Matagorda County Obituaries
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Mildred Marie Baca
(November 19, 1920 - March 5, 2010)

Mildred Marie Mayer Baca, 89, of Markham, TX passed away Friday, March 5, 2010. She was born November 19, 1920 in Van Vleck, TX to Robert Frank Mayer and Vinca Mikula Mayer. She was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was an avid gardener, loved animals, and loved the bluebonnets and wildflowers. She was a founding member of the St. Robert’s Catholic Church Altar Society in Markham and served as a 4-H Club leader for 12 years.

Mildred is survived by her daughter: Nancy Vavra & husband Dwight of Markham; her son: Michael R. Baca of Red Oak, TX; and her grandson: Jonathan Vavra of Markham. She was preceded in death by her husband: Frank G. Baca; her parents: Robert Frank & Vinca Mayer; and by her sister: Gladys Fabrygel.

The Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Monday, March 8, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX. Pallbearers will be Tom Dornak, Geren Roecker, Lawrence Baca, Lee Edward Baca, Paul Allen Baca, and Jonathan Vavra.

The family wishes to give thanks to the Legacy Nursing Campus and the staff for their kindness and care. They also wish to thank the Matagorda Regional Medical Center doctors and staff for their kindness, care, and words of comfort during her two weeks in the hospital.

Memorials for Mildred M. Baca may be made to: Houston Hospice of El Campo, Hospice Support, Inc., PO Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437; The Legacy Healthcare Center, 700 12th ST., Bay City, TX 77414; or to the charity of choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 2313 Avenue I, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


MARTHA RUGELEY BACHMAN

BAY CITY - Martha Rugeley Bachman, 87, of Bay City passed away Nov. 16, 2010. She was born May 23, 1923 in Bay City to the late Rowland Rugeley and Lenore Wall Rugeley. She was a life-long resident of Bay City, a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and active in various social organizations.

Her husband, Richard C. Bachman, and son, Rowland Rugeley Bachman, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Richard C. Bachman Jr. and wife Janet of Friendswood; granddaughter, Sarah Ellen Bachman of Santa Monica, Calif., and Sally Pickens.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Rev. Susan Kennard officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Allen, Lindsey Thompson, Bobby Wilkerson, Vinny Schillaci, Courtney Grover and Neil Holloway.

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.

Published in Victoria Advocate on November 18, 2010                    Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

Henry L. Bachus

 

Funeral services for Henry L. Bachus, 64, of Palacios, were held Jan. 15 at 10 a. m. at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug Blanton officiating. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Bachus was born Aug. 16, 1926 in Temple to Henry Lee and Edna Mae Robinson Bachus. He died Jan. 12, 1991 at DeTar Hospital in Victoria.

 

A resident of Palacios since 1941, he was a Navy veteran of World War II.

 

Survivors include his wife, Laura Ford Bachus of Palacios; a sister, Edna Lee Williams of Palacios; and a brother, Joe E. Bachus of Houston.

 

Pallbearers were Billy Holt, Bob Fiorini, Gary Hunter, Gene Brister, Irvin Petersen and Don Landry.

 

The Palacios Beacon, January, 1991
 

ROY KEITH BACKEN

Graveside services for Roy Keith Backen, 90, of Sweeny, TX, were held June 3, 2009 at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Backen was born on June 10, 1918 in Eldorado, OK. He passed away May 31, 2009.

He enlisted in the United States Army on Aug. 14, 1941 and married Ruby Catherine Castle Church on Nov. 3, 1942 at Camp Wolters, TX. He then served his country overseas as a Squad Leader for Company A, 16th Infantry in the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign. Roy was wounded in action on July 12, 1944 in Sicily and honorably discharged into civilian life the following January.

A long time resident of Sweeny, he attended First Baptist Church in Sweeny and served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Old Ocean Recreational Club for many years. He retired from Amoco Production Company on May 1, 1983 after 29 years as an Administrative Analyst and Supervisor. He and Ruby enjoyed many years of traveling together in their motor home throughout the United States after his retirement.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Rod and Lynda Backen of San Angelo and Terry and Sheila Backen of Sweeny; and four grandchildren, Stacy Backen of Frisco, Sarah and Ryan Backen of Seguin, and Lindsey Backen of Sweeny.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Mordant and Bertha Louise Lipscomb Backen; an infant sister, Dorothy Louise Backen; a brother, Carl Mordant Backen, Jr.; his wife of 64 years, Ruby Backen; an infant son, Larry Keith Backen; and an infant daughter, Cindi Gail Backen.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral home (979) 245-4613.

Palacios Beacon, June 10, 2009
 


Ruby Catherine Castle Backen
(July 21, 1919 - December 12, 2006)

Ruby Catherine Castle Backen, 87, left her home in Sweeny to be with her Lord on December 12, 2006. She married Roy Bracken on November 7, 1942. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. As a member of First Baptist in Sweeny for 46 years, she served her Lord wherever needed; taught Mission Friends and Girls In Actions; and in her later years, participated in the Kitchen Band. She was also involved in the community as a charter member of the Pink Ladies, a member of the Rebekah Lodge and as den mother for the Cub Scouts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Eleanor Church, her sister Vivian Cantrell, infant son Larry Keith Backen and infant daughter Cindi Gail Backen.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Roy Keith Backen of Sweeny; sons and daughters-in-law Rod & Lynda Backen of San Angelo and Terry & Sheila Backen of Sweeny; grandchildren Stacy, Sarah, Ryan and Lindsey Backen.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, December 15, 2006 at the First Baptist Church in Sweeny with Rev. Jeryl Watkins officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery in Palacios. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5PM-7PM at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Final

Arrangements entrusted to Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


IRVIN BAGGETT SR.

MIDFIELD - Irvin Baggett Sr.,79, of Midfield, passed away on June 21, 2009. He was born on March 31, 1930, in Coleman, to the late John and Ora Holmes Baggett. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie Baggett of Midfield; son, Irvin Baggett Jr. and wife Ester of Palacios; and daughter, Peggy Baggett of Waco; step-sons, James E. Fitzgerald and wife Tina of Francitas, Leroy Fitzgerald of Inez, and Frank H. Fitzgerald and wife Shelly of Midfield; step-daughters, Priscilla Hurta of Midfield and Addila May McGee and husband C.D. of Francitas; brothers, Billy Jack Baggett of Shepherd and Douglas Baggett of Pineland; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Baggett Jr.; and daughter, Theresa Ann Baggett.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today, June 23, 2009, with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m., at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Triska Funeral Home with Rev. Don Storey officiating. Burial will follow at Midfield Cemetery with full military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post 251.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Cessor, Ken Cook, Henry Olsovsky, Ervin "Bubba" Briscoe, Bishop Fitzgerald, and Marty Harris.

Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 6/23/2009
 


MINNIE FAYE BAGGETT

EL CAMPO - Minnie Faye Massoletti Fitzgerald Baggett, born May 7, 1928 in El Campo to the late William E. and Dora Langdon Massoletti, passed away on Dec. 29, 2010 at the age of 82. She was a beautician. Minnie also worked for Tidehaven I.S.D. in the school cafeteria and as a bus driver, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Blessing.

She is survived by her daughters, Priscilla Hurta of Midfield, and Addelia [Tiny] Magee and husband C.D. of Midfield; sons, James E. Fitzgerald and wife Tina of Francitas, Leroy Fitzgerald and wife Diane of Inez, and Frank H. {Hank} Fitzgerald and wife Shelly of Midfield; step-daughter, Peggy Baggett of Waco, and step-son, Irvin Baggett Jr. and wife Ester of Palacios; sister, Irene Bram and husband Elve of El Campo; brother, Archie Bob Massoletti and wife Bettye of Point Comfort; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also many extended family and friends from the Cowboy Country Corner in Midfield.

Minnie was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Jimmie [Bob] Fitzgerald and Irvin Baggett; grandson, Michael Magee Sr.; and stepdaughter, Theresa Baggett.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2, at Triska Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3 at Triska Funeral Home with Pastor Don Storey officiating. Burial will follow at Midfield Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Danny Fitzgerald, Bishop Fitzgerald, Dustin Fitzgerald, Jason Hurta, Marty Harris and Tony Stewart.

Honorary pallbearers will be J.J. Fitzgerald, Lee Roy Cessor, Ervin Briscoe, Ken Cook, Henry Olsovsky, Robby Beisel, Jason Fitzgerald, and Ray Fitzgerald.

Memorial donations may be made to Houston Hospice-El Campo or to the donor's choice.

Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 31, 2010
 

Richard Hogan Baggett, 67, died August 17, 1981 in Clearlake Hospital after a short illness. He was a former resident of Magnolia Park Baptist Church. Baggett worked for 30 years overseas with geophysical work, he was employed 27 years with Rogers Geophysical Company and later with Western Geophysical Company and last employed with Litton Resources in Galveston. Survivors include: wife Clara Nicholson Baggett of New Braunfels; sons, Richard H. Baggett II, Ronald E. Baggett, both of Houston; daughter, C. Ruth Smart of New Braunfels; adopted daughter, Betty A. Wooten; brothers, Ben of Victoria, George of Rye and Sam of New Waverly; sister, Mary Collins of San Antonio; 7 grandchildren and 3 adopted grandchildren. The body will lie in state at Froberg Funeral Home in Alvin. Graveside services and burial will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements with Froberg Funeral Home, Alvin.

(Born March 15, 1914)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, August 18, 1981, Matagorda County Texas
 

Newie Adelbert Bailey

Jan. 1, 1908 - Aug. 13, 1991

Roselawn Memorial Park

Picture Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Alvin Hubert Baker Dies in Blessing

 

Alvin Hubert Baker, age 53, died of a heart attack at his home in Blessing, Thursday, February 14.

 

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. E. Black of Markham from Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City, Saturday at 2 p.m. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

 

THE PALACIOS BEACON, February 21, 1963
 


Doris Baker

(September 5, 1927 - July 14, 2007)
 

Doris Baker, 79, of Bay City passed away July 14, 2007. She was born September 5, 1927 in DeKalb, TX to the late Joseph Sidney Cameron & Eula Mae McMillan Cameron. She worked as a nurse’s aid at Matagorda General Hospital for many years.


Survivors include two daughters Carolyn Baker of Roans Prairie, TX & Marilyn Savage of Markham; two sons Mike & Linda Baker of Sugar Land and Larry Baker of Roans Prairie, TX; sisters Irene Heffington of Salinas, CA and Dorothy Skidmore & Exie Teague both of Andrews, TX; brother Roy Cameron of Riverton, UT; grandchildren Andrea Savage of Markham, Nathan Savage of Victoria, Kristen & Oscar Lara of Blessing, Bryan & Crystal Baker of Austin, Jeff & Wendy Baker of Morgantown, WV, Chris & Scott Baker of Bay City, Haley Turner of New York City, NY, Alecia & Jason Patranella of College Station, Stephanie Baker of Huntsville & Joshua Baker of College Station; great grandchildren Vincent, Karissa & Marcus Lara, Ryan & Drew Savage and Tyler Baker; and foster brother & sister Harold & Barbara Bateman. She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse O. Baker in 2005.
Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at the Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Delvin L. Taska/Jesse Baker Scholarship Fund at Tidehaven High School, PO Box 129, El Maton, TX 77440. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. 979-245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Aubrey Malcomb Baker     Dorothy Jean Craft Baker     Cedarvale Cemetery     Photos courtesy of Fay Cunningham
 

 

 

 

Dorothy Jean Craft Baker
Aug. 14, 1928 – March 30, 2007
 

This is the day our Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Dorothy Jean Craft Baker went to be face to face with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 30, 2007. We know, because of her belief in Jesus Christ, she now has no more pain and no more sorrow, the old things are passed away. Because of her faith alone in Christ alone, our Dorothy now resides in that wonderful place called Heaven.

Dot was born in Bay City, Texas, on August 14, 1928, to Bertie and Bose Craft. As a teenager she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City and later as an adult, a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Galveston. During World War II, she entertained the troops with her beautiful voice at Camp Hulen in her hometown. She graduated from Bay City High School in 1946 and after graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Aubrey (Coach) Baker. A son, Michael, was born April 11, 1947, and as a young family, Dot and Aubrey settled in Houston, Texas, living on the University of Houston campus while Aubrey earned his degree. Dorothy became a full-time coach’s wife at Galena Park and then later at Kirwin High School. A daughter was born July 19, 1957, Andrea Renee. Dot worked for GISD and UTMB for 15 years. Dot and Coach both retired from UTMB in 1992.

As her family and friends mourn her passing, we know that God’s plan and His timing is perfect. Dot Baker was taken from this earth at the appointed time, and we have absolute confidence that she is in the Hands of her Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe, as the Apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Dot is preceded in death by Roger Lane Craft, Bose Craft, Bertie Craft, and Maidelle Craft Yates.

Those who will always have the sweet fragrance of her memory in their hearts are: her husband and best friend of 60 years, Aubrey Baker; son, Michael Baker and wife, Irene; daughter, Andrea Gossett and husband, Chuck; grandchildren, Mark Williams and wife, Terri, Dr. Michael Lane Baker and wife, Carrie, Kellie Hill and husband, Brad, and Allison Baker; great grandchildren, Sean and Kelley Williams, Sam Houston and Zoey Baker, and Joshua and David Hill; brothers-and sisters-in-law, Frank and Tommye Baker, D.K. and Joan Baker, Janis and John Fulton, Janet and Gerald Gilbert; and many nieces and nephews.

The family received visitors after 5 p.m., Monday, April 2, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, at First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, Texas, with Chuck Gossett officiating. Burial will follow the service at Cedar Lane [Vale] Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Michael Baker, David Ziebart, Jim Craft, Charlie Amato, Bill Mitchell, and Bruce VanLerberghe.

Honorary Pallbearers will be E.J. Bell, Dave Thomas, Harold Ellenbass, and Steve Yates.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 4, 2007, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Evelyn Muriel Baker
Dec. 20, 1922 - March 19, 2010

Evelyn Muriel Baker, 87, of Bay City passed away Friday, March 19, 2010 at the Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City. Evelyn was born in Lubbock, Texas on December 20, 1922 to parents George and Nancy Jane Hughes Richey.

She was a retired teacher and a faithful long time member of the Nichols Street Church of Christ in Bay City. Her parents and her first husband Vernon Burrell preceded her in death.

She is survived by: her husband Samuel Baker of Bay City; daughter, Nancy Burrell of Bay City; Step-sons, Terry Baker of Bay City and Sam Baker of Oregon and Samuel’s adopted children Belinda LeTulle of Franklin, Texas and Corey Baker of California as well as a brother, Vance Richey. The Baker grandchildren, Deena, Jeremy, Terry Lane, and Tabitha also survive her. Visitation for Evelyn will be held from noon until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday March 21, at the Bay City Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 22, at the Nichols Street Church of Christ in Bay City with the Rev. Larry Macomber officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published March 24, 2010
 


H. DURWARD BAKER

YOAKUM - H. Durward Baker, age 92, passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. He was born on May 23, 1917, in Gainesville, to George and Mona Fairless Baker.

He was a retired postal clerk; retired Baptist Builder; a volunteer for Yoakum Food Pantry; served as deacon at Yoakum First Baptist Church; and presently was a member of Austin Street Baptist Church.

Survivors: wife, Lena Rae Bell Baker; son, Phillip R. Baker and wife Lucy; daughters, Kaye Hallett and husband Johnnie, and Shirley Nobles and husband Don, all of Yoakum; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Gene Baker and wife Irene of Rockport.

Preceded in death by: parents; infant daughter, Debbie Baker; granddaughter, Cindy Trahan; brother, Bill Baker; and sister, Betty Sue Cameron.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be at 10 a. m. on Friday at Austin Street Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Seay officiating. Burial will be at Pilot Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Phillip Baker II, Shawn Hallett, Michael Hallett, Neal Nobles, David Jahn, Robert Vanek, Cecil Bell Jr., and Henry Hanson.

Memorials may be given to Accolade Hospice or the donor's choice.

Online guest book may be signed at
thielecooper.com.

Arrangements with Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, 361-293-5656.

Published in Victoria Advocate on February 3, 2010
 


Hazel Lee Guynes Baker

 

A Rosary will be said for Hazel Lee Baker, 86, of Blessing, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing, Tuesday, 7 p.m., May 18. Mass will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 19 with Father Peter Higgins officiating at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery.
 

Mrs. Baker died May 16, 1999 at Matagorda General Hospital. She was born May 12, 1913 in Blessing to Harry Guynes, Sr. and Annie Laura Moore.

 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and August Jalufka of Blessing; her brothers Henry Guynes of Markham, and George "Buster" Guynes of Palacios; and her granddaughters, Tina Jo Smith and Regina Ann Jalufka both of Blessing; and great granddaughter Kayla Lean Smith of Blessing.

 

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

 

Pallbearers are August Jalufka, Henry Guynes, George Guynes, Wayne Guynes, Fred Jalufka, and Adolph Jalufka.

 

Arrangements are with the Bay City Funeral Home.

 

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, May 17, 1999

 


Jesse O. Baker

 

BAY CITY--Jesse O. Baker, 77, of Bay City died Monday, March 28, 2005.

 

He was born Dec. 8, 1927 in Malakoff, to the late Willie J. and Lillie Giles Baker. He was a 1946 graduate of Corsicana State Orphan's Home, attended Southwest Texas State Teacher's College, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin College in 1950. He was a teacher and served as principal of Arp High School and Tidehaven High School.

 

Survivors: wife, Doris Baker of Bay City; daughters, Carolyn Baker of Bay City and Marilyn Savage of Markham; sons, Mike Baker of Bay City and Larry Baker of Coldspring; sister, Frances Wilcox; foster sister, Barbara Bateman; brother, Andrew "Slim" Baker; foster brother Harold Bateman; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

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

 

Services will be 10 a. m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Bay City, the Reverends Chester Sassman and Michael Zimmerman officiating.

 

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

 

Memorials: Delvin L. Taska Scholarship Fund, c/o Tidehaven High School, P. O. Box 129, El Maton, Texas 77440.

 

The Victoria Advocate, March 30, 2005

 


John Henry Baker

 

Funeral services for John Henry Baker, 63, of Palacios, were held Dec. 16, 1999 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mr. Baker was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Waco to the late John and Ethel Lott Baker. He died Dec. 14, 1999 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.

 

He is survived by his wife, Pat Baker; daughters and sons-in-law, Cherrie Juren of Baytown, Robin and Jason Adams of Dayton and Judy and Lawrence Purser of Crosby; sons and daughter-in-law, John and Kathy Baker of Midfield; sisters Birty, Francis and husband James, Joyce and husband Melvin, Lorraine and Ruben, Dorothy and husband Don, and Sandy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl and Marge, Thomas and Freddia, Victor and Mary and Jerry Don; and seven grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers included Joe Reyna, Mr. Adams, Jim Howard, B. J. Juren, Lawrence Purser and Jason Little.

 

The Palacios Beacon, December 22, 1999

 


Morrett Lee Baker

Morrett Lee Baker, age 81, of Palacios, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 in a Sugar Land hospital following an extended illness. He was born on Nov. 15, 1927 in Jennings, La., son of the late Alex Baker and Naomi Dugat Baker.

As a young child, Mr. Baker moved to Houston and was a 1947 graduate of St. Thomas High School. He was employed at Great Southern Life Insurance Company in Houston from 1958 until 1975. He married Nina Jane Kriss on June 9, 1962 in Houston. They moved to Wharton in 1975 and owned the Wakefield Motel until 1992. They then lived in Millville, Pa., for 11 years. He then retired in Palacios in 2003. Mr. Baker was Catholic by faith. He was a former member of the Wharton Country Club and was an avid golfer.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Spears.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Wharton Funeral Home with Deacon Alvin Matthys officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

Survivors include his wife, Nina Baker of Palacios; and nieces, Donna Gayle Ashlock, Charla Upton, Wendi Davenport, Sandy Yoder and Paula Fitzwater.

Honorary Pallbearers are all of his golfing buddies and friends.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society, 204 Second St., Wharton, TX 77488; or the charity of personal choice.

Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

Published in the Wharton Spectator on April 22, 2009
 


HOWARD EARL BALDWIN

Funeral services for Howard Earl Baldwin, 84 of Temple, Tx. were held Oct. 18, 2010 at the Belton Nazarene Church with Pastor Adrian D. “Tommy” Davis officiating. Burial was at Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple with military honors.

Mr. Baldwin was born Dec. 5, 1925 to Harold Reid and Alberta (Sealock) Baldwin in Palacios, Tx. He passed away Oct. 14, 2010.

He honorably served our country during World War II in the United States Army. On July 1, 1952, he married Mora Jane Lemay in Bethany, Oklahoma. He worked as a Pastor at Grace Church of Nazarene in Temple. He also worked as a counselor for T.E.C.

He is survived by his wife of Temple; daughters Crystal Baldwin of Temple, Coral Snider and husband Allan of Bethany, OK, Linda Baldwin and husband Randall Hassig of Temple, and Rhonda Wardlow and husband Terry of Temple; son Stanley Baldwin of Temple; brothers Carl Baldwin of Palacios, Joseph Baldwin of Portland, Tx., and James Baldwin of Somerville, Tx.; and 7 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Oliver and Donald; and sister Irene.

Memorial donations may be made to Belton Nazarene Church, P.O. Box 596, Belton, Texas 76513 or the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5018 (phone 1-800-327-4545).

The Palacios Beacon, October 20, 2010
 


BALTAR, BERNICE ISABEL CONRADY
 


Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice Isabel Baltar were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 2, in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Leslie E. Webb officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Conrady, she was born July 4, 1916, in Prophetstown, Illinois. A resident of Palacios for 25 years, she had taught in the Palacios Schools, helped at the Rainbow Day Care Center and was Principal of the Presbyterian Day School. She passed away suddenly Friday, December 31.

She is survived by her husband, Ray J. Baltar of Palacios; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Kana of Lake Jackson; two sons, Bruce Baltar of Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and Steve Wallin of Las Cruces, New Mexico; one sister, Mrs. Karla Setra of Illinois and three grandchildren.

(Died December 31, 1976)

Matagorda County, Texas
 

Ray J. Baltar, 72, of Palacios, died Sunday, December 3 in the Freeport Community Hospital. He was born February 20, 1906. Survivors include his wife, Anna Belle Baltar of Palacios, a daughter, Margaret Kana of Lake Jackson, sons, Steve Wallin of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Bruce Baltar of Cambridge Massachusetts and Ray Baltar of Sacramento, California. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios on Wednesday, December 6, at 3 p.m. Rev. J. Elroy Weikel will officiate. Interment at Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

(Died December 6, 1978)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas


Frances Banado
May 1, 1922 – Aug. 20, 2008


Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Frances Banado died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she had moved to be with her daughter. Frances was born in Fountainhead, Tennessee on May 1, 1922. In 1954, she moved to Bay City with her husband Frank Banado and daughter Elisia. They established and operated the Bay City Piano Company for 30 years.

Her Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at Saint Patrick Catholic Church with the pastor, Reverend Jerry Martin celebrant. Arrangements by Rabenhorst Funeral Home East.

Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2008 with the Reverend Gerry Cernoch pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church officiating.

Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Bay City was always “home” to Frances, the place where she participated in her community and lived a richly textured life with dearly loved friends.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Frank Banado and is survived by her daughter Elisa Banado Taylor; two grandchildren, Margaret Taylor Reed and her husband Kelly Reed and Audrey Taylor; and four great grandchildren, Sarah Frances, Kathryn, Bryan and Steven Reed.

When Frances Banado moved to Baton Rouge, family photographs and albums were lost. If you have pictures of Frank, Frances, or Elisa Banado, it would be deeply appreciated if you would please contact Elisa at 225-205-0218 or bring them to the interment on Saturday. A friend in Bay City has arranged for copies to be printed in Bay City with originals secured and returned to you.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published August 27, 2008

 


Frank G. Banado           Frances Banado          Roselawn Memorial Park          Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

 

 


Alfred Ray “Sonny” Bankhead
Nov. 18, 1921 – Nov. 12, 2010

Alfred Ray “Sonny” Bankhead, 88, of Markham, Texas, passed away peacefully, Friday, November 12, 2010, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born November, 18, 1921, in Markham, Texas, to the late Hollie Ray and Rosalie Frieze Bankhead.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a lifelong resident of Markham.

He was also a retired boilermaker and operator with Marathon Oil Company, a member of St. Robert’s Catholic Church in Markham, a member of the 100 Club, and a member and past Commander of the Philip H. Parker VFW Post 2438 in Bay City.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; his son, Donald Ray Bankhead; and his sisters, Dorothy Urban, June Lewis and Janet Mullins.

He is survived by: his wife, Winnie Bankhead of Markham; his daughters, Judy Sliva and husband Tony of Blessing and Janet Saha and husband Mike of El Maton; sister, Elizabeth Myers of Deer Park; grandchildren, Jana Dyer and husband Gerald, Cheryl Riojas, Scott Sliva, Jeff Sliva, Sheri Mayfield and husband Kelly, Mikey Saha and wife Christa, Stacey Spencer and husband Kade, and Mark Saha and wife Hillary; and by 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece and Godmother, Gertie Mayeux.

The Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 14, 2010, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2010, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, Texas, with the Rev. Peter Yeboah-Amanfo officiating.

Interment immediately followed at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas. His grandsons served as his pallbearers.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, November 17, 2010
 


Hollie Ray Bankhead

 

Hollie Ray Bankhead, 83, of Markham died at Matagorda General Hospital August 6, 1981. His church affiliation was Baptist and he was a life long resident of Markham. Survivors include: daughters, June Lewis, Elizabeth Meyers and Janet Mullins all of Markham; son, A. R. "Sonny" Bankhead of Markham; sister, Zella Kaler of Corpus Christi; brothers, A. J. Bankhead and James A. Bankhead both of Baton Rouge, La.; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Taylor Brothers Chapel Saturday, August 8, at 4:30 p. m. with Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, August, 1981

 

Mrs. Rosalie Frieze Bankhead, 75, of Markham died Jan. 26, 1977 at Matagorda General Hospital. She is survived by her widower, Hollie Ray Bankhead of Markham; three daughters, Mrs. Mildred June Lewis, Mrs. Virginia Elizabeth Myers and Mrs. Janet Mullins of Markham; one son, Alfred R. Bankhead of Markham; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Belle Keith of Markham; one brother, Joseph B. Frieze of Hitchcock and 11 grandchildren. Services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Taylor Brothers Chapel. The Rev. Joe Ramsey of Markham Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers are Alden Hollinger, Hollie Urban, Tony Sliva, Jr., Michael Saha, Edward Hlavinka and John Dickerson. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Thursday, January 27, 1977, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Mary Ellen Peterson Bannert
(November 20, 1932 - March 19, 2006)

Mary Ellen Peterson Bannert, 73, of the Carancahua community died March 19, 2006 at the Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca, TX. She was born November 20, 1932 in Carancahua to the late Gustav Emil and Mary Alice Slaughter Peterson. Mrs. Bannert was a life long resident of the Carancahua community and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include her former husband of 48 years Alvin Leon Bannert of Edna, TX; daughters: Mary Wolfe of Mahanoy City, PA and Sharon Harter of Blessing, TX; sons: Alvin Dale Bannert of Sweeny, TX, Marshall Bannert of Dickerson, TX, and Emil Glenn Bannert of Edna, TX; brother: Kenneth Peterson of Carancahua Community; 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter; Ellen Vengular, sister: Leta Kelly: brothers: Charlie and Ludwig Peterson; grandchildren: Justin Bannert, Christopher and Chad Anthony Rogers, and Sheila Linette Harter, Funeral Service will be 4:00 PM Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shan Jackson and Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating. Interment will follow at Olivia Cemetery in Olivia, TX. The family will receive friends at the Palacios Funeral Home Tuesday evening frm 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Peewee Abraham, Doug Cornett, Victor Eggemeyer, David A. Frankson, Jr., Bryant and Charles Peterson. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361)972-2012.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Donnie G. Barker

 

PALACIOS - Donnie George Barker, 51, of Carancahua Community, Palacios, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004.

 

He was born Jan. 28, 1953, in Dayton, to the late Howard Keith and Oma Sue Fielder Barker.

 

Survivors: sisters, Susan Jessup and Jeanie Vecra, both of Palacios, and Pattie Verdecanna of Bay City; and brother, Bobby Barker of New Caney.

 

Preceded in death by: nephew, Justin Lee Norman.

 

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Palacios Funeral Home, the Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating.

 

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

 

The Victoria Advocate, February 12, 2004

 


Howard Keith Barker

 

Funeral services for Howard Keith Barker, 75, of Palacios, were scheduled for 2 p. m. Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Shan Jackson officiating. Interment was to be at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

 

Mr. Barker was born July 18, 1923 in Austwell, Tx, to the late George Morris and Myrtice Odessa Rodgers Barker. He died March 26, 1999 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.

 

He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, a retired pipefitter of Local 068 in Houston and a resident of Palacios for about 40 years. He was a Methodist and a member of American Legion Post 0345 and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Palacios.

 

He is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law: Susan and Danny Jessup, Pattie Verdecanna and Jeanie Vecera, all of Palacios; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donnie George Barker of Palacios and Bobby Keith and Peggy Barker of New Caney, a brother, Morris Marion Barker and wife, Mona, of Independence, Ore.; a sister-in-law, Betty Barker of Port Lavaca, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Oma Sue Barker on April 16, 1998; a sister, Lovonia Hochgraber; a brother, Hugh Malen Barker; and one great-grandchild, Justin Lee Normand.

 

Pallbearers are Keith Wallis, Craig Wallis, Mark Champion, Johnny Penland, Garry Seaman and Matt Hines.

 

Palacios Beacon, March 31?, 1999

 


Sue Barker

 

PALACIOS--Sue Barker, 71, of Palacios, died Thursday, April 16, 1998.

 

She was born June 6, 1926, in Dayton, to the late Robert R. and Era Alice Wells Fields. She was a member of Eagles and American Legion Auxiliary.

 

Survivors: husband, Howard K. Barker; daughters, Susan Jessup, Pattie Verdecanna and Jeanie Vecera, all of Palacios; sons, Bobby Barker of Porter and Donnie Barker of Palacios; sisters, Helda Laza of Dayton and Mauritta Weatherbee of Corpus Christi; brothers, Wells T. Fielder of Kerrville and Ronald L. Fielder of Raywood; and 11 grandchildren.

 

Preceded in death by: brothers, John C. Fielder and Robert Fielder; and one great-grandchild.

 

Services will be 4 p. m. Sunday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Shan Jackson officiating.

 

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 972-2012.

 

The Victoria Advocate, April 17 or 18, 1998

 

Mrs. Barlow's Death Is Ruled Accidental

Mrs. Anna Grace Barlow, 26, was dead on arrival at Matagorda General Hospital late Sunday afternoon following a gun accident in which her husband discharged a .22 calibre target pistol into her chest.

The husband, James H. Barlow, 21, was talking to his wife while she prepared supper, according to a witness. He was working with the gun--from which the bullet clip had already been removed--when the tragedy occurred from one bullet remaining in the chamber.

The witness to the accident was Pierre Victor Ducros, Jr., according to the city police report. Barlow and Ducros had just returned from rabbit hunting on Bucks Bayou Road with both rifles and the pistol.

Justice of the peace D. B. Hinton held an inquest at the hospital about 5 p.m. and ruled accidental death in the case. Captain Travis Chambless and Officer Lloyd Barr of the Bay City Police Department investigated.

Taylor Brothers Funeral Home of Bay City is handling arrangements but no service place or time or complete lists of survivors were available at press time today. The Barlows have three children--David, 3, Stephen, 2, and James William, 7 months.

Originally a resident of Barbers Hill near Baytown, according to the newspaper there, Mrs. Barlow has a brother, A. W. Henscey, who is a detective sergeant on the Baytown Police Force.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Monday, January 3, 1966, Matagorda County, Texas

Gun Accident Victim Rites Set Wednesday

Services for Mrs. Anna Grace Barlow, 26, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel, Dr. A. T. Dyal, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Hawley Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, James H. Barlow, three sons, Charles David, Stephen Robert, and James William, her mother, Mrs. Grace Henscey of Baytown; one sister, Mrs. Juanita Cantrell of Houston, and four brothers, George Henscey of Dayton, John Henscey of Nederland, and Aubrey and Danny Henscey of Baytown.

Mrs. Barlow was accidentally shot to death by her husband in their home late Sunday afternoon while he was cleaning .22 calibre target pistol. The woman was dead on arrival at Matagorda General Hospital shortly before 5 p.m.

Justice of the peace D. B. Hinton held an inquest and ruled accidental death.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, January 4, 1966, Matagorda County, Texas

Funeral services were held for Charles Delbert Barlow, 66, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 1982 from the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bob Sinclair officiating.

Interment was in the Hawley Cemetery.

Barlow, of Sugar Valley, died in the Veterans Hospital in Houston Oct. 28, 1982.

He was born in Blessing, Tex. Dec. 12, 1915.

Survived by his wife, Mrs Marilyn Brown of Sugar Valley; son, Joel Barlow of Tomball; two sisters, Mrs. Inez Miller and Mrs. Katherine Hester of Houston; brother, Ralph Barlow of Bay City; and granddaughter, Sharilyn Brown of Sugar Valley.

Pallbearers included A. C. Herreth, Steve Rickaway, Darron Ross, Carl Herreth, Bert Logan and James Cadenhead.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.


THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas


Joseph Edgar Barlow

 

BARLOW, Joseph Edgar, 81, passed away at Matagorda General Hospital Wednesday morning. Services will be held at 3 p. m. Friday in the Taylor Bros. Chapel. Interment will be in Holly [Hawley] Cemetery. Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Inez Millard and Mrs. Kathryn Hester, both of Houston, 3 sons, Charles Barlow of Houston, James Barlow of Bay City, and Ralph Barlow of Moreland, Idaho, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Mr. Barlow had been a resident of Bay City since 1910.

 

The Daily Tribune, February 26, 1970                                                     Joseph Edgar Barlow and Velma Burkett

 


Ralph Emerson Barlow

 

Funeral services for Ralph Emerson Barlow, 72, of Bay City, are scheduled for 1 p. m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 1995, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Bay City with Bishop Glenn Ashcraft and Stake President Joe Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Barlow was born Oct. 4, 1922 in Blessing, to Joseph Edgar and Velma Burkett Barlow and died Jan. 26, 1995, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

 

He had been a resident of Bay City since 1945, was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

 

Survivors include a daughter, Bretta Barlow Green of Spokane, Wash.; a son, John Burkett Barlow of Salt Lake City, Utah; a sister, Ruby Inez Millard of Bay City; two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

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

 

The Daily Tribune, January 27, 1995

 


CALVIN BARNES

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Calvin Barnes, 49, of Bay City, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Bay City, with the Rev. L.C. Cunningham Jr. officiating. Burial will be held immediately after the service at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green's Mortuary, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on February 27, 2010
 


JACK M. ‘Mel’ BARNES, JR.

