Matagorda County Obituaries
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John Edward Sabrsula
(September 18, 1967 - June 3, 2006)

John Edward Sabrsula, 38, of Bay City passed away June 3, 2006. He was born September 18, 1967 in Wharton, Texas to Lee Roy and Henrietta Phillips Sabrsula. He was a dispatcher for Alamo Concrete and had managed the Rebels Men’s Softball Team since 1991. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and organizing benefit BBQ’s.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Frost Sabrsula of Bay City; mother Henrietta Sabrsula of Perry, OK; son Bradley John Sabrsula of Bay City; sister Linda Sabrsula of Perry, OK; brothers Lee Roy Sabrsula, Jr. of Edmond, OK and Henry Sabrsula of Perry, OK; mother-in-law and father-in-law Joe and Linda Frost of Bay City, and a number of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Wrape officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Leif Anderson, Joey Frost, Victor Sanford, John Weiss, Jay Crochet, Jim Morrow, Armondo Garcia and Chris Sykes. His fellow employees, members of the Rebels Softball Team, his two brothers, uncles Jerry Phillips and Clarence Sabrusla, cousins Tommy and Gary Sabrsula, and friends Jody Tucker and Carl Conner will serve as honorary pallbearers. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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Darrell R. Saha
(December 19, 1965 - July 27, 2008)

 

Darrell R. Saha, 42, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008, in Houston, TX. He was born December 19, 1965 in Bay City to Ann Keller Saha and Louis Saha. He was a former resident of El Maton and has resided in Houston since 1991. He was an Engineer in Industrial Water Jetting, was a member of the A & M Century Club and a member of the Water Jetting Technological Association.
 

He is survived by his wife: Denise Kaderka Saha of Houston; his parents: Louis & Ann Saha of El Maton; a brother: Jeffrey D. Saha of Houston; a maternal grandmother: Barbara McKissick Keller Sullivan of Bay City; his mother and father-in-law: Richard E. and Elizabeth J. Kaderka of Rosenberg; by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins; and his loyal companions: Thor and Zeus. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfathers: Jay Kent Keller formerly of Markham and Wesley A. Sullivan formerly of Bay City; and by his paternal grandparents: Louise Hickl Saha and Louis P. Saha, formerly of El Maton.
 

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM Tuesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing, TX. Pallbearers will be Gene Perry, Schott Schobel, Taylor Vacek, Jason Hanson, Aaron Wehmeyer and Bryan Kaderka.
 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Matagorda General Hospital Foundation, C/O Matagorda County Hospital District, Attn: Delores Cox, 1115 Ave. G, Bay City, TX 77414
 

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.
 

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.
 

Victoria Advocate, July 30, 2008

 


Anton Salac, 72, Passes Away Here

Anton Salac, 72, of Markham passed away on Tuesday at the Matagorda General Hospital.

Funeral services will be held today at 2 p. m. in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Claude Cagle of the First Methodist Church of Markham officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery.

He was born on February 1, 1892 in Cameron and had lived in Matagorda County for 34 years. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors are five brothers.

Newspaper unknown, February 13, 1964
 


Edward Salac

Edward Salac, 75, a resident of Markham passed away March 3 at the Bay Villa Nursing Home. Survivors include: 4 brothers, Emile Salac of Markham, Rudolph Salac of Markham, Frank Joe Salac of Cameron, and Vice Salac of Ganado. Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. March 4 at Taylor Brothers Chapel with Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment was at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, March, 1974
 


Rudolph Salac

Funeral services for Rudolph Salac of Ganado will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ramsey of the First Baptist Church in Markham officiating.

Burial will be in the Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Salac, 84, died Sept. 3, 1984, in Ganado. He was born December 31, 1899, in Cameron, Texas.

Survivors include a brother, Emil Salac of El Campo; several nephews and one niece.

Pallbearers will be Gene Salas, Leonard Salas, Ben Salas, Frankie Sbush?, Adolph E. Biskup and Adolph L. Biskup.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, September, 1984.
 


Eugene Vaclav Salas
Jan. 20, 1918 - June 21, 2010

Eugene Vaclav Salas, 92 of El Campo, passed away on June 21, 2010.

He was born on January 20, 1918 in Praha, Texas to the late Vince and Mary Hajek Salas.

He is survived by: his wife, Martha Mondrik Salas of El Campo; daughters, Leona Pawlak of Sealy, Diane Sbrusch and husband Frank of Rockport; sons, Leonard Salas and wife Betty (Korenek) of Ganado, Eugene Salas, Jr and wife Retta (Medford) of Markham, and Johnny Salas of Markham; 16 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Annie Zetka, Julie Kasper, Adela Fabrygel, and Olga Maresh; brothers, Willie Zapalac, John Zapalac, Henry Salas, Anton Salas, and Ben Salas.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday from 2 until 6 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home.

A Rosary will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2010, at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in El Campo with the funeral services following at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons Steven Sbrusch, Brian Pawlak, Chris Pawlak, Daryl Pawlak, Bradley Salas, Jason Salas, DeWayne Salas, Derreck Salas, Matthew Salas, and Lance Salas.

Honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters Cyndi Newton, Angela Pawlak, Rachel Cieslewicz, Trisha Buantello, Teri Salas, and Jennifer Ford.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 23, 2010
 


Virginia Salazar
July 17, 1954 – Feb. 2, 2011

Virginia Salazar, 56, of Markham, Texas, was born on July 17, 1954, and passed away on February 2, 2011, in Bay City, Texas, where she resided most of her life.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Maria and Mateo Salazar; two brothers, Mateo Salazar Jr., and Joe Salazar.

Virginia is survived by: two daughters, Georgia Hernandez and husband, Sabrina Cervantes; three grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Triplet, Roy Triplet III, Abagail Kristine Triplet; and several sisters and two brothers.

Private services and Interment were held at 2 p.m. February 10, 2011 at Roselawn Memorial Park.

You will always be remembered!

Bay City Tribune, February 13, 2011
 


MAURICIO ‘WHICHO’ SALINAS, JR.


The family of the late Whicho Salinas will host a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. Feb. 7, 2009 at the end of Turning Basin #1 in Palacios. They will recall memories and drop off flowers. Everyone is invited. A Mass will follow at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, January 21, 2009

 


LARRY D. SALLEE

SUGAR VALLEY - Larry D. Sallee, age 59, of Sugar Valley, and formerly of El Campo, died Saturday, May 30, 2009. He was born May 12, 1950 in Lake Jackson to the late J.B. and Elsie Sallee.

He was a member of First Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972 and was a
Viet Nam veteran.

Survivors include a nephew, Michael G. Sallee Jr. of San Antonio; a niece, Gina K. Sallee of Portland, Ore.; and a great niece, Ryan Elizabeth Sallee of San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Michael G. Sallee Sr.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 6/2/2009
 


Wright “Sonny” Salter
Dec. 6, 1941- Jan. 16, 2010

Former Bay City resident, Wright “Sonny” Salter of Houston, passed from this life Jan. 16 after a long illness. He was 68.

He was born in Victoria (Texas) the day before Pearl Harbor and lived his life with gusto and curiosity, sprinkled with great humor, warmth and thoughtfulness.

As a young man he played football, baseball and swam competitively and later excelled in golf. Sports were his soft vices and his love of his wife Glenda was his passion.

After graduating from Bay City High School in 1960 he attended The University of Texas-Austin and Texas State University-San Marcos where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education. He taught in the Bay City and Houston public schools, sharing his knowledge and zeal for world history and sports with his students.

He was an executive with Connecticut General Insurance Company in Houston before retiring.

He was preceded in death by his parents Wright Sr. and Eugenia Salter of Bay City.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons and their families, Scott Salter of Houston and Brad and Devin Salter of St. Petersburg, Fla.; step-daughter Stacy and Kenneth Thornton of Houston; grandchildren Grant and Ty Salter, Lacy and Grace Salter, Zachary and Cale Thornton; sisters and brother-in-law Martha and David Cordell of Plano; Maggie Carrington of Metairie, La. and Julia Hollister of San Francisco; cousins Bill and Leah Lacy of Houston and Bob and Connie Lacy of Metairie; nephews Cornell Barnard of San Rafael, Calif., Christopher and Mark Cordell of Plano, Diana Barnard of San Francisco, Tge Carrington of Baton Rouge and Austi Carrington of Danville, Calif.; godmother Christine Spiller of Bay City; friends Herb Phalen, Joe Gutherie and Raymond Vincent and canine companions Asia and Zoey.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

A celebration of his life is scheduled for Jan. 30.

Bay City Tribune, Published January 24, 2010
 


Abel Sanchez
(August 3, 1961 - August 3, 2010)
 

Abel Sanchez, 49, of Bay City passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2010. He was born August 3, 1961 in Bay City. He was a life long resident of Bay City, and worked as an Electrician.

He is survived by his father: Freddie De La Garza of Richmond; significant other: Beatrice Mijares of Freeport; 2 daughters: Stephanie Sanchez Torres & husband Paul, and Amanda Sanchez Garcia & husband Braulio all of Bay City; step daughter: Violet Sandoval of Freeport; son: Tony Sanchez & wife Michelle of Freeport; 2 sisters: Norma Jones, and Elida Yanez & husband Joe John all of Bay City; brother: Jesse Sanchez of Bay City; and 16 grandchildren. Abel was preceded in death by his grandmother: Herlinda Flores; mother: Yolanda Sanchez Garcia; daughter: Ivory Ann Sanchez; and sister: Leticia Ann Sanchez.

A rosary will be held 7:00 PM Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be held 3:00 PM Friday August 6, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Ricky Gonzales, Rene Vargas, Edward Garcia, John Longoria, Fernando Gonzales, Brett Pennington, Richard Rubio, Oscar Nino, and Junior Cantu.

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ELVIRA "VIRA" SANCHEZ

BAY CITY - Elvira "Vira" Martinez Sanchez, 91, of Bay City, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2008, in Houston. She was born Sept. 29, 1916, in Bloomington, to Joaquin Vega Martinez and Tomasita Perez Martinez.

She was a resident of Bay City since 1954 and was retired from the laundry department of Matagorda General Hospital. She was a member and past president of the Gulf Coast Senior Citizens League and member of Metropolis. She was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City, serving in the churches Home, Eucharist and Rosary Ministries, and a member of the Legion of Mary where she received the "Life Award". She enjoyed visiting with relatives at family reunions, weddings and any occasion that brought them together as family.

Elvira was united in marriage to the late Atanacio Sanchez on May 15, 1939. Everyone she touched lovingly knew her as "Vira". Their marriage was blessed with six children: Maria Dolores, Mario, Juanita, David, Hilda and Mary. When God said go and multiply, she really followed His advice - having 21 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Monday, May 26, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Please join the family immediately after the service for a reception at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Hall.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/25/2008.
 


Felipa G. Sanchez
(December 13, 1919 - March 31, 2009)

Felipa G. Sanchez, 89, of Palacios passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at her home. She was born December 13, 1919 in Mexico. Felipa was a long time resident of Palacios, and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her brother Tony Gonzalez of Palacios; 5 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. Felipa was preceded in death by 5 sons: Louis, Phillip, Henry, Leo and August Sanchez.

A rosary will be recited 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Palacios Funeral Home. A mass will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, April 2, 2009 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Charles Dowomoh officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

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Jose G. Sanchez, Sr.
(April 22, 1927 - January 23, 2008)

Jose G. Sanchez, Sr., 80, of Olton, Texas passed away January 23, 2008. He was born April 22, 1927 to the late Jose and Maria Garcia Sanchez. Survivors include daughter Rosario A. Sanchez of Olton; sons Jose Sanchez, Jr. & Thomas Sanchez both of Olton, San Juan Sanchez of Bay City & Santiago Sanchez of Gatesville; sister Saraias Sanchez of Olton; sixteen grandchildren and twenty four great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

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Mario Garcia Sanchez, Sr.
(June 11, 1951 - September 1, 2007)

Mario Garcia Sanchez, Sr., 56 of Palacios, TX passed away Saturday, September 1, 2007 in Bay City, TX. He was born June 11, 1951 in Palacios, TX to the late Frank Garcia Sanchez and Mary Garcia Sanchez. He was a life long resident of Palacios, attended Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Palacios and was employed as a painter at Brock Specialty Services.

He is survived by his wife: Beatrice P. Sanchez; his daughters: Naomi Sanchez & husband Matthew Ortiz, Trina Sanchez, Frances Sanchez, and Beatrice Sanchez; by his sons: Mario Sanchez, Jr. and wife Cynthia, and David Sanchez, all of Palacios; his sisters: Omega Espinosa of Houston, Josephine Carrizales and Emma Jones, both of Victoria; his brothers: Christopher D. Sanchez, Sr. of Temple, John M. Sanchez of Victoria, and Dario G. Sanchez of Beeville; and by 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at the Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX with Rev. Robert LeBlanc officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.

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SACARIAS SANCHEZ

BAY CITY - Funeral Mass for Sacarias Sanchez, 89, will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 7, 2010 at Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City with Father Gerry Cernoch presiding.

Viewing will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2010 and a rosary will begin at 7 p.m.

Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery immediately following services.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 5, 2010
 


Charlotte Sandefur

Blessing—Charlotte Sandefur, 81, of Blessing, died Saturday, May 1, 1999.

She was born Dec. 7, 1917, in Texas, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huble. She was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church and WMU.

Survivors: husband, James Sandefur; daughter, Kay Johnson of Alvin; and sons, R. A. Boyce and Larry Boyce, both of Lubbock.

Services will be 10 a. m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, the Rev. Mark Clemons officiating.

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, (409) 245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, May, 1999
 


James Otis Sandefur
(February 4, 1916 - March 15, 2010)

James Otis Sandefur, 94, of Bay City passed away March 15, 2010. He was born February 4, 1916 in Davidson, Oklahoma. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII, was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blessing and worked as a Barber for many years.

Survivors include sons James Sidney Sandefur, Dexter Robert Sandefur and Dean Kirk Sandefur.

Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with Rev. Zach Nicholson officiating.

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Aubrey Denson Sanders
(September 7, 1925 - October 22, 2008)

Aubrey Denson Sanders, 83, of Palacios passed away Oct. 22, 2008. He was born Sept. 7, 1925 in Sulphur Springs, Texas to the late Fred & Dee Lillie Williams Sanders.

His wife, Mabel Sanders and brothers Virgil & Dayton Sanders all preceded him in death. Survivors include daughter Gail & husband William Dannels of Midland, TX; sons David Sanders & wife Debbie of Palacios Dan Sanders & wife Shawn of Huffman, TX; sisters Bernice Voyles & Nancy Peek, brother Frank Sanders of Jacksonville, TX; grandchildren Brandon Sanders & Ashley Sanders both of Palacios; Jeffrey Dannels & wife Jennifer of Little, Elm, TX and Jennifer Dannels Smith & husband Kyle of Carrollton, TX, Micah Sanders of Oregon & Danessa Sanders of New Caney, TX and great grandchildren Liam Smith & Morgan Dannels.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm to 8pm Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Louis Rush officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Toellner, Charles Mize, Bennie Mize, Jeff Dannels, Bill Dannels & Herbert Ressler.

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, October 26, 2008
 


Edward P. Sanders

 

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 6, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at Hawley Cemetery for Edward Perry Sanders, 83, of Bay City, Texas, who died Friday, February 27, 2004 at The Legacy.

 

He was born November 27, 1920 in Athens, Texas to Charles M. and Ella Sanders. He had been a resident of Bay City since 1972. He and his wife owned and operated Sanders TV Sales and Service for 24 years.

 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Francine Boles Sanders; daughter, Karen McBride and husband, Jim, of Green Valley, Arizona; son, Karl Sanders and wife, Elizabeth, of Wimberley, Texas; brother, Charles Sanders and wife, Shirley, of Athens, Texas; stepsister, Thelma Trammell, of Athens, Texas; several nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer's Association, PILOT International Foundation, Macon, Georgia, or Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, Bay City, Texas.

 

The Victoria Advocate, March 4 & 5, 2004

 


Jesse Walton Sanders, Jr.
Oct. 10, 1927 - Aug. 20, 2009

Jesse Walton Sanders, Jr., of Pearland, Texas, passed away on August 20, 2009 at his home.

He was born October 10, 1927 to his parents, Jesse and Lela Sanders in Houston
, Texas. Jesse proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII, and was called to serve in the Korean War. He was a resident in Pearland for the past 17 years formerly of Bay City. Jesse worked for the United States Postal Service and was a Special Olympics coach for over 30 years. He was also a member of Faith Community Church in Pearland.

Jesse is preceded in death by his wife, Ida Bell Sanders, and his parents.

He is survived by: his sons, Robert Sanders; Duane Davis his wife Sheila and children, David, Chris and Nathan; sister, Bernice Ramsey and husband Reverend Joe; brother, Henry Sanders and wife Bobbie, and niece, Susan Suadi.

A visitation for family and friends was from 5 until
8 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2009 at Crowder Funeral Home in Pearland, Texas.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m.
Monday, August 24, 2009 at Crowder Funeral Home. Interment will follow the service at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Memorials may be made to Special Friends Inc. P.O. Box 1382, Friendswood, Texas 77549-1382.

Bay City Tribune, Published August 26, 2009
 


MABEL ELVIRA SANDERS

 

Funeral services for Mabel Elvira Sanders, 77, of Palacios will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2004 at Trinity Baptist Church in Palacios, with the Rev. Louis Rush officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

A native of DeWitt County, she was born Nov. 19, 1927 to the late Monroe and Elvira Hoot Schmidt. She died Nov. 25, 2004.

 

A resident of Palacios since 1958, she was a member of the Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Denson Sanders of Palacios; daughter, Gail Dannels and husband, Bill, of Midland; son David Sanders and wife, Debbie, of Palacios; four sisters, Shirley Reiman and Evelyn Schmidt of Runge, and Joyce Holtz of Thomaston; two brothers, Bob Schmidt of Kenedy and Franklin Schmidt of Runge; four grandchildren, Brandon and Ashley Sanders of Palacios, Jeffery Dannels and wife, Jennifer, of Little Elm, and Jennifer Dannels of Baltimore, Md.; and one great-granddaughter, Morgan Dannels of Little Elm.

 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Monroe Schmidt.

 

Pallbearers are Jeff Dannels, Bill Dannels, Charles Mize, Bennie Mize, John Toellner and John Ressler.

 

Palacios Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, December 1, 2004

 


RICHARD E. SANDERS

Funeral services Richard E. Sanders, Sr., 90, of Palacios, Tx., were held April 3, 2009 at the First Baptist Church with the Reverends Zach Nicholson, Hollas Hoffman, Louis Rush and James Collins officiating.

Interment was at Palacios Cemetery with military honors provided by Queen-Hamlin VFW Post 2467.

Mr. Sanders was born July 4, 1918 in Palacios to the late C. D. and Beatrice Barbara Ellis Sanders. He passed away March 30, 2009.

He was a member of the
Palalcios First Baptist Church and served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He has often been referred to as an upright, honest, compassionate Christian man.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Billie Ruth and Henry Jackson of Milano, TX, and Mary Helen and Johnny Johnson of El Campo, Tx.; son Richard E. Sanders, Jr. of Palacios; grandchildren Stacy Murrell and husband Michael, Sara Hymer and husband Tim, and David Jackson and wife Janna; great-grandchildren Heather and Ricky Murrell, Katherine Jackson, Marlie Hymer and Opie Jackson; and great-great-grandson Jonathan Murrell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Sanders; sisters Helen S. Murphy and Clara Mae Kuehm; and grandson Michael Jackson.

Pallbearers were David Jackson, Mike Murrell, Tim Hymer, Johnny Brady, Carrell Ramsey, Rob Kessler, Leo Neuszer and Donnie Harvey. The Deacons of the First Baptist Church and Members of the Truth Seekers Men’s Sunday School Class will served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Palacios or Friends of Elder Citizens, P. O. Box 791, Palacios, TX 77465.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012.

Palacios Beacon, April 8, 2009
 


Roy Wayne Sanders, Sr.
(December 20, 1920 - February 19, 2008)

Roy Wayne Sanders, Sr., 87, of Bay City, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2008 in Baytown, TX. He was born December 20, 1920 in Temple, OK to Wylie Sanders and Hallie M. Spurlock Sanders. He was a long time resident of Bay City, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City, retired as a Shipping Supervisor, after 35 years of service, from Hoechst-Celanese Chemical Co. in Bay City, and was a US Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife: Mila Frances Smith Sanders of Baytown; his daughter: Debra Saffell of Baytown; his brother: Tommy D. Sanders of Baytown; grandson: Larry Sims of Spring; and great granddaughter: Morgan E. Sims of Spring. He was preceded in death by a daughter: Mila Beth Sims; a son: Roy Wayne Sanders, Jr.; parents Wylie and Hallie Sanders; 3 brothers Doyle “Porter” Sanders, J.C. “Jake” Sanders, Orban ”Speck” Sanders; and sister Wanda “Sissy” Darnell.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, February 22, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with Rev. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

In Memory of Roy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter, 2242 W. Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030-2008.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

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Ruth Leigh Sanders
(July 16, 1916 - December 6, 2006)

Ruth L. Sanders, 90, of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2006. She was born July 16, 1916 in Cove, Arkansas to E J and Elizabeth Cook. She was a long time resident of Bay City and a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her Daughter-in-law: Frankie Sanders of Longmont, CO; her Grandchildren: Shannon Sanders & wife Brenda of Friendswood and Derik Sanders & wife Angie of Firestone, CO; and by her Great Grandchildren: Tyson, Toni Sue, Cody, Bethany and Zachary. She was preceded in death by her husband: Otto M. Sanders, her daughter: Flora Sanders and her son: Larry Sanders.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, December 10, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Warren Mutz officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

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Jessicka R Sandifer
(December 1, 1981 - June 11, 2006)

Jessicka R. Sandifer, 24, of Palacios, Texas passed away Sunday, June 11, 2006 at her home after a lengthy illness. She was a loving and devoted mother and a resident of Palacios since 2005 and she was an active advocate against domestic violence.

