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Matagorda County Obituaries


Carol M. Park

Carol M. Park, 85, of Palacios, was born November 15, 1928 and passed away April 9, 2014. No services are planned at this time. Carol was preceded in death by sister, Pat Perry; son, Claude Pittmon; and daughter, Rhonda Herring.

Survivors include sister, Katherine Kershaw; brother, DeWitt Teague; and daughter, Deborah Wachsmann; grandchildren, Mark Pittmon, Camille Palmer, Jana Garvin, Thomas Overby, and Catalina Herring; great grandchildren, Jasmin Sardelich, Jeffrey Garvin, Jadon Garvin, Faith Garvin, Anayah Garvin, and Isaiah Palmer; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to acknowledge a special Thank you to Beverly Watson for her love and care.

Carol is loved and will be greatly missed by many.

Memorial donations in Carol’s honor may be made directly to Palacios Pet Pals.

Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book a

Palacios Beacon, April 9, 2013


Robert Arthur Partain

Robert “Bob” Arthur Partain, age 78, born on November 3, 1936 in Houston to J. Alfred Partain and Ruth Fern Skinner Partain and passed away Monday, December 29, 2014.

Bob was a graduate from Palacios High School and the University of Texas.


After working in the family business, Partain Food Market in Palacios, he made the switch to banking. He

began his banking career at City State Bank in Palacios, Texas. Bob was a founding Board Member and held the position of President of Citizens National Bank in Victoria for over 20 years. He retired from Citizens National Bank in 1995.


His interest in the business community covered many years resulting in numerous friends and business associates. The working environment was a pleasure to him as well as serving on boards of organizations including Palacios Lions Club, Houston Livestock Show, Victoria Rotary Club, Salvation Army, Citizens Medical Center, United Way, Regional Airport and University of Texas Exes.


Bob’s zest for life involved being with his family and friends. He had a cheerful disposition and loved to joke. Bob never knew a stranger and made all feel welcome. Bob liked to follow the Houston Astros baseball team and really enjoyed cheering on his very favorite, any of the Texas Longhorn sports teams. He will be remembered as a gentlemen, fun-loving and caring person.


He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Melba Ruth Partain.


He is survived by his wife, Annette Johnson Partain, daughter Charlotte Kelso (Curtis), from Cave Creek,

Arizona. Three grandsons, Sean, Rhys and Quinn Kelso; brother Jack Partain (Jeannie Beard, deceased) of Fredericksburg, Virginia and children Joe and Jim and their families; sister: Carol Ann Beard (Donnie) of Port Lavaca, and their children, Robbie, Nancy and Sherilyn and their families.


The family would like to offer special thanks to Sodalis Elder Living and all staff for their wonderful care and to the numerous family, friends and neighbors who have helped out over the years.


Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, online at, or by mail at Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 9601,Washington, DC 20090-6011.


Palacios Beacon, January 14, 2015

Matthews Patterson


On December 11, at 8:35 PM Matthews Patterson crossed “The Bar”. As the last lingering rays of a radiant day faded into the darkness of night, the spirit of this beautiful quiet Christian life took its flight to the heavenly home.


Mr. Patterson was 64 years, 7 months and 17 days old. He is survived by; four daughters, Mrs. Ethel Kelly and Mrs. Lela Finch, of Newgulf, Mrs. Hattie Page of Gulf, and Mrs. Pearl Cartwright of Beeville, Texas; two sons, Frank Patterson of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Henry Allen Patterson of Gulf, Texas.


On December 13, at 3:00 PM, the services were held from the First Baptist Church of Bay City, Texas, with the following ministers, former pastors, in charge; Rev. J. L. Eddings, Bellville, Texas, Rev. L. R. Byrd, Ganado, Texas, Rev. M. R. Soileau and Rev. Odis Rainer. A large concourse of friends attended the services. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful, attesting the fact that his life had been a benediction to those he had touched. His body was laid to rest in Cedarvale Cemetery by the side of his companion, who preceded him only a few years ago.


During Mr. Patterson’s long illness he often spoke of his heavenly home. His going might be fitly expressed in the words of Alfred Tennyson, “Crossing the Bar”.


“Sunset and evening star

And one clear call for me;

And may there be no

Moaning at the bar

When I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

Too full for sound or foam,

When that which drew from out

The boundless deep,

Turns again, home.

