Matagorda County Obituaries
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JOHNNIE ARELLANO CABRERA

EL CAMPO - Johnnie Arellano Cabrera, 83, of El Campo passed away on June 5, 2010. He was born on April 14, 1927, in Danevang, to the late Porfido and Maria Guerrero Cabrera. He was an appliance repair man and owned Johnnie's Repair Service.

Survivors include his wife, Mable Cabrera; son, Johnnie Cabrera; daughters, Jo Ann Escamilla, Janie Perez, Mary Ann McLendon, and Sally Resendez; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, one sister and two brothers.

Visitation begins Monday at 12 p.m., noon, at Triska Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Roberts Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 6, 2010
 


Carina Cacique
July 22, 1995 - June 7, 2010

Carina Cacique, 14, of Bay City passed away Monday, June 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas.

She was born July 22, 1995 in Bay City to Raul and Olivia Amesquita Cacique.

Carina attended Bay City High School, and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She is survived by: her: parents, Raul and Olivia Cacique; maternal grandparents, Josefina and Raul Amesquita Sr.; paternal grandparents, Alberta and Basilio Cacique; great grandparents, Silverio Cacique and Francisca Cacique; sister, Guadalupe Cacique; two brothers, Raul Cacique Jr. and Jose Cacique all of Bay City; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The mass will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Father Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Special thanks to everyone who has prayed and helped the family from the beginning of her illness and through these difficult times.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published June 8, 2010
 


JUANITA "JANIE" CADENAS


BAY CITY - Juanita "Janie" Cadenas, 88, of Bay City, passed away on March 4, 2008. She was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Mathis.

Survivors: sons, Gregory (Melody) and Felix of Bay City, and Albert of Abilene; daughter, Patricia of Markham; grandkids, James Cadenas, Samantha Garcia, and Christopher Byrd of Bay City, Frankie Cadenas of Lake Jackson, Manuel, Daniel and Michele Sanchez of Abilene; and 16 great-grandkids.

Viewing will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. today at Green's Mortuary in Bay City. Graveside services will follow at 10 a.m. at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck with Fr. Gerard Cernoch of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church officiating.

Green's Mortuary in charge of final arrangements.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 3/6/2008.

 


Charles Farrell Cadenhead
Dec. 26, 1940 - Aug. 5, 2010


Charlie-Letter by Letter

C - Caring and concern for others
H - Helping hand in every way
A - Accessible, always - anytime
R - Reliable no matter what
L - Loving and kind to all
I - Intelligent and far beyond the ordinary
E - Exceptional - Especially to a father-in-law who could not ask for a better son-in law

Charlie was born December 26, 1940 in Bay City, Texas and graduated from Bay City High School in 1958. Some of his childhood summers were spent in New Mexico with his cousins, Aunt Mary and Uncle Don Keller. Many days and the beloved Thanksgiving Days were spent at Grandma and Grandpa Sears house in Bay City. Those holidays were cherished being able to visit family and sitting around while the musicians of the family sang and played the piano and guitars.

He married Jean Roberts on July 13, 1963. Their son Steve was born in 1964 and he married Sompong in 1993. Charlie was the proud grandparent of Kane, currently a Junior at Colorado School of Mines, and Pamela, a junior in high school in Paris, France. Brother of Ron, Brother-in-law to Kirk and Laura Royse and Joanne Cadenhead, Uncle to Jessica Collard and Ryan and Adam Cadenhead, son-in-law of Cecil Roberts. Charlie attended Wharton County Jr. College, Texas A&I, Lamar University and graduated from University of Houston in 1972. He began working with Gulf Oil in 1963 in Houston. Subsequently he worked in Lagos, Nigeria 1978-1980 for Gulf Oil Co., Libreville, Gabon 1980-1985 Gulf Oil Co., Cabinda Angola 1985-1990 Gulf Oil Co., Brisbane, Australia 1990-1994 Chevron, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 1994-1995 Chevron, and Amoseas Houston 1995-2002. Charlie retired on June 29, 2002 after working 39 years and 11 months for the same company. An avid Corvette enthusiast he traveled in the USA and Australia with groups dedicated to Corvette restoration efforts. He served as a judge at exhibition events and as the NCRS Corvette Texas President 2007-2010 (National Corvette Restorers Society) while continued his involvement with the Indonesia American Businessmen Association.

Charlie played the trombone in the band during school and carried that love of music with him all his life. He enjoyed all varieties of music and loved traveling to see places old and new. Charlie and Jean have traveled in Asia, many of the countries in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and even threw in a couple of safaris in Africa. In place of flowers charity donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and made with a designation in memory of Charles Cadenhead using online donation, corporate matching or donation by mail

Bay City Tribune, Published August 18, 2010
 


Robert Gary Cadenhead
(March 25, 1950 - October 30, 2008)

Robert Gary Cadenhead, 58, of Markham passed away Oct. 30, 2008. He was born March 25, 1950 in Bay City to the late Dewey DeWitt & Evelyn Frances Owsley Cadenhead. His late grandparents were Alma Hattie & Asher Bodine Owsley and Laura & Lewis Cadenhead.

Survivors include his wife Juana Estrada Diaz Cadenhead of Markham; step-children Luz Gonzales of Markham, Antonio, Daniel & Rosario Gonzales all of Leon, Mexico; sister Sally Kay Lyle of El Campo; brothers Francis Eugene Cadenhead of Matagorda, Lewis Leslie Cadenhead of Selkirk & James Dewey Cadenhead & wife Anita of Richmond, TX; great uncle & aunt Vernon & Betty Owsley of Sweeny; five grandchildren; nieces & nephews Evelynn & Doug Thigpen, Stephanie “Nay” & Corey Fojtik, James Mathew Cadenhead, Tiffany Kay Cadenhead, Danielle Eileen Cadenhead, Katie Louise Lyle & Caren Christina & Joseph Huerta and a number of great nieces & nephews and other relatives.

A rosary will be recited in his memory at 6:00 PM Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel.

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Eliseo Calderon, Sr.
(June 13, 1932 - February 25, 2009)

 

Eliseo Calderon, Sr., 76, of Bay City passed away Feb. 25, 2009. He was born June 13, 1932 in Mexico to the late Eligio and Natividad Calderon.
 

Survivors include his wife Olivia Perez Calderon of Bay City; daughters Rafaela Hurtado of Dallas & Rosa Flores of Chicago; sons Jesus Calderon of Bay City, Cruz Calderon of Chicago, Eliseo Calderon, Jr. of Bay City & Joe L. Calderon of Houston; sisters Francisca Sierra of Indiana & Leonila Martinez of Mexico and 8 grandchildren.


A rosary will recited at 7:30 PM Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be 10:30 AM Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Luis Calderon, Jesus Calderon, Cruz Calderon, Eliseo Calderon, Jr., Maria Moya and Arturo Sierra.
 
Bay City Tribune, March 1, 2009

 


Alma Kathleen Caldwell
(May 6, 1921 - April 10, 2008)

To be absent from body is to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8

Kathleen “Kathy” Caldwell was born to Olen Ray and Alma Ruth Conley Smith, Sr., in Wannette, Potawatomi, Oklahoma on a farm May 6, 1921. She died April 10, 2008 at Matagorda Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband Amos “Lefty” Caldwell, sons Gene & Ronald, sister Connie Sutherland & brothers O. R. & Leon Smith. Survivors include her daughter Kaye Vaughan & husband Watts of Bay City; granddaughters Michelle Neckstad & husband Brian of Augusta, Montana & Wendy Weeks of Bay City and by many nieces & nephews in Oklahoma, Texas & Louisiana.

She worked for many years as a sales person at Taylor-Steves Furniture Store and in later years, was a Pink Lady at Matagorda General Hospital. Calvary Baptist Church was her church and was missed when her health kept her from attending.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, April 14, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, April 13, 2008
 


MARK EDWARD CALHOUN JR.

SHREVEPORT, La. - Mark Edward Calhoun Jr., 23, of Shreveport, La., passed away Dec. 22, 2007.

He was born June 14, 1984, in Palacios to Loretta Harbison and Mark E. Calhoun Sr.

Survivors include mother, Loretta Harbison of Springfield, Mass.; father and stepmother, Mark E. Calhoun Sr. and Iona of Blessing; paternal grandmother, Lilah Calhoun of Blessing; sisters, Lori Anne Palmer and husband William III of Springfield, Mass., and Becka Wilder of Blessing; brothers, Jonathan and Jeffrey Calhoun, both of Blessing; nephew, William Palmer IV; and uncles, Bruce Calhoun of Houston, Wayne Calhoun of New York, and John Beard of Houston.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 6-8pm on Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Pastor Clyde Greer officiating. Interment will follow at
Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Chris Barnstable, Jon Barnstable, James C. Loe, Josh Collom, Jeremy Watts and Taylor Byrd.

His brothers & uncle Bruce Calhoun will be honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made in his name to CASA, 100 West Harrison North Tower, Suite 500, Seattle, Washington 98119, or by visiting www.nationalcasa.org.

Mark's family would also like those who are able to donate blood for others in need.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 12/27/2007.
 


Betty Jane Callaway
(July 16, 1930 - July 24, 2005)

Betty Jane Callaway, 75, of Austin, passed away July 24, 2005, at her residence.

She was born July 16, 1930, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Elvin Lee and Priscilla Jane Arnold Gentry.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a life-long Bay City resident until moving to Austin in 2000.

She was a 1946 graduate of Bay City High School and St. Joseph’s Nurses Training School in Houston.

After 23 years as a lab technician at the Medical Arts Clinic in Bay City, she leaves numerous friends and patients who she cared for and loved, for years after her retirement.

Survivors include: two daughters and a son-in-law, Susie Roberts and Bonnie and Ron Ray; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Vickie Callaway, all of Austin; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two nephews, E. L. "Butch"ť Gentry of Lake Jackson, and Rob Gentry of Houston; three nieces, Priscilla Obermeyer of Lake Jackson, Elizabeth Gentry of Bellaire, and Denise Christenson of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her son, David Callaway; grandson, David Callaway, Jr.; and brothers, Marion Gentry and Leon Gentry, Sr.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2005, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, with the Rev. John-Nelson Pope officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jason Lemke, Taylor and Cliff Roberts, Gabrian, Jeremy and Linsey David Callaway.

Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher and Scott Callaway, Ryan Lemke, Bill Roberts, Ron Ray and Rick Restelli.

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

Memorials may be made to Seton Heart Failure Clinic, c/o Leslie Goldstein, 1301 W. 38th St. Suite No. 310, Austin, TX 78705.

The family extends gratitude to Clarissa Hull, our angel sent by God to care for our dear mother during the last year of her life. Clarissa is an incredible woman who was by our mother’s side 24 hours a day and at the time of her heavenly birth. We love you.

Many thanks to the doctors and nurses at Seton Hospital, the Heart Failure Clinic and Austin Heart Hospital.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, July 27, 2005

 

Allison L. Camacho

Apr. 15, 1992 - May 4, 2007

Hawley Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Robert M. Cameron
(February 24, 1942 - February 25, 2007)

Robert M. Cameron, 65, of Bay City passed away Feb. 25, 2007. He was born Feb. 24, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant, TX to the late Luther M. and Mary E. Hildebrand Cameron.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Joyce Cameron of Bay City; sons and daughters-in-law Michael & Wanda Cameron and Mark & Kelly Cameron all of Angleton; sister Doris Thompson of Mt. Pleasant, TX; grandchildren Michael Cameron, Jr. & wife Misty, Austin Cameron, Erin Cameron, Brian Krenek, Cory Cameron, McKayla Cameron, and Cailin Cameron; and one great grandchild Emily Cameron. He was preceded in death by his brothers J. W. Cameron and Troy L. Cameron.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Herman Hein officiating. Interment will follow at the Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria, TX. Pallbearers include Charlie Rooks, Juan Longoria, Rudy Murthey, Danny Fabela, James Wright and Jamie Thompson. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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Shirley Cameron

 

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas] - Shirley "Nannie" Littlefield Cameron, 69, of Bay City, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004.

 

She was born April 3, 1935, in Yoakum, to the late William E. and Mary Caraway Littlefield. She was a Baptist and a night auditor for Cattleman's Motel for 20 years.

 

Survivors: daughter, Jo Bensfield of Bay City; sons, Jay Cameron of Bay City and Jimmy Cameron of Cuero; sister, Crystal Stevens of Hardwood; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 

Preceded in death by: husband, J.W. "Joe" Cameron; sisters, Vera Richards, Mildred Hairell, and Elva Littlefield; and brothers, Travis Littlefield, Amos Littlefield, Mansel Littlefield, and Lester Littlefield.

 

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

 

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel.

 

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

 

The Victoria Advocate, December 18, 2004

 


Annie Bell Campbell
 

Funeral services for Annie Bell Campbell, 67, of Matagorda will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jesus Free Will Holy Temple Church in Bay City with Bishop J. Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Wilson Creek Cemetery in Ashby. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church Wednesday.

Mrs. Campbell was born Aug. 15, 1925 in Houston to the late Alonzo and Josephine Wade Jackson and she died Dec. 17, 1992 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

She was a member of the Pentecostal church.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law; one daughter and son-in-law; one stepdaughter, several grandchildren; foster brother and sister; brother-in-law; nephew and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one daughter and her husband, Clinton Campbell, Jr. who died Nov. 23, 1992.

Active pallbearers will be all family members and friends.

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

The Daily Tribune, December 22?, 1992
 


BISHOP BERTHA CAMPBELL

HALLETTSVILLE - Funeral services for Bishop Bertha Manning Campbell, 74, of Hallettsville, who passed away May 29, 2010, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, the Rev. Murray Martin, pastor, and Minister Lamar Davenport, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 4, 2010
 


Carolyn Christene Campbell
(May 29, 1934 - April 22, 2007)

Carolyn Christene Campbell, 72 of Bay City, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2007 in Wharton, TX. She was born May 29, 1934 in Calhoun County to Aaron Paul Hicks and Ozella C. Helms Hicks. She worked as a Lab Analyst at Celanese for thirty years. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Doll Club, and the Christian Women’s Club.

She is survived by her husband: Melvin F. Campbell, Jr. of Bay City; her daughters: Amy Cline and husband Kelly of Humble and Stephanie Campbell of Nederland; by a son: Dayton Cole and wife Cathy of Boone, NC; a sister: Freda O’Briant and husband Murlyn of Seadrift; and her brother: Wayne Hicks of Seadrift. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Erin Cole, Adam Cole, Justin Cole, Sara Cole, Amy Cole, Ketcher Cline, and Kinsey Cline.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX. (979) 245-4613.

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Clinton Campbell, Jr.
 

Funeral services for Clinton Campbell, Jr., 74, of Matagorda will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Jesus Free Will Holy Temple Church in Bay City with the Rev. Dan Will officiating. Burial will be at Wilson Creek Cemetery in Ashby. Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, 1300 Duncan.

Mr. Campbell was born March 23, 1918 in Ashby to the late Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Campbell, Sr. and he died Nov. 23, 1992 at Jeannie Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

He was a member of Rhema Fellowship Church.

Survivors include his wife, two daughters, one son, one brother, one foster brother, one nephew and a host of cousins.

Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, November 27?,1992
 


Felix Randolph Campbell
(August 1, 1933 - July 4, 2007)

Felix Randolph Campbell, 73 of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2007 following a lengthy illness. He was born August 1, 1933 at Luxello, TX in Bexar County.

He was a resident of Bay City, TX for over 20 years. He retired from the South Texas Project where he worked as a millwright. He was a member of Millwright Union Number 2232.

Felix was a member of the Nichols Street Church of Christ where he was a volunteer in the benevolent work of their “Harvest House” Ministry.

He is survived by three sisters: Barbara Rodgers & husband Frank, Peggy Franks & husband Charles, and Bonnie Cundiff & husband Henry; and by his nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. L.S. Campbell and his brother, Dennis Campbell.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 8, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bob Fraley officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Nichols Street Church of Christ, Harvest House Ministry.

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

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

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ANITA "PAPE" CAMPOS
Nov. 13, 1941 ~ July 21, 2008


BAY CITY - Anita Campos "Pape" of Bay City passed away July 21, 2008. She was born in Victoria to the late Fred and Juanita Hoelter.

She was preceded in death by her brother, "Sunny".

She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. She is at peace now, without pain, with the Lord.

Viewing will be from 3-8 p.m. in the chapel of Green's Mortuary. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at Turning Point Church in Bay City with the Rev. Winfrey officiating. Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Green's Mortuary, 2702 Avenue C., Bay City, Texas 77414, 979-245-3489.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 7/26/2008

 


Benita Gomez Cano
(March 21, 1926 - June 13, 2007)

Benita Gomez Cano, 81, died June 13, 2007 in Navasota, Texas. She was born March 21, 1926 to Juan and Margarita Segura Gomez. She is survived by her children Dora & Robert Soto of Victoria, Hope Baker of Huntsville, Virginia & Richard Slack of Frisco, TX, Debbie & Rey Jimenez of Navasota, Bonnie Cano of Napoleonville, LA, John & Cindy Cano and Gabriel Cano, Jr. all of Bay City, 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Gabriel Cano and grandson John Cano, Jr.

A Prayer service will be held at 6:30 PM Friday, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 16, 2007 at Vineyard Church in Bay City with Pastor Steve Sieben officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be George Slack, Joshua Baker, Jacob Cano, Jason Patranella, Stephen Cagle and Tucker O’Bryant. Jason Cano, Dustin Slack & Derrick Slack will be honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.
 
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John Joe Cano, Jr.
(September 24, 1973 - February 10, 2007)

John Joe Cano, Jr., 33, of Bay City passed away February 10, 2007. He was born September 24, 1973 in Bay City. Survivors include his wife Marsha Cano, mother Bonnie Cano, fathers John Cano & Shorty Thompson, sister Jillian Cagle, brothers Jacob Cano and Jason Cano and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2007 at the Abundant Life Church with Rev. Greg McMullin officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers include Sherman D. Teeler, C. J. Babik, Stephen Cagle, Heath Thompson, Duane Avilla, Dean Johnson & Brian Davis. Honorary pallbearers include Coy Reed, Jesse Wooten, Tim Peitre and Greg Carter. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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A. Herbert Cantrell

 

Funeral services for A. Herbert Cantrell, 82, of Bay City will be held 2:30 p. m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Cantrell was born May 8, 1910 in Ponotoc City, Okla. and died Feb. 18, 1993 at Sweeny Community Hospital in Sweeny.

 

He was a member of the Church of Christ and the Lions Club. He was former owner of Cantrell Motor Co. and Cantrell Truck Lines, before his retirement.

 

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Mary Lynn Cantrell of Pepper Pike, Ohio and Carroll and Cheryl Cantrell of Houston; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Jerry Slone of Bay City; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Gloria Cantrell of Amarillo; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruby and Keith Backen of Sweeny and five grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Cantrell, on Nov. 24, 1992 and his wife, Vivian Cantrell on Dec. 11, 1992.

 

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, February, 1993

 


Charles Cantrell

 

Graveside services for Charles Cantrell, 42, of Houston, are scheduled for 2 p. m. today at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman of First Baptist Church officiating.

 

Mr. Cantrell was born Sept. 15, 1950 in Wharton to A. Herbert and Vivian Opal Church Cantrell and he died Nov. 24, 1992 in Houston.

 

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

 

Survivors include his parents, Herbert and Vivian Cantrell of Bay City; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Mary Lynn Cantrell of Pepper Pike, Ohio and Carroll and Cheryl Cantrell of Allen; a sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Jerry Slone of Bay City; four nieces and one nephew.

 

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, November 27, 1992

 


Vivian Opal Cantrell

 

Funeral services for Vivian Opal Cantrell, 79, of Bay City are scheduled for 2 p. m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mrs. Cantrell was born May 22, 1913 in Palacios to Robert Hess and Eleanor Harbison Church. She died Dec. 11, 1992 in Matagorda General Hospital.

 

She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

 

Survivors include her husband A. Herbert Cantrell of Bay City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Mary Lynn Cantrell of Pepper Pike, Ohio and Carroll and Cheryl Cantrell of Allen, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Jerry Slone of Bay City; a sister and brother-in-law Ruby Church and Keith Baken of Sweeny as well as five grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers will be Wayne Michael, Roy Sanders, Woodie Riedel, George McDonald, Andy Anderson and James Sowell.

 

Funeral services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins of Bay City Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, December 13, 1992

 


Virginia Gatica Cantu
(July 30, 1957 - December 15, 2005)

Virginia Gatica Cantu, 48 of Palacios passed away Thursday, December 15, 2005 in Wharton, TX. She was born July 30, 1957 in Palacios, TX to the late Monico and Carmen Chavez Gatica. She was a life long resident of Palacios, and a Register Nurse at Matagorda General Hospital. She is survived by her husband: Juan Martin Cantu of Palacios; 2 daughters: Christina and Katherine Cantu both of Palacios; 3 sons: Juan Martin Cantu, Jr., Jack Lee Gillett, Jr., and James Barbour Gillett all of Palacios; 4 sisters: Mary Yanes of Rockdale, Aurora Lopez of Baytown, Rosie Herrera and Janie Arroyo both of Palacios; 4 brothers: Bobby Gatica of League City, Tony Gatica of Pasadena, Mike and Marcus Gatica both of Palacios. Mrs. Cantu was preceded in death by her parents, sister: Paulene Gatica, and brother: Gabriel Gatica. A Prayer Service will be held 7:30 PM Friday, December 16, 2005 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, December 17, 2005 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Comilino Yanes, Michael Gatica, Domingo Lopez, Jr., Daniel Herrera, Jr., Bobby Gatica, Jr., and Ramiro Arroyo, Jr. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home (361) 972-2012.

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Funeral services for Allen James Carlisle, 56 of Galveston, Texas will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2009 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church 3300 Ave F Bay City, Texas, with the Rev. T. L. Richardson, pastor and the Rev. Willie B. Price, Sr., officiating.

Allen was born
August 21, 1953 to Emmanuel Carlisle and Charlotte Green Tingle.

Burial will be held at 1 p.m.
Tuesday at Houston National Cemetery Houston, Texas.

Visitation will be from 4 until
6 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2009 and a wake will be from 6 until 8 p.m. in the chapel of Green's Mortuary in Bay City,
Texas.

Final arrangements entrusted to Green's Mortuary (979) 245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, Published September 2, 2009
 


Miles l. Carlton

 

Funeral services for Miles L. Carlton, 51, will be held 10 a. m. Thursday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Earl Breazeale officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Carlton was born Sept. 15, 1941 in Jacksonville, Fla. to Mabry and Mildred Taylor Carlton and he died Oct. 11, 1992 at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club.

 

Survivors include his wife, Jane [Ewton] Carlton of Bay City; two sons, Lance and Marlin Carlton, both of Florida; a sister Pixianne Ashby of Jacksonville, Fla. and one granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Carlton of Florida.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, October 30, 1992

 


J. E. Carothers
Resolution

 

While the clouds of evening were overshadowing those of noonday, the grim reaper stalked into our midst and took from among us Prof. J. E. Carothers, principal of the Sargent colored school, Matagorda County.

 

In the passing of Professor Carothers, the race loses one of its splendid characters, the profession one of its foremost teachers, Matagorda County one of its upright citizens and no small part of the state feels the sudden taking away of Professor Carothers than the teachers of South Texas. To know him was to love him. The teachers of South Texas will forever cherish the name of this noble character as an honor to his sacred memory.

 

It is difficult to overestimate the influence of his noble nature and magnetic personality upon a large number of girls and boys, teachers and friends during his life journey among the people of South Texas.

 

He was diligent in every undertaking and cheerful about it; his sun went down Wednesday, March 9, closing the final chapter of a splendid character, a noted leader and a great standard-bearer for all that is right and just.

 

We loved him and he loved us. We will miss him. His passing was quick, like a snow wreath floating on the stream, yet melted away into the brightness of another world, yet his star, like the morning one, has melted away into the brightness of another world.

 

In memory of a friend,

E. A. CREER.

Principal, El Campo Colored Schools

 

"There is a reaper whose name is death,

And with his sickle keen,

He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,

And the flowers that grow between."

 

Hence we realize that in the midst of life we are death. Ever since the formation of the universe, death has been coming into our homes and claiming our loved ones.

 

Although death is a frequent visitor, nevertheless, he is an unwelcome guest; yet when he enters, we can only wrap the mantle of our couch about us and lie down to pleasant dreams.

 

When we think of our pleasant association with Professor Carothers as a teacher, for several years, and to realize that we shall hear his voice no more in the school room and in our different meetings, our hearts melt with tears. But we are consoled when we think that our Heavenly Father is too wise to make an error and too just to be unjust.

 

In the death of Professor Carothers the county loses a loyal worker, the town an honored citizen, the bereaved family a worthy member, the children a loving father.

 

Death is no respecter of persons, and we know not the hour when it shall knock at our door.

 

But, when we think of his successful career as a teacher, his earnest efforts to support and protect his family, supplying their every need, we feel that we have a vacancy that will be hard to fill.

 

Whereas, God in His all-wise providence has seen fit to take from us our beloved co-worker and friend,

 

Be It Resolved, That we bow in humble submission to His will.

 

Be It Resolved. That we extend to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy in their hour of grief and commend them to our Heavenly Father, who has all power in his hands.

 

Respectively,

MATAGORDA COUNTY COLORED SCHOOLS

 

Matagorda County Tribune, March 25, 1927

Joe Caruthers, A Tribute.

The tragedy that ended the life of Joe Caruthers, principal of Sargent negro school, is deplored by this office. Joe Caruthers was an earnest, conscientious teacher, always desirous of doing something worth while for his school and his community. He numbered his friends among the white people by the score, by these he was held in esteem because of his upright, consistent life. We fell that one of the best members of the teaching profession among the negro teachers of Matagorda County is lost to the negro schools in the passing of Joe Caruthers.

Matagorda County Tribune, March 25, 1927

J. E. Carothers

 

Wharton, Texas, March 17, 1927

 

"God works in a mysterious way,

His wonders to perform;

He plants his footsteps upon the sea

And rides upon the storm."

 

Whereas, on Wednesday morning, March 9, 1927, Death, stealthily and without the last premonition, entered the home and tragically terminated the terrestrial being of J. E. Carothers and wafted the immortal soul of said deceased to that eternal and sweet haven of rest, where the cares, toils, hardships and discomforts of life have not even a momentary abode, and where everlasting bliss and perfect happiness reign supreme:

 

Be It Resolved, by the Colored Teachers of Wharton County, Texas. That by his untimely departure from the walks of man, the teaching profession has lost a valiant and ardent educator; the state, a brave and loyal citizen; Matagorda County, an honest, firm and brilliant character; the race, a true scion of noble manhood; the home, a worthy and persistent lover.

 

Be It Further Resolved, That we the colored teachers of Wharton County, Texas, do deeply implore the tragical death, but feel that the will of the Heavenly Father has been done and that though, His works bring to us, at times, sadness and displeasure, yet do we feel encouraged by the knowledge that "He doeth all things well;" and that "He whom the gods love, dies young" and that "death is not the last sleep but the last and final awakening."

 

Be It Further Resolved, That though his personal presence, here in this unkind world, will be missed, his memory shall ever live. His manly disposition, his cheerful countenance, and his congeniality have been indelibly stamped upon our hearts, hence the memory of him will eternally be in our presence.

 

Be It Further Resolved, That while we deeply deplore and mourn his untimely demise, we commend his Christian spirit to the Supreme Maker, who doeth all things for the best.

