Matagorda County Obituaries
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John F. Raasch

Funeral services for John F. Raasch were held at 2 p. m. Saturday, March 15, in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Leslie E. Webb officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

Born August 21, 1920, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he had been a resident of Palacios for approximately 20 years. A former member of the city council, he was general shop foreman at Alcoa’s Point Comfort operations. He died of a heart attack at his home early Thursday morning.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Athelyn Raasch of Palacios; his mother, Mrs. J. A. Norman of Milwaukee; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Woodland of Port Lavaca and Miss Deborah Raasch of Palacios; one sister, Mrs. Sylvia Dermain of Milwaukee and one grandson, Russell Tod Woodland of Port Lavaca.

Palacios Beacon, March 20, 1969
 


Nema Radford

Nema Radford of Markham, died May 29, 2004.

She was born May 20, 1908 in Tacoma, Washington.

She has been a resident of Matagorda County since 1950.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p. m. Friday, June 4, 2004 at First Baptist Church in Markham.

Survivors are: sons and daughters-in-law Bill and Jeannie Radford of Angleton, Charles and Gayle Radford of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Ronald and Sherri Radford of Markham, and Stanley Radford, Jr. of Markham; 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren: and two great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband, Stanley Radford, Sr., and son Kenneth Radford.

Bay City Tribune, June 2, 2004
 


Stanley C. Radford, Jr.
Oct. 22, 1937 – April 28, 2012

Stanley C. Radford Jr., 74, of Markham, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012.

He was born October 22, 1937 in Willow Spring, Mo., to the late Stanley Sr. and Nema Faye Radford.

He is survived by: his daughter, Sherry Lynn (husband Brad) Merwin of Van Vleck and son, David (fiancée Peggy) Radford of Markham; brothers, Ronnie (wife Sherri) Radford of Markham and Bill (wife Jeannie) Radford of Angleton; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Mildred Louise; son, Casey; and brothers, Ken and Charlie Radford.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Services under the direction of Ganado Funeral Home, 361-771-2120

Bay City Tribune, May 2, 2012
 


Bobby Ramirez

Funeral services for Bobby Ramirez, 41, of Bay City will be held Saturday, April 11, 1998 at 3 p. m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Bay City with Reverend L. C. Cunningham, Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 p. m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Saturday from 2 to 3 p. m. at the church.

Ramirez was born in Refugio, Texas, Thursday, December 13, 1956, to Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Ramirez and passed away Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in Bay City, Texas.

His education was obtained at El Maton Elementary and Bay City High School.

He graduated from high school in Pennsylvania.

His military service included veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his children, Craig T. Ramirez of Bay City, Jordanis M. McElroy-Ramirez, Annette M. McElroy-Ramirez, all of Pearland; his former wife, Glenda McElroy-Gabrielson and step-daughter, Andrea N. McElroy of Pearland.

Also his father, Ruben Ramirez of Bay City, four sisters, Georgianne Edwards of Bay City, Judy Luchansky and Mary Ann Chaklos, both of Springboro, Pennsylvania and Alicia Ramirez of Nokomis, Florida. Also two brothers, Frank T. Ramirez of Kokomo, Indiana, and Victor T. Ramirez of Lafayette, Louisiana.

Other survivors include his fiancé, Kimberly V. Lisius and her children, Shane, Coryne and Meggan, all of Bay City, as well as a host of other relatives, and a family of many friends.

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

Daily Tribune, April, 1998
 


Barbara Ramos
Oct. 24, 1943 – March 4, 2012

Barbara Ramos, 68, of Wadsworth, Texas passed away March 4, 2012.

She is survived by: her spouse, Enrique (Soni) Ramos; sons, Gerald (Windy) Palmisano and Greg (Rhonda) Palmisano, Ricky (Eliza) Ramos; daughters, Regina Saucier and Connie (Kenny) Hart.

Services will be held Wednesday at Hixon & Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie, Louisiana.

Bay City Tribune, March 7, 2012
 


Louis Rangel
(June 20, 1919 - February 5, 2012)
 

Louis Rangel, 92, of Bay City passed away February 5, 2012. He was born June 20, 1919 in West Columbia, TX to the late Francisco Rangel and Clementa De Santerio Rangel. He worked for Dow for many years.

His wife Romana Rangel, three sisters and one brother all preceded him in death. Survivors include daughter Teresa Rangel of Bay City; sons David Rangel of Bay City, Robert Rangel & wife Irene of Bay City and Louis J. Rangel & wife Delphina of Lake Jackson; sister Margaret Barefield of Port Lavaca; brother Ray Rangel of Bay City; grandchildren Tammy Rangel, Jennifer Ailstock, Jerilyn Rhodes, John Salinas, Melisa Maldonado, Robert Rangel, Jr. Mellisa Rangel, David Rangel, Jr. & Erica Rangel; great grandchildren Sir Xaylan Thach, Karisma Tuy Thach, Sophia Rangel, Chloe Thach, Jordan, Justin & Jasper Rangel, Journey & Jayden Ailstock, Robert III & Tori Cheynne Rangel, Giannie & Kaylee Rangel, John Michael & John Christopher Salinas, Brittaney, Kayla, and Richard Allen Rhodes, Marcus Rodriguez, Eilza & Maria Ordones, Damien Rangel, Ethan Maldonado, Donavan & Reylinn Rangel, Riley Zapata & Arissa Garcia.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The mass will be 10:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Betty Rashford

Funeral services for Betty Rashford, 64, of Alvin will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at New Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Hudgins Community.

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

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
 


Annie Bell Rector

Funeral services for Annie Bell Ware Rector, 64, of Spring Branch, Texas will be at 2 p. m. today, May 19 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenny James officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Rector died May 16 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born May 31, 1993 in Centerville, Texas to the late Richard Clyde and Bessie Jenkins Ware, Sr.

She was a resident of Spring Branch for the past 20 years and a former long-time resident of Collegeport. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, James A. Rector of Spring Branch; a daughter, Nancy Burns of Kerrville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, James Greg Dunn of Odessa, Texas, Kenneth A. and Jackie Rector of The Colony, Texas, and James A. and Deann Rector of Jonestown, Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Bobbye and James Slone of Bay City; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Tina Ware of Houston; four grandchildren, Rachael Purnell, Katti and Kelli Burns and Josh Rector; four nieces, Mary Shiloh, Kelly Shiloh, Dana Drouin and Chrystina Weeks; seven nephews, Jerry Slone, Jimmy Slone, Richard Clyde Ware, III, Richard Clyde Ware, IV, Tyler Ware, Tanner Ware, and Weston Weeks.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James L. Dunn; and a brother, Jimmy Mac Ware.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, May 19, 1998
 


Margaret H. Reed

Margaret H. Reed, 93, passed away in Lake Jackson, Texas, on June 24, 2012.

Margaret was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Freeport, Texas.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Fred Reed and her sister, Lucille Dingle.

Margaret is survived by: one step-sister, Rachel DeZavala and husband Lawrence of New Baden, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing for Margaret at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

A graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Brazoria County SPCA, or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences can be made to the family at www.lakewoodfuneralchapel.com

Final arrangements by the Turner Family at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

Bay City Tribune, June 27, 2012
 



Virginia Barker Rehak
(November 25, 1927 - July 30, 2012)

Virginia Adair Barker Rehak, 84, of Matagorda went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 30, 2012. She was born on November 25, 1927 in Eagle Lake, TX to the late Robert & Dora Stapleton Barker.

Virginia is survived by her 3 daughters: Linda Bunda, Kathy Beach, and Deborah Trevino; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Scotty Rehak; son: Johnny Rehak; grandson: Jonathan; and granddaughter: Nicole.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, August 2, 2012 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, August 3, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda, Texas.

www.taylorbros.net

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


Benjamin “B. B.” Rhodes

Benjamin “B. B.” Rhodes, 89, of Blessing passed away November 6, 1995 at Matagorda House in Bay City.

He was born December 29, 1905 in Blessing, Texas to Robert Hamilton and Mattie Blair Rhodes. He was a lifetime resident of Blessing and a member of the American Legion #649.

He is survived by two brothers, L. L. “Brownie” Rhodes of Freeport and T. W. Rhodes of Diamondhead, Mississippi; by four nieces, Carolyn Rhodes, Valerie Malone, Geniveve Adams, and Jorene Aycock; and by one nephew, T. W. Rhodes, Jr.

Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home beginning at noon, Thursday, November 9, 1995. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 am Friday, November 10, 1995 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers include, T. W. Rhodes Jr., Robert Rhodes Aycock, Mark Adams, Richard Adams, Arthur Aycock, and Paul Van Dorn.

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

Daily Tribune, November 8, 1995
 


Patsy Richards

EL CAMPO - Mrs. Patsy (Pat) Jewel Richards entered heaven's gates Friday morning, July 6, 2012 at the age of 86. She was born in Palestine, Texas on September 7, 1925 to the late Howard Claybourn and Judy Boyd-Claybourn, and later moved to Palacios. She graduated from Palacios High School in 1943, and shortly after, met her husband of 67 years, Joe E. Richards, also a Palacios High School graduate. Joe and Pat met when he returned from Los Angeles, California, to visit his family before entering Flight Instructor School at Randolph Field in San Antonio at the onset of World War II. They were married on September 11, 1944, at the First Baptist Church of El Campo and moved to Alabama during World War II.

When the war ended, they moved to Wharton and opened a laundry and dry cleaning business they operated together for five years, until they purchased Pat's father's business in El Campo, Sunshine Laundry and Dry Cleaners. Pat and Joe operated the business for 65 years. In addition to helping her husband own and operate a business, Pat was a journalist, editor, and also had a radio program three days  a week.

As a journalist, Pat wrote women's news in El Campo for the El Campo News, The Citizen, and the El Campo Leader-News. Her columns "News" and "About Town" focused on women's interests and social happenings. Her radio program aired on Radio Station KULP three days a week.

Pat was an active member in philanthropic and social clubs including: an afternoon bridge club, The Garden Club, a dedicated member of First Baptist Church, a couple's club, the PTA, Beta Sigma Phi, and organized the Sesame Club with Mrs. Farley Sanford.

An energetic and passionate woman, Pat loved and relished her time with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, and employees. Her sister, Betty Welch, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Joe Edward Richards of El Campo; children, Sherilyn Perilloux and husband Tom of El Campo, Joe H. Richards and wife, Veronica of El Campo; grandchildren, Tom Perilloux and wife Lisa of El Campo, Tia Thompson and her husband, Jason of Austin, Patricia "Trish" Portella-Wright and husband Bob Wright of Solana Beach, CA, Chad Richards and wife Kim of Katy; and great-grandchildren, Celeste Portella, Colin and Charlie Thompson, and Lucas Richards.

Visitation for Patsy will begin Noon on Monday at Triska Funeral Home with her family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday July 10, 2012 at First Baptist Church with Reverend Rick Dubroc officiating. Private interment will follow services.

Special thanks to all the caregivers who loved and cared for Pat. She loved each and every one of you.

Memorial donations may be made to the Elk's Lodge or to First Baptist Church of El Campo.

Triska Funeral Home El Campo, Texas 979-543-3681.

Published in Victoria Advocate on July 8, 2012
 


Alla Richardson funeral services will be Sunday

Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Saturday for Mrs. Alla Locke Richardson, 90, of Blessing, who died Thursday at a rest home.

Mrs. Richardson was born: Sept. 2, 1871 in McMinnville, Tenn. She had been a long time county resident, and a member of the First Christian Church.

Rev. Tom Plumbley will officiate at the rites in Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, followed by interment in Hawley Cemetery.

Survivors are her husband, Lee Daniel Richardson of Blessing, one daughter, Mrs. Ira Wilcox of Freeport; one son, J. Sewell Lawson of Bay City; two brothers, W. L. Locke of Houston, Sam Locke, Palestine.

Pallbearers named are: B. Rhodes, Lee Pierce, Steve Rickaway, J. E. Wobb, Jimmy Davant and Earl Adams.

Daily Tribune, January 19, 1962|
 


Dr. Gordon Eugene Richardson

Funeral services for Dr. Gordon Eugene Richardson, 76, of Bay City are scheduled for 2 p. m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 1984, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buford Finley of First United Methodist Church and the Rev. James E. Scott, Episcopal chaplain at the Seaman’s Center at the Port of Houston, officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing and gravesite rites will be conducted under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 11.

Dr. Richardson was born Aug. 8, 1918, in Bay City to Samuel Scott and Ella Leah Johnson Richardson and died Sept. 27, 1994, at his residence.

A member of the Bay City Blackcat football team and graduate of Texas Tech University and Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, he practiced optometry in Brownfield and Lubbock during WWII and returned to Bay City to practice optometry from 1953 until his retirement in 1982. He holds the record for length of eye care in Bay City.

He served in the 1852nd service command unit of the Medical Department of the Army during World War II.

Active in the civic fraternal organizations, he was a 48-year member of the Lions Club and served as District Governor in 1975-1976. He was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, held a life membership in the Bay City Lions Club, Texas Lions Camp for Crippled Children, and was a past director of the Texas Lions Eye Bank. He was a member of the Bay City Lodge No. 865, A. F. and A. M. and a 32nd degree mason. He belonged to the Scottish Rite Bodies of Galveston, the York Bodies of Lubbock, and Arabia Temple Shrine of Houston. He was made Knight Commander Court of Honor in the Galveston Consistory in 1965, held a life membership and was a 48-year member of American Legion Post 11, a charter member of the Cradle of Texas Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, where he served as first registrar, a charter member of the Matagorda Chapter 35, Sons of the Republic of Texas, where he served as first historian and a charter member of the Matagorda County Genealogical Society.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Wilkinson Richardson; two daughters, Donna Friedrich of Flower Mound and Jeanne and Jimmy Naiser of Bay City; a step-daughter, Virginia and David Chapman of Van Vleck; grandchildren, Stuart Falknor of College Station, Chelsea and Graeme Friedrich and Shelley and Jayme Naiser of Bay City; and step-grandsons, Mason Kapp and Joey Chapman of Van Vleck; a brother, Scott Richardson and his wife, Anne, of Bay City; two nieces and a father-in-law, Walter W. Wilkinson, Jr.

Pallbearers are Sidney Schwartz, Dr. Larry Falknor, Jimmy Naiser, Monte Marshall, Bobby Wilkinson and Kenneth Thames.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Bay City Lions Club, all Lions of District 26-A, members of the American Legion Post 11, members of the Sons of the American Revolution and the sons of the Republic of Texas.

Memorials may be made to the Texas Lions Camp for Crippled Children, P. O. Box 247, Kerrville, Texas, 78029-0247; the Matagorda County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 264, Bay City, Texas, 77404 or the Texas Lions Eye Bank, Baylor College of Medicine, Cullen Eye Institute, 6501 Fannin Suite, C-307, Houston, Texas, 77030.

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

Daily Tribune, September 28, 1994
 


Rites Held For Blessing Man

Final rites for Lee Daniel Richardson, 86, of Blessing, were held Sunday at 4 p. m. from Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Wayne Sebesta officiating. Richardson died Friday in San Antonio, and was buried in Hawley Cemetery.

Survivors are stepdaughter Mrs. Ira Wilcox of Freeport, stepson Sewell Lawson of Bay City; sister Mrs. Sarah Garnett and brother Jim Richardson of Houston.

Pallbearers were Bert Logan, Lee M. Pierce, Steve Rickaway, Lindsay Rickaway, Pete Hamelink and Earl Adams.

Daily Tribune, July 29, 1963
 


Lena Hazel Richardson

Funeral services for Lena Hazel Richardson, 82, of Whitesboro, Texas will be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at First Baptist Church on Markham with Rev. Howard Harper and Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, with pallbearers Floyd and Allen Morton, Jackie Sappington, Patrick Ormand, Pete Medina and Grady Quinney.

She was born June 26, 1915 in Rosebud, West Virginia to the late Thurman and Olive Grace Bennett Wright. Mrs. Richardson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham, a longtime former resident of Blessing and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 40 years where she held all offices.

She served as Justice of the Peace, Matagorda County, Precinct 4 for over eight years, having assumed the position after the death of her husband, Judge C. W. “Kirk” Richardson, who was elected for two terms. She was known by her friends and family as a loving, caring Christian woman and for the good food and great hospitality found in her home.

