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Diana Lynn Gibbens McAuley

Jan. 1, 1953 – Oct. 4, 2012

Diana Lynn Gibbens McAuley, 59, of Tampa, Florida died on October 4, 2012 in Tampa General Hospital.

She was born January 1, 1953 to Trueworth Gibbens and Eunice I. Gibbens

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by: daughter, Rhonda McAuley McMahan (Joey); son, Robert McAuley (Alicia) of Tennessee; sister, Yvonne Gibbens Hammond; and brothers, Clyde T. Gibbens (JoCarol) of Sweeny, Texas and David R. Gibbens (Pat) of Midland, Texas; grandchildren, Travis McAuley, Madison and Cara McMahan of Tennessee; nieces, Wendy Hammond Tabone (Vince) of Lake Jackson, Texas and Amanda Gibbens of Houston; nephew, David T. Gibbens (Karen) of Bay City, Texas; numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Diana was born in Bay City, Texas and attended school in Van Vleck, Texas.

Memorial service was October 20, 2012 in Temple Terrace United Methodist Church, Tampa, Florida with the Pastor St. Clair Moore officiating.

Memorial service in Texas will be held during the Christmas holidays in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing Texas.

Bay City Tribune, November 18, 2012

Barbara Nell McCulloch
Jan. 15, 1957 –Oct. 29, 2012

Barbara Nell McCulloch, 55, of Duluth, Minn., passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Barbara is survived by: parents, Emma Grace and Leroy Jackson; companion, Tom Childs; son, John Edward Lewandowski III and wife Jessica; brother, Dennis McCulloch and wife Terri; grandson, John Edward Lewandowski IV; nieces, Shannon McCulloch, Heather Hales and husband Clayton; and many other extended family and friends.

Bay City Tribune, November 7, 2012

Finis Macdowell
March 19, 1935 – July 19, 2012

Finis Macdowell was born on March 19, 1935 in San Antonio, Texas to Arthol Kendrick and Geneva Russell Macdowell.

On February 17, 1956, he married Bonnie Jean Crawford in Georgia. Mac served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a volunteer fireman in Bay City, Texas.

He worked for various companies in the communications industry, such as Coastal States Gas Pipe Liners, TWR Communications, Grainger, and Clear Communications. He also served as Vice President of Construction at Clay Desta, Vice President of MCC Communications, as well as supervisor of construction at Valero Energy Corp.

Finis Macdowell passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Houston, at the age of 77 years.

He is survived by: his wife, Bonnie Macdowell; children, Arthur Kendrick Macdowell and his wife Irene, William Finis Macdowell and his wife Tami, Michael Terrance Macdowell and his wife Kjristi, and Christy Warren and her husband Jeff; grandchildren, Justin Macdowell, Kimber Filley and her husband George, Kyle Macdowell, Matalyn Macdowell, Kolt Macdowell, Kooper Kellis, Zachary Warren, and Reed Warren; as well as other loving family members and friends.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2012, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy, with the Rev. Jeff Adams officiating.

Interment will take place at a later date at Houston National Cemetery.

Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to Vitas Hospice, 3131 Eastside, Suite #200, Houston, Texas 77098.

Funeral services held under the direction of

Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue, Katy, Texas 77493, (281) 391-2424.

Bay City Tribune, July 25, 2012

Bernice McClain

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Cora Mae McClanahan

Roselawn Memorial Park

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M. C. "Mac" McClanahan

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Eva Shannon McCloskey

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Richard “Dick” McCullough, 90, of Bay City died July 19, 2002, at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was born January 15, 1912 in Anness, TN to the late Richard Brank and Emma Emaline Fisher McCullough.

Mr. McCullough was a resident of Bay City for the past 60 years, a member of the Baptist Church and a retired oilfield gauger.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law Paula and J.W. Luedke of Bay City; brother: Tom McCullough of Hemet, CA; 4 grandchildren: John Luedke of Houston, Michael Luedke of Tomball, Melissa Weikel of Topeka, KA, and Mark McCullough of Manhattan Beach, CA; and three great grandchildren: Chandler Luedke, Emma Luedke, and Amanda Weikel.

