Matagorda County Obituaries
Martha Mae Adams Lacy
(August 3, 1937 - July 27, 2012)
Martha Mae (Quinney) Adams Lacy, 74, of Bay City, went to rest with
her Heavenly Father on Friday, July 27, 2012. She was born August 3,
1937 in Bay City to the late G.W. Adams and Annie Ella Slone Adams.
Martha graduated from Bay City HS in 1955, and later graduating from
WCJC School of Nursing 1970. From there the world was her “Clinic”.
She devoted her life to God, family and nursing. After graduation
she worked at Matagorda General Hospital for several years. After
leaving there she went to work for Dr. James E. Cowart, and where
his entire family embraced her. It took 33 years to tutor him.
Martha always said, “ When I retire I’m going to write a book. “Jim
Ed and Me” Because of her love of nursing and caring for others, she
retired 4 times. There was always a need for Martha Mae to nurse
somewhere. She took a “PRN” position with the Bay City Independent
School District and loved to nurse at the various schools, giving
prescribed medications, and just simply nursing and caring for
Martha served as Disaster Relief Nurse Red Cross for several years;
Matagorda School Board for two terms; Crime Stoppers for two terms;
Multiple Health Fairs; Texas League LVN’s and Gulf Coast League of
LVN’s. While belonging to these organizations she served locally and
state in all positions. She was voted “NURSE of The YEAR” twice and
runner-up twice. She was also, director of music at First Baptist
Church in Matagorda, which led her into Gospel singing at various
Martha is survived by her son: Odie Milner & wife Kim; daughter:
Suzan L. Thompson; granddaughters: Shelley Anderson, Korey Milner
Anderson & husband Erik, and Kaitlyn Milner; grandsons: Bubba Simons
and Kyle Milner & wife Katy; great granddaughters: Madison Ann
Simons, Kinsley Rae Simons, and Lacy Kathleen Anderson (namesake);
great grandson: Ryver Clay Anderson; and brother: Ed Quinney & wife
Lois. She was preceded in death by husband: John A Lacy;
grandmother: Martha Slone; mother: Annie Adams; father: G. Wallace
Adams; grandsons: Jason Anderson and Zachery Matthew Milner.
family will receive visitors from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Monday, July
30, 2012 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 2:00
PM Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church. Interment will
follow at Matagorda Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, her grandsons:
“Bubba” Simons, Erik Anderson, Kyle M. Milner, extended family: OW
Parker, David PeVey, Joseph Quinney, and Ronald Andrews, Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Thomas Frieze, Simon DeSoto, Larry
Fitzpatrick, Stephen E. Quinney, and Rick DeLeon. And waiting to
escort her into heaven: Jason Anderson, Zachery Matthew Milner.
lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jason Anderson
Memorial Scholarship at c/o Lynsey Buss Curtner, 2305 Linwood Lane,
Bay City, Texas 77414, the Dr. James Cowart Scholarship Fund at
Stephen F. Austin State University, c/o SFA Alumni Association, P.O.
Box 6096-SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962, or Calvary Kids at c/o
Calvary Baptist Church, 3321 6th St., Bay City, Texas 77414.
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
Billy Ray Laird
Billy Laird, 48, died at his home in
Portland, Tx., Monday Feb. 14, 1977 following a long illness. He was
born, and raised in Wadsworth, leaving from the area 16 years ago to
Portland where he was a welder. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Ruby
Laird of Portland; three daughters, Mrs. Gary Breshears and Mrs.
Rita Phillips of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Billy Russell of Portland;
parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Laird of Bay City; two grandsons, three
brothers, Hilliard W. Laird, Jr., of Prescott, Arkansas and Gene
Allen Laird of Corpus Christi and James W. Laird of Victoria.
Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Maxwell
P. Dunne Funeral Home in Portland with Rev. Dan Bazar of Wesley
United Methodist Church of Portland officiating. Graveside services
are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.
Local services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins Bay City
The Daily Tribune, February 15,
Elizabeth Landers, 91, a resident of El
Maton passed away October 1 at the Wagner General Hospital. She was
a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by nieces and
nephews. Funeral services were held October 3 at 2 p.m. at the
Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Tripp officiating. Interment was at
the Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, October, 1977
Rites Friday For Ashby Pioneer, 86
Sterling Landers, 86, of the Ashby
community, passed away at Wagner General Hospital Wednesday
afternoon. Funeral services will be 2 p. m. Friday at Taylor
Brothers Funeral Chapel, Rev. Claude Cagle of the Markham Methodist
Church officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery.
Landers had been a resident of Matagorda
county for 63 years, living in the Ashby community for many years.
He was a farmer, a member of the Woodman of the World and Blessing
Masonic Lodge No. 411.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Elizabeth Landers; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Marchant and Mrs.
Jewel Reagon, both of Sweetwater, and Mrs. Merta Godfrey of Tulsa,
Okla.; and three brothers, O. G. Landers of Roby, Texas, Bryan
Landers of Lubbock and H. K. Landers of Temple.
Pallbearers will be A. W. Hurta, R. E.
Terry, Oscar Havlik, Vic Burchfield, W. M. Epperson, Steve Rickaway.
