Matagorda County Obituaries

Bobby Allen McAfee, Sr.
(November 27, 1929 - May 14, 2008)

Bobby Allen McAfee, Sr., “Grandpa”, 78, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2008, in Angleton, Texas. He was born November 27, 1929 in Corsicana, Texas to Leroy and Johnnie McAfee. He was preceded in death by 7 older brothers and sisters. He was a devoted Christian and dedicated Family man. Dad loved fishing and raised his sons fishing in Matagorda, Texas where he retired in 1994 and continued enjoying his love of the bays and, playing cards and dominoes with all of his friends.

He is survived by his four sons Dennis, Bob Jr., Hal, and Danny McAfee, 3 daughter- in-laws, Betty, Candy and Cheryl, 12 grand children; Dennis Jr., Elizabeth, Jonathan, Bobby III, Shannon, Julian, Jennifer, Cheridan, Christopher, Brandon, Shawn, and James;11 great-grand children and two older sisters, Florine Grey, and Marcialette Hettig.

The family will receive visitors from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Saturday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, May 18, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church in Matagorda, Texas with Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at the Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda, Texas. Pallbearers will be Pat Keton, Terry Oglesby, Bruce Smith, Tom Klaiber, Roff Krueger and Duane Roberts.

The family would like to thank the IPH Hospice and Cypress Woods Care Center staff in Angleton, TX for all of their wonderful care and support given to our Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Matagorda, Texas. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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

Marvin Hubert McCarter, Jr. - Hawley Cemetery

Marvin McCarter, Jr.

Marvin Hubert McCarter, Jr., 51, of Midfield passed away July 10, 1997 after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 31, 1945 in Washington, D. C. to Marvin H. McCarter, Sr. and Elizabeth Fain.

He served proudly in the United States Air Force. He and his family lived in various locations throughout Texas, but made Matagorda County their home in 1977. Marvin was a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham and was employed by Valero Energy Corporation for 27 years. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Marvin Hubert McCarter III and his mother, Elizabeth Fain. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Darlene; two daughters and son-in-law, Doris and Randy Streams of Blessing and Patricia McCarter of Midfield; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Amanda McCarter of Kentucky; grandchildren, Kristan Streams, Kyle Streams, and Brittany McCarter, his father, Marvin H. McCarter, Sr. of Midfield; sister, Sharon White of Arizona; step-sister, Dorothy Hillis of California; and mother-in-law, Gertrude Wendel of Sonora. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p. m. Saturday, July 12, 1997 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Sunday, July 13, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Markham with Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be Steve Hamlyn, Nick Dellinger, Rocky Hudgeons, Mike Woodring, Wilson Turpin and Richard Chase. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Webb, Victor Billings, Jim Curlee, Gene Perrier, Johnny Harris, and Jimmy Stafford. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund benefitting Patricia McCarter; in care of Valero Energy Corporation Attention Denise Dickerson 3600-D Ave F, Bay City, TX 77414. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, July 13, 1997


AUSTIN - Homer McClary was born May 20, 1929, in Kenedy. He died Sept. 2, 2010, in Austin. The McClary family moved to Palacios in 1931. Homer grew up there, went to school there, graduated high school there, and joined the National Guard there before enlisting in the Army on Aug. 31, 1949. Promoted to the rank of sergeant, Homer was honorably discharged on March 7, 1953. While stationed in Maryland, Homer met and married Rosemarie Krell on Sept. 1, 1951.
After discharge they moved back to Palacios. While in Palacios, the McClary's had a son, John L., and a daughter, Bonnie Jean, they raised there before moving to Victoria in 1969.

Homer worked for Alcoa Aluminum Company in Point Comfort for 43 years before retiring and moving to Rockaway Beach, Mo. After a few years in Missouri, the McClary's moved to Austin, to be near their children and grandsons. Homer was active in the United Methodist church and choir, Boy Scouts, and the Lions Club while in Palacios. He also was a Red Cross volunteer and Alderman for two years in Rockaway Beach, Mo.

His family and friends will miss him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ray; his sister, Grace; as well as his daughter, Bonnie.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; son, John L. and his wife Nancy; and grandsons, Wyatt and Mason.

Viewing will be from 6-8 p.m. at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills, 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, on Friday, Sept. 10. There will be a graveside funeral service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Liberty Hill Cemetery, in Liberty, on Hwy 29 across from the old Bryson Stage Stop and Liberty Hill Pioneer Village. Doug Taylor, his son-in-law, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Wyatt and Mason Taylor, Lee Johnson, Josh Melle, Dudley Lightsey, and Jeremy Jesmer.

The family wishes to thank his doctors and staff at St. David's Hospital, Round Rock, and especially the Lighthouse Hospice, 8701 N. Mopac, Ste. 420, Austin, TX 78759.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Hospice.

Published in Victoria Advocate on September 9, 2010


Memorial services for Hal Grady McComic, 79, of Palacios, Tx. was held Nov. 23, 2008, at Solid Rock Fellowship Church in Palacios with the Pastors Bob and Billy Burch officiating.

Mr. McComic was born July 19, 1929 in Hugo, Oklahoma to the late James Roy and Margurite McComic. He graduated to heaven on Nov. 8, 2008.

Hal was very proud of his Choctaw Indian heritage. He was a veteran of the Korean War. During his service he received the Good Conduct Medal, The Meritorious Unit Emblem, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. He was a member of Palacios V.F.W. Post 2467 and had a great respect for his fellow veterans. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge.

He volunteered for many charities that needed his help including the Palacios Friend of Elder Citizens where he volunteered an enormous amount of hours and wrote a column for the Palacios Beacon. He was a member of the Solid Rock Fellowship Church.

He was survived by his sister and brother-in-law Betty and John Lanza, of Arcadia, CA; sister Helen Martindale of Anaheim, CA; sister-in-law Marlene McComic of Riverside, CA; and seven nieces and nephews.

Hal was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roy Glenn McComic.