Jack Melvern Barnes, Jr. was born to Jack M. Barnes, Sr. and wife Carole Jeanine Wilson Barnes at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX at 9:41 PM on a Wednesday, July 24th 1957. Born under the sign of Leo, weighing in at 7 lbs., 12 ounces, and at a length of 20 inches, Jack (or Mel as he would become known to friends and family) roared into the world and didn’t stop roaring until he took his own life on Friday, April 30, 2010 at his home in Palacios, TX.

Mel lived his life on his own terms and ended his life on his own terms. After battling multiple terminal illnesses and enduring unrelenting pain associated with diabetes complications, Mel decided to hasten his death. Those of us that knew and loved Mel recognize that in death he showed the same strength and honor that he displayed in life. Mel’s choice not to live in pain and suffering is one to be respected. We honor his choice and are humbled by his courage.

Mel grew up on Tree Frog Lane in the Sharpstown area of Houston, TX and attended school at Bonham Elementary, Fondren Jr. High and graduated Sharpstown High in 1975. An intelligent youngster, Mel was invited to attend an HISD class for academically able pupils the summer of 1967. He enjoyed the sciences and math but not so much English and biology. Of course he got straight A’s in Physical Ed, as he loved sports and excelled in football and baseball under the coaching of his father, Jack.

His mother, Carole, was his den leader when he joined the Cub Scouts of America. Mel always enjoyed the outdoors which first became apparent in his joy for camping, earning his merit badges and learning survival techniques in the Scouts. We all had great fun attending the Boy Scout Soap Box derbies where Mel’s carved and painted cars excelled in the downhill racing events.

As Mel grew into adolescence his attention turned to the real thing – his blue Karmann Ghia, his dirt bikes, and an assortment of fast cars. After graduation, being a true Texan, Mel began to hit Gilley’s and other country-western venues where he wooed the women with his Wrangler jeans, big belt buckle, hand-made boots and a talent for two-stepping. Always one to keep us on our toes Mel would vacillate between long-haired hippie type (as witnessed by his senior photo) and well groomed cowboy, but the cowboy in him won out in the long run.

Mel’s chosen career was in sheet metal fabrication and he was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA), Local 54 in Houston. As a long time brother in the union, Mel contributed to construction of the South TX Project nuclear facility near Bay City, TX in the late 1980’s. He was foreman at a Houston sheet metal fabricator and most recently worked at the Shell research facility in the Houston area.

Away from work Mel enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a second home in Palacios, TX for a number of years that allowed him to savor the wildlife of Tres Palacios and Matagorda Bay. An avid conservationist, he was also a member of BASS Conservation and Ducks Unlimited. He sent us all holiday cards each year that he purchased from Ducks Unlimited as his reminder to respect nature and wildlife.

Mel is survived by his daughter Courtney Camus Barnes of Somerville, TX; father Jack M. Barnes, Sr. and stepmother Jan Cole of Weimar, TX; mother Carole J. Clay and stepfather Hartley B. Clay of Gastonia, North Carolina; sister Terri Barnes Johnson and brother-in-law Allen J. Johnson, II of Mount Holly, North Carolina; sister Tracey Barnes McCain, brother-in-law George McCain and nephew Stuart McCain of Spring, TX; significant other Mary Lesser to whom he was very close; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Fort Worth, TX and New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania.

Plans are underway for a memorial service and celebration of Mel’s life to take place in Palacios, TX on July 24, 2010, the 53rd anniversary of his birth. Online condolences may be shared with the family and additional information on the memorial service can be found at memorialwebsites.legacy.com .

Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Jack M. Barnes, Jr. to Ducks Unlimited, American Diabetes Association, or Compassion and Choices.

The Palacios Beacon
 


Loyce Jean Barnes

Funeral services for Loyce Jean Barnes will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 1, 2011, at Mother Zion Baptist Church.

Final arrangements entrusted to Green’s Mortuary, 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, December 29, 2010
 


Annie Laura Barnett
(April 6, 1930 - April 2, 2008)

Annie Laura Barnett, 77, of Palacios, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2008 in Victoria, TX. She was born April 6, 1930 in Luling, TX to the late George David Nelson and Mary Schuchardt Nelson. She was a resident of the Palacios area since 1950 and a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Palacios.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Phyllis Gilbert & husband Don of Richmond, TX and Rita Di Sabatino & husband Dave of Wilmington, DE; by her sons: David Wayne Barnett & wife Pat of El Campo, TX, Glen Lee Barnett & wife Debbie of Palacios, TX and Kent Allen Barnett & wife Alta of Palacios, TX; by her brothers: Johnnie Nelson of Rockport, TX and George Nelson of Luling, TX; and by 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Billy Wayne Barnett; by her parents; and by her brothers: Loyd Nelson and Harold E. “Booger” Nelson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Trinity Baptist Church of Palacios, TX. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 PM Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Luling Cemetery, Luling, TX. Rev. Louis Rush will officiate. Pallbearers will be Josh Allgood, Searcy Barnett, Wylen Barnett, Jose Amstutz, Brent Schulz and Paul Hunt. Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Barnett, Herbert Schneider and John Ressler.

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

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Bethelene Knott Baros
Jan. 31, 1945 –Nov. 4, 2010

Bethelene Knott Baros was born January 31, 1945, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and went to be with our Lord and Savior on November 4, 2010.

She is preceded in death by: her sister, JoAnn Treadway of Alvin, Texas, and her parents, Garvin Knott and Evelyn Bryant Knott of Bay City, Texas.

Beth is survived by: her husband of 49 years, Frankie Baros; her daughters, Kristie Jackson and significant other Donovan Cody of Bay City, Terry and husband Donny McCabe of Edna, Texas; one son, Joey and wife Debbie Baros of Bay City; four grandsons, Cole McCabe and significant other Amy Mica, Koby Baros, Jake and Liam Cody; five granddaughters, Lesley Hutchinson and significant other Josh Powers, Keri McCabe and significant other Joe Geistman, LeeAnn Meyers and husband Evan Meyers, Laura Jackson and significant other Chris Block, and Haley Baros; four great-grandchildren, Cooper and Cohen Meyers, Jace Geistman and Bryce McCabe; two nieces, Cindy and husband Andy Coz of Pearland, Texas and Paula Richardson of Markham, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Beth worked in her home for many years while raising her family. When her children were older and her husband decided to start a local business, she went to work helping him with the various duties of running a gas station. She also spent her time as a cross-guard with the BCPD.

She loved the time she spent visiting with the children. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Bay City.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, November 8, 2010, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 3102 5th Street, Bay City, Texas.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that contributions be made in Beth’s memory to the memorial fund at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Hermann Memorial Hospital and all the health care professionals that have shown so much love to her these last few months. She will be deeply missed by all.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.taylorbros.net

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, November 7, 2010
 


Norma Jean Barnes Barr
(October 19, 1936 - April 10, 2011)

Norma Jeane Barnes Barr, 74, of Bay City went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2011 in Bay City. She was born on October 19, 1936 in Ingleside, in San Patricio County, Texas to the late Claude B. & Myrtie Williams Barnes. She loved to fish, camp, and travel. She was a wonderful homemaker, and a loving wife, mother, & grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Calvary Baptist Church, and was a resident of Bay City Since 1961. Norma grew up in Pledger, and graduated in 1955 from Boling High School.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years: Retired Captain Lloyd W. Barr; son: Darrel Barr & wife Laura; daughter: Carol Schumaker & husband Ronny; 4 grandchildren: Martha Harvey & husband Lee, Cathleen Barr, Michael Barr, and Allan Tucker & wife Casara; 5 great grandchildren: Taylor, Brooke, Carter, Kylee, and Keslie; 3 brothers: Carl, Waymond, and Kenneth Barnes; sister: Sandra Brooks; and mother-in-law: Martha Barr. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister: Goldia Hanson; and 2 brothers: Clarence and Johnny Barnes.

The Family will receive visitors from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tuesday April 12, 2011 at the Funeral Home. A funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Donations may be made to the Texas Lions Camp, P.O. Box 290247, Kerrville, Texas 78029-0247 or Charity of your choice.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Arnold Barrera Jr.
Jan. 6, 1960 – May 29, 2008



Arnold Barrera, Jr., 48, of Bay City died on May 29, 2008 in his home.

He was born on January 6, 1960 to Arnold Barrera and Emma Barrera in Anson, Texas.

He is survived by: parents; siblings, Alma Frazier (Terry), Joe Barrera (Cathy), Steve Barrera (Belinda), Bobby Barrera, and Irene Belvin (David); nephews and nieces, Tony Barrera (Cara), Christopher Rice, BreAnna Barrera, Gabrielle Barrera, Stephan Barrera, Stone Belvin and Siera Belvin.

Arrangements are pending with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published June 1, 2008
 


Monte Keith Barrett

 

Memorial services for Monte Keith Barrett, 38, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Bay City, will be held June 4 at the Southminister Presbyterian Church at 2 p. m. at 2310 Brightwater Dr. in Missouri City, TX. Pastor Jerry Hurst and Ralph Morgan will be officiating.

 

Monte Barrett passed away June 1, 1999 in Texas City at 5 a. m. He was born November 15, 1960 in Bay City to Malcolm and Janet Barrett.

 

He is survived by his brother Mark Barrett and wife Eileen, nephews Mark, Jr. and Michael; sister Connie Gregorek and spouse Tim, nephew Barrett, niece Cassidy; grandmother Jean Barrett; aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice Care Team, Inc. at 1708 Amburn, Suite C in Texas City, Texas 88591-2436.

 

The Daily Tribune, June 3, 1999

Hawley Cemetery

 


TRACY LEE BARRETT
 

Funeral services Tracy Lee Barrett, 87, were held Feb. 25, 2009 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel in Victoria, Tx. with Rev. Leon Maxwell officiating. Interment was at Swickheimer Cemetery.

Mrs. Barrett was born Sept. 7, 1921 to John C. and Beulah White in San Antonio, Tx. She went to be with her Lord on Feb. 23, 2009 after a lengthy challenge with Alzheimers.

She will be missed by her loving family and friends. She grew up and graduated from LaWard High School and after marrying she moved to Palacios where she spent most of her life. She was residing in Victoria at the time of her death.

She is survived by two daughters, Carla Barrett Jansky of Victoria and Nancy Lee Barrett of Palacios; son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Glenda Barrett of Matagorda; brother, Arthur White of LaWard; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Tracy was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Sterling Barrett, Sr.; son, Henry Sterling Barrett, Jr.; sister, Wanda Rickaway and brothers, Johnny, Harvey and Charles White.

Pallbearers were four of Mrs. Barretts’s great-grandchildren, Hayden Alexander Nemes, Dalton Wade Naiser, Connor Michael Barrett and Hunter Garrett Wynn, as well as Mark Steven McDonald, Jimmy Dale Jansky and Howard Helms.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday,

 


Ignacia Cervantes Barron
(July 31, 1925 - July 19, 2006)

Ignacia Cervantes Barron, 80, of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2006. She was born July 31, 1925 in Boling, TX to Tomasa Moreno Caballero and Reyes Cervantes. She was a resident of Bay City since 1974 and was a member of Nazareth United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her Daughters and Sons-in-law: Esperanza & Daniel Dominguez of Bay City, Maria & Joe Ramirez of Wharton, Alicia & Eulojio Lopez of Bay City, and Blanca Estela & Oscar Gonzalez of Bay City; by her Sons and Daughter-in-law: Paul Barron of Victoria, Alejandro Barron of Kerrville, and Daniel & Alice Caballero of Bay City; by her sisters: Olivia Montalbo of Bay City, Dominga DeLeon of Angleton and Elvira Montalbo of Van Vleck; by her brothers: Jesse Caballero and Joe Caballero, both of Houston; and by 22 – grandchildren, 32 – great-grandchildren, and 3 – great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Emilio S. Barron; by her parents: Tomasa M. Caballero and Reyes Cervantez; by a son: Johnny V. Barron; by 2 sisters: Anita Ramirez and Mary Ojeda; by 3 brothers: Pete Cervantes, Frank Servantes and Tony Caballero; and by her grand-daughter: Belinda Marie Barron.

A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 PM Friday, July 21, 2006 at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Lay Minister Gloria L. Baldearena officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Rick Lopez, John Paul Lopez, Marty Lopez, Joe Ramirez, Jr. Mario Mejia, Julio Mejia, Domingo Mejia, Joel Rodriguez, Adrian Martinez, Steven Martinez, Alexander Barron, Jr. and Roni Ortiz.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting: www.taylorbros.net

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home                          Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Eddie Stevenson Barton
(March 9, 1920 - January 16, 2007)

Eddie Stevenson Barton, 86, died peacefully at home on January 16, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband William D. Barton, Sr. and son William D. Barton, Jr. She is survived by her son Henry Stevenson Barton; daughters-in-law Sherry Barton and Lurinda Barton; grandchildren Lori Barton, Kim Barton Schneider, Logan Barton and Tamika Smith. She is also survived by brothers Robert Edward Stevenson and Henry Erle Stevenson of Rayville, LA.

Eddie was born in Rayville, LA on March 9, 1920 to Henry Harrison Stevenson and Willie Oldham Stevenson. She attended Monroe Business School after high school and was employed by Treadwell Construction Company in Winnsboro, LA. She later transferred to Shreveport, LA and married W. D. “Billy” Barton October 11, 1945. After years of being a homemaker and mother she used her bookkeeping skills working at Bay City Fertilizer, the family business. She dedicated her life to the business and her family.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bay City and active in the Women’s Morning Circle.

Services will be 10:00 AM Friday, January 19, 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. John-Nelson Pope officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers include Mike Burnside, Roy Chesson, Joe Eddleman, Jimmy Roppolo, Loy Sneary and Greg Westmoreland. Tom Uher will serve as honorary pallbearer. The family requests that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


William D. Barton, Jr.
(November 1, 1947 - January 9, 2007)

William Deramus Barton, Jr., son of William D. Barton, Sr. and Eddie Stevenson Barton was born November 1, 1947, in Shreveport, Louisiana, lost his hard fought battle against leukemia on January 9, 2007. Bill was a man who faced each day ready to live life to its fullest. He was blessed to have led a rich and rewarding life. He spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama learning to be a sportsman, hunter and football player. As an outdoorsman from a young age, he was proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and become a member of the Order of the Arrow. After graduation from high school in Richmond, Virginia, he accepted a football scholarship from Virginia Tech graduating in 1969 with a BBA in Marketing. He loved his alma mater and felt privileged to have received a degree from such a renowned university. Bill loved opportunities to learn and receiving an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin was just one more accomplishment challenge in his life-long desire for knowledge. Of course, one of his biggest sport passions was his love of the Virginia Tech Hokies and the University of Texas Longhorns – cheering the games with his friends.

After working as a marketing specialist in Memphis, Tennessee with Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford, he joined his father and brother in the creation of Bonus Crop Fertilizer in Bay City, TX in 1973. Throughout his prominent career in the industry, Bill was an active advocate for the agribusiness community and a member of numerous organizations. He felt honored to have served as the President of the Texas Plant Food Institute, a Treasurer of the Southwest Fertilizer Conference, and as a board member of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) in Washington, D.C.. As Chairman of the TFI Ag Policy Committee, he testified before Congress on agricultural issues and the importance of the industry to our Country. Living and working in the Bay City, Matagorda, and Van Vleck communities for 33 years, Bill was a strong believer in supporting the community and its merchants and farmers. Through his efforts, he served on the Community Development Board of Directors for First Prosperity Bank; the Board of Directors for the Bay City/Matagorda County Industrial Foundation; committee chair for the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agricultural; and as an ordained elder and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, TX.

His dedication to his family and friends was always his first priority. He and his wife Lurinda Smith Barton were married in the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Chapel on July 17, 1971. They shared a rare and deep love for each other for over 35 years. Together they enjoyed scuba diving and jungle trips in exotic and faraway locations. Bill loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family. Bill lived a full and happy life, surrounded by family and friends.

From his place in heaven, he will continue to watch over his loving family – wife Lurinda Barton of Bay City, daughter Tamika of Alexandra, Virginia, mother Eddie Barton, brother and sister-in-law Steve & Sherry Barton, nephews Logan Barton and Loren Smith, and nieces Lori Barton and Kimberly Barton Schneider. His beloved father, Billy Barton, preceded Bill in death.

His family wishes to extend a heart felt thank you to the doctors and nurses of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX and the staff of the Medical Center Houston Hospice for the wonderful support and fine care they exhibited during his illness and treatment. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests friends wishing to make a memorial gift do so to the First Presbyterian Church, 2216 Avenue H, Bay City, TX 77414.

Visitation was at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, 2313 Avenue I in Bay City, TX on Thursday, January 11, 2007 from 5-7 pm. The funeral service is at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City on Friday, January 12, 2007 at 2:00 pm. Rev. John-Nelson Pope will officiate the services. Bill will be laid to rest at The Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda, TX following the service. Pallbearers are Charlie Allison, T. John Crow, Crayden Dennard, Jeb James, John Runnells, Clay Shock and Greg Westmoreland. Honorary pallbearers are Roy Chesson, Jerry Christian, Joe Edleman, Neil Johnson, Pat Miller, Bill Stallings, Tom Tiefel and Randy Treadwell.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Bethany Ann Bartosh
(November 22, 1986 - October 2, 2005)

Bethany Ann Bartosh, 18, of Bay City died October 2, 2005 in El Campo, Texas. She was born November 22, 1986 in Wharton, Texas to James Edward and Ruth Ann Wind Bartosh.

She is survived by her parents, James E. and Ruth Ann Bartosh of Bay City; by her maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Wind of Marble Falls, Texas; her paternal grandfather, Edward Bartosh of El Campo; and one brother, Lyndon Bartosh of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Wllis E. Wind and her paternal Grandmother, Martha Raye Bartosh.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the Danevang Lutheran Church in Danevang, Texas with Rev. Eric Klimpel and Rev. Laird Engle officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bay City or the Danevang Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 

WEST COLUMBIA - Hazel Bass, 56 of West Columbia, died Friday, July 7, 2006 in Houston.

She was born Feb. 15, 1950 in Bay City to Eston Stansell and Pauline Naomi Shannon Stansell.

Survivors: daughter, Lee Ann Riley of Bryan; son, David Paul Bass of West Columbia; sisters, Dorothy M. Wakefield and Anita Stansell, both of Bay City; and a granddaughter.

Preceded in death by: brothers: James Fortenberry, Troy Stansell and Orvill Stansell.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing [Matagorda County, Texas]. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Pallbearers: Billy Ray Clifton, Clint Allen Fortenberry, Kirk David Fortenberry, Scott Baker, John L. Bass, Clancy "Boog" Baxter.

Honorary pallbearers: Kyle Williams, Mike Wakefield.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Victoria Advocate, July 11, 2006
 


Kenneth Charles Bass

 

Kenneth Charles Bass of West Columbia, Texas passed away Saturday, February 10, 2001 at the age of 52, in Lake Jackson, Texas. He was born in Bay City on Thursday, February 19, 1948.

 

He was in Pipefitters Local #211.

 

He is survived by: wife of 36 years, Hazel Bass of West Columbia; daughter and son-in-law, Lee Ann and David Riley of Selkirk Island; son, David Bass, of West Columbia; brothers and sister-in-law, John and Carmen Bass of Bay City, Samuel Bass of Matagorda and Till Bass of Bay City; and sister, Mary Baker of Matagorda.

 

Funeral services will be held at Baker Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 11 a. m. with Dottie Dumas officiating. Visitation was Monday between 4 p. m. and 6 p. m. in West Columbia. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

 

Pallbearers are to be Richard Akers, Scott Baker, David Bass, Billy Ray Clifton, Roy McGehee, and David Riley.

 

Contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation.

 

Baker Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. A00011A2001FB13

 

The Daily Tribune, February 13, 2001

 


Kenneth E. Bass

 

Kenneth E. Bass, 71, of Bay City passed away April 2, 1995 at his residence. He was born November 21, 1923 in Bay City to Elbert L. and Clara Mangum Bass. He had been a life long resident of Bay City, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and a US Air Force Veteran of WWII. He is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Baker of Matagorda, by four sons, Kenneth Charles Bass of West Columbia; Sam Kirk Bass of Surfside, John Lawrence Bass and Till Lee Bass both of Bay City, by one sister, Kay Slater of Bay City, by six brothers, Harlan Bass, Richard Bass and Verna Lee Bass all of Houston, Clinton Joe Bass of Katy, Charles E. Slater of Bay City and Gary W. Slater of Angleton, and by fourteen grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a. m. Wednesday, April 5, 1995 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, April 4, 1995

 


Don Louis Batchelder
(February 24, 1935 - October 6, 2006)

Funeral services for Don Louis Batchelder, 71, of Palacios were held Oct. 9, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. June White officiating. Interment will be at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Batchelder was born Feb. 24, 1935 in Palacios to Cecil Louis and Alice Elizabeth Foulks Batchelder. He died Oct. 6, 2006.

He farmed in the Palacios area for many years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Gerry Batchelder of Palacios; daughter Karen Batchelder Nemec of Palacios; sons and daughters-in-law Wesley and Jeanette Batchelder and Brent and Lisa Batchelder all of Palacios; daughter-in-law Cheri Batchelder of Port Lavaca; sister Jane Griffith of Francitas; and grandchildren Ellen, Stacy, Bradley, Holly, Lori and Brian Batchelder and Julie Nemec.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Ken Louis Batchelder.

Pallbearers were Bradley and Brian Batchelder, Wesley Landry, Mike McKissack, Joe Ray Beard and James Engbrock. Honorary pallbearers were Pat Jewell and Michael Batchelder.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, October 11, 2006

 


James Morris "Jimmy" Bates
Sept. 6, 1931 Feb. 14, 2008


James Morris "Jimmy" Bates, 77, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2008.

He was born September 6, 1931 in Bay City to Morris Sylvian Bates and Lola Bell Grimes Bates. He was a life long resident of Bay City, a member of the Baptist
Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge and retired as a welder from Celanese.

He is survived by: his son, Ricky Bates and wife Bridget OBrien of Van Vleck; a sister, Shirley Friday of Sweeny; by his brothers, Fred Bates of Riverside, California, Sidney Bates of Bay City, Earl Bates of Huntsville, Lee Roy Bates of Bay City and Burton Lee Bates of Arkansas; by two grandchildren, Ricky Lee Bates II and Jennifer Kaye Butman; and by his great grandchild, Baylee Jae Bates.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Nedra Sue Carter Bates; his parents, Morris S. and Lola Bell Bates; and his sister, Susie ONeal.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Bruening, Jerry Reed, Danny Donaldson, David Hubbard, Doug Jenkins and Woodrow Riedel.

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

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City,
TX (979) 245-4613.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published February 18, 2009                   Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Vernon A. Bates, Sr.
Feb. 1, 1929 - June 27, 2010

Vernon A. Bates, Sr., 81, of Palacios passed away June 27, 2010.

He was born February 1, 1929 in Bayou La Batre, Alabama to the late Fred F. and Mary Kryger Bates. His family returned to Texas in 1931 where Vernon Attended school in Palacios. He served in the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1953. Upon his return he became a shrimper on his first boat “The Cecile.” In 1950 he married Faye Chamblee. Vernon was a 50 year member of the Palacios Masonic Lodge where he served as Master for 2 years.

His sister Maxine Perkins preceded him in death.

Survivors include: his wife, Faye Bates of Palacios; sons, Vernon Bates, Jr. and wife Kathy of Corpus Christi and Mark Bates and wife Rhonda of Palacios; grandchildren, Keith Bates, Brandi Stingfellow and husband Lance, Matthew Bates and wife Vanessa, Eric Bates and great grandson, Jackson Bates.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Zach Nicholson officiating.

Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Milam, Ricky Milam, Ted Bates, Jr., Ted Perkins, Charles Eikenberg, Leo Naiser, Bryan Fields and Bobby Kunefke.

Those serving as honorary pallbearers include Alton Smith, David Smith and Laddie Matusek.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Palacios. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 30, 2010
 

Lora was born June 3, 1964 in Kingsville, Texas to Bernard (Bernie) Spence and Shirley Spence. She came to Bay City in August 1964. She was a member of the BCHS class of 1982. She married Robert (Jody) Batson on September 23, 1989.

She is survived by: her parents; son, Tyler; two daughters, Savanna and Lilly Batson. She also had two sisters, Connie Donahue and husband Chris of Lenoir City, Tennesse, and Gale and Larry Dupriest of Stephenville, Texas; one brother, David Spence and wife Christy of Lake Jackson. She is also survived by four nieces, Audrey Deyton and Claire Donahue, Alexa Spence and Dana Rodriguez and two nephews, Zach and Dean Donahue.

She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her generous loving nature.

Funeral arrangements are with Rosewood Funeral Home in Victoria, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, Published September 29, 2010
 


Robert Jackson Batson
(June 21, 1938 - June 30, 2007)

Robert Jackson Batson, 69, passed away June 30, 2007. He was born June 21, 1938 in Madisonville, TX to the late Robert Rogers Batson and Susie Goolsby Batson. He was a member of the Old Ocean Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge #1284 in Sweeny. He worked as a shift supervisor for Phillips Petroleum for 40 years.

Survivors include daughter Terri & Husband David Barnovsky of Cortland, Ohio; son Robert Jody Batson of Victoria; eight grandchildren and a special friend Bernice Tatum. He was preceded in death by his wife Janette Batson.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at the Old Ocean Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Fuller officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Jim Hensley, David Matthews, Steve Troutwine, Buddy Philmon, David Barnovsky, Lance Barnovsky and Tyler Batson. The family will greet friends and relatives from 6PM to 8PM Monday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Gussie Mae (Tasler) Baumgart
Sept. 19, 1927 – March 31, 2007
 

Gussie Mae (Tasler) Baumgart, 79, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2007.

She was born September 19, 1927 in Shiner, Texas to Frank N. Tasler, Jr. and Agusta Victoria Nehiba Tasler. She was a resident of Bay City since 1952 and was a retired Registered Nurse.

She is survived by: her husband, Norman C. Baumgart of Bay City; daughters, Candace Baumgart Ibbotson and husband Roger Manteufel of Corpus Christi, Texas and Christina Marie Baumgart Meyers and husband Ronnie Meyers of Nacogdoches, Texas; son, Charles Bryan Baumgart of Santa Barbara, California; and grandchildren, Timothy Scott Ibbotson, Patrick William Ibbotson, Jacob Daniel Meyers and Rebecca Marie Meyers.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Frank N. and Agusta Victoria Tasler; and sisters, Ethelyn Schreiber and Frances Ann Tasler.

A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Meyers, Roger Manteufel, Timothy Scott Ibbotson, Jacob David Meyers, David Davis and Bill Johnson.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 4, 2007, Matagorda County, Texas
 


DONNA JEAN BAXTER

MATAGORDA - Donna Jean Baxter, 92, went home to the loving arms of Jesus, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. She was born Feb. 10, 1918, in Cook County, Chicago, Ill., to Ernest and Grace Hess.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her late husband, H. P. Baxter.

She is survived by her only son, Kenneth Baxter and wife Tena of Lake Jackson, and one granddaughter, Krystal Baxter of San Antonio.

Mrs. Baxter was a business woman. She held many positions and jobs throughout her lifetime. She worked for the newly established Social Security Board in Baltimore, Md. She also did bookkeeping and tax preparation, and worked for the water department in Matagorda where she lived and raised her family.

She loved to sing and dance in her early years. She was even invited to tea at the White House by Mrs. Harry Truman in October of 1946.

She always had a special place in her heart for her four legged friends. They were her lifelong friends and companions.

Her family would like to give a very special thanks to the staff and caregivers at the Matagorda House and to A-Med Hospice for all the loving care and kindness.

Services will be held at Word of Life Church in Wadsworth with Rev. Melvin Ryman officiating. Visitation will be today, Sept. 1, 2010, from 1 p.m. till 2 p.m. with the funeral following. Burial will be at Matagorda Cemetery.

Final arrangements were provided by Green's Mortuary in Bay City.

Published in Victoria Advocate on September 1, 2010
 

George Collins Baxter

Jun. 10, 1888 - Jun. 29, 1963

Matagorda Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Rose L. Baxter

Sep. 20, 1889 - Dec. 11, 1928

Matagorda Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


William A. Baxter Esther Weightman [Wightman] Yeamans Baxter

 


ROSA LINDA RODRIGUEZ BAY

PALACIOS - Rosa Linda Rodriguez Bay, 57, of Palacios, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. She was born June 8, 1953, in Palacios, to John H. and Mary M. Rodriguez of Palacios. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church.

She is survived by her parents; son, Robert "Robby" Tanner Jr. of Palacios; sisters, Lucy Groves of Houston, Sylvia Dick of San Antonio, Norma Galvez of Bay City, Diana McRae of Midland, Liz Hintz and Pat Rodriguez, both of Houston; brothers, Johnny Rodriguez III of Palacios and Robert Hernandez of Houston; and one grandchild, Lakoda Tanner of West Virginia.

Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m., at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, on the corner of Magnusson and 10th St., in Palacios.

Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, with funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, Father Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Villarreal, Tony Galvez, Eric Galvez, Johnny Rodriguez, Brandon Rodriguez, and Gabriel Serretiz.

Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Published in Victoria Advocate on September 15, 2010
 


BETTY ANN BEANE

BLESSING - Bettty Ann Beane, 69, passed away on Dec. 30, 2008. She was born on Sept. 25, 1939 to the late Louis and Lucille Jacobs Venglar in Wharton.

She is survived by her husband J. L. Beane of Blessing; daughter, Lisa Holloway of Blessing; son, David Beane and wife Lori of Blessing; sisters, Clara Bennetsen of Wharton and Jean Berry of Palacios; brother, Robert Venglar of El Campo; grandsons, Rhett Holloway of Blessing and David Beane Jr. of Blessing; granddaughters, Nicole Holloway of Edna, Allyson Griffith of Palacios, and Emily Beane of Blessing; great-granddaughters, Makenzie Holloway of Edna, Kailee Beane of Blessing, and Peyton Stall of Edna; and great-grandsons, Clyde and Justin Griffith of Palacios and Brent Beane of Blessing.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Leroy Venglar.

Visitation will begin from 2-7 p.m. Thursday at Triska Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating. Burial will follow at
Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Rhett Holloway, David Beane Jr., Travis Stall, C. J. Griffith, Wade Venglar, and Steven Venglar.

Memorial donations may be made to Caranchua Chapel, P.O. Box 531, Palacios, TX 77465.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 12/31/2008
 


Mary Etta Bearden
(June 19, 1919 - February 5, 2009)

Mary Etta “June” Bearden, 89, formerly of Corpus Christi, passed away Feb. 5, 2009. She was born June 19, 1919 in Bexar County, TX to the late W. A. Ford, Sr. and Martha V. Ayers Ford. She formerly worked as bookkeeper for the Flower Mound ISD.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, A. G. Landgon and A. O. “Donie” Bearden, two sisters, one brother and son-in-law Paul Pennington. Survivors include daughter Judy Nell Pennington of Bay City and Maralyn Vrba & husband Richard of Austin; step-daughter Darlene Mitchell & husband Johnny of Corpus Christi; step-son Doyle Ray Bearden & wife Bo of Portland, TX; grandchildren Kerry Ledwig & husband Jamie, Kelby Pennington, Jerry Vrba & wife Kristen & Kevin Vrba; great grandchildren Kieran & Langdon Ledwig and Noah & Grace Vrba and a number of step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Graveside service will be 3:30 PM Saturday at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Corpus Christi.

Bay City Tribune, February 8, 2009
 

 


R L Beasley (79) of Bay City, Texas, passed away February 25, 2009.

He is survived by: his son, Byron Beasley of Austin
, Texas; three step-daughters, Linda Andrews, of Houston, Texas, Dr. Patricia Maxwell of Bay City, Texas, Dr. Francine Andrews of Denver, Colorado; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

R L was born in Fluvanna, Texas. His mother died a few days after a few days after his birth. He was raised on a farm near Fluvanna and later in Snyder, by the McGuire family. R L served in the Army Air Corp during WWII.

He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Jenell and his second wife, Alma. R L retired as a teacher from the Houston Independent School District.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday
March 1, 2009 at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home located at 1200 W. 34th St. Houston.


Bay City Tribune, Published March 1, 2009

 


Roland T. Beason

 

Funeral services for Roland T. Beason, 66, of Bay City will be held 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Beason was born May 10, 1924, in Altoona, Pa., and died March 17, 1991, at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

He was a World War II veteran, a member of a Corpus Christi Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2438 in Bay City. A resident of Bay City since 1975, he was a member of the Methodist Church.

 

He is survived by his wife, Rita Loyd Beason of Bay City; a daughter, Mary Ann Baker of Matagorda; four sons, Kenneth Charles Bass of West Columbia, Sam Bass of Victoria, John L. Bass of Bay City and Till Lee Bass of Bay City; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Hazzard of Tucson, Ariz., and Barbara Beason of California.

 

Pallbearers are William Baker, David Bass, Kenneth Bass, Sam Bass, John Bass and Till Bass.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, March 18, 1991

 


Joyce Gainer Beaty

 

Graveside funeral services for Joyce Gainer Beaty, 76, of Palacios will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at Hawley Cemetery with Rev. Richard Gould officiating.

 

Beaty died June 14, 1998 at her residence. She was born June 24, 1921 in Bay City to the late Henry and Winnie Rice Gainer. She was a resident of Palacios for the past 40 years.

 

She is survived by her husband, J. R. Beaty of Palacios; two daughters, Susan Schulz of Palacios, and Jennifer Egly of The Woodlands; two sons-in-law, Lee Schulz of Kingsville, and Robert Egly of The Woodlands; a sister, Merry Brown of Palacios; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Gainer of Victoria; a brother, Henry Gainer, Jr. of Victoria; two grandsons, Russell St. John, and Skyler Jay Schulz both of Houston; one granddaughter, Jenna Jay Egly of The Woodlands; and one great granddaughter, Crystal St. John.

 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lyonel Gibbens St. John; and a brother, Ben Gainer.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, June 16, 1998

 


Gonzala Marie Becerra
April 24, 1947 - March 20, 2010

Funeral services for Gonzala Marie Becerra, 62, of Angleton will be held at 11:00am Thursday March 25, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, Texas. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Nada, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday March 24, 2010 at Palms Funeral Home with a Christian wake service being held at 6:00pm that evening.

Gonzala Marie Becerra was born April 24, 1947 in New Tatum, Texas to Eloisa Resendez and John Casarez Sr.. Formerly of Garwood, Texas. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Garwood High School, she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of St. Mary’s Parish in Nada and was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Angleton, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She survived by: her husband of 42 years Rudy Becerra Sr. of Angleton; son, Rudy J. Becerra Jr. of Angleton; daughters, Rachel Hernandez and husband Bino of Angleton, Rebecca Moran and husband Sam of Houston, Regan Becerra of Angleton; brothers, Pete Casarez of Rosenberg, Raymond Casarez of El Campo, Johnnie Casarez of Richmond, Nick Casarez of El Campo, grandchildren, Chris Becerra, Josh Hernandez, Sofia Moran, Adrianna Duhon, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be: Victor Becerra, Refugio Eschocea, Raymond Casarez, Rudy Becerra Jr., Johnnie Casarez, Larry Casarez, Rick Casarez, and Bino Gaona. Honorary Pallbearers will be Chris Becerra and Josh Hernandez.

