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Emily S. Cabarubio

Graveside services for Emily S. Cabarubio, 73, of Palacios will be held on Aug. 8, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the Palacios Cemetery.

Emily was born on August 7, 1940 in Olivia, Texas and went to be with her Lord on July 10, 2014 at Unihealth of Fairburn where she was under hospice care. Emily lived the last 5 years in Georgia with her children and their families but is a long-time resident of Palacios, Texas.

Emily met and married Robert S. Cabarubio and enjoyed 29 years of marriage before he preceded her in death in 1988. She was the matriarch of her family and would welcome anyone who came to her home. She was always quick to offer a meal or help a friend and besides her 3 children there are countless others who call her “mom” or “mawmaw.”

Emily had many jobs over the years but was probably most known for working at the nuclear plant and then later as a custodian for the PISD. She was forced to retire when she started to lose her eye site due to diabetes. She then moved to Georgia where she was able to be around her grandchildren while they grew up and had children of their own.

Emily is survived by her sisters, Delfina Bazor, Felicidad Torres, Ramona Longoria and her children, James Cabarubio and his wife Diane, Allen Cabarubio and his wife Terri, Roberta Garner and her husband Todd and by 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Emily loved the Lord and was a member of the Living Word Church in Palacios, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Living Word Church in honor of Emily Cabarubio where funds will be used to help with expenses and the balance donated to her church.

Palacios Beacon, July 23, 2014
 


Shirley Ann Caldwell

January 31, 1948 – April 26, 2014

Funeral services for Shirley Ann Caldwell, 66, of Bay City, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, at New Hope Baptist Church, 3300 Avenue F, Bay City, Texas, with Dr. T. L. Richardson, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014, at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City, Texas.

She was born in Bay City, Texas, January 31, 1948, to Charles Rutherford and Annie Woodard Rutherford, and passed away April 26, 2014, in Bay City.

“On behalf of the family, we thank everyone for answering the invitation our Mother, Shirley Ann Caldwell, sent out today. From the love we see today, please leave this mount of privilege showing others how kind you can be through mercy and grace.”

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

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

Bay City Tribune, April 29, 2014
 

 

Harley Garvise Callaway 

 

Harley Garvise [Garvis] Callaway [Calloway], 58, died at Veterans’ Hospital in Houston, Texas, Sunday morning. Services were held at 4:30 PM on Wednesday at the Temple Baptist Church, in Bay City, Texas, with the Rev. David Sutton officiating. Burial was in Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ima Loy Hydell, of Houston, Texas, and Mrs. Betty Glenn, of Baytown, Texas; three sons, H. H. Callaway, Dennis Callaway of Houston, and Roland Callaway of San Diego, California; two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Wise, of Bay City, and Mrs. B. F. Schulz, of Bay City; two brothers, A. F. Callaway, of Houston, and Morris Callaway of Pearland, Texas, and two grandchildren. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

The Daily Tribune, August 11, 1969          Typed by Susie Adkins
 


Capt. Victor Manuel Pavon Campos

 Funeral services for Victor Manuel Pavon Campos, 65 of El Campo were held on June 19 at the St. Roberts Catholic Church in El Campo with burial following at Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Victor was born Feb. 6, 1949 and he died June 16, 1949. He was a shrimp boat captain in Palacios for 35 years.

He is survived by son, Robert Pavon and Sara Parker of El Campo; daughters, Alynna Perez and husband Rocky,

Amber Pavon Rojas and husband Alfredo, Alisa Bubela and 6 grandchildren all of El Campo.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home, El Campo.

Palacios Beacon, June 25, 2014
 


Rodney J. Carlsen

March 5, 1965 - January 10, 2015

Rodney J. Carlsen, 49, was called to be with our Lord, and rest in His loving arms, January 10, 2015.

He was born March 5, 1965, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Emil H. Carlsen and Margie Kacer Ames.

Rodney graduated in 1983, from Van Vleck High School, and worked as a contract laborer. He was kind, loving, considerate, generous, and would help anyone he could. He loved to hunt, fish, garden, cook and BBQ. Rodney was an animal lover and cared for many stray animals, along with his own, and was a big Dallas Cowboys fan.

Rodney is survived by his father, Emil H. Carlsen (Daphne); and mother, Margie Ames; brother, Steve Carlsen; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. He will be truly missed.

A Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, January 16, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City, Texas.

The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., following the Rosary.

Interment will be at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

Pallbearers are David Stavena, Chuck Hahn, Shannan Byrd, Steve Zernicek, Bruce Krenek, Alan “Spot” Hinton, Mike Ware and Brent Burtfschell.