 

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved relatives, and that we implore the sorrow-ladened family to weep not, but prepare to meet the spirit of this noble character in that Great Beyond.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Colored Teachers of Wharton

County, Texas

 

 Matagorda County Tribune, March 25, 1927
 


Christopher Scott Carr
(October 24, 1951 - January 31, 2008)

Christopher Scott Carr, 56, of Bay City passed away Thursday, January 31, 2008. He was born October 24, 1951 in Bay City to Thomas T. “Tony” Carr and Joyce Aloyise Davis Carr. He was a lifelong resident of Bay City and a member of the Lutheran church.

He was a veteran of the US Army “Green Beret” Special Forces as a Medical Supervisor and received training and education at Wharton County Jr. College; University of South Alabama, University of Houston, University of Northeast Louisiana, and San Jacinto Jr. College. He was also a former Shift Security Lieutenant at the South Texas Nuclear Electrical Generating Station.

He is survived by his wife: Patricia Ann Carr of Knoxville, TN; by his daughter: Sarah Jane Carr and son-in-law: Gregory Thomas Schafer of Bay City; by a son: Christopher Adam Carr of Bay City; by his mother: Joyce Carr of Bay City; his step-son: John Thomas Morrison of Powhatan, VA; and his granddaughter: Isabelle Ruth Schafer of Bay City. His father, Thomas T. “Tony” Carr, preceded him in death.

The family will receive visitors from 4 PM to 6 PM Monday, February 4, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. He will be cremated.

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

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.
 
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John Carrick, 74, Collegeport Resident, Dies In La Marque

 


Funeral services were held at the Palacios Funeral Home at 2:30 p. m. Sunday for John Carrick, a resident of Collegeport for 45 years. Rev. A. G. Fitzgerald of Houston, formerly minister of the Collegeport Presbyterian Church, officiated.

 

Mr. Carrick was born November 19, 1879 in England. He died Friday at 9:30 a. m. at the home of his son, N. R. Carrick, in La Marque, Texas, after a lingering illness.

 

The body was brought to Palacios by the Emkin-Linton Funeral Home, who had charge of funeral arrangements. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

 

His survivors include his widow, Mrs. Helena Carrick of Collegeport; one son, N. R. of La Marque; one brother, Thomas of England; two sisters, Mrs. Hannah Mulford of Canada and Mrs. Eva Jackson of England.

 

The Palacios Beacon, September 16, 1954

 


Former Countian Dies in LaMarque

 

Norman R. Carrick, 50, of 907 Pine Street in LaMarque, passed away in the Galveston County Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p. m. in the Emken-Linton Mortuary in LaMarque. Graveside services will be at 4:30 p. m. at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Carrick, originally from Collegeport, had been a resident of Galveston for the past 20 years. A World War II veteran, he was a production supervisor for the Monsanto Chemical Company at the time of his death.

 

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Beulah Carrick of LaMarque and one niece.

 

Local arrangements are by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, August 16, 1966

 


Miladie "Loddie" Trojcak Kana Carroll
March 15, 1918 -  May 8, 2009
 

Miladie "Loddie" Trojcak Kana Carroll, age 91, formerly of Blessing and Baytown, went to be with her Lord on May 8, 2009.

She was born on March 15, 1918 in Sublime to the late Frank Joe and Emilie Woytek Trojcak.

She is survived by: her sister, Gladys Trojcak Mood of San Antonio; brother, Frank W. Trojcak and wife Sophie of San Antonio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husbands Charles Paul Kana and J.C. Carroll.

A rosary was recited at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Triska Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2009, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Blessing with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Peters Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jimmy Joe Trojcak, George Knebel, Jr., Daniel Robinette, Dennis Bartosh, Austin McDowell and Shirley Trojcak.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published May 13, 2009
 


Raymond Lee Carson

 

Raymond Lee Carson of Bay City passed from this life and on to be with our Lord Sept. 10, 1995, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was born June 7, 1937, in St. Louis, Mo., to Daniel James and Geneva Allen Carson.

 

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Hough Carson of Bay City; his mother, Geneva Carson of Galveston; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Lee and Jan Carson of Palestine; [daughter, Linda Carson of Bay City]; two sisters, Anita Jenkins and Linda Ogden, both of Miami, Fla.; two brothers, Lonnie Carson and Danny Carson, both of Ft. Myers, Fla., two grandchildren, Nicole and Shawn Carson, both of Palestine and by a number of nieces and nephews.

Ray Carson had been a resident of Bay City since 1981. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U. S. Navy on the USS Forrestal.

 

He was retired from the nuclear power industry and was currently working with Furrows in Lake Jackson.

 

Ray was a member of the Council of the House of Prayer Church, was on the Board of Directors of Agape Farms, was vice president of the Bay City Chapter of Full Gospel Men's Fellowship International and one of the founders as well as member of the Board of Directors of the Bay City Club.

 

Pallbearers were Richard Carson, Danny Carson, Lonnie Carson, Ray Loyacano, Jim Kelems and Allen McNiel. Honorary pallbearer was Bill Minkert.

 

A very memorable service was held at 4 p. m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1995, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Earl Breazeale officiating and Hill Winfrey assisting. Music for Mr. Carson's service was provided by David Foudray with singing by Mr. Carson's daughter, Linda Carson.

 

Graveside services were held at Hawley Cemetery by Rev. Earl Breazeale with additional words from Marlin Hougham. The graveside service ended with the VFW military service and the presentation of the United States flag to Mr. Carson's son, Richard Carson.

 

Anyone wishing to contribute in Mr. Carson's memory is requested to send the memorial gift to the Bay City Public Library or the Bay City Club Inc.

 

The Daily Tribune, September 15, 1995

 

Alfred G. Carter

Goldie Lee Carter

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


DEAD MAN PROMINENT

Home in Crosbytown; Sons Identify Corpse And Take Charge

The man found on the gulf Coast Lines right-of-way near Buckeye last Saturday with both arms severed and brought to Bay City where he died has been identified as J. W. Carter, a prominent and well-to-do citizen of Crosbytown, by his two sons, R. C. Carter, mayor of that place, and R. M. Carter a businessman.

When found Mr. Carter was identified as a mason by a lodge emblem he was wearing and local masons took up the search for relatives. A piece of letter was found on his person and by that means the local fraternity was not long in locating relatives. The sons will return to Crosbytown with the remains this afternoon.

No explanation as how the accident occurred can be given. Evidently the unfortunate man in some way fell from the Houston-bound train last Saturday morning and fell under the wheels in such a way as to severe both arms. The body, still alive, was found at one o’clock Saturday afternoon, but the man was too far gone to talk. He was brought to Bay City and died about the time of arrival in the city.

The Matagorda County Tribune, August 28, 1925
 


LLOYD CARTER

MARKHAM - Funeral services for Lloyd Carter, 67, of Markham, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. M.L. Jones officiating. Burial will follow immediately after the service at Markham Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2010.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on October 7, 2010
 


MARY CHESSHIR CARTER
 

BAY CITY - Mary Chesshir Carter, 64, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009 in San Antonio. She was born Aug. 19, 1944, in Beeville, to Walter Chesshir and Thelma Bernice Baskin Chesshir. She was a resident of Bay City for the past seven years and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She was also a member and on the Board of Directors of Road Riders, Inc - Toys for Kids in Bay City.

She is survived by her husband: Richard Paul Carter of Bay City; her daughters: Trisha Mattison and husband Trent of Beaumont and Erin Ehlermann and husband Mark of Virginia Beach, Va.; her sister: Patricia Luna of Beeville; her brothers: John Chesshir of Corpus Christi, Walter Chesshir of Jourdanton, and Kenneth Chesshir of Beeville; and her grandchildren: Logan Burke, Cooper Mattison, Andrew Ehlermann, and Ryan Ehlermann.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Walter and Thelma Baskin Chesshir.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009 at Beeville Memorial Park in Beeville.
Pallbearers will be Bill Jahnsen, Jim Halbert, Jesse Aguilar, Bill Luder, Keith DeFehr, and Danny Lee.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Ehlermann, Trent Mattison, Logan Burke, Andrew Ehlermann, Ryan Ehlermann, Cooper Mattison, Mitchell Luna, Jeff Chesshir, Walter Chesshir, Hugh Robie, Tommy Saenz, Ronnie Radford, Jimmy Webster, James Lockhart, Burt Post, Gordon Dudley, Daniel Ramirez, and Carlos Montelongo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary's name to: Toys for Kids - Road Riders, Inc., c/o 13 Holly Lane, Bay City, TX 77414.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/7/2009
 


N.B. "Nap" Carter, Jr.
Nov. 8, 1928 - May 3, 2009
 

N.B. "Nap" Carter, Jr. was born on November 8, 1928 in Melrose, Louisiana to Napoleon Barney Carter, Sr. and Maude E. McIlwain Carter. On November 21, 1949, he married Frances Bevil Herrington in Pine Ridge, Texas. Nap began working for the Humble Oil & Refinery in 1951 at the Village Mills Drilling Department in Woodville, Texas and retired in 1986 from Exxon-Mobil after 35 years of service. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge.

Nap raised his family in Katy and has spent his retirement years between Katy and his second home in Matagorda. Being raised in the great depression he learned to improvise using tools and materials available to handle any job before him. Naps father was an old time mechanic that could work on anything and Nap picked up that trait. He was a master of leverage and could walk an engine out of a shrimp boat just using two pieces of pipe. In Matagorda, he fulfilled his dream of owning a shrimp boat. He enjoyed fishing and being the best "granddaddy" anyone could ask for. He will be greatly missed by his friends in both Katy and Matagorda area.

N.B. "Nap" Carter, Jr. passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009 in Houston, Texas at the age of 80 years.

He is survived by: his wife, of 59 years, Bevil Carter of Katy; his children, Donna Lynn and Warren Brown of Katy, Sharon Kay and Erwin Ward of Bay City, Allan Dale Carter of Richmond, and Brian Glenn Carter of Katy; his grandchildren, Shanna Brown Teuton of Katy, Renee Ward of Cape Coral, Florida, Paul Carter of Santa Monica, California, Warren Brown of Katy, William Brown of Round Rock, Ashley Carter and Dustin Carter of Katy, and future great grandson, Carter Samuel Teuton; his sister, Celeste George of Beaumont; and his brother, Ed McDowell of Memphis, Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Napoleon Barney Sr. and Maude E. McIlwain Carter; by a sister, Ellen La Caze; and by a brother, Newton Buford Carter.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy, where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy, with the Rev. Tom Bolin officiating. Interment in Katy Magnolia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1310 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77006.

Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue, Katy, Texas 77493; (281) 391-2424.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 6, 2009
 


Betty Jean Denn Cartwright
Feb. 18, 1930  July 31, 2010

Betty Jean Denn Cartwright, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 31, 2010, in her home in Clear Lake, Texas.

Betty was born February 18, 1930 to Mathias Denn and Galdys Collamore Denn in Bay City, Texas.

She was preceded in death by: her grandson, Nathaniel B Cartwright; her parents, Matt and Gladys Denn; her sister, Maxine Denn Farrar; and brother, Billy William John Denn.

She is survived by: her husband of fifty-nine and one half years, Robbie James Cartwright; and her sons, Robert and his wife Cathy, Lew and his wife Linda, and Larry Cartwright; and grandchildren, Ryan, Ray, Matthew, Lissa, and Jason and his wife Lindsay Cartwright; Rachel and her husband Bruce LaBauve; Kristan and her husband Greg Hart; Jennifer and her husband Joe Moreland; and Joshua Jackson, as well as, nine great grandchildren.

The main emphases in her life were her husband, her children, and her church. She and Robbie were founding members of Bay Area Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Webster, Texas where Betty served for eleven years, from 1988 to 1997, as volunteer Church Administrator to the founding Pastor, Dr. James Bland.

Pall bearers will be Jack Amuny, Lynn Hershey, Grant Jensen, Raleigh Johnson, Ben Lockett, and Pete Scott.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Ryan, Ray, Matt, and Jason Cartwright; Greg Hart, Bruce LaBauve, Joshua Jackson, and Joe Moreland.

Services will he held at Bay Area Presbyterian Church, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 4, 2010. The interment at 4 p.m. will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bay Area Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Medical Center Boulevard, Webster, Texas 77598.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published August 4, 2010
 


Dorothy Beyer Cartwright
(October 23, 1928 - November 26, 2009)

Dorothy Beyer Cartwright, 81, was peacefully called home November 26, 2009 while surrounded by her family. She was born October 23, 1928 at her family home in Midfield, TX to the late Charles R. & Rosalie Ripper Beyer.

She was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County living most of her years in Bay City. She was a member of Nichols Rd. Church of Christ and volunteered at Harvest House for 17 plus years. She also volunteered at Bay Villa Health Care Center for a number of years by helping the ladies with their hair. Dorothy loved sewing, counted cross stitch, bowling, working in her yard, fishing and watching the Astros.

Her husbands Donald Baker and Mack Cartwright; brother Edgar Beyer; brother-in-law John Lejsal and granddaughter Diana Cartwright all preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter Brenda Carroll & husband David of Bay City; son Phil Cartwright and wife Susan of St. Louis, MO; sister Beatrice Lejsal of Pearland, TX and sister-in-law Janie Beyer of Midfield, TX. She has six granddaughters Kristi Organ & husband Scott of Bay City; Stephanie Carroll of Albuquerque, NM; Isa Cartwright of St. Louis, MO; Leslie Schmerber & husband James of Phoenix, AZ; Amanda Campos & husband Robert of Bay City and Shannon Henning & husband Ryan of Corpus Christi and six great grandchildren Austin Anzaldua, Emily & Seth Organ, Lindsey Schmerber, and Conner & Kloey Henning. Also surviving are her long-time friend Grace Keener and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5PM to 8PM Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at the Nichols Rd. Church of Christ with Bro. Larry Macomber and Bro.Glenn Organ officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Doug Davis, Richard Beyer, John Westbrook, Ralph Rawlings, Don Schmersahl & Bob Noster. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Campos, Scott Organ, James Schmerber, Ryan Henning, John Lejsal, Jr., William Hunter, David O’Donnell, Edgar Beyer, Jr., Gary Beyer, James Beyer and David Beyer. Memorials may be made to the Harvest House, 1200 Nichols Rd., Bay City, TX 77414 or Houston Hospice El Campo, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437.

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Homer William Cartwright
(August 17, 1922 - February 12, 2009)

 

U.S. VeteranHomer W. Cartwright, 86, of Bay City, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2009. He was born August 17, 1922 in Matagorda County to Greenberry Savage Cartwright and Blanche Myrtle Ingham Cartwright. He was a life long resident of Matagorda County, a member of the First Christian Church of Bay City, and was a US Army veteran of World War II, and was severely wounded during the Normandy invasion.
 

He is survived by his sons: David Cartwright and wife Linda of Bay City, and Gary Cartwright and wife Janell of Decatur; his sisters: Nita Bell of Bastrop and Mary Louise Toups of Louisiana; his brothers: Travis Cartwright of Wadsworth, Howard “Pete” Cartwright of Palestine, Robbie Cartwright of Clear Lake and Charles “Bully” Cartwright of Austin; and by his grandchildren: Chance Cartwright, Josh Cartwright and Holly Cartwright. He was preceded in death by his parents: Blanche M. and Greenberry S. Cartwright; and by his brother: Milford “Mack” Cartwright.
 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 15, 2009, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Fraley officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck with military honors provided by VFW Post 2438.
 

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

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

Bay City Tribune, February 15, 2009                              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Funeral services for the Rev. Enoch Casey, Jr. 71 of Bay City, Texas will be held Saturday June 17, 2000 at 2 p.m. at Enterprise Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. J. Welden Gilbert Pastor and the Rev. Elmo Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City. The Rev. Casey will lie in state at the church Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Visitation will be Friday afternoon until 9 p.m. Family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Enterprise Baptist Church.

The Rev. Casey was born to the union of Enoch Casey, Sr. and Lucy Johnson Casey October 3, 1928 in Center, Texas. He passed away at his residence June 13, 2000. He pastored First St. Matthews Baptist Church in Hitchcock, Texas and the New Day Deliverance Holiness Church in Angleton, Texas and was the assistance pastor of True Light Missionary Baptist Church #5 in West Columbia, Texas.

He is survived by: his wife Rosa Lee Casey of Bay City, daughter and son-in-law Shirley Long and the Rev. Larry Long, Sr. of Bay City; three sons and one daughter-in-law Willie Ray, Quinnon Ray Casey and Janie Mae of Bay City, and Vernon Lee Clay, Sr. of Ontario, California; children he reared Vernon Lee Clay, Jr., Enoch, Jonathan, John II, Roberson, all of Bay City; two brothers and sisters-in-law Preston Casey and Joe Beth of Bay City and Oscar D. Casey and Pat Tenaha, of Texas; four sisters Margaret Jackson and Hazel Casey Johnson of Bay City, Lucille Garrett and Nettie Mae Gardner and Booker T. of Center, Texas; four goddaughters Bobbie Ruth Polk of Houston, Nancy Tyler of Galveston, Delbra Roberson of Port Lavaca, and Shante Earls of Angleton; three god sons Kyle and Kevin Earls of Angleton, Raymond Randle of Bay City; mother and father Enoch and Lucy Casey; three sisters Inez Blanton, Elizabeth Murray and Irmogene Dotson; three brothers the Rev. M. L. Casey, Leroy and Cleveland Casey; niece Audrey Jordon and one great grandson Devorus Motra Roberson; 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, special nieces Maureen Bryant and special friends Annie Mae Earls and Alberta Walker.

Active pallbearers are: Richard Jackson, Louis Herdon, Curtis Gardner, Jimmie Ray Johnson, Jr., Cunnie Dale, Sr., the Rev. Larry E. Long, Sr., John Lewis Roberson, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are: Willie Ray Casey, Vernon Lee Clay, Sr., Enoch D. M. Casey Roberson, John Lewis Roberson, III, Quinnon Ray Casey, Vernon Lee Clay, Jr., Johnathan L. O. Roberson.

Green's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, June 16, 2000                                                Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott

 


 


County's Oldest Citizen Dies At 103
 

Matagorda County's oldest citizen, Mrs. Ora M. Cash, age 103, died Wednesday at Matagorda General Hospital. Although she had been hospitalized since January 7, 1969, Mrs. Cash had remained mentally alert, and able to be in a wheelchair throughout the day until a week ago. On Monday of this week she required round-the-clock nurses, quietly losing strength each day until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when she seemed to rouse momentarily, then just as quickly took a last soft breath.

Born in Pike County, Missouri, Mrs. Cash came to Bay City as a bride in 1899. Her late husband, William Cash, was one of the prominent early businessmen, and together they did a great deal to help in the early progress of Bay City. Their life together was centered around their home, church and community affairs, and when Mr. Cash died, his death occurred just five months before they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Cash taught Sunday School for many years, and served at some time in every activity of the church work. She was one of the two first women to serve on the school board. And she was a charter member of the early women's organizations in town, such as the still existing Chautauqua Club.

In recent years she enjoyed recalling the progress of the world in the years she lived in Bay City. After the historical event of the first men on the moon, she laughingly remarked that it was a long way from her first trip to Bay City from Wharton. The road from Wharton was rut-deep mud, and took the cart pulled by small donkeys all day and into the night to get to Bay City.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, with burial in Cedarvale Cemetery. Rev. W. D. Baker and Rev. Wm. D. O'Neal will officiate.

Mrs. Cash is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Clara Mae Cochran and Mrs. Mary E. Hurst, both of Bay City; two grandchildren: Mrs. Sam W. Waters of Galveston and Dr. M. L. Hurst of Dallas; three great-grandchildren: Sharolyn and Wendy Hurst and Scott Thomas Waters.

The Cancer Fund, in memory of the only son of Mrs. Cash, the late T. C. Cash of Tyler, and the Memory Book of the First Baptist Church are the tributes Mrs. Cash would have selected.

The Daily Tribune, October 14, 1971
 


CONCEPCION O. CASTAŃON
 

PALACIOS - Concepcion Orona Castańon, 75, of Palacios, died Thursday, March 27, 2008. She was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Jimulco, Coahuila, Mexico.

The rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2007 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Palacios, with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 3/29/2008.

 


HUDSON W. CASTLETON

Hudson W. Castleton, 62, of LaFayette, Louisiana died suddenly in New Orleans on April 14. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was an engineer for Ammoco Productions, Co. Survivors include: wife, Beatrice of LaFayette; sons: John and Charles; daughter, Ellen; grandson, Scott Hudson; brother, John Vallie of Red Oak, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 18 at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Merle Waters officiating. Interment will be at the Cedarvale Cemetery. Services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, April, 1979
 


John Castner

 

Funeral services for John Castner, 83, of Palacios, were held January 20, 1996 at the Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. W. S. "Doug" Blanton officiating. Burial followed in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Castner was born June 2, 1912 in Camden, New Jersey to Willis Hunt and Maude Cupp Castner. He died January 17, 1996 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

 

He is survived by his wife Mabel Saitta Castner, three sons, John N. Castner, Jr., of Seguin; James W. Castner of Coleman and Willis H. Castner II and daughter-in-law Nita Castner of Arlington; by nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers were Bob Trant, Leonard Lamar, B. M. Ramsey, Fulton Lothridge, G. L. Parslev, A. D. Sanders, and G. G. "Bub" Lawson.

 

The Palacios Beacon, January, 1996

 


Mabel Edith Castner

 

Funeral services for Mabel Edith Castner, 90, of Palacios, were held June 22, at Palacios Funeral Home. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Castner was born January 26, 1912 in Brooklyn, NY. She was the eldest child of James William Saitta and Mabel Nixon Saitta. She died June 16, 2002 at Palacios Healthcare Center.

 

She had been a resident of Palacios for 25 years. She was a National Flower Judge, a past president of the Palacios Hospital Pink Ladies, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios, a volunteer at the Palacios Chamber of Commerce, and active at the Friends of Elder Citizens Center.

 

She graduated as Salutatorian of her class in Washington, NJ in 1928 and had also lived in Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Cornwall, PA, Midland, TX, Clearwater, FL and Kerrville, TX She married John Nichols Castner on the way to a dance in Chicago on December 31, 1931.

 

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Jeanene of Bacliff, TX, sons and daughters-in-law Nita and Willis Hunt Castner II of Arlington, TX and Debbie and James Walter Castner of Coleman, TX; daughter-in-law Jinny Castner of Seguin, TX; grandchildren, Debbie Hooper of Clyde, TX, John Castner of Cape May, NJ, Tanya Clarke of Roundrock, TX, James Castner of Yukon, OK, Alicia Castner of Crowley, TX, Paul Castner of Midland, TX, Becki Rendon of Seguin, TX, Sonja Bean of Arlington, TX, and Delaine Watson of Mustang, TX; great-grandchildren Leslie Hooper of Clyde, TX, Cristy Castner of Oklahoma City, OK, Anthony Tobar of Arlington, TX, Jason Castner of Cape May, NJ, Melissa Castner of Cape May, NJ, Shannon Perry of Crowley, TX, Catherine Clarke of Roundrock, TX, and Grant Bean of Arlington, TX; great-great grandchildren Destiny Castner and Bobby Castner of Cape May, NJ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, John Castner; a son, John Castner, Jr., and a brother, James.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Senior Citizens Center, 700 Commerce, Palacios, TX 77465.

 

The Palacios Beacon, June 27, 2002

 


Funeral Services held For Mrs. Bennie Cates


Mrs. Bennie Cates, a former resident of Bay City, died in Dallas Friday. Funeral services were held from the Hyde Park Funeral Home in Houston Sunday. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery at 12:00 o'clock today.

 

Among the survivors are a sister, Mrs. Oscar Barber and nephew, W. D. Williams of Bay City.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, January 23, 1950

 


Alonia Parks Cathey

Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Alonia Parks Cathey, 75, of Bay City, 1 p.m., Saturday at St. Mark’s Baptist Church in Cedar Lane.

Cathey died October 24, 1981 in Bay Villa Nursing Home.

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. N. J. Johnson.

She is survived by son, Albert Cathey; sister, Mrs. Ruthie Brown of Bay City; brothers, James Parks of Bay City and Elijah Parks of McGregor.

Burial will follow services at St. Mark’s Community Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Visitation hours are today (Friday) from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Funeral Home Chapel.

Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, October 30, 1981                                       Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Davy Cathey
June 2, 1951 - May 28, 2007


Graveside services for Davy Cathey, 55, of Bay City, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2007 at St. Mark Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

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

He was born in Bay City, Texas, June 2, 1951, to Sam Cathey, Sr. and Edna Smith Cathey, and passed away May 28, 2007, in San Antonio, Texas.

Survivors include: a son, Davy Cathey, Jr.; mother, Edna Cathey; two sisters, Shirley Cathey and Eula Pruett; five brothers, Bobby Cathey, James Cathey, Jr., Ronnie Cathey, Sterling Cathey, and Paul Cathey; and other relatives.

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

Bay City Tribune, May 30, 2007
 


Hardy Eugene Cathey

Graveside services for Hardy E. Cathey, 51, will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark Cemetery in Cedar Lane. Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. Cathey was born July 29, 1940 in Bay City to Edna and the late Sam Cathey and died at his residence on July 27, 1992.

Survivors include his mother, Edna Smith Cathey of San Antonio; two sisters, Shirley Coleman of San Antonio and Eula Pruitt of Landover, Md.; seven brothers, Ronnie Cathey, Sterling Cathey, James Cathey and David Cathey, all of Bay City, Paul Cathey of Seattle, Wash., Sam Cathey Jr., of San Antonio and Bobby Cathey of Houston, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

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

The Daily Tribune, July 1992                               Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


James W. Cathey

 

Graveside services for James W. Cathey, 68, of Markham will be held 4 p. m. today at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, with the Rev. Kenneth Goodell officiating. Burial will follow.

 

Mr. Cathey was born March 15, 1923, to Emmett and Lena Mathis Cathey in Kentucky and died May 17, 1991, at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

He was a resident of Bay City for the past 30 years and a veteran of the Army Air Force in World War II. He was also a member of the Methodist Church.

 

He is survived by his wife, Sammie Lee Cathey of Markham; two daughters and a son-in-law, Janet and Don Lindsey of Richmond, Va., and Carol Amine of Florida; a sister, Lucille Arthur of Mount Clemens, Mich.; a brother, Ray Cathey of Jackson, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, May, 1991

 


Kathern Wilkerson Cathey
Dec. 16, 1956 - Jan. 30, 2010

Funeral services for Kathern Wilkerson Cathey, 53, formerly of Bay City, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Murray Martin, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

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

She was born in Houston, Texas, December 16, 1956 to Don R. Wilkerson and Delores Law Wilkerson, and passed away January 30, 2010 in Houston, Texas.

Survivors include: her mother, Delores Wilkerson of Bay City; and father Don R. Wilkerson (and Deloris) of Houston; three sisters, Sherby Wilkerson and Janet W. Williams (and Alford), all of Bay City, and Jackie Ransom (and Billy) of Houston; and five brothers, Terrell Wilkerson of Bay City, Ronnie Law, Don Wilkerson, Jr., Gregory Emerson and Eric Burton, all of Houston; and one great-aunt, Blanche Lane of Bay City. Also a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, Bay City Tribune, Published February 3, 2010
 

Graveside services for Sam Cathey III, 50, of San Antonio, will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 11 a.m., at St. Mark Cemetery, Cedar Lane, Texas, with the Rev. K. W. Bree officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 18, until 9 p.m. in the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

He was born in Bay City, Tuesday, November 1, 1949, to Sam Cathey, Jr. and Edna Smith Cathey, and passed away Saturday, April 15, 2000 in San Antonio.