She was survived by her, mother, Lisa Sandifer of Palacios; her son: Leigh Xavier Rosa of Palacios; Maternal Grandparents; George and Deloris Noland of Houston; Maternal aunts; Donna Kilough & husband Kenneth of Dayton; Carolyn White & husband Earl of Blessing, and Connie Epperson & Pamela Neader, both of Houston; her uncle: Leigh Sagstetter & Cindy Gray of Pattonville Village; and by numerous cousins. She is also survived by her best friend and sister: Candace Buhrow of Houston; best friends: Tasha Sanchez of Palacios; Britt Barnes of Baytown; and Crystal Rector of Palacios.

She will be greatly missed by all that knew her, but, she has now received her heavenly rest.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, June 17, 2006 at Missions Training Center, 6711 Long Point, Houston, TX. Memorial services will also be held on Saturday, June 24, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios, TX.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the fund for Jessica Sandifer, c/o the City State Bank of Palacios, TX.

Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012

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Mrs. Dolly Sanford, 74, Buried Monday In Hawley Cemetery

Mrs. Dolly Sanford, 74, who died Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. W. Curtis of 3216 Avenue J, was buried Monday afternoon in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mrs. Sanford is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C. W. Curtis and Mrs. Liella [Loula] Pickle of Bay City; one son, Walter Sanford of Blessing; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Huston of Palacios, and Mrs. Milo Staley of Garden City, Kansas, and one brother, Harry Jones of Clinton, Oklahoma.

Funeral services were held in the Community Church at Blessing with the Rev. W. W. Hawthorne officiating.

Matchett-Newman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Unknown newspaper, February 23, 1950
 

Jess Lyle Sanford

Cedarvale Cemetery

Billie Jean Sanford

Photos courtesy of
Faye Cunningham

 

Jess Lyle Sanford

Jess Lyle Sanford, 83, of Sargent passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at his residence.

Jess was born on Nov. 22, 1917 in Nixa, Missouri, to parents Elery Bowman and Anita Belle Corum Sanford.

He served in the army during WWII where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. After the war he worked as an advolorum tax assessor for Texas Eastern Gass Pipeline Co. for many years.

He was a member of the VFW Post 2412 of Sargent and was a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Bay City.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Billie Jean Boney Sanford in 1996.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, John Lyle and Andrea Sanford of Seattle, Washington, Duane Marshall and Leslie Cox Sanford of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Roseann and Gene Johnson of Missouri City; and sister, Nora Britain of Kansas City, Kansas. He is also survived by grandchildren, Micah Vance Johnson, David Gene Sanford Johnson, Aaron Marshall Johnson, Donna Marie Johnson-Lewis and Nathaniel Finn Sanford, and two great grandchildren.

A visitation with the family was held at Bay City Funeral Home on Friday, August 17 from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 25 at the St. Paul's Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Morgan and the Rev. Bill Haskell officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Gene Britain, Arnold Romberg, Hugh William Strickland, Michael Strickland, William Joseph Luder, III, Jerry Edens, Micah Vance Johnson and David Gene Sanford Johnson. The family requests that memorials be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 3102 5th Street in Bay City.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. A00011A2001AG

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, August 24, 2001
 


Ernette C. Sanford
(October 16, 1915 - September 15, 2005)

Ernette C. Sanford, 89, of Palacios passed away Thursday September 15, 2005 at her residence. She was born on October 16, 1915 in Natchitoches, LA to the late Ernest Franklin and Olah Case Courtney. She grew up in Shreveport and graduated from Fair Park High School in 1932 at the age of 16. She then went to Louisiana Tech and graduated in 1936 with a degree in business. She taught school for several years, including one year in Guatamala. In 1941 she moved to Galveston, TX to get her medical technology training. While in school in Galveston she met a medical student, E. B. Sanford. They were married at the Methodist Temple in Port Arthur on October 17, 1941. The coming of WW II changed their lives drastically. After graduation E. B. joined the US Army Medical Corps, and Ernette moved with him to Des Moines, IA and then to Atlantic City, NJ. In 1946 they settled in Palacios and started a medical practice together on the second story of the old Feather Building on main street. She was a teacher, a laboratory technician , and a mother. Mrs. Sanford was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios and a resident of Palacios for 59 years. She also was a former member of the Harmony Club and Wednesday Bridge Club. Survivors include: daughter & son-in-law: Susan & Rufus Lewis of Rock Port, TX; 2 sons & daughters-in-law: John & Hope Sanford of Buda, TX, and Charles & Cindy Sanford of Missouri City, TX; grandchildren: Candace Robbins & husband Steve, Nicholas, Samuel, Matthew, Daniel, and John David Sanford. The Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev’s Ray Wells and Clint Harris officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ted Bates, Jr., Don Hyett, Samuel, Matthew, Nicholas, and Daniel Sanford. Honorary Pallbearers will be Roy Price, Dr. Ed Ferrell, John David Sanford, and Scott Trull. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Palacios, Palacios Library, or the Matagorda Co. Nature Center, Bay City, TX. The family would especially like to thank care givers: Mary Ann Price and Hope Guerrero for all the love, support, and care that they gave to Mrs. Sanford. They were great friends and care givers and eased her final years. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361)972-2012.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Hattie Lee Sanford
Aug. 14, 1925 - Aug. 18, 2010

Funeral services for Hattie Lee Sanford, 85, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Family Worship Center, 2717 9th Street, Bay City, with the Rev. James Guerrero, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Burial Association Cemetery in Van Vleck.

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

She was born in Van Vleck, Texas, August 14, 1925, to Cora Brown Riggins and James Riggins, Sr., and passed away August 18, 2010, in Bay City.

Survivors include: daughter, Cora Carey of Tempe, Arizona and a son, Lewis Victor Sanford of Bay City; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and one brother, George Ward of Centerville, Texas. Also a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published August 25, 2010
 

John Lyle Sanford

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Mrs. Sanford Dies in Palacios

Mrs. Odile Logan Sanford, 74, of Blessing passed away at Wagner General Hospital in Palacios Monday.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with Rev. Das Kelly Barnett and Rev. Richard Stone officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery.

She was a resident of Blessing for 60 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Trull of Palacios; a son, Walter Sanford of Blessing; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Montgomery of Brazoria, and Mrs. Florence McKinney of San Antonio; four brothers, Bert Logan of Blessing, Victor and John Logan of San Antonio, and Burns Logan of Houston.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, April 14, 1964
 


SANFORD, WALTER ALLEN, JR.

SANFORD, Walter Allen, Jr., 56, of Galveston, died May 7 in Veterans Hospital, Houston. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel, Rev. Milton McWilliams officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing. Survived by one sister, Mrs. Bob Trull of Palacios, one niece, Barbara Trull, and two nephews, Ronald Williams and Scott Trull, all of Palacios. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, May 8, 1967, Matagorda County, Texas


Funeral Services For W. A. Sanford Sr., 59 Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Walter Allen Sanford Sr., 59, of Blessing were held last Thursday from Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. A. C. Maxted officiating. Mr. Sanford died July 26 at his residence.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Odile Sanford; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Williams of Blessing; one son, Walter A. Sanford Jr. of Houston; one grandson, Ronnie Williams of Blessing; two sisters, Mrs. Loula Pickel and Mrs. Fay Curtis of Bay City.

Active pallbearers were Avon Harter, Bert Logan, Norman Brotemarkle, Bob Trull, Dick Powell, and C. G. Jeffers.

Honorary pallbearers were Robert Rickaway, L. C. Cornelius, A. E. Schulte, Abner Ussery, Hamilton Rhodes, and Kirk Harter.

Burial was in Hawley Cemetery.

Palacios Beacon, August 3, 1950
 


Steve Sansing
(September 25, 1958 - June 16, 2008)

Steve Sansing, 49, of California, Missouri passed away June 16, 2008 at his home. He was born Sept. 25, 1958 in Bay City, Texas to the late William and Patsy Sansing.

Survivors include his wife Diane; daughters Misty & husband Teddy Green of Bay City, Stevie Sansing & Megan Sansing both of Missouri; sons Tim of Austin & Miles of Missouri and five grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Jimmy & wife Judy Sansing and sister Laura & husband Steve Sparks all of Bay City.

Services will be 12:00 PM Thursday, June 19, 2008 in California, MO under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home. 573-796-4901

www.taylorbros.net
 

 


JACK CARROLL SARDELICH
 

Private interment services will be held at a later date for Jack Carroll Sardelich, 44, of Brazoria, Tx. and formerly of Palacios.

Mr. Sardelich was born Sept. 27, 1964 in Corpus Christi, Tx. to John Carroll Sardelich and Betty Tanner Sardelich. He passed away March 17, 2009.

He grew up in Palacios and attended Palacios High School.He was a hard working man all of his life and loved spending time fishing with his children.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Knebel Sardelich of Brazoria; his children Jaren Sardelich, Jaxen Sardelich, Jaden Sardelich, Sydney Matthys and Jacob Hoffman; father John Sardelich of Palacios; mother Betty Hart and husband Bruce of Palacios; in-laws Adolph and Heidi Knebel of West Columbia, Tx., and Shirley and Richard Barnes of Weimer, Tx.; sister Joan Kocurek and her husband Wayne of Palacios; brothers Johnny Sardelich of Markham, Tx., Jeffrey Sardelich of Boonville, Arkansas and Patrich Sardelich of Bayou Vista, Tx.; brothers-in-law Keven and David Knebel and family; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

The Palacios Beacon, March 25, 2009

 


Judy Kay Sardelich-Tedens
(July 25, 1965 - July 26, 2011)

Judy Kay Sardelich-Tedens, 46, of Markham passed away July 26, 2011. She was born July 25, 1965 in McAllen, TX to Leonard Ray Kelley & Frankie Marie Quinn Kelley.

She was preceded in death by her father. Survivors include her mother Frankie Marie Kelley of El Maton; husband John Henry Tedens VI of Markham; daughters Jennifer Srubar & husband Chad of Midfield and Janet Boehm & husband Jason of Victoria; sister Linda Buford of McAllen; brothers Randy Kelley & wife Linda of El Maton & Frank Kelley & wife Loretta of Collegeport and by “Weezer Lou” of Markham.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm to 8pm Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, July 29, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Louis Rush officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Victoria Advocate, July 28, 2011
 


JOHN SAUCERMAN JR.

SWEENY - John Saucerman Jr., age 84, of Sweeny, formerly of Deer Park, passed away on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at home following an extended illness. He was born on May 5, 1926, in Kansas City, Kan., a son of the late John Homer Saucerman Sr. and Elnora Birmingham Saucerman.

John grew up in Kansas City where he graduated high school and then earned an associate's degree in business. He served his country in the
United States Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Bay City. He married Margaret Ann Saucerman on Oct. 16, 1973 and she preceded him in death on Aug. 28, 2004. John worked as a project engineer for Phillips Petroleum. John enjoyed fishing and being involved with the Knights of Columbus. He also enjoyed coaching girls softball in his younger years.

A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. today, Aug. 11, 2010, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m., at the chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at the chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home with Father George Kunnath officiating. Burial will follow in the Wharton City Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughters, Cathy O'Connell Weathers and husband Larry Wayne of Cedar Lane, Debbie McCoslin and husband Ernest of Sealy, Diane Bartlett of Sealy, and Denise Saucerman of Nashville, Tenn.; son, Dennis Saucerman and wife Jan of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Kay Rasmussen and husband Bob of Lees Summit, Mo.; brother, Dave Saucerman and wife Beverly of Kansas City, Kan.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Pallbearers are Josh Weathers, Eric Weathers, George Villa, Doug Huebner, Dr. Billy Winkles, and Trip Wyse.

If desiring, memorials may be sent to the
American Cancer Society , c/o Grace Gladden, 204 Second Street, Wharton, TX 77488.

Funeral services are under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home, 979-532-3410.

Published in Victoria Advocate on August 11, 2010
 


Florence Louise Saunders
(March 5, 1925 - November 30, 2007)

Florence Louise Saunders, 82, of Palacios passed away Friday, November 30, 2007 in Port Lavaca. She was born March 5, 1925 in Troy, Ohio to the late Lola McNamara Jaynes & William B. Jaynes. Mrs. Saunders was a resident of Palacios for many years. A Graveside Service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble, Texas.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Greenberry Gustavos Savage Jr.

Greenberry Gustavos Savage Jr., 89, formerly of Bay City, died April 23, 2009 while a resident under the thoughtful care of Needville's S.P.J.S.T. Rest Home. Born April 2, 1920 to Greenberry Gustavos and Jennie Savage in Clemville, he worked and retired as an electrician from Texas Gulf Sulphur in Newgulf.

He and his wife, Mary, owned and operated the Miss Mary shrimp boat out of Matagorda for many years. As members of Bay City's Fraternal Order of Eagles, the couple volunteered countless hours working for the organization's numerous charitable projects.

Known for his love of fishing he is survived by his family, Jennifer and Ray Rolf of Wharton, Rick and Peggy Savage of Yorktown, Dee and Bob Connors of Sugar Land and Sandy Savage of Bay City; grandchildren, Michael and Kelli Rolf, Steven and Kimberly Rolf and Jenny and Wyatt Ernest, all of Wharton, Trey Savage and Adam Connors, both of Houston, Chris and Jennifer Auer of West Columbia, David and Linda Wilson of Palacios and Cynthia and Tim Harriston of Bay City; and 14 great-grandchilren.

Mr. Savage was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary; grandson, Richard Savage; and sister Carmen Lockwood.

A commemorative service will be held at a later date.

Published by the Wharton Spectator on April 25, 2009
 


Muriel Posey Savage
Nov. 23, 1920  April 5, 2009

Muriel Posey Savage, longtime resident of Markham, was reunited with her heavenly father on April 5, 2009.

She was born November 23, 1920 in Clemville, Texas to Isaac Benton and Lora Walker Posey. She married Charles Vincent Savage on September 11, 1935 in Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, two brothers, Marcus Lee and James Robert Posey; four sisters, Annie Mary Sparks, Edith Mallard, Beulah Wernly and Lorene Harvey; great grandson, Anthony Wesley Duncan, son-in-law: Daniel Allen Dabelgott and niece: Sandra Lee Posey.

She is survived by: her seven children, Danny Lee, Lora Jo, David Vincent, Bonita Carol, John Paul, Teresa Ann and Mark Shannon; four sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Sumbs, Mary Rose, Joe Cole, and Lula Kelley; 23 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, 25 great-great grandchildren, son-in-law, Walter Lightcap, daughter-in-law, Anne Fabrygel Savage, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Nolan Savage, Steven Horton, David Savage, Jr., Michael Lightcap, Darin Dabelgott and Kevin Sparks.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nathan Savage, Stacey Horton, Philip Savage, Neal Savage, Daryl Dabelgott, Derek Dabelgott, Sheldon Wilson, Ken Carney, Robin Sparks, Michael, Alfred and Bobby Posey, Harry, Rick, Jeff and Neal Mallard, Tommy and Tim Wernly.

After the services the family will be gathering at the Markham Community Center from 3 until 7 p.m.

Contributions can be made to The Womens Crisis Center, 3010 Sixth St., Bay City, TX 77414 or The First Baptist Church of Markham Snack Program, P.O. Box 33, Markham, TX 77456.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published April 8, 2009
 


Grace Pierce Scarborough - Hawley Cemetery
 


Laquetta Marie Schafer

Laquetta Marie Schafer, 40, of Blessing, will be held at 2 p. m. Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Visitation with the family will be from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Schafer died at her residence Aug. 20. She was born June 24, 1958 in Keokuk, Iowa to George M. and Marion I. Duncan Schafer.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeremy Lee and Lisa Ann Tate, Lonie Joe and Melissa Christine Tate all of Bay City; daughter, Dawnell Marie Wheaton of Bay City, parents George M. and Marion L. Schafer of Blessing; two brothers, Ben Schafer of Bay City, and Lloyd Schafer of Blessing; two sisters, Bonnie Sheffler of Kahoka, MO., and Orel Schafer of Blessing; two grandchildren, Michael Thomas Tate and Thomas Joe Tate both of Bay City; three nephews, seven nieces, aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and a sister, Lorel Bee Rodriguez on Sept. 22, 1982.

Memorial may be made to the family or to the Laquetta Marie Schafer Trust in care of First National Bank, Bay City.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, August 23, 1978
 


Charles Ray Schelnick

Charles Ray Schelnick, 20, of Oak Hollow Blessing, died at Wagner General Hospital Friday. He was born Nov. 16, 1956 at Fort Worth, Texas. Survivors include his widow, Sharon Schelnick of Blessing; mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Kennedy of Blessing; father Charles Schelnick of San Antonio; stepson, Daniel Boatright of Nixon; sister, Dorothy Sue Williams of England; half-sister, Leanna Kennedy of Blessing; grandmothers, Dorothy Schelnick of Austin and Gertrude Bryant of Altus, Okla. The funeral services were today at Palacios Funeral Home at 11 a. m., with the Rev. John Tripp officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery.

The Daily Tribune, August, 1977
 


Esther Louise Schelsteder
(May 2, 1918 - November 1, 2005)

Esther Louise Schelsteder, 87, of Angleton died November 1, 2005 at the Cypress Woods Care Center in Angleton. She was born May 2, 1918 in Page, TX to the late Herman and Frieda Forster Scheueler. She was a resident of Angleton the past 10 years and a former longtime resident of Bay City and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. Survivors include: son & daughter-in-law: Michael and Karen Schelsteder of Bay City; 2 grandchildren: Alyssa and Michael Henry Schelsteder of Bay City. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Joe Schelsteder; and brother: Freddie Scheueler. Graveside Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, November 3, 2005 at Cedarvale Cemetery with Rev. Eric Klimpel officiating. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home(979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Charlie "Chuck" Scheppan
(September 17, 1959 - November 29, 2005)

Charlie “Chuck” Scheppan, 46, of Bay City died November 29, 2005 at his residence. He was born September 17, 1959 in Houston, TX to Charlie Williams, Sr. and Fay Dell Hallemann Scheppan. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and a lifelong resident of Bay City, and a electrician by trade. Survivors include: parents: Fay Dell and Vernis Landry of Bay City; daughter & son-in-law: Renee Nicole & Timothy Bohuslar of El Campo, TX; 2 brothers & a sister-in-law: Ricky Wayne Scheppan of Kennedy, TX, and Quinn Troy & Lynda Scheppan of Bay City; niece: Cherie Scheppan of Conroe, TX; & 3 nephews: Shane Scheppan of Tyler, Quinn Troy Scheppan, II and Samuel Alex Scheppan both of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his father Charlie W. Scheppan and brother Kirk Anthony Scheppan. Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Eric Klimpel officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Quinn Troy Scheppan, II, Samuel Alex Scheppan, Ronnie Sassman, Harry Norris, Jr., Robert Hoffman, and Jacob Andrade. Honorary Pallbearers will be Quinn Troy Scheppan and Ricky Wayne Scheppan. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3000 9th St., Bay City, TX 77414.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Howard L. Scherer, Jr.

 

CAPE CARANCAHUA - Howard Lee Scherer Jr., 64, of Cape Carancahua Community, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003.

 

He was born July 24, 1939 in Dallas, to Howard Lee Scherer Sr. of Houston, and the late Ara Marie Price Scherer.

 

Survivors: daughters; Anagail Scherer Jackson of El Maton, Dedra Ramsey of Markham, Rachel Hart of Needville, and Mary King of Burr Ridge, Ill.; son, Joe Ramsey of Markham; stepmother, Emma Lu Scherer of Houston; brothers, Robert Scherer of Brenham and Fred Scherer of Austin; and 11 grandchildren.

 

Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday at Hawley Cemetery, the Rev. Louis Rush officiating.

 

Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 979-245-4613.

 

The Victoria Advocate, November 30, 2003

 


PATSY ANNE SCHERER
 

Patsy Anne Scherer passed away January 30, 2002. Pat was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 20, 1931 to James Cecil Hybarger and Agnes Marie Selsor Hybarger. Patsy, a Native American, was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

 

She moved to Houston, Texas in early childhood and attended Jefferson Davis High School; Wharton Jr. College and Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. She worked as a bookkeeper in the Houston Area and lived in Porter, Texas until retirement at which time she relocated with her husband to Cape Carancahua in Jackson County, Texas. While at the Cape she was active in the Lady Capers as well as volunteer at Blessing Library, and attended the Carancahua Community Church. Patsy loved a good mystery; sewing; crafts, and baking for her family.

 

Her parents, James Hybarger and Agnes Stricklin; her sisters Mary Jeanne Hybarger and Artha Lee Lewis preceded her in death.

 

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Howard Lee Scherer, Jr.; one sister, Vivian Commander of Columbus, Texas; 5 children, Joe Ray Ramsey of Markham, Texas, Mary Ramsey King of Burr Ridge, Illinois, Rachel Ramsey Hart of Needville, Texas, Dedra Ramsey Davant of Blessing, Texas, and Anagail Marie Scherer Jackson of El Maton, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Scott and Courtney King; Rachel Rush; Lisa Sexton; Sherman R. Lewis, III; Jaccob Ramsey Bakker, Darrell Ramsey Machacek; Jennifer Davant; Ted Davant; Dustin Scherer; Andrew Preston; KerriAnne Jackson and 7 great grandchildren; Caleb, Joshua and Hannah Rush; Ricky and Zachary Lewis, and Taylor Ray and Tanner Sexton, as well as nieces, Joyce Sass; RoAnn Furstenfeld; Gayle Commander; nephews, Curtis Commander; David Steward; Glenn Steward and numerous great nieces and nephews.

 

Graveside service will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday, February 2, 2002 at Hawley Cemetery, the Rev. George Thompkins.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials to: Blessing Library, Box 210, Blessing, Texas 77419 or American Lung Association, P.O. Box 26460, Austin, Texas 78755-0460.

 

Slavik Funeral Home, 209 North Allen, Edna, Texas, 77957, 361-782-2152.

 

Victoria Advocate, February 1, 2002

 


RAMONA SCHILHAB

BAY CITY - For several years Ramona Schilhab and cancer ran a tight race, even with the added challenge of multiple sclerosis, and she lost the race Dec. 13, 2010. But she did win because now she is free to walk and run. Ramona was born May 22, 1957 in El Campo to Alvin and Eldrid Besetsny Schilhab. She graduated from El Campo High School and graduated from the University of Houston. She worked several years in the oil and gas industry until multiple sclerosis made it impossible to continue. She was a talented cook and loved gardening.

