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Funeral Services for Earnest Paige, 89, of Boling will be held today, Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church with Rev. Lonnie Hurd officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.

Mr. Paige died at his home Feb. 25, 2002. He was born Jan. 1, 1913, in Pledger, [Matagorda County, Texas], to Jim and Ada Dickerson Paige.

Survivors include son, Melvin Paige of Boling; daughters, Earnest Mae Spradley of Pledger, Bobbie Jean Spradley of lago and Irma Jean Heath of Houston; brother, Henderson Paige of West Columbia; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild.

Call Gooden-Hatton Funeral Home.

Wharton Journal-Spectator, Saturday, March 2, 2002

Graveside services for Danny Lee Painter, 55, of Palacios, were held June 14, 2006 at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Painter was born Dec. 5, 1950, in Sun, W.V., to Dan and Erma Aliff Painter of Ypsilanti, Michigan. He died June 10, 2006.

He was a retired self-employed carpenter and a Baptist.

He is survived by daughters, Deanna Painter and Charity Perez, both of Palacios, Patra Painter of Bay City, and Ashley Painter of Ypsilanti, Mi.; son, Shane Painter of Palacios; sister, Karen Kennedy of Ypsilanti, Mi.; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert Painter.

Arrangements were with Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Palacios Beacon, June 14, 2006

Colton Michael Palmer
May 13, 2012 –Jan. 27, 2013

Colton Michael Palmer passed away at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston on Sunday, January 27, 2013. He was born May 13, 2012 in Galveston, Texas to Christopher Michael and Stephanie McCullers Palmer.

Baby Colton passed away peacefully in the arms of his parents and surrounded by his loving family. He touched more people in the short 8 months that he was here with us than most do in a lifetime. He also endured more than most do in a lifetime. He always had a huge smile even when he was sick in the hospital or home; he smiled. His smile lit up his face and brightened everyone’s life. Colton showed us a love that we never knew existed. He was surrounded by love from his parents, grandparents, family, friends and community. One day he will greet each one of us with his big smile.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Wild Peach Community Church with Brother Earl Breazeale officiating.

Burial will follow at Columbia Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia.

Colton is survived by: his parents, Chris and Stephanie Palmer; grandparents, Michael and Debbie Palmer; Ernie and Danette Leist; along with Raymond McCullers, Sr.; great-grandparents, Gary and Sharon Palmer, Arlene Elmore, Belinda McCullers, Lavern Burt, Vernon and Gale Burt and David McCullers, Sr.; great-great-grandparents, M.E. and Mary Ann Palmer; aunts and uncles, Kara Palmer, Kassidy Palmer, Caleb Palmer, RJ McCullers, Ernie Leist, III, Kevin and Christal Luedecke, Clint and Kim Fortenberry and countless other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, 634 S. Columbia Dr. 77486, 979-345-3232.

Online condolences may be left for the family by signing the guestbook at

Bay City Tribune, January 30, 2013

Andrew Lee Parks Jr.

Funeral services for Andrew Lee Parks Jr., 27, of Bay City are scheduled for noon Wednesday at First Sacred Memorial Christian Church in Bay City with the Rev. Andrew Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. today at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel and from 11 a. m. to noon Wednesday at the church.

Mr. Parks was born Aug. 29, 1966, in Bay City to Andrew Lee and Tommie Mae Gaskin-Parks and died June 10, 1994, in Matagorda General Hospital of Bay City.

He was a member of the Christian church.

Survivors include his parents, Andrew Lee and Tommie Mae Gaskin-Parks of Bay City; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Diane Denise Parks of Houston, Beverly Ann and Timothy Edwards of Bay City and Anita Faye and Darnell Abbott of Bay City; two brothers, Stacey Lee Parks of Lake Jackson and Rayshawn Tremaine Parks of Bay City; two grandmothers, Geneva Flagg Gaskin of Bay City and Jessie Mae Williams Parks of Bay City; a grandfather Clifford Gaskin of Bay City; five nieces, a nephew and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James Parks Sr.

Pallbearers are Patrick Parks, Herman Parks, Jr., Tracy Williams, Carl Lynn Stone, Carlton Brooks and William Smith.

Honorary pallbearers are Stacey Lee Parks, Rayshawn Tremaine Parks, Timothy Edwards Sr., Kevin Gates, Mark Matthis, Shawn Gaskin, Darnell Abbott, Robert Davis, Carl Ray Stone, Terrel Aldridge and the Bay City High School Class of 1987.

