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Katie M. Hahn

Katie M. Hahn, 88, of Bay City died April 25, 2003 at the Legacy. She was born August 29, 1914 in El Campo, TX to the late Fritz and Johanna Gerdis Hibbeler. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Legion of Mary, and was a resident of Bay City for 50 years.

Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law: Doris Jean and "Doc" Latham of Lake Charles, LA, Evelyn Grace Topham of Bedford, TX, and Elaine Joyce and Roger Alexander of Wharton, TX; son and daughter-in-law: Charles Edward and Frances Hahn of Bay City; 7 grandchildren: Sherry Livingston, Kevin Topham, Michael Topham, Charles Hahn, Jr., Rhonda Harfst, Stephen Alexander, and Russell Alexander. She was preceded in death by her husband: Joe B. Hahn, sons: James B. and Joseph R. Hahn; sisters: Mary
Knowles, Emma Moore, and Ann Hibbeler; brothers: Hugo, Johnny, and Henry Hibbeler; and 1 grandson, Kelly Latham.

Rosary will be 7:00 PM Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and the Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Mike Livingston, Kevin and Michael Topham, Charles Hahn, Jr., and Stephen and Russell Alexander. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, April 27, 2003

Jack Winston Hamilton
July 5, 1924 - May 6, 2015

Jack Winston Hamilton, 90, of Bay City, TX, passed away peacefully in Victoria, TX, on May 6, 2015.

He was born July 5, 1924, in Cedar Lane, TX, to the late Walter Cape Hamilton and Tommy Omega Washburn Hamilton.

Jack was a loving, caring family man. He served in the Navy in WWII, was a proud 50 year member of Pipefitters Union 211 and a life member of Philip H. Parker VFW Post 2438.

He is survived by his loving wife, Geneva “Neva” Hamilton; daughters, Jacqueline Matura (Lester) and Carolyn Wells; son, Dennis Hamilton; grandchildren, Thomas Matura (Jennifer), Stephanie Reed (Robby), Elizabeth Rodgers (Matt), Sarah Hudson (Bobby) and Edward Wells; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his siblings Flora Clements, Harry L. Hamilton, James Edgar Hamilton, Susie Ruth “Diddy” Werlla and Walter Cape Hamilton Jr.

The family received friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church in Bay City, with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, TX.

Pallbearers were Thomas Matura, Kade Matura, Robert Reed, Jr., Robert Reed III, Edward Wells, Matt Rodgers, Shorty Thompson, Shawn Bose and Joe Ochoa.

Gary Middleton, Brent Kirby, Cliff Jenkins, Todd Onchen and Larry Middleton served as honorary pallbearers.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, May 10, 2015              Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Susie Hamlin
(January 14, 1946 - April 21, 2015)

Wilma Gayle “Susie” Hamlin, 69, of Bay City, passed away in her home on April 21, 2015. She was born a twin on January 14, 1946, on the steps of the Matagorda General Hospital. She graduated from Tidehaven High School, where she was active in sports among many other activities, and was a cheerleader at Wharton County Junior College, where she was also voted Miss WCJC. Susie owned and operated A-1 Bail Bonds for thirty-three years, showing a tireless work ethic and compassionate nature to all she encountered. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, serving on the Alter Guild, and an active member of the Matagorda County Pilot Club, Matagorda County 100 Club for many years, and member of American Legion Post 649 Ladies Auxiliary.

Susie was preceded in death by her parents, Frank & Edith Richardson Hurta; the special love of her life, Oren Hamlin; and her sister, Priscilla Wayman. Survivors include: daughter, Kristi Hamlin McCarthy & husband Michael; daughter, Elaine Fagner & husband Scott; sister, Gay Rayburn & Paul Nichols; brother, Frankie Joe Hurta & wife D’Ann; twin brother, Billy Boy Hurta & wife Anna; brother, Sam “Simon” Hurta; granddaughter, Sarah McCarthy; two nieces, six nephews, and many other family and close friends. She also leaves her special family, friends and caregivers: Evelyn Eure, LaVerne Hicks, Linda Henderson, Karen Huebner, Patti Lyle Johnson, Wendy Saha, and Barbara Sanders.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at First United Methodist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Dr. Russ Munch officiating. Interment will follow at Midfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Shelton Lee Hebert, Jared Hurta, Bruce Hurta, Jeffrey Hurta, Russell Hicks, and Christopher McKinley. Members of the Matagorda County Pilot Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. in Bay City (979-245-4613). In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Susie’s honor to the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center (6620 Main St. Suite 1350 Houston, Texas 77021), care of Dr. Rimawi, her oncologist.

