Matagorda County Obituaries
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Stephen Lynn Fair
(March 18, 1969 - April 27, 2012)

Stephen Lynn Fair was one of three born to the union of the then Wayne and Jackie Fair in Waco, Texas on March 18, 1969. He grew up surrounded by a loving family and many friends. Stephen graduated from Midway High School in 1988. He entered TSTI and received a degree in Instrumentation in 1992. He immediately began working for Phillips 66 on March 16, 1992 in the Pipeline Department. His latest position was that of Supervisor.

On April 11, 1992, he married Laney LeAnne Davis, his High School Sweetheart, after a courtship of five and one-half years, at Hewitt First Baptist Church. To this union one daughter, Tanna Ellice, was born.

He loved to hunt and fish with his friends, however, his newest love was elk hunting in Colorado with friends. Each summer he, his wife, and daughter spent each weekend in Port Aransas. Stephen has been co-chairperson for Ducks Unlimited for seven (7) years and loved every minute of it.

He is survived by his wife of twenty years, Laney, daughter, Tanna, mother Jackie (Sammie) Ivie of Crawford, TX; father Wayne (Lois) Fair of Hewitt; brothers Brian, Mike and David Far and Charlie Turner all of Waco, Terry Fair of Galena, Alaska & Ricky Fair of Hewitt; grandparents James and Frances Holdbrook of Lorena, TX as well as a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, co-workers and friends.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm to 8pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, April 30, 2012 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Brian Fair, Devin Fair, Mike Fair, David Fair, Charlie Turner and James Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Clayton Davis, Colby Davis and Dylan Fair.

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Josephine Feldhousen

EDNA—Josephine Feldhousen, 88, of Francitas died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1993.

She was born April 10, 1905, in Ellsworth, Kan., to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Renc. She married the late Lawrence W. Feldhousen in 1930 in Ellsworth. The homemaker was a member of First Baptist Church in Francitas.

Survivors: sons, Lawrence W. Feldhousen Jr. of Blessing, E. L. Feldhousen of Houston and Leonard E. Feldhousen of Burlington, Colo.; brother, Alfred Renc of Great Bend, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband on May 5, 1971.

Services: 10 a. m. Saturday, Slavik Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Ron Lynn officiating.

Burial: Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 782-2152.

Pallbearers: Lance Feldhousen, Flint Feldhousen, Tom Wiley, Edwin Gangl, Clarence Cothron and James Aslin.

Victoria Advocate, August 12 or 13, 1993
 


James Bernard Ferguson

Funeral services for James Bernard Ferguson, 72, of Markham will be held 2 p. m. Friday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Ferguson was born May 1, 1917, in Rhode Island and died Sept. 20, 1989, at Matagorda General Hospital.

A resident of Markham for 13 years, he was a member of the Catholic church.

Survivors include his wife, Zelphia Maxwell Ferguson of Markham; two daughters, Shirley Hock of Bay City and Judy Ray of Orlando, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Evalee Hahn of Bay City and Joyce Genzer of Markham; a stepson, J. O. Frick of Blessing; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Johnnie Lee Hahn, Joe Frick, Jacob Frick, Steven Zapalac, Ronnie Piwonka and Hugh Hoffman.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, September 21, 1989
 

Graveside services for Mary Ferguson, 92, of Sweeny will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000 at Cedarvale Cemetery with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

Ms. Ferguson died in Sweeny [on February 8, 2000]. She was born March 7, 1907 in Montgomery, Texas.

She is survived by: her daughter-in-law and her husband Julane and Carl Thumann of Bay City; grandson, Shawn Ferguson of El Campo; two great grandsons, Brandon Brune of Kyle, Texas and Westin Ferguson of El Campo; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, February 10, 2000
 


Zelphia “Sug” Frick Ferguson

Zelphia “Sug” Frick Ferguson, 89, of Bay City passed away May 13, 1997 at Matagorda General Hospital.

She was born Oct. 4, 1907 in Mt. Vernon to Robert L. and Madelyn L. Murphy Maxwell. She was a member of the Baptist Church, was a resident of Markham for 70 years before moving to Bay City three years ago.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law Evalee and Johnny Hahn of Bay City and Joyce and Stanley Genzer of Markham; daughter-in-law Clara Frick of Markham; two sisters Zella Bohuslav of Markham and Patsy Gunnels of Lake Jackson; one brother Robert Maxwell of Bay City, 16 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Otto Frick; two sons J. O. and V. L. Frick and three sisters Dessie Frick, Della Smith and Myrtle Powell.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday, May 15, 1997 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral home in Bay city.