Honorary pallbearers are Eugene Welfel, Jim Taylor and Joe Dement.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Cross Catholic School Foundation or the charity of your choice.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, January 14, 2015
 


Margaret Kathleen Carnley
(December 14, 1925 - July 28, 2014)

Margaret Kathleen Carnley, 88, of Bay City passed away July 28, 2014. She was born December 14, 1925 in Fairbanks, Alaska to the late Anthony Hemple and Helen Young Hemple.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Melvin Carnley, step-father Marsh Keep, brother Jack Hemple and daughter-in-law Betty Carnley. Survivors include sons Kevin Carnley & wife Barbara of Bay City, Randal John Carnley of Redding, CA and Doug Carnley of Hanford, CA; grandchildren Shelly & Brian Wright of League City, Kevin & Elizabeth Gayler of Breckenridge, TX and Doug Carnley of Hanford, CA and great grandchildren Ben & Sam Wright of League City, TX and Chance Carnley of Hanford, CA.

A Memorial Mass will be 11:00 AM Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wadsworth, TX with Rev. Greg Korenek officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donation in her name to Houston Hospice, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437.

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Elvira Carrillo

Elvira Carrillo, 79, of Blessing, Texas, passed away on January 14, 2015.

She was born in Kennedy, Texas, to the late Natividad and Petra de la Cruz Longoria. Elvira was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Guadalupanos Group.

Survivors include her daughters, Rebecca Carrillo of Blessing, Rachel Galvan of Markham and Helen Carrillo of Blessing; sons, A. John Carrillo of Blessing and Ray Carrillo of Bay City; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Emma Marie Reyes of Markham; brothers, Natividad Longoria Jr. and Sylvester Longoria of Blessing, and Adam Longoria and Johnny Longoria of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Carrillo; and brother, Gilbert Vasquez.

Visitation was held on Friday January 16, 2015, at 4:30 p.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing.

A rosary was recited at 6:30 p.m., at the church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 10 a.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, Texas, with the Rev. Peter Yehoah-Amanfo officiating.

Burial followed at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

Memorial donations in memory of Elvira Carrillo, may be made to the donors choice.

Condolences for the family may be left online at www.triskafuneralhome.com

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

Bay City Tribune, January 18, 2015
 


Sherri Lynn Smith Cartee

March 21, 1948 – April 22, 2014

Sherri Lynn Smith Cartee, 66, of Bay City, Texas, passed away April 22, 2014.

She was born March 21, 1948, to Henry Ethrin Bouldin and Doris Ellen Hilliard in McGregor, Texas. She welcomed her baby brother, Chris Bouldin, six years later. Being born on the first day of Spring was fitting, as her beautiful, bright, sunny personality touched everyone she met.

Early in her life she began competing in beauty pageants, winning all, until her next title would have been Miss Texas. She pulled out of the competition because she said, “I don’t want to lose all of my friends.” Her precious Granny, paternal grandmother, Edna Bouldin, made all of her beautiful formal gowns.

Although she grew up in McGregor, she spent summers in Bay City with her beloved Aunt Anne. Here, she would meet her first husband, and father of her children, Spencer Smith. He said, “She walked into El Maton National Hall and she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.” They married as soon as she graduated high school. Thirteen months later she gave birth to twins, Shane and Sheila. Shannon followed 17 months later.

She lived in Houston until 2000, when she returned to Bay City. She married Gary Cartee in 2001. They enjoyed sitting on their porch, where they spent many hours laughing together there, with their Boxers. They shared a love of gardening together. Gary was by her side until the end.

Sherri loved Boxer dogs and had many over the years. She spoiled them rotten and they gave her so much joy. Just last month, she and Gary got a 17 month old brother and sister pair, Rosie and Bull.

Anyone who knew her can attest that she had a beautiful, caring, infectious spirit. She made everyone feel special, young or old. She loved all of her grandchildren so much, although there was always a missing piece, after losing our sweet Logan in 2004.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Cartee; brother, Chris Bouldin, Sr. and wife Pam; daughter, Sheila Tate and husband Terry; sons, Shane Smith and wife Jennifer, and Shannon Smith and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Trey and Tyler Treybig, Amber and Lacy Smith, and Brooke and Dylan Smith; nephew, Chris Bouldin, Jr.; niece, Tatum Bouldin; and her beloved aunt Anne Glenn and husband Raymond.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry “Big Daddy” Bouldin and Doris “Memaw” Bouldin; and grandson, Logan Shane Smith.

Sherri will be missed and remembered by her family and friends here on Earth, but, is being so lovingly welcomed in Heaven, by so many who went before her.

A memorial service honoring her life was held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, April 27, 2014
 


Louisa Texana Cayce
Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas


 


Fredie "Mac" Charlton
(February 4, 1922 - June 12, 2014)

Fredie Maxine “Mac” Charlton, 92, of Hull, TX left to go with the Lord June 12, 2014 in Liberty, TX. He was born February 4, 1922 in Midway to Grover C. Charlton and Annie F. Hicks. He lived in Channelview, TX where he stayed for 35 years raising a family and working at the Houston Post. He retired to Athens, TX where he raised cattle until his move to Inks Lake, TX. There he built a cabin on the water where he stayed for over 20 years. He then located to Hull where he spent the remainder of his life. “Mac” was faithful to the Church of Christ, hardly missing a Sunday or a Wednesday. He built several houses throughout his life and spent much of his time outside up keeping his home. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Oneida (Bullington) Charlton, his four children Pat, Lynn, Gary “Chief”, and Ree, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Services will be 10:30 AM Monday, June 16, 2014 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bro. Donnie Carnathan officiating.