She is survived by her loving family: her mother, Eldrid Schilhab; sisters, Carlene Jackson and husband James Elzner, Christine Ward and husband John, Teresa Bolton and husband Toby, Patty Tufro and husband Gerald; brother, Lonnie Schilhab and wife Teresa; nephews, Coby and Blake Bolton, Matthew and Luke Schilhab; and good friend, Boriana Gurueva.

She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Schilhab; maternal grandparents, Beno and Agnes Besetsny; and paternal grandparents, Albert and Wilhemina Schilhab.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek, celebrant. Burial will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

The recitation of the holy rosary will be 7 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-7p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 8111 N. Stadium Dr., Suite #100, Houston, TX 77054.

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 16, 2010
 


EILEEN JUNEK SCHILLING

HOUSTON - In November of 2005 Eileen Junek Schilling, 61, of Houston, began her brave and fearless battle with cancer. It was not long before her family and friends realized her angel wings had begun to grow and she was destined to become one of God's angels. On Sunday, April 6, 2008 her angel wings were fully-grown and our good Lord above called her home.

Eileen was born on July 20, 1946, in Bay City, to the late Edwin and Willie Junek of El Maton.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Schilling; stepson, Jason Schilling; and her two loving puppies, Princess and Badger. Eileen was from a large close-knit family of four sisters, three brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. Siblings are: Wilma McDonald (Bryan) of Bay City, Gloria Bales (Robert) of Hunt, Cynthia Dujka (Scott) of Bay City, Gail Perkins (Ted) of Palacios, Edwin Junek Jr. (Robin) of Pasadena, George Junek and Charlie Junek of El Maton. Nieces and nephews are: Coy McDonald (Donna), Keith McDonald (Lori), Kym Chambliss (Cory), Robin Peters, Aaron Bales (Becky), Nicholas Bales, Kristi Dujka (Gene), Mandi Dujka (Sean), Danny Dujka (Becca), Todd, Blake and Nathan Perkins, Adam Adams, Justin Marshal, and Tanner Junek; Great-nieces and nephews are: Sarah, Bryanna, Madison and Makenzi McDonald, Mallory, Camille and Cassidy Chambliss, Michael and James McDonald, Sarah and Leah Peters, Aiden Bales, Braylen Tieken, and Saige Byars. Close friends are: Dick and Becky Humalainen, Tony and Angie Perez, and Mildred Hunt.

Visitation will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home today starting at 6 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. Mass will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2008 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Blessing with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers. The Tidehaven Graduating class of 1964 will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Tidehaven Scholarship Fund, The , or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 4/9/2008.
 


Lillie Lorine Schmersahl

Funeral services for Lillie Lorine Schmersahl, age 72, will be held 2 p. m. Nov. 2 in the chapel of Taylor Brother’s Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest in Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Lillie Lorine Schmersahl passed from this earthly life on Friday, Oct. 31 to join the angels in heaven and to meet our almighty and merciful God.

Lorine was born on Feb. 4, 1925 in La Ward, Texas to Robert Ruben and Nettie May [Mae] Carvell Joines. Lorine was baptized into Christ as a young woman in the Francitas River [East Caranchua Creek]. From that day forward she was faithful to her Lord. She was a long standing member of the Sweeny Church of Christ. She worked at J. C. Penny’s for years until she married Lewis John Schmersahl on July 22, 1952. They started their family of three starting in Bay City and soon thereafter, in Old Ocean and finally, Sweeny.

Lorine leaves behind her loving husband, Lewis John Schmersahl, two daughters, Brenda Wright of Bay City and Linda Northcutt of League City, and a son, Don Schmersahl of Van Vleck, and a sister, Margaret Richardson of Bay City; also six well loved grandchildren, Don and Barbie Schmersahl, Robert and Ashley Northcutt, and Dana and Chelsey Wright.

Pallbearers are D. Ray Alford, David Carr, Roland Ingram, Robert Lynch, Mark Johnson and Don Doleazlek. Honorary pallbearers are Billy Wright and Audie Northcutt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer Association of Greater Houston, 616 Saboy Drive, Suite 240, Houston, TX 77031 800-526-3752

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

The Daily Tribune, November 2, 1997
 

 

Hayden Paige Chancey-Schmoker
July 13, 2008 – July 13, 2008


Infant Hayden Paige Chancey-Schmoker passed away Sunday, July 13, 2008 in Bay City.

She was born Sunday, July 13, 2008 to Ricky Schmoker II and Candice Dial of Van Vleck.

She is also survived by: brother, Jared Schmoker of Van Vleck; grandma, Doshia Chancey Kuenstler of Sweeny; grandparents, Tondra Chancey and Dewayne Romine of Hewitt, Mark and Ronnie Dial of Amarillo, and Sharon McBee of Beaumont; grandpa, Ricky Schmoker of Ukon, Oklahoma; great grandparents, Robert and Annette Chancey of Sweeny, Carlene and Phil Vanderslice of Amarillo, and Joyce Schmoker of Van Vleck; great great grandma, Dorothy O’Neal of Sweeny; aunts, Breanna and Tasha Chancey of Sweeny; uncles, Markus Chancey, Rope Miles and Jason Schmoker all of Beaumont; cousins, Rowdy and Sheriyden Chancey of Sweeny, Ryan and Timothy Chancey of Sargent, Jason and Clint Lowe of Angleton, and Tiffany, Jonathan, and Laura Chancey all of Pledger; great aunts and uncles, Jason Schmoker of Beaumont, Eddie and Becky Chancey of Pledger, and Robert “PeeWee” and Wendy Chancey of Angleton.

Hayden was preceded in death by: her great great grandparents, Paul O’Neal Sr., Johnny Dale Chancey, Ruth Evelyn Chancey, Frank and Betty Pepe, and Henry Schmoker; great grandpa, Robert Dial; great great grandma, Helen Kahn; and two cousins, Whitney and Tessa Chancey.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy Hunt officiating.

Interment will follow at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Honorary Pallbearers: Jared Schmoker, Rope Miles, Rowdy Chancey, Kyle Romine, Ryan Chancey, Timothy Chancey, Josh Lowe, and Clint Lowe.

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, Published July 16, 2008

 


Joyce Schmoker
(April 16, 1943 - May 1, 2010)

Joyce Schmoker, 67, of Van Vleck passed away May 1, 2010. She was born April 16, 1943 in Vernon, TX to H. O. and Mildred Lankston. She recently retired from Bay Villa Health Care Center in Bay City where she worked in the administration office.

Survivors include her mother Mildred Lankston of Arlington, TX; her companion Wayne Guynes of Blessing; daughters Brenda Logsdon & husband Guy of Vernon, TX and Lori Boydston & husband Danny of Wichita Falls, TX; son Ricky Schmoker & wife Paula of Yukon, OK; brothers R. C. Lankston of Arlington, Cleatus Lankston of Centerville, TX and Kenneth Lankston of Mansfield, TX; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Her sons David and Steven Schmoker both preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be 3:00 PM Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Arthell Schneider

Funeral services for Arthell Schneider, 74, of Palacios, were held Nov. 22, 1999 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery.

Mrs. Schneider was born May 16, 1925 in Paris, Tx. to the late Carl and Ollie Pearl Diggs Lively. She died Nov. 19, 1999 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.

She was a resident of Palacios since 1959.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Schneider, Sr. of Palacios; daughters, Sandra Koch of Palacios, Sharon Duke of Wallisville, Tx., and Tammy Diaz of Palacios; a son, Alvin H. Schneider of North Pole, Alaska; sisters, Shirley Gross and Edna Willett of Humble, Tx., and Anna Smith of Grand Cane, La.; a brother, C. L. Lively of Woden, Tx.; grandchildren Gary E. Schneider of Trinity, Connie Williams and husband Joe of Albuquerque, NM, Robert John Koch of Palacios, Scott A. Koch of San Marcus, Bubba Duke of Baytown, Tanya Robles and husband J. R. of Tomball, Mario and Stacy Diaz, Justin, Armanda and Jessica Schneider, all of Palacios; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John and Scott Koch, Gary Schneider, Bubba Duke, Mario Diaz and J. R. Robles.

Palacios Beacon, November 24, 1999
 


Robert "Bobby" Lee Schneider, Sr.
(January 12, 1929 - September 11, 2005)

Robert “Bobby” Schneider, 76, of Palacios passed away September 11, 2005 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton. He was born January 12, 1929 in Needville, TX to Robert and Valasta Baca Schneider. He had been a resident of Palacios for 53 years; member of the Alcoa 25 Year Club; member of Palacios Trail Riders Association; and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by: his wife, Margaret “Margie” Jakubec Schneider of Palacios; by five sons and four daughters-in-law: Robert “Tiger” Schneider, Jr. of Palacios, Randy and Teresa Schneider of Victoria, Russell and Jan Schneider of Palacios, Ray and Darlene Schneider of Bay City and Ronnie and Kelly Schneider of Palacios; by one sister, Madelline “Matsy” Schultz of Edna; and by 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Willie Mae Horlicia and Noni Stavinoha, and two brothers, Elo and Alvin Schneider.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM at the Guy Public Cemetery in Guy, TX. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd, Suite 1010, Rockville MD 20852-9813 or to American Diabetes Association, 500 N. Shoreline, Suite 610, Corpus Christi, TX 78471.

Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX. 361-972-2012.

www.taylorbros.net
 


ANNIE SCHOOLER

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Annie Schooler, 84, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Mother Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. Murray Martin, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on October 8, 2010
 


IRA SCHOOLER

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Ira Schooler, 42, formerly of Bay City, who passed away April 5, 2010, will be Saturday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 2 until 8 p.m. at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on April 9, 2010
 


Edwina “Peggy” Schraub

Edwina “Peggy” Schraub, 66, of Bay City passed away Jul 5, 1995 at Vencor Hospital in Houston. She was born November 12, 1928 to Edwin and Helen Mgebroff Schroeder in Brenham, Texas.

She graduated from Brenham High School and attended Texas Lutheran College. She married Orlando Schraub on June 26, 1949 in Brenham. She was an attendance clerk for many years with the Bay City ISD. She was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and the Rebecca Circle.

She is survived by her husband, Orlando Schraub of Bay City; one daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Stuart Johnson of Blessing; one son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Nancy Schraub of Katy, Texas; her mother, Helen Schroeder of Fredericksburg; one brother, Ed Schroeder of Virginia; five grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Jessica Schraub, Jake Johnson, and Michael Schraub. She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Schroeder and a granddaughter, Julie Ann Schraub. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p. m. Friday, July 7, 1995 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bay City with Pastor Michael Aus officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers include, Mike Hamor, Paul Johnson, O. D. Langston, Joe Rogers, Bobby Schroeder, and Arthur Vivroux. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, July 6 or 7, 1995
 


Ann Lydia Schuetz

Ann Lydia Schuetz, infant, died October 2 at Herman Hospital in Houston. She was born September 27 at the Gulf Cost Medical Center in Wharton. Survivors are: father, Dennis Lee Schuetz, mother, Lydia Oldham Schuetz of Bay City; brother, Leland Dennis Schuetz of Bay City; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ney Oldham of Palacios; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Schuetz of Essingham, Ill.; great-grandfather, Mr. B. A. Link of Walsh, Ill.; aunts and uncles, Mr. Ney Oldham III of Palacios, Miss Nancy Oldham of Bay City, Miss Jo Ann Bowlin of Mount Vernon, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kruse of Charleston, Ill. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 4, 2:00 p. m. at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev. Barry Bauerschlag officiating. Ann Lydia is now lying in state at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Palacios.

The Daily Tribune, October 3, 1980
 


Forrest James Schulte

Forrest James Schulte, age 61, died March 28 at Wagner General Hospital in Palacios.

He was born in Hallettsville, Tx., on January 2, 1921.

A member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios, he leaves behind numerous survivors including wife, Loucile; two daughters, Sandra Gillett and Deborah Matusek; one son, Travis; five sisters, Tharesa Spies, Mary Lee Potts, Elizabeth Marek, Lillie Starcich, and Annie Pargac; three brothers, Bill, Benjamin and Al; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday March 29 at 2 p. m. in the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Barry Bauerschlag officiating.

Interment was at Hawley Cemetery.

Funeral services were under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, March, 1982
 


TOMMY SCHULTZ

Beloved husband and father, Tommy Schultz, 83, of Palacios, Tx. passed away Aug. 11, 2010.

Graveside services were held Aug. 16, 2010 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Hollie Briscoe and Rev. Bob Keprta officiating.

Mr. Schultz was born June 25, 1927 in Houston, Tx. to the late Tom Awalt and Bertie Lee Thompson Schultz.

He proudly served in the US Navy during WWII as a Seaman 1st Class on the USS Maryland. He was a devoted member of Caranachua Community Church; member and past-president of Good Sam Club; member and past-president of Telephone Pioneers; and a former Little League Softball coach in Houston. He was a marketing manager for Southwestern Bell working in Houston for 22 years and retiring in San Antonio in 1985 after a total of 37 years.

He is survived by his wife Jerry Schultz of Palacios; daughters Karen Hadaway and husband Ray of Iola, Tx. and Tess Flores and husband Steve of Palacios; son Ron Schultz of Palacios; sister Maurine Bauer of Cypress, Tx.; grandchildren Shannon Bullard, Tony Hadaway and wife Meredith, Reagan Hadaway, Amanda Schultz, Gordon Schultz, Lauren Flores-Morales and husband Adrian, and Kimberlee Flores; great-grandchildren Marshall Palmer, Nolan Palmer and Natalie Hadaway; and many nieces, nephews other family members and friends. He also leaves behind his beloved cat “Sheba”.

Pallbearers were Ray Hadaway, Steve Flores, Johnny Lloyd, Adrian Morales, James Janacek, George Weigel and Carl Baldwin.

Donations can be made in memory of Tommy to Palacios Pet Pals or Caranchaua Community Church.

Online condolences may be shared with his family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.

The Palacios Beacon, August 18, 2010
 


Albert G. "Pete" Schulze
March 24, 1914 - April 11, 2009

Albert G. Pete Schulze, 95, of Markham, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2009 in Bay City.

He was born March 24, 1914 in Clemville, Texas to Gus Louis Schulze and Annie Rickaway Schulze. He married Leona Strack of Plainview, on November 17, 1938, at Trinity Lutheran Church of El Campo and they recently celebrated their 70th Wedding anniversary.

Pete just turned 95 in March. He worked in the oil fields around Clemville and retired from Griffin Well Service in 1979. Pete was a member of Saint Peter Lutheran Church of Bay City, where he and Leona were Charter Members, he was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County and his hobby was mowing his yard and keeping his yard clean.

He is survived by: his wife, Leona Strack Schulze of Markham; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; by sisters, Selma Hoffman and Clara Pruess; his brother, Alfred Schulze; and his nephews, Henry Hoffman and Albert Hoffman.

The family will receive visitors from 6 until 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Pastor Jared Stillions officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in El Campo.

Pallbearers will be Robert G. Hoffman, Randy L. Hoffman, Albert G. Hoffman, Charles Frick, Cody Frick and Geren Roecker.

Honorary pallbearers are Robert Schulze, Stanley McMillan, Jesse Ellis, Gus Hoffman, Wilbur Hoffman, Shannon Hoffman, Alfred Schulze, Jr., James Cowger and Charlie Krampitz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Petes memory to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1909 Peach St., Bay City, TX 77414.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 15, 2009
 


Waymond Schulze

Waymond Julius Schulze, age 81, of Boling, died Monday morning, May 25, 2009 at home following a lengthy illness. He was born on Dec. 6, 1927 in Matagorda County, the son of the late Julius Schulze and Ida Zbitowsky.

Mr. Schulze was a resident of Newgulf and Boling for the past 44 years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Boling. He married Lillian Maurine Hamilton on June 16, 1951 in Wharton. She preceded him in death on Jan. 25, 2008. Mr. Schulze was a tank car loader and dozer operator for Texas Gulf Sulphur Company. He and his wife operated the Dairy Mart in Newgulf and later built and operated the Dairy Mart in Boling from 1969 until 1975.

Mr. Schulze retired from Texas Gulf  in January of 1983 and spent many years working in his garden and wood working shop.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Betty Ann Wittig in 1985; sisters, Lena Baklik and Annie Cada; and brothers, Raymond Schulze and Victor Schulze; and great-grandson, Jake Allen Wittig.

Friends may call for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at Wharton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May, 28, 2009 at Wharton Funeral Home chapel with Chaplain Phill Parks officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton.

Survivors include daughter, Lillian Marie Spacek of Boling; son and daughter-inlaw, Waymond E. and Cindy Schulze of Needville; sisters, Lillie Westfahl of El Campo and Mildred Mach of Boling; brother, Alvin Schulze of Wharton; grandchildren and spouses, Theresa and Adam Arvello, Glenn Wittig, Daniel and Tiffany Wittig, Stephanie and Don Tower, Bruce Wittig, Melissa and Keith Kostelnik, Keith and Kim Wittig and Amanda Schulze; greatgrandchildren, Kayla, Rachel and Ethan Tower, Bradley and Kaitlyn Kostelnik and Alex Arvello and Aubrey Matula; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Glenn Wittig, Daniel Wittig, Bruce Wittig, Keith Wittig, Adam Arvello and Don Tower.

Honorary pallbearers are Keith Kostelnik, Bradley Kostelnik, Ethan Tower, Alex Arvello, Jake Allen Wittig; caregivers, Shirley and Frances, nurses and staff of Odyssey Health Care; and all his many friends and family.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorials to Odyssey Health Care, 2636 South Loop West, Suite 210, Houston, TX 77054; or a church or charity of personal choice.

Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

Wharton Journal-Spectator, May 27, 2009
 


MARY ELLEN SCHURTZ

MIDFIELD - Mary Ellen Schurtz of Midfield passed away May 15, 2009. She was born July 22, 1941 to John and Millie Kretschmar.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; sister, Evelyn Richardson of Midfield; four children, Robert Schurtz Jr. of Houston, Sherry Hunt of Palacios, Shelley Muschalek, and Kristina Thigpen, of Victoria; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Markham. 979-843-5234.

Memorials-contributions may be sent to Houston Hospice-El Campo and the First Baptist Church, Markham.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/20/2009
 

Cathy Sue Schutz

Jul. 31, 1956 - Aug. 6, 1963

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


LESLIE SCOTT

BAY CITY - Leslie Scott, 86, of Bay City, passed away June 22, 2010, in Matagorda Regional Medical Center. Leslie was born on Oct. 12. 1923, in Dale, Ind.

At his request, his remains were given to his family.

Final arrangements were entrusted to Green's Mortuary.

Published in Victoria Advocate on July 1, 2010
 


Raymond “Swivel” Scott

Funeral services for Raymond “Swivel” Scott 79, of West Columbia will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Greater New Prospect Church, in Needville, Texas with the Rev. A. L. Edwards, pastor and Dr. T. L. Richardson, officiating.

Burial will follow at Peaceful Rest Cemetery in Needville, Texas.

Viewing will be from 3 until 4:30 p.m. Friday Green’s Mortuary Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in West Columbia, Texas.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published October 1, 2008
 


Elizabeth Scurry
Nov. 18, 1912 – March 27, 2008


Funeral services for Elizabeth Scurry, 95, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 11 a.m., at St. John Baptist Church, Van Vleck with the Rev. Ruben Newell, eulogist. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery.

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

She was born in Van Vleck, Texas, November 18, 1912, to Henry Mangum, Sr. and Floretta Jones Mangum, and passed away March 27, 2008, in Bay City.

Survivors include: two daughters, Lottie Mayberry and Frances Lewis (and Lloyd), all of Bay City; and two grandchildren, Anthony Lewis and Renata Middleton, both of Houston. Also four great – grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements are with Duncan – Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. (979) 245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 2, 2008
 


Carl Seal, Jr.


Carl Seal, Jr., 57, of Palacios, TX, passed away Feb. 6, 2009 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, TX.

Mr. Seal was born March 21, 1951 in Fort Worth, TX. to the late Carl Sr. and Mary Alice Hopkins. He was a security guard.

He is survived by his sister, Paula Miller of Blessing, TX.

Arrangements were with Matthews Funeral Home in Wharton, TX.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, February 11, 2009

 


Emmett Davis Seale

 

EMMETT DAVIS SEALE left to spend eternity with Jesus Christ on May 19th, 2003 after a lengthy illness.

 

Emmett was born June 4, 1912 in San Felipe, TX.

 

He was preceded in death by parents, Marion and Winnie Seale, sister Mary Alice Longley, and brother Jack Seale.

 

He is survived by wife of 64 years Robbie Cornelius Seale, daughter Janis Wells, son Darrel and wife Shirley missionaries to Philippines, and son Byron and wife Candy of LaGrange, Texas. Grandchildren are serving as pallbearers for their PaPaw. They are Cheri', Daniel and Peter Seale; Phillip and Sarah Wells; Shawn Seale and wife Jacinda; Nathan, Hannah, Elisabeth, Deborah and Abigail Seale; and great-grand- children Kirra and Ezra Seale in Hawaii.

 

Emmett served his country in World War II. After completing 35 missions as tail gunner on a B24 based in the London area, he asked for permission to fly as an airplane mechanic with a pilot to locate and return downed planes behind enemy lines in France. His mission was a success, with brother Jack's plane and grave located. Jack's body was returned to USA in Nov. 1947. Emmett served his friends and community as an independent insurance agent for 45 years (Emmett Seale, Insurance). He is a godly man who is loved and respected and will be deeply missed.

 

His life will be celebrated Saturday May 24, 2003 at 10 A.M. at Park Place Baptist Church with Rev. James Clark officiating. Visitation will be held Friday the 23rd from 5 to 7 at Earthman, 6330 Gulf Frwy, Houston, TX.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Park Place Baptist Church.

 

Published in the Houston Chronicle from 5/22/2003-5/23/2003.

 

[NOTE: Mr. Seale was buried at Hawley Cemetery, near Blessing, Matagorda County, Texas.]