Charles Edward Hann
August 17, 1931 - April 6, 2015

Charles Edward Hann, 83, of Bay City, Texas, went home to be with the Lord, April 6, 2015.

He attended First Baptist Church of Bay City.

He graduated from Lawton High School, in 1949. Among his awards and achievements, during high school, he worked on the school paper, “The Tattler”, was voted most dependable as a freshman, most handsome, and most likely to succeed as sophomore. He continued his education at Cameron Community Junior College, and then went on to University of Texas, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, August 1965. Later, he attended East Texas State University, where he earned a Master of Science in Journalism.

Charles served the community of Bay City as a high school teacher, from 1966-1992. He took great pride in directing the publications of the school yearbook, enjoyed assisting with extra-curricular school events, and was awarded as appreciation of services to BCHS, upon retirement.

Charles was a dedicated husband and father to his family. He enjoyed woodworking projects, and gardening, especially growing roses, to cut and share with his wife.

Charles was born August 17, 1931 in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Burritt Pingrey Hann and Mary Evelyn Monroe Hann.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Letha Inez Wiseley Hann; parents, Burritt Pingrey Hann and Mary Evelyn Monroe Hann; and brother, Phillip Dean Hann.

He is survived by children, Candace Lynn Hann Collette of Markham; Fred Burt Hann and wife Tammy of Bay City; and Leslie Warren Hann and wife Donna of Austin; sister, Judy Ray and husband Herbert of Lawton, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Frank Hahn III “Rusty” of Austin, Jody Hahn of Edna, Mark Hahn, Carrie Hahn of Markham, Sanea Granger of Mesquite, Lora Guzman and husband Ralph of Bay City, Chrysta Donahue and husband Mike of Lafayette, LA, Justin Hann, Alison Hann of Austin, Charla Droegemeier and husband David of Killeen; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

Services will be held Thursday April 9, 2015, at 4 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 2321 Ave. F, Bay City, Texas, with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, April 8, 2015            Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Lanna Joyce Redinger Hargrove
July 7, 1954 - March 25, 2015

Lanna Joyce Redinger Hargrove, 60, was born in Wharton, Texas on July 7, 1954, to the late Oliver and Sylvia Redinger.

She joined her parents; niece, Jessica Yates Wooten; and sister-in-law, Valeria Redinger; in Heaven, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Lanna had many extraordinary talents. She was an artist who enjoyed painting, and she could envision what others’ trash could become, and then would craft it into her very own treasure. She refinished wood floors and transformed old furniture. Knowing the names of all of the plants and how to care for them, Lanna landscaped her yard into a botanical garden. Her home was always representative of her eclectic, artsy flair.

Lanna was the wife of W.T. (Tommy) Hargrove; and the mother of sons, Andrew Gibran Redinger and William Oliver (Will) Hargrove; and daughter, Mia Augusta Hargrove. She was the baby sister of Shirley Jo Garrison (Douglas), Dorothy Ann Yates and Louis Wayne Redinger. She is also survived by six grandchildren.

There will be opportunity to visit with those who loved Lanna from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Taylor Bros Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bay City, with the Rev. Jared Stillions officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, March 29, 2015             Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Janice Cunningham Harvey
(February 15, 1931 - April 27, 2015)

Our sweet angel, W. Janice Cunningham Harvey of Victoria, formerly of Palacios, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord Jesus on April 27, 2015 at the age of 84.