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

Daily Tribune, June, 1994

Josephine Mitchell Parks

May 29, 1940 –Nov. 30, 2012

Josephine Mitchell Parks, 72, of Bay City, Texas passed away on November 30, 2012.

She was born May 29, 1940 in Columbus, Texas to Leola Mitchell and Ernest Hayes.

Josephine was employed for 32 years with BCISD.

Josephine is survived by: daughters, A. Delores Thomas and Tiffany (Tommy) Parks; and sons, Lloyd (Eva) Jr. Parks and Derek (Sylvia) Parks; 11 grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Telma Lee Fitzgerald.

A celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at New Hope Baptist Church, 3300 Avenue F, Bay City, Texas. The Pastor T. L. Richardson will be the eulogist; the Minister Jerry Manning will officiate the services. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City, Texas.

After the burial, the repast will be at the church.

Friends are invited to visit Green’s Mortuary from 4 until 8 p.m. December 7, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made to MEHOP, Attn: Celeste Harrison, 101 Ave. F North, Bay City, TX 77414 (in memory of Josephine Mitchell Parks).

Bay City Tribune, December 5, 2012

Emma Robbins Pea

Funeral services for Emma Robbins Pea, 93, of Bay City, are scheduled for noon Wednesday at the Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. K. J. Griggs. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home and from 11 a. m. Wednesday until the service time at the church.

Mrs. Pea was born Feb. 10, 1900 in Matagorda County to Spencer and Millie Brown Robbins and died Nov. 12, 1993 in Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

Survivors include a sister, Margaret L. Gee and husband Everett T. Gee of Bay City; two nieces and husbands, Anita and Ben Perkins of Houston and Cunnie and Isaiah Coleman of Wharton; a nephew, A. B. Robbins and friend, Helga Cognot of Kansas; four cousins, Harriet and Marquinn Harris of Houston and Josea and Lila Robbins of Houston; two grandchildren, Lloyd and Betty Jackson; 24 great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers are T. H. Edison, B. T. Holbert, A. B. Robbins Jr., A. B. Robbins Sr., John Robbins and Ben Perkins.

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

Daily Tribune, November, 1993

Mrs. Melvin Odems Pea

Funeral services Mrs. Melvin Pea, 77, of Bay City will be held noon Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. L. V. Harvey officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

A wake is scheduled from 7 to 9 p. m. Friday at Green’s Mortuary.

Mrs. Pea was born April 24, 1914, to Malone and Charlotte Williams Odoms [Odems] in Texas and died Jan. 20, 1992, at Matagorda General Hospital.

She was a member of the Baptist church.

She is survived by a host of cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Bryant, Jesse Southall Jr., Oneil Courtney, Freddie Southall, Ronnie King and Richard Brown.

Honorary pallbearers will be Willie Hill, Walter Scott, A. C. Tellison, Lester Woodard, Jesse Southall Sr., Michael Hall and Isham Southall.

Arrangements are with Green’s Mortuary, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, January, 1992

Marion Pease

Funeral services for Marion Pease, 74, of Palacios will be held at 1 p. m. Wednesday at Free Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Elzie Bonner Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery, Bay City.

Visitation will be this afternoon at Green’s Mortuary. A wake will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Pease was born Oct. 12, 1911, in Texas to Milton and Fannie Robinson Pease and died April 17, 1986, at Veterans Administration, Houston.

He was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include his mother, Fannie Pease of Blessing; a son, Mark Pease of Los Angeles; a brother Douglas Pease of Blessing; a nephew; and several other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers include Mark Pease, Herbert Stanford, Douglas Pease, Eddie Thompson and deacons of Free Zion Baptist Church.

Arrangements are with Green’s Mortuary.

Daily Tribune, April, 1986

Judge Carl Pendergrass
Oct. 29, 1943 – Jan. 13, 2013

Judge Carl Pendergrass, 69, passed away January 13, 2013 in Del Rio, Texas. He was born October 29, 1943 in Victoria, Texas.

He is survived by: his wife, Carol Pendergrass; four children, Lisa Rogenes and husband Dr. Vince and their children, Jonathan, Jenson and Mila; Dr. Douglas Pendergrass and wife Toni and their children, Douglas Jr., Raylee and Hadley; David Pendergrass and his children, Savannah, Kati, Aiden and Bannon; and John Pendergrass and wife Rebecca and their children, Elizabeth and John Reed; Mother, Belle Matthews; sisters, Carol Ann Petrakos and Patsy Metting.

