Matagorda County Obituaries
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Daniel Alan Dabelgott
(September 3, 1948 - June 14, 2007)

Daniel Alan Dabelgott, 58, or Woodsboro, TX passed away June 14, 2007. He was born September 3, 1948 in Bay City, TX to Allen Earl and Ernestine Mae Krenek Dabelgott. He was a graduate of Tidehaven High School and of Texas A & I University in Kingsville with a degree in Natural Gas & Petroleum Engineering. He had been a resident of Woodsboro for 27 years and was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church. Daniel was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Det.1 453rd Family Readiness Group (FRG), a family support organization for US Army Reserves, 644th FRG & 217th FRG. He spent his life being involved in the everyday lives of his children and grandchildren and his faithful Chocolate Lab “Chip”. Many children through the years were treated as if they were his.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Teresa Ann Savage Dabelgott of Woodsboro; daughter Dara Ann Dabelgott of Woodsboro; sons Darin Alan Dabelgott of Bay City, Daryl Andrew Dabelgott & wife Shana Naomi of Midland and Sgt. Derek Austin Dabelgott, who is currently serving in the US Army Reserve in Iraq; sisters and their spouses Barbara & J. B. Freiley of Bay City, Irene & C. J. Benefield of Polk City, FL, Geneva & Rick Rader of Old Ocean and Mary Jane Dabelgott of Palacios; and five grandchildren Jordan Tyler Austin, Jonathan Taylor Dabelgott, Jennifer Tanae Dabelgott, Blaze Alan Dabelgott and Prudence Ann Dabelgott Lewis.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Monday, June 18, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral mass is 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be nephews Nolan Savage and Joey Kacal and dear friends & co-workers Perry Lawrence, Pete Repka, Danny Randall, Danny Martin, Bobbgy Blackmon and Fred Henderson. Other former and current co-workers will serve as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Tidehaven Alumni Scholarship Fund, c/o Tidehaven High School, El Maton, TX 77440. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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Ernestine Mae Krenek Dabelgott
(September 23, 1923 - April 16, 2006)

Ernestine Mae Krenek Dabelgott 82, of Markham, TX passed away peacefully and anxiously joined her husband of 51 years on April 16, 2006 at her residence. She was born September 23, 1923 in Nada, TX to the late Theofield John and Hermina Skutca Krenek. Mrs. Dabelgott was an active member of St. Robert’s Catholic Church in Markham and faithfully attended her “ Senior Citizen’s Group” every Tuesday. She also was a member of the Texas Retired Teacher’s Association. Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law: Barbara & J. B. Freiley of Bay City, Irene & C. J. Benefield of Polk City, FL, Geneva & Rick Rader of Old Ocean, and Mary Jane Dabelgott of Palacios, TX; son & daughter-in-law: Daniel & Terry Dabelgott of Woodsboro, TX; sister: Eleanor Knebel of Bay City; sister-in-law: Henrietta Dabelgott of Bay City grandchildren: Darin, Daryl, & Shana Strader, Derek and Dara Dabelgott, Christy Benefield, Stephanie Nauman, Ashlee and Tony Pitta Lima, Amanda Kacal, Kirk Wichman, Joey Kacal, John Freiley, Dara & Austin Taylor, Misty Priester & Rick Rader, Jr; great grandchildren: Jordan Austin, Jonathan, Jennifer, and Blaze Dabelgott, Kailey Taylor, Betty Pitta Lima, and Luke Pitta Lima who is on the way; and many nieces & nephews and her friends including her special friends: Danny Kacal, Walter Skutca, and Gloria Carter, and her faithful companion: “Puppy”. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by he husband Allen Earl Dabelgott; brother: Silvy Krenek: and sister: Maisie Krenek Karstedt. A Rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at Taylor Bros. Chapel at 7:00 PM The Funeral Service will be 9:30 AM Thursday at St. Peters Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Darin, Daryl, and Derek Dabelgott, and Joey Kacal, Tony Pitta Lima, and Randy Morales. Honorary Pallbearers will be Terry Karstedt and Danny Kacal. Memorials may be made to St. Robert’s Catholic Church in Markham, TX. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

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Julious Ralph Dabney
(April 28, 1927 - June 20, 2006)

Julious Ralph Dabney, 79, of Bay City died June 20, 2006. He was born April 28, 1927 in San Jacinto County, Texas to James and Dagna Purcell Dabney. He was a member of the Bay City Baptist Church, life member of the Phillip H. Parker VFW Post 2438, and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Survivors include his wife Alice King Dabney of Bay City; son Marvin Dabney of Bay City; grandchildren William Cullen Dabney and Tray Lynn Dabney both of Bay City; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Betty and Delane Cates and niece Dena Cates all of Houston.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, June 23, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lee Watson officiating. Interment will be 4:00 PM Friday at the Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen, Texas.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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Tray Lynn Dabney
July 28, 1989 – Oct. 12, 2008


Tray Lynn Dabney, 19, was born July 28, 1989 in Bay City to Vickie Collins and Marvin Dabney. Tray Lynn’s life was cut short on Sunday, October 12, 2008.

She is survived by: her mother, Vickie Hamlyn and husband Clay of Wadsworth; father, Marvin Dabney and wife Melanie of Georgia; brother, William Dabney and wife Tami of Bay City; grandparents, Alice Dabney of Bay City; Janie Lea of Oklahoma, and Andy Collins of Tennessee; niece, Emma Kriner of Bay City; four step sisters, Chelsea Hamlyn of Lake Jackson, Michelle Hamlyn, and Lindsey Hamlyn both of Corpus Christi and Courtney Glisson of Palacios; two aunts, Ronda Valentine and husband Darrell of Katy and Angela Collins of Louisiana; and three cousins, Samantha Collins of Mabank Texas, Caleb, and Cameron Valentine both of Katy.

Her grandfather Julious Ralph Dabney preceded Tray Lynn in death.

Tray Lynn was a 2008 graduate of Van Vleck High School were she was very active in FFA and played on the high school golf team.

Tray believed in living her life to the fullest. There was nothing she couldn’t do. Tray loved barrel racing, showing cattle, fishing, hunting, surfing and dancing. Her family members were her best friends and her friends were her family. When Tray smiled, the world smiled back.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with the Rev. Zach Nicholson officiating. Interment will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen, Texas.

Pallbearers will be John John Miller, Danny Sisson, Alton Love, Jeff Wendell, C.J. Ratliff and Shawn Janise.

David Hammond, Darrell Valentine, Kevin Sparks and Coach Michael Kelly will be honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made at Bay Cell Credit Union for a 2009 Fair Scholarship fund established in Tray Lynn’s name.

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

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

 

Bay City Tribune, Published October 15, 2008

 


Leslie Clifton Dacke
(July 19, 1934 - May 29, 2006)

Leslie Clifton Dacke, 71, of Pasadena died May 29, 2006 in Kingsville, Texas. He was born July 19, 1934 in West Columbia, Texas to Elmer Bruce and Annie Frances Burford Dacke. He was a graduate of Van Vleck High School and served 4 years in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Leslie worked as a welder for Goodyear Rubber for 40 years and owned B & D Fabrication in Pasadena. Later in life he enjoyed camping and traveling in his RV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Montie Weathers, and brothers Bruce, Wayne and Harold Dacke. Survivors include his son Bruce Dacke of Pasadena; sisters Anna Belle Schulenberg of College Station and Joyce Dacke of Conroe; brother Charles Dacke of Lolita; and grandson Neal Dacke of Austin.

Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, June 1, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Larry Scarborough, Alvin Rose, Frank Weathers, Craig Weathers, Gary Dacke and Steve Dacke. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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Alan Gordon Dalrymple
(October 31, 1922 - August 3, 2009)

Alan Gordon Dalrymple, 86, of Selkirk passed away August 3, 2009. He was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Houston, TX to the late Albert Ernest & Margaret Mary Westworth Dalrymple. He served in the US Army during WWII and worked for Southwestern Bell for many years.

His wife Shirley preceded him in death. Survivors include daughter Linda Williams & husband Tom of Helena, Alabama; son Dean Dalrymple & wife Karla of Holly Springs, North Carolina; grandchildren Brandon Dalrymple & Erin D. Koch and great granddaughter Paisley Koch.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Graveside Services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, TX.

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Virginia Lou Crawford Damon, born on the 8th of April, 1929, in Houston, Texas, to Estelle Diana and Curtis Eugene Crawford passed from this life on the 5th of January, 2009, surrounded by her loving family. She was 79. A private graveside service was held on the 7th of January; the Rev. James C. Morgan officiated.

Virginia Lou, an only child, grew up in the small Texasgulf Sulphur Co. town of New Gulf, Texas, and graduated from Boling High School, Class of ’46. Virginia Lou began her dance training at the tender age of three, traveling to Houston to study with renowned dance teach Hallie Pritchard. Before long she realized she wanted to choose ballet and dance as her lifetime profession and soon began traveling to Houston by bus 5 days a week throughout her high school years. She always considered herself lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity to train with wonderful teachers. Ann Miller and Tommy Tune were among the many talented students that also studied with Hallie Pritchard.

In the summer of 1943, when Virginia Lou was 14 years old, Ms. Pritchard saw talent and dedication in Virginia and rewarded her with an invitation to travel with her to Los Angeles to train with Madame Bronislava Nijinska. This meeting proved to be successful and Virginia Lou would continue to travel to California each summer for 8 years and receive ballet training from Madame Nijinska; returning each fall to Texas for school, dance, voice and piano lessons. Virginia Lou started her first dance school in Texas after that first summer in Los Angeles. Her early students referred to her fondly as “Miss Crawford.” During the 1940s if one intended to pursue a professional career in ballet and dance, one had to seek out their training. A degree in Ballet was not offered at the time and Miss Crawford considered herself very fortunate to have had such rich and rewarding experiences with exceptional teachers.

Madame Nijinska played a significant role in her life. Nijinska, sister to Vaslav Nijinsky, taught the professional dancers and Virginia Lou was in classes with Cyd Charisse and Vera-Ellen. Virginia Lou also studied with Ernest Belcher, father of Marge Champion; Nico Charisse, Dance director of MGM and husband of Cyd; and Alexander Kotchetovsky, Madame Nijinska’s first husband. While in Hollywood, Virginia was privileged to have performed at the Hollywood Bowl in “Petrouska” and “Sherherazade.” She performed as well with Serge Diaghilev’s The Ballet Russe in New York City.

With Virginia’s talent, ability and good looks it was no surprise that she was asked to audition and then test for a part in a Warner Bros. Film starring Doris Day. This was her first big audition and she was delighted to have been chosen for the role. The dance director for the movie was Leroy Prince. As fate would have it, Prince had to undergo emergency surgery and the movie had to be postponed for his recovery. Virginia continued to study and practice there for the months of delay only to discover that her ambition was not a career in movies but to return to Texas, her home and her dance pupils.

When Virginia Lou returned to her home state of Texas, she knew that she had made the right decision and embarked upon a teaching career that lasted for 34 memorable years. Virginia Lou taught dance in Wharton,

Bay City, Angleton, El Campo, Rosenberg and West Columbia, Texas. Never one to boast or brag, Virginia Lou would on occasion share her experiences with her children and dance pupils. She recalled how exciting it was living in the apartment below the young Margaret O’Brien and watching her study dance under the instruction of Irina Nijinska, Mme Nijinska’s daughter, who also taught Liza Minelli and Natalie Wood. “It was such a glamorous time to have been in Hollywood in the 1940s. I would try to see movies whenever I could, and on Sundays I would walk on Hollywood Boulevard and see all the “weird” and “strange” people and sights.” Virginia Lou had the opportunity to see many glamorous movie stars of the “Golden Era”. She fondly recalled watching Rock Hudson escort Vera-Ellen to dance class and sometimes getting a sneak peek at Rock Hudson taking his private dance lessons from Mme Nijinska. During World War II, Virginia performed and danced for the USO.

Virginia Lou met the love of her life, John Wiley Damon in 1952; they were married on April 16, 1955. Together they had three children, Diana, Ginny Kate and John Wesley and two daughters from John’s previous marriage, Shelley and Jonna.

In 1957, shortly before their first child was born, John built their first home with a dance studio next door. “It was always exciting,” she said. Virginia Lou loved teaching children and sharing her life with so many students and friends. She has remained in close contact with many of her students. Virginia Lou always believed in the benefits of dance. “Dance is beneficial for children. Ballet teaches discipline, grace, self confidence and appreciation of good music,” said Virginia Lou.

After retiring form her dance career, Virginia Lou remained active in many community related affairs. Virginia Lou and John enjoyed being active in politics, travel and collecting. They especially enjoyed the life they had chosen together and the love they had for one another, their children, grandchildren and friends.

Virginia Lou will be remembered not only for her grace, talent and beauty, but for her faith in God, sense of humor and loyalty to her family and friends. We will cherish our memories and always hold her close in our hearts. She will be deeply missed by her devoted husband of 53 years, John W. Damon II, their three children, families and grandchildren, friends and former dance students.

Virginia Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis Eugene Crawford and Estelle Diana Kirk Crawford ReSier.

Virginia Lou is survived by her husband, John Wiley Damon of West Columbia; three children, Diana Damon Walker and son-in-law, Steve, of Alpine, Texas, Virginia “Ginny Kate” Damon Shackelford and son-in-law, David, of West Columbia, John Wesley Damon of Old Ocean; her adopted daughter, Shelley Winn Damon of Austin and her stepdaughter, Jonna Ruth Woodburn of Midlothian; five grandchildren, Molly Katharine Walker, Samuel Steven Walker and Travis Damon Walker of Alpine, Sally Kate Shackelford and George Wiley Shackelford of West Columbia; great-granddaughter, Lila Kate Shackelford of West Columbia and dearly loved family friend, Dorothy Paul Lewis of Brazoria.

The family would like to thank Virginia Lou's friends and dance students for their prayers, kindnesses, cards and good wishes during her illness.

Final arrangements were made by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.

Pallbearers for the service were George W. Shackelford, Samuel Walker, Travis Walker, Gary Graham, P.T. Brunner and Jack Patterson.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Roy Ledbetter, Clyde McKinney, David Toney, Charlie Ogilvie and James Farmer.

The Facts (Brazosport) Published January 18, 2009

 


Scott Derek Daniel
Aug. 22, 1966 - Dec. 27, 2008


Scott Derek Daniel, age 42, of Galveston died Saturday, December 27, 2008 in Houston
, Texas. He was born on August 22, 1966 in Wharton, Texas to James and Maxine Daniel. He grew up in Bay City, Texas and graduated from Bay City High School in 1984. He graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The University of Texas in Austin in 1988 and from the UT School of Law in 1991.

Scott was a partner in the law firm of Greer, Herz, and Adams in Galveston where he served with distinction since 1991. He was involved in many civic organizations and functions in Galveston including most recently as a cast member in the East-End Theatre Company. Scott loved the arts including spending many memorable nights on Broadway. He also loved to travel and recently returned from a trip to
Israel.

Scott is survived by his parents, James and Maxine Daniel of
Scottsdale, Arizona; one sister, Vicki McClain (John) of Carthage, Texas; one brother, Jimmy Daniel (Sue) of Houston; two nieces, Amanda Daniel of Austin and Kelli McClain of Carthage; and one nephew, Jonathan Daniel of Waco.

Scott also leaves behind many friends whom he loved and thought of as family.

A memorial service to celebrate Scott's life will be held 2p.m. at the Moody Gardens Ballroom, 7 Hope Blvd. Galveston, Texas 77554.

Arrangements are with J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550; 409-763-4621.


Bay City Tribune, Published December 31, 2008

 


Ann Clark Dannels
June 7, 1946 – May 9, 2007

Ann Clark Dannels passed away May 9, 2007 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City.

Ann was born June 7, 1946 in Ada, Oklahoma to Mrs. Kathalene Tudor Clark.

Ann moved to Palacios, Texas at six years of age with her mother and step-dad, Leon Smith. She completed high school there, and then went to Texas Woman’s University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She began work at Matagorda General Hospital in 1969. She then married Delbert Dannels on August 30, 1969. She worked 30 years at Matagorda General Hospital. One of her many jobs there was Night Supervisor.

She and Del have two sons, David of Bay City and Dennis of Austin. There are two granddaughters, Elizabeth of Bay City and Melody of Austin all surviving. Also surviving is her step-dad, Leon Smith of Palacios, three sisters, Kathy and Bruce Shearin of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Margaret Smith of Palacios, and Terry and David Brooks of Victoria, and several nieces and nephews.