Daily Tribune, May 14, 1997
 



 

John W. Ferrell

Irene Ferrell

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Kissir Ferrell

Samuel Lee Ferrell

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Frances M. Fetters

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Virgil Charles Fetters

Cedarvale Cemetery

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HALLARD FIELDS "YITTIE
"

FREEPORT - Hallard Fields "Yittie", 78, of Freeport, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.

Deacon Hallard O. Fields (“Yettie”) was born September 17, 1933 in Bay City, Texas, to Archie and Marilyn Fields. He departed this life on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Funeral services for Hallard Fields "Yittie" will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at First United Missionary Baptist Church in Freeport, with Rev. Ondra Waddy, officiating.

Viewing will be held Monday, January 30, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 at the church, burial will follow immediately after service at Shiloh Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green Mortuary in Bay City 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on January 30, 2012
 


Raymond E. Fields

Raymond E. Fields, 82, of Palacios died in Palacios, Friday, January 30. He was a resident of Palacios for over twenty years and a member of the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include: wife, Pearl Fincher Fields of Palacios; sons, Raymond Fields Jr. of Abilene, Tommy Fields of Desperes [Des Peres], Missouri; brother, Ted Fields of Palacios; 5 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 1, at 2 p. m. at Palacios Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with Rev. Leon Maxwell and Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating. Masonic graveside services will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Masons will serve as pallbearers. Services with Palacios Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, January 31, 1981
 


Ricky Lamont Fields
June 18, 1970 – May 21, 2012

Funeral services for Ricky Lamont Fields, 41, of Freeport will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2012, at First United Missionary Baptist Church in Freeport, Texas, the Rev. Ondra Waddy, pastor and the Rev. K. L. Ganther, eulogist.

Burial will follow immediately after services at Hudgins Cemetery in Cedar Lane, Texas.

There will be no public viewing before or after services.

Ricky Lamont Fields was born on June 18, 1970 and was reared by Hallard and Joann Fields.

Ricky departed this life on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 9:08 a.m. at his resident in Freeport.

He was preceded in death by: his father, Hallard O. Fields; two sisters, Vicky and Cheri Fields; grandmother, Catherine Hayes; and grandfather, Howard Hayes.

He leaves to cherish his beautiful memories; loving and devoted wife, Amanda Fields; mother, Joann Fields; one daughter, Jadelyn Fields; six sons, Ricky Fields, Marcus Fields, Deacon Fields, Samuel Lovell, Darion Fields, and Trey Fields; one god-sister, Salecia Sidney; one god-brother, Lawrence Grice, III; two aunts, Laverne Harris (Robert) and Marilyn Lacey (Rev. Byrd); one uncle, Jimmy Fields; one great-uncle Lawyer Fields; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green’s Mortuary of Bay City, Texas at 979-245-3489.

Online condolences may be sent to greensmortuary@sbcglobal.net.

Bay City Tribune, May 27, 2012
 


Sarah Elizabeth Fields

Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Fields, age 46, of Houston, will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10 a. m., at Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark, Houston, Texas, with the Rev. M. E. Williams officiating, and Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff presiding. Additional services will be held at 3:30 p. m. at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with the Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 4 p. m. in the Chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and from 6 to 9 p. m. at Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston.

Mrs. Fields was born in Bay City, Monday, Jan. 3, 1949, and died Thursday, Oct. 5, 1995, at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

She was a member of the 1967 Class of Hilliard High School in Bay City. Her career experience included 20 years employment at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, where she served as Research Technician in the Department of Pathology.

Mrs. Fields, a former resident of Bay City, was a member of Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston. Among her religious affiliations included membership with the Adult Sunday School Class II, and a member of the Sanctuary Choir. She also served with the Baptist Women Mission Society, from which she organized the Annual Women’s Prayer Retreat. In Feb., 1993, Sarah Fields became founder of the Brentwood Intercessory Prayer Line, an organization designed to benefit the spiritual aspirations of Brentwood’s 10,000 plus members.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Lawyer Fields, Jr. of Houston. Also three daughters and one son-in-law, Mrs. Candy Smith-Harris (& Maurice), Ms. Tessila Fields and Ms. Lawrma Fields, all of Houston, and a son, Lawyer Fields, III of Bay City. Also one granddaughter, Canby Janea’ Smith of Houston; her mother, Ms. Nettie Bell Davis of Houston, and a father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lawyer (Tessie) Fields, of Bay City. Also three sisters-in-law, Ms. Debbie Fields Woodard, Mrs. Sherrie Fields Wyche and Mrs. Dianne Fields, and two brothers-in-law, Derrell H. Fields and Bobby Wyche. She leaves two nieces, Misses LaKesha and Kimberly Woodard, and four nephews, Derrick Fields, Lonnie Woodard, Jr. Derrell Fields, Jr. and Bobby Wyche, Jr. Also four aunts, Mrs. Bessie Lee Davis Burnett and Ms. Willie Mae Davis of Houston, Mrs. Estella Davis Powell of Bay City, and Mrs. Carrie Davis Southall of Van Vleck. Also her special friends and caretakers, Mrs. Audrey Jordan, Mrs. Jessie Parker, Mrs. Regina King and Mrs. Pauline Suphus. Three god-daughters, Ms. Tonya Jordan, Ms. Patricia Ware and Ms. Audrey White, and one god-son, Jordan Abbott. She leaves an extended family of other relatives and friends which include the Brentwood Church Family and the M. D. Anderson Hospital Department of Pathology.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clifton Harris, April 4, 1979.

