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Margaret Falks
February 11, 1938 – April 26, 2014

Margaret “Mickie” Falks, went to join her one true love, husband Donald, and family members on April 26, 2014.

Mickie was born on February 11, 1938 in Tucson, Arizona to the late Avis and Vivian Pendergrass Elkins. Mickie was an avid camper. Mickie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. Mickie was an avid reader, who loved her dog Charlie.

Law enforcement was a big part of her life, her husband was a retired Houston Police Officer, who also worked as a Deputy with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office, her daughter Karen is a Lieutenant with the San Antonio Police Department, her son Don is a Detective Sergeant with the Wharton Police Department, her daughter Robin Deal is a Registered Nurse, and numerous other family members in law enforcement.

Mickie is survived by her loving family, son, Don Falks and wife Pamela; daughter, Robin Deal and husband Michael; daughter, Karen Falks and partner Patrice Falks; grandchildren, Charlotte Falks, Aaron Falks, William Nettle Jr., Cody Nettle, Sarah Clegg and Addison Falks-Camacho; great-grandchildren, Camden Long, Kayden Long, Kensley Long, Aden Falks, Finnley Falks, Brooklynn Nettle and Ansley Nettle; sister, Anne Topping; brother, James Elkins; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; and brother, Thomas Allen Elkins.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas, with the Rev. Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Burial to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be William Nettle Jr., Cody Nettle, Aaron Falks, Keith Falks, Chris Orsag, Dewayne Falks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sodalis Elder Living, in memory of Margaret “Mickie” Falks, I 195 South Academy, New Braunfels, Texas 78130.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

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

Bay City Tribune, April 29, 2014
 


Virgil D. Farley

June 5, 1928 - March 11, 2015

Virgil D. Farley passed away peacefully on March 11, 2015, in Edna, Texas.

He was born on June 5, 1928, to Oscar and Nancy Wilkins Farley, and grew up in Crystal City, Texas, with his parents and six siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Adela; son, Benny Farley and wife Yvonne; daughter, Marilyn Mallory; grandsons, Eric Mallory and wife Stephanie, Chris Farley and wife Marcey and Brett Ringo; great-grandsons, Seth Mallory, Joshua Farley and Colton Farley; brother, James Farley; and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Lawrence ; brothers, Otto, Grover and Daniel Farley; and sisters, Pernia Dennis and Leona Wooten.

Virgil and Adela have resided in Caranachua community for most of their 67 years of marriage. He worked for Alcoa in Point Comfort, Texas for 36 years, and retired in 1986. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Woodmen of the World. Virgil was an avid hunter and a man of many talents, including ranching, carpentry and mechanics. He was also a wonderful counselor, advisor and teacher to his family, and will be truly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios, Texas, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a rosary being recited at 6:30 p.m.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios, Texas, with Fr. Bryan Heyer officiating.

Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Eric Mallory, Chris Farley, Brett Ringo, Josh Farley, Andy Novak and Russell Orsak.

Honorary pallbearers are Seth Mallory, Colton Farley, Bennie Orsak, Marvin Stuhrenberg, Michael Novak and Wayne Dennis.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, March 15, 2015
 

 

Emma J. Fate

 

Emma J. Fate, mother of our former fellow townsman, E. W. Fate, died at her home in Markham, Texas, this Tuesday morning at 1:20 o’clock at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 18 days, and was laid to rest in Cedarvale Cemetery here this afternoon following religious services at the Methodist Church in Markham at 3 o’clock this afternoon.

 

Mrs. Fate was born in Illinois. Her family moved to Minnesota where she was united in marriage with J. W. Fate in 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Fate moved to Texas in 1908 and settled in Markham. In May 1913 the husband died, leaving the mother and son to continue the work he had mapped out. Four children were born to them, with only one son Mr. E. W. Fate surviving. Mr. E. W. Fate, for many years a prominent rice farmer in Matagorda County, was now of Pyote, Ward County. Mr. Fate was at his mother’s bedside when the end came.

 

This splendid woman, who lived a substantial and useful life, was a member of the Methodist Church for a lifetime and was always a devoted, interested member and worker. The Tribune joins the scores of other friends in extending profoundest sympathy to the bereaved son.

