Matagorda County Obituaries

Fay Dell Landry

(October 26, 1938 - January 2, 2015)

Mrs. Fay Landry passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015. Fay was born October 26, 1938 in Alice, Texas to Roland E. and Rosile Duderstaet Hallemann. She is survived by her loving family, husband, Vernis Landry; sons, Rick Scheppan and Quinn Sheppan and wife Lynda; grandchildren, Shane Scheppan, Quinn Troy Scheppan ll, Renee Nichole Scheppan-Bohuslar, Cherie Nichole Scheppan Evans and Samuel Alex Scheppan; great grandchildren, Taylor Nichole Bohuslar and Allie Renee Bohuslar; mother, Rosile Hallemann. She is preceded in death by her father Roland Hallemann and sons Charlie William “Chuck” Scheppan Jr. and Kirk Anthony Scheppan. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Jared Stillions officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5-7P.M. Monday at the funeral home.

Betty Rugeley Lewis

January 12, 1928 – June 17, 2014

Betty Rugeley Lewis, devoted wife, mother, and friend, 86, died Tuesday June 17, 2014, at her Escondido, CA. home, with her family by her side.

Betty was born January 12, 1928, in Bay City, Texas to Lee and Irma Rugeley. 

In 1945, Betty graduated from Massey Business College and shortly after, began a job as secretary at Bay City First National Bank. In 1972, she graduated from Palomar College with an Instructional Associate degree and worked for the Escondido Elementary School district for 17 years. Betty was active in numerous areas of Escondido First United Methodist Church, including the catering team, Susana Circle, Nominations Committee, Membership and Evangelism Committee and Lamplighters. She also served as Director of Lay Evangelism, ushered the 10:45 service, was a confirmation advisor and taught Sunday School for many years. Betty was President of Reciprocity for Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) for a year and participated in their philanthropy from 1999 to present. 

Betty is survived by husband, Henry Lewis; children, Janet (Fred) Miller, Kim (Loren) Lewis and Steven Lewis; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas; niece, Leanne Sliva; nephew, Trey Rugeley; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Patricia Lewis.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, Escondido CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Legacy Fund at the First United Methodist Church.

Bay City Tribune, June 25, 2014

Edith Clapp Linton
(December 31, 1921 - May 2, 2014)

Edith Clapp Linton, 92, went to her eternal rest on May 2, 2014 at Hillcrest Hospital. Visitation will be Monday, May 5 from 6-8pm at Palacios Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10am Tuesday, May 6 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX 77419

Edith was born in Blessing on Dec. 31, 1921. She married Nathan D. Linton on May 31,m 1939, who was serving in the Navy. During Nathan’s military career, Edith lived in many states making a home for Nathan and their three children. After Nathan’s retirement from the Navy, they returned to Texas. Lather Edith received her B.S. in Education degree from Texas State University and her M.S. in Education degree from the University of Houston Victoria Center. She spent 21 years teaching including 18 years in Palacios where she and Nathan lived for 24 years. After retiring from teaching, she and Nathan built a ranch in Elk, Texas where she spent many years enjoying her family.

Edith was preceded in death by her devoted husband Nathan of 65 years; parents, Harvey and Josephine Clapp; sister, Lena Darcy; brother Harvey C. Clapp; daughter-in-law, Beverlay Linton; grandson, Gerald “Chip” Linton; granddaughter, Jimmie Edith Linton; and great-grandson, James Dean Richards..

Survivors include her sons Gerald Linton and his wife Gayla, Ronald Linton and his wife Marilyn, and her daughter Sandra Dulling and her husband Robert; grandchildren Krystal Liske, Kimberlay Pavlik, Ronald Linton Jr., Melissa Bergholtz, Robert Linton Dulling, and Nathan Dulling, six great-grandchidren, four great-great grandchildren and her sister Alice Buckley.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Elk Volunteer Fire Department or to the charity of your choice.