Active pallbearers will include the Rev. Pleas Mayfield, the Rev. Cleophus Brown, Willie Rollins, Kenneth Young, Roosevelt Hudgins and Benjamin Scott, Jr.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, October, 1995
 


Harvey Leroy Finster

Dena Finster

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Charles Martin Fitzmorris

A mass for Charles Martin Fitzmorris, 55, of Galveston, Tx, was held Jan. 5, 2005 at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Mr. Fitzmorris was born Nov. 27, 1949 in New Orleans, LA to the late John Edmond Fitzmorris and Glenna Bess Dorris Fitzmorris. He died Dec. 30, 2004.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and the Texas High School Coaches Association. He retired after 30 years of service to Aldine School District and Ball High School.

He is survived by his sister, Doris Everett of Palacios and his aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, January 12, 2005
 


Catherine Fletcher



St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
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Myrtle Fletcher

Funeral services for Myrtle “Dutchie” Fletcher, 74, of Palacios, were held Oct. 23, 1995 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Burial was at Hawley Cemetery.

Mrs. Fletcher was born May 22, 1921 in El Maton, Tx., to the late Charley and Myrtle Mae Richardson Warn. She died Oct. 20, 1995.

She was an Avon salesperson and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Mrs. Fletcher is survived by her husband, R. J. Fletcher of Palacios; a daughter, Cindy Jo Quigg of Katy; a son, Scott W. Fletcher of Palacios; a sister, Margaret Henley of Sinton; a brother, C. V. Warn of Markham; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wayne Hunter, Jack Hawkins, John Hunt, Joshua Price, Richard Hendry, D. L. Layton, Henry Havel and Glen Barnett.

Memorials may be made to the Palacios Public Library, 326 Main, Palacios, 77465.

Palacios Beacon, October 20, 1995
 


Hope A. Flores
(December 15, 1939 - November 16, 2011)

Hope A. Flores, 71, of Bay City passed away November 16, 2011. She was born December 15, 1939 in Brownsville, TX to the late Delores Arias and Apolinar Rocha Arias. She worked at Peoples Laundry in Bay City for a number of years.

Survivors include husband, Johnny Flores of Bay City; son Jesse D. Sanchez of Bay City; sister Ophelia Escobar of Bay City; 8 grandchildren and 16 nieces and nephews. Her brothers Robert Arias and Jesse Gomez preceded her in death.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Friday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be 10:00 AM Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Angel Zboral, Fabian Ramirez, Robert Arias, Jr., Ricky Zarate, Ruben Escobar, Jr., Joe John Yanez, Jr., Jonathan Yanez, Sr. & Fabian Gallegos. Honorary pallbearers will be Sammy Flores, Jr., Abraham Flores, Alfred Buckley & Roland Zarate.

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Andrew Carnell “A. C.” Flye, Sr.

Funeral services for Mr. Andrew Carnell “A. C.” Flye, Sr., age 78, of Bay City, will be held Friday, Jan. 26, at 11 a. m., at Enterprise Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Kevin O. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Thursday until 9 p. m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Friday from 10 to 11 a. m. at the church.

Mr. Flye was born in Waco, Texas, Friday, Feb. 9, 1917, to Steve Flye and Carrie Hurd Flye, and died Sunday, Jan. 21, 1996, in Bay City.

Upon moving to Bay City from Eagle Lake, Texas, he established Flye’s Plumbing, which he operated until his death.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Robert Lee Flye (& Nona), and A. C. Flye, Jr., both of Dallas. Also five grandchildren, Myrtle “Squirt” Plummer (& husband, Lewis, Jr.), A. C. Flye III (& wife, Angaleak), Darryl Flye, Felecia Flye and Rosalind Flye.

Also four great-grandchildren, Lauren and Lewis Plummer, III and Aysia and A. C. Flye, IV, one brother and sister-in-law Steve, Jr. and Armenth Flye of Bay City, and one brother-in-law Willie B. Hart of Bay City.

He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a family of many, many friends.

Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by both wives, Myrtle Gardner Flye, February 1, 1970, and Narvel Gordon Flye, May 22 1994, and one sister, Ruby Lee Hart, March 14, 1995.