 

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Mr. Emery Fate of Pyote, Texas, is at the bedside of his mother, Mrs. J. W. Fate, who has been very ill for about six weeks. Mrs. Fate passed away at one-thirty Tuesday morning. She has been a resident of Markham for a number of years. Mrs. Fate was a member of the Methodist Church and missionary society. She had many friends and loved ones in this community. Mrs. Fate is survived by her only son, Emery Fate and by four grandchildren, Minnie Mae, Haydon, Melvin and Louis Harper. We wish to extend our love and sympathy to the bereaved family.

 

Matagorda County Tribune, April 27, 1933          Typed by Susie Adkins
 


Nancy Louise Fella
March 6, 1920 - November 30, 2014

Nancy Louise Fella, 94, passed away peacefully, with her daughter by her side, on November 30, 2014, at The Home Place assisted living in Ganado, Texas, following a long battle with Alzheimer-type dementia.

She was born March 6, 1920, in Tyler, Texas, to John Felix Ward and Mary Lucille Ford Ward. The family later moved to the Clemville area, where she attended school in Markham, and met her high school sweetheart and future husband, John Victor (J.V.) Fella. They were married in 1940, and celebrated 68 years of marriage before his death, in 2008.

Nancy and J.V. lived in Clemville until they moved to Edna in 1960. They became active members of First Baptist Church. She loved singing in the choir, and greatly enjoyed teaching a Training Union class with J.V., assisting with the Girls Auxiliary, and participating in the WMU. She also enjoyed many other activities, such as sewing, gardening, get-togethers and trips with her daughter, as well as friends and family, and in her later years, oil painting. Nancy and J.V. greatly enjoyed camping at Lake Texana. She loved life, and had a wonderful smile and laugh.

In Edna, she worked for a time, for Dr. David Towery, then at Jackson County State Bank, until her retirement. She volunteered with the Blue Belles at the hospital, as well as at Southbrook.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Geraldine Stell.

She is survived by her daughter, Vickie Suzanne Fella of Houston; her sister, Mary Frances Hicks of El Campo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be in the Oaklawn Funeral Home Chapel in Edna, Texas, on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 10 a.m., in the First Baptist Church of Edna, with Brother Robert Krause officiating.

A family burial will follow at the Danevang Lutheran Church Cemetery, with Crown Hospice Chaplain Lyman Mereness officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Edna, 309 Cottonwood St., Edna Texas, 77957 or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Oaklawn Funeral Home in Edna, Texas. 361-782-2221. www.oaklawnfhednatx.com

Bay City Tribune, December 3, 2014
 


Rickie Lee Fennell

Rickie Lee Fennell, 44, of Bay City died March 20, 2004 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

He was born January 23, 1960 in Antlers, Oklahoma, and was a longtime resident of Bay City.

Survivors include: mother, Ann Packard; and two brothers, Timothy Ray Newcomber and Kenneth Joe Newcomber all of Mannford, Oklahoma.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Max Plus officiating.

Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, March 24, 2004


George William Fiala
(January 11, 1949 - January 22, 2015)

 

George Fiala, 66, passed away on January 22, 2015. George was born on January 11, 1949 to the late Rudolf and Rita Belle Nicholds Fiala. George proudly served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam War. George was a member of the Blessing Lions Club and the Blessing American Legion.George was a life member of VFW Post #2438.

George is survived by his son, Joey Fiala; sisters, Rose Fiala (Nelson) and Lisa Fiala (Richard) of Blessing; Grandson Chris Mitchell & wife Deidra; two great grandchildren and a great companion Frances Loihle of Blessing.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home under the auspices of VFW Post # 2438. Burial will follow on Thursday at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Corpus Christi.