Memorials may be sent to Solid Rock Fellowship, 1800 First St., Palacios, TX 77465 or to the Houston Hospice, 1102 North Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437.

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, November 19, 2008




JACKSONVILLE, Ark. -- Sherri L. McCord, 36, of Jacksonville, Ark., died Saturday, March 2, 2002.


She was born April 20, 1965, in Houston, to Sandra Sparks of Jacksonville, Ark. and Ronald P. Warren Sr. of Houston. She was a Baptist.


Survivors: daughter, Ashli Megan McCord of Jacksonville, Ark; parents; and brother, Ron Warren Jr. of Jacksonville, Ark.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawley Cemetery [Matagorda County, Texas], the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.




Annie Ruth McCray
Sept. 24, 1924 – May 31, 2007

Memorial services for Annie Ruth McCray, 82, of Bellbottom Community, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2007, at St. Mark Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, Texas.

Burial will follow at St. Mark’s Cemetery.

The Bay City Tribune, June 6, 2007

St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Roy McCray

St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
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Betty McLendon McCroskey

McCroskey, Betty McLendon, a long-time resident of Bay City, passed away early this morning in Gulf Coast Medical Center, Wharton. She was 79 years of age. Services will be held at 10:30 a. m., Saturday, March 11 in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Wharton. Survivors are one daughter, Betty McCroskey Curlee of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Eddie Henderson, Mary Montgomery, Gussie Lee Clark and Mrs. A. L. Clark and one brother, T. A. McLendon, Jr.

The Daily Tribune, March, 1972

James Harrison McCroskey - Hawley Cemetery


John Harrison McCroskey - Hawley Cemetery

J. H. McCroskey

Mr. J. H. McCroskey passed away in the hospital at Wharton, Texas, Saturday night.

Mr. McCroskey has been a resident of this county practically his entire life, having been connected with the Pierce Estate.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the Walker-Matchett Funeral Home with the Rev. E. W. Thompson, of Markham, officiating. Burial in Hawley Cemetery.

He is survived by Jim McCroskey, of Fresno, Cal., and T. K. McCroskey, of Markham.

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Mattie Kuykendall - Hawley Cemetery

Mrs. J. H. McCroskey

Mrs. J. H. McCroskey died at her home in Markham Saturday night at 12:30 a. m., age 69 years, 3 months and 2 days after an illness of seven months, caused from a broken hip. Mrs. McCroskey is survived by her husband, two sons, Jim of Fresno, Calif., T. K. of Markham, two sisters, Miss Emma Kuykendall of Markham and Mrs. Haggard of Newgulf. Funeral services at Hawley Cemetery this afternoon, Monday, July 16 at 4 p. m. Rev. Robert Paine officiating. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Walker-Matchett Funeral Home.

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Thomas Griggs McCroskey - Hawley Cemetery

Funeral Services Are Held For Vet Of World War II

Funeral services for Thomas Griggs McCroskey, 28, of Markham were held last week with burial in Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. McCroskey died in the Matagorda General Hospital after an illness of several months. He had a rare blood disease, contracted while serving with the armed forces in the Pacific theatre of operations during World War II.

Mr. McCroskey and his wife, the former Geraldine Lauderback, owned and operated a store in Markham. His wife and baby son, Michael James, survive.

Mr. McCroskey was born in Bay City, April 29, 1919. His grandfather was the Matagorda and Wharton Counties’ pioneer, John McCroskey. He withdrew from Texas A. & M. College to enter the armed forces and served four years and nine months.

He had lived most of his life with his aunt, Mrs. Betty McCroskey, until the time of his military service and marriage.

Matagorda County Tribune, date unknown

John Voss McCrosky Sr.
(November 3, 1915 - April 3, 2010)

John Voss McCrosky, Sr. passed away April 3, 2010 in Bay City, TX. He was born November 3, 1915 in Alice, TX to the late Thomas Kuykendall McCrosky and Asa Griggs McCrosky. Voss was a long time rancher and cowboy. He worked for many ranchers throughout Texas and raised cattle and quarter horses for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo Association; a lifetime member of Bay City & Van Vleck FFA; Outstanding Cattleman of the Year in Matagorda County; organized the first 4-H Horse Club & first TYRA Rodeo in Matagorda County. He was a charter member of Descendant’s of Austin’s Old Three Hundred and a fifth generation Texan, whose ancestors settled Austin’s Colony of Texas. Voss was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Lloyd McCrosky, of 63 years, his brother, Griggs McCrosky, and a daughter, Patsy Sells. He is survived by a son, John Voss McCrosky, Jr. and wife, Jeanette, and daughters, Donna Johnson and husband Hubert of Bay City and Elaine Hoffpauir and husband, David of New Waverly; a brother, T. K. Peter McCrosky and wife Sybil of Iowa, LA; a sister, Peggy McKenna of Orange, TX; thirteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 at First United Methodist Church, Bay City, with Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, TX. Pallbearers will be Clifford Chamblee, Clay Hoffpauir, Tony Treese, Jim D. Pohlmeyer, Paul Davis, Carl King, Steven Kulak and David Orr. Honorary Pallbearers will be Camille Green, Floyd Zboril, Billy Schwertner, Ronnie Plant, Mike Buffalo, Dan Harris, Jake Foltyn and Bud Stewart. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church and Matagorda County Museum in Bay City.

George H. McDonald
(January 9, 1926 - June 8, 2010)

George H. McDonald, 84, of Bay City passed away Tuesday June 8, 2010 at his residence following a long illness. George was born on January 9, 1926 in Beaumont, Texas to parents Peter and Evelyn Laribee McDonald. George was a 32year employee of the Texas Dept. of Transportation as a senior structural engineer until his retirement in May of 1987. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corp serving in World War II. He was also a member of the Bay City chapter of The Gideons International.