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David Paul Charron

(January 18, 1953 - September 22, 2014)

David Paul Charron, 61, of Bay City passed away September 22, 2014. He was born January 18, 1953 in St. John's, Newfoundland to Albert and Marion Sunderland Charron.

David proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and has spent many years as a Control Specialist at the South Texas Nuclear Project in Bay City, Texas.

David is survived by his parents Albert & Marion Charron of Jupiter, Florida; sons Michael Charron and Anthony Charron of Campbell, California and Christopher Charron of Bay City; sisters Jill Holland of Groveland, Florida and Janice Burck of Jupiter, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00am Saturday, October, 11 at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 979-245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Hardy Christmas
(April 27, 1934 - April 12, 2014)

Hardy Christmas, 79, of Bay City passed away April 12, 2014. He was born April 27, 1934 in Collegeport, TX to the late Luby Christmas and Ida Gardner Christmas. He served in the Army for 3 years, was a Tow Boat Captain for 40 years and a long time Servant at Word of Life Church for the past 16 years.

Survivors include his wife Avanell Brister Christmas; son Greg Christmas & wife Loretta; daughters Brenda Worsham & husband Michael and Sherri Christmas; sister Peggy Garrett & husband Joe; brothers Billy Christmas & wife Ann and Howard Christmas & wife Debbie; grandchildren Michael Worsham, Jarrod Christmas & wife Chelsea, Brandon Worsham, Austin Christmas, Kaleigh Christmas & Fiance` Chris Hensley and Wayne Worsham and great granddaughter Alli Christmas.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 1pm until 3pm Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 3:00 PM with Rev. Melvin Ryman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clayton Ryman, John Dewitt, Keith Martin, Wayne Anderson, Bud McKessick and Rudy Zamora. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Dunsworth and his grandsons Michael Worsham, Jarrod Christman, Brandon Worsham, Austin Christmas, Wayne Worsham and Chris Hensley.

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Annie Elizabeth (Weathers) Clements

January 19, 1918 - January 4, 2015

Annie Elizabeth (Weathers) Clements, 96, of Pearland, Texas, passed away January 4, 2015.

She was born January 19, 1918, in Nashoba, Oklahoma, to the late George Weathers and Haley Byers Weathers. Annie was a young girl when the family (grandparents, parents, and her older brothers and sisters), migrated from Oklahoma and settled for a short time in West Columbia, Texas. Her grandparent’s final resting place is in West Columbia, TX. Later the family moved to the Cedar Lane, Texas area.

Her husband T.J. Clements, preceded her in death.

She is survived by six children, including daughter, Dorothy Brown and husband John of Porter, TX, daughter, Gay Hill and husband Edward of Escondido, CA, daughter, Wilma Gault of Pearland, TX, son, Richard Clements of Pearland, TX, daughter, Brenda Rico and husband Irby of Cypress, TX and son, James Clements of Willis, TX.

She is survived by grandchildren, Douglas Hill of Cypress TX, Anna Beth Hankins of Winchester, CA, Travis Gault of Houston, TX, Bryce Rico of College Station, TX and Colleen Rico of Dallas, TX.

Her great-grandchildren include, Andrew and Nicholas Hill of Cypress, TX, Wesley Hankins of Temecula, CA, Alec Hankins of Winchester, CA, Carrie-Anne Hankins of Winchester, CA, Casey Gault, Hadley Gault of Houston, TX and Landon Allen Rico of College Station, TX.

Great-great-grandchildren include, Katelyn and Evan Hankins of Temecula, CA.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 12:45 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, TX.

Graveside service and interment will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Cedar Lawn Haven of Rest Cemetery in West Columbia, TX.

Serving as pallbearers will be Travis Gault, Irby Rico, Bryce Rico, Douglas Hill, Jerry Hankins and Matthew Kaminski.

Services are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, 634 S. Columbia Dr. 77486.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by signing the guestbook at www.bakerfuneralhome.net

Bay City Tribune, January 7, 2015
 


Courtney Denise Clements - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Sandra Gail Cleveland - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Louie Clifton & Eunice Clifton - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Emma Jean Cockrell

Funeral services for Emma Jean Cockrell, 75, of Van Vleck, Texas, will be Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 11 a.m., at Nichols Street Church of Christ Bay City, Texas with Bro. Allen Ward, eulogizing.

Visitation will be Monday, June 30, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas.

