Matagorda County Obituaries
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Emma Grace Jackson
December 24, 1937 - October 30, 2014

Emma Grace Jackson, passed away in Bay City, Texas, on October 30, 2014, at the age of 76.

Emma was born on December 24, 1937 in Victoria, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara McCulloch; parents, Roe and Inez Fleming; brother Rick Fleming; and baby sister, Suzette Fleming.

She is survived by her husband, Le Roy “Pete” Jackson of Markham; son, Dennis (Terri) McCulloch of Bay City; grandchildren, Shannon (Bernardo) Pitel of Gulfport, MS, Heather (Clayton) Hales of Bay City, and John (Jessica) Lewandowski III of Duluth, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, John Lewandowski IV, Matthew Lewandowski, and Henri Pitel; mother-in-law, Mrs. Leroy Jackson Sr.; sister, Peggy (Jim) Friebele of Rockport; sister-in-law, Jeannie Fleming of San Angelo; and numerous nieces and nephews, including, Ben (Vanessa) Friebele of Rockport and Brandy (Clark) Hudson of Portland

A Family Remembrance was held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Town Square Restaurant, in Bay City, followed by “sharing memories” at the home of her son, Dennis.

Bay City Tribune, November 9, 2014
 


Jacy Lynn Jackson - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


William Royce Jackson
 

Funeral services for William (Bill) Royce Jackson, 63, of Wimberley, were held on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos.

 

Bill was born February 24, 1951 in Palacios, Texas to Bill and Grace Jackson and passed away on August 27, 2014.

He attended Palacios High School, and continued his education at Texas State University, graduating in 1974 with a degree in psychology.
 

He enjoyed fishing, reading, and time with friends and family. He is best remembered for his humor and his ability to be the life of the party.
 

Bill is survived by his two sons Justin and Danny Jackson, daughter-in-law Janet, and granddaughter Ruby; brothers Clark, Robert, and John as well as sisters Mary and Sharilyn.
 

In lieu of flowers, family requests a donation be made to Cypress Creek Church, 211 Stillwater Road, Wimberley, TX 78676, www.cypresscreekchurch.com
 

Online condolences can be shared at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com
 

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos.


Palacios Beacon
, August 27, 2014

 


Henry Herman Jahns - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Barbara Janise - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Henry J. Janise & Agnes M. Janise - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Sammie Colleen Finch Jarrell

September 29, 1924 - October 30, 2014

Thursday morning, October 30, 2014, Sammie Colleen Finch Jarrell, of Bay City, Texas, peacefully departed this earthly life to be with her Lord.

Mrs. Jarrell, 90, was preceded in passing by her husband of 43 years, Henry Milton Jarrell; and her parents, Homer Marvin and Emma Bradham Finch.

She leaves two sons, Milton Ray Jarrell, married to Claudia, and Glenn Richard Jarrell, married to Debbie. She also leaves her brother, Ray Noble Finch, married to Nancy, and their three children, Stephen Ray Finch, married to Padmini, Virginia Kay “Jenny” Finch, and Marvin Montgomery “Monty” Finch.

Sammie Finch was born September 29, 1924, in Hillsboro, Texas. She was Homer and Emma Finch’s first child. The small family moved around a bit, eventually settling in Bellville, Texas, where they introduced baby brother, Ray Noble, to Sammie in 1935. A year and half later, the family of four moved to Bay City, Texas, in 1937. Sammie was 13 years old. During her school-age years, Sammie enjoyed playing basketball and softball. Playing team sports helped to instill young Sammie with a sense of fair play. Observing her parents’ work ethic, even during the Depression, helped to instill her with her own tireless work ethic. She would draw upon these characteristics for years to come.

It was on the brink of World War II, when Sammie graduated from Bay City High School, in 1941. When the war began, Sammie was eager to do what she could to help her country. Upon hearing of the opportunity to help build aircraft for the war effort, Sammie decided to leave Bay City for Dallas, where she was hired by North American Aviation. During her time with NAA, she worked long hours on P-51 Mustang Fighters, which many consider to be the best fighters of the war, B-25 Mitchell Bombers used in the Doolittle raid, and B-24 Bombers, known as Liberators. No doubt it was the mixture of patriotism, courage, and raw determination that transformed that small town high school gal into Rosie the Riveter.

