Matagorda County Obituaries
Wade Thomas Calk Sr. went to be with his Lord and maker on
September 21 in Van Vleck, Texas. He fought a hard battle with
cancer, but never lost sight of the final reward-Going to be
with his Lord. He took his “ Flight Final ”. He passed away
peacefully at his home. He was born on December 17, 1926 in
Highlands, Texas to his father Felix Clayton Calk and mother
Lillie Constance Kopecky Calk.
Thomas was a member of the U.S. Army Paratroops, 11th Airborne
Division, Tech 5, (corporal) including duties as a medic during
WWll from December 1944 to November 1946 in Korea. He had a
career in Mechanical and Civil Construction. His most prized
work achievement was Area Superintendent at Stearns Rogers while
working in Evanston and LaBarge, Wyoming. He was a board member
of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Bay City, Texas which he
took great pride in.
He married the love of his life, Alpha Lucille, on May 5, 1950
in Bay City, Texas. Lovingly known as “Sonny Boy” . he was
preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters, Sadie
Ashcraft and Madelyn Harris. He is survived by his wife of 63
years, his children-Tranis Calk and wife Judy, Clayton Calk and
wife Suzanne, Nancy Ducote and husband Al, Wade Calk and wife
Pam, Bobby Calk and wife Donna. He is also survived by 8
grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 4
great-great-grandchildren who lovingly called him Paw Paw. He is
also survived by his sisters Katherine Green, and Evelyn
Hornaday and husband Eddie , and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thomas loved his church and gospel music, The family wishes to
send a Thank You to Houston Hospice-Linda and Marie-for all
their loving care and special attention.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 25 from 5-7p.m. at
the funeral home. Funeral services will be 10;00 A.M. Thursday ,
Sept 26 at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Bay City. Burial
will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Bay City Tribune,
September 25, 2013
August 18, 1937 –June 27, 2013
Melvin Frederick Campbell Jr., 75, of Bay City passed away June
27, 2013 at his home.
He was born August 18, 1937 in Colorado County, Texas to the
late Melvin Frederick Sr. and Frances Frnka Campbell.
Melvin was a long time resident of Bay City, served his country
as a member of the United States Army and was a retired
warehouse supervisor with Phillips Petroleum Company.
He is survived by: his two daughters, Stephanie Renee Cassey and
husband Robert of Vidor and Amy Cline and husband Kelly of
Humble; son, Dayton Cole and wife Cathy of Boone, North
Carolina; nine grandchildren, Erin Cole Brownfield, Adam Cole,
Justin Cole, Sara Cole Glenn, Amy Cole Holway, Ketcher Cline,
Kinsey Cline, Christene Cassey, and Victoria Cassey; and four
great-grandchildren, Dayton Brownfield, Cole Holway, Kaih Cole,
and Dominic Holway.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carolyn
Christine Hicks Campbell in April of 2007.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 17,
2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Lawrence Gwin
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, (979) 245-4613.
Bay City Tribune,
August 14, 2013
Abel Joe Cantu, Jr.
(September 29, 1974 - May 5, 2013)
Abel Joe Cantu, Jr., 38, of Van Vleck passed away May 5, 2013.
He was born September 29, 1974 in Bay City to Abel Joe Cantu,
Sr. and Olivia Gonzales Cantu. He was a pipe-fitter foreman who
enjoyed playing softball, coaching Little League Baseball,
watching both of his boys play baseball and was an avid Dallas
His father preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife,
Erica Cantu; sons Jordan Cantu and Antonio “Tony” Cantu; mother
Olivia Cantu; sisters Debbie Cantu & husband Frank, Amanda Cantu
and Audra Cantu as well as several nieces and nephews.
rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mass will be 10:00 AM Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Our Lady of
Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.
Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Gonzales, Eddie Esparza, Jr. Esparza,
Lupe Zboral, Daniel Garza, Lynn Garza, Mario Hull, and Brett
Please make memorials to Antonio Cantu College Fund; c/o Texas
Dow Employees Credit Union.
Violent Accidents Kill Three in
County Over The Weekend
Tot Killed in Palacios; Two Die in
Three violent deaths were recorded
in Matagorda County this weekend,
two by a violent headon traffic
accident about 9:20 p.m. Saturday in
which a woman and a man were killed,
and a tragic shooting accident which
took the life of a six-year-old
Dead from the traffic accident which
was about a mile west of the
Blessing underpass on Highway 35
were Mrs. Nellie Odom McGauthey, 20,
of Humble, who was killed instantly,
and Pete Carrillo, 22, of Francitas,
who died about 10 minutes after the
accident. Mrs. McGaughey was pinned
in the death car, a 1955 Ford, for
quite sometime before the body could
be removed. Carrillo, whose 1950
Ford was on Mrs. McGaughey's
side of the road at the time of the
terrific impact was thrown from the
car. He died before arrival of a
Taylor Brothers Ambulance.
Investigating officers of the
Saturday night traffic accident said
the wreck was a "perfect head-on
collision." in that both cars were
struck flush on the extreme front of
Both cars were badly crumpled with
the motor of the 1955 Ford driven by
Mrs. McGaughey, being driven back
into the front seat area, as was the
metal of the side rear of the 1955
Ford. The impact also jarred open
the turtle of Carrillo's 1950 Ford,
and tossed the jack of the car about
10 to 12 feet behind the car.