The Blessing Masonic Lodge No. 411 will conduct the graveside
Arrangements are under the directions of
Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
Palacios Beacon, June 2, 1966
COMMERCE—Artie B. Latham, 91, of Cumby,
died Monday at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Commerce. There is a
graveside service at 10 a. m. Friday at Hawley Cemetery in Bay City.
Born Nov. 25, 1907 in Hopkins County,
she was the daughter of Fess L. Wright and Sarah Bowen. She was a
homemaker and was a member of First Baptist Church in Cumby. She
married Cecil H. Latham.
Surviving are daughters Charlene Latham
Strickland of Cumby and Claudia Faye Latham Winters of Boyd; a son,
W. H. “Doc” Latham of Lake Charles, La.; seven grandchildren; 17
great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband and a grandson preceded her
Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home of
Commerce is in charge of arrangements.
Greenville Herald Banner, January
Funeral services for Leslie Mae Lawhon,
93, will be at 3 p. m. today at Geeslin Funeral Home Chapel.
Graveside services will be at 10 a. m. Saturday, March 21 at Hawley
Cemetery near Bay City.
Mrs. Lawhon was born on March 5, 1905 in
Matagorda County. She was married to Tot Lawhon November 17, 1927 in
Markham. The Lawhons moved to Alpine in 1975.
Both were instrumental in organizing the
Sunshine House with their daughter, Janette Bowers. She was a
dedicated quilter for many years at the Sunshine House and was the
“resident counselor” for many members and friends while she was
quilting. She was an active member of the First United Methodist
Church in Alpine, and the senior citizens club.
She is survived by her daughter and
son-in-law, Janette and Richard Bowers; grandchildren, Connie
Brinker, Clay Cornett, Cole Cornett, and Casey Cornett of Houston,
Kelly Albrecht of Alpine and George Bowers of Horseshoe Bay; and
nine great grandchildren, Christ and Amy Brinker, Colby and Colton
Cornett, Marshall and Stuart Cornett, C. P. and Vivian Albrecht, and
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Tot, her daughter, Shirley, and all of her seven brothers
and one sister.
Memorials can be made to Sunshine House
Daily Tribune, March 15, 1998
Funeral services for Tot Lawhon, 84, of
Alpine will be held 4 p.m. Saturday at the Geeslin Funeral Home
chapel in Alpine. Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at
Mr. Lawhon was born Oct. 2, 1906, in
Arkansas and died Dec. 20, 1990, at his home after an illness.
He lived in Texas most of his life,
spending 44 years in Markham and a number of years in Alpine. He
married Leslie Mae Watkins Nov. 17, 1927, in Markham. At the age of
13, he began working in the Texas oil fields and retired at the age
of 63. He was a golf pro at the Bay City Country Club for a time.
He is survived by his wife, Leslie Mae
Lawhon of Alpine; a daughter, Jeanette Bowers of Alpine; a sister,
Lois Oglesby; three brothers, Freely Lawhon, R. B. Lawhon and Joel
Lawhon; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Geeslin Funeral
The Daily Tribune, December 21,
Evelyn "Ebbie" Layne
(February 25, 1923 - March 4, 2012)
Evelyn “Ebbie” Johnston Cook Layne, 89,
of Blairsville, Georgia passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012. She was
born February 25, 1923 in Bay City to the late Earl & Johnnie Benge
Survivors include her daughters Sue
Daniel (Sumner), Laura Grantham and Kathy Macinnes (Neil); sister
Frances Miller; brother Gene Johnston; five grandchildren, Mark and
Blake Daniel, Emily Jobson, Matt and Jeff Grantham; eight great
grandchildren, Zoe and Hannah Daniel, Joshua and Jacob Daniel, J. W.
and Charley Jobson and Jonathan and Emily Grantham. She was preceded
in death by her parents, Earl Johnston and Johnnie Johnston;
husbands Roy Cook and Landon Layne; brother Jack Johnston; sisters
Kathryn Hayes and Mary Ann Melton and son-in-law John Grantham.
The family will receive visitors from
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Friday, March 9, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral
Home. A graveside service will be held 2:30 PM Friday, March 9, 2012
at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.
www.taylorbros.netArthur Roy Cook &
Evelyn Cook -
Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye
(February 14, 1928 - February 13, 2012)
Lee, 83, of Blessing passed away February 13, 2012. She was born
February 14, 1928 in Snook, Texas to the late Lukas Antone Prihoda
and Apolena Geraldine Mader Prihoda. She loved spending time with
her family. She also loved flowers and operated a nursery out of her
home for several years.
Melvin Lee, sister Lena Prihoda and brother Rudy Prihoda all
preceded her in death. Survivors include sons Robert Volek, Sr. of
El Campo, Marvin Volek and wife Dana of Alvin and Andrew Volek of El
Campo; sister Lillie Machacek; brother Lucas Prihoda; grandchildren
Karen, Kim, Robbie, Kris, Kenny, Cassandra, Matthew, Darren and
Jessica and nine great grandchildren.
A rosary will be
recited at 7PM Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
in Bay City. Mass will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at St.
Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Peter Yeboah-Amanfo
officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in
El Campo. Pallbearers will be Matthew, Darren, Kenny, & Kris Volek,
Bassilio Flores, Sr. Bassilio Flore, Jr. Kevin Tucker and Thomas
Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Robbie Volek, Scooter Machacek,
Steve Prihoda and Travis Clark.