Burial will follow immediately after the service at Ashwood Cemetery in Ashwood, Texas.

She leaves to cherish her most precious memories, a very special love, Ray Bess Sr.; five children, Patricia Barrs (Gary-deceased), Mark G. Barnes Sr. (Dloris) of Converse, Texas, DeAndrea Barnes Sr. Rosenberg, Texas, Rogers Luvell Brown (Matilda) of Alaska, Lawrence C. Cockrell Jr. (Diana) of Arizona; adopted daughter, Esther M. Gee;  three sisters, Doris L. Williams of Sugar Land, Elizabeth Hudson (Glenn) of Alaska and Cynthia Connally of San Francisco, CA.; four brothers, Herman Burrell Sr. (Eva) of Pickens, Mississippi, Alfred Burrell of Houston, Texas, Haywood Burrell (Lois) of Seguin, Texas and Milton R. Burrell (Genevieve) of Live Oak, Texas;  27 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and some very, very special nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

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

Bay City Tribune, June 29, 2014
 


Franklin Gregg Cockrell - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Karl W. Cockrell - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Clarence L. Colbert & Pearl C. Colbert - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Cecil Cole & Willa Mae Cole - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

James R. Cole & Bennie Cole - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Teresa Lyn Collins

September 9, 1971 – February 18, 2014

Teresa Lyn Collins was born in Columbia Missouri on September 9, 1971.

She passed away February 18, 2014 at Bay Villa Healthcare Center in Bay City, Texas.

Her primary schooling was in Palmyra, Missouri and her high school years in Sweeny, Texas.

Teresa was a wonderful wife, sister, daughter and aunt. She loved life, her family and friends and anyone who would play cards with her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Collins; her nieces, Renee’ Gunderson and Alex Cooper; her paternal grandparents, Garnet and Reginald Mudd; and maternal grandmother, Rena Mae Burgmeyer; and best friend, Serge Jacques.

She is survived by her parents, Carolyn and Bill Irvine and Ralph Jacobs; sisters, Laura Espinoza (Shaun) and Pam Gunderson; brother, Johnny Irvine (Darion); nieces and nephews, Larry Jacobs, Lorenzo Espinoza, Leighsa Espinoza, Krissy Cordona, Brian Malon, Junior Campbell, Spencer Irvine; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The Celebration of her life will be April 5, 2014, at 131 San Bernard Street, Bay City, Texas, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All who knew and loved her and all who prayed for her are welcome to come and celebrate her beautiful life.

Bay City Tribune, April 2, 2014
 


Joseph F. W. Collinsworth

Died on Friday, at the residence of Mr. John D. Newell, Joseph F. W. Collinsworth.

Matagorda Bulletin, September 6, 1837
 


John Edward Coltes & Elizabeth Louise Coltes - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Harry Richard Columb - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Arrieta Warn Cook

Arrieta Warn Cook, 88, passed away December 4, 2014, after a fall and broken hip, in Dallas TX.

Rita (Cricket) Warn was born in 1926, to B.F., Red, Warn and Enis Woodson Warn in Midfield, and later Palacios, TX.

After graduating from Blessing High School, she went to work at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, where she met the love of her life, Wayne G. Cook. They married in 1946, moved to Corpus Christi, and raised two children, Janice Arrieta and  Michael Wayne.

In later years Rita enjoyed serving as President of the Garden Club and hosting large backyard parties for the Seven Arts Study Club. After working 42 years for Allstate Ins. Co., and a lengthy retirement, Wayne died in 2009. Rita then moved to Dallas to be close to her children.

Both Wayne and Rita left their bodies for research to UT Health Science Centers in San Antonio and Dallas.

No services are planned.

Rita would like to be remembered for her great love for her husband and children.

Survivors are daughter, Janice Bennett of Dallas; son, Michael Cook and wife Patti of Waxahachie; grandchildren, Travis Cook and wife Brittany of Arlington, Alicia Kimmel and husband Robert of Houston, Jessica Bennett of New York and Charlie Bennett of Washington DC; and great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Virginia and William Kimmel.

Bay City Tribune, December 21, 2014
 


Bettie Lou Cornelius
July 18, 1929 –June 16, 2014

Bettie Lou Cornelius passed away June 16, 2014, at home surrounded by her children.

She was born July 18, 1929 to the late Amos A. Lee and Sarah Elizabeth Huddleston of Bay City. She lived her entire life in Matagorda County with the exception of residing in Australia for three years with her family.

She was a full time wife, mother, MeMa and Great-MeMa. She was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Bay City Junior Service League and Eta Mu Sorority. She was also a costume designer and seamstress and could create the best floral arrangements from next to nothing.