Ann was a life long Christian. She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Sweeny. Her life was a life of love for her husband, children, and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published May 13, 2007, Matagorda County, Texas


Opal Joyce Cooke Danner

 

Funeral services for Opal Joyce Cooke Danner, 76, of Palacios were scheduled to be held at 10:30 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Palacios with the Rev. Ray Boykin officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mrs. Danner was born Jan. 21, 1909 in Thomas, Okla., and died Sept. 3, 1985 at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

 

Survivors include her husband, Samuel Danner of Palacios; two daughters, Anita Joyce Frankson of Bay City and Myra M. Brhlik of Palacios; two sisters, Lillian Miller of St. Louis, Mo., and Margie Porteus of Paonia, Colo.; two brothers, Howard Cooke of Lake Jackson and Ross F. Cooke of Henderson, Nev.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers include Frank Paul Brhlik, Jr., James Maynard Frankson, Russell Brhlik, Donald Stephen Frankson, Samuel Patrick Frankson, Allan Miller and Don Tyler.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Palacios Medical Foundation.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, September, 1985

 


DANNER, SAMUEL MAURICE
 

Samuel Maurice Danner
(April 30, 1909 - October 10, 2007)


Samuel Maurice Danner, 98, of Palacios passed away October 10, 2007. He was born in Thomas, OK on April 30, 1909. He was 1 of 6 children born to the late Lillie B. and Henry L. Danner. He married his high school sweetheart, Opal Joyce Cooke right after their high school graduation and they remained in love for 63 years, until she died of cancer. He later married Lurlie McCall, but they only enjoyed being together for 10 years before she died. Sam, as he was called, went to work in the gasoline recycling industry shortly after his marriage, and they made several moves before coming to Texas to work for H. B. Zachery at the Francitas Gas Plant located in Deutschburg. In the early 1950's he went to work for Trunkline Gas Company and was supervisor for a plant in Illinois, one in Shaw, MS for several years, and then in the same capacity at Kaplan, LA. While living in Louisiana, they traveled weekends to Sargent, Texas and Sam built a small house there. Duke Energy contacted him when he retired, and he worked for them as a consultant at several pipeline plants in the Laredo area. They sold the house in Sargent and built a log cabin on 12th Street in Palacios to be near their only two daughters. Sam lived there alone for several years before his physical health began to deteriorate, so he sold the log cabin and built an efficiency- apartment off the patio from his daughter, Myra. Sam has lived the last few years in the Matagorda House Healthcare Center of the Legacy campus in Bay City, Texas. His exceptional and alert mind never failed him as he kept abreast of all the world happenings and all the sports events. Sam was only a high school graduate, but was always studying about machinery and ways to better educate himself. He was a "do it yourself" guy who could fix anything including the early radios and T.V.'s . His best asset was that he was a decent, honorable, kind man who loved his family above all else. During their early years raising a family the funds were tight, and they lived frugally, but the family of four was very happy and had fun together. Church was an important part of their life. The attached picture was taken two months before his 98th birthday.
 

He is survived by his daughters Anita Joyce Frankson of Bay City and Myra Brhlik of Palacios; 5 grandsons Buddy Brhlik & wife Susan, Rusty Brhlik & wife Cheryl, Jim Frankson & wife Diana, Sam Frankson & wife Susan and Donald Frankson; 4 great grandsons Ryan Brhlik & wife Sara, Joe Paul Brhlik, Matthew Frankson and Erik Frankson; five great granddaughters Stephanie Brhlik, Kristi Brhlik, Ashley Frankson, Megan Frankson and Mary Catherine Frankson ; his 95 year old sister, Bessie Alice Tyler of Watonga, Oklahoma and former son-in-law M. C. "Kiff" Frankson. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6PM to 8PM Friday at the funeral home. Graveside service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with Rev. June White officiating.

 
Picture courtesy of Russell "Rusty" Brhlik.
 


John Edwin “Ted” Davant

Graveside services for John Edwin “Ted” Davant were held today at 2 p. m. at the Hawley Cemetery with the Rev. Milton McWilliams officiating.

Mr. Davant died Sept. 23, 1984, at his home in Blessing. He was born Sept. 8, 1911, in San Antonio. A lifelong resident of Matagorda County, Davant was a retired attorney, a former county attorney for Matagorda County, a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Bay City Gun Club, the Bay City Country Club and the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Bay City.

Survivors include: his wife, Kathryn Cornelius Davant of Blessing; four daughters, Carolyn Fricke of Port Lavaca, Cornelia Atwood of Palacios, Kathryn Higgins of Victoria and Eugenia Wilson of Sulphur, La.; two sons, Dr. James E. Davant of Blessing and William L. Davant of Victoria; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Hite, Harold Martin. L. M. Pierce, Wayne Wehmeyer, John Wilson and Michael Fricke. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Lewis, Sr., Henry Mann, Gene Migura, W. F. Fly, L. L. Chiles, Jimmy Stewart, Harry Snowdy, Joe Entzminger and members of the Bay City Gun Club.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, September 24?, 1984
 


DAVANT, KATHRYN CORNELIUS
DAVANT

Graveside funeral services for Kathryn Cornelius Davant, 85, of Blessing, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000 at Hawley in Blessing with the Rev. Nick Novak officiating.

Mrs. Davant died Jan. 24, 2000 at her residence. She was born Sept. 9, 1914 in Markham to the late Louie Casper and Ellen Roberts Cornelius.

She was a resident of Palacios since 1974 and a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Palacios.

Survivors include four daughters, Carolyn Fricke of Port Lavaca, Cornelia Perry and husband Graham of Alberta, Canada, Kathy Higgins of Port Lavaca, Gennie Wilson and husband David of Sulphur, La; two sons, Jim Davant and wife Sandra of Blessing and Bill Davant and wife Debbie of Victoria; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. "Ted" Davant and by one brother, George Cornelius.

Pallbearers will include: James, Mike and Ethan Davant, Gregg Higgins, Kevin Wilson and Marty Crain.

Honorary pallbearers will include: Jon Grundhoefer, James Berger, Jerry Haines and Patrick Wiele.

Memorials may be made to Hawley Cemetery Association, care of Ona Lee Pierce, Blessing, Texas or to Matagorda County Museum.

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, January 25, 2000, Matagorda County, Texas


Mildred Reissig Davidek

Aug. 31, 1917 - Jan. 5, 2010

Mildred Reissig Davidek, of Boling, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at her residence in Boling following a brief illness.

She was born on August 31, 1917, in Victoria, daughter of the late Arthur Reissig and Hallie Caraway Reissig.

Mildred was raised in Bay City and graduated from Bay City High School in 1936. She married Jerry Davidek on July 10, 1937 in Bay City and he preceded her in death in 1969. Mildred worked at the Pledger Post Office as Post Master Relief. In addition, she owned and operated the Boling Variety Store for over 20 years. Mildred was a talented artist with oil and pastel paints, she also loved to garden and read. She was very happy to be one of the charter members of the Boling Baptist Church helping to build the church with her own hands. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma Fisher and Opal Talbot and son Jerry Davidek.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2010 at the Wharton Funeral Home with the Reverend Valmon Meade officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton. Pallbearers were Charles Svec, David Svec, Joe Campos, Anton Zahradnik, Harrison Stafford and Larry Hunt.

Survivors include: her daughter, Susan Davidek Svec and husband, Charles of Boling; grandchildren, Robin Svec, David Svec, Gena Rush, Erin Hobbins and husband, Howard, Jerry Michael Davidek, Jr. and Joseph Frank Davidek and wife, Lisa; six great grandchildren; nieces, Mildred Hunt, Patricia Symmank, Jeanette Stafford, Linda Felder and Dorothy Gaile and nephews; Steve Davidek, Tommy Davidek and Charles Talbot.

If desiring, memorials may be made to your charity of choice.

Bay City Tribune, Published January 11, 2010
 


QUINTON D. DAVIDSON

VICTORIA - Quinton D. Davidson, 20, of Victoria passed away Friday, June 18, 2010. Quinton was born Nov. 23, 1989, in Bay City to Clifford Davidson of Victoria and Dawn Daniels of Rusk. Quinton was a welder, an avid hunter and fisherman and a Baptist.

Survivors include his father, Clifford Davidson (Carol), of Victoria; mother, Dawn Daniels, and companion, Lisa Bartsch, of Rusk; son, Mark Andrew Wise, of Victoria; brothers, Cecil " Bubba " Davidson, and Garrett S. Davidson, both of Victoria; sisters, Tiffany M. Davidson, of Victoria, Tabitha R. Davidson, of Galveston, Tonya L. Davidson, of Tennessee; brothers, Patrick Wilson, and Aaron Wilson, both of Victoria; best friend, Andy "Frito" Parker, of Victoria; maternal grandfather, George S. Daniels, of Rusk, great-grandmother, Deenie Daniels, of Rusk; and paternal grandfather, Cecil M. Davidson (Charlene), of Cuero. Quinton is also survived by many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins that loved him.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Peggy Hadash, and great- grandfather, George Daniels; paternal grandmother, Bonnie Davidson, and paternal great-grandparents, Herman and Velma Stark.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, June 22, 2010, at Rosewood Funeral Chapel, the Rev. James Shamburger officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at the Woodsmen of the World Cemetery in Prairie Lea. A gathering of friends and family will follow from 6-8 p.m. at the Tanglewood Clubhouse.

Pallbearers will be Cecil Daniels, Garrett Davidson, Patrick Wilson, Aaron Wilson, Andy Parker, and Brandon Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Cecil M. Davidson, Casey Slusher, Jamie "JT" Taylor, and Thomas Beck.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 22, 2010
 


Annie Lipinsky Davis
(June 18, 1919 - April 2, 2006)

Annie Lipinsky Davis, 86, of Bay City, Texas, died April 2, 2006. She was born June 18, 1919, in Westoff, Texas, to Stanley Thomas Lipinsky and Gertrude Hadamek Lipinsky. She married Ralph Stuart Davis on August 18, 1936 in Bay City, Texas. They were married for 52 years.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Charles Stanley and Lana Davis of Bowling Green, Kentucky; daughter-in-law Deloris Hastings Davis of Austin; daughter-in-law Ginger Davis White of Bay City; 8 grandchildren, Tammy and John Milliff of Bay City; Chuck and Betty Davis of LaFayette, Alabama; Kenneth and Jennifer Davis of League City; Julie and Chris Nugent of Bryan; Darrell and Lily Davis of Berkley, California; Matthew Davis of Galveston; Diane and James Flowers of Denton; and Kathy Davis of New Orleans, Louisiana; 13 great-grandchildren, Jason and Brandon Milliff, Grace, Rebekah, Charles III, Joel, and Olivia Davis, Brighid and Erin Nugent, Lorelei and Xen Davis, Sophie and Hannah Flowers; 3 sisters, Ruth Scott of Brownsville, Eileen Murff of Houston, and Pauline Falks of Pearland; 1 brother, Raymond Lipinsky of Willis; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Stuart Davis on August 12, 1988; her son Ralph “Stuart” Davis, Jr. on January 26, 2005; and 4 brothers, Sigmund, Jerry, Willie, and Paul Lipinsky; and 1 sister, Regina Ebrom.

Pallbearers are grandsons Chuck Davis, Kenneth Davis; great grandsons Jason Milliff, Brandon Milliff; and nephews Tom Murff, Jerry Lipinski.

A Rosary will be held on Monday, April 3, 6:00 pm at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2:00 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Internment will be held Wednesday, April 5, 1:00 pm at Madisonville City Cemetery, Madisonville, Texas.

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

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Bobbie Lee Davis, age 79, of Boling, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at a Houston hospital.

She was born on Nov. 30, 1931 in Bay City, a daughter of the late C.W. and Bessie Schultz Bundick.

Bobbie Lee attended school in Pierce, El Campo and Wharton. On April 6, 1956 she married Walter Vaughn Davis in Bay City. She had the most rewarding job ever, helping her children mature into the people they are today. She was a very soft-spoken person that everyone could get along with.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by in-laws, Jimmy Ray Davis, Pat Davis and Tommy Lynn Davis and nephews Ronnie, Donnie and Danny Davis.

Friends may call for visitation from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday at the Wharton Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at Wharton Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Hawley Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Walter V. Davis of Boling; daughter, Laurie Ann Lee of Grand Prairie; son, Jerry Wayne Davis and wife, Karen, of Boling; grandchildren, Cody Scott Lee and Kalen Jace Lee; sisters, Velma Struap and husband, Bobby, Margie Williams and husband, Freddy, Betty Bundick and Peggy Lucero; brothers, C.W. Bundick and wife, Margarite, Paul Bundick and wife, Joyce, Hairl Bundick and wife, Sue, Thomas Bundick and wife, Christy, and Richard Bundick and wife, Annie Mae; and her in-laws, Billy Thomas Davis and wife, Josie, Curtis Orval Davis, Adalee Davis, Alfred Lee Davis and wife, Linda, Leon Eugene Davis, Betty Teeler and husband, Sherman, and Mary Ann Wells, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

Wharton Journal-Spectator, Wednesday, June 22, 2011
 

 

Dorothy Mae Davis

Funeral services for Dorothy Mae Davis, 62, of Tidewater Oaks will be held 1 a. m. Feb. 10 at First Baptist Church of Blessing with the Rev. Larry Holden officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mrs. Davis was born May 11, 1926, in Cotulla, Texas, and died Feb. 7, 1989, at her residence.

A resident of Tidewater Oaks since 1975, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blessing.

Survivors include three daughters, Marjorie L. Jackson of Tennessee, Betty Ann Davis of Palacios and Annie Marie Jewell of Victoria; four sons, James V. Davis, Jr. of Palacios, Eddie Wayne Davis of Natalia, John Franklin Davis and Mark Edward Davis, both of Palacios; two sisters, Margie R. Jones of Tennessee and Betty Lou Taylor of California; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, February 8 or 9, 1989
 


Elizabeth Alyne Davis
(October 18, 1925 - November 13, 2007)

Elizabeth Alyne Davis, 82, of Blessing, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in Houston, TX after a long battle with cancer. She was born October 18, 1925 in Stanford, KY to Daniel Potter and Lillian L. Hiatt Potter. She was a resident of Blessing since 1979.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years: Jack Davis of Blessing; her daughters: Sandra Hamilton & husband Wayne of Branson, MO and Jackie Moore & husband Russ of Rosharon; by her sons: Jim Davis & wife DruAnn of Conroe and Randy Davis & wife Mary of Blessing; and by 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents: Daniel and Lillian H. Potter; and her brother: Leslie Potter.

The family will receive visitors and Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 5 PM to 8 PM Thursday, November 15, 2007. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, November 16, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2007 at Lewis Cemetery in DeRitter, LA.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 Ph: 800-525-5841.

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

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

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James Vernon Davis, Jr.
(June 12, 1950 - July 25, 2008)

James Vernon Davis, Jr., 58, of El Maton, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008 in Bay City. He was born June 12, 1950 in San Antonio, TX to Dorothy Mae Gibson and James Vernon Davis, Sr. He was a resident of Matagorda County since 1974, a retired Superintendent from HP Zachry, and a member of the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife: Elizabeth Howerton Davis of El Maton, his daughter: Lora Lynn Weakley & husband Chris of Brazoria; a son: James Brian Davis and wife Annette of Lolita; his sisters: Annie Jewel of Victoria, Betty Ann Davis of Vanderbilt and Margie Jackson of Tennessee; his brothers: John Davis of Vanderbilt, Mark Davis of Lolita and Eddie Davis of San Antonio; by his grandchildren: Corrine Rachae Anderson, Miranda Faye Hancock, Angela Marie Davis and Christopher James Davis; and by a great grandson: Colton Alan Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents: Dorothy and James V. Davis, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Monday, July 28, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating.

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

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

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James Vernon Davis Sr.

James Vernon Davis Sr., 60, of Tidewater Oaks will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Blessing with the Rev. Larry Holden officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Davis was born Nov. 25, 1926, in Maydell, Texas, to Jeff and Genevia I. Davenport Davis and died June 23, 1987, at Wagner General Hospital, Palacios.

A resident of Tidewater Oaks since 1974, he was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy May Gibson Davis of Tidewater Oaks; three daughters, Margie Jackson of Nashville, Tenn., Betty Ann Davis of Corpus Christi and Annie Marie Jewell of Victoria; four sons, James V. Davis Jr. of Tidewater Oaks, Eddie Wayne Davis of San Antonio, John Davis of Tidewater Oaks and Mark Davis of Lompoc, Calif.; two sisters, Myrtle Stone and Billie Jo, both of San Antonio; a brother, Roy Williams of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, June 23 or 24, 1987
 


Jarvis Davis
May 5, 1959 - June 15, 2010

Jarvis Davis, 51, of Matagorda, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

He was born May 5, 1959 to Roland Johnson Davis and Lois Mae Meeks Davis. He was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County.

He is survived by: his sisters, Janice Greenway of Midfield and Joy Dee Losack of Richwood; his brothers, Jeff of Port Lavaca, and Joe Glenn Davis of Rio Hondo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: is father, Roland J. Davis; his mother and step-father, Lois Mae and Jiggs Basey; his brothers, Joice Eugene, Johnson Lee, Johnny, and Jimmy.

Jarvis was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend and will be dearly missed by everyone whose life he touched. He will live on forever in our hearts through loving memories.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday June 25, 2010 in Wadsworth at the Word of Life Church , 8th & Park Ave. , (one block off highway 60).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Memorial online condolences may be sent to www.stroudfuneralhome.com.

Final arrangements entrusted to Stroud Funeral Home, 538 N. Hwy. 288B, Clute, Texas (979) 265-1188.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 23, 2010
 


Jimmy Davis
(December 20, 1944 - November 22, 2009)

Jimmy Davis, 64, of Van Vleck, TX, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009 in Bay City. He was born December 20, 1944 in Dallas, TX to Roland Johnson Davis and Lois Mae Meeks Davis. He was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County and was employed as an Operator for Matagorda County Drainage Dist. # 1.