Upon returning to Bay City after the war, Sammie went to work as an office assistant in an area rice mill. Soon she met and fell in love with Milton Jarrell, who worked for Phillips Petroleum Company. The happy young couple married on April 21, 1950. Mrs. Jarrell valued her family above almost everything, and her family always knew they could count on her. As a wife and mother to two sons, she selflessly looked after the needs of her family. Later she was the primary caregiver for both her mother-in-law and her mother. Sammie Jarrell loved her family and was tremendously loyal to them throughout her life.

In her later years, Mrs. Jarrell loved creating craft projects such as Christmas ornaments, magnets and hand-made birthday cards for her family and friends. She also had an extensive doll and stuffed animal collection, which she proudly displayed in her living room, where she also loved to follow the Houston Astros on television. Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing bridge and dominoes with family and friends. Sammie Jarrell was creative and quick to laugh.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Sammie Jarrell’s life on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Visitation will be held at 12:30 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 2313 Avenue I, Bay City, Texas.

The service will follow at 2 p.m., at the same location, with the Rev. Warren Muntz officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers are Smitty Johnson, David Wells, Paul Roe, James Eilbeck, Brian Yoes and Todd Dreier.

Honorary Pallbearer is Keith Dreier.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, November 2, 2014
 


Kenneth Jarrett Jr.

Ken was born on July 31, 1954, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Kenneth Jarrett Sr. and La Verne Jarrett.

A lifetime resident of Matagorda County, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, antique shopping and spending time in his yard.

Ken surrounded himself with his family and loved spending time with them. Ken retired after 32 years at Phillips 66 and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in Old Ocean, TX.

Ken is survived by the love of his life, Linda Garcia of Bay City; mother, La Verne Jarrett of Bay City; daughter, Jennifer Matura (Leonard) and children Joshua and Emily Matura of Smithville, TX; brother, Doug Jarrett (Judith) and children Matthew Jarrett (Lindsey) of Granbury, TX and Melissa Ursery (Travis) of Bay City; and sister, Jolene Watson (Bill) and children Will Watson (Cassandra) of Hondo, TX and Katey and Shannon Watson of Utopia, TX; step-daughter, Melinda Deleon (Kino) and children Reggie, Taylor and Kelly of Bay City; step-son, John Galindo (Tana) of Fort Hood, TX; step-son, Anthony Garcia and daughter Camryn of Bay City.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the American Heart Association.

A memorial service was held at Taylor Brother’s Funeral Home on Monday, August 25, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Bay City Tribune, August 27, 2014
 


Millerd Jenkins - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Alexander “Cando” Jimenez Sr.
August 15, 1930 - August 3, 2014

Alexander “Cando” Jimenez Sr., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Alex was born on August 15, 1930 in Cuero, Texas, to the late Jose and Felecitas Munoz Jimenez, Sr. Alex was an avid hunter and fisherman. Alex was a loving father and grandfather. Alex proudly served his country during the Korean War in the Marine Corps. Alex proudly owned Alex’s Electric Service, a successful business for over 30 years. Alex was a faithful member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Alex is survived by his loving family, children, Yolanda Garcia of Cypress, Texas, Alex Jimenez Jr. of Bay City, Texas, Clara Aguilar and husband Johnny of Bryan, Texas, Andrew Jimenez Sr. and wife Joann of Bay City, Texas, and Anthony Jimenez and wife Betty of Van Vleck, Texas; grandchildren, Elisia Dement, Lena Reyes, Lori Garcia, Alex Jimenez III, Joshua Jimenez, Jacob Torres, Jared Jimenez, Andrew Jimenez Jr., Adrian-Drew Jimenez, Justin Rodriguez, Priseilla Jimenez and Selena Jimenez; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Eshmoel “Mayo” Jimenez and wife Rose; and brother-in-law, Librado “Lee” Rodriguez.

Alex is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Olivia Jimenez; and sister, Anita Charles.

Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at the funeral home, with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Monsignor Gerry Cernoch celebrant.

Rite of Committal will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers are Alex Jimenez III, Andrew Jimenez Jr., Joshua Aguilar, Jared Aguilar, Adrian-Drew Jimenez, Jacob Torres and Justin Rodriguez.

Honorary pallbearers are Jackson Dement, Matthew Reyes and Jordan Salazar.

The family would like to thank Houston Hospice and Shana Skutca.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Houston Hospice.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

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

www.taylorbros.net
 


Olivia R. Jimenez - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Arthur B. Johnson & Jewel E. Johnson - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Joseph Mack Johnson
11 December 1923 – 30 June 2014

PALACIOS - Joseph Mack Johnson was born in Palacios, TX on December 11, 1923 to the late Guy and Tenna Hubbard Johnson. He passed away at the age of 90 in Conroe, TX.