Her husband of 66 years, Leonard H. Cornelius, preceded her in death, as well as numerous brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her sister, Melody Johnson; children, Donna Harrison and husband George, Debbie Reed and husband Bob, Bonnie Elbel and husband David, Melody Sanders and husband Ken, Amy McLeod and husband Mack, Herff Cornelius and wife Nancy, Brenda Rider and husband Bill, Connie Coney and husband Jeff and Mary Nuala Brown; grandchildren, Jennifer Ligums and husband Jeb, Tres Hovel and wife Tania, Robby Reed and wife Stephanie, Rick Reed and wife Casey, Randi Walker and husband Marshall, Brian Elbel and wife Sarah, Kathrin Campise and husband David, Michael Reitz and wife Amber, Brandon Reitz and wife Barbara, Michelle Weathers and husband Stephen, Jake McLeod and wife Pam, Len Cornelius and wife Savannah, Sara Briggs and husband Michael, Brant Rider, Blake Rider, Braden Rider, Kimberlee Rodriguez and husband Adam, Rebecca Coney and Avery Coney; great-grandchildren, Jet and George Ligums , Robert Reed III, Ruger Reed, Weston, Finley, Hattie and Chloe Walker, Ellis Elbel, Tristan and C’Anne Campise, Brooke and Brylie Reitz, 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 caregivers, Susan Ryman, Nelly, Simona and Bene, and Andrea and Kim of Angels Care Home Health.

Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday June 18, 2014, followed by a rosary at 6:30 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Funeral mass will be 2 p.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Greg Korenek and Msgr. Gerry Cernoch 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, Braden Rider and Avery Coney.

Please consider memorials in her name to Holy Cross School Foundation, 2001 Katy, Bay City, TX 77414, Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society.

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, June 18, 2014
 


William D. Cornelius, Sr. & Mary E. Cornelius - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Vadis Corporon

March 28, 1935 – April 20, 2014

Vadis A. Corporon, age 79, of Kingsland, Texas passed away on April 20, 2014. She was the daughter of Frederick and Dorothy (Buffaloe) Barrett, born in Bay City, Texas on March 28, 1935.

Vadis was a loving homemaker and a school secretary for many years. She loved her family and her church. She was a member of the Kingsland Community Church for over twenty seven years. She loved to write the church newsletter and sign her articles with a picture of a butterfly. She enjoyed butterflies and rainbows as a symbol of life. She was a published poet and cookbook author, she enjoyed square dancing and her two puppies, Lucy and Lacy.

Survivors include the love of her life, her husband Gene Corporon, of 61 years, whom she met in February 1952, engaged in April and married on June 27, 1952; her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Benita Corporon of Fort Worth, Texas and daughter and son-in-law, Tish and Don Stricklin of Austin, Texas. Grandchildren include, Kristie, Shawn, Russell, and Kyle Corporon; Ashley and Taylor Stricklin; great grandchildren, Kayla and Aaron.

Visitations will be held at the Putnam Funeral Home on Thursday, April 24 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, also on Friday April 25 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Funeral services will be at the Kingsland Community Church on Friday, April 25 at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery, Burnet, Texas. An online guest register may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingsland Community Church, Post Office Box 627, Kingsland, Texas 78639

Funeral arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639 (325) 388-0008

Putnam Funeral Home
 


Benito B. Cortinas - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Fernanda V. Cortinas - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Samuel Cortinas - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 

 


Grover W. Coston III - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


William Grover Coston - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Anita G. Couture - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Elsie Mae Cowger

March 30, 1930 - February 3, 2015

Elsie Mae “Dee” Cowger, 84, formerly of Clemville, Texas, passed away February 3, 2015.

She was born March 30, 1930, in Trinity County, TX, to the late Milam Mericle and Beulah Carroll Mericle.

Dee Cowger was a resident of Matagorda County for 46 years, and moved back to her hometown of Possum Walk, Texas, to live out her remaining life on this earth. She was the owner of Dee’s Cafe’ in Clemville, and President of Cowger Drilling Company, and opened doors for many, as she served on the Tidehaven Independent School Board, as one of its members, but first and foremost, was her love for her Lord and Savior, which she instilled in her children and grandchildren. To them she was quick to point out God’s handy work in all she saw…the pattern in which they live their lives. Widowed at the age of 44, she lived her life for her children, never seeking her own. Having a heart of a Servant, she was always looking for someone in need. There is not enough room to add all the sweet comments we have received from people who knew her, we are so blessed to call her our Momma.

Her husband, Harry James Cowger; and a daughter, Hope Davis Parks; preceded her in death.

Survivors include daughters, Vanessa Green (Ed) of Odem, TX, Deedy Cowger Huffman (David) of Clemville, Janie Cowger Watkins of Markham, and Paulina Cowger Goodman (Timmy) of Cedar Lane; sons, Doug Davis (Pam) of Bay City and Keith Shuttlesworth of Markham; sister, Billie Jean Clark of Gladstone, OR; step-children, James Cowger (Joyce) and Patsy Cowger, all of Markham; 26 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

The family received friends and relatives from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2015, at the funeral home.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Hawley Cemetery.

