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Rosa Parada

Funeral Services for Rosa Parada, 32, of Bay City, Texas were held at 2 p. m. Saturday, August 14, 1999 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City with Father Edward Boren officiating. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

Parada died August 12, 1999 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was born to the union of Manuel R. and Rosa Maria Parada in Matamoros.

She is survived by her parents Manuel R. and Rosa Maria Parada of Bay City; four sisters, Celina Gloria Parada Sanchez, Laura Leticia Parada Sierra, Maria Luisa Parada, Crystal Ruby Parada; four brothers, Juan Manuel Parada, Jose Francisco Parada, Adrian Arturo Parada and Richard Parada; Grandmother Celina Gloria Gayton, Grandfather Abraham Gayton Munoz and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Juan Manuel Parada, Jose Francisco Parada, Adrian Arturo Parada and Richard Parada.

Arrangements were by Green’s Mortuary, 2702 Avenue C, Bay City, Texas.

Daily Tribune, August 17, 1999


Jeff Parker, Jr.


Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Jeff Parker
1907 - 1979

Geneva M. Parker
1911 -

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Bruce Wayne Parks

Funeral services for Bruce Wayne Parks, 25, of Markham are scheduled for 2 p. m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Markham with the Rev. Howard Harper. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Parks was born April 10, 1968 in Bay City to William and Margie Sparks Parks Sr. and died Oct. 25, 1993 at his residence.

He was a 1988 graduate of Tidehaven High School.

Survivors include his parents, William and Margie Parks of Markham, two brothers, William Parks Jr. and Kenneth Parks, both of Markham; a sister, Phoebe Parks of Markham; a grandmother, Odessa Parks of Cedar Lane; a niece and two nephews.

Pallbearers are Frank Kelly, Kevin McKissick, Wade Rush, Freddie Rodriguez, Bubba Junek, Billy Cano and Paul Gonzales.

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

Daily Tribune, October 27, 1993

Kenneth Parks

Funeral services for Kenneth Parks, 24, of Markham are scheduled for 2 p. m. Friday at First Baptist Church Markham, are scheduled for 2 p. m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Markham with the Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Parks was born May 14, 1969, in Bay City to William Sr. and Margie Sparks Parks and died April 6, 1994, at his residence.

A member of First Baptist Church of Markham, he was a 1988 graduate of Tidehaven High School.

Survivors include his parents, William Sr. and Margie Parks of Markham; his grandmother, Odessa Parks of Cedar Lane; a brother and sister-in-law, William Jr. and Debbie Parks of Markham; a sister, Phoebe Parks of Markham; two nephews and a niece.

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

Daily Tribune, April 7, 1994

Joyce Lucille Smith Parsutt

April 27, 1923 –August 23, 2013

Joyce Lucille Smith Parsutt, 90, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend went peacefully home to be with her Heavenly Father and her loved ones who have prepared a place for her on August 23, 2013 at Matagorda House in Bay City, Texas.

Joyce, the youngest of eight children was born April 27, 1923 in Middlesex, North Carolina to John H. Smith and Sarah (Hattie) Stilley Smith.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her brothers, William Arthur Smith and John B. Smith; her sisters, Thelma Smith Hilliard, Alma Smith Dixon, Velma Smith Donn, Agnes Smith Graham and Beulah Smith Longstreet.

She is survived by: her loving husband of 67 years and best friend, Steve William Parsutt; daughters, Karen Parsutt Countz and husband Tommy, Beverly Parsutt Thompson and Stephanie Parsutt Rula and husband Paul; six grandchildren, Stephen Wayne Countz and wife Miranda, Kristie King Caviness and husband Randall, Emily Kiser Thompson, Chapman Arthur Thompson, Kelly Lynn Rula and John Paul Rula; three great-grandchildren, Maci, Hunter, and Luke Countz; nieces, Ann Longstreet Tharrington, Nancy Longstreet Wheeler, Jane Longstreet Ellsworth and husband Tom and Elizabeth Dixon; and nephew, John Taylor Graham and wife Judy.

Joyce attended St. Mary’s Girls School and graduated from Needam Broughton High School in Raleigh. After graduation, Joyce attended Madison College in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Steve and Joyce were married on March 2, 1946 in Raleigh, North Carolina. After a honeymoon in New Orleans, they made their way to Palacios, Texas (Steve’s hometown). While in Palacios, Joyce co-founded The Harmony Club which, after 60 years, is still contributing funds back to the community.

They moved to Matagorda, Texas in 1950 where they owned and operated Parsutt’s Grocery Store for over 20 years. After they sold Parsutt’s , they built The Matagorda Shoppe and operated that for another 15 years.

In 1951, Joyce joined the Matagorda United Methodist Church and became very active in the church she loved. She taught Sunday school, bible school, was a member of the United Methodist Women and took an active part in all the youth programs.

Joyce was involved in numerous clubs and organizations. She was President of the Bay City Art League, a charter member of the River’s End Garden Club, the Book Review and was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) to name a few.

