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Laura Gay Bachus, 63, of Palacios died December 8, 2003 at the Palacios Healthcare Center.

She was born May 24, 1940 in Bay City to the late John Palmer and Gladys Linville Ford.

Mrs. Bachus was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios and a life-long resident of Palacios.

She retired in January 2003 as vice-president of City State Bank of Palacios with 45 years of service.

Survivors include: half sister, Velma Hill of Kopperl, Texas; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lee Bachus, Jr. and half-brothers, Raymond, Rayburn and Cecil Ford.

Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, December 12, 2003, at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios, with the Rev. Mike Simpson officiating.

Interment followed at the Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Templeman, Chipper Holt, Henry Buffaloe, Bob, Chris and Phillip Fiorini.

Memorials may be made to the Palacios Library or the Palacios Medical Foundation to benefit the operating Fund of the Palacios Community Medical Center.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, December 14, 2003

JoAnn Kaufmann Quinn Bagley, 83, of Denver, Co. died December 27, 2001 at Hospice St. John's in Denver.

She was born February 19, 1918 in Mears, Mich. to the late William Henry and Jo Hanna Justine Muller Kaufmann.

Mrs. Bagley was a resident of Denver the past year and former longtime resident of Bay City and Palacios, and a member fo the Pink Ladies of Matagorda General Hospital. She was retired as a telephone operator with General Telephone Co.

Survivors include: daughter, Betty Lee Barnes of Port O'Connor; son: Allan B. Quinn of Port O'Connor; sister: Ellinora Perkins of Denver; 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husbands: Tommie Lee Quinn and Joe Bagley; and three brothers: George, Herbert, and Harold Kaufmann.

Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment followed at the Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Alan Dean Quinn, Jr., Tommie Lee Quinn, James L. Barnes, Jay Perkins, Larry Baird, and Bill Quinn. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001JA03

Daily Tribune, January 3, 2002

Lendon Dwight (Slim) Ballard
Aug. 8, 1930 – Oct. 6, 2012

Lendon Dwight (Slim) Ballard was born and raised in Royce City, Texas.

He joined the Air Force in 1953 and proudly served his country. He was a man of many talents and jobs, but the one he enjoyed most was working in the oil field.

He was a man that if you were lucky enough to meet, you never forgot him. Riding motorcycles was his passion, he loved to feel the wind in his face. Hunting doves, quail and pheasants was a long time sport he enjoyed with his comrades. He will be missed by many. He was proud to be a 32˚ Mason Lodge #66 of Berryville, Ark.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Frank and Agnes; a baby sister; one daughter, Denise; and a son-in-law, Travis Riley.

He is survived by: his wife of 48 years, Peggy (Jody); one brother, Bobby Charles and family; four sons, Michael, Greg, Dwight and James and their families; two daughters, Glenda and Donna and their families; one brother-in-law, Truman Boggs and family; and many, many friends. His pride and joy was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Come join the “Celebration of Life” tribute for Lendon Dwight (Slim) Ballard being held at Selkirk (Bay City, TX area – Hwy 60) at 2 p.m. October 20, 2012. Follow the signs and balloons.

Bay City Tribune, October 14, 2012

Graveside services for Alean Barnes, 78, of Palacios, were held Sept. 25, 2002 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating.

Mrs. Barnes was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Yoakum, Tx. to the late Joseph and Lizzie Burnes Knox. She died Sept. 24, 2002 at Palacios Healthcare Center.

She was a member of the Baptist Church and a longtime resident of Palacios.

Palacios Beacon, October 2, 2002

PALACIOS - Johnnie E. Barnett, 84, of Palacios, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004.

She was born March 16, 1920, in Markham, to the late Harvey E. and Selma Zimmerman Johnson. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Palacios and Eagles Area 3821. She co-owned and operated the Barnett Lumber Yard in Palacios.

Survivors: daughters, Jeannette Strahan of Livingston and Susan Furman of Austin; son, John R. Barnett III of Rosenberg; sister, Fern Feather of East Bernard; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: first husband, Harley Davidson Allen; second husband, Price M. Barnett; and daughter, Jean Carol Allen.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Steve Tompkins officiating.

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

Victoria Advocate, May 13, 2004

Graveside services for Theresa Luella “Ella” Barrett, 91, of Palacios were held Dec. 24, 2004 at the Palacios Cemetery, with the Rev. Ray Wells officiating.

Mrs. Barrett was born March 4, 1913 in Midfield to the late Darrell and Katie Jordan. She passed away Dec. 22, 2004.

She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Susie Simons of Port Lavaca and sister-in-law, Winifred Thompson of Palacios.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Edward A. Barrett; and by sisters, Ruth Blackburn, Rose Reid and Frances Thompson.