Visitations will be from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2013 at G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral service will be on at 10 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Dr. Donald A. Wehmeyer presiding.

Interment will follow to the Masonic Cemetery.

In Lieu of Usual Remembrances the family requests donations be made to Shriner’s Children Hospital.

Funeral arrangements with G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, of Del Rio LTD, 114 Fletcher Drive, Del Rio, Texas, 78840, phone: 830-775-2000

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Bay City Tribune, January 15, 2013

Hilda Long Pendleton, 71, of New Braunfels, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. Hilda was born on May 4, 1940 in Ganado to Robert Long and Alice Jones Long. As part of her working career for most of her life, Hilda was employed as a bartender.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert F. Long; two daughters, Myrtle Pendleton and Betty Pendleton Bricker; two grandchildren, Brandon Jones and Sonya Garza.
She is survived by her sons, Harvey Daniels, Douglas Corrigan and Earl Pendleton and wife Kristin; daughters, Rose Garza and husband David, Joanna Spencer and husband Gary and Bobbie Spencer and husband James. In addition, she is survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

As per Hilda’s wishes, her remains will be cremated. To leave a message for the family, go to and select obituaries.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lux Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Braunfels.

Jackson County Herald-Tribune, April 11, 2012

John Edward Pennington
(October 20, 1938 - June 16, 2012)

John Edward Pennington, 73, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Born in Rosenberg, Texas on October 20, 1938, raised in Palacios, Texas, he graduated from Palacios High School in 1957 and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1964. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Maurice and Meta (Baxter) Pennington and brother, Harold Baxter Pennington. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Beatrice (Ramsey), daughters, Julie Lynn and Sandy Kay and grandson, David Samuel Poor II.

A sixth generation Texan and descendent of one of "Austin's Old Three Hundred”, his family received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin in 1827 to establish the town of Matagorda, Texas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios, organized in 1903 by his grandparents.

Edward served in the Texas National Guard then continued his career as Vice-President of Fiscal Affairs at Texas A&I University, Controller at King Ranch and CEO at Shelton Ranches. After moving to Houston, he started his own companies, specializing in commercial, farm and ranch real estate. Throughout his life, Edward served in numerous community organizations, most recently as President of the Harris County MUD district 359.

Edward was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed jogging, fishing, golfing, and especially quail hunting. A lifelong student of history, he read and studied his family history back to descendents who fought in the Texas War for Independence, the Civil War and the American Revolution, continuing back as far as 747 A.D. in Europe.

The family would like to thank Dr. Fabrizia Faustinella for her care and support and the caring associates at the Hampton, Shadowbriar.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 19th, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Palacios Funeral Home with funeral services held at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios, Texas, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jay Pennington, Hudson Merle Bates, Sam Ramsey, Coy Lee Ramsey, Dick Kubecka and Bill Kubecka.

Gifts may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Palacios or the Palacios High School Scholarship Fund in Edward Pennington’s name, which will be directed to first generation college students accepted to the University of Texas at Austin.

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

Jeanean C. Peres
(March 8, 1935 - September 2, 2012)

Jeanean C. Peres, 77, of West Columbia passed away Sunday, September 2, 2012. Visitation will start 10:00 AM Thursday at Palacios Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. John Price officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Boys & Girls Harbor, 514 Bayridge Rd., LaPorte, TX 77571.

A rosary for Anastancia Perez, 103, of Palacios, will be recited 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 at Palacios Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwonoh officiating. Interment will be at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Perez was born Dec. 12, 1900. She died Oct. 11, 2003.

She is survived by daughters, Cruz Carmelo of south Houston and Dominga Perez Gonzales of Palacios; sons, Pablo Perez of Port Lavaca, Henry Perez, Victor Perez and Mike Perez, all of Palacios, and Valentin Perez of Bay City; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, October 15, 2003

PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] - John Cody Perez, 17, of Palacios, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2003.

He was born Feb. 12, 1986, in Austin, to Robert G. and Lisa Tolleson Perez of Palacios. He was a senior at Palacios High School.

Survivors: sister, Tiffany Starr Perez of Palacios; brother, Robert "Bobby" Perez Jr. of Palacios; and grandparents, Refugio and Janie Garcia Orozco and C.L. "Sam" Tolleson, all of Palacios, and Margaret Barnett Hassell of Victoria.