Survivors include his mother Edna Cathey of San Antonio, two sisters, Shirley Coleman of San Antonio, and Eula Pruett of Hidesville, MD; five brothers, Ronnie Cathey (& Sherry), Sterling Cathey and Davy Cathey, all of Bay City, Bobby Cathey of Houston, and Paul Cathey of Seattle, Wash; three aunts, Posie Massie of Bay City, Mildred Harris of Houston, and Gennie Eaton of Sweeny, and two great-aunts, Mary Lee Anderson of Cedar Lane, and Ethel Wallace of Bay City, and other relatives.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, April 18, 2000                                        Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


CATHEY, SAMMIE

CATHEY

Graveside services for Sammie Cathey, 68, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000 at Hawley Cemetery.

Mrs. Cathey died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000 in Pasadena, Texas. She was born Nov. 17, 1931 in Crockett, Texas to Otis Tacker and Murtle Vaughn Maxwell.

She is survived by: her sister, Pat Gunnels of Lake Jackson; step-sister, Zellie Bohusar of Markham; brother, Robert L. Maxwell of Bay City; a nubmer of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends from El Dorado Estates.

She was preceded in death by: her mother and step-father, Murtle Vaughn Maxwell and Robert Maxwell; and by her husband, James Cathey.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, February 1, 2000


LESTER OWEN CAVENDER

PALACIOS - Lester Owen Cavender, 77, of Palacios, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2010. He was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Quitman, Ark., to Verrlie Alma Owen Cavender and the late LaFeyette Lester Cavender. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He was a retired budget analyst for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Cavender was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Hitchcock and he was a member of the Scottish Rite.

Survivors include his mother, Verrlie Cavender of BeeBe, Ark.; sons, Don Cavender of Victoria, Eric Cavender of Texas City, and Russell Owen Cavender of Palacios; brother, Bill Cavender and his wife, Felecia, of BeeBe, Ark.; grandchildren, Erica Cavender of LaMarque, Joshua Cavender and Michael Cavender, both of Sante Fe, Laura Cavender of Santa Monica, Calif., and Tyler Cavender of Palacios; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2010, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels, Rev. Jack Bourland officiating. Masonic graveside services and full military graveside services under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council, AL, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, Ex-POW, MPOH. VVA and KWV will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Dogan, Robbie Crites, Leo Orsak, and Phill Richmond.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on April 10, 2010
 


Matthew Cegielski - Hawley Cemetery


 


Hattie C. Cerny
(September 4, 1915 - May 21, 2007)

Hattie C. Cerny, 91, of Bay City passed away Monday, May 21, 2007 in Bay City. She was born September 4, 1915 in Praha, TX to the late Joseph Cerny & Katrina Cervenka Cerny. Hattie was a resident of Matagorda County for 68 years, and a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church.

She is survived by: 2 daughters: Dolores Drozd of Bay City, and Mildred Neuman of Blessing; 2 sons: Albert and Alvin Cerny both of Bay City; sister: Agnes Heinrich of Schulenburg; 7 grandchildren: Dianne Dry, Elaine Dunn, Priscilla Norman, Janice Trochta, Steven and Mark Zernicek, and Dena Gomez; 12 great grandchildren: Zane, Zack and Taylor Gomez, Trevor and Jason Dunn, Robert II and Ashlyn Norman, Audrey and Laura Zernicek, Eric and Ryan Trochta and Jacob Daniel; and 2 great great grandchildren: Robert III and Aliyah Norman. Mrs. Cerny is preceded in death by her parents; husband: John Albert Cerny; 2 sisters: Mary C. Polensky and Julia Archer; and 6 brothers: Frank, Anton, Emil, Adolph, Willie and Rudolph Cerny.

A Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, May 25, 2007 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in El Campo. Pallbearers will be: Jacob Daniel, Jason Dunn, Zach Gomez, Eric, Michael and Ryan Trochta, Steven and Mark Zernicek. Honorary pallbearers will be her great granddaughters, great grandsons and Josh Siptak.

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Silvia "Spooky" Cervantes
(April 23, 1955 - June 19, 2007)

Silvia “Spooky” Cervantes, 52, of Sugar Valley, passed away June 19, 2007 in Bay City. She was born April 23, 1955 in Refugio, TX to Benito Cortinas, Jr. and Diane Nunez Bernal. She has been a resident of Sweeny for the past 22 years and was a member of the Catholic Church.

She is survived by husband: Richard Cervantes, Sr. of Sugar Valley; her mother: Diane Bernal and husband Eddie of Bay City; her father: Benito Cortinas Jr. and wife Maria Louisa of Van Vleck; by her daughter: Cristina Cervantes and husband Smiley Huerta of Bay City; and by her sons: Richard Cervantes, Jr. and wife Theresa of Bay City, Randy Cervantes & wife Michelle of Van Vleck, Rolando Cervantes and Ryan Cervantes, both of Sugar Valley. She is also survived by her sisters: Maria Diaz, Hilda Mireles, Nancy Cortinas and Pat Cortinas; by her brothers: Rene Cortinas, Ricardo Cortinas, Sr., Ruben Cortinas, Rudy Cortinas, Robert Cortinas and Thomas Cortinas; and by nine grandchildren.

The Rosary will be held at 7 PM Friday and Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Joey Cervantes, Leonard Fernandez, Robert Harrison, Tony Alvorado, Rocky Martinez, Leo Silva, Eric Cortinas and Richard Cortinas, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Elvis Cortinas, Raymond Garcia and Brandon Rogers.

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

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Bernice Cessor

 

Bernice Cessor, 88, of Schulenburg, Texas, died January 17, 2001 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center in Schulenburg. She was born May 28, 1912 in Jackson, Mississippi to the late Jesse Asbury and Zilia Amelia Walker Daniel. Mrs. Cessor was member of the Baptist Church, a resident of Schulenburg the past nine years and a former longtime resident of Midfield.

 

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and George Corbin of Webster; son and daughter-in-law, LeRoy and Anna Cessor of LaWard; four grandchildren. Willis Lee Corbin and Patricia Carol Bailey both of League City, Joshua Shane Cessor and Benjamin Lee Cessor both of LaWard; four great grandchildren, Jamie, Ryan, Benjamin and Erin; four sisters, Pearl, Bobby Sue, Fay and Geraldine; brother, Jackie Daniel of Houston.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy Cessor, Sr.; sisters, LeVern Fite, Lyda Tillery and Jimmie Lee; brothers, Van Daniel and Tyman Daniel.

 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2001, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be Joshua Shane and Benjamin Lee Cessor. Willis Lee Corbin, Carroll Dean MaGee, Frank Henry Fitzgerald and Danny Poessel.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001JA19

 

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, January 19, 2001

 


LeRoy Cessor

 

LeRoy Cessor, 65, a resident of Midfield passed away at the Matagorda General Hospital November 26. He had been a resident of Midfield since 1948, was a member and Past Master of the Blessing Masonic Lodge No. 411; Bay City Commandery No. 74 K. T., Bay City Council No. 251 R. S. M. and Bay City Chapter No. 351 R. A. M. Survivors include wife, Mrs. Bernice Cessor of Midfield; 2 daughters, Billie Wanda Cessor of El Paso and Mrs. Carolyn Corbin of Webster; 1 son, LeRoy Cessor Jr. of Midfield; 2 sisters, Mrs. Minnie Peterson of Galveston and Mrs. Linnie Turlington of El Dorado, Ark.; 1 brother, Olen Cessor of Yoakum; 2 grandchildren, Patrice Carol and Willis Lee Corbin. Funeral services will be held at Taylor Brothers Chapel November 28, at 10 a. m. with Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery with Masonic graveside services. Pallbearers will be members of the Blessing Masonic Lodge No. 411. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, November 27, 1973

 


Marilyn S. Chambless

 

Funeral services for Marilyn S. Chambless, 50, of Bay City, will be held at 1 p. m. Friday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Chambless was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Matagorda County and died Jan. 9, 1985, at her residence.

 

She was a member of the Baptist church.

 

Survivors include: her husband, Leo Chambless of Houston; her mother, Ethyl Legg of Caldwell, Texas; a daughter, Sharon Smith of Austin; a son, Bryan Chambless of Bay City; three sisters, Dovie Hejtmanek of Blessing, Jean Vaut of Pasadena, and Elaine Winn of Fort Collins, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, January, 1985

 


Infant Hayden Paige Chancey-Schmoker

(July 13, 2008 - July 13, 2008)

Infant Hayden Paige Chancey-Schmoker passed away Sunday, July 13, 2008 in Bay City. She was born Sunday, July 13, 2008 to Ricky Schmoker II and Candice Dial of Van Vleck. She is also survived by: brother: Jared Schmoker of Van Vleck; grandma: Doshia Chancey Kuenstler of Sweeny; grandparents: Tondra Chancey & Dewayne Romine of Hewitt, Mark & Ronnie Dial of Amarillo, and Sharon McBee of Beaumont; grandpa: Ricky Schmoker of Ukon, OK; great grandparents: Robert & Annette Chancey of Sweeny, Carlene & Phil Vanderslice of Amarillo, and Joyce Schmoker of Van Vleck; great great grandma: Dorothy O’Neal of Sweeny; aunts: Breanna and Tasha Chancey of Sweeny; uncles: Markus Chancey, Rope Miles and Jason Schmoker all of Beaumont; Cousins: Rowdy and Sheriyden Chancey of Sweeny, Ryan and Timothy Chancey of Sargent, Jason and Clint Lowe of Angleton, and Tiffany, Jonathan, and Laura Chancey all of Pledger; great aunts & uncles: Jason Schmoker of Beaumont, Eddie & Becky Chancey of Pledger, and Robert “PeeWee” & Wendy Chancey of Angleton. Hayden was preceded in death by her great great grandparents: Paul O’Neal Sr., Johnny Dale Chancey, Ruth Evelyn Chancey, Frank & Betty Pepe, and Henry Schmoker; great grandpa: Robert Dial; great great grandma: Helen Kahn; and 2 cousins: Whitney & Tessa Chancey A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Hunt officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Honorary Pallbearers: Jared Schmoker, Rope Miles, Rowdy Chancey, Kyle Romine, Ryan Chancey, Timothy Chancey, Josh Lowe, and Clint Lowe.

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Edward H. Chapman

 

Graveside services for Edward H. Chapman, 79, of McGehee, Ark., will be held 2 p. m. Saturday at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, with the Rev. William J. Hodge officiating.

 

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

Mr. Chapman was born April 18, 1909, in Markham to E. H. and Ella Whiddon Chapman Sr. and died Sept. 21, 1988, at Desha County Hospital, McGehee, Ark.

 

He was a member of the Methodist church.

 

Survivors include his wife, Inez Sirmon Chapman of McGehee, Ark.; a son, Everett Chapman of Manville, Texas; two daughters, Nancy McCown of Houston and Linda Williams of Katy; a brother, Howard Chapman of Alvin; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

 

Local arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, September, 1988

 


Ella Cordelia Chapman

 

Mrs. Ella Cordelia Chapman, 96, of Alvin, funeral service will be held at the Martin Funeral Chapel in Alvin , Wednesday, June 4 at 10 a. m. with the Rev. Wm. J. Hodge officiating. Interment service will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday in the Hawley Cemetery. Survivors include: sons, Howard Chapman of McGee, Arkansas; four grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Local arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, June 2, 1975

 


Inez Chapman

 

Inez Sirmon Chapman, 87, of Houston died November 1, 2001 at Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital. She was born October 27, 1914 in Markham, Texas to the late Richard Thomas and Maude Hardee Sirmon. Mrs. Chapman had been a resident of Houston since July and a former longtime resident of McGehee, Arkansas, where she was a member of Wesley Methodist Church.

 

Survivors include: two daughters and a son-in-law, Nancy McCowan of Houston and Linda and Mike Williams of Fulshear, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Everett and Norma Chapman of Manvel, Texas; nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband E. H. Chapman, Jr., daughter Joan Gill; sisters, Ethel Holsworth and Dorothey Gene Sirmon; brothers Earl, Ralph, Malcom, and Carvel Sirmon; and grandson, Gene McCown.

 

Graveside funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2001, at Hawley Cemetery with the Rev. William J. Hodge officiating.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A0011A2001MV04

 

The Daily Tribune, Sunday, Oct 4, 2001

 


Joseph Walter Chapman
(December 29, 1985 - May 26, 2009)

Joseph Walter Chapman, 23, of Van Vleck passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2009 as a result of a traffic accident near Bay City. He was born in Houston, Texas on December 29, 1985 to parents David James and Virginia Smith Chapman. He loved music and aspired to have a promising and rewarding career playing his beloved drums with his long-time friends in their band. He began playing the drums at age 6 and never gave up. He also loved animals and was a computer “whiz”. He recently earned his commercial drivers license and looked forward to traveling the countryside. His great love of life and humor will be remembered by all who knew him. He is survived by his parents, Virginia and David Chapman of Houston, a brother, Mason Kapp of Houston, and maternal grandparents, Jean Wilkinson Wales and husband Bill of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William and Helen Chapman of Wixom, Michigan, and by his maternal great grandparents, Walter William and Marjorie Bruce Wilkinson of Bay City. Visitation will be held Friday, May 29 at Bay City Funeral Home and Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 11:00 AM at St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bay City with Rev. Susan Kennard officiating. Interment will be held in the Wilkinson Family Plot at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be Paul Snyder, Coy Reed, Tim Tucker, Marshall Montalvo, Jerry Corenfield, and Neil Richardson. The Family requests that memorials please be made to the Bay City Little League and the Boy Scouts of America. Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. (979) 245-4893

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, May 31, 2009
 


LAWRENCE CHARBULA


EL CAMPO - Lawrence Charbula, 81, passed away on July 10, 2008. He was born on March 2, 1927, in Ammansville, to the late Ladislav and Adele Bartosh Charbula.

Mr. Charbula was a U.S. Army veteran and an insurance salesman for American National. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2490, American Legion Post 251, VFW Post 2786, and the KJT.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Krenek Charbula of El Campo; daughter, Kathy Charbula of El Campo; son, Kenny Charbula and wife Jennifer of Inez; grandsons, Zane and Cole Charbula; sister, Mildred Babik and husband Jerry of Bay City; brother, Erwin Charbula and wife Aline of Katy; sister-in-law, Laverne Charbula of El Campo; brother-in-law, Victor Krenek of Pasadena; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arnold Charbula; and sister-in-law, Shirley Krenek.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday at Triska Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Philips Catholic Church with the Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park with military honors under the auspices of American Legion Post 251.

Pallbearers will be Gary Charbula, Bryan Charbula, Clark Charbula, Scott Charbula, Daryl Charbula, and Chad Charbula.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to Houston Hospice Inc. or St. Philips Catholic Church.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 7/11/2008

 

Daniel Chasnoff, age 89, died Monday, December 29, 2008.

He was a Life Member of Bnai Brith and the Lions Club.

Daniel is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Rosalie Lena Einhorn Chasnoff.

He is survived by: his two sons, Barry Chasnoff and wife, Sallie of San Antonio,
Texas, Dr. Ira Chasnoff and wife, Carol of Chicago, Illinois; daughter, Shelly Renee Young of Reno, Nevada; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at noon on Tuesday, December 30, 2008, Shearith Israel Cemetery in Wharton, Texas with Rabbi Allison Bergman Van officiating.

Shiva was held at
7 p.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the home of Barry and Sallie Chasnoff, 619 Contour Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78212.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bnai Brith Mens Organization, 2020 K Street N.W., Washington
, D.C. 20006.

You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.

Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, Texas; 210-227-8221.

Bay City Tribune, Published December 31, 2008
 


Rosalie Lena Einhorn Chasnoff
Jan. 20, 1924 – Sep. 22, 2008

Rosalie Lena Einhorn Chasnoff, 84, died Monday, September 22, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born January 20, 1924 in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Israel and Frieda Einhorn. Mrs. Chasnoff was a life member of Hadassah Women’s Organization and the Lioness Club.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Daniel Chasnoff, two sons; Dr. Ira Chasnoff and his wife, Carol, Chicago, Illinois, Barry Chasnoff and his wife, Sallie, San Antonio, Texas, one daughter, Shelly Young, Reno, Nevada, grandchildren; Joel Chasnoff, Ariel Chasnoff, Gabriel Chasnoff, Brian Chasnoff, Sara Chasnoff, Zach Young, Bonnie Young, Heather Young, and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside Service will be at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at Shearith Isreal Cemetery, Wharton, Texas. Rabbi Barry H. D. Block officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Hadassah Women’s Organization, 50 West 58 Street, New York
, NY 10019

You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com. Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78212. Tele: (210) 227-8221
 

Bay City Tribune, Published September 25, 2008
 

Anthony Chaviers

Dec. 17, 1948 - Nov. 23, 2008

Matagorda Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Nellie Kennedy Cheatham

 

Funeral services for Nellie Kennedy Cheatham, 76, of Bay City, are scheduled for 10 a. m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1994, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with E. C. Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Cheatham was born Nov. 28, 1917, in Houston to Charlie and Mary Lively Matthews and died Sept. 10, 1994 at the Matagorda House Nursing Home in Bay City.

 

A resident of Bay city since 1941, she was a member of the Rebekahs, Eagles, the 100 Club, and she served as a Pink Lady at Matagorda General Hospital, a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post No. 2438 and a member of the Church of Christ.

 

Survivors include her husband, James Cheatham of Bay City; four sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Shirley Kennedy of Houston, Bo and Ellen Kennedy of Bay City, Steve and Lynne Kennedy of Victoria and David and Karen Kennedy of Independence, Mo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Weldon Waters of Texas City; two step sons, Bill Cheatham and John Cheatham, both of League City; two sisters, Mary Parker of Huffman and Chick Marcontell of Abilene; 15 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

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

 

The Daily Tribune, September 13, 1994

 


William L. "Bill" Cheatham

March 24, 1938 - March 21, 2009

 

William L. "Bill" Cheatham is survived by: his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Donna Dickinson and brother John of Houston.

 

He is preceded in death by: his parents, James H. and Mary "Pat" Cheatham of Bay City.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday, March 28, at Abundant Life Christian Center Chapel in LaMarque, Texas.

 

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, March 29, 2009

 


BOBBIE TRIBBLE CHENAULT

COLLEGE STATION - Bobbie Tribble Chenault, 86, of College Station, formerly of Sweeny and Bay City, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2010 in College Station. She was born Feb. 4, 1924 in Sweeny to John Tribble and Nelle (Ellis) Chenault.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Sweeny Cemetery with Nathan Burrow officiating.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters, Lydia Elizabeth Chenault, Barry Louise Chenault, Kathryne Lorene Chenault, Marjorie Chenault Heintschel, and Jeannette Chenault Leonard.

Bobbie is survived by her sisters, Clairette Pool of Missouri City, Leslie Hunt of College Station, and Virginia Miller and husband, Bob, of Conroe; brother-in-law, Melvin Leonard of Angleton; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.

She was a member of the Church of Christ, graduated from Sweeny High School, and worked for Long's Theaters and then for many years at the First National Bank in Bay City before retiring. She lived in Houston for a few years and then moved to College Station. She had a beautiful soprano voice and sang with groups at weddings and funerals while she lived in Bay City.

Services are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, 634 S. Columbia Dr., West Columbia, Texas 77486. 979-345-3232.

Online condolences may be left for the family by signing the guest book online at
www.bakerfuneralhome.net.

Published in Victoria Advocate on March 26, 2010
 


Evelyn Faye Margerum Chenault
Aug. 7, 1927 - May 1, 2009


Evelyn Faye Margerum Chenault passed into eternal life May 1, 2009 in Plano, Texas. She was born August 7, 1927 in Palacios, Texas to Robert and Naomi Margerum.

She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Willard and Bobby.

Survivors include: her husband of 55 years, Marvin H. Chenault Jr., and three sons, Tripp (wife Michelle), Robbie Carlisle and Jay (wife Jill); four grandchildren and one great grandchild, all in Dallas area; sister Dorothy and husband George Yeager and Jeannie Mound of Bay City, sister in law Virginia Margerum of Dripping Springs and Kathleen Smith of Dallas, numerous nieces and nephews, special friend Billie Newton.

Memorial Service Saturday, May 9, Lake Highlands, Methodist Church, Dallas.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 6, 2009
 


Tracy Allen Childers
(February 23, 1970 - December 27, 2010)
 
Tracy A. Childers went to be with the Lord December 27, 2010. He was born Feb. 23, 1970 in Bay City, TX. He was raised in Palacios and there began his passion for fishing. He and his brother Todd enjoyed fishing and hunting together. He spent some of his teen years in Brazoria and eventually settled in Bay City.

His two children meant the world to him. He loved taking them to Le Tulle Park where they would fish for perch for him to use as bait. He was the light and life of everything he did. He was a very true and honest man. He worked very hard in the field of construction.

He made the “Best” beef jerky around and was a horseshoe champion having won many tournaments. He sometimes out-fished himself and always looked forward to the next fishing or hunting date. He was a great teacher and loved his wife dearly as well as his step-children. He recently returned from a trip of a lifetime to Belize. He was able to live the life he wanted.

He leaves behind his wife Jennifer Childers; two daughters Clarissa Childers & Kyndal Childers; two step children Emily Talasek and Matthew Talasek; his mother Diane Moehrig and husband Scotty; father Steven Childers & wife Denise; brother Todd Childers; sisters Jenna Ryder & husband Blake and Alyssa Harrison and husband Trae; grandmothers Aline Bickham and Jan Chambless; niece Audrey Harrison and many other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm to 8pm Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Lane Pardue officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Todd Childers, David Harrison, David Bullock, John Hulbert, Donald Tucker, Mark Blythe, Sonny Ware & Jay Crochet. Honorary pallbearers will be Aiden Azar, Tyler Tucker, Blake Ryder & Trae Harrison. Memorials in Tracy’s name may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation; 2630 Fountain View Dr., Suite 210; Houston, TX 77057 or by visiting www.eftx.org.

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L. L. "Monk" Chiles

 

BRAZORIA--L. L. "Monk" Chiles, 75, of Brazoria, died Tuesday in a Sweeny hospital.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Brazoria, with the Rev. Bob Ross & Leon Locke officiating.

 

Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing under the direction of Baker Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Chiles was a rancher in Brazoria and Matagorda County.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Jean Graf of Vernon; two brothers, E. I. Chiles Jr. of Alabama and George Chiles of Sugarland; two sisters, Minnie Elizabeth Tinsley of South Carolina and Bobbie Mildred Feather of Louisiana; and three grandchildren, Phillip Graf of Vernon, Rene Bagley of Lockney and Melanie Graf of Lubbock.

 

Pallbearers will be Frederick Pierce, Randy Harang, Lewis Yaklin, Rex Keller, Carl McElrath, Jud McNeill, Mack McLeod and Son Reynolds.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be Leonard Stiles, Bob Brown, Verner Bowers, Eddie Henke, Edgar Byers, Dave Bolling, Gus Franzen, Al Yates, Archie Haggard and Dennis Norton.

 

The Daily Tribune, May 24, 1990

 


Lula Grace Chiles

 

Funeral services for Lula Grace Chiles, 70, of Brazoria will be held 1 p. m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Brazoria with the Rev. Dan Ross and the Rev. Debbie Measells officiating. Burial to follow in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Friends and family may call until 9 p. m. today at Baker Funeral Home in Brazoria.

 

Mrs. Chiles was born Jan. 21, 1920, in Midfield and died Jan. 24, 1990 at Sweeny Community Hospital.

 

Survivors include her husband, L. L. "Monk" Chiles of Brazoria, a daughter, and son-in-law, Jean and Curtis Graf of Vernon; mother, Mrs. Fred (Dee) Cornelius of Midfield; a sister, Mrs. Hoyt Johnson of Markham and three grandchildren, Phillip Graf of Vernon, Melanie Graf of Lubbock and Rene Bagley of Lockney, Texas.

 

Pallbearers include Dave Bolling, Sun Runnels, Archie Haggard, Eddie Henke, Rex Keller, Mac McLeod, Randy Harang and Carl McElrath.

 

Honorary pallbearers include Leonard Stiles, Edgar Beyers, Al Yates, Jud McNeil, Bob Brown, Gus Franzen, Dennis Norton, John Williams and Verne Bowers.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Hawley Cemetery Association, Blessing.

 

Arrangements are with Baker Funeral Home, Brazoria.

 

The Daily Tribune, January, 1990

 


Judith Burch Chittenden
(August 7, 1939 - December 8, 2005)

Judith Burch Chittenden, “Miss Judy”, 66, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2005. She was born August 7, 1939 in Corpus Christi to Russell & LaNel Burch. Formerly of Bellaire, she has been a resident of Sargent since 1978 and retired from Business Services Unlimited in 2005 after 35 years in tax preparation and bookkeeping.

She is survived by her husband: Don Chittenden; her sons: Rusty Davis & wife Barbara and David Ramsey & fiancée Kathlene; her step-son: Jim Chittenden & wife Vanessa; by 3 grandchildren: Heather Ramsey, Bryan Ramsey and Shelby Davis; by her mother: LaNel Powell; a brother: Michael Burch; her sister: Susan Burch; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death her father Russell Burch and her step-father: Wayne Powell.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, December 11, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russell Rose officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Robert D. Allison, Stephen Wilson, Kevin Eckelman, Eagen O’Brien, Tiger Lane, and Rod Carlsen. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

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Patricia A. Christianson

 

Funeral services for Patricia A. [Wickham] Christianson, 66, of Palacios, were scheduled for 2 p. m. Tuesday, Dec. 26 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W. S. "Doug" Blanton officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Christianson was born July 18, 1929 in Skiatook Oklahoma to the late Katherine Cope and George Henry Wickham.

 

A graduate of Indiana University, she had been a resident of Palacios since 1957 and a real estate broker for the past 35 years and owner of Christianson Realty. She was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios. A former director of the Palacios Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Christianson had also served on the Palacios City Council. She was named "Woman of the Year" by the Palacios Chamber of Commerce in 1988.

 

She is survived by her husband, Robert G. Christianson of Palacios; a son, Robert N. Christianson of Palacios; a sister, Carol Boone of Prescott, Az.; and a brother, George Wickham of Conroe, Tx. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Katherine Christianson.

 

Pallbearers are Keith Scoggins, John Toellner, Fred Huitt, Walt White, Charles Hutto and Bob Woll. Honorary pallbearers were members of the First Presbyterian Church Session.

 

The Palacios Beacon, December, 1995

 


Robert Neal Christianson
(September 24, 2009 - September 15, 2009)
 

Robert Neal Christianson died on September 15, 2009. He was born in Palacios, Texas on September 24, 1960 to Robert G. Christianson and Patricia Wickham Christianson.

A life long resident of Palacios, Neal was a graduate of Palacios High School and Victoria College. He enjoyed helping friends and neighbors, doing odd jobs for the elderly, and being caretaker and companion to his father and step mother.

Neal was preceded in death by his mother, step mother Dorothy Christianson, and sister, Patricia Kay Christianson. He is survived by his father, uncle and aunt George and Sue Wickham, and many friends and cousins.

Services will be held Monday morning at 10:00 am at Hawley Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church of Palacios, Texas with Rev. Andy Blair and Rev. Janell Blair officiating. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church.

