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Donald “D. K.” Kenneth Baker
September 29, 1928 –July 7, 2013

Donald “D. K.” Kenneth Baker, 84, passed away on July 7, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alice Baker; son, Allie Richardson; daughter, Terry Marie Mordente; brother, Aubrey Baker; sisters, Inez Schultz and Janice Fulton.

D. K. is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Joan Baker; son, Lynn Richardson; daughters, Lee Ann Carroll and Patricia Lynn Renfroe; brother, Frank J. Baker, Jr and wife Tommy; sister, Janet Gilbert and husband Gerald; twenty grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

D. K. proudly served his country in the United States Army in Germany during 1946. He returned to the States and graduated from the University of Houston Welding School in 1950. D. K. was a “jack-of-all trades” and worked in many jobs throughout his life; from operating the draw bridge at Sargent, Texas for Matagorda County to rough-necking in the oil fields. He also worked for many years with Falstaff Brewery in Galveston and was even self-employed for a period of time as a plumber.

D. K. was a charter member of the Pearland VFW Post 7109, a master mason with the CF Spencer Masonic Lodge. He was the Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1989-1990. D. K. also served as Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, was a member of the Arabian Shrine Club and member of the Pearland United Methodist Church.

Throughout his life and many activities, D.K. always enjoyed spending time with his family and loved to fish. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Clayton Funeral Home in Pearland, Texas.

Interment was at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, July 14, 2013

Marcus Aubrey Baker, Jr.
December 24, 1937 – September 13, 2013

On September 13, 2013, Marcus Aubrey Baker, Jr. fell into the arms of God while surrounded by friends and family.

Aubrey was born December 24, 1937, to Marcus Aubrey and Mattie Estelle Baker in New Gulf, Texas. Aubrey was a court reporter by trade, but his real passion was fishing the bays of Matagorda, Texas.

He is predeceased by his beloved parents; sister, Cindy Baker; and brother, Gary Baker.  

In addition to untold number of friends, Aubrey leaves to cherish his memory, his wife and soul mate, Sue Miller-Baker; son, Scott Baker of Houston; son, Ross Baker of La Grange; aunt, Madell Dunlap of Temple; step-son, Ian Prather and wife Tina of Lake Jackson; step-daughter, Julie Schuster and husband Ricky of Lake Jackson; and step-daughter, Connie Williford of Lake Jackson. 

He took great pride in his grandchildren, Zane Behn, Chase Yarborough, Tristan Williford, Ian Schuster and Eric Schuster. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Harley.

A celebration of Aubrey’s life will be held at the Lake Jackson Civic Center on Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 2 until 5 p.m. A meal will be provided, per one of his last wishes.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Angie Rios, LVN, Mary Hunter, LVN, and Janice Watt, RN for their compassionate care while Aubrey was cared for by A-MED Community Hospice.

It was Aubrey’s wish that no flowers be sent. Please give a contribution to A-MED Community Hospice in Texas City, Texas, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Memorial online condolences may be sent to

Bay City Tribune, September 22, 2013

Peggy Jean Sewell Baker
June 14, 1925 – December 17, 2012

Funeral services for Peggy Jean Sewell Baker, age 87, of Angleton, a life long resident of Brazoria County will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Angleton, Texas. Burial will be at Angleton Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Palms Funeral Home from 6 – 8 p.m.

Peggy Jean was born on June 14, 1925 (American Flag Day) in Hasima, Texas, rural Sweeny, to E. L. “Shorty” Sewell and Mary Edith Creel Sewell. The Sewell family moved to Angleton in 1930 where they owned and operated the Ever Eat Café for many years. Peggy attended Angleton Central Elementary and graduated from Angleton High School in 1942. She attended Taylor Business College in Houston and was employed by the Brazoria County Extension Service as private secretary to County Agent Scott Millington.

Peggy married her teenage sweetheart, Ross Byron Baker, on March 31, 1943 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during WWII. After the war, Ross and Peggy built their home in Angleton where they raised their family.

Her primary interests were always her family, her church and community activities. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and choir from her early youth. She taught Sunday School for all age groups, serving as Bible School director. She enjoyed serving as MYF Sponsor for 15 years and also Junior Girl Scout Sponsor. She was elected in the Women’s Society of Christian Service at the local and district level to various offices (now called the First United Methodist Women; a Christian Missionary Outreach). Peggy attended the Women’s Emmaus Walk 211 at Palacios, TX a spiritual life retreat. She was a past President of Angleton Child Study Club and a former member of the Angleton Camera Club. She was also a former member of the Texas Association of Health Care Volunteers, Inc. She was a National Forest Service campground host and tour guide on the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge Historical Museum at Bonanza, Idaho. Peggy was a lover of nature and an avid fisherman with her own boat and outboard motor. She was a past member of the Brazoria County Historical Museum. As a member, Peggy was recorded while telling her stories about the early years of Brazoria County history.

She was preceded in death by her parents, E.L. “Shorty” and Mary Edith Creel Sewell, her spouse of 52 years, Ross B. Baker, Sr., son, Ross B. Baker, Jr. and son-in-law Allen Goode.

Peggy is survived by her children, Vicki Baker Taylor Goode, of Devine, TX, Patricia Baker Black of Phoenix, AZ, Mary Elizabeth Baker Jenkins (husband Frank Jenkins) of Angleton. Grandchildren Kent Taylor, Monica Taylor, Stacey Goode, Austin Black, Tyler Black and wife Emily, Travis Jenkins and Kyle Jenkins. Great-Grandchildren: Hunter DuBose, Taylor DuBose, Shawn Goode and Michael Goode.

Pallbearers are: Kent Taylor, Austin Black, Tyler Black, Travis Jenkins, Kyle Jenkins and Hunter DuBose. Honorary pallbearers are: Stacey Goode, Jim Grassman, Michael Grassman, John Stockwell, Bill Stockwell and Butch Young.

Published in the Brazosport Facts, December 20, 2012

Jonathan Chavez Baltazar

August 65, 2004 - July 26, 2013

Funeral services for Jonathan Chavez Baltazar, 9, of Bay City, will be Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Golden Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Byron Gaskin, officiating.

Viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. before the service.

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

Bay City Tribune, July 31, 2013

Erling Ormseth Barsness

(September 21, 1926 - May 23, 2013)

Erling Ormseth Barsness passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013. He is survived by his daughter Katy Liberoni of Bay City. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, May 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with The Rev. Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Burial will occur later in Pennsylvania. Visitation will be from 5-7:00P.M. Sunday at the funeral home

Doris Ann Barr

Doris Ann Barr, 74, recently passed away in San Antonio.