Victoria Advocate, February 15, 2012
Cleveland "Cleve" Lee Jr., 88, passed
away on January 29, 2012.
born on October 19, 1923, to D. C. Lee
Sr. and Pearl Webb Lee.
from Robstown Texas High School in 1940.
He served as a navigator in the Army Air
Corps during World War II, stationed in
Guam. After the war, Cleve returned to
college at the University of Texas,
graduating in 1947. During his long
career as a chemical engineer, he was
employed by Celanese Corp., then
Tenneco, Inc. until his retirement in
enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing,
Longhorn sports and world travel. He was
a generous man, contributing to many
Cleve Lee is
preceded in death by: his wife of 60
years, Angella (Honey) Lee; his parents;
his brother, Carroll Lee.
survived by: two sons, David Lee
(Houston) and Ryan Lee (Houston); two
daughters, Nancy Lee (Washington DC) and
Jan Sijansky (husband Randy) (Corpus
Christi); four grandchildren, Christina
Berry, Jesse Grainger, Chloe Grainger
and Kyle Sijansky; brothers, Rupert Lee
(wife Gaye), Robert Lee (wife Patty) and
widow of brother Carroll (Betty), as
well as nephews, a niece and many
celebration for friends and family is
being planned for a later date.
be sorely missed by his children,
grandchildren, family, friends and his
special friend, Claire Sheehan.
In lieu of
flowers, please make donations to the
American Cancer Society.
tribute please visit
Tribune, Saturday, February 4, 2012
A memorial service for Jerry Alvin Lee
will be held Saturday at the Blessing American Legion Hall.
Mr. Lee died Oct. 10, 1992.
Survivors include two sons, Jay Lee and
Shawn Lee, both of Palacios; his mother, Ruth Lee of Palacios; a
sister, Connie Lavat of Houston and a nephew, Kevin Latat of Austin.
Daily Tribune, October 28, 1992
Funeral Rites Held Yesterday For John Lee
Funeral services for John Lee,
83-year-old resident of Blessing, were held yesterday at Hawley
Cemetery with Rev. Harry Rankin of the First Methodist Church here
The aged Blessing resident had no known
survivors. He has been a resident of Blessing since 1907. Death was
the result of natural causes.
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home was in charge
Matagorda County Tribune,
February 3, 1947
John Lee, 89 years old, resident of
Blessing since 1907, was found dead in his room Saturday. He was a
partial invalid, having lost a leg some 25 years ago in an accident.
He had no known survivors. Funeral services were held Sunday at
Hawley Cemetery and remains interred.
Newspaper unknown, February 6, 1947
Pier Edward Lee, Sr.
Funeral services for Pier Edward Lee,
Sr., 50, of Markham, will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United
Methodist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Joe Ramsey of Markham
officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery.
Mr. Lee was born Dec. 8, 1934, in Bay
City, and died Feb. 16, 1985, in Matagorda General Hospital.
He is a descendant of an early Matagorda
County family. He graduated from Bay City High School in 1953 and
was a member of the Methodist church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Lee
of Markham; his mother, Mrs. C. E. Lee of Bay city; a son and
daughter-in-law, Pier E. and Terry Lee, Jr. of Markham; a daughter,
Debbie Lee Griffith of San Antonio; and a sister, Laura Lanigan of
Pallbearers include Wayne Frieda, Willie
Bohuslar Jr., Garland Kaiser, Garry Hunter, Norris Pier, Kenneth
McKissick, Stanley Genzer Sr., and Stanley Genzer Jr.
Honorary pallbearers include Willie
Bohuslar Sr., Bill Lanigan, Wally Hart, Boyd Nave, Frankie Harrison,
Dale Warren and Doug West.
He was preceded in death by his father,
C. E. “Buzz” Lee in 1981.
Services are under the direction of Dick
R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, Monday
February 17, 1985
A memorial service for Ruth Lee will be
at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2005, at the Blessing Community
Center in Blessing, Texas.
Survivors include: daughter, Connie Lavat; three grandsons, Kevin
Lavat, Jay Lee and Shawn Lee; three great-grandchildren, Trey, Jacob
and Taylor; two brothers, Dale Gredvig and Burton Gredvig.
Bay City Tribune, October 26, 2005
Roger Legg, Sr.
Funeral services for Henry Roger Legg
Sr., 76, of Houston will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. David Kleinfeldt
officiating and Glen Sedam assisting. Burial will follow at Hawley
Cemetery in Blessing.
The family will receive friends and
relatives at 7 p.m. today at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home
Mr. Legg was born July 17, 1914, to
Roger Kay Legg and Viola B. Merck Legg in Collegeport and died March
16, 1991, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston.
A resident of Bay City until 1964, he
was a member of the First Christian Church in Bay City.
He is survived by his wife, Alma Ray
Legg of Houston; three daughters, Kay Francis Cheek of Victoria,
Valerie Ryman of Bay City and Jo Ann Crow of Bay City; two sons,
Roger Legg of Houston and Allen Ray Crow of Bay City; five
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Patrick Mahurin, Duane
Ryman, Bryan Fonville, Dale Fonville, Keith Kilgore, Greg Schulze,
Michael Saizan and Jarred Saizan.
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home, Bay City.