Online condolences may be sent to www.palmsfuneralhome.com

Bay City Tribune, Published March 24, 2010
 

 

Clements Richard Beck

 

Funeral services for Clements Richard Beck, 48, of Blessing will be at 10 a. m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Bernard "Buck" Richea officiating. Burial to follow at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mr. Beck was born Oct. 16, 1942, in San Antonio to Clements E. and Florence Jane Pegg Beck and died July 17, 1991 at Wagner General Hospital, Palacios.

 

He was a member of the Methodist Church.

 

Mr. Beck was principal of Tidehaven High School for the past five years and a resident of Blessing for six years. He was a member of the Blessing American Legion Post.

 

He is survived by his wife, Judith Kruse Beck of Blessing; mother, Florence Deckert of Matthes, Texas; two daughters, Kay Florence Beck Towns of Houston and Holly Christine Beck of Blessing; a son, Blaine Clements Beck of Blessing; a sister, Claudett Beck Stratmann of California and a brother, William E. Beck of San Antonio.

 

Pallbearers are Rob Dwight, Christ Stautzenberger, Todd Stautzenberger, Brad Stautzenberger, Brad Beck and Jay Moeller.

 

Honorary pallbearers are Stanley McMillan, Robert Reece, Craig Glasscock, Bill Hurta, Lee Hall Pierce, David Webernick, Steve Clontz, Alton Nelson, James Murrile, Robbie Tucker, Mike Pierce, Sr., Mike Pierce, Jr., Allen Dusek and Perry Pierce.

 

Friends may call at Taylor Brothers in Bay City until 9 p. m. Thursday.

 

In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to the C. R. Beck Scholarship Fund at the First State Bank of Bay City.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral home in Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, July 18, 1991

 


JULIA INEZ BALES CROSBY INGRAM BECKENDORF

Graveside services for Julia Inez Bales Cosby Ingram Beckendorf, 95, of Tomball, Tx., were held Oct. 16, 2010 at the Cenzo Hill Cemetery outside of Mathis, Tx.

Mrs. Beckendorf was born on April 29, 1915 in Polo, Missouri to Marion Campbell Bales and Nevada Etta Walker Bales. She passed away Oct. 13, 2010.

She moved to Texas with her Mother and seven siblings around 1922. She lived in several towns on the coast of Texas – Palacios, Rockport, Freeport, Corpus Christi and Mathis. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Mathis where she lived for over 40 years.

Judy, as she was known, loved writing poems, doing crafts, playing forty-two, moon and singing. She enjoyed the Home Demonstration Club she belonged to even if she was the oldest one. She was so talented and smart but didn’t realize it. She could go into any store, see something she liked, go home and make it. She managed several small businesses in her lifetime. She loved for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren to come to see her.

She was preceded in death by sons Jimmy William Cosby, Doyle (Tiny) Ingram, Charles Beckendorf; daughter Sandra Goode; and husbands Jesse Cosby, Granvel Ingram and Charlie Beckendorf.

She is survived by daughters Verdell Jean Brown, and Donnie Faye McClendon and husband Kenneth; son Jim Ingram and wife Dorothy; daughter-in-law Vanna Ingram; grandchildren Deborah Reeder, Roxanne Trim, Donna Nix, Lori Ingram, Michele Hammers, Billy Ingram, Michael Murdock, John McClendon, Jeffrey McClendon, Jennifer Wilcox and husband Kenneth; five Beckendorf grandchildren; great-grandchildren Bret Nix, Dana Nix, Rachel Knox & husband Joey, Christy Leach, Taylor Nix, Sydney McClendon, Quentin Foster, Trace Wilcox, Prestin Ingram, Hunter Wilcox, Blaine Trim, and Landon Wilcox; and great-great-grandchildren, Brylie Lyons and Adam Leach.

The Palacios Beacon, October 20, 2010
 


Billy John Belcher
Oct. 24, 1944 Dec. 4, 2008

Billy John Belcher, of Bay City formerly of Nocona died December 4, 2008.

He was born October 24, 1944 to Louise Blake and Marshall Lee Belcher. He was a policeman, he came to Nocona as a patrolman and worked his way up to sergeant, before moving to Bay City.

He is survived by: wife, Eva Joyce Belcher of Bay City; daughters, Donna Brooking and husband Keith and Vickey Willauer and husband Troy all of Bay City; Mother, Louise Belcher of Nocona; brother, Tommy Belcher of New Castle, Colorado; sister, Leann Reaves of Wichita Falls; six grandchildren, Sondra and Mike Jarmin, Michael Brooking, Lisa Anderson, Chris Rolison, Rachel Willauer, and one great grandchild, Caleb Jarmin.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2008 at the Molsbee Chapel
Cemetery with the Rev. Dale Berry officiating.

Pallbearers are to be Michael Booking, Chris Rolison, Jason Reaves, Jackie Reaves, and Loren Bowman.

Honorary pallbearers are Mike Jarmin, Rickey Peden, Keith Brooking and Troy Willauer.

Funeral is under the direction of Scott-Morris Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published December 10, 2008
 


Gardina Vavra Belcher
(November 4, 1912 - April 10, 2006)

Gardina Helen Vavra Belcher, 93, of Bay City died April 10, 2006. She was born November 4, 1912 in Caldwell, Texas to Frank John and Johanna Popek Vavra. She retired as dispatcher for Hughes Aircraft in California; had been a resident of Matagorda County since 1978; and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Holy Cross Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Ted Belcher in 1997 and three brothers Eddie, Franklin and Milton Vavra. Survivors include two sisters Betty Blackwell of Bay City and Alma McKissick of Palacios and a number of nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be recited 7:00 PM Tuesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be Craig Glasscock, Edward Vavra, Luther Blackwell, Kenneth McKissick, Alton Vavra, and Lacy Lowry.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Legacy for all their love, care, and support that was given to Gardina. On line condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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Everett Britton Bell
 

Everett Britton Bell, age 2 days, died Tuesday at Wagner General Hospital in Palacios. Survivors include parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Bell of Blessing; paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. A. B. Bell of Fred, Texas; and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Violet Whorton of Francitas, Texas. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 4, at 2:00 p. m. at Hawley Cemetery. Rev. Harvey officiating. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, April 1973

 


Jack Richard Bell Sr.
(October 8, 1935 - March 8, 2010)

Jack Richard Bell, Sr., 74, went to meet the Lord on March 8, 2010. He was born in Lubbock, Texas on October 8, 1935, to Opal and J.R. Bell. Mr. Bell has lived in Palacios for the last six years and has become a familiar face in the community as he walked the Bayfront daily for much of that time.

Known as Coach Bell during his 31 years as an educator, he had a successful career as a high school basketball coach in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado, taking teams to the state boys’ basketball tournament in the latter two states. He remained Coach Bell throughout his life to the hundreds of men and women whose characters he positively shaped through his hard work and example.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Polasek Bell; his son Jack, Jr. of Palacios; his daughter, Judi of Fort Worth; his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Dena, of Denver, Colorado; his son and daughter-in-law, James and Kerri, of Branson, Missouri; his grandchildren Sherice, Amanda, Patrick, Tanner, and Kiera of Denver Colorado, and Phoebe and Christian of Branson, Missouri; his sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Sonny Sims, of Early, Texas; and his brother Jeff Vaughn, of Coleman, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his infant son Luther Frank Bell and; his parents Opal Vaughn, and J.R. Bell.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, March 11, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. Zack Nicholson officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, TX. Pallbearers will be Casey Niland, Larry Roche, Doug Cheatham, Jimmy Johnson, Nathan Raska, and David Grice.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


FINAL RITES HELD
FOR PIONEER LADY,
MRS. MARY A. BELL

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary A. Bell were held at 5 o'clock Monday, July 22, 1957, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. R. B. Harris, officiating. Burial was in the Palacios Cemetery.

The pallbearers were J. A. Partain, Fulton Lothridge, Ralph P. Newsom, Bernard Jensen, Guy Johnson and John C. Richards.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Wheeler, she was born on a ranch on the banks of the Tres-Palacios River, on February 10, 1877. She was married to William Edward Bell on March 25, 1896. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1906. Mr. Bell was the first white man buried in the Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Bell was a member of one of the pioneer families of Matagorda County, having been born on the ranch that was a grant from the Mexican government to her family before Texas was a Republic. With the exception of three years she have lived her entire life within a radius of 50 miles of Palacios.

For the past 51 years she has lived in Palacios and has been an active member of the First Baptist Church for 50 years, during which time she served a number of years as Superintendent of the Cradle Roll and Intermediate Departments. She was a Past Matron of the Palacios O.E.S. Lodge No. 125.

She is survived by three children: Roy W. Bell, Houston; Vivian Bell Windle, Greenville; Myrtle Oma Burton, Palacios; three grandchildren, Dr. Roy W. Bell, Jr., Houston; Mrs. Mary Lee Boetcher, Pasadena; Jimmie Windle, Greenville; and one brother, B. H. Wheeler of Wadsworth.

Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were B. H. Wheeler, Wadsworth; Mrs. W. H. Wheeler, Rockport; Mrs. J. E. Wheeler and sons Jack and Henry of Kountze; Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Wheeler of Nederland; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Wheeler and Martha Ann of Blessing; Mr. and John Petraites and son, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Cooper, Corpus Christi; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Merrill, Bellaire; Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Gothard, Houston; Mrs. A. W. Estes, Houston; Mrs. Reba Meador, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Leon Coffey, Houston; Mrs. Mary Joe Barnett, Beaumont; Mrs. Duke Glenn, Mrs. Elizabeth Dawdy, Mrs. R. H. Rhoades, Blessing; Mrs. Nona Barber, Mrs. Marjorie Bender, Mrs. L. M. Sloan and Mrs. Wilma Huitt, Bay City; and Mrs. L. A. Johnson, Dallas.

Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the Palacios Beacon, Palacios, Texas (a newspaper published in Matagorda County, Texas), Page 8, dated Thursday, the 25th of July of 1957.
 


Robert "Bobby" Bell, Sr.
(May 18, 1929 - April 18, 2007)

Robert “Bobby” Bell Sr., 77, of Blessing passed away Wednesday April 18, 2007 at his home. He was born May 18, 1929 in Fort Smith Arkansas to the late James and Mary Campbell Bell. Mr. Bell served his country during Korea as a Soldier in the U S Army.

He is survived by his wife: Joyce Young Bell of Blessing; 3 daughters: Saradee Alan St. Johns of Bay City, Diane Linda Kerr of Houston, and Karen Bell Griffin of Pearland; son: Robert Neil Bell, Jr. of Louisiana; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held 10: 00 AM Saturday, April 21, 2007 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jim Ely Officiating. Interment followed at Forest Park East Cemetery in League City. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home (361) 972-2012.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Susan Haws Bell

 

A memorial service for Susan Haws Bell, 55, of Arlington, Tx., will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios.

 

Bell died Nov. 29, 2001 from complications of leukemia. Her loving family and close friends surrounded her.

 

A native of Wichita Falls, Susan was a former corporate meeting planner who worked in Houston and Dallas and was most recently employed by Central Market in Fort Worth. She was an avid birdwatcher and animal lover. Susan was a free spirit who truly loved life and was loved by all who knew her.

 

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy Haws Bowers and Butch Bowers of Palacios; niece and nephew-in-law, Allison Bowers and Aaron Hamilton of Austin; niece, Christa Bowers of Austin; aunt, Fern Haws of Jacksonville, Tx.; and her loyal companion, Hillie, a 7-yr old Airedale Terrier.

 

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Palacios.

 

The Palacios Beacon, December 5, 2001


Hawley Cemetery

 

William F. Bell

Apr. 29, 1939 - Aug. 31, 1996

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Gregoria R. Benavides
(March 12, 1918 - January 1, 2008)

Gregoria R. Benavides, 89, of Bay City, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2008. She was born March 12, 1918 in Cuero, TX to Antonio Rodriguez and Ponposa Tomas Rodriguez. She was a lifelong resident of Bay City and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughters: Petra B. DeLeon & husband Lupe of Bay City and Maria B. Reyes & husband Julio of Cedar Lane; and by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Juan Hernandez Benavides; by her parents: Antonio & Ponposa Rodriguez; and by her brothers and sisters.

The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM Thursday, January 3, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, January 4, 2008 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Louis Hernandez Benavides
(August 25, 1931 - April 10, 2008)

Louis Benavides, 76, of Bay City, Texas passed away April 10, 2008 at Matagorda House. He was born August 25, 1931 to Sebastian Benavides and Petra H. Benavides. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid domino player who won several domino tournaments. He was a very strong and independent person who touched all who came in contact with him. He was loved and will be missed. He was preceded in death by: daughter, Ofemia Benavides; sisters, Teresa Perez, Susana Vargas and Manuela Arias; brothers, George Benavides, Juan Benavides, and Thomas Benavides. He is survived by: sister, Margaret B. Carrion; special niece, Lydia Diaz, great-nieces, Maggie Monroy, Rosario Resendez, Christi Diaz, and Susie Brito; and his “angels”, Alexis Mayte Monroy & Karla Alexandra Monroy. He is also survived by: John Henry Benavides; daughter, Alicia Vargas; several grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Sunday April 13, 2008 with the Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be: John Manuel Benavides, Matthew Benavides, Danny Perez, Michael Perez, Ray Benavides, and Arthur Benavides.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 

Tommy Benavides

Mar. 7, 1936 - Nov. 20, 2002

Roselawn Memorial Park

Picture Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Fendley Benefield
(December 30, 1923 - November 11, 2005)

Fendley Benefield, 81 of Sweeny, passed away Friday, November 11, 2005 in Sallisaw, OK. He was born December 30, 1923 in Purdon, TX to Robert Lee Benefield and Ollie Lema Gillispie Benefield. He was a resident of Sweeny since 1947, a member of the First Baptist Church of Old Ocean and was retired from Phillips Petroleum.

He is survived by his wife: Evelyn Ruth Benefield of Sweeny; by his step-mother: Sue Benefield of Reklaw, TX; by his sons: Fendley Benefield, II of Austin and Robert Leamon Benefield and wife Kimberly of Brazoria; by his sister: Bobbie Sue Miller of Reklaw, TX; by his aunts: Pauline McDonald of Trinity and Irene Copeland of Lubbock; by his grandchildren: Jennifer Benefield, Shanaka Beaty, Lance Benefield, Kynsie Benefield and Melinda Finch; his great-grandchildren: Morgan Taylor Beaty and Kaiden Paul Beaty; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert L. and Ollie Benefield; his son: Clifford Earl Benefield; and his brother: Fred B. Benefield.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at the First Baptist Church of Old Ocean with Bro. Alan Gentiles officiating. Interment will follow at Sweeny Cemetery in Sweeny, TX. Pallbearers will be Henry Hanson, Bob Oglesby, Johnny Lewis, Troy Duhon, Gary Eubanks and Jerry Don Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School class.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Mandy Benner
(August 21, 1984 - June 18, 2007)
 

Mandy Benner, 22, of Palacios, passed away Monday, June 18, 2007 in Victoria, TX. She was born August 21, 1984 in Bay City to Ronald Allen Benner and Gloria Katherine Brown Benner. She was a Radiology Technician with the DeTar Hospital North in Victoria.

She is survived by her parents: Ronnie & Gloria Benner of Palacios; her son: Sloan Matthew Gaines; her brother and sister-in-law: Matthew E. & Heather Benner of Port Lavaca; her grandmother: Arlene Benner of Port Lavaca; and her nieces: Gillion and Madison.

The Family will receive visitors at the Palacios Funeral Home from 6 PM to 8 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2007. A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, June 21, 2007 at The Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ben Benner officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios [Matagorda County], TX, (361) 972-2012.

The Victoria Advocate, June 20, 2007
 


Daniel William Benthall
(August 18, 1920 - December 31, 2010)

Daniel William Benthall, age 90, died Friday, December 31, 2010 at the Vitas Hospice in Houston, Texas following complications from pneumonia. He lived a rich and full life that began on August 18, 1920 in Pt. Arthur, Texas. He was the only child of Inez Josephine de Bouligny Barras and Daniel William Benthall, Sr. He was the grandson of Anne Virginie de Bouligny and Paul Clebert Barras of New Iberia, Louisiana and Louis Littleton Benthall and Madeline Zernial of Wharton, Texas. He grew up in Pt. Arthur, Texas, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School (class of 1939), and briefly attended what is now Lamar University on a football scholarship. Unable to qualify for any branch of military service in WWII due to a childhood cancer, he began a lifelong career in electrical maintenance and engineering, beginning in Orange, Texas at the Du Pont refinery.

He married a very distant cousin and high school classmate, Mildred Hazen in Pt. Arthur, Texas on December 20, 1941. Together they shared 57 wonderful and loving years together until her death in 1999. To this union was born one daughter, Linda Louise ‘Ingrid’ Benthall of Sargent, Texas who survives him.

At the end of World War II, being fluent in both German and French, he briefly served in a civilian capacity in Germany assisting in the collection of evidence for the prosecution of Nazi war criminals. In 1952, he began a 28 year career with Ethyl Corporation and took early retirement at age 60, moving permanently to his beloved home on Caney Creek near Sargent, Texas. For the next 30 years, Mr. Benthall was an integral part of the Sargent community, serving many years on the Board of Directors of the Sargent Chamber of Commerce and the Caney Creek Club Estates. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed fishing, hunting, and especially the Annual Richbourg Fishing Tournament. Upon retirement and as a co-founder of the East Matagorda Bay Foundation, he dedicated the next thirty years of his life to the maintenance and preservation of the waters of East Matagorda Bay for generations to come.

Mr. Benthall and his colleagues were instrumental in halting a major oil company from dumping polluted water into the bayous and tributaries feeding into Caney Creek and eventually the East Matagorda Bay. Next, he opposed, and with some success halted the local Drainage District’s practice of felling 100+ year old trees and using herbicides to strip vegetation from the banks of Caney Creek as a means of flood control. Finally, his greatest conservation challenge and most enduring accomplishment was the fight to oppose the opening of the polluted Colorado River into the east end of the East Matagorda Bay [the so-called Southwest corner cut] by special interests groups, politicians and developers. Enlisting the help of leading scientists and environmental attorneys, the Southwest Corner cut was defeated and today, the pristine waters of this part of East Matagorda Bay remain an invaluable source of oysters, shellfish, and fish.

Mr. Benthall’s roots in America go back many generations. He is a direct descendant of the Thomas Benthall listed in the church records of Hungers Parish, Northampton County, Virginia in 1638. His great-grandfather, Littleton Benthall (1800-1885) was born in Northampton County, Virginia. From there he moved to Tennessee, then Mississippi, and after the Civil War and three times widowed, settled in Texas with his fourth wife, the mother of Mr. Benthall’s grandfather, Louis Littleton Benthall. Through his mother, he is descended from the earliest leaders of New Orleans, namely Francisco de Bouligny, Commandant of the military forces during the time of Spanish rule and his wife Marie Louise D’Auberville, both being Descendants of the Blood Royal of France and England. Likewise, his late wife shares the same royal descent that accounts for the “distant cousin” relationship.

Mr. Benthall is survived by his loving daughter, Linda Louise ‘Ingrid’ Benthall of Sargent, Texas. Dad, you were the best Dad ever. You taught me faith, love, hope, compassion, and above all to meet any adversity, however egregious, with strength and dignity. I am truly blessed that God rewarded you with 90 years and 4 months of life as that allowed you to receive more retirement years of pay than years worked. Hard work does indeed pay off. I will miss you dearly.

Mr. Benthall is also survived by a nephew and his wife, Charles William and Mary Phyllis McDonald Covington, their sons James Michael, David Allen Covington and his wife Jennifer, their children, Will, Jonathan, and Kayleigh Elizabeth. Special family friends Charles Edward Franks, II and wife Evelyn of Deer Park, Texas; their children Charles Edward Franks, III and wife Tina of Katy, Texas, Craig Elliot, and Cory of Deer Park, Texas; their grandchildren Charles Edward, IV, Danielle Leigh, and Cori Alleys. Special hunting buddy, Arthur Joseph (Sandy) Gillen and the members of the Blessing Hunting Club.

Mr. Benthall remembers with love and good will his friends and neighbors on Caney Creek, especially Nelda Anderson and her late husband, Andy Anderson, Delores and Clarence Crocker, Doris Young, Gus and Teresa Richbourg, Mike and Rita Richbourg, and Suzanne and Mickey Poretto and their sons, Marcus and Sam.

Special thanks goes to caregiver Rosalind Bell whose care and compassion were a great source of strength and joy for Dad these past 16 months.

The family will receive visitors and friends at the funeral home, on Monday, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Monday, January 4, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 5, 2011 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, contributions may be made in Daniel’s honor to the East Matagorda Bay Foundation at PO Box 4004, Sargent, TX 77404-4004; or to the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home                           Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

 

George Frederick Bentinck
June 25, 1919 – June 29, 2008


George Frederick Bentinck, 89, of Houston passed away June 29, 2008.

He was born June 25, 1919 in Houston, Texas to the late George and Bertha Phillips Bentinck. He served his country as a Captain in the US Army during WWII. He was a graduate of A&M College of Texas, class of 1941.

Survivors include: his wife, Ruby Ruth Ratliff Bentinck of Houston; daughter, Bette Smart and husband Jeff of Katy, Texas; son, George C. Bentinck of Hockessin, Deleware; and granddaughter, Hilary Smart of Austin.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Stuart Henderson officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

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
, Published July 2, 2008

 


Ruth Ratliff Bentinck
(April 7, 1917 - May 31, 2010)

Ruth Ratliff Bentinck went to be with Jesus May 31, 2010 at the age of 93. She was born on April 7, 1917 in Cedar Lane, Texas to George E. and Ethel Warren Ratliff. Ruth was the second of four children. She graduated from Texas Women’s College and was a newspaper reporter and journalist until her marriage to George F. Bentinck in 1947. Ruth is survived by her son George C. Bentinck of Delaware, her daughter Bette Smart and son-in-law Jeff Smart of Katy, granddaughter Hilary Smart of Austin as well as nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas Saturday, June 5th at 10:00 A.M. . Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, Van Vleck, Texas, P.O. Box 497, Van Vleck, Texas 77482.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 

Josephine Holtzclaw Bentley

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of
Faye Cunningham

William E. Bentley

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of
Faye Cunningham

ANGLETON - Funeral services for Gladys Ann Berger, 65, of Angleton will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Angleton. Burial will follow in the Angleton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. today, with a Christian wake service at 7 p.m., at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton.
Gladys was born on the Fourth of July 1941, in Ganado, to Roman A. and Annie Kazmir Vyvial. She married John Berger on April 18, 1964, in Ganado, and moved to Angleton in 1972.

Gladys was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Angleton and a retired nurse's aide with Angleton ISD.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael John Berger; grandson, Jace Andrew Bevers; and brother, Leo Vyvial.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, John Berger of Angleton; sons, Anthony Berger of Angleton and Bryan Berger and wife Keri of Palacios [Matagorda County, Texas]; daughters, Michaela "Missy" Bevers and husband Jeff, Cynthia Rubio and husband Alex, all of Angleton; brother, Eugene Vyvial of Blessing; sisters, Janet Harvey of El Campo, Joyce Rozner of Bay City, Ramona Hahn of Lolita, and Andrea Chambless of Ganado; and loving Grammy to all her grandchildren, Paul Berger, J.R. and Rebecca Shelby, Christopher Bevers, Alexis, Cori, Makenna, and Brandon Rubio.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Angleton or your favorite charity.

The family would like to convey their most sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff at A-Med Community Hospice, Help Inc., Dr. E. Falcon and Dr. M. Sabbagh for all their care, support, guidance and prayers.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, 979-849-4343.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.palmsfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Victoria Advocate from 4/2/2007 - 4/3/2007, Victoria County, Texas
 


Cynthia Ann Bernshausen
(July 26, 1953 - July 5, 2010)

Cynthia Ann Bernshausen of Sweeny passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on July 5, 2010 at her residence at the age of 56.

Cindi was born to Patsy and J.D. Minze on July 26, 1953 in Bay City, Texas. She grew up in Clute and attended Brazosport High School.

Cindi enjoyed dancing and met Patrick Bernshausen at a dance at the Eagles Hall in Bay City and on May 26, 1972 the two were married. She was the first “girl” in a family of six boys and her new brothers-in-law constantly picked on her as if she was another brother. Cindi gave birth to Brandon James Bernshausen on July 12, 1973.

Cindi worked several jobs in the Sweeny area including PMMI and Surgitronics but is best known as the smiling face in the video department of the Sweeny and Brazoria Stewart’s grocery stores.

Cindi made friends easily and loved to talk to and get to know people. She enjoyed camping, craft work, pen on ink pictures, putting together puzzles and playing games with her son and grandsons. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the “Misfits” team that took first place in couple’s league in Bay City in 2008.

Cindi enjoyed traveling especially to the Big Bend country of Texas and to New Mexico.

She was a loving mother to her son Brandon James and loving grandmother to her two grandsons, Brandon Crosby and Ryan Bernshausen. She also enjoyed her pet cats and lovingly called her current cat “Dot” her daughter.

Cindi was preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Minze, and brothers, David and Ronnie. She is survived by her father, J.D.Minze and wife, Marie of Sweeny. Aunt Vera and husband, Johnny Ross of Sweeny; Aunt Sissy Fairhurst of Lafeyette, Louisiana; husband, Patrick Bernshausen, son, Brandon Bernshausen and wife, Angela and grandsons, Brandon Crosby and Ryan Bernshausen.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 7, 2010 from 5pm -8pm at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia with Funeral services Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 10:00am also at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia with Pastor Emil Schmitt officiating. Burial will follow at the Sweeny Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Arthur, Richard, Mark, Toby and Harry Bernshausen and Curtis Howard. Honorary pallbearers will be Melvin Bernshausen and Brandon Crosby.

To my loving wife Cindi, “Keep watch over us until we can be with you”

Services are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, 634 S. Columbia Dr. West Columbia, Texas 77486. (979) 345-3232. Online condolences may be left for the family by signing the guestbook at www.bakerfuneralhome.net
 


Norwood Abner Berry
(October 29, 1920 - September 12, 2005)

Norwood A. Berry, our beloved "Popo", went to Heaven to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 12, 2005. Born on October 29, 1920, in Brookshire, Texas, he was preceded in death by his parents, Richard E. and Beatrice L. Berry and his brother, Richard. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Rosie Mae Berry, and their children, Lyndel Berry and wife Brenda, Roger Berry and wife Vickey, Barbara Sullivan and husband Mike, Debbie Burroughs, Norman Glenn Berry and April Berry O’Connell. He also leaves his adoring grandchildren, Dustin and Heather Berry, Kendall and Cale Kobza, Dawn Berry, Brandon and Karen Berry, Andrew Sullivan and Allison O'Connell. Popo was a great grandfather to Elisa & Peyton Berry, Braeden and Brylee Kobza. He is also survived by his sister Viola Boyd and husband Jack, as well as numerous other friends and relatives.

Popo was happiest when hunting or fishing or reminiscing about the many hunting trips enjoyed with his wife and sons. Popo was always in search of the "big red" and looked forward to taking his family fishing or for a long boat ride. He also enjoyed reuniting with his Navy buddies at their annual reunion.

Popo was a man of integrity and lived his life uplifting others. He blessed all of us with his goodness and gentleness and will be in our hearts always.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM Wednesday, 09-14-05, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. The funeral will be at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home on Thursday, 09-15-05 at 10 AM. A graveside service will be Thursday at 3:00 PM at Brookside Memorial Park, 13401 Eastex Fwy, Houston, TX.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


CALVIN BEVERLY JR.

HOUSTON - Calvin Beverly Jr., 72, of Houston, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. He was born Jan. 28, 1936, in Bay City, to Mae Etta Walker of Bay City and the late Calvin Beverly Sr. He was a retired truck driver.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 30, 2008 at New Revelation Church, the Rev. Steve Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Garcitas Cemetery.

Cook-Butler Funeral Home, Edna, 361-782-3821.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 8/30/2008
 


Wilma Kathryn Bickham
(January 4, 1905 - July 26, 2005)

Wilma Kathryn Bickham, 100, of Angleton, died July 26, 2005, at Cypress Woods Nursing Home in Angleton, Texas.

She was born January 4, 1905, in Osyka, Mississippi, to the late James Hollis and Celia E. Smith Berryhill.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Angleton, a resident of Angleton since 1950, and a former resident of Bay City.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn Lucille and Dean Liesman; sister, Emma Lou Graham, all of Angleton; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her sons, Donald, Maurice, William Lee and Houston L. Bickham, Jr.; sisters, Lillian Lucille Orrell and Mildred Hood; and brother, James Bryan Berryhill.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2005, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rodney Bowman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to the Angleton Christian School, c/o First Baptist Church, Angleton, Texas.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, July, 27, 2005

 


Sophie Fojtik Biezenski
(December 21, 1918 - October 31, 2009)

Sophie Fojtik Biezenski, 90, of Van Vleck passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 at The Legacy. She was born Dec. 21, 1918 in East Bernard, Texas to the late August and Sophie Tymel Fojtik. She was a resident of Van Vleck for the past 34 years and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Frank Biezenski and sisters Bessie Sindel, Josie Warren, Edna Matula and Gertrude Tallas.

Survivors include her son Eddie Biezenski and wife Carol of Van Vleck; daughter Yvonne and husband Garry Nicholson of Arizona; sister Evelyn Schmalriede of Houston; brother Victor Fojtik; granddaughter Brittany Biezenski of Van Vleck and many extended family members. The family would like to send a special Thank You to Rosie Singletary for her many years of dedicated service to Sophie. They also extend thanks to the staff members of both The Legacy Health Care Center and Bay Villa Health Care Center.

Sophie was very loving and will be missed by many who loved her, and whose lives she had touched.

The family will receive visitors from 4:30 pm till 6:30 pm Tuesday with a Rosary following at 7:00 PM at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Greg Branton, Mark Branton, Bryan Schmalriede, Garry Nicholson, David Branton and Bob Kilpatrick.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2001 Katy, Bay City, TX 77414 or Alzheimer’s Research.

Bay City Tribune, Published November 4, 2009
 


RANDY BIGELOW

PALACIOS - Randy Bigelow, 50, of Palacios, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009 in Houston. He was born Aug. 7, 1958 in Lima, Ohio to Mary Jo Freeze Bigelow and Ronald Ralph Bigelow. Randy was a resident of Matagorda County for over 30 years and was a member of Tres Palacios Oaks Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife: Debbie Koenig Bigelow of Palacios; father: Ronald Ralph Bigelow of Reserve, La.; daughters: Stephanie Galindo, Angelique Bigelow, Becky Kudelka, and Racheal Kudelka, all of Palacios; sons: Jerrett Bigelow and wife Michelle of Angleton, Nicholas Bigelow of Palacios, Duane Kudelka of Wharton, Ryan Kudelka of Palacios, and John Sholts Jr. of Palacios; sister: Trina Bigelow of Palacios; brothers: Stanley Wheatley and Robbie Wheatley, both of Otathe, Kan., and Albert Hoggett of Omaha, Neb.; and six grandchildren.

His mother and brother, Donald Bigelow, preceded Randy in death.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Father Charles Dowomoh officiating. Interment will follow at Ashby Cemetery in El Maton.

Pallbearers will be Bill Wilson, Kirby Bigelow, Ryan Kudelka, Nicholas Bigelow, Billy Christmas, and John Sholts Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons: Corey and Joshua Kudelka, Jimmy Piwonka, and Aragon Bigelow.

Donations may be made to the Tres Palacios Volunteer Fire Dept.

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

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 8/1/2009
 


Margaret Jane Biggerstaff
(October 2, 1944 - January 25, 2009)

Margaret Jane Biggerstaff, 64, of Bay City passed away Sunday January 25, 2009. She was born October 2, 1944 in Catawba County, North Carolina to the late Kitty Bungarner Reynolds and Wesley Thomas Reynolds. Mrs. Biggerstaff has been a resident of Bay City since 1983.

She is survived by her 2 sons: Todd Reynolds and Chris Biggerstaff both of Bay City; and 6 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Robert Milton Biggerstaff in 2006.

A service for Mrs. Biggerstaff will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, North Carolina.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Robert Milton Biggerstaff
(April 25, 1934 - May 13, 2006)

Robert Milton Biggerstaff, 72, of Bay City, passed away Saturday May 13, 2006. He was born April 25, 1934 in Avery County, NC to Melvin Gordon Biggerstaff and Winnie Juanita Wise Biggerstaff. He was a resident of Bay City since 1983, a US Army veteran, and a mechanic and owner of Griggs Transmission Service in Bay City.

He is survived by his wife: Margaret Jane Reynolds Biggerstaff, his sons: Chris Biggerstaff and Todd Reynolds, all of Bay City; by his sisters: Carma Lee Henderson of Ashville, NC, Jackie Manning of Matthews, NC, Florence Smith of Kingsport, TN, Marion Woodie of Jonas Ridge, NC, Yvonne Walker of Adams Run, SC, Joyce Abernathy of Ft. Myers, FL and Jean Catanzaro of Bloomington, NC; by his brother: Buddy Biggerstaff of Bay City; and 6 grandchildren.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at the funeral home. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Ruby Bernice Boman Biggs
Jan. 12, 1929 - Sept. 16, 2009

Ruby Bernice Boman Biggs of San Leon, TX passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2009.

Ruby was proceeded in death by: her parents, James William Boman and Mary Elizabeth McKay Boman; beloved husband of 48 years, Donald Howard Biggs and sister Mary Jane Boman Johanssen.

Ruby was survived by: her brothers, William (Bill) Robert Boman and wife Norma, and Clyde Alvin Redding Jr. and wife Pat; Five children: Donna Marie Biggs Ray, Deborah Jane Biggs Wimberly, Donald Howard Biggs Jr., David William Biggs and wife Charlotte, and Daniel Albert Biggs and wife Kathy. Beloved by all who knew her, Ruby will also be missed by: her grandchildren, Mary Freeman George and her husband Peter George, Susan Skains and husband Shawn Skains, Candice Robacker and husband Randy, Walter Burt, Recian Roy Kimbell and husband Jonathan Kimbel, Donivan and Dustin Biggs, Susan Angelica, Marina Bernice and Dakota Elaine Biggs. Ruby was blessed with great-grandchildren, Christina, Amber and Peter George, Deborah and Carla Robacker, Jonathan Kimbell, Sarah and Steven Skains, and great great-granddaughter Audrey Skains Garcia. Ruby will also be missed by her close friend, Kathy Lane.

Ruby was born in Cameron, TX on January 12, 1929. Although she was married and lived in San Diego, CA for several years, she moved the family back to Texas in 1970 and has been a resident of San Leon, TX for the past 39 years. Mrs. Biggs was an accomplished artist, cook and seamstress, as well as running an accounting and tax preparation business for over 30 years. She was a well-respected member of the community and known far and wide for her sense of humor and sharp wit. She adored her children and grandchildren and was always eager to help a friend in need.

Our family loved her beyond compare and she will be missed by us all, as well as her friends and neighbors and customers. Our greatest consolation during this time of sorrow is the joy in knowing that she is finally with Jesus and her parents, husband, sister and other relatives and friends that have welcomed her into heaven.