Active pallbearers will include Horace Davis, Johnny Sidney, Sr., William “Bill” Britton, Lonnie Austin, P. M. Salazar and Charlie Robinson.

Honorary pallbearers will include The Sidney Stickers, Wanda’s Southside, and Family Members and Friends.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.

Daily Tribune, January, 1996
 


Jim Fojtik, SFC, US Army (Ret.)
Feb. 26, 1919 – June 25, 2012

HE LOVED DEEPLY, HE WAS DEEPLY LOVED,
HE WILL BE MISSED, HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Jim Fojtik, 93, of Bay City went to be with the Lord and his loving wife, Ollie, on June 25, 2012. He was born in Jackson County, Texas, on February 26, 1919, to Frank and Bessie Fojtik.

Jim was an amazing man and his life speaks for itself. He was a faithful man: he was faithful to his family, to his church, to his neighbors, to his country. Jim cared for his wife until the day of her death.

He was a loving father. He loved spending time with his children and was always there when they needed him. His grandchildren were special to him. He was “Uncle Jimo” to many children not his own. He tended to the church, inside and out, with reverence.

Everyone who was blessed to know him loved and respected him. He was honest, kind, with a wonderful sense of humor, and always a gentleman.

Jim proudly served his country for 48 years, from 1938 to 1986. He joined the United States Army in January of 1938, and retired on January 31, 1960. During World War II, beginning in 1942, he served with the 9th Infantry Division campaigns in Casablanca, North Africa; Tunisia; Sicily; England; Normandy Beach, France, going ashore on Day 6 after D-Day; Belgium; and Germany. After the European Campaign he was stationed in Italy, then West Germany. In 1949 he returned to the states and was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division in Ft. Hood, Texas. From 1951 to retirement Jim’s tours of duty took him and his family to Baumholder, Germany; Nancy Ordinance Depot, France; and Fort Bliss, Texas. In April 1960, Jim went to work for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a lock operator. He retired from the Corps on September 3, 1986.

After his retirement Jim kept busy with his “ranch,” taking care of his cattle and garden. His second job during this time was to mow lawns, mostly for elderly folks.

Survivors include: his daughter, Helen and Bill Moran; sons, Lacy Fojtik and Kit Mok, and Michael and Leah Fojtik; grandchildren, James and Summer Moran, Meghann and Kevin Bass, Alexis Fojtik, Braeden Fojtik, and Landon Fojtik; grandchild, Daniel James Bass; sisters, Hattie and Dick Poole, Bessie Hutson, Agnes Fikes, and Mary Valka. He also is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Pallbearers will be Lacy Fojtik, Michael Fojtik, Bill Moran, James Moran, Louis John Fojtik, Ray Allen Polensky, and Ricky Poole.

Honorary pallbearers will be Helen Moran, Tommy Fikes, Bill Fojtik, Robert Fojtik, Wesley Fojtik, Auddie Hutson, Gordon Hutson, Gary Poole, Jeff Poole, Joe Valka, Loddie Valka, and Steve Valka.

The celebration of Jim’s life well-lived will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the First Pentecostal Church, 700 Avenue I, Bay City, Texas with Dr. Marvin Moore and the Rev. Wayne Neyland officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Pentecostal Church, P. O. Box 1644, Bay City, Texas 77404.

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

The family thanks those who helped care for Jim including Iris Chenault, Jennifer Childers, Julianne Collins, Dora Flores, Miranda Howell, Harriet Janise, Cody Jones, Tonya Piwonka, Sarah Sanabria, Julie Schuster, Raquel Solis, and Jerrica Weathers.

Bay City Tribune, June 27, 2012
 


Jerald P. Folmar, Sr.

ROSENBERG - Jerald P. Folmar, Sr. passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Jerald was born on June 29, 1941 in Wortham, Texas to the late Oscar and Verna Rouse Folmar.

He proudly served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. Jerald was retired from Exxon after 25 years of service. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his family especially his grandchildren. He loved spending time with his sons and nephews golfing or setting out lines.

He is survived by his sons; Jerald Paul Folmar , Jr. and Richard Jason Folmar; the mother of his sons, Linda Stansell King; his grandchildren, Ana and Sara Folmar, Richard Jason Folmar, Jr. and Derek Anthony Folmar; brother, James Larry Folmar & wife Suzie and numerous other family members.

Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family be visiting www.taylorbros.net. Published in Victoria Advocate on September 11, 2012

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, September 12, 2012
 

Lucille Harper Ford, 92, of Bay City passed away Sunday, July 21, 2002 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born November 3, 1909 in Bay City to Filmore Harper and Nancy Ellen Lowe Harper.