Preceded in death by: grandfather, Joe A. Perez.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Sunday at Artero Memorial Chapels.

The family will receive visitors 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the chapel.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Palacios.

Pallbearers: Bobby Perez, Orlando Alvarado, Marcus Garcia, Brandon Edwards, Adrian Flores, Alex Nieto and Michael Penland.

Honorary pallbearers: Robert Serna and Steven Smiley.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Victoria Advocate, August 9, 2003

Nieves P. Perez
(August 5, 1928 - March 18, 2013)

Nieves P. Perez, 84, of Palacios passed away March 18, 2013. She was born August 5, 1928 in Port Lavaca, TX to the late Placido Perez and Conception Farias Perez.

Her husband, Manuel Garcia Perez, daughter Virginia Pardo, step-daughter Pauline Carvajal, sisters Pauline Rodriguez, Lupe Rodriguez & Susie Martinez, and brother Alex Perez all preceded her in death. Survivors include her life partner Jose Perrusia of Palacios; daughters Teresa Gonzales (Herby), Estella Lucio (Gilbert) and Mary Pena (Ricky) all of Palacios; step-daughter Olga Perez of Alvin; sisters Celia Rendon, Mary Mendez, Mary Lou Valesquez all of Port Lavaca, Alice Harvey (Raymond) of Palacios, and Helen Valesquez of Victoria; brother Johnny “Fidel” Perez of Port Lavaca; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Wednesday at Palacios Funeral Home. Mass will be 10:00 Am Thursday, March 21, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Gonzales, Steve Gonzales, Mark Gonzales, Lawrence Pena, Eric Pardo and Anthony Pardo.

EL CAMPO - Trinidad Perez Jr., 47, of El Campo, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003.

He was born Jan. 11, 1956, in Galveston, to Maria Becera Perez of Palacios and the late Trinidad Lopez Perez Sr. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Survivors: mother; and sisters, Olivia M. Perez and Matilda Munoz, both of Palacios, and Maria Guzman Gaitan of Houston.

Preceded in death by: father.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Palacios Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic church, the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios [Matagorda County, Texas], 361-972-2012.

Victoria Advocate, April 24, 2003

Nelda Joyce Perry

Funeral services for Ms. Nelda Joyce Perry, age 44, of Bay City, will be held Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at 1 p. m., at the Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Sunday until 9 p. m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Monday from noon to 1 p. m. at the church.

Nelda was born in Bay City, Thursday, Oct. 31, 1952, to Walter Perry, Sr. and Irene Hawkins Perry, and passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at her residence in Bay City.

She was a member of Mother Zion Baptist Church, and a 1971 graduate of Bay City High School.

Survivors include two sons, Kevin Andrea Perry and Anthony DeShawnti Perry, and her mother, Mrs. Irene Perry, all of Bay City; as well as two granddaughters, Arkayla Chantrecia MeShawn Perry and Kentoyalis Shinaed Pery Green. Also six sisters and four brothers-in-law, Mrs. Betty Jackson (& Lloyd), Mrs. Dorothy Parks (& Van), and Mrs. Velma Nurse (& Clifton), all of Bay City, Mrs. Lorene Harris of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Kathleen Broussard (& Willie), and Ms. Sharon Perry, all of Houston; and three brothers and one sister-in-law, Walter Perry, Jr. of Hollywood, California, James Perry and Don Perry (& Jada), all of Bay City. She also leaves one paternal aunt, Mrs. Willie Mae Smith of Bay City, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a family of friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Perry, Sr., and two brothers, Elton Ray Perry and Paul Lawrence Perry.

Serving as active pallbearers will be James Perry, Don Perry, Vincent Perry, Ronald Perry, Reginald Perry and Rodney Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will include Kevin Perry, Anthony Perry, Charles Perry, Don Perry, Walter Perry, Jr. and A. C. Tellison, Jr.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, December, 1996

Jerry James Peter
(April 22, 1925 - February 6, 2012)