Mack spent two years in the US Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Collingsworth 146 as a Pharmacy Mate II. When he returned home from the service Mack and Adene moved to Victoria where he worked for Union Carbide for 37 years, upon retiring they moved to Conroe. He was a charter member of the John Wesley United Methodist Church of Victoria.

Mack married the love of his life Adene Starr of Palacios on April 1, 1941 and their union was blessed with two children, a daughter and a son.

He is survived by his loving wife of seventy-three years, Adene; daughter, Darla Jean Gordon and her husband, George of Conroe; two grandsons, David Gordon and wife, Amy, Greg Gordon and wife, Lisa; four great grandsons, Chris, Chase, Colton and Logan and his very loyal friend, Philip Walker.

In addition to his sweet parents, Mack was preceded in death by his five brothers, three sisters and his loving son, Joseph Mack Johnson, Jr.

Visitation and reception will be held on Thursday July 3, 2014 from 1-2 PM at Rosewood Chapel with the service to follow at 2 PM with Rev. David King and Rev. James Allen officiating. Military honors under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council will conclude the service.

Private graveside services will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery at a later date.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2 July 2014
 


Lela Estelle DeBusk Johnson
February 9, 1926 - September 21, 2014

Lela Estelle “Estie” DeBusk Johnson, 88, passed away on September 21, 2014.

Estie was born on February 9, 1926 to Charlie Mae and Charles Clayton DeBusk. Estie attended Texas Tech University for two years, where she met and married her husband Billy. She and Billy eventually settled in Corpus Christi, where they raised their family and made many friends. She was known for her southern kindness and hospitality and was devoted to her family, friends and church.

Estie is preceded in death by her husband, William “Billy” Johnson; her mother and father; and her son, B.C. “Tony” Johnson.

Estie is survived by her sister, Lexie Isom (Bruce); her loving son, Rick Johnson (Martha); daughter-in-law, Trisha Johnson; grandchildren, Tony Johnson (Allison), Coy Harvey (Andrea), Lexie Tarwater (Sean), Paige Johnson, and Rachel Johnson; great-grandchildren, Tristan Harvey, Portia and Presley Johnson, Sean Jr., Brandon, Kevin and Dylan Tarwater; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Estie’s wonderful caregivers at the Legacy Assisted Living Campus.

Visitation was held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas, Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2200 Ave. E, Bay City, Texas, on Wednesday, September 24 at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Brad Sullivan officiating.

Interment will be at Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery, 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 1 p.m.

Pallbearers are Farris Crain, Rocky Delano, John Fitzgerald, John Heaner, Frank Hurley and Richard Knapik.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2200 Ave. E, Bay City, TX 77414 or Houston Hospice, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, September 24, 2014
 


Robert E. Johnson & Margaret Johnson - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 

 

Roxie Emma Dunlap Johnson
 

Mrs. Roxie Emma (Dunlap) Johnson, a resident of Pasadena, Texas, for the last five years and formerly of West Columbia, passed away August 6, 2007. She lived to be 100 years old having been born July 18, 1907, to Sarah Emma Dunlap and Doctor Meakins Dunlap of Rosefield, Louisiana.

Funeral services will be held at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas, on Thursday, August 9, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Danny Johnson officiating.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2007, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers are Glenn Daley, great-grandson; Bryan Daley, grandson; Danny Dahlgren, Tim Pelata, David Banks and Ray Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers are Joe Ori, Johnny Chancellor, Chris and Daniel Fabrygel, James Patterson and Joe Jackson.

Roxie married Robert (Bob) Johnson April 17, 1921, and they were married for 62 wonderful years. She was one of the sweetest people anyone could ever know and was the salt of the earth. She was an extraordinary woman with a tender heart, a strong faith in God and a limitless capacity to love unconditionally. She loved to sit out on her front porch, on a cool spring morning, drink a hot cup of coffee, gaze at her beautiful flowers and watch the hummingbirds fly around her feeder. She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed sharing stories with family and friends. These special memories now have become jewels for her family to treasure forever.