Ernest Lechuga

(December 29, 1957 - May 2, 2014)

Ernest “Ernie” Lechuga, 57, of Bay City went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 2, 2014. He was born December 29, 1956 in Yorktown, TX to Casildo and Beatrice Rios Lechuga. Ernie was a volunteer fireman with the Bay City Volunteer Fire Department. He liked to Kayak, loved the Lord, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bay City. Ernie was very kind hearted, a good husband, and loved going to the Nascar Races.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years: Mona Lechuga of Bay City; step-son: Andrew Medina & wife Laurie of Rosenberg; children: James and Angie Solis; 2 sisters: Diane Lechuga of Corpus Christi and Norma Castereno & husband Oliver of Victoria; brother: Casey Lechuga & wife Erica of San Antonio; parents: Casildo and Beatrice Lechuga of Victoria; nephew: David Castereno of Victoria; and step granddaughter: Emma Medina.

The family will recieve visitors from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, May 9, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.  Pallbearers will be: Scott Wagner, Garlan Hinman, Randy Frontz, James Svetlik, Bart Szeinbach, and Salvador Vega.

Jessie Murl Moses Long
18 November 1923 – 3 November 2014

BAY CITY - Jessie Murl Moses Long joined the Lord on Monday, November 3, 2014. She was born November 18, 1923 in Zavalla, Texas to the late Jess and Lila Moses.

Jessie worked for 85 years of her life. She loved being around people. She was an avid gardener, doing her own yard until July 2014. She was loved by many because of her kindness and generosity. Jessie was best known for her baking. She made countless German chocolate cakes for friend's birthdays and weddings. She was always delivering her baked goods to people. She was an active member of the First Christian Church, a member of the Rebeccas serving many offices and a life member of the VFW Post 2438 Ladies Auxiliary. Jessie was always involved with her children's and grandchildren's school and sports activities.

Jessie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 51 years Earl Long; daughter Sue Bundick; granddaughter Cathy Smith Machost; great granddaughter Brooklynn Campbell and brothers James, Floyd and Ray Moses.

Survivors include her special friend and companion Clint Burchfield and his daughter Kay Rolle; son Robert Long (Susie) of Bay City; daughters Kay Campbell (Jerry) of Zavalla, Texas and Georgeanne Smith of Canyon Lake, Texas; brother Thomas Moses of Beaumont, Texas; god daughter Cindy Tillman of Halletsville, Texas; son-in-law Hairl Bundick of Bay City; grandsons Bryan Long and Charles Clark of Houston, Texas, Paul Long of Kilgore, Texas, Mike Smith and Steve Revell (Lisa) of San Antonio, Texas and Billy Bundick, David Bundick (Allison), Tommy Phillips (Susan) of Bay City, J.L. Campbell (Emily) of Zavalla, Texas and Joshua Campbell (Becky) of Texarkana, Arkansas; granddaughters Stephine Long of Tyler, Texas, Debbie Smith Slayton (Alton) of Magnolia, Texas, Jennifer Aaron Phillips and Susan Phillips Tafelski of Spring, Texas; great grandchildren; great-great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

Special thanks to Houston Hospices, Sandy Van Dyke Hayes and CiCi Rivera for their love and support during this time.

The family will receive visitors from 5-7pm Wednesday, November 5 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be 10:00am Thursday, November 6 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Quirk officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers are Bryan Long, Charles Clark, Paul Long, Billy Bundick, David Bundick, J.L. Campbell and Mike Smith.

Honorary Pallbearers are David Miller, Erwin Ward, David Kennedy, Harlie Bundick, Tommy Phillips, Alton Slayton and Terry Machost.

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

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 3 November 2014

Felix R. Longoria
(April 11, 1946 - November 11, 2014)

Felix R. Longoria, 68, of Palacios passed away November 11, 2014. He was born April 11, 1946 in Palacios, TX to the late Charlie Longoria, Sr. and Faustina Rojas Longoria.

