12 February 1922 – 24 January 2014
PALACIOS - Thelma Lee Sowell Rackley, 91, of Palacios, Texas was
born February 12, 1922 to the late Vera and Richard Sowell in rural
southwest Arkansas. Thelma went to be with her beloved Lord on
January 24, 2014. Thelma married Henry Lentz Rackley on December 23,
1939 in New Boston, Texas. Her beloved husband, Lentz, died in
service to his country during WWII.
the Victoria Advocate on January 26, 2014
Victoria Advocate, May 30, 2013
PALACIOS - Betty Jean Callender Ramsey, 71,was born on December
27,1941, in Madisonville, Texas, to Laverne and Marguerite Callender
and entered into the presence of her heavenly Father on the morning
of June 29, 2013, following a lengthy struggle to recover from
injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Published in the Victoria Advocate on July 02, 2013
Rev. Joe Ramsey, 95, of Bay City passed away August 13, 2013. He was born August 28, 1917 in South Texas to the late John Newton Ramsey and Maybelle Rodermel Ramsey. He served in the US Navy during WWII and enjoyed being a rancher and cowboy prior to becoming an ordained minister in 1953. Since that time his life has been devoted to preaching the Gospel. He served a number of churches in Matagorda County through the years.
His wife, Bernice Ramsey and daughter Rachel Ann Hart preceded him in death. Survivors include children Mary King, Joe Ramsey & wife Lana and Dedra Ramsey; grandchildren Darrell Machacek & wife April, Jacobb Bakker, Rachel Rush & husband Louis, Lisa Sexton & husband Kenny, Scott King & wife Nora, Courtney King and Richard Lewis; great grandchildren Joseph “Joey” Elwood Machacek, Austin Machacek, Caleb Rush, Joshua Rush, Hannah Rush, Tanner Sexton, Taylor Sexton, Timothy Sexton, Ricky Lewis, Zachary Lewis, Landon Lewis, Morgan Lewis and Aiden Lewis.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm until 8pm Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 4:30 PM Saturday, August 16, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Markham with Rev. Louis Rush and Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be Darrell Machacek, Jacobb Bakker, Kenny Sexton, Scott King, Pete Medina and David Hebert. Memorials in his name may be made to either First Baptist Church in Markham or First Baptist Church in Van Vleck.
Maria “Cristina” Ramirez, went to her heavenly home on Friday, October 18, 2013.
Maria was born on April 18, 1938 to the late Gregorio and Manuela Montalvo Torres. She was a long time resident of Bay City. She was a member of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church. She loved to cook , especially for her family and friends. Maria loved to spend time in her garden tending to her plants.
Maria was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Ysidro Ramirez; her children, Carrie Palmer and husband Steven, Ysidro Ramirez Jr., Roger Ramirez and wife Rachel, Ruben Ramirez and wife Cindy, Arthur Ramirez, Ernest Ramirez and wife Mary, Henry Ramirez and wife Jessica, Rachel Guerra and husband Joe, Richard Ramirez and wife Christina, Cristine Martinez and husband John, Becky Pena and husband Tony; 26 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Jose Luis Torres; sister, Magdalena de Gonzalez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; and son, Jose Antonio “Tony” Ramirez.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Morgan officiating.
Burial followed at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Bay City Tribune, October 23, 2013
Nancy Marie Rinehart went to be with the Lord, February 14, 2013 with her family by her side. She was born September 18, 1947. Her church family was helping care for her while she was battling a lengthy illness. Many of them drove her to doctor visits in Sugar Land and Houston, Texas.
She leaves behind: her husband of over 35 years, Charles F. Rawlins and son, Denton Regan Rawlins; sister, Carolyn Ruthford and husband, Kenneth; brothers-in-law, Victor L. Rawlins and wife, Linda, and James Paul Cleveland; sisters-in-law, Carroll Lou Rawlins/Vise and Dorcas Sue Cleaveland/Kleinhans and husband, Keith; four stepchildren and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by: father, Denton Lee Rinehart; mother, Dorthy Beatrice Rinehart; father-in-law, Charles Regan Rawlins; mother-in-law, Dorcas Gertrude Rawlins/Cleaveland Wainner.
Nancy loved teaching. Loved her family, church, state and country. She was a loving wife and mother to her husband and son.
