Matagorda County Obituaries
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Jacob Roy Dailey

Jan. 21, 1949 - Feb. 1, 1973

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Iris Darby

Sept. 19, 1898
Oct. 12, 1984

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 



 


Naomi Davant
Funeral Services Are Held Friday For Mrs. Davant

Funeral services were held Friday morning at the First Methodist Church in Bay City for Mrs. W. E. Davant, wife of W. E. Davant, prominent Attorney. Mrs. Davant died Thursday at her home here.

The Rev. Marvin Vance officiated and burial was in the Cedarvale Cemetery.

In addition to her husband, Mrs.. Davant is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann and Katherine; one son, J. E. "Ted" Davant III; two grandchildren, James Edward and Laura Carolyn Davant, all of Bay City; two brothers, J. A. Brigham of Pearland and H. E. Brigham of Houston.

Mrs. Davant was past matron of the Eastern Star Lodge, past president of the Chautauqua Club and of the P. R. A., and was active in civic affairs for a number of years.

The Bay City Herald, May 28, 1942



 


Naomi Brigham Davant

Williams Edwards Davant

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 



 



 


Glenda Burns Davenport

March 4, 1939 – January 27, 2014

Glenda Burns Davenport, 74, of Matagorda passed away January 27, 2014.

She was born March 4, 1939 in Cuero, TX, to the late Leo and Jane Ballard Burns.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Davenport; and grandchildren, Rachel Renee Ford and Robert James Ashby.

Survivors include her daughters, Connie Carter and Mike, Betty Cloud and Benny and Rhonda Hale and Gary; son, Doug Seifert and Daryl Ewing; grandchildren, Chase Carter, Jana Townzen and Nick, Jessica Fry and Robert; great-grandchildren, Victoria Black, Jake Townzen, and Babygirl Fry, on the way; and brother, Butch Burns and his children.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her life was consumed with being a part of each of their lives and making wonderful memories. Her other passion was the Matagorda County Women’s Crisis Center. She gave 25 years of dedication to this organization, starting as a volunteer and retiring as their Director.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the funeral home.

The Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Pauline Harvey-Storey officiating.

Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mike Carter, Benny Cloud, Chase Carter, Nick Townzen, Robert Fry and Joel Ashby.

Please make memorials in her name to Matagorda County Women’s Crisis Center.

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, January 29, 2014
 


J. B. Davenport
(April 25, 1937 - September 12, 2013)

J. B. Davenport, 76, of Matagorda went to be with The Lord on Thursday, September 12, 2013. He was born April 25, 1937 in Rosebud, TX to the late Hugh & Bess Vickers Davenport. J. B. was an avid fisherman who loved to spend time on the water with his family and friends. He spent about 25 years in the oil & gas industry as a Petroleum Engineer. After retiring, he went into the Real Estate Business. J. B. love for his family to spend time at his home in Matagorda on the Colorado River. J. B. is survived by his wife: Glenda Davenport; 2 daughters: Cindy Janca & husband James and Jill Russell & husband Jeremy; son: Mike Davenport & wife Pam; 4 grandchildren: Taylor Janca & wife Jaquelyn, Chandler Janca, Payne Davenport, Clayton Davenport; and great grandson: Jenner Janca. The Family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX. Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Taylor Janca, Chandler Janca, Payne Davenport, Clayton Davenport, James Janca, and Mike Davenport. The family would like to thank AMED Hospice for their care and support during J. B.’s final days.

Bay City Tribune, September 18, 2013
 


 
Bonnie K. Davis

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Buck Davis Dies at 75

E. C. “Buck” Davis, 75, a Bay City resident since 1933, died yesterday at Matagorda General Hospital following a sudden illness.

An active member of the community since moving with his family to Bay City with the United North and South Drilling Company, Davis belonged to various Masonic lodges in the area.

He was a member and past president of Bay City Lodge A. F. & A. M., Bay City, Chapter No. 315 R. A. M. and the Bay City Council No. 251 R. S. & M. He also was an active member in the Bay City Commandery No. 74 with the title Knights Templar and was a former worthy patron of the Bay City Chapter 380 Order of the Eastern Star.