The Victoria Advocate, Friday, September 18, 2009
 


HARVEY C. CLAPP

KATY - Harvey Chesterfield Clapp was born on April 2, 1929 in Blessing to Harvey Clapp and Josephine Nadock Clapp. On July 3, 1953, he married Jewell Adair Hightower in Odem. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Harvey retired from Aloca Point Comfort Operations after 30 years of service. He was a Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America in Port Lavaca.
Harvey Chesterfield Clapp passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in Katy, at the age of 80 years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jewell Clapp; children, David and Debra Clapp, and Mary Sue and Bob Rowe; grandchildren, Lynnette and Eduardo Cen, Dennis Clapp, and Peter Rowe; sisters, Edith Linton and Alice Buckley; as well as other loving family members and friends.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with Mr. Shan Jackson officiating.
Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue, Katy, Texas 77493, 281-391-2424.

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 20, 2009
 


Josephine Nadock Clapp

 

Services were held May 2, 1990 for Josephine Nadock Clapp of Lyford, Texas, who passed away April 30 at the Retama Manor Nursing Home in Raymondville. Burial was at the Hawley Cemetery with Brother Shan Jackson officiating.

 

Mrs. Clapp was born to Joe Lewis and Mary Nadock Lewis on August 2, 1896 at Trinidad, Colorado and moved to Texas in the early 1900's and lived in the Palacios and Blessing area for most of her life. She moved to Lyford about seven years ago.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Clapp in 1971 and a grandson, Kenneth Light in 1959. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Cassel Buckley of Lyford, Lena and Donald Darcey of Gray, Louisiana and Edith and Nathan Linton of Axtell, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Harvey and Jewell Clapp of Port Lavaca; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

 

The Palacios Beacon, May, 1990

 


Cotten Wright Clark, Jr.
(November 12, 1936 - July 27, 2008)

Cotten Wright Clark Jr., 71, of Bay City passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008. He was born November 12, 1936 in Alice Texas to the late Zelma Routh Key Clark and Cotten Wright Clark Sr. Mr. Clark has been a resident of Bay City for the past 27 years.

He is survived by his wife: Faye Reeves Clark of Bay City; 1 daughter & son-in-law: Connie Maureen & Francisco Obregon of Plano TX; 3 sons: Phillip Wayne Clark of Columbus TX, Robert William Clark of Dallas, and David Wade Clark & wife Shelley of Bay City; 3 sisters: Linda Drennan of Freer TX, Phyllis Bowles of Corpus Christi, and Cyenthia Lewis of Corpus Christi; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held 4:00 PM Thursday, July 31, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Pat Clark and Chaplain Don Storey officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

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

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

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Kevin Claxton

 

Kevin Claxton, 19, of Blessing died September 23, 2001 at his residence. He was born September 10, 1982 in Bay City, to Donny Claxton and Ann Jurney Busby. He was a lifelong resident of Blessing and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios.

 

Survivors include: father, Donny Claxton of Blessing; mother and step-father, Ann and Ron Busby of Blessing; brother, James Claxton of Blessing; paternal grandparents, Lowell and Mary Sue Claxton of Blessing; maternal grandparents, Harvey and JoAnn Jurney of Utopia, Texas; step-sister, Leigh Lee of Palacios; step-brother, Austin Busby of Blessing.

 

Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Louis Rush and the Rev. Hollis Hoffman officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Pallbearers will be Mike Claxton, John David Jurney, Rusty Claxton, Toby Claxton, Scott Jones, Jimmie Rodriguez, Cody Jones and Austin Busby. The family will receive friends at the Palacios Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

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THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, September 25, 2001

 

 

Darlene Johnson Clay
July 21, 1957 – July 9, 2008


Funeral services, for Mrs. Darlene Johnson Clay, 50 of Bay City, Texas will be at 11 a.m. Saturday July 19,2008 at the Family Life Worship Center Church with the Rev. Joe Guerro, officiating and burial will be in Eastview Cemetery.

There will be a viewing here at the chapel of Green's Mortuary from 3 until 8 p.m. Friday July 18, 2008.

Darlene will lie in state from 10 a.m. until service time and there will be no viewing after the services.

Darlene was born July 21,1957 in Eaglelake, Texas, and went home to be with the LORD on July 9, 2008 in her home surrounded by friends and family.

Darlene is survived by: her children, Cyrus and Jarvis Edison, Samarra Edison; also two step children, Kathie Simmons and Vickie Randle; mother, Etta Lee Redus of Bay City, Texas; four brothers, James, Stanley, Ronnie and Archie Redus; one sister, Bonnie Fay Redus Higgins.

Green's Mortuary is in charge of the funeral services. 979-245-3489


Bay City Tribune Published July 16, 2008                                            
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JESSE JAMES CLAY

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Jesse James Clay, 69, of Bay City, who passed away April 29, 2009 will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Murray Martin, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/6/2009
 


GUY RAYMOND CLAYBOURN, JR.

A Memorial Service for Guy Raymond Claybourn, Jr., 89, of Palacios, Tx., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Graveside service will follow at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the family residence, 1511 E. Bayshore Dr., Palacios

Mr. Claybourn was born May 13, 1921 in Palacios to the late Guy R., Sr. and Blanche Louise Kirkwold Claybourn. He passed away at home Aug. 22, 2010.

He graduated in 1937 from Palacios High School. In 1939 he attempted to enlist in the U. S. Army Air Corps but quotas were full. He worked as a carpenter’s helper on construction at Camp Hulen, the camp being converted into an anti-aircraft training center.

In December 1940 Guy traveled to Burbank, California, where he learned sheet metal work and began at Lockheed Aircraft working on the Lockheed YP-38 airplane, being promoted to Leadman on the Fuselage/Center Section. He bought a bicycle instead of a car and used funds for flying lessons, beginning in August 1941. On Dec. 7 1941 he was making the pilot-license required solo cross-country flight; upon return to home base he was informed of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Thereafter all non-airline civil flying was grounded within 150 miles of the coast.

In May 1942 he applied for the Civilian Pilot Training Program as an enlisted reservist, and was sworn in as a private at Fort Sill, OK on Oct. 17, 1942. In January 1943 he reported to Waco Army Flying School for Liaison Pilot Rating check ride and was promoted to Staff Sargeant. In May 1943 he joined the 935 Field Artillery Battalion as a Liaison Pilot and remained with that group until September 1945. The Battalion served in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. On June 23, 1944 he received a battlefield commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.

After remaining in Germany until March 1946, he was released to reserve status and began the “G. I.” Bill study at the University of Houston, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree. In July 1951 he was recalled to active duty and joined the 999 Armored Field Artillery Battalion with the Eighth U. S. Army. He arrived in Korea in February 1952, joining the 204th Signal Battalion Aviation Section as a courier pilot until April 1953. Thereafter he served at Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he was promoted to Captain. His service included duties at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Missouri, Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, and Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was promoted to Major and served in Vietnam as a liaison and courier pilot, thereafter being assigned to Fort Wolters, Tx. He retired from USAPHS Fourth U. S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in March of 1968.

At his death, he may have been the only surviving veteran of three wars in Matagorda County.

Guy was a Charter Member of the Army Aviation Association, the U. S. Army Association, the P-38 Association, the Washington Artillery Veterans Association, National Museum of the United States Army, and the Cecil Lee American Legion Post 649. He was a railroad ‘buff’ and enjoyed railroading around the country, being members of railroad associations and the Lone Star Region National Model Railroad Association. He was a founding board member of the Palacios Area Historical Association, serving terms as Secretary, and thereafter as a many-talented volunteer. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios, and served as Greeter. He was a member of the Matagorda County Historical Commission and the County Museum.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen T. Claybourn, of Palacios; children Clayton Alan Claybourn and wife Holly of Palacios, Carolyn Guilaine Goforth of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sharon P. Burnham of Bastrop, Tx., Sarah L. Penland of Dale, Tx., and Rhoda P. Hart and husband Eddie of Cedar Creek, Tx.; 14 grandchildren; sister Joann C. Dyson of LaSalle, Tx.; brother Jon N. Claybourn of Bay City, Tx; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Marshall Claybourn and James Claybourn; and sisters Marian Curran and Lura Nell Anders.

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, September 1, 2010
 


Alfred George " A. G." Clayton
(November 24, 1921 - January 10, 2009)

U.S. VeteranAlfred George “A.G.” Clayton, 87, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2009 in Spring, TX. He was born November 24, 1921 in Hagansport, TX to John Jepsey Clayton and Effie Mae Henry Clayton. He was a lifelong resident of Bay City and was a retired mechanic and farmer. He was a member of Masonic Lodge # 865 of Bay City and a life member of VFW Post # 2438 of Bay City. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force and a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the US Air Force.

He is survived by his daughter: Janice R. Durochez & husband G. L. “Butch” of Cypress; by his son: Michael W. Clayton & wife Malda of Bay City; by sisters: Dorothy Wymack and Joy Murphree of Bay City; a brother: James Clayton of Bay City; by grandchildren: Patrick and Scott Durochez; and by great grandchildren: Nicholas, Rowan, and Caden. He was preceded in death by his wife: Margaret “Margie” Clayton; his parents: John J. & Effie Mae Clayton; by 2 sisters: Etter Mae Clayton and Lillian Ruth Martin; and by 2 brothers: W. J. Clayton and Oscar Clayton.

The family will receive visitors from 6 PM to 8 PM Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Mutz officiating. Masonic Graveside services will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Patrick Durochez, Butch Durochez, Scott Durochez, D. L. Layton, Gary Murphree and Wayne Murphree. Honorary pallbearers will be James Clayton, Chris Murphree, Arvon Staats, and Donald Staats.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, January 14, 2009
 


Oscar M. Clayton
(September 3, 1942 - November 11, 2008)

Oscar M. Clayton Passed away in the comfort and care of his home late Tuesday morning November 11, 2008. Mr. Clayton was born September 3, 1942 in Hagensport, Texas to the parents of John and Effie Mae Clayton. Oscar formerly of Bay City, Texas and currently of Kilgore, Texas.

Mr. Clayton was preceded in death by his parents Effie Mae Henry & John Jepsey Clayton, one brother W.J. Clayton and two sisters Etter Mae and Lillian Ruth Martin. Oscar is survived by his loving wife Judy Clayton of Kilgore, Texas; three sons, David Clayton of Wharton, Texas, Wesley Clayton of Yorktown, Texas, Glenn Clayton of Port Lavacca Texas, and one Stepson Keith Mount of Houston, Texas; Seven Grandchildren, Josh, Drew, Ashley, Cody, Shelby, Austin, and Brylee Clayton; two sisters Joy Murphree and Dorothy Wymack of Bay City, Texas; two brothers A.G. Clayton of Conroe Texas and James Clayton of Bay City, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Oscar will be deeply missed by all who new and loved him.

Visitation will be Friday November 14, 2008 5:00P.M. -7:00P.M. at Royal Valley Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Saturday November 15, 2008 at 11:00A.M. in the Chapel of Hope at Royal Valley Funeral Home Quitman, Texas. Mike Gribble pastor of Kilgore Missionary Baptist Church will be serving as officiate. Pallbearers will include Randy Hunter, John Shedd, J.W. Thompson, Charlie Elkins, Joshua Clayton, Drew Clayton, Cody Clayton, and Brandon Adams. Honorary pallbearers Jayson Hunter, and Shannon Byrd.

Services are entrusted to Royal Valley Funeral Home, 600 N. Winnsboro, Quitman, Texas (903) 763-2060.

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William " W J " John Clayton
(September 14, 1928 - January 18, 2008)

William J. "W. J." Clayton, 79, of Bay City, passed away Friday, January 18, 2008 in Houston, TX. He was born September 14, 1928 in Mount Vernon, TX to John Jepsey Clayton and Effie Mae Henry Clayton. He retired from Central Power and Light Co. as a warehouse foreman, a US Army veteran of the Korean era, a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife: Juanell Middleton Clayton of Bay City; by his daughter: Kathy Clayton Massey & husband Randy of Deer Park; by his sons: Dennis L. Clayton of Bay City and Chris W. Clayton of Huntsville; by sisters: Dorothy Wymack and Joy Murphree of Bay City; and brothers: A. G. Clayton of Cypress, James Clayton of Bay City and Oscar Clayton of Kilgore. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Coy Clayton, Johnny L. Clayton and Samantha Clayton; and his great-grandchildren: Justin Clayton, Cameron Clayton, and Lea Alvarez. He was preceded in death by his parents: John J. and Effie Clayton; and by two sisters: Ruth Martin and Etter Mae Clayton.

The family will receive visitors from 6 PM to 8 PM Monday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be: Coy Clayton, Johnny Clayton, Steve Clayton, Gary Murphree, Bruce Middleton, and Gary Middleton.

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

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

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John Boyd Cleere, Jr.
(June 10, 1926 - April 27, 2007)

Chief Petty Officer (SS) John Boyd Cleere Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

Chief Machinist Mate (SS) John Cleere died Friday morning (Apr 27) at the age of 80.

Born in Richland, Texas, he grew up in Comanche, OK prior to enlisting in the Navy in October 1943. After boot camp, he served aboard logistic ships during the remainder of World War II. When his ship was attacked by enemy aircraft, Chief Cleere sought a transfer to submarines reasoning "it's harder to get shot at underwater"

He enjoyed a successful career in submarines advancing to the grade of Chief Petty Officer while serving in both diesel and then nuclear submarines. He was a key member of the crews of the USS Triton (SSN 586), USS Torsk (SS 423), USS Sablefish (SS 303) and USS Nautilus (SSN 571) the Navy's first nuclear submarine. Fifty years ago this year, he was aboard Nautilus when she made her historic first trip under the ice attempting to transit under the North Pole. Chief Cleere enjoyed reminiscing about that trip noting that as they approached the Pole, the compass failed, and "every direction was north." It was during that cruise that Nautilus became lost under the ice cap. He wrote in his diary, "We are lost … The Old Man has been trying for 24 hours to get out of here.… broke out whiskey and gave every man aboard a drink.” Later he wrote, “They reconstructed our course … and found we had been where no ship had been..."

Indicative of his wide-ranging career are the three campaign medals he wore (American, European and African Middle Eastern, and Asiatic) as well as the World War II Victory medal and six Navy Good Conduct Medals. He retired from the Navy at Groton, Connecticut in 1963.

Chief Cleere married Vera Casale in 1949 and had four children who survive him-- Gail, Jeanne, John III, and James. He is also survived by his brother Tommy of Tres Palacios, who was a great comfort to him in his last years, as well as his sisters Louise Pierce of Oklahoma and Betty Friedrich of Oregon. Subsequently divorced, he married Dorothy Marshall who predeceased him in 2002.

Chief Cleere will be interred with his second wife at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC in early June after a private memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Navy Relief at 875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203-1977.

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

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Florence Marie Clegg
June 11, 1936 - Feb. 6, 2009


Florence Marie Clegg, 72, of Van Vleck passed away February 6, 2009.

She was born June 11, 1936 in Pledger, Texas to the late Thomas Roulf and Norma Menking Hanna. She worked for many years as secretary at the Van Vleck ISD.

Survivors include: her husband: Ralph R. Clegg of Van Vleck; daughters, Kathy Diehm of Van Vleck and Dianne Mitros and husband Tim of Colorado Springs, Colorado; son, Glenn Clegg and wife Kim of Bay City and grandchildren, Lauren Diehm, Chelsea, Courtney and Catrina Mitros, Cody, Sarah and Colton Clegg.

A Funeral service was held at 10 a.m.
Monday, February 9, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Van Vleck with the Rev. Al Lowe officiating.

Interment followed at
Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were James Dancer, Tom Stephens, Kenny Hales, Derek Cleveland, Bob Diehm and Bill Johnson.

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

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


Bay City Tribune, Published February 11, 2009

 


Lillian Gladys Clement
Feb. 12, 1949 - Dec. 3, 2009


Lillian Gladys Clement, 60, formerly of Bay City passed away December 3, 2009. She was born February 12, 1949 in Palacios, Texas to the late Donald Warren and Lillian Gladys Rose Sparks Brumbelow.

Her husband Franklin Don Clement and daughter Mary Ingram preceded her in death.

Survivors include: daughters, Clara “Crickitt” Kreger of Houston, Valerie Travis of Palacios and Debbie Ingram of Clemville; son, David Moll of Coffeville, Kansas; sisters, Lucille Dendy of Longview and Kathleen Hanks of Koontz, Texas; brothers, Patrick Brumbelow of Ellenville, New York and Charles Laslie of Mountain Home, Arkansas; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral service was 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Bro. Larry Macomber officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published December 9, 2009
 


George L. Clements
May 6, 1924 - April 14, 2009

George L. Clements, Sr. passed away on April 14, 2009. He was born in Cedar Lane, Texas on May 6, 1924 to Clemy Thomas Clements and Ruby Mertie (Lynch) Clements who both preceded him in death. His brothers T.J. Clements, Clemy T. Clements II, Custer H. Clements, Ira B. Clements and Marvin O. Clements also preceded him in death.

He is survived by: three children, George L. Clements, Jr. and wife, Shirley Clements of Victoria, Texas, Karen G. Jones and husband Ronny D. Jones of Sanger, Texas and Linda L. Balson and husband Rick (F.M.) Balson of Yoakum, Texas; six grandchildren, Troy Balson, Jarod Balson, Jason Jones, Tara Flora, Brett Jones, and Ashley Parker; ten great-grandchildren, Austin Riddle, Avery Taylor, Kamryn Jones, Macy Kate Flora, Jackson Jones, Hali Balson, Jake (Jacob) Flora, Andi Parker and Lily (Lillian) Flora and Megan Balson; sisters Ruby Oree Goodson of Houston, Texas, Lola Ruth Laird of Pasadena, Texas; brothers, Ennis Pete Clements of Bay City, Texas, Howard T. Clements of Cedar Lane, Texas; 25 nieces and nephews and numerous other family members and friends.

Mr. Clements served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII, in all theaters of war. Four of his brothers Clemy, Ira, Ennis, and Marvin were also serving during that time. He was very proud of his, and his families service to this country.

He retired from Diamond Alkali, later known as Diamond Shamrock Corp. He was recognized with attaining an enviable record of being neither late nor absent from work for a period of 30 years.

Mr. Clements was a resident of Pearland, Texas at his time of death and was visited by a host of family, friends and neighbors during the last weeks of his life, so many of whom were recipients of his acts of service and gestures of generosity over the years.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home in Houston, Texas, as well as services at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2009. Burial will be at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or to Cedar Lane Baptist Church, PO Box 90, Cedar Lane, Texas 77415.

The Victoria Advocate, Published April 16, 2009
 


Helen Pearl Brown Clements
(February 20, 1928 - May 12, 2006)

Helen Pearl Brown Clements, 78, of Cedar Lane went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 12, 2006 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born February 20, 1928 in Houston to Albert Baxter Brown and Manie Pearl Hardy Brown and moved with her family to Cedar Lane in 1939 where she resided the remainder of her life. She was a long time member of Cedar Lane Baptist Church and was married for 60 years. After all of her children started school, Helen attended Wharton County Jr. College and graduated as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She loved all aspects of nursing, but her favorite areas were labor, delivery and geriatrics. Helen worked for many years at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay Villa Nursing Home and Sweeny House. She will always be remembered by her children and grandchildren as a loving mother and grandmother, who touched each of our lives with her unconditional love, charming wit, and her never ending devotion to Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Opal Martin. Survivors include two daughters: Clela Pausewang and husband Joe of Edna and Linda Haskovec and husband Mike of Cedar Lane; two sons Russell Clements of Houston and Roger Clements and wife Kathie of Cedar Lane; three sisters Ruby Vireck of Houston, Vernie Bowie of Cedar Lane, and Manie Matthews of Bay City; one brother Albert B. Brown, Jr. of Houston; nine grandchildren, Wayne, Angie and Neil Clements, Stephanie Bosley, Jerry Beck, Denise Wilks, Jennifer Craig, Misty Helton, and Jarid McGlothern and seventeen great grandchildren. Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Monday, May 15, 2006 at Cedar Lane Baptist Church with Rev. Zach Nicholson officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Wayne Clements, Jerry Beck, Jarid McGlothern, Neil Clements, Steve Hamlyn and Todd Craig. Honorary pallbearers include Al Denham, Phillip Bowie, Kenneth Joyce, Rodney Matthews, Gary Matthews, Raymond Brooker, Albert Brown, and Mike Wilks. Memorials may be made to Houston Hospice-El Campo or your favorite charity. Words of comfort may be sent to the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613

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Ira Russell Clements, Jr.
(February 3, 1928 - February 4, 2008)

Ira Russell Clements, Jr., longtime resident of Cedar Lane, Texas, passed away in his home February 4, 2008. He was born in Cedar Lane, Texas, on February 3, 1928, to Ira Russell Clements, Sr. and Flora Hamilton Clements. His love for his family gave him great pleasure. He will always be remembered by them and his many friends.

While a child, he professed faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized in Caney Creek. He attended Bay City High School. He worked and retired as an ironworker from the Local Union 84. He was also a life long farmer and rancher of Matagorda County, Texas.

He is survived by four children, Ira Russell Clements III of Houston, Texas, Clela Ruth Pausewang and her husband, Joe Pausewang, of Edna, Texas; Roger Albert Clements and his wife, Kathy Clements, of Cedar Lane, Texas; Linda Lee Haskovec and her husband, Mike Haskovec, of Clermont, Florida; his two sisters, Alyne Howard of Borger, Texas, and Tommye Slone and her husband, Charles Slone, of Richmond, Texas; his nine grandchildren, Wayne Clements, Angie Clements, Neil Clements, Stephanie Bossley, Jerry Beck, Denise Wilks, Jennifer Craig, Misty Helton, Jarid McGlothern; and fifteen great-grandchildren. During his later years he continued to be loved and supported by Dinah O’Neal of Cedar Lane, Texas, D. J. McGlothern of Brooksville, Florida, and Carol Clements of Cleveland, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of more than 50 years, Helen Pearl Clements.

The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, February 6, 2008, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Taylor Bros Funeral Home, 2313 Avenue I, Bay City, Texas. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2008, at Cedar Lane Baptist Church, Cedar Lane, Texas, with Randy Hatchett, Interim Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Matthew’s Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Beck, Neil Clements, Wayne Clements, Glenn K. Howard, Jr., Jarid McGlothern, Dennis Moore, Richard O’Neal, Sr., Robert O’Neal, Don Ross, and Bruce Slone.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

 
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William L. and Oma G. Cline
Roselawn Memorial Park

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John Earl Cockburn

 

John Earl Cockburn, 74, of Collegeport died Feb. 5, 1977 in Gulf Coast Hospital in Wharton. He was born Dec. 11, 1902 in Oklahoma. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lolalita Cockburn of Collegeport; two brothers, Harold Cockburn of Louisiana and Carl Cockburn of Pasadena, Tx; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Services were held at 2 p. m. Monday, Feb. 7 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lloyd Nixon officiating. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home.
 

The Daily Tribune, February 7, 1977

 


Lolalita Cockburn

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lolalita Cockburn of Collegeport will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lloyd Nixon, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in El Campo, officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery.

 

A resident of Collegeport since 1937, she was born in Illinois on October 25, 1900. She was very active in her church and various ladies and garden clubs in the area. She died Sunday, February 26, in Wagner General Hospital where she had been brought earlier in the day after suffering an apparent heart attack at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Earl Cockburn on February 5, 1977.

 

She is survived by a host of friends and loved ones.


The Palacios Beacon, March 3, 1978

 


Deborah Sue (Self) Cochran
July 30, 1951 –Nov. 26, 2010

Deborah Cochran died on Friday, November 26, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease. 

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Nichols Street Church of Christ in Bay City, Texas.

Debbie was born on July 30, 1951, in San Augustine, Texas, to Daniel (Fadie) Self and Mildred Lorene (Teal) Self.      She met her husband of 41 years at Angleton Church of Christ in 1963. She graduated from Angleton High School and married the love of her life in 1969. John and Debbie moved to Bay City in 1972, where she worked as a lab and x-ray technician for 20 years. 

She was a counselor at Camp Bandina and was very active in the Church of Christ for many years.          She loved the beach, floating down the river in New Braunfels, fishing, and she had a passion for country music.  

Her life revolved around her family, and she lived for her children and grandchildren. Debbie never met someone she didn’t love.  She taught us all how to love. 

Debbie was preceded in death by: her parents, Daniel and Mildred Self; two brothers, Gerald and Buckley Self; and two sisters, Beth Self and Sandra (Petenbrink) Matney.

Survivors include: husband, John Cochran; daughter and son-in-law, Jina and Clint Hook; daughter, Beverly Birdwell; daughter, Karen Cochran; son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Kathy Cochran; eight grandchildren, Ashley Burke, Haley Mejias, Brandon Burke, Corbin Montalvo, Madison Birdwell, Hunter Birdwell, Cassidy Cochran, and Karissa Cochran; two great-grandchildren, Aiden Contreras and Ian Mejias; and two nephews, Danny and James Petenbrink; along with numerous other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and her entire Christian family at Nichols Street Church of Christ.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, December 1, 2010
 


JIMMIE L. COCKRELL
 

Funeral services will be held for Jimmie L. Cockrell, 53, of Houston, 1 p.m. Thursday at the Union Baptist Church in Ashwood.
 

Cockrell died September 13, 1981 at the V. A. Hospital in Houston.
 

He is survived by: sisters, Mrs. Armittie Crockwell of Wharton, Mrs. Winnie B. Thompson of Houston, Mrs. Mollie Davis and Mrs. Doris Miller of San Francisco, Calif.; brothers, L. C. Cockrell and William T. Cockrell of Van Vleck, Ben Cockrell of Texas City.
 

Cockrell was a resident of Houston, and a veteran of World War II.
 

Burial will follow services at the Union Baptist Cemetery in Ashwood.
 

Visitation hours are from 4 to 9 today (Wednesday) at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.
 

Active pallbearers are Donald Ray Cockrell, Donald R. Wyche, Darrell Cockrell, Henry L. Crockett, Thomas F. Wyche and Michael Thomas.
 

Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 

The Daily Tribune, September 16, 1981
 


Alma Elizabeth Coffin

 

COFFIN, Mrs. Alma Elizabeth, 84, of Midfield, died at Nightingale Hospital in El Campo Tuesday morning. Funeral services set for 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel with burial in Hawley Cemetery, the Rev. McCuley, Markham Methodist Church pastor, officiating. Mrs. Coffin is survived by her husband, R. E. Coffin of Midfield; one daughter, Mrs. John Maher of Sweeny and one brother, Nolan McSparran of Sheridan.

 

Paper unknown, September, 1968

 


Roy Edwin Coffin

 

Roy Edwin Coffin, 91, of Midfield died January 14 in the Champ Traylor Memorial Hospital in Port Lavaca. Survivors include: ____ of Sweeny; grandchildren, Rex Keller of Sweeny, Sue Keller of Houston, Kerry Keller of Port Lavaca; great-grandchildren, Craig and Lane Keller of Sweeny, Keith and Bradley Keller of Port Lavaca. Funeral services were held today in the Taylor Bros. Chapel with Rev. J. Ottis Sutton officiating. Interment will be in the Hawley Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers were Kerry and Rex Keller, D. M. Pettigrew, Joe A. Lingo Jr., Bill Snead, and J. O. Thompson Jr. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, January 15, 1975

 


Edith Darlene Coffman
(February 23, 1936 - February 4, 2011)

Edith Darlene Coffman, 74, of Matagorda, TX was born February 23, 1936 in Kansas and passed away Feb. 4, 2011 at her residence.

Survivors include her husband Anthony Coffman of Matagorda; daughter Delora McEnaney & husband John of Houston; sons Jim Morris and Aaron Morris both of Pearland and grandchildren John Matthew McEnaney II, Matthew Morris, Megan Morris, Marylin Morris and Hunter Morris.