Traffic was slowed for the accident,
but not stopped for both cars were
on the left side of the highway as
one looked towards Bay City.
Mrs. McGaughey, who was enroute to
spend her first wedding anniversary
with her husband M. G. McGaughey on
Sunday, was driving east towards Bay
City at the time and Carillo was
driving west towards Blessing at the
time of the of the fatal accident.
The two traffic deaths were the
first recorded in Matagorda County
this year. State Highway Patrolman
Leonard Swan reported.
Later when the victim's husband Mr.
McCaughey arrived at the funeral
home in Bay City he told B. L.
Bickham, sheriff's deputy that his
wife's parents had 12 years ago died
in a similar tragic traffic
There were no skid marks on the
road, Officer Swan and others said
Mr. McGaughey is a driller for
Henderson Drilling Company, working
on a site at Blessing when the
accident occurred. He was residing
at the Blessing Hotel. The couple
had planned an anniversary
celebration for Sunday, which would
have marked the first anniversary of
The scene of the accident was on a
straight stretch of Highway 35 about
a mile west of the turns and
underpass at the junction of
Highways 35 and 71. The location was
about 15 miles from Bay City.
Justice of the Peace D. B. Hinton
rendered verdicts of accidental
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Monday, April 29, 1957
Opal Walter Teagle
Dec. 10, 1915 – March 3, 2013
After a brief hospital stay, Opal Walter Teagle
Carradine died at her home on Sunday, March 3, 2013. She was 97
Opal was born December 10, 1915 to George and
Lena Phillips Teagle. She grew up in Kirk, Texas, a community,
which no longer exists. But, like many of us, she always thought
fondly of her hometown, and talked of returning.
She married William R Carradine in 1939. They
lived in several Texas cities, then came to Bay City about 70
years ago. Opal has been here since. William (Bill), an employee
of the city, died in 1974.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents, two
sisters, and three brothers. She was the last of her generation
on both sides of the family.
She is survived by: three children, William Jr.
and wife Julia of Austin, Elaine Booker of Irving, and Robert of
Bay City; also, two grandchildren, Paul Carradine of Houston,
and Cassie Carradine of Austin.
Most of her life was spent taking excellent care
of Robert. She worked tirelessly to provide for him as best she
The family received visitors from Tuesday, March
5, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Condolences may be shared with the family by
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home,
Bay City Tribune, March 6,
Rose Mary Carter-Jackson
Rose Mary Carter-Jackson, 56, of Cedar Lake, passed away July
17, 2013 at Bay Villa Health Care Center.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at
Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 25,
2013 at Bethlehem Christian Church, Cedar Lake, Texas.
Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas
Bay City Tribune,
July 24, 2013
Imogene W. Castleton
Mrs. Imogene W. Castleton, 96, a
resident of Bay City since 1903, died March 31 at the Matagorda
General Hospital. She was an active member of the First United
Methodist Church as well as the E. S. Rugeley Chapter U. D. C.,
Priscilla Club, and Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors
include: sons, John Vallie Castleton of Red Oak, Iowa and Hudson
Castleton of Lafayette, La.; sister, Mrs. R. E. Fried of Dallas;
grandchildren, John Charles and Ellen Castleton; great grandson,
Scott Hudson Castleton. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.
m. Tuesday, April 3, at the First United Methodist Church with
Rev. Merle Waters officiating. Interment was at the Cedarvale
Cemetery with pallbearers being: Austin Castleton, Prep Graham,
George Shoultz, Hugh Harper, Jimmy Powers, and Robert Anderson;
honorary pallbearers were: Richard Gusman, F. L. Nelson, W. D.
Bryan, Howard Ham, Frank Daehne, and Bob Wilkinson. Services
under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, April,
Mable L. Clark
Oct. 20, 1920 – Feb. 23, 2013
Funeral services for Mable L. Clark, 92, of Bay
City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at
Kendleton Church of God, Kendleton, Texas, with burial to follow
at Scott Cemetery in Boone’s Bend Community.
Visitation and guest book register will be from 2
until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.
She was born in Wharton County, Texas, October
20, 1920, to John Scott and Jeralean Wright Scott and passed
away February 23, 2013 in Bay City.
Survivors include: six sisters, L.V. Tisdale,
Quvella Harris, Mozelle Westbrook, Dorothy Wiley (and R.A.),
Joyce Punch (and Rodney) and Sheila Gooden (and Chris), and one
brother, Johnny Taylor (and Betty); a host of nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and
siblings, Hortence Scott, Chester Scott, Elicious Scott and John
Scott, Jr. and also a longtime friend, Wesley Baker.
Condolences may be shared with the family by fax
to 979-245-1537 and online at
Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral
Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5197.
Bay City Tribune, February
Lacy Jewell Cleek
Mrs. Lacy Jewell, of Sweeny, passed away in her home on Dec. 22.
Mrs. Cleek was a retired school teacher and a 14 year resident
She is survived by her husband, Ivan
Cleek and mother, Mrs. C. T. [Maxie Lou] Gibbs of Bay City.
Also, four sisters: Mrs. Grace Glauser of San Antonio; Mrs.