She graduated from Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas in 1966. She was a member of the Honor Society and started college in 1967 at Wayland College in Plainview, Texas. In 1968, she was a member of Theta Alpha Psi Sorority and Math Club. In 1969, she was a member of Alpha Chi Sorority, Math Club and Jr. Class Senator. In 1970, her senior year at college, she was a member of Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities and a member of Student Government Association Cabinet and Officers.
She started teaching at Bay City Independent School District at H.J. McAllister Jr. High School in the fall of 1970 until 1974. She taught at Bay City Jr. High School from 1974- 1975 and at Bay City High School from 1975 – 2011. She retired after 41 years with the Bay City ISD.
A memorial service will be at Calvary Baptist Church 3321 6th Street, Bay City, Texas at 11 a.m. on February 23, 2013.
Bay City Tribune, February 20,
Sylvia Irene Redinger, 88, of Bay City passed away November 16, 2013. She was born November 20, 1924 to the late Otto H. Laqua and Hilda Kaelke Laqua. She was preceded in death by her husband Oliver Redinger and granddaughter Jessica Wooten.
Survivors include daughters Shirley Jo Garrison & husband Douglas, Dorothy Ann Yates, and Lanna Joyce Hargrove & Husband Tommy all of Bay City; sons Louis Wayne Redinger of Rose Sharon, TX and Gibran Andrew Redinger & wife Diana of Washington State; brother Rev. Boyce Laqua & wife Vivian of Rockport; sister-in-law Lillian Laqua of Victoria; 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm until 7pm Tuesday
at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday,
November 20, 2013 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Interment will
follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Huldah, the third of nine children, was born in Urbana, IL on March
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Joseph Ambrose Ressler died at home in Dripping Springs, TX on August 3, 2013. He was born in Palacios, TX on June 16, 1920 to the late Ira A. Ressler & Hazel Scott Ressler. Joe served in the Pacific on a Navy supply ship during World War II, an experience that provided him with tales that lasted a lifetime. Joe worked as a carpenter building houses with his father and brother, and in the shrimping industry, but his favorite work was as a ranch foreman in Mississippi. Joe was active in his communities, serving as a deacon in multiple churches and as a school board member. He moved to the Van Horn, TX area after retiring where he kept a herd of goats and an assortment of horses, ponies and donkeys. Joe and his wife Jean created many happy memories for their grandsons and great nieces and nephews on that ranch in Van Horn.
His wife, Katherine Jean Dodd Ressler, brothers John & James Ressler, Sister Margaret Gaines, sons Kerry J. & Dennis E. Ressler and daughter Janice L. Ressler all preceded him in death. Survivors include his daughter Robin R. Grace & husband Roger and grandsons Patrick J. Haas, Adam H. Haas & Kerry J. Ressler, Jr.
A visitation will be held at the Palacios Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the Palacios Cemetery in Palacios, Texas. Pallbearers will be Adam Haas, Patrick Haas Joe Gaines, Donald Ressler and Herbert Ressler.
Mary Benavides Reyes, 64, of Bay City went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. She was born on December 24, 1948 in Bay City to the late Juan & Gregoria Rodriguez Benavides. Mary was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and loved to cook for her family. She lived her life to the fullest, and over came many obstacles. Mary will be very dearly missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years: Julio Reyes; 9 children: Lucia Torres, Henry Reyes, Sandra Bickham, Cynthia Reyes Garcy, Bobby Reyes, Debbie Reyes Gaspard, Dianna Reyes Davis, Juan Reyes, and Cody Davis; bunches of grandchildren and great grandchildren; aunt: Margaret Carrion; God children; and nieces & nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sister: Petra Benavides DeLeon; and aunt: Margaret Carrion.
The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the First Pentecostal Church, 700 Ave. I, Bay City, TX 77414 with Dr. Marvin Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.
Ruben “Bo James” Reyes, 43, of Bay City went to his heavenly home on Sunday, September 29, 2013. He was born March 31, 1970 in Bay City to Pablo & Lydia Garza Reyes. Ruben was a dedicated electrician.