Mrs. Richardson is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Joyce and Donald Morton of Pecos, Texas; Peggy and Bill Patterson of Whitesboro; sister, Naomi Mills of Akron, Ohio; two brothers, J. B. Wright of Maissilon, Ohio and Paul Wright of Akron, Ohio; and by 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years Lee C. McMichiel on Oct. 1, 1962, and her husband of 25 years Curtis W. Richardson, on Dec. 17, 1979; and by daughter, Elisabeth Brumley on Sept. 21, 1991.

Arrangements are made with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home of Bay City.

Daily Tribune, February 17, 1998
 


Teresa Anise Richardson
July 26, 1958 – April 7, 2012

Funeral services for Teresa Anise Richardson, 53, of Bay City, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Murray Martin, eulogist. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Visitation and guest book register will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.

She was born in Bay City, Texas, July 26, 1958, to Eddie Richardson, Sr. and Laura Lemons Richardson, and passed away April 7, 2012 in Bay City.

She was a graduate of Bay City High School and later attended North Texas State University in Denton. She also was a former cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys.

Survivors include: three children, Sterling Smoake of San Antonio, Zahria Battle and Zachry Battle; devoted friend, Thomas Battle, all of Bay City; one sister, Jean Johnson of Sugar Land; two brothers, Will Richardson of Houston, and Donnye Sampson (and Marva) of Houston; sister-in-law, Sara Richardson of Houston and a host of other relatives and friends.

Online condolences may be shared at duncan-roberts@att.net, or by fax 979-245-1537.

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

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
 


Anita Sophie Rickaway

Funeral services for Anita Sophie Rickaway, 94, of Blessing will be held 10 a. m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel, with her grandson, the Rev. Lee Rickaway, Jr. officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Rickaway died Nov. 6, 1999 at the Legacy Matagorda House Healthcare Center in Bay City. Affectionately known as “Granny” she was born June 15, 1905 in Burton, Tex. to the late John and Elizabeth Schultze Beckmann.

She was raised in Tivoli and on Nov. 14, 1923 she married Robert Rickaway in Tivoli, then they moved to Blessing in 1941 where she spent the remainder of her years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blessing, and was very active in the Palacios Eastern Star for many years.

Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Albert and Joy Rickaway of Brazoria, and Eugene and Marie Rickaway of Midfield; 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Robert; her daughter, Doris Barber; grandson, Richard Rickaway; great grandson, Daniel Kimmel; sisters, Hermenia Thormahlen and Lorena Newmann; and by brothers, Charlie and Ruben Beckmann.

Pallbearers will be: her grandsons, Dwight Barber, James, Mark, Glenn and Ray Rickaway and great grandson Nathan Rickaway.

Honorary pallbearers will be: her grandsons, Joe and Robert Rickaway.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, November 9, 1999
 


Blessing Infant Is Buried Saturday At Hawley Cemetery

Funeral services for Clyde Wayne Rickaway, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rickaway of Blessing, were held from Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City Saturday afternoon.

Clyde Wayne is survived by two sisters, Edna Elaine and Stella Ruth; two brothers, Frank and James Edward of Blessing, and his parents.

The Rev. James Thompson of the Blessing Baptist Church officiated and burial was in Hawley Cemetery.

Matagorda County Tribune, February 16, 1950
 

RUTH HOLLAR RICKAWAY died peacefully in her sleep May 10, 2006, in Houston, Texas. She was affectionately known as Ruthie to many people and as Mimi to her precious grandchildren. Ruth was born July 9, 1923 in Howard County, Texas. She was raised in Gail (Borden County) by her parents Elmer and Tama Pratt Hollar. The oldest of five children, she excelled in school and played on a state championship basketball team. She attended Texas Women’s University for a time and eventually obtained an associate’s degree in Medical Technology. Ruth worked for many years for the V.A. Hospital in Houston and at Baylor College of Medicine as a histopathologist in immunology research. She was the first person in Houston to be trained to operate an electron microscope. Ruth had a zest for life and she could do ANYTHING! She was the consummate Renaissance woman and could cook a gourmet meal for 40 people, sew, knit, embroider, macramé and lay bricks. Ruthie was an avid gardener and could bring dead plants back to life. She took great pride in her yard and flower beds. Family was her biggest passion and she was the rock of her family. She loved genealogy and spent years researching her family tree. "Benjamin Frost - A Texan From Tennessee" is her published book and can be found in genealogy libraries across the country. She loved organizing and identifying old family pictures. One of her favorite things was to tell “tales” about her pioneering family in Borden County. Ruthie spent many, many weekends at her property on Lake Travis. She loved to work there - clearing brush, building steps, planting foliage. Her talent for teaching kids to water ski was widely heralded. Her heart filled with joy watching her children & nieces and nephews playing in the lake. In later years, she found the same joy watching her grandchildren there! Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, her husband James Durwood Rickaway, her beloved daughter Tommie Ruth Diffey, her brother Frank Hollar and her sister Ruby Lois Patterson. She is survived by her children: daughter and son-in-law Dianne and Dale Ledet and son and daughter-in-law Darryl and Laurie Rickaway. Mimi is survived by her grandchildren, Lauren, Michael & Matthew Ledet and Laura & James Rickaway and one great-grandchild, Taylor Ann. Her brother Don F. Hollar & wife Penny, sister Louise Murphy & husband Sam and sister-in-law Marie Hollar also survive her. Aunt Ruthie is survived by many nieces and nephews and cousins and loads of friends!! Visitation will be Sunday, May 14 at Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in the Sanctuary, 6400 Woodway Drive and will be officiated by Pastor Jerry Towne of Second Baptist Church and Rev. Bobby Smith of First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. A Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, Texas. Pallbearers will be her nephews: Gary Hollar, Steve Hollar, Don Hollar, Wayne Hollar, Michael Ray Patterson, Steve Caldwell, Ron Strickland, Mark Murphy and Mark Rigler. If you would like to sign the Online Guestbook, share a story or leave an Online Tribute, please scroll down to CONDOLENCE SERVICES below, click on "Read & Add Tributes" and follow the directions. The family appreciates any and all of your kind words of love and support during this time.

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Esther Rickaway

Esther Rickaway, 91, of Gadsden, Alabama passed away March 26, 1996 at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Alabama.

She was born Oct 24, 1904 in Texas to Julius W. and Freida Schlitzkus Klaus. She had lived in Gadsden for 15 years, was a former resident of Blessing, and a member of the East Gadsden Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Merline R. “Penny” and Don Hollar of Gadsden, Alabama, by one sister, Ruth Carnes of Lolita, Texas, by one brother, Charlie Klaus of Lolita, Texas, by two grandchildren, Lorie Hollar of San Augustine, Florida and Wayne Hollar and his wife, Paula of Gadsden, Alabama and by two great grandsons, Wes and Zac Hollar of Gadsden, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil August Rickaway on Oct. 18, 1983. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a. m. Friday, March 29, 1996 at the First Baptist Church in Blessing with Rev. Ron Lynn officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Her Great Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Daily Tribune, March 28, 1996
 


Mrs. Glenna Rickaway

Funeral services for Mrs. Glenna Jean “Ginger” Rickaway of El Campo were held at the Palacios First United Methodist Church Tuesday, July 27, at 10 o’clock in the morning with the Rev. Tom Connolly officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

Daughter of Mrs. F. C. Wynn of Palacios and the late J. N. “Buster” White, whose funeral in Wiggins, Miss. she returned from Saturday, she was born on December 9, 1948 in Palacios. A 1967 graduate of Palacios High School, she was killed early Sunday morning when the auto she was driving failed to negotiate a curve .1 of a mile east of El Campo and overturned three times. She was the only occupant in the car.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Lynn Rickaway; a son, Ronald Jr., both of El Campo; her mother, Mrs. Wynn; a sister, Mrs. M. D. Ellis of Houston and a brother, John N. White of Swansboro, N. C.

Palacios Beacon, July 29, 1972
 


James E. “Jim” Rickaway

Funeral services for James E. “Jim” Rickaway, 52, of Blessing, will be held 3 p. m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. Ron Lynn officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Rickaway was born Jan. 28, 1941 in Bay City to Steve M. and Viola Herreth Rickaway and he died June 12, 1993 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blessing, the Masonic Lodge in Blessing, and Blessing Volunteer Fire Department. He was an officer of the Hawley Cemetery Association and was employed with Hoechst Celanese Plant in Bay City for the past 27 years where he was a shipping supervisor.