When talking about her early life she said, "Times were hard then, but we didn't know it." However, she loved her new conveniences. Air conditioning, washer, dryers and clothes that don't have to be ironed were wonderful luxuries that became necessities. Two of her sons fought in WW II and her father fought in the Civil War. In 1943, she and her husband owned a shoe shop and then later owned and ran the Pit, a barbecue restaurant in West Columbia, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter, Roxie Marlene Johnson Miller of Lake Jackson; granddaughter, Carolyn Jean Davis Daley of Pasadena; great-granddaughters, Dana Carol Daley Pelata of Clear Lake and Angela Marlene Daley Banks of Deer Park; great-grandsons, Bryan Daniel Daley of Pasadena, Danny Curtis Dahlgren, Eric James Williams of Tekemah, Nebraska, and Jason Lee Reynoldson of Omaha, Nebraska; great-great-grandsons, Logan Alexander Pelata and Gavin Connor Banks.

Arrangements are by Baker Funeral Home 634 S. Columbia Drive, West Columbia, Texas.

Online condolences may be sent at www.bakerfuneral home.net.

Brazosport Facts, August 8, 2007                                          Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


William Phillip Johnson & Penola J. Johnson - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Charles L. Johnston & Anna U. Johnston - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Earl J. Johnston & Johny B. Johnson - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Charles R. Jones, Sr. & Martha J. Jones - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Clifford H. Joice & Jessie G. Joice - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Gary Ray Jones

November 14, 1947 - August 31, 2014

Gary Ray Jones, 66, of Van Vleck, Texas, was called home by Jesus, on Sunday, August 31, 2014, and is now running on greener pastures.

He was born November 14, 1947, in Bonne Terre, Missouri, to the late Ray Jones and Doris Miller Jones. Gary was a Vietnam Veteran and an avid fisherman. He was retired from the Van Vleck Independent School District as a school bus driver. Gary’s greatest joy was driving for the special needs children.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Gwynda Coston Jones of Van Vleck; four children, Jay Harvey and wife Stephanie of Goliad, Stephen Harvey and wife Tyrena of Van Vleck, Michelle Harvey Perez and husband Pete of Hillje, and Wesley Harvey and wife Michelle of Taylor; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Bryan Jones of Hazelwood, Missouri; step-dad, Gene LeClaire; beloved dog, Peyton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Charlene Carty.

The family received visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas, with Robert Rodriguez officiating.

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

Serving as pallbearers are Robby Zenker, Thomas Calk, Mike McMurrey, Rob Tourville, Brian Harvey and Josh Wetz.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to charity of your choice.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, September 3, 2014
 


Chester Paul Jones - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Cleve Bedford Jones
October 3, 1950 - September 27, 2014

Funeral services for Cleve Bedford Jones, will be Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11 a.m., at Grove Hill Baptist Church, Pledger, Texas, with Pastor Derrick Blount, eulogist, and the Rev. Dale Clayton, presiding.

Burial will follow immediately after services at Grove Hill Cemetery in Pledger.

Viewing will be Friday, October 3, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas.

Cleve Bedford Jones, son of Leo Jones and Cleola Townsend, was born October 3, 1950, and passed September 27, 2014 at Memorial Hermann, Houston Texas.

He leaves to mourn his passing four children, Courtney Tucker (Tim) of Houston, Jennifer Johnson (Derrick) of Sweeny, Michelle Jones (Jessie James) of West Columbia and Cleveland Jones of Houston.

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

Bay City Tribune, October 1, 2014
 


Joan L. Jones & Charles R. Jones, Jr. - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Kathleen Ann Jones

January 17, 1947 - September 12, 2014

Kathleen Ann (Kathy) Jones, 67, of Warren, Ohio, formerly of Bay City, Texas, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014, in Bay City after a 40-year battle with cancer.

Kathy was born January 17, 1947, in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late Robert L. and Mariam Braden Stauffer.

She moved to Texas in 1956 and graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School and Lamar University in Beaumont with a BS in Elementary Education.

In November 1965, she met the love of her life, James F. ( Jimmy) Jones, and they were married March 16, 1968, in Port Arthur. Their union was blessed with three wonderful children. Kathy taught school for many years. Most of her career was spent at Cherry Elementary in Bay City and Matagorda Elementary in Matagorda. In 2008, she and Jimmy fulfilled her lifelong desire to move back to northeast Ohio.