He was preceded in death by his sister LaLa Longoria and brothers Lupe Longoria and Charlie Longoria, Jr. He is survived by his wife Debbie Price Longoria of Palacios; daughters Felicia Longoria of Victoria, Ruby Dekker of Kansas City, MO, Mona Seaman of Palacios and Becky Longoria of Gul Port, MS; sons Tino Longoria of Palacios and Aaron Longoria of Palacios; step-sons Aaron Ross Kidney and Chance Tyrell Kidney; sisters Eva Longoria, Dora Longoria DeLeon and Marina Longoria Palcencio; brothers Adam Longoria and Frank Longoria; 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

A prayer service will be 6:00 PM Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Pastor Jesse Gallardo officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be T. J. Dekker, Johnny Rodriguez, Ryan Hammonds, David DeLeon, John Lewis Palcencio, Jr. and Victor Longoria. Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Hammonds, Randall Longoria and Jacob Medina.

Longina Mendoza Lumbreras

August 28, 1943 – June 28 2014

Longina Mendoza Lumbreras, 70, of Van Vleck, TX, passed away June 28, 2014.

She was born August 28, 1943, in El Campo, TX, to the late Robert Cavazos and Rita Mendoza Cavazos. She retired from Van Vleck ISD after 30 years of service. She was Den Mother for 1st Generation Cub Scouts in Van Vleck, Den 3; Pack 943 and Sport’s Mom for 1st Generation Baseball, Van Vleck Little League, The Dodgers.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Johnny M. Cavazos, Stephen M. Rodriguez and Rosie M. Cavazos.

Survivors include her husband, Leno Lumbreras; sons, Angel C. Huerta of Greenwood, IN, Rubin C. Huerta and wife Eloise of Bryan, TX and Johnny Huerta and wife Yolanda of Van Vleck; siblings, Paublo Gonzalez, Robert M. Cavazos, Tony M. Cavazos and Maria Mendoza of Houston; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A prayer service will be held 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Yolanda V. Huerta and Angel C. Huerta officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, July 2, 2014

Antonio Luna

September 12, 1944 - January 3, 2015

Antonio Luna, 70, of Bay City, Texas, passed away January 3, 2015.

Antonio was born September 12, 1944, in Bay City, Texas to Thomas Luna and Celia Gutierrez. He was married to former wife, Sylvia Garza. He loved the outdoors and taking walks in the park.

He is survived by is daughters, Brenda Paredes and husband Joe Paredes of Brazoria County, Esmeralda Barron and husband Phillip Barron of Victoria, Texas; grandchildren, Amber Rene Yerdon, Brian Daniel Rodriguez, Leslie Renee Hicks, Phillip David Barron III and Savannah Lynn Barron; and great-grandchildren, Sienna Rose Hicks and Jefferey Allen Hicks.

He will be greatly missed by his family.

Bay City Tribune, January 11, 2015                    [Buried at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, TX[

Susie Vega Luna
December 31, 1946 - October 14, 2014

Susie Luna, 67, of Wharton, Texas, passed away Tuesday afternoon, October 14, 2014.

She was born December 31, 1946, in Bay City, Texas, a daughter of the late Jesse and Nancy Escamilla Vega.

Susie was raised in the Bay City area and graduated from Bay City High School. She later obtained her Registered Nurse License and started her career of helping others. She married Rudolfo “Rudy” Garcia Luna on September 17, 1966, in Wharton.

He preceded her in death on February 6, 2010.

Susie worked for many health care facilities over the years, including, Gulf Coast Medical Center, El Campo Memorial Hospital, and Eagle Lake Hospital, along with several nursing homes, and in the home health field. She enjoyed traveling, cooking and gardening, especially her flowers.

