Matagorda County Obituaries
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Jerry Frank Babik
Dec. 10, 1925 – June 27, 2011

Jerry Frank Babik, 85, of Bay City, Texas, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011 at Matagorda Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born December 10, 1925, in Frydek, Texas, to Leopold and Francis Babik.

He was a production gauger and foreman for Superior Oil Company for 36 years. He served in the United States Army during WWII, received the Purple Heart, and is a lifetime member of the Bay City VFW Post 2438. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City and a member of the KJT.

A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City with Father Casey Jarzombek officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Vale Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City from 7 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday with a rosary being recited at 8 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeremy Miska, Garrett Miska, Stuart Babik, Frank Miska, Bill Frontz, Herb Wendel and Joe Ames.

Jerry is survived by: his wife of 62 years, Mildred Babik of Bay City; son, Daniel Babik and wife, Carol of Conroe; daughters, Linda Miska and husband Frank of West Columbia, Jeanette Frontz and husband Bill of Bay City; grandchildren, Jeremy Miska and wife Ree of West Columbia, Garrett Miska and wife Marissa of Angleton, Holly Babik of Massachusetts, and Stuart Babik of Wichita Falls; great-grandchildren, Sydney and Gracie Miska.

He is preceded in death by: his grandchildren, Leigh Anne and Wesley Frontz; parents; brothers, Leo and Cyrill and sister, Lillie.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church Meditation and Rose Garden or charity of your choice.

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

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, June 29, 2011
 

Lucille Lee Baca, 86, of Bay City, passed away Friday, March 22, 2002. She was born April 21, 1916 in Markham, Texas to Amos and Sarah Huddleston Lee. She was a life long resident of Matagorda County and owner/operator of Lucille's Beauty Shop for 66 years.

She is survived by: daughter, Sue Baca of Bay City; sons, Lee Edward Baca and wife Susan of Bay City and Paul Allen Baca and wife, Linda Gale of Kingsville, Texas; sister, Dollie May Wilburn of Baytown, Blanche Gest of Friendswood, Melody Johnson of West Columbia, and Bettie Lou Cornelius of Bay City; sister-in-law Anita Lee of Alvin; five grandsons, Paul Baca Jr., Steven Lee Baca and his wife Lori, Lucian Baca, Lawrence Baca, and Jason Baca and numerous nieces and nephews and her loving care givers. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward, sister, Ruby Bell Harris, brother, Don Lee, and great granddaughter, Jolee Elizabeth Baca.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with her nephew, Don N. Lee, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002MR24

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Sunday, March 24, 2002
 

Laina E. Bagby, 18, of Bay City, died Sunday June 9, 2002 at College Station, Texas. She was born August 16, 1983 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Greg and Maxie “Scat” Cappaert Bagby. She was a member of the Family Worship Center, a Freshman at South West Texas University in San Marcos, Texas. She was a graduate of Bay City High School where she participated in the Girls Interact Club and The Drama Club. She was also active in the Family Worship Center Youth Group.

Laina is survived by: her parents, Greg and “Scat” Bagby of Bay City; sisters, Blair and Brooke Bagby both of Austin; paternal grandfather, Claude W. Bagby, Sr. of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and maternal grandmother; Lynn Cappaert also of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and by a niece, Raegan Bagby of Austin.

Funeral services will he held at 10 a.m. Wednesday June 12, 2002 at the Family Worship Center, with the Rev. Robert Rodriguez and the Rev. Joe Roach officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Pallbearers include Drew Ashcraft, Dustin Coultier, John Gordon, Bryan Meyer, Daniel Trevino, and A. J. Vargas. Memorials may be made to the Family Worship Center Youth Group, 2717 9th Street, Bay City, TX 77414

Arrangements are by Taylor Bros.Funeral Home. A000142002JN12

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, June 12, 2002
 



 

Fannie E. Baker

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

G. W. Baker

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 

Marguerite Baker

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

EL CAMPO - Winston E. Baker Sr. of El Campo died Jan. 16, 2011, at the age of 73. He was born on April 12, 1937, in Matagorda County, to the late Woodrow and Ann Zimbro Baker. He was the safety director at B&B Services.

He is survived by his children, Terry Rutherford and husband Walter, Winston "Bubba" Baker Jr. and wife Patsy, Tina Graham and husband Les, and son Brad Baker and wife Melanie, and Dawn Smith, all of El Campo; grandchildren, Shawna Rutherford Wied and husband Kevin, the Rev. Shannon Rutherford, Taylor Graham, Shayla Smith, Zane and Jace Baker, Brittany and Bethany Baker; great-grandson, Kyle Wied; and brother, William A. "Bill" Baker of Livingston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Barbara Baker on Jan. 14, 2011.

Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers are Darrell Hoffer, Les Graham, Taylor Graham, Fred Imler, Mark Welfel, Bryce Skow, Shayla Smith, and Shawna Wied.

Honorary pallbearers are Odis Newton, Gene "Pee Wee" Wier, R.L. Burroughs, Julie Frederickson, Liberty Svoboda, Kelly Smith, Joe Henderson, Frankie Novak, Sean Bowers, and the employees of B&B Services.

Memorial donations in memory of Winston E. Baker Sr. may be made to the donor's choice.

Published in Victoria Advocate on January 17, 2011
 

 

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).

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Grace L. Hayes Banks

Funeral services for Grace L. Hayes Banks, 83, of Bay City, a longtime educator in the area, will be held 11 a. m. Tuesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation hours will be held until 9 p. m. today at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel and from 10 to 11 a. m. Tuesday at Bethel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Banks was born May 8, 1908, to Isaac and Mary Hayes in Bay City and died March 12, 1992, at Avalon Place Nursing Home in Wharton.

She completed her early schooling at Paul Quinn School in Waco, which was a boarding school for young children at that time. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in political science from Prairie View A&M University and earned her master’s degree in counseling from Texas Southern University in Houston. She furthered her studies at Colorado University.

Her 47 years of teaching included the Booker T. Washington-Hilliard High School and Bay City High School. During the Hilliard High School  years, she coached University Interscholastic League Debating and Declamation and also served as class sponsor for many years.

Professionally, Mrs. Banks was a member of the Texas State Teachers Association, National Education Association, local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Olive Leaf Chapter 219, Order of the Eastern Star. She was on the board of directors for the Hilliard High Alumni Association Inc., was a charter member of the Daughters in Progress Club and was also one of the founders of the Hilliard High School Parent-Teacher Association.

The Hilliard High Alumni Association Inc. inducted her as the first member of the association’s Hall of Fame.

The lifelong Bay City resident was active in Bethel Baptist Church. She served as a church clerk, church school teacher, mission society teacher and educational director.

Survivors include her cousins, E. A. Johnson and his wife, Martha Sauceda Johnson of Philadelphia and William Smith Jr. of Denver, Colo.; one sister-in-law, a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and kinship and many friends and countless students from 47 years of teaching.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and her husband, James A. Banks, who died in 1976.

Pallbearers will be Clarence Brown, Horace Davis, Harry Sauceda, Nelson Smith, R. A. Wiley and Kenneth Young.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dewitt Alliniece, Willis Hayes, E. A. Johnson, William Smith Jr., James White, the Bethel Baptist Church deacons and the Hilliard High Alumni Association Inc.

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

Daily Tribune, March, 1992                                                                   Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott
 


Alvin Leon Bannert
(October 31, 1926 - November 28, 2011)

Alvin Leon Bannert, 85, passed away November 28, 2011. He was born October 31, 1926 in Hallettsville, TX to Adolph German Bannert & Mary Pauline Slanina Bannert. He was married 48 years to Mary Ellen Peterson Bannert.

Our dad joins his parents, wife, brothers Adolph Henry Bannert & Leon Bannert, daughter Ellen Bannert Venglar, grandchildren Sheila Linette Carter, Chad Anthony Rogers, Christopher Allen Rogers, Justin Bannert & Joseph Hadley.

Dad’s proud legacy includes Korean War Veteran RA 18 307 582 Corporal with merit U EMB, Korean service medal, 1-O/S Bar with 3 Bronze Stars - Korea. He was a member & Quarter-Master of VFW Post 2467 in Palacios. He retired from Alcoa where he had been a millwright.

Survivors include his children Sharon Bannert Harter & husband Forrest, Alvin Dale Bannert & wife Janie, Mary Wolfe & husband John, Emil Bannert & wife Jo Lynn, & Marshal Bannert & wife DiAna; Grandchildren Michielle Carter, Pete Kiernan, Greg Carter & fiancée Dana Ramsey, Amy Neal & husband Corey, Stacey Kinney & husband Jeffery, Scott Allen Bannert, Ryan Bannert & wife Brittany, Cathy Sykara, Lisa Nicole Bannert, Jessica Muscalek & husband Scott, Jonathan Bannert & Blake Bannert; great grandchildren Jennifer & Autumn Olszak, Alex & Anthony Kiernan, Logan Dale & Dustin Carter, Hoyt, Kason & Kylee Klump, Michael & Devin Miles, Claire Bannert, Irie Jane & Miles Kinney, James Benjamin Neal, Jasmine Simicek, Kirsten & Scott Muscalek, Jr. and Isabel Hadley; sister Elizabeth Rasmussen; special cousin Gertrude Culver whom shard his birthdate!; and nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to mention.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Friday, December 2, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park in El Campo with military honors. Pallbearers will be Scott Bannert, Ryan Bannert, Greg Carter, Jonathan Bannert, Scott Muscalek & Kevin Bannert. All former veterans, especially those who served in Korea, will be honorary pallbearers.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Beulah Jenkins Barber

Funeral services for Beulah Jenkins Barber, 83, of El Cajon, Calif., (formerly of Bay City), are scheduled for 11 a. m. Friday, Feb. 17, 1995, at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel of Bay City with the Rev. James Roberson officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Mrs. Barber was born March 7, 1911, in Bay City to Norman Lee Jenkins Sr. and Hester Ann Allen-Jenkins and died Feb. 5, 1995, in El Cajon, Calif.

She was a member of the Baptist church and a self-employed beautician in El Cajon, Calif.

Survivors include a daughter, Loretta Barber Boone; one grandson, Johnnie R. Cleveland; a sister, Delcenia Caldwell of Houston; three other grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; 13 nieces, two nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bennie Barber; five sisters and six brothers.

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

Daily Tribune, February, 1995

Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott


Former Milam County Judge Dies in Bay City

I. N. Barber, former county judge of Milam county, died at his home in Bay City last week, aged 68 years. At the time of his death he was filling the office of Justice of the Peace of his county.

Judge Barber was once a power in politics in the county. After serving as county judge by virtue of the suffrage of the democrats, he went over to the Populist Party during the heyday of that party's strength in Matchless Milam. Old timers still recall the hot county election wherein he was almost elected on the Populist ticket over a Democrat. In fact, there be those who still aver that he was actually elected but counted out. Later on he made the race for Congress from this District on the Populist ticket, which was another warm race.

Judge Barber hailed from the old Waddle settlement in the extreme southwestern portion of the county and still has three brothers down there--T. J., A. M. and Joe Barber, all well known, substantial citizens. Judge Ed. Gunn of this city is a nephew. Decendent left this county in 1896, locating at Bay City, where we understand , he accumulated considerable property and was a prominent citizen.--Rockdale Reporter
[Buried at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas. Isaac N. Barber 1855-1922; wife, Ora B. Barber 1871-1940]

The Cameron Herald, Thursday, 14 Dec 1922
 


Barry Barbour
(April 3, 1935 - December 17, 2011)
 

Barry Joel Lane Barbour was born in Houston, TX on April 3, 1935, the son of Dr. J. Lane and Susan Poole Barbour of Bay City. He was called home to be with the Lord on December 17th, 2011. Barry is a descendant of the Keller Family, who came with Stephen F. Austin’s first 300 settlers to settle Texas in 1824. His grandfather Mr. T.J. Poole, Sr. was a prominent banker, cattleman and community leader of Matagorda and Brazoria counties.

Barry married Judy Rhea in Wharton, TX on January 31st, 1958 and they have celebrated almost 54 wonderful years of marriage. They have two sons, Donald Lane (and wife Kelly) of Sisterdale, Barry Gorden of Van Vleck, granddaughter Susan Poole Barbour and great granddaughter Haylee Shea Creager of Victoria. His sister Dona Barbour Worrell of San Antonio also survives. In addition to his immediate family members, he is also survived by the brothers and sister of his granddaughter. Drew “Buck” Brady and family of Lake Jackson, Robyn Riedel-Woodson and family of Bay City, and R.J. Riedel of Bay City, all of which he was very proud and fond of. Family was of the utmost importance to Barry.

Barry spent much of the time in his younger years hunting and fishing on the Poole Ranch with his beloved Uncle Donald and Aunt Muggie Poole. He was a successful cattleman, rice, soybean, and milo farmer in Matagorda county for 27 years. Barry was also a professional chef/restaurateur and owner with Judy of four restaurants in his hometown of Bay City. He also co-authored several highly acclaimed cookbooks with Judy. Barry spent many exciting times big game hunting in the American West and also owned and operated a successful hunting/outfitting business in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Fleming and Barbour Big Game Outfitters. He was a commercial, multiengine, instrument rated pilot and piloted he and Judy’s twin Cessna 310, as well as flew charter for Imeson Aviation of Jackson Hole. He was the executive chef of the White Buffalo Club of Jackson Hole for many years as well. He enjoyed big game fishing on the Texas gulf coast, Hawaii, and Mexico with his family.

Barry is a graduate of Bay City High School and was further educated at Wharton County Junior College and Austin College in Sherman Texas. He also proudly served in the United States Army, was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church of Bay City, having served as a deacon. He was an active supporter in the community especially of the Matagorda County Livestock Show and Sale and with William Townsend, Mr. Townsend, and Irving Savage founded the Holding Pen to promote and encourage buyers of livestock sale. He was captain of the Airborne Division of the Matagorda County Sheriffs Department and flew the Texas Rangers, prisoners and search and rescue for drowning among others.