Visitation will be from 9AM until 12 Noon on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda with Rev. Hoss Gwin officiating.

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Don Gean Coker  Cedarvale Cemetery     Photo Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Dorothy Coker
 

Dorothy Coker, 71, of Bay City, died April 8, 2002 at Bay Villa Nursing Home. She was born March 5, 1931 in Wills Point, Texas to the late Earl Jessie and Valley Inez Railey Teeler. Mrs. Coker was a Baptist and a life long resident of Bay City.

Survivors include: daughter, Mary Ann Kotlar; son, David Coker; sister, Josie Louise Reese all of Bay City; brother, Sherman Lee Teeler of Van Vleck; two grandchildren, Laurie Ann Kotlar and David Don Coker both of Bay City. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Lee Teeler.

Graveside funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2002 at Cedarvale Cemetery with the Rev. Marvin Moore officiating.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002AR10

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, April 10, 2002

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John Dudley Coker

Mar. 23, 1926 - Sep. 19, 2001

Roselawn Memorial Park

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COKER

Lewis Carl Coker, 50, of Bay City passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 1996 at his home.

He was born March 7, 1945 in Bay City to Carl and Teresa Fisher Coker. He was a lifelong resident of Bay City. He is survived by his daughter, Wendy Coker of Bay City, and a sister, Nettie Coker of Bay City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 1996 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Andy Anderson, Bro. Larry Davis, Gene Farrer and Tommy Reynolds.

In lieu of flowers, donations for a memorial fund have been set up at the First National Bank in Bay City.

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

The Daily Tribune, January, 1996
 


Waddie Loftin Cole
(July 30, 1919 - May 9, 2011)

Waddie Loftin Cole, 91, of Bay City, was born to the late David William and Lillian Loftin Cole on July 30, 1919 in Waller, Texas. He passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2011 in Houston Texas.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, President of the Matagorda County 100 Club for 12 years, and was also a lifetime member of the 100 Club. He, also, was a lifetime member of VFW Post 2438, a member of the Eagles, and the American Legion Post 11.

He served in the United States Army for three and a half years. While in the military he was assigned to the 333rd Engineers Medical Detachment, 279th Combat Engineers, and the 289th Infantry Division. He served in active duty in the European Theater of War. He met the love of his life Georgia A. Coleman, and in 1943 they were married in Ontario, California. After being honorably discharges from the Army, they settled in California for two years before moving back to his hometown of Bay City, Texas. He and Georgia, in 1950, went into the plumbing business. Their business increased and along with his residential business they added commercial work, which included plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. In early 1960 they moved the business to the present location where he presently conducted the business until his death.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister: Elizabeth Burkhart, and 5 brothers: William, Jenoye, Jack, John, and David William Cole Jr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years: Georgia A. Cole; his 2 beloved daughters: Terri Striebeck & husband Scotty and Dianne Rooth & husband Richard; 4 grandchildren: Laura Striebeck, Jake Striebeck, Jeremy Rooth, and Jeffery Rooth; 3 sisters: Annie Lee Jones, Lillian Milberger, and Dorothy Dietrich & husband Hadden Sr.; brother: Rosser Cole & wife Ada; 12 nephews: Eugene, Randy, Lee, David, Raymond, Roy, & Allan Cole; Wayne, Arthur, and Bryan Milberger; and Hadden Jr., & Cole Dietrich. 7 nieces: Barbara Sue Spacek, Pat Davis, Carolyn Earnest, Marsha Dela Riva, Pam Svetlik, Mary Ellen Milberger, and Judy Metcalf; and many great nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, May 12, 2011. A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, May 13, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Stroub, of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck with Military Honors. Pallbearers will be: Teo Sanchez, Javier Rodriguez Sr., Javier Rodriguez Jr., Urbano Rodriquez, Scotty Striebeck, and Richard Rooth.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the charity of your choice.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, May 15, 2011                              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Helen Hoots Coleman
Aug. 19, 1928 - July 24, 2010

Helen Hoots Coleman, 81 of Sweeny, Texas passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Brazosport Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born August 19, 1928 in Latexo, Texas to Sidney Jack and Ima McQueen Hoots. She was a member of the Eagles Women's Auxiliary, she loved dancing and fishing.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Baker Funeral Chapel in West Columbia with the Brother Mike Hanks officiating.

Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tiana Hatthorn, Rick Schrader, Doug Smith, Curtis Smith, Gordon Hatthorn, Tyler Hatthorn and Garry Smith.

Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Jacobs.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Grover J. Coleman; brothers, Marion and Wade Hoots.

She is survived by: her daughters, Bonnie Schrader and husband, Monroe of League City, Linda Smith and husband, Keith of Sweeny; grandchildren, Tiana Hatthorn and husband, Gordon; Rick Schrader and wife, Corrie; Doug Smith and wife, Jennifer; Curtis Smith and wife, Kaydi; great-grandchildren, Tyler Hatthorn, Amelia Hatthorn, Caroline Schrader, Kyler Klepac, Charlotte Schrader, Gavin Schrader, Nash Smith and Corbyn Smith; sister, Marie Nichols along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Old Ocean Building Fund, 21682 Highway 35, Old Ocean, Texas 77463.

Services are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, 634 S. Columbia Dr. West Columbia, Texas 77486. (979) 345-3232.

Online condolences may be left for the family by signing the guestbook at www.bakerfuneralhome.net.

The Bay City Tribune, Published July 28, 2010                                    Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


COLLIER

 

Floydd Glynn Collier, Jr., 53, of Angleton, Texas, joined his Lord Sunday, January 23, 2005 after a courageous fight against heart disease.

 

He was born December 10, 1951 in San Angelo, Texas to Floydd Glynn Collier, Sr. and Mary Sue Bryant Collier.

 

He graduated from Tidehaven High School and attended Texas A&M.

 

Floydd worked in research and development for Dow Chemical Company.

 

He is survived by: his parents, Floydd Glynn and Mary Sue Collier of Angleton, Texas; three sisters, Kyy Minkert of Bay City, Texas, Sue Neuman of Angleton, Texas, Sharon Card and husband David M. of Markham, Texas; one sister-in-law, Jo Ann Collier of Lake Jackson, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.He is preceded in death by: his brother, Calvin Cale Collier of Lake Jackson; his brother-in-law, Bill Minkert of Bay City.

 

Family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Lakewood Chapel located at 98 North Dixie Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas.

 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 27, 2005, at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

 

Interment will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

 

In his quiet shy way, he showed great love for his family and friends. He touched many lives with gentleness and wit.

 

He enjoyed riding his Harley for many years and supported the Toys for Tots program at Christmas each year.

 

Family requests donations in his name to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or Toys for Tots.

 

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, January 26, 2005

 

LAKE JACKSON - Floydd Glynn Collier Sr., 84 of Angleton died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, in Lake Jackson.

He was born April 8, 1922 in Truscott to the late Bartlett Hinton Collier and Pervis Mae Newman Collier. He was a former lab technician for Markham Operations of Marathon Oil Company.

Survived by: wife, Mary Suvanna Bryant Collier of Angleton; daughters, Kyy Minkert of Bay City, Sue Neuman of Angleton and Sherry Card of Markham; sisters, Isabell Hardison of Vernon, and Leone Greenwood of Arlington; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: sons, Calvin Cale Collier, and Glynn Collier Jr.; one sister; five brothers.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel.

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

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

Victoria Advocate, August 4, 2006
 

Mary Sue Collier, 84, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at her home in Bay City.

She was born November 10, 1921 in Ione, AR to the late Jesse Henderson Bryant and Lillie Ann Johnson Bryant. She was a long time resident of Matagorda County, past President of the Tidehaven Booster Club, and formerly owned and operated the Suds-Ur-Duds laundry in Markham.

She is survived by her 3 daughters: Kyy Minkert of Bay City, Sue Neuman of Angleton and Sharon Card of Markham; 4 sisters-in-law: Isabelle Hardison of Vernon, Texas, Josephine Willbanks of Floydada, Texas, Leone Greenwood and Bonnie Collier both of Arlington, Texas; Sister: Jo Ann Collier of Lake Jackson; and by 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband: Floydd Glynn Collier; sons: Calvin Cale Collier and Floydd Glynn Collier, Jr.; by her parents: Jesse H. & Lillie A. Bryant; and by 5 brothers: Hedrick, Edgar, Newt, Nile, and Bill Bryant.

The Family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday September 30, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

Pallbearers will be: Creighton Collier, Phillip Gray, Casey Hendersen, Billy Minkert, Ray Petersen, and Glynn Wilcox. Honorary Pallbearers will be: David Card, John Kenneth Neuman, and T. John Neuman.

Bay City Tribune, October 1, 2006
 


Kathryn Alice Cobb Collins

Jan. 3, 1913 - Oct. 30, 2009

Kathryn Alice Cobb Collins, 96, died on October 30, 2009, in Bay City, Texas.

She was born January 3, 1913, in the family residence in Blessing, Texas, to Frank G. Cobb and Anna Dunn Cobb. “Kitty”, as she was known to her family and friends, attended the public school in Bay City, Our Lady of the Lake College, and The University of Texas. Following college she taught school in Blessing. In 1934 Kitty married her high school sweetheart, William Victor Collins, and they lived in Bay City for the remainder of their lives farming rice and raising cattle. Kitty and Victor had three children, Corinne, Claire, and Vic.

She was preceded in death by: her husband; son, Vic and siblings, Laverne Coale, Mary Jean Wright, Charles Cobb and Ann Vaughan.

She is survived by: her daughters, Corinne and husband Bill Heiligbrodt and Claire Wilkins. Kitty had six grandchildren, Heather Heiligbrodt Stark, Hagan Heiligbrodt and wife Blair, Nicole Wilkins Manning and husband John, Rob Wilkins, Christian Collins Aman and husband Dirk, Victor Collins and wife Christy, and seven great-grandchildren, Avery and Blayden Aman, Barkley and Claire Manning, Grace and Kaylee Collins and Will Stark.

Kitty was a faithful member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and various study and civic organizations in Bay City. She loved her family, friends, Matagorda County, the State of Texas and The University of Texas.

A rosary was said at 5 p.m. on November 1, 2009 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home and a funeral mass was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 10 a.m. November 2, 2009 with interment at Bay City Cedarvale Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Nancy Ryman, Olivia Brown, and the staff of the Legacy Assisted Living for their tender love and care for Kitty Collins. Pallbearers for Mrs. Collins will be her three grandsons, Hagan, Rob, and Victor, Chris Coale, Matt Coale, Tim Vaughan and honorary pallbearer Thomas Jackson.

Memorials may be made in Kitty’s memory to the Holy Cross Catholic School or charity of choice.

Bay City Tribune, Published November 4, 2009
 


LEATHA BURDETT COLLINS

 

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Leatha Burdett Collins, 102, of Bay City, will be Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Murray G. Martin, pastor, and Pastor I. E. Holmes officiating.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Viewing was Friday, May 29, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Green's Mortuary Chapel.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/30/2009

 


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LESLIE COLLINS

EL CAMPO - Leslie Collins, 98, of El Campo, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Leslie was a community leader and an owner of E.A. Collins and Sons.

Leslie was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Lucy.

Surviving Leslie is his sister, Kathryn Louise Champoux of Laconia, N.H.; four children and their spouses: daughter: Jean McLeod and husband Pat of Bay City; son: Allen Collins and wife Dottie of El Campo; son: Michael Collins and wife Carole White of Bartlett; and daughter, Annelle Hajovsky and husband Ted of College Station.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the El Campo Volunteer Fire Department, the El Campo Lions Club, Boy Scout Troop 368 of El Campo, or St. Philip Catholic Church.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Triska Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Philip Catholic Church in El Campo.

Triska Funeral Home, 612 Merchant St., El Campo, TX 77437, 979-543-3681.

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 10, 2010
 


Rosemary K. Colvin
(November 5, 1922 - September 16, 2005)

Rosemary K. Colvin, 82, of Bay City passed away Friday, September 16, 2005 at her home in Bay City. She was born November 5, 1922 in Sullivan, IL to the late Frank Prior and Maude Marie Rose Kirk. Mrs. Colvin was a former resident of Groves for 47 years, a resident of Bay City for the past ten years and was a member of the Nichols St. Church of Christ in Bay City.

Survivors include: daughter & son-in-law: Suzanne & William Beaver of Bay City; 2 sons & daughters-in-law: Douglas Lee & Sherry Colvin of Port Lavaca and Walter Jack & Leandra Colvin of Groves, TX; sister: Laverna Schmidt of Pueblo, CO; brother: Jack LeRoy Kirk of Red Feather Lake, CO; 14 Grandchildren; and 17 great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Vance Elvin Colvin; sisters: Norma Dalton and Violet Fleming; and brother: Robert Kirk.

Funeral Service will be held 4:00 PM Sunday, September 18, 2005 at the Nichols St. Church of Christ with Brother Joe Wrape officiating. Interment will be held 2:00 PM Monday, September 19, 2005 at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, TX.

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

 
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BERTHA TIETJEN COMPTON

Bertha Tietjen Compton, 80, of Palacios, Tx., passed away Oct. 21, 2010.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Compton was born Oct. 16, 1930 in Mountain View, Oklahoma to Alice and Charles Zimmerlee.  She was a long time resident of Rockport, TX. before moving to Palacios.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin Compton of Palacios; son Jimmie Lee Hinton of Blessing, Tx.; daughters Mary Lee Bundick and Alice (Charles) Rickles, both of Drummonds, Tennessee and Sandra (Mark) Walpole of Rockport; stepdaughters Shelly (Bobby) Beard of Freeport, Tx. and Cindy Compton of Port Lavaca, Tx.; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and sister, Sandra Howell of Baycliff, Tx.

Arrangements with Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, Rockport (1-800-428-2922).

The Palacios Beacon, October 27, 2010
 


Curtis Freeman Cone

 

CONE, Curtis Freeman, of Boling, passed away in a Wharton hospital October 27 at the age of 82. His survivors include: widow, Mrs. Minerva Jones Cone, of Boling; two daughters: Mrs. Ben Caruthers, and Tinnie Cone, of Houston; five sons: Louis L. of Victoria, C. F., Jr. of Pasadena, T. D. of Nederland, A. B. of Eagle Lake and A. J. of Houston. Also three brothers: J. G. of Stockdale; R. A. of Sargent and R. L. of Iago, Texas. 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.

 

 Funeral services will be Thursday, October 29, 1970 at 2:00 p.m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

 Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, October 29, 1970

 


Curtis F. Cone Jr.

 

Funeral services for Curtis F. Cone Jr., 70, of Houston will be held 3 p. m. Tuesday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. W. H. Lipps officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Cone was born March 1, 1921, to Curtis F. and Manerva Jane Jones Cone Sr. in Wadsworth and died Sept. 8, 1991, at his Houston home.

 

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

 

He is survived by his son, Gordon Cone of Baytown; two sisters, Tina Doll Cone and Lela Caruthers, both of Houston; three brothers, Louis Cone of Victoria, A. B. Cone of Eagle Lake and Deavon Cone of Louisiana.

 

Arrangements are by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, September, 1991

 


Essie Grace Cone

 

Essie Grace Cone, 72, of Angleton died Mar. 21 at the Angleton-Danbury Hospital. Survivors include; husband, Robert A Cone, Sr. of Angleton; daughter, Mrs. Nancy Myers of Katy; son, Robert A Cone, Jr. of Angleton; brother, Ralph Abbott of Luling; nine grandchildren. Funeral service was held Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. in the Taylor Bros. Chapel with Rev. Howell Peeples officiating. Interment service was held at the Hawley Cemetery in Bay City [Blessing]. Pallbearers were Robert A. Cone III, David Fowler, Eddie Myers, Tim Madden and Joe Bunch. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
 

The Daily Tribune, March 24, 1975

 


Manerva Jones Cone

 

Manerva Jones Cone, 86, a resident of Houston died May 11. Survivors include: daughters, Tinna D. Cone of Houston, Lela L. Carothers also of Houston; sons, Lewis Cone of Victoria, A. B. Cone of Eagle Lake, Arthur Cone of Houston, Curtis F. Cone of Pasadena, Troy D. Cone of Nederland; sisters, Clara Bell Rupe of Bay City, Ada Knowles of Baytown, Lea Anna Williams of Bartlett, and Mildred Hamplton of Bartlett; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held April [May]13, 1978 at 2 p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, May, 1978

 

 

Mrs. Cone Dies Sunday In Pasadena

 

A former resident of Bay City, Mrs. Ora Cone, 83, died at the Pasadena home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace C. Grantham, Sunday night. Mrs. Cone had lived in Bay City since 1900 and moved to Pasadena five years ago.

 

Services were held at 4 p. m. Monday at the Chapel of Roses, Colonial Funeral Home, Pasadena and burial will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday in Hawley Cemetery here.

 

Survivors in addition to the daughter are two sisters, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

The Daily Tribune, December 17, 1962

 


Ral Lloyd Cone

 

Ral Lloyd Cone, [80], a resident of Boling passed away March 2 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton. He was a member of the Jehovah Witness and a World War I veteran. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Linnie Cone of Boling; 3 daughters, Mrs. Blanche Spell of Boling, Mrs. Fred Stefka of Bartow, Fla., and Mrs. Lora Lou Williams of Carthage; 1 sons, R. L. Cone Jr. of Stockdale; 2 brothers, J. G. Cone of Houston and R. A. Cone of Sargent; 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 4, at the Taylor Brothers Chapel at 4 p. m. with Rev. Elton Farris officiating. Interment was at the Hawley Cemetery with pallbearers being: Bob Cone, Robert Cone, Abner Cone, Jerome Cone, Roger D. Hill and Loyd Ray Spell. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, March, 1972
 


Robert Anson Cone, Jr.
July 25, 1926 ~ June 12, 2011

Robert Anson Cone, Jr., 84, of Angleton passed away Saturday, June 12, 2011 in Angleton.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in the Palms Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services are set for 3:00 p.m. Wednesday in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Palms. Robert was born July 25, 1926 in Bay City, Texas to Robert & Essie Cone, Sr. He was a US Army Veteran and a member of the 101st Airborne Division. Robert was a Dow Chemical Co. Retiree and member of The VFW.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Cone whom he married on June 20, 1947 in Katy, Tx.

His Children: Bonnie Fowler & husband David of Sabinal, Tx, Peggy Wiley & husband Lon of Petaluma, Ca, Robert Cone of Lake Jackson, Sandra Cone of Katy & Patrick Cone of Houston. Sister; Nancy Meyers of Palacios, Tx.

Grandchildren: Robert J Cone & wife Meredith, Beau Cone & partner Brad West, Andra Wiley, Katelynn Wiley & Charles David Fowler & wife Paige.
Great-grandchildren: McKenzie Fowler, Brady Fowler, Alexis Fowler & Ryan Pool.


In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to the Hawley Cemetery Assn. P.O. Box 343 Blessing, Texas 77419.

The Facts (Brazoria County, TX), June 14, 2011
 


Robert A. Cone, Sr.

 

Robert A. Cone, Sr., 74, of Angleton, formerly of the Pierce Ranch, died Feb. 3, 1977 in Herman Hospital in Houston. He is survived by his son, R. A. Cone, Jr. of Angleton; daughter, Mrs. Nancy Meirs of Houston; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Palms Chapel in Angleton Sundqy, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. at Hawley Cemetery. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 

The Daily Tribune, February 9, 1977

 


Bonnie Vinson Conklin
(July 25, 1938 - October 1, 2008)

Bonnie Vinson Conklin, 70, of Houston passed away Oct. 1, 2008. She was born July 25, 1938 in Bay City, TX to the late Pettus & Ethel McKenzie Watkins.

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Conklin of Houston; sisters Patty Janise & husband Morris of Rosenberg and Betsy Hughes & husband Randy of Cypress, TX; brothers Jack Watkins of Richland, Miss & Quentin Watkins & wife Doris of Bay City; sister-in-law & brother-in-law Jo Ann & Don DePriest of Nacogdoches and by a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 3:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with Rev. June White officiating.

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Jack Irby Conner
May 16, 1944 –Nov. 14, 2010

Jack Irby Conner, 66, of Bay City, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2010, at his home.

He was born May 16, 1944, in Jackson, Mississippi, to the late Kathleen Irby and Lucian Conner. 

Jack has been a resident of Bay City since 1988. He was current senior vice-president and branch manager of the First State Bank of Louise in Bay City, and Elder and former treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City.

He graduated from Mississippi State University and LSU School of Banking and has the New York Stock Exchange General Securities Licenses.

He had military service – ROTC 1962 -1966; active service in the Army 1966 – 1968; reserves through 1972.

He retired as a captain, senior aide-de-camp to commanding general.

He was Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Man of the Year – 2000, Rotary Business Man of the Year – 1998, first president and founding board member of Bay City Community Development Corporation, vice president and board member of Bay City Cemetery Board, former president, treasurer and current member of the Rotary Club, former president of Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and current board member; former treasurer and board member of the Bay City Country Club, current member of the Red Cross Board, former secretary and board member of the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation; former president and board member of Matagorda County United Way; former board member - Independent Bankers Association of Texas, advisory board member of Economic Action Council of Gulf Coast and Gulf Coast Consumer Credit Counseling Service, advisory board member of Austin Children’s Hospital, Boys’ Club of Austin, Texas Special Olympics, Austin March of Dimes, and former president and board member of Austin Western Hills Youth Association, Austin Western Hills Athletic Association League coordinator, and Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Jack is survived by: his wife, Gail Singleton Conner; two sons, Dr. Tod Singleton Conner and wife Leah and Robert Hardin Conner and wife Libbie; two sisters, Lucy Conner Denton and Jane Conner Walsh and husband Chuck; sister-in-law, Ann Bush; five grandchildren, Brantley Kathleen Conner, Sadie Grace Conner, Kelty Lawren Conner, Lucy Jane Conner, and McInnis Arthur Conner; and by very special loving nieces and nephews.

The family received visitors from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City with the Rev. Hugh Jones and the Rev. Mark Stoub officiating.

Interment will be held 2 p.m. Friday, November 19, 2010, at the Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Pallbearers will be: Richard Knapik, Charlie Allison, Sammie Joseph, Tom Hudgins, Steve Pearce, and Ronnie Miller.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to a small historic church near Jack’s family homestead would be appreciated: Bethel Independent Methodist Church, c/o Mr. Donald Miller, 3549 Attala Road 3022, Kosciusko, Mississippi 39090 or to First Presbyterian Church, Bay City, Texas.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, November 17, 2010
 


Christine Harrison Cook
(April 22, 1918 - November 2, 2005)

Christine Harrison Cook, 87, of Bay City died November 2, 2005 at the Matagorda House. She was born April 22, 1918 in Bay City to the late Francis “Frank” and Margaret Smith Harrison. Mrs. Cook was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a resident of Bay City since 1979 and a former longtime resident of Port Lavaca. She was a retired school teacher for Calhoun Co ISD with 32 years of service, retiring in 1977. She also was a member of, and past Worthy Matron in the Eastern Star, former member and Past President of Class Room Teachers Association in Port Lavaca, TX.

Survivors include: daughter: Margaret West of Lake Jackson, TX; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law: C. L. & Melissa Cook, Jr. of Bay City and Donald Cook of Port Lavaca; sister: Nellie Griffith of Bay City; brother: Travis Harrison of Bay City; 7 grandchildren: Harrison Cook of El Campo, David Cook of Natchitoches, LA, Donnie Cook of Austin, Christy Edwards of Victoria, Christopher Cook of Port Lavaca, Matt West of Bay City and Mark West of San Antonio, TX; 6 great grandchildren: sisters-in-laws: Carmel Harrison of Bay City, Mabel Harrison of Houston, Melba Birkner of Vanderpool, and Dorothy Cook of Garland; brother-in-law: Thomas Cook of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband Cyrus L. Cook, Sr.; sister: Vivian Weir; and brothers: Frank, Jr., Vernon “Red”, and Percy Harrison.

Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, November 5, 2005 at the Frist Presbyterian Church with Rev. John-Nelson Pope officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck, TX. Pallbearers will be Harrison, David, Donnie, Christopher, and Blake Cook, Matt & Mark West, and Travis Edwards. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the Bay City Public Library or the Matagorda Co. Museum.

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

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Cyrus L. Cook

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Oscar L. Cook

Died Sep. 8, 1900

Aged 24 years, 7 months

Matagorda Cemetery

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Walter O. Cook

Jul. 12, 1898 - Jan. 27, 1901

Matagorda Cemetery

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William Edward Cook
(December 9, 1915 - February 5, 2010)

William Edward Cook was born in Emmit Arkansas Dec. 9, 1915 to the late William Joseph & Teresa Isabelle Sulzer Cook. He married the late Dorothy Ellis Cook in 1939 and moved to Bay City in 1948. He was a World War II Veteran and was retired as a First Class Machisist with Phillips Petroleum where he worked for over 30 years.

He is survived by his daughters Gwen Templeton and Charlene Harvey; grandchildren Claudette Chanik, Eddie Chanik and Lyndell Joe Chanik; great grandchildren Laurie Bass and Larry Hunt; great-great grandchildren Crystal Bell Bass and Stormy Dawn Bass; brother Imon Cook and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Macomber officiating. Graveside services with Military Honors will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Harvey, Leo Borak, Dravin Barchet, Joe Chanik, Bill Jones and John Mohon.
 


John E. Cooke
(February 28, 1927 - July 22, 2010)

John E. Cooke, 83, of Matagorda passed away July 22, 2010. He was born February 28, 1927 to the late John and Elva Treadwell Cooke. He worked for many years as an operator at Celanese; was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the former VFW Post 4459 of Matagorda.

Survivors include daughters Rebecca Floyd of Kingsbury, TX and Sheila Findley of Denver. CO; sons Stephen Cooke of Matagorda and Matthew Cooke of Houston; sister Marlene Wright of Houston; brothers Frank Cooke and Wayne Sullivan both of Baytown, TX; 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. His wife Patricia Cooke, sister Norvel Taylor and granddaughter Elizabeth Cooke all preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends are relatives from 1pm to 3pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, July 26, 2010 at Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda with Rev. Hoss Gwin officiating. Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Reeder, Jake Floyd, Wade Floyd, Jeremy Findley, Christopher Cooke and Isaac Findley.

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ROBERT "BOB" E. COOKE


BAY CITY - Robert "Bob" E. Cooke, 63, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008. He was born Oct. 17, 1944, in Stafford, to James E. Cooke and Josephine Packer Cooke. Bob was a resident of Bay City since 1973, was a retired heavy equipment operator, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era and was a member of VFW Post 2438.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m.
today, Sept. 10, 2008 at the Packer Family Cemetery, Packer Lane, Stafford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his grandson's education fund in care of the family.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 9/10/2008
 


Charles Waldorf Coombs, III
(March 19, 1960 - July 12, 2006)

Charles Waldorf Coombs, III, 46, passed away Wednesday July 12, 2006 at his home in Bay City. He was born March 19, 1960 in Jersey City, NJ to Charles Waldorf Coombs, Jr. and Sharon Campbell Coombs. He has been a resident of Bay City for the past 21 years, was employed as a Police Officer with the Fort Bend I.S.D. Police Department, and was a former Police Officer for 18 years with the Bay City Police Department.