Survivors include her best friend and husband, Jimmy Jones of Warren, Ohio; her twin sons, Kenneth and wife Annette of Ireland, and Kevin and wife Mei of South Carolina; and her daughter, Allison Losoya and husband Joe Mike of Bay City. She also leaves her grandsons, Michael and Kyle Jones of Marietta, GA and Kristian Jones of TX; granddaughters, Annika (Blake) Trevino of Bay City and Kaleigh Jones of Bay City; step-grandchildren, Brian, Cameron, Elizabeth Losoya of Bay City; and great-grandchildren, Cadence Lee, Shaun, and Max Vaclavik and Khloe Jones of Bay City. Other survivors include her brother, Bob Stauffer and Dianna of Nederland; and a niece, Penny and nephew, Jay Stauffer; as well as numerous wonderful cousins in Ohio, Florida and Texas, and loving friends including Pam White, Pam Richardson, Laura Kling, Dixie Mattingly, Elaine Cox, Pam Morte, Brenda Harris and everyone at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Burial will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the ASPCA or and animal rescue group of your choice, or to Houston Hospice in El Campo.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

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

Bay City Tribune, September 17, 2014
 

 

Mattie Lee Jordan

 
Mattie Lee Jordan, 97, of Sweeny, Texas, passed away from this life on Thursday, September 17, 2009, in Katy, Texas, holding her daughter's hand. She was born February 17, 1912, in Oakhurst, Texas, to William Gilmer and Grace (Barnett) Simms.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Sweeny, Texas, with the Rev. Jerl Watkins officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 22, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home, West Columbia.

Pallbearers will be Randy McDonald, Ken Jordan, Michael Jordan, Matthew Marshall, Steven Marshall, Hunter Williams, David Rogers, Joseph MacKinnon and Blake Rose

Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Hutchison, James Jordan Jr. and the "Pink Ladies" of the Sweeny Hospital Auxiliary.

Mattie Lee is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, J.B. (Dick) Jordan; son, Joe B. Jordan; brothers, Frank, Jessie and Autry Simms.

She is survived by her daughter, Dixie McDonald; son, James R. Jordan and wife, Chris; sister, Mary Caldwell and husband, Gordon; grandchildren, Charlene Rogers, Carrie Lee Jordan, Ken Jordan, Linda Marshall and husband, Bill, Donna Rose and husband, Tony, Randy McDonald and wife, Kathy, Liz McDonald, James Jordan Jr. and wife, Chrissy, and Michael Jordan; along with many great-grandchildren, nieces, great-nieces, nephews and a great-great-grandchild.

Mattie Lee was extremely proud of all of her family and extended family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In the past, she was president of the Sweeny Civic Center, past president and active member of the Sweeny Hospital Auxiliary since Sweeny Hospital opened with more than 11,000 volunteer hours, director of Sweeny Chamber of Commerce, secretary of Sweeny School Board of Education, member of Sweeny Beautification Committee, Brazoria County Chairman of March of Dimes, Heart Fund, United Fund, TB Association and the Cancer Drive. A few of her accomplishments were Outstanding Woman of the Year 1956, Woman of the Year 1968, Columnist of the Brazosport Facts and the Houston Post.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Sweeny Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies) or the First Baptist Church of Sweeny.

Services are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, 634 S. Columbia Drive, West Columbia, Texas 77486. 979-345-3232. Online condolences may be made by signing the guestbook at www.bakerfuneralhome.

Brazosport Facts, The (Clute, TX) - Monday, September 21, 2009                                    Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


Lorine Joyner - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

William Leon Joyner - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Robert Jesse Juarez, Sr.

Robert Jesse Juarez, Sr. (Cheetah), 69 of Palacios, were held July 17 at St. Joseph’s Catholic  Church in Baytown with burial at Houston Veteran’s Memorial Cemetary where he was buried with full military honors.

Robert was born on August 23, 1944 in Goose Creek, TX, to Arnulfo and Luisa Villareal and passed away peacefully at home on July 14, 2014 with loved ones around him.

He lived in Palacios until his high school years. Robert moved to Baytown, TX soon afterward and decided to joined the Army. Robert proudly served our country from 1965-1967 as a Army PFC Radio Operator in Nhatrang, Vietnam. He worked for Laborers International Union, 313 Local 80 in Houston, Tx for 33 years. Robert retired in 2003 and returned home to Palacios, Texas until October 2013.

Robert loved to dance, hang out at Omar’s and watch sports on TV, especially Dallas Cowboy  football games.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Arnulfo and Luisa Villarreal of Palacios, TX; and his brother, Ancelmo (Al) Juarez Jr. of New Orleans, La.