Barry and Judy have made their home in Bandera, Texas for the for the last 10 years. Barry most recently was the executive chef at Clear Srings Exotic Game Ranch in Bandera. He and Judy have followed their dreams most of their married life, traveling extensively throughout the American West the last years of his life. Life has been exciting and adventurous, full of happiness as well as disappointments, but as a family they have weathered the storms. Times have been good and times have been tough, but through it all faith in God, family and friends has prevailed.

After a sudden brief illness, Barry is at peace with the Lord.

He is preceded in death by his parents Dr. J. Lane and Susan Poole Barbour

Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mark Stoub officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Cashion, William Townsend, Don Ross, Eddie Douglas, G. P. Hardy III, and Mike Burnside, Honorary pallbearers are Bill Phillips, Dan McCarty, Warren Fleming, Buddy Barrett, Dr. Charles Shultz, Jr., Lyle Jordan, John Cundiff, Donald Stewart, Dennis Erskine, Dr. Tillman Daniel, and Joe Sudderth.

Bay City Tribune, December 21, 2011
 


AGNES HOLMES BARKER

Graveside services for Agnes Holmes Barker, 91, of Austin, Tx., were held July 20, 2012 at Live Oak Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at Manchaca United Methodist Church.

Agnes was born in Palacios, Tx. to Burrel and Frances Holmes. She passed away July 17, 2012.

She was one of the five “Beautiful Holmes Girls.”

Agnes moved to Austin where she met and married ND Barker. She later joined Capital National Bank where she became the first female Vice President. Upon retirement, Agnes and ND moved to Florence, Tx. and enjoyed ranching.

Agnes is survived by her daughter “Kiki” Dian Warden and husband Jerry; grandchildren, Julie Franki, Mark Warden, and Kimberly Stein; three great-grandchildren, Peter William Stein, III, Elizabeth Anne Stein and Sophia Marie Franki.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Austin, Tx. You may view memorials at
www.wcfish.com.

Palacios Beacon, July 25?, 2012
 

Cleo Barkley, 74, of Houston, Texas died January 25, 2001 at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born September 29, 1926 in Bay City, Texas to the late Huelen Allen "Buck" and Cynthia Caroline "Callie" Blaylock.

Mrs. Barkley retired from the Rice University library in 1983 and was a very active Volunteer at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

She was a member of and past president of the Braeburn Women's Club of Houston, and stayed active until the final three weeks of her life playing bridge, reading, and enjoying being with friends and family. Her dignity, strength, sweet spirit, and sense of humor will be remembered by all that knew her.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Dr. Charles A. Goolsbee of Rockport; brother and sister-in-law, Al and Nancy Blaylock of Dallas; grandson, Charles N. Goodsbee of Dallas; nephew, Layton Blaylock and wife of Anita of Austin; niece, Susan and her husband Dr. Paul Funk and their children Leeann and Layton all of Dallas; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Barkley Williams Piercy and her son Travis Williams both of Bay City; dear cousin and friend Helen Cates Neary of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her husband of thirty nine years Howard Norman Barkley, Jr., her son Howard Barkley, III and granddaughter Leighann Goosbee.

Funeral Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Harley Savage and the Rev. Nick Novak officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles N. Goolsbee, Donald Pollard, Dr. Bob Kelly, Dr. Fritz [Fred] Matthes, Dr. Gary Welch and John S. Simons. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Penny, Bill Thompson, Vernon Leissner, Jack Huebner and Carl Anderson. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Houston Hospice or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001JA28

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, January 26, 2001
 


Margie "Granny Bee" Barlow


BAY CITY - Margie "Granny Bee" Barlow, 86, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Granny Bee was born on March 31, 1926 in Nederland, Texas to the late Glenn Arthur & Catherine Mattie Hargraves Jones. She was a fun loving people person, always willing to help others. Granny Bee was an avid gardener, and especially loved her roses.


She is survived by her loving family; 2 daughters: Mae Borak & husband Felton of El Campo, and Kathy Johnston & husband Marty of Burleson; 12 grandchildren: David Barlow, Stephen Barlow, James W. Barlow, Christie Sharp, Toby J. Barlow, Billie Jo Popp, Belinda Villarreal, Felton Borak Jr., Tammy Brown, Michelle Gauthier, Ronald Brown Jr., and Jennifer Brown; 25 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; brother: Robert Jones & wife Debbie; and numerous nephews and nieces. Her parents, husband James Edgar Barlow, and son James H. "Toby" Barlow, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death.
The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be 10:00 AM Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Dale Baugus officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.


Serving as pallbearers, Daryl Popp, Felton Borak, Jr., Toby J. Barlow, Zackary Barlow, Drake Barlow, and James W. Barlow; honorary pallbearers, Mike Jones, Raymond Jones, Arthur "Ozzie" Arnold and Ronald Brown, Jr.


In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2242 West Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030-2008.


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

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

 

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 13, 2012

 


Linda Renaye Barnes

Funeral Services for Linda Renaye Barnes, 36, of Bay City, Texas, will be held Saturday November 25, 1995 at 1 p. m. at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Griggs officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City. Linda was born in Bay City, Texas January 9, 1959 to Frank Gray and Mattie Jean Sardinea, and died November 18, 1995 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton, Texas.

Linda attended Bay City High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Harambi Club, FHA, and the Distributive Education Club of America. A member of the band and also participation in all sports. She was the Freshman Class Favorite in 1974. She graduated in 1977, after High School she attended the Community College in Houston, Texas. Successfully completed Data Processing and Computer Training. She worked in the Computer field until her health failed.

Survivors include a daughter Shavondra Barnes of Bay City, Mother—Mattie Jean Barnes of Bay City, Father Frank Gray of Bay City, and adopted Father McKinley Barnes of Bay City, Texas. Grandmother—Viola Thompson of Bay City, and Celest Cook of Hungerford. Three grandchildren—Xavion Taylor, Vinshay Taylor and Justice Blackman of Bay City. Three Sisters—Talerya Barnes and Frances Gray of Bay City and Eretta Brown of Houston, Texas, and a host of aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Friday afternoon until 7:30 p. m. Family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30 p. m. in the Chapel at Green’s Mortuary.

Green’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements 2702 Ave C Bay City, Texas.

Daily Tribune, November, 1995
 


Mary Alice Barnes

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Alice Barnes, age 59, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, June 10th, at 2:00 p. m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. L. C. Cunningham, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 p. m. at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel and Saturday from 1 til 2 p. m. at the church.

Mrs. Barnes was born January 17, 1936, in Bay City, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brown, and died June 5, 1995, at her residence.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Shirley (& Larry) Rutherford of Boling, and five sons, Charles Barnes, Calvin Barnes, Kenneth Barnes, Cliff Laws and Joe Laws, all of Bay City, and a niece and nephew she reared, Tonaka and Paul Batties Jr.

Also one sister, Mrs. Christine Johnson of Bay City, and four brothers, Johnnie L Batties, Paul Batties, Johnnie B. Batties, and Lawrence Batties, all of Bay City; her step-mother, Mrs. Beulah Brown of Dallas, three step-sisters, Mrs. Beulah B. Brown and Mrs. JoAnn Brown of Dallas, and Mrs. Daisy Anderson of Egypt. Also 3 grandchildren, Karey Barnes, Brandon Barnes, and Devin Dean; special family friends, Bill & Anna June McCormick of Bay City; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers include Cecil Brown, Karey Barnes, Joe Brown, Brandon Barnes, Kenneth Whalon, and Devin Dean.

Honorary pallbearers include Charles Barnes, Calvin Barnes, Cliff Barnes, Larry Rutherford, Anthony Johnson, Johnnie B. Batties, Johnnie L. Batties, Paul Batties, Lawrence Batties and W. T. Whalon.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, June, 1995
 


Ophelia Hawkins Barnes
 

BAY CITY - Ophelia Hawkins, 69, passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, with Rev. L.C. Cunningham, Jr., pastor, and Brother Elliott Moore, eulogist officiating.

Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Cedar Lake.

Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home chapel, and 6-8 p.m. at Moore Avenue Church of Christ.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on October 6, 2011



 

Benjamin A. Barnett

Leona Barnett

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


MARTHA TOBOLA BARR

EL CAMPO - Martha Tobola Barr, 98, a native of El Campo, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Mrs. Barr was born November 1, 1913 in El Campo, Tx to the late Joseph Tobola and Anna Bartos Tobola.
She was a loving and caring Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother, a homemaker and a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of El Campo.
Mrs. Barr was preceded in death by her parent's and husband Roy Barr and brothers Herman Tobola, Joe Tobola, Leo Tobola, Logic Tobola, Edmund Tobola, William "Bill" Tobola; Sisters Olga Yockey and Alice Bodungen.

She is survived by three sons, Lloyd Barr and his wife Bonnie of Bay City, Kenneth and his wife Cindy of Port Lavaca and Larry and his wife Sherry of Sugarland, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday April 26, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church of El Campo. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are her grandsons Darrell Barr, Brian Barr, Christopher Barr, great grandsons Michael Barr, Alan Tucker and Larry Cerny.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lloyd Nixon Presbyterian Fund, Hospice of South Texas or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, 979-543-3681.

Published in Victoria Advocate on April 25, 2012   
 

BAY CITY - Bitsie Barrett, 89, of Bay City, died Saturday, June 8, 2002. She was born April 7, 1913, in Texas City, to the late John Essery and Vera Moore Clement. She was a
homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors: daughter, Kathleen Barrett of Austin; sisters, June Huffman of Houston and Helen Martin of Aransas Pass; and brother, Richard Clement of Sulphur Springs.

Preceded in death by: husband, Thurman A. Barrett; parents; sister, Florence Louise Morgan; and brother, John Clement.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church, the Revs. Roy Biser and Pauline Harvey officiating.

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

THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE, June 10, 2002
 

PORT LAVACA - Roberta Grace Peterson Barrier, 78, of Port Lavaca, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2011, at the age of 78 surrounded by family. She was born May 2, 1932, in Olivia, to Ola Mae Huddleston Peterson and the late Oscar Alvin Peterson.

She graduated as valedictorian from Palacios High School in 1949. She began her career at Bauer Smith Dredging Company and spent several years at First State Bank and Trust Company where she forged many friendships that were to last a lifetime. She left the bank to raise her family before returning to work in the 1980s at Formosa Plastics Corporation before retiring from STP Nuclear Plant as a cost controller.
She was admired and respected by all who knew her and was a positive influence to many of the young men and women she had the opportunity to work with through the years. She was a faithful member of the Port Lavaca Church of Christ, finding tremendous joy in service to others. She was also a member of the Calhoun County Quilt Guild where she was able to share her love for heirloom sewing. Her legacy will continue through the many lives she touched and example instilled in others. Her greatest desire was for her family to be faithful to the Lord and glorify Him throughout their lives.
She is survived by her mother; daughter, Starla Robin Barrier Mehaffey; sons, David Earl Barrier and Daniel Wayne Barrier; brother, Robert Marvin Peterson; grandchildren, Jonathan Barrier, Eric Barrier, Garrett Barrier, Austin Cox, McKenna Cox and Jessica Barrier; and one great-grandchild.

She spent the last four months of her life in Utah with Starla and her family and visiting specialists at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. She enjoyed every minute of her visit, but was ready to return home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Earl "Sonny" Barrier; father; and brother, David Alvin Peterson.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 2:30 p.m., at the Port Lavaca Church of Christ, Shan Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Olivia Cemetery. Lunch will be served at the church for friends and family.

Pallbearers are Allen Abraham, Dale Abraham, Paul Abraham, Wayne Abraham, Austin Cox, Dallis Douglas, Walter Rosenbrock, Gerald Griffith, Mike McGuire, Kenneth Peterson and Tommy Pilgrim.

Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Paul Bunnell, Charles Crutcher, Rick Gangluff, James McSpadden, Michael Moore, Paul Poston, Edwin Simons, Milam Simons, and Tom Underwood.

Memorial donations may be made to Huntsman Cancer Foundation @ huntsmancancerfoundation.org or call 801-584-5816. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.

Published in Victoria Advocate from April 8 to April 9, 2011
 


Ernest F. Barron
Jan. 5, 1961 – Oct 28, 2011

Ernest F. Barron, 50, of Lane City, passed away on Friday, October 28, 2011, at Houston Hospice Hospital following an extended illness.

`He was born on January 5, 1961, in Wharton, Texas, a son of Sara Flores Barron and the late John S. Barron.

Ernest was raised in Lane City and attended Wharton School District. In June of 1983 he married Carmen Yerdon.

Ernest worked in the construction field and was also an electrician for many years. He was a member of Nazareth United Methodist Church in Bay City. He enjoyed working on cars, fishing, tending to his many animals, working in his yard and spending time with his family.

A visitation will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. on Thursday evening November 3, 2011, at the Wharton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2011, at the Wharton Funeral Home with the Rev. Domingo Barron, Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife, Carmen Barron of Lane City; mother, Sara Barron of Bay City; daughter, Sara Barron of Lane City; sons, Ernest Barron and wife Leslie of Wharton and Albert Barron and wife Justine of Sicily, Italy; sisters, Elizabeth Oros of Bay City, Herminia Thompson and husband Steve of San Antonio; brothers, Elezar Barron of Bay City, John Barron Jr. and wife Amy of Cypress and Domingo Barron Sr. and wife Debra of Wallis; grandchildren, Ernest Craig Barron III, Brandon Scott Barron, and Seth Ryan Limas. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews along with a host of close friends.

Pallbearers will be Jon Barron, Karl Sidney, Esau Rodriguez, Johnathon Cordova, James Spencer, Fermin Flores, Patricio Flores and Francisco Flores.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Barron, Albert Barron, Ernest Barron III, Brandon Barron, Seth Limas, Elezar Barron, John Barron, Domingo Barron Sr., Domingo Barron Jr., Israel Barron, David Pleasant, Larry Anderson, Martin Velasquez, Carlos Velasquez, Joe Vasquez, Raymond Vasquez, Rene Rodriguez, Javier Solis, Daryl Norris, and Randy Vasquez.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Houston Hospice of El Campo, PO Box 1417, El Campo, Texas 77437, the Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030 or the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, November 2, 2011
 

BAY CITY Matagorda County, Texas] - Johnny Vicente Barron, 58, of Bay City, died Sunday, March 23, 2003.

