Matagorda County Obituaries


Paula Jacobo
(January 31, 1982 - May 2, 2013)

Apolonia Paula Jacobo, 31, of Bay City passed away Thursday May 2, 2013. She was born January 31, 1982 in Bay City to Estella Torres & Sahul Jacobo – Martinez. Paula was a life long resident of Bay City, and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She is survived by her mother & stepfather: Estella & Fernando Vasquez; father & stepmother: Sahul & Maria Jacobo; maternal grandmother: Guadalupe Guzman & husband Edward; 3 sisters: Rachel Torres, Felicia Jacobo, and Jessica Moreno & husband Julian; 4 brothers: Sahul Jacobo Jr., Miguel Jacobo, Emanuel Jacobo, and Alex Torres & wife Kelly. Her paternal grandparents preceded Paula in death: Jose Jacobo & Margarita Martinez.

The rosary will be recited 6:30 PM Monday, May 6, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The mass will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be: Sahul Jacobo, Sahul Jacobo Jr., Alex Torres, Miguel Jacobo, Emanuel Jacobo, And Adrian Estrada.

Elizabeth Wagner James - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Herbert Melvin James

PALACIOS - Herbert Melvin James, 85, of Palacios passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013. He was born September 18, 1928 in Glen Daniels, West Virginia to the late Russell and Ventura Gardner James. Mr. James was a manager of the United States Postal Service and was a Southern Baptist.

Survivors include his daughter, Pamela (Mark) Smith-Berry of Tyler, TX; son, Jerry (Debbie) James of Victoria; step-son, Jack (Dorothy) David; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 6-7 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel. Services will be Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10 AM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel with Rev. James Collins officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 PM at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, TX.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Services under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels.

Victoria Advocate, September 30, 2013

Nathern James

Graveside services for Nathern James, 81, of Markham will be held 11 a. m. Friday at Hawley Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Goodell officiating.

Mr. James was born May 3, 1910, to B. F. and Ella Teddrick James in Scott County, Ark., and died April 8, 1992, at his home.

He was a member of the Markham Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2438, American Legion 649 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3232. He was also affiliated with the Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Christine James of Markham; a nephew, Nolan James of Austin; and two nieces, Vickey Harthcroft and Ellender Burton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Winston Baker, John Wayne Bucek, Douglas Cronin, Timothy Danner, William Arthur Baker, Heath Thompson, Sam Turner, Bill Haskell, Marguerite Dawdy, Elsie Black, Evelyn Thompson and Gloria Carter.

Memorials may be given to the Markham Methodist Church or to the donor’s choice.

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins of Bay City Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, April 9, 1992

Oscar Jaramillo, Sr.

(September 20, 1936 - June 16, 2013)

Oscar S. Jaramillo, Sr., 76, of Bay City passed away June 16, 2013. He was born September 20, 1936 in Realitos, Texas to the late Manuel Jaramillo and Hortencia Salinas Jaramillo.

His wife Lorrine Garcia Jaramillo preceded him in death. Survivors include daughters Virginia Cruz and Sylvia Mann; sons David, Hector, Joe, Leroy, Luis Noe and Oscar Jaramillo, Jr.; brother Armando Jaramillo; 21 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be 10:00 AM Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Msgr. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Bay City Tribune, June 19, 2013                                                   Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Nettie Adams Jarrell

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

John Thomas Jasek

John Thomas Jasek, 31, of Portland, N. D., and formerly of Blessing, Texas, died on Sunday, March 29, 2000.

He was born July 8, 1968, in Bay City to Leonard and Helen Jasek of Blessing.

He graduated from Tidehaven High School in 1986, and was a graduate of Texas A & M University.

Survivors include: wife, Vicky Long Jasek; stepchildren, Justin and Tika; parents, Leonard and Helen Jasek of Blessing; sisters, Debbie Jasek of College Station, Nancy FitzSimon and husband Steve of San Antonio, Jennifer Kidd and husband Doug of Fruithurst, Ala., Mary Jasek of College Station, Barbara Corporon and husband Victor of Collegeport, and Lisa Betchelder and husband Brent of Palacios.