Her grandsons officiated and served as pallbearers.

Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His Saints.”

II Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident I say and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

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

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

Bay City Tribune, February 8, 2015
 


Margaret Pipkin Coyle

May 13, 1930 - August 27, 2014

Margaret Pipkin Coyle went to be with The Lord on August 27, 2014.

She was born to Philip Elwood Pipkin and Minnie Lee McKenzie on May 13, 1930, on the family farm, in the Bath community of Walker County. Margaret is a descendent of John Wells, who resided in Walker County before October, 1850, and is a member of the First Families and Century Families of Walker County, Texas.

Margaret joins her husband, Howard Irl Coyle, in heaven.

She is survived by her four daughters, Susan and Larry Krueger of Wharton Texas, Ann and Tommy Parker of Clute Texas, Pam Coyle of Iowa Park, Texas, and Karen Bilsing of Huntsville Texas. She has eight grandchildren, Kim and Brent Williams, Christy and Porter Keller, William and Monica Parker, Philip Parker and Katrina Ratjen, C. J. Parker and Shelby Cooper, Marisa and Chris Carroll, Mack Campbell, Jessica Bilsing and her father Paul Bilsing. They have nine great-grandchildren, Hunter Williams, Addison, Porter, and Ruby Keller, Ami Parker, Iris and Jackson Parker, Maddi and Harper Carroll.

Margaret is survived by her sisters-in-law, Jo Etta Erwin and Lois Robinette (Bill); many nieces, nephews and extended family; and devoted caregiver, Elva Ferguson.

Margaret accepted Christ as her savior in the early 1940’s, when she was in the Junior Sunday School department, and was baptized by Brother H. M. Ward at First Baptist Church, Huntsville. She and her twin brother, Marvin, graduated from Huntsville High School in 1947 and attended Sam Houston State Teacher’s College.

While at SHSTC, Margaret met the love of her life, Howard Irl Coyle. They were each fraternal twins, joined the Twins Club, were active in the Baptist Student Union, and pursued a teaching degree. Margaret and Irl were married at First Baptist Church, Huntsville, on May 26, 1950. Margaret graduated from SHSTC with a Bachelor’s in Science in May 1951, and, while raising her family, she completed a Master’s in Education degree in 1958.

Margaret and Irl taught school in Bay City and other small communities in East Texas, before returning to Huntsville in 1977. Margaret taught 9th grade science her first year back in Huntsville, then taught at Gibbs Elementary and Sam Houston Elementary Schools, until retiring in 1984. Margaret was active in the Order of Eastern Star, American Auxiliary of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired teachers, American Association of Retired Persons, and First Baptist Church. Margaret and Irl traveled throughout the United States and abroad, fostering a love of history and culture in their children and grandchildren.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Minnie Pipkin; sisters, Dorothy Sylvester and Helen Murphy; brothers, Bill Pipkin and Marvin Pipkin.

The family is very grateful for the care and support of Dr. Nabeel Khan and the Huntsville Memorial Hospital ICU staff.

The family received friends from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2014, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 3 p.m., in the Chapel at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas.

Interment followed at Brooke Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas.

Memorial condolences may be made to the family online at www.shmfh.com.

Bay City Tribune, August 31, 2014
 


David Albert Craft - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Frank Sinclair Craft - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Jerry T. Craft - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Jerry T. "J. T." Craft

Jerry T. (J.T.) Craft, 61, of Van Vleck passed away March 1, 2000 at the Sea Breeze Nursing Center in Bay City. He was born March 11, 1938 in Smith County, Miss. to parents Ernest and Hazel Owen Craft.

J. T. was a welder and a pipefitter for many years and was a long time member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. He also served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

He is survived by: his wife, Margaret of Van Vleck; step-sons, Eddie Ramos of Corpus Christi and David Ramos of Alice; a step-daughter, Dr. Catherine Pye of Anchorage, Ala.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Rose of Spokane, Wash. and sister-in-law Amelia Ashley of Taylorsville, Miss. as well as five step-grandchildren, one step great grandchild and numerous nephews and nieces. Services for J. T. will be held Saturday, March 4th at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Casey Jarzombek officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Sunday, 05 Mar 2000
 


Gloria Gay Luna Crain - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Gloria Gay Crain

Gloria Gay Crain, 55, of Bay City died March 31, 2000 at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston. She was born Sept. 18, 1944 in Gatesville, Texas to Floyd and Juanita Lowery Luna. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a life long resident of Bay City.

Survivors include: husband, Joe McAllen Crain of Bay City; parents, Floyd and Juanita Luna of Bay City, sons, Randy Lee Crain and Scott Allen Crain both of Bay City; sister, Saundra Faye Slone of Austin; and mother-in-law, Novella Crain of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Luna, Jr. and by her father-in-law, Joe A. Crain.