Daughter of long time Bay City residents, Harold and Elizabeth Barr, Doris was born in Bay City and graduated from Bay City High School and Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

She was a kindergarten teacher in Houston, the Panama Canal Zone and most recently, San Antonio. She was an active member of Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church, long time member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a San Antonio Botanical garden volunteer and served on the Woodmont Homeowners Association. In addition to world-wide travels, Doris was also a devoted pet guardian and generous supporter of numerous Christian charities.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, James M. Barr.

Survivors include her brother, Richard Barr and wife Ann Marie; niece, Elizabeth Lyn Barris; nephews, Robert Barr, James Barr and John Barr; and by three grand-nieces and two grand-nephews.

A family graveside memorial was followed by interment at Roselawn Memorial Park.

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

Bay City Tribune, September 8, 2013

PALACIOS - Rosa Hinojosa Barron, 44, of Palacios, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Lake Charles, L.A. She was born August 30, 1968 in Reynosa, Mexico to Bernabe Barron and birth mother Felicitas Hinojosa Barron of Mexico. She was a Catholic and a Girling Home Health provider.

She is survived by her parents and adoptive mother, Amelia Sandoval of Mexico; husband, Luis Baez Sr. of Palacios; sons, Johnathan Kepple, Christopher Kepple, Christian Kepple, and Luis Baez Jr., all of Palacios; sisters, Maricela Ayala of Palacios, Yolanda Perez of Palacios, Rosie Zamora of Palacios, Daniella Alaniz of Donna, and Herlinda Barron Hinojosa of Mexico; and brother, Juan Jose Barron Hinojosa of Mexico.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Uvalde Barron Hinojosa.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1004 Magnusson Ave., Palacios. Visitation will resume from 9 - 10 a.m. with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Fr. Bryan Heyer officiating. Burial at Palacios Cemetery.

Victoria Advocate, June 26, 2013

Betty Lou Kilsby Barrow

1930 - 1964

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Ricky Lee Bates
October 22. 1961 –July 4, 2013

Ricky Lee Bates, 51, passed away on July 4, 2013 of natural causes in Webster, Texas. He was born on October 22, 1961 at Hendricks Memorial Hospital in Abilene, Texas.

Ricky grew up in Van Vleck, Texas where he attended Van Vleck High School. Ricky worked as a farmer for many years in and around Matagorda County. Ricky enjoyed spending time fishing and cooking for his family and friends. Ricky never met a stranger and could always bring laughter to any room. Ricky will be remembered for his constant joking, love of animals and ability to talk about any topic for hours on end.

Ricky is survived by: his son, Ricky Lee Bates II of Bay City, Texas; daughter, Jennifer Kaye Butman of Abilene, Texas; granddaughter Baylee Jae Bates; and grandson, Dominic JoeRay Camacho.

Ricky is preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy and Sue Bates of Van Vleck, Texas.

A funeral service will be held at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, 2313 Avenue I, Bay City at 10 a.m., Friday, August 2, 2013.

Visitation will be held at Taylor Brothers from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 1.

Burial will follow the funeral at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to CURE DIABETES NOW at

Bay City Tribune, July 31, 2013

Laurence F. "Buck" Beard

11 January 1934 – 19 December 2012

BLESSING - 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; 13 grandchildren: Becca Wilder, Jonathan & Jeffrey Calhoun, Alexa, Jayden, & Haley Beard, Anthony Quijas, Jason Ashworth, Jeremy, Bradon, & James Schexnider, Karina Clements, and Brittaney Davis. 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.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on December 22, 2012

Rachel M. Beeler

1884 - 1965

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Floyd E. Bell
1913 - 1996

Florence E. Bell
1916 - 2000

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Florence Elizabeth Lee Bell

Florence Elizabeth Lee Bell, 84, of Van Vleck passed away December 16, 2000 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. Florence was born April 20, 1916 in Wadsworth, Texas to W. D. and Fannie Lee. She graduated from Gulf High School in 1934 and married Floyd E. Bell in 1936. She and her husband moved to Boling where they lived until 1972. They then moved to the Van Vleck area where she resided until her death.

She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother who was always willing to share her blessing with others. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Van Vleck.

Survivors include: four daughters and two sons-in-law, Carole and Ray Hobbs, Wanda and Pat Peabody all of Van Vleck, Judith Walton of Houston, and Linda Brewer of Laredo; sister, Ola Mae Brietzke of Bay City; two brothers, Edward Lee of Wadsworth and Bryan Lee of Wadsworth and Bryan Lee of Jewitt; eight grandchildren, Kim and Don Lankston of Van Vleck, Melanie and Brad Baker of El Campo, Courtney Hobbs of Van vleck, Stephanie and Tom Kiefer of Willis, Heather Brewer of Laredo, Brent Walton and Jarrod Walton both of Austin, and Patrick Peabody Jr. of Bryan; 8 great grandchildren. Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her parents, W. D. and Fannie Lee; husband of 60 years, Floyd Edwin Bell; son, William Frank Bell; brothers, C. B. Lee, Johnny Lee, and W. D. Lee Jr.; and sister, Gladys Averitt.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at the First Methodist Church of Van Vleck with the Rev. Bill Lanigan and the Rev. Jack McMahon officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Patrick Peabody, Jr., Brent Walton, Jarrod Walton, J. R. Lukefahr, William Lee, Tim Bell, and Aaron Lankston.

The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Tuesday, December 19, 2000, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000DC19

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, December 19, 2000


Frank E. Bell
27 Sep 1883 - 05 Jan 1971

Nora Lee Schmerber Bell
15 Jan 1894 - 14 Jan 1976

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Robert V. “Bob” Bell
November 21, 1931 – July 9, 2013

Robert V. “Bob” Bell, 81, of Bay City passed away July 9, 2013. He was born November 21, 1931 in New Gulf, TX to the late Frank Edwin Bell and Nora Schmerber Bell.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Irene Jinks and Gladys Lane; brother, Floyd Bell; and daughter, Laurie Bell.

He attended Public School in Bay City and lettered 3 years in football. He served as captain of the football team in 1949 and was his Junior Class Favorite. He was Greenhand President of FFA and won several State awards and president of FFA Chapter for 2 years. Upon graduation, he served two years in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge in 1954, he was self-employed in the construction business. In 1962, he and his brothers Bill and Don formed Bell Construction Company, specializing in home and commercial construction. In 1980, Bob began working for SOLOCO Company as a Field Superintendent from 1980-1985. After leaving the company, he moved into the Rental Business where he remained self-employed until his death.