He married Betty Fitzgerald July 16, 1960 and was a lifelong resident of Blessing.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Rickaway of Blessing, two sons, Chris Rickaway of San Marcos and Kevin Rickaway of Blessing; his parents, Steve M. and Viola Rickaway; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Stella Ruth and Jay Coffman of Dickinson and Elaine and Henry Day of Blessing; a brother, Frank Rickaway of Blessing; three nieces, Lisa Day of Blessing, Jana Rickaway of Palacios and Kim Calhoun of Dickinson; a nephew, Randy Rickaway of Blessing; a great-niece, Randi Renee Rickaway of Blessing and a great-nephew, Cole Rickaway of Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Adolph Biskup, Harry Lane Powell, Maurice Ashcraft, Jim Pohlmeyer, Donnie Dawes and Ralph Durham. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Hoechst Celanese distribution department.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, June 14, 1993
 


Paul Richard Rickaway

RICKAWAY, Paul Richard, died Monday in Port Lavaca. Funeral services set for 11 a. m. Thursday at the Hawley Cemetery with Mr. Allen Brown of the Sixth Street Church of Christ officiating. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene R. Rickaway of Midfield; one sister, Anita Jewell Rickaway of Midfield; three brothers, James, Mark and Vernon Rickaway, all of Midfield; maternal grandparent Mrs. J. M. Woodson of Midfield, and paternal grandparent, Mrs. Robert Rickaway of Blessing. Bay City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily Tribune, May 13, 1968
 


Rebecca Alice Rickaway

Last Rites Held Tuesday At Blessing For Mrs. Rickaway

Last rites for Mrs. Frank H. Rickaway, 69, of Blessing were held Tuesday in the Blessing First Baptist Church. The Rev. A. W. McGregor was in charge.

Mrs. Rickaway is survived by her husband; seven daughters, Mrs. Ruth Walker of Aldine, Mrs. Orelia Bump of Van Vleck, Mrs. Katie E. Vacalick of Blessing, Mrs. Ada Eads of Velasco, Mrs. Stella Phillips of Blessing, and Mrs. Inez Simpson of Bay City.

Seven sons, August of El Campo, Earl of Tivoli, Steve, Fred, and Lindsey of Blessing, James of Houston, and Curtis of Freeport. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Luella Barton of Borden, 89 grandchildren, and 81 great grandchildren.

Bay City News, December 13, 1956
 


Robert Rickaway, 69, Dies In Blessing Aug. 23, Buried At Hawley

Funeral services for Robert Rickaway, 69, were held at the First Baptist Church of Blessing at 10 a. m. Saturday, August 27 with Rev. H. C. Wells officiating. Interment was in the Hawley Cemetery.

Born July 6, 1897 in Hallettsville, he died at his home in Blessing, Tuesday, August 23.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Sophie of Blessing; one daughter, Mrs. Doris Barber of Orlando, Fla.; two sons, Albert Lee Rickaway of Brazoria and Eugene Robert Rickaway of Port Lavaca; four sisters, Mrs. Amelia Judd of El Campo, Mrs. Sophie Macheck of Hallettsville, Mrs. Leona Neumann and Mrs. Louise Parker, of Tivoli and one brother, Frank Rickaway of Blessing.

Palacios Beacon, September 1, 1966
 


Viola Clara Rickaway

Funeral services for Viola Clara Rickaway, 81, of Blessing, will be at 2 p. m. on Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mrs. Rickaway died Nov. 26, 1999 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born May 19, 1918 in Bay City to the late Albert C. and Elizabeth C. Gavender Herreth, Sr.

Mrs. Rickaway was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blessing and a longtime resident of Blessing.

Survivors include: husband, Steve Rickaway of Blessing; two daughters and sons-in-law, Edna Elaine and Henry Day of Blessing, and Stella Ruth and Jay Coffman of Dickinson; son, Frank Everett Rickaway of Blessing; sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Albert Lee Rickaway of Brazoria; brothers and sisters-in-law, A. C. and Georgia Herreth, Jr. of Bay City, Carl F. and Irene Herreth of Bellville, and Walter C. and Jessie Herreth of Houston; eight grandchildren, Randy Rickaway, Jana Huddleston, Lisa Day, Chris Rickaway and Kevin Rickaway, all of Blessing, Kimberly Brown, of Texas City, and Jennifer Morgan and Melissa Coffman, both of Garland, Texas; and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her sons, James Edward Rickaway and Clyde Wayne Rickaway; sister, Lois Smith; and her brother, Lawrence Herreth.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, November 28, 1999
 


Wallace Lindsey Rickaway

Funeral services for Wallace Lindsey Rickaway, 68, of Blessing will be held 10 a. m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Blessing with the Rev. Ron Lynn officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Rickaway was born Nov. 1, 1923 in Blessing to Frank H. and Rebecca Alice Tolleson Rickaway and died April 26, 1992 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Blessing, Mr. Rickaway was a lifelong resident of the Blessing area and was a member of the National League of Post Masters and NARFE. He retired from the Blessing Post Office after 36 years of service. An Air Force veteran of World War II, Mr. Rickaway was a member of the American Legion and a charter member of Blessing Cecil Lee Post 649.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda M. Rickaway of Blessing; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald L. and Sandra K. Rickaway of San Antonio; three sisters, Ada Baker of Freeport, Stella Phillips of Blessing and Inez Simpson of Cuero; two brothers, Curtis Ray Rickaway of Jones Creek and Steve Rickaway of Blessing; two grandchildren, Ronald L. Rickaway Jr. of San Antonio and Gregory W. Rickaway of Sweeny.

Pallbearers will be Mike Simpson, Donald White, Phillip Rickaway, Jim Rickaway, Fred Rickaway and Wilbur Vaclavick.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanette Sue Rickaway Shultz on June 14, 1981.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blessing or Hawley Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral  Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, April 27, 1992
 


Ora Ridge

Funeral services for Ora Ridge, 82, of Bay City will be held Wednesday, May 22 at 1 p. m. at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Griggs officiating.

Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 21 from noon until 9 p. m.

Ridge was born in Bay City on Feb. 2, 1912 to William B. Norris and Pearl Jackson Norris. She passed away May 18 at College Park Care Center in Texas City.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law Sallie Pearl and Willie Johnson of Bryan and Sharon R. and Earl Billiot of Texas City; three sons and daughters-in-law William B. and Lois McNeel of Houston, Thomas E. and H. C. Ridge, Jr. and Jo Lang of Lake Jackson. She is also survived by a cousin, Opal Davis of Bay City, 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers are Robert Franklin, Sammie L. Wright, John Stone, Wilson Hart, Stevie Franklin and Jobie Franklin. Honorary pallbearers are William B. McNeel, Thomas Ridge, Bennie Ridge, John Paul Davis, Rondon Frater, Rondrick Frater, Willie Johnson, Marshall Whitley, Jr., William Courtney and George Fountain.

Arrangements are with Green’s Mortuary of Bay City.

Daily Tribune, May, 1996
 


Charlie Rivers
April 2, 1927 – March 26, 2012

Funeral services for Charlie Rivers of Bay City, formerly of Blessing, Texas, who passed away March 26, 2012, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Mother Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Murray Martin, Pastor and the Rev. Ben Hadden officiating.

Burial will follow immediately after the service at East View Cemetery.

Final arrangements are with Green’s Mortuary 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, March 28, 2012
 


Effie Rives

Funeral services for Effie Rives, 66, or Markham will be held 3 p. m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Markham, with the Reverends Howard Harper and Joe Ramsey officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mrs. Rives was born May 3, 1926 in Colmesneil to Henry Clay Gibson and Mary Malise Smith Gibson and died April 19, 1993 at her home.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Markham, and a resident of Markham since 1960.

Survivors include her husband, J. P. Rives of Markham; two daughters, Cheryl Morrow of Houston and Paulette Holland of Garland; a son, Joe Rives of Pearland; two sisters, Falbia Durham of Colmesneil and Lois Benson of Columbia, S. C.; two grandsons; four granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Lundquist, Grady Quinney, David Bradley, William Parks, C. W. Rush and Pete Medina.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, April 20 or 21, 1993
 


Joseph P. Rives

Funeral services for Joseph P. Rives, 69, of Markham are scheduled for 2:00 p. m. Monday, April 17, 1995 at the First Baptist Church, Markham, with Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Rives was born August 29, 1925 in Hardin to Samuel and Mary Lou Bush Rives and passed away Saturday, April 15, 1995 at Matagorda General Hospital.