His home church was the First Baptist Church in Bay City, where he belonged to the Myer Sunday School class. He participated in various church functions and activities throughout the years.

He retired from the Brewster-Bartle Corporation in 1959, where he worked as a tool pusher for drilling companies most of his life.

He worked for the first drilling company to come to Matagorda County.

Davis is survived by his wife Myrtle of Bay City, daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Joe Birkner, Jr. of Bay City and Joyce and Toney Carr of Palacios. His two grandchildren are Christopher Carr of Ft. Bragg, N. C. and Mary Ann Birkner, a student at Baylor University.

The funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church in Bay City Thursday, July 17 at 5 p. m. with Masonic graveside services and interment following under the direction of Bay City Lodge 865 A. F. and A. M. Pallbearers include: Paul Wakefield, Edd W. Reynal, Bill Sirmon, Ted Strozier, George R. Brown, Pierre E. Gordon, Ed Hibbs and Dr. Russell Matthes. Honorary pallbearers include: all Masonic Brethren, Myer Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church and Bryan Simons, M. D. Arrangements are made with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, July 16, 1980
 


John Paul Davis
November 9, 1939 – February 10, 2014

The Life and Legacy of The Honorable Judge John Paul Davis.

He was born and raised in Bay City, TX, where he graduated in 1958 from Hilliard High School with honors.  In 1963, he received a B.A. Degree in History from Prairie View A & M University.

Davis, a Vietnam War Veteran, served 2 years in the U.S. Army.  He received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence Law Degree December 7, 1972, from the University of Houston Law School.

Davis’ law career began in 1973, as the first African American Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Jefferson County, and in 1976, he entered private practice.

In 1978, he became the first African American to seek a county-wide judgeship through the election process.  He was the first African American appointed as Judge and Chief Magistrate of the Beaumont Municipal Court on July 7, 1980.  On December 22, 1989, he was appointed as Judge of the Jefferson County Court at Law #3, the second African American in Jefferson County’s history to hold a countywide elected office, where he served for the past 20 years.

Judge Davis served as president emeritus of the Hilliard High School Alumni Association, inducted in the Hilliard High School Hall of Fame, and named Distinguished Alumni of BCISD.

Judge Davis received numerous awards and distinguished honors. He was a lifetime member of the NAACP, recently named the Martin Luther King Support Group, Inc. Man of the Year for 2014. He was past president and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and named Chapter Omega Man of the Year and Omega Citizen of the Year

Deacon Davis was an active and devoted member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

Most recently Judge Davis authored “Who Will Remember Us?”, a historical and personal narrative that chronicles the development of Negro education in Bay City, Texas, during the segregation era from 1894 to 1967.

He is preceded in death by parents, Lemon and Opal Davis; and brother, James “Sonny” Lockett. 

Those who will miss his loving nature and words of wisdom include his wife, Sharon Diane Dozier-Davis; siblings, Joe Ann Davis of Bay City, TX and Alphonse Revis, Sr. of Houston, TX; children, Ruth Davis Young (Eric) of Palacios, TX, Paul Kevin Davis of Fort Worth, TX, John Kelvin Davis (Marcia) of Houston, TX and Kimberly Nicole Davis of Los Angeles, CA; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;  and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Bay City Tribune, February 16, 2014
 


Jimmy Roe Davis
(June 29, 1980 - October 3, 2013)

Jimmy Roe Davis, 33, of Bay City passed away October 3, 2013. He was born June 29, 1980 in Bay City, Texas to Jimmy and Donna Roe Davis. He was preceded in death by his father, and grandparents Roland J. Davis, “Jiggs” and Lois Basey, John H. Roe and Hilda “Tootsie” Roe.

Survivors include his mother Donna Davis and sisters Susan Elaine Chavarria, Lori Ann Meyerdirk and Jonna Michele Davis.

Funeral service will be 4:00 PM Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marshall Sykes, Marvin Leverett, Martin Johnson, Joe Davis, David Wright and Robert Reyna. Honorary pallbearers will be Davis Shields, Garrett Shields, Joseph Chavarria, Joe G. Davis II, Steven E. Roe, Jr., John D. Roe, Thomas Wayne Murphree, Chris Janice, Troy Janice, Daniel Davis and Joe Yeamans.