Lucille Richardson of Bay City; Mrs. Doris Cockburn of Winkelman,
Ariz.; and Mrs. Irene Hale of San Antonio. And five brothers:
William Gibbs of Cameron, Coleman Gibbs of Leesville, La.; Elmer
Gibbs of Marble Falls; Kenneth Gibbs of Houston; and Harrell
Gibbs of Bay City. Services will be held on Dec. 24 at 3:00 p.
m. in Taylor Brothers Chapel with the Reverend W. D. Baker of
the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in
Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Gordon Yates, Calvin
Holton, O. R. Hagaman, Brittan Sewell, Arthur Younts, Ernest
Sewell and K. J. Richardson. Arrangements made through Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home.
Daily Tribune, December 22,
Doris Gibbs Cockburn
Funeral services for Doris Gibbs
Cockburn, 74, of Peoria, Arizona, are scheduled for 2 p. m.,
Feb. 11 at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Michael
Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial
Park in Van Vleck.
Doris Cockburn passed away Feb. 4 in
Maryvale Samaritan Hospital.
She was born Jan. 28, 1924 in
Yarrellton to parents Carroll Thomas and Maxie Lou Underwood
She was a former resident of Granite
Shoals and a member of the First Baptist Church in Marble Falls.
Survivors include her daughter and
son-in-law, Linda and Herb Franks of Avondale, Arizona; son,
Mike Leath of Chandler, Ariz.; sister, Grace Glauser of San
Antonio; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and Morris
Richardson of Bay City; Irene and John Hale of San Antonio;
brother, Elmer T. Gibbs of Onalaska; brothers and
sisters-in-law, Ken and Beth Gibbs of Houston and Harrell and
Etta Jean Gibbs of Bay City; and five grandchildren and 12
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Jessie Carl “Speck” Cockburn on Aug. 29, 1997; and
grandson, Perry Ashby III; her parents, and two sisters, Lacy
Jewell Gibbs Cleek and Mildred Lorraine Gibbs Getty, and three
brothers, William Carroll Gibbs, Joe Taylor “Pete” Gibbs and
Coleman Thomas Gibbs.
Pallbearers are Donald Richardson,
Kenneth A. Gibbs, Larry Gibbs, John A. Hale, Flirsh Ermis,
Steven Ermis and Bobby Bonorden.
Daily Tribune, February 10,
Jessie Carl “Speck”
Funeral services for Jessie C.
Cockburn, 81, of Granite Shoals, were held on Tuesday, Sept. 2
at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robbins Odom
officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.
Mr. Cockburn died on Aug. 30, 1997
at Highland Lakes Medical Center in Burnett. He was born May 29,
1916 in Velma, Okla., to Hardy Green and Fanny Pearl Waren
He worked as a construction worker
and was a member of the Pipe-fitters Union 196 in Amarillo.
He is survived by his wife, Doris
Evelyn Cockburn, of Granite Shoals; [step] daughter, Linda
Franks of Avondale, Az.; [step] son, Mike Leath of Mesa, Az.;
brother, Harold Cockburn of Bowie; nieces, Nan Gilbert of
Houston and Patty Louise Broyles of Kingsland; sisters-in-law,
Grace Glauser and Irene Hale of San Antonio and Lucille
Richardson of Bay City; brothers-in-law, Elmer Gibbs of
Onalaska, Kenneth Gibbs of Houston and Harrell Gibbs of Bay
City; and a number of step-grandchildren and
Pallbearers were Steven Ermis,
Flirsh Ermis, John Hale, Larry Gibbs, Don Richardson and Bobby
Arrangements were under the
direction of Dick R. Elkins Funeral Home in Bay City.
Daily Tribune, September 5,
Gail Singleton Conner
Oct. 22, 1946 – April 26, 2013
Gail Singleton Conner, 66, of Bay City, Texas passed away April
26, 2013. She was born October 22, 1946 in Port Chester, NY to
the late David and June Singleton. She attended the University
of Mississippi and became a resident of Bay City in 1988.
Gail was a member of and an Ordained Elder of the 1st
Presbyterian Church where she served in many capacities.
She was honored as Woman of the Year by the Bay City Chamber of
Commerce in 2001. She was an original member of the Market Days
Committee and Matagorda County Day in Austin.
She was instrumental in bringing the Texas Historical
Commission’s Main Street Project to Bay City. Gail was also one
of the driving forces behind StreetScape project that changed
the face of Bay City Square. She spearheaded “Bay City 2000”
project and served as Chairman of “Keep Bay City Beautiful”
Committee. She tirelessly and fearlessly spoke to civic, service
and church groups about garbage collection changes in Bay City
and earned the nickname “Garbage Queen.” She also helped create
the annual “E-Waste Collection” day and secured funding for the
annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
During this time she began her column “Do You Know” in the Bay
City Tribune. She was involved in much more than we can list,
but through it all she was a passionate believer and hands-on
person who truly loved Bay City.
Gail was preceded in death by: her husband, Jack I. Conner; her
parents; step-father, Edward LaBerge; and twin sister, Jan
Survivors include: sons, Dr. Tod Singleton Conner and wife Leah
and Robert Hardin Conner and wife Libbie; sister, Ann Singleton
Bush; sisters-in-law, Jane Walsh and husband Chuck and Lucy
Denton; and grandchildren, Brantley Kathleen Conner, Sadie Grace
Conner, Kelty Lawren Conner, Lucy Jane Conner and McInnis Arthur
Gail’s family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to her
caregivers Sandra Brown, Nina George, Genevive Sanchez, Carolina
Trevino and Tori Franklin.