Joyce and Steve loved to travel and traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, Europe and the United States. They lived in Hawaii for several months as well as El Salvador and Guatemala

Joyce loved art, cooking (Southern style), yoga, and playing Bridge, but more than anything, she loved her family, her church, her home and her friends and was loyal to all.

The family wishes to thank all the caregivers and staff of Matagorda House for the care and devotion given to Mother in the last years of her life. In addition, our gratitude goes to Houston Hospice and their staff for the love and care they showed to Mother as well as to the whole family. Special thanks to Glenda Barrett for the countless hospice volunteer hours she spent with Mother and the Matagorda Methodist Church congregation for their continuous prayers, cards and visits.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2 p.m, at the Matagorda United Methodist Church in Matagorda, with the Rev. Dottie Dumas and the Rev. Virgil Ichtertz officiating.

A private burial will be held at a later time.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Joyce’s name may be directed to Matagorda United Methodist Church, P.O.Box 113, Matagorda, Texas 77457.

Bay City Tribune, September 4, 2013


Freddie B. Patterson   1899 - 1932
Ella Mae Laird Patterson   1916 - 1992

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Joe H. Patterson  Sept. 29, 1906 - Nov. 25, 1993
Eileen R. Patterson  Sept. 16, 1914 - Oct. 30, 1900

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Ruby Mae Patterson

1898 - 1988

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Patrick Lynn Pauley

Jan. 5, 1944 - Aug. 12, 1978

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

David Pena

Dorman Clay Pendleton

Funeral services for Dorman Clay Pendleton, 56, of Blessing were scheduled for 2 p. m. Sunday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ronald R. Lynn officiating. Burial is scheduled to follow at the Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Pendleton was born Sept. 23, 1935, to Tyre and Myrtle Pendleton in Caldwell, Texas, and died Sept. 26, 1991, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

He was a Blessing resident for 25 years and was a member of the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia Pendleton of Blessing; a daughter, Sylvia Cadel of Santa Fe; two sons, Clay Anthony Pendleton of Camp LeJune, N. C., and David Pendleton of Blessing; three sisters, Jesse Mae Woffard, Bladys Moore of Luling, and Ruth Wiley of Gonzales; a brother, Roy Hill Pendleton of Seguin; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Lara, Gary Lara, Alfred Lara, Darrell Buckley, Calvin Woffard and Jeffrey Alvarado. Honorary pallbearers are Tony Alvarado and Glan Grantham.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, September 29, 1991

John Reginald Pennington

Son of
J. R. & M. E. Pennington

April 10, 1905
June 15, 1906

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Paul S. Pennington
Nov. 6, 1942 - Oct. 21, 1998

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Paul S. Pennington

Funeral services for Paul S. Pennington, 55, of Bay City will be held at 1 p. m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998 at First United Methodist Church, Rev. Jim Welch and Rev. Mike Toland officiating. Masonic graveside services will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Bay City Masonic Lodge No. 865 A. F. and A. M.

Pennington died Oct. 21 at Texas Medical Center Hospice of Houston. He was born Nov. 6, 1942 in White Co., Tenn. To the late Kelly Bernice Pennington and Virginia Doran Pennington. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay City and a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class for many years. He has been a resident of Bay City since 1969 and was a former resident of Corpus Christi. Pennington was a teacher with Bay City ISD for 25 years until his retirement in 1993. He was the owner of Penn Craft Picture Frame. He was a member of Bay City Masonic Lodge No. 865 for 28 years, where he was Past Master, served as Worshipful Master 1979-1980, presented the Golden Trowel Award May 23, 1998, Chaplain for 1998-1999, Past High Priest of Bay City Chapter No. 315 Royal Arch Masons, member of Bay City Council No. 251 Royal & Select Masters and Past Commander of Bay City Commandery No. 74 Knights Templars of Texas.

Pennington is survived by his wife, Judy Nell Pennington of Bay City; mother, Virginia Pennington of Blanco, TX; daughter, Kerry Zandra Benner of Houston; son, Andrew Kelby Pennington of Bay City; sister, Barbara Jean Robbins of Blanco; and brother, Charles B. Pennington of Tampa, Fla. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Lee Pennington.

Pallbearers for the church service will be Pete Arnold, Milton Rejcek, Bill Boeker, J. N. McDonald, Dean Davis, David Robbins, Beacher Pennington, and Jimmy Sansing.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Minkert, Howard Ham, Donnie Bearden, Terry Birkner, James Crabb and Jerry Burnaman.

Masonic pallbearers will be Kelby Pennington, Barry Fry, Mike Plemmons, Bruce Smith, David Wallace, Marcus Smith, Lew Wallace and Henry Black.

Memorials may be made to The Hospice at Texas Medical Center, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030-9852.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, October 23, 1998


Ida L. Penny

June 12, 1863
Apr. 8, 1925

Gone to a better land.