Mr. Rives was a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham. He retired from Celanese Chemical Corporation, as a Boiler Maker, after 20 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Navy.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Cheryl Morrow of Houston and Paulette and Randy Holland of Rowlett; and by a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Joan Rives of Pearland. He is also survived by two sisters, Mittie Acklin and Erma Alice Kock, both of Kirbyville; four brothers, Reginold Rives of Centoment, Fla., Ben Rives of Central Pointy, Ore., Ernest Rives of Hardin and Elbert Lee Rives, Sr. of El Campo. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rives was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Rives in 1993 in Fune, Mich.

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

Daily Tribune, April16, 1995
 


Catherine Robbins

BAY CITY - Catherine Robbins, 64, of Bay City, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

Visitation will be from 2 - 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2012 at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Vine Grove Christian Church, Live Oak. Burial will follow at Live Oak Cemetery.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on July 20, 2012
 


Eliza Jane Robbins Buried in Hawley

Mrs. Eliza Jane Robbins, age 56 years, passed away at 6:35 a. m. Friday at the home of her son, John Robbins, in Luling, Texas.

Mrs. Robbins was borned in Pleasanton, Texas and was a resident of Markham for 50 years. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, John of Luling and Charlie of New Orleans; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Dora Starr of Big Foot, Texas.

Funeral services were held at 4:00 p. m. Saturday from the Methodist church in Markham with interment in the Hawley Cemetery.

Daily Tribune, August 13, 1951
 


Ida Mae Robbins

Funeral services for Ida Mae Robbins, 85, of Bay City will be held 2 p. m. Thursday at Mother Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City. Visitation is until 9 p. m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel and 1 to 2 p. m. Thursday at the church.

Mrs. Robbins was born Jan. 12, 1907 to Leatha and Tom Lane, Sr. and she died July 25, 1992 at Matagorda General Hospital.

Survivors include four sisters, Blanche Lane, Viola Johnson, Elva James, and Ola Mae Lane, all of Bay City; a stepdaughter, Anita Robbins Perkins of Houston; a stepson, Adam B. Robbins of Junction City, Kan.; a niece,, Delores Wilkerson of Bay City; two nephews, James Bradford and Rufus James; five great-nieces, four great-nephews, two sisters-in-law, Emma Pea and Margaret Gee and husband Everett of Bay City, as well as a family of friends.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Law, James Bradford, Ben Perkins, Don Wilkerson Sr., Don Wilkerson Jr. and John Robbins. Honorary pallbearers will be Mission 1, Bible Band, Sanctuary Choir and Women’s Chorus of Mother Zion Baptist Church.

Mrs. Robbins was preceded in death by her husband, Bay City police officer Marcus Hannah Robbins, in 1980; two step-children, Lamar Hannah Robbins in November 1991 and Mildred Robbins Proctor in July 1992; three sisters, Letha Lane Clara Bradford and Mae Dell Roberts and a brother, Tom Lane, Jr.

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

Daily Tribune, July, 1992
 


William Went Robbins

Funeral

W. W. Robbins passed away Tuesday morning at 6 o’clock at his home. Mr. Robbins was 72 years of age and had been a resident of Markham for thirty years. He was survived by his wife, and two step-sons.

Funeral services were held at Taylor Brothers Funeral home in Bay City, and remains carried to Hawley for burial. Rev. Black officiating.

Daily Tribune, June 29, 1939
 


Wayne Roberds
Dec. 8, 1946 – Sept. 17, 2012

Wayne Roberds, 65, of Angleton passed away September 17, 2012, at the Methodist Hospital after a 10-month battle against cancer, which he overcame.

He was born December 8, 1946, in Bay City, Texas to Wilma and Blondie Roberds.

Wayne graduated from Bay City High School in 1966 and played football at Baylor University from 1966-1970.

After graduating from Baylor he moved to Angleton where he began his teaching and coaching career. He taught for 34 years at Angleton High School and Angleton Middle School.

It’s odd that his name was actually Wayne because very little people called him that. His Bay City friends knew him as “Coonie,” while his coaching buddies back in the day called him “Bear,” still to this day most of Angleton knows him as “Coach Roberds.” One thing is certain, while called many names, everybody LOVED Wayno.

Wayne was a mentor to many; he loved football with a passion. He loved the outdoors even more – if he didn’t have a fishing pole in one hand; he had a gun in the other. Fishing and hunting were his true love.

He spent the last 10 years since retirement chasing a life dream of raising cattle. He loved Beefmaster cattle and working the farm. He loved to get in the cab of his John Deere tractor and do some shredding or disking while listening to a college football game.

Wayne never met a stranger; those who knew him loved him. He had a heart the size of Texas, and would help anyone who wanted to learn, he will be truly missed by many.

Wayne is survived by: his wife and high school sweetheart who were just shy of 50 years together, Lynda Younts Roberds of Angleton; son, Clinton Wayne Roberds and his wife Jana Roberds of Missouri City, Texas; and daughter, Robyn Roberds of Missouri City, Texas. He also had three of the most incredible grandchildren – oh, how he loved to take them hunting and fishing. They are Madison Brooke Roberds, Carson Wayne Roberds, and Colt Wayne Roberds.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 at Palms Funeral Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Pall Bearers are David Jennings, Mike Svoboda, Mike (Lu) Lewis, Skipper Osborne, Johnnie Hahn, Alan Weddell, Brandon Shumake, and Mike Clements.

Bay City Tribune, September 19, 2012
 


Dorotherine Roberson

Funeral arrangements for Dorotherine Roberson, 74, of Bay City, are scheduled for 1 p. m. Saturday at the Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. K. J. Griggs. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery, Bay City.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. Friday at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Mrs. Roberson was born Jan. 20, 1919 in Wadsworth to Matthew and Nettie Lee Parker Johnson and died Aug. 19, 1993 at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

She was co-owner and operator of Roberson’s Barbecue in Bay City for many years. She also operated a school bus and worked in the cafeteria in Van Vleck Independent School District for 16 years.

Survivors include her husband, Lee A. Roberson Sr. of Bay City; seven sons, and daughters-in-law, Herbert Lee Smith, Robert and Margaret Smith, Floyd Smith, Jim and Dorothy Lee Smith, Rev. James and Nina Roberson, Lee A. and Nancy Roberson Jr., all of Bay City and Horace and Jean Roberson of Freeport; 26 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of other friends and relatives.

Pallbearers will be T. H. Edison, Hewitt Wiggins, Horace Laws, Benjamin Scott, J. W. Brown and Louis Pointer, Sr.

Honorary pallbearers will be ushers and nurses, members of Mission No. 1 and 2 and the Bible Band organization of Mother Zion Baptist Church and others in the area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Nettie Johnson and five brothers, Matthew “Gabe” Johnson Jr., Johnny Johnson, Elzy Parker, Abron Johnson and Nat Johnson; and one daughter-in-law, Dorothy Craft Smith.

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

Daily Tribune, August, 1993
 


Lonnie Owen Roberson, Jr.

Funeral services for Lonnie Owen Roberson, Jr., 58, of Bloomington, will be at 1 p. m. on Saturday, March 14 at Artero Memorial Chapels with Rev. Coleman Joshlin officiating. Graveside services will then follow at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing with Rev. Howard Harper officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, March 13 at 10 a. m. at the Artero Memorial Chapels.

Mr. Roberson died March 9. He was born on March 23, 1939 in Crockett. He was the owner of B. and L. Grocery Store of Bloomington. He was also retired from the U. S. Army, where he served 20 years; part of which was during the Vietnam War. He was a Baptist.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Standefur Roberson of Bloomington; father, the late Lonnie Robertson, Sr. and mother, Eula V. Jones Roberson of Whitt, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie Roberson Dooley and husband Peter Dooley of Markham; son Lonnie O. Roberson III of Temple; two sisters, Louise Davis of Whitt, and Angela Schmidt of Ft. Worth; a brother, Cecil Willus of Mineral Wells, Texas; and two grandsons, Joey and Bryan Dooley.

Arrangements are with Artero Memorial Chapels.