The family received friends and relatives from 5-7 p.m. Sunday,
April 28, 2013 at the funeral home.
Funeral service were at 2 p.m. Monday at the 1st Presbyterian
Church with Rev. Mark Stoub and Rev. Hugh Jones officiating.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at
Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Pallbearers will be Steve Pearce, Richard Knapik, Charles
Allison, Scott Peden, Paul Serra, Chuck Walsh, Jamie McAda and
Memorials in her name may be made to “Keep Bay City Beautiful”;
C/O Scott Peden; 7 Carrington Ct.; Bay City, TX 77414; 1st
Presbyterian Church; 2216 Ave H; Bay City, TX 77414 or Bethel
Independent Methodist Church; C/O Mr. Donald Miller; 3549 Attala
Rd. 3022; Kosciusko, MS 39090.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City,
Bay City Tribune, May 1, 2013
Clifford Paul Cooper
(February 13, 1932 - June 7, 2013)
PALACIOS - Clifford Paul Cooper was born on February 14, 1932 in
Nixon, Texas to George and Ima Ivy Cooper. He passed peacefully
on June 7, 2013 surrounded by his family.
Paul moved to Palacios, Texas in the early 40's. He enlisted in
the Army at the age of 17 and served in the Korean War as a
Master Sergeant. He married the love of his life, Frankie Faye
Stallard on June 11, 1955. To this union, sons, Stephen and
Rodney Cooper were born. He worked in the oil industry and
retired from Neumin Production Company as Production Supervisor.
After retirement, he spent 9 years as a professional guide at
the King Ranch. His passion was hunting, fishing and spending
time with family and friends. He worked with kids in 4-H and
also helped popularize Team Roping. Farming and ranching were
also a very big part of his life. He lived a very active
lifestyle in the Deutschburg Community from 1958 until his
passing. He attended the First Baptist Church.
He is survived by wife, Frankie Faye Stallard Cooper of
Deutschburg; sons, Steve and Kim Cooper of El Campo, Rodney and
Kathy Cooper of LaWard; grandchildren, Courtney Cooper, Alexis
Cooper, Shelby Cooper, Ryan and Kara Howard and Lindsay Howard;
great grandchildren, Karys and Drew Howard and Kinlea Cooper;
sisters, Margie Johs of Palacios, Dorothy and Claude Collins of
Palacios, Shirley Rogers of Ewing, Kentucky, sisters and
brothers-in-law, Novella and Raymond Bales of Marble Falls and
Fannie Raye and Bill Ivy of San Antonio and numerous nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen
Peerbolte, and brother, Felton Cooper.
Pallbearers are Hensley Weaver, Larry Dillard, Eddie Vavra,
Ronnie Kubecka, Van Crittendon, and Dick Kubecka.
Honorary Pallbearers are Cody Adams, Scott Arbuckle, Dean
Blackwell, Robert Cornett, Billy Hamlin, A.J. Hebert, Bruce Kay,
Craig Radley, Bill Scurlock, Brian Streams, Lonnie Williams and
The family will receive visitors from 5-7pm Monday, June 10,
2013 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Interment will be 9am,
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Deutschburg Community Cemetery and
a Memorial Service will follow at 11am at First Baptist Church
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Palacios or
the Deutschburg Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be shared
with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are
with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.
Published in Victoria Advocate on June 10, 2013
Leonard Herff Cornelius passed away
September 19, 2013 at home surrounded by his children. He was
born August 19, 1926 in Markham, Texas to the late W. D.
Cornelius and Mary Ethel Johnson Cornelius. He lived his entire
life in Matagorda County with the exception of residing in
Australia for 3 years with his family. He was a lifelong rancher
and a true man of his word. He was a member of Holy Cross
Catholic Church; past director of Southwest Texas Cattle Raisers
Association; member of Matagorda County Cattlemen’s Association;
member of Kansas Cattlemen’s Association and a number of other
organizations. His sister Annabelle Cobb and brother Daniel
Cornelius preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of
over 66 years, Bettie Lou Cornelius; children Donna Harrison &
husband George, Debbie Reed & husband Bob, Bonnie Elbel &
husband David, Melody Sanders & husband Ken, Amy McLeod &
husband Mack, Herff Cornelius & wife Nancy, Brenda Rider &
husband Bill, Connie Coney & husband Jeff and Mary Nuala Brown;
grandchildren Jennifer Ligums & husband Jeb, Tres Hovel & wife
Tania, Robby Reed & wife Stephanie, Rick Reed & wife Casey,
Randi Walker & husband Marshall, Brian Elbel & wife Sarah, Ellis
Elbel, Kathrin Campise & husband David, Michael Sanders & wife
Amber, Brandon Sanders & wife Barbara, Michelle Weathers &
husband Stephen, Jake McLeod & wife Pam, Len Cornelius & wife
Savannah, Sara Cornelius & fiance’ Michael, Brant Rider, Blake
Rider, Braden Rider, Kimberlee Rodriguez & husband Adam, Rebecca
Coney and Avery Coney; great grandchildren Jet and George Hovel
, Robert Reed III, Ruger Reed, Weston, Finley, Hattie and Chloe
Walker , Tristan and Kristan Campise , Brooke and Brylie
Sanders, Grady and Lucy Weathers , Lila McLeod, and Wyatt
Cornelius; numerous nieces and nephews and many great friends.