He is survived by his 2 daughters: Linsey Reyes and Ashley Villarreal; son: Ruben Reyes Jr.; mother: Lydia Reyes; 4 sisters: Alicia Perez, Susan Salazar, Margarita Cantu, and Rachel Chavez; 3 brothers: Erasmo, Rojelio, and Eddie Reyes; 6 grandchildren: Marcus Oros, Anthony Reyes, Lexiana Dickerson, Irene Reyes, Ruben Reyes III, and Benjamin Reyes; and by numerous nieces & nephews. Ruben was preceded in death by his father: Pablo Reyes.
A Prayer Service will be held 5:00 PM Friday, October 4, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
Adam Reyna, Jr., 54, of Shafter, California, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Bakersfield, California, after three weeks of complications of pneumonia.
Adam was born in Refugio, Texas on May 24, 1959. Adam was raised in Van Vleck, Texas. He and his family moved to California when he was 13 years old. Adam was a graduate of Shafter High school class of 1978. He married his high school sweetheart, Annette Rios on December 22, 1977.
In 1977 Adam enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Erlangen, Germany. Adam worked for various oil and gas companies, beginning with Tenneco Oil Inc. over 30 years ago and more recently for Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas, where he was a Sr. Production Foreman. Adam was a proud 4th degree Knights of Columbus member of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Council #977. He was once a catechism teacher and 4-H leader.
Adam is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Annette Rios Reyna; his three daughters, Desiree and spouse Gus Olvera, Brianda and spouse Frank Gonzalez, Adrianna and spouse Greg Garcia; parents, Adan and Evangelina of Bay City, Texas; brother, John Reyna of Bay City, Texas; sisters, Connie Reyna of Cleveland, Texas and Rebecca Flores of Seguin, Texas; and sister-in-law, Nora Arias of Arlington, Texas.
Adam is also survived by five grandchildren, Natalie 10 years, Jacob 7 years, Daniel 6 years, Andrew 3 years and Ryan 2 years.
Holy Rosary was recited Friday, January 17, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 9:30 a.m. and Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., followed by graveside at Shafter Memorial Park.
Tribune, January 26, 2014
Edward Werner Reynal, Jr., 89, of Bay City passed away December 7, 2013. He was born October 22, 1924 in Forney, TX to the late Edward Werner Reynal, Sr. and Ruth Davis Reynal.
He graduated from Bay City High School in 1942 then joined the United States Army Air Force. He attended flight school and was commissioned a Lieutenant and trained to pilot medium bombers. He served in the 380th and 345th Bomb Group in the South Pacific Theatre during WWII.
Upon returning home from the war, he attended and graduated from Texas A&M in 1951 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He retired from Phillips Petroleum Company after 32 years as Sr. Design Engineer.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bay City. He was past master of Bay City Masonic Lodge #865 AF&AM and of Matagorda Masonic Lodge #7 AF&AM; past commander of Bay City Commandry #74; past High Priest of Bay City Chapter 315; past TIM Bay City Council #251; and past patron Bay City Chapter 380 OES.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Billie Jean Harris Reynal; son Stewart Reynal and wife Sherry; brother Thomas J. Reynal; grandsons Jason Reynal and Shane Reynal and nephew Tom Reynal.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm until 8pm Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, December 13, 2013 with Dr. Russ Munch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert F. Narin, Bert Smith, Frank Mihalik, Eddie Douglas, Calvin Ward and Bill Bona.
Martha Mican Richardson of Midfield died July 2, 2013 at the age of 85. She was born March 6, 1928 in Dubina to the late Frank, Sr. and Frances Dybala Mican.
She is survived by: her sons, Mark Richardson and partner Robert of Dallas, and Marshall Richardson and wife Janet of Midfield; daughter, Ann Richardson Fatherele and husband Doc of Midfield; brothers, Johnny Mican and wife Mary of El Campo, and Charlie Mican and wife Wilma of Roseburg, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Elnora Mican, Elma, Mican, and Iris Mican; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband William “Bill” Richardson; brothers, Bennie, Frankie, Cyril, Willie and wife Delores and Leonard Mican.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Triska Funeral Home.
The Funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. Philip Catholic Church with the Rev. Albert Yankey officiating.
A parish rosary will precede the services at 1:30 p.m.
Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. at the Midfield Cemetery under the auspices of the Blessing American Legion Auxiliary.
Memorial donations in memory of Martha Richardson may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church in Blessing, or to the Midfield Cemetery Association.
Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.triskafuneralhome.com. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, TX 979-543-3681
Bay City Tribune,
July 3, 2013
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p. m. today in the First Baptist Church of Sweeny for Mrs. Vades O. Richardson, 66.
Mrs. Richardson, elementary principal in the Sweeny Schools, died Friday in Bethania Hospital in Wichita Falls. She had gone to Wichita Falls several weeks ago to be with her brother who underwent surgery and was taken seriously ill during her stay there.
Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck with services under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
Mrs. Richardson was born in Rosebud, Texas on June 26, 1899. On October 15, 1921 she married her husband, Joseph Samuel Richardson of Alabama. They have lived in Matagorda County for the last 45 years.
She received a B. S. degree from the University of Houston 1940, a M. S. in 1946, an A. M. in 1954, and was working on her doctorate at Baylor.
Her first experience as a teacher was in Yarrellton, Texas in 1919-20, a teacher in Hasima, Texas from 1921-37, elementary principal and teacher in Ashby, Texas, 1937-40, High School principal in Van Vleck Schools in 1940-42, High school teacher in Sweeny in 1942-48, and elementary principal in Sweeny since 1948.
She held honored positions as a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Old Ocean, past president of Matagorda County Licensed Vocational Nurses and County Teachers Association. She was listed in the 1959-60 Who’s Who in American Education.
Mrs. Richardson planned to retire from 47 years of school work in May.
Survivors include her husband; three sons, Joseph D. Richardson and Kenneth J. Richardson of Sweeny and Frank M. Richardson of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Hargett of Sugar Valley, Mrs. C. T. (Maxie) Gibbs of Bay City and Mrs. Bernice McCall of Cameron; three brothers, J. C. and W. A. Underwood of Wichita Falls and W. P. Underwood of Brady.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Morris Richardson, Britton Sewell, Harrell Gibbs, P. J. Reeves, Jr., Garland Richardson and E. C. Sewell.
Daily Tribune, February, 1966
Bonnie Katherine Brown Ricks was born November 26, 1946 in Waco, TX to the late Harold Paul Brown and Mildred Schaer Brown. She was a writer and an ordained minister and currently a resident of Tidewater Oaks. She passed away November 16, 2013.
Survivors include her husband Gerald “J. R.” Ricks; children Latricia Wiggins, Donna Ducote, Jennifer Bell, Mankay Nicoline, Tripp Wiggins, Guy Wiggins, James White and David Owasu; 27 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Her immediate family, extended family and close friends will celebrate her life with a private memorial service.
PALACIOS - Paul Franklin Roberts, 77, of Palacios, passed away on
Saturday, May 25, 2013. He was born August 24, 1935 in Buchanan,
Tenn. to the late Fred and Gertie Snow Roberts.
May 30, 2013
Glenn Wesley Robertson, 88, was born February 7, 1925, to Lester & Bessie McClain Robertson in Wheeler, Texas. He was the 2nd of 3 sons, with Lester Jr. older & Billy Wayne younger. He passed from this life early Monday, October 7, 2013. He attended Wheeler School, except for a few grade school years when he went to Briscoe School while his mom was librarian there. As a high school junior in Wheeler he was drafted into the Army at barely 18 years of age, May 31, 1943. He was in Basic Training for 3 months at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, then sent to England & the European Theater where he was in 4 major campaigns: Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, & Central Europe. He was part of the landing of troops at Normandy Beach. He was a bugler for 20 months & then a dental technician the last 6 months of service. He was on the front lines in France as a medic and then a dental technician in Germany. After being discharged December 28, 1945 Glenn came back to Wheeler and finished High School with the 1946-1947 class. While doing this he also drove a school bus. After graduation he went to work at Wheeler State Bank. While back in school he met & won the heart of Melba May who was a sophomore at the time. They were married June 6, 1948 & had 65 years to walk hand-in-hand together. From 1948-1956 he worked for Southwest Public Service. At that time he went to work for Celanese Chemical Co., first in Pampa & then in Bay City where he retired in 1981. He then ran a sod farm & managed Vevi Steven’s Ranch. He was preceded in death by both parents & his older brother Lester Jr. He was blessed & loved by 2 daughters: Viki Robertson Schaal & Marsha Robertson Hall. He was ordained a deacon in White Deer, Texas in 1963 and after moving to Cedar Lane was accepted as a deacon in Cedar Lane Baptist Church where he served the Lord for 46 years. Glenn could tell funny stories, loved all sports, and was a man who “walked the walk”. He is survived by his wife –Melba May Robertson, 2 daughters, Viki & Charles Schaal and Marsha & Luke Hall.; grandchildren, Trenia & Monty Montgomery, Melanie & Chris Bersano, Marc & Kimberly Hall, Shelly & Matthew Chambers, Amanda & Ryan Host; great grandchildren, Grace, Glenn & Olivia Montgomery, Faith & Dominick Bersano, Nicholas Hall, Tatum & Griffin Chambers, Cole & Levi and soon to be Jase Host. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 10th, at Cedar Lane Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Patterson officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cedar Lane Baptist Church, Building Fund or the Matagorda County Cavalry, P.O. Box 1147, Bay City, Texas 77404 c/o Danny Lee.