Mr. Coombs is survived by his wife: Tina Thompson Coombs of Bay City; 2 daughters: Rachel Ashworth of Rosenberg and Brittney Coombs of Bay City; 2 Sons: Charles Waldorf Coombs, IV and Joshua Coombs both of Bay City; parents: Charles Waldorf Coombs, Jr. and Sharon Campbell Coombs of Broomall, PA; 2 sisters: Janet Cook of Salt Lake City, UT and Kathy Donaghy of Boca Raton, FL; brother: Bill Coombs of Broomall, PA, and a grandchild: Morgan Ashworth of Rosenberg.

A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday July 15, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Mullins officiating. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

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Abanell Cooper

Funeral services for Abanell Cooper, 75, of Bay City, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Enterprise Baptist Church.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published September 23, 2009
 


James E. Copeland

 

Funeral services for James E. Copeland, 73, of Bay City were held Monday, August 9 at Golden Ave. Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny James officiating. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mr. Copeland died August 7, 1999 near Olivia in Calhoun County. He was born February 4, 1926 in Grosbeck to the late Ammon A. and Flora Viola Yates Copeland.

 

He was a member of Golden Avenue Baptist Church, a resident of Bay City for 40 years, a veteran in WWII serving in the U. S. Navy and was a retired finish carpenter.

 

Mr. Copeland was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine Hathcock and his brother, Charles W. Copeland.

 

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Evelyn Bell Copeland of Bay City; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia Ann and Ronnie Hannan of Shepherd, TX, Pattie Lee and Joseph Brannon of Bay City and Linda Sue Smith of Houston; three sons and two daughters-in-law, James Allen and Debbie Copeland of Blessing, Kenneth Wesley and Marilyn Copeland of Center, LA and Steven James Copeland of Virginia; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, special friend Willie Bohuslar of Markham and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Pall bearers were Willie Bohuslar, Ronnie Hannan, John Green, Terry Courtney, Stacy Hannan and Gabriel Nalley.

 

The Daily Tribune, August 10, 1999

 


Lillie Miller Copeland

April 24, 1929 - October 23, 2009


Lillie Miller Copeland was born April 24, 1929, to the parentage of the late Leroy Miller and Ethel Wallace.

Lillie, affectionately known as "Nay", attended and graduated from Hilliard High in 1946. She lettered in basketball. Her team was the first female team to play full court. She was renown of her dribbling skills. Upon graduating from Hilliard, she attended and graduated from Franklin Beauty School. She was the proprietor of Nay's Beauty Shop. In later years she worked at Bay City Public Library.

As a youth, Lillie united with Enterprise Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. W. B. Wren. She was active and faithful. She served for several years as a Trustee, and became and remained custodian until her health failed. As Chairperson of the Decorating Committee she was known for her decorating skills, and on special occasions could creatively transform the Fellowship Hall into a wonderland with her cooking, sewing, and decorating skills. She also decorated for many weddings, anniversaries, and birthday parties throughout the city.

Lillie was married to the late Sterling Copeland, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Nelson Miller.

Many, many memories will be cherished in the hearts of her two daughters, Dr. Debra Miller-Hill, Houston, and Cheryl Wilcox; one grandson, Chivas Impre' (Saundra) Wilcox; two great grandsons, Le'tevin Montre and Anfernee Sequan; two brothers, Melvin Miller, all of Bay City, and Leroy Miller of Oakland, California; two god-sisters, Lovia Love, Irving, Texas, and Chandi Jones, Houston, Texas; three nieces, four nephews, a host of other relatives and friends, and her church family, Enterprise Baptist.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2009 at Green's Mortuary, 2702 Avenue C.

Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009, at Enterprise Baptist Church, 2420 Avenue B with Dr. J. Weldon Gilbert, Officiant/Pastor .

Arrangements are with Green's Mortuary 245-3489.

Lillie shall rest peacefully beneath mother earth at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Bay City Tribune, Published October 28, 2009
 


Alma Moorman Coppock
(July 23, 1914 - September 15, 2005)

Dear Friends and Relatives,

Our beloved mother, Alma Moorman Coppock, passed from this life to be with our Heavenly Father and others who have gone before at 4:00 AM on September, 15, 2005.

Mother was born in an East Texas oil town, Votaw, Texas, on July 23, 1914. Early on, her family moved to Daisetta, Texas, where her father worked for the remainder of his life. Her mother was Rachel Melinda Moorman, a wonderful, kind and gentle soul. Her father was Bob Moorman. She attended Hull-Daisetta school. She said she was lucky to be Valedictorian of her senior class. Her cousin, Yvonne Maynard, attended school with her and both were extremely bright and competitive.

Mother married Chris Vanya in 1934 and her son, Michael, is the sole issue of that marriage. Mother married in June, 1940, to Dr. Vernon H. Fricke and their daughter, Patricia, was born in January, 1942. She and Vernon lived together in Bay City until his death in June, 1965. They sent their children to the University of Texas. Mother later married Robert Coppock whom we adored. He took Mother all over the world.

She was active in many civic and social organizations. In 1967, she became a realtor. She then passed the State Board of Insurance without ever having worked in insurance.

Our mother was a unique, one-of-a-kind lady. She was extremely intelligent. She loved people and she let it show. We request that you remember her well, there will never be another.

Mother was the eldest of five children. Her siblings were Robert Onnie Moorman, Athie Moorman White, Lonnie Moorman, and William Watt Moorman. All are deceased.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Ewell of Webster, and son, Judge Michael Moorman Fricke and his wife, Anita , of Port Lavaca, Texas. She is also survived by one grandson, Jason Ewell and wife, Ann, of Katy, Texas and three granddaughters; Mary Fricke of Alvin, Texas; Lisa Berger and husband, James Berger of New Albany, Ohio; and Laura Grundhoefer and husband James of San Antonio., Texas.

Pallbearers are hon. David Roberts, DJ.,”UT”, hon. E.M Huitt, Jr., D.J., “UT”; Richard “Dick” Paul Dye, M.A.,”Southwestern”; Dr. James Simons, DDS, “A&M” and Dr. James Davant, DVM. Honorary pallbearer is Jason Ewell, BS, MA Electrical Eng. “A&M”

Please come and celebrate other mothers’ passage to heaven and her accomplishments here in Bay City.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 17, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home at 2313 Ave. I, Bay City, Texas. Services will be Sunday, September 18, at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in Bay City, Texas with Rev. Kevin Young officiating. Internment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Thank you, Pat & Mike

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Jackson Beaumont Corgey
(January 30, 1928 - October 9, 2005)

Jackson Beaumont Corgey, 77, of Palacios passed away Sunday, October 9, 2005 in Houston. He was born January 30, 1928 in Houston, TX to William Corgey and Hilda Beaumont Corgey. He was a resident of Palacios since 1990, a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios and was retired from Analog of Tyler, TX. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and Korea.

He is survived by his wife: Virginia Corgey of Palacios; his daughters: Kimble Coleen Luman of Round Rock and Alexa Grace Hinds & husband, Martin of Pflugerville; and by a son: William Burtis Corgey of Austin. He is also survived by his sisters: Dayna Claire Adair of Beeville and Sophia “Tootsie” Schulze of Granite Shoals; by 6 grandchildren: Jordan & Jarah Luman; Sara & Jackson Corgey and Kolyma & Abbi Hinds; and by a great grandchild: Novaly Luman. He was preceded in death by his parents: William & Hilda Corgey; by his sister: Billie Coleen Corgey; and by his aunt, Gladys Monica Beaumont.

Memorial funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, October 14, 2005 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. James Collins officiating.

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Ellen Roberts Cornelius

 

CORNELIUS, Ellen Roberts, 74, died at Nightingale Hospital in El Campo Saturday. Services were held at 11 a. m. Monday in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Milton McWilliams of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church officiated. Mrs. Cornelius, a resident of Blessing for 50 years, was buried at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. E. Davant of Port Lavaca, and one son, George Cornelius of Beaumont. She had seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Dan Cornelius, Simon Cornelius, Leonard Cornelius, Bill Davant, Jim Davant and Mike Fricke.

 

The Daily Tribune, April 7, 1969

 


Elva Wynona "Dee" Cornelius

 

Elva Wynona "Dee" Cornelius, 94, of Bay City passed away March 4, 1997 at DeTar Hospital in Victoria.

 

She was born Elva Wynona Raleigh in Ganado, Texas on Sept. 16, 1902 and married rancher, Fred C. Cornelius, Jr. of Midfield, Texas on Feb. 26, 1919.

 

She was very active civically and socially having served as Democratic Precinct Chairman and election Judge for Midfield, Sunday School Superintendent and U. C. S. Federation of Women's Club, The Old Trail Drivers Association of Texas, Town and County Garden Club, charter member of the Matagorda County Historical Society, Associate Member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Honorary Director of the Matagorda County Museum Association and the Jackson County Crossroads Coffee Club.

 

Mrs. Cornelius was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Cornelius Jr.; daughter, Lula Grace Chiles and sons-in-law, L. L. "Monk" Chiles and A. Hoyt Johnson. She is survived by her sister, Jean Raleigh Kindle of Austin; daughter, Maxine Johnson of Markham; granddaughters, Jean Chiles Graf and husband Curtis of Vernon, Texas, Joyce Johnson Maroney and husband Larry of San Antonio, Deean Johnson Griffith and husband "Pete" of Blessing; grandsons, Stuart Hoyt Johnson and wife Cynthia of Blessing and Max Cornelius Johnson of Dallas, eleven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many friends and loved ones.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday, March 7, 1997 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Toland officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Phillip Graf, Jason Maroney, Judd Maroney, Wade Griffith, C. J. Griffith and Jake Johnson.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Matagorda County Museum, 2100 Ave F., Bay City, Texas 77414.

 

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

 

The Daily Tribune, March 5, 1997

 


Cornelius Funeral Friday

 

Funeral services for Fred C. Cornelius, of Midfield, were held at 2 p. m. Friday, April 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Bay City with the Rev. Carl. L. W. Israel officiating.

 

Burial was in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Mr. Cornelius was born January 23, 1901 in Midfield and died Tuesday in a Houston hospital. On February 25 of this year, he and his wife, Elva Wynona "Dee" Cornelius celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

 

Survivors include his wife of Midfield; two daughters, Mrs. L. L. Chiles of Brazoria and Mrs. A. H. Johnson of Markham; one sister, Mrs. Juanita Graybill of New Braunfels; three brothers, James T. Cornelius of Midfield, Foncie M. Cornelius of New Braunfels and Gene Cornelius of Houston; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

 

The Palacios Beacon, April 12, 1979

F. C. Cornelius Dies at El Campo

F. C. Cornelius Sr., 96, a native of Germany, who came to the United States at the age of 26, died at E. Campo Tuesday, according to word received here by relatives.

Mr. Cornelius, the father of 13 children, was a resident of Midfield. He had lived at Indianola, Caranchua Bay, Trespalacios, Cash’s Creek and Juanita.

Burial will be at the family cemetery in Midfield.

Surviving children are Mrs. Dora Duffy of El Campo, Willie Cornelius of Markham, Mrs. Julia Taylor of ____ N. M., Louie Cornelius of Blessing, Mrs. Helen Melbourn of Port Lavaca, Tom and Fred Cornelius of Midfield, Young Cornelius of Sargent, Mrs. Juanita Graybill, and Leon, James, Foncie and _____.

Unknown newspaper, April 30, 1946
 


George Cornelius

 

George Cornelius, 59, of Dallas died May 17 in a Dallas hospital. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Nell Cornelius of Dallas; son, Richard Cornelius of Dallas; sister, Mrs. Kathryn Davant of Blessing; grand son, Matthew, also of Dallas. He was a member of the Episcopal church and was a veteran of World War II serving in the navy. Following services from the Restland Funeral Home in Dallas Friday morning, the remains will be brought overland to Bay City to lie in state from Friday evening until 11:30 a. m. Saturday at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment will be held May 20 at noon with the Rev. Milton McWilliams officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, May 19, 1978

 


James T. Cornelius

 

Funeral services will be held for James T. "Jim" Cornelius, 75, of Midfield, 3 p. m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Bay City.

 

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Ken Olsen of Victoria.

 

Cornelius died June 6, 1982 at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

Survivors include wife, Mrs. Nellie Cornelius of Midfield; son, Fritz Cornelius of Houston; daughters, Juanita Jones of Waco, Jimmie Ardell Stephens of Midfield, LaNell McClinton of Austin; brothers, Foncie Cornelius of New Braunfels, E. G. Cornelius of Houston; sister, Juanita Cornelius Graybill of New Braunfels; 6 grandchildren.

 

The Daily Tribune, June, 1982

 


LaNell Brown Cornelius

 

Mrs. LaNell Brown Cornelius, of Dallas, died Tuesday, October 10 at a Dallas Hospital. Survivors include a son, Richard L. Cornelius of Dallas, a grandson, Matthew Cornelius of Dallas, sisters Mrs. J. H. Simmons of Liberty, Mrs. F. R. Brandes of Midland and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Kathryn Davant of Blessing. Graveside services and interment will be held Thursday, October 12, 10:00 a. m. at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing. Rev. Milton McWilliams of St. Marks Episcopal Church will officiate. The remains will lie in state at the Taylor Brothers Chapel from late Wednesday afternoon until approximately 9:00 a. m. Thursday. Arrangements under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, October, 1978

 


Final Rites Held For Louie Cornelius, Burial In Hawley Cemetery

 

Funeral services for Louie Cornelius of Blessing were held at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City Saturday morning at 10 with the Rev. F. Parke Smith officiating. Interment followed in Hawley Cemetery.

 

A life long resident of Matagorda County, Mr. Cornelius died at his residence, east of Blessing, Thursday, May 19, at the age of 76.

 

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ellen Roberts Cornelius; one daughter, Mrs. Kathryn C. Davant, of Blessing; one son, George L. Cornelius, Beaumont; three sisters, Mrs. Julia B. Taylor, Aztec, N. M.; Mrs. Helen Milburn, Port Lavaca; Mrs. Juanita Grabel, Houston; eight brothers, W. D. Cornelius, Markham; Young Cornelius, Bay City; Fred Cornelius, Tom E. Cornelius and Jim Cornelius, Midfield; Foncie Cornelius and Eugene Cornelius, Houston and Lennon Cornelius of New Braunfels.

 

The Palacios Beacon, May 26, 1960

 


Mrs.
Mary Cornelius

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary J. Cornelius, wife of the late Fritz Cornelius of Midfield, were held Tuesday in the Wheeler Funeral Parlors in El Campo at 2 p. m. Mrs. Cornelius died Sunday morning in El Campo, where she has made her home in recent years.

Burial, which will be in the family cemetery at Midfield, has been delayed due to the excess rains. 

Mrs. Cornelius left no immediate relatives. She is survived, however, by several step children and step-grandchildren.

Unknown newspaper, February 22, 1959
 

  

[Nancy] Esther Cornelius

 

Esther Cornelius, 81, retired Postmistress of Midfield Post Office and widow of the late Tom E. Cornelius, passed away Sunday, July 23. She had been a resident of Winter Haven Rest Home in Houston since October 1971. Mrs. Cornelius served as the Midfield Postmistress from 1953 until April 30, 1971; retiring at the age of 80. Survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. Anna Lake of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Jewel Emmert, Mrs. Robbie Seale and Mrs. Dora Faye Williams all of Houston; one son, Floyd G. Cornelius of Houston; ten grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Services will be held Wednesday, July 26, at 2 p. m. at the Wheeler Funeral Home in El Campo with the Rev. Roy E. Ladd of Baptist Temple, Houston, officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Wheeler Funeral Home in El Campo is in charge of funeral arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, July, 1972

 


Nellie Nygard Cornelius

 

The life and laughter of Nellie Nygard Cornelius came to a halt on Friday, August 17, 2001. Born on May 7, 1917 near Midfield, Texas to Nellie and Lewis Nygard, Sr.

 

She was married to the late J.T. (Jim) Cornelius of Midfield on November 10, 1942 until his death in June of 1982. Nellie spent her days devoted to her children and the ranch and farm land that defined her. Nellie was a life long resident of Matagorda County residing in Midfield for all but the last seven years of her life.

 

Those years were spent in Edna, where she met her steadfast companion Gordon Baker who made Nellie's life full. She leaves behind many faithful and devoted friends and caregivers at Southbrook Manor, to which her family are eternally grateful. Her quick wit and caring persona will be missed. Nellie was the loving mom to Juanita Jones of Waco, Jimmie Stephens of Midfield, Nell McClinton of Martindale and Fritz Cornelius of Midfield. She is also survived

 by her sister, Polly Lukefahr of Midfield and Lewis Nygard of Bay City. Eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren will carry on her legacy.

 

Memorial services to celebrate her life will be at the gravesite at Hawley Cemetery on Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 5:00 p.m. with Bay City Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. A reception will follow at the Midfield Community Center in downtown Midfield.

 

For additional information call Bay City Funeral Home at 979-245-4893.

 

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, September 21, 2001

 


William Daniel Cornelius, Jr.
July 25, 1921 - Aug. 26, 2009

Dr. William Daniel Cornelius Jr., 88, of Markham, Texas, died August 26, 2009, at his residence.

He was born July 25, 1921, in Markham to Will and Mary Ethel Cornelius.

Daniel grew up living a life of ranching. He received his college education at Texas
A&M University, but his education was interrupted when he volunteered to serve in the United States Navy during World War II. He returned to Texas A&M after his military service and completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1947. He then returned to Markham where he worked with his father, brothers, and sister in their family ranching business. In later years, after the death of his father, the family ranching operation was divided among the siblings, and he developed what is now the Cornelius Cattle Company, Ltd., which is headquartered in Markham.

Daniel served as President of the Pan American Zebu Association. He received the Outstanding Rancher of Matagorda County Award and the Conservation Rancher Award in 1984. Daniel was a Life Member of the Sons of The Republic of Texas.

Doc had a great interest in mules, draft horses, donkeys, trains, and cattle. His favorite breed of cattle was the Zebu, which he loved to promote. He enjoyed conversations with his brothers and friends about days gone by, and he also loved to debate with those who would take on the challenge. He was innovative and resourceful, doing things the Daniel Cornelius Way.

Survivors include: his son Bill Cornelius and three daughters, Camille Green and husband Allen, Danette Poux and husband Jim, and Danelle Cornelius.

He is also survived by: two brothers, Simon Cornelius and his wife Florine of Victoria, and Leonard Cornelius and his wife Betty Lou of Wadsworth and sister-in-law Alice Tlucek of El Campo.

He has three granddaughters, Kathryn and Annie Cornelius and Emily Poux.

He is also survived by: numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Julia Lydia Chovanec Cornelius, sister Annie Belle Cornelius Cobb, and granddaughters, Lisa and Julie Warn.

Bill, Camille, Danette, and Danelle wish to express their gratitude to JoAnn Garibay of Victoria, Texas, who so patiently and lovingly helped care for their father at his home.

Dr. Cornelius was a member of St. Roberts Catholic Church in Markham. A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2009, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City
, Texas, and the Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City, Texas, with his nephew, the Rev. Paul Chovanec, and the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating.

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

Pallbearers will be: Louis Kopnicky, Mike Buffaloe, Gary Damuth, Gary Green, Mack McLeod, and Jake McLeod.

Honorary pallbearers are: Voss McCrosky, Dr. Jim Davant, and Dr. Warren Criswell.

Memorials may be made to St. Roberts Catholic Church, C/O St. Peters Church, P.O. Box 395, Blessing, Texas,
77419.

Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in
Bay City (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published August 30, 2009
 


Cornelius Rites Held

 

Funeral services for native Matagorda Countian, Young "Babe" Cornelius, 70, were held 2 p. m. Sunday from Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

Cornelius, a rancher, died Friday in Matagorda General Hospital after suffering a heart attack Thursday. He was born July 2, 1892 in Midfield and resided in Bay City at 2617 Avenue J.

 

Burial was in Hawley Cemetery. Rev. Leslie LeGrand of First Methodist Church officiated at the rites.

 

Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Helen Melbourne of Port Lavaca, Mrs. Julia [B. Taylor] of Aztec, N. Mex., Mrs. H. N. Grable of Houston; six brothers, Tom, Fred and Jim Cornelius of Midfield, L. L. of New Braunfels and Gene and Foncie of Houston.

 

Pallbearers were A. O. Moore, Joe Zrubek, A. J. Pavlik, Floyd Cornelius, Leonard Cornelius and Dave Bolling.

 

The Daily Tribune, June 3, 1963

 

 

Abe Cornelsen
Sep. 25, 1908 - Jul. 23, 2002

Hulda Gertrude Cornelsen
Apr. 6, 1904 - Nov. 4, 1999

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

.

Georgia Demmer Cornett
Nov. 17, 1955  - Feb. 5, 2009


Georgia Demmer Cornett, age 53, passed away February 5, 2009.

A woman loved by many couldn't be more of an understatement.

Most notably, daughter Jana Cornett; son and daughter-in-law, Chas and Mary Cornett; parents Ed Roy and Laverne Demmer and Beverly Burton; grandmother, Georgia Burton; sister, Kimberly Diane and husband Phil Schaer; ex-husband and father of her children, Robert Cornett; and Douglas McClure; two nephews, Robert Krenek and wife Lisa and son Jordon and Roy Krenek.

She was also a woman who loved many, especially her children whom she loved. She made the world a better place just by being in it, and those lives she has touched will never be the same.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Bay City. Please join us in a celebration of her life.


Bay City Tribune, Published February 25, 2009

 


Cornett

 

Graveside funeral services for Infant Cornett, son of Shane and Suzanne Holsworth Cornett, were at 5 p. m. Monday, July 6, 1998 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, with Rev. Bill Hodge officiating.

 

Cornett died July 1, 1998 at Angleton Danbury Hospital in Angleton.

 

He is survived by parents, Shane and Suzanne Cornett of Bay City; his maternal grandparents, Mason Holsworth of Collegeport and Linette Holsworth of Bay City; paternal grandparents, Ron and Gwen Kirkpatrick of Richmond; two maternal great grandmothers, Mary Halfen of Collegeport and Ethel Holsworth of Collegeport; paternal great grandmother, Faye Brown of Richmond; a brother, Brandon Cornett of Bay City; and numerous aunts and uncles.

 

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

 

The Daily Tribune, July 7, 1998

 


JASON EARL CORNETT
 

CUERO - Jason Earl Cornett, 32, of Cuero passed away April 16, 2008. He was born Feb. 1, 1976, in El Campo, to Douglas Reno Cornett and Rosemary Perkins Cornett.
 
Survivors include his wife, Erin Grigsby Cornett of Cuero; mother, Rosemary Cornett of Palacios; father and stepmother, Douglas and Kathy Cornett of Palacios; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Cornett of Blessing; daughters, Shana Cornett of Palacios, Jennifer, Sarah and Madison Cornett, all of Cuero; son, Cody Cornett of Cuero; brothers, Reno Cornett and wife Michelle, James Cornett and wife Heather, and Joey Cornett, all of Palacios; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 7-9 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the Palacios Cemetery with the Rev. June White officiating.

Pallbearers will be: James Cornett, Joey Cornett, Reno Cornett, Gerald Dyer, Russell McIntosh, Joe Mendoza, and Todd Perkins.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 4/18/2008.

 


JAMES E. CORNETT


Funeral services for James Elmer Cornett, 75, will be held today (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Barbara McKnight officiating. Masonic graveside services will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Cornett was born Aug. 27, 1907, in Alton County, Kansas and died June 26, 1983 at DeTar Hospital in Victoria. He was reared in El Campo and had been a resident of Matagorda County for 53 years. Cornett was a retired Matagorda County Commissioner, a retired local rancher and rice farmer, and had been manager of a ranch in Victoria Co. for 10 years.

Cornett was a 32nd degree Mason, having been a member of the Blessing Masonic Lodge for 14 years.

Survivors include is wife, Dorothy Charley Cornett of Blessing; five sons, James E. Cornett II of Needville, John Cornett of Houston, Douglas Cornett and Robert Cornett of Blessing, and Jack Cornett of Bay City; one brother; Ermie E. Cornett of Blessing; 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be John Burkholder, Clay Cornett, Casey Cornett, Shane Cornett, Cole Cornett, Tom Cornett, Delaney Cornett and Steve Cornett.

The Palacios Beacon, June 29, 1983
 


JAMES ELMER CORNETT

 

James Elmer Cornett II, age 62, of Llano and formerly of Gardendale and Bay City, died Friday, Jan. 24, 1997.

Cornett was born March 5, 1934 in Matagorda County. He served as a member of the Marines during the Korean Conflict and was self employed as a Petroleum engineer. Cornett was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Survivors include two daughters Connie Brinker of Llano and Fara Ashcraft of Van Vleck; four sons Clay Cornett of Houston, Cole Cornett of Pattison, Casey Cornett of Houston and Shane Cornett of Bay City; four brothers John Cornett of Houston, Doug Cornett of Blessing, Jack Cornett of Blessing, and Robert Cornett of Blessing; step mother Dorothy Cornett of Blessing; step father Leon Wolfe of Markham; great aunt Gladys Ulland Tuley of Markham and 10 grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at Hawley Cemetery in Matagorda County with officiating by the Bay City VFW Post. Memorials can be made to the charity of choice.

Arrangements are with Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, Inc. in Llano.

Bay City Tribune, January 28, 1997
 

 


Manuel Coronado
May 20, 1922 – Aug. 20, 2008


Manuel Coronado 86, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at Matagorda Hospital.

He is preceded in death by his father; Felipe Coronado, his mother; Herminia Coronado, sister; Maria De Los Angeles Zambrano, and sons; Juan Manuel Coronado and Franciso Xavier Coronado.

Survivors include his brothers; Gilberto Coronado, Bernardo Coronado, and Carlos Garza, his surviving children; Mary Lou (Alex) Sauceda of Carpentersville, Ill., Rosie Rodriguez of Bay City, TX., and Diana (Roman) Garcia of Edinburg, TX. He had 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2008 at Greens Mortuary. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Frank Garza Jr., Robert Smith Jr., Roman Garcia Jr., Michael Garcia, Eloy Martinez, Santana Chavez, and Jorge Espinosa.

He was a lifelong resident of Bay City, TX. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Our family would like to thank everyone who came to remember Manuel and comfort us in our time of grief.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published August 24, 2008

 


Carrie Corporon

 

Carrie Corporon, 78, died Monday, July 23 in Oroville, Calif. in the hospital. A native of Matagorda [County], she left Collegeport with her husband, Ira, five years ago to be near her two daughters living in Oroville, Calif. As Carrie Jenkins, she married Ira Corporon of Collegeport. Survivors include: husband, Ira; two daughters, Mrs. Carl (Ruby Lee) Ackerman and Mrs. Lloyd (Wanda) Crawford both of Oroville, Calif.; one son, Chester Corporon of Collegeport; 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Services are pending for Wednesday afternoon, July 25, at the Scheer Memorial Funeral Home in Oroville, Calif.

 

The Daily Tribune, June 24, 1979

 

[Reinterred at Hawley Cemetery April 16, 2000.]

 

 

Ira Corporon

 

Funeral services for Ira M. Corporon, 93, of Oroville, Calif., will be held 2 p. m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Holland officiating; Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mr. Corporon was born March 18, 1896, in Kansas to George William and Anna Hardin Corporon and died Oct. 7, 1989, at Wagner General Hospital, Palacios.

 

A former resident of Palacios, he lived in Oroville for the past 15 years. He was a member of Bay City VFW Post 2438, American Legion and First Baptist Church of Collegeport.