Bay City Tribune, Published September 27, 2009
 


MORTUARY

Sarah H. Billings

 

The community was grievously shocked Monday morning to hear of the death of Mrs. E. S. Billings which occurred Sunday night in Quannah, after an illness of only two days.

 

Mrs. Billings, who was of a generous, kindly disposition, eager to serve to the utmost, made many friends wherever her pioneer spirit bade her dwell. In her early youth she united with the Methodist Church and until the end was a zealous worker in the Master's vineyard. Not only in religious circles, but any movement whose object was the bettering of the community was sure of the sympathetic support. Especially does Quannah revere the memory of her who gave so freely of her splendid vigorous young womanhood in the work of organizing school, Sunday school, church Missionary Society, nor did her efforts then cease but with courage, self-denial, and untiring energy she cheerfully aided in carrying on the work thus begun, and as many testify, she was an inspiration and benediction to her co-workers. After coming to Palacios, because of the invalidism of Mr. Billings, Mrs. Billings' activities were necessarily curtailed but even so she wielded an influence that greatly benefited her associates. She was one of the most cheerful and least selfish of women; a conscientious and indulgent mother; a never failing companion and helpmate to her husband and a kind and considerate friend and neighbor.

 

Sarah H. Brown was born in North Carolina, Nov. 18, 1858 and with her parents moved to Missouri in 1867, and shortly afterward came to north Texas, where on Dec. 23, 1874 she was married to E. S. Billings who preceded his wife to the Great Beyond just eight short weeks. In December 1915 Mr. and Mrs. Billings and their three youngest daughters came to Palacios. Mrs. Billings was the mother of 13 children, eight of whom survive her: Mrs. S. J. Hailey, Lindale; O. F. Billings, Whittenburg; Mrs. Jack Phillips, and Mrs. W. O. Goodnight, Quannah; Mrs. J. R. Goldston, Weatherford; Mrs. C. L. Haynes, Palacios; Miss Louise Billings, Houston; Mrs. L. G. Kimbrough, Birmingham, Alabama. 19 grandchildren and one sister, are also left to mourn.

 

Mrs. Billings died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Phillips, Sunday night, January 16, and the body arrived in Palacios Tuesday afternoon. Funeral Services conducted by Rev. Mr. A. G. Coleman assisted by Dr. T. F. Driskill, were held in the Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon. Interment was made in the Palacios Cemetery with Messrs. R. J. Sisson, C. W. Nester, C. F. Connor, H. M. Sanders, J. E. Robinson and Simpson active pall bearers.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Thursday, January 20, 1927

 


Mary Lou Billington
Aug. 24, 1921 - Aug. 12, 2010

Mary Lou Billington, 88, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, August 12, 2010.

She was born August 24, 1921 in Bonami, Louisiana to the late John and Lula Jensen Davidson. She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Mary is survived by: her loving husband of 69 years, Elmer Billington; five daughters, Christine Burwell, Martha Kolojaco and husband Robert, Linda Kennedy and husband Matt, Kay Atherton and husband Lloyd, and Carol LeMaster and husband Joe; son, Thomas Billington and wife Kelly; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Her son preceded her in death: John Edmond Billington.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday August 15, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday August 16, 2010 at Cedar Lane Baptist Church with the Rev. David Roach and the Rev. Maurice Morrow officiating.

Interment will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Phair Cemetery in Brazoria County.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cedar Lane Baptist Church Building fund.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published August 15, 2010
 


Fannie L. Bishop

 

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas] - Fannie Lou Bishop, 82, of Bay City, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004.

 

She was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Alvarado, to the late Samuel Jr. and Ruby Larimore Bishop. She graduated from Alvarado High School and attended Hillsboro Junior College. She worked for the State Department of Welfare and worked in the building and painting industry.

 

Survivors: partner Billie Head; and sister, Josephine Adamcik of Burleson.

 

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Hawley Cemetery, the Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating. Bay City Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4893.

 

The Victoria Advocate, Friday, September 3rd, 2004

 


Gregg W. Bishop
(July 28, 1957 - November 26, 2006)

Gregg W. Bishop, 49, of Bay City passed away November 26, 2006. He was born July 28, 1957 in Oxnard, California to Jewel Douglas and Vyrel Dean Riffe Bishop. He was a member of the Bay City Baptist Church; a veteran of the Gulf War; and worked as warehouse supervisor for Johnson Supply in Clute, TX.

Survivors include wife Patsy Tindell Bishop of Bay City; mother and step-father Vyrel & Raymond Poston of Bay City; step-daughters Tammy Smith or Arkansas, Pam Jackson of Alabama, & Amy Mateo of Baytown; sisters Wilma Louise Rogers of Oxnard, CA, Gwyndolyn Sue Hess of Yucca Valley, CA & Cynthia Mae Bullington of Bay City; brother Glen Edgar Bishop of Shreveport, LA and 7 step-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. George Brandon & Rev. Lee Watson officiating. Interment will follow at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, TX. Pallbearers include Eric Smith, Charlie Johnson, Brent Ethington, Paul Cleveland, Don Noski, Carlos Mateo, Buddy Biggersraff, & Willie Stredic. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Joseph Biskup

 

Joseph Biskup, 76, a resident of Midfield passed away September 8. Survivors include: sister, Mrs. Floyd Rich of Sandusky, Michigan; brothers, Jerry Biskup of Flatonia and Adolph Biskup of Bay City. Funeral services will be held September 11 at 3 p. m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel with Rev. James Thompson of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, September, 1973

 


LAURA BIVENS

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Laura Austin Powell Bivens, 91, of Cedar Lane, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009 at Jesus Freewill Holy Temple, Bay City with the Rev. Steven Staten, presiding, and Bishop Michael Hurst, eulogist. Burial will follow at Powell-Edison Cemetery in Cedar Lane.
Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m.
at the Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born in Sargent, Texas, March 29, 1918, to Lee Austin and Nettie Simmons Austin, and passed away July 13, 2009, in Bay City.

Survivors include: two daughters, Louisiana Times of Live Oak, and Anita Fay Griggs (and the Rev. Dennis, Sr.) of Cedar Lane. Also one brother, James Austin, Sr. of Bay City, 23 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren, 36 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 22, 2009
 


Elsie Louise Black
March 3, 1932 – July 12, 2008
 

Elsie Louise Black, 76, of Markham, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2008, at her home.

She was born March 3, 1932, in Rockdale, Texas, to Loy R.Q. and Ivy Lee Rhodes Taylor. She married James L. Black July 11, 1946. She was a resident of Markham since 1950 and retired from JC Penney.

She was a member of Markham United Methodist Church, where she volunteered her services at their Thrift Shop. She also was a member of AARP in Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Black, her son, Robert L. (Bob) Black, a sister, Margaret Johnson, and a brother, Dayton Taylor.

She is survived by: three sons, Kenneth and Jerilyn Black of Bay City, Mike Black and Allison Merz of Kemah, Tom and Karen Black of Markham, and a daughter-in-law, Linda Black of Round Rock; grandchildren, Jo Ann and Troy Burditt of Rosenberg, Ken and Meredith Black of Richmond, Randy and Mandy Black of Bishop, Ellen and Sean Briscombe of Austin, Jennifer and Sonny Armond of Round Rock, Glenda and Joe Vance of Liberty Hill, Brandi and Dustin Goss of Austin, Chase Black of Rockport, Leslie and Jeff Trusty of Cuero, Rae Ann and Adam Nguyen of Rockport, Byron and Beth Black of Pearland, Jim Black of Stafford, and Kim Black of Tomball; and 16 grandchildren.

She is also survived by brothers R.C. Taylor of Linden and Jimmy Taylor of Spokane, Washington; sisters, Vernie Lee and A.W. Younts of Bay City, Hope Auld and Pee Wee Hoffman of Boling; and sister-in-law Becky Taylor of Ganado.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Joe Cannon, Dr. Roman Lopez, Dr. Chen, and Houston Hospice of El Campo for their services and care to Mrs. Black and her family.

The family received guests at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing Texas.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ken, Randy, Byron, Chase, and Jim Black, and Troy Burditt. Honorary pallbearers will be Drew McGinnes, Bill Hurta, John Litzau, and Ken Ramsey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Markham United Methodist Church, PO Box 238, Markham TX 77456.

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, Published July 16, 2008
 


Robert Leslie "Bob" Black

Sept. 6, 1953 - Aug. 10, 2005


Bob Black, 51, of Rockport, Texas, died Wednesday, August 10, 2005.

 

He was born September 6, 1953, in Bay City to James Leslie and Elsie Taylor Black.

 

He is survived by: his son, Chase Black; daughters, Leslie and Rae Ann Black, all of Rockport; grandsons, Trenton, Aven and Seth; his companion, Linda Amdal of Rockport; mother, Elsie Taylor Black of Markham; he is also survived by his brothers, Kenneth and Jerilyn Black of Bay City, Mike Black of Houston, and Tom and Karen of Markham.

 

Survivors also include numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, James Leslie Black.

 

A memorial service will be at 10 a. m. Saturday, August 20, 2005, at the Markham United Methodist Church.

 

Donations may be made to the Markham United Methodist Church, PO Box 297, Markham, Texas 77456.

 

The Bay City Tribune, August 17, 2005

 

Hawley Cemetery

 


Blackburn Rites Pend in Palacios

 

Services are pending at Palacios Funeral Home for Benjamin Lewis Blackburn, Sr., 64, of 213 Commerce in Palacios, who passed away in Matagorda General Hospital late Thursday night.

 

A native-born Matagorda Countian, Blackburn had been a resident of Palacios for the past 31 years.

 

Survivors are his wife, Ruth, of Palacios; daughters, Barbara Mitchell of Willows, Calif., Benita Thompson of Palacios and Pearl Zemanek and Patricia Smith of Bay City; one stepdaughter, Irene Holloway of Palacios; two sons, Edward Blackburn of Odessa and Benjamin Lewis Blackburn, Jr., of Palacios; one stepson, Gerard B. Viets of Palacios; two sisters, Pearl Murphy and Annie Sherrer of Palacios; and nine grandchildren.

 

The Daily Tribune, November 4, 1966


Hawley Cemetery

 

Funeral services for Edward Darrell Blackburn, 50, of Maringouin, La., will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. John Fluth officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Blackburn was born Jan. 4, 1937, in Palacios to Benjamin and Ruth Jordan Blackburn Sr. and died Aug. 6, 1987, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge, La.

A longtime resident of Palacios, he resided in Baton Rouge the last six years. He was a member of the Methodist church.

Survivors included his mother, Ruth J. Blackburn of Palacios; five sisters, Myrtle Holloway of Victoria, Barbara Mitchell of Willows, Calif., Benita Thompson of Palacios, Pearl Zemanek and Patsy Smith, both of Bay city; and two brothers, Gerard Ben Viets of Palacios and Ben Blackburn of Bay City.

Pallbearers include Marvin Curtis, Fred Zimmerman, Ted Schneider, Gary Viets, John Smith, Rich Zemanek and Bobby Zemanek.

Honorary pallbearers include Gerard Holloway and Jamie Pegram.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas


Louise Blackerby
Dec. 29, 1928 - June 5, 2010

Louise Blackerby, 81, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 5, 2010 in Bay City.

She was born on December 29, 1928 in Spur, Texas to the late Mike and Juanita Johnson Wade.

She was a member of the Bay City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rebeccas.

She is survived by: her sister, Tennie Gatto and her husband Sal of Spring, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews, and special uncle Alford Johnson of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Preceded in death by: her son, Alton Blackerby, Jr.; brother, Bobby Wade; sisters, Murlene McKay, and Jackie Sharp.

Visitation was Sunday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The funeral service was at 2 p.m. Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Dr. Mike Zimmerrman and Chaplain Don Storey officiating.

Burial to follow at Hawley Cemetery under the auspices of the Eastern Star.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 8, 2010
 


Etta Willene Blackwell
June 7, 1934 – Aug. 29, 2008


Etta Willene Blackwell, 74, of Bay City, passed away Friday, August 29, 2008. She was born June 7, 1934 in Sweeny, Texas to Carrie Belle Starks Crosson and Oliver Joe Crosson, Sr.

Willene was a lifelong resident of Bay City and a member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Bay City. She worked 45 years serving her banking clients, with the First National Bank, then as the Norwest Bank, and retiring as the Second Vice President of Norwest Bank of Bay City.

She is survived by: her sisters, Ruby Lee Sargent of Bay City, Fonda Mae Kostelnik of Pearland and Ida Belle Brumley of Pasadena; by her brothers, Tommy Leon Crosson of Garland, Lonnie Carl Crosson of Sweeny and Oliver Joe Crosson, Jr. of Bay City; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Howard Neil Blackwell; by her parents, Carrie Belle and Oliver Joe Crosson, Sr.; by her sisters, Lois Helen Graeber and Ollie Marie Fojtik; and by her brothers, George Crosson and Alfred Crosson.

Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, August 31, 2008. The family will receive visitors Sunday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 1, 2008 at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Jonathan McClintock officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Memorials may be made to Tueplo Children’s Mansion of Tueplo, Mississippi or to the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Bay City.

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

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published August 31, 2008

 


J. E. Blackburn

 

J. Edwin Blackburn, 53 years, passed away at his home near Blessing Friday morning after an illness of some duration.

 

He is survived by his wife: four sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Wheeler, Rockport, Texas; Mrs. Ruby Alderman, Stover, Mo.; Mrs. Pearl Murphy and Mrs. Annie Sherrer, Blessing; one brother, Ben Blackburn of Palacios.

 

Funeral services were held at Hawley Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Walker-Matchett Funeral home was in charge.

 

The Daily Tribune, December 5, 1940

 


Kathy Jean Blackburn

 

Mrs. Kathy Jean Blackburn, of 210 Austin in Palacios, died May 18, 1977 in her home. Services are pending at Palacios Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, May 18, 1977

 

Hawley Cemetery

 


Ruth L. Blackburn

 

Funeral services for Ruth L. Blackburn, 84, of Palacios will be held 10 a. m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bernard "Buck" Ritchea officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Blackburn was born May 6, 1908 in Matagorda County to Darrell P. and Katie Garrnett Jordan and died Saturday at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

Blackburn was a member of the Methodist church, a lifelong resident of Palacios and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post in Palacios.

 

Survivors include four daughters, Myrtle Holloway of Sandie; Benita Thompson of Palacios; Pearl Zemanek and Patsy Smith of Bay City; a son, Ben Blackburn Jr. of Bay City; two sisters, Ella Barrett of Palacios and Susie Simons of Olivia; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

 

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Palacios.
 

The Daily Tribune, Jan 2, 1993

 


Louise Blackerby
(December 29, 1928 - June 5, 2010)

Louise Blackerby, 81, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 5, 2010 in Bay City. She was born on December 29, 1928 in Spur, Texas to the late Mike and Juanita Johnson Wade. She was a member of the Bay City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rebeccas. She is survived by her sister, Tennie Gatto & her husband Sal of Spring, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews, and special uncle Alford Johnson of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Preceded in death by her son, Alton Blackerby, Jr.; brother, Bobby Wade; Sisters, Murlene McKay, and Jackie Sharp. Visitation was Sunday, from 6-8P.M. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service was 2:00P.M. Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Dr. Mike Zimmerrman and Chaplain Don Storey officiating. Burial to follow at Hawley Cemetery under the auspices of the Eastern Star. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Funeral Services For Mrs. Lucy Blackwell Will Be Saturday

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Blackwell, age 62, will be held at 2:00 p. m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Rev W. W. Conerly will officiate. Interment will be in the Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Blackwell died at the home of her son, Mr. Charlie Curtis, 1706 Gloria at 3:20 a. m. today. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Clara Richert of Bay City and Mrs. Mrs. Carl McAdams of Chicago. Also two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Julia McWilliam of Chaffee, Missouri, Mrs. George Schrader of Chester, Ill., and C. T. Davis of Houston survive.

 

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, January 23, 1953

 


Etta I. Blanchard
Aug. 5, 1915 - Dec. 8, 2008

Etta I. Blanchard, 93, of Bay City went to meet her beloved husband sixteen years to the day of his death, December 8, 2008.

She was born August 28, 1915 in Mound, Texas to the late Walter and Ollie McHargue Parks. She was a longtime resident of Bay City and a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck.

Her husband Ira Blanchard preceded her in death in 1992.

Survivors include: daughters, Carole Brannon and husband J. C. of Pearland and Margaret Slone and husband David of Bay City; son, Ira Blanchard, Jr. and wife Tina of Clanton, Alabama; sister, Margaret Estes of San Antonio; grandchildren, Terri Holman and husband, Mike, Jimmy Carl Brannon III, Melissa Troell and husband Henry, Jason Eric Slone and wife Kristen and Nathan Blanchard and great grandchildren, Zachary, Alyssa and Jenna Grace Troell and Thomas Scheltema.

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

Funeral service will be from 2 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Dr. Mike Zimmerman and Ira Blanchard, Jr. officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be David Slone, J. C. Brannon, Henry Troell, Jim Brannon, Bill Johnson and Bob Ellis.

Jason Eric Slone, Mike Holman, Clarence Jenkins and Mike Pruett will be honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made in honor of Ira and Etta Blanchard to the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck Building Fund.

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, Published December 10, 2008                        Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Rev. Blankenship to be Buried Here Tuesday Afternoon
 

Bishop Robert Lee Blankenship, 67, resident of Bay City for many years, died Saturday afternoon in Richmond. Burial services are to be held from the Pentecostal Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. G. P. Gilbert of Corpus Christi officiating. Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery under direction of Taylor Bros.
 

He is survived by one son, Daniel and one daughter, Mrs. Lois Black, both of Bay City. He had, within the last year lost one son and his wife.


The Daily Tribune
, August 22, 1955                                                                           Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Julia Maudie Blankenship

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Herbert A. Blazier

 

Herbert A. Blazier, who died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Kinard, Monday, Nov. 23, was born in Somerset County, New Jersey, Dec. 8, 1867.

 

Funeral Services were held at the Palacios Funeral Home, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor of the Methodist Church, Rev. J. C. Gibbons, assisted by the pastor of the Evangelical Church of El Campo. Interment was made in the Palacios Cemetery under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.

 

He is survived by four daughters, Miss Olive Blazier, of Enid, Okla.; Mrs. Viola Kinard, and Mrs. Lenora Paulk, Palacios; and Mrs. Ruby Scott, of El Campo. Two brothers, Harvey and Phillip Blazier, and two sisters, Mrs. Laura Van Ordin and Mrs. Malissa Ralph, of New Jersey.

 

Mr. Blazier had been in failing health for some time and came to Palacios from Arkansas last summer to live with his daughter, Mrs. Kinard.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Thursday, November 26, 1936

 


Nancy Harrison Blevins
Nov. 30, 1937 Sept. 13, 2010

Nancy Harrison Blevins, 72, of Blessing, passed away Monday, September 13, 2010, surrounded by family and friends in Bay City.

She was born November 30, 1937, in Peru, Indiana.

Through the years Nancy enjoyed skating, dancing, fishing with her grandkids and friends, doing crafts, networking with family and friends and spending time in her prayer garden.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Harrison of Bay City; sons, Todd Pardue of Orlando, Florida, Les Pardue of Dayton, Ohio and Mark Pardue of Ketterling, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Ray Elmore.

Bay City Tribune, Published September 26, 2010
 


Bob Bloomfield
(February 20, 1938 - June 8, 2006)

Bob Bloomfield, 68, of Blessing died June 8, 2006. He was born February 20, 1938 in Nueces County, Texas to John Luther and Susie Green Bloomfield. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was a retired police office with the City of Houston.

Survivors include sons Linc Bloomfield of Blessing, Lat Bloomfield of Mississippi and Larry Bloomfield of Beasley, TX; step-sister Annice Hill of Carlsbad, NM; brothers Corky Bloomfield of Baytown and Jim Bloomfield of Sealy; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Joe Bloomfield
(May 8, 1925 - November 21, 2005)

Joe Bloomfield, 80, of Blessing, passed away Monday, November 21, 2005. He was born May 8, 1925 in Duncan, OK to John Luther Bloomfield and Malley Tadlock Bloomfield. He was a resident of Blessing for the past 28 years and was a US Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 7th Calvary in the Pacific Theater.

He is survived by his daughters: Ira Mikki Thompson of Port Lavaca and Jeancie Thompson of Blessing; his sister: Annice Hill of Carlsbad, NM; his brothers: Jim Bloomfield of Sealy, Toby Bloomfield of Blessing, and Corky Bloomfield of Baytown; and by 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife: Jean Pointer Bloomfield; and by his parents, John L. & Malley Bloomfield.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, TX with Dr. Watson officiating. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Lois Margaret Boarder
Oct. 24, 1917 - Sept. 24, 2009

Lois Margaret Boarder, 92, of Bay City passed away Thursday, September 24, 2009.

She was born October 24, 1917 in Maywood, Illinois to the late Louis A. Dumond and Margaret M. Gonya Dumond. Lois had been a resident of Bay City for the past two and half years. She was formerly a resident of California.

Lois is survived by: her daughter, Diane Mesey and husband Richard of Bay City; son, Harry Boarder and wife Ella of Slidell, Louisiana; seven grandchildren, Christine Mesey, William, Richard, Robert, Thomas, Carrie and Bobby Boarder; and 12 great grandchildren which includes Jonathan, Carol, and Brittney Pflueger.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband of almost 53 years William Harry Boarder in 1992; and son, Robbie Boarder in 1999.

A Memorial Service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2009 at St. Roberts Catholic Church in Markham with Father Sam Appiasi officiating.

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

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published September 27, 2009
 


CHARLES H. BOATWRIGHT

MARKHAM - Charles Henry Boatwright, 80, of Markham, passed away Aug. 28, 2008. He was born March 23, 1928, Eagle Lake, to the late Ben and Elizabeth Webb Boatwright. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was an insurance salesman for many years.

Survivors include his former wife, Rosemary Boatwright of Markham; daughters, Sandra and husband Ben Kovar of Angleton, Sherry Palat of Clute and Tammie Isidro of Lake Jackson; son, Greg and wife Penny Boatwright of West Columbia; sisters, Martha Blair of Winter Harbor, Maine, Marie Russell and husband Rusty of Portland, Louise Kelly of Liberty, and Pearl Kolmos of Palestine; brothers, Ben and wife Doris Boatwright of Palestine and Clarence and wife Betty Boatwright of Event; grandchildren, Charles and Matt Kovar, Lynn, Katelynn and Sean Boatwright, Christine Bauer, Stephanie Anderson, Jon, Drew and Kendall Walker, Vincent, Summer, and Meadow Isidro; and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Olivia Cemetery.

Lynn Boatwright, Drew Walker, John Anderson, Dean Wilke, Edwin Macek, and Matthew Kovar will serve as pallbearers.

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.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 8/30/2008
 


JOHN OSCAR BOETTCHER

Graveside services for John Oscar Boettcher, 79, of Palacios and Pasadena, Tx., were held April 16, 2010 at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Boettcher was born Dec. 11, 1930 in Weimar, Tx. to Lillian and Francis Boettcher. He passed away April. 12, 2010.

He was Valedictorian of Weimar High School and a graduate of Baylor University. He was co-founder of Boettcher Insurance Agency and Assurance Management Associates, Inc. John was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by wife Ruby Schneider Boettcher; children Steve Boettcher and wife Shannon, Lisa Caledonia and husband Dana, Ricky Milam and wife Penny, Becky Garcia and husband Pat; and grandchildren John and Erin Boettcher, Nick, Casey and Kendall Caledonia, Daphni Bowers (Brandon), Tiffany Seaman (Joe), Brittany Seaman (Rudy), Amanda Ressler (Donald), and Angela Flores (Louis); and great-grandchildren Ava and MaKena Bowers and Macy Pena, and Joel, Makynzie and Kacee.

He was preceded in death by Mary Lee Bell Boettcher.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s honor to MD Anderson or American Cancer Society.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at
www.fairmontfh.com
.

The Palacios Beacon, April, 2010
 


John H. Bohuslar

 

John H. Bohuslar, 84, of Markham and a lifetime resident of Matagorda County died at his residence Wednesday, January 14. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Zella Bohuslar of Markham; son, Willie H. Bohuslar of Markham; daughters, Bernice Bohuslar and Dorothy Lee of Markham, Evelyn Copeland of Cleveland; brothers, Adolph Bohuslar of Palacios, Charlie Bohuslar of Markham and Emil Bohuslar of Wyle; sister, Emma Vavrecka of Booth; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Bay City Funeral Home Chapel Friday, January 16, at 2 p. m. with Rev. Joe Ramsey of First Baptist Church in Markham officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers include Wayne Frieda, Wayne Smith, W. H. Bohuslar Jr., James Copeland and Bubba Lee. Services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins Bay City Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, January 15, 1981

 


BOHUSLAR

 

Zella Maxwell Moss Bohuslar, age 94, of Markham, passed away February 18, 2005.

 

She was born June 17, 1910, to the late Robert Lee and Dolly Murphy Maxwell in Hagensport, Texas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

 

She is survived by: her daughters, Bernice Bohuslar and husband Willie of Markham, and Dorothy Wolfe of El Campo; sister, Pat Gunnels; brother, Robert Maxwell; grandchildren, Willie Bohuslar, Jr and wife Elaine, Patricia Frieda, Tammy Efting and husband Lee, and Debbie Radley and husband Craig; great-grandchildren, Robbie and Russell Frieda, Tim and Jeremy Bohuslar, Erin and Kaitlyn Efting, Cade and Coy Radley, and Amy Lee.

 

She also is survived by step-children Agnes Backhus, Marie Bird, Lillian Bratcher, Johnnie Greenwood and Bessie Skarpa.

 

She is preceded in death by: husbands, Grady Moss and John Bohuslar; grandchildren, Ashley Efting and Pier "Bubba" Lee, Jr.; sisters, Della Smith, Dessie Frick, Sug Frick and Myrtle Powell.

 

Visitation was to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 19, 2005 at Triska

Funeral Home.

 

Family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2005, at Triska Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Howard Harper of Markham Baptist Church, officiating.

 

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

 

Pallbearers are great-grandsons: Tim and Jeremy Bohuslar, Robbie and Russell Frieda, Cade and Coy Radley.

 

Honorary bearers are great-granddaughters: Amy Lee, Erin and Kaitlyn Efting.

 

Arrangements are with Triska Funeral Home of El Campo, Texas.

 

The Bay City Tribune, February 20, 2005

 


J. W. Bolling

 

Funeral services for J. W. "Bill" Bolling of Van Vleck were held at 10 a. m. Friday, May 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Bay City with the Rev. E. L. Becks, pastor of the Methodist Church of Van Vleck, officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery. Son of John W. and Ruth Bolling, he was born in Palacios on April 5, 1913. A rancher, cattle buyer and employee of Jackson County Livestock Commission, he had been a lifetime resident of this area. Billy, who recently suffered a heart attack, passed away at his home in Van Vleck Wednesday, May 14.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Louise Bolling of Van Vleck; mother, Mrs. Ruth Bolling of Palacios; two daughters, Mrs. Linda Margaret Crosser of Stafford, Ariz. and Mrs. Susan Gail Thompson of Markham; one step-daughter, Mrs. Shirley Woytek of Alvin; two sons, John Scott Bolling of El Paso and Stephen Clay Bolling of Las Vegas, Nev.; four step-sons, John Knebel of Blessing, Ronal Knebel of Bay City, Kenneth Knebel of Midfield and Donald Knebel of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Cunningham of Austin and Mrs. Margaret McCarey of Lake Jackson; one brother, David E. Bolling of LaWard and six grandchildren.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Thursday, May 22, 1975

 


Louise Knebel Bolling

 

Mrs. Louise Knebel Bolling, 50, of Van Vleck, died at Gulf Coast Hospital in Wharton, August 18. She was a lifelong resident of Bay City. Survivors include: three daughters, Shirley Woytek of Alvin, Susie Thompson of El Maton and Linda Claridge of Stafford, Arizona; six sons, Ronnie Knebel of Bay City, Donnie and Kenneth Knebel of Van Vleck, John Knebel of Blessing, Steve Bolling of Las Vegas, Nevada and Scott Bolling of El Paso; eight sisters, Anna Mae Hurta of Midfield, Emily Herrin and Frances Dusek of East Bernard, Patsy Scott of San Leon, Margaret Fehmel of Bay City, Geraldine Surelec of Edna, Wilma Martin of El Maton and Doris John of Blessing; two brothers, Edward Swinky of Bay City, Johnny Swinky of Indiana; and 14 grandchildren. Funeral will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church Monday, August 20 at 2:00. Rosary will be held Sunday, August 19, at 7:00 p. m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel. Father Charles Sonnier will officiate and interment will be held at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be Edwin and Floyd Holloway, Jimmy Massey, Billy Brown, Jimmy Hubbard and Eddie Douglas. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, August, 1979

 


Lucille Melbourn Bolling
(April 30, 1917 - December 21, 2007)

Lucille Melbourn Bolling, 90, of La Ward, TX, passed away Friday, December 21, 2007. She was born April 30, 1917 in Midfield, TX to William Casey Melbourn and Helen Cornelius Melbourn. She was member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios and was a lifelong Rancher and resident of Matagorda and Jackson counties.

She was preceded in death by her husband: David R. Bolling, Sr.; by two sons: James Thomas Bolling and Richard Truman Bolling; by her grandson: John William Bolling, III; by her parents: William C. & Helen C. Melbourn; and by five siblings: Grace Greenwood, Casper Melbourn, Irene Harrell, Dorothy Shillings, and Nonie Henke.

She is survived by her daughter: Helen L. Bolling of Ganado; by her son: David R. Bolling, Jr. of La Ward; by six grandchildren: Lucile Wyatt, Randy Bolling, Susan Kopacz, Ryan Bolling, Jack Seaquist, II and Lia Bolling; by six great grandchildren: Kimberley Escaler, Brandon Griffith, Linden, Sawyer & Chloe Seaquist, and Peyton Bolling; and by a great-great grandchild: William Escaler.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 4:30 PM Sunday, December 23, 2007 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Andy Blair officiating. Pallbearers will be Ryan Bolling, Jack Seaquist, II, Henry Zarate, Danny Stephens, Joe Schillings and David Frankson. Honorary pallbearer will be David Bolling, III.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of South Texas at 605 E. Locust, Victoria, TX 77901 or to your local County Fair Association.

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

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Richard Truman Bolling
(March 23, 1936 - November 7, 2007)

Richard Truman “Dick” Bolling, March 23, 1936 – November 7, 2007. Dick lived a full life. He will be cremated, and his ashes will be spread in a very private ceremony.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.taylorbros.net

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


George Washington Boman

 

BOMAN, George Washington, age 70, passed away in Matagorda General Hospital on April 20. He is survived by widow, Mrs. Mary Louise Boman; daughter, Miss Ola Mae Boman; sons, Donald and Danny Ray and a brother, J. W. “Bill” Boman. All are residents of Matagorda. Services will be held Thursday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. from the First Baptist Church, Matagorda, with the Rev. Marion Horn officiating. Interment will be in Matagorda Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Hubert Orr Jr., James Wright, Earl Armstrong, Charlie Smith, Lester Simon [Simons], Robert Soloman, and James Simon [Simons]. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge.

 

The Daily Tribune, April 21, 1971

 


James William “Bill” Boman

 

James William “Bill” Boman, 67, a resident of Matagorda passed away January 16. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Margaret Jane Boman of Matagorda; 3 daughters, Mrs. Ruby Biggs of San Leon, Mrs. Mary Milson of Bay Cliff, and Mrs. Helen Jennings of Lancaster, California; 2 sons, William R. Boman of Houston and Clyde A. Redding of San Diego, California; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Matagorda Wednesday, January 17, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Marion Horn and Rev. David Higgins officiating. Interment was at the Matagorda Cemetery with pallbearers being: Tom Ward, Frank Trimyer, Hubert Orr, Jr., James Wright, Ernest Wilde, and Johnnie Ming. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, January 17, 1973

 


Mary L. Boman

 

Funeral services for Mary L. Boman, 82, of Matagorda will be held 10 a. m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Matagorda with the Rev. Oliver Southall officiating. Burial will be at Matagorda Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Boman was born May 14, 1910 in China Springs to E. O. and Josephine Parish Simons and she died Oct 14, 1992 at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

She was a member of the Matagorda Baptist Church and a resident of Matagorda for the past 41 years.

 

Survivors include a daughter, Amelia Olla Mae Boman of Matagorda; two sons, Donald Raymond Boman of Markham and Danny Ray Boman of Matagorda; three sisters, Amelia Fredrick of Brazoria, Sylvia Heiliger of Silsbee and Elsie Fay Pevehouse of Matagorda; two brothers, Arnold Simons of Sweeny and Carroll Eugene Simons Alvin; and one granddaughter, Diana Boman of Matagorda.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, October 18, 1992

 


Otha Lee Bona
(February 15, 1925 - June 4, 2005)

Otha Lee Bona, 80, of Bay City passed away June 4, 2005 in Bay City. She was born February 15, 1925 in Broadus, Texas to Elijah and Stella Coleman Harvey. She retired from the City of Bay City with 30 years of service and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Lyndelle Bona of Bay City, by four sisters, Norene Murry of Collegeport, Shirley LeCompte of Danbury, Faustine Fief of Danbury, and Peggy Davis of Houston; by two brother, Paul Harvey of Danbury and Cliff Harvey of Plano, Texas; and by one grandchild, Cindy Bona Muskiet and three great grandchildren, Chance and Whitney Muskiet and Meagan Schrader. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Monnie Hancock, sisters, Vernelda Peltier and Merle Harvey, a brother, Don Harvey, and a granddaughter, Teri Bona Schrader..

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at the Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Burial followed at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers were Chuck Harris, Anthony LeCompte, Paul Murry, Robert Murry, Wayne Harvey, and Thomas Harvey. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church.

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

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home                                              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Trilby Dawn Bond
(September 4, 1920 - June 7, 2006)

Trilby Dawn Bond, 85, passed away Wednesday June 7, 2006 at her home in Bay City. She was born September 4, 1920 to Ernest & Katherine Emma Whitaker Eikenberg in Lincoln, NE.

Survivors include 3 daughters: Katherine Roberts of Spring, Bobbie Aileen Smith of Katy, and Debbie Bradley of Brenham; son: Wayne E. Yeamans of Matagorda; 3 sisters: Laverne Jarrett of Bay City, Betty Joyce Eikenberg of Bay City, and Ruby Orr of Markham; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Mrs. Bond was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Fred Bond; and son: Woodrow Wilson Yeamans.

A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, June 9, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chad Hammons officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be: James Bonner, John Peiser, Jeremy & Roger Sawyer, Joshua Smith, Shannon Synatsch, and Douglas & Greg Yeamans. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home               Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Florence Carleton Boney 1856 - 1941 Cedarvale Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

William Marshall Boney
May 7, 1888 - Mar. 27, 1925
Cedarvale Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Lucille Cullen Boney
Oct. 10, 1890 - Apr. 13, 1930
Cedarvale Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


HON. W. O. BONEY DIED YESTERDAY

Brief Sketch of the Life and Career of the Former Mayor, County Commissioner and Prominent Citizen.
 

