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Earl H. Icenogle -
Hawley Cemetery

Earl Herbert Icenogle

Earl Herbert Icenogle, 71, of Bay City passed away April 24, 1997 in Hamilton, Alabama.

He was born March 31, 1926 in Griggsville, Illinois to Albert H. and Hazel Smith Icenogle. He was a graduate of Southwest Texas in San Marcos, Texas; a former teacher for the Van Vleck and Palacios ISDs; a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church; a member of the Knights of Columbus; and served as president, past president, and trustee for the F. O. E.

He is survived by his wife, Earlou Icenogle of Bay City; by one son, Eddie Icenogle of Houston; by two sisters, Millie Andrews of California and Margaret Trevino of New Mexico; by three brothers, Robert Icenogle and Marvin Icenogle both of California and Jim Icenogle of Oklahoma; and by two grandchildren, Brinson Earl Icenogle and Michael Icenogle both of Houston.

A rosary will be recited at 5:30 p. m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Msgr. James Brunner officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

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

Daily Tribune, April 29, 1997


Mrs. Hazel Mildred Icenogle, 71, of El Campo died April 17, 1977 in Nightingale Hospital in El Campo. She was born July 5, 1905 in Griggsville, Ill. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Andrews of La Puente, Calif. and Mrs. Margaret Cole of Sonora, Calif.; four sons, Earl H. Icenogle of Palacios, James D. Icenogle of Denver City, Robert A. Icenogle and Marvin D. Icenogle of Sonora, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Smith Holloway of Sonora, Calif. and Mrs. Irene Meyers Polson of Amarillo, and a brother, Robert N. Smith of Griggsville, Ill. Services will be at 3 p.m., Thursday at the Palacios Funeral Home. Burial will be in the
Hawley Cemetery with Rev. Jesse T. Jones officiating. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Monday, April 18, 1977, Matagorda County,  Texas


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 Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Ludie Elizabeth Eaton Inge
March 16, 1914 - Sept. 11, 2010

Ludie Elizabeth Eaton Inge, 96, born March 16, 1914, in Hays County, Texas, died Saturday, September 11, 2010, in Bay City, Texas.

Ann, as she preferred to be called, was preceded in death by her parents, Ausburn Hardy and Margie Salter Eaton, and by a brother, Emzy Ausburn Eaton.

She is survived by: her daughter, Marjorie Inge Griffith and her husband, W. Barton Griffith, M.D.; by three grandchildren, Michael D. Griffith and wife, Allison, Steve M. Griffith and wife Laura, Karen G. Duffy and husband, Brian; by eight great-grandchildren, Michael and Andrew Griffith, Brittan, Brooke and Rebecca Griffith, Brian, Emily, and Matthew Duffy.

Ann was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, Jamestown Society, Dames of the Signers of the Magna Carta, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

She loved growing beautiful flowers, executing exquisite needlepoint, tracing her family tree, and wearing beautiful shoes.

The family would like to thank the Legacy Assisted Living for their loving care the past five years and the First United Methodist Church ministry that has held church services every Wednesday morning at the Legacy Assisted Living “Church in the Hallway.”

Ann was laid to rest next to her parents in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, Texas at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2010 with the Rev. David Cozart officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bay City.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune
, Published September 15, 2010

Jesse Harold Inglehart & Lucy Eleanor Inglehart - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Edith June Howard Ingram

Edith June Howard Ingram was born June 26, 1930 in Kansas City, MO to Duane P. and Nan I. Howard.

She graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1947. She married William Taylor (Dub) Ingram on May 30, 1947 in Fort Worth.

After several years in the Houston area, June and her family moved to Corpus Christi in 1962 where she worked beside her husband, managing the pro shop at the Corpus Christi Golf Center. When the family moved to Plano, she was an administrative assistant for the City of Plano and then for Teccor Electronics, a computer chip maker in Irving. When she and Dub retired, they moved to East Texas and sold golf course supplies to golf courses across the East Texas area.

June is preceded in death by her husband, Dub; her mother and father; her brother, Stan; and her grandsons, William Ryan Holloway and Eugene Ingram.