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Katherine "Dolores" Sterry Davis - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


M. Keefer Davis  19 Oct 1919 - 02 Nov 2001
Mary H. Davis   25 Dec 1921 - 11 Dec 1977

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Myrtle Sanders Davis

Myrtle Sanders Davis, 89, of Bay City passed away April 18, 1996 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

She was born Sept. 6, 1906 in Luling, Texas to Wiley Marcus and Clementine Mercer Sanders. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for over 40 years, a resident of Bay City since 1993, a member and past matron of The Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of The Book Review Club.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Dorothy and Joe Birkner, Jr. of Bay City and Joyce and Toney Carr of Palacios; by two sisters-in-law, Novell Sanders of Houston and Crystal Sanders of Luling; by two grandchildren, Chris Carr of Bay City and Mary Anne Harrison of Bay City; by five great grandchildren, Adam and Sarah Carr, and Stephanie, Stacie and Savannah Harrison all of Bay City; and by a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E. C. "Buck" Davis in 1980.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p. m. Sunday, April 21, 1996 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Dr. Mike Zimmerman and Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers include, Bob Allen, James Sowell, Doug Wells, Wallace Sanders, Ray Sanders, Jerry Sanders, Dr. Warren Criswell, and Stephen Harrison.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of The Order of the Eastern Star, members of The Masonic Lodge and Dr. James E. Cowart.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, April 19, 1996
 


Orene Mae Davis

Funeral services for Orene Mae Davis, 90, of Bay City, will be held 2 p. m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mike Toland officiating. interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Davis died Friday, Aug. 14 at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1907 in Bastrop to the late Samuel and Nettie Tinnie Tidwell Baker.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a Past Matron of the Eastern Star, and a former member of the Rebecca's.

A life-long resident of Bay City, Davis is survived by her daughter, Winona O. Hutcherson; son, A. C. Davis, Jr., and his wife Bernice; sisters, Louise Sykes and Irene Woffard, all of Bay City.

Davis is also survived by her grandchildren, Lee Williams and his wife Leigh Ann of Bay City; Terry Williams and his wife Lisa of Port Lavaca; Barbara Miller and her husband John of Bay City; Russell Davis of League City, Karen Broussard and her husband David of Sulpha, La., Randall Davis and his wife Geri of League City; 18 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A. C. Davis, Sr.; son Samuel Walter Davis; sisters Dorothy Davidek, Laura Haynes, Ruby Adams, Myrtle Ashcraft; brothers, Jessie Baker, Frank Baker, Sr., and Sammie Baker.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include Frank Baker, Jr., Aubrey Baker and Bert Woffard, Jr.

Arrangements are by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home of Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, August 16, 1998
 


Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Davis - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Jane Wilson del la Moriniere

(January 5, 1917 - December 11, 2013)

Jane Eyre Clapp Wilson de la Moriniere beloved daughter, mom, sister, aunt, and grandmother passed away December 11, 2013. Jane was born January 5, 1917 to Olivia and Hester Clapp in El Campo, Texas. Jane was very active in the Bay City Country Club Ladies Golf Association. For many years she was involved with the Order of the Eastern Star of Lake Jackson and enjoyed her friends and fellowship at the First United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Frank Wilson and Ralph de la Moriniere, daughter, Phyllis Wilson, sons, Robert (Bobby) Wilson and David de la Moriniere, sister, Kathryn Clapp Orr, and grandson, Ralph Jules (Tray) de la Moriniere. Jane is survived by son, David Wilson (Lisa) and son, Jules de la Moriniere; Grandchildren, Tamara Wilson, Karyn Wilson, Brian and Leslie Wilson and Elena Goldsmith (Alan), Jenci Wilson (Mark), Angie Clifton (Kevin), and Esten de la Moriniere; Great grandchildren, Chandler Wilson, Esther and Sophia Goldsmith, Samantha de la Moriniere, Kelli Garza, Tommy, Stephen and Jayti Wilson, Shelby, Ethan, and Jonathan Clifton; Great great grandchild, Brandon Wilson; Nieces, Dawn Orr Free and Mary Orr Yarbrough and nephew, Hershel Orr.