He served 2 terms on the Bay City ISD Board of Trustees; served as Vice-President of Little League Baseball Association; President of Texas Teenage Summer Baseball Program; Board of Bay City Babe Ruth Association; Vice-President of Black Cat Booster Club and was named Booster of the Year in 1975; Honorary Fellowship of Christian Athletes Award; Member of Board of Directors of Bay City Kiwanis Club; Boy Scout Troop 1007; Cub Scout Pack 51; Board member of City of Bay City Recreation Committee; member of Bay City Chamber of Commerce and a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Joann Mielsch Bell; sons Bob Bell, Jr. and wife Kim and Barry Bell and wife Karen; sisters Doris Moberley, Ellanora Hartsfield and husband Neil, Nell Middleton; brothers William M. Bell and wife Anita and Donald M Bell and wife Linda; grandchildren Jeffrey Bell, Michael Bell, Rachael Bell, Jessica Bell, Alaina Bell, Parker Bell and Nolan Bell and several nieces and nephews.

Bob especially enjoyed the return to his childhood home of Matagorda. His favorite times were spent at the camp house he built there. Fishing was a passion of his and he left that legacy to his sons and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the First Christian Church with Rev. Tom Quirk officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Bill Bell, Jr, Tim Bell, Matthew Bell, Taylor Bell, Jeffrey Bell, Parker Bell, Michael Bell and Nolan Bell.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family requests memorials be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, July 14, 2013

Lester A. Bender

Dec. 13, 1924 - May 27, 2004

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Lester Albert Bender

Lester Albert Bender, 79, of Van Vleck died May 22, 2004 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. He was born December 13, 1924 in Belleville to the late Albert and Vera Burnet Garling Bender. Mr. Bender was a longtime resident of Van Vleck.

Survivors include wife: Georgia Saunders Bender of Van Vleck; daughter and son-in-law: Renee and Rusty Hubbard of Sugar Valley; sons and daughters-in-law: Robert "Bobby" and Gina Bender of Sweeny, William "Billy" and Debbie Bender and Dewayne and Erin Davis all of Churchill and Roy Davis of Sugar Valley; sisters: Dorothy Fojtik of Galveston, Vera Gates and Ruby Dierks both of Kingsman, Arizona and Luella Ledwig of Bay City; brothers: Frank Bender of Brenham, Earl Bender of Kingman, Arizona, Albert Bender Jr. of Madisonville, and Harry Bender of Green Valley, Arizona ; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were Terry Sumner, Donald Ledwig, Greg Garrison, Jason and Wayne Bender and Gary Hickman.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, May 26, 2004

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Sallie Whitfield Bentley

1889 - 1911

The Lord is my shepherd.

Mrs. Sallie Bently

The sad news of the death of Mrs. Sallie Bently, of this city reached relatives here from Dallas last night. Mrs. Bently died while undergoing an operation. She had many friends and a number of relatives in the city to mourn sadly and sincerely her demise.

Besides a mother the decedent leaves four sisters, Mrs. John Castleton, Mrs. W. C. Lloyd, and Mrs. Frances Van der Haar, of this city and Mrs. Bessie Mackey, of Dallas; also a brother Mr. Victor Whitfield of this city.

Mrs. Bently was a splendid little woman of many lovable traits of character which won for her the admiration, love and esteem of all who knew her; and to them the news of her death comes as a distinct shock. The Tribune joins the many friends of the family in sympathy and condolence in the sad loss of one who was so dear to them.

Later:--Mrs. Bently will be buried in Cedarvale Cemetery tomorrow from the Santa Fe south bound train which arrives here at 11:20 a. m.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 15, 1911

Dorothy Davis Birkner
(February 4, 1925 - September 12, 2013)

Dorothy Davis Birkner, 88, of Bay City passed away September 12, 2013. She was born February 4, 1925 in Wortham, Texas to the late E. C. “Buck” Davis and Myrtle Sanders Davis. She was a 1942 graduate of Bay City High School. After high school, she studied journalism at Mary Hardin-Baylor University. On September 11, 1943 she married Joe A. Birkner, Jr. in Riverside, California just prior to him leaving for WWII. Joe and Dorothy were Bay City High School’l first FFA President and FFA Sweetheart. She and Joe owned and operated Joe Birkner, Jr. Lumber in Bay City for over 50 years.

She served as a Bay City ISD school board member in the late 70’s and early 80’s; member of Junior Service League; member of Beta Sigma Phi, where she enjoyed many years as Rodeo Ticket Chairwoman; member of Bay City Study Club and Bay City Book Review and a member of Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association.

Joe preceded her in death as well as her sister Joyce Davis Carr and nephew Christopher Carr. Survivors include daughter Mary Anne Birkner Harrison; granddaughters Stephanie Anne Harrison, Stacie Marie Harrison and Savannah Leighanne Gregston & husband Thomas and great grandchildren Malori Anne Munson, Kimberly Renee Mirelez and Joseph Michael Mirelez.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm until 7pm Monday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the First Christian Church with Rev. Tom Quirk officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Please consider donations in her name to Bay City Public Library or the Matagorda County Museum.

Bay City Tribune, September 18, 2013

Norman G. Bisset, Jr.

1946 - 1946

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham



William J. Black

May 31, 1931 –September 8, 2013

William J. Black, 82, of Prescott, MI passed away Sunday morning on September 8, 2013 at St. Mary’s hospital in Saginaw MI. 

Bill was born in Centerville, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1931 and is preceded in death by his mother, Ida Black; and his father, John Black. 

He is survived by his four children, Connie Black-Postl of Bowling Green, OH, Barry Black (Lisa) of White Lake, MI, Jeffrey Black of Midlothian, VA and David Black (Kathy) of Midlothian, VA.

Bill is also survived by his 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild, Allison and Claire Postl, Halie, Jennie, Kellie, and Megan Black, Tiffany and Jonathan Black , Alyssa and Jason Black, and Caraline Postl.

Bill served in the Combat Engineers during the Korean War.  His unit was stationed in Germany to assist in the rebuilding, following World War II.  Following his discharge he worked as a skilled tradesman for Ford Motor Company, where he retired in 1989 after 38 years of service.  Bill enjoyed an active lifestyle that included running, swimming, and biking.  He participated in numerous Senior Olympic Events and earning many gold medals in the various events.  He will be missed by his family and friends.

