Life, Matagorda County Aggie Moms, and the Holy Cross Catholic Church

She is survived by her husband, Sidney H. Armatta. Her daughter, Susan Popek; sons, Steven Armatta and wife, Stefanie, and John Armatta and wife, Lori; Grandchildren Renee Popek, Michelle Popek, Sydney Armatta, John Thomas Armatta, Marlie Armatta, and Steelie Armatta. Brothers, Jimmy Folse & wife Stella, David Folse & wife Patty. Two sisters, Janet Thibadeaux and Gerline Landry. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Peter Folse, Brother-in-law Matthew K. Armatta, and her grandson, John David Popek.

The family will receive friends at 5:00 PM at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Thursday, November 14, 2013, with a rosary at 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, November 15 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City with Msgr. Casey Jarzombek & Deacon Walley Rodriguez officiating. Interment will follow at St. Francisville Cemetery in Wadsworth. Pallbearers will be James Ray Folse, Peter Folse, Carroll A. Folse, David Folse, Jr., Gary Janise, and Jay Tatum and honorary pallbearer, grandson John Thomas Armatta. Donations may be made to Relay For Life.

Bay City Tribune, November 17, 2013
 

William E. Arnold  1895 - 1980
Minnie M. Arnold   1903 - 1962

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

 


Luz Arredondo
7 June 1955 – 21 December 2013

PALACIOS - Luz Arredondo passed away on Saturday, December 21st in Victoria, TX at the age of 58. Luz was born in El Campo, TX June 7, 1955 to the late Enrique Arredondo, Sr. and Maria H. Vega.

She is survived by her brothers Enrique Arredondo, Jr. and wife Oralia of Goliad, TX and Alberto Arredondo and wife Leticia of Cuero, TX.

Her family, friends and students were very important to her. She took extreme joy in her nieces and nephew and was truly proud of her great-nephews and nieces traveling from the Gulf Coast to West Texas to show her support for them. Their "Aunt Lucha" will be forever missed.
She was also known as "Coach Dondo". She taught and coached in Palacios, TX for 36 years. She spent her last days away in the hospital so worried about her athletes and students. Her wonderful friends were there until the end making sure they were taken care of in the classroom and competition. She played a huge role in molding lives and she will be missed by all.

Pallbearers are: Imoni Cross, Elijah Cross, Tristan Reyes, Brendan Cathey, Nat Hernandez, Luis Hernandez, Rene Hernandez, and Santos Perez, Jr.

A public rosary will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 26th and funeral mass at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 27th both at Immaculate Conception Church in Goliad, TX. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 PM on Friday, December 27th at Palacios ISD in the Fine Arts Building.

Rosary and funeral are under the direction of Grace Funeral Home, Goliad, 361-645-3216.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on December 23, 2013
 

Lester Ashcraft
1885 - 1957

Myrtle Ashcraft
1895 - 1975

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 


James Carl Ashton, Sr.
Aug. 22, 1922 – April 22, 2013

James Carl Ashton was born in Burr, Wharton County, Texas, on August 22, 1922, to Steven Ashton and Mosann Robbins Ashton, and passed away April 18, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

He attended school in Wharton and Matagorda counties; after which, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in World War II in Europe, and was honorably discharged in December 1943.

After marrying the love of his life, Ruth Vernell Williams, J.C. decided to further his education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in liberal education. His first teaching assignment was at O.H. Herman High School in Van Vleck, presently the O. H. Herman Middle School. He taught government and economics; coached track, football, basketball and baseball. He continued these talents at Van Vleck High School. His professional career in education spanned 33 years before retiring from the Van Vleck ISD.

Ashton was an active member of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Van Vleck, under the leadership of Rev. Ruben Newell. He served as Deacon Board chairman, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and Brotherhood President.

J.C. was also very active in the Van Vleck community. He organized and coached the first integrated Little League Baseball team in Van Vleck, and organized the first Black Cub Scouts in the Van Vleck community.

After retirement, his desire was to continue touching lives and showing love for God and people. His civic involvement included, founder of the O.H. Herman All School Alumni Association, member of the Matagorda County Historical Society, and board member of the Matagorda County Water District in Van Vleck. He also loved carpentry, fishing and sports.

J.C. Ashton was known for many quotes, was very conscious of time, and often expressed, ‘TIME WAITS ON NO MAN!’

He leaves to cherish his precious memories; a loving and devoted wife, Ruth (Sweetie); three daughters; Patricia Ashton, Mamie Emerson and Eric, and Diane Woodard and Charles, all of Van Vleck. Also three sons, the Rev. James ‘Butch’ Ashton, Jr. and Janice of Bay City, Gary Ashton, Sr. and Clara and Marvin Ashton, all of Van Vleck; also seven grandchildren, Rodney Ashton, Sr. (and Valisha), Tynee Franklin (and Victoria), Gary Ashton, Jr., Charles Woodard, Jr., Patrick Woodard, Brandi Perez and Miranda Ashton; five great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and many, many devoted former students and his loving church family.

Funeral Services for James Carl Ashton, Sr. 90, of Van Vleck, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Murray Martin, pastor, the Rev. Ruben Newell, presiding, and the Re. James Ashton, Jr., eulogist. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Visitation will be from 2 until 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home chapel with a memorial service from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the St. John Baptist Church in Van Vleck.

Condolences may be shared with the family by fax (979) 245-1537 or online at duncan-roberts@att.net.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, 2500 Avenue C, Bay City, Texas, (979) 245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 24, 2013
 


Larry Dean Avants

January 30, 1954 – May 15, 2013

VAN VLECK - Larry Dean Avants, 59, of Van Vleck passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013 while vacationing in the Bahamas. He was born to Herbert and Mary Louise Avants on January 30, 1954 in Corpus Christi, TX. He is survived by his wife Vicky Cross Avants to whom he was married on August 4, 1972.

Also surviving are his mother Mary Louise Jones of Jacksonville; father Herbert Avants of Bay City; two sons Keith (Elvie) Avants of Krum and Scott (Michelle) Avants of Sweeny; six grandchildren Madison, Christopher, Sidney, Cort, Cassy, and Miranda; two sisters: Sheri (Paul) Richardson of Van Vleck and Peggy (Gerald) Brietzke of Bay City; two brothers Stanley (Judy) Avants of Rusk and Herbert (Ann) Avants also of Rusk; along with Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Larry was a long time resident of Matagorda County. He was a dedicated employee of Enterprise Crude Oil where he worked as a Trucking Supervisor. Everyone who encountered him was considered a friend and was honored to have met him. Larry was a loving and dedicated husband of 40 years, a supportive father who always knew the answer and a devoted grandfather. He enjoyed cruises with his wife, camping with friends and family, the Texas Rangers, NHRA drag racing, target shooting, and spending quality time with his grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors Tentatively from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the funeral home. The funeral service is Tentatively set for 10:00 AM Friday, May 24, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Deacon Guadalupe "Wally" Rodriguez of Holy Cross Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be: Kim Abshier, David T. Gibbens, Otto "Rocky" Janssen III, Sean Klaiber, Brandon Richardson, and Jonthen "Sweaty" Times. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Patrick Bramble, Gerald Brietzke, Jeffrey Cross, Scott Harris, David Klaiber, Neil Richardson, and Paul Richardson.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on May 23, 2013
 



 

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