Bay City Tribune,
October 9, 20123
Jaxon Ryan Rodriguez went to be with Jesus on Friday, September 20, 2013.
Jax was born in Galveston, Texas on March 16, 2012 to Michael and Rebecca Moore Rodriguez. Jax was a blessing as one of three triplets, but his joy, excitement and character brought happiness to everyone around him.
Jax is survived by his parents, Michael and Rebecca Rodriguez; sisters, Sophie Rodriguez and Kaylie Rodriguez; brothers, Ezekiel Rodriguez and Dominic Rodriguez; paternal grandparents, Nora and Martin Jimenez and Primo Rodriguez; maternal grandparents, Clayton and Beverly Irwin and Kenneth Moore; and numerous aunts, uncles and other loving family members.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Harvest Time Church with the Rev. Bobby Williams officiating.
Burial will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net
Bay City Tribune,
September 25, 2013
Our Heavenly Father carried his daughter away on January 21, 2014 in Angleton Texas.
She was born October 11, 1939 to Alton and Marie Olson in Sweetwater Texas. Her family relocated to Bay City Texas, where she graduated High School, then majored in business at WCJC.
After marrying Larry Roe, they moved to Angleton, TX. Barbara’s love for her community radiated through her volunteer and charity work. She loved her church, First United Methodist Church of Angleton, and was an active member for many years. Barbara was also treasurer of the Angleton Softball Association, and a member of Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPWC) and the Grandmother’s Club. She enjoyed a multitude of crafts and always had a project in the making. She worked for the Texas Department of Public Welfare and retired after 20 years service with Social Security Administration. Following retirement she opened and operated Angleton Defensive Driving School for many years.
She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Roe (Denice) and Tambra Anderson; her sister, Almarie Reed (Joe); her brother, Gary Olson (Mitzi); grandchildren, Tabitha Turcios (Marlon), Katie Phelps (Jonathan Toner) and Chadwick Anderson (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Austin, Connor and Zoe Turcios, Keegan Anderson, Justice Phelps and Braylee Anderson and extended family.
Pallbearers were Marlon Turcios, Jonathan Toner, Russell Reed, Quentin Reed, Terry Packard and Tim Derleth.
Visitation was held at Palms Funeral Chapel Angleton, TX on Friday, January 24, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church Angleton, TX on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., with internment in Bay City, TX at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Bay City Tribune, January 26, 2014
Geraldine (Gerry) Brown Rogers, 87, passed away in Bay City, Texas December 12, 2013. She was born in Rochester, Texas August 15, 1926, the daughter of Alton E. Brown and Doris Rea Brown. After graduating from high school as salutatorian of her class she attended and graduated from North Texas State University majoring in Foods and Nutrition. In 1945 she accepted a job at Newcastle High School teaching chemistry and biology. Soon afterwards Joe E. Rogers returned to Newcastle High School after World War II, having spent 4 ½ years in the Army Air Force. They were married in June of 1946. In 1947, Joe and Gerry moved to Bay City where their two sons were born and where they lived for the remainder of their lives.
Gerry continued her education by earning a Masters Degree from the University of Houston. She taught a the college level, in high school, junior high school , and elementary school. For the last ten years before her retirement she was the principal of Pierce Elementary School.