Daily Tribune, March 21, 2000

Faye Fields Jennings

Funeral services for Faye Fields Jennings, formerly of Cedar Lane, Texas, who passed away January 17, 2014, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014 at New Zion Temple, 1601 Ruthven, Houston, Texas 77091.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, January 24, 2014 at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City, Texas.

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

Bay City Tribune, January 22, 2014

Joseph M. Jennings

Feb. 23, 1914
May 23, 1919

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Leo Jensen

Funeral services for Leo Jensen, 88, of Sugar Land, were held Jan. 22, 2000 at Palacios Funeral Home with Buddy Griffith officiating. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Jensen was born Jan. 15, 1912 in Danevang to Jesse and Johnna Sorensen Jensen. He died Jan. 20, 2000 in Houston.

He was a farmer in the area for many years and was greatly loved by his family and friends.

Mr. Jensen is survived by his wife Geneva Blackwell Jensen, daughters and son-in-law Joy and Dermot Rigg and Lisa Jensen all of Sugar Land, son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Margaret Jensen of Spring, sisters, Anna Rasmussen of Galveston, Elna Curry of Corsicana, brothers Roy Jensen of Wharton and Teddy Jensen of Alvin.

Also, five grandchildren, Robin and Steve Williams, Jennifer and Matthew Crossland, Stephanie Rigg, Matthew Jensen, and Erica Jensen; two great-grandchildren, Britt and Taylor Williams.

Pallbearers were Matthew Jensen, Dennis Jensen, Matthew Crosland, Nathan Smith, David Hopkins, and Larry Varga.

Palacios Beacon, Jan. 26, 2000

Ronald Clint Jeremiah

Jan. 14, 1937 - Feb. 24, 2004

S. Sgt. F.C. (E9) Ronald Clint Jeremiah, 67, of Bay City, Texas died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, in his home. He was born on Jan. 14, 1937, in Short, to Ted and Mabel (Rosson) Jeremiah.

A private memorial service will be held for the family only at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Memorial Oaks Chapel Funeral Home of Brenham, Texas.

Mr. Jeremiah came to California in 1952 and attended Marysville High School. He started his 24 year Military duty in 1954, at age 17, in the U.S. Army, before retiring as an intelligence specialist. During his active duty service he was based at Fort Ord, Calif. and served in Okinawa and Korean conflicts and spent three years in Germany and served three duty tours and 18 months each in Vietnam. He was one of the highest decorated soldiers in the U.S. Army, presented with three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars, Medal of Honor, Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement of Bravery in 25 combat support missions completed in South Vietnam. He spoke Vietnamese, was fluent in three dialects, trained in special forces, dropped behind the lines, exposed to agent orange, assigned to the First Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam, recently received Korean Medal authorized by the Congress in 2002, for serving the Republic of Korea, 30 consecutive days or more after July 1954 and is eligible for Korean Defense Service Medal for sacrifice and service for defending South Korea. Military buddies still call him "Sarg" and say he's a real hero.

Mr. Jeremiah was a retired carpenter and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Bay City.

He married Elaine E. Palmer on Feb. 15, 1957, in Olivehurst, Calif.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine E. Jeremiah of Bay City; two son, Mark Jeremiah of Bay City and Robert Jeremiah of Olivehurst; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Ronda Pourner of Dangerfield, Donna and Al Gomez of Brenham and Teresa and Doyle Spradlen of Bay City; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and June Jeremiah of Olivehurst; two sisters, Roberta Osgood of Yuba City, Calif. and Joyce Jeremiah of Live Oak, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bruce and Bobby; one granddaughter, Whisper Spradlen.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Support Care, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, Texas 77437.

Sequoyah County Times, Sallisaw, Oklahoma, March 10, 2004

Donald Vernon Jessup

Masonic graveside services for Donald Vernon Jessup, 75, of Blessing will be at 4:30 p. m. Friday, June 12, 1998 at Hawley Cemetery.