Twilight and evening bell,

And after that the dark,

And may there be no sadness of farewell

When I embark.

For though from out the bourne of

Time and space

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to meet my Pilot face to face

When I have crossed the bar.”

-A Friend


The Matagorda County Tribune, December 21, 1933                     Courtesy of Susie Adkins


Edith Weiss Perez

Mrs. Edith Weiss Perez, of Lafayette, TN, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 3, 2014, at Skyline Inpatient Center in Madison, TN, at the age of 73 years. 

She was born in Schaumberg, Germany, one of eight children, born to Anton and Emma Weiss. 

Funeral services for Edith Perez were conducted on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 4 p.m., from the chapel of Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette, with Dennis Harris and David McKissick officiating. 

Interment followed in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park.

Edith was married to the late Gilbert Perez, Jr. on August 15, 1959, who preceded her in death on November 30, 2011.  This union was blessed with five children,  Maria, Rachel, Antonia, Heidi and James.  She had previously worked for Matagorda County General as a certified food supervisor and was a member of the Lafayette Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In addition to her husband of 52 years; and her parents; she was preceded in death by two brothers. 

Edith is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Maria Grigsby of Hendersonville, TN, Rachel and Dennis Harris of the Westside Community in Macon County, TN, Antonia and Tim Davis, and Heidi and Mike Eidebach, all of Gallatin, TN; son, James Gilbert Perez, of Lafayette, TN; grandchildren, Nina Harris, Rachelle Harris, and J.D. (Heather) Harris, all of Lafayette, TN, Tyler Davis, Shane (Cierra) Perez, Caleb Eidlebach, all of Gallatin, TN; Janah Perez; two brothers; and three sisters. 

Online condolences may be left at Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Directors, Lafayette, TN, 615-666-4011.

Bay City Tribune, June 8, 2014

Eduardo “Squirrel“ Perez, Jr.

September 13, 1961 - December 28, 2014

Eduardo “Squirrel “ Perez, Jr. passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014. Eduardo was born on September 13, 1961 in Mission, Texas to Eduardo and Hermelinda Cantu Perez, Sr. Eduardo was a very loving husband, father, son, and grandfather. Eduardo is survived by his wife of 32 years, Matiana Garcia Perez of Markham; children, Elizandro Perez and wife Casey of Markham, Armando Perez and wife Kim of Markham, David Perez and wife Kristen of Blessing, Daniel Perez of Markham, daughter (Niece) Hope Mathers and husband Jason of the Woodlands, Texas; 8 grandchildren; brothers, Arnoldo Perez, Mauro Perez; sister, Margarita Johnson; parents, Eduardo and Hermelinda Perez Sr., and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Eduardo is preceded in death by his brother, Elizandro Perez. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at the Nichols street Church of Christ, with Brother Matt Springfield officiating. Burial to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 - 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 6 p.m., at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Marty Palamares, Adrian Perez, Mauro Perez, Chris Davalos, Chris Davis, and Frankie Brewer. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the family be visiting               Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Lorenza Perez
August 10, 1932 – August 6, 2014

Lorenza Perez, 81, of Markham, TX passed away August 6, 2014.

She was born August 10, 1932, in Robstown, TX, to the late Guadalupe M. Perez and Santos Salas Perez.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Josesa P. Longoria.

Survivors include her sisters, Maria J. Perez of Bay City and Cruz P. Olguin of Markham; brothers, Macario Perez of Corpus Christi and Pedro Perez of Banquete, TX; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A rosary was recited at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX.

Funeral mass was held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 8, 2014, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Msgr. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, August 8, 2014

Margarita H. Perez
August 4, 1955 – July 22, 2014

Margarita Hawkins Perez, born in Victoria, Texas, on August 4, 1955, to Ralph and Margaret Hawkins; beloved wife and mother, passed on to be with the angels, on July 22, 2014.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, George; children, Nancy, George, Jeannie and Jamey; grandchildren, Matthew, Cordell, Daniel, Trey, Layla, Laney, Jazmine, Manual, Summer and Lucas; siblings, Ralph, Richard, Daniel, Mike, Robert, Theresa, Anna and Gina.

Family services were held Saturday, July 26, 2014.

She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Bay City Tribune, July 27, 2014

Manuel Perez Sr.