The Cornelius family would like to express special thanks to
Susan and Doug Ryman, Nelly and Simana, Angels Care Home Health,
Andrea, Dr. Dada, Dee, Doretha and Gloria. A rosary will be
recited at 5:30 Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral
Home. Funeral mass will be 2:00 PM Sunday, September 22, 2013 at
Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Greg Korenek officiating.
Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be
Tres Hovel, Robby Reed, Rick Reed, Brian Elbel, Michael Reitz,
Brandon Reitz, Jake McLeod, Len Cornelius, Brant Rider, Blake
Rider, Branden Rider and Avery Casey. Honorary pallbearers will
be Clyde McKinney, Warren Criswell, Billy Burton and Bert
Huebner. Please consider memorials in his name to Holy Cross
School Foundation, American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s
Association. “THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY.”
Dorothy Dell (Charley) Cornett, 94,
of Blessing, Texas went peacefully to the Lord on October 14,
2013. She was born on December 6, 1918 to the late S. P. and
Flora Charley in Huntsville, Texas. She deeply loved the Lord,
our savior Jesus Christ, her family, church, and expressed her
Christian faith often. She was a lifelong Methodist. She is
survived by her sons Doug Cornett (Kathy), Jack Cornett
(Nettie), Robert Cornett (Julie), and John Cornett; her loving
sisters Helen Aden and Flora Traylor (R.M.), along with
grandchildren Reno Cornett, James Cornett, Joey Cornett, Anna
Cornett Brown, Grant Cornett, Anisa Cornett, Chas Cornett, Jana
Cornett Busby, Connie Cornett , Clay Cornett, Cole Cornett,
Casey Cornett, Fara Cornett Ashcraft, Shane Cornett, Todd
Cornett, and Alicia Cornett McCracken, nephew Richard Traylor,
niece Denise Whitsell, and numerous great grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer, sons Joe Bruce
Cornett, J. E. “Budger” Cornett II, grandsons Wyatt Jack Cornett
and Jason Earl Cornett, and sister Lucille Corgey. She attended
Hartwell School in Westfield, Texas, graduated from Sam Houston
State Teachers College in 3 years, and began her teaching career
in Markham, Texas. In Markham she met the love of her life and
future husband J.E. “Elmer” Cornett. She later taught school in
Blessing and Bloomington, Texas. She was a very devoted wife and
mother and was always seen in the bleachers at the county stock
show, Little League games, Blessing School athletics, and
Tidehaven High School; watching her sons and their friends play
football and run track in the Glory 60’s of Tidehaven. She went
along on hunting trips to West Texas and prepared many a
wildlife and fish dinner. Her cooking was known throughout the
area, especially her homemade rolls and infamous old fashion
“scratch” chocolate cake that no one could duplicate. The recipe
was written, but we believe that her exact technique was
something that she never completely revealed. Those who dined at
her table often showed up again at the just the right time.
“Grandmother” will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and
especially her grandchildren, which she loved to rock and put to
sleep. Pallbearers will be her Grandchildren. The family will
receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 from 6;00-8:00P.M. at
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas. Funeral services
will be Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Methodist
Church in Palacios, Texas with interment at Hawley Cemetery,
Blessing. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the
Hawley Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 343, Blessing, Texas 77419
or charity of your choice
(February 10, 1926 - May 6, 2013)
Bernardo Coronado, 87, of Bay City passed away May 6, 2013. He
was born February 10, 1926 in Monterrey, Mexico to the late
Felipe Coronado and Herminihilda Garza Crornado.
Survivors include his wife Carolina Cobos Coronado; daughter
Letisia Ramos & husband Joseph of Bay City; sons Mario Coronado
& wife Janet of LaGrange and Cesar Coronado of Arizona;
grandchildren Yvette Coronado, Angela Pfieffer & husband Ben,
Amanda Coronado and Stephanie Ramos and great grandson Henry
rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Taylor
Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be 10:00 AM Monday, May 13, 2013
at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch
officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
June 15, 1923 – July 22, 2013
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 25, 2013
at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City for Margaret Justine
Hermis Corporon, 90, of Collegeport, TX, with Andy and Janell
Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery.
Margaret was born June 15, 1923 to Joe and Rosalie Hermis and
passed away July 22, 2013. She married Chester Miles Corporon,
August 6, 1947.
All her life she was totally devoted to God and to her family,
her friends, neighbors and community. Some of her hobbies were
fishing, hunting, gardening, and reading her Bible every evening
before she lay down to sleep.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Chester Corporon of
Collegeport; sons, Charles Corporon of Bay City, Tommy Corporon
of Collegeport, Carl Corporon and wife Kathy of El Campo, Victor
Corporon and wife Barbara of Collegeport; daughter, Linda
O’Rourke of Austin; numerous grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; family and friends.
A special thanks to Hospice Austin and Parmer Woods Retirement
Community for their compassion, care and commitment to
Margaret’s health and well-being.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Austin, or
The Presbyterian Childrens Home c/o First Presbyterian Church of
Collegeport or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City,
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Bay City Tribune,
July 28, 2013
Nancy Charlene Corporon
Funeral services for Nancy Charlene
Corporon, 48, were held June 9 at 2 p. m. at Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home with Rev. Gwin and Rev. Bauerschlag officiating.