Born on February 15, 1931 in Palacios, TX, where she lived all but the last 3 years of her life, Janice was the youngest of four children of Bertha Wolfe Cunningham and Julius Alexander Cunningham. Janice worked for the Palacios ISD for 15 years in the Administration Office and loved being of service to the community. She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church all her life. She and Royce attended Grace Presbyterian Church when they moved to Victoria in April of 2012. She was and is a dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Known for her sweet and easy smile she was liked and loved by all whose lives she touched. She loved doing things for her family and friends, especially designing and sewing useful items as gifts. She loved music, attending country opry all around the area with Royce. They enjoyed many years of traveling and camping in the beautiful parks of our great state and nation.

Preceded in death by her parents and both her brothers and sister, Janice is survived by the love of her life, husband of 67 years, Royce L. Harvey, her daughter Barbara Henry (James) of Victoria, TX, son Ralph Harvey (Janice) of Bullard, TX; Four Grandchildren: Master Sargent Frank L. Dirr, Jr. presently of Wichita Falls, TX, Amanda Schreiner (Tim) of Cameron, TX, Samuel Harvey (Andrea) of College Station, TX, Nathan Harvey (Taylor) of Fort Worth, TX. Janice has three great-grandchildren, Shelby Hope Schreiner, Caleb Royce Harvey and Victoria Grace Schreiner, also beloved sister-in-law, Gloria Dixon of Palacios, and brother-in-law Herschel Harvey (Lynn) of Boling, TX and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to her caregivers Martha Espinoza & family, and Hospice of South Texas. Family visitation will be Thursday, April 30, from 5 to 7 pm at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Friday, May 1, at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios with Rev. Dan Fultz officiating. Interment will follow immediately at the Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Frank Dirr, Jr., Samuel Harvey, Nathan Harvey, Tim Schreiner, Paul Culbreth and Dan Culbreth. Honorary pallbearers are Herschel Harvey and James Henry.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Hospice of South Texas, Palacios Library or the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios.

Jonathan Wayne Haverlah

December 10, 1958 - May 4, 2015

On the morning of May 4, 2015, Jonathan Wayne Haverlah, moved to his heavenly home.

He is the son of Bennie Louis Haverlah and Regina Francis Haverlah, and heart-mother, Margaret Haverlah. Born in Bay City on December 10, 1958, Jonathan was a graduate of Bay City High School.

Jonathan is survived by his dad and his heart- mother; sisters, Elise Moore (Travis), Anna Ogletree (Robert), Cynthia Gibbs (Kevin), Sandra Hay (Brent); brothers, Chuck Haverlah, and Ken-Buster Haverlah (Sherri); and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, of whom he was very proud; as well as a multitude of cousins and friends.

Wayne was always wise-cracking and up for a good prank. He was fiercely independent and immeasurably kind, and never let his disabilities get in the way of living his life to the absolute fullest.

A Memorial Service was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015, at West End Baptist Church in Industry, under the direction of Dennis Keen.

Funeral arrangements for Jonathan Wayne Haverlah are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham, TX.

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Bay City Tribune, May 10, 2015

Lilla Whaley Heidrich

Services for Lilla Whaley Heidrich, 85, were held Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 11 a.m. at St Paul's United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Bingham officiating. Buril will be in the Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2001.

She was born July 7, 1915 in Tyler, Texas and passed away January 10, 2001 in Hospice Home Place. She was a resident of Tyler since 1977 and attended St Paul's United Methodist Church. She was a retired executive secretary for Skelly Oil Company.

She was preceded in death by: husbands, Hartsfield "Hart" Whaley and Herman "Buddy" Heidrich. She is survived by: son, Paul W. Whaley of Crowley; brother Joe Barbee of Tyler; sister Nettie Rurth Holden of Tyler; two grandcheldren and several nieces.

Visitation was 6-7 p.m. on Friday at the Lloyd James Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701.

Lloyd James Funeral Home was in charge of the Arrangements.


The Daily Tribune, Sunday, January 14, 2001

Guillermo Hernandez

BAY CITY - Guillermo Hernandez, 79, of Bay City, died Monday, April 10, 2006.