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

George Perciville

George Perciville, aged 73 years, nine months and six days, passed away at the Matagorda General hospital, Sunday afternoon, February 2nd at 2:50. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Reverend Horace Goodman officiating. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Perciville is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susie Perciville, two daughters, Mrs. Susie Odene Hill of Simpsonville and Mrs. Lucille Thames of Bay City; one granddaughter, Susie Marie Thames, one sister, Mrs. Addie Hoffman of Silby, Texas and one brother, A. J. Perciville of Smithville, Texas.

Matagorda County Tribune, February 7, 1946

Mrs. Perciville of Palacios Dies

Susan Rebecca Perciville, 87, of Route 1, Palacios passed away at Wagner General Hospital Monday night.

Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday afternoon at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. R. E. Black officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Chester Thames of Bay City and Mrs. W. L. Hill of Palacios, three grandchildren, Marie, Kenneth and Lloyd of Bay City.

Pallbearers are R. L. Corporon, P. V. Corporon, A. F. Johnson, G. B. Fondon, Lawrence Polensky, W. J. Ham.

Palacios Beacon?, May 12, 1964


Larry Perez was born on Dec. 1, 1964 in Palacios, TX. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at the age of 48 in Austin, TX.

Larry was a 1983 graduate of Palacios

High School and attended St. Edwards University in Austin. Larry was especially proud of his 13-year career as a legal document specialist for Norton, Rose, Fulbright of Austin. He was an avid tennis player and life long fan of the sport. He loved the cinema and came to be known among his friends as the go to critic of all films. Larry's wit was legendary as was his ability to discover fine dining.

He is survived by his mother Connie Flores Cantu of San Antonio, TX; brothers George Michael Cantu of San Antonio, and Eric and wife Emelda Cantu; nieces Marissa, Lianna and nephew Eric Cristian all of Corpus Christi, TX; aunt and uncle Raul and Carolyn Villarreal of Palacios; cousins Tyson, Desiree and Ava Schmidt of Missouri City, TX. Dustin Villarreal of Austin and Karl and Debbie Koegle and family of San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his father Ismael Perez of Bay City, TX and his loving grandparents Bernard and Janie Aparicio of Palacios.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at Seton Medical Group, Hospice Austin's Christopher House, all his Norton, Rose, Fulbright family and all his loving friends. Special thanks to Roman Rosas, Jason Sick and Dean Robinson for assisting Larry during his illness.

A memorial and celebration of life of Larry is being organized by his family and friends.

Palacios Beacon, September 4, 2013

Olga Perez

(April 26, 1929 - December 22, 2013)

Olga Perez, 84, of Palacios passed away December 22, 2013. She was born April 26, 1929 in Blessing, TX to the late Manuel Perez and Blasta Zboral Perez.

Survivors include daughter Ramona Allison of Bacliff, TX; sons Juan Perez of Webster and Larry Pena of Palacios; sisters Teresa Gonzales and Stella Lucio both of Palacios and a number of grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM Friday at the Palacios Funeral Home. Mass will be 11:00 AM Friday, December 27, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

Palacios Beacon, December 25, 2013

Susie Zamora Perez

Graveside services for Susie Zamora Perez, 55, of Bay City, are scheduled for 10 a. m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1995 at Hawley Cemetery with the Rev. Janie Robles officiating.

Mrs. Perez was born July 7, 1939, in Bay City to Frank Zamora and Angelita Ramos and died Feb. 4, 1995, at Matagorda General Hospital.

Survivors include three sons, Henry, James Sr. and Joe Perez, all of Bay City; a daughter, Mary Ester Rodriguez of Bay City; two brothers, Joe and Moses Zamora of Bay City; two sisters, Sarah Zamora and Julia Torres of Bay City and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Rudy Zamora, Mac Perez, Joe Zamora, Joe Perez, Adrian Valle and Adam Torres.

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

Daily Tribune, Feb. 7, 1995

Funeral Services Are Held Sunday For Mrs.
Annie H. Perry

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p. m. at the Palacios Funeral Home for Mrs. Annie H. Perry, who died Friday in John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

Mrs. Perry was born February 2, 1870, in Bossier Parish, La., but had lived in Palacios with her daughter, Mrs. Bill Byers, for the last 17 years.

Rev. Rayford Harris of the First Baptist Church conducted the service and burial was in the Hawley Cemetery.

Relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Frank McDuff of Vivian, La., Mrs. Anna O’Daniel of Houston, La., Charles Bounds of Belcher, La., Mrs. Connie Wilson and daughters and Mrs. Lorraine Friedlander of Tyler, Texas.

Palacios Beacon, June 7, 1951

Tonia King Perry
February 4, 1966 – February 19, 2014

Funeral services for Tonia King Perry, 48, of Freeport, Texas, and formerly of Van Vleck, Texas, will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11 a.m., at St. John Baptist Church in Van Vleck, with Pastor Ruben Newell, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Burial Association Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Visitation will and guest book register will be Friday, February 28, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City, Texas.