JERRY JAMES PETER, age 86, passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with congestive heart failure, in Bay City, Texas, on February 6, 2012, while surrounded by his family. Born in Wallis, Texas, on April 22, 1925, to Louis William Peter and Bessie Rose Parma. After graduating from Wallis High School in 1942, he worked at Todd Shipyard in Galveston repairing war damaged ships until he was old enough to join the service. He then joined the Merchant Marines and served during World War II as a Boiler Fireman and Jr. Engineer on Liberty Ships. He traveled the world until 1947 and then began working as a carpenter for his father. Jerry met the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Linda, when she came to Wallis to teach school. They married and began their life together in Wallis. After marriage he worked in the oil fields as a rough-neck and was on a crew that drilled one of the first offshore oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1957 Jerry began work for Phillips Petroleum and he and Linda moved to Van Vleck, Texas where they raised their three children. The majority of his career was with Phillips primarily working in the Alki Unit where he retired after 27 years at the position of Stillman. On his days off he loved to fish & flounder in Matagorda Bay and hunt deer in the Fall. Jerry also ran a herd of cattle and grew pecans at his place in Cedar Lane, which he continued after retirement. His interest in genealogy led him to travel to the Czech Republic several times. He could speak and write Czech and took great delight in Sunday telephone calls to the friends he made on his trips. Jerry is survived by his wife, Texana “Linda” Peter; his daughters, Mary Peter Cudd & husband Michael of West Columbia and Helen Peter of Houston; his son, Louis William Peter & wife Debbie; four granddaughters, Mary Helene Toth, Elizabeth Texana Anderson, Katherine Lee Peter, Rebecca Lynn Peter; four great-granddaughters and sister, Florence Svoboda. Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Jerry from four to six o’clock in the evening, followed by a rosary at 6:30 o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 7th day of February, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. The funeral service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday the 8th day of February, 2012, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Bay City, Texas. Honorary Pallbearers are Buddy Greer, Leonard Ferguson, Roy Clegg, Alvin Marek, Mark Clark, Johnny Reuther, Bill Jahnsen, Mike Cudd, Ross Toth, and Fred Holub. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests one’s kind consideration of donating to the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center; P. O. Box 6, LaGrange, Texas, or Holy Cross Catholic School, Bay City, Texas.                                                 Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Charlie Dean Pittman, 65, of Palacios, Texas died October 12, 2000 at Citizen Medical Center Hospital in Victoria, TX. He was born December 11, 1934 in Lockhart, TX to the late Lenford C. and Lillie Mae Harris Pittman. Mr. Pittman was a resident of Matagorda County the past 34 years, and a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors include: wife, Peggy Pittman of Palacios; two daughters and a son-in-law, Peggy Juanice "Sissy" and Brett Taylor of San Marcus, Karen Pittman of Mt. Belvieu, TX; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles Luther and Rhonda Pittman of Pledger, TX, Richard "Rick" Pittman of Baytown, TX; two brothers, Austin and Lonnie Pittman both of Lockhart, TX, 7 grandchildren, Melissa, Kristy, and Richard Daugherty all of Baytown, Nicholas Pittman of Fairchild, Kaci Taylor of San Marcus, Roxanne Pittman of Pledger and Trish of Las Vegas, Nev. He was preceded in death by his sister Lola Mae Reisinger.

Funeral Services will by 2 p.m. Sunday, October 15, 2000, at the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios, with Rev. Sam Starks and Rev's Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. A00011A2000OT13

Daily Tribune, Friday, October 13, 2000


LIVE OAK - Funeral services for Billie Polk, 83, of Live Oak Community will be Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Vine Grove Christian Church with Pastor L. S. Fletcher, officiating.

Burial will follow immediately after services at Live Oak Cemetery.

Viewing will be Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green's Mortuary at 979-245-3489.

Online condolences may be sent to

Victoria Advocate, October 25, 2012

Funeral services for James Wesley Preslar were held Monday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Port Lavaca. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.

A former residen of Palacios, he was born August 21, 1889, in Oklahoma and had been a resident of Port O'Connor since 1942. He died in a Port Lavaca hospital Saturday morning.

Survivors include a son, Clifford Preslar of Pecos; a daughter, Mrs. Doris Stapp of Alta Loma; a sister, Mrs. Effie Gann of Fresno, Calif., and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and a son, Billy Lynn.

[Texas death records give his date of death as March 28, 1970]

Palacios Beacon?, April 1, 1970?

Mary Viola Preslar, beloved wife of J. W. Preslar, died at the hospital in Bay City, Tuesday at 2:45 A.M., aged 36 years, 5 months and 23 days. Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Doris, two sons, Clifford and Billy, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Griffin of Robstown, Texas, one sister, Mrs. E. B. Hogg, and one brother A. B. Griffin of this city.