 

Survivors include two daughters, Ruby Williams and Wanda Corporon of Oroville; a son, Chester Corporon of Collegeport; a sister, Reba Price of Freeport; two brothers, Percy Corporon and R. L. "Dick" Corporon of Cypress Grove; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers include Victor, Charles, Russell, Tommy and Carl Corporon and Vernon O'Rouke.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Jenkins Corporon in July 1979 and a son, Willie "Bill" Corporon in 1970.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, October, 1989
 


LuEllen Fox Corporon

 

Funeral services for LuEllen Fox Corporon, 87, of Palacios were scheduled for 11 a. m. today at the Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. John McClelland and Brother Shan Jackson officiating. Burial was to follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Corporon was born Oct. 26, 1904, to Archie Eugene and Edna V. Mapes Fox in Red Wing, Minn., and died Feb. 1, 1992, at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home, Palacios.

 

She was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

 

Survivors include a husband of 70 years, Percy V. Corporon of Palacios; two sons, Duane P. Corporon of Collegeport and Larry W. Corporon of Houston; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Pallbearers were to be Robert Kessler, Roy Corporon, Carl Corporon, Charles Corporon, Russell Corporon and Victor Corporon.

 

Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, February, 1992
 


Percy Virgil Corporon

 

Percy Virgil Corporon, 96, of Palacios passed away May 22, 1997 at the Palacios Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

 

He was born Dec. 30, 1990 in Cedarville, Kansas to George William Corporon and Susanna Elizabeth Harding Corporon. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Collegeport and had been a resident of the Palacios area since 1909.

 

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law Duane and Dorothy Ann Corporon of Palacios and Larry Corporon of Houston; by three grandchildren, Kenneth Duane Corporon of Richmond, Allen Neal Corporon of Lampasas, and Bonnie Carolyn Corporon of Snider; by six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Luellen Fox Corporon on Feb. 1, 1992.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday, May 24, 1997 at the Palacios Funeral Chapel with Brother Shan Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, May 25, 1997
 


Jorge Javier Correa
Sept. 3, 1966 – Dec. 7, 2010

Jorge Javier Correa beloved husband, father, son, and brother went into eternal rest on December 7, 2010. 

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Cynthia Ann Correa; daughter, Amber Lynn Correa, and father Daniel Correa Jr. 

He was born on September 3, 1966, in Brownsville, Texas. He lived in Sweeny, Texas. 

He is survived by: his children, Crystal Lynn, Ashly, and Jorge D. Correa all of Bay City, Texas; his mother, Elvia Correa of Sweeny, Texas; one sister, Diana Gaytan of Bay City; and his brothers, Daniel Correa III of Bay City, Texas and Noe Correa of Sweeny, Texas. 

He was a dedicated welder for many years. He was a caring father and a great friend; he was loved and will be missed by many. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Juan F. Montemayor Jr. of Bay City, Richard Gayton Jr. of Palacios, Eric Davis of Bay City, Lee Martinez of Brazoria, Serapion Castaneda of Brownsville, and Herman Cruz of El Campo.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Oscar Lopez of Wharton, Christian Montemayor, Marcus Montemayor and Walter Sanchez all of Bay City. 

Visitation was held on Friday, December 10, 2010, from 1 until 9 p.m. with a Rosary held that evening at 7 p.m. at Trevino Funeral Home Chapel. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, December 11, 2010, at Trevino Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Garcia officiating.

Burial will follow at the Evangelico Cemetery in Beeville, Texas.

Under the direction of Trevino Funeral Home Beeville, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, December 12, 2010
 


PATRICIA CALHOUN CORREA

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Patricia Calhoun Correa, 48, formerly of Bay City, who passed away July 4, 2009, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 7/10/2009
 


William George (Bill) Correll
July 20, 1912 - June 4, 2009

William George Correll passed away at his house in Brazoria, Texas in late evening on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at the age of 96.

He was born July 20, 1912 to Edward Lee and Mabel George Correll in El Campo, Texas where he spent his childhood. After graduating from El Campo High School, he attended Rice Institute, which is now Rice University. Bill married Viola Robertson in 1934 in a union that lasted 42 years. A son, Donn, was born of this marriage. He later went to work for the Dow Chemical Co. in Freeport, Texas as an auditor and accountant. Having retired in 1973, he moved to Wharton. After the death of Viola, Bill married Gussie Fox Slone and enjoyed many years in both Wharton and Mountain Home, Arkansas. Gussies death in 2006 brought Bill back to Brazoria, Texas, where he lived out the remainder of his life.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Wharton with the Rev. Mack Mathis officiating and assisted by the Rev. Bill Baker. Burial followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton.

Survivors include: his son and daughter-in-law, Donn and Judy Correll of Brazoria, Texas; step-children and spouses, Barbara and Mike Crotts and Wayne and Mercy Slone all of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Charles and Tommye Slone of Richmond, Texas; grandsons and spouses, Scott and Shari Correll and Bruce and Brittany Correll and four great grandchildren. Also numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Scott Correll, Bruce Correll, Bruce Slone, Keet Slone, Kirk Slone, Tod Slone, Blake Briscoe, Daniel Briscoe, Stanley Woefel, Bill Greenwood and Keith Warzecha.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorials to the church or charity of your choice.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published June 10, 2009
 


Alice Emma Coulter

 

Funeral services for Alice Emma Coulter, 85, of Redmond, Wash., will be held 11 a. m. Tuesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Curtis Dodd officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mrs. Coulter was born Dec. 14, 1904, in Louise, Texas and died Dec. 15, 1989, in Seattle, Wash.

 

Formerly of Louise, she graduated from Bay City High School and resided in Houston for 50 years. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Houston.

 

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Robert H. Smith of Redmond, Wash.; a sister, Cleo Dodd of Houston; and three nieces, Gwynne Denison of San Antonio, Jean Barrow of Houston and Blake Kennedy of Alvin.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, December, 1989

 


James Phillip Coulter

 

Graveside services for James Phillip Coulter, 86, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., will be held 2 p. m. Tuesday at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing with the Rev. Curtis Dodd officiating.

 

Mr. Coulter was born Sept. 6, 1901, in Canyon City, Texas, and died Dec. 9, 1987, at Westlake Village Hospital, Thousand Oaks, Calif.,

 

A former resident of Houston, he was a resident of Thousand Oaks for four months.

 

He had been self-employed for 35 years in the oil and gas exploration field in the southern United States. He was also a certified public accountant and a former vice president of National Drilling Co., Houston. He was a life member of the Petroleum Engineers of Texas and a graduate of the Colorado School of Mining and Engineering.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Coulter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 3, 1987.

 

Survivors include his wife, Alice Emma Garner Coulter of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Robert H. Smith of Thousand Oaks; a grandson, Robert James Smith and a granddaughter, Barbara Elizabeth Smith, both of Thousand Oaks.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, December, 1987
 


Oscar Ray Coulter - Hawley Cemetery


 


Dempsey Courville

 

Funeral services for Dempsey Courville, 64, of West Columbia, formerly of Bay City, will be held 10 a. m. Wednesday at the Bay City Funeral Home chapel with Glenn Newberry of the Sweeny Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

The family has scheduled visitation with friends from 7 to 8:30 p. m. today at the funeral home.

 

Mr. Courville was born Dec. 7, 1926, to Paul and Celestine Bazinet Courville in Eunice, La., and died Aug. 30, 1991, at his home.

 

He served in the Merchant Marines in Germany during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1951. He moved to Bay City in 1952. While living here, he served as the manager and umpire for the Bay City Little League, a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and as past president of the Rice Belt Kiwanis Club. Mr. Courville was affiliated with the Sweeny Church of Christ.

 

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Melissa and Johnny Tomlin of West Columbia and Celeste Courville of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Norris Courville of De Ridder, La.; a sister, Nora Shambeaux of Eunice, La.; and two grandchildren, Teanna and J. D. Tomlin of West Columbia.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, three brothers and several nieces and nephews.

 

Pallbearers are Lee Cox, Herman Louvier, Alfred Anderson, Bill Boeker, Charlie Martinez Jr. and Ross Kelly.

 

Honorary pallbearers are Sidney Denn, George DeReese, Charles Talbot and Paul Hatchett.

 

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins of Bay City Funeral Home, 2205 Ave K, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, September, 1991

 


Edna May Covey
(March 10, 1915 - May 26, 2007)

Edna May Covey, 92, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2007. She was born March 10, 1915 in Galveston, TX to John W. Petch and Mary Elizabeth Thrasher Petch. She was a resident of Matagorda County since 1976 and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her sons: James C. Covey & wife Claudell of Bay City and Connie Lee Covey & wife Geraldine of Knoxville, AR; by her grandchildren: Debra Kay, Beth Ann, Rosa, Sharon and Constance; by her step-grandchildren: Claude Mae & Milton, Nora, Betty & Jimmy, Peggy & Russell and Raymond; and by numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Walter Britt Covey; and by her parents: John W. & Mary Elizabeth Petch

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Mutz officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Stephens, Russell Cram, Milton Jarrell, Daniel Mutz, Truitt Farris, and Jesse Longoria.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Harvest House Food Pantry, 2204 Nichols, Bay City, TX 77414 or to the Salvation Army, 1911 7th Street, Bay City, TX 77414.

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

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Grace Evelyn Cowger

Aug. 12, 1918 - Sept. 6, 2005

 

Grace Evelyn Cowger, 87, of Markham, Texas died September 6, 2005, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City, Texas.

 

She was born August 12, 1918, in El Maton, Texas, to the late Alex Edwin and Katherin Barbara Herreth Schulte.

 

Mrs. Cowger was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City, a resident of Markham since 1959 and a former resident of Clemville, Texas.

 

Survivors include: daughter, Patricia Cowger of Markham; son and daughter-in-law, James Nelson and Joyce Cowger of Markham; sister, Ola Mae Logan of Blessing, Texas; three grandchildren, James N. Cowger II and wife Tanya of San Antonio, Texas, Karen Beth Boswell of Austin, Texas, and Laura Rene Gonzalez and husband Ernie of San Antonio, Texas; one step-granddaughter, April Thompson and husband Brad of North Branch, Michigan; eight great-grandchildren, Katie, Alexander and Christiane Milam, Sabrina and Miranda Gonzalez and Harry, Heather and Hannah Cowger; four step-great grandchildren, Randi Mikulenka, Daniel, Geneva and Cody Thompson.

 

She was preceded in death by her son, George Edward Cowger.

 

Rosary was at 7 p. m. Thursday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, and the funeral mass was at 11 a. m. Friday, September 9, 2005, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating.

 

Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

 

Pallbearers were James Cowger, James Cowger, Jr., Harry Cowger, Edmond Logan, Alexander Milam and Ernie Gonzalez.

 

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

 

The Bay City Tribune, September 11, 2005

 


Harry James Cowger

Harry James Cowger, 59, of Clemville died January 16 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Survivors include: wife, Elsie Mae “De” Cowger of Clemville, daughters, Patsy Jean, Deedy, Janie and Paulina Cowger, Hope and Vanessa Elaine Davis; sons, James Nelson Cowger and George Douglas Davis; a brother, Lawrence A Tippen of Houston; an aunt, Mary Salley of Markham; grandchildren, Laura, Karen, and James Nelson Cowger, II. Funeral services will be held January 18th, Saturday in the Clemville Community Church at 3 p. m. with the Reverends Claude Cagle, Allen Brown and Joe Ramsey. Interment will be held at the Hawley Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the family residence in Clemville until 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Pallbearers are Carlton LaBeff, Bert Logan, Pete Shultz, L. A. Augsberger, Guy Townsend and George Hevener. Honorary pallbearers are Claude Hamill, P. R. Hamill, Bill Luder, Hugh Strickland, Bert Watts, Fred and Jim Cornelius, Carl Hiltpold, Hanz Hiltpold, Elmer Cornutt, Jack Huddleston, Hert Teractler, Johnny Reyholds, and Roland Childress. Arrangements with Taylor Bros.

The Daily Tribune, January, 1975
 


Alta Savage Cox
(December 29, 1920 - October 8, 2005)

Alta Savage Cox, 84, of Carthage, Texas died October 8, 2005 in Longview, Texas. She was born December 29, 1920 in Yoakum, Texas to Charles W. Savage and Hattie Douglas Taylor Savage. She attended Bertram Schools and Baylor University. Alta married Theodore Inman Cox on Sept. 17, 1939 and together they celebrated 51 years of marriage before his death in 1990. Alta and Theo owned and operated a shrimp boat in Palacios for many years. She was a member of Central Baptist church where she enjoyed singing with the Silvertone Choir. Alta, a respected seamstress loved to sew, quilt and play “88", although her greatest joy came from serving others. She was preceded in death by one sister, Charlsie McCoy.

She is survived by a sister, Emmabel Goolsby of Carthage; niece Judy Preston of Leander; one grand niece, three grand nephews and numerous great grand nieces and nephews; by her devoted friends who called her Grandma Alta, Pat and Tommy Ellis of Palacios and Alta Jean Barnett.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at the Palacios Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012.

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Helen Hiatt Tillman Cox
Aug. 4, 1917 – April 5, 2007

Helen Hiatt Tillman Cox, 89, was born in Edmond, Oklahoma on August 4, 1917 and passed away on Thursday, April 5 at her home, “The Fountains” in Sweeny, Texas with her loving family and friends by her side.

Family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Monday, April 9 at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 at the First United Methodist Church in Sweeny with the Rev. Alex Lupo officiating.

Helen came to the Sweeny area in 1942 with her husband Bill, who transferred here with Phillips Petroleum, and raised their family in Old Ocean and Sweeny. Helen later married J.C. Cox and continued to reside in Sweeny.

She was very devoted to her children and the children of the community with such activities as being a Girl Scout Leader in the 50’s and 60’s, and a Cub Scout Den Leader in the 60’s. Helen taught homemaking to many students in the Sweeny ISD during the 60’s and 70’s and retired in the mid 70’s.

Upon retirement she began another love of traveling with her sister Charlotte and the travel group led by Shirley Burwell. At home, she enjoyed her children, grandchildren, gardening and entertaining her family and friends by her pool.

She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Sweeny and has served on many church and community committees. Helen was actively involved in the Sweeny Civic Club and the El Modelo Study Club and a monthly birthday club.

Helen was preceded in death by: her husbands, G. W. (Bill) Tillman and J. C. Cox; parents, William and Myra Hiatt; brothers, William, Herman, Allen and Jimmie; and sisters, Mildred, Charlotte and Esther.

Survivors include her children; Margaret (Peggy) Ellis and husband Dan of Sweeny, Myra Cassens and husband Allan of Columbia Lakes, William (Bill) Tillman and wife Cindy of Sweeny and Jan Kershner of Bethany, Ct.; grandchildren, Danette Boyd and husband Monty, Kim Miller and husband Stephen, Meredith Black and husband Ken, Derek Brown and wife Anna, Tiffany Schnettler and husband Aaron, Mitchell Tillman, Ken Kershner and wife Jane, Jay Kershner and wife Lisa, Stuart Kershner, Brian Cassens and wife Joni, Patti Cassens, Cynthia LeDonne, and Kevin Cassens. Great grandchildren, Austin Boyd, Shelby Miller, Peyton Black, Aubrey Brown, Mackenzie and Alyssa Schnettler, Samantha and John Cole Kershner, Alexandria, William and Robin Kershner, and Austin and Hunter LeDonne.

Pallbearers are Monty Boyd, Ken Black, Aaron Schnettler, Stephen Miller, Kevin Cassens and Brian Cassens.

Honorary Pallbearers are Lanny Henderson, Bobby Nairn, Frank Burttschell, Tim Ryerson, Harvey Vogel, Bill Surber, Tommy Holcomb, I.J. Brown, Robert Dixon, and Leo Finley.

The family would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to our loving Mother’s extended family, the staff and residents of “The Fountains”, and her caregivers Jeanette Berry, Gloria Danley, Tina Lewis, Christine Williams, Carolyn Fields, Lisa Fields, Kathy Lemon, Lue Ella Baugh and Diane Stubblefield.

A special thanks to Hospice, Mary Lou Lynn and Evelyn Fairfield for their love and support in these final days.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church,207 E. 1st St., Sweeny ,Texas 77480,West Brazos Cares 1008A E. Ashley Wilson Rd. Sweeny, Texas 77480, A-MED Hospice, 8901 EF Lowry Expressway, Suite B, Texas City, Texas 77591 or the charity of your choice.

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

Online condolences may be sent to bakerfuneralhome.net

Bay City Tribune, Published April 8, 2007, Matagorda County, Texas
 


JAMES R. COX

BAY CITY - James R. Cox, 74, of Bay City, passed away Dec. 3, 2009. He was born Dec. 18, 1934 in Seymour, Ind. to the late Werner G. and Jennie Marie Herring Cox. He served in the U.S. Marines and worked for many years at Celanese.

His wife Loretta Vaughan Cox preceded him in death in 2006.

Survivors include his faithful companion, Sandra Glick of Bay City; daughter, Lora Cerena Thompson and Dickie of Markham; sons, James Edward Cox of Ardmore, Okla. and Ronald Patrick Cox and Elsa Smith of Van Vleck; sisters, Kathleen Hadden of Panama City, Fla. and Pat Barnard and Bob of Panama City, Fla.; brothers, Terry Ray Cox of Panama City, Fla., Carroll Cox and Violet and Ranzall Cox, and Betty, all of Atlanta; his grandchildren, Brittany Jade Cox, Heather Elaine Cox and Tyler Marie Cox , Cody Thompson and Heath Thompson and family.

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

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Christmas officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Christmas, Bill Smith, Shawn Glick, Johnny Englehart, Richard Cox, and Dewey "Tex" Vaughan.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
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Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613. Published in Victoria Advocate on December 5, 2009

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Loretta Vaughan Cox
(January 30, 1940 - April 29, 2006)

Loretta Vaughan Cox, 66, of Many, Louisiana, beloved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend passed away on April 29, 2006 after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her husband, James Ronald Cox of Many, LA, two sons, James Edward Cox of Ardmore, OK and Ronald Patrick Cox of Van Vleck; one daughter and son-in-law Lora Cox Thompson & Dickie of Markham; three granddaughters Brittany Jade Cox, Heather Elaine Cox & Tyler Marie Cox; two grandsons Heath Thompson & Cody Thompson; two great grandchildren Kennedy & Reagan Thompson of Van Vleck; brother and sister-in-law D. B. & Janice Vaughan of Amarillo; & sister Patricia Vaughan Solomon of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents John Dewey & Lucy Lora Thomas Vaughan and a brother John Henry Vaughan.

Loretta was born in Hurricane Creek, Florida on January 30, 1940 and later moved with her husband to Van Vleck. In May of 1977 she graduated from the University of Houston in Victoria with a degree in Elementary Education. In September of 1977, Loretta began her teaching career at Van Vleck ISD and remained there until her retirement in May 1998. She coached the girls Junior Varsity Basketball team in 1980. She was an exceptional and dedicated science teacher. She never missed an opportunity to participate in workshops offered in our area to help children that loved science as much as she did. The Matagorda County Soil and Conservation District awarded Loretta Teacher of the Year. That same year the Area 3 Soil Conservation Districts awarded her the runner-up Teacher of the Year.

David Durham, former principal of E. Rudd Intermediate and former superintendent of Van Vleck ISD, had this to say about Loretta, “While you have found a home, you have evolved into a shining star for Van Vleck Intermediate School. And, the best is yet to come!”

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Bay City with Rev. Chester Sassman and Billy Christmas officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Lance O’Neill, Michael Grisham, John Ashcraft, Kenneth Vaughan, Bryan Vaughan & Marvin Christmas. Honorary pallbearers include Bill Smith, Joe Downs, David Mitchell, Gordon McHardy, Donnie Clark, Scott Fuller, Luby Christmas and all of the children she touched. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Van Vleck ISD 302 4th St., Van Vleck, TX 77482. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

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Robert "Bob" William Craft
(March 3, 1935 - October 1, 2008)

Robert William Craft, Sr. (“Bob”) was born March 3, 1935 to Margaret Mearns and Frank D. Craft.

Bob attended school in Bay City, graduating from Bay City High School Class of 1953. He played many sports, including All-District center position for the Blackcat football team. He was voted Senior Class Favorite. He attended Texas A&M University and University of Texas at Austin.

He was employed as a summer intern in accounting for Phillips Petroleum in Old Ocean, Texas.

During the Suez Canal Crisis, he spent six months active duty and six years in the Reserves for the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio, Texas, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas.

On December 23, 1958, nearly fifty years ago, he married Mona Jean Guidry.

He started his married life working as a bookkeeper for Otis Russell Drilling Company. Soon after, he became a retail furniture store manager. He managed the furniture store in Bay City for over forty years. He loved his work and his customers loved him.

His hobbies included softball, golf, coaching Little League baseball, and farming St. Augustine turf. He was proud to have sold grass to the developers of Astroworld in Houston. He attended Holy Cross Catholic Church and volunteered there as a teacher of catechism classes to eighth graders.

He is survived by five children: Rob, Chris, Neal, Candace, and Nikki and eight grandchildren: Michael, Steve, Courtney, Anna, Emily, Micah, and Logan Craft and Addison Smith. He was a real family man, totally devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He succumbed from multiple complications caused by type two diabetes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church Religious Education (CCD), or the charity of your choice.

The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Friday, at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

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

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Frank Crain
(July 11, 1941 - March 29, 2010)

MARKHAM - Frank Crain, 68, of Markham passed away March 29, 2010. He was born July 11, 1941 in West Carroll Parish, La. to the late Edward Oscar and Gussie Lee Crain. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Markham. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, a guitar player who wrote many of his own songs, and had a passion for antique tractors. He will be remembered as the man who gardened and shared his crop with everyone in Markham.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Crain of Markham; daughters, Roxanne Vercher of Needville, Robbin Ratley of Kilbourne, La., Kari Galvan and Chris of Markham, and Dawn Luder and Chip of Bay City; sons, Marshall Crain and Renva and Keith Crain, both of Oak Grove, La., George Franklin Crain Jr. of Kilbourne, La., Delton Ray Crain and Tracy of Brandon, Miss., and Darrell Joe Tomasek and Kimberly of Canyon Lake; sisters, Edna Lewis of Mer Rouge, La., Ruby Nell McCain and J.L. of Hamburg, Ark., Shirley Faye Hughlett and Gene of Spur, Diane Putman and Donald of Fisk Union, La., and Nancy Mayo and Randy of Oak Grove, La.; brothers, Willie E. Crain and Dorothy of Monroe, La., Bobby Joe Crain and Trish of Clinton, Ark., and Donald E. Crain and Darlene of Houston; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Markham with Rev. Jim Lane and Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Crouch, Grady Quinney, Charlie McGuire, Henry Crain, C.W. Rush, and Roger Stoffer.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Bradley, Pat Patterson, Steve Klingaman, Mike Jenkins, Sonny Brune, and his nephews.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Markham or M.D. Anderson Hospital.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on March 31, 2010
 


JEFFREY RAY CRAWLEY

VICTORIA - Jeffrey Ray Crawley, 60, of Victoria passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. Jeffrey was born Dec. 13, 1949 in New Gulf to Genison J. Crawley and Vina Lee Soward Crawley. Jeffrey worked as a laborer in the construction industry. He was a person who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, loved to fish, BBQ, and play dominoes.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his mother, Vina Lee Crawley of Port Lavaca; two sons, Allen Crawley and Mark Crawley (Brandy) of Cuero; two sisters, Linda Wetherbee and Doris Mican of Victoria; and three grandchildren.

Visitation for Jeffrey will be this evening, Sept. 9, 2010 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Grace Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Grace Funeral Home with Rev. Henry Learn and Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Mission Valley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Walters, Craig Klacman, Eddie Dotson, Jerry Rogers, Mike Starnes, and Matt Klacman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dean Wetherbee, Anthony Mican, Joseph Mican, Michael Tollett, Steve Watzlavik, his provider Suzie, and friends from Amour Adult Day Care Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Temple Church, Alamo Heights Baptist Church in Port Lavaca, or Crescent Valley Baptist Church.

Grace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 361-573-4341.

Published in Victoria Advocate on September 9, 2010
 


Anna V. Creech

Creech, Mrs. Anna V., 84 died in Refugio Nursing Home in Refugio, on Aug. 17. Her husband was a retired Texas Gulf Sulphur employee before his death. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Quintero of Woodsboro. Rosary will be said at Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel tonight at 8 p.m. and mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Father C. J. Martin officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Herbert Nowak, Frank Valigura, Fred Brown Jr.[Fred N. Brown], Fred Brown, Sr. [Fred H. Brown].

The Daily Tribune, August 19, 1969
 


FUNERAL SERVICES ARE HELD HERE FOR J. K. CREECH, 73

Funeral services were held Wednesday for Jesse K. Creech, 73, of Van Vleck at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Louis Saunders officiating.

Mr. Creech died Monday in the Matagorda County General Hospital of injuries received in an automobile accident near Van Vleck. Interment was in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Miss Violet Creech and Mrs. Vivian McNair; one son, Jesse Robert Creech; one brother, Sid Creech of San Antonio.

The Daily Tribune, June 9, 1955
 


MILDRED 'Mickey' APRILLA CAVALLIN CRENSHAW

A memorial service for Mildred (Mickey) Aprilla Cavallin Crenshaw of Palacios, Tx. was held Nov. 14, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios.

Mrs. Crenshaw as born Nov. 21, 1925 in Matagorda County to Malcolm Owen and Aprilla Brock Cavallin. She passed away Nov. 12, 2010.

Mickey retired from South Texas Girl Scout Council and enjoyed spending more time with her family, volunteering with local organizations and was very faithful to her church, First Presbyterian of Palacios. She served in many capacities as an elder in her church and was deeply committed to the Palacios Area Historical Association and the Alapha Club.

She is survived by her daughters Janda Rieger of Aiken, South Carolina and Debbie (Tim) Chapman of Rockport, Tx.; grandsons Gabe Rieger, Chad Chapman, and Manning Chapman; five great-grandchildren; her sisters Lou (Roy) Markwardt and Sue (Sonny) Chiles; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde Dwight Crenshaw, sister Dorothy Harrington, and brother Van Powell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, the Palacios Library or the Palacios Area Historical Association.

The Palacios Beacon, November 17, 2010
 

 

Alice Faye Crews
Jan. 29, 1943 – June 27, 2005


Alice Faye Crews, 65, of Sargent passed away June 27, 2008.

She was born January 29, 1943 in Corrigan, Texas to the late James and Stella Bee Hardy Horger.

Survivors include: sons, Rodney Crews and Wade Cole Crews both of Sargent; grandchildren, Leslie Renee Crews, Curtis Gunter, Rodney Ray Crews and Randall Crews; great grandson, Caden Ray Richardson; nephews, Randy Williams and Tommy Williams both of Dayton; close friends, Michelle Phelps, Sharon Forsythe and Bea Batts and many other friends and relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 11:44 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2008 on the Westside Pavilion on Sargent Beach.

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

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


Bay City Tribune, Published July 6, 2008

 

David T. Crockett
Born
Aug. 12, 1849
Died
Nov. 12, 1918

Grandson of
Davy Crockett of
Alamo Fame

Cedarvale Cemetery

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of
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EDWARD CROCKETT JR.

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Edward "Poolou" Crockett Jr., 69, of Bay City, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Murray Martin, pastor. Burial will follow immediately after the services at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on November 4, 2010

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MRS. SANFRAN CISCO CROCKETT.
 

Mrs. Sanfran Cisco Crockett, wife of Davie Crockett, died at her home near Wadsworth yesterday in her 67th year, and will be buried in Cedarvale Cemetery at this place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.

 

Mrs. Crockett has lived a long life of Christian service which she devoted to her husband and rearing a family, and had many friends wherever she was known who will be grieved to hear of her death.