He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia and his sons Richard Earl and Robert Allen McCullough.

Funeral services was 2 p.m. Monday, July 22 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Roy Leslie, David Reid, Frank Sliva, Travis Hicks, Frank Hurley, and Ray Wainner. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Anderson, Roy Lee Anderson, Leonard Braden, and Vernon Leissner.

Memorials may be made to Friends of the Elder Citizens or charity of choice. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002JL24

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 24, 2002          Virginia B McCullough        Richard E. McCullough         Photo courtesy of Faye CUnningham


M. C. "Mac" McClanahan

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Melanie McCorkle

Memorial services for Melanie (Lanny) McCorkle, 69, will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at First Baptist Church in Blessing, Mark Clemons officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Hawley Cemetery.

Ms. McCorkle died April 9. She was born Dec. 23, 1946. She is survived by her children, Morgan and Rebecca; and her mother Merry Brown all of Palacios. She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy McKaskle; sister, Jody McKaskle, and brother, James (Bucky) McKaskle.

Daily Tribune, April 1998

Louise Lloyd McCrosky

Funeral services for Louis Lloyd McCrosky, 84, of Bay City will be at 2 p. m. Saturday, May 16 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Toland officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

McCrosky died May 14 at the Legacy. She was born June 16, 1913 in Tipton Co., Tenn. To the late William P. and Della Roach Lloyd. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bay City, a resident of Bay City since 1930, a member of Town and Country Garden Club, the State of Texas Beautification Committee, the Matagorda Co. Fair Association, an Associate member of the Cradle of Texas Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and a retired bookkeeper for the Wharton and Edna Livestock Sales with some 54 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Voss McCrosky, Sr. of Bay City; three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Hubert Johnson of Bay City, Patsy and Wayne Sells of West Columbia, and Elaine and David Hoffpauir of New Waverly, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, John Voss and Jeanette McCrosky, Jr. of Wadsworth; three sisters and two brothers-in-law Aunnie and Bert Head of Bay City, Robbie and Bill VanNess of Henderson, and Sarah Hayes of Bay City; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Garner Lloyd, Aubra Lloyd and Thestale Lloyd.

Pallbearers are Stanley Wofford, Tony Treece, Floyd Zboril, Jim Pohlmeyer, Paul Davis, Dr. Carl King, Clifford Chamblee and Clay Hoffpauir. Honorary pallbearers are Steven Kulak, Johnny Gonzales, Leonard Meeks and Billy Schwertner.

Memorials may be made to the Matagorda Co. Museum Association. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, May 15 1998

Elmore Hawkins McDonald

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Esker L. McDonald

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Jessie Mae McDonald
(June 27, 1918 - September 25, 2011)

Jessie Mae McDonald, 93, of Bay City, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011. She was born June 27, 1918 in Nashoba County, Oklahoma to Benjamin Franklin Bagley and Elizabeth Emma Thompson Bagley.

She is survived by her daughter, Sue Hixon Moore and husband Jerry Don of Roswell, NM; by her sister: Bessie Whitfield of Bay City; by her granddaughters: Donna Cox and husband Brent of Edmond, OK and Darlene Doss of Roswell, NM: by her great granddaughters: Briana Cox and Hailey Cox; and by her nieces and nephews: Nancy Fisher, Sherry Brown and Matthew Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband, James S. “Sims” McDonald on September 30, 1993 and by her parents.

The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM on Thursday. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Lonnie Meadows, Dewey Meadows, Brent Cox, Matthew Brown, Kenneth Chaplin, and Charles Fisher. Honorary pallbearer will be Jerry Don Moore.

Condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Janie McElhenney
Dec. 19, 1953 –Nov. 27, 2011

Janie McElhenney, 57, formerly of Bay City passed away November 27, 2011, at her home in La Grange, Texas following a long battle with diabetes.

She was born December 19, 1953 in Charco, Texas to the late Manuel Montez and Inez Rodriguez Montez.