The funeral service will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City TX on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at 10:00 AM. Graveside services will follow at Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine Drive, Houston TX 77055 at 3:00 PM.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care Jane received from the staff at The Village at Gleannloch Farms and Heart to Heart Hospice.

Bay City Tribune, December 15, 2013
 


Angelina Grace Dean
(December 5, 1934 - November 18, 2013)

Angelina Grace Dean, 78, of Bay City passed away Monday, November 18, 2013 in Houston. She was born December 5, 1934 in Houston to the late Pete F. & Virginia Campese Scanlin. Angelina was on bowling leagues for over 30 years. She was an avid square dancer, loved to cook for friends and family, and loved to fish. She worked for the Bay City Public Storage for 14 years.

Angelina is survived by daughter: Theresa Dean of Bay City; son: Berry Dean of Bay City; half sister: Rosalie Duncan; and by numerous nieces & nephews. Her husband Lewis V. Dean preceded her in death in 1987.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the funeral home with a rosary beginning at 7:00 PM. The funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Friday, November 22, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Msgr. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be: Mike Scanlin, Anthony Scanlin, Pat Scanlin, John Muskiet, Jay Hubbard, and John Ashcraft.
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2013

www.taylorbros.net
 



 
At Rest

Alice Fraychinaud Decoux

Beloved wife of
Edmond DeCoux

Born
in New Orleans, La.
Sept. 2, 1871

Died
at Bay City, Tex.
Sept. 5, 1905

Age 31 yrs. 3 ds.

After so much courage and
suffering we have lost you to
the world forever.

 

 

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Vernon Owen Denn
(July 8, 1947 - January 30, 2014)

Vernon Owen Denn, 46, of Bay City passed away January 30, 2014. He was born July 8, 1947 in Bay City, TX to the late Billy William John Denn and Georgena Brittan Denn. He served in the US Army during Vietnam and was a life member of Phillip H. Parker VFW Post 2438 in Bay City.

Survivors include his wife Gail Denn of Bay City; son Danny Denn & wife Bobbi of Bay City; Brother Mike Denn & wife Becky of Bay City and sister Judy Denn Burkel & husband Mike of Van Vleck.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm until 7pm Monday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lee Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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Fritz G. De Reese   1900 - 1970
Minnie C. De Reese   1908 - 1979

Roselawn Memorial Park
Courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

 


Rodolfo DeLosSantos

(October 26, 1949 - June 5, 2013)

Rodolfo DeLosSantos, 65, of Bay City passed away Wednesday June 5, 2013. He was born October 26, 1949 in Lagarto, Texas to the late Victor & Inez Gutierez DeLosSantos.

Rodolfo is survived by his loving wife: Eva DeLosSantos; 4 daughters: Yolanda, Esmeralda, Ida, Rebecca, & Rosario DeLosSantos; 6 sisters: Santos B., Victoria Gutierez, Marin P., Rafela Perez, Adelfa Figueroa, & Bennie Posten; brother: Santigo DeLosSantos; 2 grandchildren: Emelia & Mattia.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday, June 10, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the funeral service starting at 2:00 PM with Msgr. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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Foster W. DeSoto, Jr.
July 23, 1952 – March 27, 2013

Foster W. DeSoto Jr., 60, of Port Lavaca went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

He was born on July 23, 1952 in Bay City, Texas to Foster W. and Rose DeSoto. Jr. worked on the waterways as a Captain of tow boats for 42 years. He loved to spend time with his family when he was home from the water. Jr. was a native of Matagorda and served faithfully with the Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department and the Matagorda EMS for many years. He called First Baptist and First United Methodist of Matagorda his church homes.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 19 years, Debbie of Port Lavaca; brother, Simon DeSoto of Bay City; three stepchildren, Candice Thigpen, Bobby Willhite and Joey Willhite; numerous grandchildren and nephew, Ronnie W. Proffer of Conroe. Jr.

He was preceded in death by: his father, Foster W. DeSoto; mother, Rose DeSoto and sister, Carlene Griffith.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Matagorda with Simon DeSoto officiating.