 

The Houston Chronicle, May 22 & 23, 2003

 


Robbie Cornelius Seale
(January 24, 1916 - April 28, 2010)

Robbie Cornelius Seale, 94, of Houston passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2010. She was born January 24, 1916 in Midfield, Texas to the late Nancy Esther Davis & Thomas Edward Cornelius.

Robbie is survived by her daughter: Janis Wells of Lake Jackson; 2 sons: Darrel Seale of Manila Philippines and Byron Seale of Winchester, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. Her husband Emmett Davis Seale preceded her in death in 2003.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friday April 30, 2010 at the Park Place Baptist Church, 4101 Broadway, Houston, TX 77087. The funeral service will be held 12:00 PM Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Park Place Baptist Church in Houston. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas. Robbie’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on April 30, 2010.
 


Roy Seaman

A Rosary service for Roy Seaman, 41, of Palacios will be held at 7 p. m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, in Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will be at 2 p. m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Palacios, Reverends Andy and Janell Blair and Rev. Gary Janek officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Seaman died at his residence Feb. 1. He was born Dec. 5, 1957 in Palacios to Clyde Nelo and Virginia Mae Zapalac Seaman.

He was a lifelong resident of Palacios and a commercial fisherman.

Seaman is survived by his wife, Becky Milam Seaman of Palacios; daughters, Daphni, Tiffany, and Brittany Seaman all of Palacios; parents, Nelo and Virginia Seaman of Palacios; maternal grandmother, Nettie Zapalac of Palacios; sister and brother-in-law, Lauri Ann and Chuck Perrone of Pearland; brothers and sisters-in-law, Garry and Pam Seaman and Greg and Sherri Seaman all of Palacios, Larry Seaman of Port Arthur, TX; father-in-law, James Milam and wife Frances of Palacios; mother-in-law, Ruby Boettcher and husband John of Pasadena; and brother-in-law, Ricky Milam and wife Penny of Palacios.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Lewis, Hudson “Bud” Bates, Jr., Donnie Lenz, Alton Tillett, Henry Green, and Steve Capak.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Fields, Leon Smith, Tony Blanton, Felix Longoria, Alan Janek, Wayne Hunter, and Alan Morrison.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, February 3, 1999
 


GEORGE R. SEBASTIAN


WHARTON - George Roland Sebastian, 64, of Wharton, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009. He was born on July 14, 1944, in Wharton, to the late James Sidney Sebastian and Helen Smith Sebastian. He was as a welder and a Baptist.
 
Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Blessing with the Reverend Larry Swift officiating.

Survivors include his son, Cash Wade Sebastian and wife Shelby of Port Comfort; sister, Martha Sebastian of Sugar Land; and five grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Sebastian.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Blessing, P.O. Box 338, Blessing, TX 77419.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home, 979-532-3410.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 1/28/2009

 


Earl Thomas Sedlacek

Sedlacek, Earl Thomas, age 44, a former resident of Bay City, passed away suddenly in Houston March 7. Services will be held Friday, March 10 at 10:30 a. m. in Taylor Brothers Chapel. The Rev. John Bravenec will officiate; interment will be in Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mr. Sedlacek’s cousins, Bill Sammy, Edwin, Jr., Marvin and Lawrence Hurta and A. V. Bosak. Survivors include his widow, Marie of Houston; a daughter, Rebecca Sue Sedlacek, Dallas; mother, Mrs. W. H. Roberts of Bay City; one brother James Clifton Sedlacek, Bay City; one nephew; three nieces and a granddaughter. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, March, 1972
 


James W. Sedlacek Funeral Services Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for James W. Sedlacek, 64, of San Antonio, were held Sunday afternoon at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Rev. Wayne Sebesta officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Sedlacek operated a cotton gin at Midfield until he moved to San Antonio 25 years ago. He was born on Dec. 3, 1897 at Sweet Home.

Survivors are two sons, Clifford Sedlacek of Bay City and Earl Sedlacek of El Campo; three sisters, Mrs. Albina Leaser of Bay City, Mrs. Mary Howell of Cuero, and Mrs. Agnes Rohan of Yorktown; three brothers, John Sedlacek of Gonzales, Bill Sedlacek of Cuero, and half-brother Frank Nike of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Edwin, Frank, Louis, and Alphonse Hurta and Albert and A. V. Bosak.

The Daily Tribune, February 12, 1962
 


Margaret L. Seiferman

Funeral services for Margaret “Margie” Seiferman, 55, of Bay City, were held Aug. 4, 1999 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Clemens officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mrs. Seiferman was born Jan. 25, 1944 in Shakopee, MN to Gilbert M. and Mabel Tucker Dols. She died Aug. 2, 1999.

She was a member of the Baptist Church and a resident of Bay City for 13 years and a former resident of Palacios.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Seiferman of Bay City; mother and step-father Mabel and R. L. Bobbitt of Markham; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Karen Brune of Bay City, Terry and Velanda Brune of Blessing, Richard L. “Ricky” and Sue Brune of Markham, Bob and Della Seiferman of Cedar Park, Curtis and Debbie Seiferman and Jeff and Delores Seiferman all of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Rick Domholl of PA; brother, Richard Kubena of Markham; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father Gilbert Dols and a sister Elena Ann Kubena.

Pallbearers were Bob, Curtis and Jeff Seiferman and Bucky, Gary and Wayne Brune.

Palacios Beacon, August 11, 1999
 


Maurine Segler

Funeral services for Maurine Segler, 56, of Bay City were held today at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery.

Mrs. Segler was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Fort Bend County and died May 5, 1984, in Bay City.

Survivors include: mother, Ella Jula Puckett of Bay City; husband, James E. Segler; daughters, Gloria Marie Ziegenhals of Bay City and Virginia Ann Guajardo of Bay City; sons, Bob L. Kelly of Houston and Billy W. White of Bay City; stepson, Hanes Arnold Segler of Killeen; sisters, Marguerite Penland of Bay City and Gloria Pickett of New Mexico; brothers, Allan Dablegott of Midfield and Norwood Dablegott of Midfield. She also leaves 11 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were J. B. Freiley, Daniel Dablegott, Joe Kelly, Charles Ziegenhals and Mike Burton.

Arrangements were made with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, May, 1984
 


Patricia A. Sellers

 

BLESSING - Patricia Ann Sellers, 49, of Blessing and formerly of Port Lavaca, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005.

 

She was born Oct. 31, 1955, in Cherokee, Ala., to the late Edward and Barbara Williams Hudson.

 

Survivors: husband, David Sellers; daughter, Dawn Phillips of Blessing; son, Richard Sellers of Blessing; sister, Theresa Hudson of Bay City; and brothers, Eddie Hudson of Conroe, and Claude Hudson and Robert Hudson, both of Bay City.

 

Preceded in death by: brother, David Hudson.

 

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Larry Swift officiating.

 

Burial will be at will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing [Matagorda County, Texas]. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

 

The Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

 


RACHEL SELLERS

BLESSING [Matagorda County, Texas] - Rachel Sellers, 73, of Blessing, passed away Feb. 18, 2007. She was born July 5, 1933, in Bay City, to the late Herbert and Ruby Mae Bates Patterson.

She had been a resident of Blessing for over 20 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blessing.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Sellers of Blessing; sons, Michael and David Sellers, both of Blessing; sisters, Mary Henry of Dickinson and Dorothy McKeehan of Fort Worth; and three grandchildren, Michael Lee Sellers, Dawn Sellers, and Richard Sellers.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Larry Swift officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

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

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Victoria County, Texas
Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/20/2007
 


SELLS, PATSY MCCROSKY

PATSY MCCROSKY SELLS

WEST COLUMBIA - Patsy McCrosky Sells, 67 of West Columbia, passed away on Feb. 21, 2007 in Sugar Land. She was born Jan. 6, 1940, in New Gulf, to John Voss McCrosky Sr. and the late Louise Lloyd McCrosky.

She was a life long resident of Matagorda and Brazoria counties and was Methodist.

She was a member of the Cradle of Texas Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, past member of the Harmonie Club in Palacios, where she served a term as president, and a former Wednesday Bridge Club member.

She and her husband enjoyed traveling to Germany, Canada, and across the United States.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Romulo Wayne Sells of Sugar Land; son, Clifford Chamblee of Cypress; daughters, Brenda Hasson of Bay City and JoAnn Gomez of Sugar Land; stepdaughter, Jacquline Sells of Oklahoma; stepson, Gene Sells of Florida; brother, John Voss McCrosky Jr. and wife Jeanette of Wadsworth; two sisters, Donna Johnson and husband Hubert of Bay City, and Elaine Hoffpauir and husband, David of New Waverly; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother Louise McCrosky.
The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing [Matagorda County, Texas].

Pallbearers will be: Hubert Johnson, David Hoffpauir, A. C. Herreth, Paul David, Terry Osborne, and Bobby Head.
Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 979-245-4613.

Victoria County, Texas
Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/22/2007.


Anita Marie Senkyrik
(April 23, 1927 - June 26, 2011)

Anita Marie Senkyrik, 84, of Cedar Lane passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011. She was born April 23, 1927 to the late James Arthur Smith & Bessie Jane Nettles Smith. She worked 28 years as a clerk for the ASCS Office in Bay City, and then as the secretary for the Bay City Tribune. She was a life long resident of Matagorda County, a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, and of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary. The most important thing to Anita, was spending time with her grandchildren and family. She also enjoyed working in her yard and garden, watching the cows on her farm, and traveling to tournaments with her teammates on the Bay City Bowling League.

Her husband Jerome Harry Senkyrik, parents, brother James Arthur Smith, Jr., and sister Gloria Elizabeth Arledge all preceded her in death. Survivors include son Mark J. & wife Dianna Senkyrik of Cedar Lane; 2 sisters Jayne Kelley of Sweeny & Jean Ann Tatum of Wadsworth; 5 grandchildren Stacey Marie Senkyrik of Angleton, Chad Alan Senkyrik & wife Robin of Lexington, SC, Sonja Rene LeVasseur & husband Lonnie of League City, Scott Allen Lausch & wife Amber of LaPorte & Lyora “Lynn” Lewis & husband Michael of Lake Jackson and 15 great grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 5:30 PM Tuesday at the funeral home and the family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm to 8pm. Mass will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City with Rev. Greg Korenek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Chad Alan Senkyrik, Paul Kristynik, Craig Kelley, Jim Tatum, Tom Kovar & Scott Lausch. Memorials may be made to the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City.

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Eloise Nolan Serafine
July 29, 1929 - May 13, 2009

Eloise Nolan Serafine peacefully passed into Gods arms on May 13, 2009, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Eloise was born on July 29, 1929, in Bay City, Texas to Ella Denning and John J. Nolan. After retirement from Richards Drilling Company, she relocated to Austin, Texas to be near her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by: her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Laurie Serafine; one sister, Veronica Allen of Santa Fe, Texas; one sister-in-law, Ernestine H. Nolan of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Caitlin and Garrett Serafine of Austin, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews.

Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, Roger L. Serafine, Sr., her grandson, Nicholas Cline, and eight siblings.

The family wishes to thank Albert Horn, MD and Rhonda Ward, RN, FNP of Austin Neurological Clinic, Crystal Wiggins of Caring Senior Services of Austin, Fran St. Peter, RN, LCSW of Vista Care, and her wonderful caregiver and friend, Debby Torres. Special thanks to close friends and neighbors who helped Eloise through her courageous battle with Parkinson's.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 19, 2009
 


Eva Adelle Serrill
(September 12, 1912 - November 19, 2006)

Eva Adelle Serrill, 94, of Bay City passed away November 19, 2006. She was born September 12, 1912 in Ashwood, Texas to John Fisher Smith and Annie M. Allardyce Smith. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bay City.

Mrs. Serrill is survived by one daughter Judith Ann McCully of Marco Island, Florida; one son John Serrill of Austin, TX; and four grandchildren John S. Serrill, Jennifer A. Serrill, John E. Drake, and Aaron L. Drake.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Friday, November 24, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers include John S. Serrill, Stephen Serrill, John F. Smith, Tim Faulkner and Grady Puryer. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

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Lupe Rivera Servantes
April 25, 1925  Sept. 4, 2010

Lupe Rivera Servantes was born April 25, 1925 in Victoria, Texas.

She lived in Port Lavaca and passed away September 4, 2010 in Bay City, Texas at the age of 85.

She was born to the late Maria Silvas and Matias Rivera.

She is survived by: daughters, Mary (Jose) Solis of Bay City, Janie (Alejos) Gonzalez of Bay City, JoAnn (Vicoriano) Echartea of Bay City, Delia Trevino of Port Lavaca, Betty (John) Garcia of Port Lavaca and Ruby (Ignacio) Cantu of Port Lavaca; son, Cecil (Tara) Munoz of Port Lavaca; 29 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Her husband, Secario Servantes; son, Guadalupe Servantes; granddaughter, Alexis Munoz and Grandson Ruben De La Garza, Jr. all preceded her in death as well as son-in-law, Artemio Trevino; sisters, Consuelo Munoz, Lydia Ortiz, Micaela Mickey Torres; brothers, Humberto Rivera, Pablo Rivera, Alfredo Rivera and Manuel Rivera.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Bay City with the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Interment will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Port Lavaca Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jason Cantu, Noel Lozano, Joe Villareal, Chris Cuellar, Jonathan Cuellar, Danny Servantes, Eddie Rodriguez and Eric Garcia.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gabriel Servantes, Chris Hernandez, Ruben De La Garza, Johnny Ray Camacho and Terrance Garcia.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published September 8, 2010
 


Secario Servantes, Jr.
Aug. 22, 1922 _ June 17, 2009

Secario Servantes, Jr. of Port Lavaca passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009 in Bay City.

He was born August 22, 1922 in Goliad to Maria Ariola and Secario Servantes, Sr. He worked for the City of Port Lavaca for many years until his retirement. He was a World War II veteran of the US Army and received the Purple Heart.

He grew up on the family farm where he developed his love for all kinds of animals. He was a loving father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by: his wife of 68 years, Lupe Rivera Servantes; his son, Secario (Cecil) Munoz of Port Lavaca; his daughters, Mary (Joe) Solis and Janie (Alejo) Gonzalez of Bay City, Delia (Artemio) Trevino, Betty (John) Garcia, Ruby (Ignacio) Cantu and JoAnn (Victor) Echartea of Port Lavaca; by a daughter-in-law, Esperanza Servantes of Port Lavaca; by a sister, Aurora Martinez; and by 28 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded by Guadalupe Servantes; by his sisters, Thomasa Mosqueda and Librada Juarez; by his brothers, Andres Servantes and Daniel Camacho; and by his granddaughter, Alexis Munoz.

Pallbearers will be Chris Cuellar, Ruben De La Garza, Terrance Garcia, Noel Lozano, Eric Garcia, Jason Cantu, Eddie Rodriguez, and Lupe Villareal, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rene Ramirez, Paul Zamora, Lupe Lozano and Johnny R. Camacho.

The Rosary will be held at 8 p.m.
Friday, June 19, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Interment will be held at 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the Port Lavaca Cemetery, Port Lavaca, Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City
,
TX (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 22, 2009
 


Neil David Severson

In Memory of Neil David Severson, born April 15, 1937 in Fargo, North Dakota, passed away April 7, 2001, Willis, Texas.

Graveside services: Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, Texas, Saturday, April 14, 2001, 1 p. m.

Survivors: Daughters, Valerie Vanaugh and husband Randy of Willis, Shari Rowan and husband Mike of Camarillo, California; Son, Robert Severson and wife Debbie of Houston; Sister, Mary Curtis and husband Ray of Lake Park, Minnesota; Brothers, Mark Severson and wife Laverle of Glendon, Minnesota, Paul Severson and wife Karen of Rancier, Minnesota; Grandchildren, Rebecca Dodgen, Blake Vanaugh, Brandon Vanaugh, Corey Rowan, Kellie Rowan, Jennifer Severson and Victoria Severson; Ex-wife and friend, June Nealey.

Final resting place: Hawley Cemetery
 


Temple E. "Wimpy" Sewell
 

Temple E. "Wimpy" Sewell, 87, passed away Friday, February 23, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.

 

He was born in Millet, Texas to Elijah Jacob and Amy Erma Isabell Shull Sewell.

 

Temple retired after 30 years of faithful service from the Skelly Oil and Getty Company in Bay City, Texas, in 1990.

 

Temple and his wife Phyllis (Pickle) moved to the Rio Grande Valley making their home in the Mid Valley Area.

 

Temple is survived by: his loving wife who he married in 1939, Phyllis Elva Sewell; daughter, Saundra McMillan and her husband Gil of Weslaco; grandson, David Wesley Mooreland of McAllen, Texas and a sister, Amy Sewell of Deming, New Mexico. He is preceded in death by his parents Eli Jacob and Amy Erma Isabell Sewell, his brother S. Edell Sewell, a sister Dorothy Sewell and his baby sister Lillian Sewell.

 

Graveside services were held Monday, February 26, 2001 at 2:30 p.m. at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas with the Rev. Hollie Briscoe, pastor as the officiant.

 

Friends who wish may make a donation to their charity of choice.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. A00011A2001FB27

 

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, February 27, 2001

 


Eloise Sexton
(September 13, 1918 - April 14, 2006)

Margaret Eloise (Parten) Sexton

Eloise Sexton, age 87 of Sweeny, passed away Friday, April 14, 2006. She was born September 13, 1918 in Silsbee, TX to Rev. John W. and Anna Fern Parten. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Sweeny since 1960 prior to her illness and a Pink Lady at the Sweeny Hospital for over 20 years. Eloise has resided at the Legacy Campus for the past 4-1/2 years. The family wishes to thank all the staff at the Legacy & Matagorda County General Hospital for all their love and support.

Eloise is survived by her son: Kenneth C. Sexton & wife Kathie of Sweeny; daughter: Addie F. Townsend & husband Carl of Bay City; Grandchildren: Alisa Sexton of Houston, Becky & Marty Van Dyke of Sweeny, Kevin Townsend & wife Terri of Flagstaff, AZ, Darryl Townsend & wife Beckey of Anchorage, AK; and Great Grandchildren: Taylor, Hannah & Cameron Townsend of Anchorage, AK.

The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Youth Center Fund at the First Baptist Church of Sweeny or the Pink Ladies Auxiliary of Bay City.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, April 17, 2006 at the Sweeny Cemetery in Sweeny, TX with Rev. Jerl Watkins officiating. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

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James Calvin Sexton

James Calvin Sexton, 75, of 111 Welch, Palacios, died, Wednesday, November 22 in Wagner General Hospital in Palacios. He was born January 19, 1903 in Canton. The deceased was a retired carpenter for Alcoa Aluminum, a member of the First Baptist Church in Palacios and was a resident of Palacios for the past 62 years. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Alice Sexton of Palacios, daughters, Dorothy Jean Sensabaugh of Port Lavaca, Marian Gale Abraham of Port Alto, sons, James C. Jr. of Ingleside and John B. of Houston, sisters, Pearl Clardy of Palacios, Lois Owen of Abilene, Sally Owen of Ingleside, one brother, Melvin of Palacios, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 25, 2 p. m. at the Palacios Funeral Home. Rev. Leon Maxwell and Rev. J. R. Gwin will officiate. Interment at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, November, 1978
 


Manley Sexton

Theresa Sexton

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Margaret Alice Sexton

Graveside services for Mrs. Margaret Alice Sexton, 86, of Palacios were held Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000 at Hawley Cemetery, with the Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating. She died Jan. 31 in Port Lavaca.

A native of Midfield, she was born Feb. 14, 1913 to the late James Stark and Viola Jordan Williams. A resident of Palacios since 1931, she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law: Dorothy and Sam Sensabaugh of Port Lavaca, Gail and Paul Abraham of Olivia; two sons, and daughters-in-law: James and Becky Sexton of Baton Rouge, La., John and Carolyn Sexton of Pearland; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Calvin Sexton, on Nov. 22, 1978; one sister, Lorena Kelly; and one brother, Bruce Williams.

The Palacios Beacon, February 9, 2000
 


Gordon Lee Shaffer

Funeral services for Gordon Lee Shaffer, 60, of Bay City will be held at 10:30 p. m. Wednesday at Bay City Funeral Home chapel with Dr. W. D. Baker of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Shaffer was born March 21, 1925, in Brazoria to Orville D. and Stella McDaniel Shaffer and died Jan. 26, 1986, at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was a veteran of World War II where he served on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lena Maude Shaffer of Bay City; his mother, Stella M. Shaffer of Bay City; a son and daughter-in-law, Maj. Deon Kirk Shaffer and Caren of Clarksville, Tenn.; a brother; and one granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the heart fund or to the building fund of First Baptist Church.

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

The Daily Tribune, January, 1986
 

Lena Maude Pollard Shaffer was born in Dallas, Texas, December 9, 1925, to Irma Jean and Hudson Dixon Pollard and passed from this earth to be with the Lord Jesus on December 21, 2001. She was preceded in death by husband, Gordon Lee Shaffer in 1986, her father in 1973, and her mother in 1993.

Her survivors include: son and daughter-in-law Deon Kirk and Dana Renea Shaffer; granddaughter Leslie; and grandson Jackson, all of Nashville, Tennesee; brother Hudson Donald Pollard of Bay City; brother and sister-in-law D'Janin and Sue Pollard of Alvin; two nieces; three nephews; several grandnieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.

Lena Maude was a retired school teacher and had taught in area schools for many years. She retired from the Van Vleck Independent School District in 1987. Her love of young people, high principles, and ideals made her an asset to any school system. She was a firm teacher who believed one had to have discipline in the classroom in order to teach and learn. This had a positive effect on the lives of many young people of Matagorda County. Watching each student excel made years of teaching worthwhile and rewarding. Maintaining a great rapport with the students was a principal goal. To her, it took a special person to be a teacher, and "Mrs. Shaffer" met the challenge. The evidence of a job well done continued even years after her retirement in the form of letters from grateful students.