He was born July 19, 1944, in Wharton, to Ignacia Barron of Bay City and the late Emilio Sanchez Barron. He was an oil field laborer formerly employed by Burt Lease Service and a member of Nazareth United Methodist Church in Bay City.

Survivors: stepson, Ronnie "Rambo" Ortiz of Bay City; mother; sisters, Esperanza "Hope" Dominguez, Alice B. Lopez and Blanca Estella Gonzalez, all of Bay City and Maria Ramirez of Wharton; and brothers, Paul Barron of Victoria, Alex Barron of Kerrville and Daniel Caballero of Bay City.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Guadalupe Ballinas officiating.

Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, March 25, 2003
 


Hudson Levert Bates, Sr.
(October 2, 1936 - August 9, 2011)

Hudson “Cuter” Bates, Sr. went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Cuter was born October 2, 1936 in Bayou La Batre, Alabama to the late Rollie Robert & Anna Augusta Seaman Bates. Cuter was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.

Hudson married Eunice Wilson Bates and they settled in Palacios, Texas to raise a family. He made his living on the waters of Matagorda Bay as a Fisherman/Shrimper for 56 years. He was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Marine Related Man of the year award in 1991 and in 1980, 81, 82 and 84 he was honored with the award for being the top producing boat on Matagorda Bay. His passions in life were his family, hunting, spending time at deer camp and serving the lord.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 ½ years, Eunice Wilson Bates; children Cheryle Todd, Rhonda Glenn, Hudson Bates, Jr. & wife Linda, Velenda Brune & husband Terry, Brian Bates, Sr. & wife Candice; 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren with one on the way; and brother Dexter “Tunce” Bates. Three brothers Jack, Tooker, & Hokey Bates all preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 7PM to 9PM Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Brune officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Allen Morrison, Jr., Russell Morrison, John Rollie Glenn, Hudson Merle Bates, Wayne Brune, & Brian Bates, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Nelo Seaman, Ted Bates, Jr., W. C. Greenlaw, Blackie Longoria, Douglas Callais, Lenny Kunefke, Frederick Woodland & John Glenn, Jr. Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation, North Texas Regional Office, 5429 LBJ Frwy, Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75240-2617.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Tarvette Devon Baugh
Nov. 21, 1975 – July 31, 2012

Funeral services for Tarvette Devon Baugh, 36, of Houston, Texas will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at New Fellowship Tabernacle Church located at 600 Matthews Street in Bay City, Texas with the Pastor A.H. Floyd as the eulogist.

Burial will follow at Burial Association Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

A wake from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2012, will be held at Bill Clair Family Mortuary Inc., Fairchild Chapel, 2603 Southmore Blvd, Houston, Texas 77004, (713) 522-9030.

Victoria Advocate, August 7, 2012
 

Winnie Mae Holton Bean, 92, of Bay City died December 27, 2003 at her residence. She was born August 5, 1911 in Lee Co. TX to the late John Franklin and Ida Pearl Pierce Holton. Mrs. Bean was a member of the Golden Ave. Baptist Church and a resident of Bay City since 1947.

Survivors include: daughter: Carolyn Smith of Bay City; son & daughter-in-law: Ronnie and Mary Bean of Rosenberg; 7 grandchildren: Jennifer Hampton & Melissa Smith both of Bay City, Ray Bean & wife Patty of Damon, Randy Bean & wife Sara of Needville, Tammy Gonzales & husband Jesse of Fulshear, Pam Clayton, and Jeff Macek & wife Tiffany all of Rosenberg; 3 great-grandchildren: Hunter & Macie Bean, and Brandi Bermudes; special friend Dwain Knight and devoted care giver Dorothy Walton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald C. Bean; sisters: Alma Gibson, Idell Holloway, Emmie Rodgers, & Jewell Purser; also brothers: John, Willis, & Sam Holton.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ray & Randy Bean, Marshall Holloway, Greg May, Jeff Macek, and Buddy Kersh.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Support, Inc. 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979) 245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, December 29, 2003
 


Johnny Lee Bearrick
Nov. 8, 1961 – May 26, 2012

Johnny Lee Bearrick, 50, of Bay City, died Saturday, May 26, 2012, at his residence following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born on November 8, 1961, in Wharton, Texas, the son of the late Joe Palmer Bearrick and Christine Marie Sanders Bearrick.

Mr. Bearrick was raised in the Wharton area and attended school in Boling. He was a carpenter by trade. Johnny enjoyed fishing, camping and being outdoors with his family. He was a member of College Heights Baptist Church in Wharton.

In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by: his sister, Sharon Strickland and brother, Joe Bearrick.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the chapel of Wharton Funeral Home in Wharton with the Rev. Don Hurley officiating.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton.

Survivors include: his wife, Barbie Brewer; son, Travis Bearrick and daughter, Elizabeth Brewer, all of Bay City; sisters, Darlene Byrd and husband Johnny, Janie Zahradnik, Joyce Brenk and Judy Wernly all of Wharton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Daryl Brenk, CJ Roberts, Daniel Zahradnik, Roger Wilson Michael Martinez and Gary Wooten. Honorary Pallbearer will be Johnny Wayne Byrd.

He will be long remembered, and missed, by his many friends and large family for his many acts of kindness and thoughtfulness during his lifetime.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorials to MD Anderson Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030.

Funeral services are under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home, Inc.

Bay City Tribune, May 30, 2012
 


Lou Nell Beasley

Funeral services for Ms. Lou Nell Beasley, age 57, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, September 23, 1995, at 2 p. m., at the Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 p. m. in the Chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Saturday from 1 to 2 p. m. at the church.

Ms. Beasley was born in Matagorda to Robert Beasley and Willie Martin Beasley, Friday, May 6, 1938, and died Saturday September 15, 1995, at Sweeny Community Hospital in Sweeny.

After the death of her mother, Willie Martin Beasley, April 28, 1945, Lou Nell, her three sisters and four brothers were reared by their aunt, Mrs. Ora Lee Anderson, who loved and cared for them as though they were her own.

Prior to the declining health which curtailed her activities, Lou Nell was a graduate of Hilliard High School in Bay City, and furthered her education at Mary Allen College in Crockett, Texas.

Survivors include two sons, Craig Beasley and Ira Schooler, both of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Anne Lee Schooler of Bay City, and one brother, Leroy Beasley of Shreveport, Louisiana. Also four aunts, Mrs. Emma Patterson, Mrs. Ora Lee Anderson (who reared her), Mrs. Elcena Gipson and Mrs. Lydia Gipson, all of Bay City, and three uncles, Louis Martin, Walter Martin and William Martin, all of Bay City. She also leaves one great-aunt, Mrs. Helen Edison of Bay City, five grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Willie Martin Beasley, three sons, Willie Ray Beasley, Robert Earl Beasley and Mark DeVille Beasley. Also two sisters, Wilma Monroe and Josephine Beasley, and three brothers, Van Roy Beasley, Charles Beasley and Johnnie Martin.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, September, 1995
 


MARJIE PURSWELL BEASLEY

Graveside services for Marjie Purswell Beasley, 85, of Tyler, Tx., and formerly of Frankston, Tx., were held March 30, 2012 at Harvey Cemetery in Broaddus, Tx. with Davy Carter officiating.

Mrs. Beasley was born Oct. 18, 1926 to Herlie and Sallie Purswell in Broaddus. She passed away March 25, 2012 in Tyler. Mrs. Beasley was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters Karen Powell and husband Russell of Tyler, Terri Chandler and husband Jim of Monmouth, IL, and Susan Cressey of Baycliff; stepsons Robert Beasley of Tyler, Andy Beasley of Tyler, and Johnny Beasley of Rusk; grandchildren Laurie Molina, Amy Webb, Corey Kitchin, April Kitchin and Cress Collins; and sister Donna Rose Luther and husband Charles of Katy.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Beasley, sister Hope Purswell and brother Roddin Purswell.

Services under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Palacios Beacon, March 28?, 2012
 

Mrs. Jessie Alice Bell, 92, of Bay City died Friday, April 2, 2004 in a Bay City hospital after a long fulfilling life. She was born on September 10, 1911 in Louise, the daughter of the late Leonard Barker and Dora Alice Allen Barker.

Mrs. Bell had been a resident of Bay City for the past two years and was a former long-time resident of Wharton. She was a member of Christ Is Life Church in Wharton and enjoyed sewing and cooking.

Besides her parents, her first husband, William Fred Greer, preceded her in death in 1948. She later married George Donald Bell in 1959 in Magnet, Texas and he preceded her in death on August 18, 1980. Two brothers, Robert and Floyd Barker and three sisters, Inez Waters, Lois Joines and Gertrude Bock also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at the Chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Atherton officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law, Debbie and Robert Jones of Bay City, Betty Shull and Frances Chatwick both of Tucson, Arizona; sons and daughters-in-law, James Greer of Houston; William and Jackie Greer of Angleton; Oscar and Donna Greer of Smiley, Texas, Garland and Sandra Greer of Houston and Ralph and Vicki Greer of St. Anthony, Idaho; sister, Maggie Cartwright of Tomball and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Fred Greer, Bobby Maxwell, Brandon Mitchell, Craig Mitchell, Daniel Mitchell, Nathan Bortner.

Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 7, 2004
 


Matthew Kendall Bell
(May 26, 1978 - July 1, 2012)
 

Matthew Kendall Bell, 34, passed away quietly, surrounded by family, on July 1, 2012 from an extended illness. He was our beloved son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend.

Matthew was born May 26, 1978 in Ogden, UT to Kenneth Fredrickson Bell and Sheryl K Stone.

Matt attended schools in Layton, UT, including Layton High School, and graduating from Mountain High School. He earned an Associates Degree from Stevens Henager College in computer science. Working with computers was a passion for him in which he was highly skilled.

He is survived by his father Kenneth Bell (Ingrid) Lehi, UT; mother Sheryl Mills (Paul) Katy, TX; two sisters- Heather Duncan, Birmingham, Al; Wendi Curzon (Chris) San Antonio, TX; and brother Travis Bell, Houston, TX. He has three stepsisters and one stepbrother; nine nephews and two nieces. Matt is survived by grandparents Oran and Carla Stone; preceded in death by his grandparents, Devere and Beverly Bell.
 

Matthew, you are loved by many. Throughout your illness you showed courage, gratitude and kindness, sometimes comforting those who were caring for you. You will be greatly missed, but will remain in our hearts and thoughts always.
 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at the Schmidt Funeral Home, in Katy. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012, at Hawley Cemetery, in Blessing, Texas.

 

www.schmidtfuneralhome.net

 


Angela Louise Benavidez
Oct. 24, 1943 – June 17, 2012

Angela Louise Benavidez, 68, of Markham, passed away on June 17, 2012.

She was born on October 24, 1943, in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late John and Georgia Solis Montez.

She is survived by: her husband, Guillermo “Willie” Benavidez of Markham; daughters, Cynthia Davis and husband Coby of Clinton, Tennessee, Mary Helen Benavidez and husband Lupe Garcia of Markham, Yolanda Johnson and husband Larry Dean of Markham; son, Willie Benavidez, Jr. of Markham; grandchildren, Tabatha Ann Benavidez, Daniel Ray Garcia and wife Kimberly Yvette, Coby Brian Davis, II and wife Tanita, Nick Vedder Johnson, Nadia Angelina Johnson, Savannah Georgia Benavidez; great-grandchildren, Jordan Ray Garcia, LeBron D’Angelo Garcia, Julius Ray Garcia, Paris Davis, Coby Brian Davis, III; sisters, Esther Garcia and husband Wally of Galveston, Lupe Quintana and husband Johnny of Angleton, Julia Hernandez and husband Frank of Clifton; brothers, Manuel Montez of Pearland, David Montez and Gilbert Montez both of El Campo.

Her parents and brothers, Tony and Daniel Montez, preceded her in death.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday with a rosary recited at 6 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at St. Robert’s Catholic Church with the Deacon Margarito Cervanez officiating.

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are James Quintana, Eleno Martinez, Jacob Fernandez, Rumaldo Benavidez, Jr.,Anthony Montez, and Randy Montez.

Words of condolences may be shared with the family at triskafuneralhome.com.

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

Bay City Tribune, June 20, 2012
 

Susanna Benavides, 68, of Bay City, died September 23, 2002, in Bay City. She was born August 11, 1934 in Bay City to the late Swbastian and Petra Hernandez Benavides. She was a member of Tempo Filadelphia Iglesia Santa Pentacostal Church.

Survivors include: four daughters and two sons-in-law, Petricia Benavides, Maria Salinas, Clara and Abel Hurtado, Sr. and Rosemary and Louis Matalbo, all of Bay City; son and daughter-in-law, John and Sylvia Benavides of Richwood, TX; sister, Margaret Carrion of Bay City; brothers, Louis and Tommy Benavides, both of Bay City; nine grandchildren; and special niece, Lydia Diaz.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Theresa Perez and Manuela Benavides; and by her Brothers, Juan and George Benavides.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2002, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, and the funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the Rev. Edward Rodriguez officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Michael Perez, Arthur, John H. and Tommy Benavides, Jr., Michael Garcia and Abel H. Hurtado, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Ray Benavides, Sr., and Ray Benavides, Jr.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002SP25

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, Sep 25, 2002
 

Elsie Virginia Hanvey Benedict, 94, of Bay City, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at Seabreeze Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Bay City.

She was born December 5, 1906 in Waterford, Va. to Ernest Clifton Hanvey and Lucy May Weadon Hanvey.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay City.

She was married October 2, 1926 to Gustav Benedict and has been a resident of Bay City since 1930. She was a salesperson for Rosenswags and My Ladies clothing stores for many years.