She is survived by her brother, Clinton Hugh Howard; son, Thomas Michael Ingram; daughters, Claudia Ann Holloway (John Holloway), Dana Lee Thomas (Gary Thomas), Judith Elaine Triplett (Randy Triplett) and Kathryn Lynn Merchant (Ken Merchant); granddaughters, Angelina Ingram Brouillette, Stephanie Ingram Raczkowski, Jessica Holloway Berridge, Stacy Holloway, Jennifer Triplett Murray, Janell Triplett McPhail; grandsons, Cameron Ingram, Ryan Holloway, Kyle Fitch and Clayton Fitch; and nine great-grandchildren, Everett, Quinn, Wyatt, Natalie, Luke, Robin, Walker, Jackson, Samantha, Nolan, Sydney and Brooks.

A memorial service will be held in Fort Worth.

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, April 30, 2017

Rodellin Fields Ingram
(February 17, 1936 - January 12, 2008)

Rodellin Fields Ingram, 71, of Kingwood, formerly of Bay City, entered into eternal rest on Jan. 12, 2008. She was born Feb. 17, 1936 in Hellier, Kentucky to the late Steven Albert & Roma Branham Fields. Mrs. Ingram was an educator for 41 years, teaching in BCISD for 31 of those years. She taught at Bay City Junior High, John Cherry Elementary, Linnie Roberts Elementary and was librarian at Pierce Elementary. Mrs. Ingram was a graduate of Sam Houston State University in 1971.

She was preceded in death by a sister Patsy Ruth Shields. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Lawrence M. “Pete” Ingram; daughters Roma Ann & husband Jack Rusheon and Alicia Kay & husband Robert Reue all of Houston. She also has four grandchildren SSGT Michael Rusheon USAF, Jason Reue, Cole Reue & Paige Rusheon. She is also survived by brother-in-law Jackie C. Shields of Killeen, TX; sister-in-law Willa Dean Collins of Lead Hill, AR; cousin Susie Stein of South Carolina and 7 nieces and nephews. She will be missed by special friends Charles & Mary Painter of Columbia, TN.

While living in Bay City, she was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, which supported community service projects, the Texas State Teachers Association, Bay City Book Revue, Bay City Retired Teachers and Rice Belt Sams RV Club.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 6PM – 8PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. SSGT Michael Rusheon, Jason Reue, Cole Reue, Jimmy Farmer, Ronnie O’Neal and Jimmy Kincaid will serve as pallbearers.

[Mr. Ingram's body was disinterred on 19 Sep 2017 and reinterred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas]

William Dub Ingram lll
Jan. 13, 1924  Sept. 23, 2010

William Dub Ingram lll, 86, passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 in Bay City.

He was born January 13, 1924 in Cisco, Texas to the late William Taylor and Lelah Dill Ingram, Jr.

He served his country proudly during WWll as a boatswains mate in the battle of Leyte Gulf and the liberation of the Philippines. He loved golf and served as a golf course superintendent for 45 years, member of the Golf Course Superintendents of America Association. He started caddying when he was nine years old.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 63 years, E. June Howard Ingram, children; Thomas Michael Ingram and wife Penny, Claudia Ann Holloway and husband John, Dana Lee Thomas and husband Gary, Kathy Merchant and husband Kent, Judith Elaine Triplett and husband Randy; 10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lester Martin.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 27, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Gantz officiating.

Burial to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Bay City Tribune, Published September 26, 2010                    Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Robert E. Insall & Goldie Insall - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Alice B. Irvine
Sept. 4, 1916 – April 5, 2008

Funeral services for Alice B. Irvine, 91, of Edmond, Oklahoma, (recently of Bay City, Texas) were at 1 p.m. April 9, 2008, at Baggerley Funeral Chapel in Edmond. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Edmond.

Alice was born Sept. 4, 1916 in Skidmore, Missouri. She died Saturday, April 5, 2008 in Bay City, Texas.

Alice was a school teacher in the Oklahoma City School District, at Cassidy Elementary School, and in the Mustang School District. Following retirement she and her husband were staff members for Campus Crusade for Christ.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, John H. Irvine and her son, Donald K. Irvine.

Survivors include: her son, John B. Irvine, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Bay City or Charity of choice.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 16, 2008


Juan Carlos Irizarry

January 25, 1981 – April 22, 1999


Funeral services for Juan Carlos Irizarry, 18, of Bay City, Selkirk Community, will be held Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at 10:00 AM, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City, with Rev. Edward Boren officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. A Rosary Service was held at 7:00 PM Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.