He was born June 25, 1925, in Bay City, to the late Bidal Hernandez and Codida Lupez.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Rev. Gerard Cernoch officiating.

Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck. Greens Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Victoria Advocate, April 12, 2006

Janie Samora Hernandez

(September 9, 1917 - April 3, 2015)

Janie Samora Hernandez, 97, of Palacios passed away April 3, 2015. She was born September 9, 1917 in Palacios, Texas to the late Jose Samora and Elijia Nunez Samora.

She was preceded in death by her husband Federico Hernandez, daughters Cindy Hernandez, Rachel Buckley and Julia Martinez and a grandson, Fred Martinez.

Survivors include daughters Virginia H. Zarate of Bay City and Esmeralda Hernandez of Palacios; grandchildren Mark Martinez, Pete Martinez, Jr., Regina Martinez, Rene Martinez, Ricky Zarate, Cecilia Zarate, Roland Zarate, Alfred Buckley, Carol Gonzales, Michael Garcia, Carlos Garcia and Karen Valdez; 23 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frederick Martinez, Troy Garza, Justin Gonzales, Patrick Gonzales, Kevin Gonzales and Caleb Valdez. Honorary pallbearers will be Emilio Garcia and Isiah Mata.

Melissa Diane Herreth

Melissa Diane Herreth, 53, of Bay City, died tragically Christmas morning at her home due to accidental carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

She was born April 19, 1951 in Bay City to Albert Casper "A. C."¯ Herreth, Jr. and Georgia "Ann"¯ Irene Rice Herreth.

She graduated from Bay City High School in 1969. She was married in 1972 to Charlie Ray Stavinoha. They divorced and he later died.

She had a beautiful alto singing voice and lettered four years in an Acapella Choir in high school.

At the age of nine, she was on the first girls softball team in Bay City, the "Delta Sparks¯."

It was sponsored by Frank Brangan, owner of Delta Electric, and coached by Lila Ray. The girls played together for 10 years and remained life-long friends.

Through the interest of her family, the first girls' softball field was named for her grandfather, Ira Elton "Jack"¯ Rice, who was instrumental in getting the land donated by the City of Bay City for Jack Rice Field.

The team won over 100 trophies and Diane was named to All-State twice. She pitched and played first base.

She remained an avid sports fan, at times watching four games on four TVs at the same time.

She was also a Girl Scout, and took guitar and piano lessons.

Her favorite hobbies were fishing, playing pool and she loved to dance.

She was a very good dancer, and took lessons for many years from both Dorothy Ramsey and Nora Beth Stone.

Diane's ancestors on her maternal side came to Texas with Austin's "Old Three Hundred"¯ and her 10th great-grandfather Gardner was the first overseer of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.

She is a fifth-generation resident of Matagorda County on her father's side.

She was a life-long member of the First Christian Church. She accepted Christ and was baptized as a teenager.

Diane was a very caring and giving person, often putting the needs of others ahead of her own. Material possessions meant nothing to her.

The love of her family and friends was what counted with her. She touched so many, many lives and will be missed so much by all.

A beautiful light that shined brightly is dimmed, but not gone. God rest beautiful daughter.

She worked for the Daily Tribune for 18 years, advancing from carrier to route supervisor and finally to district sales manager.

She was currently managing her family's business, Herreth Properties.

She is survived by: both of her parents; two brothers, Albert "Abby" Elton Herreth and Brett Ramzel Herreth and his son, Albert William Rice Herreth; her nephew, all of Bay City; one daughter and son-in-law, Teri and Jimmy Gleason; and by three grandchildren, Cullen, Jaymee and Brittany, all of Crosby, Texas; and a host of extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ira Elton "Jack" ¯and Mary Rena Ramzel Rice and paternal grandparents, Albert, Sr. and Elizabeth Gavender Herreth.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2004, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Brenda Wilson, minister of the First Christian Church, officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers include, Bruce R. "Rex"¯ Martin, III, Jay Lee, Ramona Smallwood, Tracy Sciba, Sonny Sciba and Jon Hale.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Louis Valdez, Doug Seifert, Justin Guess, Shawn Guess, Roland Spurr, Roland Allen Fondon, Leonard Ray Knight, nephew Albert Herreth and his mother Sandra Lynn "Sandy"¯ Herreth, and special friend Billy Kelly.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Girls' Softball League or to the First Christian Church of Bay City.