She is survived by: daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Lou Meyers and husband Peter of Chochiti Lake, NM, Virginia May Garrett and husband Robert Garrett of Coarsegold, Calif., Ellalea Teddy Ruckstuhl Ward and husband Richard of Houston, Texas, and Judith Ann West and husband, David of West Columbia, Texas; special family, Georgiann and James Spoonemore of Bay City, Texas; and by 12 grandchildren and by 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services wil be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2001 at the Methodist Chapel with the Rev. Tom Crowe officiating. Interment will follow at
Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Edward Benedict, James Spoonemore, Billy McDowell, Eric Ruckstuhl, Allen Ward, Melvin Epstein, and Johnny Ryman. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001AR11

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, April 11, 2001
 

HOUSTON - Funeral services for Linda Bennett, 57, of Houston, will be held Saturday, March 26, at 2 p.m., at Washington Chapel A.M.E. Church in Sweeny. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 2 to 8 p.m. at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on March 25, 2011
 

Frances Louise Bess, 96, of Bay City, died June 20, 2001 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born February 25, 1905 in Middletown, Ohio to the late George Francis and Florence Gerard Agnew.

Mrs. Bess was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a resident of Bay City since 1910. In 1921 she married Sims Bess in Bay City.

Survivors include: two granddaughters, Betty Walton and husband Richard L. Walton of Bay City, and Nancy Beall and husband Dr. Leber Beall of Dallas; two great grandsons, Richard W. Walton and wife Ann of San Antonio, and Robert James “Rod” Beall of Houston; daughter-in-law Lois Bess of New
Iberia, La; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sims Bess, July 14, 1955 and by her son Clyde Bess, August 30, 1997.

Graveside funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 22 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

Pallbearers will be Richard W. Walton, Rob Beall, George Agnew, John Ashcraft, Eddie Douglas, and B. J. Krenek.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001JN22

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, June 22, 2001
 


William Fred Bieri
(August 18, 1947 - April 1, 2012)

William Fred Bieri, 64, passed away April 1, 2012. He was born August 18, 1947 to Mr. and Mrs. William John Bieri. He served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1972 aboard the USS Coral Sea.

His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by special friends Greg & Stephanie Crain and Ramona Chavez and the entire Chavez family.

Friends may call from 3pm until 7pm Monday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Ashby Cemetery.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Celestine "Pinkie" Billingsley
(May 2, 1927 - March 13, 2012)

Celestine “Pinkie” Billingsley, 84, of Bay City passed away March 13, 2012. She was born May 2, 1927 in Rosebud, Texas to the late Johnny Warren Good and Rebecca Segler Good. She was a realtor in Matagorda County for many years.

Her husband Max William Billingsley and daughter Zena Beth Billingsley both preceded her in death. Survivors include son Michael William Billingsley and wife Lisa of Wharton and grandson Michael Jeremy Billingsley.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Thursday March 15, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Chapel with Rev. Jeff Gantz officiating. Interment will be 4:00 PM Wednesday at Phillips Cemetery in Travis, Texas. Michael Jeremy Billingsley and Sammie Little will serve as honorary pallbearers.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Zena Beth Billingsley
Nov. 19, 1964 – June 8, 2011

Zena Beth Billingsley, 46, of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

She was born November 19, 1964 in Miami, Oklahoma, to Max William Billingsley and Celestine “Pinkie” Billingsley. Formerly of Miami, Oklahoma, she was a resident of Bay City for the past three years and worked as a provider.

She is survived by: her daughter: Shelsea Kinsey of Houston; her son, Zachry Kinsey of Bay City; her mother, “Pinkie”Billingsley of Bay City; brother, Michael William Billingsley of Wharton; and by one granddaughter.

Her father, Max William Billingsley, preceded her in death.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2011, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bro. Max Pluss officiating. Interment will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2011, at Phillips Cemetery in Travis, Falls County, Texas

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, June 12, 2011
 


Elmer Billington
Dec. 10, 1916 – April 15, 2011

Elmer Billington went to be with his Lord on April 15, 2011.

Elmer was born on December 10, 1916, in Velasco, Texas, to the late Leroy Philip and Martha Jane Boring Billington.

He proudly served his country during WWII in the US Navy. He was a Merchant Marine engineer on the Sea Train Line, retiring in 1971. His occupation led him to travels around the world.

He was a dedicated family man, loving his wife of 69 years, his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. He resided in Cedar Lane for 64 years and was a member of the Cedar Lane Baptist Church family.

He is survived by: his daughters, Christine Burwell, Martha Kolojaco and husband Robert, Linda Kennedy and husband Matt, Kay Atherton and husband Lloyd, and Carol LeMaster and husband Joe; by his son, Thomas Billington and wife Kelly; by 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his loving wife, Mary Lou Billington; a son, John Edmond Billington; and by 10 brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011, at the Cedar Lane Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Roach and the Rev. Maurice Morrow officiating.

Burial will follow at the Phair Cemetery in Brazoria County.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Gerald Burwell, Jr., Kevin Kolojaco, David Penny, Brad Atherton, William Atherton, Brett Atherton, Brian LeMaster, Chris LeMaster, and Christopher James Billington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cedar Lane Baptist Church Building Fund, 12586 FM-457, Bay City, TX 77414.

Online condolences may be shared with the family attbfh@swbell.net.

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

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 20, 2011
 

 
Lucy Lee Bingham
June 10, 1952 – June 8, 2012

Lucy Lee Bingham, age 59, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2012 following a short battle with lung cancer in her home in Cushing.

Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Cushing and will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in the Oak Grove Baptist Church, Cushing, Oklahoma with the Pastor Roger White officiating. Burial will follow the Fairlawn Cemetery, Cushing, Oklahoma.

The daughter of the late Lester Raymond Creel and Leila (Hutchinson) Creel, Lucy was born on June 10, 1952 in Iraan, Texas.

She was reared and educated in Lawton, Oklahoma graduating from Eisenhower High School with the class of 1970 and later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in business management from Florida State University.

In 1971 she entered into the United States Navy where she served until 1979. While in the Navy, Lucy met and married Owen Bingham who was also in the Navy and to this union three children, Misty, Amber, and Dustin were born.

The couple traveled extensively while in the Navy and lived in various places across the United States and the world including Florida, Maryland, and Cuba (where their three children were born) and Georgia and Scotland.

Lucy moved to Bay City, Texas in 1991 where she lived until 1999 when she moved to Cushing. While living in Cushing she worked for Enercon Services, which did remediation on the old Kerr McGee site in Cushing. Following her work with Enercon she traveled extensively while working as a health physics technician.

Lucy was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church and in her spare time she loved to work in her flower gardens, spend time with her dog, Max, and her cat, Sox, and frequent the casinos where she loved to play Mystic Mermaid slot machines.

Survivors include: her daughter, Amber Lee Bingham of Lenexa, Kansas; three grandchildren, Nevaeh Lee Bingham and her mother Tisha Mitchell, Devon Michael Bingham-Meek, and Bridgit Elizabeth Morganna Bartlett and her parents, Brian and Eileen Bartlett; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Lucy was preceded in death by: her son, Dustin Michael Leonard Bingham; one daughter, Misty Brandy Bingham; and one brother, Lamar Ray Creel.

Condolences and an online guestbook are available at www.PalmerMarlerFH.com

Bay City Tribune, June 12, 2012
 


Ryman Lee "Tex" Birdwell
(March 7, 1974 - March 31, 2012)

Ryman Lee “Tex” Birdwell, 38, of Friendswood passed away March 31, 2012 after a lengthy battle with Diabetes (Brittle). He was born in Bay City, Texas on March 7, 1974. He graduated from Perry High School in Perry, GA and attended both Wharton County Jr. College and Alvin Community College. He worked as a computer technician and programmer.

Survivors include parents Susan and Mark Rosell of Friendswood; 2 sisters Priscilla Elizabeth Rosell of Lufkin, TX and Erica Annette Rosell of Friendswood; brother Frank N. Birdwell of Fort Riley, KS; 2 aunts Carol Gibson of Friendswood and Mary Phillips of El Campo; cousins Josh Phillips of El Campo, Leslie Farquhar and husband Davis and their 2 children Tyson and Julia all of El Campo.

Friends and relatives may visit from 1pm until 8pm both Tuesday and Wednesday at the funeral home. Graveside service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Please remember Ryman by giving to JDRF National; 26 Broadway; New York, NY 10004.

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James E. Birkner, 86, of Bay City, died June 9, 2001 at the Bay Villa Nursing Center in Bay City following a long illness. James was born in Manshack, Texas on August 8, 1914 to parents William Henry and Theresa Siebert Birkner but was a longtime resident of Bay City where he worked for many years as a mason and bricklayer.

He was a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers for over 50 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay City where he was a member of the Wesley Class Mens Sunday School.

He is survived by: a son and daughter-in-law, James T. and Janet I. Birkner of Bay City; sisters, Dollie Fritts of Austin and Florence McGuire of Woodville; a grandson, James Erick Birkner of Dallas; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, June 13 at 2 p.m. at the Cedarvale Cemetery. Interment will follow at Cedarvale. Pallbearers will be Otha Birkner, Ottis Birkner, Joe Birkner, Jr., Daniel Perez, Rod Foyt and Brian Brussleback. Members of the Wesley Class will be Honorary Pallbearers.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. A00011A2001JN12

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, June 12, 2001
 


Joe A. Birkner, Jr.
(March 29, 1923 - October 6, 2011)
 

 Joe A. Birkner, Jr. was born on March 29, 1923 to the late Joseph A. and Mabel Green Birkner, Sr.. Passed away on October 6, 2011 in Bay City.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be on Sunday 2:00P.M. at the First Christian Church, 3920 Doris St. in Bay City with the Rev. Tom Quirk and Rev. Tim Birkner officiating.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, October 9, 2011
 

BAY CITY - Avis Radke Bissett, 90, of Bay City, died Jan. 27, 2004.

She was born Sept. 16, 1913, in Edgewood, to the late John Paul and Cora May Ballinger Radke. She was a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors: daughter, Norma Kahla of Odessa; sons, Albert Bissett of Bay City, James Bissett of Fulshear, and John Bissett of Lovington, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Norman Gordon Bissett; sisters, Annie Watson, Opal Watson, and Lovie Radke; and brothers, Paul Radke and Earl Radke.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, the Rev. Arden Aldridge officiating.

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

The Victoria Advocate, January 30, 2004
 

Ila Elizabeth Black, 84, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas died Thursday, May 17, 2001 at National Park Medical Center. She was born on April 5, 1918 in Lauderdale County, Miss., the daughter of Clyde Brown and Lossie Franklin Brown.

She was a freelance Anesthesiologist and a member of the Pilot Club of Baytown, Texas. She was a member of the Hot Springs Village Women's Club, volunteered at the front gate and taught the Turtles exercise group. She was a member of the Village United Methodist Church and moved to Hot Springs Village in 1983 from Baytown, Texas.

She is survived by: one son, Donald Guy Black of Missoula, Montana; one daughter, Carole Rae Black of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Guy Black whom she married on November 2, 1954, and eight brothers.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Village United Methodist Church with the Rev. Thomas R. Jarrell officiating. Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Interment will be in CedarVale Cemetery of Hot Springs Village.

Memorials may be made to the Village United Methodist Church (200 Carmona Road, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909). A00011A2001MY22

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, May 22, 2001
 

Leona Schultz Blackman, 88, of Houston, died May 5, 2000 at Specialty Hospital in Webster, Texas. She was born June 15, 1911 in Moulton, Texas to the late Otto and Annie Ulman Schultz. Mrs. Blackman was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, a former resident of Bay City, and had been a resident of Houston for the past two and a half years.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Kenneth Russell of Houston; and sister-in-law, Corene Schultz of Kingsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Blackman; one sister; and three brothers.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment was at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, May 9, 2000
 

Darrell Blackwell, 64, of Huntsville, Texas, died April 17, 2001 at Huntsville Memorial Hospital in Huntsville.

He was born September 14, 1936, in Freeport, Texas to the late William Travis and Lula Mae Hill Blackwell.

Mr. Blackwell was a member of the Batist Church, a resident of Huntsville the past three years and a former resident of Houston.

Survivors include: wife, Donna Dinese Blackwell of Huntsville, daughters and sons in law, Lacey and Marvin Manning of Houston, Rhonda and Mark Lounello of Amsterdam, New Jersey, and Lisa Erwin of Arlington, Texas; sons and daughters in law, F. Shane and Lisa Elizabeth Blackwell of Round Hill, Virginia, William Barrett and Carol Blackwell of West Columbia, Mark and Teresa Erwin of Tomball, Texas and Jeff and Kim Erwin of Splendora, Texas; sister and brother in law, Sherry and David Hawkins of Waco, and 18 grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2001, at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Brent Perry officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be F. Shane and William Barrett Blackwell, Boyd and David Hawkins, John Phillips and Chris Coale.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001AR20

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, April 20, 2001
 


Elizabeth Anne Vavra Blackwell
Sept. 19, 1914 – July 17, 2012

Our “Mommy” Elizabeth Anne Vavra Blackwell died peacefully while surrounded by her children and grandchildren on July 17, 2012.

She was born September 19, 1914 in the Birch Community in Burleson County, Texas to the late Frank Vavra and Johnna Popek Vavra.

Her family was her entire life.

At the age of 65 she proudly achieved her GED from Bay City High School. In her later years she enjoyed travel with her sisters.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Julian W. Blackwell; infant son, Thomas Frank Blackwell; stepdaughter, Ruth Varga and grandson, Cole Watson.

Survivors include: daughters, Bettye Jo Lowry and husband Lacey, Minnie Waddell and husband Bobby and Susan Carr and husband Frank; son, Luther Wayne Blackwell and wife Patsy; stepson, Julian Blackwell and Wife Carol; sister, Alma McKissick; sisters-in-law, Wilma Vavra and Geneva Jensen; 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren.

A rosary was recited at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mass was held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Greg Korenek officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Scott Lowry, Kevin Watson, Nathan Carr, Garret Gann, John Kowis and Edward Vavra.