He is survived by his wife: Donna Davis of Van Vleck; by his daughters: Susan Elaine Chavarria of Dickinson, Lori Ann Meyerdirk & husband Will of Van Vleck and Jonna Michele Davis of Van Vleck; his son: Jimmy Roe Davis of Van Vleck; his sisters: Janice Greenway & husband John of Midfield and Joy Dee Losak & husband Doug of Richwood; his brothers: Joe Glen Davis of Rio Hondo, Jeff Roy Davis & wife Betty of Pt. Lavaca and Jarvis Juan Davis of Van Vleck; and by his grandchildren: Joseph & Caitlyn Chavarria, Jennifer, Kristi, and Marissa Leverett, and Davis and Garrett Shields. He was preceded in death by his father: Roland J. Davis; his mother and step-father: Lois Mae and Jiggs Basey; his sisters: Martha Ray Davis and Janie Sue Davis; and his brothers: Joice Eugene, Johnson Lee, Johnny, and Jerry Lynn Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Joseph Sayer officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Donny Casey, Troy Casey, Kenny Hales, Russell Stewart, Marshall Sykes, Rick O’Neal and Marvin Leverett. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Janise, Troy Janise, Joe G. Davis II, Joe Yeamans II, John David Roe, and Steven Roe.

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Lottie Davis
Nov. 22, 1922 - Aug. 29, 2008.


Lottie Davis, 85, of Bay City, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2008, surrounded by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2008 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. L.C. Cunningham, Jr. pastor and the Rev. Willie B. Prince officiating and burial will be at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 5, 2008 in the Chapel of Green’s Mortuary and a wake from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Davis will be greatly missed by her children; two devoted sons; A.D. Davis, Jr. of Dallas and Robert Floyd of Houston, and a step-daughter Jo Chambers of Galveston, Texas. By her sisters; Susie Price, Charlotte Tingle and Rosie Lee Taylor, all of Bay City, and a brother Robert Lee Green, Sr., also of Bay City, Texas.

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Mara Kate Davis
(November 14, 2007 - November 14, 2007)

Mara Kate Davis, infant daughter of Erskine and Julie Kasinger Davis, passed away November 14, 2007. Survivors include her parents; maternal grandfather Joe Kasinger of Pledger; paternal grandmother Sandra Washington of Bay City; brothers Erskine, Trayln & Darren Davis of Bay City; aunts and uncles LaToya Spiller & Carla Davis both of Bay City, JoBeth Yoes of Pledger, Jenny & Robert Featherston of Gatesville, Annetta and Royce Quave of Pledger, and Adrian Caesar and Latres Davis both of Bay City and numerous cousins. Graveside Service will be 1:00 PM Saturday at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City with Rev. Lee Watson officiating.

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Wanda Marie Davis

Funeral services for Wanda Marie Davis, 59, of Blessing will be held 10 a. m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Blessing with the Rev. Larry Holden officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mrs. Davis was born Nov. 4, 1930, to Claude Stuart and Lula E. Schaffer Williams in Bay City and died June 21, 1990, at Matagorda General Hospital.

A resident of Blessing since 1970, she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Leland H. “Dave” Davis of Blessing; a son, Claude Stuart Mattson of West Columbia; mother, Lula E. Callaway of Bay City; a sister Barbara Green of Blessing; a brother, Jackie E. Williams of Bay City; and two granddaughters, Tony and Andrea Mattson of West Columbia.

She is preceded in death by her father, who died in 1941, and her daughter, Carol Annet Mattson, in 1958.

Pallbearers are Billy Jalufka, Earl Adams Jr., Edward Vavra Jr., Melvin Taska, Donnie Harvey, Weldon Popek, David Green and E. R. Vacek Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are men of the First Baptist Church in Blessing.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, June 22, 1990
 


DAWDY, EMMA WHITE
DAWDY

Emma White Dawdy, 94, of Bay City died at her residence June 29, 2000. She was born in Hope, Arkansas to the late Odo Carl and Frances Ellen Crye White.

Mrs. Dawdy was a long time resident of Bay City and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: one niece, Ada Gwen Kunz of Houston; three nephews, Joe Holland Arrington of Center Point, Texas, Jerry White of Beaumont and Walter White of Austin; several great nieces and nephews; and dedicated care giver and friend Dorothy Allen of Bay City.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Richard Ples Dawdy, April 12, 1989, and three sisters, Lillian White Arrington, Marguerite White Dawdy and Pauline White.

Private graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2000 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas. Contributions may be made to the Matagorda County Museum or the Bay City Public Library.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas, Sunday, 2 Jul 2000
 


John Edward Dawdy Jr.

John Edward Dawdy, Jr. 75, of Buckeye, died at Matagorda General Hospital August 8, 1981. Survivors include: wife, Marguerite Dawdy of Buckeye; brother, Harry Dawdy of Sugar Valley; cousin, R. P. Dawdy of Bay City. Funeral Services will be held at First United Methodist Church August 10 at 2 p. m. with Dr. Leslie LeGrand officiating. Interment will be held at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers include Dale Warn, Louis Harper, B. B. Rhodes, Hoyt Johnson, Charles Warn, E. M. Huitt and Hugh Strickland. Honorary pallbeares: Members of the Wesley Class of the First United Methodist Church, William P. Tweedle, Tommy LeTulle and Bill Richardson. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Victoria Advocate, August 9?, 1981
 


Marguerite White Dawdy

Bay City—Graveside services for Marguerite White Dawdy, 88, of Bay City are scheduled for 10 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 1997 at Hawley Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Toland and Rev. Horace McMillan presiding.

Mrs. Dawdy died peacefully Aug. 26 with loving care by friends and caregivers at Matagorda General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

She was born April 21, 1909 in Charleston, Miss. to the late Odo Carl and Frances Ellen Crye White. She was a member of the Methodist Church and longtime resident of Matagorda County.

Survivors include: sister, Emma White Dawdy of Bay City; niece, Ada Gwen Kunz of Houston; nephews, Joe Holland Arrington of Center Point, Jerry White of Beaumont and Walter White of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband J. E. Dawdy, Jr. in 1981.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City

The Daily Tribune, August 27, 1997
 


Richard Ples Dawdy

Funeral services for Richard Ples Dawdy, 83, of Bay City will be held 1:30 p. m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Sonnier, Msgr, James Brunner and Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

A wake will be held 7 p. m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. Dawdy was born June 23, 1905, in Palacios to Ples and Elizabeth Rowles Dawdy and died April 12, 1989, in Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

His family settled in Matagorda County in 1850, and he was a fourth generation native of this county. His father was a trail driver for Shanghai Pierce.

He graduated from St. Edward’s University and retired in 1959 from Goodyear to ranch with his mother.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, Men’s Golf Association and past president of the Bay City Country Club. He was an organizer and chairman of the Bay City Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament for 32 years.

He is survived by his wife, Emma White Dawdy of Bay City; two dear friends, Msgr. Christopher Martin of Bay City and the Rev. Charles Sonnier of Sweet Home; a niece and four nephews.

Pallbearers include Wayne Brooks, Ronnie Miller, Ed Baca, Earl Dibbern, Hugh Strickland and Dave Young.

Friends of the Dawdys will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of the usual donations, contributions may be made to the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross School Foundation or the American Diabetes Foundation.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, April 14, 1989
 


Mary Elizabeth Keller Dawson
(June 23, 1919 - December 7, 2005)

Mary Elizabeth Keller Dawson, 86, or Corpus Christi died Dec. 7, 2005. She was born June 23, 1919 in Bay City, Texas to Donald E. and Mary K. Wright Keller. She had been a resident of Corpus Christi since 1982 and served in the US Navy in WWII.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Dawson, Jr. in 1990. Survivors include daughter & son-in-law, Linda Dale and Trenton Fagg of Corpus Christi; son, Joseph L. Dawson III of Humble; brother, Col. Jack N. Keller of San Antonio; grandchildren Spencer M. Fagg and Bret R. Fagg both of Corpus Christi; great grandchildren, Spencer C. Fagg and Geoffrey Z. Fagg both of Corpus Christi.

Memorial service will be 1:00 PM Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date. Arrangement with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613

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DAY

 

David Nelson Day, 77, of Bay City passed away at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

 

He was born September 28, 1926 in Bay City to the late Ed and Sophie Marie Schmidt Day.

 

He was a retired heavy equipment operator for A. M. Ussery in Blessing, and a former longtime resident of Blessing.

 

David had lived in Kerrville for the last three years, most of that time living with his sister Edna Mikus.

 

On February 25, 2004 he moved to the Legacy in Bay City.

 

Six days later he was hospitalized in Bay City for two days and was then transferred to the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

 

Survivors include: one brother, Henry Richard Day and wife Elaine of Blessing; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Fern Day of Deutschburg Community; nieces, Sheryl Jeffery of Kerrville, Sophie Gates of Memphis, Tennessee, Lisa Day Remmy of Blessing, and Geneva Day Socha of Deutschburg; nephews, Tommy and Walter Day of Blessing, Richard Earl Day of Hugo, Oklahoma, and Charles Mikus of Yorktown; great nephews, Ed Mikus of the US Army, and Michael Jeffery of Kerrville; great nieces, Shannon Walter of Louisiana, Kathy Socha of Deutschburg, Alicia Hart and Charlotte Mikus of Yorktown; great great nephews, Alex and Lewis Walter of Louisiana and Jason Hart, Jr of Yorktown, and a great-great niece, Danielle Walter of Louisiana.

 

He was preceded in death by: his brother Fred Day; and his sister, Edna Louise Day Mikus.

 

Funeral service was held 2 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers were Abner Ussery, Delvin Taska, Lee Hall Pierce, Joe Johs Jr., Kenneth Johs, and Russell Bloom.

 

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

 

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, March 21, 2004

 


Ed Day

Day, Ed, age 81, a resident of Blessing, passed away in Matagorda General Hospital on March 4. He is survived by a daughter, Edna Mikus of Houston; three sons, Henry and David of Blessing and Fred of Palacios. Also seven grandchildren. Services will be held Monday, March 6 at 2:00 p. m. in Taylor Brothers Chapel. The Rev. Tom Connelly of the First United Methodist Church, Palacios, will officiate. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dickie Kubecka, A. C. Harter, Raymond Laslie, W. T. Gunter, Mike Pierce, Harry Lane Powell and R. B. Trull as honorary pallbearer. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, date unknown
 


Fred Ed Day
 

Funeral services for Fred Ed Day, 55, of Palacios will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Douglas Blanton officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mr. Day was born Nov. 14, 1931, in Bay City to Ed and Sophie Schmidt Day and died Feb. 21, 1987, at Wagner General Hospital, Palacios.

 

He was a resident of Palacios for 20 years.

 

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Day of Palacios; a daughter, Geneva Socha of Deutschburg, Texas; three sons, Thomas Day and Walter Day, both of Deutschburg and Richard Day of Rattann, Okla.; a sister, Edna Mikus of Houston; two brothers, David Day and Henry Day, both of Blessing; and three granddaughters.

 

Pallbearers include Walter Krause, Galen Johnson, Oswald Kubecka Jr., Douglas Kubecka, Paul Cooper and Oswald Kubecka Sr.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

 

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, February, 1987

 


Sophie Marie Day Died Sunday at Matagorda Hospital

Mrs. Sophie Adaline Marie Day, wife of Ed Day, of Blessing, died Sunday morning at 12:20 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Death came to Mrs. Day, 52, after an illness of many months.

Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Edna Louise Mikus of Houston; three sons, Done M., Fred E., and Henry K. of Blessing; six sisters, Mrs. Louise Dillard and Mrs. Freda Cavallian of Palacios. Mrs. Margaret Schrode, Miss Annie Schmidt and Miss Dora Schmidt and Mrs. Marie Hoag of Oregon. Also surviving is one brother, Fredrick Schmidt of Oregon.

Funeral services were held from the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home this afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. Spellman officiating. Interment was in Cedarvale Hawley Cemetery.

The Daily Tribune, date unknown
 


THOMAS EDWARD DAY

A Memorial Service for Thomas (Tommy) Edward Day, 56, of the Deutschburg Community, Tx., was held Sept 2, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Blessing with Mrs. Joyce Morton officiating.

Mr. Day born on July 14, 1954 to Fred E. Day and Elizabeth Fern Morton Day. He entered into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Aug. 24, 2010.

Tommy was a quiet, non-assuming man who got along well with everyone. Before his retirement, Tommy worked in the rice fields for Charlie Johnson and later for Charlie’s son, Galen Johnson.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Fern Morton Day; brothers Richard Earl Day and wife Camilla of Antler, Oklahoma, and Walter William Day of Palacios, Tx.; sister Geneva Irene Socha of Ganado, Tx.; uncle Henry Richard Day of Blessing; nieces Kathy Socha of Ganado and Neva Pitman of Lena, Arkansas; cousins Teresa Blackwell and James Morton of Palacios, Braxton Morton of Willis, Tx., Nickey Jones of Van Vleck, Tx. and Sandra Di Giovanni of Sugar Land, Tx.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred E. Day.

The Palacios Beacon, September 8, 2010
 


Gloria De La Rosa
Dec. 30, 1947 - Aug. 5, 2009

Gloria De La Rosa, 61, formerly of Bay City passed away August 5, 2009.

She was born December 30, 1947 in Refugio
, Texas to the late Lupe and Elvira Garcia Elizalde. She worked at a Dietary Aide in the cafeteria at Matagorda General Hospital for many years.

Her daughter Linda Zaragoza preceded her in death.

Survivors include: daughter, Frances Zaragoza of Houston; son, Hector De La Rosa and wife Jessica of Houston; sisters, Eddy Mahaffey, Soila Morales, and Lydia Cantu all of Bay City and Virginia Galindo of San Angelo; brothers, Henry Elizalde and Lupe Elizalde, Jr. both of Coolridge, Arizona, Ray Elizalde of Austin and Ernesto Elizalde of Bay City; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at
7 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn
Memorial Park
in Van Vleck.

Joey Zaragoza, Michael De La Rosa, Rene Flores, Abel Morales, Jesse Perez and Joe Perez will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published August 9, 2009
 


CLYDE DEADRICK


PALACIOS - Funeral services for Clyde Deadrick, 71, of Palacios, who passed away Feb. 7, 2009, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at West Palacios Church of God of Prophecy. Burial will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Survivors include a sister, Winnie M. Deadrick Grigsby of Palacios; a brother, Larry Deadrick of Palacios; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/10/2009

 


Hayes Maxwell Deadrick

Mr. Hayes Maxwell Deadrick, 75, died August 30, at Bay Villa Nursing Home. He was born December 24, 1903. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lee Deadrick, one son, Mr. Maxwell C. Deadrick of Santa Anna, California, one daughter, Mrs. Eponola Hebert of Dickerson, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one aunt, Mrs. Grace Hayes Banks, a host of sisters and brothers and many nieces and nephews. The deceased was a member of Timothy Lodge 276 A. F. & A. M. Funeral services are set for Saturday, September 2, at 2:00 p.m. from Pilgrim Rose Baptist Church in Palacios. Officiating will be Rev. Samuel Tims. Interment at Palacios Cemetery. Members of Masonic Lodge 276 will serve as pallbearers. Penn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, Friday, September 1, 1978
 


Inez Easter Deadrick

Mrs. Inez Easter Deadrick, 71, of El Maton died October 4. Survivors are: husband, Charles H. Deadrick of El Maton; children, Mrs. Agnes Deadrick White of Texas City and Charles H. Deadrick, Jr. of Houston; sisters, Mrs. Florence Roberts of Wilson Creek, Mrs. Minerva Gilmore of Houston, Mrs. Ethy McDaniel and Jeanette Johnson of LaMarque; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Free Zion Baptist Church, Blessing, Saturday, October 11 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Leroy Williams and Bishop Harold Hebert officiating. Interment will follow at Wilson Creek Cemetery, El Maton. Visitation hours are 4 p.m. till 9 p.m. at the Chapel. Active pallbearers include; Earcell Hadden, Ben Hadden, Roy Miller, Douglas Pea, Amos Deadrick and Charlie Rivers. Duncan-Roberts in charge of arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, October 10, 1980
 


Annie May Dean
(August 4, 1909 - September 20, 2007)

Annie May Dean, 98, of Bay City, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2007. She was born August 4, 1909 in El Campo, TX to James Renfro Trousdale and Pauline Robertson Trousdale. She was a life long resident of Bay City, a former owner of Modern Dry Cleaners, and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter: Mazie Dean Hill & husband Doug, of Bay City; her grandchildren: Kelli Wendel of Bay City, Keith Hill of Columbus, OH, Randy Dean of Houston, and Dr. Donnie Dean, DDS of Knoxville, TN; and by eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Ross Milton Dean; her son: F. Duane Dean; and by her parents: James R. & Pauline Trousdale.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, September 24, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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

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

http://www.taylorbros.net/index.cfm                         Ross M. Dean                              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Clara E. Dean

Funeral services will be held for Clara E. Dean, 91, of Boling, 2 p. m. Thursday at Taylor Brothers Chapel.

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Leroy Stanton.

Dean died June 22, 1982 at Wharton.

Survivors include daughter, Velma Harris of Francitas; son, James L. Black of Boling; 9 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Burial will follow services at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Kenneth, Mike, Bob and Tom Black, Ken Dorris and Jim Harris.

Honorary pallbearers include Charles Harris and Lonnie Dorris.