The remains were prepared for burial and brought to Palacios by Taylor Bros. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., in the service room of the Palacios Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. J. Roy Williams, and Rev. R. Paine, of the Methodist Church. Interment was made in the Palacios cemetery under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.

The Beacon joins the many friends in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and relatives.

Palacios Beacon, October 27, 1932

Mrs. Mary Viola Presslar

Mrs. Mary Viola Presslar, age 36 years, 5 months and 23 days, died at the hospital here Tuesday morning at 2:45. She is survived by her husband, J. W. Presslar, one daughter, Miss Doris Presslar, two sons, Clifford and Billy Presslar of Palacios, Tex., her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Griffin of Robstown, Tex., one sister, Mrs. E. B. Hogg and one brother, A. G. Griffin of Palacios. The remains were taken overland to Palacios on Tuesday by Taylor Brothers. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Palacios under the direction of Palacios Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune or Matagorda County Tribune?, October 26, 1932

Iona Phillip Preston

Funeral services for Iona Phillip Preston, 36, of Bay City, TX, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2002 at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Griggs and the Rev. Jimmy Wright of New Mount Olive Baptist Church of Mackey, TX officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City.

Iona will lie in state at Mother Zion Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. Visitation will be Friday 2 to 8 p.m. at Green's Mortuary. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel.

Iona was born to the union of James Stewart and Mary Phillip in life on October 1, 2002 at Matagoarda General Hospital in Bay City. She was a dedicated employee of Wal-Mart for 12 years, manager of the customer service department.

She is survived by: her husband, Kenneth Charles Preston, Sr. of Bay City; son, Kenneth Charles Preston, Jr. of Bay City; mother, Mary Phillip of Bay City; father James Stewart of Richmond; two sisters, Rhonda Phillip and Chenikka Phillip of Bay City; brother, La Quincy Phillip and Debra of Alexander, LA; aunts Celestene Phillip and Debra of Wharton, Vera Jones of Bay City, Vivan Williams and Willie of El Campo; uncles, Lonnie Phillip and Edna of Wharton, Johnnie L. Batties of Bay City; sisters-in-law, Michelle Charlot of Houston, Grace Singletary and Ron of Dallas, and Jean Williams and Ron of Detroit, Mich, Treonna Gee of Bay City; brothers-in-law, Michael Parks of Bay City, David Preston, Sr. and Bridgett of Bay City, Darnell Preston of Lake Jackson; Eddie Preston of Baltimore, MD; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends; father-in-law, Charles Woods of Columbus, TX.

Active pallbearers are Ronnie Redus, Robert Wilson, David Preston, Jr., Efren Clark, Hubert Durgan, Alfred Williams and Rudy Charnick. Honorary pallbearers are the Bay City High School of 1984 and 1985.

Arrangements are by Green's Mortuary. A00014B2002OT02

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, Oct 2, 2002

Johnnie Mae Henry-Proctor

Funeral services for Johnnie Mae Henry-Proctor, 81, of Henderson are scheduled for 2 p. m. Saturday at the Washington Chapel CME Church in Sweeny with the Rev. Andrew C. Burks Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 p. m. at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

Mrs. Henry-Proctor was born March 8, 1912 in Linnville to John and Victoria Webb Rugeley Henry and died Oct. 18, 1993 in Houston.

A long-time resident of Henderson, she was a retired school teacher from Rusk County School District and the staff of Texas College.

Survivors include two brothers, Roosevelt Rugeley of Linnville and Ellis Baldridge of Galveston; nine nieces, Vera King and Naomi Williams of Houston, Ernestine Stanford of New York, LaRuth Garrett of Sweeny, Josephine Williams and Victoria Means of California, Patricia Souls and Sharon Lewis of Galveston and Tenola Law of Bay City and six nephews, Clifford Rugeley and Sam Johnson Jr. of Bay City, the Rev Collis Rugeley of Linnville, Ollis Boone and Willie Johnson Sr. of Houston and L. C. Boone of California.

Pallbearers are Ollis Boone, Clifford Rugeley, Collis Rugeley, Robert Boone Sr., Robert Boone Jr. and Sam Johnson Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Washington Chapel CME Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Lonnie Proctor; her parents, Rev. and Mrs. John Henry; five sisters, Hattie Rugeley Robinson, Laura Rugeley Edison, Estella Rugeley Johnson, Beatrice Rugeley Woods and Rosa Rugeley Boone and two brothers, Andrew Rugeley and the Rev. Samuel L. Rugeley.

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

Daily Tribune, October, 1993


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