Funeral services were to be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 3, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Sassman and the Rev. Clint Lowery officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were: Jug Rhymes, Tommy Orsak, Franklin Crain, Greg Westmoreland, David Slone and Smokey Rouse.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, April 4, 2000
 


Joe A. Crain & Novella Crain - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Novella Crain

Novella Crain, 76, of Bay City, died May 17, 2000 at Herman Hospital in Houston. She was born July 27, 1923 in Locker, Texas to the late Louis Bearon and Myrtie Taylor Skelton. Mrs. Crain was a member of Nichols Rd. Church of Christ and a resident of Bay City since 1948.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Priscilla Kaye and Darvin Osina of Carrizo Springs, Texas; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Mack Crain, Farris and Carma Crain, Gary and Karen Crain all of Bay City; sister, Nelda Richmond of Victoria; brothers, L. B. "Buck" Skelton, Jr. of Wellington; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Joe Allen Crain; sister, Weida Lee Kennon; brother, J. E. Skelton; and daughter-in-law, Gloria Crain.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joe Wrape officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will include: Randy, Scott, Cory, and Heath Crain, T. G. Osina and Dwight McHazlett. Memorials may be made to Nichols Road Church of Christ.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, May 19, 2000
 


Lawrence D. Crews - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Dorothey Jane Brian Criswell

August 16, 1925 – July 12, 2014

Dorothey Jane Brian Criswell, 88, of Bay City, TX, passed away July 12, 2014.

She was born August 16, 1925 in Winters, TX, south of Abilene, to the late Phillip Walter Brian and Clara Estelle Davis Brian.

Upon graduating High School, she attended North Texas State Teachers College in Denton, TX, where she met Warren A. Criswell. Warren and Dorothey were married in Winters, Texas on June 6, 1945.

After 6 months in Oceanside, California, where Warren was stationed in the Marine Corps, the war ended and they returned to live in Robstown, TX. Several years passed. Dorothey completed her teaching degree at Texas A&I University and Warren decided to pursue veterinary medicine. They moved to College Station, Texas. While Warren studied at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dorothey taught elementary school in the community. They started their family by adopting a daughter, Dorothey Ann.

In 1955, the family moved to Bay City, where Warren started his veterinary practice and Dorothey taught school (first in the Bay City ISD and then later in the Van Vleck ISD).

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Buford Garland Brian and Clara Nell Brian Lincoln.

Survivors include her husband, Warren A. Criswell of Bay City; daughter, Dorothey Ann Criswell of Richmond, TX; sons, Robert Warren Criswell and wife Beth of Tarpon Springs, FL and Brian Lee Criswell and wife Renee of Kennewick, WA; and granddaughter, Briana Criswell of Kennewick, WA.

Dorothey taught elementary school at Bay City ISD and many years in Van Vleck ISD, and she encountered students and children of her students in the community on regular basis; taught remedial reading after school to local students; member of First Baptist Church (kept the Sunday Class attendance records); member of Beta Sigma Phi (many community projects, one of which was annual rodeo ticket sales); member of Flora Luncheon Study Club, entered flower arrangements during flower shows as well as individual specimens from her yard; docent at the Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center; enjoyed needlework creating many crewel projects for the family and as gifts; avid Bridge player, member of several clubs and substituted for others; Senior Member and past Chairman of the Bay City Festival Arts and Committee Member of Prep Bowl Scholarship Foundation.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Battle, John Ashcraft, Tony Wells, Billie Mann, Herff Corneilus and Mack McLeod.

Members of the local Bridge Clubs will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to a charity of your choice.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, July 16, 2014
 


Dr. Warren Alvord Criswell

December 28, 1924 – July 14, 2014

Dr. Warren Alvord Criswell, DVM, 89, of Bay City, TX, passed away July 14, 2014.

He was born December 28, 1924 in Throckmorton, Texas, to the late Robert Lee Criswell and Goldie Frances Detwiler Criswell.

He was born and raised on the SMS Ranch in Throckmorton County, Texas. Warren grew up around cattle and horses, participating in the annual round-up and branding of new calves. His love of animals started at a very early age.

He served in the United States Marine Corps from December 1942 to August 1951, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. Warren met his sweetheart, Dorothey Jane Brian, while attending North Texas State Teachers College. They were married in Winters, Texas on June 6, 1945.

Warren received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M College in 1955. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Bay City, where he started his practice. Being a veterinarian was never just a job, it was his passion, and he truly loved what he was doing. That was evident in the way in which he interacted with all animals (large and small, domestic and wild) and their parents.

His practice spanned over 50 years in the Bay City community. During that time, he contributed countless hours to the care of animals for his clients, during the annual livestock show, unwanted animals in the shelter, and for the local wildlife rehabilitation efforts.

