Matagorda County Obituaries
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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
 


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
 


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
 


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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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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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

 

Arthur Roy Cook & Evelyn Cook - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


 

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Apr. 3, 2014
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Apr. 3, 2014
   

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