January 23, 1943 - December 6, 2014

Manuel Perez Sr., 71, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and friends, on December 6, 2014.

Manuel was born in Bay City, Texas, on January 23, 1943, to the late Socorro Perez and Maria Delgado.

Manuel graduated from Bay City High School in 1962, and soon joined the military. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1962-1969. Manuel’s joy was spending time with his grandchildren. One of the best memories his grandchildren will have is Grandpa taking them to the corner store to buy snacks and teaching them to play poker. One of his favorite past times was watching the Texans, drinking beer with his buddies, and dancing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Socorro Perez, Teresa Benavidez and Maria Delgado; and brothers, Esmael Perez and David Silva.

Manuel is survived by his siblings, Josephine Garcia, Mary Rodriguez, Connie Renteria, Steve Hernandez, Robert Hernandez, Maria Delgado, Samuel Perez, Leo Silva, Raquel Williams, Isabel Garza, Daniel Perez and Michael Perez; his children, Kimberly Perez, Manuel Perez Jr., Sharon Perez, and Mark “Booboo” Perez; grandchildren, Veronica Martinez, Maria Rodriguez, Sergio “Choche” Rodriguez, Angelica Vargas, Gabriela Vargas, Lucero Rodriguez, Estrella Perez, Rebecca Perez, Marisol Perez, Phillip Perez, Christain Perez, Isabella Perez, Mark “Little Boo” Perez, Marcus Perez, Erin Rodriguez, Abigail Rodriguez and Joseph Rodriguez; great- grandchildren, Giovanni Hernandez, Jadyn Hernandez, Andres Mercado, Christopher Carranza, Julian Vargas and Landon Cantu; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A prayer service was held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Mark “Booboo” Perez Sr., Sergio ”Choche” Rodriguez, Samuel Perez Sr., Samuel Perez Jr., Jimmy “Wowwow” Montalvo Sr. and Matt Ordonez Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are Alfred Ybarra, Gilbert Medina and George Perez.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, December 10, 2014

Hattie Edison Pettit

Funeral services for Hattie Edison Pettit, 78, of Bay City, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Enterprise Baptist Church, Bay City, Texas.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

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

Bay City Tribune, February 4, 2015

Ada Moore Phillips


Mrs. Ada Moore Phillips, 87, died late Saturday evening in a Wharton hospital following a lingering illness. A longtime resident of Bay City, she was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and served as church treasurer for many years.


Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 3:00 PM at St. Mark’s Episcopal, with the Rev. J. Raymond Fisher, rector of Christ Church in Matagorda, officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.


Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Larry P. Young of Bay City; son, James A. Phillips of Billings, Montana; 3 sisters, Mrs. Oce Fullingin of Austin, Mrs. Vera Clement of Bay City, Mrs. Gladys Pierce of Ozona; 2 brothers, Capt. C. H. Moore and W. A. Moore, both of Bay City; 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.


The Daily Tribune, August 16, 1965                  Obit courtesy of Susie Adkins                   Photo courtesy of Suzy and Rob Find A Grave Volunteers #46950534



Adan Pina
(February 13, 1934 - June 26, 2014)

Adan Ortega Piña, 80, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday morning June 26, 2014. Born February 13, 1934 in Yoakum, Texas to Tanis Piña and Catarina Ortega; he was the fourth child in a family of eleven children. Adan married Blanca Garza; they were blessed with three children, sons Adam and Joab and daughter Shirley. Adan worked as a heavy-equipment operator most of his life, building a home in Bay City and raising his three children there. He was a member of the Agape Church and loved to go fishing and to drink coffee while visiting with friends around Bay City, especially sitting at the Feed Store.

Adan is preceded in death by his wife, Blanca; his youngest son, Joab; his parents Tanis and Catarina and several of his siblings.  He is survived by his son, Adam Piña of Bay City; daughter, Shirley Miller of Wimberley, TX; brothers, Hector, Mike, and John Piña; Grandchildren, Jessica, Travis, Emily, Adan, Joshua, and Alese; and Great Grandson, Liam.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 – 8 PM on Monday, June 30th at the funeral home. Services will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Mathews officiating. Internment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Gary Michael Piwonka Sr.

July 16, 1952 - December 27, 2014

Gary Michael Piwonka Sr. passed away on December 27, 2014 in Austin, TX at the age of 62.