Bay City Tribune, September 18, 2013


Fred Blair

Pvt 112 Field Atty
29 Div

March 13, 1895
March 24, 1936

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Lee Roy Blaylock

1929 - 1985

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Charlie R. Bock, Sr.
May 16, 1929 –May 12, 2013

Charlie Robert Bock Sr., 83, passed away peacefully from this life on May 12, 2013. Charlie was the only child born to Henry Washington and Gertrude Agnes (Barker) Bock on May 16, 1929 in Glen Flora, Texas.

Charlie was a retired farmer, rancher and used car dealer in Magnet, Texas for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church Magnet.

Charlie is survived by: his beloved wife of 22 years, Corrian Boehm Bock of Ganado; step-sons, Jeff VanPelt and his wife, Peggy of Victoria, Michael VanPelt and wife, Debbie of Ganado, Douglas VanPelt and wife, Jan of Katy, Clay VanPelt and wife Shelly, of Inez, Granddaughter, Cheryal Gavranovic and husband William, of Wharton, Grandsons, Jeramy Stavinoha of Wharton and Robert Bock of Magnet. He is also survived by: 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Henry and Gertrude Bock, Son, Charles Bock, Jr., daughter, Judy Stavinoha, grandson, Nicholas VanPelt, and former wife, Bernice Janik.

Visitation was held on Tuesday evening May 14, 2013, at the Wharton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be today at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home with burial in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Wharton, Texas.

Pallbearers are: Jeramy Stavinoha, Garland “Pee Wee” Bock, Earnest Bock, Bubba Bock, David Nuckels, Robert Bock, Danny Gavranovic, and Bobby Nicholson.

Honorary pallbearers are his great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

If desiring, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church Magnet, 223 Billy Neal Road, Magnet, Texas 77453.

Bay City Tribune, May 15, 2013

James A. Boden   July 21, 1905 - Jan. 27, 1968
Bessie L. Boden Brunkaw   Dec. 23, 1908 - Oct. 18, 1980

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Rudolf J. Boehm




December 10, 2003

ODESSA - Rudolf J. Boehm, 88, of Odessa, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003.

He was born April 14, 1915, in Moulton. He was a member of the Masonic Friendship Lodge and a Lutheran.

Survivors: wife, Frieda Boehm; daughter, Lanell Elkins of Odessa; sister, Viola Bender of El Campo, and one grandchild.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home, Odessa, 432-332-0991.


Jessie Bolding

1891 - 1975

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Alice A. Bond

Jan. 30, 1856
Dec. 27, 1945

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham 



To the sacred
memory of
Momma's Darling

Ocsar Bond

Dec 11, 1874
Aug 6, 1900

At Rest

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Theodore John "Ted" Bordovsky

PALACIOS - Theodore John "Ted" Bordovsky, 75 of El Maton, passed away on August 5, 2013. He was born on March 4, 1938 in El Maton to the late Anton and Angeline Amalia Dluhos Bordovsky. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his companion Martha Vacek of Palacios; son Kevin John Bordovsky of Camden, Arkansas, and a daughter "DeDe" and husband David Gothard of El Dorado, Arkansas.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will begin on Thursday from 1-2PM at St. John's Catholic Church in New Taiton. A Rosary will be held at 1:30 PM at the church followed by funeral services at 2:00PM with Rev. Gabriel Oduro Tawiah officiating. Burial will be held at St. John's Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Eugene Krpec, Kenny Ray Mrnustik, Terrell Wilson, Adrin Purswell, Jerome Lee Vacek, and Chris Zielonoka. Honorary pallbearers are Jason Vacek, Davin Vacek, Gurrit Vacek, Cameron Vacek and David Zielonka.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on August 07, 2013

Welton “Tex” Bouldin

October 11, 1947 – September 10, 2013

Memorial services for Welton “Tex” Bouldin will be Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Enterprise Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas with the Rev. James Matthews officiating.

Bay City Tribune, September 29, 2013


Bessie Boultinghouse

1901 - 1999

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Bessie G. Boultinghouse

December 7, 1901 – December 15, 1999


Graveside services for Bessie G. Boultinghouse, 98, of Bryan, Texas, will be at 2:00 PM, Friday, December 17, 1999, at Cedarvale Cemetery.


Mrs. Boultinghouse died on Wednesday, December 15, 1999, in Bryan. She was born December 7, 1901, in Williamson County, Texas, to William and Josie Reed Green.


Mrs. Boultinghouse is survived by her daughters, Betty J. Hicks of Bryan and Lily Coleman of Bay City; sons, Bob Boultinghouse of Wharton and Frank Boultinghouse of Bay City; brothers, Lewis Green of Texas City and Albert Green of Corpus Christi; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, (date unknown)                     Courtesy of Susie Adkins

Ralph Boultinghouse

1900 - 1965

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Ralph F. Boultinghouse Funeral Today

Ralph F. Boultinghouse, 63, died suddenly Saturday morning at his country home on the Wharton highway. He was a retired sawmill operator.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 3:00 PM, in the Drawing Room of Bay City Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tommy Nesbitt, Minister of the Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial followed in the Cedarvale Cemetery.

Survivors include: his widow, Bessie Green Boultinghouse; three sons, Ralph of Sugar Valley, Franklin of Houston, and Lee, in the USAF; three daughters, Mrs. Doris Henry of Bay City, Mrs. Betty Jean Hicks of Bryan, and Mrs. Lily Bell Moore of Houston; two brothers, Fred and Arthur of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Daily Tribune, May 17, 1965              Obituary courtesy of Susie Adkins

Mittis Evelyn Bowers
(February 26, 1931 - October 8, 2013)

Mittis Evelyn Bowers, 82, of Palacios went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Mittis was born on February 26, 1931 in Palacios, TX to the late Dennis Clardy & Pearl Mae Clardy. She was devoted to her family and loved being surrounded by her kids and grandkids. She loved the Lord and was an active member of First Baptist Church in Palacios.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ray Edwin Bowers; daughters Janet Martin & husband Jay of Beeville, TX and Merrianne Pringle & husband Steve of Houston; son Dennis Ray Bowers & wife Lee Ann of Palacios; grandchildren Justin & Tammy Bowers of Spring, Kristen & Nick Christopher of Richmond, Stacy & J. D. Greenawalt of Bay City, Shannon Bowers of Huntsville, Chris Pringle of Houston & Kevin Pringle of New York; eight great grandchildren; niece Susan Furman & husband Jim of Austin and other nieces and nephews from Louisiana and Texas.