Family was also very important to Warren. He raised his children to love and respect one another and passed on that deep love of animals. July 12th, his beloved Dorothey Jane, went to be with The Lord. Two days later Warren joined her, united once more.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Dalton Lee Criswell, Goldie Elverna Criswell Whitaker, and Frankie Fay Criswell Sohengen.

Survivors include daughter, Dorothey Ann Criswell of Richmond, TX; sons, Robert Warren Criswell and wife Beth of Tarpon Springs, FL and Brian Lee Criswell and wife Renee of Kennewick, WA; and granddaughter, Briana Criswell of Kennewick, WA.

In 2007, Warren received the honor of being Bay City Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year; he was a proud member of the Bay City Lion’s Club, since moving to Bay City, and served as president and chairman of the Rice Festival; recipient of the Lions Club International Foundation, Melvin Jones Fellow honor for dedicated humanitarian services; served 25 years on the Bay City Independent School District Appraisal Board; life member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas; member of the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association; member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed bird hunting at every available opportunity.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Battle, John Ashcraft, Tony Wells, Billie Mann, Herff Cornelius and Mack McLeod.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bert Huebner and James Sowell.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the charity of your choice.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, July 16, 2014
 


George F. Crosson - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

George F. Crosson

George F. Crosson, 85, of Sweeny died December 7, 2000 at Sweeny House Nursing Home in Sweeny. Mr. Crosson was born September 22, 1915 in Bay City to the late Oliver Joe and Carrie Bell Starks Crosson. He was a member of Harvest Time Church and a resident of Sweeny the past 63 years.

Survivors include: wife, Esta Lee Blackmon Crosson of Sweeny; daughter and sons-in-law, Sharon and Rev. Jim Hardaway of Bay City, Brenda and Gary Quinn of Sweeny; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerrel and Mary Crosson and Janice Crosson all of Lake Jackson, Wayne and Gerry Crosson of Sweeny, Rickey and Jan Crosson of Cal-Allen, Texas; sisters, Fonda Mae Kostelnik of Houston, Ollie Mae Fojtik, Ida Bell Brumley, Willene Blackwell and Ruby Lee Sargent all of Bay City; brothers, Lonnie Crosson of Sweeny, the Rev. O. J. Crosson, Jr. and Tommy Crosson both of Dallas; 15 grandchildren and 16 great garandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Lois Helen Graeber and brother Alfred Melton Crosson.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2000 at Harvest Time Church with the Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Ed Hardaway, Alan Crosson, Gary D. Quinn, Malcolm Means, Ryan Crosson and Dee Wayne Smith.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

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The Daily Tribune, Sunday, 10 Dec 2000
 


Mary Cruz
March 1, 1942 - November 29, 2014

Mary Cruz, 72, of Markham, Texas, passed away November 29, 2014.

She was born March 1, 1942, in Wharton, Texas, to the late Secundino Alameda and Yrenia Ballejo Alameda.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Gloria Cruz and Anna Marie Cruz; and three sisters, Rebecca D. Tristan, Rachel Estraca and Ophelia Houston.

Survivors include her husband, Amando Cruz; daughters, Yrenia Cruz and Joann Saenz; sons, Johnny Amando Cruz, Maximo Cruz (Cynthia), and Martin Anthony Cruz (Celestina); sisters, Alecia Garcia, Eva Trevino (Ben), Elva Rebeles (Frank) and Francis Martin (Jim); brother, Secundino Alameda III (Dominga); grandchildren, Leslie Ann Cruz, Brittany Michelle Martinez (Ricardo), Zoe Renee Cruz, Tristan Anthony Cruz, Trinity Nicole Cruz and Joseph Mark Colten; and great-granddaughter, Audrina Xitlali Martinez.

The family received friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Markham, Texas, with the Rev. Howard Harper officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Martin Cruz, Robert Cruz, Joseph Martin, Bennie Trevino, Jonathan Ortiz and Secundino Alameda IV.

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, December 3, 2014
 


Peggy Cummings - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Clara M. Myers Curnutte - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Bob Curtis

(May 20, 1930 - February 7, 2015)

Robert Perry “Bob” Curtis, 84, of Bay City passed away February 7, 2015. He was born May 20, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Robert Joyce Curtis and Maude Mae Lowman Curtis. He was a retired teacher and band director and a member of Nichols St. Church of Christ.

His wife, Laura Lou Curtis preceded him in death in 2013. Survivors include daughter Dee Anne Myers and husband Charlie of Alvin, TX; sister Joyce Curtis of Abilene, TX; and grandson Samuel Blackard of Alvin, TX.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5PM until 7PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Thursday at the Nichols St. Church of Christ with Bro. Glen Organ and Bro. Larry Macomber officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ross Elkins, Dusty Deitiker, Glenn Lee Deitiker, Keith Needham, Jim Popham and Willie Rollins. Honorary pallbearers will be John Reinke, Damon Rutherford and members of the Bay City Black Cat Band Alumni.

Bay City Tribune, February 11, 2015
 


 

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