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Freda Yvonne Burger McCarty
May 27, 1941 - July 28, 2015

Freda McCarty, of Van Vleck, Texas, passed away on July 28, 2015, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 27, 1941, in Wharton, Texas, to Edward and Josie Burger, the youngest of four, and attended Wharton High School.  She would eventually make her home in Van Vleck, in 1975.  She worked for Bay City Plumbing for many years, before retiring in 2012.  Freda was a very artistic woman and had the greenest of green thumbs.  She spent most of her time making arts & crafts, and perfecting her knitting skills.  During her retirement, Freda spent her days taking care of her garden, bird watching, and making blankets, bows and hats for her grandbabies.  She loved sharing stories about genealogy with her family members and was always eager to speak at the yearly family reunion.  She loved her family, and was most proud of her son, Gordon, and his accomplishments in athletics and FFA, during his high school years.   

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Josie Burger; brothers, Rudy Wilson, Weldon Wilson and Arthur Wilson.

She is survived by her children, Craig Hajducek, Stephanie Reynolds, Darryl Hajducek, and Gordon McCarty and his wife Leslie; grandchildren, Chris Hajducek and his wife Stephanie, David Hajducek and his wife Amanda, Dana Henry and her husband Aron, Kristen Holcomb and Brandon Holcomb, and Halle Yancey and her husband Swayze; great-grandchildren, Adam, Aidan, Brandon, Alyvia, Calder, Karliegh, Emma, Hayden and Cameron; as well as an abundance of other loving family members and friends. 

A memorial service was held on Friday, July 31, 2015, at 3 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas.

There will be an interment of Freda’s cremains, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 3 p.m., at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

Freda’s family would like to thank everyone for their condolences, and would like to ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284-1125.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas, at 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, August 2, 2015

Gordon W. McCarty - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Death of Mrs. McCarty

Mrs. J. F. McCarty departed this life late Tuesday afternoon at the home of her son, Mr. J. E. McCarty. She was born in Alabama eighty one years ago, last August, thus having past her allotted limit of time several years ago. Mrs. McCarty was a devoted mother, a staunch friend, a charming and capable homemaker and an earnest and consistent member of the Baptist church to the end. She was the mother of three sons, two of whom preceded her to the spirit world, there to await her coming.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Travis assister by Undertaker Feather, were held at the house Wednesday afternoon, followed by interment in the Palacios Cemetery.

And another soul has gone to occupy its mansion in the skies.

The sympathy of the community is extended to the sorrowing son and his family.

Palacios Beacon, November 9, 1917

Rose Marie Krell McClary


In loving memory and celebration of a life well lived. Rose Marie Krell McClary (Nana) of Austin, TX passed into the loving arms of our Lord on July 23, 2015. Born November 7, 1930 in New York State and a graduate of St. Stephen’s in Bradshaw, MD, Rose Marie was a beloved Wife; Mother; Grandmother; and Friend to many in Palacios, TX; Victoria, TX; Rockaway Beach, MO; and Austin, TX. Throughout her life she had many interests, first and foremost her children and grandchildren. Her Grandson, Wyatt  Taylor, said it best: “Nana loved tenaciously and gave her opinion strongly and expected us to do the same with her.” Rose Marie was a strong woman and expected no less from those she loved.


She was also active in the Methodist Church, scouting, Alpha Club, Bridge Club, bowling, the Women’s Crisis Center, ABWA, the Red Cross, and the Bloodmobile.


She enjoyed painting and baking. We found a near-finished, beautiful painting of a sunset in her room after she passed. And we’ll always treasure our memories of Christmas brunch.


Rose Marie was preceded by her husband, Homer McClary and daughter, Bonnie Jean McClary Taylor (BJ) of Austin; and father, John W. Krell, mother E. Suzanne Jund Krell; three half-brothers; and one half-sister, all of MD. She is survived by her son, John McClary; and wife Nancy; grandson, Mason Taylor and grandson-inlaw, Doug, all of Austin; and grandson Wyatt Taylor and grandaughter-in-law Aya of London, UK.


In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Arthritis Research Foundation or Arthritis National Research Foundation, 200 Oceangate, Suite 830, Long Beach, CA 90802.


Condolences may be shared at


Palacios Beacon, August 12, 2015


Felba Ruth McCloskey
(August 29, 1940 - April 13, 2014)

Felba Ruth McCloskey, 73, passed away and went to be with her Lord and her husband on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Felba was born in Wheeler County, Texas to the late Dempsy and Eva Fern Meyers Lawrence on August 29, 1940. Felba was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was loved by everyone she met. Her priority was always her family.