She was a lifelong resident of Matagorda and Brazoria counties and a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church in Alvin, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim Ford of Alvin; her brother and sister-in-law, Duward and Margaret Harper of Alvin; and one nephew, Duward Roy Harper of Welder, TX.

She is survived by two nephews, Paul E. Harper and wife, Teresa of Pearland, TX and Mike Harper and wife Elaine of Selkirk Island, TX; grand nieces and nephews, Pete, John, Woody, Robert, Ann Margaret Harper, Dr. Susan Gerik, MD, E.P., Bryan, Chris, and Steven Harper; seven great-grand nieces and nephews. She had many friends at Matagorda Nursing and Rehab Center.

Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with Rev. Howard Harper officiating.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002JL24

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 24, 2002
 


Forrest Fortenberry Killed
Mangled Body Found on Railroad Track Near Blessing

The dead body of Forest Fortenberry, a prominent farmer of near Blessing, was found early yesterday morning near Tide Haven.

The body was terribly mangled, parts of which were scattered along the tracks.

Mr. Fortenberry had been to Blessing on horseback and left the latter place about 8 o’clock to return to his home near Tide Haven. The horse arrived at home without the bridle about 11 o’clock at night. Mrs. Fortenberry, fearing some accident had befallen him, sent a Mexican in search of her husband, but he returned later without finding him. At daylight she sent another who found the body near the crossing. It is supposed a passing train struck him, causing his death. Several dollars in silver, which he had in his pockets were scattered along the track.

Mr. Fortenberry was a prominent citizen of the Midfield section and was well and favorably known here. He leaves a wife and three children and also three brothers, residing at Midfield, to-wit: Jim, a deputy under Sheriff Carr, Idle and Henry, together with a large number of friends and acquaintances in that and other sections of the country.

Matagorda County Tribune, March 16, 1917
 


Fortenberry final service is scheduled

Final rites were scheduled to be held at 3 p. m. Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Walcy Gertrude Fortenberry, 79, of Wadsworth, who died Saturday in Austin.

Rev. Thomas Plumbley of First Christian Church officiated at the services. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. W. O. Slaughter of Goliad; Mrs. J. E. Hale and Mrs. Lucille Barner of Houston, and Mrs. Lester Smith, Wadsworth; four sons, H. L. and J. I. Fortenberry of Bay City, Eugene Fortenberry, Moscow and Ernest Fortenberry, Texas City, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Greenfield of Nixon.

Daily Tribune, October 20, 1961
 

Medford B. Patrick Foster

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Troup “T. J.” Foster, III

Funeral services for Troup “T. J.” Foster, III, 16, of Blessing were held March 12, 2000 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

T. J. was born July 13, 1983 in Bay City to Troup and Anna De La Rosa Foster, II. He died March 8, 2000. He was a junior at Tidehaven High School where he was active in football, basketball and baseball.

He is survived by his parents of Blessing; paternal grandparents Earl and Nellie Foster of Blessing; maternal grandmother, Angelita De La Rosa of Bay City; paternal great-grandmother, Chole Treadaway of Buffalo, Tx.; a sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and Alex Gutierrez of Freeport; cousins Ean Foster and Stephanie Flores; an aunt, Shelly Foster; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Zacky B. Cano.

Memorials may be made to the Tidehaven ISD Athletic Booster Club, P. O. Box 129, El Maton, Tx. 77440

Palacios Beacon, March 15, 2000
 


Howard Dewayne Fountain

Funeral services for Howard Dewayne Fountain, 35, of Bay City, are scheduled for 11 a. m. Saturday, May 13, 1995, at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday afternoon. Family will meet their friends from 7-9 p. m. Friday night. The body will lie in state at Mother Zion Baptist Church Saturday morning from 10-11 a. m.

Mr. Fountain was born Jan. 8, 1960, and died May 9, 1995 at Gulf Coast Community Hospital in Wharton.

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother and father, Thelma and George Fountain of Bay City; a grandmother, Mrs. Nellie Green of Angleton; devoted relatives, Patricia and Tiffany Wiggins of Bay City and Kevin Edison of Houston; adopted sister and brother, Lillie Hines and J. D. Harris of Bay City; five uncles, Eddie Louis, Eugene, and Richard Green of Angleton and Melvin Green of Pamona, Calif. and Roosevelt Jackson of Bay City; two aunts, Peggy Green of Angleton and Margaret Green of Houston; a special friend, Melanie Kersh of Bay City and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers are John L. Bonner, Horace Davis, Johnny Johnican, J. D. Harris, Jonathan Harris and David Kersh. Honorary pallbearers are George Fountain, Roosevelt Jackson, R. L. Williams, Kevin Edison, J. D. Harris, and the ushers and nurses of Mother Zion Church.