Gerry was a devoted member of the Nichols Street Church of Christ, enjoying and seeing the church grow from a small building on the Wharton Highway, to Sixth Street, and finally to Nichols Street. She taught Sunday School classes for forty-five years.
Survivors include her sons; Joe Landon Rogers & wife Jill of Katy, Donny Rogers and wife Dina of Victoria; grandsons Dustin Rogers, Derek Rogers and Keith Rogers. Also brother A. C. Brown of Victoria, half-sisters, Patsy Radenz of Alvarado, Texas and Carol Hooper of Olton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Ellis Rogers, her brother Landon Brown, and her parents.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 4-6pm at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:00am, Monday, December 16, 2013 at Nichols Street Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to Nichols Street Church of Christ.
Bay City Tribune,
December 15, 2013
Cecil Rooks of Clemville, Texas, passed away June 8, 2013 at the age of 68 after a long, hard fight from multiple illnesses. He was born in Palacios, Texas on February 28, 1945.
He is preceded in death by: his father, Gene Rooks; mother, Mary Rooks; and granddaughter, Brianna Rooks.
Survivors include: wife, Lane Rooks (Bay City, Texas); son, Coy Rooks and his fiancée Tracey Rogers (El Toro, Texas); daughter, Karen Rooks-Gatson and husband Don Gatson (Bay City, Texas); grandson, Justin Rooks (El Toro, Texas); granddaughter, Amber Bozka and husband Mathias Bozka III (Vienna, Texas); great-granddaughters, Sarabeth Green, Railey Green; great-grandson, Mathias Bozka IV (Vienna, Texas); and step-grandchildren, K’trell and Malik Thomas (Bay City, Texas). He is also survived by: his brother, Charlie Rooks and wife Donna (Bay City, Texas); sisters, Learline Henson and husband Irvin (Palacios, Texas); Merlin Bowen (Ingleside, Texas); Ellen Ried and husband Charles (Blessing, Texas); and Shirley Hattenbach (Palacios, Texas). He also has numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a hardworking man who served this country as a Specialist/E-4 in the United States Army as an Infantry Operations and Intelligence Specialist in the 10th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Col. from 1965-1967.
He married his loving wife of almost 46 years on July 11, 1966. He will be deeply missed by all of his friends and family and will continue to live in all of our hearts and souls in memory forever.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday June 12, 2013 at the Bay House, 700 12th St., at the Legacy Campus in Bay City, Texas with a fellowship to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for you to make a donation in the name of Cecil Rooks to the Relay for Life Cancer Fund or the charity of your choice.
Published in the Bay City Tribune, June 12, 2013
Iola Mae Stroud Pesak Rorex, 87, of Blessing went to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 7, 2013.
Iola was born in Ben Wheeler, Texas on June 21, 1925 to the late Matthew and Charlotte Holloway Stroud.
Iola was a great cook, who enjoyed cooking for her family. Iola spent her time crocheting and sewing, giving the finished product to her church and community. In her younger years she served her church by teaching catechism. She was a very active member of the Ladies Altar Society. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She is survived by: her loving husband of 16 years, Clarence Rorex of Blessing; three daughters, Jeroline Cerny and husband Edwin of Bay City, Emilia Fischer and husband John of Spring, and Cynthia Anderson and husband James of Edna; foster-daughter, Gayle Otto and husband Daniel of Rockport; 12 grandchildren, Sherry Reynal, Kathy Pratt, Judy Fale, Jeffrey Cerny, Melanie Bradley, John Fischer ll, Rebecca Morris, Jerome Anderson, Laura Sparkman, Michael Anderson, Brian Otto and Deborah Carmen; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ollie Falks of Angleton and Edward Falks of Bandera; two sisters, Dolores Harvey of Lake Jackson and Doris Wilks of Needville; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Jerome Pesak; two brothers, Radie Stroud and Donald Falks; and four sisters, Margie Stroud, Estella Zieglar, Marie Pesak, and Gayle Orsag.
The visitation with the recitation of the Holy Rosary was Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.
The Rite of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2013 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing with the Fr. Peter Yeboah-Amanfo celebrant.
The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jeffrey Cerny, John Fischer, Jerry Anderson, Michael Anderson, Brian Otto, Billy Holloway, and Marshall Holloway.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 979-245-4613.