Bay City Tribune, April 3, 2013
 


Wayman Adolph Dial

(December 31, 1931 - January 29, 2014)

Wayman Adolph Dial, 83, of Bay City passed away January 29, 2014. He was born December 31, 1931 in Beeville, TX to the late J. W. Dial and Aileen Fetters Dial. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the US Army. He also served as Chief of Police in San Marcos, Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Marilyn Dial; daughter Tana Villasana (Robert) of Sabinal, TX; sons Alan Dial (Lisa) of Corpus Christi and Gary Dial of Tuleta, TX; step-daughters Drenda Williams (Clay) of Bay City, Jeri Lyn Sump (Dale) of Austin and Amanda Jackson (Diamond Watson) of Lake Jackson; sisters Margie Rowley of Needville and Ethel McConnell of Beeville; brother Jackie Dial (Shirley) of Beeville; 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be 2:00 PM Saturday, February 1, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Rev. Jared Stillions officiating. Please make memorial donations in his name to the American Heart Association.

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Earl Otto Dibbern

(February 13, 1929 - June 17, 2013)

Earl Otto Dibbern, 84, of Bay City passed away June 17, 2013. He was born February 13, 1929 in Houston, TX to the late John Christian Frederick Dibbern and Minnie Kuehnle Dibbern. Earl was well known for his craftsmanship and the love of building custom homes in Bay City and surrounding areas. He began his building career with his father in the early 1950's and continued the tradition with his two sons. Together, there are more than one hundred 'Dibbern-built' homes and businesses in the area. Earl's other hobbies were fishing and his garden. He spent many hours at the shop on Horn Road, whether he was working in the garden or cleaning up the boat after a day of fishing. That was his home away from home. His greatest joy came from spending time with the family, especially on Christmas Eve with all of the grandkids at home playing chicken foot dominoes. He will forever hold a special place in all of our hearts.

Survivors include his wife Betty Dibbern of Bay City; daughter Terry Lynn Broadwater & husband Danny of El Maton; sons Dwayne Earl Dibbern & wife Veronica and Randy Ray Dibbern & wife Lisa all of Bay City; brother Robert Dibbern & wife Laura of Livingston; grandchildren Chad Broadwater (Barrett Glaze), Chase Dibbern & wife April, Clay Broadwater, Lauren Dibbern, Alyssa Dibbern, Haley Dibbern and Zachary Dibbern; sister-in-law: Anna May Dibbern; and numerous nieces and nephews. One brother John C. Dibbern and sister-in-law Teresa Dibbern preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends and family from 5PM to 7PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Lane Pardue and Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Bay City Tribune, June 19, 2013
 


Yvonne Dillworth

Yvonne Dillworth, 51, of Matagorda passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013.  Services are pending with Viola Funeral Home ~ West Columbia.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
 


Lois Ashworth Dismukes
(June 6, 1918 - April 8, 2013)

Lois Ashworth Dismukes, 94, passed away April 8, 2013. She was born June 6, 1918 in Burke, Texas to the late J. H. Ashworth and Mamie Sikes Ashworth. She graduated from Lee High School in Baytown, Texas in 1936. Upon her graduation from Massey Business College in Houston she began work for Western Union and moved to Palacios, Texas in 1940 to work at Camp Hulen during World War II. In Palacios she met and married her husband of 48 years, Jesse V. Dismukes, who preceded her in death in 1989. In 1955 she went to work as secretary to the Superintendent at Palacios ISD and retired after 30 years. She moved to Webster, Texas 4 years ago to be near her family.

Survivors include her son James Dismukes and wife Cecilia of Kemah, TX; grandchildren Shelle Schomberg and Scott Dismukes and great grandchildren Madison, Clay, Masyn, and Jack.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5PM until 7PM Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX.