Green’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Daily Tribune, October, 1995
 

Beulah H. Fox, 86, of Bay City died April 23, 2001 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born May 8, 1914 in San Augustine, Texas to the late James and Annie Norris Hunt. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and a longtime resident of Bay City.

Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Fred Law of Collegeport, Texas and Linda and Rothy Rogers of Lago Vista, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Margaret Fox of Pearland, Texas; sister, Johnnie MacLothridge of Palacios; brother, W. H. Stanley of Victoria; six grandchildren, Fred H. Law of Bay City, Allen W. Law of Lefors, Texas, Vicki L. Jan of Austin, Angela J. Hopkins of Phoenix, Ariz., Tracy Fox of Alvin and Cindy Fox of Savannah, Ga., and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde H. Fox May 12, 1998.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Kevin Lowrance and the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Fred Law, Jr., Charles Fox, Rothey Rogers, Fred H. Law, Allen W. Law, Lee Jan and Robby Jan.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001AR25

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, April 25, 2001
 


Ernestine “Tina” Frank

Funeral services for Ernestine “Tina” Frank, 82 of Bay City, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999 at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Tina passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999 after a long illness with lung cancer. She was born March 7, 1916 in Mingus, Texas to Telio and Lula Frances Hursman Andreatta and was the youngest daughter in a family of nine children.

She was a resident of Bay City since 1950 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her son, J. Louis “Corky” Frank and wife Bobbie Jean of Bay City; her sister, La Verne Brown and brother, Ernesto “Jack” Andreatta, both of Santa Barbara, CA.; a granddaughter, Debora Frank of Washington, D. C. and a grandson, James Louis “Jim” Frank and wife Patti Rees Frank of Lafayette, LA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Louis “Louie” Frank, Jr. in 1982.

The family has requested that all remembrances should be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Matagorda County Hospice.

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

Daily Tribune, January 6, 1999
 


Earnestine Johnson Franklin

Funeral services for Mrs. Earnestine Johnson Franklin, age 42, of Fresno, California, will be held Thursday, November 30, at 2:00 p. m., at the Enterprise Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Kevin O. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Wednesday until 9 p. m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Thursday from 1-2 p. m. at the church.

Mrs. Franklin was born in Bay City, Texas, Monday, March 2, 1953, to Ernest Johnson and Maggie Johnson and died Wednesday, November 22, 1995, in Fresno, California.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Franklin, Jr. of Bay City, and her god-mother, Mrs. Ethel Mae Spencer of Bay City. Also two daughters and one son-in-law, Mrs. Veronica Dubois (& Otto) of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ms. Ieysha Franklin of Bay City; and two sons and daughters-in-law, Hector Franklin (& Jennifer) of Bay City, and Andre’ Franklin (& Seymour) of Great Lakes, Virginia.

She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Kaye Frances Johnson of Denver, Colorado, and Ms. Donna Simpson of Galveston and one brother, Freddie Axel of Bay City. Also 10 granchildren, Kelvisa, Bra’Lyn, Jamesha, Ka’Lyn, Taylor, Kyra, Marcus, Brandenn, Christopher and Andre’ Jr.

Also one aunt, Mrs. Naomi Johnson Williams of Houston, and two uncles, Sam Johnson, Jr. of Bay City, and Willie Johnson of Houston; one god-daughter, Ms. Tarvette Baugh of Bay City and two god-sons, DeAndre’ Barnes and John Roberson, III both of Bay City. Also a host of nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives and friends.

Special friends include Ronnie Dan Roberson, Sheri Simmons, Wilma Jean Gadson, the Morgan-Eaton Family, and Dalpha Crawford.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Maggie Johnson, her father, Ernest Johnson, her god-father, Granderson Spencer, one sister, Flossy Rhodes, and one brother Johnny Rhodes.

Active pallbearers include James Austin, Jr., Erskin Davis, Adrain Ceasar, Ronnie Roberson, Claudis Grovey, Stevie Franklin, Charles Wilson, Harold White and Vernon Clay.

Honorary pallbearers include Hector Franklin, Andre’ Franklin, July Franklin, Brian Johnson, Kevin Johnson, LaBauve Edwards, III, Darryl Eaton, Kenneth Eaton, Boyd Eaton and Leonard Eaton.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, November, 1995
 


Willie Lee Franklin

FRANKLIN, Mrs. Willie Lee, 74, died Monday in Matagorda General Hospital. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at Mother Zion Baptist Church, with the Rev. L. R. James officiating. Burial will be in East View Cemetery. Survivors include: three sisters; Mrs. Mattie Mae Davis, Mrs. Everlyn M. Young of Bay City, and Mrs. Christine Williams of Houston. Stevens and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily Tribune, Wednesday, April 30, 1969
 


Christine Elizabeth Franzen
(August 21, 1973 - February 6, 2012)
 

Christine Elizabeth (Shelby) Franzen, 38, passed away on February 6, 2012 in Collegeport, TX. Christine was born on August 21, 1973 in Union City, Indiana, daughter to Sam Shelby and Gail Shelby. Loving wife, daughter and mother.