Lena Maude's principal focus, notwithstanding her professional accomplishments, remained her devotion to her family, many friends, and Christian faith. No obligation was as important to her as being a Mother and Grandmother, and nothing gave her as much joy. Her friends were those of recent acquaintance and those of a lifetime. No birthday, anniversary or important event was forgotten. No memory of good times past ever faded. All were held dear. Raised by Christian parents, she was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City. She firmly believed that the Bible held the answers to all of life's challenges and mysteries, and fallible as she was, she always turned to God's word for those answers. She literally faced the end of her earthly life with a smile on her face, secure in the knowledge that God sent Jesus to die for the sins of mankind so that we could live forever. She rests with the Lord. Her family and friends miss her sorely, even while rejoicing in the life she led and the life that continues into eternity.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2001 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at
Hawley Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Wednesday 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorials will be made to Hospice of Houston, El Campo Branch.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001DC25

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, December 25, 2001
 


Bernice Terry Shannon

Funeral services for Bernice Terry Shannon, 53, of Bay City will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mrs. Shannon was born June 25, 1932, in El Maton to P. P. Terry and Cygred Spoor and died Dec. 13, 1985, on the island of Aruba.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Bay Villa Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Harry Shannon of Bay City; nieces, Mary Sue Estes of Corpus Christi, Della Jo Lowery of Bay City, Jane Bates of Plantersville and Judy Reitz of Denton; and nephews, Percy Carroll of Markham, and Johnny and James Carroll, both of Bay City.

Pallbearers include Fred Law, Bert Huebner, Jimmy Craft, Jimmy Powers, Gerald Rowland and James Harris.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Ministries Center of the First Baptist Church.

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

The Daily Tribune, December, 1985
 

Harry Samuel Shannon, 83, of Bay City, passed away on January 11, 2010.

A long time local farmer, Harry was also a Lt. Colonel in the Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and had recently been elected to serve a second term as a Bay City Port Commissioner.

His passing was preceded by: his beloved wife, Berniece Terry Shannon; his father and mother, Baker Lee and Nancy Catherine Shannon; and his aunt, Violet McKnight.

After serving his country in the US Army Cavalry during WWII, he graduated from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas. He lived for several years in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and then moved to Bay City, where he farmed rice and other crops for over 50 years.

He served the community as a Boy Scout Troop leader and as President of the Matagorda County Hospital Board for a time. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and then joined the First Baptist Church after marrying Berniece.

Harry is survived by: his brother and sister-in-law, Baker Lee and Nancy Shannon, and many nieces and nephews.

A time of visitation with the family will be held on Friday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Bay City Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Harry's family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Bay City.

Arrangements are with Bay City Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Published January 13, 2010
 


Alfred James Sharp
May 13, 1931 – Oct. 26, 2007


Alfred James (Jim) Sharp, 76, of Markham, entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Friday, October 26, 2007, following a long illness.

He was born in East Providence, Rhode Island on May 13, 1931 and served in the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Jackie Sharp and is survived by: his children, Jim Sharp, Victoria Sharp Shaw, Dr. Billy Winkles, Rhonda Winkles, Pam Reyes, Tennie Mozley and Wade Sharp. He is also survived by a number of grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday, November 2 at Bay City Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at
Hawley Cemetery at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2007.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune,
Published October 31, 2007

 


SHARP

 

Jackie Carlene Sharp, 66, of Markham passed away Sunday, January 25, 2004 at her residence. She was born in Spur, Texas on July 30, 1937, to parents, Mike Cager and Opal Juanita Johnson Wade.

 

She was a very active member of the Bay City Bowling Association, a member of the Pink Ladies Auxillary of Matagorda General Hospital, a member of the American Auxillary-Blessing, and a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City.

 

She is survived by: her husband, Jim Sharp of Markham; sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Margaret Winkles of Bay City and Wade and Linda Sharp of Houston; daughters, Rhonda Mitchell of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Pam Reyes of Sidney, Ohio, and Tennie Mozley of Markham; sisters, Louise Blackerby of Bay City and Tennie and Sal Gatto of Spring; step-children, Jim and Janice Sharp of Austin and Victoria and Mike Shaw of Dallas; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Myrt McKay and brother Bobby Wade.

 

A visitation with the family will be held Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at the Bay City Funeral Home from 7 until 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2004 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Pallbearers will be Patrick Mozley, Danny Villanueva, J.C. Lomax, Blake and John Hanley, and Tommy Reece, Jr.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Bay City.

 

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

 

The Bay City Tribune, Matagorda County, Texas

 


ROWENA L. SHARP

PALACIOS - Rowena L. Sharp, 90, of Palacios, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2010 in Bay City. She was born Dec. 17, 1919, in Danforth, Maine, to the late Benjamin McLaughlin and Gusta Scott McLaughlin. She lived most of her life in Old Town, Maine and had worked in food service at the University of Maine.

She is survived by her sons, Robert S. Sharp (Elizabeth) of Marlow, N.H. and Bruce A. Sharp (Sharon) of Palacios; grandchildren, Tom Rogers, Kelli Cotton, Kristi Sharp, and Beth Sharp; and great-grandchildren, Antonio Villarreal and Emily Cotton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Matthew S. Sharp; sisters, Nellie, Thelma, Dora, Dorothy, and Geneva; and brothers, Floyd and Howard McLaughlin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, at Turning Point Church, 1800 Marguerite, in Bay City.

Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Victoria, 361-575-3212.

Published in Victoria Advocate on May 25, 2010
 


VICTORIA SHARP

WEBSTER - Victoria Lynn Talafuse Sharp, 23, of Webster, passed away April 29, 2009. She was born April 2, 1986, in Lake Jackson. She was a 2004 graduate of Van Vleck High School.

Family members who survive her include Michael Micshawn Sharp, Micyla Sharp and Jordan Sharp, all of Webster; Norma Jean Talafuse of Van Vleck, Mary Gibbens of Sugar Valley, Gena Wienserski of Friendswood, Nora Jean Henry, Christina Henry, Ashley Henry and Brittany Henry, all of Van Vleck, Adam Smith and Kyle Wienserski, both of Friendswood.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, May 4, 2009 at Golden Ave. Baptist Church with the Rev. Max Plus officiating. Interment will follow at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be John Miller, Ray Smithey, Ronnie Plant, Jonathan Varnell, Adam Smith and Joshua Sharp.

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

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


Ina Mae Harter Shaw

Mrs. Ina Mae Harter Shaw, 68, of San Antonio, died Sept. 30, 1975 in San Antonio. Survivors include her husband, Douglas of San Antonio; one daughter, Mrs. Abner Ussery of Luling, one son, A. C. Harter of Blessing; one sister, Mrs. Ennie Warn of Palacios and five grandchildren. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church of San Antonio and the Persian Lodge No. 160 of San Antonio. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, 1975 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in San Antonio at 9 a. m. The Rev. Harold B. Nickle will officiate the services. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery with graveside services held at 4 p. m. Local arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or the charity of your choice.

The Daily Tribune, September 30, 1975
 


MARY ANN RUSSELL SHAW

BAY CITY - Mary Ann Russell Shaw, 74, of Bay City, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2009 at her home. She was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Warrick County, Ind., to Allen Niles Russell and Dessie Evelyn Wetzel Russell. She was a businesswoman, a life member of VFW Post 2438 Ladies Auxiliary in Bay City, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bay City.

She is survived by her daughters: Diana Ellis of Paramount, Calif., Sandra Winberry of Piggott, Ark., and Vickie Saa of Oceanside, Calif.; her son: Donald Embry of Bay City; her step-children: Barbara Joy Bazzell of Grand Prairie and William Shaw of Redding, Calif.; her sister: Lee McGuire of Bay City; her brothers: Richard Russell of Oklahoma City, James Russell of Vista, Calif., Dennis Russell of San Diego, Calif., Danny Russell of San Diego, Calif., and Don Russell of Bay City; and by four grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Walter "Bud" Shaw; her parents: Allen Niles Russell and Dessie Evelyn Wetzel Russell; and by her brothers: Robert Russell and David Russell.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Chris Bischoff officiating.

Pallbearers were Don Russell, Dennis Russell, Dan Russell, Don Embry, Mike Benedict, and Misael Saa.
Interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2009 at Mount Zion Christian Church Cemetery in Santa Clause, Ind. under the direction of Fuller Funeral Home of Dale, Ind., 812-937-2181.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 6/10/2009
 


PATRICIA MICHELLE SHAW


Funeral services for Patricia Michelle Shaw, 54, were held Jan. 21, 2009 at The Chapel of Beresford Funeral Service in Houston with Pastor Larry Womack officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Shaw was born Aug. 25, 1954 in Houston to Louis and Margie McDuffie. She died Jan. 16, 2009 in Houston.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Michael Shaw; daughters and sons-in-law Kimberly and Wylie Arnett, Tonya and James Smith, and Brandy and James Fulton; sister and brother-in-law Kellie and Ronnie Moore; grandchildren Taylor Fralic, Terren Carter, Kolby Edmiston, Chelsey Phillips, Kylie Arnett, Keira Smith and Cade Fulton; nieces and nephews Shawn Mahoney, Jousha Mahoney, Alicia Mahoney, Samantha Burns, Katelyn Mahoney; grand-niece Brooke Burns; and her parents.

 

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, February 11, 2009

 


Walter Ernest Shaw
April 21, 1925  Nov. 17, 2008


Walter Ernest Shaw, 83, of Bay City, Texas, passed away Monday, November 17, 2008.

He was born April 21, 1925 in Watts, California to Walter Weedall Shaw and Beryl Eeleen Lenz Shaw. He was a former resident of California and has resided in Bay City since 1993. He retired as a Deputy Sheriff from the L.A. County Sheriffs Dept in California after 31 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City, a Life Member of VFW Post 2438 in Bay City, and was a World War II veteran of the US Navy.

He is survived by: his wife, Ann R. Shaw of Bay City; his daughter, Barbara Joy Bazzell and husband Jeff of Grand Prairie, Texas; his son, William Shaw and wife Ginger of Redding, California; his step-children, Diana Ellis of Paramount, California, Sandra Winberry and husband Ted of Piggott, Arkanas, Vicki Saa and husband Misael of Oceanside, California and Donald C. Embry of Bay City, Texas; by his brothers, Ronnie Shaw and Ben Shaw, both of Long Beach, California and Stanley Shaw of Ventura, California; and by seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Walter W. and Beryl L. Shaw.

Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published November 19, 2008

 


FRANCES SOPHIA BOWIE SHEARER

ANGLETON - Frances Sophia Bowie Shearer, 93, of Angleton passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. She was born to the late Hubert W. Bowie and Ada M. Spivey Bowie on Oct. 8, 1915 in Bay City at her uncle Harris and aunt Lou Bowie's home on 6th Street. Frances grew up in the community of Cedar Lane, attending school there through the seventh grade, and then attended Bay City High School. After high school she then attended the Marinello School of Beauty in Dallas. In Palacios she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Harmony Club, and the Presbyterian Ladies Church Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Ginger S. Hennig and husband Charles of Angleton; son, Jimmy Shearer Jr. and wife Dubie of Sweeny; sister, Mildred Urban Adams of Cedar Lane; brother, Philip M. Bowie of Cedar Lane; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Her parents; husband of 60 years, James "Jimmy" Shearer; son, Philip H. Shearer Sr.; sister, Huberta Petersen; and a grandson preceded Frances in death.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios with the Rev. Janelle Blair officiating. Interment will follow at Bowie Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Pallbearers will be Bowie Hatchett, Brandon Thomas, Chase Harrison, Dicky Rutherford, Larry Harrison, and Billy Polk.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Mayper, Scott Lewis, Charles Hennig II, David Hennig, Billy Welsh, and Larry Dillard.
The family would like to thank the many friends who called, visited, and sent cards to Frances during her stay at Cypress Woods. They would also like to thank Cypress Woods Care Center Staff and Doctors Weiner and Wells for the exceptional care they gave to our mother.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios, or the Cypress Woods Care Center in Angleton.

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

Arrangements are with the Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 8/13/2009
 


Arthur Roy Sheeran

Funeral services for Arthur Roy Sheeran, 75, of Palacios, are scheduled for 2 p. m. today at First Baptist Church in Palacios with the Reverends Hollas Hoffman and Hollie Briscoe officiating. Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Sheeran was born May 27, 1918, in San Diego, Texas, to Bernard and Roxie Sheeran and died Dec. 27, 1993, in the Palacios Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Palacios.

In World War II, he served as a volunteer in the 1st Cavalry Battalion and saw combat in the South Pacific and Philippines. Following the war, he went to the oil path to work in various parts of Texas. In 1952, he moved to Palacios. He joined First Baptist Church and became an active deacon. He was employed by Sun Oil and worked there for 30 years. Following his retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively, but enjoyed their home on the South Bay. Family and church were Arthur’s paramount devotions.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Baines Sheeran of Palacios; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mariana and Dennis Young of League City and Vikijane and David Blomberg of Palacios; two sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Kathy Sheeran of Midland and the Rev. Ben and Evelyn Sheeran of Victoria; a brother, Tom Sheeran of Hebbronville and grandchildren, Robert Young of League City, Michael and Michelle Sheeran of Midland, Joseph, Jacob, Daniel and Matthew Blomberg of Palacios and Jonathan and Juleana Sheeran of Victoria.

Pallbearers are Robert King, Billy Hamlin, Richard Sanders, Bobby Kunefke Sr., John Lee and James Kubecka.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Palacios at 202 Main St., Palacios, 77465 and to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Houston Chapter at 1616 Savoy Dr., Suite 240, Houston, 77036.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios.

The Daily Tribune, December 29, 1993
 


Dorothy L. Sheldon
Advocate News Service

Collegeport—Dorothy L. Sheldon, 63, of Collegeport died Thursday morning in a Houston hospital following a long illness.

She was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Leon County to Charlie and Mozelle Wells Williams. Her father preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City with the Rev. Lloyd Nixon officiating.

Burial will follow at Halley [Hawley] Cemetery in Blessing under the direction of Talor Brothers Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Donald Wells, Durwood Wells, Robert Ellis, Chester Corporon, Don Fowler and Mason Holsworth.

Honorary pallbearers include Andy Johnson, J. O. Frick, Bobby Fowler, Thomas Holsworth and Mark Merck.

Surviving in addition to her mother of Collegeport are a daughter, Cyndy Whitley of Wharton; a son, Anthony Doubek of San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Jeanette Angelo of Houston; two brothers, Earl Williams of Collegeport and Seth Williams of San Antonio; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport or the American Cancer Society.

The Victoria Advocate, date unknown
 


Felix “Rocky” Sheldon

Funeral services will be held for Felix “Rocky” Sheldon, 21, of Collegeport, 2 p. m. Thursday at Taylor Brothers Chapel.

Sheldon died September 29, 1981 in Matagorda County.

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Lloyd Nixon.

He is survived by mother, Mrs. Dorothy Sheldon of Collegeport; grandmother, C. J. Williams of Collegeport; sister, Cyndy Whitley of Wharton; brother, Anthony Doubek of San Diego, Calif.; aunt, Jeanette Williams of Houston; uncles, Earl Williams of Collegeport, Seth Williams of San Antonio; niece Rachel Whitley of Wharton; nephew, Robert Whitley, of Wharton; numerous cousins.

Burial will be held at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Don Fowler, Richard Whitley, Pat Jenkins, Jerry Jenkins, Carl Corporon and David Neizig.

Honorary pallbearers include Jay Ledwig, Victor Corporon, Jim Bob Murry and Mitch Russell.

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, September 30, 1981
 


Carl Raymond Shepard

Carl Raymond Shepard, 54, of Monahans, Texas, formerly of Markham, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996 in Ward Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born April 19, 1942 in Bay City to parents Ike and Inez Sisson Shepard. He was employed with Production Operators, Inc. as an operator mechanic working in Monahans.

Survivors are wife, Ann Sheppard of the home, daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Ronnie Huffman of Caldwell, daughter, Mary Shepard, Markham, mother-in-law, Mary Singer, Markham; brother, Richard Shepard, Santa Fe; sister, Doris Bradley of Dickerson [Dickinson?]; grandchildren, Derrick, Kelly, Ashley Huffman of Caldwell, and Bobby Shepard of Markham;  three nieces and three nephews.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 12 at 2 p. m. at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Howard Harper officiating. Burial will follow at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers are Roger and Glenn Shaffer, Ricky Huffman, Williams Parks, Sr., William Parks, Jr., Cecil Rooks. Honorary pallbearers Buddy Shaffer Paul Sifford, and Greg Wendell.

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

The Daily Tribune, September 11, 1996
 


Mona Kilbride Shepard
(January 11, 1969 - August 27, 2006)

Mona Kilbride Shepard, 37, of Bay City, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2006. She was born January 11, 1969 in Fort Campbell, KY to Jimmie & Linda Burrows Kilbride. She was a resident of Bay City since 1975 and a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband: James A. Shepard of Bay City; by her parents: Jimmie & Linda Kilbride; by her sister: Laura Uriarte of Sugar Land; and by her brothers: Brian Kilbride of Dickinson and Robert Kilbride of Bay City.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 1, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Brian Kilbride, Robert Kilbride, David Shepard, Thomas Shepard, Mike Burrows and Ronnie Burrows.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Karen Ann Sheppard
(June 14, 1949 - March 3, 2010)

Karen Ann Sheppard passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at her home in Sweeny after a battle with Multiple Myeloma. She was born in Bay City, Texas, to Myrtle and Morris Tullos. She is survived by her husband, Monte Sheppard, two loving sisters, Brenda Ashcraft and Joyce Tullos, daughters, Amanda and Lacey Sheppard, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Karen attended Sweeny High School and Stephen F. Austin University. In school, she was a drum major, twirler, and participated in many local pageants. She worked at the Matagorda County Courthouse as court coordinator for Judge Craig Estlenbaum. Her main passion was her family and friends. Karen loved to cook, read, entertain, sing, and later in life, paint. She loved to laugh and lit up a room when she entered it. Karen always put others above herself, and touched every life she came in contact with in a positive way. She was beautiful inside and out; when asked, her friends and family will tell you what an absolutely special and unique person she was. Karen will be missed. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Monday, March 8, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Sweeny with Pastor Maurice Morrew officiating. Burial will follow at Sweeny Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 7, 2010 from 2:00 p.m., until 4:00 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia. Serving as pallbearers will be Pat Tumlinson, Bob Daily, Dorsey Dutil, Lloyd Hendershot, John Barnard, Brian McFatter; honorary pallbearers will be Bryan and Tracy Barnard. Her family would like to thank her good friends for their love and ongoing support: Marsha and Pat Tumlinson, Bob and Francis Daily, Karen and Gene McFatter, Donna Jones, Shawna and Dorsey Dutil, Kay Rollins, and too many others to name. “Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I did not die.” - Mary Elizabeth Frye

Services are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, 634 S. Columbia Dr. West Columbia, Texas 77486. (979) 345-3232. Online condolences may be left for the family by signing the guestbook at www.bakerfuneralhome.net

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, March 7, 2010
 


Master Sergeant Robert E. Sherman, Sr.

Master Sergeant Robert E. Sherman, Sr. (U.S. Army, Ret.) departed this earth on April 28, 2010 to rejoin his many comrades in arms on the field of honor of the Houston National Cemetery.

His ashes will be interred with those of his beloved wife and son. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years Barbara Chisholm Sherman.

Barbara and Robert married in March 1945 and she served along side her husband as a soldier’s wife raising three children, often alone during his many overseas tours of duty.

A son, Ralph Sherman who was a veteran of the U.S Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and the U.S.S. Eisenhower during the Vietnam conflict also preceded him in death. Robert served his country for twenty-seven years as an active duty soldier and another eight years as an inactive reservist. He answered the call of duty in March of 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor and retired in April of 1969. His overseas tours included North Africa and Italy, two years in Korea, Germany, Japan, and Thailand during the Vietnam Conflict. His awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Medal, Three Army commendation Medals, and Twenty-four years of Good Conduct Medals. He was a graduate of Towson State University of Baltimore, Maryland where he received a bachelor’s degree in Education. He served as an ROTC instructor at Temple University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for three years. Sergeant Sherman chose to spend his final years of retirement enjoying the quiet life of small town Bay City.

He is survived by: his daughter, Kathryn Huftalen and her children, Steve and Courtney; by a daughter-in-law, Pam Davis and her children, Barbara, Brynna, Austin, and Bryan; and a son, Robert, Jr. as well as two brothers, Ralph and Olin Sherman and a sister, Clarice Tuck.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune
, Published May 2, 2010
 


Walter J. Sherman
May 15, 1923 - June 8, 2010

Walter J. Sherman, 87, of Chicago Illinois, Was born to Francis Xavier Sierminksi and Pearl Bednarek Sierminski on May 15, 1923 and passed away June 8, 2010 in Van Vleck, Texas.

He is preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Elizabeth Swirek, Pearl Sierminski; brother, Frank Sierminski.

He is survived by: wife, Cecelia M. Sherman; daughters, Mary Beth Whitesell and husband, Craig, Carol Minear and Janet Gott, all of Cosa Mesa, California; sons: Patrick M. Sherman and wife Dinah, Jay C. Sherman, both of Cosa Mesa, California; sister, Clara Jurek of Chicago, Illinois; 11 grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at the VFW Post 2438, Bay City Texas at 10 a.m. on June 11, 2010. Chaplain Don A. Storey, Sr., Houston Hospice officiating.

Internment will be held at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.

Memorials may be sent to: VFW Post 2438, P.O. Box 369, Bay City Texas 77414.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 11, 2010
 


Funeral Services For A. A. Sherrer Are Held Last Thursday

Funeral services for  A. A. Sherrer, 41, were held at the Matchett-Newman Funeral Home last Thursday afternoon with burial at the Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Sherrer died at his home near Palacios. He was an employee of the Houston Drilling Corporation.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Annie Sherrer; one daughter, Mrs. J. A. Sliva of Blessing; his mother, Mrs. Maude Frieze of Clemville; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Pope of Magnet, Mrs. Etta Mallicitt of Sinton, Mrs. J. R. Davenport and Mrs. Mamie Lee Cardwell of Edna; three brothers, Fred of Edna, Bill of Markham, and George of Monahans; one granddaughter.

Palacios Beacon, August 25, 1949
 

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Vern Sherrer were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Leslie Webb officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

A life long resident of this area, she was born January 6, 1906, the daughter of John and Ellen Blackburn. She nursed at Wagner General Hospital for many years before she retired. She passed away in Wagner General Hospital Sunday April 7, after a long illness.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Sliva and two grandchildren.