Robert is survived by his wife, Petra Jimenez Juarez; his son, Robert Jesse Juarez, Jr. (Nancy); his biological father, Ancelmo Juarez, Sr.; daughters Leticia Ortiz, Melissa Juarez-Yearta (Wayne), and Monica Juarez; sisters Maria Alicia Villarreal Garza (Michael) and Eva De Leon (Anthony); along with 12 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter and many family members and friends who loved him dearly.

Palacios Beacon, July 30, 2014
 


Anthony R. “Tony” Jurek


Anthony R. “Tony” Jurek, 57, of Van Vleck died Monday, April 29, 2002 in Van Vleck.

He was born December 14, 1944 in Bay City to Jim Vincent and Emilie E. Wick Jurek.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, and a production foreman for Amoco Production for 30 years. He served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from May 1969 to February 1971 during the Vietnam conflict. His passions in life were fishing, hunting, and gardening. He loved outdoor parties with his family and friends.

Cooking for a crowd was a favorite past time, and he grew the best watermelons in Van Vleck. He gave away more vegetables than he kept. He loved life but was at peace with death. He will be missed more than words can say.

He is survived by: his wife, Kim Marie Brown Jurek; mother Emilie E. Jurek of Bay City; daughter, Tiffany Michelle Jurek of Huntsville; sons, Anthony Jurek, Jr., of Bay City, Vincent Troy Jurek of Houston; step-son, James Curtis Poole, Jr., of Van Vleck, brother and his wife, Jimmie Lee and Lois Jurek, grandchildren, David A. Jurek and Danielle Jurek both of San Antonio and by numerous nephews, nieces, and a large, loving extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Edward Joseph Jurek.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors.

Pallbearers include, Raymond Burl, Ed Vavra, Ralph Seidel, Wayne Roberts, John Jurek, Gary Kraemer, Gary Kraemer, Jr., and Eran Jones. Honorary pallbearer will be Steve Ivy of Bakersfield, CA.

Donations may be made to Houston Hospice, 11-2 N. Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437.

Arrangements are by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002MY01

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, May 01, 2002                            Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 
 

Emilie Jurek


BAY CITY - Emilie Jurek, 94, of Bay City, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003.

She was born June 10, 1908, in Apache, Okla., to the late Edward and Emilie Wuerker Wick. She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

Survivors: son, Jimmie Jurek of Palacios; sisters, Rosie Jurek and Erna Jurek, both of Bay City, Frances Dornak of Lake Jackson and Elizabeth David of Carnegie, Okla., brother, Edward Wick of Carnegie, Okla., 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Jim V. Jurek; sons, E. J. Jurek and Anthony Jurek; and parents.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating.

Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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

The Victoria Advocate, February 18, 2003                                   Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 
 

Joseph Frank "Joe" Jurek, Sr.


Joseph Frank "Joe" Jurek, Sr., 84, of Bay City, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2000. He was born April 8, 1916, in Fayette County, Texas to Joseph F. Jurek and Mary Krembling Jurek.

He was a farmer and a life-long resident of Matagorda County. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 3232 in Bay City.

He is survived by: wife of 63 years, Rosie Wick Jurek of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Henry Katzer and Rosalie and Tom Peterson, all of Bay City; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe Jr. and Judy Jurek of Bay City, Donald and Linda Jurek of Splendora, Patrick and D.D. Jurek of Bay City, and by Randy and Kathy Jurek of Bay City; sisters, Ann Kosler and Gertrude Goetz, both of Victoria; and by 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Joseph and Mary Jurek; son, Tony Jurek; four sisters; and three brothers.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000NV22

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, November 22, 2000                              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Rosie Wick Jurek

October 30, 1915 - August 21, 2014

In loving memory of our mother, Rosie Wick Jurek, 98, who passed away August 21, 2014.

She was born October 30, 1915 in High Hill, TX, to the late Ed Wick and Amelia Brossmann Wick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe F. Jurek Sr.; son, Tommy Jurek; and granddaughter, Shelly Fischer.

Survivors include her children, Anita Katzer Fanson (George), Rosalie Jurek Peterson (Tom), Joe F. Jurek Jr. (Eloisa), Donald Jurek (Linda), Pat Jurek (D. D.), Randy Jurek (Kathy) and Billy Wick; as well as numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; extended family and friends.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Matagorda Nursing & Rehab Center for the loving care shown to our mother.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 24, 2014, with a rosary being recited at 6:30 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 25, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Greg Korenek officiating.

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

Her grandsons will serve as both pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, August 24, 2014
 

 

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