He is preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Robert Lynn McDonald, a sister, Mary Joyce McDonald, and an adopted sister Helen Lighter. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Leota McDonald of Bay City, his sons and their wives, Wayne and Nancy McDonald of Burleson, Texas, Glenn and Carol McDonald of Houston, Keith and Alice McDonald of Vidor, and Jon Marc and Rebecca McDonald of Cypress. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kent and wife Crystal McDonald, Courtney McDonald, Joshua and wife Crystal McDonald, Chelsea McDonald, Ashton McDonald, Joelea McDonald and Mitchell McDonald, as well as great grandchildren Jerry Glenn, Kaiden, Savannah and Evvalee McDonald.

Funeral services will be held Friday June 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. His sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Bay City. Contributions may also be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home(979) 245-4893.

Bay City Tribune, June 11, 2010


BAY CITY - Sarah Jean McDonnel, 79, of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Matagorda County Hospital after a short illness. She was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Corpus Christi, to Walter James and Willine Mead Bickford. She was currently a member of Nichols Street Church of Christ in Bay City and former member of The Church of Christ in Refugio.

She is survived by one sister, Norma L. Gates of Bay City; three nephews: Kenneth Wayne Gates and wife Rose Marie of Corpus Christi, David Michael Gates and wife Katherine of Dayton, and Richard Jones and wife Laura of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Elton McDonnel Jr.; her parents; and two sisters: Nedra Lois and Billie Mae Bickford.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Refugio with Bro. Craig Van Dyke officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Refugio.

Moore Funeral Home, Refugio, 361-526-4334.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 4/10/2009


BAY CITY - William C. "Billy" McDowell, 65, of Bay City, passed away July 1, 2009. He was born Dec. 24, 1943 to the late Roy William and Martha Lucille Campbell McDowell.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Debra McDowell of Austin, and nephew and niece, Wesley Campbell and Melissa Anne McDowell, both of Austin.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at
Roselawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 7/2/2009

Thomas A. “Tommy” McElmurry, Jr.

Thomas A. “Tommy” McElmurry, Jr., 18, of Blessing died following an auto-train accident on September 18. Survivors include: parents, Tom and Vera McElmurry, Sr., of Blessing; six sisters, Cynthia Palmer of Harlingen, Texas, Anita Burrhus, Wilma Garza, Joanna Horton, Treva McElmurry and Audra McElmurry all of Blessing. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and loved ones. He was a former student of Tidehaven Independent School District and a Blessing area resident for the past three years. The funeral will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing on Friday, September 21, at 10:00 a. m. Reverend Jerome Stryke will officiate and interment will be held at Hawley Cemetery. Rosary will be held at 7:00 p. m., Thursday, September 20, at Taylor Brothers Chapel. Arrangements under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, September, 1979

Grover Lee McElrath
Nov. 8, 1915 - May 31, 1984

Jewel S. Stephenson McElrath
Dec. 3, 1915 - Sep. 15, 1972

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of
Faye Cunningham


Doris McGee
Aug. 3, 1928 – May 21, 2008

Doris McGee, 79, of Balch Springs, and formerly of Bay City passed away May 21, 2008 at her son’s residence following a long illness.

She was born on August 3, 1928 in Stevensville, Texas to parents Charles Raymond and Lela Mae Allen Martin. She had been a resident of Bay City for 33 years and was a member of the Nichols Street Church of Christ.

Her parents, her husband, James Frank McGee; two sisters; one brother and a grandson preceded her in death.

She is survived by: her children, Gary and Sharon McGee of Bay City, James and Rosie McGee of Dallas, Frank and Dawn McGee of Denton, Roy and Shana McGee of Victoria, Fay and Don Wilson of Bay City, Jean and Allen Blanton of Bay City and Martha and Karl Kinchloe of Bay City.

She is also survived by: her grandchildren, Wendy, William, James, John, Bill, Donna, Matthew, Megan, Byron, Jason, Brandy and Justin McGee, Stephanie, Michael and Ben Wilson, Rikki Ingram, and Lora and Jessica Blanton as well as 23 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild and her loving dog, Sandy.

Visitation will begin Sunday May 25 at the Bay City Funeral Home and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26 at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Macomber officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include James Edward McGee, William McGee, Ben Wilson, Michael Wilson, Rufus Urquidez, Dalton Schmidt, John McGee, Byron McGee, and Jason McGee.

The family would like to express their heart-felt appreciation to daughter-in-law Rosie McGee for her loving care for Doris during the last few years of her life.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 25, 2008


Mildred Kathleen "Kay" McGee
(March 21, 1924 - December 28, 2005)

MILDRED KATHLEEN “KAY” McGEE , 81, of Bay City died December 28, 2005 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born March 21, 1924 in Lebanon, MO to the late Bennett Virgil and Bertie Jo Miles Brown. Mrs. McGee was a resident of Bay City since 1999 and a former longtime resident of Lebanon, MO. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include: daughter: Barbara Sue Easter of Lebanon, MO; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law: Edward Leon McGee and Gary Don & Cathy McGee all of Bay City; 6 grandsons: Donald, Brian, & Shawn Allman all of Lebanon, MO, Jeff Allman of Orlando, FL, Les McGee of Freeport, and Cody McGee of Bay City; and by 1 great granddaughter: Kayla Allman of Lebanon, MO. She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford D. McGee.

Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at the Holman - Howe Funeral Home in Lebanon, MO. Interment will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, MO. Memorials may be made to the St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3000 9th St. Bay City, TX 77414. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Sharon McGee

1953 - 2009

Matagorda Cemetery

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Alfred Conrad McGehee

Cedavale Cemetery

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J. C. McGehee

Cedavale Cemetery

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Manley Floyd McGehee

Cedavale Cemetery

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Maria Theresa McGehee

Cedavale Cemetery

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Nona B. McGehee

Cedavale Cemetery

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Eugene "Mack" McGill
(December 22, 1923 - November 27, 2005)

Eugene Blair “Mack” McGill, 81, of Bay City died November 27, 2005 at the Matagorda House surrounded by all his family in his final week. He was born December 22, 1923 in Spring, TX to the late Willie B. and James Nannie Collins McGill. Mack was a resident of Bay City since 1968, a member of the Methodist Church, and a member of the Masonic AF & AM Lodge # 40 in Victoria, TX. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after 42 years of service. Mack’s enthusiasm for life was obvious and he enjoyed good food, music, dancing, gardening, barbeque, and especially deer hunting, which he did for many years, and was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association. For the last two years, Mack endured declining health, refusing to submit, choosing rather to focus on his family, friends, and life. His unfailing humor and spirit will be remembered by all those fortunate to know him. The family wishes to thank everyone who participated in Mack’s care. It has been a large number of people, and you’ve all been wonderful. Daddy grew fond of so many of you. Please remember Daddy with a smile, and know that he is in a better place, telling stories and planning jokes, and celebrating his new life. Survivors include: daughter & son-in-law: Charla & Jim McMichael of Friendswood, TX; son: Mark McGill of Angleton; 1 grandson: Andy McMichael, who was the light of his life; his sweetheart: Margaret Meador of Bay City, with whom he had so many good times and great memories and the Meador children and grandchildren, whom he lived for the days he could spend time with them. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and was blessed to have many lifelong good friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Bettie McGill; and all five brothers and sisters. Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. John-Nelson Pope officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979) 245-4613.

Andrew James “Pat” McGinnis

Andrew James “Pat” McGinnis, 56, of Markham died Jan. 10, 1977 in the Veteran’s Hospital in Houston. He was born Sept. 16, 1920 in Markham. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mildred McGinnis of Markham; his mother, Mrs. Fannie McGinnes of Bay City; one daughter, Mrs. Debbie Poessel of Blessing; two sons, Mick McGinnis of Holbrook, Ariz., and A. J. “Drew” McGinnis, Jr., of Blessing; two brothers, Noel McGinnis of Victoria and Coy McGinnis of Missouri City and five grandchildren. Services will be held Jan. 12, at 3 p. m. at the Taylor Brothers Chapel. The Rev. Claude Cagle will officiate. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January 11, 1977

Andrew F. McGinty
Oct. 26, 1925 – Dec. 2, 2010

Andrew F. McGinty, 85, journeyed into the arms of his Lord on December 2, 2010, in the presence of his loving family. 

He was born October 26, 1925, in Smackover, Arkansas, to the late William Harrison McGinty and Myrtle Tipton McGinty.

He served in the United States Navy as a Seaman Second Class from August 11, 1943 to May 17, 1946, and was very proud to have served his country. In 1986, he retired after 32 years as an Operator for Texaco.

Andrew “loved the Lord with all his heart, soul and strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).  He was a member of the Family Worship Center where he had served as a Deacon for many years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed greatly.

He and his wife of 63 years, Freda Mae Wheeler, were married in Longview, Texas in 1947. They were blessed with one son and two daughters.

His son, William Dale McGinty; sisters, Fayela (infant), Melba Taylor and Edith Clark; brothers Lonnie, Robert (R. J.) and Wallace (W. C.) all preceded him in death.

Survivors include: his wife, Freda of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Berny Schneider of Bay City and Linda and Randy Kelley of El Maton; grandchildren, Andrea, Nathan, Andrew, Mikey, Chris and Jonathan; great-grandchildren, Madison, Sophia, Ethan, Haylee, Nick, Ryan, Kayson, Riley, Landon, Emilee, Jacob, Cole and Kirra; sister, Wanda Pierce of Kilgore; brother Charlie of Tyler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 9 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2010, at the Family Worship Center with the Rev. James Guerrero officiating. 

Burial will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Kilgore Memorial Gardens in Kilgore, Texas with his nephew the Rev. Ricky Pierce officiating.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Woodson, Mikey Woodson, Chris Schneider, Jonathan Schneider and Nathan McGinty.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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, Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ralph J. McGlothlin

Funeral services for Ralph J. McGlothlin, 84, of San Angelo, formerly of Bay City, will be held 2 p. m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Visitation is today.

Mr. McGlothlin was born Sept. 19, 1904, in Beaver City, Neb., to John Franklin and Elizabeth Retterman McGlothlin, and died Jan. 4, 1989 in Shannon Hospital, San Angelo, Texas.

He worked for many years for Rugeley Motor Co. and served as a deacon at First Baptist Church while residing in Bay City.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes McKissick McGlothlin of San Angelo; a son, Ralph Norman McGlothlin of San Antonio; a sister, Gladys Runyon of San Angelo; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Pallbearers include Dick Bachman, Jack Callihan, Bill Ehlert, Wayne Michael, Gordon Hardegree and Gaston Morton.

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

The Daily Tribune, January, 1989


BAY CITY - Funeral services for Dave McGrue Jr., 86, of Bay City, who passed away March 25, 2008, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at New Hope Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. T.L. Richardson, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 4/1/2008.



BAY CITY - Burta Louise McIntosh, age 64, of Bay City, went to be with her heavenly Father on March 29, 2010. She was born Sept. 28, 1945 in Chester, Pa. to Donald M. and Charlotte M. Brown. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Van Vleck. She was a pharmacy technician at The Medicine Shoppe for 25 years. She was a Jobs Daughter while living in San Diego, Calif. She was also an avid reader. Burta never met a stranger and was a great comfort to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, David McIntosh; mother, Charlotte M. Dessauer Brown; sister, Donna and husband Ram Ramirez; children, Cheryl and husband James Moon, Martin Strong, Brent and wife Shannon, Bryan and wife Melissa, and Belinda Walden; a niece, Donna and husband Brent Elrod; a nephew, Richard and wife Ellen; grandchildren, Crystal and Jeremiah Leatherwood, Brent, Brandon, Sarah, Josh, Valarie and Emma Kate; also two great-grandchildren, and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald M. Brown, and a granddaughter, LeeAnn A. Moon.