Mittis was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, a son Neil Edwin Bowers and a great granddaughter. She had many friends who loved her dearly. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm until 7pm Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, October 11, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Chris Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Justin Bowers, Chris Pringle, Kevin Pringle, Nick Christopher, J. D. Greenawalt and Reed Bowers. Memorials in her name may be made to First Baptist Church, 312 2nd St., Palacios, TX 77465 or The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030.

Richard Edwin Bowers
(April 27, 1931 - May 11, 2013)

Richard E. Bowers, age 82, died May 11, 2013 at his residence in Houston, TX surrounded by family and several friends. Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Monday, May 13, 2013 at Hawley Cemetery in Matagorda County on SH 35. Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in the sanctuary of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX.

Richard is survived by his wife Janette, son George (Donna) Bowers, daughter Kelly Albrecht; step-children Connie Cornett (Betty), Clay Cornett (Deb), Cole Cornett (Cathy), Casey Cornett (Susan); grandchildren Chris and Amy Brinker, Colby and Colton Cornett, C. P. and Vivian Albrecht, Marshall and Stuart Cornett, Haley and Sydney Bowers; brother Adrian (Naomi); sisters Jackie Kieschnick and Carol Rehfield of Gruene, TX; “adopted” daughters Barbara Bowers and Angie Hendershot Boothe and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Richard was preceded in death by his parents G. T. and Blanche Bowers; brothers Ray (Helen), Verner (Elva), Weldon (Tommy), Hubert ; sister Lillian (Jack) Almon and infant sister Kathleen.

Richard graduated from Markham High School in 1949 and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX before entering the US Air Force during the Korean War. Later Richard earned BBA and JD degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. He began his law career in the Arthur Harris Law Firm in Bay City, TX in 1959. Later he moved to Austin and practiced for the Texas Employment Commission, the State Securities Board, and then became an Assistant Attorney General under Waggoner Carr. In 1963, he moved to Alpine, TX serving as Brewster County Attorney for 21 years and also operating a private law practice from 1963-1991. In Alpine he was the Charter President of the Alpine Kiwanis Club, served on the Texas District and County Attorneys Board of Directors, was a member of American Legion Post 79, served as an Elder of First Presbyterian Church and served on the Board of Directors of Alpine Main Street and the Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend.

Richard married Janette Lawhon Cornett on June 3, 1967 and they settled in Alpine for 34 years where they raised their six children. They lived in Horseshoe Bay, TX for 10 years and in Houston for the past three years. They have found a lot of joy and happiness in their new church home, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. Should you desire to make a donation in Richard’s name, please4 do so the Caring Forever Foundation; Memorial Drive United Methodist Church; 12955 Memorial Drive; Houston, TX 77079; First United Methodist Church; 1101 Bluebonnet Drive; Marble Falls, TX 78654; First Presbyterian Church; 103 Lockhart Ave.; Alpine, TX 79830 or a favorite charity.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, May 15, 2013

James William “J.W.” Bradford
March 12, 1932 – Feb. 20, 2013

Funeral services for James William “J. W.” Bradford, 80, of Houston, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 7817 Calhoun Road, Houston, with the Rev. Max Miller, Jr., eulogist.

Burial will follow at Paradise South Cemetery in Pearland. Visitation will be from 9 until 9:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.

He was born in Seguin, Texas, March 12, 1932, to Jesse Bradford and Clara Lane Bradford, and passed away February 20, 2013 in Houston.

Arrangements are with Troy B. Smith Professional Services, Houston, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, February 27, 2013

Pearl Bradshaw
1888 - 1978

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Patricia “Pat” L. Brainerd

June 19, 1924 – October 7, 2013

Patricia “Pat” L. Brainerd, 89, of El Campo, passed away on October 7, 2013.

She was born on June 19, 1924 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Joseph McKinley and Faye Edens Cones. She operated Brainerd Bookkeeping Service in Bay City for 10 years before retiring. She was involved with Community Bible Study and a library volunteer.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, D.B. Brainerd of El Campo; daughters, Angie Socha and husband Jeff of El Campo and Melissa Gore of Benton, Arkansas; son, William “Bubba” Brainerd and wife Marcie of Chattanooga, Tennessee; grandchildren, Tyler and Taryn Socha, Wade, Lindsey and Brice Gore, Douglas and Patrick Brainerd; sister, Elizabeth Shaw of Benton, Arkansas; and brother, Edward Cones of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Her parents; sister, Lula Belle Wilbanks; and an infant brother preceded her in death.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 with the family receiving visitors from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at First Baptist Church in El Campo with the Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating

Burial will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Memorials in her memory may be made to the Czech Catholic Home, Wharton County Library, First Baptist Church or Houston Hospice-El Campo.

Condolences may be shared with the family at

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

Bay City Tribune, October 9, 2013

J. V Brasfield Is Killed in Chicago
Last of Family of Five to Die in Brief Span of Years.

Judge F. H. Jones, today, received a wire from Chicago advising him that J. V. Brasfield, a prominent realtor of that city and a former resident of Bay City, was killed there Thursday. No particulars accompanied the information received by the judge.

The death of J. V. means the wiping out of an entire family of six who moved to Bay City from the North some 18 years ago. Father, mother, two sons and two daughters all dead within the past ten or twelve years.

The father was the first to go. The mother died last summer. Birney, the other son, and J. V. met tragic deaths. The daughters, Mrs. W. B. Stowers and Mrs. Earl Moore, died in recent years after they had moved to Houston from Bay City.

Daily Tribune, December 4, 1931

Robert Earl “Bobby” Brice
April 1, 1929 –August 4, 2013

Robert Earl (Bobby) Brice died peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at Oak Tree Assisted Living Facility in New Braunfels, Texas.

He was born in Brownwood, Texas on April 1, 1929.

His wife of 59 years, Maxine, preceded him in death in March, 2011.

Bobby is survived by: his sons, Don and wife Karen of North Richland Hills, Texas, and Dan and wife Barbara of Spring Branch, Texas; and sister, Wilma Joyce of Fort Worth, Texas.

“Daddy Bob” is also survived by: his grandchildren, Jonathan Brice and wife Amy of Hutto, Texas; Kenton Brice and wife Ashley of Denton, Texas; David Brice of North Richland Hills, Texas; Kimberly Brice of London, England; and Michael Brice of San Antonio, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Cadence and Jackson Brice of Hutto, Texas.