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Bobby Leo Finch

(February 15, 1929 - May 7, 2014)

Bobby Leo “B.L.” Finch, 85, of Sweeny passed away May 7, 2014. He was born in Houston, TX to the late Walter Lionel Finch and Hettie Mae Ellis Finch. He was a graduate of Bruni High School in Bruni, TX and attended A & I College in Kingsville, TX and Southwest Texas University in San Marcus, TX. Bobby spent his younger years working for Humlel oil Company in South Texas. He married Mary Madelyne Patterson on January 15, 1955 in Menard, Texas. They moved to Sweeny, TX in 1968. Bobby started his own business, Finch Water Well Service, in 1968 and remained active until his retirement in 2013. He also owned and operated B. L. Finch Oil Production Company in Boling, TX. He loved to fish, hunt, cook and spend time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Madelyne Finch; daughter Sandra Michelle Nelson & husband Phillip John “P.J.”; sons Robert Finch and John Finch & wife Vickie; sister Shirley Mae Burgess; brother-in-law and friend for 61 years, Marvin Brown; grandchildren Jordon Elizabeth Finch, Shelby Nicole Nelson, Philip John Nelson and Christian Cole Nelson . He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Bobby Leon Finch and brother-in-law John Lager Burgess. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor who loved everyone unconditionally. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm until 8pm Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Light House Church in West Columbia, TX with Danny Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, TX. Pallbearers will be Marvin Brown, Jr., Tommy Starr, Rich Flora, Larry Davis, Phillip John “P.J.” Nelson and Philip Nelson. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Brown, Jimmy Heard, Alfred Davis, Jackie Moore, James V. Patterson, Billy Starr and Christian Nelson. Memorials in his name may be made to Light House Christian Academy; 501 W. Brazos; West Columbia, TX 77486 or National Parkinson Foundation; 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509; New York, NY 10018.

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Myra H. Findley - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Johnnie Yarborough Fisher
June 24, 1937 – April 20, 2014

Johnnie Yarborough Fisher, 76, of Bay City, Texas, passed away on April 20, 2014 in Bay City. Johnnie was born in Bastrop, Texas on June 24, 1937, to parents James Leroy and Mary Fondon Yarborough.

Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis Fisher; a son, Johnny Miller; and three brothers, Roy, Henry and Jerry Yarborough.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie and husband Mike Hamor of Van Vleck, and Vickie and husband Jan Schade of Orovada, Nevada; three brothers, Jim, Roland, and Earl Yarborough; and grandchildren, Lynette (Joey) Bock, Crystal Bill, David (Kristan) Hamor, Michelle (Randy) Cervantes; and great-grandchildren, Kayla, Kate-Lynn, and Kamille Bock, Jacob and Jase Bill, Crissa, Paycie and Slayd Hamor and Evan, Ava, and Jaxon Cervantes; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral home chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bob Hobbins officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Jacob, Jase and Joe Bill, and Andy, Mark, and Shon Yarborough will serve as pallbearers.

Bay City Tribune, April 23, 2014
 


Lewis E. Fisher - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Patrick Mark Flanagan

(March 17, 1958 - January 2, 2015)

Patrick Mark Flanagan, 56, of Van Vleck, was called to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, January 2, 2015. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was born in Huntsville, TX to the late William “Bill” Flanagan and Shirley Jordan Flanagan. He was a 1976 graduate of Dickinson High School where he excelled at both football and track. He worked tirelessly as a dedicated employee of Houston Lighting & Power for over 20 years as well as a rancher at the family estate in Van Vleck. His life interests were many and include loving and caring for family and friends, rodeo, ranching, hunting, fishing, and visiting the State of Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Tracy, son Jeremy, brother Mike and his wife Beatrice, brother Monte, nephew Michael Flanagan, uncle Don Jordan and his wife Barbara, and many loving cousins.

His life will be celebrated at a small family gathering to be determined.

Bay City Tribune, January 7, 2015
 


Rocky Flewellen

(August 9, 1957 - April 8, 2015)

Rocky Flewellen, 57, of Palacios, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015. He was born August 9, 1957 in Baytown, Texas to S.R. and LaVerne Bowers Flewellen.

Rocky is preceded in death by his father; brother Stewart Flewellen and step-father Carl King. He is survived by his mother LaVerne King; sons Rocky B. Flewellen and Joshua Flewellen; brother Bryan Flewellen and wife Melissa and 3 grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors from 12 Noon until 2:00pm Saturday, April 11 at Palacios Funeral Home. The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation with C.W. Flewellen officiating.

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Lily L. Flower - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Steve Flye

September 2, 1918 –May 11, 2014

Funeral services for Steve Flye, 95, of Bay City, Texas will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, at New Fellowship Tabernacle Church in Bay City, with Pastor A.H. Floyd, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014, at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City.