Daily Tribune, March 12, 1998
 


Rev. Morris Roberts

Funeral services for Rev. Morris Roberts, 64, of Van Vleck will be held 1:30 p. m. Thursday at the church of God of Prophecy in Van Vleck with Brother Hugh McGruder officiating. Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Rev. Roberts was born June 18, 1928 in Bay City to Elijah and Louisiana Williams Roberts and died Feb. 27, 1993 at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a former pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy in Van Vleck.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Mysterious Roberts of Van Vleck; a daughter, Sharon Roberts of Texas City; three sons, Leonard Roberts of Texas City, Morris Roberts Jr. of Palacios and Randy Roberts of Van Vleck; seven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; many other relatives; and a family of friends.

The Rev. Roberts was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Roberts; a sister, Norvell Sweeny; and five brothers, I. J. Roberts, W. B. Roberts, Elijah Roberts Jr., Walter Roberts and Willie Cooper.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Lewis, Robert J. Blackmon, Alford Blackmon Jr., Johnnie Revis, Charles Revis and Nelson Wiley Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are Roosevelt Ellis Jr., Lawrence Green, Robert James Ellis Jr., Larry Ellis, Jimmie Ellis and Andrew Jackson.

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

Daily Tribune, March, 1993
 


William Henry Roberts

ROBERTS, William Henry, 70, of 1414 Ave. E., Bay City, died Monday morning at Matagorda General Hospital. Funeral services set for 10 a. m. Wednesday at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John Bravenec of the Blessing Brethren Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sophie Roberts of Bay City; two daughters, Mrs. Elaine Crain of Bay City and Mrs. Nell Anderson of Laredo; two step-sons, Clifton and Earl Sedlacek of Bay City; one sister, Mrs. Zora Sanders of Broadus, Texas, and one brother, Sam H. Roberts of Angleton. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Daily Tribune, January 30, 1968
 


Dessie Gammill Robertson

Dessie Gammill Robertson, 87, of Richmond, died Dec. 14, 1966 at the Polly Ryan Nursing Home.

She was born May 9, 1909 in Morehouse Parish, La. to Will and Pallie Stevenson White. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Bay City, a retired school teacher a resident of Richmond the past six years and a former resident of Bay City.

Funeral services were held 2 p. m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Tx.

Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law Jimmy and Jean Gammill of Simonton, Benny Gammill of Austin, Billy and Carolyn Robertson of Bay City and Bobby Lee and Priscilla Robertson of Corpus Christi; sister Fannie Tharp of Bastrop, La.; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Averill R. Robertson Dec. 24, 1986.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, December 17, 1996
 


Alma Armstead Robinson

Funeral services for Alma Armstead Robinson, 94, of Bay City, will be held, Thursday, March 1, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Evelyn Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery, Bay City, Texas. She will be in state at Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2001 from 12 noon until 9 p.m. Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.

Alma Armstead Robinson was born to Millie Williams Armstead and Henry Armstead on August 4, 1906 in Galveston, Texas. She received her education in the Bay City and Galveston Public Schools. Mrs. Robinson was united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Edgar Robinson on November 1, 1927. The majority of her life was spent as a housewife. She became a member of Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church at a very early age in life under the leadership of Rev. Whitmire in the early 20's and a faithful member of The Daughters of Allen. She was a very generous and loving person to anyone that was in need or ill.

Mrs. Robinson went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 23, 2001. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters, Eula Mae (infant), Amy Jones and Mildred Norman; two brothers, Henry Armstead Jr. and Otis Armstead.

She leaves to mourn: two sisters, Mrs. Edith Gray of Evergreen, Alabama and Mrs. Marion McDaniel of Houston, Texas; a devoted niece, Edith Evans of Bay City; favorite nephew, Carlton Hilliard; other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers are to be John Hilliard, E. H. Allen, Robbie Hilliard Sr., Robbie Hilliard Jr., Adell Scott and Irvin Holt. Honorary pallbearers are to be the officers and members of Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Green's Mortuary is in charge of all arrangements. A00011A2001FB28

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, February 28, 2001                                marker picture
 


Cornelius Robinson, Sr.

Cornelius Robinson, Sr., 76, of Bay City, died in his home. He was a former police officer in Bay City, and was active in the community and was a member of Tyree Chapel Methodist Church. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Minnie Robinson; son, Cornelius Robinson, Jr. of Bay City; aunt, Mrs. Alberta Johnson of California; five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; two cousins, Mrs. Leona Smith and Mrs. Frances King of Bay City. Funeral services will be held at Tyree Chapel Methodist Church, August 11, at 1:00 p. m. Rev. I. B. Wells will be officiating. Interment will be at East View Cemetery. Penn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Daily Tribune, August 10?, 1979
 


Estella Robinson

Funeral services for Estella Robinson, 92, of Bay City, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2000, at Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church, 2517 Avenue B, Bay City, Texas, with the Rev. Evelyn Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City.

Estella N. Robinson was born in Morales, Texas, on May 17, 1908, to the union of Will Holland and Mollie Hall Holland. She passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2000, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

She is survived by children, Esther L. Robinson of Los Angeles, California, William K. Robinson of Bay City, Andrew A. Robinson of San Antonio and Peyton Robinson of Bay City; two sisters, Johnnie Smith and Rhea Sanders of San Antonio; one brother, Tom (Buster)Holland, of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Matilda Thompson of Sugarland, Texas, brother-in-law, Woody Robinson of Sugarland; fifteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Studie Robinson; parents, Will Holland and Mollie Hall Holland; son, James Edward Robinson, four brothers, two sisters, and her grandson, Steve Robinson.

Active pall bearers will be Kary Hawkins, William Green, E. H. Allen, Wilbert Smith, Larry Thomas, and Andrew Vaughn, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are to be William K. Robinson, Andrew A Robinson, Peyton Robinson, Tom Holland, T.J. Holland, Elijah Sanders, Olin Robinson, and Woody Robinson

Green's Mortuary is in charge of all arrangements. A00011A2000OT27

The Daily Tribune, October 27, 2000
 


James Ervin Robinson

Graveside services for James Ervin Robinson Jr., 34, of Houston will be held 11 a. m. Friday at Hawley Cemetery with the Rev. Peter Higgins officiating.

Mr. Robinson was born Jan. 14, 1957, to James Ervin Robinson Sr. and Billie Jackson Robinson in Tucson, Ariz., and died Dec. 14, 1991, in Houston.

Formerly of Bay City and Blessing, he lived in Houston for one year. He was also a member of the Catholic church.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Billie L. and E. R. Vacek of Blessing; his father, James Ervin Robinson Sr. of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a son, Brian Robinson of Port Orchard, Wash.; three sisters, Annette Robinson of Los Angeles, Calif., Laura Schlosser of Tulare, Calif., and Carol Cano of Blessing; and a brother, Michael Robinson of Hawthorne, Calif.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, December, 1991
 


Jessie Bell Robinson

Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Bell Robinson, age 75, of Bay City, will be held Thursday, August 8, at 11 a. 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 Wednesday until 9 a. m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Thursday from 10 to 11 a. m. at the church.

She was born in Brazoria County, Texas, Friday, Jan. 21, 1921, to Charlie Holmes and Mattie Campbell Holmes, and passed away Saturday, August 23, 1996, at St. Luke Hospital in Houston, Texas.

She was loved by her family as “Mama Jessie,” and was known by her friends as “Jessie Bell.” She was admired as a sweet person by all who met her, and was recognized as the neighbor on Duncan Street with the “porch family,” having creating an atmosphere of cheerfulness with those who stopped to visit.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Eretta Smith (& Cecil) of Dallas, and two sons and daughters-in-law, Wilson Hart (& Janet) of Bay City, and Charles Brown (& Judy) of Denver, Colorado.

Also six grandchildren, Tony, Regina, Carmen, Eretta, Wilson, Jr. and Carlton; three nieces, Carmilla Ward, Carrie Thomas and Jessie Mae Williams. She leaves several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, a host of other relatives and many friends, which include her church family and her porch family.

Active pallbearers will include George Reed, Jr., Willie Boone, Jr., Kenneth Young, Ira Edison, Randall Knapp, Harry Sauceda, Kevin Edison, Charles Spencer and Nelson Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will include George Reed, Sammie L. Smith, Alex Garrison, Dean Taylor, Floyd Spiller, Wells Clark, William Courtney, Nathan Nathaniel and Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Bachman.