Janie was a Head Start teacher for William Smith Tri County Child Development for 16 years. Her love for children lead her to become a foster parent for seven years during which she fostered 27 children.

Her parents and father and mother-in-law Sara and John McElhenney, Sr. preceded her in death.

Survivors include: her husband of 36 years, Ronnie McElhenney ; sons, Sean McElhenney and Jared McElhenney; granddaughter, Marilyn Paige McElhenney; sisters, Teresa Chapa and husband Serbando and Lydia Montez Peralta and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Danielle Homer, Rochelle Homer and Amber Polasek for the wonderful care they provided Janie at home the last 2 ½ years. They will hold a special place in our hearts forever.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, December 2, 2011, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Those desiring may send memorials in Janie’s name to Asera Care Hospice of Bastrop at 1015 Main St., Bastrop, TX 78602 or the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Mildred McGinnes

Funeral services for Mildred McGinnes, 70, of Markham, will be held 2 p. m. Tuesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mrs. McGinnes was born July 28, 1922 in West Columbia to Rudolph and Luella Brawley Idoux and died April 4, 1993 at her home.

She was a member of the Methodist church and a resident of Markham for 40 years.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Louis Poessel of Blessing, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mick and Cathy McGinnes of Holbrook, Ariz. and Drew McGinnes of Midfield; four sisters, Minnie Hostter, Dorothy Idoux, Alice McMurry and Ruby Fowler, all of Alvin; a brother, Jack Idoux of Pearland; six grandsons; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, April 5, 1993

Tammy Lynn McGinnes

Funeral services for Tammy Lynn McGinnis, 23, are scheduled for 2 p. m. Sunday, March 19, 1995 at the First Baptist Church of Markham with Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Ms. McGinnis was born July 12, 1971 in Bay City to Andrew Jr. and Gaye Gresham McGinnes and died March 17, 1995.

She was a lifelong resident of the area, and graduated as valedictorian of Tidehaven High School in 1987. She graduated from Del Mar College in 1991.

Survivors include: her father, Andrew James McGinnes Jr. of Markham; her mother, Gaye Land of Deer Park; her brother, Shawn Patrick McGinnes of Deer Park; and her grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Gresham of Louise.

Pallbearers include Frank Kelley, Kevin McKissick, Marty Harris, Jonathan Junek, David Dobbs and William Parks Jr.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, March 19, 1995

Agnes McKissick McGlothlin

Anes McKissick McGlothlin, 90, died Jan. 15, 1997 in San Antonio.

She was born Jan. 9, 1907 in Ashby, Texas to parents George Boone McKissick and Eunice Yeamans McKissick. She was the oldest of four children and the last surviving member of that generation. She married Ralph McGlothlin in 1928 and they lived in Palacios and Bay City for many years. They lived their last 20 years in San Angelo at the Baptist Memorials Retirement Center. Ralph preceded her in death in 1989. During their marriage they were active in their church and they were loved and respected by those who knew them.

Survivors are son and daughter in law, Norman and Sidney McGlothlin of San Antonio; grandsons, Mark and Mary Ellen McGlothlin of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Matt and Barbara McGlothlin of San Antonio;  great grandchildren Jessica and Jacob McGlothlin of Salt Lake City, Utah; Sister-in-law, Alma McKissick of Palacios and Gladys McGlothlin Runyon of San Angelo.

Graveside service will be Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p. m. at Hawley Cemetery with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

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

Daily Tribune, January 19, 1997

Patricia McGowan

BAY CITY - Patricia McGowan, 45, of Bay City passed away May 10, 2012. She was born December 18, 1966 in Fort Hood, TX to Peter Owen and Rosalinde Maria Lange Owen. She worked at Matagorda Nursing and Rehab center as a housekeeping supervisor and her true passion, as a C.N.A.

Survivors include her father Peter Owen of Houston, TX; daughter Ashley Trevino of Bay City; son Jesse Mendieta, Jr. of Bay City; sister Belinda L. Van Allen of Burlington, NJ and brothers Randy Lange of Pearland, Seamus McGowan of Oregon, George McGowan of Dallas and Richard McGowan of Germany.