Susie is survived by her daughters, Rita Luna and Angie Mulato of Richmond; son, Rudy Luna Jr of Dallas; sisters, Betty Greer of Bay City, Alice Stanford of Bay City, Hope Cisneros of Dickenson, Catherine Hernandez of Bay City and Anna Garcia of West Columbia; brother, Jessie Vega Jr.; and her grandchildren, Jesse Luna and Sue Ann Cortesano.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Wharton Funeral Home, with a rosary recited at 5 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 20, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the chapel of Wharton Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Soard officiating.

Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton.

Condolences may be made at

Funeral services under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home

Bay City Tribune, October 19, 2014

Charles Monroe Luther

August 2, 1935 - August 23, 2014

Charles, son of Elsie and Charles Luther, was born and raised in Palacios, TX.

He graduated from the University of Texas and from UT's College of Pharmacy.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Rose, daughters Rosanette and Rovanna, son Garth, and five grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his daughter Roxanne, his parents, and his sister Claire Joy.

Charles loved growing up in Palacios, "The City by the Sea." Charles told many stories about his childhood years. He especially loved to tell about the years during WWII. The forties in Palacios were especially exciting for Charles. Soldiers were stationed just west of town at Camp Hulen. As more and more soldiers arrived, the camp became so overcrowded that homeowners were asked to house soldiers and their families in their spare bedrooms. Charles' family moved to his parents' hotel, the Luther Hotel, so officers and their wives could live in their home. The hotel was so full that Charles slept on a cot in the kitchen of his families' apartment but was allowed to keep his clothes and toy soldiers in his sister's bedroom so long as he did not touch her things.

Big name bands came to Palacios to play at the Palacios Pavilion. Charles often went to sleep listening to the music as the sound drifted over the bay to the hotel. A memory Charles cherished was of waiting at the foot of the stairs of the hotel for Rita Hayworth to come down from her room. When she saw him she said, "Oh, what a cute little boy!" and kissed him on his forehead.

During that time he would often take his book and fishing pole and spend summer mornings reading and fishing off the pier of the Pavilion. One morning a man stood watching and finally asked where he could buy a fishing pole. Charles gave him directions to Oldham's Dry Goods and shared his bait with him when he returned with his cane pole. Later, back at the hotel, Charles found out the man was Lash LaRue, the cowboy movie star who used a whip instead of a gun.

 His first trip overseas was with other Boy Scouts in 1951 when he attended the World Scout Jamboree held in Bad Ischl, Austria. What a thrill for a boy from a small town in Texas! Boys were there from all over the world and, because of Western movies, the Texas camp was popular with boys from other countries. Charles traded his cowboy boots for a pair of wooden shoes with a boy from Holland; we still have the shoes today. When the Jamboree was over, Charles' troop toured all over Europe, but the country he remembered best was Italy. He was excited to see Venice and enraptured by Florence's art, but nothing captivated him like Rome. He remembered every detail of his visit there. He was fortunate to be able to go back many times: one of the times he and Donna went with lifelong friends, Lois and Norris Neeley, to celebrate the Neeleys' 50th Wedding Anniversary; on another trip they celebrated the 9th birthday of their grandson, Nathaniel, the joy of Charles' life. This was a wonderful family trip with their children, Rosanette, Garth, Rovanna and her son, Nathaniel.

Charles' favorite job was in Houston at Diagnostic Center Hospital (before it became part of Methodist) where, as Director of Pharmacy, he made many lasting friendships. He also made many new friends after retirement at Memorial City Mall where he went to walk for exercise. Charles had a wonderful life. His mantra was, "I'm the luckiest man in the world." He was forever grateful to have a loving wife and loving children. He was curious, always learning and had a wonderful memory. He was our handy encyclopedia. He will be forever missed.

At their deaths, both Donna and Charles wished to be cremated, their ashes buried in the Harvey Cemetery in Broaddus where their daughter Roxanne, is buried. Charles' ashes will remain with the family until Donna's death. He will be remembered in the family home by friends and relatives on Sunday, September 7, 2014, from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

Palacios Beacon, September 3, 2014


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