Survived by her husband Thomas Franzen; son, Samuel Fulton, daughter, Elizabeth Dannels; mother, Gail Shelby, father, Sam Shelby; sister, Melissa Shelby; step-sister Karen Holub; step-brother, John Shelby; mother and father-in-law, James and Ann Franzen; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family received visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Friday, February 10, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Collegeport Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Merck, John Shelby, Sam Shelby, Wesley Franzen, Derril Franzen, and Micah Glover.

Victoria Advocate, February 9, 2012
 


Maria Diaz Frausto

PALACIOS - Maria Diaz Frausto, 71, of Palacios, passed away July 21, 2012. She was born October 11, 1940, in Bay City, to the late Antonio Diaz and Aniceta Robles Diaz. She worked as a nurse's aide, and worked maintenance at several plant sites.

She is survived by her husband, Octavio Frausto, of Palacios; daughter, Janice Frausto, of Palacios; sons, Johnny Frausto, of Palacios, Robert Frausto, of Clute, Octavio Frausto Jr., of La Porte; brothers, Phillip Diaz, of Palacios, and Antonio Diaz Jr., of Clute; 13 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Marvin Frausto; sister, Ramona Serna; brothers, Jesse Diaz and Albert Diaz Jr.; and grandson, Michael Anthony Frausto.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, with a prayer service beginning at 3 p.m. at The Living Word Church at South Highway 35 and 12th Street in Palacios.  Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Victoria, 361-575-3212.

Published in Victoria Advocate on July 24, 2012
 


Andrew J. Frazier

Andrew J. Frazier, aged 91 years 7 months 15 days, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hendly at El Maton, Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Funeral services were conducted at Hawley cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 under the direction of Walker Furniture company.

Newspaper and date unknown
 


Dallas Frazier

Funeral services for Mrs. Dallas Frazier, 86, a resident of Eagle Lake, Tx. were held Monday  Jan. 8, 1996 at Green’s Mortuary at 11 a. m. with Rev. L. C. Cunningham, Jr. officiating.

Burial was at East View Cemetery in Bay City.

Mrs. Frazier passed away Jan. 5, 1996 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton. She was born Nov. 1, 1909 and was the daughter of Archie Owens and Louise Owens in Eagle Lake.

Her survivors are a niece and nephew Lillie Mae and Wesley Johnson of Bay City and a host of other relatives and friends.

Green’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Daily Tribune, January, 1996
 


Walter Frazier

A memorial service for Walter Frazier, 69, are scheduled for 10 a. m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 1994, at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. L. C. Cunningham Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Mr. Frazier was born Oct. 5, 1925, in Bay City to Walter Frazier and Ruth Harrison Frazier and died Dec. 14, 1994, at his residence.

He was a member of the Baptist church. He was a resident of Bay City and the victim of a house fire that took place Dec. 14, 1994.

Survivors include an aunt, Mrs. Irene Harrison of Los Angeles, Calif., an uncle, Frank Harrison of Los Angeles, Calif.; six cousins, Bonnie Hunt of Wharton, Roy Duke of Houston, Doris Harrison of Los Angeles, Calif., Alvy McElroy of Bay City and Guy Burnett of San Diego, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Frazier Sr. and Ruth Harrison Frazier and his brother, Leo Frazier.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home of Bay City.

Daily Tribune, December 15 or 16, 1994
 



 

Wilford E. "Tank" Frazier

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham


John Kyle Freeman
Aug. 24, 1980 –  April 6, 2011

John Kyle Freeman, 30, of McAllen, Texas, was born August 24, 1980, in Bay City, Texas.

Kyle died Wednesday April 6, 2011, in McAllen, Texas.

Kyle graduated from Van Vleck High School as Valedictorian and was a graduate of Rice University. He worked for Appirio, a computer technology solutions company based out of California.

All who knew him loved him and admired him for how incredibly intelligent and talented he was.

He had a generous and kind heart. Kyle knew how to make people laugh and loved doing so through magic, juggling and his humor. He especially loved children. He was a loving husband, son and father.

Kyle is survived by: his wife, Mari Freeman and young children, Maia and Collin; his parents, Bob and Sharon Freeman; his brother and sister-in-law, Kurt and Jennifer Freeman; his nephew, Micah Freeman; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday April 10, 2011, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3321 Sixth St., Bay City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Kyle’s name to Brazos Bend Baptist Church: 22311 FM 762, Needville, TX 77461.