A service celebrating her life will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Pastor Sonny Salas officiating.

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 Victoria Advocate on May 12, 2012

Glen D. McIntyre

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Glen David McIntyre

Glen David McIntyre, 50, of Pearland died August 30, 2001 at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born February 18, 1951 in Norfolk, Virginia to Lester P. and Lenora Stewart McIntyre. He was a member of the Baptist Church, a resident of Pearland the past four years and a former resident of Friendswood. Mr. McIntyre was technician with Southwestern Bell.

Survivors include: wife, Karen McMillan McIntyre of Pearland; daughters and sons-in-law, Tana and David Russell of LaPorte, Texas and Elizabeth and Allan Jackson of of Pasadena, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Sid and Lori Bradbury of the Woodlands, Texas; parents, Lester P. and Lenora McIntyre of Bossier City, Louisiana and Rosemary and John Bazor of Elgin, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Jordan and Dylan Russell of LaPorte and Lane Jackson of Pasadena, Texas.

A graveside funeral service will be 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2001 at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Pallbearers will be John C. McMillan, Jr. and Jeff Mc Millan, Chris Anderson, Sid Bradbury, Phillip Clark, John Bazor and Allan Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001SP02

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Sunday, September 2, 2001

Munch McKamie

Funeral services for Munch McKamie, 87, of Bay City will be held 1 p. m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. L. C. Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation is until 9 p. m. today at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. McKamie was born Nov. 11, 1904, to Munch McKamie and Mattie Moore McKamie and died March 9, 1992, at Town Park Convalescent Center in Houston.

He was affiliated with the Baptist church.

He is survived by his wife, Louella McKamie of Bay City; a son, Willie Ree McKamie of Vadnais, Minn,; a sister, Alzola Watkins of Kansas City, Miss.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and kinship.

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

Daily Tribune, March, 1992                         Photo courtesy of Scott Trezmond

James A. “Bucky” McKaskle, Jr.

Bucky McKaskle, 47, resident of Tres Palacios Oaks died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1996 at his home.

Mr. McKaskle served in the U. S. Marine Corps and served in the Viet Nam conflict from 1968 to 1971.

He is survived by one daughter Jody McKaskle of Fort Worth, two sons Seth and Zeb McKascle of Vernon, Texas; his mother Merry Brown; his sister Lanny McCorkle; nephew and niece Morgan and Rebecca McCorkle all of Palacios and numerous aunts, uncles and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister Jody McKaskle, his father Jeremy McKaskle and a step-dad Clifford Brown.

Graveside services will be held Monday, Dec. 2 at 10 a. m. at Hawley Cemetery.

Daily Tribune, November 29, 1996

Murlene McKay

Murlene McKay, 62, of Bay City passed away Nov. 17, 1996.

She was born Dec. 12, 1933 in Spur, Texas to Mike Cager and Opal Juanita Wade who preceded her in death.

She is survived by husband, Hadley E. Mac McKay of Bay City; daughter Donna Friedrich and fiancée Ray Chaney of Lewisville, Texas; daughter Jeanne and son in law Jimmie Naiser of Bay City; daughter Sue Ann Cameron of Garland, Texas; and son Phillip H. McKay of Lakewood, Florida; Sisters and brothers in law Louise Blackerby of Bay City; Jackie and Jim Sharp of Markham, Texas; Tennie and Sal Gatto of Spring, Texas; and brother and sister in law Bobby R. and Susie Wade of Edna, Texas; sisters and brother in law Vergie and Jack Weinheimer of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jessie Nichols of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Inez Renell of Trenton, Missouri; grandchildren Stuart and Casey Falknor Malynn Reber, Elizabeth Cameron, Tammie Cates, Ben Cameron, Chelsea Friedrich, Tim McKay, Shelly Naiser, Graeme Friedrich, Phillip McKay Jr. and Jayme Naiser; two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Murlene was active in many organizations in Bay City, including American Legion Auxiliary of Blessing, Charter member of the Eagles Auxiliary, Past President of the Women’s Bowling Association, the Bay City Lioness Club, Eastern Star, Pink Ladies, Study Club, Book Review and many others. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay City where services will be held on Wednesday Nov. 20 at 10 a. m., with the Reverend Michael Toland officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Serving as pallbearers are Southern Bower, Dr. Joseph N. Cannon, Rosser Cole, Jack Conner, Larry Falknor and Jay Kennedy.