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

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, December 29, 2004                              Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Esterlene Elizabeth Hilscher

(April 17, 1934 - April 9, 2015)

Esterlene “Esther” Hilscher, 80, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 9, 2015. She was born April 17, 1934 in High Hill, Texas to the late Alfred and Pauline Roeder Hilscher. Esther was a graduate of Van Vleck High School, Class of 1953 and a resident of Bay City for 60 years. She loved animals, especially cats and horses. Esther was a loving and caring person, wonderful daughter, sister, aunt and friend

Esther is survived by her brother A. C. Hilscher and his wife Jacqueline of League City; nieces, Kim Martin and Connie Young; seven great nieces & nephews and numerous friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00P.M. Sunday, April 12 with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, April 13, 2015 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City with Rev. Greg Korenek celebrant. Rite of committal to follow at 4:00 P.M. Monday at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Schulenberg, Texas. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Houston Hospice, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, Texas 77437 or to the SPCA.

Hildred Elizabeth Hines
May 27, 1924 - May 18, 2007

Mrs. Hildred Elizabeth Hines, age 82, of Allen, Texas passed away May 18, 2007.

She was born May 27, 1924, in Henderson, Georgia to Joseph Lester and Beulah (Etheridge) O’Neal. She was the sixth of ten children.

On October 26, 1940 she married Claude Hines in Zebulon, Georgia. Hildred and her family moved to Bay City in 1956. She was the owner of Hines Youth Shop on Ave. G from 1974 until 1995. She moved to Allen, Texas in 1995.

She was a wonderful cook and she enjoyed sewing for her granddaughters and great-granddaughters.

She is survived by her daughter, Claudette Bailey and her husband, Carl of Allen, Texas; granddaughters, Cathryn McGregor and her husband, Jeff of Allen, Texas, Adrienne Carrington and her husband, Chris of Wylie, Texas, Brenda Uselton and her husband, Jim of McKinney, Texas and Carla Armstrong and her husband, Colin of Plano, Texas; great-grandsons, Carl, Justin and Christian Carrington, Garrett McGregor, Matthew and Ryan Uselton; great-granddaughters, Christyn McGregor, Caitlyn Carrington, Cathryn Uselton; brother, Waymond O’ Neal of Griffin, Georgia and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Claude Hines; four brothers and four sisters.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. at Cedar Vail Cemetery in Bay City, Texas with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

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Bay City Tribune, May 23, 2007                   Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Claude Hines


Sarah Elise Johnson Hipp

Infant Sarah Elise Johnson Hipp was born at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City to Jerrica Johnson and Jordan Hipp on June 15, 2003. She later passed away that day to be with the Lord, her Heavenly Father at 2 p.m.

Sarah Elise is survived by her parents, as well as maternal grandmother, Pamela Johnson all of Bay City, and paternal grandparents , Cindy Luedecke of Bay City, and Gregg Hipp of College Station.

Graveside funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Lee Watson officiating.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014D2003JN18

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Don Royce Holt
5 August 1938 – 27 February 2015

PALACIOS - Don Royce Holt of Palacios died February 27, 2015 at the age of 76. He was born August 5, 1938 in Batesville, Arkansas to the late William and Mildred Gould Holt. He was a supervisor at Cal Oil and previously a foreman at Union Carbide.

He is survived by his daughters Pam Thompson of Florida, Litia Bolhig of Foresthill, CA, Tina Craig of Boseman, MT, Lorrie Moirano of Vacaville, CA, Terri Kokal of Vallejo, CA, and Donna Hoover of Martinez, CA; sister Joan Lincicom of Livermore, CA, Fiancee Myrna Hansen of El Campo, TX; 15 Grandchildren and 1 Great-Grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jackie Holt and sister Marie Ann Redmond.