He was born in Waco, Texas on September 2, 1918, to Steve Flye and Carrie Hurd Flye; and passed away May 11, 2014, in Houston, Texas.

Survivors include six daughters, Genola Hill of San Antonio, Maudester Moore of Tyler, Wilma Stredic, Lyndell Flye, Rosetta Flye and Annette Dale, all of Bay City; three sons, Tim Flye of San Antonio, Steve Flye, Jr. and Reginald Flye, both of Houston. Also generations of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Armentha Flye, on March 17, 2002.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, May 13, 2014
 


Tim Flye

May 12, 1942 – July 3, 2014

Funeral services for Tim Flye, 72, of San Antonio, were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City, Texas, with the Rev. Murray Martin, pastor, and the Rev. C. L. Wallace, eulogist.

Burial followed at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register was held from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2014 at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City, Texas.

He was born in Bay City, Texas, May 12, 1942, to Steve Flye and Armentha Lewis Flye.

He passed away July 3, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

Survivors include five children, Sandra Rutherford, Sophronia Lynn McCord, Tim Flye, Jr., Tammie Flye and Eric Flye; and a host of grandchildren. Also, six sisters, Genola Hill of San Antonio, Maudester Moore of Tyler, Wilma Stredic, Lyndell Flye, Rosetta Flye and Annette Dale, all of Bay City; and two brothers, Steve Flye, Jr. and Reginald Flye, both of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Armentha Flye, March 17, 2002; and his father, Steve Flye, Sr., May 11, 2014.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, July 9, 2014
 


August Fojtik & Sophie Fojtik - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Ollie M. Fojtik - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Ollie Marie Crosson Fojtik

Ollie Marie Crosson Fojtik, 77. of Bay City, died June 20, 2002 at her residence in Bay City.

Mrs. Fojtik was born June 7, 1925 in Austin, Texas to the late Oliver Joe and Carrie Belle Starks Crosson. She was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Bay City and a resident of the Bay City area since 1960.

Sis. Ollie, as she was known, will be remembered as a friend to all and a stranger to none.

She truly was a “virtuous woman whose children rise up and call her blessed.”

Survivors include: her husband of 52 years: Jim Fojtik of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law: Helen and Bill Moran of Austin; two sons and a daughter-in-law: Michael Noel and Leah Fojtik of Bay City and Lacy Jim Fojtik of Seattle, Wash.; sisters: Fonda Mae Kostelnik of League City, Texas, Ida Belle Brumley, Willeen Blackwell, and Ruby Sargent, all of Bay City; brothers, Lonnie Crosson of Sweeny, the Rev. O. J. Cross, Jr., and Tommy Crosson, both of Dallas; five grandchildren: James Kenneth Moran and Sarah Megan Moran, both of Austin, Alexis Paige Fojtik of Bay City, Rex and Rainey Raines, both of Seattle, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lois Graeber and brothers: George and Alfred Crosson.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at the First Pentecostal Church of Bay City with Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Lacy and Michael Fojtik, Bill and James Moran, Gary Poole, Audie Hutson, Ken Thayer, and Anthony Graeber. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Monday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002JN23

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, June 23, 2002
 

 

James Larry Folmar
7 November 1937 – 9 April 2014

VAN VLECK - James Larry Folmar, 76, of Van Vleck, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Wharton, Texas. James was born in Freestone County, Texas on November 7, 1937 to parents Oscar and Verner Rouse Folmar.

Before his retirement, James was employed for 35 years as a driller for Texas Gulf Sulphur Company and was a long time member of the Nichols Street Church of Christ.
James was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Myra Ryman, and his brothers, Oscar Folmar, Roy Folmar, Dan Folmar, and Gerald Folmar. He is survived by his wife, Lana S. Folmar of Van Vleck, daughters, Marsha Padilla of Bay City and Rose Wilson of Baton Rouge, LA, a son and daughter in law, James and Nicole Folmar of Van Vleck, grandchildren, Amber (Jake) Butler, Christopher (Kristen Ann) Folmar, Ty Folmar, Cody Folmar, Kaitlyn Folmar, Kylie Folmar, and Anthony Padilla and also great grandchildren, Sidney and Paige Butler