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, June 23, 1982
 


Laverne Ada Dearen

SPLENDORA—Laverne Ada Dearen, 72, of Splendora, died Tuesday Jan. 6, 1998.

She was born April 8, 1925, in Mabank. She was a retired registered nurse.

Survivors: sons, Bill Dearen Jr., of El Paso; Don Dearen of Bay City and Tommy Dearen of Austin; brother, John Glen Jr. of Palacios; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be noon Friday at Hawley Cemetery near Bay City. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, (281) 592-2641

Victoria Advocate, date unknown
 


Joan Dearing

Joan Dearing, 71, of Victoria and formerly of Palacios, died Saturday, May 28, 2005.

She was born Dec. 28, 1933, in Gilmer, to the late Fred and Elsie Collier Floyd. She was a retired accountant for Emjay Chemical and a member of Church of God International.

Survivors: sister, Florence Howard of Victoria.

Preceded in death by: husband, David A. Dearing; and brother, Howard D. Floyd.

Services will be 10 a. m. Tuesday at Colonial Funeral Home chapel.

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery. Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, 361-578-3535.

Victoria Advocate, May 30, 2005
 


Clifton "Paw Paw" Deckard
(May 28, 1929 - May 31, 2010)

Clifton “Paw Paw” Deckard, 81, went to be with the Lord on May 31, 2010. He was born on May 28, 1929 in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee to the late Virgil and Cora Jane West Deckard. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association of Milton, Florida; member of the 16-Santa Rosa County Florida F & A.M. Masonic Lodge; member of the Scottish Rite and the York Rite Shrine Temple; member of the IBEW Electricians Union; retired from the St. Regis Paper Mill in Cantonement, Florida; member of the Bay City American Legion Post #11, and retired from U. S. Navy after 20 years of service. Formerly of Milton, Florida, moved to Van Vleck in 2001 to be near his family. Survived by his daughter Cathy Deckard Boone & husband James; step-daughter Sandy Lewis & husband Elmer; grandsons, Staff Sergeant Steven Deckard Boone of Spangdahlem, Germany, Andrew Clifton Deckard, Sr. and wife Julie of Van Vleck; one great-grandson, Andrew Clifton Deckard, Jr.; three sisters Louise Cox of Indianapolis, Indiana; Mable Davis of Cleveland, Ohio, and Joyce Emmert of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be, Thursday from 6-9P.M. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Friday, June 4, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Pastor Bobby Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park with V.F.W. and Masonic graveside.

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Marie Dedek

Marie Dedek, 86 years, 5 months and 25 days, of Blessing, passed away in the Rockglen Hospital in Houston, Texas, Saturday, September 23, 1972 at 10:50 a.m.

Mrs. Dedek was a resident of the Blessing community for the past 46 years, but due to failing health the last three years, her residence had been at her daughter’s home in Houston. She was born in Luptal, Czechoslovakia, and baptized in the Evangel Reform Church.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Dedek, February 27, 1910. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1960 and enjoyed five more years of marriage. They immigrated to the United States to Galveston via the S. S. Breslau of North Germany on May 24, 1912. Their first home was in Fort Worth for two years and then they moved to Needville and in 1925 they moved to Blessing.

Mrs. Dedek was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, on August 16, 1965. Survivors include her four children Joseph Dedek of Blessing, Willie Dedek of Hayward, Calif., Bessie Hemza of Hayward, Calif., and Vlasta Fisbeck of Houston. She also leaves six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bay City on Monday, September 25, at 2 p. m. with Rev. Martin Herzog officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

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DEERMAN

 

Funeral services for Barbara B. Deerman, 85, of Angleton are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2003 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Columbia. Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be Courtney Grover III, Bruce Grover, Walton Deerman, Brian McDonald, Forest Jackson and Derrick McCleary.

 

Barbara was born in Bay City, Texas on August 14, 1918 to James and Loraine Nolte Bruce.

 

She was a resident of Angleton since 1953; a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Freeport; a member of Daughters of the King and she loved to play bridge. Her husband George Deerman and three sisters preceded her in death.

 

Survivors are: son, David Deerman and wife Freddie of Harlingen, Texas; grandsons, Kevin Deerman and wife Alicia of Galveston, Brian M. Harvey and wife Linda of Ft. Worth; granddaughter, Kimberly McClearly and husband Derrick of Angleton; four great grandchildren, Jesse Harvey, Collin and Conner Golightly and Dax McCleary; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

 

Family requests donations be made to either St. Mary's Episcopal Church or the American Diabetes Assc., P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

 

Arrangements were with Palms Funeral Home.

 

The Bay City Tribune, September 24, 2003

 


George Deerman

Funeral services for George Deerman, 83, of Angleton were held at 10 a. m. Monday, Dec. 28, 1998 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, with Rev. Michael Gemignani officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 p. m. in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Deerman died Dec. 26 in Angleton. He was born Oct. 3, 1915 in Loraine, TX to John and Mary Deerman. He was retired from Dow Chemical Company.

Deerman is survived by his wife Barbara Deerman of Angleton; son, David Deerman and wife Freddie of West Columbia; grandsons, Kevin Deerman and wife Alicia of Galveston and Brian M. Harvey and wife Linda of Fort Worth; granddaughter, Kimberly Golightly of Lake Jackson; nephew, Walton Deerman and wife Mary of Houston; niece Joanne Hendricks of Angleton; and great grandsons, Collin and Conner Golightly and Jesse Harvey.

Pallbearers were Forrest Jackson, Brian McDonald, Bruce Grover, Courtney Grover, III, Phil Brooks and Jay Brooks.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Discretionary Fund, 1307 West 5th Street, Freeport, TX, 77541, or Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 227 South Chenango, Angleton, TX 77515.

Arrangements are with Palms Funeral Home in Angleton.

Newspaper unknown, December 1998
 


Thelma Dellis
(June 6, 1922 - November 25, 2010)

Thelma Yeamans Dellis, 88, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2010 in Bay City. Thelma was born June 6, 1922 in Matagorda, TX to the late Phillip and Emma Louise Gottschalk Yeamans, Jr. She was a devoted homemaker, baking pastries to share with her family and friends. Flowers and plants flourished under her care. She made her surrounding gracious wherever she was. Thelma loved the beauty of the outdoors, fishing, walking and picking up pecans. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and Order of the Beaucent. She loved her family, especially her great-grandchildren. She is survived by her loving family, son: Lawrence M. Dellis, Jr. and wife Paula; her daughter: Judy Kelley & husband J.W.; her grandchildren: Justin Dellis and Heather Milton, Jennifer Taylor, Wesley Kelley; great grandchildren: Hailee Dellis, Gavin Milton, Madison Taylor, and Ryan, Raylea and Katy Kelley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence M. Dellis; her brothers and sisters: Neal, Pearl, Sue, Minnie, Jane, Mary, Woodrow and Ida. Visitation will be from 4 PM to 6 PM Saturday, November 27th , at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, November 28, 2010, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bay City with Rev. Susan Kennard officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Building Fund.

http://www.taylorbros.net/index.cfm                      Lawrence M. Dellis              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Elmer William Denbow
(March 13, 1918 - December 15, 2006)

Elmer William Denbow, 88, went home to be with the lord on December 15, 2006 while surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 13, 1918 in New Straitsville, Ohio to William Forrest and Pinkie Belle Smith Denbow. He served in the US Navy during WWII; was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Bay City for 63 years; was a member of the board for Tidehaven ISD for a number of years and a member of the Methodist Church in Markham for over 60 years. Family togetherness was very important to him. He shared his love of hunting and fishing with his children, their spouses and the grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Edythe Carter & brothers Herman “Pete” Denbow & Harold Denbow. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Wanda Davis Denbow of Bay City; daughters Lynda Eloise Bible of Richmond, Susan Elaine Vavra & husband Edward, Jr. of Palacios, and Rhonda Edythe Porter & husband Jim of Katy; brother Francis H. Denbow & wife Bertha of Ganado; grandchildren Forrest & Irene Bible, Lara & Dennis Masson, John & Stacei Bible, Matt & Shawn Bible, Amy & Russell Orsak, Jamie & Josh Willis, Jimmy & Shelley Porter, Alyson Vavra, Bryan Vavra, & Will Porter; great grandchildren Meagan Bible, Fletcher Masson, Kodie Bible, Kolby Orsak, Kade Orsak, & Kara Orsak. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Methodist Church in Markham. Memorials may be made to Houston Hospice of El Campo; 1102 N. Mechanic; El Campo, TX 77437 or to the Legacy; 700 12th St.; Bay City, TX 77414. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.


 


Francis Denbow
(October 24, 1922 - February 8, 2007)

Francis “Red” Denbow, 84, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2007 in Ganado, TX. He was born October 24, 1922 in Belcher, Louisiana to the late William Forrest & Pinkie Belle Smith Denbow. Red was a retired Gauger for Marathon Oil Co., a World War II Army Veteran, a lifetime member of VFW Post 2438 in Bay City, and a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include wife: Bertha A. Denbow of Ganado; 3 daughters: Sandra Ann Burchett of Ben Hur, VA, Nancy Dean Schilling of Bay City, and Mary Ann Country of Conroe; son: George Jerry Genzer of Ganado; and 7 grandchildren: Sheila, Rachel, Nancy Virginia, Bethany, Shannon, Ronnie, and Robert. Red was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Edythe Carter; 3 brothers: Herman, Harold and Elmer Denbow; and grandson: Ronnie Giger, Jr.

The Family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, February 11, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Midfield Cemetery with VFW Honors. Pallbearers will be: Manuel Basquez, Robert Gary, George Keller, Gary Magee, Danny Perez, and Billy Ray Trahan. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Grandsons: Ronnie and Robert Genzer; and Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and VFW Post 2438. Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Texas, 605 East Locust, Victoria, TX 77901. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

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Billy William John Denn
Apr. 14, 1923 - Aug. 19, 2007

Georgena Nell Brittain Denn
May 15, 1925 - Nov. 12, 1992

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Matthias John "M. J." Denn
Nov. 19, 1897

Gladys Collamore Denn
Jun. 24, 1900 - Feb. 3, 1981

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Faye Cunningham


TERESA MORENO DE PEREZ

BAY CITY - Funeral Mass for Teresa Moreno DePerez, 61, of Bay City, will be 10 a.m. today, Dec. 31, 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Burial will be held immediately after the service at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck.
Viewing was 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, with a rosary from 7-8 p.m., in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Green's Mortuary of Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 31, 2009


Clara Sturm DeReese
(March 20, 1919 - August 6, 2006)

Clara Sturm DeReese of Bay City passed away Sunday, August 6, 2006 at the age of 87 at Bay Villa Nursing Home. She was born March 20, 1919 to John and Elizabeth Sturm in Yorktown, TX and married her war time sweetheart, George DeReese, November 16, 1942.

Clara was a member of Catholic Daughters and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City. She worked side by side with her husband on several business ventures including many years at DeReese’s Grocery on Ave. F. Clara, an excellent seamstress and wonderful cook, will lovingly be remembered for her homemade kolaches, beautiful quilts, and devotion to her husband, children, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters: Hedwig Sturm, Philomena Sturm and Mary Moy; and five brothers: Arnold, Herman, Joseph, Ernest, and Johnny Sturm and her loving husband of 59 years, George DeReese.

Survivors include two sons: Tim DeReese and wife Jeana Ann of Tomball, George DeReese and wife Annie of Richmond; two daughters: Donna Manthei and husband Teddy of Bremond, Kathy Schneider and husband Dennis of Bay City; and one brother, Leo Sturm and wife Lena of Crystal City. Clara is also survived by ten grandchildren: Jeremy DeReese, Theresa DeReese, Danny Manthei, Darren Manthei and wife Melinda, David Manthei and wife Briana, Dustin Manthei and wife Robin, Brian Schneider, Aaron Schneider, Lauren DeReese, and Heather DeRamus.

She was blessed with five great-grandchildren: Zane DeReese, Ryan and Abby Manthei, Rita Manthei, Hayden Manthei and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, August 10, 2006 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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

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

http://www.taylorbros.net/index.cfm                                 George C. DeReese                         Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Diana Dewees
June 27, 1958 - Aug. 16, 2009

Diana Dewees 51, of Sweeny, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2009.

She was born June 27, 1958 in Midland
, Texas to Ygnacio and Guadalupe (Trevino) Olivarez. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Sweeny, worked in Banking in Brazoria and West Columbia for over 20 years, owner and operator of Quiznos in Bay City for the past six years; avid animal lover; raised and showed shelties and loved gardening.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m.
, Thursday, August 20, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in Sweeny with the Pastor Pete Haupt officiating.

Burial will follow at
Sweeny Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19, at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia.

Pallbearers will be Bill Fox, Kevin Reifel, Rick Higgins, Joel Meador, Randy Everitt and Donnie Royal.

Diana is survived by: her husband, Gerald Dewees of Sweeny; sons, Jeff and Brian Dewees of San Antonio; parents, Ygnacio and Guadalupe Olivarez of Corpus Christi; brother, Fabian Olivarez; sisters, Estrella Rodriguez and husband, Gabriel of El Paso, Ida DeLaCruz and husband, Tony of Plano, Mimi Gonzalez and husband Mario of Midland, and Kris Cruse and husband, Kent of Postville, Iowa; along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her name to the Brazoria
County SPCA, 141 Canna Lane, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published August 19, 2009
 


Alberta Dewitt

 

PALACIOS -- Alberta "Robbie" DeWitt, 86, of Palacios, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001.

 

She was born Jan. 3, 1914, in Palacios [Matagorda County, Texas], to the late Robert Lee and Maggie S. Noland Moore. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

 

Survivors: daughter, Martha Wright of Palacios; son, Carl Kennon DeWitt of Victoria; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

 

Preceded in death by: husband, Carl Knight; son, Kelly Knight DeWitt; parents; sisters, Helamal and Monia Lee; brother, Monroe Fancher.

 

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Palacios Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Brett Moreland officiating.

 

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

 

THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE, Friday April 06, 2001

 


Carl Dewett

EDNA—Carl Knight Dewett, 72, of Edna died Saturday in a San Antonio hospital.

He was born April 22, 1915, in Athens, Texas, son of the late William A. and Martha H. Madden Dewett. He was a retired potman from Alcoa Aluminum and moved to Edna in July 1980.

He married the former Alberta R. Moore on Oct. 21, 1935, in Greenwood, Miss.

Surviving are his wife, Alberta R. Dewett of Edna; a daughter, Martha Loretta Wright of Palacios; two sons, Carl Kennon Dewett of Smithenville, Kelly Knight Dewett; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Monday at the Baptist Temple Church of Edna with the Rev. Howard Boyd officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hawley Cemetery near Bay City under the direction of Slavik Funeral Home of Edna.

The Victoria Advocate, August, 1987
 


Funeral Services Held Saturday For Blessing Man

William A. Dewett of Blessing passed away at the Jefferson Davis Hospital Friday morning at 12:15 o'clock after short illness.

Mr. Dewitt was 54 years old and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hannah Dewett; two sons, C. W. and C. K.; two sisters, Mrs. Effie Ray and Lora Havlos of Mississippi; three brothers, T. B. Dewett of Fort Worth, and Denton and W. T. Dewett of Mississippi; also his mother, Mrs. Sarah Dewett of Mississippi.

Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Saturday at Hawley Cemetery. The Rev. R. E Black of Markham officiated. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Walker-Matchett.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 25, 1940
 

 
ELIAS CARLOS DIAZ

PALACIOS - Funeral services for Elias Carlos Diaz, 47, of Palacios, will be held at 10 a.m. today, April 14, 2009 at
First Presbyterian Church of Palacios. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

Visitation began at 3 p.m. Monday, with a prayer service held at 7 p.m., at Palacios Funeral Home.
Mr. Diaz was born Aug. 19, 1961, in Palacios, to Elias Diaz and Mary Dolores Benavides Diaz. He passed away April 11, 2009 in Houston. He was a life long resident of Palacios and attended Casa de Dios Presbyterian Church of Palacios.

He is survived by his wife, Bridgette Loff of Palacios; his mother, Mary Diaz of Palacios; his stepdaughter, Christen Sandoval of Palacios; sons, Elias Carlos Diaz Jr. and wife Angel of Port Lavaca, Eric Canales and wife Areli of Houston, and Alfred Justin "AJ" Diaz of Corsicana; stepson, David Sandoval III of Palacios; sisters, Sandra Garcia husband Joseph of Palacios, Virginia Benavidez and husband Mike of Victoria, and Myra Diaz and husband Marcus Sanchez of Victoria; brother-in-law, Nathan Loff of Palacios; and grandchildren, Donovan Joe Diaz and Elias Carlos Diaz III of Port Lavaca.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elias Diaz.

Pallbearers will be Mario Rodriguez, Joe Pena, Victor Chaves, Freddie Jackson, Randy Flores, Sam Luna, Gabriel Gatica, and David Tovar.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 4/14/2009


TAMMY LYNN SCHNEIDER DIAZ

 

Graveside services for Tammy Lynn Schneider Diaz, 38, of Anahuac, Tx. were held May 10, 2003 at Hawley Cemetery, with the Rev. Bob Burch officiating.

 

A native of Wharton, she was born Sept. 28, 1964 to Alvin Henry Schneider, Sr. of Palacios and the late Vera Arthell Lively Schneider.She died May 7, 2003.

 

She was a store manager of McDonald's in Anahuac.