She was born in Bay City, Texas, February 4, 1966, to Matthew King and Lois Kendrick King, and passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Lake Jackson, Texas. Prior to her illness, she was employed as a Security Guard with T.D.C.

Survivors include a daughter, Faith Perry; six sisters, Yolanda Townsend, Charlotte Heard, Alice Johnson, Melva Mack, Helen Griggs and Vina Randell; three brothers, Claude King, Anthony Kendrick and Matthew King, Jr.; and an enormous host of other relatives and friends.

Condolences may be shared with the family by fax, (979) 245-1537, or online at

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, 2500 Avenue C, Bay City, Texas 77414. (979) 245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, February 26, 2014

Edyth G. (Head) Peschel
January 18, 1942 – August 5, 2013

Edyth G. (Head) Peschel, 71, of Victoria, passed way surrounded by family, August 5, 2013.

Edyth was born January 18, 1942 in Bay City, Texas to the late Johnnie W. and Lola E. Baty Head. Edyth loved gardening, flowers, riding horses and playing bunco. Her pride and joy were her children and grandchildren.

Edyth is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Leo Daniel Peschel; daughter, Lesa “Diann” Barnett of Victoria; son, Leo Daniel Peschel, Jr. of Victoria; sisters, Carolyn Pawlosky (James) of Bay City, Sandy Hubbard of Van Vleck, Kathy Marek (Daniel) of Van Vleck, Lola Walker (Albert) of Bay City; brothers, Johnny T. Head of Van Vleck, Kennith “Buck” Head of Bay City; grandchildren, Cody R. Barnett and Brandi N. Barnett.

Edyth also leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews and friends to cherish her memory.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Claud “Frog” Head.

A visitation for friends and family was held, Thursday, August 8, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Rosewood Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 9, 2013, at 10 a.m., at the Rosewood Chapel in Victoria, with the Rev. John Waak officiating. A eulogy will be delivered by nephew, Donnie Casey.

Burial will immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ray Pawlosky, Lee Hubbard, Wayne Peschel, William Peschel, Donnie Casey, Gary Zander and Billy Pawlosky. Honorary pallbearers were Brodrick Walker, Troy Casey, Leon Flentge, Larry Slachek, Larry Pfeffer and Ronnie Pfeffer.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust, Victoria, Texas, 77901.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Bay City Tribune, August 11, 2013

Charlie E. Peterson

Funeral services for Charlie E. Peterson, 62, of Palacios were scheduled for 10 a. m. today at Palacios Funeral chapel with the Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Peterson was born Oct. 28, 1930 in Carancahua Community to Gustav Emil and Alice Slaughter Peterson and he died Dec. 12, 1992 at Wagner General Hospital in Palacios.

Mr. Peterson was a lifelong resident of Palacios area.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Williams Peterson of Palacios; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Cliff Curtner of Blessing and Laura and Kurt Killebrew of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Leta Kelly of Pasadena and Mary Ellen Bannert of Carancahua Community; a stepsister, Vernon Schoeder of Riverside; a brother, Kenneth Peterson of Caranchahua Community; two granddaughters, Catelyn Curtner of Blessing and Lisa Killebrew of Corpus Christi and a grandson, Ryan Killebrew of Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers were Victor Eggemeyer, Freddie Eggemeyer, James Gibson, Dan Barber, Robert Peterson and David Peterson. Honorary pallbearers are Merle Ramsey and George Sparks.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Palacios.

Daily Tribune, December 14, 1992

Ella Miriam Peterson
(November 23, 1919 - October 11, 2013)

Ella Gade Peterson was born November 23, 1919 in Woodworth, North Dakota to Senius and Cecelia (Andersen) Gade. She married Robert A. “Bob” Peterson, Jr. on August 14, 1943 in Corpus Christi, TX. She lived in El Campo and Rosenberg prior to moving to Bay City in 1954. She retired as Dental Assistant and Receptionist in 1984 with over 25 years of experience. She was a life member of VFW Post #2438 Ladies Auxiliary, member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3232 Ladies Auxiliary, member of Matagorda County AARP Chapter 1398, and member of NARFE Chapter 1148. Through the years she held various positions in these organizations, was a faithful worker and had many hours of volunteer service. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Her husband preceded her in death as well as brothers Arnold Gade, Neils Gade, Elven Gade, Leslie Gade, sisters Esther (Gade) Oxborough, Elvera (Gade) Loberg, Alta (Gade) Gillette, Marcella Gade and Arlene (Gade) Williams. Survivors include daughters Melodie Durst & husband Dewey of Gulfport, MS and Gayla Mills & husband Frank of Reno, NV, grandchildren Jeri Losser & husband Bobby of Nine Mile Falls, WA, Christie Corley & husband Jay of Kingsville, TX, John Rawalt & wife Janiece of Saucier, MS, Heather Clark & husband Terry of Everett, WA, Rob Mills & wife Jenny of Arlington Heights, IL, great grandchildren DuAnne Branham & husband Cody of Graham, WA, Robbie Meadows of Kingsville, TX, Melissa Mastro & husband Nick of Biloxi, MS, Amy Corley of Graham, WA, Lindsay Storch & husband Steven of Spokane, WA, D.J. Birdsall of Wallkill, NY, John Rawalt Jr. of Saucier, MS, Bailey Corley of Kingsville, TX, Owen Losser of Nine Mile Falls, WA, Julianna Mills of Arlington Heights, IL, great-great grandchildren, Robert Meadows of Gulfport, MS, Colin Branham of Graham, WA, Kylah Meadows of Gulfport, MS, Ella Storch of Spokane, WA, Liam Branham of Graham, WA, Marley Mastro of Biloxi, MS, and sister Nina (Gade) Fischer of Moorhead, MN.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 1PM until 2PM Sunday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, October 21, 2013 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Rev. Jared Stillions officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.                   Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Jaylynn Pettis