Tribune, March 17, 1991
Funeral services for Roger Kay Legg, 99,
of Houston will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral
Home chapel with the Rev. Dave Hylan officiating. Burial will be in
Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.
Mr. Legg was born July 12, 1886, in
Cedar Creek, Texas, and died 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 1986, in West Houston
A resident of Bay City for over 30
years, he was retired from Texas Gulf Sulfur after 25 years of
service. He was a member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include a brother, Cecil Legg
of Markham, a grandson, H. Roger Legg Jr. of Houston; a
granddaughter, Kay Legg Mahurin of Houston; and a great-grandson,
Patrick W. Mahurin of Houston.
Pallbearers include Dean Merck Jr., John
M. Merck Jr., Deu Pree Snell, Michael A Mahurin, Stephen A. Mahurin
and Albert Hoffman.
He was preceded in death by his wife of
72 years, Viola Merck Legg, and a son, Henry Roger Legg Sr. of
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers
The Daily Tribune, February 3,
Viola B. Legg
Funeral services for Viola B. Legg, 89,
of Houston, formerly of Bay City, will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at
Lake O’Woods Chapel, Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, Houston,
with the Rev. Dave Hylan officiating.
Additional funeral services will be held
at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel, Bay City,
with the Rev. Dave Hylan and Elder Glenn Sedam of First Christian
Church, Bay City, officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery,
Mrs. Legg was born April 21, 1895, and
died March 3, 1985, in Houston where she resided for three years
She is a former member of First
Christian Church, Bay City.
Survivors include her husband, Roger K.
Legg of Houston; a son, Henry Legg Sr. of Houston; a son, Henry Legg
Sr. of Houston; two brothers, Dean Merck of Collegeport and Gerald
Merck of San Antonio; four sisters, Theora McRee and Elve Martin,
both of Houston, Jessie Kilpatrick and Bessie Wilson, both of
Dallas; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers include Albert Hoffman, John
M. Merck, DePree Snell, Steve Mahurin, Mike Mahurin, John McGee and
Dean Merck Jr.
Funeral arrangements are with Forest
Park Lawndale Funeral Home, Houston.
The Daily Tribune, March 4, 1985
Services will be held for Michael J.
Leibold, 31, of Markham, today (Friday).
Leibold died October 1, 1962 as a result
of drowning in the Colorado River.
Survivors include wife, Betty Sue
Leibold of Markham; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Leibold of Pompano
Beach, Florida; brothers, Donald of Markham and Rick of Boca Raton,
Florida; sisters, Patricia Sue Stallings and Judy Leibold of Pompano
Leibold was a member of His Lighthouse
Church in Markham.
Burial was held today (Friday) at Hawley
Services under the direction of Dick R.
Elkins Bay City Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, October 5,
Vernon Allison Leissner Sr.
(December 4, 1921 - July 1, 2012)
Vernon Allison Leissner Sr., 90, of Bay City passed away Sunday,
July 1, 2012. He was born to Jacob A. Leissner and Annie Bosak
Leissner December 4, 1921, near Danevang, TX. The family relocated
to LaSalle, TX. Vernon graduated from Edna High School in 1939 and
attended Schreiner College for one year. He enlisted in the Navy in
April of 1942, and served to November of 1945 as a Chief Signalman
with 36 months of sea duty. He returned home, met his brother Jake’s
teacher, Ruth Schwabe and after a brief courtship, married and moved
to Bay City, in August of 1946.
Vernon was the former owner of Bay City Abstract and Title Company,
and a Rancher. He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian
Church since 1946. As a life member, Vernon had over 65 years of
membership in the Bay City Lions Club, American Legion, VFW Post
2438, Bay City Masonic Lodge, Gulf Coast Shrine Club, Honorable Life
Membership in the Matagorda County Real Estate Association, and
Texas Lions Club Children’s Camp. Vernon served as president of the
Bay City Chamber of Commerce, Little League, and Bay City Country
Club. He was awarded the Jack Wiech Fellow and the Melvin Jones
awards by the Lions Club. Vernon was named the 2007 Lion of the
Vernon suffered a severe stroke in 1991, and then it was “Life After
Stroke”, but with that same smile and the support of a loving family
he and Ruth attended church, many baseball games, Scout and FFA
Events, and Family Gatherings. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved
all the hunting and fishing trips to the 5L Ranch with the family.
Vernon is survived by his loving wife of 66 years: Ruth Leissner; 2
sons: V. Allison Leissner & wife Charlotte and Denton Leissner &
wife Linda; daughter: Leah Sedlacek & husband Larry; 8
grandchildren: Lance, Amber, Lee, Chance, Poth, and Cole Leissner,
Stuart and Sarah Sedlacek; brother: Glen Leissner & wife Leura; 3
sisters: Atemsa Lamb & husband Ortie, Alta Lee Whitmore, and Madlyn
Ann Sutton; sister-in-law: Elaine Leissner; and many dear nephews,
nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents,
brother Jake Leissner, brother-in-law Jack Whitmore, step mother
Cleo “Miz Gus” Leissner, and step brother Floyd Schiewitz.
The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday July
2, 2012 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City
with Dr. Mark Stoub officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn
Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Lions Club Members, Charlie Slocum,
Kenneth Seifert, Malcom Romine, Paula Davis, Robert Allison, Albert
Ainsworth, and Frank Baker and Bert Huebner.