From Saturday's Daily. [March 21, 1914]

Hon. W. O. Boney passed away at 5:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon, March 20, 1914, at his residence in this city.

We understand the attending physicians pronounced Mr. Boney's malady acute Bright's disease. However, he had not been confined to his home quite two weeks, and his condition became serious only a week ago. Though his illness was for several days excruciatingly painful, his departure was peaceful.

William O. Boney was born Sept. 21, 1857, in Choctaw County, Ala., and came to Texas in November, 1875, and settled near old Port Sullivan on the Brazos, in Milam County, In 1879 he moved to Bell County, and in 1901 came to Bay City where he has resided ever since.

In 1882, Mr. Boney and Miss Florence Carlton were married in Bell County, and she survives him, together with six children; they having lost one child. The surviving children are Mrs. Alvin Williams, Marshall M. Boney, Mrs. Annie Fields, and Carrie and Opal Boney all of this city.

Mr. Boney leaves two brothers, Mr. A. C. Boney of Merkle and Mr. J. A. Boney of Stratford, in the Panhandle, and a sister who resides in Alabama. Mr. A. C. Boney and Mrs. Jas. Nye Ryman, a cousin, were with him when he died; and Mrs. Whitlow, a niece and husband came for the funeral services.

Deceased was a member of First Baptist Church and of the Woodmen of the World in this city, under whose auspices the funeral occurred at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Mr. Boney was a man of affairs; energetic, enterprising, sagacious and successful in business and always took an interest and played a prominent part in public affairs. Before coming to Bay City he had accumulated quite a competence, and by judicious investments he has steadily added to his fortune. He served as mayor of this city several years and as a member of the commissioners court for a term or two, and managed the public business with the same energy and good judgment bestowed upon his own.

A useful citizen has gone. Light lay the sod above him!


Matagorda County Tribune
, March 24, 1914.

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Jimmie Boone

Funeral services for Jimmie Boone, 36, of Houston, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Baptist Church, Cedar Lane, with the Rev. N. J. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Bell Bottom Community Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

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

Mr. Boone was born June 28, 1948, to Thompson and Lettie Moore Boone, and died May 3, 1985, at St. Joseph Hospital, Houston.

He was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include a son, Kelvin Spencer Boone of Houston; his parents, Thompson Boone Sr. and Lettie Moore; four sisters and six brothers, Royal Lee Fletcher, Levi Moore, Linda Moore, all of Bay City, Tommie Boone Epps, Pennie Boone Abdullah, Cheryl Ann Boone Adams, Thompson Boone Jr., James Boone, Nathenial Boone, Donald Wayne Boone, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; his grandfather, Jim Moore of Bay City; three aunts, Willie Mae Austin and Mary Lee Anderson of Bay City and Maude Allineice of Galveston; three uncles, Nathenial Boone of West Berlin, Germany, Roger Porter of Houston and Harlem Moore of Bay City.

Pallbearers are Royal Lee Fletcher, Roger Porter, Harlem Moore, Levi Moore, Edward Lee Gates and Joseph Porter.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, May 1985

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


REV. M. L. BOONE

 

PALACIOS - Funeral services for the Rev. M. L. Boone, 94, of Palacios, will be at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 5, 2009 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. L.C. Cunningham Jr., pastor, and the Rev. Ben Hadden officiating. Burial will follow immediately after the services at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation was held 3-8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.

Final arrangements entrusted to Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/5/2009

 

Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott

 


Olga Tobola Booth

 

Funeral services for Olga Tobola Booth, 89, will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Rev. Peter Higgins officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Booth died Saturday, Sept. 6 in Houston. She was born Feb. 27, 1909 in St. John, TX to Ignac and Hermina Jurica Tobola.

 

Booth moved to Matagorda County in 1920 and was a member of the Catholic Church.

 

She is survived by her brother, Jim Tobola of Edna; nieces and nephews, Jim Tobola Jr. and Marilyn Tobola both of Edna, Mike and Kay Tobola of Alvin, Susan Baker of Bay City, Mark and Geraldine Tobola of Edna, Gerald and Debbie Tobola of La Porte, and Robbie and Elizabeth Tobola of Sugarland; cousins, Olga Tony and Hubert Shimek all of Houston; and other relatives and friends.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, September 10, 1998

 


Jeffrey Gordon Boots
(February 10, 1967 - August 12, 2006)

Jeffrey Gordon Boots, 39, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2006. He was born February 10, 1967 in Norwich, NY to Earl Edwin Boots and Lorna Mae Martin Boots. He was a resident of Bay City for the past 21 years.

Jeffrey is survived by his mother: Lorna M. Boots of Bay City; by his sister: Vicky Schafer of Bay City, TX; and his brothers: Kevin Boots and Dennis Boots of Indiana. He was preceded in death by his father: Earl E. Boots and his brother: Christopher Boots.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM Thursday at the funeral home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, August 18, 2006 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with Rev. L. V. Harvey officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


ALBERT VICTOR BOSAK JR.
 

MIDFIELD - Albert Victor Bosak Jr., 76, of Midfield, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, in Bay City. He was born on May 18, 1931, in Midfield, to the late Albert Victor and Albina Helen Hurta Bosak. He was a Quality Control inspector and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his son, Mike Griffith and wife Becky of Ganado; granddaughter, Brianna Griffith; and grandson, Garret Griffith.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. [Burial at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, Texas.]

Ganado Funeral Home, Ganado, 361-771-2120.
 

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 10/28/2008
 

Funeral services will be held for Albert V. Bosak, 80, of Midfield, 2 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Brothers Chapel.

Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Kenneth Olsen.

Survivors are wife, Mrs. Jewell Bosak of Midfield; sons, A. V. Bosak Jr. of Edna, Wayne W. Wilson of Colorado City, Colo.; grandchildren, James Michael Bosak, Keri Wilson and Weston Wilson.

His church affiliation was Czech Brethren.

Burial will follow services at Hawley Cemetery.

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

(Born September 27, 1901, died March 8, 1982)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Albina Helen Bosak

 

BOSAK, Mrs. Albina Helen, 53, died Friday afternoon at her home in Midfield. Funeral services were held at 3 p. m. Sunday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John Bravenec of the Brethren Church officiating. Burial was in the Hawley Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, A. V. Bosak of Midfield; one son, A. V. Bosak, Jr. of Midfield; two sisters, Mrs. Sophie Roberts of Bay City and Mrs. Emma Sedalcek of Gonzales; three brothers, Edwin E. Hurta of El Maton and A. W Hurta and Frank J. Hurta both of Midfield, and one grandson. Pallbearers were nephews William Dale Hurta, Samuel Lee Hurta, Marvin Hurta, Edwin E. Hurta, Jr., Clifton Sedlacek. Lawrence Hurta was an honorary pallbearer.

 

The Daily Tribune, May 13, 1968

 


Barbara McNiel Bouldin
July 1, 1935 - Dec. 6, 2009

Barbara McNiel Bouldin, 74, passed away at her home in Bay City, Texas on Sunday, December 6, 2009.

She was born July 1, 1935 in Clay, Texas, the daughter of Roland and Joella (Thomas) McNiel. She attended primary school in Chappell Hill and graduated from Brenham High School in June 1952. She then furthered her education at Temple Junior College and nursing school at Scott and White Hospital, successfully completing requirements as a registered nurse in June 1955. She worked as a nurse for many years in various locations including Milroy Hospital in Brenham, the State Tuberculosis Hospital in San Antonio, Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City, and Mainland Hospital in Texas City.

Barbara married USAF Staff Sergeant John William Bouldin in Waller, Texas on December 22, 1956. John’s military career moved them many times with assignments in San Antonio, Abilene, Denver, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; and Shreveport, Louisiana. She was the motivating force behind John_s decision to enter Officers’ Candidate School and was very proud to pin his Second Lieutenant bars on his uniform jacket in 1960. In 1967-68, she “kept the home fires burning” with her three young daughters while her husband served in the Vietnam War in Saigon. After their fourth daughter arrived, the Bouldin family was transferred to Adana, Turkey and a year later to Athens, Greece. It was at this time that John and Barbara decided that it was time to retire from the military and settled in La Grange, Texas in May 1972. During the seven years they lived in La Grange, Barbara managed the American Muffler Shop while John operated other muffler shop locations in southeast Texas. It was during this time that Barbara was baptized, confirmed, and received her First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She and John also had their weddings vows convalidated by Father Harry Mazurkiewicz. They were both active in the congregation and supported Sacred Heart School.

Business required the Bouldins to move to Bay City in 1979. It was at this time she began her career in nursing once again. An interest in Dalhart Windberg’s art led to a joint venture with her daughter Laura Bouldin Karlman in opening a local frame gallery.

Barbara, affectionately known as Nana to her grandchildren, was a very selfless and loving person. Her family was the most important thing in her life. In 2000, after both she and John retired from their jobs she went on to play a very big role in nurturing two of her grandchildren after the loss of her daughter, Laura, to leukemia in 2000. She was also a very faithful companion to her husband of almost 53 years and took pride in the loving care she gave him as he battled his own health issues.

Barbara always seemed to have a hobby whether it was crafting and painting birdhouses and her ceramic Santa Clauses or making beaded bracelets and rosaries. She loved watching “All My Children” with her husband and completing her daily crossword puzzles, which she continued to enjoy till the very end.

Barbara is survived by: her husband, USAF Ret. Maj. John W. Bouldin of Bay City, her daughters and son-in-laws, Diana and Michael Fitzpatrick of La Grange, Cindy and Gregg Tomek of Bay City, and daughter Joanna “Joey” Bouldin of Bay City. Grandchildren, Megan Fitzpatrick Meneses and husband USAF Staff Sergeant Sergio A. Meneses, Jr. of Honolulu, Hawaii, John W. Bouldin II of Corpus Christi, Kyle Tomek, Brynn Fitzpatrick, and Travis Tomek, all of College Station, Matthew Fitzpatrick of La Grange, Brandon Tomek of Bay City and Katie Karlman of Seabrook. Also surviving are brother and sisters-in-law, Ray and Nancy McNiel and Priscilla McNiel; nieces, Karen Hobson, Janet Farris and Marie Patrick, and nephews Ron and Michael McNiel.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her daughter, Laura Ann Karlman; brother, Ronald Dawson McNiel; mother-in-law, Noelie Schuhmacher Bouldin; and sister-in-law, Barbara Carol Farris.

Visitation will be held at noon on Monday, December 7 at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home.

A rosary will be recited by the Rev. Fr. Joseph Varickamackal at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2p.m. on Tuesday, December 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Joseph Varcikamackal and the Rev. Fr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.

Burial will follow at Rutersville Cemetary.

In lieu of flower, memorial contributions may be made to your local hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.

Bay City Tribune, Published December 9, 2009


Doris Bouldin
Jan. 24, 1925 – Oct. 10, 2008


Doris Bouldin 83 died peacefully at home Friday evening October 10, 2008 in Bay City.

She had resided in the home of her son Chris for the past year, and lovingly cared for by her daughter-in-law Pam and granddaughter Tatum. Although she had given up her home, she had remained active and spent her days often running around town with her daughter and best friend Sherri.

They shopped, went to the dollar stores and got their nails and toes done. Friday was hair do day and she had a standing appointment with Elva to get her hair set and styled for the week. She and her daughter would then go to El Zarape for a number 1 and iced tea. Elegant and beautiful through her final day on this earth, we will all miss her greatly, but feel so blessed to have had her for 83 years.

Doris Ellon Hilliard was born January 24, 1925 to John Winslow Hilliard and Cora Lee Jones Hilliard. She was the youngest of 10 children. They lived in Bell County. The family had a Model T Ford and she remembered it was only used on Sundays to go to church. Her father, an attorney drove a horse and carriage the rest of the week. He died in 1930 when she was 5 years old.

On August 11, 1944 She married Henry E. Bouldin, They had two children a daughter Sherri and a son Chris. They raised their children in McGregor Texas.

In 1980 after retiring they moved to the river at Selkirk Island and opened Henry's Used Cars in Bay City in 1981. After three successful years, she closed Henry's Used Cars in 1984 due to her husbands declining health. He died in 1986 and she moved to Bay City the following year.

Doris is survived by: brother, Artie Hilliard of Goldthwaite; daughter, Sherri Cartee and husband Gary of Bay City; son, Chris Bouldin and wife Pam of Bay City; five grandchildren, Sheila Tate and husband Terry of Bay City, Shane Smith and wife Jennifer of Van Vleck, Shannon Smith and wife Lisa of Corpus Christi, Chris Bouldin Jr of Bay City, and Tatum Bouldin of Bay City; seven great grandchildren, Trey and Tyler Treybig of Bay City, Amber and Lacy Smith of Van Vleck, Brooke and Dylan Smith of Corpus Christi.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry in 1986 and her grandson Logon in 2004.

A Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2008 at Taylor Bros Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple, Texas where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband and lifelong friend, Henry.

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

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

 

Bay City Tribune, Published October 15, 2008

 


Earl Preston Bowen

 

Funeral services for Earl Preston Bowen, 68, of Deutschburg Community, will be held 2 p. m. Saturday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Lynn officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Bowen was born Aug. 16, 1924 in Sabinal to Alice Romans and Jasper Green Bowen and he died Nov. 25, 1992 at Wagner General Hospital in Palacios.

 

He was a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Bowen was a World War II U. S. Army veteran and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8556 of Lolita. He retired from Alcoa as a shift supervisor after 26 years.

 

Survivors include his wife, June Bowen of Deutschburg Community; two daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn and James Traweek and Sharron Deyton, all of Deutschburg Community; four sisters, Goldie Pruitt of Francitas, Margie Bram of El Campo, Elise LeMaster of Van Vleck and May Damborsky of Edna; a brother, Virgil Bowen of Edna; four grandchildren, Douglas Traweek, Melissa Brown, Sonya Harvey and Kevin Deyton; four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Pallbearers will be J. R. Pruitt, Travis Pruitt, J. W. (Dub) Chapman, C. W. (Sonny) Cameron, Douglas Traweek, Kevin Deyton, James Brown and Chris Harvey. Honorary pallbearers are Darrell Chapman, Darvin Green, Danny Carpenter and Jack Traweek.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, November 27, 1992

 


June Bowen

 

June Bowen, 69, of Palacios, Deutschburg Community, died Feb. 21, 1997 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Victoria.

 

She was born June 16, 1927 in Francitas, Jackson County to Rowan and Nita Drake Green. She was a member of the Baptist Church, a life long resident of Jackson Co. and a resident of the Deutschburg Community since 1966.

 

Funeral Services will be 10 a. m. Monday, Feb. 24, 1997, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Lynn officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Pallbearers will be James Brown, Kevin Deyton, Douglas Traweek, Chris Harvey, Gerald Beaty, Larry Jones, Jimmy Green, Darvin Green and Ronnie Beaty.

 

Survivors include two daughters Sharon McGinnes of Markham and Carolyn Traweek of Deutschburg; two sisters Lilly Bell Pierce of Deutschburg and Dorothy Jones of Center; brother Russell Green of Francitas, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl "Preston" Bowen Nov. 25, 1992.

 

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, February 23, 1997

 


Sonja Jean Bowen

 

CORPUS CHRISTI - Sonja Jean Bowen, 25, of Corpus Christi, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002.

 

She was born Dec. 1, 1976, in Edna, Doris Smith Bowen of Edna and the late Virgil Bowen. She was a Christian.

 

Survivors: mother; sisters, Virgie Wiegand and Alice Nottingham, both of Edna; step-sister, Rita Myers of Cotulla; brothers, Jack Myers and David Bowen, both of Beeville, Roger Bowen of Huntsville and Monroe Bowen of Cuero; and grandmother, Mable Smith of Blessing.

 

Preceded in death by: father.

 

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Hawley Cemetery near Markham [Matagorda County, Texas], the Rev. Francis Blanehard officiating. Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 361-782-2221.

 

The Victoria Advocate, September 30, 2002

 

Ray James Bower, beloved son of Matt and Marti Bower was born into Heaven July 21, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Jeb James of Bay City and Richard and Jan Bower of Abilene.

A celebration of life was held on July 22, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Now I lay Me Down to Sleep” at the website www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org

“Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” James 1:17

Bay City Tribune, Published August 8, 2010
 


Elva Bowers

 

Funeral services for Elva Bowers, 82, of Palacios, were held July 30, 1994 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

 

Mrs. Bowers was born May 22, 1912 in Ashby, Texas to George B. and Eunice R. Yeamans McKissick. She died July 28, 1994 in Palacios.

 

Mrs. Bowers lived in Palacios since 1973 and was a former resident of Collegeport.

 

She is survived by her husband, V. L. Bowers, Sr., of Palacios; daughter LaVerne Flewellen of Palacios; son and daughter-in-law, Verner L. "Butch" and Nancy Bowers, Jr. of Palacios; sister, Agnes McGlothlin of San Angelo, Texas; grandchildren, Allison Bowers of Austin, Christa Bowers of Palacios, Bryan Flewellen and his wife, Melissa of Clyde, Texas, Rocky Flewellen and his wife, Debbie of Angleton; great-grandchildren, Rocky Bowers Flewellen and Justin Flewellen of Clyde, Texas. Mrs. Bowers was preceded in death by grandson, Stuart Flewellen, April 6, 1988.

 

Pallbearers were Harold Bowers, John Graff, Lee Hall Pierce, Clifford Elliott, Billy Hamlin and Billy Holt.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Palacios, Texas. Arrangements by Palacios Funeral Home 701 First St., Palacios, Texas.

 

The Palacios Beacon, August 3, 1994

 

Graveside services for Ruby I. Bowers, 88, of Corpus Christi were held July 9 at 11 a.m. at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mrs. Bowers and her husband, Hugh, were long time residents of Blessing and Palacios. Mrs. Bowers was born Dec. 2, 1893 in Uvalde.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home for the Aged and to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, CO P. E. Gordon, Bay City.

(Died July 6, 1982)

Matagorda County, Texas
 


Verner L. Bowers

 

Funeral services for Verner L. Bowers, Sr., 89, of Palacios, are scheduled for 4 p. m. Saturday at the Palacios Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Burial will follow in the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Bowers was born Sept. 1, 1905 in Lockhart to George T. and Blanche Terry Bowers and died Sept. 1, 1994, at the Palacios Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Palacios.

 

Mr. Bowers was a member of the Methodist Church and had been a resident of Palacios since 1973. He resided in Collegeport from 1939-1973.

 

He was one of the founders, past director and long time supporter of the Matagorda County Livestock Show; a member of the Southwestern Cattleman's Association and director of Independent Rice Dryer, Inc.

 

Survivors include one daughter, LaVerne Flewellen of Palacios; one son, Verner L. "Butch" Bowers, Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Palacios; one sister, Lillian Almon of Portland; two brothers, Adrian Bowers of Baytown and Richard Bowers of Alpine; four grandchildren, Allison Bowers of Austin, Christa Bowers of Palacios; Bryan Flewellen and his wife, Melissa, of Clyde, Rocky Flewellen and his wife, Debbie, of Angleton; and four great grandchildren, Rocky Bowers Flewellen and Joshua Flewellen of Angleton, and Tanner Flewellen and Justin Flewellen of Clyde.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Elva Bowers on July 28, 1994, and by one grandson, Stuart Flewellen on April 6, 1988.

 

Pallbearers are Harold Bowers, Billy Holt, Percy Carroll, Johnnie Carroll, Kenneth McKissick and Jim Davant.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, September 2, 1994

 


Mary Lorene Box

 

Graveside funeral services for Mary Lorene Box, 76, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, July 25, 1998 at 10:00 a. m., with Rev. Chad Hammond of Rhema Fellowship officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Box died Thursday, July 23, at Bay Villa Nursing Home where she had been a resident since 1973. She was born in Somerville, TX, on Nov. 25, 1921.

 

She is survived by daughter, Brenda Salas of Bay City; niece, Lorraine Scott of Houston; grandchildren, Jennifer Cox of Bay City, Jason Salas of Ganado; and great grandson Kyle Cox of Bay City.

 

Arrangements are with Bay City Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, July 24, 1998

 


Ronald William Brackman
Dec. 22, 1936 – March 22, 2008
 

Ronald William Brackman, 71, of West Columbia, Texas, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008.

He was born December 22, 1936 in Conroe, Texas to Early Lloyd Brackman and Leah Jean Pritchett Brackman. He was a member of the Old Ocean Baptist Church, a veteran, retired from the US Navy, and a retired Contractor.

He is survived by: his wife, Gloria Brackman of West Columbia; his daughter, Teaata Le Peasall and husband Fred of Lake Delton, Wisconsin; step-daughter, Debbie Kuck of Nashville, Tennessee; sons, Royal Patrick Brackman and wife Lori of Wisconcidells, Wisconsin, Cory Dale Brackman of Palacios, and Ronny Shawn Brackman and wife Sandra of San Antonio, Texas; step-son, Ronny Singlatary of West Columbia, Texas; his grandchildren, Ashley, Bucky, Christopher, Melissa, Adam, Molly and Hannah; and by three great grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at the Sweeny Cemetery in Sweeny, Texas.

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

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published March 26, 2008

 


Mildred W. Braden
(April 17, 1924 - February 13, 2008)

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas] - Mildred W. Braden, 83, of Bay City, passed away Feb. 13, 2008. She was born April 17, 1924, in Rosenberg.

She lived in Bay City for many years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She loved her church and worked with the Congregational Care Committee for years because of her love for people and helping others. An avid golfer, she was a charter member of the Women's Golf Association and a charter member of the Bay City Country Club. She was a seven-time winner of the WGA Club Championship.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jesse Werlla; and first husband, Harry J. Ellis.

Survivors include her husband Leonard E. Braden; nephew, Don Werlla; sister-in-law, Aline Werlla; and "special son" Charles Townsend.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-7 p.m. today at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John-Nelson Pope officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Allen, Richard Knapik, Chris Townsend, Stan Keathley, Frank Baker, and Cecil Roberts.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

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

Victoria Advocate on 2/15/2008.
 


William Paul Braden

 

Funeral services for William Paul Braden, 76, of Rockport, Tex. are scheduled for 11 a. m. Oct. 18, 1983 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Bradshaw of Paul & Mary's Presbyterian Church in Rockport, and the Rev. Frank Seaman of Bay City First Presbyterian Church.

 

Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mr. Braden was born June 30, 1907 in Alton, Kansas, the son of George and Della Braden. The family moved to Citrus Grove, Tex. in 1910. He went to school in Collegeport and high school in Palacios, graduating in the class of 1925. He was married to Mary Dean Yeager of Blessing, June 14, 1933.

 

Upon retirement from Whites, Inc. in Houston, they moved to Rockport where he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Rotary Club of Rockport and was active in the civic affairs of the town.

 

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Dean Braden; sister, Ruth B. Matthes of Bay City; nephews, Dr. Russell Matthes of Bay City, Dr. Fred Matthes of Bay City, Bob Thorp of San Francisco, Cal.; nieces, Nancy Melchor of Houston and Kay Stanley of Rockport.

 

Pallbearers include Pat Matthes, Mike Matthes, Douglas Matthes, Gordon Stanley, John Melchor, Dr. Russell Matthes, Dr. Fred Matthes and Jim Matthes.

 

The Daily Tribune, October, 1983

 


Frances Davis Brady
Dec. 20, 1924 - June 29, 2005


Frances Davis Brady, 80, of Bay City, graduated into the church triumphant on June 29, 2005, at The Legacy in Bay City.

She was born December 20, 1924, in East Columbia, Texas, to the late Gary William and Pearl Lee Bradford Davis.

Mrs. Brady was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was a longtime resident of Bay City.

She was co-owner of Brady's Flowers for many years until her retirement in 1973, at which time she moved to Victoria.

While living in Victoria, she was a dedicated volunteer for Victoria Regional Medical Center and was a faithful member of Victoria Methodist Church.

Upon returning to Bay City she reunited with First United Methodist Church and served on several committees.

Frances lived her life loving her family and serving the Lord, but has now gone to reunite with her husband, family and their Heavenly Father.

Survivors include: her three children, Harriet Townsend of Bay City, William D. Brady and wife Beverley of Mineral, Virginia, and Barbara Stewart and husband Ron of Mountain Home, Idaho; seven grandchildren, Candace Seidel and husband Ralph, Robin Haring and husband Bob, Chris Townsend and wife Jeni, all of Bay City, Bill Brady of Toledo, Ohio, Bethany Brady of Baltimore, Maryland, Cassandra Carrier and husband Ricky of Rayne, Louisiana, and Barbie Lynn Kile of Pearland, Texas; also by nine great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Joe Brady of Bay City; and sister-in-law, Theresa Brady of Galveston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Brady, and brother, Milam Davis.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kevin Young and the Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were George Durrett, Amon Wade, Richard Knapik, Bill Bona, Tom Fields and Russell Koliba.

Honorary pallbearers were Jack Conner, Bill Howze, Dr. Dane Simons, Judge Greg B. Westmoreland, Ralph Seidel II, Gary Harrell and members of the Friendship Class of the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979)245-4613.

The Bay City Tribune, July 5, 2005
 

Francis Joseph Brangan
Mar. 4, 1924 - May 3, 1997
Cedarvale Cemetery
Photos courtesy of Fay Cunningham


Mary Roseleen Brangan
Apr. 8, 1922 - July 6, 2001
Cedarvale Cemetery
Photos courtesy of Fay Cunningham



 

Jadie Branstetter

Dec. 24, 1907 - Dec. 6, 2008

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Walter Everett Branstetter
Dec. 1, 1893 - Nov. 26, 1982

Celia Jane Steele Branstetter
Mar. 16, 1895 - May 28, 1971

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 


Mildred Traweek Bratton

 

Funeral services for Mildred Traweek Bratton, 74, of Palacios will be held 2 p. m. Sunday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ron Lynn officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Bratton was born Jan. 7, 1918 to Harvey O. and Bertha Caraway Carpenter in San Antonio and died March 26, 1922, at De Tar Hospital in Victoria.

 

A former Yoakum resident, she had resided in Deutschburg for eight years. She was a member of the Sons of Herman in Yoakum and was affiliated with the Baptist church.

 

Survivors include two sons, and daughters-in-law, James D. and Carolyn Traweek of Palacios and Jack C. and Kirby Traweek of LaMarque; a sister, Peggy Cox of Olivia; two brothers, Felton Carpenter of Robstown and Billy Carpenter of Odom; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bratton, who died in October 1991.

 

Pallbearers will be Brad Traweek, Douglas Traweek, Buddy Carpenter, James Brown, Kevin Deyton, Eddie "Bo" Lindsey, Max Carpenter and Danny Carpenter.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Carpenter, B. P. Bowen and E. C. Valentine.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, March 27 or 28, 1992

 


Rufus F. Bratton

 

Funeral services for Rufus F. "Bill" Bratton, 77, of Blessing will be held 2 p. m. Sunday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City with the Rev. Ronald Lynn officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Bratton was born Jan. 29, 1914, to Thomas and Olivia Flowers Bratton in Centerville and died Oct. 24, 1991, at the Regional Medical Center in Victoria.

 

The former resident of Yoakum had lived in Blessing for the last eight years. He was a veteran of World War II, retiring from the U. S. Navy. He married Mildred Carpenter April 4, 1958.

 

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Carpenter [Bratton]; two sons, and daughters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James D. Traweek of Palacios and Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Traweek of LaMarque; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers are Brad Traweek, Douglas Traweek, James Brown, Kevin Deyton, Danny Carpenter and Max Carpenter.

 

Honorary pallbearers are Earl Preston Bowen and E. C. Valentine.

 

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, October 25 or 26, 1991

 


ROBERT W. BRAUDRICK

PALACIOS - Robert William Braudrick, 43, of Palacios, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009. He was born June 24, 1965, in Palacios, to Betty Rivas Sampogna of Palacios and the late Bobby Joe Braudrick. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is survived by his mother; his daughter, Killashandra Braudrick of Laramie, Wyo.; his sisters, Olga Sosa of Houston, Gloria Sosa of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Donna Sosa of Houston; and his brother, David Sosa of Fort Meyers, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his father, and his sister, Carolyn Sosa.

Graveside services will be held at 5 p.m. today at Palacios Cemetery in Palacios.

Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/27/2009
 


Funeral services for Henry Bree, 59, of San Antonio, will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at 11a.m., at St. Mark Baptist Church, in Cedar Lane with the Rev. H.L. Hawkins, Jr., pastor, and the Rev. K.W. Bree, eulogist. Burial will follow at St. Mark Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

He was born in Bay City, Texas, January 10, 1945, to Moses Bree and Ruby White Bree, and passed away June 21, 2004, at University Hospital in San Antonio.

Survivors include: one son, Damon Bree of San Antonio; three sisters, Mary Stovall of Houston, Lesla Bree of Dallas, and Karen Cavit of San Antonio; two brothers, Moses Bree, Jr. of Houston, and Leo Bree of West Columbia, Texas; one aunt, Leola Bree of Chicago Illinois; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Ricky Nacoste, Tony Nacoste, Moses Bree,Jr., Thomas Bree, Emmanuell Bree and Lawrence Bree, Jr.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, June 27, 2004
 

Funeral services for Lawrence Bree., Sr., 80, of Cedar Lane, will be held Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 1 p.m. at St. Mark Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, with the Rev. H. L. Hawkins, Jr., pastor and his son the Rev. K. W. Bree, eulogist. Burial will follow at St. Mark Cemetery in Cedar Lane. Visitation will be Tuesday until 9 p.m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

He was born in Gainesmore, Texas, Wednesday February 16, 1921, to Henry Bree and Dillie Thomas Bree, and passed away Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

After his formal education in Cedar Lake, Texas, he served as a veteran in the U. S. Army. His being a friend to mankind will be missed by those who shared his earthly living.

Survivors include: four daughters, Leola Murphy and Jacqueline Moore of Bay City, Gwendolyn Griggs and Eddie, and Ardith Sidney and William of Lake Jackson; six sons, Lawrence Bree, Jr., Kelvin Bree and Charita, the Rev. Kenneth Bree, Thomas Bree and Rica, the Rev. Mark Bree and Emmanuel Bree and Sarah all of Bay City; two step-children, Sandra Scott and Lemeul of Houston, and Leonard Murphy of Texas City; one sister, Leola Bree of Chicago, Ill.; 27 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Shannon Sidney, Trey Griggs, Brandon Bree, Yohance Bree, Mark Bree, Jr., Moses Bree, Jr., Joaquin Bree, Jeremy Bree, Corey Bree, Jamal Matthews and DeArdis Scott.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. A00011A2001AR10

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Lewis Bree

Funeral services for Lewis Bree, 80, of Bay City will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Baptist Church, Cedar Lane, with the Rev. Kenneth Bree officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mark Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Visitation hours are until 9 p.m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. Bree was born July 12, 1909, to Henry Bree and Dillie Thomas in Cedar Lane and died July 4, 1990, at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include three daughters, Audrey Holmes of Tyler, Verniece Matthews of Cedar Lane and Lenada Jean Franklin of Bay City; a son, Charles Matthews of Houston; a foster son, the Rev. Kenneth Bree of Cedar lane; five grandchildren; a sister, Leola Verniece Bree of Chicago; two brothers, Moses Bree Sr., and Lawrence Bree Sr., both of Bay City; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers include Emanuel Bree, Thomas Bree Jr., Henry Bree, William Sidney Jr., Thomas L. Hawkins and Roscoe Moore Sr.

Honorary pallbearers include Charles Matthews, Jamal Matthews, Elbert Hawkins and Jarel Franklin.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, July 6, 1990

St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Moses Bree

Funeral services for Mr. Moses Bree, Sr., 84, of Bay City, will be held Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m., at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with his nephew, Rev. K. W. Bree officiating, and Rev. K. J. Griggs, presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mark Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Visitation will be Tuesday until 9 p.m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

He was born in Gainesmore, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1912, to Henry Bree and Dillie Thomas Bree, and died Friday, April 12, 1996, at Matagorda House Nursing Home in Bay City.

His love for singing was evident by his deep baritone voice, and he was admired by his participation in many, many church services.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Mary Bree Stovall of Houston, Miss Leslie Bree of Austin, Mrs. Karen Bree Cavit and Mrs. Vivian Bree Kelley, both of Bay City; and three sons, Henry Bree of Bay City, Moses Bree, Jr. of San Antonio, and Loe Bree of Palacios.

He is also survived by one sister, Ms. Leola Bree of Chicago, Ill., and one brother, Lawrence Bree, Sr. of Bay City. Also a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, other relatives and a family of many friends.

Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby White Bree, one son, Roy, and several siblings.

Active pallbearers will include Thomas Bree, Tony Nacosta, Rev. Mark Bree, Mrs. Karen Cavit, Kelvin Bree and Jimmy Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers will include A. C. Henry, Clarence Holmes, his sons and grandsons.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, April 1996
 


Ruby Bree

Funeral services for Ruby Bree, 68, of Bay City will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. F. W. McIlveen, pastor of Charity Baptist Church in Houston officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mark Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Visitation hours are until 9 p.m. today at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Mrs. Bree was born Oct. 23, 1923, to Daniel and Minerva Taylor White in Sargent and died Dec. 18, 1991, at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston.

She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Moses Bree Sr. of Bay City; four daughters, Mary Bree Stovall and Leslie Bree of Houston and Karen Bree Cavit and Vivian Bree Kelley of Bay City; three sons, Henry Bree and Leo Bree of Houston and Moses Bree Jr. of Bay City; two sisters, Jessie Mae Powell of Bay City and Rosie L. Jones of Houston; two brothers, Jerry White of California and Kelly White of Houston; and a number of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a family of friends.

Pallbearers are Henry Bree, Moses Bree, Corey Bree, Thomas Bree, Karem Bree and Tony Nacoste.

Honorary pallbearers are Samuel Thomas, A. C. Henry and Clarence Holmes.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, December 20, 1991
 

Brenda Sue Cline Brewer

Nov. 25, 1967 - Dec. 25, 1998

Roselawn Memorial Park

Picture Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Dorothy Mae Brewer

 

Funeral services for Dorothy Mae Brewer, 73, of Palacios, were held Oct. 7, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Bob Harrison officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

 

Mrs. Brewer was born March 9, 1932 in Giddings, Tx. to the late Charles and Irene Martha Daniels Redkey. She died Oct. 3, 2005 at her residence.

 

She had been a resident of Palacios since 1967 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Giddings.

 

She is survived by her husband, John H. Brewer of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Martha Wootan and Robert McEntire of Palacios and Tina Brewer and Brent Matura of Bay City; sons and daughters-in-law Lynyard and Marty Wootan of Kilgore, Tx., David and Elsa Wootan of Richland, WA, Jeffrey Wootan of Houston, and Gina and John H. Brewer II of Palacios; sister, Ruth Wingate of Palacios; brother Malcomb Redkey of Austin; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruby Pierce.

 

Pallbearers were Charlie Michalik, Lanny Gillette, Troy Richie, Jay Pierce, Tim Redkey and Charles Redkey.