Palacios Beacon, December 29, 2004


Maryanna Byrd Bass

1881 - 1972

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Hudson "Bud" Bates Jr.
(August 26, 1958 - February 18, 2013)

Hudson "Bud" Levert Bates Jr. 54, went to be with his Heavenly Father at 1:15 pm on Monday, February 18,2013. He was born on August 26, 1958 in El Campo TX. to Hudson “Cuder” and Eunice E. Wilson Bates. Bud fought a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Bud graduated from Palacios High School. Growing up shrimping with his father, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and began his own career in the shrimping industry. One of the most exciting days of his life was when he purchased his bay boat which was coincidentally named “Linda”. He absolutely loved shrimping and being on the water. Sports was one of Bud’s favorite pastimes. He was a true “Shark Fan” and always looked forward to Friday night football games.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda Ramsey Bates. Bud was an amazing father to son Hudson Merle Bates, his wife Amanda, and a daughter Tess Elizabeth Bates all of Palacios He has two precious granddaughters – Alyssa Keely Bates of Victoria and Haislynne Jo Bates of Palacios. He is also survived by his mother, sisters Cheryl Todd, Rhonda Glenn, Velenda Brune, and a brother, Brian Bates. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Bud.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 20th from 5-7 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Services will be Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Palacios. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Serving as pallbearers are Allen Morrison, Jr., Brian Bates, Jr., W.C. Greenlaw, Garry Seaman, Greg Seaman, and Scott Kurtz.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Palacios or to Houston Hospice. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home (361) 972-3286.

Muriel Lamey Bates, 67, of Palacios died March 30, 2001 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.

She was born February 6, 1934 in Bayou La Batre, Alabama to the late Mitchell Oliver and Hattie Smith Lamey.

Mrs. Bates was a Baptist, and a resident of Palacios since 1975.

Surivors include: husband, Ted Bates, Jr., of Palacios; daughters and son-in-law, Hattie Lynn and Charles L. Wright of Selkirk Island, Karen Riva of Palacios and Allison and Billy Welsh of Palacios; sister-in-law Carolyn Johnson and husband Lowell of Palacios, sister, Mildred Pomeroy of Knoxville, Tenn.; aunt, Eunice Malette of Bayou La Batre, Ala.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Elizabeth Schjott, of Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

Funeral service was 10 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Charlie Parker officiting. Interment followed at Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Johnson, Hudson Bates, Sr., Gary Tilton, John Carroll Sardelich, Brian Schjott and Clay Schjott.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, Wednesday, April 3, 2001

Norman Cook Baumgart

January 12, 1932 – February 21, 2013

BAY CITY - Norman Cook Baumgart, 81, of Bay City passed away February 21, 2013. He was born January 12, 1932 in Independence, Texas to the late Otto Ernest Baumgart, Jr. and Walter Berry Smith Baumgart. He lived in Bay City for 62 years and worked as a Telephone Switchman/Toll Repeaterman for Southwestern Bell.

Norman loved his children and his family. Some of his favorite things were raising vegetables in his gardens, raising his cattle and hogs, drinking his coffee by the swinging tree while talking to his mocking birds and seeing his friends at various places in the town he loved.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gussie Mae Baumgart in 2007. Survivors include daughters Candace Jane Ibbotson Manteuful and Christina Marie Baumgart Meyers; son Charles Bryan Baumgart; grandchildren Jacob Daniel Meyers, Rebecca Marie Meyers, Angela Michelle Childers, Timothy Scott Ibbotson and Patrick William Ibbotson.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 3:00 PM Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Msgr. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Pat Jurek, Allen Baker, Ronnie Meyers, Roger Manteuful, Jacob Meyers and David Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Baumgart, Timothy Scott Ibbotson, Patrick William Ibbotson and all of his coffee-drinking buddies from McDonald's.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate February 23, 2013-02-23

Laurence "Buck" Beard

(January 11, 1934 - December 19, 2012)

Laurence F. “Buck” Beard, 78, of Blessing was called home on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. He was born on January 11, 1934 in Turtle Bay, Matagorda County, Texas to the late John Lewis Beard & Edna D. Tweedle. Buck was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He loved John Wayne, Westerns, and old country music. He was an expert rifleman, and a life member of the NRA. Buck was loved by his family, friends, and all who knew him. He served his country in the aviation part of the U. S. Navy.

Buck is survived by his loving wife: Elizabeth Tumlinson Beard; former wife: Rebecca Beard.

Daughter: Iona Calhoun & husband Mark; son: John C. “Clicker” Beard; 2 step-daughters: Virginia Ashworth and Amber Glass; 14 grandchildren: Becca Wilder, Jonathan & Jeffrey Calhoun, Alexa, Jayden, & Haley Beard, Anthony Quijas, Jason Ashworth, Jeremy, Bradon, & James Schexnider, Karina Clements, Brittaney Davis, and Victoria Ashworth.

5 brothers & sisters: Audrey Geron, John L. Beard, Wm. Jackson Beard, Barbara Johnson, and Judy McCaskill; sister-in-law: Josephine Beard; 4 great grandchildren: Aiden Ibarra, Aubree Ibarra, Gavin Ashworth, and Aydn Ashworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson: Mark Calhoun Jr.; 3 brothers: Bobby, Luther, & Lewis Beard; and 5 sisters: Gladys, Mable, Lena, Ruth, and Irene.

Family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, December 23, 2012 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Monday, December 24, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bobby Jack Beard officiating.

Interment will be 2:00 PM Monday, December 24, 2012 at Slayden-Zumwalt Cemetery in Gonzales, Texas. Pallbearers will be: Anthony Quijas, Jeremy Schexnider, Jason Ashworth, Petty Officer Jonothan Neal, Chief Petty Officer Rebecca Wombwell, Sgt. Denver Beard, Darlene Wright, Joshua Neal, Tony Wells, and Rocky Quijas

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation or the charity of choice.