Irizarry died April 22, 1999. He was born January 25, 1981, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to German Irizarry, Sr. and Gladys Correa Irizarry. He was a member of the Catholic Church, a resident of Bay City for 10 years, and a senior at Bay City High School.


He participated in football for four years and was on the 1999 State Team, starting for the offensive line. He was on the track team for two years, in Speech and Drama for four years, and in Boys Interact for one year. His junior year he was elected Class Favorite and Most Friendly his senior year as well as being nominated for Most Dependable and Mr. BCHS.


In addition, Irizarry was a Voice of Democracy Essay Winner for two years and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a D.A.R.E. Role Model, River Watch Leader, a National Hispanic Merit Scholar, and in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.


Irizarry was a Texas A&M Presidential Scholarship recipient, a UIL Aide, in the One-Act Play cast for two years, and on the District All-Academic Team. He won the 1997 district Bronze in Shot Put, second place in the 1997 District Persuasive and Extemporaneous Speaking, and was a Regional Qualifier.


He was an understudy and a member of the honor crew for the state one-act play “Miracle Worker”, an Honor Scholar, an Advanced Placement Student, was ranked 11th overall in the Class of 1999, was Senior Government Class Austin Representative and a Government-For-A-Day participant. He received awards in Speech and Drama, Bible Reading, Group Improvisation, Prose Reading, Poetry Reading, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Duet Improvisation. He was enrolled to attend Texas A&M University in College Station.


Survivors include: father, German Irizarry, Sr. of Texas City, Texas; mother and step-father, Gladys and Raymond Johnson of Bay City; paternal grandparents, Americo Irizarry and Amela Maldonado, both of Puerto Rico; sisters, Barbie Bickner of Akron, Ohio, Maria Irizarry and Magda I. Irizarry, both of Bay City. He was preceded in death by: sister, Lisa Marie Johnson.


Pallbearers will be Clay Breedon, Michael Sprys, Kristopher Stewart, Ryan Weed, Lane Bradford, Aaron Vargas, Devin McBride and Latorrie Burnette.


A Memorial Fund has been set up at I.B.C. Bank in Bay City.


The Daily Tribune, April 27, 1999                  Photos courtesy of Betty Crosby




Roland Irving, Jr.

Funeral services for Roland Irving Jr., 79, of Bay City will be held 11 a. m. Saturday at Mother Zion  Baptist Church with the Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery. Visitation will be until 9 p. m. Friday at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. The body will lie in state Saturday at the church 10 to 11 a. m.

Mr. Irving was born Jan. 13, 1913 in Bay City to the late Frances and Roland Irving Sr. and he died Sept. 22, 1992 at Matagorda General Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, L. D. Irving and Charles Sancho of Houston; two daughters, Alena Robinson and Patricia of Bay City; six grandchildren, Cora Wilson of Odessa, Phyllis Hayes of Carrollton, Jerome Sancho of Frankfurt, Germany, Wanda Goode, Tammie Irving, Cassundra Massey of Houston; five great-grandchildren and one uncle, Eugene Harrison of Galveston.

Pallbearers will be Deacon Booker T. Holbert, Deacon Alex Stone, the Rev. P. R. Mayfield, Deacon Ben Scott Jr., Deacon Hewitt Wiggins, the Rev. Byron Laws and Brother Ira J. Edison. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Ministers and Deacons Wives Auxiliary and other deacons, L. D. Irving, Charles Sancho, Jerome Sancho, Victor Hayes, Phillip Hayes and Eugene Harrison.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, September, 1992                                  Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott

Clayton Hugh Irwin, Jr.
(December 29, 1983 - October 28, 2005)

Clayton Hugh "Bo" Irwin, Jr., 21, of Wharton, passed away Friday, October 28, 2005. He was born December 29, 1983 in Wharton to Tammy Short Irwin and Clayton H. Irwin, Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Wharton and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wharton.