 

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Oct. 12, 2005

 


LEA ANN BREWER
 

VICTORIA - Lea Ann Brewer, 43, of Victoria, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 26, 1964, in Kaufman, to Jack and Mary Lou Brewer.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Lou Brewer of Victoria; father, Jack Brewer of Luling; brother, Bryan Brewer of Victoria; nieces, Katherine Brewer and Seanna Brewer; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Lea Ann was a loving, caring person known for her friendly personality and willingness to help others. She loved to fish and was a huge fan of the Cowboys, Spurs, and Astros.
 

She was employed by OXCA in Bay City as a process operator.

In lieu of flowers, Lea Ann requested donations to Hospice of South Texas or the America

A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date.


Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/14/2008.
 


Quinta Brewer
Dec. 20, 1915 – Aug. 31, 2008


Quinta Brewer (San Antonio), 92, passed from this life to her eternal glory on August 31, 2008.

Quinta was born on December 20, 1915, to John and Hermina (Ackenhausen) Nahrendorf. She grew up and attended school in Leavenworth, Kansas. She graduated from Leavenworth High School. She received her R.N. from Cushing Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Leavenworth. She worked at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where she met Dr. Paul L. Brewer. They married on July 4, 1941, in Atlanta, Georgia. They lived in Natahala, North Carolina and Kansas City, MO, before moving to Bay City, TX. in 1944. Dr. Brewer established the first pediatric practice in Matagorda County. Quinta and Paul made their home in Bay City for 48 years, raising 3 children. After her husband’s death in 1992, Quinta moved to San Antonio where she resided at the Inn at Los Patios for the last 16 years.

Quinta was preceded in death by her parents, husband and infant son Larry Paul. She was also preceded by: sisters, Leona Niemann and Erma Nahrendorf of Leavenworth, Kansas, Hermina Heinemeier of Austin, Texas.

Quinta is survived by: her children, Paula McBride and her husband Warren of San Antonio, Texas, Jennifer Ehlers and her husband Rick of Seguin, Texas and Hugh Brewer and his wife Cindy of Lennox, South Dakota. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kimberly Claxton and husband Jeff of Denver, Colorado, Stuart McBride and his wife Bridgett of Cross Roads, Texas., Kirk McBride of San Antonio, Texas, Erin Teter and husband Steven of Round Rock, Texas, Zachary Ehlers and wife Jessica of Garland, Texas, Colin Ehlers of Brooklyn, New York, Kyle Brewer of Vermillion, South Dakota, and Joel Brewer of Lennox, South Dakota; by one sister, Emma Nahrendorf of Leavenworth, Kansas as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2008 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bay City, Texas. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to St. Peter Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

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

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published September 3, 2008

 


BRHLIK, FRANK JOSEPH

F. J. Brhlik Passes Away


Frank J. Brhlik, 500 2nd Street, Palacios passed away on Monday at his residence. He was 66 years of age.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Palacios with interment in Hawley Cemetery with Rev. John J. Bravenec, Jr. officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Violet M. Brhlik of Palacios; one daughter, Mrs. Wilma Sherrill of Huntsville; one son, Frank P. Brhlik of Palacios; four sisters, Mmes. Anna Kruger of Houston; Theresa Krenek of Midfield, Augusta Coster of Alice, Emelie Majors of Wilmington, California; four grandchildren, Larry and Anita Sherrill, Frank P., Jr. and Russell Brhlik. Pallbearers; Edward Zemanek, Fred Cornelius, Albert Bosak, R. G. Herlin, George H. Sparks, B. R. Warn.

Funeral services are under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, March 3, 1964 Picture courtesy of Russell "Rusty" Brhlik.
 


Frank Paul "Sonny" Brhlik

 

Frank Paul "Sonny" Brhlik passed away Tuesday, July 4, 1995 at his farm in Midfield, Texas. He was born October 25, 1928 in Midfield, Texas to Frank Joseph and Violet Aikin Brhlik.

 

He married Myra M. Danner on July 29, 1950 in Palacios. He is survived by his wife, Myra Brhlik of Palacios, by two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank Paul "Buddy" and Susan Brhlik, Jr. of Sherman, Texas and Russell M. "Rusty" and Marcy Brhlik of Richmond, Texas, by one sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Wesley Sherrill of Huntsville, Texas, and by four grandchildren, Ryan Alan, Joe Paul, Stephanie Denise, and Kristi Lee Brylik.

 

Sonny was a life long resident of Matagorda County. He graduated from Blessing High School in 1946 and served in the Korean Conflict. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum Company in 1979. He had served as Matagorda County Commissioner of Precinct #3 since 1985. As commissioner, he was actively involved in the Navigation District, Seawall Commission, Drainage District, Matagorda County Economic Development Foundation, the City of Palacios Economic Development Foundation, and served as director of the Houston Galveston Area Council.

 

Sonny was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios and had been an active member of the Palacios Volunteer Fire Department since 1955, receiving the honor of Fireman of the year in 1994. He was also a member of the Gulf Coast Shrine Club, the Palacios Masonic Lodge #990 AF & AM, the Palacios Chamber of Commerce, serving two years as Chamber President and named Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1989.

 

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 7, 1995 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Ross Taylor and Rev. W. S. "Doug" Blanton officiating. Burial will follow in the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers include, Irvin Petersen, Harold Hunt, Billy Holt, Jeff Harvey, J. D. Greenawalt, and Donnie Harvey.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be Eli Mayfield, Curley Oglesby, Marvin Curtis, Loy Sneary, Mike Pruitt, George Deshotels, Vic Kahlick, Wallace Barr, Jimmy Smith, E. R. Vacek, Bill Wiginton, and Chipper Holt. The family will receive friends at the Palacios Funeral Home from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 1995. Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Palacios. The Rev. Billy Graham said, "a sudden death is God's kiss upon the soul." Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, July, 1995

 

Picture courtesy of Russell "Rusty" Brhlik.

 


Marcy Brhlik

 

Funeral services for Marcy Ann Brhlik, 45, of Richmond, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, 1999 at Faith United Methodist Church, 4600 FM 259 in Richmond with Rev. Morris Matthis officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6 in the Morrow Room of The Settegast-Kopt Co. at Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land.

 

Mrs. Brhlik passed away Wednesday, May 5. She was born April 20, 1954 in Austin.

 

She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B. A. in teaching and received her M. S. in education from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. Mrs. Brhlik was also a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the Mental Health Association of Fort Bend County, Faith United Methodist Church, and was the previous director of Calvary Episcopal School in Richmond.

 

She is survived by her husband, Russell "Rusty" M. Brhlik; son, Ryan Alan Brhlik; daughter Stephanie Denise Brhlik; mother, Grace Washburn; sister, Rita Ferguson; and mother-in-law, Myra Brhlik.

 

She is preceded in death by her father, Preston Washburn.

 

Those desiring may send memorials to the Leukemia Society of America, 10777 Northwest Frwy, No. 600 in Houston, Tex. 77092.

 

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, May 6, 1999

 

Picture courtesy of Russell "Rusty" Brhlik.

 


Mrs. Rozina Brhlik, 84, Who Came Here When 16, Is Laid To Rest

 

A native of Czechoslovakia who came to Texas with her parents when she was 16 years old was laid to rest in Hawley Cemetery following services in Midfields.

 

Mrs. Rozina Brhlik, 84, resident of Midfields since 1917, died May 10 in Houston, where she had spent the last three years with a daughter.

 

Her husband preceded her in death in 1922.

 

Surviving are six children: one son, Frank J. Brhlik of Palacios; five daughters, Mrs. Annie Kruger and Mrs. Frances Bosak of Midfields, Mrs. Theresa Bures of Midfields, Mrs. Amelia Majors of Wilmington, California and Mrs. Augusta Coster of Benavides; one brother, John Hnatek of Weimer; one sister, Mrs. Joe Volcik of Smithville; 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

 

Final rites were held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bures, and from the Midfields Methodist Church with the Rev. Wilt of Needville officiating.

 

Pallbearers were Messrs. Fred Cornelius, W. A. Malcik, A. V. Bosak, Pete Michna of Woodsboro, Steve Kneitz of Needville, and Joe Dedek of Boling.

 

"The love and esteem in which the departed was held was shown by the large attendance and the number of friends from distant towns, as well as the many lovely floral offerings," Mrs. A. W. Hurta reported.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, May 25, 1950

 

 

Violet Brhlik

 

 

PALACIOS -- Violet Aikin Brhlik, 89, of Palacios, died Sunday, January 13, 1991, in a local hospital.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bernard "Buck" Richea officiating.

 

Burial will follow in the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

She was born Dec. 10, 1901, in Holyoke, Colo., to the late Knox M. and Hannah Jewel Aikin. The former resident of Midland moved to Palacios in 1948. Mrs. Brhlik had been employed by the B. W. Trull family business and Farmers Canal Company from 1918 - 1985.

 

Mrs. Brhlik was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she served as the secretary of the administrative council for many years. She was a member of the Ladies Chamber of Commerce for several years, and earned their Woman of the Year award in 1984. She was also listed in Personalities of the South in 1979.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wilma Sherrill of Huntsville; a son, F. P. "Sonny" Brhlik of Palacios; a sister, Grace Hale of Midfield; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Brhlik, and a grandson.

 

Pallbearers will be Buddy and Rusty Brhlik, Dick Natale, Woody Wilson, Emil Sliva, George Sparks and Ralph Aikin.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be R. B. Trull, Bob and Bruce Herlin, Harold Hunt, H. C. Rogers, Jr., and Clifford Franzen.

 

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church organ fund.

 

The Victoria Advocate, January, 1991

 

Picture courtesy of Russell "Rusty" Brhlik.
 


BETTY LOU BRICKER

GONZALES - Betty Lou Bricker, 43, of Ganado, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Born Oct. 28, 1966 in Ganado to Arbie and Hilda Long Pendleton.

Survived by: her mother, Hilda Pendleton; husband, Eric Van Bricker; daughters, DeAnna Lea Dawson, Cherie Bricker; grandson, Jay Dawson and Brandon Harvey; sisters, Rose Garza, Joanna and Bobbie Jo Spencer; brothers, Harvey Daniels, Douglas Corrigan and Earl Pendleton.
Preceded in death by: her father; and son, Brandon Earl Jones.

Inurnment services will be 4 p.m., April 9, 2010 in
Hawley Cemetery, Matagorda County.

Memorials may be made to the Delhi Community Center. Services were under the direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, Gonzales, 830-672-3232.

The Victoria Advocate, Thursday, April 8, 2010
 


Robert Bricker
(September 21, 1921 - April 21, 2006)

Robert Bricker, 84, of Bay City died April 21, 2006 at the Matagorda House Health Care Center. He was born September 21, 1921 in Eagle Lake, TX to the late William and Mattie Herrington Bricker. He was a resident of Bay City since 1947 and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. He served in the US Marine Corp during WW II and was a retired operator at Phillips Petroleum. Survivors include his wife of 63 years Flossie Bertsch Bricker of Bay City; 4 sons & daughters-in-law: Jack & Ruth Bricker of Tomball, Richard & Paula Bricker of Bay City, Mike & Phylliss Bricker of Beach City, TX, and David & Michelle Bricker of Houston; 9 grandchildren: Jeffrey, Stephanie, Shane, Timothy, Mark, Christina, Lauren, & Madelene Bricker, and Jennifer Mammoser; and 4 great grandchildren: Kathryn and Maci Bricker, and Hunter & Mikey Mammoser. He was preceded in death by his brother: Edgar “Dutch” Bricker. Graveside Funeral Service 2:00 PM Monday, April 24, 2006 at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, TX, with Rev. Eric Klimpel officiating. Pallbearers include Jack, Richard, Mike, David, Jeffrey, Shane, Timothy, and Mark Bricker. Memorials may be made to the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 1909 Peach, Bay City, TX 77414. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Cecil Con Bridges


 


Cecile Pauline Bridges


 


Gladys Oleta Briggs

 

Funeral services for Gladys Oleta Briggs, 65, of Blessing were scheduled for 2:30 p. m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Blessing. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mrs. Briggs was born Oct. 10, 1920 in Bogata, Texas, and died Feb. 22, 1986, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

 

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Briggs of Blessing; a daughter, Barbara Ann Ruddick of Markham; a son, Donnie Ray Briggs of Blessing; four sisters, Celestine Rupard and Alene McCoy, both of Garland, Texas, Patsy Jumper of Andrews, Texas, and Maxine Johnson of Carlsbad, N. M.; three brothers, Henry McCrury of Lexington, Tenn., C. J. "Red" McCrury of Odessa and Dalton McCrury of Somerset, Texas; and six grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers include Leonard Ellis, Bill Jumper, Calvin O'Neal, Billy Martin, Arthur Leverett and Jerry Brumley.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, February 24, 1986

 


Glen Edward Briggs

 

Funeral services for Glen Edward Briggs, 80, of Blessing will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at First Baptist Church of Blessing, with Rev. Mark Clemons officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Briggs died April 10 at Sweeny Community Hospital in Sweeny. He was born Oct. 16, 1918 in Lavaca County, Tex. to the late Nuna B. and Della Haney Briggs. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blessing, a life-long resident of Matagorda County living in Blessing for the last 25 years, and a veteran of WWII serving in the U. S. Army.

 

Mr. Briggs is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Perry Ruddick of Midland; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Bridgette Briggs of Markham; sisters, Lucille Garner of Hempstead and Anna Belle Johnson of Birmingham, Ala.; brothers, Allan Briggs of Lafayette, La. and Gene Briggs of Lake Jackson; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, April 13, 1999

 


Annie J. Brinkley Funeral Services Conducted Sunday

 

Services for Mrs. Annie Jane Brinkley, 78, 1304 Scott Street, Houston, were held at 4 p. m. Sunday from Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Rev. R. E. Black of Markham officiating.

 

Mrs. Brinkley died at her home Saturday morning. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Clifford Flaughter of La Porte, Mrs. C. G. Lowery of Houston, Mrs. John Zapalac of El Campo, Mrs. Alton Callaway of Pearland; one son, Claude H. Brinkley of Houston; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers were Kirk, Otis, L. L., Forest and J. H. Fortenberry and A. W. Schoelman.

 

The Daily Tribune, April 16, 1962

 


CHARLES BRINKLEY

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Charles Brinkley, 78, of Bay City, who passed away April 12, 2009 will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 2, 2009 at St. John Baptist Church in Van Vleck with the Rev. Ruben Newell, eulogist. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-5197.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/2/2009
 


DAVID DWAYNE BRODERICK


David Dwayne Broderick, 40, of Plantersville, Tx., departed this life for his Heavenly home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 15, 2008.

Mr. Broderick was born July 6, 1968 in Port Lavaca, Tx. to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Broderick Sr.

He is survived by his wife Laura; daughter Ashleigh; son Aaron, his mother and her husband Betty and Barry Burch of Zavalla, Tx.; and his father and his wife Richard and Deanna Broderick, Sr. of Plantersville, Tx.

David professed his belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the home of his mother after a church service at Lakewood Baptist Church in Zavalla. We will always mourn his passing while being thankful to God for loaning him to us for 40 years. We look forward to our reunion with him when we go to the Heavenly Father. That will be a great day. Lord, please grant us your grace in this tragic time for you have promised in your word, the Holy Bible, that your grace is sufficient, you will not put more on us than we can stand, in Christ’s name, Amen.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, December 24, 2008

 


Joseph Brodsky
(October 18, 1919 - January 16, 2011)

Joseph “Joe” Brodsky, 91, passed away in Bay City, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011. Joe was born Oct. 18, 1919 in Manhattan, New York to the late Abraham and Bertha Brodsky. He served his country during WWII in the Army Air Corps. He was the past president of the Kermit, Tx. evening Lions Club. Longtime member of the Bay City V.F.W.#2438. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean Brodsky; son, Joseph Brodsky and wife Terry; grandchildren, Rachel Bennett, Joshua Brodsky, Kara Williams, Aaron Brodsky; great-grandchildren, Dawson Bennett, Kinsley Williams, Ruddick Williams; sister Betty Misa. He is preceded in death by his parents, Brothers, Charlie and Bernie; sisters, Helen and Mollie; Close family friends, Mark, Theresa, and Caleb Garrison. Graveside service will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, Jan. 18th at Roselawn Memorial Park with Rev. Larry Macomber officiating. There will be a V.F.W. graveside with V.F.W #2438.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home

 


Millard Morrow Brooking
April 28, 1926 - May 9, 2009

Millard Morrow Brooking was born to Reba Morrow and Millard Traylor Brooking.

He served his country with honor during WWII as a member of the Army Air Corps.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 62 years, Dorothy Anderson Brooking. He is also survived by: his children Diane Blackley and husband, Charles, Joan Roselli and husband, Mark, Linda Roberts and husband, Tommy, Deborah Smith and husband, Glen; and Keith Brooking and wife, Donna.

He leaves a legacy of 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and six step great grandchildren.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 19, 2009
 


Norman Irwin Brotemarkle
(October 10, 1916 - February 14, 2008)

Norman Irwin Brotemarkle died Feb. 14, 2008 at his home in Palacios, TX. He was born in Kansas Oct. 10, 1916 to the late James Henry & Phoebe Anna Scott Brotemarkle. When Norman was eight years old, his family moved to Palacios, TX. Norman graduated from Palacios High School and attended A & M University. In 1941 he married Mary Lee Bull, a High School teacher in Palacios. After serving in the US Navy during WW II, he returned to Palacios where he and Mary Lee raised their family. He farmed rice for many years, finding time for golfing & fishing as often as he could. He also contributed to the community, serving as a deacon, elder, and treasurer for the First Presbyterian Church and serving on the Palacios City Council. He was proud of his role in the founding of the Palacios Golf Course.

Norman was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Lee, his son Gary Lee Brotemarkle and his sister Ellen Shelton. He is survived by his daughter & son-in-law Sue & Bill Stacy of San Antonio; two grandchildren and their spouses Sarah & Scott Collins and Janet & Jason Wenzel; and four great grandchildren Marley & Liam Wenzel and Grace & Charis Collins.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with Revs. Andy & Janell Blair & Rev. Doug Blanton officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Palacios, or the Palacios Library. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Diane Tucker Broussard
(July 27, 1954 - November 10, 2008)

Diane Tucker Broussard, 54, of Bay City passed away Nov. 10, 2008. She was born July 27, 1954 in Houston to the late Jodie Lidge & Della Mae Polensky Tucker. She worked as circulation manager for the Bay City Tribune for several years.

Survivors include her former husband Noah Broussard of Bay City; her siblings and their spouses Linda J. & Joe E. Frost, Sr. of Bay City, Larry L. & Susan Tucker of Lake Jackson, Glenn K. & Monica Tucker, Marilyn K. & Rocky Thornton and Wayne K. Tucker all of Bay City; nieces & nephews Virginia Sabrsula, Elizabeth Morrow, Joe E. Frost, Jr., Carolyn Frost Sykes, Donald Tucker, Duane Tucker, Lisa Crochet, David Tucker, Jody Tucker, J. R. Tucker, Ray Tucker & Alan Tucker; 17 great nieces & nephews and 7 great-great nieces & nephews and her best friend for over 40 years, Gay Lynn Knight Jurek.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6PM to 8PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe E. Frost, Jr., Donald, Jody, J. R. Ray, & Duane Tucker, Eric Davis, Sr. & Jim Morrow. David K. Tucker, Alan Wayne Tucker, J. D. Crochet, Billy Stappels & Jerome Reddic will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Funeral Services For Arlie A. Brown Held; Burial At Hawley

 

Funeral services for Arlie A. Brown, 65, of Blessing, were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, August 28 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City with Dr. A. T. Dyal, of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mr. Brown, a long-time Matagorda County rice farmer and rancher died Monday at the Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City after a brief illness.

 

He was born in Madison County on October 31, 1897. In 1920 he married Ruby Bullington. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Collegeport where they lived until 1954 when they moved to Blessing.

 

Survivors are his wife Ruby, his mother, Mrs. Frank Brown of Bay City; brothers, Claude of De Queen, Ark. and Louis of Corpus Christi and many nieces and nephews.

 

The Palacios Beacon, August 29, 1963

 


Bertha Eva Brown
(October 21, 1917 - January 25, 2007)

Bertha Eva “Avie” Brown passed away peacefully at her home in Houston on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the age of 89 years.

Avie was born to parents Sandor and Bertha Doszpoly Horvath in Westfield, Texas, on October 21, 1917. She was a long-time resident of Pledger, Texas, where she met her husband, Ernest Wesley Brown, who she married November 29, 1939. They enjoyed 44 years of marriage until his passing in 1984.

Avie was deeply committed to her family, and was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandma, and great-grandma. She was a devout member of the Pledger Baptist Church with a deep and abiding faith in God and Jesus Christ. Avie enjoyed gardening and derived great pleasure from tending her roses and other beautiful flowers. She was a wonderful cook, particularly of dishes and desserts from her parents’ native Hungary. Avie also was an accomplished seamstress, spending countless enjoyable hours designing and sewing for her children and grandchildren. Her gentle, caring nature, ever-present smile and easy laughter will be missed by all the lives she touched.

She is survived by: her daughter, Bertha Rudin and husband Fred of Houston; son, Ernest Sandor Brown and wife Lori of Houston; grandchildren, Michael Rudin and wife Julia of Houston, Michelle Sebesta and husband Jim of Richmond, Sharyl Taylor and husband Kent of Houston, Andrew Brown, Erin Brown and Bethany Brown, all of Houston; great-grandchildren, David Klen, Caitlin Rudin, Skye Rudin, and Cameron Rudin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Avie was preceded in death by: her parents and husband; brothers, Johnny Horvath and Edward Horvath; and sisters, Pearl Horvath and Louise Galloway.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2007 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Willard Hill officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

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

Bay City Tribune, January 31, 2007
 

 

Bessie Mae Faulkner Brown
Oct. 7, 1920 – July 9, 2008


Bessie Mae Faulkner Brown went to be with the Lord on July 9, 2008.

Bess was born on October 7, 1920 in Houston, Texas.

She married Frank Brown in 1940 and had two children, Nelson and Martha Lee. She graduated from The University of Houston 1958 and taught High School English and History in Bay City and El Campo for many years.

She is survived by: her five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many beloved friends and family members.

Bess will be remembered most for her strong faith in the lord, love of family, belief in education and great sense of humor.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2008 at Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Texas.

We will miss you, MamMaw!

Memorials may be made to the Christian Children’s Fund, PO Box 26507, Richmond, VA 23261.

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, Published July 13, 2008

 


Bobby Gene Brown, Sr.
(March 16, 1925 - July 10, 2006)

Bobby Gene Brown, Sr., 81, died July 10, 2006 at Cypress Woods Care Center in Angleton. He was born March 16, 1925 in Richland, Texas to William Ulman and Jessie W. McCreary Brown. He was a member of the Baptist Church, a veteran of WWII, and was retired from Phillips Petroleum.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Margaret Brown, and son Grady William Brown. Survivors include daughters Sandra Hudzietz of Lake Jackson and Terri Meadows of Crockett; son Bobby G. Brown, Jr. of Louisiana; grandchildren Connie Marshall & husband Wallace, Monica Gillespey & husband Brian, Cheryl Rumsey & husband Danny, Micah Goss & husband Johnny, Maegan Hudzietz, Danielle Pennington & husband Jason; great grandchildren, Ryan Marshall & wife Janae, Nathanael Marshall, Zachary Marshall, Caleb Marshall, Derek Rumsey, Kimberlyn Rumsey, Cody Gillespey & Dillon Gillespey; great great grandchildren Quincy Marshall & Isabella Goss. The family would like to thank Cypress Woods Care Center and their staff for the loving care given to Mr. Brown.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, July 15, 2006 at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Meadows officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Brian Gillespey, Johnny Goss, Jason Pennington, Nathanael Marshall, Zachary Marshall, Wally Marshall, Danny Rumsey and Mike Stone. His great grandchildren and great great grandchildren will all serve as honorary pallbearers. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


CHARLES BROWN

BAY CITY - A memorial service for Charles Brown, formerly of Bay City, who passed away Sept. 17, 2008, will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 9/19/2008
 


CHARLES NORMAN BROWN

BAY CITY - Charles Norman Brown Jr., 82, passed away June 26, 2008. He was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Houston, to the late Charles David and Bertha Lea May Brown.

He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy. In 1949 he married Evelyn Christine Davis and signed a three contract as music teacher for Hempstead High School Band. In 1952 he went to work for Texas Gulf Sulphur Co. as an accounting clerk where he remained until his retirement in 1983. His wife preceded him in death on Oct. 18, 1998.

Norman had a great sense of humor and played the piano famously, entertaining at private and public events in the surrounding area for many years. He generously volunteered his time and talents to many organizations and was a special friend to many.

Survivors include his son, Charles Norman Brown Jr. of Blessing; sisters, Gladys Brown Drenner of El Campo and Marion Brown Hobbins of Sugar Land; and grandson, Charles Wade Brown of Seadrift.

His brother Johnnie Brown also preceded him in death.

A memorial service honoring his life will be at 11 a.m., Monday, June 30, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. He will be privately interred next to his wife at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 6/29/2008        Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Frank M. Brown Dies Here Today

 

Mr. Frank M. Brown, 83 years, seven months and 20 days, died at the Matagorda General Hospital today at 1:30 a. m.

 

He was a resident of Collegeport where he had made his home for the past 36 years.

 

Funeral services will be from Taylor Bros. Funeral home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Fitzgerald of Collegeport officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Jane Brown; three sons, Claude of Memphis, Tennessee, R. L. of Corpus Christi, A. A. Brown of Bay City; two sisters, Mrs. C. H. Mize of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Bessie Gest of Bastrop.

 

Active pallbearers will be Ira Corporon, Ben Mowery, Julian Jenkins, Clyde Ware, W. B .Williams, and Dwane Corporon.

 

The Daily Tribune, July 28, 1953

 


FRANKIE WOODARD-BROWN

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Frankie Woodard-Brown, 51, of Bay City, who passed away July 17, 2010, will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 22, at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel. Cremation will follow.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the chapel.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on July 21, 2010
 

 

Fred Brown
July 15, 1930 Feb. 21, 2009


Funeral services for Fred Brown, Jr., 78, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, at New Fellowship Church, Bay City, with the Pastor A. H. Floyd, eulogist. Burial will follow at St. John
Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 until 8 p.m. at the chapel.

He was born in Wharton, Texas, July 15, 1930, to Fred Brown, Sr. and Mary Skaggs Brown, and passed away February 21, 2009, in Bay City.

Survivors include: two children, Fred Brown, III (and Elizabeth) of Houston, and Gieanna John of Bay City; and nine step-children, Carrie Wyche, Elnora Woodard, Barbara Baugh, Audrey Edwards, Curtis Williams, Robert Williams, Charles Williams, the Rev. James Williams and Lonnie Williams. Also a special friend, LaTonya Dailey; two sisters, Annie Jean Bogan (and Lloyd), and Betty Jean Liner (and Leon), all of Houston, and four brothers, Albert Brown (and Gwendolyn) of Houston, Curtis Brown (and Sandra) and John Brown (and Julie), all of Markham, and the Rev. Henry Brown (and Gail) of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Also a host of grands, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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


Bay City Tribune, Published February 25, 2009

 


GOLDIE MAGGIE POSEY BROWN

She is far more precious than jewels,
her value is far above rubies and pearls…
Our precious mother and grandmother.
(Proverbs 31:10)
 

Our Beloved Mother and Grandmother
 

BLESSING - Goldie was the daughter of Mora May and Marian Alfred Posey, born in Cunningham, on April 18, 1908. She married Willis Clifton Brown on Sept. 23, 1925 and lived in Grapeland before moving to Blessing in 1946. In Blessing, she was a founding member of the First Baptist Church of Blessing, a Sunday School teacher, a Vacation Bible School worker (back when VBS was 2 weeks long), WMU member, an active prayer warrior, and a member in good standing of the Order of the Eastern Star.


Goldie was known as Nanny to all of her grandchildren, who spent countless hours at her home in Blessing playing in the yard, doing yard work, and learning to sew, cook, and crochet.


Goldie and Clifton had four children: Willis Harold, William Milton, Betty Ruth, and Margie Elaine.


She had 13 grandchildren: William Milton Brown Jr., Aleta Hoodless, Deborah McGahey, Willlis Harold Brown Jr., Joel Brown, James Brown, Emeric Blair Jr., Thomas Blair, Herb Blair, Goldie Rogge, Kerry Griffith Jr., Kevin Griffith, and Karen Taylor. Goldie had 31 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren.


Goldie was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Clifton Brown; her parents, Marian Alfred and Mora May Posey; her brothers, Charlie, Kenneth, and Buford; her sisters, Ida, Rachel, and Ollie; her son, Harold; her son-in-law Emeric Sr.; her daughter-in-law, Dorothy; her grandson, Joel Brown; her grandson-in-law, Charles; and her great-granddaughter, Kelly Renee Griffith.


She is survived by her children Tink, Betty, and Margie, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 27, 2008 at Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios with Kevin Griffith officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.


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


Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

 

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 3/25/2008.

 


H. L. Brown, 80, Rites Are Set

 

Herbert Lawrence Brown, 80, passed away at his home in Markham at 4 o'clock this morning.

 

Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Claude Cagle of the Markham Methodist Church officiating, interment will be in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Brown was a retired farmer and had been a resident of this area for 55 years.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Orpha Reed Brown

 

The Daily Tribune, February 11, 1964

 

Pallbearers Named For Brown Services

 

Pallbearers for the H. L. Brown funeral, which is being held at 2 p. m. today in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel, have been announced.

 

They are A. W. Hurta, Frank Hurta, W. L. Epperson, Herman Powell, Horace Troutman and Howard Troutman.

 

Brown resided between Blessing and Midfield instead of the Markham community as reported yesterday.

 

The Daily Tribune, February 12, 1964

 

Katherine E. Brown, 63, of Port Lavaca, died Thursday in Port Lavaca. She was born in Victoria March 7, 1916. Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Brown, Dianna Michalik and Gloria Benner both of Palacios, and Doris Maler, Point Comfort; four sons, Homer, Victora, Ralph and Kenneth of Palacios and Leslie of Point Comfort; two sisters, Belle Dufner, El Campo and Mattie Nelson of Alabama; two brothers, Ernest Lenz, Palacios and Arthur Lenz of Oklahoma and 13 grandchildren. Services were held 10 a.m. Saturday in the Palacios Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating. Interment was in the Hawley Cemetery, under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

(Died July 19, 1979)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Kimberly Jean Brown

 

Funeral services for Kimberly Jean Brown, 18, of Palacios will be held 10 a. m. Friday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Stacy Houser officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Ms. Brown was born on Feb. 25, 1972 to Kenneth and Kathy Crowell Brown in Bay City and died June 27, 1990, at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

She was a 1990 graduate of Palacios High School and a member of the First Baptist Church in Palacios.

 

Survivors include her parents, Kenneth R. and Kathy C. Brown of Palacios; maternal grandparents, Carlton and Faye Nell Crowell of Luling; maternal great-grandmother, Eula Bulton of Luling; maternal great-grandparents, Vernon and Irene Crowell of Luling; two sisters, Kristy Brown and Kala Brown, both of Palacios; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, June 28, 1990

 


Malachi Brown, Jr.
Sept. 4, 1925 - Oct. 20, 2010

Funeral services for Malachi Brown, Jr., 85, of Bay City, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Murray Martin, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home chapel, with family visitation from 7 until 8 p.m.

He was born in Bay City, Texas, September 4, 1925 to Malachi Brown, Sr. and Susie Wyche Brown, and passed away October 20, 2010 in Bay City, leaving a loving family and friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, October 24, 2010     Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott
 


Marilyn Ann Barlow Brown

(May 13, 1939 - March 12, 2010)

Marilyn Ann Barlow Brown, 70, of Van Vleck, passed away Friday, March 12, 2010 in Houston, TX. She was born May 13, 1939 in El Campo, TX to the late Lois Ann Herreth Barlow and Charles Delbert Barlow. She was a life long resident of Matagorda County. She was the treasurer and an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Van Vleck, a member of the Pilot Club, and a member of the Eastern Star. She retired for the County of Matagorda as a bookkeeper for the County Auditors Office.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years: Jack Odell Brown of Van Vleck; her daughter: Sharilyn Ann Ross & husband Darron of Bay City; her brother: Joel “Bubba” Barlow of Tomball; and her grandchildren: Blaine Thomas Ross and Jordan Leeann Ross. She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family will receive visitors from 6 PM to 8 PM Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church of Van Vleck with Rev. Martha Girling officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX. Pallbearers will be Robert Noster, Ronnie Noster, Jim Brown, Bob Brown, Gayle Brown, and Allan Brown.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Van Vleck, TX.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home          Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Funeral services are pending at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home for Mary Jane Brown, 92, of Markham who passed away this morning. She is survived by two sons, Claude Brown of Arkansas and R. L. Brown of Houston, and one brother, John Wood of Houston. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

 

The Daily Tribune, September 28, 1967

 

Hawley Cemetery

 


Merry Brown

 

PALACIOS--Merry Brown, 79, of Palacios, died Nov. 11, 2005.

 

Survivors: five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Family visitation will be 2 p. m. Saturday at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Memorial services will be 2:30 p. m. Saturday at Hawley Cemetery, the Rev. L. C. Cunningham Jr. officiating. Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

 

The Victoria Advocate, January 5, 2006

 


Michael McCombs Brown

On Thursday, August 8, 2002, Michael McCombs Brown passed away after a long-time morning nap. He was 54.

He died from complications arising from a leg wound he suffered in Vietnam in 1968.

People who will miss him dearly include: his sister, Catherine Hemmer of Chicago; his brothers George of Baltimore and Bill of Castle Rock, Colorado, his sister-in-law Raye Highland, and his daughter, Hallie Elizabeth Brown.

Michael was a carpenter, a hunter, a fisherman, and a loving father.

He participated actively in the services of Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda, Texas.

A memorial service for Michael Brown will be held at the church on Friday, August 16, 2002, at 10 a. m.

We expect that he is now reunited with his mother, Hallie Dawn Willis Brown, and his father William S. Brown.

The Daily Tribune, August 14, 2002
 


MONA SUE BROWN
May 11, 1960 - April 4, 2007
 

LOUISIANA - May 11, 1960, a beautiful pearl was born in to this world to the late Audry and Susie Jackson in New Orleans. She confessed her life to Christ at an early age. Mona was raised in Gonzales, La. She attended East Ascension Senior High and continued her education at Southeastern University. She was a very dedicated and loyal employee at Randall's Grocery Store.


She was united in holy matrimony on March 3, 1984, to Mr. Alvin Brown, and to this union, three sons were born: Chasse, Justin, and Brandon Brown, all of Houston.


She is survived by one step-daughter, Jeanine (Rodney) Williams of Houston; three sisters, Ritta West of Oakland, Calif., Vanessa (Curtis) Parms and Laurie Hendricks of Gonzales, La.; father-in-law, the Rev. Cleophus (Floyce) Brown of Bay City; three sisters-in-law, Linda Turk of Austin, Paula Brown and Adrienne (Ron) Price of Bay City; three brothers-in-law, Tim (LaVern) Brown of Bay City, Cleophus (Ethel) Brown Jr. of Lake Jackson, and Gerald Brown of Bay City; three aunts, Evangeline Martin, Ozell Scott, and Elizabeth (Atwood) Williams; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and two very special friends, Kathline Stull and Tora Tholl.


Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2007 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Bay City. Burial will follow at Berean Cemetery.


Viewing will be at the church.


Green's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements, 979-245-3489.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 4/6/2007.
 


Former Blessing Teacher Dies At Age 97

 

Mrs. Orpha Brown, one of the first teachers in Blessing, died yesterday at the age of 97. Mrs. Brown was the second patient to enter Matagorda House, where she died yesterday in the afternoon.

 

Mrs. Brown was born in Douglas, Kansas and attended Wichita High School. She then attended Nickerson Normal college in 1903, where she received her teacher's certificate. She began her teaching in Kansas, but soon moved to the state of Washington where she met her husband, Mr. H. L. Brown, another of the first teachers in Blessing.

 

They returned to Kansas, and then went on to Texas where they settled in Blessing. In 1906 they both taught school at the Masonic Hall building in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Brown is survived by her niece, Mrs. Neva Davis of Indianapolis.

 

The funeral will be held tomorrow at 11 a. m. at the First Baptist Church of Blessing. The services will be officiated by the Rev. John Tripp Jr. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Services will be under the direction of Dick Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, July 23, 1980

 

Mrs. Orpha Brown

 

Mrs. Orpha Brown, 97, of Blessing died at Matagorda House July 22. She was one of the first teachers in Matagorda County. Survivor was niece, Mrs. Neva Davis of Indianapolis, Ind. Services were held this morning at 11 a. m. at the First Baptist Church, Blessing. The Rev. John Tripp Jr. officiated. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers include, C. M. Piwanka, Harry Lane Powell, Bob Trull, Alfred Kopecky, Bert Logan and W. M. Epperson. Services were under the direction of Dick R. Elkins of the Bay City Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, July 24, 1980

 


Oscar Homer Brown

 

Funeral services for Oscar Homer Brown will be held at 3 p. m. Wednesday, August 23, at the Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Leslie Webb officiating. Interment in Hawley Cemetery.

 

A son of the late John Oscar and Ina Terrell Brown, he was born October 20, 1917, in Edna, Texas. A veteran of World War II, he had been a resident of Palacios for 11 years and was employed as a guard at Dumas Seafoods. He passed away Monday, August 22.

 

He is survived by his wife, Katherine of Palacios; four daughters, Dorothy Sue Brown, Dianna Jean Michalik and Gloria Katherine Benner of Palacios and Doris Wanda Malaer of Point Comfort; four sons, Ralph Oscar Brown and Leslie Jimmy Brown of Palacios; Homer Wayne Brown of Victoria and Kenneth Ray Brown of Rosenberg, two sisters, Kathryn Schymaker of Lolita and Mildred Cadwell of Long Star and seven grandchildren.

 

Paper unknown, August, 1972

 


ROY BROWN

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Roy Brown, 71, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at First Sacred Memorial Christian Church in Bay City, with the Rev. Ben Hadden, eulogist. Burial will follow at McNeil Cemetery in Old Ocean.

Visitation for Brown, a retiree from Union Pacific Railroad, will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on September 10, 2010
 


Ruby Bullington Brown

 

Funeral services for Ruby Bullington Brown, 96, of Markham will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Private interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Brown died Jan. 10 at Matagorda General Hospital. She was born June 20, 1902 in Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX to the late Dave Lawson and Minnie Marlin Bullington. She was a member of the Christian Church and a lifelong resident of Markham.

 

Brown is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Minnie "Tootsie" and Frank Gayle of Markham and Daisy Thompson of Markham; niece, Pat Thompson Whitmire of Markham; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, January 12, 1999

 


Rev. Wesley Brown, Jr.
Dec. 29, 1937 - Aug. 19, 2010

Funeral services for Rev. Wesley Brown, Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. L. C. Cunningham, Jr. officiating.

On December 29, 1937, a baby boy was to Wesley Brown, Sr. and Catherine Jackson Brown in Bay City, Texas whom they named Wesley Brown, Jr.

His life came to an end Thursday, August 19, 2010, at Bay Villa Nursing Home.

His memories will be cherished by his loved ones which include: one son, Craig Beasley (Veronica) of Austin, Texas; a loving and devoted brother, Barnard Brown (Lee) of Bay City, Texas; granddaughters, Domonique, Corsha, Tamara, Kerrian, and SeShion; great-grand children, Ke’mira, J’Kydi, KDyance, and Micah; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2010 in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.

Final arrangement entrusted to Green's Mortuary (979) 245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, Published August 25, 2010
 


WILLIAM M. "TINK" BROWN

 

BLOOMINGTON - William M. (Tink) Brown went to be with his Lord on July 7, 2008. He was born Jan. 28, 1932, to Goldie and Clifton Brown in Grapeland.

Tink served his country four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After retiring from Union Carbide, Tink and his wife enjoyed working at the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Mo.

Tink was a member of First Baptist Church Bloomington where he served as a Sunday school teacher and RA leader. He organized a little league baseball team and let them to the state tournament one year. He was also a volunteer at DeTar North.

Tink loved the outdoors and liked to hunt and fish. Tink's favorite activity was "piddling" around the house, barn and pasture. He was loved for his sense of humor and his positive happy outlook on life. His smile and happy whistle will be dearly missed.

Tink is survived by his wife, Sue Brown of Bloomington; son, Bill Brown and his wife Lisa of Oyster Creek; grandchildren, Kelsey Brown and Whitney Brown of Victoria, and Wesley Cole Hines of Freeport; sisters, Betty Blair of Kirtland, N.M., and Margie Griffith of Francitas; numerous nieces and nephews.

Tink was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold Brown.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels, the Rev. Scott Arant officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be his nephews, Willis, James, Michael and Andrew Brown, Kerry and Kevin Griffith and Allan Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers are Donnie Elkins, Johnnie High, Norman Carver, Evart King, Ed Akin, Vic Swanson and his coffee-drinking buddies at the local Dairy Queen

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 384, Bloomington, Texas, 77951, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels, 361-573-4546.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 7/9/2008
 

Willis Clifton Brown, 72, of Blessing, died April 27, 1977 in Champ Traylor Hospital in Port Lavaca. He was born Aug. 22, 1904 in Grapeland. He was a member of the Blessing Lodge, No. 411 AF & AM. Survivors are his widow, Goldie Brown of Blessing; daughters, Betty Blair of Kirtland, N.M., and Margie Griffith of Francitas; sons, Harold Brown of Olivia and W. M. Brown of Bloomington; one sister, Mrs. Elaine Tyer of Houston; brothers, H. C. Brown of Grapeland, C. C. Brown of Elkhard, Jim Brown of Chandler, Ariz., and Elmo Brown of Reveria; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held in the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John Tripp officiating. Masonic graveside services and burial at Hawley Cemetery under the auspices of Blessing Lodge No. 411 AF & AM. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home.

(Born August 22, 1904, Died April 27, 1977)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas


Frances Ryman Bruening
(April 23, 1936 - September 4, 2006)

Frances Rose Ryman Bruening, 70, or Bay City died September 4, 2006. She was born April 23, 1936 in Houston to Clyde E. and Mable Mae Woods Ryman. She was a devoted and dedicated employee of the City of Bay City for 30 years. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and loved the lord.

She is survived by two daughters Auneva Bruening of Houston and Kimberly Clardy & husband Joe of Bay City; son Clyde Wayne Bruening & wife Donna of Bay City; sister Joan C. Williams of Bay City; brothers Clyde E. Ryman, Jr. & wife Peggy of Sugar Land, William C. Ryman & wife Janie of Blanco & James C. Ryman & wife Evelyn of San Antonio; sister-in-law Myra Ryman of Wadsworth; grandchildren Clyde W. Bruening, Jr., Tiffany Dawn Cartwright, Wesley Arthur Bruening, Kristen Marie Wendel, Wade August Bruening, Katelynn Rae Bruening, & Garret Wayne Wendel; great grandchildren Ryan Wade Bruening, Hayden Colt Cartwright, Layla Alayne Cartwright, & Hunter Lee Bruening.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wesley August Bruening, sister Elizabeth M. Cook, brother John D. Ryman, great grandson Dakota Wayne Cartwright, & nephews Darren Dean Stewart and Kenneth Ray Ryman.

Funeral service 2:00 PM Thursday, September 7, 2006 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Rev. Eric Klimpel officiating. Interment followed in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers include Wayne “Bruening, Jr., Wesley Bruening, Tim Tucker, Jr., Odie Thomas, Brandon Cartwright, Gregory Wendel, Ken Doty, & Kevin Stewart. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home                                                Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

 

Elizabeth Ann Brumley

 

Funeral services for Elizabeth Ann Brumley, 57, of Blessing will be held 2 p. m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Markham with the Reverends Howard Harper, Joe Ramsey and Arless Glass officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Brumley was born Jan. 26, 1934, to Lee Curtis and Lena Hazel Wright McMichiel in Sanford and died Sept. 21, 1991, at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

 

After retiring from Woolworths-Woolco, Mrs. Brumley served as a justice of the peace clerk for 12 years, working first for her stepfather, C. W. Kirk Richardson, then for her mother, Mrs. Kirk Richardson. After Mrs. Richardson's retirement, she worked with Billy Jalufka and then with Tom D. Dooley until his unfortunate death. Mrs. Brumley then worked for Margaret McElrath until illness forced her retirement. She had lived in the Blessing area since 1961 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham.

 

Survivors include her husband, Jack Brumley of Blessing; mother, Lena Richardson of Blessing, two stepdaughters, Jacqueline McIntosh of Bay City and Cynthia Graves of Pasadena; a son, James Michael Hurt of Killeen; three stepsons, James Larkin Brumley of Leveland, Borden D. Brumley of Freeport and Jack J. Brumley II of Leveland; two sisters, Joyce Morton of Pecos and Peggy Patterson of Whitesboro; and 13 grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers are Floyd Lee Morton, Allen Dale Morton, Patrick Curtis Ormond, Jackie Lee Sappington, J. J. McIntosh and Boe Graves.

 

Honorary pallbearers are Bill Armstrong, Shawn Ferguson, Sam Hurta, Pete Medina, Bubba Price and Grady Quinney.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, September, 1991

 


James Larkin Brumley
May 22, 1950 – May 6, 2008
 

James Larkin Brumley, 57, of Wadsworth, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, May 6. 2008.

He was born May 22, 1950, in Bay City to Jack and Delores Brumley.

James was a very strong family man, christian and lived everyday for his family. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church in Bay City, served as their music minister and leaves behind a long legacy of song.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Sherry; daughters, Emily Cumbie and husband, Edward of Dallas and Mikaela Brumley of Wadsworth; sons, Jimbo Brumley and wife, Rhianna of La Porte, Joshua Brumley and wife, Jenna of Katy and Mico Brumley of Wadsworth; sisters, Jackie McIntosh of Tyler and Cynthia Graves of Pasadena; brother, Jay Brumley of Bay City; and grandchildren, Maddison Brumley, Rylee Cumbie and Beau Brumley; and many other loving relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 8, 2008, at the First Pentecostal Church of Bay City with Dr. Marvin Moore and the Rev. Sam Stanks officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time.

Online condolences may be sent to www.stroudfuneralhome.com.

Final arrangements entrusted to Stroud Funeral Home, 538 N. Hwy. 288B, Clute, 979-265-1188.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published May 7, 2008                     Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


KENNETH E. BRUNE, SR.

PALACIOS--Kenneth Edmund Brune, Sr., 56, of Palacios, died Sunday, April 9, 1995.

He was born Feb. 5, 1939 in Weimer to Mary Dolezal Brune of Palacios and the late Edmund August Brune. He was a member of the Catholic Church, Masonic Lodge No. 990 and the National Guard.

Survivors: wife, Bobbie Tolleson Brune; sons, Kenneth E., Brune, Jr. and Robert W. Brune, both of Palacios and Keith E. Brune of Markham; sisters, Joyce Hunter, Sharon Dean and Mary Ann Brown, all of Palacios, and Debra Weed of Bay City; brothers, Sonny Brune of Markham, Royce Brune of Wharton, and Michael Brune and Jack Brune both of Palacios; and four grandchildren.

Rosary: 7 p.m. tonight, Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel.

Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating.

Burial: Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios, 972-2012
 

Victoria Advocate, April 11, 1995
 


MARY M. BRUNE

PALACIOS - Mary M. Brune, 89, of Palacios, entered into her Heavenly Home on May 18, 2008. She was born on Aug. 15, 1918, in Borden, to the late Frank and Elizabeth Porkorni Dolezal.
 

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, enjoyed gardening, and was a devout Catholic.
Mary raised and loved nine children, enjoyed 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. She prayed for each and every child.


She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; two sisters; son, Kenneth Brune; and grandson, Kyle Weed.


Survivors include her sons and their wives, Sonny and JoAnn Brune of Markham, Jack Brune of Blessing, Royce and Patti Brune of Wharton, and Michael Brune of Palacios; daughters and their husbands, Joyce and Trammel Hunter of Palacios, Sharon Dean of Palacios, and Deborah and Rick Williams of El Campo; and daughter-in-law, Bobbie Brune of Palacios.


A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Palacios Funeral Home. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dowomoh officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.


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


Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.


Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/20/2008
 


Curtis E. Bryan
Sept. 24, 1926 - June 5, 2009

Curtis E. Bryan, 82, of Bay City passed away Friday, June 5, 2009 in Bay City following a brief illness.

Curtis was born in Pineville, Louisiana on September 24, 1926 to parents Johnny and Thelma Keller Bryan. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and graduated from Louisiana College and The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as the Minister of music and worship at Calvary Baptist Church in Bay City for many years and served in the community with several civic organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Willis Bryan.

He is survived by: his wife, Lorraine Bryan of Bay City; son, Richard Curtis Bryan of Bay City; daughters, Becky and husband Mike Denn of Bay City, Emelie and husband Dale Allen of Butler, Alabama, and Cynthia and husband James Berger of Waco, Texas; brothers, Keither Bryan of Port Arthur, Texas, and Jeffery Bryan of Pasadena, Texas; and a sister, Margaret Smedley of Kountze, Texas. He is also survived by: his grandchildren, Keisha and Julie Denn, Danielle and Derick Bryan, Rachael, Ryan and Robbie Allen, Daniel, Kelly, and Deborah Berger; and great-grandchildren, Blake and Annabelle Allen, Tigh Denn, Riley Tobler, Noah Farraq, and Worrick and Oscar Bryan.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2009 at Bay City Funeral Home and Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday June 8, 2009 at Calvary Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

Pallbearers will be John Sira, Meredith Huggins, Larry Douglas, David Orr, Bob Goss, and Marion Coker.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 10, 2009
 


Richard Curtis Bryan
April 17, 1955 - Aug. 13, 2010

Richard Curtis Bryan of Bay City passed away Friday, August 13, 2010. He was born in Louisiana on April 17, 1955.

He is preceded in death by: his father, Curtis E. Bryan.

Richard is survived by: his mother, Lorraine Bryan; his daughter, Danielle Bryan and children, Riley Tobler and Noah Farraq; his son, Derick Bryan and children, Warrick and Oscar Bryan; his sisters, Becky Denn and her husband Mike, Emelie Allen and her husband Dale, Cindy Berger and her husband James; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Calvary Baptist Church in Bay City.

Bay City Tribune, Published August 18, 2010
 


Mable Bryan
(November 9, 1908 - August 8, 2010)

Lida Mable Bryan, 101, of Bay City passed away August 8, 2010. She was born November 9, 1908 in Zama, Mississippi to the late John Martin & Bessie Mae Thrasher Brown. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and had been a resident of Bay City since 1966.

Her husband William D. Bryan, grandsons John Patrick Bryan & William Michael Bryan as well as a sister and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Survivors include daughter Cynthia Ann Ferguson & husband Tom of Ramona, CA; sons James C. Bryan & wife Billie of Tyler and Charles T. Bryan & wife Myrna Kay of Dallas; grandchildren James C. Bryan, Jr., Joan Weathers, Steve Bryan, Jami Shaban, Tom Ferguson, Jr. and Courtney Witherell; great grandchildren Jennifer Bryan, Michael Bryan, Daniel Hanzik, Michelle Huddleston, Bryan Shaban, Brittney Shaban, Allie Ferguson, Tom Ferguson III, Carl Witherell, Wyatt Ferguson and Grace Ferguson and 3 great-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, August 13, 2010 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be David Weathers, Daniel Hanzik, Steve Bryan, David Shaban, Tom Ferguson, Jr. & Allen Witherell. Her great grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of The Legacy for their care and support.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Bethel Bryant 1899 - 1956 Cedarvale Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Frankie Bryant
(March 22, 1933 - October 25, 2005)

Frankie Bryant 72, of Wadsworth, TX died October 25, 2005 in Bay City, TX. He was born March 22, 1933 in Sargent, TX to the late John Warren & Bertha Cordelia Sellers Bryant. Mr. Bryant was a life long resident of Matagorda Co. with the past 10 years in Wadsworth, and he was a retired tug boat captain. Survivors include: 2 daughters: Shannon Sanchez of Bay City, and Shawn Watson of Spring Town, TX; brother: Elvin Bryant of Matagorda; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Edna & Grace Bryant , and Alice Berry; and brothers: Cecil, Teddy, Warren, Clifford, & Harvey Bryant. A Memorial Service will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 28, 2005 at Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda with Rev. Hoss Gwin officiating. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979)245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


JAMES L. BRYANT SR
.

BAY CITY - James L. Bryant Sr., 80, of Bay City, died Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Houston. He was born in Weimer.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. with funeral service to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Scruggs United Methodist Church in Edna. The Rev. Zettie Woodson, pastor, and the Rev. Hayward Robinson, eulogist, will officiate. Burial will be at Pin Oak Cemetery in El Campo.

Tracy's M.J. Santellana Funeral Directors, Edna, 361-782-9234.

Published in Victoria Advocate on March 18, 2010
 

 

Ricky Bryant
June 30, 1957 – Oct. 13, 2008


Ricky Bryant, 51, of Wadsworth, passed away Monday, October 13, 2008.

He was born June 30, 1957 in Matagorda County, Texas to Theodore James Bryant and Trubie Jean Sparks Bryant. He was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County, a good father, and a good friend to all.

He is survived by: his wife, Peggy Bryant of Matagorda; a son, Derick James Bryant of Matagorda; a sister, Arlene Sanders and husband Wayne of Wadsworth; mother-in-law, Betty Cherry; brother-in-law, Jimmy Plunkett; nephews, Eric Wayne Sander, James Holland Sanders and “Bibo” Sanders; and his best bud, J. L. Freeman.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harley Savage officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City at a later date.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

 

Bay City Tribune, Published October 19, 2008

 

Minnie Jeanette Buchanan, 83, died May 6 in Angleton. Survivors include: daughter, Mrs. Florence E. New of Bay City; son, Arville W. Buchanan of Bay City and Herbert E. Buchanan of Angleton; sister, Mabel Luco of Alvin. Funeral services were held May 8 at 3 p.m. at Taylor Bros. Chapel with Rev. Dwaine Dodd officiating. Interment was at the Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

(Born January 30, 1896, Died May 6, 1979)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas


Roy Buchanan

 

Funeral services for Mr. Roy Buchanan of Midfield were held at 2 P. M. Monday at the Taylor Brothers funeral home in Bay City. The Masonic Lodge No. 411 A. F. & A. M. of Blessing was in charge of the services. Burial was in the Hawley Cemetery.

 

The Blessing News, August 11, 1960

 


CARROLL BUCHHORN
 

CUERO - Carroll Buchhorn, 79, of Cuero, entered the house of our Lord on Saturday, May 17, 2008. He was born May 7, 1929, in Cuero, to Edwin Charles and Elsie Buehrig Buchhorn.


Carroll worked for Alamo Lumber Company for 48 years. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Cuero, where he chaired the Board of Trustees for many years, and was currently serving on the Staff-Parish Relation Committee, and served as district lay leader for two years. Carroll and his wife, Louise, received the 2008 Bishop's Exemplar Award for the northern portion of the Corpus Christi district. They were recognized for their "tireless" service to the church, community and beyond. Carroll was a member of the Crossroads Emmaus Community, Hermann Sons Lodge No. 17, and Hermann Sons member for 60 years. He received the Hermann Sons Humanitarian Award in 2000. Carroll was also a member of the Cuero Fireman's Auxiliary and many other volunteer organizations in Floresville, Bay City, and Eagle Lake during his lifetime.


He is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Ella Louise Cooper Buchhorn of Cuero; daughter, Judi DeHaan and husband Richard of Houston; sons, Orville "Bubba" Buchhorn of San Antonio, Craig Buchhorn and wife Leslie of Edna, and David Buchhorn and wife Carmen of Victoria; brother, Glenn Buchhorn Sr. and wife Ruth Ann of San Antonio; grandchildren, James, Jarod and Jason Weir of Houston, Christopher Buchhorn of San Antonio, Jennifer Buchhorn of Victoria, Cameron Buchhorn of Victoria, and Brandon Buchhorn of Victoria; step-grandchildren, Lucas Robinson of Edna, William Foster of Victoria, Brandon Foster of Victoria, and Christopher Casey of Houston; great-grandchildren, Bolton and Blake Buchhorn of San Antonio and Andres Pous of Victoria; as well as many other family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edwin Buchhorn Jr.; and mother-in-law, Ella Sachtleben Cooper.


Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Freund Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Debby Lake officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.


Pallbearers: James Weir, Jarod Weir, Jason Weir, Christopher Buchhorn, Brandon Buchhorn, Gene Bertram, B.J. Drehr, and Richard DeHaan.


Honorary pallbearers: Jennifer Buchhorn, Wes Dukes, Larry Wolf, Chester Lucas, Roy Binz, and Cameron Buchhorn.


Memorials: First United Methodist Church or donor's choice.


Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.

 

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/19/2008.

 


Mary Texanna Wilburn Buckalew
(April 5, 1921 - December 3, 2007)

Mary Texanna Willburn Buckalew, 86, was born at Spearman, Hansford County, TX to David Hyron Willburn and Louisa R. Ward Willburn on April 5, 1921. She was the fifth member of a family of thirteen children. We called her “Ann”. She married the late “Lee” Leroy Buckalew of Houston, TX where they lived for many years. She was a retired secretary and bookkeeper and a member of the First Christian Church.

Ann served in the US Army during World War II. Her assignment was in Communications serving in North Africa and in Italy, including the Rome-Arno Campaign. She was awarded the Bronze Star and the WAAC Service Medal.

Ann was always a “favorite aunt” among her many nieces and nephews. She always had time for them and loved them so very much. Also, she was always sharing and giving with all her younger brothers and sisters who grew up around her.

Mary is survived by her sisters: Dorothy Willburn and Flois Henrichsen of Bay City and Betty Jo Buchanan of Tennessee Colony, TX; by her brothers: Glynn W. Willburn of Bay City and Blaine Henry of Sandia, TX; and by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband: Lee Buckalew; by her parents: David & Louisa Willburn; and by five brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will begin Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with Military Honors provided by VFW Post 2438 of Bay City. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to cancer research or to the charity of choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


ELINOR A. BUCKERT

VICTORIA - Elinor Ann Buckert, 79, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008. She was born March 19, 1929, in Houston to the late Homer and Elma Crew Hauschild Sr. She was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic church.

Survivors include her husband, Ed Buckert of Victoria; daughters, Marilyn Thompson Stautzenberger and her husband Phil of Victoria, Kathleen Hermes and husband Jerome of Edna, and Beverly Kay Krenek and her husband Robert of Bay City; stepchildren, Ann Fiala of Austin, Andy Buckert and wife Laquita of San Antonio, Mike Buckert and wife Penny of Pasadena, and Bill Buckert of Nordheim; sister, Madeline Smith of San Antonio; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Herman Miller Thompson in 1984.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.
, Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels with Monsignor E. A. Hermes officiating. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Kurtz, Larry Kurtz, Roger Kurtz, Bill Buckert, Joey Stasny and Gary Pribyl.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels,
361-573-4546.

Published in the Victoria Advocate from 9/14/2008 - 9/15/2008
 


MARY ALICE BUENTELLO

PALACIOS - Mary Alice Buentello, 57, of Palacios, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. She was born Oct. 31, 1953, in New Gulf, to Francisco L. Buentello and Frances Aparicio Buentello.
The rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Mike Buentello, the Rev. Bryan Heyer, and the Rev. Dan Morales officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Palacios Cemetery.
Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012;
www.taylorbros.net.

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 15, 2010
 

Bobby Harold Bullington, 45, a resident of Freeport passed away June 11 in Freeport. He was a member of the Jones Creek Assembly of God Church and F. O. Eagles. Survivors include: wife, Barbara Jean Bullington of Freeport; father, G. D. Bullington of Brazoria; daughter, Doris Bullington of Freeport; sons, Fredrick Wayne Bullington and Dennis George Bullington both of Freeport; sister, Onieda Charlton of Channelview and Ann Rowan of Denver, Colorado; 1 grandchild, George Adam Bullington of Freeport. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. June 13 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Ennis officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

(Born November 19, 1928, Died June 11, 1974)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas


Dave L. Bullington Died Tuesday Night At County Hospital

 

Mr. Dave Lawson Bullington, 85, of Collegeport, died at the Matagorda General Hospital Tuesday night at 9:25.

 

Services will be from Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Thursday morning at 10. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Her is survived by three daughters, Mrs. A. A. Brown and Mrs. Daisy Thompson of Blessing and Mrs. Wayne Kerbaw of Wharton; six sons, J. E., Corpus Christi, G. B. and J. M. of Channelview, E. B. of Bay City and Leon and Jack of Palacios. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

 

The Daily Tribune, July 27, 1955

 

A memorial will be announced at a later date for Dorothy ‘Skeet’ Brigmon Bullington, 86, who died Aug. 7, 2003 at the home of her niece, Kelly Braudrick, in Hudson, Fla.

Mrs. Bullington was born April 2, 1917 to Frank Brigmon and Simmie Rushing Brigmon in Compi, La. She was a retired nurse, a member of the VFW and American Legion.

She is survived by a daughter, Lyn Braudrick, of Kerrville, Tx. and Jackie Braudrick of Palacios; grandchildren Kelly Braudrick of Hudson, Fla., Ray Leftwich of Port O’Connor, Glynn Leftwich of Ingleside; and great-grandchildren Hali Cedatol of Hudson, Fla., Travis Leftwich of Port O’Connor and A. J. Leftwich of Ingleside.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; both parents; and five siblings.

The Palacios Beacon, August, 2003
 


Dovie Jewel Bullington

 

Dovie Jewel Bullington, 67, a resident of Brazoria passed away May 23 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Survivors include husband: B. D. Bullington of Brazoria; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ann Rowan of Denver, Colorado and Mrs. Oneida Charlton of Channelview; 1 son, B. H. Bullington of Freeport; 3 sisters, Mrs. Gladys Bullington of Brazoria, Mrs. Mozelle Williams of Collegeport, and Mrs. Jennie Melvin of Bay City; 2 brothers, R. L. Wells of Collegeport and M. M. Wells of Van Vleck; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. May 25 at Taylor Brothers Chapel. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, May 24, 1974

 

BULLINGTON, Earnestine Bryan, 56, of Markham passed away at his residence on June 6. He was a native of Madison County, Texas and a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Brothers Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Hawley Cemetery. He is survived by two daughters Mrs. Travis Watson of Houston and Mrs. Brenda Hastings of Pasadena, three sisters Mrs. Frank Gayle, Mrs. Ruby Brown, Mrs. Daisy Thompson, all of Markham, three brothers, Leon Bullington of Mexia, Texas, G. D. and J. M. Bullington, both of Brazoria, Texas and three grandchildren. Pallbearers are Bob Sifford, Pat Jenkins, J. C. Keith, Bob Bullington, Johnny Williams, Earl Lee Williams. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Born May 29, 1916, Died June 6, 1972)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas


George Dewey Bullington

 

Funeral services for George Dewey Bullington, 91, of Dayton, will be held 2 p. m. Saturday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Bullington was born June 11, 1899, to Dave L. and Minnie Marlin Bullington in Honey Grove and died May 1, 1991, in Dayton.

 

He was a longtime resident of Matagorda and Brazoria counties and was he owner and operator of Bullington Fish Camp on the San Bernard River. He was also a member of the Baptist church.

 

He is survived by his two daughters, Ann Rowan of Cadiz, Ky., and Oneida Charlton of Buchanan Dam; three sisters, Ruby Brown, Daisy Thompson and Minnie Gayle, all of Markham; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dovie Wells Bullington, and a son, Bobby H. Bullington.

 

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, May 2 or 3, 1991

 

Gladys Bullington, 76, of Brazoria, died at the Diagnostic Hospital in Houston, September 20. She was a resident of Brazoria County for the past 13 years and a member of the Jones Creek Assembly of God Church. Survivors include: husband, Jewel Marcus Bullington, Sr. of Brazoria; daughter, Juanita Penland of Channelview; son, J. M. Bullington, Jr. of Rockport; sisters, Mozelle Williams of Collegeport, Jennie Melvin of Bay City; brothers, M. M. Wells and Robert Wells, both of Bay City; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Taylor Brothers Chapel, Monday, September 22, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Paul Ennis officiating. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

(Born June 11, 1904, Died September 20, 1980)

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas


Jack Lawson Bullington

 

BULLINGTON, Jack Lawson, a Collegeport resident for 16 years, passed away Sunday March 19 in Wagner General Hospital, Palacios. A native of Madisonville, Tex., Mr. Bullington was a veteran of WWII and an employee of Dow Chemical Company. He is survived by his widow, Dorothy Bullington, Collegeport; daughters, Lyn Lefeulich and Jackie Ware of Houston; sisters, Ruby Brown, Daisy Thompson and Tootsie Gayle, all of Markham. Also, brothers, Dewie, Jewel and Leon of Brazoria and Teenn of Markham and three grandchildren. Services will be held this afternoon at 3:00 p. m. in Taylor Brothers Chapel with the Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Fred Roselar, D. P. Corporon, D. D. Carter, Teddy Schneider, J. H. La Erioux and Jim Murry. Arrangements through Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, March 19, 1972

 


Jewel Marcus Bullington

 

Funeral services for Jewel Marcus Bullington, 84, of Brazoria County, will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Meadows officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mr. Bullington was born Jan. 14, 1901, in Madison County, Texas, and died at 6:55 p. m. Jan. 31, 1985, at his residence.

 

He was a resident of Brazoria County for 17 years and was a member of Assembly of God church.

 

Survivors include a daughter, Juanita Penland of Brazoria; a son, J. M. Bullington Jr. of Rockport; two sisters, Ruby Brown, Daisey Thompson and Minnie Gayle, all of Markham; a brothers, G. D. Bullington of Brazoria; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, February 1 or 2, 1985

 


J. E. Bullington

 

J. E. Bullington, 63, apparently died of a heart attack sometime the night of Sept. 11, and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Minnie Bullington of Bay City; three sisters, Mrs. A. A. Brown, Blessing, Mrs. Daisy Thompson and Mrs. Minnie Kerbow, both of Bay City, and five brothers, G. D. Bullington of Brazoria; J. M. Bullington of Channelview; Leon Bullington of Mexia; E. B. Bullington, Bay City; and Jack Bullington of Collegeport.

 

The Daily Tribune, September 15, 1961

 

Hawley Cemetery

 


Minnie Bullington Services Tuesday

 

Final services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday for Mrs. Minnie Myrtle Bullington, 82, Bay City, a lifetime resident of Matagorda County, who died Sunday in El Campo.

 

Rev. Thomas A. Plumbley of First Christian Church will officiate at the service in Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Ruby Brown of Blessing; Mrs. Daisy Thompson and Mrs. Minnie Kerbow of Bay City; five sons, J. B. Bullington, Channelview; Leon Bullington, Mexia; E. B. Bullington, Legion; and Jack Bullington of Collegeport.

 

Pallbearers were to be S. J. Thompson, Bob Bullington, J. M. Bullington, Jr.; Glen Penland, Mac Charleston and Pat Jenkins.

 

The Victoria Advocate, Jan. 8, 1962

 


Janet R. Bullock

(March 22, 1936 - November 19, 2007)
 

Janet R. Bullock, 71, of Palacios, passed away Monday, November 19, 2007 in Bay City. She was born March 22, 1936 in Tyler, TX to Howard Dubblin Roberts and Mozelle Viola Glover Roberts. She was a resident of Palacios since 1960 and a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios, TX.
 

She is survived by her husband: Leamon Leon Bullock of Palacios; her daughters: Julie Sliva & husband Danny of Blessing and Michele Hubbard & husband Jeremy of Spring; by her sons: David Bullock & wife Shelly of Bay City and William Bullock of Orchard; her sister: Sandra Alexander of Lindale; her brother: Phillip Roberts of Texas City; and by 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father: Howard D. Roberts.


The family will receive visitors from 6 PM to 8 PM Thursday, November 22, 2007 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, November 23, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. Dave Gruhn officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be Danny Sliva, Dustin Sliva, Jeremy Hubbard, Brian Jackson, Neil Christenson, and Kyle Glover.


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


Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.

 

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 

 

LEAMON LEON BULLOCK
 

PALACIOS - Leamon Leon Bullock, 74, of Palacios, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 in Victoria. He was born Oct. 25, 1933, in Lufkin, to Leamon Filmore Bullock and Carnnie Eloise Jones Bullock. He was a resident of Palacios since 1960 and a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios.


Leon retired as an Ag teacher and vocational administrator from the Palacios ISD and was instrumental in the establishment of the Texas State Technical School - Marine Center in Palacios. He also owned and operated Palacios Pest Control since 1968.


He is survived by his daughters, Julie Sliva and husband Danny of Blessing and Michele Hubbard and husband Jeremy of Spring; by his sons, David Bullock and wife Shelly of Bay City and William Bullock of Orchard; his brothers, Waymon Bullock of Etoile and Erwin Leo Bullock of Wayzata, Minn.; and by 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Roberts Bullock; and by his parents, Leamon F. and Carnnie Eloise Bullock.


The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 at Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Palacios with the Rev. Dave Gruhn officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.


Pallbearers will be Danny Sliva Jr., Dustin Sliva, Jeremy Hubbard, Erwin Bullock, Andrew Sliva, Danny Sliva Sr., and Wayne Hunter.


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


Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 12/6/2007.
 


Alma Bump

 

Funeral services for Alma Bump, 63, of Van Vleck, are scheduled for 2 p. m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1995 at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Bump was born Dec. 27, 1931, in Isabel, Okla., to George E. and Lena Bell Day Overstreet and died Feb. 11, 1995, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

 

She had been a resident of Matagorda County for 48 years.

 

Survivors include her husband, George F. Bump Jr. of Van Vleck; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Kay and Carlton Winters of Markham and Landle Jeaneice and Lee Strelec of Van Vleck; a son, David Eugene Bump of Galveston; a half-sister and two half-brothers of California; seven grandchildren, Eli King and his wife, Roberta, Erin King, Radonna Huron and her husband, Kevin, Crystal Strelec, Leah Strelec, David George Bump and Charles James Bump and three great-grandchildren, Meagan King, Austin Huron and Alana Huron.