(Died May 7, 1974)

Matagorda County, Texas
 

SINTON - Evelyn Katherine Sherrer died Sept. 13, 1999. She was 89.
 
Survivors include her husband, Nealy; two sons, David Sherrer of Sinton and Richard Sherrer of St. Paul; a daughter, Sally White of Sinton; two brothers, Keith Curtis of Houston and Mason Curtis of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Betty Curtis of Bay City; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 in Hawley Cemetery, Bay City.

Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Tuesday, September 14, 1999
 

Ervin Shibley
Dec. 8, 1904 - Sep. 15, 1984

Grace Lucille Sansing Shibley
Jul. 29, 1918 - Aug. 30, 2002

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunninham


Bernard H. Shield
(December 13, 1926 - January 8, 2009)

U.S. VeteranBernard H. Shield died peacefully at the Methodist Hospital on January 8, 2009, at the age of 82. Bernard was born in the Panhandle town of Miami, Texas, on December 13, 1926. He left high school to enter the Navy at the end of World War II. Following his service to his country he studied at West Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he taught engineering briefly at UT before embarking on a career as a civil engineer, working first for the Texas Geological Survey, then for many years with the Celanese Corporation. He entered the consulting engineering field with Turner, Collie, and Braden, before launching his own civil engineering consulting firm. He was a specialist in concrete, hydraulics, and construction, and was a life-long member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He enjoyed his involvement in various other professional associations, including the Jaycees and the River Oaks Rotary Club.

Bernard’s first love was ranching. He believed in good stewardship of the earth and of God’s creatures, and was never happier than when he was tending his cattle.

Bernard was a life-long disciple of Jesus Christ and active in the United Methodist Church. He offered himself in service to many ministries in the various congregations to which he belonged. Faithfulness and integrity were hallmarks of his life.

Bernard was deeply devoted to his family. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria Mae, in 1980 and a granddaughter, Lindsay Ann Ray, in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Brenda Shield of Bay City; daughter Linda Shield Ray & husband Kenny of Burnet, TX; sons David Bernard Shield & wife Debra of Bay City and Robert C. Shield & wife Carla of Beaumont; sister Ardena Fehr of Greeley, CO; grandchildren Bryan K. Ray, Cecily Shield, Cara Shield, Matthew Murray, Joshua Shield & Emily Shield and great grandchildren Karsyn Murray, Kolbe Murray & Kaleb Murray.

A memorial service will be held in his honor 1:00 PM Monday, January 12, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Bay City with Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bay City Building Fund, 2300 Ave. H, Bay City, TX 77414, or the First United Methodist Church of Miami, TX scholarship fund, 201 South Main St., Miami, TX 79059.

Bay City Tribune, January 11, 2009
 


George Short
(December 15, 1913 - October 24, 2005)

George Short, 92, of Austin, Texas passed away October 24, 2005. He was born December 15, 1913 in Grand Island, NE to Arthur Verne and Bess Robertson Short. He was a retired Chemical Engineer with Phillips/Conoco in Old Ocean and a member of the Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glendine Thompson Short. He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Cobb of Austin and Ruth Short of Palo Alto, CA; a son, Douglas Short of Austin; two step-sons, Mike Wade of Bay City and Pat Wade of Emporia, KS; three grandchildren, Glen Cobb of Houston, Stephen Cobb of Katy and Tammy Hann of Bay City; four step-grandchildren, Kathy McVey of Friendswood, Scott Martin of Houston, Kelly Wade of Emporia, KS, and Keith Wade of Wichita, KS; two great grandchildren and one great- great grandchild.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with Rev. Kevin Young officiating. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Graveside Services For Mrs. Short Sun.

Graveside services were held for Mrs. Henrietta Short of Houston on Sunday at 3 p. m. at the Hawley Cemetery.

Services were under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

September, 1965
 


Leonard George Showers

L. G. Showers died at his home, fourteen miles east of Bay City, Sunday morning at 11:30 a. m. He is survived by his wife and son, mother and father and brother.

Funeral services were held at the Walker-Matchett Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 3 p. m., Rev. E. A. Peterson officiating. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery.

The Daily Tribune?, March 7, 1936
 


Carol Shugart
(August 2, 1934 - August 23, 2006)

Carol Shugart, 72, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at her home in Palacios, TX. She was born August 2, 1934 in Garfield , TX to the late J.D. and Helen Eugenia Lockhart Smith.

Mrs. Shugart is survived by 3 daughters: Pat Carpenter of Taylor, TX; Evelyn Gauna of Tempe, AZ, and Sharon Holbrook of Palacios, TX; 2 sons: Welton T. Shugart, Jr. of Carmel, Indiana, and Michael Shugart of Willow Springs, NC; 2 sisters: Vivian McClure of Elgin, TX, and Fannie Lawrence of Garfield, TX; 2 brothers: J.D. Smith, Jr. of Wealder, TX, and Jackie Smith of Rosenberg, TX; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: W.T. Shugart.

A Graveside Service at Palacios Cemetery will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, August 27, 2006 in Palacios, TX with Rev. David Gruhn officiating. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home (361) 972-2012.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Bernice V. Shults

Funeral services for Bernice V. Shults, 85, of Palacios, were held Nov. 3, 1996 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Palacios with Rev. Karl Choate officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mrs. Shults was born March 7, 1911 in Huckabay, Erath County, Texas to Lyman and Minnie Allen Lennox. She died Nov. 2, 1996 at Memorial Hospital in Port Lavaca.

She was a resident of Palacios since 1984 and was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Veda and Jim Dale of Palacios; three grandchildren, Laurie Ford of Houston, Jim Dale of Coppell, Tex. and Dan Ripple of Plano, Tex.; and five great-grandchildren, Amber Dale of Palacios, Katie and Kerrie Ford of Houston, and Jessica and Mickey Dale of Coppell, Tex.

She was preceded in death by her son, David Ripple, and grandson, Kerry Dale.

The Palacios Beacon, November, 1996
 


Jeanette Sue Rickaway Shultz

Advocate New Service

Bay City—Jeanette Sue Rickaway Shultz, 24, died Sunday in Laredo.

Services will be held at 3 p. m. Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Survivors are her husband, Medford B., of Laredo; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Lindsey Rickaway of Blessing; and a brother, Ronald Rickaway of San Antonio.

The Victoria Advocate, June, 1981
 


LEROY SIDNEY
 

BAY CITY - Funeral Services for Leroy Sidney will be Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at 11 a.m., at First Berean Baptist Church, Cedar Lane, with Rev. Gilbert Franklin officiating. Burial will follow Berean Cemetery, Cedar Lane.

He was born March 12, 1932 to the late Alfred Sidney and Esther Boston in Matagorda County. He died Aug. 17, 2008 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

Viewing will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, at Green's Mortuary Funeral Home.

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


Published in the Victoria Advocate on 8/21/2008

 


BERNIECE R. “BEA” SIEFKES

Funeral services for Berniece “Bea” R. Siefkes 72, of Lincoln, Neb.; were held Dec. 30, 2008 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Mrs. Siefkes was born Feb. 13, 1936, at Filley, Neb. She died Dec. 27, 2008.

She was raised on the family farm near Filley and baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Pickrell, Neb. She graduated Filley High School in 1953 and was united in marriage to Robert R. Freese on April 4,1956, to which four daughters were born. She spent much of her life as a homemaker and seamstress. Her talents included making her daughters’ wedding dresses and for the entire bridal party. On Feb. 15, 1986, Bea was united in marriage to John J. Siefkes.

Survivors include: daughters and spouses, Vicki and Joe Adams of Palacios, Tx., Suzy and Dennis McAtee; Bobbi and Jim Hunt; and Sandi Freese; grandchildren Denika (Cody) Means; Shea and Danielle Adams; Andy, Spencer, and Brady McAtee, Brandon, Amanda, and Skyler Hunt, Jordan Gausman and James Long; brothers Arnold Dorn and family; and Norman Dorn and family; sister Arlene Buss and family; and John’s children Mike, Chris, Trisha and their families.

She was preceded in death by husband, John; sisters Annetta and LorAnna “Lori”; and brothers Harvey, Bernard and Arthur “Art.”

Condolences may be made at www.lincolnfh.com.

The Palacios Beacon, Wednesday, December 31, 2008
 


Alice M. Sifford

Sifford, Alice M., 69, a resident of Blessing since 1940, passed away Tuesday afternoon at Wagner General Hospital. Services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Conrad Winborn officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery. Her husband Guy, survives.

The Daily Tribune, May 6, 1970
 


Eva Faith “Betty” Sifford

Eva Faith “Betty” Sifford, 69, of Bay City died April 28, 1995 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center Wharton. She was born March 23, 1926 in New Albany, Indiana to parents William M. & Evelyn Edlin Faith.

She was a member of the Nazarene Church since 1949 where she taught Sunday School and directed the choir. She was a member of foster parents association and the Bay City High School Band Boosters club. Friends will remember her as she worked many years as a licensed vocational nurse at the hospital.

Survivors include daughter & son-in-law, Barbara & Victor Hadash, Bay City; son & daughter-in-law, Clyde L. & Charloyn Sifford, Dallas; brother & sister-in-law, Terry & Phyliss Edlin of Kentucky; sisters & brothers-in-law, Jane & L. A. Seidelman, Florida and Mary & Terry Kelly of Indiana; grandchildren: Victor Hadash III & Christian L. Hadash, Bay City & “Special Foster Grandchild,” “The Little Sparrow.” She was known to twenty-two foster children as “mam maw” & a host of friends.

Services were Monday, May 1, 2 p. m. at the Nazarene Church, 1313 Ave. G with Rev. Pettigrew & Rev. Zumalt officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Clyde L. Sifford, Christian L. Hadash, Victor Hadash III, Truett Farris, Tom O’Brien, Warren Mutz, Troy Owen & Dustin Slack. Memorials may be given to the Matagorda County Foster Parent Association, 2720 Cypress St., Bay City, Texas. Service under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, April 30, 1995
 


Guy E. “Red” Sifford

Sifford, Guy E. “Red”, of Blessing, passed away Thursday, September 24. He was 69 years of age. His wife, Mrs. Alice M. Sifford, preceded her husband in death on May 5. He is survived by ten nieces and nephews. Services will be at Taylor Brothers Chapel, Saturday, September 26, at 2:00 p. m. with Reverend Conrad Winborn, of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Hill, Robert Hill, William Hill, Eldon Sifford, Boyd Sifford, and W. T. Sifford. Arrangements were made through Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, September, 1970
 


Lillian Alene Anderson Sifford

 

Lillian Alene Anderson Sifford, 52, of Boerne, Texas passed away, Tuesday, October 8, 2002 in San Antonio, Texas.

 

She was born May 6, 1922 in Tenaha, Texas to George Wesley Anderson, Mary Parkman Anderson.

 

She was a 40-year resident of Markham and Matagorda County and has resided in Boerne for the past nine months.

 

She is survived by: her brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Wesley, Fayreace Anderson of Lufkin, Woodrow Glenn and Gail Anderson of Boerne.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Lindy Sifford, her parents; and brother, James Byron Anderson.

 

Graveside funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2002 at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, Texas.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002OT06


THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Sunday, October 6, 2002
 


Robert L. Sifford
March 6, 1916 – March 30, 2008

Robert L. Sifford, 92, of Bay City, passed away March 30, 2008 at Bay Villa Nursing Center in Bay City.

He was born in Palacios, Texas on March 6, 1916 to parents Oscar Lee and Mary May Downer Sifford. He was a veteran of the Army and the Navy and served in World War II and worked for years in the oilfield as a roughneck.

He is survived by: his brother, William Sifford of Bay City; a stepson and his wife, Roy and Peggy Reed of Markham and a granddaughter, Dominique Dabalos.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with the Rev. Howard Harper officiating.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 2, 2008
 


Robert Thomas Sifford

Funeral services for Robert Thomas Sifford, 50, of Angleton will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Palms Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery near Blessing at 12:00 p.m.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Palms Funeral Home.

Robert was born May 5, 1959, in Angleton to Eldon and Geraldine Brooks Sifford and passed away Oct. 23, 2009, in Angleton.

He is preceded in death by his father, Eldon Floyd Sifford; and is survived by his wife, Janet Sifford of Angleton; mother, Geraldine Sifford of Angleton; son Robert Floyd Sifford and wife, Carrie, of Angleton; daughters, Janay Jones and husband, Christopher, of Apple Springs, Summer Bomar of Brazoria; brothers, Mike Sifford, David Sifford; sisters, Janice Lancello and husband, Don, Joyce Zapalac and husband, Lewis, all of Angleton; grandchildren, Hailie, Hannah, Cloie Sifford and Kanin Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be sent at www.palmsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home.

The Facts, Published October 25, 2009
 


Woodrow W. Sifford

Services will be held for Woodrow W. Sifford, 70, of Bay City, 10:30 a. m. Friday at Nazarene Church.

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Raymond Tesson of the Nazarene Church.

Sifford died January 5, 1983 at Matagorda General Hospital.

Survivors include wife, Betty of Bay City; son and daughter-in-law, Clyde and Charolyn Sifford of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Victor Hadash of Bay City; brothers, Robert Lee and Paul Lindy Sifford of Markham, William Hall Sifford of Bay City; sister, Ruth Smudrick of Bay City; grandsons, Vic and Chris Hadash of Bay City.

Sifford was retired from Amoco Oil Company.

Burial will follow services at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Steve Rickaway, Burt Logan, Albert Younts, T. J. Middleton, Harold Hunt, Wayne Anderson, Clyde Sifford and M. K. Davis.

The Daily Tribune, January, 1983
 


Nannie P. Simmons
(July 1, 1923 - June 9, 2007)

Nannie P. Simmons, 83, a retired nurse’s aids, died June 9, 2007 at Matagorda Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bay City, Texas. A native of Alabama, Mrs. Simmons was a resident of Bay City for several years. She was Baptist.

Survivors include sons Jerald Simmons and Terrell Simmons of Bay City, Texas, Roger Simmons of Ocala, Florida, Keith Simmons of Hope, Arkansas, and daughters Judy Ziegler of Athens, Alabama and Janie Ziegler of Lakeland, Florida, 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City and Hiers-Bazley Funeral Home in Ocala, Florida are handling arrangements. The funeral and interment will be in Ocala, Florida.

www.taylorbros.net                                               Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 

Funeral services for Verna Lou Simmons will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Conroe with Rev. Hugh Durham officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be held Monday, February 1, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cashner Funeral Home. Verna was born January 21, 1914 in St. Augustine, Texas to Newt and Sara Cooper and passed away January 31, 2010 in Conroe, Texas. Verna was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Conroe and a member of the Happy Strings Band. She is preceded in death by her sons, Ray Reifle and Edward Wilson, Jr. Verna is survived by her daughters, Kathy Williams and husband Terry of Conroe, Martha Danilov and husband Stan of Houston and Linda Harrison and husband Harry of Conroe; sisters, Iris Brown and husband Leon of Huntsville and Dorothy Bright of Magnolia; grandchildren, Kari Williams, Richard Harrison and wife Jennifer, Steve Danilov and wife Diane, Julie Reyes and husband Lucas, Shannon Smith and husband Rusty, Brent Williams, Theresa James and husband Paul, Daniel Wilson and wife Lindsay, Jim Wilson and wife Shirley and Matt Wilson and wife Melissa. Numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive. You are invited to leave a written tribute to the family at www.mem.com

The Courier of Montgomery County, Texas, January 31, 2010

Courtesy of Houston Community Newspapers and The Courier
 


TIMOTHY WAYNE SIMICEK

PALACIOS - Timothy Wayne Simicek of Palacios, formerly of Ganado, passed away Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. He worked in construction for Inteplast.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Meyers; daughters, Jasmine Simicek of Blessing; stepdaughters, Andrian Meyers, Amy Meyers, and Misty Meyers, all of Palacios; sisters, Evelyn Reed of Ganado, Barbara Mazoch and husband Mark of Ganado, Brenda Cepak and husband Jerry of Ganado, and Karen Losoya and husband Robert of Palacios; brother, James Simicek of Ganado.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Angeline Simicek, and brothers, Dennis Simicek and Larry Joe Simicek.

Visitation will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. with the funeral service to follow at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at Ganado Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Anthony Williams will officiate. Burial will be at Assumption Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses.

Ganado Funeral Home, Ganado, 361-771-2120.

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 6, 2010
 


Leona Simnacher
(February 21, 1956 - December 16, 2009)

Leona Simnacher, 53, of Bay City passed away Dec. 16, 2009. She was born February 21, 1956 in Alamogordo, New Mexico to Leonard and Helen Hall Akers. She has been a resident of Bay City since 1983.

Her brother-in-law Vince Simnacher and nephew Shannon Simnacher both preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband Larry Simnacher of Bay City; parents Leonard & Helen Akers of Palacios; daughter Lisa Blythe & husband Justin of Denver, CO; son Daniel Simnacher of Kingwood, TX; sister Velma Staten of Palacios; brother Lewis Akers of Madisonville, TX and grandchildren Tristin and Jordan Blythe. She is also survived by nephews Alton Bostwick & Vinnie Simnacher and nieces Allison Bates, Amanda Baker, Audrey Seaton, Michelle Simnacher, Shirley Simnnacher, Annie Simnacher and Carol Jansen.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Saturday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX.

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Edward Remmington Simons
(October 14, 2007 - March 31, 2010)

Edward Remington Simons, 2, of Bay City passed away March 31, 2010. He was born Oct. 14, 2007 in Galveston, TX to Zachary Simons & Antonia Stroman. Our “Little Remy’s” smile could light up anyone’s day.

Survivors include mother Antonia Stroman of Bay City, father Zachary Simons of Churchill, paternal grandparents Samuel Simons & Rose Mary Maples of Churchill, Great-Grandmother Kitty Ward of Bay City, brother Casper Jack Simons, great-great aunt Frances Highberg of Victoria, cousin Donavann Corbyn Stellar Stroman-Weldon and other relatives.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, April 5, 2010 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Lane Pardue officiating. Pallbearers will be Michael & Casey Maples and Thomas Anderson.

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WILLIAM TRAYLOR SIMONS

PORT LAVACA - William Traylor Simons, 73, of Port Lavaca, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Victoria. He was born March 9, 1936, in Edna, to the late M.G. Simons Sr. and Lillian Hensley Simons.

He was retired after 33 years from Alcoa and was a member of the 25-year club. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Methodist. He loved cooking desserts for his family and friends. He was very interested in genealogy. He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his sister, Charlotte Beth Workman and husband Clyde
of Bay City; brothers, E.L. Simons and wife Susie, and M.G. Simons Jr. and wife Marian Frances of Port Lavaca.

He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Linda Sue Wiley.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.
on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Artero Memorial Chapels, Victoria. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. with funeral to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009, at First United Methodist Church, 216 Main Street in Edna with Pastor James Amerson to officiate. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens of Edna.

Pallbearers will be Ruben Zarate, James Heibel, Ron Crain, Rick Manning, Silver Garza, and Freddy Woodland.

Artero Memorial Chapels,
Victoria
, 361-575-3212.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 7/16/2009
 


SIMPSON, CHARLES ED

CUERO -- Funeral services for Charles Ed Simpson, 73, of Cuero, who died Sunday at a Houston hospital, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City with the Rev. Larry Holden officiating.

Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Born Oct. 3, 1913, in Midfield, Mr. Simpson was a former resident of Bay City.

[The following portion appears to be from an obituary from another day or another paper.)

A former resident of Bay City, he resided in Cuero the last seven years. He was retired from Borden's Milk Distributor for the Bay City area and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Inez Simpson of Cuero; three daughters, Alice Davis of Cuero, Judy Crawford of Baytown and Linda Gilbreath of Victoria; and a son Michael Simpson of Cuero; and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

(Died May 24, 1987)

Matagorda County, Texas
 


Hazel Inez Rickaway Simpson

Hazel Inez Rickaway Simpson, 79, of Victoria, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 1997 in Victoria.

She was born March 23, 1918 in Blessing, to Frank H. and Alice Tolleson Rickaway. She was a former resident of Bay City for many years, a resident of Cuero for 15 years, and has resided in Victoria for the past year. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law Linda C. and Daryl Gilbreath of Victoria and Alice J. Simpson Davis of Cuero; by a son and daughter-in-law, Michael E. and Shirley Simpson of Victoria; by two sisters, Ada Baker of Freeport and Stella Phillips of Blessing; by two brothers, Steve Rickaway of Blessing and Curtis Ray Rickaway of Freeport; by seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Simpson in 1987 and by a daughter, Judith Simpson Crawford in 1992. Funeral services will be 3 p. m. Friday, June 20, 1997 at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. J. V. Helms and Dr. Gene Rice officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Robert Taylor Davis, Jonathan Charles Gilbreath, Lance Edward Simpson, Douglas B. Simpson, Mark Pekar, and Michael Martin.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, June 19, 1997
 


Millie Jennie Cross Simpson
April 19, 1916  Sept. 21, 2010

Millie Jennie Cross Simpson, formerly of Bay City, Texas, and a current resident of Garden Villa Nursing Home in El Campo, Texas, passed away on the 21st of September, 2010.

She was born the 19th of April, 1916, in Caldwell, Texas, to Jennie and Tolan Cross.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Tom Bowers Simpson; and son, Tommie Simpson. She was also preceded in death by her ten siblings: Lester, Sis, Nell, Wade, Rowland, Tom, Morris, Bud, Bully, and Pat.

She is survived by: daughter, Patricia Simpson Davis, and her husband Cecil; daughter Mary McCoy and her husband Ron; and six grandchildren, Stephen Davis, Susan Stockton, Michelle Ogilbee, Mark Simpson, Adrian Simpson and Ted McCoy.

She is survived by: eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family received visitors at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Thursday, September 23, 2010. Services were at First Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas, on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Dr Mike Zimmerman will be officiating.

The burial was in Caldwell, Texas, at the Masonic Cemetery.

The pallbearers for Millies funeral will be: Mark Simpson, Adrian Simpson, Stephen Davis, Kinnan Stockton, Davis Stockton, and Jim Cross.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Brother Bill Baker, Joe Tom Davis, Cecil Davis, Stan Eldridge, Ron McCoy, James Sowell, Jay Don Watson, Charlie Ogilbee, Ted McCoy, Betty Wayman, and Paula Dismukes Davis.