She is survived by her daughter Michele McCloskey; son Mikel McCloskey; granddaughter Eva Ashley McCloskey and grandson Chris Bouldin, all of Bay City, Texas; brothers Franklin Lawrence & wife Soila of Houston, Dean Ruff & wife Carolyn of Amarillo; mother-in-law Mary Ann McCloskey; brother-in-law Rick McCloskey & wife Yvonne all of Claremont, California. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Mike, daughter, Eva Shannon McCloskey and brothers Keith Lawrence, Ernie Lawrence.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Lane Pardue officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Roy Green, Ricky Zarate, Sonny Ware, Jan Norris, Ben Kiker and Kevin Watson. Honorary Pallbearers are Tommy Flores and Bro King. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Houston Hospice.

Don Jean McCray - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Jeanette Holloway McCrosky

July 14, 1938 - May 21, 2015

Jeanette Holloway McCrosky, 76, of Wadsworth, TX, passed away May 21, 2015.

She was born July 14, 1938, in Bay City, TX, to the late Eldon Duel Holloway and Edna Mae Williams Holloway.

She was a 1957 graduate of Bay City High School and graduated from WCJC nursing program in 1958, as an LVN.

She married John Voss McCrosky on June 21, 1958. Her nursing career consisted of working at both Wharton and Bay City Hospitals, nurse for Dr. Mark Poole, and School Nurse at Van Vleck ISD for 35 years. Aside from caring for her family, she loved cross-stitching, cooking, fishing, Texas Rangers baseball, trips to Louisiana to gamble with her girls, and the King of Country, George Strait.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Eldon “Sonny” Duel Holloway; and a son David Lynn McCrosky.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, John Voss McCrosky Jr.; daughters, Tammy Zboril (Floyd) of Louise, TX, Tracie Pohlmeyer (Jim) of Sweeny, Tina Davis (Paul) of Bay City, Theresa King (Carl) of Markham and Tonya Kulak (Steven) of Boling; brother, Roger Eugene Holloway; grandchildren, Walter Pohlmeyer, Pamela McLeod, Floyd “Russ” Zboril Jr., Sarah Hughes, Blake Davis, Keli King, Hannah Kulak, and Heath Kulak; great-grandchildren, Lila McLeod and Lane McLeod; sisters-in-law, Donna McCrosky Johnson (Hubert) and Elaine McCrosky Hoffpauir (David).

The family began receiving friends and relatives at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service began at 10 a.m., Saturday, with Chaplain Don Storey officiating.

Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Floyd Zboril, Jim Pohlmeyer, Paul Davis, Carl King, Steven Kulak and Marshall Holloway.

Please make memorials in her name, to the American Heart Association or 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, May 24, 2015

Eunice Beaty McCullar - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Harry C. McDaniel - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Harry McDaniel & Elizabeth McDaniel - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Elmo S. McDonald & Lucy M. McDonald - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Thomas Leon McDonald
March 6, 1933 - November 6, 2014

Thomas “Poppy” Leon McDonald. passed on November 6, 2014, after a brief illness at UTMB Angleton Campus.

He was born March 6, 1933, to Mr. and Mrs. J.N. McDonald, in Bay City TX. He married JoAnn Barth in 1958. Their almost 57 year marriage can best be described as a wonderful adventure.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn; Thomas Jr. of Holiday Lakes, Craig and Kathy McDonald of Angleton; and his treasured granddaughter, Hannah Rose McDonald.

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, J.N. and Barbara McDonald, and Brian and Wilma McDonald, Mary Ann McDonald, all of Bay City TX, and Joyce Turner of College Station Texas. Thomas has numerous nieces and nephews throughout the country.

The true extent of his “family” was extensive. T.L. McDonald’s hospitality and love of life was infectious. He loved the sea, the stars, and nature and never missed an opportunity to share his knowledge with the many children that he and his wife welcomed to their home. Throughout his life, hundreds of children claimed “Poppy” as their own.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on November 22, 2014, at the McDonald Farm in Angleton.

“Poppy” grew his own flowers, and they are blooming in abundance.

The family requests that donations be made to Texas Children’s hospital.

Bay City Tribune, November 16, 2014

Martha Lucille Campbell McDowell

Martha Lucille Campbell McDowell, 83, of Bay City died June 3, 2004 at Matagorda General Hospital. She was born March 14, 1921 in Beckville, Texas to the late James Eugene and Margaret Albert Pullen Campbell.

She was a resident of Bay City since 1946, and she was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. McDowell had retired from Dow Chemical with some 40 years of service.

Survivors include: two sons and a daughter-in-law, William Campbell McDowell of Bay City, and Tony Everard and Debra McDowell of Austin; two grandchildren, Wesley Campbell and Melissa Anne McDowell both of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roy William McDowell; and by her brothers: J. L. "Happy", W. E."Gene", and F. S. "Pete" Campbell.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Campbell McDowell, David Strauss, Bill Dykes, George Knebel, Richard Knapik, and Terrence Allen. Honorary pallbearers will be M. L. "Buddy" Hurst, Jerome "Jerry" McAllister, James Allen, Jim Pavlich, Donald Sherwood, and Ronald Sherwood.