Visitation was Tuesday, March 30 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., with family present 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The service will be at 1 p.m., today, March 31, at First Baptist Church in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers are Brent McIntosh, Bryan McIntosh, Brent Elrod, Curtis Dykes, James Moon, and Jeremiah Leatherwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First Baptist Church of Van Vleck, Building Fund, P.O. Box 541, Van Vleck, Texas 77482.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Published in Victoria Advocate on March 31, 2010

Douglas Lehman McKinley
(September 15, 1932 - January 27, 2009)

U.S. VeteranDouglas Lehman “Doug” McKinley, 76, of Selkirk passed away January 27, 2009. He was born Sept. 15, 1932 in Houston, Texas to the late Thomas Oscar & Amber Losene Harris McKinley.

Doug was a Sgt. in the US Army and worked as a Pressman for the Houston Post and later for the Houston Chronicle and Gulf Publishing. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors all his life. He spent many happy times at Sam Rayburn Lake fishing and camping and shared his love of nature with his children. In recent years, he became a collector of antique items of many unusual types.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband Melissa McKinley & Dennis Klekar of League City; son Tim McKinley of Houston; brothers Frank and Jesse McKinley and grandchildren Taylor Klekar & Grant McKinley.

A memorial service honoring his life will be 11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Zach Nicholson officiating. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Bay City Tribune, February 1, 2009

Frances Vacek McKissick

Frances Vacek McKissick, 64, of Palacios died January 21 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Survivors include: husband, G. B. McKissick of Palacios; daughter, Mrs. Patsy Frick of Blessing; two sons, Jimmie McKissick of Midfield and Walter McKissick of Palacios; four sisters: Mrs. Wilma Steibr of Rosenberg, Mrs. Tillie Bryant of Houston, Mrs. Marie Stanley of Markham, and Mrs. Beatrice Ferro of Stafford; five brothers: Robert Vacek of Rosenberg, Jerome Staches, Louis and James Vacek of Palacios; five grandchildren. Rosary will be said by Msgr. C. J. Martin at 7:30 p. m. Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 23, at 2:30 p. m. at Taylor Bros. Chapel with Rev. Sid Tennery officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery with pallbearers being: Kenneth and Gerald McKissick and , Jeff Darby, Patrick Keszler, Tom Curnutt, Rocky Curnutt, Eddie Vacek and Butch Bowers, honorary pallbearers will be Toms B. Simpson and Charlie Smith. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January, 1979

Gerald McKissick


Gerald McKissick, 63, of Bay City died March 30, 2001 at his residence. He was born September 8, 1937 in Bay City to Thomas Walter and Alma Vavra McKissick. He was a resident of Bay City the past year and a former longtime resident of the El Maton area.


Survivors include: two daughters, Kathy McKissick of Bay City and Kimberly McKissick of Bryan, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Charlotte McKissick of Bay City; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jessie and Jack Falks of Somerville and Susie and Craig Glasscock of El Maton; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Laura McKissick of Markham; four grandchildren, Brandon, Bradley and Bryce McKissick, and Hillary Vandervort all of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna McKissick and his father Thomas Walter McKissick.


Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2001 at Taylor Bros Funeral Home with the Pastor Rodney Box officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenny and Kevin McKissick, Jack Falks, Jr., Greg Cain, Michael Glasscock and Jamie McAda. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon, Bradley and Bryce McKissick and Bruce Ramsey.


Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001AR01


The Daily Tribune, Sunday, April 1, 2001



Merle Lynda McKissick
Oct. 28, 1923 -  Feb. 1, 2009

Merle Lynda McKissick passed away February 1, 2009 at Matagorda General

Mrs. McKissick was born
October 28, 1923 in Samaria, Oneida, Idaho to Levi G. Waldron and Sarah Eliza Thomas Waldron. She being the youngest of eleven children raised.

Her parents and all of her siblings have preceded her in death. Lynda as her friends and family knew her was raised on a ranch in southern Idaho. Lynda and Bill McKissick met and married in California during WWII. After the war they came to Texas where Bill worked for Phillips Petroleum and Lynda worked for J.C. Penney Co.

Lynda is survived by: her husband of 65 years, Bill McKissick, of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law, Jerallyn and E. J. Thormaehlen of Boerne, Texas, daughter and son-in-law Jan and Dean Hurst of Katy, Texas; grandchildren, Trey Thormaehlen, of Dalton, Ohio, Lawrence and fiancée Sammatha (Sam) Hui, of San Antonio, Texas, Scott and Erik Thormaehlen, of Boerne, Texas, Mark and Diana Hurst, of Corsicana, Texas, Sarah and Maneesh Kumar, of Missouri City, Texas, Annie and Ben Howington, of Raleigh, North Carolina, three great grandsons (Taylor, Jakob, and Jack), five great granddaughters, Kenna, Joey, Isabella, Kai, and Lila Jane; one brother-in-law, Jim Frazier, of Utah; three sisters-in-laws, Barbara Sullivan, Reba McKissick and Thelma McKissick of Bay City, special nieces and nephews.

Special loved ones Johnna Kay Mitchell, Suzie Calk, Sherry Loring, and Sandy Burgyan.

There will be a graveside service heldat 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, under the direction of Bishop Chris Bischoff of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There will be a visitation at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2009.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Preston
Robert Tish Brain Tumor Center, DUMC 3624, Durham, N. C. 27710, in the name of Lila Jane Howington. This is Lyndas great granddaughter who is currently in isolation at Duke Medical Center following stem cell transplant for her brain cancer.

Pallbearers will be Mark Hurst, Trey Thormaehlen, Lawrence Thormaehlen, Scott Thormaehlen, Erik Thormaeheln, and Stewart Hall.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, Published February 4, 2009                Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Thomas Walter McKissick

Services for Thomas Walter McKissick, 66, of Palacios will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City. The Rev. Joe Ramsey will officiate.