Gary is survived by his mother, Emma Jean Piwonka, of Blessing, TX; wife, Paula Rene Piwonka; children, Gary Michael “Mike” Piwonka II, Alyssa Cae Piwonka, Zana Michele Piwonka, Danielle Rene Piwonka, and Garrett Wayne Piwonka; nine siblings, and sixteen grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, Clarence Michael “Red” Piwonka.

Gary was born on July 16 1952, in El Campo, TX, to Clarence Michael and Emma Jean Piwonka. He graduated from The Court Reporting Institute of Texas, with a degree in stenotype court reporting. He married Paula Rene Ellis in 1980.

Gary was accomplished at planning and executing grand family vacations, and was also known for his remarkably good luck. He was a man with an impressive sense of humor, and was always the first to have a good laugh at his own expense.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday, January 2, 2014, at Beck Funeral Home and Crematory 15709 Ranch Road 620 N., Austin, TX 78717. There will be a burial and a reception; details will be announced via Facebook, but you can also contact the immediate family.

Bay City Tribune, December 31, 2014

George Lee Plant - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Joseph E. Plant & Marie E. Plant - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Welthey B. Platt - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Hurston O. Poe & Emogene M. Poe - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Emogene "Jean" M. Poe

Emogene "Jean" M. Poe, 78, of Houston died Dec. 18, 2001 at Autumn Hills Nursing Center in Houston. She was born March 18, 1923 in Newport, Ark. to the late Dixon Williams and Bertie Belle Stephens Massey.

Mrs. Poe was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay City. She was a long-time resident of Bay City before moving to Houston two years ago. Mrs. Poe retired as a Senior Vice-President from Bay City Federal Savings and Loan.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Robert Swift of Houston; three grandchildren, Steven Webb and wife Donna, Christopher Webb and wife Brandi all of Houston, and Michael Poe of Needville; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hurston O. Poe; son, Richard H. Poe; sister, Autrefus Thompson; and brother, E. D. Massey.

Graveside funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck with Rev. Paula Behrens officiating. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Friday evening from 5-7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the James Cowart Scholarship Fund/Stephen F. Austin Alumni, Nacagodoches, Texas 75963.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001DC20

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, December 20, 2001

Richard Hurston Poe - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Johnnie M. Polensky & Bertie L. Polensky - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Mary L. Polensky - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Rudolph Roy Polensky - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Frances Poncik - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Simon Lee Poncik - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Horace W. Pool & Lurline Pool - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Hardy Poole


Ed Popek & Betty Popek - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Isaac Portee

Funeral services for Isaac Portee, 88, formerly of Bay City, TX, will be held Saturday, January 3, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Bay City, with Dr. T.L. Richardson, eulogist. Burial will follow at Ashwood Cemetery in Ashwood. Visitation will be Friday, January 2, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel. Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-5197

Bay City Tribune, December 31, 2014

Eula Prestwood - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Randy Donald Price - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Terry Dale Price - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


George W. Pruett - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Rosie M. Pruett - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Pascula “Pat” Puentes

17 May 1935 – 18 December 2014


PALACIOS - Pascula 'Pat' Puentes went to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Pat was born on May 17, 1935 in Edna, Texas to the late Adolfo & Julia Sanchez Altamira. Pat was a loving wife, mother and grandmother 'Nana'.


Pat is survived by her loving family, her children, Mary Martinez, Frances Resendez and husband Mike, Petra Flores and husband Lino, Cynthia Flores, Teresa Puentes and spouse Alfred Blackmon, Jessica Polk, JoAnn Ortiz and husband Ernesto, Suzanne Woods and husband Reginald, Thomas Puentes and wife Alma; 42 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; sister, Angie Flores.


Pat is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jesus Puentes; children, John Puentes, Thomas Puentes, Andres Flores Jr., Clara Flores; sons-in-law, Andy Martinez, and Sylvester Polk IV; brother, Adolfo Altamira Jr.


Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 PM at the funeral home. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with Fr. Bryan Heyer, celebrant. Rite of committal will follow at Palacios Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony's Catholic Church.


Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 701 1st Street, Palacios, Texas. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting


Published in the Victoria Advocate on 21 December 2014


Richard W. Pyburn - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



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