Bay City Tribune, December 23, 2012

Trinidad G. Benavides

WESTOFF - Trinidad G. Benavides passed away on Sept. 28, 2012 at the age of 92. She was Born October 5, 1919 in Westoff, TX to the late Frank Guzman and Justa Rodriguez Guzman.
She was the last survivor of six children. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will now join her family and daughter Ufima Benavides in heaven.

She left behind a daughter Elisia G. Vargas, son-in-law Rocendo I. Vargas, one son John H. Benavides, Sr., seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the funeral home. Mass will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Interment will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in El Campo, TX. Pallbearers will be John Benavides, Trino Garcia, Robert Vargas, J. R. Benavides, Terrance Woods and Jacob Montalvo. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Adolph C.
Son of
G. W. & Emma

Oct. 7, 1875
Sept. 17, 1904.


Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of
Faye Cunningham

Another Saloon Victim

Early last night Bay City was startled by two series of shots near the center of town. One proved to have come from Constable Baker’s pistol, and they were fired for the purpose of arresting the flight of a Negro who had stolen some goods at Klein’s. But he did not stop.

An hour later, four more shots were heard, and these proved to have been fired in the Ruby saloon annex, formerly used as a restaurant but now used as a pool room. These shots were fired by Ed Lee, eldest son of Jno. E. Lee, and their object was Adolph Benedict, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Benedict.

One shot penetrated Mr. Benedict’s abdomen and pierced a kidney, and another passed through his shoulder. Neither of the others struck him.

Drs. Simons and Byars were hastily summoned and made the young man as comfortable as possible, and he was removed to the home of his parents, in the southwestern part of town, where he lingered till about 2 o’clock this afternoon, when he breathed his last.

Immediately after the shooting, Ed. Lee was arrested and lodged in jail, and we understand that Linn, Holland & Austin have been retained for his defense.

Both of these young men grew up in the community from childhood, and after they reached manhood ____, both frequented the saloons and learned to drink and ____ more or less. Both were young ___ boys, just the kind ___ ___; and nothing is more certain than that if they had grown up in a dry town, they would not have learned to drink and ___, and loaf around saloons. ___ it is equally certain that had there been no saloons in Bay City that night, there would have been no killing, and two families would not now be plunged into this gloom and trouble.

We have not been able to obtain ___ ___ account of the cause of the trouble, we shall not at this time attempt to give the facts, but we shall do so later, if we ___ ___ obtaining them.

Adolph Benedict was a member of two ___ orders and carried life ___ in both; namely, the ___ and the Modern Brothers of America, and it is ___ that the burial will take place under their auspices about 10? o’clock tomorrow morning.

The relatives on both sides have our profound sympathy in their time of trouble.

Daily Tribune?, September 17, 1904 

A Large Funeral

The funeral of Adolph Benedict on yesterday was one of the most largely attended ever seen in this city. The body was escorted to the Methodist church by the two lodges to which he belonged, and Rev. H. R. Kimbler delivered a brief funeral address. The long procession then re-formed and went to the cemetery, where Rev. Kimbler read the church burial service and the Woodmen interred the body according to the impressive ritual of that order.

Daily Tribune?, September 19, 1904

The Killing of Adolph Benedict

It was the intention of The Tribune to say nothing more about this most deplorable affair till the examining trial was held and the sworn testimony was taken down in writing. But the examining trial has been postponed till next Monday; and a large number of people insist that the following report of the affair sent to the Houston Post should not be permitted to stand unchallenged so long a time:

Bay City, Texas, September 16.—Adolph Benedict was tonight shot and fatally wounded by Ed Lee in Costley’s billiard parlor. The wounded man is believed by the attending physician to have small chance for recovery.

The two men had had a difficulty in front of a restaurant early in the evening, but friends had intervened and separated them. Mr. Benedict then entered the billiard parlor and was followed shortly after by Lee. It is stated that there was a further passage of words between the men and that Benedict drew a knife, but did not get at Lee to use it.

Lee left the room and returned in a short time, when there was a renewal of the difficulty, sharp words being passed. Benedict advanced, with a drawn knife, when Lee shot him twice. The first bullet went through the right arm, shattering it and passing out through the shoulder. The second shot entered the abdomen about three inches below and to the right of the navel, and this wound is believed to be necessarily fatal.

The shooting caused great excitement, as a prohibition campaign is now on, and it was generally understood that one of the parties to the shooting was an anti, while the other was a pro. However, it is stated that this matter had nothing whatever to do with the difficulty.

Now, we are reliably informed that the above report was not sent in by the regular correspondent.

…manager of the Anti-Prohibition campaign, and the most casual reading of it will reveal the why. “Restaurant,” “billiard parlor,” anything but a saloon. And “a Prohibition campaign was on.” He wanted to shield the saloon and make the Pros. Odious for bringing on the campaign.

Now, eye-witnesses assure us of the following facts in the case: Adolph Benedict and Sam Franz came into town with County-Surveyor Carrington’s crew, about dark, and went into Burnell’s restaurant to get supper. After supper they proceeded to Cosley’s saloon, passing some words with Ed Lee en route. As Franz and Benedict were standing at the bar shaking for the drinks, Lee who was intoxicated came in and wanted to join them. They objected, and he became offended and used some violent language, but went away. After drinking, Franz and Benedict went back into the pool room, and presently Lee came in with a beer bottle and renewed the quarrel, but seeing a knife in Benedict’s hand, he again went away and returned the third time, when the shooting occurred As to whether Mr. Benedict then had a drawn knife, we leave it to the examining trial to reveal. We have no desire to prejudice the case either way.