McKissick, a Baptist, was born on Dec. 28, 1916, in Matagorda County, and he died on Aug. 23 at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

He is survived by his wife, Alma McKissick of Palacios; by his daughters Jessie Falks of Clear Lake and Susie Glasscock of Palacios; by his sons Gerald McKissick of Bishop and Kenneth McKissick of Markham; by his sisters Agnes McGlothlin of San Angelo and Elva Bowers of Palacios; by his brother, George B. McKissick Jr. of Palacios; by his 11 grandchildren and by his one great-grandson.

Following the services, burial will take place at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry McKissick, Kenney McKissick, Kevin McKissick, Jack Falks Jr., Neal Stevens and Robert Dannels. Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, August, 1983


BAY CITY - Oneita McLean, 96, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at the Matagorda House Nursing Center, in Bay City.

She was born in Shelby County on Oct. 15, 1913 to parents, Macon and Mattie Grimsley.
Oneita graduated with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in elementary education from Texas A&I University. She taught in Corpus Christi and Robstown School Districts for over 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles (Vaughn); and her brother, Sherman Grimsley of Shreveport, La.

Oneita is survived by her three sons, Samuel Gray (Janice) of Hartwell, Ga., Clark Gray (Machiko) of Bay City, and Glyn Gray (Linda) of Baytown; two sisters, Jencie Holland of Mooringsport, La. and Pauline Tinsley of Shreveport, La. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Public visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 at Funeraria Del Angel-Memorial Holly chapel in Corpus Christi. Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. that same day at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Funeraria Del Angel -Memorial Holly Chapel, Corpus Christi, 361-857-6291.


Published in Victoria Advocate on February 16, 2010


Joanne McLeod
Dec. 31, 1939 - April 13, 2006

Joanne McLeod, age 66, of Iago, died Thursday, April 13, 2006 in Houston.

She was born on December 31, 1939 in West Columbia, Texas, daughter of the late Rufus Edward Watson and Claudia Vern Terrel Watson.

Mrs. McLeod was raised in El Campo, where she attended El Campo High School and later graduated from Vivian High School in Vivian, Louisiana. She also attended Wharton County Junior College. She was a former resident of El Campo and Bay City before moving to Iago in 1985. She was a homemaker, a former Bay City Police Department Dispatcher and was a Retired Major with the Texas State Guard. Mrs. McLeod married Karl McLeod on March 21, 1985 in Iago. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Wharton Pilot Club and Wharton Garden Club. Her favorite pastime was her love for growing various flowers.

Following cremation, memorials services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2006 at Iago Federated Church in Iago.

Survivors include: her husband, Karl McLeod of Iago; daughter, Marla McLeod-Ali of Portland, Oregon; sons, Glenn Hayes of Marble Falls, Jay Hearn of Iago, John McLeod and wife, Shelly of Ft. Worth, Darrel Hearn and wife, Becky of Queen City, Texas, Scott McLeod of Maui, Hawaii and Wesley Hearn and wife, Joy of Alvin; sister, Kay Parker and husband, Bill of Bay City; grandchildren, Levret Hayes, Sonja Wyatt, Journey Hayes, Omri Hayes, Jeremy Peyton, Bryan Hearn, Walsh Hearn, Will Hearn, Megan Hearn, Justen Hearn, Jakob Hearn, Emma McLeod, Safia McLeod-Ali, Leyla McLeod-Ali and Elijah McLeod-Ali; great grand daughter, Kyla Ann Peyton.

If desiring, memorials may be made to Iago Federated Church Youth Fund, P. O. Box 576, Boling, TX 77420.

[Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.]

Bay City Tribune, April 26, 2006

Emma Ruth Hall McMahan

Mar. 8, 1916 - Mar. 7, 2002

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Sidney Reed McMahan

Jan. 31, 1920 - Mar. 20, 1988

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Frances "Aunt Frances" McMahon
(September 25, 1915 - April 3, 2011)

Frances “Aunt Frances” McMahon, 95, of Van Vleck passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011 in Bay City. She was born September 25, 1915 in Van Vleck to the late Frank H. & Anna Elizabeth Owen McMahon. As a young girl, she went to Houston and attended business school. She eventually went into the real estate profession as a licensed agent. She was a talented seamstress, and enjoyed many hours working with arts and crafts. She joined the United Methodist Church as a young woman. Upon retirement she returned to Van Vleck in the mid 1980’s.

Frances is survived by her nieces & nephews: James Bryan Berryhill & wife Jerrie Lee, Roy Berryhill & wife Suzanne, Johnnie Bickham & wife Sheron, Anna Sue Brown & husband John, Bill Bickham, Frances Baird & husband Bob; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters: Wilmoth McMahon Berryhill and Elizabeth McMahon Bickham; and nephew: Clyde R. Bickham.

The Family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday at the Funeral Home. A celebration of Aunt Frances’s life will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church of Van Vleck with Rev. Martha Girling officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be: Brandon Bickham, Ryan Bickham, John Bickham, Elliott Baird, Paul Bickham, and Ed Stafford. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Van Vleck, 8888 Hwy 35 N., Van Vleck, TX 77414.        Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



BANDERA - Juanita Ann McMeans, 70, of Bandera, passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. She was born in Palacios to Otis and Allie Belle (Redd) Byers.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Aaron McMeans of Bandera; daughter, Sherri Lewis and husband Perry of San Antonio; son, Darel McMeans and wife Missy of Center Point; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Vicki Browning of Bandera, Jo Uselton of Houston; brother, Odis Byers of Florida; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at Stockdale Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Irwin officiating.

You are invited to sign the online guestbook at

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 6, 2010

Flora McMillan

Flora McMillan, 78, of Tin-Top Community in Palacios died April 3, 2002 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. She was born April 18, 1923 in Durango, CO, to the late Elmer Theodore and Jenny Nordin Isaacson. Mrs. McMillan was member to the First Presbyterian of Collegeport and resident of Tin-Top Community since 1950, and former resident of El Campo. She was co-owner of the former cotton gin in Tin-Top and Modern Crop Chemicals Fertilizer Supply in Tin-Top/El Maton.