Bobby is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law that were very special to him, along with aunts and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bobby grew up in Brownwood and was a proud 1947 graduate of Brownwood High School, where he was a three-sport letterman. He married Maxine Harris of Brownwood in 1951 and they moved to Bay City, Texas, where he worked as a watchmaker for Tett’s Jewelers for 47 years. He was a member of the Bay City Jaycees, and a member of the Bay City Kiwanis Club, where he had perfect attendance for 55 years. He was designated “Life Member” in Kiwanis and was also a member of First Baptist Church of Bay City, Texas. He was also very involved with the Matagorda County 4-H Club.

Visitation was held Tuesday, August 6, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood, Texas. from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Salt Creek Cemetery in Early, Texas..

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Brice, Kenton Brice, David Brice, Michael Brice, W.T. Harris and Ken Lamkin. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank and Barbara Sliva, Wayne and Vicki Head, and Vim and Marian Rye. 

Memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas; Salt Creek Baptist Church in Early, Texas; and to Kiwanis International.

Bay City Tribune, August 7, 2013

Arthur Y. Breaux
1913 - 1971

Elva S. Breaux
1918 - 1989

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Arthur I. Breaux, Jr.

1936 - 1975

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Victor K. Breazeale
SP4 US Army
Jul. 29, 1933 - Dec. 28, 2008

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Johnnie Marie Brewer
(February 20, 1952 - May 4, 2013)

Johnnie Marie Brewer was born February 20, 1952 in Alabama and left to be with her Lord Saturday, May 4, 2013 at St. Lukes Hospital in Houston. She was preceded in death by her sister Judith Ann Rivers and grandson Robert Duane Romero.

Marie was a very loving and devoted wife of 43 years to Robert Brewer of Bay City; loving mother to son Tracy Brewer and wife Taniesha of Sweeny; daughters Diana Garcia and husband Ricky of Bay City and Christine Budaus and husband Don of Bay City and grandmother to 10 grandchildren Phillip, Robert S., Ricky, Jr, Lauren, Faith, Nathan, Skye, Jesse, Christian and Gabriella.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm to 8pm Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, May 10, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Luther Carrol officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Tracy Brewer, Don Budaus, Ricky Garcia, Ricky Garcia, Jr., Robert S. Brewer and Scott Mead. Marie will be “Loved and Missed, but Never Forgotten.”                               Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Barnard Brown

Funeral services for Barnard Brown will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Mother Zion Baptist Church with the Pastor Murray G. Martin officiating.

Viewing will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary.

Burial will follow immediately after the service at Eastview Cemetery.

On December 19, 1935, a son was born to Wesley Brown Sr. and Catherine Jackson Brown in Bay City, Texas whom they named Barnard Brown.

Barnard grew up in Bay City and attended public school at A. G. Hilliard High School.

In 1958, Barnard enlisted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia for one year and eight months then deployed to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for four months. While enlisted he received two metals – Sharpshooter and Good Conduct – along with an Honorable Discharge. After serving his country he was discharged from the United States Army on August 26, 1960.

He married Lee Etta Long October 28, 1957.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Wesley Brown; and nephew, Eugene Long Jr.

He leaves to cherish a loving and devoted wife of fifty-five years, Lee Etta Brown; two daughters, Rosie Austin (Jessie) of Sweeny, and  Peggie Cathey (James) of Bay City; two sister-in-laws, Ozella King of Kendleton , and Genell Ceaser of Bay City; one brother-in-law, Eugene Long Sr. of El Campo; three nephews, Ronnie Griffin of Kendleton, Craig Beasley (Veronica) of Austin, and Yul David of El Campo; one niece, Pam David (Shadrack) of Brookshire; six grandchildren Jamica Cathey of Salina, Kansas, Fentress Cathey of Alamonta Spring, Florida, James Cathey of Salina, Kansas, Shirley Cathey of Bay City, Jessie Barnard, Austin Jr. of Houston, and Fabian Austin of Sweeny; and seven great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Hilliard High Alumni Association in the memory of Barnard Brown or A-Med Community Hospice of Texas City.

Final Arrangements are entrusted to Green’s Mortuary at 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, March 19, 2013

Charles Norman “Tootie” Brown, Jr.
June 28, 1951 –July 26, 2013

Charles Norman “Tootie” Brown, Jr. 62, of Blessing, passed away July 26, 2013.

He is survived by: his wife, Jennifer Brown; son, Charles Wade Brown; step-sons, Michael Edwards (wife and son), Steven Partida (wife, son and two daughters); step-daughter, Krisi Green (husband, three sons and one daughter); and many great friends.

Tootie was loved by so many. To know him was to love him. He was the best lead guitar player around. Old classic bikes were his passion and Bro’s Cycles was his dream. Though cut short due to strokes and cancer, at least he lived long enough to have his shop completed.

He worked 28 years as a manual machinist for Koenig Welding and was the best at what he did. God Bless you Tootie, you will be missed by so many.

Bay City Tribune, August 4, 2013

Frank N. Brown
1917 - 1974

Bessie Mae Brown
1920 - 2008

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Bessie Mae Brown
(October 7, 1920 - July 9, 2008)

Bessie Mae Faulkner Brown went to be with the Lord on July 9, 2008. Bess was born on Oct. 7, 1920 in Houston, TX. She married Frank Brown in 1940 and had two children, Nelson and Martha Lee. She graduated from The University of Houston 1958 and taught High School English and History in Bay City & El Campo for many years. She is survived by her five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many beloved friends and family members. Bess will be remembered most for her strong faith in the lord, love of family, belief in education and great sense of humor. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land, TX. We will miss you, MamMaw! Memorials may be made to the Christian Children’s Fund, PO Box 26507, Richmond, VA 23261.

Lewis A. Brown   1904 - 1962
Bessie M. Brown   1901 - 1976

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Stephen T. Brown
May 25, 1947 – July 6, 2013

Funeral services for Stephen T. Brown, 66, of West Columbia will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Baker Funeral Home Chapel in West Columbia with Ryan Lintelman officiating.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 6 until 8 p.m.

Stephen was born in Tyler, Texas on May 25, 1947 to Richard and Betty Brown and passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Lake Jackson.

Stephen loved life and he shared that zest with everyone he loved and met. Stephen had many passions throughout the course of his life, including sod farming, NASCAR racing, traveling, sailing, piloting his airplanes, and tinkering. He enjoyed sharing these experiences with his friends and his family, making many cherished memories along the way. You could always count on Stephen for an adventure and, without fail, he was always the most interesting man in the room.