 

In addition to her father, she is survived by three daughters, Stacey Diaz and Amanda Schneider, both of Anahuac and Jessica Schneider Cepac of Palacios; two sons, Mario Diaz, Jr. and Justin Schneider, both of Anahuac; two sisters, Sandra Koch of Palacios and Sharon Duke of Wallisville, Tx.; and a brother, Alvin Schneider, Jr. of North Pole, Alaska.

 

Pallbearers were Robert John Koch, James Cepak, Vernon Duke, Jr., Gerald Holloway, Robert Koch and Josh Yeager.

 

Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, was in charge of arrangements.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, May 14, 2003

 


ROBERT DICKERSON


EL CAMPO - Robert Henry Dickerson, 81, passed away on Aug. 27, 2008. He was born on Dec. 11, 1926, in Joaquin, to the late James William and Jewell Strong Dickerson. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and a 60 year master Mason.

He was district manager of FESCO until his retirement in January 1991.

He is survived by his wife Kathy "Katy" Yackel Dickerson of El Campo; daughters, Terri L. Cox and husband Brent of Bay City, Karen Kohn and husband Kim of Hallettsville, and Bobbi Francis and husband Andy of Inez; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marilyn Radack of Houston.

Visitation will begin at noon on Friday at Triska Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Storey officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park with military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post 251.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons, Brett Rubesh, Eric Kohn, Clay Kohn, J. Brent Cox, Cade Peterek, Zach Peterek, Gage Rubesh, and Devyn Rubesh.

Honorary pallbearer will be Cooper Francis.
 
Memorial donations may be made to Houston Hospice-El Campo, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 8/28/2008

 


Scott Matthews Dickerson
July 17, 1926 - Sept. 12, 2010

Scott Matthews Dickerson, age 84, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by those he loved, on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

Scotty was born July 17, 1926, in Houston, Texas, but his family moved to Bay City when he was 10.

He was a Rice Buyer for Rice Belt Warehouse until his retirement. Scotty was an avid fisherman and loved playing dominoes.

Scotty was preceded in death by: his parents, John C. Dickerson and Susie Matthews Dickerson and sister, Ellen Jane Wilson.

Survivors include: wife of 59 years, Patricia Anne Dickerson of Bay City; two daughters, Mary Anne Johnson of League City, and Susan Dickerson of Baton Rouge; son-in-law, Mike Johnson; granddaughter, Shelby Johnson of Dickinson; brother, John C. Dickerson Jr. of Bay City; and many other beloved relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the First Christian Church, 3920 Doris, in Bay City with the Rev. Tom Quirk officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Percy Carroll, Frank Sliva, Dr. Barton Griffith MD, John Dickerson III, Bill Phillips, and Mark Dodd.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ken Culbreth, Dwight Reck, and Gus Svatek.

Memorial contributions are welcome and should be made to the First Christian Church, 3920 Doris, Bay City, TX 77414.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published September 15, 2010
 


Baby Girl Dickert

The infant daughter of Z. J. and May Harris Dickert of Citrus Grove was born October 25, 1920 in Citrus Grove and died the same day. Burial took place at Hawley Cemetery, near Blessing, on October 25th under the direction of D. D. Rittenhouse, Palacios.

[Information taken from death certificate.]
 


Daisy Louise Dillinger
(February 3, 1911 - November 14, 2008)

Daisy Louise Dillinger, 97, quietly passed away on November 14, 2008 in the Palacios Community Medical Center. She had lived the last five years of her long life with her daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia & Tap Logue of Matagorda, Texas.

Daisy was born to Margaret Pauline & John William Helms, Jr. on February 3, 1911 in Opp, Alabama. As a young girl she moved with her parents and sister, Annie Jane, to the Port Arthur area where she lived the majority of her life. She graduated from Port Arthur High School in 1930 and soon married her husband of 60 years, George Dillinger. They were married in the First Christian Church of Port Arthur and remained active members until death. Together they had two daughters, Sylvia Louise and Eileen Dillinger.

Daisy was a faithful Christian and lived her life each day through Jesus Christ. A loving daughter, sister, wife and mother, she gave selflessly to her family. Her devotion extended from daughters Sylvia, Eileen and their families to her sister, Annie Jane Gilliland and her family, including nieces and nephew Jo Ann, Geraldine, Jane, Judy and Jerry and each of their families. These loved one will eternally treasure Daisy’s love, kindness, and most of all, her delicious pies!

Daisy was preceded in death by husband George Dillinger, sister Annie Jane Gilliland, daughter Eileen Mann and grandson Alec Paul Stansbury. Survivors include daughter Sylvia and son-in-law Tap Logue of Matagorda; grandsons Terry Logue of Matagorda and Tim Logue of Ft. Worth; granddaughters Tina Homan of Ft. Worth, Toni Logue of Ft. Worth, Amy Stansbury Gray of Houston and Alison Stansbury of Houston; 8 great grandchildren; 5 nieces and nephews, 13 great nieces and nephews, and 29 great-great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Monday, November 17, 2008 at the Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches, Texas.

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Verne Rodger DiPasca Sr.
June 7, 1941  Jan. 31, 2009


Verne Rodger DiPasca Sr. 67, of Gustine Texas, passed away January 31, 2009 surrounded by family.

He was born June 7, 1941 in New York
, New York, to Gladys DiPasca and the late Albin W. DiPasca.

Our Dad served in the United States Navy for 22 years retiring as Chief Petty Officer. He worked as the Veterans Service Officer for Matagorda
County for 10 years. During that time he went above and beyond his job duties as Veterans Service Officer, he also worked closely with the Sheriffs Office and touched many lives.

Dad was involved in several community organizations. He was a member of the VFW Post 2438-Bay City, he was the Past District Commander of District 16, Past County Council member, Past Post Commander for the Palacios Post. He was also a past commander for the
American Legion-Bay City. He was involved in the Knights of Columbus, he was a 4th degree knight. He was an active member of the Hope Masonic Lodge in Comanche, Texas. He held various positions in the Masonic Lodge.

Our dad was a very hard working man. If you ever had a problem and went to my dad for help he would do whatever it took to help you. In the event that he could not help you he would find someone that would. Dad was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.

He is survived by his lovely, loving wife and friend Frances DiPasca, daughters DeeDee DiPasca-Martinez and Rudy Martinez, grandchildren Jonathon Jona Saenz, Samantha Martinez, Christopher Chris Martinez all of Hurst, Texas. Rosemary and Bruce Smith, grandchildren Angelina Fisher, Shawn Fisher, Kayla Fisher, all of Bay City
, Texas. Jeannie Quick and Danny, grandchildren James Jimmy Quick all of Matagorda, Texas. His son Verne Rodger DiPasca Jr. and Melodie Garcia of Houston, Texas. His Minor children Edward Teddy DiPasca, Christina Chrissy DiPasca, Samantha Little Sam DiPasca, all of Gustine Texas. His mother Gladys Virginia Young DiPasca of Florida, sisters Lourie Schultz and her child Tiffany of Florida, Yvone DiPasca, Doreen and Danny Thomas and their children, Michelle Christy, Kimberly and Danny Jr, all of Georgia.

The wake will be held at Compean Funeral Home in Houston
Texas between the hours of 5-9 pm Thursday, February 5, 2009. The Catholic Funeral Mass will commence at 11 am  12 pm at St. Ignatius Loyola, after mass the memorial will be held at the VA Memorial Cemetery in Houston at 1:15 pm.

Funeral Home: Compean Funeral Home, 2102 Broadway Blvd., Houston, Texas 77011 (713) 924-6900.

Catholic Church: St. Ignatius Loyola Community Church,
7810 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, Texas 77379 (281) 370-3401


Bay City Tribune, Published February 4, 2009

 


Katherine M. L. Dismuke

 

PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] - Katherine Mary Lacour Dismuke, 64, of Palacios, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003.

 

She was born Dec. 31, 1938, in New Orleans, La. to the late Saul Emanuel Lacour and Louise Zerringue. She was a retired CPA.

 

Survivors: husband, Edwin Earl Dismuke; daughters, Kerl Anne Stanzione of Knoxville, Tenn., Jodi Beth Cassle of Fort Polk, La., and Lori Jean Elliott of Bay City; and son, Erik Sean Dismuke of El Campo.

 

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating.

 

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

 

The Victoria Advocate, January 4, 2003

 


Evelyn Ann Campbell Dismukes

Evelyn Ann Campbell Dismukes, 77, died in Austin on May 24, 1990 of complications from heart disease. She was buried in Hawley Cemetery next to her husband Hugh Jennings Dismukes who had passed away September 29, 1976.

She is survived by two sisters, Goldie Burbridge of Louisiana, Missouri and Laura Durland of Moultrie, Georgia; a son, Hugh Campbell of Austin; a daughter Margaret Cossey of Whitney, Texas; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Born Evelyn Ann Campbell on May 31, 1912 I Pleasant Hill Township, Pike County, Illinois of Charles Ruben Campbell and Lena May Emerick Campbell, she was raised in Pleasant Hill.

She attended Culver-Stockton College in Missouri and the University of Houston, receiving a BA and an MA. She taught grade school in Illinois and special education in the Palacios schools until her retirement. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios and of the Clan Campbell, U.S.A.

She married Hugh Jennings Dismukes April 12, 1946 in Port Lavaca and lived in Palacios until 1987 when she moved to Austin.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Palacios Volunteer Fire Department.

Newspaper unknown, May, 1990
 


Former Beacon Publisher Dismukes Rites Held

Hugh J. Dismukes, former co-owner of the Palacios Beacon, passed away at 3:30 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Veterans Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Thursday in the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Leslie E. Webb officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

Son of the late James William and Rosa Lee Leidorff Dismukes, he was born March 2, 1906, in Salisbury, Missouri. A resident of Palacios since June 1, 1919, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army.

A member of the Palacios Volunteer Fire Department for more than 50 years, he was the last charter member of the department and was the oldest active fireman in the state of Texas.

He is survived by wife Evelyn of Palacios; daughter, Mrs. Margaret Johnson of Lancaster; son, Hugh C. Dismukes of Corpus Christi; sister, Mary Dismukes; brother, Jesse Dismukes, both of Palacios; seven grandchildren, and one great grandson.

The Palacios Beacon, November, 1935
 


Jesse Valentine Dismukes

Funeral services for Jesse Valentine Dismukes, 72, of Palacios were scheduled for 2 p. m. Sunday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Herb Wilke officiating. Burial to follow in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Dismukes was born Feb. 14, 1917, in Francitas, Texas, to James William and Rosa Lee Leidorf Dismukes and died 5:30 a. m. July 21, 1989, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

A lifetime resident of Palacios, he was the former owner, operator and publisher of the Palacios Beacon. He was a member of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Ashworth Dismukes of Palacios; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Jody Dismukes of Spring; a sister, Mary Dismukes of Palacios; and three grandchildren, Shelle, Scott and Jonathan Dismukes, all of Spring.

Pallbearers include George Cepak, Jack Beard, Eddie Vavra, Cornell Prindle, Billy Jalufka and John Graff.

Honorary pallbearers include George Holt and Billy Martin.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

Unknown newspaper, July, 1989
 


Madelyn Phillips Dismukes
(July 10, 1922 - December 2, 2008)

Madelyn Phillips Dismukes, 86, of Bay City passed away December 2, 2008. She was born July 10, 1922 in San Angustine County, Texas to the late Hubert Alexander Phillips and Mina Walker Phillips.

Madelyn started school in Lufkin, TX and graduated from Dayton High School in 1939. She worked in Liberty and Dayton prior to working at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, during the war. She returned to Dayton where she met and married Kirby Dismukes in 1947.

They moved to College Station, TX for Kirby to finish school while she worked in the Veteran Billing Section of Administration at Texas A&M, working on their IBM computers. Following graduation they moved to Bay City, TX, in 1951.

Madelyn loved her family and church, joining the First Baptist Church soon after arrival in Bay City. She also loved her many friends, traveling, and walks on the Matagorda Beach.

Madelyn was active in the Gleaners Sunday School Class for many years. Prior to that, she worked with young people in the church. She worked as a Pink Lady in the hospital for many years before retirement.

She is survived by her husband Kirby Dismukes; her daughter Paula Davis and husband Larry; grandson Jason Hurley; and granddaughter Jennifer Rodriguez and husband Jeramy. She is also survived by her 2 great-granddaughters Madysen and Dominique; her sister-in-law Joan Phillips; and very special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Nancy Poncik, grandson Christopher Hurley and her three brothers, Norman E. Phillips, Claude Andrew Phillips and Hubert O. Phillips.

The family will receive visitors from 6 PM to 8 PM Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 4, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Tony Poncik, Frank Bathe, Garlan Hinman, Chris Hajovsky, Paul Phillips, and Steven Davis. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charles McManus, Vernon Leissner, James Hajovsky, Dr. Frank Rickman, Sam Maglitto, Jim Powers Jr., Lee Waldrop, and Bob Phillips.

The family, in lieu of flowers, request memorials made to First Baptist Church or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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Mary Virginia Dismukes
(December 22, 1919 - November 4, 2005)

Mary Virginia Dismukes 85, of Palacios died November 4, 2005 at her residence. She was born December 22, 1919 in Palacios to the late James and Rosalee Liedorff Dismukes. Miss Dismukes was a life long resident of Palacios, a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, and a member of the Catholic Daughters. She was a former longtime employee of the Palacios Beacon and then served as secretary for the Matagorda Co. Commissioners office for many years. Survivors include: nephew: James Dismukes of Houston; and sister-in-law: Lois Dismukes of Palacios.

Graveside Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Monday, November 7, 2005 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361)972-2012.

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THEO KIRBY DISMUKES
Sept. 9, 1924 - March 15, 2009
 

BAY CITY - Kirby Dismukes, 84, of Bay City, passed away March 15, 2009. He was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Harwood, to the late Lee Terrell Dismukes and Gertrude Nancy Morgan Dismukes.

Kirby moved to Liberty where he graduated from Liberty High School in 1941 and enrolled at Texas A&M the following fall. Kirby joined the Navy Seabees in January 1943, traveling to Newfoundland, England, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. While in Germany he was selected to attend Stanford University. He was later discharged from the Navy in January 1946 and returned to Texas A&M.

Kirby married Madelyn Phillips in 1947 and they moved to College Station in September of 1947. Kirby graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. degree in 1949 and he and Madelyn moved to Bay City in 1951. Following graduation Kirby worked for the Farmers Home Administration in Liberty and later in Bay City. In 1956 Kirby left FHA, worked in banking, later in real estate, and eventually for Conoco as a right of way agent where he retired.

Kirby loved his family and church, joining the First Baptist Church soon after arriving in Bay City. From his early years, Kirby always had a horse, which was his mode of transportation. Being around horses and cattle were always a special interest. Kirby also enjoyed fishing and refinishing furniture, which consumed much of his time following retirement.

He is survived by his daughter, Paula Davis and husband Larry; grandson, Jason Hurley; granddaughter, Jennifer Rodriguez and husband Jeramy; and grandson, Steven Davis. He is also survived by his two great-granddaughters, Madysen and Dominique; his sisters-in-law, Patsy Mullins and Joan Phillips; and very special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Madelyn Dismukes; daughter, Nancy Poncik; grandson, Christopher Hurley; and his two brothers, Richard Lee Dismukes and Kenneth Terrell Dismukes.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, March 17, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at
Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Frank Baker, Frank Bathe, Frank Hurley, Garlan Hinman, Stan Eldridge, and B.J. Krenek.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Mullins, Charlie McManus, Lee Waldrop, Richard Dismukes, Terrell Dismukes, Vernon Leissner, Sam Maglitto, Tony Poncik, Woody Reidel, and Jug Rhymes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to: First Baptist Church of Bay City; Houston Hospice Support Care, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437; or to the American Cancer Society, Victoria Office, 4401 Lilac, Victoria, TX 77901.

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

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


Published in the Victoria Advocate from 3/17/2009 - 3/18/2009

 


Juanita Ruth Dockery
(July 22, 1924 - August 24, 2006)

Juanita Ruth Dockery, 82, of Webster died August 24, 2006. She was born July 22, 1924 in Palacios, TX to Charlie and Estella Dyer McConnell. She was a former longtime resident of Palacios.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ray “Doc” Dockery in 1975. Survivors include her daughter Donna Dockery of Webster, TX and two nephews and their families Gary & Doris Corporon of Halletsville, TX and Charles & Ethel Nelson of Tennessee Colony, TX.

A graveside service and the Palacios Cemetery will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, August 28, 2006 with Rev. David Gruhn officiating. Her husband’s former co-workers from Sun Oil Company will serve as honorary pallbearers. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012

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Albert (Buddy) A. Dodd, Jr.
Jan. 14, 1934 - July 23, 2010

Albert Buddy A. Dodd, Jr. died Friday, July 23, 2010 at his home in Matagorda, Texas.

He was born January 14, 1934 to Albert A. Dodd Sr. and Ellen Smith Dodd. Buddy was very active and involved in the community, was well loved by all and will be missed dearly.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Bernice Bunny Kain Dodd; sister, Dorothy Smith; and son, Ronald Dale Dodd.