Funeral services for Jaylynn Pettis, 42, of Bay City will be Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:00 a.m., at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3300 Avenue F Bay City, with Pastor T. L. Richardson, officiating.

Burial will follow immediately after services at St. John Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

Viewing will be Friday, October 4, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary.

She leaves to mourn, one daughter, Ikila Marshall (Donald); one son, Denzell Pettis; a granddaughter, Kiarra Pettis; fiancé, Paul Roberson; father, Andrew Johnson of West Columbia; mother, Elizabeth Pettis Sowels; three step-children, Paulette Sardinea, LaToya Crockett (Jonathan), and Paul Roberson, Jr;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, October 2, 2013

Pierce Philp  1909 - 1974
Myrtle Philp   1911 - 2006

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Dade Phillips

Nov. 2, 1911
Feb. 4, 19072

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Mack I. Phillips   1913-1983
Edna R. Phillips      1893 - 1971

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Vorris G. Phillips

M Sgt US Air Force
WWII Korea Vietnam

Mar. 8, 1919     Apr. 14, 1972

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Lois E. Pickel

1905 - 1994

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Beatrice Pickett

Graveside funeral services for Beatrice Pickett, 72, of Bay City were held 4 p. m. Saturday at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with the Rev. John Schubert officiating.

Mrs. Pickett was born March 29, 1922 to Claude and Margie Golden Brown in Bay City. She died July 1, 1994 at Matagorda General Hospital.

She was a lifelong resident of Bay City and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Robbie Church of Webster; Mary Schubert of Willis and Leta Collins of Bay City; four sons, Bobby McMinn of Duncanville, Sidney McMinn of Bay City, Roy Pickett of Houston and James Pickett of Bay City; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Pickett was preceded in death by her husband Claude Pickett June 23, 1984.

Arrangements are through Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, July 3, 1994

Abel H. Pierce, Sr.

Services will be held for Abel H. Pierce, Sr., 83, of Palacios, 3 p. m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church.

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Ronnie Floyd.

Pierce died May 5, 1963.

Survivors include wife, Stella Pierce of Palacios; daughter, Mrs. Grace Adams of Tyler; sons, Abel H. Pierce Jr. of Palacios, John E. Pierce of Kerrer, La., Donald Y. Pierce of Hong Kong; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

Pierce was a member of the First Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge 990 Palacios.

Burial will follow services at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers include John Roy Pierce, John E. Pierce Jr., Luke Pierce, Walter Adams Jr., Dennis Pierce and Jay Pierce.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

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Elsie Minnie Elizabeth Brokmeyer Pierce
(December 28, 1922 - February 1, 2014)

Elsie Minnie Elizabeth Brokmeyer Pierce went to be with our Lord February 1, 2014. Elsie was one of four children. She was born in New Ulm, Texas, on December 28, 1922 to Ernst and Amalia Brokmeyer.

Elsie graduated from Columbus High School, Columbus, Texas. She also attended business school in Houston where she worked for the WKM company.

Elsie was engaged to be married and her fiancé was killed during World War II. John Edward Pierce, the best friend of her fiancé, wrote to inform Elsie of his death. After the death of her fiancé, John and Elsie corresponded while he was overseas in the service. Elsie married John in New Ulm, Texas on July 27, 1946. At the time of her death, they were married 67 years.

As John’s work in the oil industry required traveling and relocations, Elsie kept busy with raising their four children. She enjoyed volunteer work, oil painting, and church activities. It was important to her that her family attend and be active in church. They lived in Tyler, Houston and Midland, as well as New Orleans and Carencro, Louisiana. They also lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the children were grown, Elsie became a realtor in New Orleans. She excelled in real estate sales and always went the extra mile in helping her clients. She enjoyed working in real estate with her best friend, Mary Ellen Buccola, of New Orleans.

She is preceded in death by her son John Jr., her infant twin sister, Irene Brokmeyer, her infant sister Felicia Brokmeyer, her parents, Ernst and Amalia Brokmeyer, her brother, Isedore Brokmeyer, sister Nancie Hoppe, and her sister Gladys Brune.