Daily Tribune, November 19, 1996

George Boone “Pat” McKissick

Funeral services for G. B. “Pat” McKissick Jr., 81, of Ashby Community will be held 2 p. m. Wednesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel in Bay City with the Rev. Ron Lynn officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. McKissick was born May 19, 1910 to George Boone and Eunice Yeamans McKissick Sr. in Matagorda County and died Feb. 17, 1992 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.

A lifelong resident of Matagorda County, Mr. McKissick was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 411 A. F. & A. M. of Blessing and a 32nd Degree Shriner. He also was an honorary member of the American Legion Post in Blessing and was affiliated with the Baptist church.

Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Frick of Blessing; two sons, Jimmy McKissick of Midfield and Walter McKissick of Palacios; two sisters, Elva Bowers of Palacios and Agnes McGlothlin of San Angelo; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Members of the Blessing Masonic Lodge No. 411 A. F. & A. M. will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

Newspaper and date unknown

Final Rites Are Held For Geo. B. McKissick At Hawley Cemetery

Funeral services for George Boone McKissick, 76, were held at 3 p. m. Monday at the Ashby Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. L. W. Crouch of El Campo officiating. Burial was in the Hawley Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the Blessing Masonic Lodge No. 411, of which he was a member.

A retired farmer and rancher of the Ashby Community, Mr. McKissick died Saturday in an El Campo hospital.

Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Mrs. R. J. McGlothlin of Bay City; Mrs. V. L. Bowers, Collegeport; two sons, G. B. McKissick, Jr. and Thomas McKissick, Ashby; two brothers, T. M. McKissick, Alvin and A. B. McKissick, Clute and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, January 28, 1960

Final Services Held Wednesday A. M. For Mrs. Eunice McKissick

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Eunice Rebecca McKissick at 10 a. m. Wednesday at the Ashby Baptist Church with Rev. Rayford Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Hawley Cemetery.

A native and lifetime resident of Matagorda County, she was born February 6, 1888 and died Monday, October 17, in Hermann Hospital in Houston.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ralph J. McGlothlin, Bay City and Mrs. Verner L. Bowers, Collegeport and two sons, George B. McKissick and Thomas McKissick, of the Ashby community.

Palacios Beacon, October 20, 1950

Walter “Brother” McKissick

Funeral services for Walter “Brother” McKissick, 58, of the Ashby community, will be at 10 a. m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Clemons officiating.

Interment will then follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. McKissick died Feb. 11, 1998 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

He was born May 26, 1939, in Freeport to the late G. B. McKissick, Jr. and Francis Vacek McKissick. He was a Baptist and a life-long resident of the Ashby area.

Walter was a farmer and operator of the Tin Top Store.

He is survived by wife, Martha McKissick of Ashby; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia Lynn and Adrian Purswell of El Maton, Brenda Lee and John Duke of Collegeport, and Pattie Ann Lara of Palacios; sister, Patsy Frick of Blessing; brother, Jimmy McKissick of Blessing; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Kenny and Kevin McKissick, James and Jason Vacek, Blaine Purswell, Terrill Wilson, and James Cepak.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, February 13, 1998

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas]- Katie Mae McLaughlin, 94, of Bay City, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003. She was born June 21, 1909.

Survivors: close friends.

Preceded in death by: husband, Alton E. McLaughlin.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Don Storey officiating.

Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Pallbearers: Richie Mayhew, Ralph Mayhew, James Pawlosky, Carl King, Tony Kucera Jr. and Roy Sanders.