John R. Rowles, age 85 years, 5 will be held at the family residence in Blessing Thursday at 2 p. m. Rev. P. E. Engle of the Episcopal Church of Bay City will officiate, together with the Blessing Masonic months and 8 days died at the family residence in Blessing, Texas, Tuesday at 7 a. m. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. John R. Rowles and three daughters, Mrs. J. E. Dawdy, Mrs. Louis Wolf of Markham, Texas and Mrs. P. R. Dawdy of Blessing, Texas. Funeral services Lodge. Burial will be in the Palacios Cemetery under direction of Taylor Brothers.
Matagorda County Tribune,
Rachael Nicole Ruiz, 27, of Bay City passed away December 29, 2013. She was born April 28, 1986 in Ionia, Michigan to Gary Lee Burns and Donna Cartwright Burns. She taught school at Matagorda ISD.
Rachael was a strong and loving mother to her children.
A memorial service honoring her life will be 11:00 AM Saturday, January 4, 2013 at Real Life Church; 2227 Ave F; Bay City, TX 77414.
LaVerne Hattie Schobel Runk was born in Columbus, Texas on June 6, 1930 to the late Alvin August and Leona Koehl Schobel. She was one of five children.
At the age of 20, while working at the Columbus Café, she met her future husband, a young man who had been dining alone. She and J. C. Runk had a short courtship after which they were married on October 26, 1950.
LaVerne was a dedicated wife who always supported her husband’s business ventures (including the Turf Club and New Beielau Hall) while also working at local Columbus establishments (including the Gravel Pit Restaurant, Cody’s Drive Inn and the Holiday Inn).
She and J.C. were blessed with three children, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
They spent 25 years in Columbus and then moved to Bay City, Texas around 1973. There, she managed the Colorado Coral and assisted with the family shrimping business. About 20 years later, she suffered a stroke and moved to Palestine to live with her daughter and family.
In 2002, she was admitted to Greenbrier Nursing Home where she died peacefully on Friday, July 19, 2013, after a longstanding decline in health.
She continued to be a woman of strength and beauty until the very end. Her life was filled with stories of triumph and victory even when in the midst of great struggles and challenges. Her greatest victory has now been achieved as she rests in the arms of the Father.
LaVerne is lovingly remembered by her family, especially her children and their spouses, Marlene Runk Coker and husband Bobby Coker of Palestine; David Wayne Runk and wife Loretta Warschak Runk of Columbus; and Jay Allen Runk and wife Frieda Gayle Runk of Bay City; grandchildren and their spouses, Tammy Brown and husband Shannon Jones, Corey Coker, Timothy Coker and wife Christy Coker, Durand Runk and wife Rebecca Johnson Runk, Crystal Runk Kittrell and husband James Kittrell, Devin Runk, Cole Runk and wife August Runk, Victoria Felton, and Nevada Runk; and great-grandchildren, Sterling Jones, Ivy Jones, Kylee Coker, Tanner Coker, Dylan Kittrell, Ethan Kittrell, Christian Kittrell, Colton Kittrell, Laine Runk, Kyle Flowers, J.C. Runk, and Hunter Runk.
LaVerne was preceded in death by her husband J. C. of 44 years; her parents, Alvin and Leona Schobel,; brother, Delvin Schobel of San Angelo; sister Anita Dipple of LaGrange; and brothers-in-law Harold Runk of Columbus, and Dick (Virgil Dickson) Runk of Ingleside.
LaVerne is survived by all of her children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; as well as her sisters Lora Mae Bankston of Columbus and Virginia Herrmann of Bryan; brother-in-law, Harvey Dipple of LaGrange; sister-in-law, Juanita Runk Chollett and husband Howard Chollett of Glidden; brother-in-law, Gus Runk and wife Viola Runk of San Antonio; and sister-in-law, Lula Runk of Ingleside.
Pallbearers include, Timothy Coker, Corey Coker, Durand Runk, Cole Runk, Sidney Chollett, and Don Orey. Alternate Pallbearers include, Bobby Coker, Shannon Jones, and James Kittrell. Honorary Pallbearers include: Sterling Jones, Nevada Runk, Dylan Kittrell, Christian Kittrell, Laine Runk, and Kyle Flowers.
Funeral Services, officiated by Pastor Victor Morrison of the First Baptist Church in Columbus, were held on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.