Survivors include: brother, John Dodd; sister, Clydine Dodd Thomas; his daughters, Brenda Dodd Stanley, Karen Williams Brannen; and son, John C. Williams, Jr.; grandsons, Scott Andrew Laird, Jake Alan Vaughan, and Derrick Jordan Vaughan.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 7, 2010 at First United Methodist Church, Matagorda, Texas with the Pastor Pauline Harvey Storey officiating.

Internment will be at the Matagorda Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to 813 Fisher Street, Matagorda, Texas 77457.

Condolences may sent to e-mail address: ronniesr51@yahoo.com. Brenda Dodd Stanley 936-334-5639

Bay City Tribune, Published August 4, 2010
 

 

Funeral Services Held Thursday, April 28 For
Beverly R. Dobson

 Funeral services for Beverly Richard Dobson were held at the Church of Christ, Thursday, April 28, at 2 p.m., with Mr. Archie Crabtree officiating. Interment was in the Hawley Cemetery.

Born October 25, 1870 in Farmersville, Texas, the son of Solomon Dobson and Elizabeth Wisdom Dobson, he passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harley Snider on April 27, 1960.

In 1898 he was united in marriage to Louella Welborn, who preceded him in death on March 21, 1960. They moved from Farmersville to Midfield in 1914 then to Blessing where they made their home until 1948 when they moved to Channelview. They lived in Channelview until three years ago when they moved to Palacios to make their home with their daughter.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Gertie Roberts of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Loy Faye Snider, Palacios; two sons, E. H. of Corpus Christi and E. L. of Channelview, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

The Palacios Beacon, May 5, 1960, Matagorda County, Texas
 

 

Funeral Services For Mrs. Louella Dobson Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, for Mrs. Louella Dobson with Mr. Archie Crabtree, minister, officiating. Interment followed in the Hawley Cemetery.

Daughter of Mary Ann Cobb and Tom Welborn, she was born February 28, 1880 in Farmersville, Collins County, Texas. A former resident of Blessing and Channelview, she and her husband had been a resident of Palacios for the past three years and were living with their daughter, Mrs. Harley Snider, at 201 Lucas, where she died Monday, March 21.

She is survived by her husband, B. R. Dobson; two daughters, Mrs. Snider and Mrs. Gertie Roberts of Corpus Christi; two sons, E. L. Dobson of Channelview and E. H. Dobson, Corpus Christi; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

The Palacios Beacon, March 24, 1960, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Ronald Dale Dodd
March 26, 1961 - May 24, 2010

Ronald Dale Dodd, 49, of Matagorda, Texas was born to Bernice (Bunny) Kain Dodd and Albert (Buddy) A. Dodd, Jr. on March 26, 1961 and passed away on May 24, 2010.

He was preceeded in death by: his mother, Bernice Kain Dodd.

Survived by: his father, Albert A. Dodd, Jr.; sisters, Brenda Dodd Stanley, Karen Williams Brannen; brother, John C. Williams; nephews, Scott Andrew Laird, Jake Vaughan and Derrick Vaughan.

A memorial will be held at 2 pm on Saturday at Matagorda United Methodist Church Matagorda, Texas. Pastor Pauline Harvey Storey officiating.

Memorials may be sent to Matagorda United Methodist Church, 813 Fisher St. Matagorda, Texas 77457. Condolences may be sent to email address ronniesr51@yahoo.com

Bay City Tribune, Published June 23, 2010
 

John William Dollery, Jr.
May 30, 1895 - Sep 11, 1961

Lovie Lee Lemley Dollery
Jan. 18, 1902 - May 28, 1977

Roselawn Memorial Park

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 

John William Dollery, Sr.
Apr. 9, 1869 - Sep. 11, 1961

Sarah Elizabeth Ham Dollery
Sep. 2, 1869 - Mar. 12, 1957

Roselawn Memorial Park

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


DOMAN, CLARENCE WALKER

DOMAN, Mrs. Clarence Walker, 86, died this morning at Matagorda General Hospital. She moved to this county in 1914 with her husband and lived on their Markham ranch until her death. Services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. in the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. M. C. McCulley of the Methodist Church of Markham officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter, Miss Mignon Doman of Route 1, Bay City and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bay City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, October 20, 1969, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Mignon Doman

Graveside funeral services for Miss Mignon Doman, 86, of Markham were scheduled to be held this morning at Hawley Cemetery with the Rev. W. A. Haskell officiating.

Miss Doman was born June 12, 1900, in Ellis County, Texas, and died July 30, 1986, at Matagorda House. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Doman and the former Clarence Walker.

She leaves a host of friends.

She was in the farming and ranching business for many years and was a member of the Red Cross and was a Gray Lady at Camp Hulen.

Honorary pallbearers were Steven Zapalac, Gordon Hardegree, Abe Cornelsen, John Bucek, Clifford Wells, Doyle Prater, John Camp, Frank Lewis and Louis Harper.

Memorials may be given to the Markham United Methodist Church.

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

Newspaper unknown, August, 1986
 


Juana Nieto Dominguez
May 22, 1946 – Dec. 11, 2010

Juana Nieto Dominguez, 64, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, December 11, 2010, in Houston, Texas.

She was born May 22, 1946, in Mercedes, Texas, to the late Aurelio Nieto and Ofelia Trevino Nieto.

She was a resident of Bay City since 1985 and was a homemaker.

She is survived by: her husband, Abel Dominguez of Bay City; her daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Armando Jacques of Bay City, Ofelia and Armando Hasette of Bay City, Susie and Albert Maseda of Kyle, Sandy Plant and partner Melanie of Bay City, and Erica and David Torrez of Bay City; her sons and daughters-in-law, Angel and Lydia Dominguez of Bay City, Abel and Carmen Dominguez, Jr. of El Campo, Danny and Sheila Dominguez of La Porte, and Aurelio and Annette Dominguez of Bay City; by sisters, Ruth Garcia and Mary Villarreal of Mercedes; brothers, Federico Gomez and Aurelio Nieto of Mercedes, and Adolfo Nieto of Bay City; and by 31 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her parents and by two grandchildren, Alexandria Renee Maseda and Aurelio Dominguez, Jr.

A Prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at the Harvest Time Church in Bay City with the Rev. Bobby Williams officiating.

Interment will immediately follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Abel Dominguez, III, Angel Dominguez, Jr., Armando Hasette, Jr., Albert Maseda, Jr., Adrian Jacques, Armando Jacques, Jr., Daniel Dominguez, and Mark Dominguez.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

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


Anton Robert Domorad

Anton Robert Domorad, 64, of Markham died April 24 at the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo. Survivors include: wife, Vlasta Domorad of Markham; sisters, Mary Validies of New York and Vera Boysen of Gonzales; brothers, Frank Domorad of Palacios, Joe of Sealy, John of Markham, August of Valpareso, Florida and Charlie of Pasadena. Funeral service will be held at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, April 26 at 2:00 p. m. with Father Jerome Stryk officiating. Interment service will be held at the Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ronnie Strnadel, Wilburn Heller, Ed Peter, Louis Jurek, V. L. Bowers, Jimmie Henkes, Frankie Sliva. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Sliva, Billy Jalufka, Lee Hall Pierce, Bert Logan, Tony Liberato, John Strnadel, Buddy King, Carl Hansen, Dr. Fred Smith, U. S. McMillan, Dave Davis, Frank Gayle, Kenneth McKissick, Dean Merck and Gustave Franzen. Rosary will be held Friday night 7:30 p. m. at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Newspaper unknown, April, 1975
 


Funeral Services For Frank Domorad Set For Friday at 3

Funeral services for Frank Domorad, 75, of Palacios will be held Friday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock with interment in Hawley Cemetery under the direction of the SPJST Lodge.

Mr. Domorad died Wednesday morning following an illness of over a year.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie J. Domorad; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Valiadis of New York and Mrs. Vern Boysen of Hearn; six sons, Frank Jr. of New York, Joe of Pasadena, John of Palacios, Anton of Bay City, Charles of Galveston, and August of the Armed Services. Also surviving is a brother, Joseph of Europe.

Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of the service.

Newspaper unknown,
 


John W. Domorad

Funeral services for John W. Domorad, 84, of Markham, will be held 10 a. m. Thursday at St. Robert’s Catholic Church in Markham with the Rev. Peter Higgins officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. A rosary will be said 7:30 p. m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. Domorad was born Sept. 1, 1908 in Sealy to Frank and Mary Javarek Domorad and died Oct. 13, 1992 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City.

He was a member of the Catholic church. He lived in Markham since 1967 was a longtime resident of Matagorda County.

Survivors include a sister, Vera Boysen of Gonzales; a sister-in-law, Blondie Domorad of Markham; a niece; a nephew and a host of friends.

Mr. Domorad was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers are Fred Holub, A. J. Kacer, Lee Hall Pierce, Stanley McMillan, Edward Lezak and Louis Jurek. Honorary pallbearers are Allen Dablegott, Al Krenek, Adolph Biskup, Jerry Flint, Tick Pierce and Daniel Cornelius.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

Newspaper unknown, October 1992
 


Mrs. Mary [Marie] Domorad

Mrs. Mary [Marie] Domorad of Palacios died at the Matagorda General Hospital Friday morning. Funeral services are pending awaiting the arrival of relatives.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mary Vallades, New York; Mrs. Vera Boysen of Hearn; six sons, Frank Domorod, N. Y., Joe of Pasadena, John and Antone of Palacios; Charlie of Galveston; and August, in the U. S. Air Force.

[Burial Hawley Cemetery]

Newspaper unknown, August, 1959
 


Vlasta (Kopecky) Domorad

Vlasta Kopecky Domorad, 94, of Bay City passed away Sunday, March 12, 2006 at Bay Villa Nursing Home. She was born December 16, 1911 in Granger, TX to the Late John Frank & Frantisky Woytek Kopecky. Mrs. Domorad was a life long resident of Matagorda County, a Lutheran, and housewife. She was also, a member of the American Legion Post 649 Auxiliary for 36 years and SPJST. Vlasta loved fishing, playing bingo, and spending time with her loved ones.

She is survived by children: Margaret Jurek & husband Louis of Markham; 2 grandsons, Jason and Neil Jurek both of Markham; close friends, Jimmy Henkes, Wilma Vavra, Ona Lea Pierce, Lee Hall Pierce, and Frances Jurek; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Domorad was preceded in death by her husband Anton R. Domorad on April 24, 1975; parents; sisters, Frances Malish, Tracy Baggett, Agnes Boston, and Lillian Flint; brothers, V. L., Joe, John and Charlie Kopecky.

A Graveside Service will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at Hawley Cemetery under the direction of Ona Lea Pierce. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Henkes & Sons, and Louis & Jason Jurek. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Newspaper unknown, March, 2006
 


Mrs. Lara Bell Dondlson

Mrs. Lara Bell Dondlson, age 20 years, four months and 13 days passed away at her home southwest of El Maton yesterday morning.

She is survived by her husband, mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Purvis, four sisters and one brothers.

Funeral services were held at Hawley Cemetery Wednesday morning at 10, with Rev. Chuck of the Methodist Church at Markham officiating.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Walker-Matchett Funeral Home.

[Mother: Ellena Locklin; born 5 December 1919 in Jackson County, TX]

Newspaper unknown, March, 1940
 


Marvin Anthony Dorlac
(October 24, 1954 - October 17, 2005)

Marvin Anthony Dorlac, 50, of Sargent, TX died October 17, 2005 at his residence. He was born October 24, 1954 in Houston, TX to the late Alfred Louis and Nora Lorraine Baldwin Dorlac. Mr. Dorlac was a member of the Baptist Church, a carpenter, and had served in the US Navy. Survivors include: sisters: Mickie Ray of San Antonio and Margie Foye of Green Cove, FL; brother: Alfred Louis Dorlac of Middleburg, FL. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Jane Elledge & brother Lani Dorlac. Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM Friday, October 21, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at the National Veterans Cemetery in Houston, TX. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979)245-4613.

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Paul Eugene Dorman
(September 30, 1920 - June 1, 2006)

Paul Eugene Dorman, 85, of Bay City died June 1, 2006 at Matagorda House in Bay City. He was born September 30, 1920 in Austintown, Ohio to Albert and Mabel Charlotte Krimmer Dorman. He had been a resident of Bay City for a number of years and was the former manager of the Bay City Country Club.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Monday, June 5, 2006 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck with Bro. Trey Hegar officiating. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Donald "Donnie" Raymond Dornak
(January 21, 1954 - July 16, 2009)

Donald "Donnie" Raymond Dornak, 55, of Bay City, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2009. He was born January 21, 1954 in Bay City to Method Albert “Mac” Dornak and Albina Agnes Lauer Dornak. He was a graduate of Bay City High School, a member of the Bay City Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus. He was a former Manager of Walker Seed and Garden Center, a former Manager of Cedarvale Cemetery, and served as an EMT with Bay City EMS from 1973 to 1991. He served as a member of the Bay City Volunteer Fire Dept. from 1982 to 1996 and was a former 1st. Assistant Fire Chief.

He is survived by his daughter: Donna Hubbard of Bay City; his sons: Eric Dornak of Beaumont and Scott Dornak of Pearland; his sister: Georgianne Smith of Canyon Lake; his brothers: Fred Dornak of Kingwood and Jerry Dornak of League City; and by 2 grandchildren: Georgia Faye and Justin Eugene Hubbard. He was preceded in death by his parents: M. A. & Albina Dornak and by two brothers: Edwin J. & Robert Lee Dornak.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Sunday, July 19, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel.

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


Dorothy Louise Buss Dornak
Oct. 10, 1927 - July 7, 2010

Dorothy Louise Buss Dornak of El Campo died July 7, 2010 at the age of 82.

She was born on October 10, 1927 in Breslau, Texas to the late Victor and Emma Opella Buss. She was a Southwestern Bell Telephone operator for 10 years, then worked for First National Bank as a teller for 25 years. After retirement from the bank, she worked in the Hutchins Elementary School for several years. She was a Band Mom, a member of SPJST, and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by: her husband, of 56 years, Jerome J. Dornak; daughter, Susan Dornak Frankson and husband Sam of Bay City; and son Kenneth Dornak and wife Traci of Spring; grandchildren, Matthew, Megan, and Mary Katherine Frankson, and Brandon, Austin, Camryn and Madison Dornak; and brother, Larry Buss and wife Bernice of El Campo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Jerome Dornak, Jr., and sister Marjorie Hansen.

Visitation will begin 2 p.m. Thursday at Triska Funeral Home with a parish rosary being recited at 7 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2010, at St. Philip Catholic Church with the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Serving as pallbearers are Matthew Frankson, Brandon Frankson, Austin Dornak, Michael Buss, John Paul Dornak, Dennis Hansen.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, El Campo. 979-543-3681

Bay City Tribune, Published July 11, 2010
 


Georgie Etta Dornak
(December 16, 1922 - January 13, 2009)

Georgie Etta Dornak, 86, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2009 in El Campo, TX. She was born December 16, 1922 in Hungerford to William M. Bucek and Lydia Wasek Bucek. She was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County; she was a graduate of Markham High School and Smalleys Business College in Houston. Georgie was a former employee of Long Theaters in Bay City, a former 4-H Leader in Matagorda County and member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing.

She is survived by her daughter: Darla Tobeck & husband Fred of Houston; her sons: Dr. Douglas W. Dornak, DVM and wife Kathryn of El Campo and Dennis Dornak and wife Janet of El Campo; by her sisters-in-law: Ella Bucek of Victoria and Nora Bucek of Bay City; and by 6 grandchildren: Ryan and Sarah Dornak, Wade and Ross Dornak, and John and Robert Tobeck. She was preceded in death by her husband: Johnnie George Dornak; her parents: William M. and Lydia Bucek; by sisters: Lottie Kocian and Evelyn Smith; and her brothers: Wilton Bucek and Leonard Bucek.

Rosary and funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, January 16, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Dennis Dornak, Douglas Dornak, Wade Dornak, Ryan Dornak, Ross Dornak, and J. W. Bucek.

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

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

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BERNICE DOROTIK

EL CAMPO - Bernice Dorotik of El Campo died May 31, 2010 at the age of 72. She was born July 17, 1937 in Bay City to the late John L. and Marie Kacer Hlavaty. She had been employed by the El Campo I.S.D. in the food service department and was a homemaker. She was a member of the KJZT Society and St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband Edward Dorotik Sr. of El Campo; daughters, Cynthia Nemec and husband Vincent of Bay City and Mary Richards and husband Jeff of Venice, Fla.; son, Edward Dorotik Jr. of Austin; grandchildren, Stephanie Nemec, Thomas Nemec, Chad Yates, and Donald Yates; sister, Mildred Kalas of College Station; and brother, Jerome Hlavaty of Lolita.