Our Prayers and a special “Thank You” to the Angels Home Health Care
and Letha Austin, Dr. Cannon, Dr. Dada, and Dr. Hanna.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Texas Lions Club
Children’s Camp, P. O. Box 290247, Kerrville, TX 78029, The First
Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, or Charity of Choice.
Lemcke Services Will Be Saturday
Barney Lemcke, 81, died Thursday night
at Matagorda County General Hospital.
Services will be held at Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home at 10 a. m. on Saturday, with Rev. Vernon Rabel to
officiate with interment in Hawley Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lena
Lemcke of El Maton, one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Mae Shindler of
Midfield and one brother, Gus Lemcke of Bullard, Texas.
Daily Tribune, January 13, 1956
Funeral services for Burt Lenz were held
at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, with
the Rev. Leslie E. Webb officiating. Interment was in Hawley
Son of John and Mattie Lenz, he was born
February 7, 1894 in Victoria and had been a resident of Palacios for
31 years. He was a retired carpenter. He died Sunday, April 4, in
He is survived by three daughters,
Katherine Brown of Palacios, Belle Dufner of El Campo, Mattie Nelson
of Bayou la Batre, Ala.; two sons, Ernest Lenz of Palacios and
Arthur Lenz of Midwest City, Okla.; one sister, Belle Hilliard of
Victoria; two brothers, John Lenz of California and Luther Lenz of
Victoria; __ grand children and 20? great grandchildren.
Unknown newspaper, April, 1976
Mrs. Elmore [Elmere] Lenz Funeral In
PALACIOS—Funeral services for Mrs.
Elmore [Elmere] Dawdy Lenz, 62, were held from the Palacios Funeral
Home, Thursday, August 2, at 2:30 p. m. with Rev. N. F. Danning
officiating. Burial was in the Hawley Cemetery.
Survivors are her husband, Bert Lenz of
Palacios. Three daughters Mrs. Mattie Nelson of Palacios, Mrs. Bell
Dufner of Blessing, and Mrs. Cathrine Brown of Edna. Two sons,
Arthur Lenz of California and Ernest of Palacios. A sister Mrs.
Lurline Merrill of Houston. Sixteen grandchildren.
Daily Tribune, August 2, 1956
Funeral services for Ernst Anton Lenz,
73, of Palacios will be held 4 p. m. Saturday at the Palacios
Funeral Home chapel with Brother Shan Jackson officiating. Burial
will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.
Mr. Lenz was born Jan. 10, 1918, to Burt
and Elmere Dawdy Lenz in Victoria and died June 19, 1991, at Wagner
A resident of Palacios for 45 years, he
retired as an oil field worker and was a veteran of World War II,
serving in the U. S. Army. He was also a member of the Palacios
Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine B.
Kremlin Lenz of Palacios; daughter, Evelyn Dunn of Palacios; two
sons, Donnie L. Lenz of Palacios and Ernest A. “Buddy” Lenz Jr. of
Collegeport; one sister, Belle Matthews of El Campo; one brother,
Arthur Lenz of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two granddaughters, Lisa and
Jolene Dunn of Palacios; and four grandsons, Traylor and Garrett
Lenz of Collegeport and Ryan and Cody Lenz of Palacios.
Pallbearers are Pat Nelson, Lloyd
Halloway, Ernest Skarpa, Kenneth Petersen, Vernon Wright and Sonny
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home, Palacios.
Daily Tribune, June 20 or 21,
Mildred Bankhead Lewis
Funeral services for Mildred Bankhead
Lewis, 69, of Markham, are scheduled for 10 a. m. Tuesday at the
Taylor Brothers Funeral chapel in Bay City with Brother Joe Ramsey
officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.
Mrs. Lewis was born May 6, 1924 to H. R.
and Roselee Freeze Bankhead and died Nov. 15, 1993 in Matagorda
General Hospital in Bay City.
She was a life-long resident of Markham.
Survivors include her husband, John
Lewis of Markham; two daughters, Jerry Ann Pyle of Palestine and
Livia Enochs of Markham; two sons, Alden Balinger of Gray, La. and
James Leroy Lewis of Markham; two sisters, Elizabeth Myers and Janet
Mullins, both of Markham; a brother, A. R. Bankhead of Markham; 19
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home of Bay City.
Daily Tribune, November 16, 1993
William Henry Linder
William Henry Linder, 78, of Blessing
died at his residence October 4. Survivors are: wife, Mrs. Priscilla
Lindner of Blessing; son, William H. Linder, Jr. of Nacogdoches;
sisters, Etta DeLoach and Evelyn Pierce of Palacios and Elisie
Elburg of Houston. Funeral services will be held at Taylor Brothers
Chapel October 6 at 2 p. m. with Rev. John Tripp officiating.
Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home.
Daily Tribune, October 5, 1980
Adelbert Minich Logan
Funeral services for A. M. Logan, 76,
were scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home
chapel in Bay City with the Rev. W. S. “Doug” Blanton officiating.
Burial to follow at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.
Mr. Logan was born Aug. 26, 1913, in
Blessing to James H. and Dana Bonner Logan, and died at 3:45 p. m.
April 27, 1990, in Matagorda General Hospital.