Visitation will be held on Friday April 11, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday, April 12, 2104 at the Nichols Street Church of Christ in Bay City with Rev. Larry Macomber officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers: Eddie Rather, Jimmy Folmar, Paul Folmar, Ricky Folmar, Larry Folmar, Doug Ryman, Jerry Folmar, and Dan Folmar. Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Folmar, Juan Padilla, Jake Butler, Christopher Folmar, Ty Folmar.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on April 11, 2014
 


Oscar L. Folmar, Sr. - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Verna M. Folmar - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Laura Rose Fontenot - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Laura Rose Fontenot


Funeral services for Laura Rose Fontenot, 80, of West Columbia, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Sweeny, Texas, with Pastor Ed Boineau officiating.

Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

She was born Saturday, February 24, 1923, in Goldhill, North Carolina, and died Sunday, January 11, 2004, in Sweeny, Texas.

Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas.

She was an avid gardener, a great cook, quilter, painter and seamstress. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Sweeny, Texas.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Johnelle Kluttz of Sweeny; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Molly Trexler; husband, Lee Fontenot Jr.; and sons, William R. Kluttz, John C. Kluttz and Jerry Lee Kluttz.

Pallbearers will be Charles Crouch, Victor Krueger, Gary Wayne Pate, Charlie Tipps, Shelley Wilhelm and Robby Woodard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bewillis Gable, Eugene Kittinger, Ernest Pate and Clarence Tipps.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Sweeny, Texas.

Final arrangements entrusted to Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas. (979) 345-3232.

Brazosport Facts, January 14, 2004
 


Lee Fontenot, Jr. - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Lee Fontenot, Jr.


Lee Fontenot Jr., 79, of Rosenberg, Texas, formerly of Old Ocean, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2003, in Rosenberg.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 2003, at Baker Funeral Home Chapel in West Columbia.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2003, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Sweeny, Texas, with the pastor Ed Boineau officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

Lee was born Sunday, November 30, 1924, in Beaumont, Texas.

Lee was a 50-year resident of Old Ocean, Texas, and was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and VFW post 8551.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Rose Fontenot, of Sweeny; nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sons, William R. Kluttz, John C. Kluttz and Jerry L Kluttz.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Crouch, Gene Kittinger, Victor Kruger, Charlie Tipps, Shelley Wilhelm and Robby Woodard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Support Inc., P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, Texas 77437.

Final arrangements entrusted to Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia. (979) 345-3232

Brazosport Facts, December 5, 2003
 


Rachel Renee Ford - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Thomas Edward Ford - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Thomas A. Forehand, Jr. - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Roy Forrest & Ruby Forrest - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Henry Lofton Fortenberry

Mr. Henry Lofton Fortenberry of Blessing age 69 years, 11 months, and 15 days passed away at the Matagorda General Hospital at 11:45 p. m. Sunday, March 6th and was buried at Hawley Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 with the Rev. James Draper officiating. Taylor Brothers in charge.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Walcy Gertrude Fortenberry of Blessing; four daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Slaughter of Goliad, Mrs. John Hale of Midfield, Mrs. Lucille Williamson of Velasco and Mrs. Leola Hunt of Midfield; six sons, Henry Fortenberry of Midfield, Leo Fortenberry of Refugio, J. I. Fortenberry of Blessing, Eugene Fortenberry of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo, Ernest Fortenberry of North Africa and Eddie Fortenberry of Camp Howe, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Annie Brinkley of Midfield; and one brother, Jim Fortenberry of Midfield.

Daily Tribune, March 10, 1943
 


J. J. Fortenberry Fatally Injured In Train Wreck

Mr. J. J. Fortenberry, stockman of the county, died at the Matagorda County hospital, Wednesday evening at 7:30 from injuries received when the car in which he was riding alone, was struck by a train at Midfields, Texas, Wednesday about noon.

He was carried to the hospital by Taylor Bros. ambulance and lived for only a few hours.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. J. M. Egan of Corpus Christi; three sons, J. J. Jr., of Phoenix, Kirk L., of West Columbia and Leslie Lee, in the army, now stationed at Okinawa. Also one sister survives, Mrs. Annie Brinkley of Midfield.