He is survived by his mother: Tammy Hann & husband Fred Hann of Bay City; by his father: Clayton H. Irwin, Sr. & wife Beverly Irwin of Bay City; by his sister: Jessica Mejorado of Wharton: his step-sisters: Vanessa Sanea Granger of Dallas, Lora Gene Guzman of Bay City, Amanda Petrosky of Angleton, Rebecca Moore of Bay City, Olivia Irwin of Bay City and Valerie Irwin of Bay City; and by his grandparents: Mary Ann Irwin of Wharton, Pat & Howard Anderson of Pflugerville, and Doug Short of Austin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mack Matthis, and Rev. Gary Irwin officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Jarred Hohensee, Lee Rose, David Mejorado, Richard Williams, Dale Rowland and William Tabor. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Collette and Kevin Kerr. The Family will be receiving visitors from 6 PM - 8 PM Monday night at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

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

Matagorda County Obituaries


Connie Dean Isbell

August 12, 1943 - December 6, 2014

Connie Dean Isbell, of Jermyn, Texas, was born on August 12, 1943, to Grider and Marie (Cunningham) Scarbough, in Big Spring, Texas.

She passed away on Saturday December 6, 2014, in Jacksboro, Texas. She was 71 years old.

Connie married Jerry Isbell, on June 8, 1959, in Snider, Texas. She was a homemaker, but most of all a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry in 1971; her sons, Gerald and James Isbell; brother, Sterling Scarbough; and daughter-in-laws, Rhonda Isbell and Brenda Isbell.

She is survived by her children, Shonda Isbell, Bethany Isbell and husband Gary James, and Mitchell Isbell; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and many other extended family members and friends.

There was a visitation on Tuesday December 9, 2014, at Coker Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Jacksboro, Texas.

Services will be held Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksboro, Texas, at 2 p.m., with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery.

Bay City Tribune, December 10, 2014

Donald Dean Ivy

Donald Dean Ivy, 74, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013. He is survived by: his wife, Joyce of 54 years; his sons, Ronnie (Selkirk); Michael and wife, Anne (San Antonio) and his two grandsons, Matthew and Blake (San Antonio); sister, Faye West (Houston); special pets, Ginger and Clyde; and numerous caring and loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Donald graduated from El Campo High School in 1956 and attended Wharton County Junior College. He retired from Elevator business in Houston, Texas, in 1994 after more than 35 years of service. Donald and his wife retired to Selkirk Island, Bay City, Texas in 1994. Donald was preceded in death by: his parents, Jack and Evelyn Taylor Ivy, and sisters, Nelda Koester and Wanda Messersmith. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Wharton Funeral Home, 515 Boling Hwy, Wharton, Texas. The service will be performed by Brother Rick Dubroc, First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Matagorda Fire Dept., 414 Live Oak Road, Matagorda, TX 77457; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030 or the charity of personal choice. “Death comes in its own time, in its own way. Death is as unique as the individual who is experiencing it.” Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, June 26, 2013

Joyce M. Wittig Ivy
November 12, 1938 - September 5, 2016

Joyce M. Wittig Ivy, born November 12, 1938, in El Campo, Texas, and passed away on September 5, 2016.

Joyce was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald Ivy, of 54 years, in June 2013; her loving mother, Elinora Reinke Wittig; and an infant brother.

Joyce is survived by son, Ronnie Ivy (Bay City); son, Michael Ivy (San Antonio);  and grandsons, Matthew and Blake Ivy (San Antonio);  sister, Barbara Wallen and husband Paul (Fair Oaks Ranch); brother, Ronald Wittig and wife Leah (Wharton); numerous nieces and nephews; and special pet, Clyde.

In the early years, Joyce played the piano and the organ for many church events in Wharton, Houston and Seguin. Her sons and her grandchildren were the love of her life, as well as her special pet, Clyde. She enjoyed her flower gardens and wood working. Joyce graduated from Wharton High School and from the Wharton County Jr. College, worked for Stauffer Chemical Company and retired from Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, in 1993, after 25 years of service.  After her retirement, she worked part time for the Vaughan family in Bay City. Joyce and her husband retired to Selkirk Island, Bay City, Texas in 1994.

A special thank you to Kristi Neal and Cindi Arriola, as they are the wonderful, caring, loving niece/cousin who acted  like a daughter to our Mother; as well as Ronnie and Leah Wittig; and numerous family members.  Barbara Silverthorne, Kathy Leach, Sally Johnson, Harry Thomas and Lee Vaughan, plus many others, including  family members, neighbors and friends who so graciously gave of their time to do so many wonderful things for our Mother. You will always have a special place in our hearts. We know you had a special place in our Mother’s heart.

A special thank you for the outstanding care given by Melissa Bautista, June Moore and others from the Bethany Home Care group.

Following cremation, a private luncheon will be held in Wharton, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department or the charity of your choice.

Bay City Tribune, September 11, 2016


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