 

The remains will arrive Friday afternoon over the Santa Fe, the funeral taking place from the Santa Fe immediately after the arrival of the train.

 

The sympathy of the community is extended Mr. Crockett and the family.

 

Matagorda County Tribune, July 28, 1916

 

 

 

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Jozelle Crouch
(June 20, 1916 - February 15, 2011)

Jozelle Crouch went home to be with the Lord, February 15, 2011. She was born to George and Betty Carrell Oglesbee on June 20, 1916 in Saratoga, Texas. Jozelle married Nova Crouch in December of 1941 and they moved to Markham, Texas in 1950 along with their son, Charles. She continued to live in their home in Markham until she moved to the Legacy complex in January of 2001, where she lived until her death. Jozelle was active in First Baptist Church of Markham until moving to Bay City. At that time she became a member of First Baptist Church of Bay City, where she enjoyed worshiping and fellowshipping with other members there, until the time that her health would not permit her to attend. Jozelle was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her step-son, Huey Dean Crouch; step-grandson, Rick Crouch; her brothers, Clyde, Claude and Clint Oglesbee, and her sisters, Maud Bracken, and Druzelle Brown. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Carolyn Crouch of Sweeny; daughter-in-law, Nancy Crouch of Liberty; granddaughter and her husband Phoebe and Mark Lincecum of Normangee; step-granddaughter Connie and her husband Bruce Burnham of Liberty; step-grandsons and their wives, Dale and Polly Wilhelm of Houston and Jon and Kim Wilhelm of Sweeny; great-grandchildren, Nash Lincecum, Van, Anna Beth, Amanda, Breanna, and Caden Wilhelm and Brooke Burnham. Jozelle is also survived by nieces, nephews and many friends. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A celebration of Jozelle’s life will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be C. W. Rush, Grady Quinney, Jerry Hemphill, Mark Lincecum, Dale Wilhelm, and Jon Wilhelm. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Legacy Assisted Living, her second family, for the love and care of Jozelle over these last 10 years. Also, many thanks to the members of the “Barnabas Connection” of First Baptist Church of Bay City for their visits and encouragement. Dr. Mike Zimmerman has been a wonderful pastor, not to only Jozelle, but to her family as well, through this trying time. May God bless all of you who touched her life.

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Michael Glenn Crouch

 

Michael Glenn Crouch, 18, of Van Vleck, died Monday April 21. Survivors include: parents, Earnest and Sharon Crouch of Van Vleck; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Wilson of Corpus Christi, Robert Lee Crouch of Jourdanton and Mr. and Mrs. Walter O'Briant of Markham; brothers, Larry Mitchell Crouch of Old Ocean, Seaman Thomas Crouch of Norfolk, Virginia; numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives. The funeral will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p. m. at the First Baptist Church of Markham. The Rev. Joe Ramsey will officiate and interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, April, 1980

 


Allen Ray Crow
(September 12, 1935 - August 19, 2007)

Allen Ray Crow, 71, of Bay City, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2007 in Wharton, TX.

He was born September 12, 1935 in Port Lavaca, Texas to Martin Luford Crow and Alma Leona Ray Crow. He was a lifelong resident of Bay City and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He retired as an Engineer after 30 years of service with the Texas Dept. of Highways and Public Transportation. He also owned and operated the Party Time Liquor Store in Bay City and worked for four years in the Jail Division of Matagorda County Sheriff’s Dept.

Family was the most important thing to Allen Ray. He loved his girls and especially his grandchildren. Alli and Logan were the light of his life. He liked to play golf and dominoes, casino trips to Vegas and Louisiana, fishing, and generally having fun. He will be missed by his family and friends greatly.

He is survived by: his wife, Sue G. Crow of Bay City; his daughters, Karen Meier and husband Keith of Katy, Kimberly Ford and husband Larry of Bay City; his sisters, Valerie Ryman and Jo Ann Crow of Bay City; grandchildren, Alli Kate Ford and Logan Ford of Bay City; his uncles, Randle Crow of Conroe and Johnny Crow of Paradise, California. He is also survived by: his step-brother, Roger Legg; step-grandchildren, Jana and Jessica Ford; and by four nieces and nephews: Duane Ryman, Carla Cox, Larry Green and David Green.

The family will receive visitors from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday and Taylor Bros. Funeral. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Warren Mutz and Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Duane Ryman, Jeremy Ryman, Jarred Saizan, Lee Cox, David Green and Larry Green.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, August 22, 2007
 


Ollie Crowder

 

Miss Ollie Crowder, 76, of 825 Rife, Aransas Pass, Texas, died Saturday, July 2, 1977, at 5:20 a. m. at her residence. Miss Crowder was born March 4, 1901, in Lucerne, Kansas. Her parents were Aaron Crowder and Susan Bostwick. She is survived by two sisters, Alice Mayfield of Aransas Pass and Emma Herrin of California. Graveside services were today at 2 p. m. in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing. Officiating was the Rev. John Tripp. Arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral home.

 

The Daily Tribune, July, 1977

 


Mrs. Susan Crowder

Mrs. Susan Crowder died at the family residence near Midfield Monday morning after an illness of a few days. Mrs. Crowder is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Rose Talbott, of Palacios, Texas, Mrs. Emma Herring, of Monte Celo, Calif., Mrs. L. Marcaurell, of West Columbia, Texas, Misses Ollie and Alice Crowder, of Midfield, Texas, and one son, G. W. Crowder, of Anchor, Texas.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock at Hawley Cemetery, with Rev. E. A. Peterson, of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Bros.

THE MATAGORDA COUNTY TRIBUNE, Thursday, February 6, 1936, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Keith Gilbert Crowley
(January 4, 1953 - May 12, 2011)

Keith Gilbert Crowley, 58, of Bay City passed away May 12, 2011. He was born Jan. 4, 1953 in Bay City, TX to the late Kenneth Gilbert Crowley & Mary Neal Keener. He graduated from Van Vleck High School, served in the US Air Force for 4 years and worked as a carpenter for the City of Bay City for 22 years.

Survivors include daughter Tiffany Seidel & husband Ralph of Bay City; son Franklin Neal Crowley & wife Danielle of San Diego; sister Becky Lowery & husband Clint of Gonzales; brothers Kerry Crowley, Ron Foss & wife Jeanette and Jim Foss & wife Jackie all of Bay City; aunt Grace Keener of Bay City; grandchildren Abbigail & Sophia Crowley, Tristan Seidel, Kaleigh Seidel, Trevor Seidel and Trent Seidel and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 Am Monday, May 17, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Lane Pardue officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church.

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Reginalde Courtney Culpepper
Jan. 20, 1911 - June 27, 2010

Reginalde Courtney Culpepper, better known as R.C. or Cully, passed away at his home in Sweeny, Texas on June 27, 2010 at the age of 99.

R.C. was born in Childress, Texas on January 20, 1911 and moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma shortly thereafter. At age 16, he went to work for Phillips Petroleum in Okmulgee and transferred to the Sweeny refinery in 1947. R.C. retired from the company in 1962 after 46 years of service and then spent three additional years on contract with Phillips in London. He married Ebba Veneta (Betty) Parker, at age 17 in Okmulgee in 1928.

They were married just short of 70 years when she passed away in January 1998. R.C. was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne and Ronald Dexter Culpepper.

He is survived by: his son, James Courtney Culpepper, his wife Janette; eight grandchildren, including: Cory Culpepper Posell and husband Scott Posell, Kimberly Ann Culpepper, Dianne Gallagher and husband Joe, Becca Dwyer, Robin Wise and husband Kyle, daughter-in-law Julia Mason, Marnie Lynn Innocencio and husband Joe, Rebecca Powell and husband Tim, Christopher Culpepper and thirteen great grand children.

R.C. was active in the community, volunteering his time in assisting many friends with home and automobile repair needs. He was also very active at the Methodist Church, including helping to build the sanctuary and was a founding board member of the Sweeny Hospital.

Burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 2nd at the Sweeny Cemetery, followed by a celebration of his life at First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, 207 E 1st Street at 11:00 a.m. Friends are welcome to attend the burial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his name to The Center Foundation - Serving Persons with Mental Retardation, 3550 West Dallas, Houston, Texas 77019, or to AMED Community Hospice, 8901 E.F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B, Texas City, Texas, 77591.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home at 2313 Avenue I in Bay City, Texas is handling the arrangements and visitation will be held Thursday, July 1, 2010 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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

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

Clara Mary Culver
February 12, 1851 - November 10, 1868

Matagorda Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

David Culver
August 16, 1897 - March 3, 1898

Matagorda Cemetery

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Eric George Culver
August 10, 1896? - February 19, 1951
death certificate lists dod as August 10, 1886
age 55 years

Matagorda Cemetery

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George Burkhart Culver
January 15, 1863 - July 6, 1931

Matagorda Cemetery

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George David Culver
February 23, 1887 - November 12, 1947

Matagorda Cemetery

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Henry Martin Culver
December 8, 1893 - January 9, 1905

Matagorda Cemetery

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John David Culver
July 10, 1816 - June 22, 1885

Elizabeth Maria Arans Culver
November 23, 1820 - December 25, 1907

Matagorda Cemetery

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Lilly Bruce Culver
November 1, 1871 - January 9, 1959

Matagorda Cemetery

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Lucille Pannill Culver
June 25, 1898 - May 25, 1894

Matagorda Cemetery

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Ned Wadsworth Culver
October 4, 1899 - January 7, 1970

Audrey Lee Miller Culver
February 25, 1898 - May 15, 1975

Matagorda Cemetery

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Phyllis Jean Yeamans Culver
Oct. 15, 1929 – April 6, 2007


Phyllis Jean Yeamans Culver, 77, of Matagorda, Texas passed away April 6, 2007 in Houston.

She was born October 15, 1929 in Bay City, Texas to Douglas and Bernice Augsburger Yeamans and was a lifelong resident of Matagorda, Texas.

She graduated from Bay City High School in 1946 and attended Wharton County Junior College. She worked as clerk in the Matagorda County Clerk’s office for D. B. Hinton. She married James Lee Culver on November 24, 1950.

She was a lifetime member of Christ Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild and Vestry, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the ECW, Daughters of the King and the church choir.

Phyllis was a member of the Mary Rolph Marsh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Matagorda County Genealogical Society, served on the Matagorda County Historical Commission, Matagorda Cemetery Association where she served as secretary for many years and a charter member of the River’s End Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; stepfather, Asa “ Tinker” Yeamans, Sr.; her husband, James Lee Culver and brother, Neil Yeamans.

She is survived by: her daughters, Suzanne Culver of Matagorda, Jennifer Klaiber and husband Tom of Matagorda, Jami Knause and husband Darayle of Austin, and Jeannie Hinton and husband Craig of Bay City; grandchildren, James Eric Klaiber, Lauren Ashley Hinton, Allison Kate Hinton, Madeline Jean Malone, Jacob Culver Knause and Luke William Knause. She is also survived by: her brothers, Douglas Yeamans and wife Shirley of Aransas Pass and Asa H. Yeamans, Jr and wife Verna of Rockport; sister-in-law, Frances Yeamans of Aransas Pass and her aunts, Helen Thornton of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Thelma Dellis of Bay City.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Yeamans, Stephen Yeamans, James Yeamans, David Culver, Ray Culver, Jr. and Bill Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Anderson, Johnnie Frank Long, Homer J. “Bud” Moore, Jr., Robert Greenwood and Alan “Spot” Hinton.

Funeral service was at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 with the Rev. Hoss Gwin officiating. Interment followed at Matagorda Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, PO Box 673, Matagorda, TX 77457 for perpetual care of the church garden and the Memory Book fund.

The family expresses their thanks and appreciation to her special friends Carolyn Boulden and Zelma Davidson and to the doctors and staff of Park Plaza Hospital.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published April 11, 2007, Matagorda County, Texas

 

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

REV. MSGR. T. JOSEPH CULVER, 72 of Houston, Texas passed away April 7, 2009 in Houston. Monsignor Culver was born January 3, 1937 in Wadsworth, Texas, the son of John Franklin Culver and Maria Antonia Richie Culver. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1963. Monsignor served the priest hood for 46 years. In La Marque he served Queen of Peace Catholic for 23 years as pastor. He served on many committees for the Galveston Houston Diocese. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #5236 of La Marque and Matthew Wilson Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, also was formerly the District Friar for the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus District # 1. Monsignor Culver was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Culver and brother Robert Culver. Monsignor Culver was survived by his sister Catherine Reece of Tucson, AZ. and brother and sister-in-law John H. and Joyce Culver of Houston; sister-in-law Josephine Culver of Escondido, CA.; he is also survived by 10 nieces and 2 nephews Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2009 with a Vigil and Rosary at 7:00 pm at Queen of Peace, 1224 Cedar Dr. La Marque, Texas, with Father Brandon Cahill, officiating. A Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2009 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Florenza, officiating. The Rite of Committal Service will be at 3:00 pm at St. Francisville Cemetery in Wadsworth, Texas. Monsignor requested in lieu of flowers that memorial Masses be offered in his name.
 
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 4/11/2009           Photo courtesy of John Culver
 


Tasie Caroline Petrucha Culver
Sept. 14, 1911 – March 1, 2008


Tasie Caroline Petrucha Culver, 96, of Wadsworth, Texas passed away Saturday, March 1, 2008.

She was born September 14, 1911 in Wadsworth to Tom and Julia Petrucha. She was a lifelong resident of Wadsworth, a homemaker, and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She is survived by: her daughter, Lothell Butter of Wadsworth; sister, Mary Blair of El Campo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Seerden Culver; her parents, Tom and Julia Petrucha; her sisters, Josephine Dzuik, Regina May and Ida Armatta; and her brother, Tom Petrucha.

The Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will be at St. Francisville Catholic Cemetery in Wadsworth.

Pallbearers will be John Armada, David Popek, George Deshotels, Michael Culver, Robert Hale and John Vos McCrosky. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Doss, Sidney Armada and Jim Tatum.

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

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


Bay City Tribune, Published March 5, 2008

 


Clarence Cunningham

 

Funeral services for Clarence Cunningham, 61, will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, April 29, 1999 in the chapel of Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

 

Mr. Cunningham died Sunday, April 25, in Houston. He was born July 21, 1937 in Blessing to Russell C. and Elva Nichols Cunningham.

 

He was a life member of the Texas Aerial Application Association, a pilot, an instructor and a history buff of Matagorda County.

 

Survivors include his wife Barbara Cunningham of Palacios; daughters, Betty and Phyllis Cunningham both of Bay City; and son John Cunningham of Palacios.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Franklin.

 

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, April 27, 1999


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Elva Mattie Cunningham

 

Mrs. Elva Mattie Cunningham, 67, of Palacios, died Tuesday, March 17, 1981, at Wagner General Hospital in Palacios. She was a resident of Palacios since 1947 and her church affiliation was Presbyterian. Survivors include: husband, Russell Crawford Cunningham of Palacios; sons, Clarence Cunningham of Palacios and Franklin Cunningham of Blessing; sisters, Lucy DeCuir of Las Vegas, Nev., Louise Love of Odessa, Josephine Metzler of Houston and Betty Wooten of Manvel; brother, Louise Nickolson of Tibodeaux, La.; 7 grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at the Palacios Funeral Home, Thursday, March 19, at 3 p. m. with Rev. J. R. Gwin and Rev. Leon Maxwell officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, March, 1981
 


Franklin William Cunningham

 

Funeral services for Franklin "Frank" William Cunningham, 53, of Blessing will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Blavier officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mr. Cunningham was born Feb. 25, 1933, in Bay City to Russell and Elva M. Nicholson Cunningham and died at 7:40 a. m. Dec. 27, 1986, at Methodist Hospital, Houston.

 

A lifelong resident of the Blessing area, he was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was an agriculture pilot (cropduster) and mechanic, pilot member of the Texas Agriculture Aviation Association and certified aircraft inspector.

 

He was a member of the Episcopal church.

 

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Cunningham of Houston; three sons, Donald Cunningham of Cache, Okla., and Charles and David Cunningham of Ganado; and a brother, Clarence Cunningham of Palacios.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, December, 1986
 


JOHN RUSSELL CUNNINGHAM
 

A memorial service for John Russell Cunningham, 43, of Bay City, was held Nov. 20, 2008 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Zach Nicholson officiating.

Mr. Cunningham was born Sept. 17, 1965 in Palacios, TX to Clarence Henry Cunningham and Barbara Ann Lanmon Cunningham. He died Nov. 17, 2008.

He resided in Palacios and moved to Bay City in 2004. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios, was a Sales Representative for NAPA Auto Parts, a member of the National Limousine Association, a member of the N.R.A. and was the Athletic Director for the Bay City Youth Football Association.

He is survived by his wife, Constance W. Cunningham of Bay City; his mother, Barbara Cunningham of Palacios; his step-children Brittainy Michelle Helton of College Station, Brandon Scott Gavranovic and Brian Taylor Gavranovic, both of Bay City; and his sisters Betty Joan Reynolds and husband Tommy, and Phyllis Brooks and husband, Ned III, all of Palacios.

He was preceded in death by his father Clarence Henry Cunningham.

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

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

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
 


Russel Crawford Cunningham

 

Services for Russel Crawford Cunningham of Palacios will be held March 24, 1984, at 2 p. m. in the Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Floyd officiating.

 

Mr. Cunningham, 83, was born on August 8, 1900, in Tennessee. He was a resident of Palacios since 1924, and a veteran of World War I.  He was a retired farmer and rancher. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva. He died on March 21, 1984, in Wagner General Hospital.

 

He is survived by two sons, Clarence Cunningham of Palacios and Franklin Cunningham of Blessing; one sister, Mattie Lee Finch of Paris, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren.

 

Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home of Palacios is in charge of arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, March, 1984
 


Berta Lou Cupples
(September 8, 1928 - October 6, 2007)

Berta Lou Cupples, 79, of Sargent past away Saturday, October 6, 2007. She was born September 8, 1928 in Terlton Oklahoma to the late Mart & Letta Marie Guinn Jones. She was a long time resident of Sargent, a member of VFW Post 2438 Ladies Auxiliary, and formerly a member of the Sargent VFW Post 2412 Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Cupples is survived by her husband: Harry Cupples of Sargent; daughter: Pat Eggler of Katy; 2 step-daughters: Bridget Ellis of Crosby and Colette Tompkins of Baytown; 2 grandchildren: Donna Todd and Shannon Gonzales; and 3 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Sargent VFW Post 2412 in Sargent, TX.

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Betty Jane McCroskey Curlee
 

Graveside services for Betty Jane McCroskey Curlee, 64, of Rosenberg were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mrs. Curlee was born June 8, 1924, in Fresno, Calif., to James H. and Betty McLendon McCroskey, and died Feb. 11, 1989, in Houston.

She is survived by her husband, Troy Curlee of Rosenberg; an uncle, T. A. McLendon of Bay City; a cousin, John Voss McCrosky of Bay City; and numerous cousins throughout the surrounding counties.

Arrangements are with Bay City Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, February 1989
 


CLEO PATRA CUNNINGHAM


BAY CITY - Cleo Patra Crayton Cunningham, 87, of Bay City, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. She was born Nov. 14, 1921, in San Marcos, to the late Jim and Sarah Crayton of San Marcos. She was raised by the late Lenzy and Elnora Paige of Houston after the death of both of her parents at a young age. She attended Houston ISD elementary schools and Phyllis Wheatley High School in Houston. She married the Rev. Leroy Charles Cunningham Sr. on Nov. 19, 1947 in Bay City. She was employed in Bay City for 35 years.

She is survived by her children, Jeraldine Marie Reado of Houston, Fulton Lewis Cunningham (Rita) of Houston, Centhia Jewel Mahoney (Charles) of Pearland, and the Rev. Leroy Charles Cunningham Jr. (Angelia) of Bay City; brother, the Rev. F.N. Williams of Houston; sisters-in-law, Carrie Hobbs of Houston and Mattie Folston of Houston; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 39 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, husband, five brothers, and one sister.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Green's Mortuary in Bay City.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Bay City, the Rev. L.C. Cunningham Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/12/2009

 


Dina June Currans
(April 17, 1969 - April 6, 2008)

Dina June Currans, 38, of Bay City, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008. She was born April 17, 1969 in Tucson, AZ to Tanya Lee Klump Fletcher and the late Dwight Allen Fletcher. She was a resident of Bay City for the past 26 years and worked as a waitress.

She is survived by her husband: Michael J. Currans of Bay City; her mother: Tanya K. Fletcher; by her children: Brandi Rene Lewis of Denver, CO, Candice Lee Love, Micheal Allen Fletcher, and Lawson Daniel Love, all of Bay City; by her step children: Magan Currans of Bay City, Ashley Freeman of Kilgore, TX Haley Currans and Madison Currans, both of Whiteoak, TX; and by her grandchildren: J’dn Currans and Austin Freeman.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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

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

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Funeral services for Ray Curry, 85, at 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel of Duncan-Roberts.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. (979) 245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, Published September 15, 2010
 


CURTIS, BETTY RUTH

Betty Ruth Curtis, 72, of Bay City died Tuesday Dec. 26, 2000 at her residence.

She was born Jan. 10, 1928 in Bay City to the late Keith A. and Bertie Mae Hayden Curtis.

She was a member of the N.R.A. and an avid hunter, bowler, and fisherperson.

She is survived by: her life long friend, Elise Albair of Bay City; two brothers, Mason Curtis of Manitou Springs, Co., and Keith Curtis of Manvel, Texas; and by a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 at Hawley Cemetery with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Arrangements are by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000DC28

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Thursday, December 28, 2000, Matagorda County, Texas


Mrs. Curtis Passes at 81

Mrs. Byrdie Mae Curtis, aged 81, of 2421 Cottonwood passed away Friday at Matagorda General Hospital. Services were at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church with Rev. William Baker officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Survivors are three daughters, Miss Betty Ruth Curtis of Bay City, Mrs. Evelyn Sherrer of Sinton and Mrs. Vivian Marshall of Bay City; three sons, Hayden C. Curtis of Victoria, Keith A. Curtis of Alvin, Mason C. Curtis of Colorado Springs; one sister Mrs. Katy Nuenswander of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and one brother, Wesley Hayden of Marshfield, Wisconsin.

A resident of Bay City since 1919, Mrs. Curtis was a member of the First Baptist Church.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Monday, May 15, 1967, Matagorda County, Texas


Charles Willis Curtis

 

Charles Willis Curtis, 83, 3617 4th Street, Bay City, died Saturday, September 9, 1978 at Matagorda General Hospital. He was born July 14, 1895 in Brownwood, Missouri. He has been a Bay City resident since the early 20's. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a veteran of World War I serving in the Navy, and a retired barber. Survivors include his wife, Faye Curtis; daughter, Mary Joe Reed of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sisters, Mrs. Carl McAdams of Colonial Heights, Virginia, Mrs. Faye Witkovski, and Mrs. Sue Lightfoot both of Cedar Rapids. Brother, Henry Curtis of Basile, Louisiana. Funeral services are set for 2:00 p. m. Sunday, September 10 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Frank Seaman officiating. Interment at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers include Jimmy Morrow, Tommy Hale, Bill Thompson, Galen Savage, Leo Duffy and Buster Nave. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, September 10, 1978

 


Keith A. Curtis Dies At Family Residence Wed.

 

Mr. Keith A. Curtis, 70, retired barber, died at the family residence here Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock following prolonged ill health.

 

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Charlie Marshall of Bay City, Mrs. George Sherrer of Sinton, Miss Betty Ruth Curtis of Houston; three sons, Hayden of Bay City, Mason of Colorado Springs and Keith Curtis, Jr. of Alvin. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Forest Jones of Oregon and Mrs. Elmer Burkhart of Illinois and two brothers, Hugh and Harold Curtis of Iowa.

 

Services will be held from Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Friday morning at 10 with Dr. Allen O. Webb of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery.

 

The Daily Tribune, October 7, 1954
 


DOROTHY ANN WINDBERG CURTNER
Sept. 11, 1935 ~ Dec. 10, 2009

BLESSING - Dorothy Ann Windberg Curtner, 74, of Blessing, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. She was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Berclaire, to Adolf and Emelia Reitz Windberg.

She was a beloved resident of Blessing since 1962 and a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church of Blessing. She was also a member of St. Peter and St. Robert's Altar Society for 47 years serving as president for 17 years and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas "Our Lady of the Blessings" Court #2546.

She is survived by her husband, Calvin Ray "Pete" Curtner of 54 years; a daughter, Pamela Joines and husband Gary of Blessing; by her sons, Clifton Curtner and wife Linda of Blessing and Tiler Curtner and wife Lynsey of Bay City; by her sisters, Jeanette Elder and Verna Hilliard of Beeville, Joyce Jones and husband Robert "Bob" Jones of Corpus Christi; and by her brother-in-law, Carlton "Sam" Curtner of Wharton. She is also survived by her precious grandchildren, Cameron and Chade Joines, Catelyn Curtner, and Reagan Curtner. And a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, John Elder of Beeville; and brother-in-law, Jesse Curtner of Wharton.

She was known to all family and friends as "Granny". Her compassion in life was taking care of her family and always being there to serve others in need. She loved following the activities of her grandchildren always being there to cheer them on. As an avid sports fan she loved watching her grandchildren participate in football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, golf, soccer, archery, track and softball. Regardless of the weather she was always their number one fan cheering them on from the stands. She loved to cook and was famous for her coconut cream pie and Italian cream cake. She helped in volunteering with "Blessing Day" serving in the cakes and pies for over 45 years.

Visitation took place on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a rosary recited immediately after.

Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 12, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Graveside services will immediately follow at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers are grandchildren, Cameron Joines, Catelyn Curtner, Chade Joines; and friends, Vic Kahlich, Henry Day, and Bill Garner.

Honorary pallbearers are granddaughter, Reagan Curtner; friends, Jack Hodge, Edwin Logan, and Bob White; and brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Jones.

Memorials may be made to: St. Peter and St. Robert's Altar Society, c/o St. Peter's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 395, Blessing, Texas 77419 or Tidehaven Alumni, P.O. Box 159, El Maton, Texas 77440 or the charity of your choice.

The family of Dorothy would like to thank Dr. Barker, nurses, and staff at Matagorda Regional Hospital for their loving and compassionate care that they administered during her illness. Thank you also is extended to Pat Matthes and Jackie with the Houston Hospice for the comfort that was given and the support the family needed. One thousand thanks go to Angela-Granny's helping Angel.

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 12, 2009
 


ADDA BELLE CUTSHAVER

A memorial service for Adda Belle Cutshaver, 86, Barnesville, Ohio, was held Aug. 18, 2010 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Barnesville.

Mrs. Cutshaver was born July 10, 1924 in Somerton, Ohio to the late Virgil and Iva (Gibbons) Carter. She died Aug. 15, 2010 at her home.

She was a homemaker and a faithful member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Barnesville.

She is survived by a son Lee (Jenny) Cutshaver of Barnesville; daughters; Shirley (Steve) Eiler of Cleburne, Tx., Joyce (Tom) Jenkins-Howard of Dublin, Ohio and Shelly (Jim) Thompson of Barnesville; step-daughter Virginia Edwards of Barnesvill; brothers Gerald Carter of Sebring, Ohio and Virgil (Marilyn) Carter of Minerva, Ohio; sister Lillis Flenniken of New Castle, Pa.; 8 grandchildern; 7 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur J. Cutshaver; brothers Wilford, Julius and Norman Carter; and sister Olive Spencer.

The Palacios Beacon, August 25, 2010
 


 

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