He served his country by joining the United States Army during the Vietnam War. His gentle spirit and unending generosity will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Left to cherish his memories are: his wife, Dolores Colwell Brown of West Columbia; sons, Boston T Brown and wife Kyndra of West Columbia, Beau G. Brown and Misty Smith of West Columbia, and Greg L. Cotton and wife Elizabeth of Houston; daughters, Dana VanDuker and husband, Duke of Nederland, Darla Cotton of Austin and Denice Jones of League City; brothers, Richard L. Brown, Jr. and wife, Camille of Tyler; sisters, Janet Kaizer and husband, Lee of Aiken, SC., and Dottie Brown Heflin of Camas Washington; mother in law, Waldine Colwell of West Columbia; twelve grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; five nieces and three nephews; as well as a host of many friends.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to The Lighthouse Charity Team, 3502 FM 528, Friendswood, Texas 77546

Final arrangements under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, 634 S. Columbia Drive, West Columbia, Texas 77486 (979) 345-3232,

Bay City Tribune, July 10, 2013

Paul B. Brunner
Dec. 4, 1900 - June 17, 1987

Maggie M. Brunner
Sept. 9, 1906 - May 27, 1975

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Luther B. Bunch
1896 - 1981

Caressa W. Bunch
1895 - 1974

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Kenneth L. Bundy
April 30, 1952 - August 21, 2013

Kenneth L Bundy, 61, of Columbus, Texas passed away on August 21, 2013 in Columbus. He was born on April 30, 1952 to Leon L. and Alma E. (McSparran) Bundy in Pasadena, Texas.

On August 18, 1978, he married Carolyn Baggett. Kenneth served in the US Marines during the Vietnam Era.

He worked as an Executive Director of Business Development for Richard Automation, Inc. in Huffman, TX, and was a member of the First Baptist Church where he was a Staff Evangelist.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Denise Bundy of Columbus, TX; daughter, Krislyn Renae Runner and husband Adam of Acworth, GA; sons, SSG Aaron M. Bundy of Fort Benning, GA, and Nathan D. Bundy and wife Caroline of Guam; brother, Doyle L. Bundy of Sweetwater, TX; and grandchild, Mackenzie Renae Runner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon L. and Alma E. Bundy.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 23, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, and at the First Baptist Church in Columbus on Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, 10:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Columbus with Rev. Victor Morrison officiating.

Graveside service will take place at 2:00 pm Saturday in the Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, TX with U.S. Marines Honors. Pallbearers are Aaron Bundy, Nathan Bundy, Adam Runner, Adam Brandt, Doyle Bundy and Dave Baxter.

Memorials are suggested to the Crossing Milam Expansion Fund of First Baptist Church, 1700 Milam St., Columbus, TX 78934.

BAY CITY - Thomas Barron Burchfield, 82, of Bay City passed away Friday, May 24, 2013.

 He was born on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1931 in Corrigan, TX to the late Thomas Layton & Faye Thompson Burchfield. The family moved to Bay City, TX in January of 1940. Tom attended public schools, graduating from Bay City High School in 1948. He enrolled in Sam Houston State University, where he stayed for the next two years. In January of 1951 he joined the U. S. Air Force. The next six years were spent in the Air Force and the oil field. After that, he returned to college and received a BBA degree in August of 1958. He received a Masters of Education degree in 1968. Tom was in the field of education for 42 years, serving as a teacher, English Supervisor, Assistant Principal, Attendance Officer, and Principal.

On August 2, 1957, Tom married Vivian Carolyn Conner in Trinity, TX. On September 1, 1958, a daughter, Lynda, was born. His wife preceded Tom in death in July of 2000; they had been married 43 years.

He is survived by daughter: Lynda Ketron & husband Jim; 4 grandchildren: Allison Bundick & husband David of Bay City, Joseph Knight & wife Stacy, Nicholas Stroup & wife Dominique, and Lindsay Knight & (Scott Terzo) all of Lafayette, LA; 7 great grandchildren: Vivian Bundick, Bella Knight, Kieran Stroup, Leo, Luke, & Logan Garza, and Ireland Knight.
The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, May 26, 2013. The funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, May 27, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of Bay City with Rev. Jeff Gantz & Rev. John Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Jim Ketron, David Bundick, Joseph Knight, Nicholas Stroup, W. L. Cox, and Lee Cox. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Scott Terzo, Clint Burchfield, George Durett, Larry George, and Jack Higgins.

The family would like to thank Houston Hospice and Pat Matthes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on May 26, 2013                                       Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Thomas Layton Burchfield

Funeral services for Thomas Layton Burchfield, 81, of Bay City will be held at 4 p. m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Leediker officiating. Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mr. Burchfield was born on May 28, 1903 in Kosciusko, Miss., and died at Matagorda General Hospital on March 30, 1985.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and he belonged to Woodmen of the World. Mr. Burchfield resided in Bay City for 45 years.

Survivors include his wife, Reba Sterry Burchfield of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and W. L. Cox Jr. of Bay City; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Barron and Carolyn Burchfield of Victoria; sisters, Letha Richardson of Corrigan, Texas, Alta Holder of Houston and Allie Rothrock of Chicago; a brother, Mitchell Burchfield of Livingston; three grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Lee Burch Cox, Marvin Knight; Clinton Burchfield, T. V. Hawkins, Brad Nance and Audie Northcutt.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, March 31, 1985                        Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Victor G. Burchfield

BURCHFIELD, Victor G., 76, of Markham, passed away May 19 in a Wharton hospital. Survivors include: his wife, Nannie Belle; one niece, Mrs. Billie Jaso and on nephew, Irvin Burchfield of Long Beach, California. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Markham with the Rev. R. E. Black and Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery. Time of the services are pending. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are: John Paul Mielsch, Clyde McKinney, Jr., Carl Oates, J. C. Glover, Ben Powell, John Mohon, and Henry Mann. All Master Masons will be honorary pallbearers. Mr. Burchfield was a member of the Baptist Church, Bay City Lodge No. 865, Bay City R. A. M. No. 315, Council No. 251, Bay City Commandery No. 74, 32 Degree Mason, Order of High Priesthood, Bay City Chapter No. 380 O. E. S., Blessing Lodge No. 411.