The Victoria Advocate, October 31, 2003

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Mary Phyllis McMahon, 67, of Bay City, died Oct. 30, 2000. She was born May 5, 1933 in County Clare, Ireland to the late Michael and Ellen Blake Cunningham. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a resident of Bay City since 1964.

Survivors include: four daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary and Lad Baca of Victoria, Frances McMahon of Freeport, Susan Branson of Bay City, and Alanna and Dominic Huggins of Corpus Christi; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Tammy McMahon of Bay City and Jimmy McMahon of Austin; five sisters, Kitty Sheil of Dublin, Ireland, Helen McGrath of Lakewood, N.J., Dorothy Cunningham of Riverdale, N. Y., Brigid Hayes of Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland, and Julie Stack of London, England; two brothers, Flan Cunningham of Dublin, Ireland and Michael Cunningham of London, England; three grandchildren, Christopher Branson of Bay City, Erin Marie Baca and Matthew Baca of Victoria.

Her husband, Hugh Fintan McMahon; grandsons, John Paul Baca and Michael Daniel Branson; and son-in-law, Michael Robert Branson preceded her in death.

Rosary Service was to be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Branson, Anton Staff, Charles Hahn, Billy Hargraves, Frankie Brangan, Michael Trochta, and Tom Quirk. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Brangan, Jimmy Brangan, Michael Brangan, Tommy Brangan, Lin Kauffman, and Chuck Singleton.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Catholic School, "Mightiest Heart Fund", 2001 Katy, Bay City, Texas 77414. A00011A2000NV02

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, November 2, 2000

Final Services Held In Blessing Tuesday For Lee C. McMichiel, 69

Funeral services for Lee C. McMichiel were held at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday, October 2 in the First Baptist Church of Blessing with Rev. W. B. Chandler officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

An employee of the Francitas Gas Company for 18 years prior to his retirement a year ago, he was born August 1, 1894 in Mississippi and died Monday morning October 1 in the Matagorda General hospital in Bay City.

He is survived by his wife of Blessing, three daughters, Mrs. D. E. Morton and Mrs. J. H. Hurst of Blessing, Mrs. Peggy Sappington of Victoria and four grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, October 4, 1962

U. S. McMillan
(January 7, 1922 - June 7, 2012)

U. S. “Chuck” McMillan formerly of Tin Top, TX passed away June 7, 2012. He was born January 7, 1922 in El Campo, TX to the late Urban Sumner McMillan and Clara Dell Stapleton McMillan. He graduated from El Campo High School and was married to Flora Isaacson McMillan for 59 years until her death in 2002. He was owner of The McMillan Cotton Gin and Modern Crop Chemicals. He was a WWII Veteran, an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and R.V.’ing. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport and served on the church board for many years. He was also a member of Collegeport Volunteer Fire Dept., American Legion Post #649 and a charter member of Ricebelt Sams Travel Club.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Stanley & Marolyn McMillan, Jr. of Louise, Virginia & Ben Stanley of Seymour and Nancy & Lee Richey of Victoria; six granddaughters Robin Thonsgaard, Lori Baca, Lea Abigail Roberts, Julia Blaylock, Marcy Nelson and Amanda McLain; 15 great grandchildren and brother Waymon McMillan of Mackey, TX. In addition to his parents and wife, his sister Dawn Benson and great granddaughter Jolee Baca preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 3pm until 5:30 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, June 11, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Andy Blair officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Thonsgaard, Steven Baca, Victor Corporon, G. W. Franzen, Derrill Franzen and Joe Jenkins. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church; PO Box 75; Collegeport, TX 77428.

Mary E. McMurrey

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Gladys Sylvia McNiel
Sept. 25, 1921 – May 9, 2012

Funeral services for Gladys Sylvia McNiel, 90, of Van Vleck was Friday, May 11, 2012 at Baker Funeral Home - West Columbia with the Pastor Bob Hobbins officiating.

Visitation was Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Baker Funeral Home Chapel.

Gladys was born on September 25, 1921, in Yoakum to Jessie and Hattie Byrd and passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Matagorda General Hospital - Bay City.