Funeral services will be in charge of Taylor Bros., and the announcement of the time of the services is pending the word from relatives.

Daily Tribune, October 4, 1945
 


Leslie Lee Fortenberry - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Jimmie A. Foss
July 23, 1949 – August 11, 2014

Jimmie A. Foss, of Bay City, Texas, passed away on August 11, 2014.

Jimmie A. Foss was born in Bay City Texas on July 23, 1949.  He graduated from Van Vleck High School in 1967 and continued on to attend Sam Houston State University.

Jim Foss married Jackie Foss in June of 1969; they were married 45 years.

Jim Foss was the owner of Foss Hardy and Arbuckle Insurance. Jim enjoyed everything outdoors from traveling, fishing, and especially working in the yard. He was an all-state football player for Van Vleck High School.  He was the President of the Matagorda County Holding Pen/Matagorda County Fair Association Scholarship Fund.  He was a former member of the Bay City Lion’s Club.

Jim is survived by his wife Jackie; daughter, Chelsea and her husband Richard Ferguson; daughter, Alyson and her husband Craig Mitchell; grandchildren, Emily Bowers, Gage Ferguson, Lexi Mitchell and Olivia Mitchell; brother, Ron Foss and wife Jeanette; sister, Rebecca Lowery and husband Clint; and brother, Kerry Crowley.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Rudie Foss and Mary Neal Keener Crowley; brothers, Kent Crowley and Keith Crowley; grandparents, Rudolph Gustav Foss and Leah Fink Foss, and Lala Causby Keener.

Jim was a devoted husband, daddy and poppy.  He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Dr. Mike Zimmerman of First Baptist Church officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

Pallbearers are Benny Judkins, Jim Brown, John Laughlin, James Mitchell, Ron Foss and Kerry Crowley.

Honorary pallbearers are J. L. Evans and David Cartwright.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral.

Palacios Beacon, August 13, 2014
 

 

Addie Laura Foster

 

Addie Laura Foster, 86, a resident of Bay City, Texas, died Tuesday, April 3, at Bay Villa Nursing Home. A native of Matagorda County, she is survived by a daughter Mrs. Mary Ella Douglas of Rosharon, Texas, a sister Mrs. Cygred Terry of Bay City, by two grandchildren, and by one great-grandchild.

 

Funeral services will take place at Taylor Brothers Chapel, Thursday, April 5, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Joe Ramsey, Pastor of Markham Baptist Church, officiating. Acting as pallbearers will be Verner Bowers, George Hejtmanek, Harry Shannon and John, David, and Henry Spoor. Interment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The Daily Tribune, April 4, 1973          Typed by Susie Adkins
 


Hubert Earl Foster
January 5, 1941 - December 3, 2014

Hubert Earl Foster, 73, of Markham, TX, passed away December 3, 2014.

He was born January 5, 1941, in Young County, Texas, to the late Thomas Hugh Foster and Lena Bell Barker Foster.

Earl was a decorated combat veteran during the Vietnam Era and received many medals, including the “Distinguished Flying Cross.” He left the Army with the rank of Captain. He was a Green Beret and in the 101st Airborne Division. He also, was a retired Captain with Eastern Airlines, and a rancher and farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Foster; and grandson, T. J. Foster.

Survivors include daughter, Shelley Foster Stitchler; son, Hubert Earl “Troup” Foster II; brothers, Jean Alvin Foster and wife Seglinda, and Thomas Hugh Foster and wife Ann; grandchildren, Ean Foster and Stephanie Rene Flores; and great-grandchildren, Eanna Brenn Foster, Jaslene Navae Pittman and Jaivyn Rachad Pittman.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, at Hawley Cemetery, near Blessing, TX.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, December 7, 2014
 

 

Lucile Isabelle Foster

January 27, 1913 – August 10, 1920

 

Lucile Isabelle Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Foster, was born at Rock Island, Texas, Colorado County, January 27, 1913, and died of diphtheria at her home near Bay City, her parents having in the meantime moved there, where she attended school one session.