After Mr. Benedict had been shot down and the doctors were making their first examination of him as he lay on the floor, a gentleman who passed through the bar-room to see the injured man says he noticed a crowd lined up at the bar, shaking dice, clinking glasses and drinking, with a man supped to be dying just through an open door. The gentleman said that while this was going on a man came and stood in the partition door and looked first at the suffering man on the floor and then at the crowd at the bar, and said:

“Well, I have always been an Anti, but I’m done with them now. If this wouldn’t appeal to a man’s heart, I don’t know what would.”

In view of these facts, it strikes us that the manager of the Anti…centive, of no justification for wanting to smooth the matter over by the above report.

Now, let nobody say that the Pros gloat over this awful tragedy—awful for both parties and both families involved. It is a sad fact that every good cause requires sacrifices; but it is a glorious truth that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

But Adolph Benedict was not a sacrifice to the cause of Prohibition. Rather was he a sacrifice to the Moloch of the open saloon.

Daily Tribune, September 20, 1904


Oscar Benedict Jr.

Son of
O. A. & A. V.

Feb. 20, 1900
Oct. 29, 1902

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Robert Bryan Bickham
31 August 1954 – 11 November 2012

Robert Bryan Bickham, 84, of Clute, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2012. He was born May 25, 1928, to Bryan and Anne Bickham in Van Vleck, Texas. He graduated from Bay City High School. He married Dolores Juanita White on August 31, 1954.

Robert was a proud member of the U.S. Navy and served his country with distinction. Upon his discharge, he and Dolores settled in Clute, where he was employed by Dow until his retirement.

He was a member of Wesley First United Methodist Church. Following his wife’s death in 2003, Robert devoted his remaining years almost exclusively to his family, church and closest friends. He will always be remembered for his generosity of spirit and kind heart which were an inspiration to his family and touched many lives. He lived his life with honor and integrity, which, along with his family, will be his greatest legacy. He served as a true example of those we remember as the greatest generation.

Although Robert’s presence will be greatly missed by those who knew him, comfort is found in the knowledge of the new life upon which he has already embarked -- as he has once again taken the hand of his beloved wife and gazed into the eyes of his Savior.

He is survived by his daughters, Robin Stringer of Clute, Anne Mueller and son-in-law, Phillip of Lake Jackson and daughter-in-law, Patricia Bickham of Brazoria; sisters, Doris Cowart, Lois Heslep and brother-in-law, Jimmy of Canyon Lake; brother, Lane Bickham of New Braunfels; 5 grandchildren 17 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores; his twin brother, Clifford Walton Bickham; his son, Robert David Bickham; and his sister, Jean Bickham Kemp.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Stroud Funeral Home in Clute. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the funeral home with Pastor Craig Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Denis Tyson, Matt Tyson, John Tyson, Brandon Barr, Randy Bickham and Glenn Howell. Honorary pallbearer will be Bill Tyson.

Memorial online condolences may be sent to                  Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Elmer Paul Bittner

Elmer Paul Bittner, 76, of Moss Hill passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2012, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas with his family by his side.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2012 in the Chapel of Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton, Texas.

Interment will follow in Palms Memorial Park in Dayton, Texas.

A gathering of Elmer’s family and friends was from 5 until 9 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at the funeral home.

Elmer served his country in the United States Army in Korea.

He was baptized at Van Vleck Trinity Baptist Church. He was the owner of Bittner Trucking & Sand, Inc. and Stabilized Products, Inc. He enjoyed gardening and being with his family.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, R.E. and Eunice Belle Bittner; brother, Richard Bittner; sons, Tim Bittner and James Duff.

Elmer is survived by: his wife of 18 years, Mary Bittner; daughters, Beth Roberson and husband, Gary, Peggy Vasquez and husband, Joe; sons, Mark Bittner and wife, Tonya, Tim Duff; daughters-in-law, DJ Bittner and Cyndy Duff; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and his “boys” Max and Kelo (his loving dogs).

Please view, sign and share memories of Elmer in his guestbook at

Bay City Tribune, January 13, 2013

Rosetta Bivens

Funeral services for Rosetta Bivens, 62, of Bay City, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Bethlehem Christian Church, Cedar Lake.

Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel.

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

Bay City Tribune, October 3, 2012

Funeral services for Elija "Lizzie" Bocanegra, 88, of Palacios will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's De Padua in Palacios, Texas. Visitation was 5 p.m. Tuesday. Rosary was held 7 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral mass will be Wednesday 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's De Padua with Fr. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial was held at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Bocanegra died April 1, 2001. She was born April 12, 1912 in Yorktown, Texas to Wenseslo Duran and Catarina Preston Curan.

She is survived by: two sons, Ermilo "Joe" Duran of Des Allemands, La., Israel Cuellar of Palacios; one sister, Margaret Olivarez of College Station; 18 grandchildren 47 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Adam Duran, Ismael Duran, five brothers, Seferino Bocanegra, Pete Bocanegra, Wenseslo Bocanegra, George Bocanegra, Geronimo Bocanegra, and one sister, Mary B. Gonzales.

Arrangements by Artero Memorial Chapels of Port Lavaca. A00011A2001AR04

Daily Tribune, Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Fred Charles Boepple Jr.

Dec. 11, 1926 – Oct. 16, 2012

Fred Charles Boepple Jr., 85, of Sattler, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012, in New Braunfels following a short illness.