Elsie is survived by her son John Jr.’s wife Kristen and husband Lester Keith of Tyler, Texas, daughter Penny and husband Robert Neese of Boerne, Texas, daughter Nancy and husband Chris Dibler of Richmond, Texas, and son Luke Pierce and wife, Maria of Richardson, Texas. She is survived by 9 grandchildren: Ruth and her husband, Jake Anderson, Aimee and her husband Michael Carpenter, Rebecca and her husband, Robert Alexander, Robert Neese, Jr., Jonathan Neese and his wife, Kandis, Joshua Dibler, Melissa and her husband Daniel Meza, Angela Pierce, and Andrew Pierce and his wife Britteny. She is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are: Robert Neese, Jr., Jonathan Neese, Joshua Dibler, Andrew Pierce, Lehron Brune, and Chris Hoppe. Honorary pallbearers are Layne Hoppe, Albert Hoppe, and Ronald Brune.

Visitation will be 5- 7:00 PM Monday, February 3, 2014, at Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors Chapel, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471.

Graveside services will be held at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, Texas, in Matagorda County, at 10 AM on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Elsie’s husband, John, grew up on their family ranch between Blessing and Palacios. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Texas, near where Elsie grew up.

Memorials may be made to: St. John Lutheran Church, P. O Box 1270, New Ulm, Texas 78950, or Texas Lutheran University, Development Office, John E. Pierce, Jr. Scholarship Fund, 1000 West Court Street, Seguin, Texas 78155.

Condolence messages may be written for the Pierce family at

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 (281-342-4671).

Lois Elaine Pierce

Loving Daughter

Cornelius M. & Nora E. Pierce

May 29, 1929 - Nov. 9, 1932

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


William Walter Pierce

Funeral services for William Walter Pierce were held Thursday, October 4, at 2 p. m. at the Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Leon Maxwell officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

Son of the late John P. and Louise Keller Pierce, he was born September 25, 1903, in Houston. A life long resident of Matagorda County, he passed away Tuesday, October 2 at his home on Route 1. He was a retired farmer and rancher.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Grace Pierce Scarborough of Kennedy, Tex.; and two brothers, John E. Pierce of San Antonio and Abel H. Pierce,  Sr. of Palacios.

Palacios Beacon, October 11, 1973

R. J. Pinchin


Rev. Louis Eddie Pointer, Jr.

Rev. Louis Pointer, Jr. was the second child born to Louis Pointer, Sr. and Jewel Morgan Hudson on April 5, 1954 in Bay City, Texas. He died at his home on December 27, 2013.

He was reared by his grandparents, Issac and Annie Morgan and Aunt Carrie Powell. He joined Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was baptized by Rev. F. W. Mc IIveen.

Rev. Pointer graduated from the Bay City High School in 1972; he received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Southwest Texas State in 1976 and a Master of Musical Art .Degree from the University of Texas in 1987. He has served as both Elementary Music Teacher and Secondary Choral Director. In 1980 Louis was Minister of Music at the Church of Glad Tidings where he led the congregational music, served as a director of the Sanctuary and Youth Choirs and recorded the album, "Sounds of Glad Tidings." Since that time, he has had many fine music exposures, including experience at Julliard Music try-outs.

Louis was employed in the Wharton Independent School District and he also worked in the music departments of both Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church and First Baptist Church.

Louis leaves to mourn three sisters, Carolyn (Thomas) Bernard; Gayle Marsh of Bay City, TX, and Catina Marsh of Hope Arkansas; one brother Rickie Marsh of Bay City, TX., one step brother Rev. Jerry (Danyal) Manning, Sr., two step sisters Yolanda (Carlton) Brooks, Lisa (Freddie) Allen of Bay City, TX; one aunt E. Doris (HEB) Wiley of Bay City, TX., special Nephew, Chauson Nailor, Austin, TX , a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 a. m., Monday, December 30, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Manning presiding.

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David Dumond Polk

Feb. 12, 1953 - Jan. 31, 1977

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Eleanor Dumond Polk

Apr. 22, 1919 - Aug. 13, 1995

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Irma J. Pollard

Funeral services for Irma J. Pollard, 86, of Bay City are scheduled for 10 a. m. today at the First Baptist Church with Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mrs. Pollard was born April 18, 1907 in Abilene to Isaac Denton and Lula Hettie Smalley Brim and died Oct. 24, 1993 in Matagorda General Hospital.

A member of First Baptist Church in Bay City and member of the Faithful Workers Sunday School class, she moved to Bay City in 1929. She was president of Business and Professional Women in 1963 and 1964 and retired after 32 years as chief operator of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in 1964.