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Gordon W. Dokes

Funeral services for Gordon W. Dokes, 86, of Sargent were set for 2 p. m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dave Kleinfeldt officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Mr. Dokes was born March 3, 1907 in Swayze, Ind. To Ralph W. and Martha Capron Dokes and died March 8, 1993 at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was a member of Ruthven Commandery #2 Knights Templar in Houston. He was a past member of Masonic lodges in Houston and Bay City. Mr. Dokes was a resident of Sargent since 1973.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Dokes of Sargent; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Joanne and Jack Fitzpatrick of San Antonio; a son, David Wayne Dokes of Live Oak; three grandchildren, Leanne Arnold of San Antonio; Susanne Umberger of Victoria and Michael Lee Dokes of Houston; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew Umberger and Megan Umberger, both of Victoria.

Members of the Bay City Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, date unknown
 


Cecil D. Dornak
September 8, 1926 – October 22, 2013

Cecil D. Dornak, 87, of Bay City passed away October 22, 2013.

He was born September 8, 1926 in El Campo, Texas to the late Joseph Dornak and Martha Michna Dornak. He retired from Dow Chemical after 35 years and was a former resident of Lake Jackson. Cecil was a loving husband and father who gave generously of his time and talents. He was an avid hunter and a friend to all. After retirement he volunteered many hours at the food pantry in Lake Jackson.

His first wife, Olivia Dornak; and sisters, Rita Osina and Marilyn Young preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Frances Dornak of Bay City; daughter, Debbie Crass and husband Steve of Tennessee; sons, Denny Dornak of San Antonio and Alan Dornak of New York; and three grandchildren.

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

A rosary was recited at 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Mass followed at 2:00 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Greg Korenek.

Interment followed at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in El Campo, Texas.

Pallbearers were Pat Jurek, Randy Jurek, Clark Gray, Gene Koudelka, Eddie Cisneros and Craig King.

Please give memorial donations in his name to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2001 Katy Avenue, Bay City, TX 77414 or Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 2403 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77021.

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, October 27, 2013
 


Glenn Murphy Douglas
(March 28, 1960 - August 17, 2013)

Glenn Douglas, 53, of Bay City, Texas passed from this life to everlasting peace on Saturday, August 17,2013 at home in Bay City after a heroic struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Janet Douglas, their sons Robert and Davidson, and his father Edgar Murphy Douglas, also of Bay City. He is predeceased by his mother, Margaret Ann Douglas, as well as his paternal and maternal grandparents: Murphy and Imo Dell Douglas, and Peter Baker and Mintora Glenn. Glenn was born on March 28, 1960 in Bay City, Texas. He graduated from Bay City High School with academic and athletic honors in 1978. Growing up in Matagorda County imprinted on Glenn a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing, an interest in ranching, and a keen sense of fairness as an underpinning of community. The friendships of his youth and attachment to his family remained strong throughout his life. Glenn graduated from Texas A&M University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics. While at A&M, he joined the Theta Chi fraternity and was a member of A&M's skeet and trap shooting team that won NCAA national championships in 1981 and 1982. After college, he studied law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1985 and admission to the Texas State Bar later that year. At A&M, Glenn met Janet Burnam, and the two were married May 3, 1986. The young couple spent their first married years in Bryan / College Station, Texas, where Glenn began work as a trial lawyer for the firm of Dillon & Lewis. In 1991, Glenn joined the Houston law firm that / eventually became Crowley Douglas & Norman. He started his own Houston practice as the Douglas Law Firm in 2007. Glenn devoted his professional life as a trial lawyer to seeking justice for people harmed by another's disregard for their wellbeing. Although he regretted the hours away from home that were needed to research and try his cases, he helped many people obtain the means to mend shattered lives and prompted numerous defendants to adopt safer workplace practices. Glenn was a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (former Director), American Association for Justice, American Bar Association (Fellow), and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Houston was where Glenn and Janet raised their family and built a life together, but Bay City was never far from mind. After their youngest son graduated from high school, Glenn and Janet moved near their ranch on the banks of the Colorado River close to Bay City, realizing a cherished dream of returning to country living. Glenn thoroughly enjoyed being a father. He helped his sons grow to become strong and principled young men. He showed his sons how hard work, persistence, pursuit of excellence and consideration for others, along with a ready smile, help mold the foundation of a successful life. At their father's side, his sons learned to hunt and fish, manage cattle and steward the land, and by so doing, embraced their family's ranching heritage. Glenn built his life on the rock of family. Glenn and Janet had a mutual devotion to each other that saw them through good times and bad. He was never happier than he was at home with her on their ranch near Bay City. He loved her more than words can say. Visitation with the family will be held at the Bay City First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, August 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas on Friday August 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of the usual remembrances, contributions may be made in Glenn Douglas's honor to Chapel wood United Methodist Church at 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024, or to the First United Methodist Church of Bay City at 2304 Avenue H, Bay City, TX 77414.