Her kind and gentle spirit will be missed.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, A. C. McNiel; one son and five brothers.

Left to cherish her memories are: her son, Allen McNiel and wife Beverly of Van Vleck; four grandchildren, Terri Springer and husband Sonny of Waller, Bryan and Lori McNiel both of Houston and Terry McNiel of Guy; one great-grandchild, Tiarra McNiel of Pasadena; one sister, Jessie Tyler; and one brother, Charles Byrd.

Final arrangements under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, 634 S. Columbia Drive, West Columbia, Texas 77486, 979-345-3232.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, May 12, 2012


Sybil McRee, 86, of Bay City died October 12, 2000, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton, Texas. She was born July 7, 1914 to the late Willaim Henry and Minnie D. Goodman.

She was a resident of Bay City for the past 45 years, a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2438 in Bay City.

Survivors include daughter, Karen Abendroth of Dickinson, Texas; son, Milton E. Winters of Ohio: six grandchildren, Karen, Diane, Cheryl, Bobby Winters of Ohio and Joey Abendroth of Dickinson; 1 great grandson, Michael Winters of Ohio.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 14 at First Baptist Church of Bay City with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. A00011A2000OT13

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, October 13, 2000

Pioneer Texas Ranchman Dies Saturday, May 18
W. E. McSparran Active in Cattle Business Many Years

Wm. E. McSparran died Saturday, May 18th at 11:00 p. m. Mr. McSparran, who was 82 years of age, was a prominent cattleman for many years and shortly before his death was still active on his own ranch near Midfield, where he had lived nearly all of his life. Mr. McSparran was well known virtually wherever cattle roamed, particularly in the Gulf Coast area of Texas, and his passing finds hosts of friends mourning his loss.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Eliza McSparran, two sons, Nolan of Pierce, Texas, and Eugene of Sanderson, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Blake E. Garner of Bay City, Texas, and Mrs. Alma E. Coffin of Midfield, and a brother Mr. Clyde McSparran of Pierce, Texas, also a number of grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

The Wheeler Funeral Home at El Campo, is in charge of services, which will be held from the Methodist Church of Midfield, at 2 p. m. Tuesday, May 21. Burial will be at the Hawley Cemetery. Active pallbearers have not been as yet been selected. Rev. Kluck will deliver the sermons, both at the church and at the cemetery.

Unknown newspaper, May 20, 1949

Gladys Leona Tucker McWhirter

Arcola, Texas—Gladys Leona McWhirter, 85, of Arcola, Texas, passed quietly away in the arms of daughter Kathy at home on Monday April 2, 2012, at 2:20 p.m., to be with her Lord. She was a Baptist. She was born December 8, 1927, in Jackson County, Texas to Cyrus Perry and Ica Lena Purvis Tucker.

Gladys is survived by her children: Virgil Simpson, Frankie Simpson, Oscar Perry McWhirter, Myrtle Leona McWhirter, Kathy Lynn McWhirter and William Clyde McWhirter and their spouses; 2 sisters, Mabel Bobbitt of Markham and Lena Mae Trammell of Jarrell, Texas; 2 brothers, William Clyde Tucker and wife, Lou, of Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Rodney Allen Tucker and wife, Doris, of Blessing; 27 grandchildren and a host (multiple) great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Marion “Pete” McWhirter; parents, C. P. and Ica Tucker of Palacios; children: Jeanie Allen and Virginia Simpson; and sister, Ina Lee Tucker of Palacios; brothers, Theo Thomas “Tommy” Tucker of Hearne, Texas, Charles Alvis Tucker of Palacios, Jack Dempsey Tucker of Edna, and Frances Leon Tucker of Palacios.

Graveside services will be at 10 a. m., Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, Texas. Services will be conducted by Brother Larry Swift, pastor of First Baptist Church of Blessing, Texas.

Her smiling, loving face and gentle laughter will be missed. May God bless and keep you.

Edith B. McWhirter

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


The Reverend Milton E. McWilliams, Jr.

The Reverend Milton E. McWilliams, Jr., died in Fredericksburg, Texas, on March 17, 2012.