Millie lived in Bay City, Texas, for fifty years. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Peden School. She was a Sunday School teacher for adult women at First Baptist Church for thirty-five years. She was also a member of the Book Study Club and Chautauqua Club of Bay City. Millie had a great passion for reading and an admirable Christian faith. She moved to El Campo in 1999, to be closer to her daughter and family, and was a resident there until her death. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

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, Published September 26, 2010
 


Robert Samuel “Bob” Simpson, Jr.

Funeral services for Robert Samuel “Bob” Simpson, Jr., 63, of Ganado, are scheduled for 2 p. m., Thursday, Oct. 6, 1994, at First Baptist Church in Ganado with the Rev. Mark Dean officiating. Military graveside services will follow at Hawley Cemetery in El Maton.

Mr. Simpson was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Midfield and died Oct. 4, 1994.

A people greeter at the Wal-Mart in El Maton [Edna?], he worked for Butane Sales and Service in Ganado for 17 years prior to his employment with Wal-Mart. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ganado. He served the country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was presently the Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Post 181 in Port Lavaca.

Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae Simpson of Ganado; two daughters, Shirley Ann Kelly of Ganado and Joyce Marie Ideus of Austin; two sisters, Cladys Ray of West Columbia and Susan Steen of Allen; two brothers, Kenneth Simpson of Danevang and Charles Simpson of Palacios and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Robert and Lucy Mae Smith Simpson.

Arrangements are with Ganado Funeral Home of Ganado.

The Daily Tribune, October 6, 1994
 


Ruth L. James-Simpson

Graveside services for Ruth L. James-Simpson, 75, of Tres Palacios will be held 10 a. m. Wednesday at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, with James Davis of Sixth Street Church of Christ officiating.

Mrs. James-Simpson was born Oct. 6, 1913, in Liverpool, Texas, and died May 14, 1989, at Wagner General Hospital, Palacios.

She was a resident of Matagorda County for 60 years.

Survivors include her husband, James Gus Simpson of Tres Palacios; a daughter, Mamie Guynes of Markham; three sons, W. L. James of Victoria, Danny James of Needville and Ray James of Palacios; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jodie and Cecil James, and a daughter, Fay Watzlavik.

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

The Daily Tribune, May, 1989
 


Sirmon Baby Dead

Little Dorothy Gene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. T.Sirmon, of Markham, died at the Loos Hospital in Bay City Thursday morning June 14th, after an illness of only a few hours. Age 1 year, 8 months and 26 days.

She was a child of a lovable disposition and though she had only been with us a short time she had won the hearts of everyone she came in contact with. Though she is not here to greet us with her childish smile and playful manner, that sweet memory of her will always remain in the hearts of everyone that knew her.

God giveth and God taketh away. But let’s not challenge the works of God. He had a place for her to fill in his Heavenly Kingdom, that no one but her could fill. Although we laid her physical body to rest in the grave, the real Dorothy Gene, the one we love, has gone to fill the place God had prepared for her in the Heavens.

Dorothy Gene is here no more,
To cheer us with her smile.
She has gone to view the Heavenly shores,
And dwell with Him on high.

We loved her. Yes, we loved her,
But God, He knew what’s best,
He had a place for her
In His Kingdom for the Blest.

He had a place for her
That no other could fill.
That’s the reason why He took her;
His program to fulfill.

Our hearts are full of grief,
To lose the one we love.
Let’s live a life above reproof,
And meet her up above.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Markham, Friday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Worrell, pastor of the church, and Rev. Wilson, of Eagle Lake, conducted the religious services. Her body was laid to rest in the Hauley [Hawley] Cemetery, 6 miles west of Markham, on the Tres Palacios Creek.

She is survived by her father and mother, two sisters, Ethil [Ethel] and Inez, and two brothers, Earl and Ralph, all of Markham.

The deepest sympathy of the entire community goes out to the family in this time of their great bereavement.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 22, 1928
 


Maude Hardee Sirmon

Services will be held for Mrs. Maude Hardee Sirmon, 96, of Markham 2 p. m. Tuesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel.

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. William J. Hodge.

Sirmon died May 22, 1983 at Bayou Glen Nursing Center in Houston.

Survivors include daughters, Ethel Holsworth of Collegeport, Inez Chapman of MaGee, Ark., son; Earl Sirmon of Bay City; 9 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren.

Sirmon was preceded in death by her husband Richard Thomas Sirmon and her son, Ralph A. Sirmon.

Sirmon was a long time resident of Markham and belonged to the Methodist Church.

Burial will follow services at Hawley Cemetery.

The Daily Tribune, May 23, 1983
 


Funeral Rites For R. T. Sirmon

Mr. Richard Thomas Sirmon, for many years a resident of Markham, died in the Matagorda County Hospital in Bay City, Sunday, Nov. 12. A native of Alabama, Mr. Sirmon moved to the state of Louisiana in his early life, where he lived until he moved to Markham during the early days of the rice farming industry of this section. He was 84 years of age at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held from his residence in Markham, Monday afternoon, at three o’clock. The Reverend Belcher, pastor of the Methodist Church in Markham, of which Mr. Sirmon was a member, conducted the services. He was assisted by Robert E. Black, pastor of the Markham Baptist Church. Interment was made in Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Sirmon is survived by his wife Mrs. R. T. Sirmon of Markham; two daughters, Mrs. M. S. Holsworth of Collegeport; Mrs. E. H. Chapman Jr. of Alvin; two sons, Ralph and Earl Sirmon of Markham; one sister, Mrs. Beulah Rowe of Gueydan, Louisiana; and two brothers, Mrs. B. E. Sirmon? of Gueydan, Louisiana. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and eight grandchildren.

The death of Mr. Sirmon marked the passing of another of the pioneer citizens of the Markham Community and the host of friends and acquaintances who were in attendance upon the funeral services extend to the family and relatives their deepest sympathy.

Newspaper and date unknown
 

William M. Skidmore

Feb. 10, 1914 - Jan. 7, 1921

Matagorda Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Robert S. “Bob” Skinner

Funeral services for Robert S. “Bob” Skinner, 60, of Bay City, are scheduled for 2 p. m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 1995, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Jobe, the Rev. Bill Haskell and the Rev. Ken Goodell officiating. His brother-in-law, Ged Collins, will eulogize. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Skinner was born Nov. 26, 1934, in Bartlett to Earl Marvin and Anne Kerr Skinner and died Feb. 6, 1995, at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

He was a resident of Bay City for the past 14 years, a member and choir director of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, a former member of the Bay City Rotary Club, The Festival Arts and the Chamber of Commerce. He was an assistant accountant for Raytheon Constructors at the South Texas Nuclear Project and was also vice president of Western Gulf Savings and Loan. He served in the U. S. Army in 1956 and 1957 and was a 1953 graduate of Angleton High School.

Survivors include his wife, Janiece McNatt Skinner of Bay City; his mother, Anne Kerr Skinner Terry of Bay City; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and David Green of Roanoke; two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Lisa DeBerry and Marvin and Jan Skinner, all of Bay City; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Dee Terry of Keller and Jack and Gerry Terry of Morgan City, La.; four grandchildren, Dustin and Davis DeBerry and Megan and Haley Skinner, all of Bay City; his father and mother-in-law, E. E. “Mac” and Janie McNatt of Teague; a sister-in-law, Froella Terry of Pasadena; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ged and Joyce Collins of McGregor and Bill and Pat McNatt of Houston and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Skinner in 1962; a sister, Gladys Skinner Brooks in 1984; his step-father, H. A. Terry in 1985 and a brother, Joe Terry in 1993.

Pallbearers are Charles Weatherby, Ralph LaFrenta, Jack Butler, Max Johnson, Dieter Krix, Nouhad Mamoun, Perry Slaughter and Johnny Matthews. Honorary pallbearers are the men of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be made to M. D. Anderson Leukemia Research or to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Fund.

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

The Daily Tribune, February 8, 1995
 


Emil Andrew Sliva

Emil Andrew Sliva, 74, a resident of El Maton passed away April 1 at his home. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Elsie Sliva of El Maton; 3 sons, Emil Sliva Jr. of Houston, Joe Glenn Sliva of Blessing and Kenneth John Sliva of Midfield; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lidma Malinak of Houston, Mrs. Helen Soderquist of Wharton and Mrs. Jermela Kincannan of Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held April 3 at 3 p. m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel with Rev. Henry Beseda officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery with pallbearers being: Johnny Lee Thompson, Weldon Popek, E. R. Vacek Jr., Wallace Sealy, Shelton Hebert and Bill Richardson. Funeral arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, May, 1974
 


Gilbert Paul Sliva
(November 22, 1923 - August 18, 2010)

Gilbert Paul Sliva, 86, of Bay City passed away August 18, 2010. He was born November 22, 1923 in Wallis, TX to the late Emil W. & Annie Hattie Pisklak Sliva. He was a devoted member of Holy Cross Catholic Church where he was always happy to volunteer for any duty. He served in the US Navy during World War II on the USS Hornet, and was discharged as a Radarman Third Class after 8 years and was a life member of VFW Post 2438 of Bay City.

Survivors include daughters Kathy Braden & husband Pat of Katy, Patty Whitmer of Houston & Jeanie Sliva of Plano; sons Steve Sliva & wife Donna of Bay City & Gil Sliva, Jr. of Fredericksburg, TX; sisters Marie Robinson of Hope, Arkansas, Carmel Harrison of Bay City, Ann Webber & husband John of Bay City, Flo Saha & husband Alvin of Angleton & Kitty King & husband Marshall of Pearland; brother Frank Sliva & wife Barbara of Bay City; grandchildren Eric, Cody, & Tyler Braden, Lindsay Garrett, Lauren Whitmer, Julia Molle` & husband Henri, Sam Sliva, Mindy Galli & husband Bruno, Jason & Emily Sliva; and great grandchild Brooke Garrett. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Emil Sliva, brother Sylvester J. Sliva, brother B. J. Sliva, his wife of 27 years Mary Janette Sliva, granddaughter Danielle Whitmer, and step grandson Greg Simons.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Friday, August 20, 2010 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Mass will be 2:00 PM Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors provided by VFW Post 2438. Pallbearers will be Sam Sliva, Paul Sliva, Kelly Webber, George Harrison, Tommy Harrison & Joey Sliva. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Simons, Jason Hudson, Eric Braden, Robert “Bob” Sherrill and Stuart Sliva.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Rites Held for Mrs. Sliva, 88

Mrs. Mary Sliva, 88, died late Saturday evening in a Friendswood hospital. She was the widow of the late Joe Sliva and formerly made her home in the El Maton community.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:30 a. m. in the drawing room of the Bay City Funeral Home followed by a Requiem Mass at the Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. C. J. Martin officiating. Burial was in the Hawley cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Emil of El Maton and Leon of Ganado; three daughters, Mrs. J. F. Malinak of Houston, Mrs. Helen Soderquist of Pasadena and Mrs. E. C. Kincannon of Hastings, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

The Daily Tribune, June 3, 1963
 


James Clay Slone, Jr.

 

James Clay Slone, Jr., 72 of Houston and formerly of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at the Mariner Cypresswood Health Center in Houston.

 

James was born in Baytown, Texas on May 7, 1929 to parents J.C., Sr. and Marion Folmar Slone. He was a resident of Bay City from 1981 until moving to Houston earlier this year.

 

He served as a Baptist Minister in Bedias, Cuero, and San Antonio, Texas.

 

He was preceded in death by his father earlier this year.

 

He is survived by: his wife of 49 years, Bobby Ruth Ware Slone, a daughter, Mary Slone Shiloh of Houston; two sons, James Clyde and Jerry Wayne Slone of Austin; son-in-law, Michael Shiloh, daughter-in-law, Carla Shimek-Slone and grand daughters, Kelly Slone Shiloh and Caroline Michele Shiloh; mother, Marion Slone of Bossier City, La., and a sister, Billie Cleveland of Bossier City, La.

 

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 22, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with the Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday morning at the Bay City Funeral Chapel until noon.

 

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. A00011A2001OT021

 

The Daily Tribune, Sunday, October 21, 2001

 


James Clyde "Jimmy" Slone
May 7, 1963 – May 9, 2008

James Clyde "Jimmy" Slone journeyed home May 9, 2008 in Austin, Texas.

Born May 7, 1963 in Cuero, Texas, Jimmy was a warrior for Christ in his battle with cancer.

A specialist in electronic security, Jimmy served the South Texas Nuclear Project in Bay City for many years.

Preceded home by his parents, the Rev. James Clay Slone, Jr. and Bobbye Ware Slone.

Jimmy is survived by: brother, Jerry Wayne Slone and sister-in-law Carla Shimek-Slone of Austin; sister, Mary Slone Shiloh and brother-in-law Michael Kelly Shiloh of Houston; nieces, Caroline Michele Shiloh and Kelly Slone Shiloh and nephew Coleman Michael Shiloh.

A memorial service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 25, 2008
 


Marion Slone

July 30, 1910 - Nov. 15, 2009

Marion Slone, 99, of Shreveport, Louisiana, and formerly of Bay City, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2009 at the Live Oak Retirement Center in Shreveport.

She was born in Manor, Texas on July 30, 1910 to parents Marion and Ethel Davis Folmar.

She was a long time resident of Bay City and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City until moving to Louisiana to live with her daughter.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, James (J.C.) Slone; a son, James Slone, Jr.; and a grandson, Jerry Slone.

She is survived by: a daughter, Billie Jo Cleveland; seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 12 great great grandchildren. Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Slone, Burt Williams, Bruce Williams, Robert Williams, Bobby Williams and Adrian Garcia.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published November 18, 2009
 


Zachry Andrew Slotman
(July 31, 2008 - July 31, 2008)

Zachry Andrew Slotman, infant son of Ashleigh Suzanne Murphy and Andrew Wade Slotman, passed away July 31, 2008. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at the Matagorda Cemetery with Rev. Marvin Moore officiating.

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CARL TRAVIS SMITH JR.

BLESSING - Funeral services for Carl Travis "Bubba" Smith Jr., 50, of Blessing, will be held June 14, 2009. Graveside services will be held at 34 p.m., Sunday, at the Palacios Cemetery.

Carl "Bubba" Smith was born Sept. 4, 1958, in Palacios, to Carl Travis Smith Sr. and Jane Idell Sexton Smith. He passed away June 13, 2009, at the Palacios Healthcare Center.

He is survived by sister, Charlotte Saha and husband Marvin of El Maton; aunt and uncle, Mary Ann and Carlton Sexton of Palacios; nieces, Jane Saha and Kara Saha; and nephew, Greg and Rebecca Saha.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Travis Smith Sr. and Jane Idell Smith; and by his beloved Granny, Sarah Irene Sexton and her husband Carl Douglas Sexton.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 6/14/2009
 


Della Maxwell Smith

 

Funeral services will be scheduled for Della Maxwell Smith, 79, of Blessing, 11 a.m. Friday at Bay City Funeral Home Chapel.

 

Smith died September 29, 1981 at Matagorda General Hospital.

 

Officiating at the services is the Rev. W. B. Chandler.

 

She is survived by son, Lesley Wayne Smith of Blessing, Robert Henry Smith of Alvin, Lester Smith of Alvin, William Lee Smith of Houston; daughters, Mrs. Barbra Ann Cargile of Pasadena, Mrs. Ola Mae Harter of Blessing, Mrs. Louise Smithey of Austin, Mrs. Lee Eva Chiapetta of Houston, Mrs. Wildeane Ertell of Freeport; brothers, Robert Maxwell of Clemville; sisters, Mrs. Dessie Frick, Mrs. Zelphia Ferguson and Mrs. Zella Bohuslar all of Markham, Mrs. Patsy Gunnels

of Lake Jackson; 29 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

 

Smith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham.

 

Burial will be held at Hawley Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers include W. L. Rickaway, Steve Rickaway, Willia Bohuslar, Stanley Genzer, Joe Chandler and W. M. Brown.

 

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

 

[born August 23, 1902]

 

The Daily Tribune, September 30 or October 1, 1981

 


Doris Voorhies Smith

 

Doris Voorhies Smith, 74, of Brazoria died December 19, 2002 at Brazosport Memorial Hospital in Lake Jackson. She was born September 10, 1928 in Tioga, La. to the late Guy and Katie Coburn McCormick. Doris was a resident of Brazoria since 1976, a former resident of Lake Jackson, and she was a member of the Baptist Church. She was a retired Secretary with Dow Chemical in Freeport.

 

Survivors include: husband, Jasper Roy Smith of Brazoria; sisters, her twin sister, Dorothy, Ivy G. Harrison both of Pineville, La., and Jimmy Raye Moore of Shreveport, La. She was preceded in death by two brothers, J. B. and Charles Coburn.

 

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, December 23, 2002, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Swift officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

 

Pallbearers will be Bryant Darrell, Mike Nolen, Tray Smith, Gary Coker, Donny Gardner and Charlie Smith.

 

Memorials may be made to Brazosport Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 100 Medical Dr. Lake Jackson, Texas 77566.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002DC22

 

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, December 22, 2002

 

 

Dwight Wayne Smith
April 15, 1925 -  Jan. 31, 2009


Dwight Wayne Smith, 83, of Blessing passed away January 31, 2009.

He was born April 15, 1925 in Liberty, Ohio to the late Harvey and Emma Vogelsong Smith. He served in the US Navy during WWII and was a retired Commercial Fisherman.

Survivors include: his wife, Helen Jean Smith of Blessing; daughters, Tonya L. Kelly and husband Ed of Oklahoma, and Debra A. Underwood and husband Raymond of Ohio; sons, Dwayne Smith of Virginia and Harvey M. Smith of Texas; brother, John Smith of Ohio; grandchildren, Wayne C. McAvoy and wife Tabithia of Colorado, Wade A. McAvoy and wife Susan of Ohio, April D. McKinney and husband Richy of Texas, Becky Smith and Randy Smith both of Ohio, Alexis Marie Smith and Megan Renae Smith both of Texas, Dwight R. Underwood and wife Rachel of Ohio, Ardena Young of Ohio, and Allison Smith and Ashley Smith both of Texas.

Memorials may be made to Gulf Coast Conservation Association.

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

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


Bay City Tribune, Published February 4, 2009

 


FLOYD TIMOTHY SMITH

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Floyd Timothy Smith, 43, formerly of Bay City, who passed away June 9, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, at Bethel Baptist Church in Bay City, with Pastor L.C. Cunningham Jr., eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 14, 2010
 


Gayla Ann Smith
July 11, 1962 – Dec. 21, 2010

Gayla Ann Smith, 48, of Webster passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

She was born July 11, 1962, in Palacios to Gloria Miller and Howard Broussard. 

Gayla is survived by: her boyfriend, James O’Dazier; mother, Gloria Broussard; daughter, Ashley Smith; son, Richard Bartlett; two sisters, Brenda Broussard and Linda Broussard; two brothers, Bobby Broussard and Chris Broussard; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The funeral service will follow the visitation at 10 a.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

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, December 29, 2010
 


Harold Jacob Smith

Graveside Funeral Services for Harold Jacob Smith, 85, of Bay City, are set for 2 p. m., Monday, Sept. 27, 1999 at Hawley Cemetery with Lawrence Gwin, Jr. officiating.

He died Thursday, Sept. 23 at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born December 12, 1914 in Belize to Robert and Lillian Racburn Smith.

He worked many years in the air condition and refrigeration repair business.

Survivors include: wife, Alba Smith of Bay City; children, Jimmy Smith of San Pedro, Honduras, Louis Smith of New Orleans, LA., Dennis Smith of Renton, WA, Rosemary White and Joan Rooney of New Orleans, Sally Naeem of Chicago, Ill., Lilly Land of Spring and Louanna Maroquin of Houston; sister, Alfrida Brookbank of Cambridge, England; and 20 grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, September, 1999
 


Helen Jean Smith
March 4, 1934 - March 8, 2009


Helen Jean Smith, 75, of Blessing, Texas, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Warm Springs Specialty Hospital in Victoria, Texas.

She was born March 4, 1934 in Bieber, California to Ardina Paul Miller and Melissa Ann Miller. She was a retired office assistant from Kelly Services at South Texas Nuclear Project.

She is survived by: her daughters, Tonya L. Kelley and husband Ed of Oklahoma, and Debra A. Underwood and husband Raymond of Ohio; sons, Dwayne Smith of Virginia and Harvey M. Smith of Texas; sister, Donna Caldwell of Redding, California; grandchildren, Wayne C. McAvoy and wife Tabithia of Colorado, Wade A. McAvoy and wife Susan of Ohio, April D. McKinney and husband Ricky of Texas, Becky Smith and Randy Smith both of Ohio, Alexis Marie Smith and Megan Renae Smith both of Texas, Dwight R. Underwood and wife Rachel of Ohio, Ardena Young of Ohio, and Allison Smith and Ashley Smith both of Texas; and by great grandchildren, Alivia and Peirson.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Dwight Wayne Smith; her parents, Ardina Paul and Melissa Ann Miller; and by her sister, Alice Ammon.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.


Bay City Tribune, Published March 11, 2009

 


[Betty Jeane Smith]

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith, age 2 weeks and 2 days, passed away Monday night in Houston. Funeral services we held here in the home of A. Frick, conducted by Rev. Kluck, pastor of the Methodist Church and assisted by Rev. White of Palacios. The remains were carried to Hawley for burial.

The Daily Tribune, September 22, 1938
 


Ima Thompson Smith

Mrs. Ima Smith, 84, of Markham died Monday, December 18 in Matagorda General Hospital. She was born March 4, 1894 in Logan, Kansas. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. LaVern  Heller of Markham, three sisters, Mrs. R. W. Green of Wharton, Mrs. Maude Collins of Houston and Mrs. Belvia Belcher of New Braunfels, three brothers, Bill Thompson of Kemah, J. V. Thompson and Boyd Thompson of Houston, two grandchildren, Henry and Wilburn Heller. Funeral services will be held at Taylor Brothers Chapel, Wednesday, December 20 at 2:00 p. m. Officiating will be Rev. Joe Ramsey of Markham Baptist Church. Interment in Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Leon Wolfe, Frank Gayle, Leslie Chiles, Johnnie Wright, Hoyt Johnson and Verner Bowers.