 

She contracted the disease and lingered one week. All that attention, love, and medical skill could do was to no avail. On August 10 she launched upon that mysterious sea that never yet has borne upon any wave the image of a returning sail, at 7:20 AM, being seven years, six months and fourteen days old. It is beyond our comprehension why death, the callboy of the soul, should pick out the buds, whose petals have never unfolded to light and life, and bear them over that borne from which no traveler e’er returns, but we do know that all who bear the image of frail mortality must have the urn broken, that death may bring it to dust.

 

Little Lucile, whose immortal entity, is to be constantly beheld by our loving Father, leaves to mourn her departure, and look forward to a happy reunion, where death is wiped out forever, her parents, one brother, William Newton, all of her grand parents on both sides and a host of relatives and friends. Her form was laid to rest in the Bay City Cemetery (Cedarvale Cemetery), Elder A. Jennings conducting the funeral services, speaking words of condolence, admonition, and warning.

 

“She has gone to join the chair invisible

Of those immortal dead who live again,

In hearts made better by their presence,

In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars,

And with their mild persistence,

As tender lilies beneath the sheltering rock,

Urge man’s search to vaster issues.”

 

The Daily Tribune, August 27, 1920                                            Courtesy of Susie Adkins        

 


Johnnie Fouse

February 23, 1925 – March 29, 2014

Johnnie Fouse of Uvalde, TX, passed away on March 29, 2014 in Amistad Nursing Home, at the age of 89. 

She was born on February 23, 1925 in Goose Creek, TX to John and Sara (Worsham) Ryan. 

She is survived by two daughters, Gail Robinette and husband Joe B. of Brackettville, TX and Debbie Carroll and husband Johnnie of Palacios, TX; son, Lester B. “Skipper” Fouse, Jr. of Angleton, TX; four grandchildren, Sunny Ruth, Derek Cox, Amber Cox, and Annie Sanders; and numerous great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charlie Edd Goth, in 1970; and Lester Bradford Fouse, Sr. in 2009. 

Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, Uvalde, TX.

Bay City Tribune, April 2, 2014
 


Charles Ray Fox

Charles Ray Fox, 72, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Beulah Fox; and mother-in-law, Mildred “Mingo” Sandusky.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Margaret Fox; daughters, Cindy Fox Cavazos and Tracy Fox; granddaughter, Kelsie Cavazos; great-granddaughter, Eleanor Williams; sisters, Bonnie Sue Law and husband Fred, Linda Kay Rogers and husband Rothey; father-in-law, A. N. “Sandy” Sandusky; brother-in-law, Dr. George Sandusky and wife MaryAnn; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Barnett, Patty Esslinger and husband Warren Campbell; also not to be forgotten, his dog and little buddy, “Lucy Lou”; as well as a host of other family members and friends.

Charles graduated from Bay City High School and lived in Pearland since 1978. He enjoyed camping, being outdoors and helping all of his family and neighbors, especially those friends residing on Orange and Linwood Streets, with whom he became very close with over the years. Charles was a great provider for his family and loved them very much. He was affectionately known as “Papa” and considered being a grandfather to Kelsie and Ellie, one of his greatest joys. Charles will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Charles’ honor, to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society.

Bay City Tribune, July 9, 2014
 


Joe “Greek” Franguille

Funeral services for Joe “Greek” Frangullie, 85, of Palacios were held July 1, 2014 at the Palacios Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Phillip H. Parker VFW Post 2438.

Joe was born November 7, 1928 in Palacios to the late Lazarus Frangullie and Lupe Hernandez Frangullie and passed away June 27, 2014. He served in the United States Navy for 5 years and then was a commercial shrimper most of his life.

He is survived by daughters Thelma Sanchez of Texas City and Melissa Frangullie of Bay City; sons Joseph Frangullie & wife Sela of Alvin, Steve Frangullie of Rosenberg and Morgan McCorkle of Palacios; 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and numerous family members and friends.He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Elfida Frangullie and a daughter Lynda Frangullie.

Greek was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements were made with Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, July 2, 2014
 



 
Noah Keaton Franklin

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Le Roy Franz & Addie E. Franz - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Leo J. Franzina & Josie M. Franzina - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Evelyn Frances Chandler Frazer

November 26, 1931 –May 13, 2014

Evelyn Frances Chandler Frazer, 82, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

She was born November 26, 1931 in Galena Park to Lawrence Homer Chandler and Myrle Evelyn Bigham Chandler. Ms. Frazer was a member of McClelland Community Church in Shelby County.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria.