Her parents and a brother, John Hlavaty, preceded her in death.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today, with a parish rosary to be recited at 7 p.m., at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2010, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Entombment will follow at the Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are Thomas Nemec, Stephanie Nemec, Robert Leopold, Leonard Leopold, Donald Yates, Chad Yates, Joseph Kalas, and Ronnie Orsak.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in memory of Bernice Dorotik be made to St. Philip's School.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 2, 2010
 


James Elmer Dorris

DORRIS, James Elmer, former Bay City resident, passed away in Hermann Hospital, Houston, on March 3. A native of Lufkin, Mr. Dorris, had made his home the past two years in Houston. Services will be held Tuesday, March 7 at 2:00 p. m. in Taylor Brothers Chapel. The Rev. Joe Ash of Houston will officiate and interment will be in Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ernest and Howard Green, Hubert Orr, Jr., Taylor Steves, Sam Pitts, Reyes Hernandez and Leroy Thomas. Dorris is survived by two daughters, Rosie Altha Lee of Clifton and Dorothy Demeric Bowers of Mesquite. Sons, Elmer Laverne and Donald Ray of Houston, Julian Elmer of North Carolina, Thomas Calvin of Sparta, Wis., William Andrew of Caruthers, Calif, and Ernest L. of Galena Park. Also, a sister, Olive Barber of Waco; two brothers William Earl of Rockdale and Ira Allen of Virginia Beach, Va.; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services directed by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, date unknown
 


Johnny Glen Dorris

Johnny Glen Dorris, 63, of Smithville died May 27 at the Veterans Hospital in Temple. Survivors include: Trilby D. Dorris of Smithville; stepdaughters, Mrs. J. P. Roberts of Houston, Mrs. Herman Smith of Houston and Mrs. Gary Synateck of Smithville; stepson, Wayne Yeamans of Matagorda; sister, Velma Harris of Francitas and brothers, James Black of Markham and Leonard Dorris of Ozona. Funeral service will be held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, May 29, Thursday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Warren Hornung officiating. Interment service will be held at the Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers are Mike Black, Tom Black, Kenneth Black, Charles Harris and James Harris. Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, May 28, 1975
 


DORRIS, PAULINE ETHREDGE

DORRIS, (Mrs.) Pauline Ethredge, 65, of 2911 Elm Street in Bay City passed away Saturday in Methodist hospital in Houston. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Marion Horn officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. Dorris is survived by her husband, James Elmer Dorris of Bay City; her mother, Mrs. Essie Ethredge of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Bowers of Dallas; six sons, Ernest of Bay City, Elmer of Houston, Thomas (now in Vietnam), Donald of Port Neches, William of Carouthers, Calif., and Glenn L. Ward of Pasadena; 2 sisters, Mrs. Rufus Morris and Mrs. W. T. Hyde, both of Galena Park; one brother, Walker Ethredge of Galena Park, and 21 grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Ernest and Howard Green, Preston Anderson, Horace McCree, Taylor Steves and James Barber. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, September 25, 1967, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Mary Dorsey

DORSEY, Mrs. Mary, 80, died in Matagorda General Hospital Wednesday. She was a resident of Wilson Creek community. Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Baptist Church, Wilson Creek, with the Rev. S. M. White officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Inez Deadrick and Mrs. Florence Frances of Palacios, Mrs. Jeanette Johnson and Mrs. Minerva Gilmore of Houston, and Mrs. Ethey McDaniels of LaMarque, and one son, Tom Ways of Houston.

The Daily Tribune, March 1, 1968
 

Calvin L. Dotson

Beula L. Dotson

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Former Bay City Woman Murdered In New Orleans

A former Bay City resident, Mrs. Jody McKaskle Doty, was beaten to death either late Monday or early Tuesday by an unknown assailant in New Orleans. Mrs. Doty, resided in Bay City in the late 50’s with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James A. McKaskle.

Mrs. Doty was the granddaughter of Mrs. Winnie Gainer, who still resides in Bay City at 2700 Elm.

The whereabouts of her father, who was an automobile mechanic, is now unknown and the family is anxious to locate him due to the untimely death of his daughter. He was last known to be in Cleveland, Texas, about two years ago. According to Mrs. Gainer, the mother, now Mrs. Cliff Brown of Texarkana, Arkansas, reports that, although complete arrangements are pending, the funeral will be held in Bay City with burial in Hawley Cemetery.

Newspaper unknown, July, 1965
 


Elizabeth “Betty” Dowdy
Oct. 16, 1924 - March 17, 2010

Elizabeth “Betty” Dowdy, 85, of Van Vleck passed away March 17, 2010.

She was born October 16, 1924 in Bishop, Texas to the late Oswald J. and Nora Koban Urban. She worked as a clerk for Kleberg County for many years. She and her husband retired to Startzville, Texas near Canyon Lake and she had been a resident of Van Vleck for the past 10 years.

Her husband Thomas N. Dowdy preceded her in death.

Survivors include: daughter, Norma Labuda and husband Joe of Van Vleck; son Donald Dowdy and wife Sybil of Hurley, Mississippi; grandchildren, Karen and Jake Goff of Hurley, Mississippi, Christie and Jim Thomason of Alpharetta Georgia, Sarah Labuda, MD of Little Rock, Arkansas, Meghan and Roye Moran of Spring, Texas, Teresa and Daylan Phillips of Hurley, Mississippi and Whitney Dowdy of Hurley, Mississippi; great grandchildren, Katie Beth Goff, Reece Thomason, and Connor and Bree Phillips.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Sweeny with the Rev. Edward Boineau officiating.

Graveside service will be led by nephew Rev. Tom Dowdy at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cranes Mill Cemetery in Startzville, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Jake Goff, Jim Thomason, Roye Moran and Daylan Phillips.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published March 23, 2010
 


Joseph L. Drake

Graveside services for Joseph L. Drake, 48, of Blessing will be held 3 p. m. Friday at Hawley Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Drake and the Rev. Scot Edmonson officiating.

Mr. Drake was born March 26, 1940, in Troup County, Ga., to Garfield and Doris Hamby Drake and died June 8, 1988, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Fowler Drake of Blessing; a son, Joseph Lamar Drake Jr. of Columbus, Ga.; father, Garfield Drake of Atlanta, Ga.; and three brothers, the Rev. Donald Drake, Thomas Drake and Billy Joe Drake, all of Atlanta.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Newspaper unknown, June, 1988
 


Ignace A. Drozd
(November 29, 1924 - February 17, 2007)

Ignace A. “Ikky” Drozd, Jr., 82 of Bay City, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2007 in Houston, TX. He was born November 29, 1924 in San Antonio, TX to Angeline Muzny and Ignace A. Drozd, Sr. He was a long time resident of Matagorda County and attended the Holy Cross Catholic Church and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City. He was retired equipment operator for the Texas State Dept. of Highways and Public Transportation, a Life Member of VFW Post 2438 of Bay City and a World War-II veteran of the US Army Air Force.

He is survived by his wife: Dolores C. Drozd of Bay City; by his daughters: Susan Drozd of Victoria, Jennifer Drozd of Ganado, Karen Holub of El Campo, Gayle Labay of Louise and LuAnn Supak of Francitas; by his step-daughters: Jan Trochta & husband Michael of Bay City and Priscilla Norman & husband Robert of San Antonio; his step-sons: Steven Zernicek and wife Sarah of Bay City and Mark Zernicek of Bay City; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: Angeline and Ignace Drozd, Sr.; by his sons: Joseph Dale Drozd and Michael David Drozd; by his sister: Dolphie Hamala; and his brothers: Ernest and Clarence Drozd.

The Rosary will be held at 6:00 PM Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, February 22, 2007 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Revs. Casey Jarzombek and Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Michael Drozd, Jr., Steven Zernicek, Mark Zernicek, Michael Trochta, Sherman Teeler, Charles Hahn, Clifford Rugeley, Weldon Popek, Fred “Butch” Brown, Gregorio Andrade and Donald Moon. Honorary pallbearers are Fred Holub and his fellow co-workers from the TX State Dept. of Highways and Public Transportation.

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

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

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Mr. Jno. Edward Duffy

Mr. John Edward Duffy, 59 years, 6 months, 8 days, passed away at the family residence near Blessing at 7:40 p.m. May 14th 1943. Mr. Duffy is survived by his wife Mrs. J. E. Duffy, one daughter Miss Inez Duffy of Blessing, Texas; three sons, John Henry Duffy, in the U.S. Army in California, Willie and Dan Duffy of Blessing, Texas; Four sisters Mrs. E. Reynold and Mrs. Dora Duke of Houston, Texas, Mrs. J. W. Powell of Bay City, Texas, and Mrs. T. McGraff of Kansas City, Mo., and four brothers, Mr. Geo. Duffy of El Campo, A. D. Duffy of La Ward, Henry Duffy of Bay City and Charlie Duffy of Longview, also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 5 p.m. from the Funeral Home of Taylor Bros. with the Rev. R. E. Black of Markham officiating. Burial was in the Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Taylor Bros. were in charge of the funeral arrangements.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Matagorda County, Texas
 


DUKE, ELMO, SR.
DUKE

Funeral services for Elmo "Pete" Duke, Sr., 84, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. Duke left his life here on earth and went to join his Lord in Heaven on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria. He was born in Eagle Lake on Nov. 16, 1915 to Roma Duke and Fannie Miles Duke.

He grew up in Iowa Colony where he was a rice farmer for many years. He loved the outdoors and spent many happy days at deer camp with his family. He was a proud and sensitive man who loved his family deeply. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Ganado where he had lived for the past three and a half years.

Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Mayme Calo Duke of Ganado; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Frank Planka of Alvin; sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Caroline Duke of Danbury and Elmo Duke, Jr. and Marianne Duke of Palacios; ten grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will include: grandsons, Frank Planka, Jr., Elmo Duke, III, John Duke, Anthony Duke, Jr., Ronald Duke, Monte Duke, Mark Greenawalt, and Tom Gray.

Honorary pallbearers will include his great grandsons.

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

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, February 15, 2000, Matagorda County, Texas


Mayme Calo Duke
(February 27, 1922 - April 25, 2009)  

Mayme Duke, 87, of Blessing, TX passed away Saturday, April 25, 2009. She was born February 27, 1922 in Hitchcock, TX to Joseppi Calo and Dominica Matranga Calo.

She is survived by her daughter: Marjorie Anne Planka & husband Frank Planka of Alvin, TX; by her sons: Elmo Duke, Jr. & wife Rita Marianne Duke of Bay City and Anthony Duke, Sr. & wife Carolyne Duke of Liverpool; by a sister: Rita Gates of San Antonio; and by 10 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Elmo “Pete” Duke, Sr.; her parents: Joseppi & Dominica Calo; and by 7 sisters and 1 brother.

The Rosary will be held at 6:00 PM Sunday, April 26, 2009 at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, April 27, 2009 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment will follow at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX. Pallbearers will be Anthony Duke III, John “Johnny” Duke, Robert Lee Duke, Cody Duke, Christopher J. Duke, Brian Duke and J. D. Greenawalt. Honorary pallbearers will be John Duke, Elmo “Bubba” Duke III, and Mark Greenawalt.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may me made to: Houston Hospice of El Campo, Hospice Support, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 29, 2009
 


DULLER, CHARLES ETHAN, SR.

Old Time County Resident Expires
SERVICES TO BE HELD IN BLESSING FRIDAY AT 1:30 P.M.

Charles Ethan Duller, age 62 years, 9 months and 18 days, who was stricken with a heart attack, expired at his family residence in Blessing Wednesday evening at 7:30.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Blessing Masonic Blue Lodge from the home in Blessing Friday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Holley [Hawley] Cemetery under the direction of Taylor Brothers.

Mr. Duller, who has resided in Matagorda County for the past thirty years, and has resided in Blessing for the past twenty-five years, owned and operated a grocery store. He has many friends over the county who join the Tribune in extending sympathy to the following who are left to mourn: his wife, Mrs. Chas. E. Duller of Blessing; three daughters, Mrs. J. I. Gregory of Houston, Mrs. Joe Smith of Corpus Christi and Miss Dorothy Duller of this city; one son, Charles E. Duller of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Richardson of California and Mrs. A. L. Weaver of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Daniel M. Duller of Houston, Art M. Duller of Chicago, Ill., and Ralph Duller of California; and one grandson, Charles E. Duller III.

THE MATAGORDA COUNTY TRIBUNE, Thursday, May 6, 1937
 


Herbert Ross Duller

Herbert Ross Duller, son of J. W. and Mary Pepper Duller, died July 24, 1917 and was buried at Hawley Cemetery on July 25, 1917. Arrangements with William Walker.

[Information from death certificate.]
 


Funeral Services For Mrs. Lena Duller, 59, Are Held Monday

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Corse Duller, 59, of Blessing were held Monday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. E. F. Deutsch officiating and burial in Palacios Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Duller, who had been in ill health for several weeks, was a resident of Matagorda County for 38 years.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Johnnie McKelvey of Bay City, Mrs. Jep Smith of Ingram; a son, Charles S. Duller of Tulsa, Okla.; and a sister, Mrs. Pearl Putnam of San Antonio.

 

October 7, 1948

 


Rose Canfield Duller

 

Mrs. Charles E. Duller, was born Rose Canfield, August 25, 1876, in McLeod County, Minnesota, and was the youngest of 12 children born to her parents of whom three sisters and two brothers survive her. She passed away January 6, 1926 at her home in Blessing.

 

Her early life was spent in Minnesota where she grew to womanhood.

 

She was a graduate of the St. James High School and attended several sessions of the State Normal at Mankato and began to teach school when but 17 years of age.

 

She was married to Charles E. Duller on January 5, 1897, at Brownton, Minnesota. Her husband and four children survive her, Miss Alice E. Duller of Houston, Texas, Mrs. Jep Smith of Janesville, Louisiana, Charles E. Duller Jr. of Houston and Dorothy Duller of Blessing.

 

She came South in 1898, locating at Crowley, Louisiana.

 

She was a member of the Congregational Church from childhood until she joined the Presbyterian Church while in Crowley.

 

In 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Duller came to Bay City and with the exception of two years spent in the vicinity of San Antonio, have been residents of Matagorda County. Since coming to Matagorda County Mrs. Duller has at all times taken an active interest in all matters of social, religious and intellectual development and her name appears upon the charter of the Bay City Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. As one of the organizers of the Priscilla Club of Bay City, she was long since elected a life member thereof.

 

In the home, her life was that of an ideal wife and mother, over planning for the welfare and happiness of her husband and children.

 

Since her residence in Blessing she has endeared herself to a multitude of friends by her active interest in all public undertakings, her genial smiles, her charming hospitality and her willingness to help everyone in distress. She was one of the organizers Blessing Library Association and has always been present at all functions of the Library, school and Community House with her untiring willingness to assist in every way possible.

 

She will be mourned by a host of friends and acquaintances in Blessing and all over the county.

 

May God in His wisdom grant to her devoted husband and loving children the grace to bear with Christian fortitude a loss which time alone can alleviate.

 

Matagorda County Tribune, January 15, 1926


[Hawley Cemetery]

 

Prominent Blessing Woman Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Charles E. Duller Passes Away After Stroke of Apoplexy; Burial Tomorrow.

 

From Wednesday Daily.
 

The Tribune was advised by phone message from Blessing this morning that Mrs. Chas. E. Duller, prominent Blessing woman, and well and most favorably known throughout the county and this section, died suddenly at her home at 8 o’clock.

 

Mrs. Duller was stricken with apoplexy last evening at about 7 o’clock and never regained consciousness. The blow came suddenly and unexpectedly.

 

Funeral arrangements, at the time the message was received had not been completed, but burial will be had at Blessing tomorrow (Thursday).

 

Decedent is survived by her husband, Mr. Chas. E. Duller, two daughters and a son to whom The Tribune extends its heartfelt and deepest sympathy.

 

A more complete notice of this sad death of a most charming woman will be published in a later issue.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune

 


DAVID NATHANIEL DUNBAR

David Nathaniel Dunbar, age 87 years died at the residence of his son, C. D. Dunbar in Buckeye Friday morning after an illness of some months. Mr. Dunbar has been a resident of this county and the Ashby community for fifty years. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Iva Harvey of Galveston , Mrs. Maide Moore of Houston, Mrs. Kate and Lois McKissick of Ashby and Mrs. Hibbie (Walter) Penny of Bay City and two sons, C. D. and L. D. Dunbar of Buckeye, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Ashby cemetery. Rev. A. J. McCary of the Methodist Church will officiate. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Taylor Brothers.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 28, 1933
 


Lyle V. Dunbar

Dunbar, Lyle V., age 73, passed away in Houston in the V. A. hospital on Feb. 24. He was a former resident of Bay City. Services will be held Friday, Feb. 26 at 2:00 p. m. in Taylor Brothers Chapel. The Rev. R. E. Black of Markham will officiate. Mr. Dunbar is survived by one step-son, A. J. Thompson of George West, Tex.; three sisters, Mrs. Kate McKissick of Bay City, Mrs. Ida Harvey of Angleton and Mrs. Lois McKissick of Alvin. Also, one brother, C. D. Dunbar of Pearland. Pallbearers will be nephews, Gyle McKissick, Billy McKissick, Sidney Anderson Jr., Otis Anderson, Clay Penny and L. D. Penny. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

[Hawley Cemetery]

Newspaper unknown
 


Beth Duncan
Sept. 10, 1917 - August 13, 2009

Beth Duncan, 91, of Angleton passed away Thursday, August 13, 2009 in Angleton.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, August 17, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Angleton with Dr. Rodney Bowman officiating. Burial followed in the Angleton Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 p.m.  5 p.m. Sunday at Palms.

Beth was born September 10, 1917 to Phebe and Bill Anderson in Bay City
, Texas. She was the oldest of three daughters. She graduated from Bay City High School at 16. She received her BS Degree from the University of Houston at 19. Beth returned to Bay City and started her teaching career.