Please make memorials in her name to Holy Cross School; 2001 Katy; Bay City, TX 77414.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, July 25, 2012
 

T. H. Blackwell
1881 - 1957

Minnie C. Blackwell
1883-1953

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Daniel "Sonny" Blankenship

Cedarvale Cemetery

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R. D. Blankenship

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Irene Helen Blaylock
(August 24, 1930 - October 5, 2011)

Irene Helen Blaylock, 81, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in Rincon, GA. She was born August 24, 1930 in Bedford, OH to Timothy Kelly and Helen V. Campano Kelly. Formerly a long time resident of Bay City, she has resided in Rincon, GA for the past 6 months. She was employed over 30 years with Shipley Donuts and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church of Bay City.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Vicki & Wayne McDonald of Bay City, Debra & Dana Keller of East Bernard, Sandra & Edmund Hickl of Sweeny and Dorene & Rob Horton of Rincon, GA; by her sons and daughters-in-law: Virgil & Pam Blaylock of Louise, Timothy Blaylock of Van Vleck, and Richard & Mary Blaylock of Bay City; by her sisters: Dorothy Truxell of Cleveland, OH and Linda Slone of Ft. Stockton, TX; by brother: Charles Kelly of Cypress, CA; and by 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents: Timothy & Helen Kelly; a son, Kelly Blaylock, a sister, Betty Kelly and a brother, James Kelly.

The Rosary will be at 7:00 PM Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, October 10, 2011 at Holy Cross Catholic Church of Bay City, with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Wayne McDonald Jr., Bart McDonald, E.J. Hickl, Derrick Keller, Lee Blaylock, Ricky Blaylock Jr. and Zackery Jalowy.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Savannah, Inc., at PO Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416-0190 or at (888)355-4911.

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.

www.taylorbros.net                    Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Frances A. Blomberg

A memorial service for Frances A. Blomberg, 82, of Palacios, Tx., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios.

Mrs. Blomberg was born March 4, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late Evelyn and Lester Comstock. She passed away Aug. 3, 2011.

She played piano professionally in Minneapolis and taught piano lessons in Palacios for many years.

She is survived by her son David Blomberg of Midfield, Tx., daughters Mary Beth Barker and husban Allen of Palacios, and Kathy Babbitt; grandchildren Erika Babbitt, Matthew Blomgberg and wife Soo Hye, Adam Barker and Andrew Barker.

She was preceded in death by her husband Neil H. Blomberg who passed away Sept. 18, 1996.

The family would like to thank all those who were supportive during this diffcult time and special thanks to Houston Hospice of El Campo, Tx.

Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, August 10, 2011
 


Neil H. Blomberg

Neil H. Blomberg was born July 29, 1923 and died September 18, 1996. He was survived by his wife, Frances Comstock Blomberg of Palacios, and children Kathleen, David Lee and wife, Mary of Palacios and Mary Beth Barker of the Fort Worth area.

He is buried at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Hawley Cemetery records
 

Rockport - Melvin James Blum, 89, a resident of Rockport, since 1983, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2007 at a Corpus Christi hospital. He was born Aug. 24, 1917, in Bay City [Matagorda County, Texas], to John and Sarah Blum.

Raised in Bay City, he loved to hunt and fish all of his life. He served in the Army-Air Force during WWII. He was owner of Melvin J. Blum Music Company in Bay City from 1936 until 1976. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rockport and a life member of Philip H. Parker VFW Post 2438.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Virginia Blum in 2000. He is survived by his nephews, Dr. Charles M. Blum of Houston and John Blum of Jacksonville, Ore.; his nieces, Mollie Jean Richter of Houston and Joann Morris of Denver.

Visitation will be held from 1 - 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, Rockport.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2007 at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, with the Rev. Charles Fake officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes, Rockport, 800-428-2922.

The Victoria Advocate, May 18, 2007                   Virginia Hall Blum      Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 

Virginia "Jennye" Blum, 79, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2000 in Aransas Pass, Texas. She has been a resident of Rockport since 1983 and was a member of First Baptist Church in Rockport. Prior to moving to Rockport, she had been a resident of Bay City, Texas.

She is survived by: her loving husband of 57 years, Melvin Blum of Rockport; two nephews, Dr. Charles M. Blum of Houston and John Blum of Jacksonville, Ore.; one niece, Mollie Jean Richter of Houston; cousins, Diane Taylor of Huntsville, Helen Whelock of Harlingen, and Mary Beth Etie of Bay City; and great-nephew, Charles M. Blum, Jr. of Livingston.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2000 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with the Rev. Walter Knight officiating.

Honorary pallbearers include: Frank Baker, Robert Allison, Kenneth Etie, Greg Westmoreland, Shirley Brown and Nolan Hobbs.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Thursday, May 25, 2000
 


Cleora Evelyn Boeker
(August 13, 1922 - July 5, 2012)

Cleora Evelyn Boeker, 89, of Bay City passed away July 5, 2012. She was born August 13, 1922 in Ord, NE to the late John Edwards and Bertha Meese Edwards. She worked along with her husband at Boeker TV & Electronics for many years.

Survivors include her husband William Hubert Boeker, Jr. of Bay City; sons John Hubert & Carol Boeker of Las Vegas, William Charles & Terri Boeker of Bay City, Thomas Allen & Ingrid Boeker of Flint, TX & Robert Louis Boeker of Bay City; sisters Eulalia Edwards of Nebraska & Bernardine Edwards of California; brother Melvin “Bud” Edwards of Nebraska; grandchildren Jason, John David, Justin, Jennen, Jennifer, Katherine Rose, William H. III, Robin Michele & Robert Edwin; great grandchildren Caiden, Awestin, Makayla, Sophia, Krysten, Sampson, Jacob, Wyatt & Grayson. A granddaughter Kristen Lee Boeker preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 4pm until 6pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, July 9, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church with Chaplain Don Storey officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Medical Benevolence Fund; c/o First Presbyterian Church; 2216 Ave H; Bay City, TX 77414.

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Leslie "Les" N. Bolton
(September 9, 1970 - December 4, 2011)
 

Leslie ‘Les’ Nathaniel Bolton, 41, of Van Vleck passed away December 4, 2011. He was born September 9, 1970 in San Antonio to Patsy Ruth Bolton and the late Ben Bolton. Les was proud to be from Van Vleck where many of his friends became his family. Les had a huge heart and was always helping someone in need and never met a stranger. Those who knew him well, knew that he loved life on the ranch with his family and treasured time with his children. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed numerous hours of fishing and hunting, in addition to visiting with friends. Les’ personality and smile were larger than life.

Les is survived by his wife Tami Stone Bolton, children Stone Collier Bolton & Marin Leslie Bolton, mother Patsy Ruth Bolton of Houston, brothers Gene, Beau & John Bolton, sister Sheryl Johnson-Todd, father & mother-in-law Don E. & Delores Stone, brothers’ & sisters’ -in-law Chance & Erin Stone, and Donna & Rick Herring, nieces & nephews Cole & Blacey Bolton, Katelyn Stone, Sarah & Michael Herring, Samantha Stone and a host of extended family and friends.

The visitation will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 6-8pm and the Funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 2pm with Rev. Lane Par-Due officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Lee Hubbard, Troy Casey, Donnie Casey, Shannon Champion, Chance Stone, Shane Lindsey, David Abbott, Noble Blythe, Steven Griffith, Bubba Simons, Joel Pavlu, Mark Talasek, Preston Williams and Shane Smith. Donations may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, 3321 6th St., Bay City, TX 77414.

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Willard V. Bonds          Edna Bonds          Roselawn Memorial Park           Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Willie Bonner, Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. Willie Bonner, Jr., age 61, of Bay City, were held Tuesday, September 19, at 1:00 p. m. at the Enterprise Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Kevin O. Johnson officiating. Burial followed at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Mr. Bonner was born Thursday, September 13, 1934, to Willie Bonner, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Fisher Bonner, in Bay City, and died Thursday, September 14, 1995, at his residence in Bay City.

Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mrs. Edna Tone (& Charles) and Mrs. Margaret Cooper (& Jeddie), all of Bay City. Also two brothers and sisters-in-law, L. V. Sanford (& Hattie) and John L. Bonner (& Diana), all of Bay City.

He also leaves one maternal aunt, Mrs. Addie Latham of Wharton, and one maternal uncle, M. C. Allen of Bay City. Also a host of nieces and nephews, their relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Bonner, December 16, 1940, his mother, Johnnie Mae Bonner, July 9, 1975, and his father, Willie Bonner, Sr., December 4, 1975. Also three sisters, Sharlett Bonner, August 22, 1987, Ruth Green, February 9, 1992, and Wilma Brooks, August 23, 1995.

Active pallbearers include his nephews and cousins, with honorary pallbearers including friends in the family.

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

Daily Tribune, September 14, 1995
 


Alice Boone
 

MARKHAM- Alice Boone, 58, of Markham, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Markham with burial to follow at Markham Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2 p.m-8 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on January 12, 2012
 


Sylvester Boone
Aug. 31, 1957 – March 8, 2012

Funeral services for Sylvester Boone, 54, of Markham, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City with the Rev. Murray Martin, pastor, and the Rev. James Ashton, Jr., eulogist. Burial will follow at Markham Cemetery. Visitation and guest book register will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel. He was born in El Campo, Texas, August 31, 1957, to Willie Boone and Selena Gaskin Boone, and passed away March 8, 2012, in Edna, Texas. Survivors include: two daughters and one son, Tamika, Tiffany and Brian Boone; one sister, Leona Boone; and one brother, James Boone all of Houston; and six grandchildren. Also an enormous host of other relatives and friends. Online condolences may be shared with the family at duncan-roberts@att.net or by fax 979-245-1537. Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, 2500 Ave C, Bay City, Texas 77414; phone 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, March 14, 2012
 

Earl E. Boots, 63, of Bay City passed away Saturday, May 29, 2004 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Earl was born in Mallory, New York on August 27, 1940 to parents Earl Edwin and Lucille Johnson Boots.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his grandmother who raised him, Doris Johnson, and a son, Christopher Boots.

He is survived by: his wife, Lorna Boots of Bay City; sons, Kevin Boots and Dennis Boots both of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jeffery Boots of Bay City; a daughter, Vicky Schafer of Bay City; sisters, Delores Campbell of Sweetwater, Tennessee, Patricia Kowanes of Hastings, New York, and Doris Pullaschi of Richville, New York; also his grandchildren, Holly Schafer, Jonathan Schafer, Michelle Boots, Christopher Boots, and Natasha Boots.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. L.V. Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at
Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Sam Thomas , Waylon Bryant, Joe Rodriguez, Carl Koch, Andy Veliz, Angel Chavez.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, June 2, 2004
 

 

Lorna Mae Boots
(June 7, 1936 - February 15, 2011)

Lorna Mae Boots, 74, of Bay City, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011 in Sugar Land. She was born June 7, 1936 in Lisbon, NY to the late Royal H. and Ruby Baker Martin. She has been a resident of Matagorda County since 1980 and was a Certified Nursing Aid with Bay Villa Healthcare Center, until her retirement.

She is survived by her daughter: Vicky Schafer and husband Ben of Bay City; by her sons: Kevin E. Boots and Dennis M. Boots, both of Indianapolis, IN; her sisters: Elsie Derouchie of Ogdensburg, NY and Mary Middlemiss of Lisbon, NY; her brothers: Bill, Lester, and Bob Martin, all of Lisbon, NY; and by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; by husband: Earl E. Boots; by sons: Jeffrey G. Boots and Chris Boots; and by her sister: Orpha Middlemiss.

Visitation will begin at 12 noon on Friday, February 18, 2011 at the funeral home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Cedarvale Cemetery, on Golden Avenue, with Rev. Lee Watson officiating.

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.

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John Boring

Homer Boring

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Barbara K. Bose
 

BAY CITY - Barbara K. Bose, 58, of Bay City, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. She was born July 3, 1953 in Bay City to Earl Mickelson and Doris Bullard Mickelson.

She was a life long resident of Bay City, a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and was a bookkeeper.
She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Bose of Bay City; her daughter, Nicole O'Neal and husband Eric of Cedar Lane; her son, Shawn Bose & wife Lori Ann of New Gulf; her mother, Doris Mickelson of Bay City; sister Gail Saunders of Bay City; and grandchildren, Madison O'Neal and Luke Bose.

Her father, Earl Mickelson, preceded her in death.

The family will receive visitors, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at the funeral home. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Jared Stillions officiating.

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.

Published in Victoria Advocate on October 12, 2011
 



 

George T. Bowers

Blanche Bowers

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Leona Inez New Boyd, 82, of Bay City died December 25, 2002 at the Matagorda Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Traford, Alabama to the late Jesse and Gertrude Quattlebaum New. She was a Member of the First Pentecostal Church, a long time resident of Bay City and a former resident of Wharton.

Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law: Julie Ann Prince of Georgia, Sandra Jo Pennington of Moulton, Alabama, Linda Sue and Frank Stains of Wharton, and Betty Lou and Billy Black of Bay City; sons and daughters-in-law: Michael Lawrence Boyd and Billy Joe and Shirley Brown all of Bay City; sisters and brothers-in-law: Merle Dean and Bud Askew of Wilburton, OK, Wanda Nell and Billy Fansler of Grand Saline, TX, Nan and Marvin Rogers, Elizabeth Ann and Kenny Brown, and Virginia Louise and Stoney Burke all of Bay City; brothers and sisters-in-law: Maurice Calvin and Florence New of Bay City, and Billy Fred and Lean New of Grand Saline, TX: 14 Grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: R.A. “Hoppy” Boyd; son: Jesse Leo Brown; brothers: Joseph Edgar and Jesse Lewis New.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 29, 2002, at the First Pentecostal Church with The Rev’s Marvin Moore and and Charles Fisher officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dustin and Justin Black, Keith Stains, and Ricky, Matt and Tony Brown.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002DC29

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, December 29, 2002                                            Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 

Harry B. Brady, Jr., 78, of Bay City was called home on Saturday, June 30, 2001. He was born January 21, 1923 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas to the late Harry B. Brady, Sr. and Alberta Quillin Brady.