Jessup passed away Thursday, June 11, 1998 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was born Jan. 20, 1923 in Noblesville, Ind. to Oscar Jessup and Sarah Halycon Fisher Jessup. He was a resident of Blessing since 1964, a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 211 of Blessing, and a member of the Gulf Coast Shrine.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Jessup of Blessing; three sons, Michael B. Jessup and wife Vicki of Richmond, Patrick N. Jessup and wife Gayla of Richmond; and Marion D. Jessup and wife Susan of Palacios; a sister, Ruth Ann Musselman of Noblesville, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Marion D. Jessup; and one great grandchild, Justin Norman.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios.

Daily Tribune, June 12, 1998

Gieanna Brown John

Funeral services for Gieanna Brown John, 50, of Bay City, who passed away July 28, 2013, will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at the chapel.

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

Bay City Tribune, July 31, 2013

Anna Louise Johnson
(October 20, 1925 - May 6, 2013)

Anna Louise Johnson, 87, of Bay City passed away May 6, 2013. She was born October 20, 1925 in Bryan, TX to the late Frank DeLuke and Rosie Genaro DeLuke.

Her husband Jack Leon Johnson preceded her in death. Survivors include daughter Mary Ann Bradford & husband Henry of Bay City; sons Jack Johnson, Jr. & wife Molly of Houston, David Johnson of Bay City and Joseph Johnson & wife Sonja of Bay City; grandchildren Shawn Johnson & wife Kimberly, Tiffany Bradford, Melissa Johnson, Lane Bradford & wife Siena, Jack Jean Johnson, Leslie J. Mabry & wife Dallas and Cole Johnson and four great grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Friday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be 3:00 PM Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Greg Korenek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Shawn Johnson, Gale Holton, Frankie Ray, Cole Johnson, James Teutsch, Dallas Mabry, Bruce Krenek and Lane Bradford.


Daisy Louise Johnson

Jan. 4, 1931
Jan. 8, 1935

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Edward E. Johnson

Apr. 20, 1930 - Mar. 26, 2007

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Elida Johnson

Graveside services for Elida Mae Johnson, 78, of Palacios will be held 2 p. m. Wednesday at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with the Rev. Joe Dan Huffman officiating.

Mrs. Johnson was born June 25, 1913, to Daniel and Eliza Sowell Miller in Broadus and died 8:45 a. m. Sept. 30, 1991, at the Victoria Regional Medical Hospital.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail Lois and Howard Mosley of Palacios; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios

Daily Tribune, October 1, 1991

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham                     

Henry Johnson - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Ida Johnson

Born July 23, 1882
Died July 28, 1898

Alas she has left us
her spirit has fled.
Her body now slumbers
Along with the dead.


Matagorda Cemetery
Photo courtesy of
Faye Cunningham

Marcus M. Johnson

Mr. Marcus M. Johnson, died at his home near Blessing yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Funeral services under the direction of Walker-Matchett, will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Community Church in Blessing. Reverend Robert Paine will officiate.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 4, 1933

Shenequa Shanee “Nene” Johnson

Funeral services for Shenequa Shanee Johnson, 48, of Brazoria will be Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11 a.m., at Brazoria First Assembly of God in Brazoria with Pastor Dale Frankum eulogizing and the Rev. Gilbert Franklin officiating.

Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Cedar Lane, Texas.

Shenequa died December 14, 2013 at Houston Hospice in Houston, Texas.

Shenequa graduated from Van Vleck High School in 1983. After graduation she attended Brazosport College. Upon completion of studies at Brazosport, she pursued her bachelor’s degree and graduated from the University of Houston. Shenequa was employed at Dow Chemical Company as a purchasing specialist. She was also an instructor at Brazosport College for several years.

Shenequa was preceded in death by her father, Robert Earl Johnson, Sr.

Shenequa leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Jordan Alexandria Johnson of Missouri City; her devoted and loving mother, Bobbie Raye Johnson of Cedar Lane; siblings born to the union of Robert Earl Johnson, Sr. and Bobbie Raye Johnson; brothers, Garland Johnson, Sr. (Faye) of Brazoria and Robert Earl Johnson, Jr. of Lake Jackson; sister, Adrinne Johnson Turner (Gerald) of Missouri City; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Active pallbearers will be D’Angelo Franklin, Steven Franklin, Trevin Franklin, Warwick Franklin, Gerard Singleton, James Smith, Jr., Calvin Ward and Phillip Ward.