The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, June 6, 2004

Oran Joseph McFarlain

(August 26, 1923 - April 30, 2014)

Oran Joseph McFarlain passed on April 30, 2014 at his residence. Oran was born on August 26, 1923 in Jennings, Louisiana to the late Allen and Durelia Comeaux McFarlain.

Oran is survived by his wife Betty McFarlain; children, Annet McFarlain, Donna Padrick & husband Glenn, Deborah Ann Cox, Dianna Yackel & husband John, Nathar Ray McFarlain & wife Leenna, Ricky McFarlain, Rodney McFarlain & wife Tammie, Pete Christmas & wife Mary and Billy Christmas; sister, Dorthy Wright; 12 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services 1:00 P.M. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Burial to follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to service time on Saturday.

Arrangements are with the Palacios Funeral Home (361) 972-2012.

Leila Mae McFarland

(February 22, 1932 - June 20, 2014)

Leila Mae McFarland, 82, of Blessing passed away on June 20, 2014. Leila was born on February 22, 1932 in Longview, Texas to the late James Avenette Ashwood and Modena Kelley Ashwood. She worked as a Registered Nurse.

She is survived by her daughter, Anita Krueger and husband James, son Floyd Calvin Guice ll; three grandsons, James Gregory Krueger Jr., Richard Guy Huber Krueger, and Samuel Garrett Krueger.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Don Storey officiating.

Doyle Oliver McGehee
December 29, 1936 - July 15, 2015

Doyle Oliver McGehee left this world on July 15, 2015, to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born December 29, 1936, to Shelton and Dera McGehee in Bogalusa, LA.

Doyle served in the Air Force where he played baseball and traveled to 19 foreign countries. His regular duties were as air force policeman.

In 1970, he married Sandra Gilhaus, and they had one daughter, Angela McGehee Conine. On January 15, 1988, he married Carrol Dvorak Kieke, and gained two more daughters, Gaylynn Kieke Lawrence and Cindy Kieke Randermann.

Doyle worked for Brown and Root along the Texas coast, spending many years at the Nalco plant in Freeport. When the plant closed, he worked several shut downs before settling into a job at Phillips in Sweeny. From there, he went to work at the Hoffman-Roche vitamin plant in Freeport where he retired from Brown and Root and joined Fluor Daniels. He worked there for 5 years before retiring to his place in Sargent. Later, when medical conditions forced him to sell, he moved into Bay City and 4 years later, moved to Brenham, TX.

Doyle joined the First Baptist Church in Sargent where he was active as trustee, Sunday School teacher and whatever else was needed. When he moved to Golden Avenue Baptist Church in Bay City, he served as deacon, teacher and trustee. Another move to FBC Van Vleck, and at last, to Calvary in Brenham.

Doyle is survived by his wife, Carrol McGehee; daughters, Angela Conine, Cindy Randermann and husband Mike, Gaylynn Lawrence; grandchildren, Caden Weiss, Kiley Weiss, Corbi Weiss, Chase Lawrence, Orry Randermann and wife Cortney, Rinn Randermann; great-grand children, Charles and Madelyn Randermann, and Caelum Cristen; sister LaJune Parker; and brother, Gene McGehee and wife Sondra; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelton McGehee, Dera McGehee and step-father Zeke McGehee; brothers, Roy McGehee, Wayne McGehee, Fred McGehee, Rodney McGehee and wife Dorothy McGehee.

The family received visitors Friday, July 17, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday July 18, 2015, at 1st Baptist Church, Van Vleck, with Bro. Bob Hobbins officiating.

Interment followed at Colonial Cemetery in Brazoria.

Honorary pallbearers are Truitt Farris, Louis Sloey, David Dawson, Charles Reed, and Curtis Dykes.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 979-245-4613

Bay City Tribune, July 19, 2015

Andrew James McGinnes Jr.
November 5, 1946 - March 30, 2015

Andrew James “Drew” McGinnes Jr., 68, of Markham, Texas, passed away March 30, 2015.

He was born November 5, 1946 to the late A.J. “Pat” McGinnes and Mildred Idoux McGinnes.

He was a member of Markham United Methodist Church, Commander of Blessing American Legion Post 649, president of the Matagorda Bay Chapter of Serve Outdoors, Inc. and member of the Masonic Lodge #7 in Matagorda. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, during the Vietnam War era, from 1965-1969.