Interment followed at Palacios
Mrs. Corporon was born July 10, 1933
in Palacios and died June 6 at her residence.
Survivors include one son, Gary
Corporon of Palacios; two sisters, Juanita Dockery of Palacios
and Edith Nelson of Athens; and one granddaughter, Kathy
Corporon of Palacios.
Pallbearers were John Graff,
Clarence Holubec, Leon Smith, Edwin Bowers, John Rockenbaugh,
Earl Adams, Carroll Nelson and Alfred Nelson.
Palacios Beacon?, June, 1982
A tragic ending to a family outing
occurred Wednesday evening when Willie Lawrence Corporon was
caught in an undertow and drowned three miles down Matagorda
Corporon was taken to Matagorda
General Hospital in Bay City after being rescued by his
15-year-old son, Gary, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Funeral services were held Friday
afternoon, July 3, at 3 p. m. at the Palacios Funeral Home with
the Rev. T. Irving King, Jr., and Lee Nelson conducting the
services. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.
Son of Ira Miles and Carrie Lee
Jenkins Corporon, he was born September 1, 1927, in Palacios. He
was a veteran, a farmer and rancher.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene
McConnell Corporon; son, Gary Wayne of Palacios; his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Ira M. Corporon of Collegeport; two sisters, Mrs.
Wanda Duncan of Clute and Mrs. Ruby Lee Williams of Orville,
Calif., and one brother, Chester Corporon of Collegeport.
Palacios Beacon, July, 1970
At 8:21 p. m. last night, Willie L.
Corporon of Palacios, 42, drowned three miles down Matagorda
Beach when the undertow reportedly caught him. Deputy Sheriff
Gene Wilson is at the beach today conducting a further
Bill Colbert, who witnessed the
event, said Corporon and five other men were seining on the
"We didn't even know anything was
wrong until the undertow had already gotten him," Colbert said.
He said Corporon's 15-year-old son brought his father in.
Corporon was taken to the hospital
after being brought in, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Daily Tribune, July 2, 1970
Claudell Knapp Tweedle
(March 23, 1919 - April 25, 2013)
Claudell Knapp Tweedle Covey, 94, of Bay City passed away on
Thursday, April 25, 2013. She was born March 23, 1919 in
Bastrop, TX to the late Edward & Mittie Tucker Knapp. Claudell
married W. D. Tweedle in 1936, and was widowed in 1979. She
remarried in 1981 to James C. Covey. Claudell was a homemaker
and lived in Matagorda County over 90 years. She attended the
Church of the Nazarene. Her life was filled with love for her
family, bowling, fishing, and camping. Claudell was an
inspiration to anyone who was around her. She was deeply loved
by all, and will be remembered forever in our hearts.
Claudell is survived by her husband: James C. Covey; 4
daughters: Claudia & Milton Jarrell, Nora Stephens, Betty &
Jimmy Stephens, and Peggy & Russell Cram all of Bay City; son:
Raymond Tweedle & Joy Russell of Jacksonville, FL;
sister-in-law: Martha Knapp of Edna; brother-in-law: Connie
Covey of Arkansas; 14 grandchildren: 32 great grandchildren; 31
great great grandchildren; 1 great great great grandchild; and
numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her
parents; husband: W. D. Tweedle; son: Denver E. Tweedle;
son-in-law: Earl Stephens; 3 sisters: Annie Lee Chanik, Mary
Rooks, & Ardine Ryman; brother: E. J. Knapp; 2 granddaughters:
Minnie Wood & Belinda Emery; and great great grandson: Kevin
The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday,
April 26, 2013 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be
held 10:00 AM Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral
Home with Chaplain Don Storey officiating. Interment will follow
at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.
Many Thanks are extended to Michelle, Jocelyn, and Ms. Bertha
from the family for their outstanding care during her long
illness. If anyone would like to honor her memory, please make
donations to: Houston Hospice of El Campo, 1102 North Mechanic,
El Campo, TX 77437, or JHLTSA (Donor Transplant), P. O. Box
43571, Jacksonville, FL 32203.
Published in the Victoria Advocate April 26, 2013
Donald “Slim” Cox
July 29, 1935 –May 27, 2013
Donald “Slim” Cox, of Van Vleck, Texas died Monday, May 27,
2013, in Bay Villa Health Care Center, Bay City, Texas. He was
born July 29, 1935, in McDonald, Pa.
Donald was preceded in death by: Thomas A. Cox, Minnie Katharine
Rohde Cox, and three brothers, Charles, Nelson and Glen.
Surviving are: three children, Rose Ann Grahek, Donald and John
Cox; five grandchildren; three sisters, Katharine Everett, Wilma
Decker and Mildred Wonderling; and long-time companion, Hazel
Mr. Cox enjoyed “Slim’s Small Engine Repair and Lawn Service”
and appreciated all his friends and customers.
At the request of the deceased no viewing or services were
scheduled prior to or after his cremation.