Memorial services will be Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:30AM at the Carancahua Community Center.

Donations in memory of Don Holt may be made to the National MS Society.

Victoria Advocate 7 March 2015

Gladys C. Horne

BAY CITY - Gladys Carolyn Horne, 59, of Bay City, died Monday, July 8, 2002.

She was born April 16, 1943, in Marion County, to the late Henry Roy and Nelly Ann Bray Nalley. She was co-owner of G&H Mowing Service and a member of Church of the Nazarene Bay City.

Survivors: sister, Evon Brightwell of Jefferson, Ind., Martha Dodds of Louisville, Ky., Evelyn Likens of Kentucky, Linda Givens of Indiana and Glenda Nalley of Pallyup Wash.; brother, Harold Nalley of Latonia, Ky. and Robert Nalley and Julian Nalley, both of Louisville.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Church of The Nazarene in Bay City, the Rev. Gary Pettigrew officiating.

Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck [Matagorda County].

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


Marion Lynn Howarton Sr.
May 5, 1940 - March 14, 2015

Marion Lynn “Fuzzy” Howarton Sr., 74, went home to be with his Master and Lord on March 14, 2015.

Marion battled cancer, heart disease and sepsis, finally winning this battle, Saturday, at his beloved riverfront home in Selkirk, that he shared with his bride of 34 years, Vickie Elizabeth.

Born on May 5, 1940, in Goldthwaite, Texas, to Rachel and JB Howarton. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rachel in 1943. Harvey and Mary Morris then fostered, loved, nurtured, and raised Marion to the man we all knew and loved.

Marion was preceded in death by his three sons, Roy Lewis, Marion Lynn Jr. and Michael Lewis, and was happy to meet them at the gates of heaven, with arms wide open. Marion shared a passion with his sons for automotive mechanics, racing, fishing, boating and a good joke, whenever they were together.

Marion was the proprietor of Howarton’s Automotive in Bay City, along with his loving wife and grandson. He lived a long and fun-filled life in youth and on into his senior years. If he wasn’t racing the back roads of Mills County, he was looking to soup-up any and every hot rod he came across. Marion always found a good time and was the life of any event he attended, making new friends at every crossroads in his life, by sharing jokes and life experiences, rivaled only by Hollywood tales. If you were around Marion, he made sure you left in good spirits, and knew that God was still God and He loved you.

Marion mentored many youth in his day - from Boy Scouts to volunteer fire fighting - he was always ready to lend a hand and help out. This was made most evident when he took his grandson Edmond, and began preparing him to take over the family business. Edmond is the son of Roy Lewis, husband to Shannon, and father to great-grandchildren, Logan and Morgan.

Marion raised a daughter, Mari Michelle of Victoria, wife to Jerry Krogsgaard Jr., and mother to grandsons, Garett and Cash, and granddaughter Ava. She was his princess, and he took great pride in her accomplishments. Garett and Cash will always remember grandpa as the one who taught them to use a knife.

Harvey Lynn, grandson, lives in Bloomington, he is the son of Marion Lynn Jr. and is married to Jessica, and father to great-granddaughters, Dakota and Emily. Harvey was the apple of Marion’s eye and followed in the family footsteps of being a diesel mechanic.

Alexis Brooke of Alvin is granddaughter and daughter of Michael Lewis, she is a student of microbiology at university. Alexis was his pretty little lady.

Marion’s granddaughters, Patricia and Chrystal, relished every opportunity to spend time with their grandfather.

Also preceding him in death were his siblings, Raymond Glenn, Alfred “Curly”, Christine and Baby Doll.

Marion was an active member of 1st Baptist Church in Matagorda, where he and his wife worshiped, taught and praised the Lord. After his last battle with cancer, he decided to rededicate his life to the Lord, with visible affirmation of baptism, and could not have been more ready to meet his creator.