Drew is survived by his wife, Sharon of Markham; son, Shawn P. McGinnes and wife Jenny of Santa Fe; daughter, Sonya D. Tise and husband Johnny of Palacios; son, Kevin W. Deyton and his wife Tammy of Sour Lake; brother, Mickey McGinnes of Victoria; sister, Debbie Poessel of Palacios; grandchildren, Trevor Jones, Madeline Harvey and Alexis Deyton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy McGinnes.

The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the funeral home.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, with the Rev. Bill Ramsey officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Serve Outdoors, Inc., Matagorda Bay Chapter, an organization dedicated to providing hunting and fishing experiences for disabled individuals.

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

Bay City Tribune, April 1, 2015

William Henderson McGonagle & Mildred High McGonagle - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Janice Lea McGuire

Janice Lea McGuire, a thirty year resident of Markham, died Sunday, the 26th of October, 2014, at her home at 97 Avenue C, surrounded by her loved ones.

Born in 1941 at Riverside, California, Jan received her certification as a licensed vocational nurse at Clarksville, Texas, in 1968. She worked at Clarksville Nursing Center from 1968 to 1972. She transitioned her career in 1980 to nuclear power records management and became a senior analyst at South Texas Project. In 1985, Jan relocated and made Markham her home and retired from STP in 2001.

Jan loved her church family, friends, socializing and good food; she had a contagious laugh and wonderful sense of humor.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Charles Ray McGuire; sons, Charles Lynn McGuire and Bobby Joe McGuire; daughter, Jackie Lea Grissett; daughters-in-law, Marilyn McGuire of Houston, Glendora McGuire of Bay City; son-in-law, Danny Grissett of Andalusia, Alabama; grandchildren, Derek Grissett, Jonathan McGuire, Sean McGuire, Kaci Mendez, Victoria McGuire, Sarai McGuire, Logan McGuire, Kayla Grissett, Christi Leadmon, and Jason Grissett; and great-grandchildren, Arianna Garcia, Richard Mendez, Alex McGuire, Cadence McGuire, Gavin McGuire, Trinity Mica, Zoey Mica, Morgan Leadmon, Bayleigh Leadmon, Kamryn Leadmon, and Eli Grissett, who brought her great joy.

Jan is survived by one brother, Eddie Slaton; sister-in-law, Charlene Slaton of Bogata, Texas; sister, Nancy Higgins; and brother-in-law, Babe Higgins of Clarksville, Texas.

Her parents, Jack and Lucy Slaton predeceased her; along with her sister, Lola Webb; and brother, Luther Slaton.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.

A memorial service will be held at Markham First Baptist Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Bay City Tribune, October 29, 2014

Ernest McKenzie & Myrtle McKenzie - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Joan Henderson McKissick - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Paul L. McKissick - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Services Held Friday For F. B. McLauran

Funeral services for Frank Barney McLauran were held at the Palacios Funeral Home, Friday, May 1, at 4 p. m. with Rev. Rayford B. Harris, pastor of the First Baptist Church, conducting the service. Music was furnished by Julian Jenkins. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery with members of the Greenwood-Curtis American Legion Post serving as pallbearers. “Taps” was played by Jimmie Neeley as the flag was presented to his wife by L. A. House.

He was born March 30, 1892 in Saint Augustine, Florida, the son of Charles and Elizabeth McLauran, who preceded him in death as did his two sisters and one brother.

A veteran of World War I and II, he served on the sea for 30 years in the Merchant Marines.

After a prolonged illness, the last seven months being spent in the Veterans Hospital in Temple, Texas, death came at 4 a. m. Wednesday, April 29.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ann McLauran and an uncle of New York.

Palacios Beacon, May 7, 1959

Sidney Claude McMinn
(December 28, 1944 - August 7, 2015)

Sidney Claude McMinn, 70, of Bay City passed away August 7, 2015. He was born December 28, 1944 in Coolidge, TX to the late Buford Glenn McMinn and Beatrice Brown McMinn Pickett.

He was preceded in death by two brothers Bobby McMinn and Roger Pickett. Survivors include one daughter Kimberly McMinn; sisters Robbie McMinn Church, Mary Schubert and Lita Wisenbaker; brothers Roy Pickett and James Pickett and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 10:00 AM until Noon on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Daniel Pickett, Andrew Pickett, Vic Collins, Roger Church, Gordon McMinn and Roy Pickett.

Everett James McNeil

December 18, 1952 – May 22, 2015

Everett was born and attended school in Bay City, Texas. He later moved to Houston, Texas, where he spent the remainder of his life.

He is survived by his wife Donna; daughters, Jashe’ Hayes, Danielle Elliott and Ada Jones; and father, Clemis Brown. He leaves to mourn, his sister, Madelyn Johnson, nephew, Jonathan Sheppard and niece, Erica Sheppard; sisters, Cheryl Brown and Rosetta Broomfield; brothers, Christopher Birt and Michael Brown; along with a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd, in Houston, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, July 12, 2015




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