A Requiem Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 11 a.m. March 31, 2012, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, West Creek and South Bowie Streets, Fredericksburg.

The Reverend Jeff Hammond will be the celebrant.

Other Officiates will include The Reverend Dick Elwood, The Reverend Harley Savage and The Reverend Dyana Orrin.

The organist will be Hazel Hansen. Interment will follow at the St. Barnabas Columbarium, with The Reverend Jeff Hammond as interment minister.

Reverend McWilliams was born September 7, 1920, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the capital of the one-time Creek Indian Nation.

His parents were Milton E. McWilliams, Sr. and Christine Moore McWilliams.

Milton grew-up in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the leading community in the one-time Chickasha Indian Nation, where he graduated from high School.

Milton earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, with a history major and mathematics and chemistry minors.

He was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity, Tuff Muggs Cheer Squad, and was active in intramural sports.

After his graduation, Milton received a commission in the U.S. Army Artillery and was assigned to active duty at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

Following his assignment to numerous continental U.S. (CONUS) posts, Milton served with a regimental combat artillery unit.

In this capacity, he served with the First and Third Armies in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II.

Upon returning to the United States in 1946, Milton entered The Church Divinity School of The Pacific, Berkley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.

Milton later worked on his doctorate in Sacred Theology at The Pacific School of Religion in Berkley.

While in seminary, Milton married Gretchen Elizabeth Claudius on July 17, 1948, in St. John’s Episcopal Church, Omaha, Nebraska.

Gretchen also graduated from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkley.

She served as director of Christian education for several congregations in the Episcopal dioceses of California, Oklahoma and Texas.

Reverend and Mrs. McWilliams returned to the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma where he was ordained to the Diaconate in 1949 and to the priesthood in 1950.

He served congregations in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Oklahoma.

In 1957 Milton moved to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas where he served as the first chaplain and headmaster at St. Francis Episcopal Day School in Houston.

In 1962 Milton and Gretchen moved to Bay City, Texas, where he served as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church until his retirement in 1986.

Milton served as dean of the South-west Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas for 23 years.

He was involved in such renewal ministries as Cursillio, marriage encounter weekends, beginning experience weekends, and other conferences for adults.

He was also involved in the Commissions of Liturgies and Christian Education in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

The McWilliams moved to Fredericksburg in 1986.

Milton served as supply priest to numerous congregations in the Episcopal Dioceses of Texas, West Texas and Northwest Texas.

In Fredericksburg, Milton and Gretchen were docents at the Nimitz Museum and were active in AARP.

He also served as an early advocate for the city’s food pantry and recycling center. In addition to his parents, Milton was preceded in death in 2006 by his wife Gretchen and, in 1978, by their son, David Milton McWilliams, a U.S. Navy nuclear operator on the nuclear cruiser Long Beach.

Their daughter, Stella Lynn Ortiz of Houston, died earlier this year.

Stella Lynn is survived by her husband, Carlos Ortiz.

Milton was also preceded in death by: his two sisters, Susan McWilliams Carlock and Gail McWilliams Peddy.

Reverend McWilliams is survived by: two grandchildren and their families, Steven Wayne Boessling of Houston, and Laurie Ward of New Braunfels; as well as his God-daughter, Elizabeth Rose Higby and her husband Jeff and family of Tucson, Arizona.

Milton is also survived by: three great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Nancy Carlock Rogers and David Carlock, his wife Trixie and daughters Camie and Happy Carlock of Dallas.

The family is grateful to the McWilliams’ longtime caregiver Vicki Trammell, and to his physicians, doctors James Partin, Rad Kothmann and Mel Jackson, all of Fredericksburg.

The family further wishes to thank the faithful caregivers at Knopp Healthcare Center as well as the HCM Hospice staff.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 601 West Creek Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home, Fredericksburg.

Expressions of compassion may be set to or to the family of Milton McWilliams, attn.: Nancy Rogers, 7911 Caruth Court, Dallas, Texas 75225.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, March 25, 2012


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