He graduated from Bay City High School in 1941 and spent one year at the University of Texas at Austin.

On July 18, 1942, he married Frances Davis, daughter of Pearl and Bill Davis, and in 1942 he entered the war in the Air Corp Medical Detachment serving as Medical Administrative Specialist. He was discharged in Rome, New York in 1945.

Mrs. Davis had a flower shop in the BayTex Hotel and Mr. Brady took ownership on January 21, 1946. The business was changed to Brady's Flowers and after three moves to larger facilities, it was sold to daughter Harriet Townsend and her husband. In 1999 it was sold to Charles Townsend.

Harry was active in FTD, where he held offices of Unit 9D Chairman and District Representative. He was active in Texas State Florist Association, and held several offices, including President in 1969.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a board member, wedding coordinator, and volunteer coordinator. He also volunteered for ten years at the Methodist Church in Victoria and at Regional Hospital in Victoria.

Survivors include: his wife, Frances; daughters, Harriet Townsend and Barbara Strege, and husband Reid, all of Bay City; a son, Bill Brady and wife Beverly of Waldorf, MD.; grandchildren, Candace Seidel and husband Ralph, Robin Haring and husband, Bob, and Chris Townsend, all of Bay City, Sandy Carrier and husband Ricky, of Rayne, La., Barbie Lynn Kile of Friendswood, Bethany Brady and Bill Brady of Waldorf,
Md.; and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 brothers, James Brady and wife Theresa of Galveston and Joe Brady of Bay City.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Seidel, II, George Durett, Jack Conner, Richard Knapik, Tom Fields, and Jerry Grooms. Honorary pallbearers will be Elgin Janssen, Bill Howze, Fred Law, Dr. Dane Simons, Bill Wiginton, Eddie Jecmenek, Gary Harrell, and the Friendship Class of the United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001JL03

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, July 3, 2001
 

James C. Brady, a prominent local attorney and businessman, passed from this life after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Oct. 20, 2003.

Services will be held at The Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 23, 2003 with Dr. Asbury Lenox officiating.

Visitation will be held at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, Galveston from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2003.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 24, 2003 at the Cedarvale Cemetery on Golden Avenue in Bay City, with Chaplain Melvin Brinkley officiating.

Born in Sherman, Texas on April 3, 1925, to Harry B. Brady Sr., and Alberta Quillen Brady, he was reared in Bay City. He graduated from Baylor University College of Law, Class of ’53, and started his practice of law in Galveston in August, 1953.

He was a member of the American Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association and Galveston County Bar Association. He was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was a member of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church and served as a Board Chair and was a member of the Permanent Endowment Fund. He was also a member of several local organizations, as well as a lifetime member of three different coffee klatches.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harry B. Brady Jr.

He is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Theresa LeTulle Brady; daughter, Margaret Brady Brinkley and son-in-law, Chaplain Melvin Brinkley; daughter, Martha Kaye Brady and granddaughters, Catherine (Katie) Brinkley and Elizabeth (Beth) Brinkley; a brother, Joseph D. Brady, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers are Calvin Padgett, Curtis Padgett, Mitchell Chuoke Jr., Joe Chuoke, George Sims, Royce Wood, Don Morgan and Mickey Palmer.

Honorary pallbearers are Mitchell Chuoke Sr., Andrew Z. Baker, Harry Decker, Manuel Corello, Robert Greig, Richard Cano, Bill Wyly, Harry Kaufhold, Maurizio Antonelli, Bruce Farmer and Fred Wurst; and all of his buddies from the coffee klatches.

According to him, his greatest accomplishment in life was his daughters and granddaughters, all of whom he treasured. He will long be remembered by his family and friends for his boundless energy and his wonderful sense of humor.

The family requests that donations be made to Hospice Care Team in Texas City, or the American Cancer Society.

The family extends their sincere appreciation to Brighter Day Care Team, Hospice Care Team and the doctors at M.D. Anderson Hospital for their excellent care.

The Bay City Tribune, October 22, 2003
 


Joseph D. Brady
(June 22, 1929 - December 29, 2011)
 

Joseph D. Brady, 82, of Bay City passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011. He was born June 22, 1929 in Dallas, TX to Harry Byrd Brady, Sr. and Alberta Quillin Brady. He was a resident of Bay City since 1991, a veteran of the US Air Force, and was a retired Chief Steward and Safety Director of the I.B.E.W. Local 165 in Chicago, IL.

He is survived by his sons: Dennis Brady and wife Alberta of Chicago, IL and Terry Brady and wife Beth of Dallas, TX; by a sister-in-law: Theresa LeTulle Brady of Galveston, TX; by 4 grandchildren: Joshua Brady, Jason Brady, Jeremy Brady, and Aaron Brady; and by 1 great grandchild: Michael Brady. He was preceded in death by his parents; by a son: Kevin Brady; and by 2 brothers: Harry B. Brady Jr. and James C. Brady.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, January 2, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church Chapel, Avenue G and 5th St., Bay City, TX with Rev. Jeff Gantz officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, TX with veteran honors under the auspices of Phillip H. Parker VFW Post 2438. Pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons.

www.taylorbros.net
 

Michael Daniel Branson, 12, of Bay City, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000. He was born January 18, 1988 in Wharton to Michael Robert and Susan Ellen McMahon Branson.

He was a student at Bay City Junior High School and member of Boy Scouts Troop No. 45 and Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Michael is survived by: his mother, Susan Branson of Bay City; brother, Christopher Branson of Bay City; paternal grandfather, Larry Branson of Bay City; maternal grandmother, Mary P. McMahon of Bay City; aunts and uncles, Dana Branson of Dallas, Danny Branson of Bay City, Glen and Debbie Branson of Dallas, Mary and Lad Baca of Victoria, Frances McMahon of Freeport, Michael and Tammy McMahon of Bay City, Jimmy McMahon of Austin, Alanna and Dominic Huggins of Corpus Christi and a number of cousins.

He is preceded in death by: his father, Michael Robert Branson; paternal grandmother, Nita Branson and maternal grandfather, Hugh F. McMahon.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers are to be Michael McMahon, James McMahon, Glen Branson, Danny Branson, Tim Greaud, Michael Trochta, Lynn Kauffman, Dominic Huggins, and Lad Baca. Honorary pallbearers are Ranie Branson, Jody Branson, Mikal Sulzman, Larry Branson, Tommy Brangan, Boy Scout Troo 45, and Eric Trochta.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

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The Daily Tribune, Sunday, 27 Aug 2000
 

Jeri Suzanne Bodenburg Branstetter, 47, of Houston, died September 26, 2002 at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. She was born August 28, 1955 in Furstenfeldbruck, Germany to the late Gerald L. and Bettye Carter Bodenburg, Jr.

Jeri graduated from Bay City High School in 1973. The lesson we all need to learn from this is unconditional love.

Survivors include: husband, Steve Branstetter of Houston; daughters, Michele Marceaux of Webster, and Stephanie Branstetter of Friendswood; son David Black, Jr. of Dallas; sisters, Debbie Bodenburg Lear of Bay City, and Sherri Brune and husband Mark of Friendswood; brothers, William Robert Robert Bodenburg of San Antonio and G.L. “Bubba” Bodenburg of Clear Lake; two grandchildren, Drew and Marissa Black of Amarillo, TX.

Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eric Klimpel officiating. Interment was followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rick Passant, Tony Wells, Ricky Rakestraw, Mark Dixon, Matt Heritage and Derek Boody.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002SP25

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, Oct 2, 2002
 


Leola Bree

CEDAR LANE - Leola Bree, 88, formerly of Cedar Lane, passed away May 19, 2012.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark Bapt. Church, Cedar Lane, with burial following at St. Mark Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on May 24, 2012


 

Fenn A. Breeden
July 4, 1887 - March 28, 1971

Lola C. Breeden
June 29, 1891 - July 20, 1966

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 



 

Ronald Edward Breeden

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Nathan Dean Brennan

Nathan Dean Brennan, our wonderful miracle baby, went to be with our Lord on Aug. 8, 2011.

He is survived by his parents, James and Samara Brennan; grandparents, Tim and Doreen Callahan, Paul and Julie Noce, and Mary Lou and Don Kopecky, and Les Brennan; sister Arlene Hastings; uncles Leslie Brennan, Matthew Brennan and Alex Noce; aunts/uncles Crystal and Stephen Johnson, and Terri and Allen Cabarubio,

A service to celebrate Nathan’s eternal life was held Aug. 12, 2011 in the Chapel at Carmichael-Hemperly Funeral Home in Peachtree City, Georgia with Rev. Harold Callahan officiating.

Palacios Beacon, August 24, 2011
 


Marvin Gene Brenner
(July 7, 1951 - January 21, 2012)
 

Marvin Gene Brenner, 60, of Van Vleck passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012 in Bay City. He was born July 7, 1951 in Holton, Kansas. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck, and a long time resident of Matagorda County.

Marvin is survived by his wife: Alice Jean Bailey Brenner of Van Vleck; 3 sons: Jack Gregg & wife Linda of Cheyenne, WY, Joe Gregg & wife Linda of Midland, TX, and Jim Gregg & wife Lisa of Rosesharon, TX; 7 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many many friends.

A memorial service will be held 7:30 PM Friday, January 27, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck with Rev. Bob Hobbins and Rev. Joe Gregg officiating.

www,taylorbros.net
 


Jeanette Gayle Brewer
(September 8, 1949 - May 19, 2012)

Jeanette Gayle Brewer, 62, of El Campo went to be with her Lord on Saturday, May 19, 2012. She was born on September 8, 1949 in Bay City to the late Bill & Johnnie Roe Tucker. Jeanette was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She is survived by her 4 children: Judy York & (Timothy) of El Campo, Kenneth Brewer & (Tara) of Bay City, Barbie Brewer & (Johnny) of Bay City, Johnny Brewer & (Stacie) of South Carolina; 13 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Patricia Wilson of Bay City and Billie LeMaster of Old Ocean; and many other loving family and friends. Jeanette’s parents and husband Kenneth Lee Brewer preceded her in death.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, May 25, 2012 ta Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Brad Bennetsen, Michael Horton, Dustin Morales, Clarence Morales, Douglas Searles, and Robert Searles. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Adam York, James Brewer, and Travis Bearrick.

www.taylorbros.net
 

David Arthur Bridges
born & died
September 1953

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 


Ricky Lee Benn Brinkman, Sr.
Feb. 11, 1953 – July 14, 2012

Ricky Lee Benn Brinkman, Sr. was born at Dow Chemical Hospital Freeport, Texas, to Stanley Ralph Brinkman Sr. and Bernice Elaine Benn Brinkman. He graduated from Somerville High School in 1971.

On March 23, 1974, he married his wife of 38 years, Beatrus. He retired from the City of Bay City as the Assistant Director of Public Works and continued his career as Director of Public Works for the City of Richwood. When he wasn’t working he enjoyed spending every chance he could with his wife, children, family and friends and, most of all, his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by: his father; brother, Stanley Ralph Brinkman Jr.; and sister-in-law, Kathy Like Brinkman.

Survivors include: wife, Beatrus Brinkman of Bay City; daughter, Stephanie Garza (and Jerry) of Van Vleck; son, Ricky Brinkman Jr. (and Christy) of Gatesville; mother, Bernice Elaine Benn Brinkman of Somerville; sister, Gina Engelmann (and Dennis) of Caldwell; brothers, Randy Brinkman, Aldie Brinkman (and Alice), Sammy Brinkman (and Carol) all of Somerville; four grandsons, Joseph, Jonathan, and Jordan Garza and Ricky Lee Benn Brinkman III; one step-grandson, Eric Wise, and one step-granddaughter, Cassandra Garza; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He will always be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He will be truly missed.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2001 Katy, Bay City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Memorials to St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Development office P.O. Box 20269, Houston, TX 77225.

Bay City Tribune, July 25, 2012
 


 

Nora Mae Briscoe
1902 - 1999

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas] - Iva Lee Broadwater, 69, of Bay City, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003.

She was born July 14, 1934, in Beaumont, to the late A.B. Sr. and Mabel Bessie Teddlie Williford. She was a substitute teacher and member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors: husband, James Howard Broadwater; daughter, Lee Ann Broadway of Bay City; sons, Billy Broadwater of Austin, Danny Broadwater of Bay City, and Jimmy Broadwater of Sour Lake; sister, Emily McShan of Sour Lake; brothers, A.B. "Bucky" Williford Jr. and David B. Williford, both of Sour Lake; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister, Joyce.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

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

Memorials: Houston Hospice, El Campo.

The Victoria Advocate, November 13, 2003
 


Jack Randall Brock
April 1, 1928 –July 10, 2011

Jack Randall Brock, 83, of Naples, Texas, passed away on July 10, 2011, at an Omaha, Texas, nursing home.

He was born on April 1, 1928, to M. G. and Clyde Brock.

Jack graduated from Naples High School in 1945. He was a 50+ year member of the Belden Masonic Lodge in Naples, was a team roper, and an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

He served in the United States Navy and was a law enforcement officer in Columbus, Texas, and Bay City, Texas. He attended Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Marietta, Texas.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Mary Ann Brock, Marietta, Texas; one uncle, Bill Brock, Huntsville, Texas; two grandsons, David Brock, Lexington Park, Maryland and Christopher Brock, Bryans Mill, Texas, and numerous other relatives

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Harrison Funeral Chapel, Naples, Texas, with the Revs. David Hazelwood and Bryan Peck. Interment will follow and be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bryans Mill, Texas.

The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 13, 2011
 



 


 

Cottrell Brooks

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


Glenn Raymond Brooks
July 4, 1933 – Feb. 17, 2011

Glenn Raymond Brooks passed away on February 17, 2011, at his home in Katy, Texas, at the age of 77.

Born on July 4, 1933, in Idabel, Oklahoma, he resided in Houston for nearly 50 years.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, William B. Brooks and Ruth Epperson Brooks; his brother, William E. Brooks; and his nephew Bill Brooks.