Daily Tribune, May, 1970         Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Samuel O. Burford   Nov. 1, 1917 - May 28, 2007
Alma W. Burford   June 21, 1917 - Nov. 11, 2001

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Samuel Olid Burford
Nov. 1, 1917 - May 28, 2007

Samuel Olid Burford, 89, of Cedar Lane, completed his life's journey here on earth on May 28, 2007.

He was born on November 1, 1917, in West Columbia, Texas, to F. C. and Daisy Bell Newton Burford - the first of six children.

He graduated from West Columbia High School and went to work in the oil fields.

He married Alma Whittlesey of Cedar Lane on May 31, 1941.

After 60 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on November 11, 2001.

After the birth of their only child, Candace, he left the oil fields and settled in Cedar Lane and obtained a job with the Phillips Petroleum Company in Old Ocean.

He worked his way up the corporate ladder, obtaining the position of maintenance supervisor until he retired after 30 years of service. However, he did not retire from working.

He pursued a career in drilling and repairing water wells.

Samuel was known as the man in Cedar Lane with the beautiful yard and the large vegetable garden. He loved sharing his vegetables with his neighbors and he continued working on water wells and gardening until age 84.

He was a man of many talents. During his life, he plumbed and wired for electricity three homes.

Cedar Lane Baptist Church was his church home from 1950 until death and he was proud to serve the Lord by plumbing the new church buildings in the 1950s.

His beloved daughter, Candace Brown and her husband Morris of Bay City, were his caretakers for the last five years of his life.

One beloved granddaughter, Samantha, gave him much joy.

She and her husband, Kyle Hudgins, now live in his home in Cedar Lane. Sydney Ann Hudgins, his beloved great-grandchild, shared the first year of her life with him.

Samuel also is survived by his siblings: brother, Jesse Burford and his wife Aleatha of Alvin, and their four children, Vicky Helms of Conroe, Matt Burford of Alvin, Mark Burford of San Diego, California, and Pat Burford of Alvin; sister, Elsie McCagg and her husband Elzie Lee of Baytown and their two sons, Bill McCagg of Baytown, and Ralph McCagg of Clear Lake; sister, Rhea White and her husband John "Dub" White of Lufkin, and their daughter, Paula Sullivan, also of Lufkin.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, his wife of 60 years, and two sisters and their spouses, Dorothy Armstrong and her husband Robert of Damon, Ruby Eversole and her husband Calvin "Pud" of Needville, and a niece, Charlotte Smith of Baytown.

The surviving children of Dorothy and Ruth are Jimmie Allen Armstrong and Donna Kathryn Leisner of Damon, Margaret Bartsch of Katy, Betty Jean Hilton of Ganado, Charles Armstrong of Freeport, and Janis Anthony of Stafford.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2007, at Cedar Lane Baptist Church, with the Reverend Zach Nicholson officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Tom Barrington, Butch Bevers, Phillip Bowie, Jimmy Grisham, Clyde Pray, Glen Robertson, Don Ross and Hollie Urban.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, May 30, 2007

Alma Whittlesey Burford

Alma Whittlesey Burford, 84, of Cedarlane passed away Sunday, November 11, 2001 at Matagorda General Hospital.

She was born on June 21, 1917 in Groveton, Texas to parents, Oscar Leslie and Laura Leona Clements Whittlesey.

She was a member of the Cedarlane Baptist Church for over 50 years where she taught Sunday School and Training Union and helped with many youth activities. She also serves as a 4-H leader for many years and enjoyed sewing and quilting.

She is preceded in death by her parents and by a brother, Floyd Whittlesey and sisters, Mispah Warren, Mary Matthews, Amy Hamilton and twin sister Elma Hamilton. She is survived by: her husband, Samuel O. Burford of Cedar Lane, daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Morris Brown of Bay City, brother and sister-in-law, Ferrell and Byron Whittlesey of Trinity, Texas, and a granddaughter and her husband, Samantha and Kyle Hudgins of Van Vleck.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cedar Lane Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Whittchurch and the Rev. H. G. Holmes officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Active pallbearers will be Douglas Jenkins, Clifton Jenkins, Todd Oncken, Timothy Stapleton, Heath Allen, Bill McCagg, Ralph McCagg and Bill Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be J. C. Whittlesey, Paul Warren, George Whittlesey, Larry Hamilton and James Hamilton.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. A00011A2001NV14

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, November 14, 2001

GOLIAD - James "Jimmy" Dean Burnett, 25, of Goliad, departed from this world to be with Our Lord on Monday, May 6, 2013. Although we know he is in the loving arms of his late great-grandmothers, Thelma White, Louise Burnett and Lucille Andrews; and grandparents, John W. and Bonnie J. Graff, he is greatly missed by those left behind.

He is survived by his adoring parents, Robert G. and Carol Ann Graff Burnett; loving brother, Robert J. Burnett; his uncles and aunts, Ricky and Keri Graff and Robert L. and Teenie Burnett; his fiancé, Chelsea Rubio; and the center of Jimmy's world, their son, James Dean Burnett Jr.

Jimmy was the epitome of a country boy. He loved fishing and hunting and was no stranger to hard work. He loved his family and his giving nature turned a "friend" into a "brother" instantly. We will miss the smile that lit up our world, the bear hugs that made us feel the love that came straight from his heart, but mostly we will miss the joy that came from being in the presence of our Jimmy.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on N. Commercial Street in Goliad. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Father Ralph Baidoo officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing at 4 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the James Dean Burnett scholarship fund at P.O. Box 145, Goliad, Texas, 77963.

Grace Funeral Home, Goliad, 361 645-3216.

Victoria Advocate, May 10, 2013

Allen Arthur Burrell, Jr.
August 10, 1933 –July 10, 2013

Allen Arthur Burrell, Jr., 79, passed on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Allen was born August 10, 1933 to the late Christine and Allen Arthur Burrell, Sr. in Pickens, Mississippi. Allen was a 1952 graduate of A. G. Hilliard High School.

Visitation Services will be held Sunday, July 14, 2013 in Houston, Texas from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ross Mortuary, 3618 Lyons Avenue, Houston, Texas 77020.

Funeral Services in Bay City, Texas will be Monday, July 15, 2013, Visitation at 11 a.m. and Services at noon, Nichols Street Church of Christ, 1200 Nichols St, Bay City, Texas.

Final Arrangements entrusted to Ross Mortuary, 3618 Lyons Avenue, Houston, Texas 77020, 713-223-8071, Eastview Cemetery, Bay City, Texas Final Resting Place.

Bay City Tribune, July 14, 2013


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