Memorials may be given to Heart to Heart Hospice of Tyler, 1402 Rice Rd., Suite 100, Tyler, TX 75703; or the charity of your choice.
Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, TX.
Bay City Tribune,
July 24, 2013
Mrs. Dorothy “Marie” (Clark) Russell passed away on March 6th, 2013. She was born January 7th 1943 in Bay City, Texas to J.B. Clark and Katherine Alline Rogers, both deceased. Her siblings are Annie Jo Venglar Shaw (deceased) and Percy James Rogers Venglar of Palacios, Texas. She is survived by Billy Eugene Russell and wife Robin, Jerry Clark and Karen Angelico, grandchildren Drake Mason Russell, Bryce Tanner Russell, Tate Michael Russell, Noah Russell, James Alan Clark, and Ashley. Fraternal: Past Matron, La Porte Chapter #683 Order of the Eastern Star (thrice), Past Matron, Bethlehem Chapter #728 Order of the Eastern Star (twice). Patriotic: Past Governor General Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars; Presidential Families of America Past Regent of the Texas Society Daughters of the American Colonists, Second Vie President of the Texas Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Past Governor of the First Texas Company, Jamestowne Society, Regent of the Houston Colony Magna Charta Dames, Admiral in the Texas Navy. Daughters of the American Revolution , United States Daughters of 1812, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United Daughters of the Confederacy, San Antonio Chapter Colonial Dames Of America, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, Sons and Daughters of Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar, Descendants of Colonial Clergy, Loyalists and Patriots, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Daughters of Colonial Wars, First Families of Georgia, Americans of Royal Descent, Colonial Order of the Crown, Most Noble Order Knights of the Garter, Plantagenet Society, Harris County Genealogical Society, National Society Ladies of the Thistle, Flagon and Trencher, Dames of the Court of Honor, Order of Washington, Order of Descendant Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens, Order of Americans or Armorial Ancestry, Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1683, The Gavel Society, Dames of Colonial Cavaliers, Kentucky Pioneers, Tennessee Frontiersmen, Missouri Pioneers, Indiana Pioneers, Illinois Prairie Pioneers, and Arkansas Antebellum. She was the author of 16 books of genealogical records and family histories and was listed in the 1984-1985 edition of the Notable Women of Texas. Visitation will be on Sunday March 10th, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM and services will be on Monday March 11th, 10:00AM at Paul U. Lee Funeral Home.
BAY CITY - Ardine "Nanny" Ryman, 83, of Bay City went to be with her
Lord, and her husband Arthur James Ryman on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
She was born July 29, 1929 in Bastrop, TX to the late Edward &
Mattie Tucker Knapp. Nanny enjoyed fishing with her husband and
grandchildren. She was a great cook, loved working in her yard,
tending to her orchids, flowerbeds, and garden. Nanny was a loving
wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She took great
pride in her family.
Published in the Victoria Advocate on March 28th,
Wilda Mary Ryman, 70, of Wadsworth passed away June 17, 2013. She was born July 4, 1942 in Bay City, TX to the late Joseph Edward Billeau and Louise DeSoto Billeau.
Her husband Raymond Ryman, sister Margaret Billeau and two infant daughters preceded her in death. Survivors include Daughters Mary Maxwell & husband Jake of Azle, TX, Terry Ryman & husband Danny, Kimberly Wiederhold and Margaret Massey & husband Darrell all of Wadsworth and Crystal Eads & husband Timothy of Bay City; sons Joe Wilbert Dement, Jr. of Bay City, Johnnie Dement II & wife Amanda and David Ryman all of Wadsworth and Christopher Ryman & wife Lacie of Bay City; sister Josephine Beard of Kentucky; brothers Wilton Billeau of Sweeny, her twin Wilbert Billeau of Van Vleck, Eddie Billeau of Clute & Wilson Paul Billeau of Richwood; 18 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 5PM to 7PM Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 4:00 PM Friday, June 21, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Pastor Melvin J. Ryman officiating. Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Darrell Massey, Jarred Massey, Leroy Ryman, Joseph Vernon, Hector Hernandez & Charles “Chucky” Daley, Sr. Her brothers will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Bay City Tribune,
June 23, 2013
Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
Mar. 29, 2013
Mar. 29, 2013