He was a retired pipe fitter, a member
of the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios, a lifelong resident of
Blessing and member of the American Legion Post 649.
Survivors include wife Olla Mae Schulte
Logan of Blessing; son and daughter-in-law, Edwin Bonner and Yvonne
Logan of Sugar Land; sister, Florence McKinney of San Antonio; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers include B. B. Rhodes, Jerry
Flint, John Domarod, Danny Galvan, Steve Rickaway, Pete Curtner, Ed
Bell, G. K. Nelson and Herman Cauffman.
Honorary pallbearers include L. M.
“Tick” Pierce, Lee Hall Pierce, James Cowger, Victor Zemanek, Red
Foster, Delvin Taska, honorary.
In lieu of usual contributions,
donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers
Funeral Home, Bay City.
The Daily Tribune, April 28?,
LOGAN, Dana, 86, of Blessing died in the
Yorktown Monday night. The funeral will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday at
the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Leslie Webb of the
Palacios Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in
Hawley Cemetery. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Florance
Kinney; three sons, Victor H. Logan of San Antonio, J. B. Logan of
Houston, and M. Logan of Blessing. Also one sister, Mrs. Zella
Linvelle of Beaumont, 10 grandchildren, and four
great-grandchildren. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home of Bay City is in
charge of arrangements.
Daily Tribune, March 5, 1968
Mr. James Henderson Logan passed away at
his home in Blessing, August 30, 1940 at 10 a. m. Mr. Logan has been
a resident of Blessing for 37 years. He is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Dana B. Logan; three daughters, Mrs. W. A. McKinney of Uvalde,
Mrs. W. A. Sanford of Blessing, and Mrs. J. S. Montgomery of
Also, he is survived by four sons, Mr.
Bert Logan of Sweeny, Mr. Victor H. Logan of San Antonio, Mr. John
W. and J. Verns Logan of Blessing.
Funeral services will be held today from
the Presbyterian Church, at 3 p. m. with the Rev. George Gillespie
Burial will be in the Hawley Cemetery
under the direction of Taylor Bros.
Daily Tribune, September 12, 1940
Obituary--James H. Logan
Henderson Logan passed away Friday, Aug. 30, at his home in
Blessing, aged 75-years.
Mr. Logan was one of the oldest settlers
of Blessing and has done much for the betterment of the community in
which he lived.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dana B.
Logan, three daughters, Mrs. W. A. McKinney, Uvalde, Mrs. W. A.
Sanford, Blessing, and Mrs. J. S. Montgomery, Brazoria, four sons,
Bert Logan, Sweeny, Victor H. Logan, San Antonio, John W. and J.
Verns Logan of Blessing.
Funeral services were conducted by G. F.
Gillespie of Palacios from the Presbyterian Church in Blessing, and
the body laid to rest in the Hawley Cemetery.
Palacios Beacon, September 12,
Julius Burns Logan, 62, passed away
November 15 in the Veterans hospital in Ft. Lyons, Colorado.
Survivors include: 2 brothers, Victor H. Logan of San Antonio and
Adelbert M. Logan of Blessing; 1 sister, Mrs. Florence McKenney of
San Antonio. Graveside services will be held at Hawley Cemetery
November 18 at 2 p. m. with Rev. Leslie Webb of Palacios
Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment in Hawley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Steve and Jimmy Rickaway, L. P. Neuszer, B. B.
Rhodes, Mike Pierce and Lee M. Pierce. Services under the direction
of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
Daily Tribune, November 17, 1972
Olla Mae Logan
(August 9, 1914 - March 17, 2012)
Olla Mae Logan, 97, of
Blessing passed away March 17, 2012. She was born August
9, 1914 in El Maton, TX to the late A. E. Schulte and
Katy Herreth Schulte. She was a member of St. Peter’s
Catholic Church and the Cecil Lee American Legion Post
649 Ladies Auxiliary.
Her husband A. M. Logan
preceded her in death. Survivors include son Edwin Logan
and his wife Yvonne of Needville, niece Patsy Cowger of
Markham and nephew James Cowger and wife Joyce of
A rosary will be recited
at 7:00 PM Tuesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel. Mass
will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at St.
Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Peter Yeboah-Amanfo
officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers will be James Cowger, Lee Hall Pierce, Mike
Hlozek, Ed Bell, Carlos Galvan and Brad Dumont.
The family would like to
express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Bay
Villa Health Care Center and Dr. Hanna for the care and
love shown to Olla Mae. Memorials may be made to Hawley
Cemetery Association, PO Box 343; Blessing, TX 77419.
Mrs. Mary Jane Loman
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Jane Loman who
passed to the glory world February 5, 1934 at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. T. B. Smith with whom she made her home near Markham, was held
Tuesday, February 6 at two o’clock p. m. in the much loved Hawley
Cemetery near Blessing, where a large number of friends and
relatives gathered to pay their last tribute to the much loved Aunt
Mollie as she was called by all who knew her. She had reached the
age of seventy years and ten days having finished her work in this
world. God saw fit to take her from this world of pain into the home
not made with hands but eternity in the heaven where she will meet
her loved ones who have passed on before. She was a lifetime member
of the Methodist Church and lived a consecrated Christian life up to
the time of her death. She died as she had lived trusting in the
Lord. Her last words in this life were I am going to be with Jesus,
come go with me. She repeated a part of a much loved hymn. Close to
Thee, Close to Thee. Gladly will I toil and suffer only let me walk
with thee, as the end came she knew she was coming nearer to her
savior who she served daily. Her life was a living example for
She is gone but not forgotten. Ever will
her memory live in the lives of her friends and loved ones. Rev. R.