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

Daily Tribune, August, 1996
 


Larry B. Robinson, Sr.

Mr. Larry B. Robinson, Sr., 47, of Bay City, died at Herman Hospital in Houston on March 1. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Doris Jean Robinson of Bay City; sons, Guy Robinson of Houston and Larry Robinson, Jr. of Bay City; daughters, Dianna Edison and Patricia Williams of Houston, Priscilla, Vernessa, Rhonda and Carman all of Bay City; two brothers and four sisters all of Houston; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the First Sacred Memorial Christian Church in Bay City on Wednesday, March 5 at 2:20 p. m. The Rev. H. S. Williams will officiate and interment will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City. Active pallbearers include: Jonas Brinkley, Wesley Johnson, Don Stone, Anthony Lewis, James Robinson, Michael Moore and Clyde Hudson. Duncan-Roberts is in charge of the arrangements.

Daily Tribune, March, 1980
 


Frances Perez Rodriguez

PALACIOS - Frances Rodriguez was born in Olivia, Texas on April 21, 1937 to Juan & Maria Perez and died on August 23, 2012 at the age of 75. She was raised in Palacios, Texas where she graduated from Palacios High School in 1957 and married Maurilio Rodriguez on August 21, 1958. They celebrated 54 years of marriage. Frances worked for Economic Action Committee for over 15 years, South Texas Nuclear Project for 2 years and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios for 8 years before retiring in 2000. Frances had a passion for God, family, and community.

Frances was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She taught catechism at St. Anthony's for over 50 years and volunteered for numerous community projects including the Ministerial Alliance. She is survived by her husband Maurilio "Willo" Rodriguez, her children, Mario Rodriguez and his wife Veronica of Palacios and Janet "GiGi" Rodriguez and her life-partner Christa Wolfe of Houston, her son-in-law Joe Diaz, her grandchildren J.D. Diaz and his wife Jessica, Nikki Rodriguez, Amy Freeze and her husband Kody, and Adrian Rodriguez, her great-grandchildren Andrew, Kyrie, Kamryn, and Anderson Freeze, and Jenna and Bella Diaz. She is also survived by her sisters, Delfina Losoya of Palacios and Janie Pena of Wharton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Nita Diaz, and brothers Santos, Joe and Tony Perez.

Visitation will be at 5:00 pm with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 27 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios. Visitation will resume, Tuesday, August 28 at 12:00 Noon at the church with a Funeral Mass to be held at 2:00 p.m. with Fr. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers are Mario Rodriguez, Adrian Rodriguez, J.D. Diaz, Joe Diaz, Kody Freeze, Joe Perez, Jr., Gary Pena, and Tony Perez, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Perez and Robert Losoya, Jr.

Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, (361) 552-2300.

Published in Victoria Advocate on August 26, 2012
 

 

Frank B. Rodriguez


PALACIOS - Frank B. Rodriguez, 59, of Palacios, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Houston. He was born June 4, 1952 in Palacios to Bernardo Sr. and Savina B. Rodriguez. He served in the United States Army, was retired, and attended Living Word Church.


He is survived by his mother, Savina B. Rodriguez of Victoria; the mother of his children, Olga Rodriguez; daughter, Sheila Ramirez (Santiago) of Victoria, with grandsons, Jose Rodriguez, Juan Ramirez, and Robert Ramirez; daughter, Stephanie Sosa of Palacios, with grandchildren, Hillary Rodriguez, Paulette Rodriguez, Edward and Sammy Sosa, and Jenna Jimenez; son, Joel Rodriguez Sr. (Megan) of Port Lavaca, and grandchildren, Joel Rodriguez Jr., Ethan Rodriguez, Mason Rodriguez, and Sophia Rodriguez; sister, Guadalupe "Lupe" Hammonds (Jeff) of Palacios and Manuela Morales (Joe) of Palacios; brothers, Bernardo Rodriguez Jr. of Victoria, Vincent Rodriguez (Delores) of La Porte, Trinidad Rodriguez of Pasadena, Margarito "Mago" Rodriguez of Victoria, Adam Rodriguez of Palacios, Tomas Rodriguez (Aurora) of Victoria, and Anthony Rodriguez (Nancy) of Ashland, Ky.


He is preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at The Living Word Church, Palacios, at the corner of 12th and Hwy 35, with prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral service 10 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012 at The Living Word Church, with Pastor Tony Flores officiating. Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery with full military honors.

Pallbearers: Jeff Hammonds Jr., Chris Hammonds, Michael Rodriguez, Robert Gonzalez, Joe Mike Gonzalez, and C.J. Diaz. Honorary pallbearers: his brothers.

Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.
 

Published in Victoria Advocate on May 24, 2012

 


Elizabeth Roesler

Funeral services for Elizabeth Roesler, 92, of Kerrville, Tx. were held April 17, 1996 at Grime Funeral Chapel in Kerrville with Dr. Phil Tilden officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, Tx.

Mrs. Roesler was born Jan. 5, 1904 in Red Rock, Tx. She died April 15, 1996.

A lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she was also very active in the VFW and received her 1200 hour pin for volunteer service at the VA hospital in Kerrville. Her volunteer group was called the Cooties. She was active in the Ladies Division of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Standford P. Ward of Kerrville and Stanley E. Ward of Garland, Tx.; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred A. Roesler in 1978.

Pallbearers were Page Epperson, Walter Decaluwe, Frank Gear, Eugene Schneider, Bill Rogers, Gil Moody, Dean Cardin and James Roberson.

Palacios Beacon, April, 1996
 


Gary Lynn Rogers

PALACIOS—Gary Lynn Rogers, 45, of Palacios, died Sunday, April 26, 1998.

He was born Dec. 19, 1952, in Bay City, to the late Otto Horace and Eugenia Alberta Schuelke Rogers. He was a farmer at Jenkins and Jenkins Farms and was a Baptist.

Survivors: stepdaughter, Kathy Sykora of Caranchua Community; son, Christopher Allen Rogers of Blessing; sisters, Betty Koontz of Palacios, Willa Koontz of Victoria, Pat Mayo of Bryan, Kathy Miller of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Rita Cowart of Bay City; brothers Marshall Rogers of George West and Wayne Rogers of Rosharon; and one grandchild.

Preceded in death by: son, Chad Anthony Rogers; and brothers, Earl Rogers and Don Rogers.

Services will be 10 a. m. Thursday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel.

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 972-2012.

Victoria Advocate, April, 1998
 


James C. Rorig, M.D.
Oct. 23, 1952 – Feb. 24, 2012

James C. Rorig, M. D., passed away on February 24, 2012, after a short battle with cancer.

James was born to Kurt and Helen Rorig on October 23, 1952, in Chicago Illinois.

He is survived by: his parents; sons, Brian and Benjamin Rorig; and his sisters, Elizabeth Marxsen and Miriam Rorig Low.

James attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Illinois. Although medicine was his vocation and passion, he was a prolific painter and many of his works were exhibited. He was also a gardener and an enthusiastic fisherman. Eight years ago he moved to Bay City, where he loved his work with his patients and the community. He was passionate about serving those who could not otherwise afford medical care.

His family is very grateful for the love, compassion and generosity shown by his many friends in Bay City. The family would like to thank Dr. Neret and the Legacy for the loving care of James during his short illness.

The family held a celebration of life for James from 7 until 9 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 1413 Avenue G. Memorial donations can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Bay City, Texas, The Doctors without Borders, or Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
 


Emeolia Bailey Ross

Funeral services for Emeolia Ross, 74, of Bay City, Texas will be Friday, June 6, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. K. J. Griggs pastor and Dr. J. Weldon Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City, Texas. Emeolia will lie in state at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church Friday morning 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday from 12 noon until 8 p.m. Family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. in the chapel at Green’s Mortuary.

On July 17, 1929 in Colorado County, Columbus, Texas a baby girl was born to the union of Alma and Elnora Bailey whom they named Emeolia. She departed this life on May 30, 2003 at the Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City, Texas.

She is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law Mildred Faye Williams and pastor James Williams of Freeport, Texas; three sons, Arthur Ross, Jr. of Washington D. C., James D. Ross of Killeen, Texas and the Rev. George A. Ross and Mavis of Angleton, Texas, David Ross of Houston, Texas; son-in-law, Hebert Scott of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Amelia White of Bay City, Texas and Lillie Miller of Galveston, Texas; one step-brother, Albert Hill, Jr., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 17 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter, Rhonda Scott.