Bay City Tribune,
June 2, 2013
Joseph Hughs Cox
Joseph Hughs Cox, Sr., 64, of Bay City,
died in Freeport, Jan. 24, 1976. He was born Oct. 20, 1911 in Fairy,
Tex. Survivors include his widow Mrs. Nora Lee Cox of Bay City; two
daughters, Audrey Chambless of Bay City and Norma Miller of Houston;
three sons Dudley Horn and Paul Horn of Houston and Joseph Hughs
Cox, Jr. of Bay City; three sisters, Mrs. Opal Smith of Houston and
Mrs. Doris R. Casaway of Crockett; four brothers, _onald Wayne Cox
of Ft. Worth, Robert E. Cox of Arlington, Billy Don Cox of Conroe
and Jerry D. Cox of Glen Rose; six grandchildren and numerous nieces
and nephews. Services were held Monday, Jan. 26 at 2 p. m. at the
First Christian Church. The Rev. _rnie Williams officiated. Burial
was held in Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers were L. M. _ellis,
B. F. Schulz, D. B. Wells, Leon Gentry, R. I. Hoke and Jim H.
Warnock. Honorary pallbearers were Adrian Newsom, Jack Harris?,
Harold Lukefahr, _ilburn Meredith, V. L. _eyer, H. H. Ray, Posey
McLendon, Johnny Sykes, Charlie Mitchell, J. L. Sorrell and Rev. Ed
Wilbur. Cox was a longtime resident of Bay City and an elder of the
First Christian Church of Bay City. He was past Worshipful Master of
Bay City Masonic Lodge 865, Past Worthy Patron of Bay City Eastern
Star Chapter 380 and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of
Galveston. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
Family requests contributions be made to
charity of your choice.
The Daily Tribune, January 26,
Howard Irl Coyle
Howard Irl Coyle, former school
principal at John Cherry
Elementary and Linnie Roberts
Elementary and long time
resident of Bay City, died at
his residence in Huntsville on
July 1, 2012, after a long and
valiant fight with dementia with
is survived by: his wife of 62
years, Margaret Pipkin Coyle;
their daughters, Susan Krueger
and her husband Larry of
Wharton, Ann Parker and her
husband Tommy of Freeport, Pam
Coyle of Onalaska, and Karen
Bilsing and her husband Paul of
is survived by their eight
grandchildren and spouses and
five great-grandchildren with
two more due this fall.
Services will be under the
direction of Sam Houston
Memorial Funeral Home, 1700
Normal Park Drive, Huntsville,
Visitation will be from 6 until
8 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2012.
The funeral service will be held
at 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012.
Those wishing to leave memorial
condolences for the family may
do so at
Bay City Tribune, July 4, 2013
Robert Dale Crammer
December 5, 1932 – September 7, 2013
Our beloved husband and father, Robert Dale Crammer, passed away
September 7, 2013 at his home in Bay City, TX.
He was born December 5, 1932 in Smith County, Kansas, the youngest
son of Wm. “Ed” and Alta Crammer. Robert served in the Army in the
Nike Missile Division, stationed in Boston, from 1954 to 1956. He
returned to Kansas to work and help his parents on their farm at
Harlan. He met JoAnn Puckett of Franklin, NE., they were married
June 1, 1958 and blessed with two children. Knowing and loving his
Creator, Robert was baptised in the First Brethren Church in Portis,
He worked very hard to provide for his family and made friends
easily. In Leon Anderson’s words: “Dale was employed by Leon & Karen
Anderson for over 30 years in multiple entities where he contributed
his astounding intelligence and enviable sense of humor. His
loyalty, integrity and friendship was very much appreciated. He was
a man of multiple skills and held many positions. He was manager of
the Anderson Insurance agency in Smith Center, KS. He was also an
instructor with the Anderson family business, A. D. Banker & Company
in Leawood, KS, where he taught classes and also edited materials
for pre-licensing and continuing education classes.”
In Sept. 2008, Robert and JoAnn moved to Bay City, to be closer to
Preceding him in death were his parents; and brother, Don, killed in
He is survived by wife, JoAnn of 55 years; daughter, Susan and
husband Gayle Holton; son, Dr. Robert J. Crammer; brother-in-law,
Gary Puckett of Columbus, NE.; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thanks to Amed Hospice,
Matagorda Hospital, friends and family for the loving care, calls,
cards, visits and prayers.
No services are planned at this time.
Bay City Tribune,
September 15, 2013
Judith Simpson Crawford, 53, of Victoria
died in a Houston hospital Wednesday, March 18, 1992, following a
She was born Sept. 27, 1938, in Bay City
to Hazel Inez Rickaway of Cuero and the late and the late Charles
Edward Simpson. She was a member of Baptist Temple.
Survivors: husband, Roy W. Crawford of
Lamar, Ark.; mother, Hazel Inez Rickaway of Cuero; sisters, Linda C.
Gilbreath of Victoria and Alice J. Davis of Cuero; and brother,
Michael E. Simpson of Cuero.
Services 11 a. m. Friday at Rosewood
Funeral Chapels, the Rev. J. V. Helms, pastor of Baptist Temple,
Graveside services 2 p. m. Friday at
Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, the Rev. Robert Krause officiating.
Rosewood Funeral Chapels, Victoria,
Pallbearers: Jonathon Gilbreath, Lance
Simpson, Douglas Simpson, Robert T. Davis, Mark Pekar, Jimmy
Crawford and Michael O. Martin.
Memorials: M. D. Anderson Research
Center or Baptist Temple.
Newspaper and Date unknown - from Hawley
Morris Kent Critendon
March 23, 1934 –August 11, 2013
Morris Kent Critendon, 79, of Simonton, Texas, passed away August
11, 2013 at his residence.