 

Pallbearers are Charles James Bump, David George Bump, Eli King, Chad Hurta, Dewayne Davis and Kevin Huron.

 

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

 

The Daily Tribune, February 14, 1995

 


Final Rites Held Here Monday For Charles Bump, 80

 

Funeral services were held Monday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home for Charles Barnett Bump, 80, with the Rev. A. C. Maxted of St. Mark's Episcopal officiating.

 

Burial was in the Hawley Cemetery with Taylor Brothers in charge.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Alice Bump of Blessing; three daughters, Mrs. Marie Maxwell of Houston, Mrs. Ruth Baird of Pasadena, Mrs. Mae Powell of Blessing; five sons, Earl of Ruston, La., Lloyd of St. Louis, Mo., Edwin of Clifton, N. J., George of Van Vleck, Barnett of Houston.

 

The Daily Tribune, March 15, 1955

 


Elva Orelia Bump

 

Funeral services for Elva Orelia Bump, 84, will be held 2 p. m. Tuesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. John Tripp officiating. Burial will be inHawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mrs. Bump was born Oct. 22, 1903 in Sublime, Texas to Frank Henry and Ellen Lockhart Rickaway, and died May 22, 1988, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

 

She was a member of the Methodist church.

 

Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Petty of Portland, Texas, Cyble Watson of Baytown and Darlene Hoffman of Markham; a son, George Bump of Sugar Valley; three sisters, Stella Phillips of Blessing, Ada Baker of Freeport and Inez Simpson of Cuero; three brothers, Steve Rickaway of Blessing, Curtis Rickaway of Jones Creek, Texas, and Lindsey Rickaway of Blessing; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers include Jerry Breshers, Preston Ingram, Tommy Parks, Kenneth Bennis, Carlton Winters and Lee Strelec.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, May 23, 1988

 


George Bump Jr.
May 15, 1927 – Feb. 27, 2008

George Bump Jr., 80, of Van Vleck passed away Wednesday February 27, 2008 at his home.

He was born May 15, 1927 in Blessing to the late Elva Orelia Rickaway Bump and George Franklin Bump Sr. Mr. Bump served his Country during World War II as a member of the United States Army, and was a life long resident of Matagorda County.

He is survived by: two daughters, Kay Winters and husband Carlton of Markham and Landle Strelec and husband Lee of Van Vleck; son, David E. Bump of Galveston; three sisters, Ruby Petty of Portland Texas, Syble Watson of Baytown, and Darlene Hoffman and husband Wilbur of Markham; seven grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Mr. Bump was preceded in death by: his parents, and wife, Alma L. Bump and his brother Lawrence Eugene Bump.

The family will be receiving visitors from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday March 3, 2008 at Hawley Cemetery with Chaplain Don A. Storey Sr. officiating.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published March 2, 2008
 


George Franklin Bump

George Franklin Bump, 76, of Sugar Valley, died at Woodlake Nursing Home in Clute, September 9. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Orelia Bump of Sugar Valley; daughters, Mrs. Rudy D. Laird of Portland, Mrs. Syble Watson of Baytown, Mrs. Darlene Hoffman of Markham; son, George Bump, Jr. of Sugar Valley; sisters, Mrs. Mae Coffman of Blessing; Mrs. Marie Maxwell of Houston; brother, Earl Bump of Louisiana; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Taylor Bros. Chapel, September 11, at 2 p. m. with Rev. Eugene Bynum officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers include Jerry Breshers, Billy Russell, Lee Stelec, Preston Ingram, Eddy King, Tony Parks, David Gibbens and Allen Watson. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, September, 1980
 


Mrs. Bump Service 1 P. M. Tuesday

 

Funeral services will be at 1 p. m. Thursday for Mrs. Mary Alice Bump, 80, formerly of Blessing who died at Southmore Hospital at Pasadena, Tuesday at 6:40 p. m. Services will be conducted by Rev. A. C. Maxted of Houston at Taylor Brothers Chapel. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Bump is survived by three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Blaird of Pasadena, Mrs. M. O. Maxwell of Houston, Mrs. H. E. Powell of Blessing; five sons, Lloyd, Edward, George, Barnett and Earl.

 

The Daily Tribune, March 26, 1958

 


WALLACE ARNOLD BUNCH

BAY CITY - Mr. Wallace Arnold Bunch, 81, of Bay City, died Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Triumph Southeast Hospital in Sugar Land.

Born in Blytheville, Ark. to the late Dee and Sybil Bruce Bunch, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and of the Baptist faith. He was a retired security guard for Post Central in Jonesboro, Ark. and a past owner-operator of American Auto in Diboll. Mr. Bunch was a devoted family man.

Mr. Bunch leaves his son, Dan Wallace Bunch and his wife Lori of Georgia; his daughter, Rebecca Arnold and her husband, Ozzie of Bay City; and two grandchildren, Valerie Bunch and Adam Bunch.

Graveside services were held Friday, May 22, at Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville with Mr. Billy Holifield officiating.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/23/2009
 


Bessie Alice Bundick

 

Funeral services for Bessie Alice Bundick, 81 of Wharton are scheduled for 2:30 p. m. Sunday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Howard Bundick officiating.

 

Mrs. Bundick was born June 27, 1912 in Lavaca County, Texas to George August and Annie Voytek Schultz and died Oct. 15, 1993 in Wharton.

 

A resident of Wharton since May and a former longtime resident of Bay City, Mrs. Bundick was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City.

 

Survivors include five daughters and sons-in-law Bobbie and Walter Davis of Guy, Velma and Robert Strarup of Wharton, Peggy and Tom Lucero of Riesel, Margie and Freddie Williams and Betty Jean Bundick, all of Bay City; five sons and daughters-in-law Charles and Marguerite Bundick Jr., Hairl Eugene and Sue Bundick, Paul and Joyce Bundick, Richard and Annie Mae Bundick, all of Bay City, and Thomas and Karen Bundick of Boling; two sisters, Lillie Colbert of Ashwood and Georgia Spencer of Highlands, 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Jerry Davis, Owen Strarup, Preston Williams, and Billy, John Paul and David Bundick.

 

The rest of the grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

 

Mrs. Bundick was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Bundick in March 1991.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, October 17, 1993

 

Hawley Cemetery

 


Charles William Bundick

 

Funeral services for Charles William Bundick Sr., 79, of Bay City were scheduled for 2 p. m. Sunday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Howard Bundick officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mr. Bundick was born July 1, 1911, to Charles Leonard and Mary Herrell Bundick and died 7 a. m. March 15, 1991, at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

A resident of Matagorda County since 1957, he retired as a ranchman after 55 years of service for Pierce Ranch.

 

He is survived by his wife, Bessie Schultz Bundick of Bay City; five daughters and sons-in-law, Bobbie and Walter Davis of Guy, Velma and Robert Strarup of Wharton, Betty Jean Bundick of Bay City, Margie and Freddie Williams of Bay City, and Peggy and Tom Lucero of Chilton; five sons and daughters-in-law, Charles William and Marguerite Bundick Jr. of Bay City, Hairl Eugene and Sue Bundick of Bay City, Paul and Joyce Bundick of Bay City, Thomas and Karen Bundick of Boling and Richard W. and Fannie Mae Bundick of Bay City; three sisters, Pauline Norrell of Lake Jackson, Reathal Billiot of Houston and Katheryn Elliot of Jones Creek; three brothers, Dan Bundick of Brazoria, Howard Bundick of Old Ocean and Charles Bundick of Baytown; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers are his grandsons, Charles O. Strarup, Jerry Davis, Dean Bujnock, Preston Williams, Billy Bundick and John Paul Bundick.

 

Honorary pallbearers are Mr. Bundick's other grandsons.

 

In lieu of usual contributions, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, March 1991

 

Alma Etta McSparran Bundy

Oct. 10, 1916 - May 2, 2010
dates from SSDI

Hawley Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Leon L. Bundy

 

Leon L. Bundy, 80, of Columbus, died December 17, 2002 at the River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

 

Mr. Bundy was born March 31, 1922 in Stamps, Arkansas to James Edward and Nora Jane Fuller Bundy.

 

He was a World War II veteran having served in the U. S. Army Air Corps.

 

Survivors include: wife, Alma McSparran Bundy of Columbus; sons and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Carolyn Bundy of Columbus and Doyle Bundy of Hallettsville; sisters, Thelma Rhodes of Stamps, AR and Dorothy Pitts of Abilene.

 

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p. m. Friday, December 20, 2002, at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, Texas.

 

[Information from Hawley Cemetery Association]

 


Margaret Bunge

Sept. 13, 1920 to
April 11, 2009

Margaret Lois Bunge was born Sept. 13, 1920. She lived in the central Gulf Coast Area of Texas for 88 happy years. Mrs. Bunge departed this world April 11, 2009.

Born Margaret Lois Anderson, she grew-up in Matagorda County and graduated with the Class of 1938 at Boling High School. That fall, she met Lester P.W. Bunge and married the already prominent rice farmer cattleman on Dec. 22, 1938.

Mrs. Bunge became the consummate farmer-rancher's wife, starting out with a honeymoon cottage at the Clay Ranch, northwest of El Campo, with no electricity or telephone and with the closest all-weather road three miles away. The couple moved to their home on Highway 71 north of Garwood in 1945 where they reared their three children, Carole, Les and Oscar, and where Margaret continued to reside after Lester's death in 1986. In January of 2008, she moved to Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center in Schulenburg. She departed this world peacefully after a short illness at Methodist Hospital with family members by her side.

Throughout life, she was a major part of her community. She served in leadership positions in each and every organization she chose from church organizations like the Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, and Associates of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word, to groups like the County Republican Women, the Columbus Music Club, the Midfield Cemetery Association and both San Antonio and Houston Livestock Show and rodeos, to name a few. There was not a charitable cause proposed to her that she did not immediately see as worthy of her donation of both time and money.

She said, "We must all strive to be beautiful. True beauty comes from within and starts with loving the Lord." Mrs. Bunge practiced that mantra her entire life. She loved people and touched everyone with her beauty, her love and her lightheartedness. She had to have music in her life. Gifted with an outstanding contralto voice, she performed for the Lord, at weddings, graduations and many other private and public events. During the last decade or so of her life, she found the Country Opry. Prior to her death, she was attending at least nine oprys a month in various towns. She was in fact, attending the Giddings Country Opry when she became ill on April 6, 2009. She loved to dance and always bragged that she was married to the best dancer in Texas, in fact, she met Lester during a dance at the Palacios Pavilion. She enjoyed her last dance, as far as we know, with her son-inlaw at a Valentine Ball on Feb. 14, 2009. Her home was the center for parties throughout her life as she graciously hosted memorable events for her family and friends. Beautiful ladies luncheons, ladies' tea parties and children's parties always seemed to be on the menu. She hosted her last formal dinner party for 25 at Christmas in 2008.

Throughout a very busy and bountiful life, our Lord was always right there with her and her rosary was never more than arms length away. None could ever question that the Lord came first with this lady. Her religion was paramount! Mrs. Bunge would pray with you and tell you a joke, sometime almost simultaneously. The Lord must have given her the idea. She was forever the great lady and truly the queen of her family. Upon becoming a grandmother in 1964, she became "Momma B" and remained MOMMA B right down to the license plate on her wheelchair accessible van, which she seemed to always have on the road, going from one social event to another.

Mrs. Bunge is survived by her brother, Halley Anderson and wife Dorothy; her sister-inlaw, Geneva Bunge and by her three children, Carole B. Halla and husband Billy Ray Emfinger, Les Bunge and friend Karol Kallina, and Oscar L. Bunge and wife Barbara. She is survived by her six grandchildren, Loueva Halla Hatfield and husband Keith, Carl Bunge Halla and wife Tara, Alexis Bunge Eakes and husband Phil, Loris Bunge Boggs, Lada Bunge Lomax, and Tonda Bunge Sellers and husband Shawn; and her two step-grandchildren, Joshua Wilson Emfinger and wife Jennifer and Todd Slaughter.

She lived to enjoy twelve great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

A Rosary and wake service were held at St. Mary's Church in Nada at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Funeral Mass and services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at St.Mary's Church in Nada. Interment was a private family event at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were great-grandson Logan Hatfield, great-grandson Landon Hatfield, great-grandson Korby Halla, great-grandson Brandon Scott; Randy Waligura and Billy Ray Krenek.

Honorary Pallbearers were Louis Cranek, Leon Cranek, Johnny Poole, Ed Moeller and Bill Carpenter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Church in Nada.

Arrangements under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Published in the Wharton Spectator on April 22, 2009
 


Vada Lee Bunk
(August 21, 1916 - August 3, 2006)

Vada Lee Bunk, 89, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2006 at her home in Bay City.

She was born August 21, 1916 in Simmonsville, Texas to Rufus B. Simmons and Mary Elizabeth Ozment Simmons. She was a resident of Bay City for 60 years, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City.

She is survived by: her son, Clarence Michael Bunk of Bay City and her loving niece, Malda Clayton of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Clarence T. Bunk; son, Ragen Stone; her granddaughter, Vada Sue Perez; and her parents, Rufus B. and Mary Elizabeth Simmons.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Michael Zimmerman and Chaplain Don Storey officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Pat Matthes, Michael Clayton, Paul Brandel, Morris Howland, Bart Brown and Don Storey.

Donations can be made to the El Campo office of Houston Hospice, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437-3029.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

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

Bay City Tribune, August 6, 2006
 


PASTOR ROBERT (Bob) BURCH


A memorial service for Pastor Robert “Bob” Eugene Burch, 64, of Palacios, were held Jan. 4, 2008 at Solid Rock Fellowship in Palacios with Sister Lanita Slaughter officiating.

Pastor Burch was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Des Moines, Iowa, to the late Ernest Burch and Hattie Gruver Burch. He died Dec. 29, 2008.

He was the pastor of Solid Rock Fellowship.

He is survived by his wife, Billie Joe Petty Burch of Palacios; daughters, Deanna Otte of Kansas City, Mo., Cindy Rodda of Pleasantville, Iowa, and Theresa Machacek of Palacios; brothers, John Burch of Branson, Mo., and George Burch of Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements were with Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, January 7, 2009

 

 

Alma Sophia Burkhart
Oct. 24, 1910 – July 18, 2008


Alma Sophia Burkhart, 97, of Matagorda, passed away Friday, July 18, 2008. She was the daughter of Alma Austin Doubek and Vendelin H. Doubek, and was born in 1910 at home in Bay City.

Her grandfather, George Austin, was the Matagorda County Clerk from 1886 to 1910 and moved with the county seat from Matagorda to Bay City when the city was established in 1894. The Austin house was one of the first homes in Bay City.

She attended college at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio. She loved and studied the history of Texas, especially Matagorda County.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, C. Larry “Pops” Burkhart, a Matagorda County rice farmer. They were married in 1933 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bay City. Sophia continued to run the farm and business until her death.

She was also preceded in death by her brother Thomas Edward Doubek of Bay City.

She is survived by: her son: Charles Kent Burkhart and wife Pat; her grandchildren, Brad Burkhart and wife Karen, Traci Burkhart Douglas and Kellye Burkhart Hill and husband Robert; by her great grandchildren, Austin Burkhart, Courtney Douglas, Amanda Douglas, Taylor Douglas, Danielle Douglas, Alexa Hill, Micheil Hill, Stephen-Brock Hill and Evan Hill; by nephew, Anthony Doubek; niece, Cyndy Young; great nephew and niece, Robert Whitley and Rachel LeMaire and children, Haley, Lane and Ty.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. Monday at Bay City Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at the Matagorda Cemetery with the Rev. Susan Kennard officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Doug Huebner, Edward Bates Tomlinson II, Clark Young, Robert Whitley, Marcene Merchant, Bill Strickland, Don Knight, Roland Spurr, and Kent LeMaire.

Memorials and contributions may be made to the Matagorda County Museum or the City of Bay City Animal Impound.

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

Arrangements are with Bay City Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4893.


Bay City Tribune, Published July 23, 2008

 


Harry Graves Burkhart III
(February 5, 1933 - January 6, 2009)

Harry Graves Burkhart III, 75, of Markham passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2009. He was born February 5, 1933 in Bay City to the late Martha Elizabeth Cole Burkhart and Harry Graves Burkhart Jr. Harry was a life long resident of Matagorda County, a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, January 9, 2009 at Cedarvale Cemetery with Rev. Susan Kennard officiating.

Bay City Tribune, January 14, 2009
 


TOMMY F. BURNELL

BAY CITY - Tommy F. Burnell, 57, of Bay City, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2009. He was born Sept. 5, 1951, in Bay City, to the late Mary Frank and William Burnell. Tommy was a lifelong resident of Bay City, a graduate of Bay City High School and Texas A&M University, and a teacher and coach with Boling ISD.

He is survived by son: Brandt Burnell of College Station; sister: Barbara Burnell Quirk of Angleton; two brothers: Bill Burnell of Richmond and Drew Burnell of Austin; aunt: Joyce Carr of Bay City; and cousin: Vicki Head and husband Wayne of Bay City.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Bob Burnell.

A funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Dr. Joe Cannon officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Victor Cannon, Dennis Burt, Al Leisner, Neal and Kevin Majewski, and John Black.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Wayne, Ken, Vim, and Kirk Head, Phil McKay, and E.J. Ashcraft.

Donations may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 3102 5th St., Bay City, TX 77414.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 6/3/2009                         
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Evelyn Louise Burrow
(April 8, 1928 - June 7, 2008)

Evelyn Louise Burrow, 80, of Bay City, Texas passed away on June 7, 2008 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City. Evelyn was born on April 8, 1928 in El Campo, Texas to Frank and Louise Cerny. Evelyn was married on July 3, 1947, in El Campo, to Walter Edward Burrow. She was a Life Member of VFW Post 2438 Ladies Auxiliary and she enjoyed lending a helping and caring hand to anyone who needed help. She enjoyed making flower arrangements for any occasion and spending time with her family.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband Walter Edward Burrow; by her sisters Tillie Kalinec, Lilly Mae Williams, and Martha Macek and by her granddaughter Mona Denise Kilbride-Shepard.

Evelyn is survived by; her daughter Linda and her husband Jimmy Kilbride of Bay City, Texas, by her sons, Ron Burrow of Bay City, Texas and Mike and his wife Judy Burrow of Portland, Texas. Grandchildren include; Robert and his wife Trina Kilbride of Bay City, Texas; Paul Burrow of Clear Lake, Texas; Laura and her husband Chris Uriarte of Sugar Land, Texas; Brian and his wife Megan Kilbride of Houston, Texas and Amanda Burrow of Portland, Texas. She is also survived by her siblings Rosemary Boatwright and Mildred Williams. As well as four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Rosary Services for Evelyn Burrow will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 9th at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, June 10th at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories cemetery in El Campo, Texas. Pallbearers will be Henry Smith, Cliff Williams, Robert Kilbride, Brian Kilbride, Greg Boatwright, and Chris Uriarte.

"Evelyn was loved by many and will be greatly missed."

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

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Carl “Bud” Burt
Dec. 30, 1936 - May 2, 2010

Carl “Bud” Burt, 73, passed away May 2, 2010 in Bay City.

Born on December 30, 1936 in Bishop, Texas to the late Carl A. and Frances Lillie Starks Burt.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years both in Korea and Vietnam. Upon retiring he entered the nuclear energy field as an instructor at the South Texas Project as well as Detroit Edison where he eventually retired.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and attending his grandchildrens sporting events. He was a die-hard Tidehaven Tiger fan. He especially enjoyed spending time with his extended family, joking and singing songs. His nieces and nephews were especially delighted with Uncle Bud’s diving antics.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law. Lisa Carrillo and husband Nick, Kathy Carrillo and husband Ray, grandchildren; Mitchell, Dylan, Lucas, Lindsay, Donny, Isaak, Isaiah; brothers, Jim Burt of DeKalb, Ill., Jack Burt of Cay City, Texas; sisters, Margaret Haverlah of Industry, Texas, Bonnie Theus of Silsbee, Texas, Kathryn Stevens of Clayton, North Carolina, Sue North of Bay City, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents his brother Tom and his beloved wife of 43 years, his lovely lady Sandra with whom he loved to travel.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Jack Burt officiating.

Visitation was from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. There will be a private interment at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Turning Point, P.O. Box 2118, Galveston, Texas 77553, an organization that provides recreational water activities for adults and children living with disabilities.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas

Bay City Tribune, Published May 5, 2010
 


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

 


Frances Lillie Burt
June 29, 1911 - Dec. 7, 2008

Frances Lillie Burt, 97, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2008 in Brenham, Texas.

She was born June 29, 1911 in Hornbeck, Louisiana to George E. Starks and Mary Etta Stringer Starks. She was a former long time resident of Bay City and has resided in Brenham since 1998. She was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Bay City and was a homemaker.

She is survived by: her daughters, Margaret Haverlah of New Ulm, Texas, Bonnie Theus of Silsbee, Texas, Catherine Stevens of Clayton, North Carolina, and Sue North of Hunt, Texas; by her sons, Carl E. Burt of Bay City, Texas, Jimmie Burt of Cortland, Illinois and Jack Burt of Bay City, Texas; by her sister, Novella Creel of Brenham, Texas; and by 32 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren, and 24 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Carl A. Burt; her son, Thomas Harold Burt; her sister, Carrie Crosson; and by her brothers, Jim Starks, George Starks, Frank Starks and Griffin Starks.

The family will receive visitors from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at the First United Pentecostal Church, 700 Ave. I, Bay City, TX, with the Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Ken Haverlah, Wayne Haverlah, Mark Burt, Scott Henderson, Don Schmersahl and Lee Burt.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published December 10, 2008                     Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


Sandra Paulena Hickman Burt
Sept. 13, 1945 – Feb. 28, 2008
 

As her family members sang her favorite hymns at her bedside, Sandra passed from this world to her eternal life with Jesus on Thursday, February 28, 2008. Born in Chicago, Illinois to Carl and Doris Hickman, Sandra began her life on September 13, 1945, at a mere three pounds but quickly made her presence known to all who loved her. Her parents, brother, and sisters shared a household that cultivated a love of music and laughter in Sandra, which she in turn shared with her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Her easy smile and infectious laughter are of fond memory to all who loved her. Her presence as the “spark plug” of family gatherings will be sorely missed.

On May 8, 1965, Sandra married Carl “Bud” Burt and adapted well to Navy life. Her weekly letters to Bud as he served his country overseas were met with a return letter, which were always addressed to his “Lovely Lady.” As a mother to Lisa and Kathy, Sandy always taught a complete reliance on the power of Lord with the oft-repeated, “The name on the door of your church matters not. It is the name upon your heart and that name better be JESUS.” Sandy’s grandchildren, Mitchell, Dylan, Lucas, Lindsay, Donny, Isaak, Isaiah, loved her with a vengeance as she did them.

Sandra is survived by: her husband, Carl “Bud” Burt; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Nick Carrillo of Midfield, Texas and Katherine and Ray Carrillo of Bay City, Texas; six grandsons, Mitchell, Dylan, Lucas, Donny, Isaak, and Isaiah; one grand-daughter, Lindsay; two sisters, Shirley Potempa of Chicago, Illinois and Carol Schneider of Asheville, North Carolina; and one brother, Ron Hickman of Midlothian, Virginia. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews who dearly loved their “Aunt Sandy.” Her parents preceded her in death.

A family and friend celebration will be held 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2008, at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Nichols Street Church of Christ in Bay City, as well. The family will follow with a private interment at a later date.

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

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979)245-4613.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published March 5, 2008
 


FRANCES L. BUTLER

BAY CITY - Frances LaVerne Stewart Butler, 81, of Bay City, passed away in her sleep on Sunday, March 14, 2010. She was born March 18, 1928, in Mexico, Mo., the daughter of the late Arnold Stewart and D'Arline Wray Stewart. She married Robert "Bob" W. Butler on Dec. 22, 1946. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Bay City and was an active participant in Relay For Life.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Butler; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tommie Burditt of Rosenberg; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lynn Butler of Bay City; son, Charles Butler of Palacios; by grandchildren, Troy Burditt and wife Jo Ann of Rosenberg, Marsha Butler, Grady Butler, Lauren Butler and Emily Butler, all of Bay City; and by her great grandchildren, Clay, Mason, and Brittney Burditt of Rosenberg.
She was preceded in death by a son, Alan Robert Butler.
The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Morgan officiating.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at
www.taylorbros.net.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Published in Victoria Advocate on March 16, 2010
 


MABLE E. BUTLER

BAY CITY - Mable E. Butler was born on Jan. 23, 1922, in Conroe, to Alvin L. and Reecie Morehead Brown and died on Sept. 11, 2009, in Bay City. Mable grew up in the communities of Cut N Shoot and Grangerland and married her beloved husband, Tracy B. Butler on May 11, 1938.

She was a lifelong member of several Baptist congregations, the last one being the First Baptist Church of Victoria. Mable enjoyed memberships in Home Demonstration Club, Senior Citizens Quilting Group and her Sunday School Class. She was also a 50+ year member of the Bay City Chapter No. 380 Order of The Eastern Star, having joined Palacios Chapter No. 125 in Nov. of 1947. Mable excelled in the art of cooking, sewing, and love of family.

Mable was preceded in death by husband, Tracy; her brother, Earl Brown; and sisters, Ruby Granger and Almeta Wiggins.

She is survived by her children, Regina (Kenneth) Emshoff of Corpus Christi, Rebecca (David) Muschalek of Victoria, Kathy (Brian) Bacica of Needville, and Robert (Carol) Butler of Bay City; her grandchildren, Sharon (Gary) Capeheart, Shirley (Ken) Gajdos, Randy (Heather) Emshoff, Scott (Nicole) Schroeder, Daryl (Michelle) Schroeder, Tracy Bacica, Amy (Brett) Pohler, Jessica Butler, Sarah Butler, Sam Butler, and ten great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elaine Lipe; cousin, W.T. Palmer; and numerous treasured nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are grandsons, Scott Schroeder, Randy Emshoff, Daryl Schroeder, Sam Butler, Gary Capeheart, Ken Gajdos, Bret Pohler and great grandsons, Jason Capeheart, Bryant Gajdos, Kale Emshoff, Christopher Nevarez, David Schroeder, Seth Schroeder and Sean Schroeder.

Mable's family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of MHHC Legacy Campus, Buna Patterson and the beauty shop volunteers at Matagorda House, Gloria De La Rosa and Eva Davis for their loving care of Mother for the last eight years.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at the Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel in Conroe, Texas with the Rev. Gary Sides officiating. Interment to follow at Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery in Conroe, TX. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Metcalf Funeral Home, 1801 E. White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Matagorda General Hospital Volunteer Staff, 104 7th Street, Bay City, Texas 77414, or MHHC Family Council, 700 Twelfth Street, Bay City, Texas 77414.

Those wishing to leave tributes and memories for the family may do so at www.mem.com.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 9/13/2009
 


Robert Wayne Butler
March 25, 1925 - June 6, 2010

Robert Wayne Butler, 85, of Bay City passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010.

He was born March 25, 1925 in New Hartford, Missouri to Everett and Enid McKelvey Butler.

He served in the US Air Force. He married Frances LaVerne Stewart in 1946 and moved to Bay City in 1948. He was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church. An avid walker, runner and active supporter for the fight against cancer, he participated in countless runs, walks, relays, Senior Olympics and climbed the highest mountain in the western hemisphere in Argentina for Prostate Cancer. He loved a good game of Chicken Foot, Black Jack and planning family adventures.

He is survived by: daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tommie Burditt of Rosenberg; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lynn Butler of Bay City; son Charles Butler of Palacios; grandchildren, Troy Burditt and wife Jo Ann, Marsha Butler, Grady Butler, Lauren Butler and Emily Butler all of Bay City and great grandchildren Clay, Mason and Brittney Burditt of Rosenberg; brothers, Don Butler and wife Pat of West Richland, Washington and Kenneth Butler of Richland, Washington and numerous nieces and nephews.

His wife Frances LaVerne Butler, son Alan Robert Butler and brother Eugene Butler all preceded him in death.

The family will receive visitors from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2010 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Morgan officiating.

Please make a memorial contribution in honor of a loved one to Houston Hospice-El Campo; 1102 N. Mechanic; El Campo, TX 77437.

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, Published June 11, 2010
 


Francis Ray Butter
(June 6, 1932 - September 25, 2005)

Francis Ray Butter, 73, of Wadsworth died September 25, 2005. He was born June 6, 1932 in Francisville, Texas to Frank Lawrence Butter and Katie Ryman Butter. He was a lifelong resident of Wadsworth, a farmer and the former owner of Butter’s Cut Rate Liquor Store.

He is survived by his wife, Lothell Marie Culver Butter of Wadsworth and by one sister, Evelyn Baas of Houston, Texas.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 am Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wadsworth with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at St. Francisville Cemetery in Wadsworth. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Lothell Marie Butter
(October 7, 1933 - August 2, 2009)

Lothell Marie Butter, 75, of Wadsworth passed away August 2, 2009. She was born October 7, 1933 in Bay City, TX to the late David Seerden & Tasie Caroline Petrucha Culver. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wadsworth. She married Francis Ray Butter on June 24, 1972 and he preceded her in death in 2005.

A rosary will be recited at 6PM Thursday, August 13, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be 2:00 PM Friday, August 15, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at St. Francisville Cemetery in Wadsworth. Pallbearers will be George Deshotels, David Popek, John Voss McCrosky, John Armatta, Jim Tatum and David Allen.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Gerald H. Butters

 

EDNA--Gerald Harry Butters, 76, of Edna, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000.

 

He was born Feb. 23, 1924, in Elmira, N. Y. to the late Harry E. and Josephine Jaynes Butters. He was a retired sheet rocker and a member of Lolita Methodist Church. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the American Legion of Blessing and the VFW of Ganado.

 

Survivors: daughter, Marion Pawelek of Jourdanton; sister, Joanne Tinker of Horsehead, N. Y.; and two grandchildren.

 

Preceded in death by: wife, Mary Ann Reichardt Butters; parents.

 

Services will be 10 a. m. Monday at Lolita Methodist Church, the Rev. Allen Delafield officiating.

 

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery. Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 361-782-2152.

 

Victoria Advocate, December 2000

 


Mary Ann Butters

 

LaWARD--Mary Ann Butters, 72, of LaWard, died Thursday, May 7, 1998.

 

She was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Houston, to the late Henry C. and Florence Callahan Reichardt. She was an accounting clerk for 35 years and was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She was a member of Lolita Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and Telephone Pioneers of America.

 

Survivors: husband, Gerald H. Butters; daughter, Marion E. Pawelek of Jourdanton; sister, Florine Hatchett of LaWard; brothers, William Reichardt of LaWard and Henry Reichardt of Victoria; and two grandchildren.

 

Graveside services will be 2 p. m. today at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, the Rev. Allen Dellafield officiating. Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 782-2152.

 

Pallbearers: Bob Nicholson, Ronnie Williams, L. H. Pierce, Laddy Ellis, Paul Putnam and Clyde Rohan.

 

Memorials: Lolita Methodist Church or donor's choice.

 

The Victoria Advocate, May, 1998

 


Audrey Lee Byers


 


Mrs. Fannie Byers, Dies in Port Lavaca, Buried In Hawley

 

Mrs. Fannie Byers, 57, wife of the late Bill Byers, died Sunday afternoon in the Port Lavaca Hospital after a brief illness. Following services in Port Lavaca, she was buried in the Hawley Cemetery Wednesday afternoon, February 13.

 

Mrs. Byers, a former resident of Palacios, had lived in Port Lavaca the past ten years. She was office manager of the Mother Hubbard Courts. She was born January 24, 1906.

 

Survivors include a son, James E. Williams of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Donna Faye Eberle of San Antonio; a sister, Mrs. Connie Wilson of Tyler and two grandchildren.

 

The Palacios Beacon, February 21, 1963

 


Luther Jackson "Bill" Byers

Bill Byers Dies in Port Lavaca, Buried Here Monday, April 15


Funeral services were held at the Palacios Funeral Home Monday, April 15, at 2 p.m. for Luther Jackson "Bill" Byers with Rev. L. E. Ivey of Port Lavaca officiating. Burial was in the Hawley Cemetery.
 

Bill Byers was born March 8, 1914 in Coolidge, Texas the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Byers. He died in the Port Lavaca Hospital Saturday evening, April 13, on his mother's 85th birthday.


He is survived by his wife, his mother, one daughter, Mrs. Don Casey; two sons, Tommie and Edward Lee; four sisters, Mrs. A. A. Devore, LaMarque; Mrs. Sam Hughes, Palacios, Eula Bee Rodriguez, San Antonio; and Rose Mae Brown, Yoakum; four brothers, William Byers, Muleshoe, Texas, Jim Byers, San Antonio, Robert Byers, Port O'Connor and Odis Byers, Houston.


The Palacios Beacon
, April 18, 1957

 


Minerva Byers


 


Samuel R. Byers


 


Samuel Robert Byers, Sr.

Palacios Citizen Dies Suddenly
 

Sam Byers was found dead in bed at the home of his daughter, Mrs. V. M. Sellers, this morning. Mr. Byers worked at the campsite and worked as usual yesterday. He retired about 9 o'clock and seemed as well as ever. Early this morning Mr. Sellers went to his room to call him for breakfast and he did not answer. He went to his bedside and found he was dead. He leaves a wife and a number of children. Up to the time of going to press no funeral arrangements have been made.

Palacios Beacon
, April 16, 1926

 


Bobby E. Byrd
(August 2, 1941 - April 24, 2008)

Bobby E. Byrd, 66, of Bay City, passed away Thursday April 24, 2008 in Houston, TX. He was born August 2, 1941 in Bay City to Abe Edell Byrd and Mary Lorene Craig Byrd. He was a lifelong resident of Bay City.

His is survived by his daughters: Dawn Byrd of Bay City and Laura Alexander & husband J.F. of Bay City; by his son: Shannon Byrd & wife Stacie of Bay City; by his sister: Linda Kucera of Bay City and by his grandchildren: Justin Byrd, Kristine Holloway and Blake Holloway. He was preceded in death by his parents: Abe E. & Mary Byrd and by his brother: Kenneth Wayne Byrd.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, April 27, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

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

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
 


Edith Ready Byrd
(June 4, 1927 - June 25, 2009)

Edith Ready Byrd, 82, of Bay City passed away June 25, 2009. She was born June 4, 1927 in Smithville, TX to the late Thomas Calvin & Ella Hoffman Ready. She was a longtime employee at Ben Franklin and Shipley Donuts in Bay City. Her church family are members of the 2nd Baptist Church in Angleton.

Her husband James Byrd, Jr. preceded her in death. Survivors include daughter Donna Edwards & husband Ralph of Brazoria; son James Byrd III & wife Marsha of Angleton; sister Lillian Spalek of Bay City; sister-in-law Shirley Ready of Victoria; grandchildren Charles Hennig, Buddy Snow, Jonathan Byrd, David Hennig, Michael Byrd, Jennifer Hennig, Chenell Norman & Lauren Edwards and 20 great grandchildren.

A visitation will be 6pm to 8pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 3:00 pm Monday, June 29, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Pastor Chris Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Bay City Tribune, June 28, 2009
 

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