Survivors include a daughter, Lena Maude Shaffer of Bay City; a son, Donald Pollard of Bay City; a son and daughter-in-law, D’Janin and Sue Pollard of Alvin; a sister and brother-in-law, Ema and Aubrey King of Lake Jackson; a sister, Ara Caldwell of Alvarado; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are grandsons, Mike Pollard, Kirk Shaffer, David Pollard, Kent Pollard, George Hajovsky and Joe Lee White.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hudson D. Pollard in 1983 and by two brothers and one sister, Reginald Brim, Gayle Brim and O. D. Due.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Matagorda County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Daily Tribune, Oct. 26, 1993

Patricia Jean (Harris) Pool
January 7, 1943 – November 15, 2013

Patricia Jean (Harris) Pool, age 70, of Gouldbusk, Texas passed away early Friday morning, November 15, 2013, at Coleman Healthcare Center.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Gouldbusk Baptist Church in Goldbusk, TX, with Pastor Alan Wallace officiating.

Patricia Jean (Harris) Pool, the daughter of the late James C. and Jean Harris, was born on January 7, 1943 in Huntington, West Virginia. Her parents lived across the Ohio River in Ashland, Kentucky. Pat and her family lived in Ashland until the age of three, when her father was discharged from the United States Army, and they settled in Bay City, Texas.

Pat, as she preferred to be called, graduated from Bay City High School and attended Wharton County Jr. College where she met and married Jimmy Lee Pool in 1962. Pat and Jimmy lived in Bay City, Texas of 20 years of marriage, and then moved to East Texas for 20 years. In 2000, her husband retired and bought two ranches in Gouldbusk, Texas.

Pat was a horticulturist, a cosmetologist and an avid gardener. She was a member of Gouldbusk Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. Her passions were flowers, plants and gardening. She was president of the Colman Garden Club for two years, and a member of the Gouldbusk TEEA Club. Pat was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and she loved to support foreign and home missions.

Pat is survived by her husband, Jimmy Lee Pool of Gouldbusk; daughter, Toyya L. Cisneros of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Chelsea Taylor, Victoria Cisneros, and Caleb Cisneros; sister, Carolyn Bartlett of Van Vleck, Texas; and brother, James Calvin Harris of Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Sho Jo McCall of Richmond, Texas.

Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman.

Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guestbook at

Bay City Tribune, November 20, 2013

Ward M. Pope     1908 - 1988
Mary S. Pope     1914 - 1995

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Eula Pore

Eula Pore, 77, of Onalaska passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997 at Memorial Medical Center Livingston.

She was born Sept. 29, 1919 in Olathe, KS to Roscoe Harrison Hodges and Carrie Herr Hodges. She was a resident of Onalaska for the past 20 years and was a very active antique dealer. She was a former longtime resident of Palacios where she and her husband owned and operated a jewelry and antique store. She was a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Palacios.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Don Detherow of Bowling Green, KY and Dana and Church Blair of Ft. Worth. She is also survived by one granddaughter, five grandsons and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Leroy Pore on March 29, 1973.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Saturday at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, Feb. 21, 1997

Funeral Services Mr.
M. A. Posey

Funeral services were held for Mr. Marion Alford Posey, age 70, of Blessing from the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home at 4:30 p. m. Sunday. Interment was in the Hawley Cemetery with Rev. Burns officiating.

Mr. Posey is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mae Posey of Blessing; four daughters, Mrs. Ida Deshong of Cunningham, Texas, Mrs. Rachel Sain of Blessing, Mrs. Golda Brown of Blessing of Blessing and Mrs. Ollie Ruth Guthrie of Clute. Also three sons Charles Posey of Roaring Springs, Burford Posey and K. Posey, Houston.

Daily Tribune, April 27, 1953

Julia Elizabeth Postal

Julia Elizabeth Postal, 71, of Bay City passed away September 17, 1995 at her residence. She was born January 4, 1924 in Dallas, Texas to Myrlie James and Pearl Elizabeth Meyer Nelson.

She had been a resident of Bay City for 7 years, was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Matagorda General Hospital.

She is survived by her grandson, Jason Postal of Bay City; by three daughters, Michelle Hartner of Houston, Susan Williford and Cheryl Verch both of Dallas; by one son, Michael Postal of Dallas; and by three other grandchildren, July Williford, Craig Hartner, and Chris Hartner.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p. m. Wednesday, September 20, 1995 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Rev. W. A. “Bill” Haskell officiating. Burial will follow at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, September 19, 1995

LLoyd Phillip Potter
US Army
World War  I
Mar. 18, 1894 - Mar. 1, 1989

Mary Potter
1889 - 1966

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Geraldine Potts

Dec. 31, 1958 - July 2, 1962

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Jacqualine Potts

Dec. 31, 1958 - Feb. 17, 1962

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Freddy Forest Powell

POWELL, Freddy Forest, 92, died on Sept. 10 at Henderson County Memorial Hospital in Athens, Texas. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a. m. at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. The Rev. Conrad Winborn will officiate. He is survived by two sons, F. L. Powell of Tyler and Burton Lee Powell of the Canal Zone. Powell was a resident of Tyler. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily Tribune, September 12, 1969

Funeral Services For Mrs. Myrtle Powell Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Powell, 33, were held Monday afternoon at the Matchett-Newman Funeral Home with burial at Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. Mary Lucas officiated. Mrs. Powell died as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident near Corpus Christi Friday morning.