He was born December 11, 1926, at the home of his grandparents, the Mitchell Hotel in Ganado, to the late Fred and Golda Boepple.

He grew up in Ganado and graduated high school from Allen Military Academy in Bryan. Following service to his country with the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II, he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.

He enjoyed a long and fulfilling career, touching many lives at pharmacies in Lockhart, Ganado, Bay City, El Campo, Palacios, New Braunfels, Sattler and Seguin.

He continued working until shortly before his death and was recognized by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for over 50 years of service to the profession.

He had a passion for history, photography, stamps, railroads and model airplanes.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather as well as a good friend to all who knew him.

Fred is survived by: his wife, Dawn Boepple; daughters, Charlotte Betts and husband Don of Richmond, Carol Malone and husband Walter of Arlington, Kathy Johnson and husband Garry of Richardson, and Cindy Bailey and husband David of Dallas; son, Fred Boepple III and wife Lisa of New Braunfels; and stepson, Dallas Nace of Cherokee, Iowa; sisters, Judy Liberda and Jane Clingingsmith, both of Ganado; and brother, Mitch Boepple and wife Molly of Ganado; granddaughters, Bridget Helmcamp and husband Rodney of Richmond, Suzanne Hagensick and husband Joel of Richmond, Kristin Aldred and husband Booth of Salt Lake City, Utah, Megan Naylor and husband Mark of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dani Boepple of Long Beach, California, Amanda Bailey of Dallas, Jamie Boepple of Orange, California, and Jenna Bailey of Dallas; grandsons, Brent and Justin Bailey, both of Dallas; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Jean Walker Boepple; his parents; and brothers, Jack and Pat Boepple.

Honorary pallbearers were David Bailey, Don Betts, Joel Hagensick, Rodney Helmcamp, Garry Johnson, Kevin Kady, Walter Malone, and Dennis Rust.

Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October, 20, 2012 at Deoppenschmidt Funeral Home in Sattler, Texas.

Interment followed later that day at Assumption Cemetery in Ganado, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Humane Society of New Braunfels.

Arrangements are with: Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, 1071 FM 2673, Sattler, Texas 78133, 830-625-3434.

Bay City Tribune, October 22, 2012

Funeral services for Barbara Carol Bolling, 67, of Palacios, were held Dec. 2, 2002 at the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios with Revs. Janel Blair and Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Bolling was born July 30, 1935 in Fort Sill, OK to the late Joe and Rhuie Lucille Hopkins Tafolla. She died at her residence Nov. 30, 2002.

She was a resident of Palacios since 1948 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Bolling graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria and was a Certified Public Accountant. She retired from the Port Authority of Point Comfort, and was an accountant with Lacey Lowry Bookkeeping Service, as well as operating her own accounting business.

Mrs. Bolling was an Honorary and past President of the Harmonie Club, member and past President of the Alapha Club, member of the Palacios Library Board of Directors, member and past President of the Friends of the Palacios Library, Treasurer of the Robert Duran Caring and Sharing Food Pantry Board, Treasurer of the Palacios Beautification Committee, member of the Monday Night Bridge Club, and a newly elected Director of the Palacios Chamber of Commerce.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Lucille Kay Wyatt of Dallas, and Susan Carol and John Kopacz of LaWard, Tx.; a sister, Frances Ballard of Lawton, OK; a brother, Bill Tafolla of Portage, MI; and one granddaughter, Kimberly Susan Wyatt of Dallas.

Pallbearers were J. W. “Billy” Jenkins, Jr., Alan Huddleston, Lacey Lowry, Bill Stransky, Chipper Holt and Richard Meyer. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Jenkins, Butch Bowers, Ralph Clements, Vic Kahlich, Fred Huitt and Robert Partain.

Memorials may be made to the Palacios Beautification Committee, Palacios Tx. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, December 4, 2002

David Randolph Bolling, Sr., 82, of La Ward, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2000 in Edna, Texas. He was born November 2, 1918 in Palacios, Texas to John William Bolling and Amanda Ruth Jamerson Bolling. He was a retired rancher, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios and a life-long resident of Matagorda and Jackson counties.

He is survived by: his wife, Lucille Melbourn Bolling of La Ward; daughter, Helen Lucille Bolling of La Ward; sons, Richard Truman Bolling of La Ward and David Randolph Bolling, Jr. of San Antonio; sister, Margaret Bolling McCary of Salt Lake City, Utah; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John William and Amanda Ruth Bolling; son James Thomas Bolling; sister, Mary Bolling Cunningham; brother John William Bolling, Jr. and by one grandchild.

Graveside funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2000 at the Palacios Cemetery with the Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Pallbearers were Henry Zarate, Gary Beyer, Danny Stephens , David Frankson, Jr., David Randolph Bolling, III, Ryan Brandon Bolling, and Jack Linden Seaquist, II. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. A00011A2000DC19

Daily Tribune, Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Elsie A. Lowry was born April 13, 1852 in McMinville, Tenn., and died at her home in this city December 5, 1932. She was the daughter of Judge J. J. Lowry, and when a small child came with her parents to Texas, traveling by the ox-team way, locating in the northern part of the State and her father taught one of the first schools in what is now Denton, Texas. Later [the family] returned to Tennessee, their old home and there on December 25, 1872, the subject of this sketch was married to Milton Bonner. To this union was born five children, three of whom survive, namely J. H. Bonner, of this city; L. S. Bonner, of Chickasha, Okla., and Mrs. Osie Moore, of Corpus Christi.