E. Black, pastor of the Markham Baptist Church and Rev. Robert
Payne, pastor of the Markham Methodist Church conducted the funeral
services which was done in a very wonderful manner. Pallbearers were
four of her nephews, Oscar and Joe Smith of El Maton; Edward Thielen
of Houston, Ardie Hale of Markham and two of her step-grandsons,
Aaron Fondon of Sexton, Jim Fondon of Wadsworth. The newly made
mound was covered with beautiful fresh cut flowers put there by the
hands of loved ones. May her living and passing be the cause of
bringing others to serve the savior she served the one that is able
to save to the end. Her loved ones that are left to mourn her going
wish to express to their many friends their heartfelt thanks for the
floral offering and for the many kind words and deeds of sympathy
rendered them during their sad hour. They also express their thanks
to the Walker-Matchett undertakers which rendered their service in a
most excellent way. May God’s richest blessing be with you in your
work also do they thank Bro. Black and Rev. Payne for their words of
comfort. God bless you all. Aunt Mollie has left a vacant chair in
this world but has filled a vacant chair in this world above that
God has prepared for her and all others that love and serve Him. May
God guide her loved one in the path that she walked in. The path
that leads to rest.
Matagorda County Tribune,
February 15, 1934
Haleigh Mariah Longoria
Jan. 28, 2004 –July 11, 2012
Haleigh Mariah Longoria, 8, of Blessing passed away July 11, 2012.
She was born January 28, 2004, in Bay City to Santiago Longoria and
Tiffany Ruddick Longoria.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Manuel Cruz
Survivors include: her parents; sister, Hannah Madilynn Longoria;
maternal grandparents, Tracy and Kellie Ruddick of Berea, Kentucky
and David and Donna Rodriguez of Georgetown; paternal grandmother,
Ursula Longoria of Blessing; maternal great-grandmother, Manuelita
Garza of Bay City; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012, at St.
Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing.
Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at St. Peter’s
Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Beno Hernandez, Fernando Gonzales, Gabriel
Gonzales, Ben Longoria III, Justin Lara, Shawn Corrillio, T. J.
Martinez, Damion Hernandez, Michael Rivera, Alex Rivera, Byron
Battle and Antonio Martinez.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City,
Bay City Tribune, July 15, 2012
Annie B. Longuet, 90, of Rosharon died
June 15 at the Angleton Nursing Home. She is survived by one son,
Olan Ray Longuet of Rosharon. Funeral services will be held
Saturday, June 17, at 10 a. m. at the Palms Funeral Home in
Angleton. Interment will be at 12 noon Saturday at the Hawley
Cemetery in Blessing. Local arrangements under the direction of
Taylor Bross. Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, June 16, 1978
Angelina Valdez Lopez
(April 27, 1953 - August 16, 2012)
Lopez, 59, of Bay City passed away August 16, 2012 in Houston. She
was born April 27, 1953 in Bay City to the late Juan Jose & Julia
Rodriguez Valdez. Angelina was a life long resident of Bay City,
worked for Bay City Independent School District as a Registrar, and
was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
She is survived by
her husband: Roselio Lopez of Bay City; daughter: Lorraine Lopez of
Bay City; son: Jaime Lopez of Bay City; 2 sisters: Corrina Cortez of
Van Vleck and Mary Rose Cox of Bay City; 4 brothers: Jesse Valdez of
Missouri City, John Joe Valdez Jr. of Bay City, Lorenzo Valdez Sr.
of Bay City, and Guadalupe Valdez of Wharton. Angelina was preceded
in death by her parents: Juan Jose & Julia Rodriguez Valdez, and 2
sisters: Mary Guajardo and Mary Helen Paniagua.
The Rosary will be
recited 6:30 PM Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral
Home. The Mass will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Gerry Cernoch
officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay
Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby
Graveside services for Willie Janell
Love, infant, were held 2:45 p. m. Tuesday at Hawley Cemetery,
She is the daughter of Billy Gilbreth
and Willie Love of Missouri City. She is also survived by four
brothers and a sister. Mrs. Love is a former resident of Bay City.
Daily Tribune, date unknown
Final Rites Are Held Friday For ‘Pat’
Lowry, Auto Accident Victim
Funeral services for Edgar “Pat” Lowry,
Matagorda County’s first traffic fatality of 1963, were held at 2 p.
m. Friday, January 25, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Rayford
Harris officiating. Interment was in the Hawley Cemetery.
A son of H. S. and Ercel Foster Lowry,
he was born February 17, 1908 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A resident
of Matagorda County for many years, he attended Palacios High
School. For the past several years he had operated the Phillips 66
Service Station on Highway 35, north. He was married to Eva Smith,
who preceded him in death on June 5, 1962.
He was killed Wednesday evening, January
23, about 3.9 miles west of Palacios on State Highway 35.