Glenn attended Bay City High School, class of 1951. He attended University of Houston before beginning a 40-plus year career in the natural gas measurement industry. Glenn served in the United States Marine Corps.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sylvia Williams in 1954 and had recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

Glenn is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Sylvia Williams Brooks of Katy, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn Jr. and Vicki Brooks of Houston, Darrell and Dana Brooks of Katy; daughter and son-in-law, Shari and Jerry Herrington of Houston; grandsons, William and Brian Brooks of Katy; and nieces, Charlotte Brown of Bay City and Connie Stavinoha of Houston.

Please contact Memorial Oaks Funeral Home (Houston) 281-497-2210 for pending services information.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, February 20, 2011

[Burial: Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas]
 


Michael "Mickey" Allen Brooks
(May 11, 1938 - January 21, 2011)

M. A. “Mickey” Brooks, 72 of West Columbia passed from this life on January 21, 2011 in Lake Jackson He was born to William A. & Sammy Brooks in Pledger , Texas.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandy of West Columbia, Sons, Michael Brooks of Missouri City And Jim Brooks & wife, Tina of West Columbia, and granddaughters, Kristina and Brittney. He is also survived by many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mickey is preceded in death by his parents , a daughter, Glynda Lynn Brooks and a brother, James V. Dalton.

Funeral services will be held on Tues. Jan 25, 2011 at 2pm at First Baptist Church in West Columbia with Bro D O Foster officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Baker Funeral Home.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mickey's name to the First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Baker Funeral Home 634 S Columbia Dr West Columbia

The Facts, January 23, 2011
 


Sylvester Boone
Aug. 31, 1957 – March 8, 2012

Funeral services for Sylvester Boone, 54, of Markham, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City with the Rev. Murray Martin, pastor, and the Rev. James Ashton, Jr., eulogist. Burial will follow at Markham Cemetery. Visitation and guest book register will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel. He was born in El Campo, Texas, August 31, 1957, to Willie Boone and Selena Gaskin Boone, and passed away March 8, 2012, in Edna, Texas. Survivors include: two daughters and one son, Tamika, Tiffany and Brian Boone; one sister, Leona Boone; and one brother, James Boone all of Houston; and six grandchildren. Also an enormous host of other relatives and friends. Online condolences may be shared with the family at duncan-roberts@att.net or by fax 979-245-1537. Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, 2500 Ave C, Bay City, Texas 77414; phone 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, March 14, 2012
 

Bertha Irene Robidoux Broughton, 91, long time resident of Bay City, died May 20, 2000 at the Matagorda House. Bertha, daughter of the late Phillip Fraizer and Essie Mae Henry Robidoux, was born Jan. 8, 1906 in Port Lavaca, Texas. Following her mother's death in her infancy, she was reared in foster care by the William Edward Bedford family of Matagorda, Texas. Bertha attended Southwestern University and taught in a country school for one year. She married Edward D. Broughton on March 23, 1935. They settled in Bay City in 1942 in a loving marriage of 49 years, until his death in 1984. She generously gave of her time and talents by serving her community in many local organizations; Eastern Star, Pink Ladies, and the First United Methodist Church. To her many friends and family she shared her loving concerns and kindness. She worked in banking for the City of Bay City, Gulf Coast Rice Farms and retired in 1971 after 15 years as tax assessor for the Bay City Independent School District.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Matherle and Wilbur Ray Spears of Clayton, Calif.; two grandchildren, Scott Byron Spears and wife Mette Frank of San Jose, Calif., and Sherri Lynn Gendron and husband Paul Stephen of Walnut Creek, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Rena Broughton and Gladys Heiligbrodt both of Bay City; and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Crowe officiating. Interment will follow at
Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include: Tommy Turner, Wayne Brown, Charles Baker, Dan Haley, Matt Caldwell, Scott Spears, and Paul Gendron.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, May 23, 2000
 


Rena Broughton
Oct. 3, 1907 - Sept. 19, 2005

Rena Elizabeth Bailey Broughton, 97, of Bay City, passed away Monday, September 19, 2005, at her residence.

She was born on October 3, 1907, in Matagorda, Texas, to parents Weston and Annie Nolte Bailey.

She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Bay City and volunteered for many local service organizations in Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William Herwin Broughton, and a son, Weldon Eugene Broughton.

She is survived by: grandchildren, Weldon and Lisa Broughton, and Laura and Lee Ball; a daughter-in-law and close friend, Nan Broughton; and great-grandchildren, Tyler Ball, Heather Broughton, Hayley Ball, Larielle Badon and Hunter Ball; her caretaker, Willie Bonner; as well as her other caretakers.

A private burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City and a memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2005, at the First Baptist Church of Bay City, with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Broughton, Frank Sliva, Paul Sliva, Andy Anderson, Courtney Grover, Bruce Glover and Bill Heiligbrodt.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, September 28, 2005
 

BAY CITY - Funeral services for the Rev. Cleophus Brown Sr., 76, of Bay City, will be Saturday, April 2, 2011, 11 a.m., at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Murray Martin eulogizing.
Burial will follow immediately after services at Gatson Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Viewing will be Friday, April 1, 2011, at 4 to 8 p.m. in the chapel. Viewing will resume from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Final arrangements are entrusted with Green's Mortuary, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on March 31, 2011
 

Donald M. Brown, 83, of Van Vleck, passed away February 26, 2002, at the Matagorda Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bay City. He was born in Springfield, Penn. on October 5, 1918 to parents Frank Forrest and Amanda Catherine Tate Brown.

He married Charlotte Marie Dessauer of June 2, 1942 in Media, PA. He worked for General Steel Castings during World War II making gun turrets. In 1945, he moved his family to Fort Worth to work for Convair Corp., later becoming General Dynamics where he worked on many missile and NASA projects. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 416 of Tarrant County in Ft. Worth and was a 32 Degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite.

He is preceded in death by his parents, several brothers and sisters and a great-grandchild, Lee Ann Ashley Moon.

He is survived by: his wife of 59 years, Charlotte Marie Dessauer Brown of Van Vleck, daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Medardo Ramirez of Bay City and Burta and David McIntosh of Bay City, grandchildren, Donna Marie and Brent Elrod, Richard David and Ellen Ramirez, Cheryl Ann and James Moon, and Martin Strong as well as great-grandchildren, Rachael, Richard and Madelin Ramirez, LeiNyssa Middleton, Andrew William and Thomas Ryan Elrod, and Crystal Marie Strong-Moon.

A visitation with the family was held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at the Bay City Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Friday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Medardo Ramirez, David McIntosh, Richard Ramirez, James Moon, Henry Loose and Manuel Anzaldua.

Services were under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. A00014B2002MR03

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, Mar 03, 2002
 


Edna Lou Brown
July 25, 1918 – Dec. 8, 2011
 

Edna Lou Brown, 93, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, entered into the glory of God on Thursday, December 8, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Bay City, Texas, Edna Lou treasured her life, friends, church groups and especially loved spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by all those fortunate to have known her.

Edna Lou was born July 25, 1918, in Houston, Texas to A. C. and Roxie Poole.

She graduated from Reagan High School in Houston and later from Sam Houston State University with a Degree in Education. She earned her masters degree at the University of Houston in elementary education.

Edna Lou was married to George R. Brown of Bay City, Texas in June of 1940.

Left behind to eternally treasure her memory are: her two sons, Bob and Jim Brown; two daughters-in-law, Jill and Linda Brown; four grandchildren, Meredith Black and her husband Ken Black of Richmond, Texas, Derek Brown and his wife Anna Brown of Georgetown, Texas, D’Neal Krisch and her husband Brad Krisch of Missouri City, Texas and Ashley Stokes and her husband Logan Stokes of Dallas, Texas. She has six great-grandchildren, soon to be seven, including Peyton and Presley Black, Clayton and Chase Krisch, and Aubrey and Tillman Brown.

Edna Lou was a member of First Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas for over fifty years.

She was a member of Eastern Star and worked for years in many charitable organizations locally and regionally.

The legacy she leaves for all of us to follow is her love for Jesus, family and friends. She will forever be remembered for living life to the fullest, her positive attitude, and an inspiration. Her spirit will continue to live in all of us.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2011, and continues until 7 p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

Ken Black, Derek Brown, Brad Krisch, Benny Judkins, Logan Stokes and Mark Weddell are honored to be serving as her pallbearers.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, December 11, 2011
 

Florence Brown, 88, of Bay City, passed away Monday, April 23, 2001 in Houston, Texas.

She was born February 3, 1913 in Tanglewood, Texas to the late John Wilburn and Ina Mae Lynn Alexander.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, a lifelong resident of Bay City, and retired as a sales and distribution clerk from JC Penney.

She is survived by: husband, Shirley Willis Brown of Bay City; son, Garey Brown of Pearland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and T. J. Middleton of Bay City and Marguerite and Morris Roecker of Brazoria; granddaughter, Angela Renee Clark of Pearland.

She was preceded in death by her brother Wilburn Alexander.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery at Bay City.

The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Middleton, Rex Middleton, Heath Middleton, Jack Hamilton, Kenneth Hansen and Jeff Elliott.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001AR24

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, April 24, 2001
 

Grace Editha Brown, 90, of Bay City died March 24, 2002 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City. She was born September 23, 1911 in Fannin, Texas to the late Elmer and Ethel Newton Milstead. Mrs. Brown was a member of the First Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of of Bay City. She worked for the Bay City I.S.D., in the cafeteria for many years.

Survivors include: cousins, Lorene Treacy of Palacios, Marlene Seyferth and her husband Glenn of Markham, Marsha Kirchmeier and her husband Jim of Plano, Texas, Bobbye Hale of Nacogdoches, Texas and Edward Harvill of Iowa Park, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Johnny P. Brown and sister Inez Harrison.

Funeral service was held 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002MR27

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, March 27, 2002
 


Harry Moley Brown, Sr.

Funeral service for Harry Moley Brown, Sr., 74 of Bay City will be Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Christian Church in Cedar Lake with Rev. Kenneth Bree officiating. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Cedar Lake, Texas.

 

He died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Matagorda Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bay City, Texas. Harry accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Bethlehem Christian Church. He attended public school in the Cedar Lake School, Cedar Lake, TX and O.H. Herman High School in Van Vleck, TX. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing dominoes. He also enjoyed spending quality time with his family at family gatherings.

 

Preceding him in death were his parents, Shakespeare and Lucy Brown; sisters; Alzenia Brown, Angeline Edison, Cora Sibley, Victoria Brown, Flora Hunt and Lola Bryant and brothers; Shakespeare Brown, Jr. (Buddy) and Gifford Brown.

 

He is survived by his Wife: Johnnie S. Brown, Children: Harry Brown, Jr. (Demitra), Michael Brown, Lawrence Brown, Maurice Brown , Leanor (Tina) Brown, Jean Morgan (Charles), Felecia Whitaker (Morgan), Clifton Johnson and Michael Parks, step-son; Lawrence Johnson, Jr. (Shelia), Brother, Hosea Brown (Patricia); Sisters, Cleopatra Thomas (Charles), Luberta Brown, Lydia Dailey and Lucy Tyson (Edward). A Special Friend: Joyice. He also leaves a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

 

Active pallbearers will be Roy Brown, Charles R. Thomas, Wayne Dailey, Terrence Brown, Martin Dailey and Phelp Brown.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be nephews and great nephews.
 

Visitation will be Friday, August 10, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Dixon Funeral Home in Brazoria. There will be viewing at the church on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. only. There will be no viewing afterward.
 

Final arrangements entrusted to Dixon Funeral Home at (979)798-9113.

Dixon Funeral Home, Inc.
 


Kermit Brown, Sr.
Dec. 3, 1936 – Feb. 19, 2012

Funeral services for Kermit Brown, Sr., 75, of Pledger, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2012, at Grove Hill Baptist Church in Pledger with the Rev. Derrick Blount, eulogist. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery.

He was born in Bay City, Texas, December 3, 1936, to James Brown, Sr. and Rutha Parks Brown, and passed away February 19, 2012, in Pledger, Texas.

Survivors include: one son, Kermit Brown Jr. of Wallis, Texas; three daughters, Vanessa Parks of Bay City, Rosalind Diggs and Kerrenda Brown, both of Houston; and a stepson, Fred Middleton; also two grandchildren, Herman and Shonette Brown; one great-grandson, Jaeden Ward. Also two brothers, Johnnie Brown of Wharton and A.J. Brown of Bay City; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at duncan-roberts@att.net or by fax 979-245-1537.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, 2500 Avenue C, Bay City, Texas 77414, 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, Tuesday, February 21, 2012
 


LeROY ‘LEE’ BROWN


A Celebration of Life service for LeRoy “Lee” Brown, 78, of Orange, Tx. was held March 13, 2012, at Community Church in Orange. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Brown was born June 21, 1933, in Trenton, N.J. to LeRoy Phillips and Rose (Magyar) Brown. He went home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2012 in Beaumont., Tx.

He served honorably in the United States Navy, attended the University of Houston, and 50 years ago in 1962 he founded Brown Hearing Centers which continues to serve the hearing impaired community throughout Texas and Louisiana. An ordained minister of the Gospel, Mr. Brown was a faithful and active member of Community Church and was instrumental in helping establish several different ministries and organizations.

He founded Wisdom Bible Institute, was a member of Fellowship of Companies for Christ, World Ministry Fellowship and founding board member of Orange County Committee on Aging. In 2007, he was named the Orange County Senior Citizen of the Year. He will be remembered for many things including his ability to show others the love that God has for them. Lee was a very generous man who had the heart of a selfless giver and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, fisherman, and fisher of men.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy (Wickham) Brown of Orange; daughter, Belinda Escobedo and husband, Cesar of Edinburg, Tx.; daughter, Brenda Brown of Pharr, Tx.; daughter, Karlene Toohey and husband, Eddie of Orange; daughter, Kimi Cohenour and husband, Jimmy of Palacios, Tx.; daughter, Kelly Ann Scarborough and husband, Randy of Orange; daughter, Kristi Lee Herlacher and husband, Rick of Denton, Tx. and son, David Brown and wife, Sharon of Austin, Tx.. Lee is also survived by twenty-four grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roger Brown.