In 1882, Mrs. Bonner, with her family, returned to Texas and located in Bell county, where they lived until 1906, when she and Mr. Bonner came to Palacios, which has been her home ever since. Mr. Bonner passed to his eternal home on Feb. 21, 1918.

In early life Mrs. Bonner became a member of the Christian Church, of which faith she was a loyal member and was a regular attendant at all church services as long as her health permitted. During the past three or four years she had been very feeble, and during this time she was devotedly cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Moore, of Corpus Christi.

Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Dr. T. F. Driskill. Interment was made in the Palacios cemetery, under the direction of the Duffy and Rittenhouse Undertaking Company.

Besides the three children she leaves to mourn her passing on eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother, nieces and nephews, besides a host of friends and to these we extend our deepest sympathy.

Among the out-of-town relatives here for the funeral services were her brother, R. L. Lowry and sons, John, of Temple; her son, L. B. Bonner, of Chickasha, Okla., daughter-in-law, Mrs. Alma Bonner and two children, of Corpus Christi, grand-daughter, Mrs. Eugene Rusk? of Wharton.

Palacios Beacon, December 8, 1932

Claude Franklin Boultinghouse
Oct. 27, 1954 –Jan. 19, 2013

Claude was born on October 27, 1954 in Palacios, Texas to Floyd and Mattie Boultinghouse.

He married Emily Auzston on May 18, 1973. He dedicated his life in service to Jehovah on June 2, 1974, and together they raised two sons in the knowledge of Jehovah.

He worked as a carpenter for 37 years. He was always willing to perform any task asked of him by those in the congregation, whether it was the cleaning of the Kingdom Hall or at the assemblies. In his work, both as a minister and a carpenter, he touched the lives of many people, by whom he will never be forgotten. He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by: his wife, Emily; his sons, Ben and Micah; one brother, Roy; and four sisters, Frances, Margaret, Betty and Linda.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 917 N. Nichols, Bay City, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, January 23, 2013

Alma Lou Boulton
(July 11, 1933 - February 18, 2013)

Alma Lou Boulton, 79, of Sargent passed away Monday, February 18, 2013 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was born in Loraine, Texas on July 11, 1933 to parents, Marvin and Ethel Prescott Robertson. She was a Homemaker and a long time resident of Sargent.

She is survived by sons, Jaydee Dodson, Jim Bob Dodson and Frank Boulton, daughters, Jullie Lewis, Paula Beeman, Charlotte Crowley, and Cindy Grissom, a brother, Richard Robertson and a sister, Vida Gonzales. 19 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dewie Boulton, Sisters, Marvie Thigpen and Shirley Brumley, a Brorther, Milton Robertson and a daughter, Janna “Grissom” Buck.

A time of visitation will be held on Thursday February 21 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Bay City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday February 22 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Sargent with Rev. Sydney Tenery officiating. Burial will follow at the Brazoria City Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home (979) 245-4893.

James Monroe Brannen, Jr.
(June 22, 1930 - October 10, 2012)

James Monroe Brannen, Jr. passed away October 10. 2012. He was born June 22, 1930 in Toltec, Arkansas to the late James Monroe and Norma Sims Brannen. He retired from Local 22 as an insulator. Following retirement he moved to Bay City where he worked as a greeter at Wal-Mart for the past 18 years.

He is survived by his three children, Tina Cook, Karon Soulcheck, and James H. Brannen; his grandchildren Diana Joaquin, Christy Cook, Crystal Brannen, Dawn Romero, Jason Medellin, Christopher Nichols and Melissa Vasquez; great-grandchildren, Zoey and Macy Joaquin; and the “Olds Mans” best friends David Torrez, Sr., David Torrez, Jr. and Carlos Torrez. James (a.k.a. Pawpaw/”Old Man”) was a loving, caring father, grandfather and friend. He loved to hang out , have fun, tell stories and loved the ladies.

Thank You to everyone who joined us today for the Celebration of Life. We love you, JMB!’ Different strokes for different folks.

Elton Brister, 87, of Bay City died January 27, 2005 at the Matagorda Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bay City.

He was born July 15, 1917 in San Augustine, Texas to the late Henry James and Charlsie Marshall Brister.

Mr. Brister was a resident of Bay City the past five years and was a former longtime resident of Palacios. He retired in 1978 from Alcoa with 29 years of service.

Survivors include: two daughters, Evelyn Gibson and Nell Christmas and her husband all of Bay City; sisters, Maggie Drawhorn of Zavala, Texas, Emily Harvey and Melba McCory both of Palacios, Elaine Melling of Groves,Texas, Dorothy Hamlin of Sweeny, and E. Jean LeClair of Pearland; brothers, Willie Brister of Carlton, Texas and L. J. Brister of Palacios; four grandchildren, Greg Christmas and wife Loretta of Diball, Texas, Sherri Christmas and Darrell Gibson both of Bay City, and Brenda Worsham and husband Michael of Coleman, Texas; and by six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Eva Brister; sisters, Leva Moses, Eva Norwood, and Johnnie Mae Hamlin; and brothers, Aaron Brister and Marshall Brister.

Funeral service was held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 29, 2005, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Melvin Ryman officiating. Interment followed at the Palacios Cemetery in Palacios.