Survivors include: husband, U. S. McMillan of Tim Top; daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia Dell and Ben Stanley of Vancouver, Wash., and Nancy Ruth and Lee Richey of Victoria; son and daughter-in-law, Urban Stanley and Marolyn McMillan, Jr of Markham; sisters, Ella Koons of Wichita, Kansas and Ruth Giese of Schulenberg; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was receded in death by one great granddaughter, Jolee Elizabeth Baca.


Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Reverends Andy and Janell Blair officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be Russell Corporon, Jesse Ellis, Thomas Holsworth, Mason Holsworth, Jerry Moates, and G. W. Franzen. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.


Arrangements were with Taylor Bros Funeral Home. A00014B2002AR07


The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, April 7, 2002


Jamie Lynn Brown McMillan was born in Joliet, Illinois, on December 7, 1956 to James and June Brown.

Jamie met Jeff McMillan in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they were both employed.

Her daughter, Mattia, was four years old when Jeff and Jamie married in October 1992. They made Bay City their home where Jamie was a stay-at-home mom while Mattia was in school. The Live Oak Ministry grew out of Jamie’s heart to minister to those in need. She encouraged others to help make sack lunches to deliver to the residents, held Bible Schools for the children, and organized community gatherings with activities and, of course, the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Jamie discovered she had a heart for working with the residents of nursing homes while spending time caring for Jeff’s great grandmother at her nursing home bedside. After completing the necessary training, Jamie found her place of ministry at Matagorda Nursing and Rehab Center where she served for three years.

After a long battle with cancer, Jamie went to her heavenly reward on Sunday, July 4, at the Houston Hospice.

The celebration of Jamie’s life will took place on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

At Jamie’s request everyone is invited to join the family in the church gym after the memorial service for a time of sharing memories and praising God for her entry into the glorious presence of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Jamie is survived by: her husband, Jeff McMillan; daughter, Mattia of Bay City; father, Jim Brown and wife T.J. of Sherman, Texas; sister, Dolores Brown of San Diego; brother, Rick Brown and wife Pattie of Sherman, Texas; stepsister, Michele Choquet of Irving, Texas; nephews, Jon Brown, of Sherman, LCPL Jarred Hargrove of Afghanistan & Randall Pearson of Irving, Texas; and nieces, Alicia and Ericka Morris of San Diego.

She was preceded in death by her mother, June Brown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to an account set up in Jamie’s name to pay medical costs at First Baptist Church, 2321 Avenue F, or the Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Boulevard., Houston TX 77030-4123 or the Gideon International, P O Box 1007, Bay City TX 77404-1007, in memory of Jamie McMillan.

Bay City Tribune, Published July 16, 2010


Douglas Lynn McMullen, 69 of Bastrop County, Tx. died June 6, 2010 unexpectedly of heart failure.

He was born July 30, 1940 in Red Rock, Texas, the son of the late James Odell and Eloise Riddle McMullen. He was the older of 2 siblings and is survived by his sister, Marsha Fimbel of Victoria, Tx.

He is also survived by his wife, Margie Maraggia McMullen of Yoakum, Tx.; ex-wife Debra Hathaway of Boerne, Tx.; daughters, Cheryl McMullen, and Hedy Carter and husband Perry, both of Yoakum, Tx. and Audrey Franz and husband Mickey of Seguin Tx. Doug left a lasting legacy with seven doting grandchildren: Douglas Taylor McMullen Franz, Bryson Franz, Jack McMullen Matusek, Sam Matusek, Walker Franz, Harris Franz and Presley Carter and a great-grand child, Bracken Lane Franz. Doug also leaves behind his beloved Peaches and Pudgy as well as the 2007 World Champion Quarter Horse, Illegal Memories.

Doug was an entrepreneur by nature and began his first business as a boy selling watermelons. He quickly moved on to cars, horses, and anything that had wheels on it. He owned Allen Ford Sales, a Ford dealership in Palacios, Tx. and Cowboys Custom Trailers in Bastrop. Tx. With his daughters he co-founded Double D Ranchwear of Yoakum, a nationally recognized clothing brand and winner of numerous fashion awards. But Doug’s life passion was always race horses. He was known throughout the racing industry as an outstanding horseman with a unique eye to hand pick a runner. He took many a horse to the winner circle, but was most proud of his 2007 World Champion Gelding, Illegal Memories.

A Celebration of Doug McMullen’s life was held June 14, 2010 at Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home in Bastrop followed by fellowship and Doug’s favorite Texas BBQ.

God broke the mold when he created Doug: he was one-of-a-kind. He loved his family, fast cars, faster horses, a good Harley ride, an all-night canasta game, telling tall tales, eating jelly from a jar and Margie’s sweet tea.

He will be remembered for his giving spirit, his heart felt laughter, and his genuine smile. His family will miss him. They loved him well.

Contributions to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (502-863-8792) are appreciated in lieu of flowers.

The Palacios Beacon, June 16, 2010

William Phillip McMullen 53, of New Waverly, passed away on the morning of December 8, 2010. Phil was born on December 19, 1956 to the late James William and Clemmie T. Phillips McMullen in Houston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father. Phil was survived by his wife Nancy (Osborne) McMullen, daughter Jamie Morris and husband Marcus, daughter Misty Mandujano, brother Ken McMullen and wife Alva Lee, brother Jim McMullen, Grandchildren: Lyrical Babin, Zayne Mandujano, Alaysia Mandujano, and one on the way.

The Family will receive friends and relatives for the viewing Saturday, Dec 11, 2010, from 3-5 p.m., at the Sam Houston Funeral Home in Huntsville. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, Dec 12, 2010, 2:00 p.m., at New Waverly First Baptist Church, with Rev. David McMullen officiating. Interment will be held Monday, December 13, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in Van Vleck, Texas at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Cliff Marshall, Danny Williams, David Cain, Steve McMullen, Marcus Morris, and James McMullen.