Morris was born March 23, 1934, in Smithville, Texas to parents,
Carlie Critendon and Veneta Hoffman Critendon.
After growing up in and attending schools in Bay City, Texas, Morris
became a proud Bearkat at Sam Houston State University in
Huntsville, Texas. He served in the Army from July 9, 1954 - May 29,
1956, as a Specialist Third Class stationed in Germany.
Morris later became a gas analyst and eventually started his own
company, Critco Flow Measurement in Houston, Texas.
Morris is survived by: his wife, Lyn Trammell Christopher of
Simonton, Texas; son, Dean Critendon and his wife Tina of Cypress,
Texas; daughters, Kathi Waggoner and her husband Steve of Spring,
Texas, Missi Baranowski and her husband Sam of Conroe,
Texas; step-son, Charles Weiche and his wife Gina of Houston,
Texas; step-daughters, Lori Christopher of Katy, Texas, Amber
Christopher and her husband Justin Branum of Lewisville, Texas;
brother, Bobby Critendon and his wife Timmie of Austin, Texas;
sister-in-law, Janice Critendon; grandchildren, Kyle Waggoner,
Taylor Waggoner, Cameron Critendon, Blake Critendon, Mackenzie
Critendon, Dustin Baranowski, Marissa Baranowski, Christopher C.
Weiche, Ryan Weiche, Devin Weiche, Quinn Branum; great-grandchildren,
Lane Waggoner, Corinne Weiche; and numerous nephews and great
Morris is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Carl
The family will have a Celebration of Life Service in honor of
Morris Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 36714 Ranchero, Simonton
(Valley Lodge), Texas 77476.
Friends who wish may make Memorial Gifts to The Veterans of Foreign
Schmidt Funeral Homes, 819 Waller Ave., P.O. Box 248, Brookshire,
Texas 77423, 281-934-2424 and 12029 Hwy 36 S., P.O. Box 610,
Bellville, Texas, 979-865-2424.
Bay City Tribune,
August 14, 2013
Joshua Xavier “Xa” Cuellar
Joshua Xavier “Xa” Cuellar, age 15, of Gulfport, passed away on
Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Loraine Stewart;
and his cousin, Ernie Esquivel.
Survivors include his parents, Joshua and Natasha Cuellar; his
grandparents, Charnyse and Kerry Loper, Peter and Janie Prejean, and
Raymond and Carmen Cuellar; great-grandparents, Robert and Ruth
Loper, Raymond and Celia Cuellar, and Santos Esquivel; his aunt,
Mary Lou Cuellar; two uncles, Joey Cuellar and Ray Ray Cuellar; and
many cousins, aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends.
“Xa” was a 9th grade student at Gulfport High School and he enjoyed
to dress, draw, playing football, playing basketball and hanging out
with his dad, and shopping with his mom.
He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.
Visitation was held Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 11
a.m. at the Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road,
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Interment was held at Smith Cemetery in Steep Hollow.
An online guestbook may be signed at
Bay City Tribune, October 27,
Services Held Friday For Mrs. M.
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Hannah
"Sook" Culbertson were held Friday, May 8 at 2 p. m. at the Palacios
Funeral Home with Rev. J. O. Steele, pastor of the Church of the
Nazarene, officiating. Music was furnished by Rev. and Mrs. Wright
of Bay City. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.
Born in Lee County, Miss. on March 18,
1889, she passed away Thursday, May 7 at the Matagorda General
Hospital in Bay City. She and her first husband, W. A. Dewitt [Dewett]
who preceded her in death in 1940, moved to Palacios in 1938. She
later married Ed Culbertson and they lived at 313 1/2 Morton Avenue.
She is survived by her husband, two
sons, Chandous and Carl Dewitt [Dewett] of Palacios, and one
brother, Dennis Madden in Mississippi.
Newspaper and date unknown
Laura Lou Curtis
(July 21, 1932 - December 1, 2013)
Lou Curtis, 81, of Bay City was born July 21, 1932 in Cisco, TX to
the late Keith Morris and Mattie Grace Deitiker Morris. The Lord
called her home peacefully December 1, 2013.
taught elementary school in Van Vleck for many years retiring in
1995 and worked along with her husband for Curtis Photography. She
was a member of the Bay City Pilot Club and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Survivors include her husband Robert P. Curtis of Bay City; daughter
DeeAnne Myers & husband Charlie of Alvin; grandson Samuel Blackard
of Alvin; sisters-in-law Dr. Joyce Curtis of Abliene and Pat
Deitiker of Cisco; cousins Betty Davis, Judy Herron and Sheila
Carroll and a number of nieces and nephews. Her step-brothers Gary
and Kenneth Deitiker preceded her in death.
family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm until 7pm
Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Nichols Street Church of Christ with
Bro. Larry Macomber and Bro. Don Anderson officiating. Interment
will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ross
Elkins, Willie Rollins, Dusty Deitiker, Glenn Lee Deitiker, David
McLeod and John Westbrook. Honorary pallbearers will be Pat McLeod,
Glenn Organ and David Carroll. Memorials in her name may be made to
Bay City Pilot Club; PO Box 1084; Bay City, TX 77404-1084 or The
Harvest House; 1200 Nichols St.; Bay City, TX 77414.