Pallbearers were Wayne Bruening, Lonnie Fultz, Charles Corporon, Bill Dunworth, Bud McKissick, and Ralph Landers.

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

Bay City Tribune, January 30, 2005

Rosa Lee Allen Brown

Funeral services for Rosa Lee Allen Brown, 86, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Twelve Noon, at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with the Rev. K. J. Griggs, pastor. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 6:30 p.m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and from 7 till 9 p.m. at Mother Zion Baptist Church.

She was born in Bay City, Monday, August 31,1914, to James Allen, Sr. and Lula Allen, and passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at The Legacy-Matagorda House, Bay City, Texas.

She graduated salutatorian of her class at Booker T. Washington School. Afterwards, she attended Guadalupe College where she earned her Texas State Teacher's Certificate. Her professional career in education began in the Van Vleck Independent School District for nine years. Along with teaching, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Houston-Tillotson College in Austin. Later, she received her Master of Arts Degree from Texas Southern University in 1972. She retired after 35 years in the Bay City Independent School District. Her religious affiliations included many capacities at Mother Zion Baptist Church. She was also very active in Independent Baptist General Association of Texas.

Survivors include: one son, the Rev. Herman Brown and Donnie of Dallas; four daughters, Ladonia Carolyn Randle of Prairie View, Texas, Seretha Faye Griggs and Kenneth of Bay City, Inez Parker of Houston, and Elizabeth Gates of LaGrange; two brothers, Leon Allen of Chicago, Ill., and Granville Allen and Rosa Lee of Los Angeles, California; three sisters, Gladys Burks of San Diego, California, Opal Herron of Compton, Californiak., and Lois Simms of Los Angeles; one god-son, the Rev. Lance Phillips; a host of grand, great, and great-great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, the Rev. C. H. Brown in 1958, one sister and one brother, and son-in-law.

Active pallbearers will be Leon Allen, Lorinza Brown, Jr., Terrell Wilkerson, Herbert Manning, Charleston Williams, John Alliniece, Randolph Brown, Ned Brooks, Isaac Brown and the Rev. Murray Martin.

Arrangements are with Duncan Roberts Funeral Home. A00011A2001MR23

The Daily Tribune, Friday, March 23, 2001                                                      Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott


Pastor of Mother Zion Church Dies

Rev. Cassious Herman Brown, age 86, pastor of Mother Zion Baptist Church for the past 29 years, passed away at his home at 3003 LeTulle, Wednesday evening, July 30, 1958.

Born in Sweet Home, Fayette county, Texas, in 1873, Rev. Brown received his education in country schools, acquiring a teacher’s certificate by attending summer normals. He taught school eleven years in the Fort Bend county schools. He was called into the ministry at the age of 30 years. Among churches which he has pastured besides Mother Zion, were Kendleton and Needville. He held at various times, several high offices in the church, and attended conferences pertaining to the church program in almost every state in the U. S. At the time of his death, Rev. Brown was Secretary of the General Convention of the colored Baptist Church in Texas.

In 1936, the deceased was married to Rosalee Allen of Bay City, who is a member of the faculty of the Bay City public schools system. To this marriage were born three children, one son, Herman, who is a recent graduate of Prairie View College and two girls Ceretha and Carolyn. He has eleven living children by a previous marriage.

Rev. Brown was a highly respected citizen in the community by white and colored alike. A tribute to his integrity, wisdom and high ideals is best expressed in a book published by A. W. Jackson, a state official of the Church titled “Sure Foundations” “…True to his friends, and loyal to the cause he represented, tolerant of the belief and opinion of others in their faith and doctrine, without comprising his own impregnable convictions.” To that tribute, his wife, Rosalee adds, “He was tolerant, sympathetic and kind to people. If there were dissension, prejudice or strife, he lived above it in his sincere desire to serve where there was a common need. He has left his family a great heritage an example for good by the life he lived.”

Daily Tribune, August 1, 1958

PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] -- Mildred Allene Atkins Brune, 87, of Palacios, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001.

She was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Ganado, to the late Henry and Willie May Simpson Quinn. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Palacios.

Survivors: son, James Atkins of Coldspring; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husbands, J.E. Atkins and Edmond Brune; parents; sisters, Lottie Belle Hunt and Frances Peterson; and brothers, Horace Quinn and Tommy Lee Quinn.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Palacios Cemetery. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

Victoria Advocate, Saturday November 24, 2001

Johnnie Sue Bryant
(October 10, 1962 - December 12, 2012)

Johnnie Sue Popek Bryant, 50, of Bay City passed from this world to be with her Lord and Savior on December 12, 2012. She was born October 10, 2012 in Bay City to Johnny Popek and Leona Shumate Popek. She was devoted to her family and her faith. She was a member of Abundant Life Church.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Kenneth James Bryant; her best friend and devoted daughter Katherine Lynn Saldana & husband Ramiro of Bay City; loving son Johnathan Floyd Bryant & wife Kellie Johnson-Bryant of Wichita Falls, TX; sisters Pam Reis of Van Vleck, Connie Mechura of Lane City and Mary Popek of Bay City; 3 beautiful grandchildren, also known as Mimi’s girls, Kiley Faith Saldana, Kallie Grace Saldana and Alaina Yvonne Bryant and many nieces and nephews and in-laws.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 4:00 PM Monday, December 17, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Greg McMullin officiating.