On
December 22, 1942 she married 1st. Sgt A.J. Hale in the First Baptist Church in New Orleans, La. After three months of marriage he was deployed to North Africa and Italy for 26 months. On his return to the States, he and Beth made their home in Bay City. In 1950, they moved to Angleton. They separated in 1964 and divorced the following year. Beth met Al Duncan in 1965 and they married the following year. After teaching 40 years, Beth retired in 1978. She always wished everyone could enjoy retirement as much as she did. She and Al enjoyed camping trips in their RV and made many trips in the U.S. building Southern Baptist Churches. After Al's death in 1997, Beth started traveling with a group of senior citizens from the First Baptist Church in West Columbia. Beth loved her church and church family. She could always be found in the First Baptist Church on Sunday mornings. Beth was a charter member of the Angleton-Danbury Hospital. She was also active in the Citizens Police
Academy classes. She enjoyed shopping for the children in the Blue Santa Program. Beth liked to ride on patrol with different officers. Retirement was never dull!

Beths patio was a mass of colors from her geraniums, one of her favorite flowers.

One of her most beautiful memories was a reception hosted by her niece, Charlotte Drury, her great-niece Terri Adams and a friend Betty Illgen. This was a celebration of Beths 90th birthday. It was beautiful, it was fun and it was a good time afternoon for everyone.

Beth was preceded in death by: her Parents and her Sister Wilma Bradshaw and husband Al Duncan.

Survivors include: a Sister, Edna (Hannah) Anderson Bethel Pfleghar of Carson City Nevada; niece, Charlotte Drury of New Braunfels; nephews Guy Barnett, III of West Columbia and Marshall Skipper Bethel of Santa Cruz, CA; Cousins, Carl Anderson of Matagorda and Betty Jane Smith of Little Rock Arkansas; nine Great-nieces and nephews, nine Great-Great nieces and nephews and 1 Great-Great Great Nephew.

Online condolences may be sent to www.palmsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Palms.

Bay City Tribune, Published August 19, 2009
 


County’s Oldest Citizen Dies at Columbus, Fri.
John Duncan, Age 99, Born in Matagorda July 31, 1838

COLUMBUS—Tex., Aug. 6.—John Duncan, who celebrated his ninety-ninth birthday a week ago, died Friday at his home in Columbus.

Mr. Duncan was a native Texan. He was born in Matagorda July 31, 1838, on his father’s plantation. He was the county’s oldest citizen and was the oldest alumnus of the University of North Carolina. He received his B. A. degree from that college in 1859.

During the Civil War, he served four years in Colonel Bates’ regiment. In 1885 he married Miss India Green of Columbus. They moved to Columbus in the same year. Mrs. Duncan survives him.

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, August 12, 1937

[Buried in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus, Colorado County, Texas]
 


Robert Ross Duncan, Jr.
(January 16, 1948 - January 3, 2009)

Robert Ross Duncan, Jr., 61, of Sargent, TX passed away Saturday, January 03, 2009. He was born January 16, 1947 in Rockville Center, NY to Eleanor Fiebig and Robert R. Duncan Sr,

Formerly of Houston; he was a resident of Sargent for the past 8 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge # 146 of New Port Richey, FL and was a US Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his wife: Cecily Duncan of Sargent; mother: Eleanor Duncan of Newberry, FL; daughter: Christine Roach of Round Rock, TX; son: Mark Duncan of Houston, TX; sister Suzanne Bailey of Creedmoor, NC; and by 4 grandchildren.

Masonic funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 6, 2009, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Masonic Lodge # 865 of Bay City will be officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to Masonic Lodge # 865 of Bay City, TX.

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

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

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Bertha Huston Dunsworth
(September 25, 1931 - April 11, 2006)

Bertha Huston Dunsworth, 74, of Bay City, Texas died April 11, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.

She was born September 25, 1931 in Galesburg, Illinois to the late Frank Charles and Irene Cordelia McNeece Huston. Mrs. Dunsworth was a resident of Bay City since 1953 and was a very active member of the Word of Life Church in Wadsworth, Texas. Mrs. Dunsworth was a local artist with paintings all over the United States and in other countries. She loved to travel all over the United States and abroad. Every where she went she would always make a friend and share the Word.

Survivors include: her husband of 53 years, Bill Dunsworth of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law, Jenifer and Adam Evans of Sweeny, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Monica Dunsworth of Kerrville, Texas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lila and Truman Bridges and Nancy and Roy Hibbard all of Slater, Missouri; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Sue Huston of Miami, Missouri; four grandchildren, Michelle Dunsworth of Kerrville, Sarah Barnes Pearson and husband Mike of Houston, Jeffrey Barnes and Toby Barnes both of Victoria; one great grandson, Michael T. Pearson of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service were held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2006 at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Melvin Ryman and the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jeffrey and Toby Barnes, Mike Pearson, Stew Eddy, Dwight Dunsworth, Charles Ray and David Gutherie, and Adam Evans.

Honorary Pallbearers were George Yeager, Charles Bouse, Wilmer Cook, Jim Reddoch, Kenneth McKissick, Bobby Skinner, and Dave Eddy.

Memorials may be made to your charity of choice.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published April 16, 2006
 


Justin Tam Duong
(September 12, 1999 - June 8, 2006)

Justin Tam Duong, age 6, of Port Lavaca died June 8, 2006. He was born September 12, 1999 in Houston, TX to Tam Le and Kim Nguyen Duong. Survivors include his parents; maternal grandmother Mua Thi Nguyen; paternal grandmother Mai Le Duong of Houston; sisters Justine Duong and Christina Huynh both of Port Lavaca and Jade Duong of Houston; brother Christian Huynh of Port Lavaca; and Godfather Nam Van Nguyen of Palacios.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Pham officiating. Interments will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Christian Huynh, Thai Son Hua, Brandon Nguyen and Long Nguyen. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012.

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Sylvia Oline Duran
Jan. 28, 1923 - Oct. 26, 2009


Sylvia Oline Duran, 86, of Bay City passed away Oct. 26, 2009.

She was born Jan. 28, 1923 in Round Rock, Texas to the late Louis Alexander and Myrtle Matty Dunaway Watts.

Her husband D. B. Duran; son, L. M. Duran; and daughter, Bonnie Duran Claussen all preceded her in death.

Survivors include: daughter-in-law, Gwen Symmank; son-in-law, Donald L. Claussen; grandchildren, John Aaron Duran, Angela Denise Duran, Britt Lee Claussen and wife Michelle and Amy Lynn Claussen Schnieder and husband Adam; great grandchildren, John Daniel Duran, Heather Lynn Duran, Rachel Leanne Lawrence and Karma and Destiny Tealer; niece, Jan Davis and nephew Oland _Roy_ Davis.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Lane Pardue officiating.

Interment will follow at
Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Lewis Lawrence, Butch Symmank, Bobby Pelham, Robert Crain, David Brown and Billy Ware.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published October 28, 2009                          Derward B. Duran                         Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

Graveside services for Robert Durgan, of Bay City, Texas will be Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery in Cedar Lake, Texas with Pastor Curtis Ellis officiating.

Viewing will be one hour before graveside service.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published July 8, 2009
 


Ralph Lee Durham
July 19, 1931 - June 7, 2010

Ralph Lee Durham, 78, of Bay City passed away June 7, 2010.

The youngest of five children, Ralph was born on July 19, 1931 to Jack and Lydia Walker Durham in Fort Payne, Alabama.

He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Betty Durham and their children Ralph A. Durham and Brenda Sheppard of Magnolia, Beth and Perry Gillett of Monaville and Russell and Debbie Durham of Bay City.

Ralph was a kind man who served his country in the Korean Conflict and was retired from Celenese. He will be remembered for his years of enjoying gardening, fishing, hunting with his grandsons and telling tall tales to his coffee-drinking buddies at Diamond S.

Other survivors include: his grandchildren, Dustin and Samantha Durham of Selkirk; Larry and Roxanne Gillett of Manassas, Virginia; Troy and Lauren Gillett of Fountain, Colorado, Chance and Mallory Gillett of Conroe; Jeremy Durham and Kristi of Katy; Carter Capehart of Chicago, Illinois. Great Grandchildren include, Kaitlyn and Wyatt Durham of Selkirk; Victoria, Christian, Alexander and Matthew Gillett of Manassas, Virginia; Ryan Gillett of Fountain, Colorado his special dog, Opie.

Ralph is also survived by: brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Inez Durham of Rome, Georgia and Bill and Goldie Durham of Fort Payne, Alabama; sister-in-law, Barbara Winnette of Winter Haven, Florida; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by: two sisters, Eloise Durham Suttles and Phyliss Durham Dingler.

The family will receive friends and family from 7 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. John Mollet officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Harvel, Quentin Watkins, Bernie Spence, Tommy Harkey, Curtis Franklin and Roger Bennett.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Diamond S Coffee Club. Memorial may be made to Houston Hospice-El Campo; 1102 N. Mechanic; El Campo, TX 77437.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published June 8, 2010
 


Evelyn Fern Cameron Dybala
Aug. 7, 1941 - Oct. 7, 2010

Evelyn Fern Cameron Dybala, 69, of Van Vleck, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2010.

She was born August 7, 1941 in Port Lavaca, to the late Cleeland Raymond Cameron and Margie Bowen Cameron. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She is survived by: her daughter, Julie L. Reissig of Van Vleck; sons, Cleeland Maritz Reissig of Nashville, Tennessee, and Shane Edward Dybala of Martinsville, Indiana; sister Mary Lou Yackel of Louise; brother, Cleeland Wayne Cameron of Pleasant Plain, Ohio; four grandchildren, Derrek Dybala, Devin Dybala, Blake Dybala and Chad Jones.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Marvin Edward Dybala.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 16, 2010 at First Baptist Church on Highway 35 in Van Vleck.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children-s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca 361-552-2300.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, October 13, 2010
 


Martha Jeanne Dyer

Mrs. Martha Jeanne Dyer, 54, 207 Henderson, Palacios, died Monday, November 13 in Wagner General Hospital. She was born November 10, 1924 in Palacios and was City Secretary and City Tax Assessor-Collector of Palacios for the past 20 years. The deceased was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Palacios, the Women’s Society of Christian Service and Tax Collector’s Association. Survivors include her husband, Oris Dyer, a son Steve Dyer, her father, Clarence Koontz all of Palacios, brothers Jim Koontz of Palacios and Clarence Koontz of Port Lavaca, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held today, Tuesday, 3:00 p. m. at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios. Rev. Carl L. W. Israel officiated. Interment Hawley Cemetery, Blessing. Pallbearers were Palacios Mayor Cliff Elliott, City Councilmen, Ray Garza, Johnny Heard, Jim Howard, Trinidad Constancio III and Leonard Lamar. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Palacios Volunteer Fire Department and fellow City employees. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Memorial Fund at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios.

Arrangements under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Palacios.

Newspaper unknown, November 1978
 


Oris Dale Dyer

 

Funeral services for Oris Dale Dyer were held at 2 p. m. Sunday, December 23, in the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

 

Son of late Norman and Maybell Dyer, he was born August 16, 1918, in Blessing, Texas. A life long resident of Palacios-Blessing area, he died Saturday morning, December 22, in Wagner General Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jean, on November 13, 1978.

 

Survivors include one son, Steve Dyer of Palacios and two sisters, Louise Adkins of Corpus Christi and Thelma Joyce of Longview.

 

Palacios Beacon, January 3, 1980

 


Arthur Lee Dykes
Feb. 4, 1931 - Aug. 28, 2010

Funeral services for Arthur Lee Dykes “Moss Ball,” 79, of Bay City will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the New Hope Baptist with the Rev. T. L. Richardson officiating.

Mr. Dykes died on August 21, 2010 at Matagorda Regional Medical center in Bay City. He was born in Milam County, Texas on February 4, 1931 to John and Ellen Dykes.

He is survived by: one daughter, Shirley O’Neal; one step daughter, Charlene Crockett; one step niece, Shelia Crockett; brother-in-law, Edward Crockett; grandson, John O’Neal Jr. (Kanica); two grandchildren, Aniyah & Jorden O’Neal; siblings, Dora Tellison (A.C), Hart Lee Dykes all of Bay City, Jame Dykes of Houston, Texas. He has numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arthur Lee is preceded in death by: his wife, Addie Dykes; son, Terry Jackson; parents, John and Ellen Dykes; brother, Willie Lee Dykes; three sisters, Mary Widemon and Doris Woods both of Bay City and Johnnie Ray Hicks of Lubbock, Texas.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday August 27, 2010 at the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements are being held by Green’s Mortuary.

Bay City Tribune, Published August 25, 2010
 


Mark Edward Dykes
(August 23, 1954 - July 20, 2007)

Mark Edward Dykes, 52, of Sugar Valley passed away July 20, 2007. He was born August 2, 1954 in Bay City, TX to Gene and Reta Dykes. He was a graduate of Van Vleck High School.

Survivors include his father: Gene Dykes of Sugar Valley; Brothers and sisters-in-law: Bill and Mary Dykes of Bay City, Curtis and Judy Dykes and Jeff and Gina Dykes of Sugar Valley; Nephews: Travis, Matthew, and Michael Dykes; Nieces: Beth Chapman and husband Ron, and Sadie Dykes; and a great nephew: Keith Chapman. He is preceded in death by his mother, Reta.

Special thanks to Pat Matthes and the hospice nurses for their support and care. Memorials in Mark’s name can be made to Hospice Support Care of El Campo or a charity of your choice.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

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Rita Dykes
Nov. 4, 1942 – April 14, 2007

Funeral services for Rita Dykes will be Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 11:00. Enterprise Baptist Church with the Dr. J. Weldon Gilbert officiating. Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City, Texas. Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2007 at Green's Mortuary Chapel.

A baby girl named Rita Dianne Bouldin was born November 4, 1942 in Bay City, Texas to Welton and Beatrice Bouldin, the third of five children.

She attended public school at Hilliard High School in Bay City, Texas, where she was an active member of both the basketball and track teams.

She joined Enterprise Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was a faithful member until her health failed.

Rita was preceded in death: by her parents, stepmother, Ida Bouldin; sisters, Billie Jean Williams (Nanny), Brenda Joyce Wilkerson; and grandsons, Jonathan Brinkley and Billy Sean Dykes, Jr.

Rita leaves to cherish her precious memories: loyal loving husband, Hart Lee Dykes, Sr. of Bay City; four devoted children, Todd Chambers (Olga) of Oklahoma, B. Denise Chambers of Richmond, Hart Lee Dykes, Jr. (Joanie) of Sugarland, and Billy Sean Dykes of Pearland; loving grandsons, Allan Chambers, Chaz Chambers, Kevin Brown, Jalen Dykes, Sean E. Dykes, and Draeton Dykes; sister, Janet Hart (Wilson) of Bay City; brother, Welton J. Bouldin of Arizona; two aunts, Irene Shelton of Houston and Vina Miller of Galveston; brothers and sisters in laws, Arthur Lee Dykes of Bay City, James A. Dykes (Dorothy) of Houston and Dora Dykes Tellison (A.C.) of Bay City; a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, friends and a life long friend, Verna Mae Hackett of Brenham.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 18, 2007, Matagorda County, Texas
 


Theola Dykes
Feb. 9, 1913  April 11, 2009

Funeral services for Theola Dykes will be held Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Giddings. Visitation will be at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home on Friday at noon and at 6 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 22 in Bay City.

Theola Dykes celebrated life for 96 years. She was born February 9, 1913 in Crosby, Texas to Will and Lovella Dudley. After graduation from Reagan High School in 1932, she married the elegant Jimmy Shelton Dykes, beginning 53 years of a wonderful marriage.

Theola leaves behind one son, Donald Dykes, a daughter, Carol Kay, and four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Theola was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one grand daughter, her husband, Jimmy Dykes and a son, Jimmy Ray Dykes.

Theola was a life long Presbyterian, as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bay City for over 40 years and then FPC, Giddings on her move to Giddings in 1997. She was very active in her church work, teaching Sunday School and Bible Study classes. She was also a volunteer for 17 years in the beauty salon at Bay Villa Nursing Home. For 15 years she was the office manager for Dr. Russell Mathis, running the close knit Dental group.

The family would like to thank Hospice Brazos Valley and the Jefferson Place Assisted Living Staff for all their love and service.

 Bay City Tribune, Published April 15, 2009
 

 

William E. “Gene” Dykes
July 30, 1925 – Oct. 15, 2008


William E. “Gene” Dykes, 83, of Sugar Valley passed away October 15, 2008.

He was born July 30, 1925 in Coffee County, Georgia to Pearl Rutherford Williams and Izaiah Z. Dykes, Sr. He joined the US Army infantry during World War II, seeing combat in the Ardennes Forest at the Battle of the Bulge. He worked in the Parts Department at Anderson Bros. and retired in the early 70’s to his land in Sugar Valley.

Survivors include his three sons, Bill and wife Mary of Bay City, Curtis and wife Judy, and Jeff and wife Gina of Sugar Valley; grandchildren, Beth Chapman and husband Ron, Travis, Sadie, Matthew, and Michael Dykes; and a great grandson, Keith Chapman.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Reta; daughter, Mary Elizabeth; son, Mark Dykes; brothers, Wendall, Ivy Glenn, Clyde, Jimmy and I. Z. Dykes; and his sisters, Sadie Dykes Teague and Gladys Dykes Brawner.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 2008 at the First Baptist Church, Hwy. 35, in Van Vleck, Texas.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published October 19, 2008

 


 

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