Surviving Mrs. Powell are three daughters, Doris Marie, Martha Ann, and Patsy Ruth; a son, Dexter; four sisters, Mrs. W. H. Smith, Blessing; Mrs. A. Frick and Mrs. O. Frick, Markham; Mrs. John Bohuslav, Bay City; two brothers, Pat and Robert Maxwell, and father, R. L. Maxwell of Bay City.

Palacios Beacon, July ??, 1948

Ola Merle Powell


Final Rites Wednesday For Old-Time Resident, Mrs. Teresa Powell, 80

Funeral services for Mrs. Teresa Catherine Powell were held at the Palacios Funeral Home Wednesday, August 12, at 10 a. m. with the Rev. Clinton Harris, of the First Methodist Church, conducting the service. Interment was in the Hawley Cemetery.

Mrs. Powell, who resided at 214 Welch, had lived in Palacios many years and was a charter member of the First Methodist Church of Palacios. She was born December 11, 1879 and passed away Monday afternoon, August 10, in the Bay View General Hospital.

Surviving are her husband, Fred Forrest Powell of Palacios; four sons, Forrest L. of Longview, Burton Lee of Washington, D. C., Gordon H. of Kennedy and Golden Walker of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. R. H. Rhodes of Blessing, Mrs. Lena Meadows and Mrs. Bessie Quinn of Houston and two brothers, Herman Blair of West Columbia and Lester Blair of Kansas.

Palacios Beacon, August 13, 1959

Cindy White Preston

Cindy White Preston, 29 of Mesa, Arizona passed away August 15, 1996 at her residence. She was born May 25, 1967 in Palacios to Charles and Carrie Sprayberry White.

She was a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Chad Preston of Mesa; by her parents, Charles and Carrie White of Palacios; by her maternal grandmother, Georgia Sprayberry of Palacios; by her father and mother-in-law, Skip and Cindy Patterson of Mesa; by two daughters Jessica and Megan Preston both of Mesa; by one son, Jake Preston of Mesa; by two sisters, Kelly Mower of Palacios and Nicole Quinney of Bay City; and by one brother, Alan White of Palacios.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. Tuesday, August 20, 1996 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers include Damon Edwards, John Curtis White, Ronnie Sprayberry, Ronnie J. Sprayberry, Larry White and Sterling Barrett.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros Funeral Home in Palacios.

Daily Tribune, August 18, 1996

Mary Catherine Priestly


John Puentes

(August 30, 1970 - February 3, 2014)

John Puentes, 43, of El Campo passed away February 3, 2014. He was born August 30, 1970 in Palacios, TX to Jesus Puentes and Pascuala Altamira Puentes.

Survivors include his mother Pascuala Puentes of Bay City; his wife Michelle Puentes of El Campo; daughters Brieaunah Puentes & Rebekah Puentes both of El Campo; sons John Puentes, Jr. and Ruben Puentes both of El Campo; sisters Mary Martinez of Victoria, Frances Resendez of Alvin, Petra Zuniga of El Campo, Cynthia Flores of Angleton, Teresa Blackmon, Jo Ann Ortiz and Jessica Polk all of Palacios and Suzanne Woods of Bay City and one brother Thomas Puentes of Palacios. He was preceded in death by his father Jesus Puentes.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM Saturday, February 8, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Guevera, Daniel Guevera, Neal Ward, Peter Flores, Juan Guevera, Alfred Blackmon, Reginald Woods and John Puentes, Jr. His son-in-law Jacob Ocanas will serve as honorary pallbearer.

Mrs. Ellena Purvis Funeral Services Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ellena Purvis will be held at 2:00 p. m. today at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Rayford Harris officiating.

Mrs. Purvis, who has lived here approximately 10 years, died at her home here Tuesday. City Policeman John Pena and Justice of Peace Paul Geissler conducted the coroners investigation.

Mrs. Purvis, a Baptist, is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Ira Tucker of Palacios, Mrs. Francis Studer of Austin, Mrs. Lucy Wine of Ballinger and Mrs. Maggie Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Also, Bennie Purvis of Muskogee, Okla., a son and two sisters, Ann Cast of Rockdale and Effie Shavers of Austin.

Mrs. Purvis, 76, was born at [San] Gabriel, Texas in 1879, the daughter of Harden Locklin.

Palacios Beacon, March 15, 1956

Raymond Keith Pyle Sr.

Memorial services with military honors for Raymond Keith Pyle, Sr., 67, of Palestine will be at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013, at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Barry Roberts officiating.

Mr. Pyle passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

additional information from family:
Born September 12, 1945 at Pasadena, Tx - died June 19, 2013
Son of Willie and Mildred Pyle
Husband of Jerry Pyle; father of Alona LaNelle Burnett, John Everett Pyle and Raymond Keith Pyle, Jr.



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