Active pallbearers are the Rev. James L. Williams, Jr., Arthur Ross, Jr., Herbert Polk, Kerwin Ross, Byron Scott, Thoams Lee. Honorary pallbearers are Hollis W. White, Nelson Miller, Jr., Marlon White, Sean White, Timothy Lee and Anthony White.l

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The Bay City Tribune, June 4, 2003
 


Angie A. Rowe

GANADO - Angie A. Rowe, 83 of Ganado, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2012. She was born in Blessing, Tx. on Sept.12,1928, to the late Oscar and Mary Janca. Lifelong resident and longtime hairdresser of Ganado area.

Angie spent time in the middle East and Spain with her and children but always considered Ganado home. Long time member of the First Baptist Church of Ganado. Angie loved telling stories, spending time with her family, and could always be counted on for a good laugh. She enjoyed canning and cooking for her family and was especially famous for her "dill pickles" and her chicken and dumplings.

She is survived by two daughters; Patrica Rowe Revel and husband Mike, Peggy Rowe Fowler and husband Lance, and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Rowe. Two sisters; Georgia Boothe and Lillian Little and two brothers; Charlie Janca and Marvin Janca and wife Alice. Eight Grandchildren; William Bryan and wife Susie, Steven Bryan and wife Ashley , Amy Fowler Prove and husband Aaron, Jennifer Bryan Menendez and husband Fernando, Natalie Fowler, Reade Bryan, Hunter Rowe, Caitlin Rowe, Cody Gloor, and Kendra Fowler. Six great grandchildren; Audrey Bryan, Luke Prove, Annabelle Prove, Lily Bryan, Alex Menendez and Zoe Menendez.

Preceded in death are her parents, and husband T.J. Rowe, son,Gary Thomas Rowe, sister, Pat Morgan and Three brothers, Jerry, Louis and Laddie Joe Janca.

Visitation will be 9:00 AM, Wed. June 27, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Ganado, and services will follow at 10:00 AM ,with Rev. Tony Wishert officiating. Interment will be in the Ganado Cemetery.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Services under the direction of Ganado Funeral Home, 800 So. Third St. Ganado, 361-771-2120.

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 25, 2012
 


Elaine Marie Ruddick
Dec. 10, 1946 – Aug. 26, 2012

Elaine Marie Ruddick, 65, of Inez passed away August 26, 2012.

She was born December 10, 1946, in Houston to the late Horatio and Helen Ottis Lundin.

Elaine worked for the United States Postal Service as a postal clerk for 30 years in Port Lavaca.

Elaine is survived by: her husband, Edward Ruddick, Sr. of Inez; daughter, Ginger Pullin and husband, Mark, of Victoria; sons, Ed Ruddick Jr. and wife, Theresa, of LaVernia, and Jerome Ruddick of Victoria; brother, Tom Huston and wife, Martha, of Wadsworth; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: parents and siblings, Sonny Houston of Wadsworth and Pat Lundin of Port Lavaca.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2012, from 6 to 8 pm at Rosewood Funeral Chapels.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, August 30, 2012, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels with the Rev. Johnnie Kisiah officiating.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bo and Marc Pullin, John, Cody and Wesley Ruddick and Ronnie Patterson.

Honorary pallbearer will be Chris Lemmons.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, August 29, 2012
 


Alice B. Rupert

Rupert, Mrs. Alice B., 86, Blessing, died at Richmond hospital Dec. 17. Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Saturday in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Hawley Cemetery. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Florence Sleppy of Dayton, Ohio; a son, N. E. Rupert of Blessing; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Pottle of Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. Nellie Middleton of Dayton, Ohio; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Daily Tribune, December 19, 1969
 


Norman E. Rupert

Funeral services for Norman E. Rupert, 81, of Blessing will be at 10 a. m. Friday, June 12, 1998, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kenny James officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery.

Rupert died June 8, 1998 at his residence. He was born Jan. 22, 1917 in Spencerville, Ohio to the late John L. and Alice Bell Pottle Rupert. He was a resident of Blessing since 1947, and a member of the S. P. J. S. T.

He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Rupert of Katy, and Cindy Rupert Hartley of McKinney; a son, Jimmy Rupert of Katy; a sister, Florence Sleepy of Dayton, Ohio, and two grandsons, Bill Hartley of McKinney, and Brandon Rupert of Mt. Home, Ark.

He was preceded  in death by his son, Gary Rupert.

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

Daily Tribune, June 11, 1998
 


Sandra Yoann Rupert

Sandra Yoann Rupert was born on March 31, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2004 in Pasadena, Texas.

She is survived by: brother, Jimmy Rupert; sister, Cynthia R. Hartley.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Norman Elwood Rupert and Annis McClellan Rupert.

Funeral services were at 1 p. m. Sunday, October 10, 2004 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy, with Chaplain Jerry Thomas officiating. Interment was private.

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

Bay City Tribune, October 13, 2004
 


Eugene Thomas Rush, Jr.

Funeral services for E. T. Rush, Jr., 81 of Markham will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday, Mar. 4, 1999 at First Baptist Church in Markham, Revs. Howard Harper and Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Rush died Mar. 2 at Matagorda General Hospital. He was born Mar. 16, 1917 in Markham to the late Eugene Thomas and Sally Pierson Rush, Sr. He was a life long resident of Markham, a member of First Baptist Church of Markham, and a retired oil field worker.

Mr. Rush is survived by his wife, Anna Louise Rush of Markham daughters and son-in-law, Laura and Kenneth McKissick and Lisa Brown all of Markham; sons and daughters-in-law, Eugene Thomas and Frances Rush, III and Carl William and Carleene Rush all of Markham; sister, Jenny Condra of Lewisville, Tex.; brothers, L. C. Rush of Markham and Louis Rush of Ingleside, Tex.; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Kevin McKissick, DeJay Brown, Michael, Pete, Dean, and Wade Rush.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Rush, Kenneth McKissick, Jr., Dustin Brown, Tracy, Louis, and Stephen Rush.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, March 3 1999
 


Irene Lois Uherek Rush
March 3, 1932 – Aug. 21, 2012

Irene Lois Uherek Rush, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother extraordinaire; passed away in the early hours of August 21, 2012, following a battle with cancer.

She was a devout Christian and her family rejoices in the fact she has gone to be with our Lord. Irene was born in Damon, Texas on March 3, 1932, and was the eighth of eleven children of Caroline and Louis Uherek. She attended school in West Columbia.

Growing up in a large family she was instilled with great love of family and an unsurpassed work ethic. She was married to L.C. Rush of Markham on April 2, 1949, and lived most of her adult life in Markham where she was very active in the First Baptist Church. She and L.C. raised four children. She was best known for the Christian love she showed to her family and friends, her total selflessness and willingness to help others in need. She was a renowned cook and worked for many years in various restaurants and cafeterias including Rush’s Cafe and the Celanese Cafeteria.

She is survived by: her husband, L.C. Rush; and children, Brenda Rush Damron and her husband Bill Damron, Colonel L.C. “Topper” Rush and his wife Patricia, Dennis Rush and his wife Marianne and Darryl Rush and his wife Karin.

Surviving grandchildren include: Dawn Rush Germany, Brooke Castell, First Lieutenant David Rush, Blake Damron, Daniel Rush, Nathan Rush, Catherine Rush, Justin Rush, Jarret Rush, Caroline Rush and Lily Rush.

Surviving great-grand children include: Grace, Ada, Elias and Jack Germany and Madison Rush.

Surviving sisters include Janet Woodard and Evelyn Stockton and brothers, Raymond Uherek and Fred Uherek.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Caroline Andras Uherek and Louis Uherek; brothers, Henry, Adolf and Ludwig; sisters, Lydia, Wilsie and Rose; and grandchild, Bradley Rush Damron.

The family will receive visitors from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Markham with the Rev. Damon Rambo and Rev. Louis Rush officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be: David, Daniel, Nathan, Justin, and Jarret Rush, Blake Damron, and Jordan Bailey.

Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Markham, P. O. Box 33, Markham, TX 77456.

The family wishes to express their heart felt thanks to Dr. Neret and the Bay Villa Healthcare Center.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

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

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, August 22, 2012
 

 

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