The family would like to thank the many friends, caregivers, and loved ones who have extended their loving support and prayers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Church, Missions Department, 3400 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Orange, TX 77632.

Palacios Beacon, March 14 or 21, 2012
 

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Nelson Brown, 94, of Bay City, who passed away June 16, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church in Bay City, the Rev. Willie Myles, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 22, 2011


Robert "Bob" Storey Brown Sr.
 

VICTORIA - Robert "Bob" Storey Brown Sr., 84, of Victoria, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. He was born Sep. 4, 1927, in Bay City to the late Samuel and Margaret Butler Brown.

He was an educator administrator with the University of Houston. He attained his teaching credentials in 1955 and his doctorate in 1964 from The University of Texas and was a Phi Beta Kappa. He continued with his love for teaching until 1990 when he retired from the University of Houston-Victoria a Professor Emeritus.

Throughout his life he was an avid scouted mentoring youth and adults for almost fifty years. Among his many recognitions were his membership in the order of the Arrow and the Silver Beaver award. His enjoyment of camping and the outdoors took him and his family on multiple treks across the U.S. and parts of the world. After his "retirement", he spent fourteen more years building stage sets for Theatre Victoria and countless hours over the years working in Christ's Kitchen.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor "Mickey" Brown of Victoria; daughters, Eleanor Chase of Modesto, Calif. and Ann McIntyre of Denver, Colo.; sons, Robert Storey Brown Jr. of Calif., and George Brown of Victoria; and 4 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Margaret Michael; and brothers, Sam Brown and William "Bill" Brown.

Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to First Presbyterian Church to establish the Robert S. Brown building and maintenance fund.

Grace Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Published in Victoria Advocate on January 5, 2012
 

 

Sandra Loggins Brown, 68, beloved wife and mother went to be with our Lord and Savior on May 2, 2011.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Marie Loggins, and infant son, Jerry D. Brown, Jr.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry D. Brown; brother, Bobby (Jane) Loggins; daughters Cheryl (Billy) Alley and Laurie (Tim) Garner of Birmingham, AL; son, James (Melissa) Brown of Palacios; grandchildren Joey (Alexandria) Alley, Bethany (Tim) Rigg, Ashleigh (Brad) Davis, Candice Alley, Christian Garner, Eric Hatfield and Miranda Garner of Alabama and Christopher and Taylor Brown of Palacios; great-grandchildren, Jackson Trusty and Ally Davis; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jerry and Sandra lived in Palacios for several years in the 80’s. She attended First Baptist Church of Palacios at that time and made many long time friends in Palacios. She was a devoted servant to our Lord and taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and GAs through the years. She was involved with Women on Mission and was a member of Republic Baptist Church. She will be greatly missed by her adoring family and friends.

Funeral services were held on May 4, 2011 with family, friends and pastor Brother Guy Moore officiating.

Palacios Beacon, May, 2011
 


WILLIE LEE BROWN

HOUSTON - Funeral services for Willie Lee Brown, 90, of Houston, formerly of Markham, will be Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Murray Martin, Pastor and Rev. Ashton, officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City. Viewing will be one hour before funeral only.

Green's Mortuary is in charge of service.

Published in Victoria Advocate on April 6, 2012
 

Amos Bryant

Edna Bryant

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 

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, Texas 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, Texas; by her brothers, Glynn W. Willburn of Bay City and Blaine Henry of Sandia, Texas; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Buckalew; by her parents, David and Louisa Willburn; and by five brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will begin Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the 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.

Bay City Tribune, Published December 5, 2007
 

Charles Budaus 48, of Bay City died Friday, September 15, 2000. He was born October 19, 1951 in El Campo to Ann Budaus and the late Charles F. Badaus.

He was a truck driver, carpenter, and a Catholic. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Budaus; mother, Ann Budaus, daughter, Shannon Jackson of Burnett; sons, Charles Budaus Jr., Don Budaus and Jason Budasu all of Bay City, stepdaughters, Kay Armstrong of Bay City and Janet Roberts of Arizona; stepson, Earl Armstrong of Bay City; sister, Carolyn Maladrakis of Victoria; brothers, Michael Budaus of Uvalde and Steve Budaus of Victoria; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and a granddaughter, Lisa.

Visitation was from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Green's Mortuary Chapel. A Rosary was recited at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Services were held at 2:30 by the Rev. Casimir Jarzombek (father Casey) officiating. Burial with military honors was at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers were Matt Ochoa, Michael Budaus Jr., Chris Budaus, Shawn Malandrakis, Larry Dornak and Darrell Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Budaus Sr., Steve Budaus, Mike Malandrakis, James Weakley and David Coker.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Support Inc. 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437, Holy Cross Catholic Church Building Fund, or American Cancer Society. A00011A2000SP22

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, September 22, 2000
 

PALACIOS - Bertie Mae Buffaloe, 94, of Palacios, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011. She was born Oct. 20, 1916, in Mabank, to the late Sel A. Buffaloe and Ruth Beatrice McDonald Buffaloe. She was homemaker, a beautician, and a Baptist.

She is survived by her daughter, Judde Dominy Vardaman and husband David of Houston; granddaughter, Monica Herring and husband Cody of Tomball; and great-grandchildren, Will Herring, Addison Herring, and Megan Herring, all of Tomball.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jay C. Blomer; sister, Myrtle Faye Baughman; and brother, Rufus Buffaloe.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2011, at Palacios Cemetery, 12th Street, in Palacios.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 4, 2011

Amanda B. Bullard
1913 - 1953

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 

   


Elisa G. “YaYa” Bullard
Feb. 12, 1938 – July 13, 2012

Elisa G. “YaYa” Bullard, went to be with her Lord on Friday, July 13, 2012.

Elisa was born February 12, 1938 in Bay City, Texas to the late John and Isabelle Villela Garza.

Elisa was a retired cosmetologist after 40 plus years.

She was a loving wife, who also enjoyed cooking, sewing, and caring for her family and friends.

Preceding her in death were: brothers, Santino Magnia, Henry Magnia, Paul Magnia and sister, Julia Chavez.

Survived by: her loving husband of 38 years, Lonnie Bullard; sisters Lala Alvarado and husband Andrew, JoAnn Losoya and husband Joe,and Carol Flores and loving sister-in-laws, Sally Magnia, Adela Magnia and Lupe Magnia.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012 with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home in Bay City.

Rosary and funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2011 respectively at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing with the Father Peter Yeboah-Amanfo presiding.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

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

Bay City Tribune, July 25, 2012
 



 

Henry Bullard
1913 - 1963

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Clarence Thomas Bunk, 85, of Bay City, died December 25, 2004 at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was born September 24, 1919 in Wadsworth, Texas to the late John and Mary Herreth Bunk.

Clarence was a lifelong resident of the Bay City area, a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bay City Council No. 3070.

Survivors include: wife, Vada Bunk and son, Clarence Michael Bunk, both of Bay City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his sister, Theresa Bunk; and brothers, John, George, Henry and Frank Bunk.

Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with the Rev. Robert Guerra officiating.

Pallbearers were James Engbrock, Ray Kacal, John Acosta, Harold Ottis, Tom Houston and Gilbert Saha.

Interment followed at
Cedarvale Cemetery.

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

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, December 29, 2004
 

Theresa Mae Bunk, 85, of Bay City died April 24, 2003 at the Legacy. She was born in Wadsworth, Texas on July 27, 1917, the only daughter of John and Mary Herreth Bunk, members of pioneering Matagorda County families. Mrs. Bunk was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a lifelong resident of Matagorda Co. She graduated from old Gulf High School and was a graduate of San Antonio Beauty College. She owned and operated Theresa’s Beauty Parlor in Bay City for many years.

She is survived by one brother and sisters-in-law: Clarence Thomas and Vada Bunk of Bay City and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and four brothers and sister-in-law: John Walter, Bertha Bunk, George Andrew, Helen Bunk, Henry Francis, Juanita Bunk, Frank James and Hattie Bunk.

Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2003, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, and the Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: James Allen, Chris Smith, Dr. John Bunk, Terrence Allen, Michael Bunk, and Henry Francis Bunk .

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross School Foundation.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014D2003AR27

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, April 27, 2003
 

Carol Burchfield, 63, of Bay City, died July 14, 2000, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

She was born Aug. 22, 1936, in Comesneil, Texas, to the late Clifford and Jamie Sullivan Conner.

Survivors include: husband, Tom B. Burchfield of Bay City; daughter, Lynda Ketron of Lafayette, La.; sister, Joyce Leggett of Lufkin; four grandchildren, Lindsay Garza, Allison Knight, Joseph Knight and Nicholas Stroup; two great-grandchildren, Leonardo and Luke Garza.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be B. F. Erskine, W. L. Cox, Lee Cox, Leo Garza, Joseph Knight and Chris Phillips.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Sunday, 16 Jul 2000
 

Katherine Lorena Burns, 62, of Lolita, Tx., passed away June 10, 2011. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Burns was born Dec. 16, 1948 to the late Clyde Marvin Holloway and Myrtle Irene Viets. She attended school in Palacios, Tx. and had worked at a waitress at Petersen’s Restaurant and a clerk at both Downtown Texaco and Covey’s Corner in Palacios.

She is survived by her husband Donald Burns; daughters Kristi Knebel and Kelli Curtis; son Steven Curtis; brother Gererad Holloway; and five grandchidlren.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by at www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, (361) 972-2012.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Charlotte Ann Burrough
(July 25, 1939 - March 14, 2012)

On March 14, 2012 our Angel, Charlotte Ann Burrough was taken home to be with her heavenly father. Charlotte was born on July 25, 1939 in Beeville, Texas to the late Wiley and Zelda Blanche Woodward Stuart. Charlotte moved to Bay City in 1942, graduating from Bay City High School in 1958. She met the love of her life in 1955 when she was a sophomore. Charlotte attended Victoria Beauty College. Johnny & Charlotte were married on July 25, 1959. In 1976 they moved their family to Alaska and returned to Texas in 1991. Charlotte was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Charlotte was kind and truly genuine, always putting her family first.

She leaves her long time best friend & husband of 52 years Johnny Burrough, son, David Burrough of Van Vleck, daughter & son-in-law David & Terri Burrough Smith of Anchorage, Alaska, her 3 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren. Charlotte is pre-deceased by her parents, her brothers, Wiley Gene Stuart & Robert Stuart.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, March 16, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday March 17, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers, David L. Burrough, Dustin Curley, Michael Stuart, Ronnie Young, Steve Harris, and Andy Harris.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Marylyn Kay McCroskey Busha
Sept. 28, 1942 – May 27, 2012

Marylyn Kay McCroskey Busha died unexpectedly Sunday, May 27, 2012.

Marylyn was born September 28, 1942 in Beaumont, Texas. She graduated from French High School in Beaumont and attended North Texas State University in Denton.

She married Donald Busha in 1973. They lived in Houston until 1976 when they moved to Bay City.

Marylyn was active as a board member of the Lower Colorado Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. She was an avid amateur photographer and a member of the Art League of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Irvin and Dorothy Farrand Ludgate McCroskey.

She is survived by: her husband, Donald Austin Busha of Bay City; brother, Michael Randall McCroskey of Sugar Land, Texas; sister, Marsha Karen McCroskey Elrod of Cedar Creek, Texas; sons, Bob (Robert Darrell) Busha of Dallas and Donald Austin Busha, II, of Houston; daughters, Casey (Karen Elizabeth) Busha of Bay City and Marla Celeste Busha of Salt Lake City, Utah; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda with the Rev. Dr. James E. Ely officiating. There will be a reception following the service.

Those wishing to send flowers can have them sent to Busha Boat Works in Bay City.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Matagorda County Women’s Crisis Center in Bay City and Friends of the Bay City Animal Shelter via local vet clinics.

Bay City Tribune, May 30, 2012
 


Richard "Chato" Bustos Jr.
(December 8, 1946 - January 13, 2012)
 

Richard “Chato” M. Bustos Jr., 65, of Bay City. went to be with his Lord on January 13, 2012. He was born December 8, 1946 in Bay City. to Richard M. Bustos Sr. & Cruz Morales Bustos. He was a 1966 graduate of Bay City High School and retired from Exxon Mobil Company. Chato enjoyed life to the very end. His hobbies were fishing, making ice chests, listening to music, dancing and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His grandchildren were his precious jewels. He loved driving the ACTS bus for all retreats. Our Lady of Guadalupe, served as parishioner, chairperson for Parish Mission, CCD teacher, helped with festival and member of the ACTS choir. He was very active member in the Knights of Columbus Council #3070, served as Core-group member of the ACTS-Support Group, co-director and bus driver. Coached little league, served as president & coach of girls softball. He was also the President of Holy Cross Catholic School PTA.

Survived by his loving wife of 45 years Esther Rodriguez Bustos; daughter Renee Bustos Gomez (Ruben Gomez), daughter Regina Bustos; granddaughters Rachelle Amanda & Roxanne Alexis Gomez; and Rachel Ann & Joshua Ashworth; great-granddaughters Morgan Rebecca & Madilyn Jane Ashworth; sister Lydia Bustos Woods & husband James “Jim” Woods; brother Nat Bustos & wife Ann Bustos, father Richard Bustos Sr.,special niece Jessica Rodriguez Smith, many aunts & uncles, nephews, nieces & family and friends. His mother Cruz Bustos and sister Rebecca “Becky” Rodriguez preceded him in death.

The Rosary will be recited 10:00 AM Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. The Mass will be held following the rosary.

www.taylorbros.net
 

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas]- Kenneth Wayne Byrd, 55, of Bay City, died Friday, July 12, 2002. He was born Jan. 8, 1947, in Bay City, to the late Abe Edell and Mary Lorene Craig Byrd.

Survivors: daughter, Candice Lynnette Byrd of Angleton; sister, Linda Kucera of Bay City; and brother, Bobby Byrd of Bay City.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Services were held 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

Burial was at Cedarvale Cemetery. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE, July 15, 2002
 


 

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