These donations will be given to Compassion International Ministries.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, April 10, 2011
 


Casey Nicole Frick

Casey Nicole Frick, 13 of Markham, Tx. died May 25, 1995 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born April 1, 1982 in Bay City to Mark and Terry Landers Frick. She was an 8th grade student at Tidehaven Jr. High and a member of the First Baptist Church in Markham.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, May 28, 1995 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Interment will be at Hawley cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be David Bump, Eric Frick, Jason Frick, R. L. Frick, Danny Frick and Tony Kitzmiller. Honorary Pallbearers will be Brent Harvey and Tracy Rush.

Survivors include: Parents-Mark and Terry Frick of Markham, TX., Paternal Grandparents-Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Frick of Markham, TX., Maternal Grandparents-Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Landers of Markham, TX, by one Sister-Shannon Marie Frick of Markham, TX, and by two Brothers-Mark Frick, Jr. and Lance Frick both of Markham, TX.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, May 26 or 27, 1995
 


Clara Marie Frick

Funeral services for Clara Marie Frick, 68, of Markham will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at the First Baptist Church in Markham with Rev. Joe Ramsey and Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Frick died June 7, 1998 at Matagorda General Hospital. She was born Feb. 19, 1930 in De Kalb, Texas to the late Delbert and Eura Smith Babb.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham and a life-long resident of Markham.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Lois McDermott of Bay City, and Carol and Hugh Hoffman of Wharton; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. “Bob” and Lorinda Frick of Markham; a brother, Carman Hassel of Blessing, seven grandchildren, R. L. Frick of Bay City, Rachel Frick and Christopher Frick of Markham, Steve and Chris Hoffman of Wharton, Paige McDermott of Bay City, and Kacey Gragget of Brazoria; two great grandchildren, Preston Gragget of Brazoria, and Chelsi Frick of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, V. L. Frick; her son, V. L. Frick, Jr.; and a sister, Gladys Babb.

Pallbearers are R. L. Frick, Christopher Frick, Mike McDermott, Steve Hoffman, Max Cruz, and Willie Bohuslar.

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

Daily Tribune, June 9, 1998
 


Jacob Otto Frick

Funeral services for J. O. Frick, 61, of Blessing will be held 10 a. m. Tuesday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral chapel with the Rev. Ron Lynn officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Frick was born Nov. 2, 1930, to Otto and Zelphia Maxwell Frick in Coon Island and died Jan. 5, 1992 at his home.

A lifelong resident of Blessing, he was a member of the Baptist church.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Frick of Blessing; a daughter, Allie Kay Frick of Houston; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Jacob Otto and Shirley of El Maton, Joe Martin and Tena of Blessing, Charles Robert and Sandy of Markham, Otto Fritz and Lisa of Van Vleck and Patrick E. Keszler of Blessing, his mother, Zelphia Ferguson of Markham; two sisters, Joyce Ginser [Genzer] of Markham and Evaela [Evalee] Hahn of Bay City; and 11 grandchildren.

The sons of Mr. Frick and Mark Mueck will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, June 29, 1993
 


Otto Frick

FRICK, Otto, of Markham, passed away in Hondo, Texas, on September 9. He was 67 years of age. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Zelphia Frick; two daughters, Mrs. Johnny Hahn of Bay City and Mrs. Joyce Genzer of Markham. Also, two sons, J. O. Frick of Blessing and E. L. Frick of Markham; brothers, Sonny and Ed Frick of Markham and sister, Mrs. Edwin Buerri of Angleton. Services are pending at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, September, 1971
 



 

Vernon Herman Fricke

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Karl Lawrence Fusaro

Karl Lawrence Fusaro, 73, of Van Vleck passed away September 13, 1995 at Matagorda House in Bay City.

He was born August 13, 1922, in Bayville, New York to Pasqally and Ragna Otteson Fusaro. He was a retired Electronics Technician having worked for the Gruman Corporation and Texas Instruments, was a professional piano and accordion player, formerly a driver and attendant of the handicap bus for the Van Vleck ISD, a member of the Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Marine Corp. He was a former resident of Baycliff and Sante Fe having lived in Van Vleck for the past 7 years.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Fusaro of Van Vleck, by one daughter and son-in-law, June and Richard Neuwirth of Oakhurst, Texas, by one son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Roseanne Fusaro of Bay City and by four grandchildren, Amy Neuwirth, Katie Neuwirth, Mandy Neuwirth, and Richard Neuwirth, Jr. all of Oakhurst, Texas.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 p. m. Friday, September 15, 1995 at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with Msgr. James Brunner officiating.

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

Daily Tribune, September 15, 1995
 


 

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