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends will mourn the loss of their dear friend and family member, but all will rejoice in the lives they shared with him, and surely will count their hearts blessed, for being touched by this sweet spirit of a man that walked with purpose and much love!

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Services will be held at 1st Baptist Church in Matagorda, Texas, at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015, with the Rev. Richard Lewis officiating.

Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Troy Wiltshire, Javier Malagon, EJ Thormaehlen, Todd Grey, Al Garrison and Donnie “Coach” Douglas

In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that you please make donations to the Children’s Ministry at 1st Baptist Church in Matagorda.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, March 18, 2015

George Arthur Hubert III
June 29, 1933 - January 12, 2015

George Arthur Hubert III was born June 29, 1933 in Houston, Texas and left this Earth on January 12, 2015 at his home at the age of 81 years, 6 months, and 14 days. George, or as he was called, Buddy, was second of five children born to George and Helen Hubert. He was raised in the Almeda Genoa Telephone Road area and went to Milby High School. Buddy joined the U.S. Navy like his uncle Virgil serving on The USS Vulcan for 3 years, 1 month, and 27 days. After being discharged from the Navy, he returned to work as a boilmaker, later working side-by-side with his father in the valve repair business. Soon, Major Enterprise was born and so the story goes; lots of lifelong friends were made. He worked up until his passing.

He leaves behind his brother William Hugo Hubert and wife Mary; daughter Susan Robison and husband David; daughter Martha Steele and husband Jim; grandchildren Mark Verrett and wife Donna, David Robison and wife Amy, Jaimie Robison and Kimberly Robison; 4 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren. As well as Bubba Boren his good friend he loved like a son, and his 2 dogs Rock and 37.

He was a member of the Faternal Masonic Order, Lodge #1295 and was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on December 18, 1970.

Pallbearers include Mark Verrett, David Robison III, Ricky Miller, Lloyd Stevens, Albert Jaroe, Major Bill Wood. Honorary pallbearers are Larry "Bubba" Boren, Jr., Freddie Carroll, and Noe Hernandez.

Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015 and the Celebration of Life is on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Forest Park East Funeral Home.

Raymond Huerta Jr.

VAN VLECK  - Raymond Huerta Jr., 46, of Van Vleck, died Sunday, March 28, 2004.

He was born Jan. 1, 1958, in Bay City, to Raymond Sr. and Elena Lopez Huerta of Van Vleck. He was a member of Rose of Sharon Pentecostal Church.

Survivors: daughters, Loveisa Lopez and Amanda Lewis, both of Bay City; son, Raymond Huerta III of Bay City; sisters, Alice Cervantes and Dorene Tabares, both of Van Vleck, and Stella Vargas of Brazoria; brothers, Martin Huerta of Pledger and Joseph Huerta of Van Vleck; and seven grandchildren.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rose of Sharon Pentecostal Church, the Rev. Janie Robles officiating.

Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, March 30, 2004

Beatrice Alice Hufstetler
(January 29, 1920 - June 25, 2008)

Beatrice Alice Hufstetler passed away June 25, 2008, at the age of 88. "Bea" was born January 29, 1920 in New Ulm, TX to Max Franke, Sr and Emma Louise (Bollman) Franke. She married Robert Edward (Ed) Hufstetler in April 1958 who preceded her in death in 1997. Also preceding her in death are sisters Roxie Franke, Maynola Franke Mueller, and brothers Wilburn, Milton and Max Franke.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Ray and Karen Hallford of Austin, TX, daughter and son-in law Sharon and Steve Adams of Austin, TX and daughter Shirley Hall of League City, TX, brothers Ralph Franke and wife Patsy of Harker Heights, TX, and Roy Franke and wife Mona of Pampa, TX. She was blessed by grandchildren Scott McFarlin, Amy Hallford Turman, Julianne and James Hall and Ryan Adams.

She was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bay City, TX for several years. During the last 10 years of her life she lived with her daughter Shirley Hall in League City, TX and it was such a blessing for her to live at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3000 9th St in Bay City, TX at 3:00pm Sunday, June 29, 2008 with the Rev. Preston Weatherly officiating.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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



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