Survivors include two daughters Sharon
Ann and Debra of Palacios; four sons, Robert and George Lowry of
Houston, Lacy Lowry of College Station and Patrick Lowry of
Palacios; one sister, Mrs. John Merck, Sr. of Collegeport and one
brother Herbert Lowry, Jr. of League City.
Palacios Beacon, January 31, 1963
Mrs. Edward Lowry Funeral Services Set For
Tribune Palacios Bureau
Funeral services for Mrs. Edward (Eva)
Lowry, 45, of Palacios will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday from the
Palacios Funeral Home, with interment in Hawley Cemetery.
Mrs. Lowry died suddenly Tuesday
afternoon while enroute to the hospital after having complained of
A native of Boling, where she was born
Sept. 16, 1916, Mrs. Lowry had resided in Palacios for the past 15
Survivors include the husband Edward
“Pat” Lowry; her mother, Mrs. Tate Hawks; two daughters, Sharon Ann
and Debra Ann, all of Palacios; four sons, Robert and George, both
of Houston, Lacy of Bryan and Patrick Sidney of Palacios; two
sisters, Mrs. Lindel Vasek of Orange and Mrs. Betty Jane Rowe of
Lancaster; three brothers, Jack Smith and H. E. Smith of Eagle Lake
and J. L. Smith of Houston.
Daily Tribune, June 6, 1962
Graveside services for Anne N. Lucas,
84, of Dallas, formerly of El Maton, will be held 2 p. m. Tuesday at
Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, with the Rev. Wil Bailey officiating.
Mrs. Lucas was born Dec. 13, 1904, in
East Bernard to John K. and Francis Janik Novosad and died May 13,
1989, in Dallas.
She was a member of the Methodist
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Jo
Gavitt of Dallas; a sister, Martha Naiser of East Bernard; and two
grandsons, Lucas and Charlton Gavitt, both of Dallas.
Memorials can be made to Hus School
Memorial Fund, in care of the Brethren Church, P. O. Box 614,
Caldwell, Texas, 77836 or Casa View United Methodist Church Memorial
Fund, 9998 Ferguson Road, Dallas, Texas, 75228.
Local arrangements are with Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.
The Daily Tribune, May 14 or 15,
Lucas Rites Set Tuesday
Funeral rites for former Blessing
resident Mrs. Minnie E. Lucas, 93, will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday
at George Lewis and Sons Funeral Chapel in Houston, and graveside
rites at 1:30 p. m. at Hawley Cemetery. She was a native of Dickson,
Ill. and lived in Blessing from 1905-1943, moving to Houston in that
year Mrs. Lucas resided at 5021 Chenault, Houston, and died at 2:45
p. m. Saturday in a Houston hospital. She was a member of the Third
Church of Christ, Scientist.
Survivors are three granddaughters, Mrs.
Ann Rice and Miss Virginia Lucas of Houston and Mrs. Betty Williams
of San Pedro, Calif.
Daily Tribune, July 15, 1963
Floyd Lee Luddington
Dec. 4, 1924 – June 2, 2012
Funeral services for Floyd Lee Luddington, 87, of Bay City, will be
held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2012 at Bethel Baptist Church, Bay
City, with the Rev. L.C. Cunningham, Jr., eulogist. Burial will
follow at Eastview Cemetery.
Visitation and guest book register will be from 2 until 8 p.m.
Thursday at the funeral home chapel.
Survivors include: two daughters, Nell Ruth Fontenot (and Joseph) of
Orange, Texas, and Mae Kathryn Brown (and Charles) of Missouri City,
Texas; and three granddaughters, Jacqueline Monique Sterling of
Fresno, California, Neidra Brown Billings (and Benny), and Audria
Brown Winston (and Ramon), allof Missouri City; niece, Marva Tanner
(and George, Jr.) of San Francisco, California; and cousins, Alex
Garison of Palacios and Lucy Miller (and Roy) of Blessing. Also a
host of other relatives and friends.
Condolences may be shared with the family by fax 979-245-1537 or
Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas,
Bay City Tribune, June 6, 2012
Evelyn Howard Jalufka Luker
Funeral Services for Evelyn Howard
Jalufka Luker, 60, of Blessing will be held at 3 p. m., Tuesday,
August 17, 1999 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City
with Reverend Mark Clemons officiating. Interment will follow at
Luker died August 15, 1999 surrounded by
her three children at her home in Blessing, Texas. She was born
November 14, 1939 in El Campo, Texas.
Luker is a graduate of El Campo High
School. She was employed as the manager of the American Legion
Restaurant in Blessing. Evelyn has lived in Blessing for the past 37
years. She is survived by daughter Kelly Renee Siegler and her
husband Sam; son William Bernard Jalufka, Jr., (Billy), and his wife
Gail; daughter Lea Michelle Hickl and her husband Ray; two
granddaughters Samantha Lea Siegler and Kelsey Jacqueline Siegler, a
step-grandson Matthew Hickl and Prissy. She also leaves behind an
older sister, Mildred Krebs; older brother, Raymond Howard; and an
older sister, Francis Dawson; along with many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Joe G. (Pill) Sliva,
Michael Davant, Lee Edward Pierce, William (Bill) Richardson, Tom
Curnutt and Kent Dawson. The family will receive friends at the
American Legion following the burial. Arrangements are with Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home of Bay City, Texas.
Daily Tribune, August 17, 1999