Bay City Tribune, August 21, 2013
 


Peggy DuCote

(July 10, 1952 - January 14, 2014)

Peggy Lee DuCote, 61, of Van Vleck passed away January 14, 2014. She was born July 10, 1952 in Sour Lake, TX to Sherman Redd and Patsy Ruth Busley Redd. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her mother, maternal grandmother Mable Shugart and niece Kristen Jane Redd. Survivors include her father Sherman Redd & wife Glenda of Van Vleck; daughter Misty Cavallin of Van Vleck; brothers John Redd & wife Brenda of Athens, TX and Buster Redd of Van Vleck; grandchildren Calvin & ShyAnn Cavallin; 4 nieces, 1 nephew and special friends Glenda Redd, Carolyn Kile and Audrey Lovett.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM Thursday, January 16, 2014 at The First Baptist Church in Van Vleck. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm with Rev. Bob Hobbins officiating. Pallbearers will be John Redd, Buster Redd, Coy Reed, Daniel Marek, Craig Kile and Casey Kile. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Salvation Army.

Bay City Tribune, January 19, 2014
 



 
L. L.  Dudley

Born
09 Jul 1880
Died
29 Oct 1907

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 


Delia Forrestier Dunbar & Elijah Adam Dunbar - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Elijah A. Dunbar - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Forest E. Dunbar - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Roy M. Dunbar - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Gifford Leroy Duncan
May 8, 1893 - Dec. 11, 1942

Mary E. Duncan
1898 - 1981

Eastview Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott


Mary Duncan

Mrs. Mary Duncan, a life long resident of Bay City died at Jeannie Sealy Hospital in Galveston March 30, 1981. Services pending at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, March 30, 1981

[No additional obituary found.]
 


Patricia Lynn Duthie

July 17, 1948 – June 20, 2013

Patricia Duthie, 64, of Van Vleck, passed away Thursday evening, June 20, 2013 in a Bay City hospital following a brief illness. She was born on July 17, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana, a daughter of the late Robert Louis and Laura Malinda Cox Bullard. Ms. Duthie graduated from Mt Vernon High School in Indiana and attended Vincennes University and Indiana State University in Indiana. She worked in the accounting department at the South Texas Nuclear Project for many years and TSI Technicoating in Van Vleck for the past several years. She enjoyed her family, listening to music and gardening, especially flowers. Some of her most cherished times were spent with her children and grandchildren, whom she would do anything for. Patricia had an outgoing personality with the ability to empathize with anyone. Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home with Diane Campbell and Randy Bullard officiating. Survivors include: her son, Shawn Duthie of Wichita Falls; daughters, Heather Maher and husband, John of Wharton, and Jennifer Goodman and husband, Jimmy of Friendswood; sisters, Diane Campbell and Gerry Campbell of Marysville, CA, Sandra Bullard of Enfield, IL, Jane Johnson and husband, Fred of Rockford, IL, Amy McDermott of Claremont, CA, Tracy Buck of Emerald Isle, NC, and Megan Bullard of Emerald Isle, NC, and sister-in-law, Barbara Merz of Columbus, OH; brothers, Robert Bullard and wife, Sally of Mt Vernon, IN, Randy Bullard of Chicago, IL, and Brock Bullard and wife, Therese of Seattle, WA and brother-in-law, Robert Duthie and wife Paula of Clearwater, FL.; six grandchildren also survive, Lauryn, Gavin, Jackson and Jillian Goodman and J.C. and Noah Maher. She also leaves many cousins and friends to cherish her memory. In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2246 W. Holcombe BLVD, Houston, Texas, 77030 or the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 1220 B East Joppa Road, Suite 332, Baltimore, Maryland, 21286. Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, June 26, 2013
 


 

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