Funeral services for Alex "Chico" Buckley, 84, of Palacios, were held Aug. 16, 2004 at St. Anthony’s of Pauda Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomah officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Buckley was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Poteet, to the late Fred and Betty Gonzalez Buckley. He died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004.

He was a retired custodian for Palacios ISD and a Catholic.

He is survived by his sons, Darrell W. Buckley and Bobby Buckley, both of Palacios; a sister, Amie Wright of Palacios; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Tony Buckley and Felix McGraw.

Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Milo Edward Burge

(January 19, 1928 - November 2, 2012)

Milo Edward “Chief” Burge was born January 19, 1928 to Ollie Theodore Burge & Marguerite Letha Baldwin Burge. He passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 in Bay City at the age of 84.

He is survived by his wife Georgia Welch of Orland, CA; four daughters Margaret Burge Carlisle of Bay City, Marsha Burge Hoffman & husband Vernon of Moulton, TX, Mary Burge Rose & husband Duaine of Ethridge, TN & Kasta Burge Carson & husband Derrick of Houston; one son John Burge of Quinton, OK; 25 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Jacqueline Lucia Burge; great granddaughter Alexis Camille McVey and sister June Chrestman.

He and a friend were the first D. J.’s at the country music station in McAlister, OK in 1946. He was in several bands and he played the guitar, fiddle & steel guitar and loved to sing to his grandchildren.

His dad was an old pipe liner and he worked construction jobs with him and that’s how he came to Old Ocean, TX to work at Phillips 66. He worked there from 1949-1962. He then became a crop duster until he was 60 years old.

He did everything in life he ever wanted to do, and he did it his way. We loved him dearly. His wishes were to be cremated and his family will celebrate his life privately.

Mary Frank Carr Burnell

Mary Frank Burnell, 74, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, August 31, 1996 at Fort Bend Memorial Hospital, Missouri City, TX.

She was born Nov. 12, 1921 in Bay City to Thornton Francis Carr and Mildred Walker Carr. She was a lifelong resident of Bay City, a Bank Teller for twelve years with the First National Bank, and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bay City.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Jean Quirk of Angleton, by three sons, William Lloyd Burnell of Bay City, Thornton Drew Burnell of Sugar Land, and Thomas Francis Burnell of Bay City; by a sister, Lucille Roberts of Bay City; by a brother, Tony Carr of Palacios; by 14 grandchildren, and by one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lloyd Burnell and by a son, Robert Dean Burnell. Funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996 at the First United Methodist Church, Bay City, with Rev. Mike Toland, officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Head, Bill Roberts, Cecil Roberts, Ronnie Coker, Greg Coker Don Cole, Doug Murray, and Dennis Burt.

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

Daily Tribune, September 3, 1996

Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott


PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] - Robert E. "Bob" Byers of Palacios, Texas stepped into the "sweet by and by" Tuesday, June 5, 2001. Bob was born on June 18, 1908 in Prairie Hill, Texas to the late Samuel R. Byers and Minerva Lowery Byers.

He is the last of 12 brothers and sisters. Retired commercial shrimper of Port O'Connor and former Calhoun County Sherrif's Deputy Bob spent his later years in Weesatche and Palacios, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Velma Leadford Byers. Other survivors include his only daughter Robin Leadford Posgay and husband Ray of Friendswood, Tx and his only grandson, Jody Harvey and his wife Gabriela of Port O'Connor. He leaves behind also numerous nieces and nephews including: Jerry Leadford of Medina, Modelle Beale of Dickinson, Opal & Deward Morrison of Rockport, Claudia and J.T. Westmoreland of Maybank, and Jack and Irene Brown of Smithville.

A visitation will be conducted Wednesday, June 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Artero Funeral Home, 827 W. Austin in Port Lavaca, Texas. Funeral Services will be conducted June 7, 2001 Thursday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy, 1804 Holloman, Port Lavaca, Texas. Rev. H.N. Hartsfield is the officiating minister. Pastors Willie Espinoza, Raymond Salinas and Lloyd Rodriquez will also participate in the service. Rev. Rafael Rios will minister in song. Directly following the church service there will be a procession to the Palacios Cemetery in Palacios, Texas for the committal service and final internment. Pallbearers are: Ray Posgay, Jody Harvey, Daryl Everett, Lloyd Rodriquez, Raymond Salinas and Eric Young.

Our deepest gratitude to the Houston Hospice Staff of El Campo for their kind and loving care. Special appreciation is extended to our dear friend Diane Rowland for her loving and gracious attention and to the many friends and neighbors who have been so supportive with their prayers and acts of kindness. Our family and friends are invited to gather for dinner and fellowship at the Byers home in Palacios following the committal services.

Victoria Advocate, Wednesday June 06, 2001

PALACIOS - Velma Leadford Byers, 92, of Palacios, died Monday, June 20, 2005.

She was born Sept. 15, 1912, in San Marcos, to the late Albert and Molly Tate Leadford. She was a homemaker and a member of Church of God of Prophecy.

Survivors: daughter, Robin Posgay of Friendswood.

Preceded in death by: husband, Robert E. Byers; sisters, Susan Leadford Elliot and Leona Leadford Bluhm; and brothers, Walter L. Leadford and Bennett Leadford.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Church of God of Prophecy in Palacios.

Services will be noon at the church, Bishop H.N. Hartsfield and Rev. Lloyd Rodriguez officiating.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery [Matagorda County, Texas]. Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, June 21, 2005


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