Phil was a loving husband for 29 years and a caring father. He had many friends and rarely met a stranger. He was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force for 3 years. He was top of his class in his training for Avionics Inertial and Radar Navigation, and ranked as an E-3. He was an inspiring man with a passion to teach his talents, and the will to work hard. In 1986 he began his own air compressor business in Huntsville which he operated for 20 plus years. Phil enjoyed family vacations, especially annual trips to the river, snow skiing in Colorado, scuba diving, watching races, and music. He was a wonderful man who will be deeply missed, but forever loved in our hearts.

Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at

Jimmy Wayne McNeil

Jimmy Wayne McNeil, 66, of Magnolia, Texas, went to be with the Lord Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Woodlands Health Care Center in the Woodlands, Texas, after a long illness.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Norma Jean McNeil of Magnolia, Texas. He also leaves a son, Pastor Jimmy McNeil and wife Susan of Arlington, Texas. He also leaves a daughter, Laura Krobot and five grandchildren, Aaron, Aimee, Austin & Alex McNeil and Karli Krobot. He is also survived by one nephew, Chuck Harris.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister and brother.

Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 18, 2009 at Golden Avenue Baptist Church in Bay City.

Bay City Tribune, Published September 16, 2009


On Nov. 3, 2008 the Lord called for Fred McNish, 70, to join him. Fred was a long time resident of Tres Palacios Oaks and he loved to make people laugh. Fred also loved to play music, fish and hunt. He was retired as a Lather, Local Union 75.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela Williamson of Portales, NM; his music buddy/son-in-law, Kenny Williamson of Portales, NM; granddaughters ‘Ashley McNish’ Manasco of Clovis, NM and Morgan Williamson of Hampton, VA; great-granddaughter, Abigail Manasco; sisters June McNish, Juanita McNish, Cathy Flatford and Shirley Buenaga; and brother Glenn McNish.

Fred will be greatly missed by everyone, but his spirit will never be forgotten! I love you Daddy.

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mrs. Alice McSparran

Mrs. Alice E. McSparran, age 82 years, one month and three days passed away at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30 at Midfields, Texas after a long illness.

Mrs. McSparran had been a resident of Matagorda County all of her life.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Blake Garner, Bay City, Mrs. R. E. Coffin, Midfields, two sons, N. K. McSparran, Pierce, and W. E. McSparran, Sanderson, Texas; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Matchett-Newman Funeral Home. Rev. Harry V. Rankin, officiating. Burial in Hawley Cemetery.

Pall bearers were Fred Cornelius, Bert Carr, B. W. Trull, H. L. Brown, W. D. Williams and Will Melbourn.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Monday, April 2, 1945, Matagorda County, Texas

Laura Etta McSparran

Laura Etta McSparran, 87, of Sheridan died January 7 at the Pasadena Hospital. Survivors include: daughters, Mrs. Clara M. Tate and Mrs. Alma E. Bundy of Pasadena; son, Donald K. McSparran of Littleton, Colorado; sisters, Mrs. Minnie Buchanan and Mrs. Mable Luco of Alvin; grandchildren, Dave Kent, and Lee McSparran of Littleton, Colorado, Albert Tate and Doyle Bundy of Pasadena, Elaine Manning of Friendswood, Sgt. Kenneth Bundy with the U. S. Marine Corps in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and 4 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are Harry Shannon, L. L. Chiles, A. B. Huddleston, A. H. Johnson, Walter Manning Jr., and Oadis Warren. Funeral services will be held at the Taylor Bros. Chapel, January 9 at 1 p. m. with Rev. Wilburn Ansley officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January, 1975

Nolan Keller McSparran

Nolan Keller McSparran, 87, a resident of Sheridan and formerly of Matagorda County, passed away February 13 in Pasadena. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. McSparran of Sheridan; 2 daughters, Mrs. Clara M. Tate and Mrs. Alma E. Bundy of Pasadena; son, Donald K. McSparran of Littleton; granddaughter, Mrs. Elaine Manning of Friendswood; 5 grandsons, Albert Tate, Doyle Bundy, Dave Lee and Kent McSparran and Kenneth Bundy; 2 great granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held February 16 at 3 p. m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel with Rev. Wilburn Ansley of Trinity Baptist Church of Palacios officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, February, 1974

David Milton McWilliams

Petty Officer David Milton McWilliams, 23, of 3000 Avenue L, Bay City, died Thursday, November 2, in Coronado, California in a civilian hospital. He was born October 24, 1955, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Survivors include his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Milton McWilliams, Jr., of Bay City; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Lynn Boessling of Houston and Mrs. Roxie English of Lacey, Washington, three uncles, Captain H. G. Claudius of Altadena, California, the Rev. Gerald L. Claudius of Kansas City, Missouri and Lt. Cmdr. Robert H. Claudius of West Covina, California, and one aunt, Gail McWiliams of Midwest City, Oklahoma, two nieces Nicole Gorgey of Lacey, Washington and Laurie Lynn Boessling of Houston, one nephew, Steven Wayne Boessling of Houston and ten cousins. Funeral services will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Thursday, November 9, at 2:00 p. m. The Rt. Rev. J. Milton Richardson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the Rt. Rev. Roger Ciley, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas will officiate. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers will be John Arlitt, Jay Cameron, Jeff Darby, Mark Dodd, Jay Everett, Vic Everett, Jim Lewis, Lt. Andrew Pennington, Petty Officer Randy Wysocki, Ensign Shelly Pennington and Lt. Robert L. Blanchard. Requiem holy communion is slated for Thursday, November 9, 10:30 a. m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, with Rev. G. Richard Wheatcroft and the Rev. Ben Shawhaa, both of Houston, officiating. Memorials may be made to the David Milton McWilliams Memorial Carillon Fund, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, November, 1978


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