Pallbearers will be Tom Curtis Ansley, Yance Flores, Bobby Lawrence Allgood, Larry Allgood, Randy Allgood, Matthew Trevino and Tom Paul Chandler II.

She is survived by her children, Carol Ann Davis of Brazoria; grandchildren, James Dewayne (Bubba) Davis and wife, Dianna of Brazoria, Ann Ellington and husband, Roger of Brazoria; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Bishop and husband, Jessie of Shelbyville, Alice Ansley of Gary, Jerri Ann Chandler of Shelbyville and Billie J. Briggs of Van Vleck; Nanny’s Special Children, Matthew Trevino, Savannah Trevino, Tom Paul Chandler II, Yance Flores; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Homer Chandler and Myrle Evelyn Bigham Chandler; husband, James Edward Frazer; brothers, Homer Dean Chandler, Noble Ray Chandler and Tom Paul Chandler.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

Bay City Tribune, May 17, 2014
 


Vivian Dale Austin Frieda
November 14, 1925 - February 19, 2015

Vivian Dale Austin Frieda, 89, of Longview, Texas, was called home to God’s loving Grace, February 19, 2015.

She was born November 14, 1925, in Anadarko OK, to Clifford and Jewel Austin. Vivian was raised in Alice, Texas where she enjoyed riding her horse Dolly. At the age of 12, she was baptized at the First Methodist Church, there in Alice, where later, she became the church secretary. Vivian developed an unwavering faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, devotion to family, and a strong work ethic. No matter where she lived, the Church was the center of her life. Vivian graduated from William Adam’s High School in 1943, and received her Associates degree from Texas A&I University. She was a member of Eastern Star, where she met her husband, Robert (Bob) Frieda. In 1965, they moved to Bay City, Texas. It was in Bay City, where she began her work with Central Power and Light, where she retired after 22 years of service. Vivian also helped her husband run Frieda’s drive-in-and grocery. She enjoyed hunting with her husband, and fishing with the family. She loved to travel, before heading off on a car trip, she would sing, “off we go into the wild blue yonder.” Vivian traveled to Israel in 1995, which she talked about as a trip of a life-time.

She moved to Longview, Texas in 1998, to be closer to her daughter, Nan, after some health issues. Vivian was active as a volunteer for the historical museum and for the church, where she was a member of the Thelma Morgan Sunday School. Vivian always knew the importance of family and gave selflessly to ensure that her family was provided for. Vivian always had a sense of knowing when she was needed, and there would be no stopping her to get to the ones she loved. When it mattered most, she was always there.

Those left to cherish Vivian’s memory are her, brother, CA Austin (Patty); children, Kay Schnell (Ronald), Nan Gardner (Jerry), and Wayne Frieda (Sharon); grandchildren, Wendy Wagner (Gary), Edie Lee (Albert), Robbie Frieda (Allison), Russell Frieda (Alicia), Greg Gardner (Paula) and John Gardner; great-grandchildren, Callie Wagner, Oliver Lee, Tyler and Cody Gardner, Ryder Frieda, Kali Campbell, Tyler, Diego and Alexis; and favorite nieces, Lea Brogan (David), their son Scott and Lynn Derrick, and her son, Cody.

Her parents; husband, Robert Frieda; sister, Kay Irwin (Scott); grandson, Clifford Schnell; and her nephew, Stephen Austin; all precede her in passing.

There will be a Memorial service to celebrate her life, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, Longview, Texas. All are welcome to join the family for a time of visitation, following the service in the Cook Foyer.

We do not say goodbye, rather until we meet again, by God‘s loving grace. You will live in our hearts and our minds forever. We celebrate knowing you have no more pain, and you reside in paradise with our Heavenly Father.

The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to Virginia Rodriguez, for 17 years of friendship and caring, Taffi Crawford for the wonderful care for the last year, and Rose Hudgens, Donna Payne, Carla Jones and Beverly Chisnall.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church, Longview, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, March 1, 2015
 

 

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