Honorary pallbearers will be Garland Johnson, Sr., Garland Johnson, Jr., Jeremy Johnson, Robert Johnson, Jr., Gerald Turner, Tyler Turner, Cedric Fields, Jerry Sadler, Sylvester Washington and Kevin Ward.

Visitation will be Friday, December 20, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dixon Funeral Home in Brazoria.

There will be viewing at the church on Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be no viewing afterward.

Online condolences may be left for the family by signing her guest book at

Final arrangements entrusted to Dixon Funeral Home of Brazoria at (979)798-9113.

Bay City Tribune, December 18, 2013

Smith Johnson - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Lenadene Ramsey Johs

Funeral services for Lenadene Ramsey Johs, 76, of Bay City were held Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Lenadene Ramsey died Dec. 14 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton. She was born April 9, 1921 in San Augustine, Texas to the late Coy Chester Ramsey Sr. and Mary Magdalene Crocker Ramsey. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Missionary Class Sunday School Class. Mrs. Johs had been a resident of Bay City since 1950, a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Bay City Book Review and Bay City Study Club.

She is survived by her husband, Erich Johs Sr. of Bay City; daughter, Wanda Foster of Spring, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Erich Johs Jr. and Sandy of LaWard; sisters, Imogene Wheeler of El Campo and Elizabeth Bartlett of Lake Jackson; brothers, Merle Ramsey of Palacios and Coy Ramsey of Bay City; three grandchildren, David Johs of Bay City, Ramsey Foster of Austin and Erica Foster of San Antonio; three great grandchildren, Brandon Cornett, Alexandria Johs and Victoria Johs, all of Bay City. She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Ramsey.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Larry Schuelke, Sam Ramsey, Gene Wier, Dick Ellis, Paul Bartlett and Bruce Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers were nephews Robert Johs, Tony Johs, Edward Pennington, Rickey Ramsey, Coy Lee Ramsey, Bud Bates and Mike Demland.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, December 16, 1997

Alice Jones

Funeral services for Alice Mae Jones, 89, of Markham, Texas, will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Markham, Texas, with Rev. J. C. Ashton, Jr. officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary, 2702 Avenue C, Bay City, Texas.

Burial will follow immediately after the services at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green’s Mortuary, 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, January 15, 2014

Hezekiah Lewis

Funeral services for Hezekiah Lewis, of Bay City, who passed away January 22, 2014, are pending with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, January 29, 2014

Andrei Jones, Sr.

Funeral services for Andrei Jones, Sr. will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with T. L. Richardson, Pastor and Bishop Hollis Hall, Eulogist.

Burial will follow immediately after the service at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday, November 15, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary. There will also be viewing Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, November 13, 2013

Charles P. Jones - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


George T. Jones   1905 - 1982
Gladys O. Jones   1910 - 1967
Roy L. Jones   1942 - 2007

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Ivy Jones - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Mildred M. Jones - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Ruffus Jones
1860 - 1924

Lavertie Jones
1873 - 1941

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Charles Edwin "Ed" Jopling Jr.

WHARTON--Charles Edwin "Ed" Jopling Jr., 75, of Wharton died Friday, Nov. 13, 1992.

He was born Dec. 4, 1916, in Wharton to the late Charles Edwin and Ida Damron Jopling Sr., Mr. Jopling served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in India and China. He married the former Margaret Hollis French on May 29, 1942, in Wichita Falls. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in civil engineering.

Mr. Jopling was an engineering instructor at Wharton County Junior College until his retirement in 1979. After his retirement, he established a business until he retired in 1989. He was a member of the Wharton Rotary Club and First Baptist Church of Wharton.

Survivors: sisters, Mary Beth Ziegenhals of El Campo and Jeannette Gardner of Wharton; and brother, Thomas W. Jopling of Wharton.

Preceded in death by his wife on July 14, 1977.

Visitation: after 3 p. m. Saturday at Wharton Funeral Home.

Services: 3 p. m. Sunday at the Wharton Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Ken Schroeder officiating.

Private graveside services will be held at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, Wharton Funeral Home, Wharton, (409) 532-3410

Daily Tribune, November 14 or 15, 1992


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