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, December, 1978
 


Irene Smith
(October 25, 1927 - April 19, 2008)

Irene Smith, 80, of Bay City passed away April 19, 2008. She was born October 25, 1927 in Bronte, Texas to the late William Otha & Eva Lena Richardson Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ford Smith in 1980. Survivors include daughter & son –in-law Pamela & Charles Davis of Longview; son and daughter-in-law Randall & Brenda Smith of Bay City; sister Frances Brinkley of Rosenberg; four grandchildren Robbins Davis, Wesley Lichty & husband David, Brooke Davis and Ford Greyson Smith; great granddaughter Chloe Lichty and longtime friend Bobbie Ayers.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 8pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, April 21, 2008 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be Norman Reese, Noel Smith, Wendell Reese, Wayne Cox, Tim Bowman and Bob Goss. Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Woods, Charles Robbins Davis, Charles Robins Davis, Jr., Ford Greyson Smith, David Lichty, Dr. Al Kopecky and Terry McCormick.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Irma Jane Smith

Irma Jane Smith, 86, of Bay City died at Bay Villa Nursing Home. She was a life-long resident of Matagorda County, a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham for 40 years prior to becoming a member of First Baptist in Bay City.

Survivors include: son, Oscar W. Smith of Sargent, Joe G. Smith of Splendora, Thomas B. Smith of Woodville; daughters, Mrs. Ethel Goode of Kingsville, Mrs. Pauline Hickey of Markham; Mr. Leoma Hale of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Myrtle Johnson of Bay City; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Markham April 27 at 2 p. m. with Rev. Joe Ramsey of Markham Baptist Church and Dr. W. D. Baker of First Baptist Church of Bay City officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Monday, April 27, 1981|
 


J. B. Smith

J. B. Smith, 53, of Bay City, died at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton Thursday, January 22. Survivors include: wife, Patsy Blackburn Smith of Bay City; daughter, Sharon Ruth Pegram of Bay City; son, John Darrell Smith of Bay City; sisters, Louise Smithey of Austin, Willene Eartell of Freeport, Ola Mae Harter of Blessing, Lee Eva Chiapitti of Houston, Barbara Cargill of La.; brothers, William Lee of Houston, Robert and Lester of Alvin and Wayne Smith of Blessing. Funeral services will be held at Taylor Brothers Chapel Saturday, January 24, at 2 p. m. with Rev. Gene Bynum officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers include Johnny Williams, O. B. Thompson, Gerard Viets, Edward Blackburn, Ben Blackburn, John Alliniece, Lonnie Williams and Minnie Ellis Jr. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January, 1981
 


JEANNE SMITH

EL CAMPO - Jeanne Smith, 72, of El Campo, passed away on May 23, 2008. She was born on July 6, 1935, in El Campo, to the late Irvin and Irene Lundquist Edlund.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Bender of Bay City; sons, John Mills of Splendora and Galon Mills of El Campo; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Iris Smith of El Campo and Gloria Smith of Grangerland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Smith.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Lane officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are Preston, David, Eric and Steven Smith, and Charlie and Galon Mills Jr.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/25/2008.
 


Kathalene Smith

 

PALACIOS - Kathalene Smith, 76, of Palacios, died Friday, April 29, 2005.

 

She was born July 27, 1928, in Okmulgee, Okla. to the late Ted R. and Verba Margaret Ingram Tudor. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

 

Survivors: husband, Leon Smith; daughters, Ann Annels of Bay City, Cathy Shearin of Rocky Mount, N.C., Margaret Smith of Palacios, and Terry Brooks of Victoria; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Palacios.

 

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-979-2012.

 

The Victoria Advocate, Monday, May 2, 2005

 


Lesley Wayne Smith

Funeral services for Lesley Wayne Smith, 57, will be 2 p. m. Friday, Dec. 3 in the Chapel of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Clemons officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Wed. Nov. 30, 1999 in Houston. He was born Oct. 12, 1942 in Bay City to the late William Henry and Della Maxwell Smith.

Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U. S. Army and a member of the American Legion Cecil Lee Post of Blessing.

He is survived by: sisters, Wildene Ertell of Freeport, Lesley Smithey of Dripping Springs, Ola Voris of Blessing, Lee Fraiser of Stafford, and Barbara Adams of Pasadena; and one brother, William Lee Smith of Houston.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, December 2, 1999
 


Lula S. Smith
April 30, 1933 - August 8, 2009

Funeral services for Lula S. Smith, 76, of Bay City, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 14, at Nichols Street Church of Christ Bay City. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

There will be no public viewing. Family wake will be from 7 until
8 p.m. Thursday.

She was born in Wadsworth, Texas, April 30, 1933, to Wilson Dillingham, Sr. and Lula Davidson Dillingham, and passed away August 8, 2009, in Houston
, Texas.

Survivors include: her husband, Matthew Smith, Sr. of Bay City, and four children, Felecia Grainger of Bay City, Melissa Spencer of Houston, Booker Spencer,Jr. of Dallas, and Tony Spencer of Las Vegas
, Nevada. Also 13 step-children, four sisters, Jennie Deadrick of Bay City, Marie Camp of Katy, Ruth Hughes (and Bob) of Corpus Christi, and Texana Burton of Ft. Worth; and two brothers, Wilson Dillingham, Jr. of Jacksonville, Texas and Mack Dillingham (and Cassandra) of Montgomery, Alabama. Also nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published August 12, 2009
 


Mable Lee Smith
(October 23, 1909 - December 14, 2007)

Mable Lee Smith, 98, passed away December 14, 2007. She was born October 23, 1909 in Freestone County, Texas to the late Dora Bell Smith and R. G. Christian.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin R. Smith, sisters Nettie Barger & Lilie Mae Comber; brothers Clifton, Gilbert, Lewis, & Clyde Wilson Christian; son Robert Alfred Smith and daughter Helen Frances Smith.

Survivors include daughters Doris Bowen of Edna, Mary Lou Thurman of Justin, TX, Gale Helwig of Victoria & Joyce Cochran of Georgetown; sons Jasper Roy Smith of Wild Peach, Charlie Wayne Smith of Blessing, Tommy Lee Smith of Houston and Lewis Franklin Smith of Bay City; sister Iva Bell Rinker of Arlington; brothers Albert Christian of Arlington and Gomer Christian of Dallas and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published December 14, 2007
 


Mrs. Mary Mosier Smith

Mrs. Mary Mosier Smith, relict of the late John B. Smith, died at her home near Midfield yesterday and will be buried in Hawley Cemetery tomorrow, June 1.

Decedent was born in Callihan County, Texas, November 7, 1853. She has been living in Matagorda County for a number of years and had formed many strong attachments with the people of her neighborhood.

The Daily Tribune, May 31, 1919
 


Melvin Roy Smith

Funeral services for Melvin Roy Smith of Blessing will be held at 3 p. m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Blessing with the Rev. Ron Lynn. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Smith, 86, was born March 3, 1902, in Grayson, La., to James A. Smith and the former Elizabeth Mixon and died Aug. 11, 1988, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. A member of the Blessing Baptist Church, he was a resident of Blessing since 1952; had lived in the county since 1932; and was a retired Tidehaven Independent School District employee.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Francis Smith.

Survivors include: his wife, Mable L. Smith of Blessing; daughters, Doris L. Bowen of Edna, Mary Lou Thurman of Justin, Geneva Gail Helweg of Victoria, and Joyce M. Cochran of Wenatchee, Wash.; sons, Robert A. Smith, Jasper R. Smith of West Columbia; Charlie W. Smith of Blessing, Tommy L. Smith of Bay City, and Louis F. Smith, also of Bay City; sisters, Vera Hamilton of Jacksonville, Texas, Lois Hamilton of Gatesville, and Era Chaney of New Orleans, La.; brothers, J. B. Smith of Baton Rouge, La., Weir Smith of Hammond, La. and Irv Smith of Baton Rouge.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, August 1988
 


NELSON SMITH

BAY CITY - Funeral services for Nelson Smith, 62, of Bay City, who passed away Nov. 15, 2009, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Bethel Baptist Church in Bay City, the Rev. L.C. Cunningham Jr., eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on November 20, 2009
 

Nelson Smith
Jan. 12, 1947 - Nov. 15, 2009

Funeral services for Nelson Smith, 62, of Bay City, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Bethel Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. L. C. Cunningham, Jr., eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

He was born in Bay City, Texas, January 12, 1947, to William (Bill) Smith, Sr. and Willie Mae Perry Smith, and passed away November 15, 2009.

Survivors include: one sister, Grace Smith Thompson (and Sherwood Don) of Seguin; and three brothers, Edward Charles Smith of Houston, William Smith, Jr. of Henderson, Nevada, and James Harold Smith (and Joyce Black) of Bay City. Also three aunts, Christine Smith, Jewel Smith and Irene Perry, all of Bay City; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published November 18, 2009
 


Patricia "Patsy" Ann Smith
(February 8, 1941 - February 5, 2009)

 

Patricia “Patsy” Smith, 67 of Blessing, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2009 in Victoria, TX. She was born February 8, 1941 in Palacios, TX to Ruth Lorena Jordan Blackburn and Benjamin Lewis Blackburn, Sr.

 

She was a resident of Blessing for the past five years and was a former resident of Bay City. She was a member of the Baptist Church and was retired from Bay City ISD as a Teachers Aide for Special Education.

 

She is survived by her daughter: Sharon Pegram & husband James of Blessing; her son: John Darrell Smith of San Antonio; her sisters: Benita Thompson of Palacios and Pearl Zemanek of Bay City; her brother: Benjamin Lewis Blackburn, Jr. of Lolita; and by 4 grandchildren: Scott & Justin Pegram and Joshua and Samantha Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband: J. B. Smith; and her parents: Ruth Lorena & Benjamin Lewis Blackburn, Sr.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Dr. Joseph N. Cannon, officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX.

 

Pallbearers will be Ricky Zemanek, Bobby Zemanek, Benjamin Blackburn, Brandon Blackburn, Stanley Petrisky, Ryan Naiser, and James Orr. Honorary pallbearer will be Gary Viets.

 

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

 

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

 

Bay City Tribune, February 4, 2009

 


Sammy Lee Smith
Jan. 3, 1930 - Dec. 9, 2006

Funeral services for Sammy Lee Smith, "Big Rock", 76, of Bay City, will be held Thursday, December 14, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church, Bay City, the Rev. J. T. Garnett, pastor, and the Rev. K. W. Bree, eulogist. Burial will follow at St. Mark Cemetery in Cedar Lane.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

He was born in Bay City, Texas, January 3, 1930, to Robert Smith and Elnora Collins Smith, and passed away December 9, 2006, in Bay City.

Survivors include: one sister, Edna Cathey of San Antonio; six nieces, Raybe Franklin, Jewel King, Eula Pruett, Shirley Cathey, Donnye Stone and Bonnye Massey; and eight nephews, Ronnie, Sterling, James, Bobby and Paul Cathey and Jackie, Michael and Jimmy Massey. Also a host of other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Ira Joe Edison, Frank Franklin, Robert Franklin, Jr., Stevie Franklin and Chevis Wilcox.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published December 13, 2006
 


Spencer Smith
(October 22, 1943 - August 15, 2007)

Robert Spencer “Katfish” Smith was born October 22, 1943 in Bay City to Eugene Clifford and Annie Jo Webb Smith. After living in Corpus Christi for 10 years, he returned to Bay City to care for his elderly father. He was a longtime offshore fisherman, loved to play his guitar, sing, fish, wheel & deal and hang out with his many friends and family who will all miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his loving mother in 2000 and grandson, Logan Smith in 2004. He is survived by his father Eugene Clifford “Gene” Smith; three children Sheila Treybig of Bay City and her children Trey & Tyler, Shane & Jennifer Smith of Van Vleck and their children Amber & Lacy and Shannon & Lisa Smith of Corpus Christi & their children Brooke & Dylan; and two brothers David Wayne Smith of Selkirk and Larry Wayne Smith of Baytown.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, August 20, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church in Bay City with Rev. Tom Morgan and Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Pallbearers include Teddy Anzaldua, Ernie Borio, Clyde Davis, Jeff Dutcher, Kenny Griffin, Bob Henderson, Ricky Ingram, Donald Kelly, Robert Kent, Jeff Mitchell, Roy Moffitt, Paul Otis, Glenn Parks, Ernie Rogers, Steve Sliva, Bill Thurber, Danny Wells, and D. K. Woods. The family will greet friends and relatives from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Last Rites Today For Thomas Smith

Mr. Thomas B. Smith, age 63 years, of Markham died July 3rd at 5:30 p. m. in the Matagorda General hospital. He was a member of the Blessing Masonic Lodge No. 411 A.F.A.M.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Irma Smith of Markham; four daughters Mrs. Myrtle Johnson and Mrs. Leoma Hale of Bay City, Mrs. Pauline Hickey of Markham and Mrs. Ethel Goode of Kingsville; three sons, Oscar of Houston, Joe of Wayne Mich. and Thomas B. Smith Jr. of Oceanside, California. Also surviving are six sisters and one brother, Mrs. Willie Watkins and Mrs. Elza Baty of Bay City, Mrs. Sally Larkins of Cordell, Mrs. Eva Ertell of Freeport, Mrs. Annie Jones of Taft, Mrs. Minnie Lowe of Vivian, La., and P. D. Smith of Vidor, Texas.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p. m. today from the Ashby Memorial Church with Rev. R. E. Black and Dr. Allen O. Webb officiating. Interment was in the Hawley cemetery under the direction of the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Pat McKissick, Gene Spoor, Frank Krenek, Vic Burchfield, Alton Snyder and Tom Harris. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Blessing Masonic Lodge.

The Daily Tribune, July 5, 1951
 


Tommy Lee Smith

Feb. 7, 1938 - Dec. 22, 2009

Tommy Lee Smith, 71, of Clute, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2009, after a lengthy illness. Tommy was born February 7, 1938, in Collegeport, Texas, to Melvin Roy and Mabel Lee Christian Smith.

Tommy served in the Air Force, stationed in Germany, from 1957 to 1960. After receiving an honorable discharge he returned to Matagorda County.

Tommy is preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Alfred Smith and a sister Helen Francis Smith.

He is survived by: daughter, Karen Capak George (Wayne) of Midfield, Texas; sons, Kurt Smith of Bay City, Texas and Todd Smith of La Garto, Texas; brothers Jasper Roy Smith of Clute, Charlie Wayne Smith (Helen) of Blessing, Texas, Frank Smith (Mary Ann) of Bay City, Texas; sisters, Doris Bowen of Edna, Texas, Marylou Thurman of Justin, Texas, Gail Helwig (AL) of Victoria, Texas and Joyce Cochran (Charles) of Georgetown, Texas, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am, January 2 at Blessing Baptist Church.

Bay City Tribune, Published December 31, 2009
 


Tonya Annette Smith
(February 28, 1962 - January 26, 2006)

Tonya Annette Smith, 43, of Bay City passed away Thursday, January 26, 2006 at her Residence. She was born February 28, 1962 in Bay City to Eugene Hershall & Bobbie Elizabeth Byrd Sherry. Mrs. Smith was a life long resident of Bay City and a Member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church.

Tonya is survived by her husband: Gordon M. Smith of Bay City; daughter& son-in-law: Natasha & Shane Sullivan of Bay City; son: Gordon W. Smith of Bay City; sister & brother-in-law: Lynette & Rev. Tommy Taylor of Brookshire; 1 grandchild: Kory Sullivan of Bay City; and parents: Eugene & Bobbie Sherry of Bay City.

A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Monday, January 30, 2006 at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church with Rev. Sam Starks officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be: Turner Jay, Chris Owen, C.J. Ratliff, Greyson Smith, Shane Sullivan, and Tommy Taylor. The Family will receive visitors from 5PM - 7PM Sunday at Taylor Bros. Donation may be made to the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, 5701 7th St., Bay City, TX 77414; (979) 244-3633. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home of Bay City. (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Veronica “Vicki” Smith
Sept. 19, 1951 – March 16, 2011

Veronica “Vicki” Smith, 59, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, March 16, 2011, surrounded by family and friends at her home in Bay City, Texas.

She was born on September 19, 1951, in Raymondville, Texas, to the late Guy and Catherine Baird.

Vicki graduated from Palacios High School in 1969. 

Vicki was a dedicated employee for the United States Postal Service for 31 years.

Vicki was a devout Christian, mother, grandmother, and friend who was faithful to God, and all those she loved. 

Vicki is survived by: her children, daughter, Melanie Bock and husband Allan, of Van Vleck, Texas, daughter, Ginger Beyer and husband Richard, of Markham, Texas, son, Charles Smith, of Austin, Texas, daughter, Misty Bryant and husband Derick of Wadsworth, Texas; grandchildren, Teran Casey, Madison Simons, Tanner Casey, Emma Beyer, and Kella Beyer; brothers, Guy Baird and wife Becki, Larry Baird and wife Beth, and Bill Quinn and wife Donna.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Guy Baird and Catherine Quinn and brother, Douglas Baird.

 Services were held Saturday March 19, 2011, starting at 9:30 am with Divine Mercy Chaplet and 10 am Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Bay City, Texas.

A Scholarship Memorial fund has been set up at Prosperity Bank in Vicki Smith’s name to honor and bless the charities she loved and cherished.

[Buried at Hawley Cemetery, near Blessing]

Bay City Tribune,  March 23, 2011
 



William Henry Smith - Hawley Cemetery
 


Hollis F. Smudrick

Hollis F. Smudrick, 64, of Route 1, Bay City, died at 5 a. m. March 10 at Veterans Hospital in Houston. He was born September 1, 1914 at Evans, La., and had been a Bay City resident since 1970. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Smudrick of Bay City. Graveside Services will be held Monday, March 12, at 2 p. m. at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Rev. Gene Bynum will officiate. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, March, 1979
 


Ruth Florene Smudrick
(October 3, 1913 - March 16, 2006)

Ruth Florene (Sifford) Smudrick, 92 of Bay City, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2006. She was born October 3, 1913 in Palacios to Oscar Lee Sifford and Mary May Downer Sifford. She was a member of the Baptist Church and a life long resident of Matagorda County.

She is survived by her brothers: William and Robert Lee Sifford of Bay City and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband: Hollis F. Smudrick; by her parents: Oscar L. & Mary Sifford; and by her brothers Woodrow W., and Paul Lindy Sifford.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, March 19, 2006 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX with Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Lavada Sneed

Oct. 12, 1944 - Jan. 14, 2010

Funeral services for Lavada Sneed, 65, of Bay City, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2010 at Mother Zion Bapt. Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Murray Martin, Pastor and the Brother Elliott Moore, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

She was born in Bay City, Texas, October 12, 1944, to Walter Roberson and Estella Davis Roberson, and passed away January 14, 2010, in Bay City, Texas.

Survivors include: five daughters, Angela Dale and Jodi Davis, both of Houston, Lavada Sneed of Los Angeles, California, Devorria Ross of Compton, California, and Kanica O_Neal of Bay City; and two sons, Anthony Brown of Macy, Nebraska, and Carlton Durgan of Palacios. Also 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bettie Smith of Bay City, Eula Fisher of Houston, and Jean Stone of Henderson. Also an enormous host of other relatives and friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published January 20, 2010                             Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott
 

 

Oscar Sneed, Jr.


Funeral services for Oscar Sneed, Jr. 87 of Bay City, Texas will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Nichols Street Church of Christ and burial will be in Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009 at Green's Mortuary Chapel.


Bay City Tribune, Published March 4, 2009

 


Anna Mary Snider

Anna Mary Snider, 81, of Markham died at the Matagorda House Oct. 18. Survivors include: 3 daughters, Thelma Bailey of Porter, Frances Harvey of Palacios and Ethel Eoff of Houston; 4 sons, Belton Snider of Markham, Clifton Snider of Pinehurst, Ernest Snider and Vernon Snider of Houston; a brother, Ralph Joscelyn of McAllen; 21 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Funeral service was held at Markham Baptist Church Oct. 20 with Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment was at the Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, October 21, 1974
 


Final Rites Are Held For Asberry Snider, 79

Funeral services were held for Asberry Snider, 76, at 3 p. m. Sunday at the Markham Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Lyons officiating. Burial was in the Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Snider, who died at his Markham home Friday, is survived by his wife; daughters, Mrs. E. E. Bailey, Mrs. Pless Eoff of Houston and Mrs. Freeman Harvey of Palacios; sons, Belton A. Snider of Markham; Clifford A. Snider of Pinehurst, Ernest E. Snider and Vernon C. Snider, of Houston and one sister; Mrs. Jennie Ryman of Bay City.

Palacios Beacon?, December 31, 1959
 


Harley Floyd Snider

Palacios—Funeral services will be held for Harley Floyd Snider, 68, Sunday at 2:30 p. m. from the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Floyd and the Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating.

Interment will be in the Hawley Cemetery under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Snider died in Wagner General Hospital Friday.

He was born Nov. 5, 1914 in Hempstead. A member of the First Baptist Church, he was a retired member of the Palacios Fire Dept. after having served it for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Snider of Palacios; daughter, Mrs. Barbara Glimp of Seadrift; son, John Snider of Palacios; foster son, Richard Dobson of Nitro, W. Va.; three sisters, Ethel Asbell of DeSoto, Evelyn Collins of Port Lavaca and Dorothy Key of New Caney; and brother, Johnie Snider of Alvin and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Richard Sanders, Rodney Girndt, Billy Hamlin, Fred Huitt, Hoyt Theus and Aaron Brister. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of the First Baptist Church and high school football teammates.

The Daily Tribune, April, 1983
 


JOHNIE CECIL SNIDER

Funeral services for Johnie Cecil Snider, 81, of Alvin, Tx., were held Sept. 7, 2010 at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Friendswood, Tx. with Rev. John Putch and Rev. Shawn Nichols officiating. Burial was at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin.

Mr. Snider was born April 21, 1929 in Palacios, Tx. to the late John W. and Carrie J. Snider. He passed away Sept. 3, 2010 in Houston, Tx.

He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years as of Sept. 22, Shirley Faye Snider; daughters Sherry Jane Robertson and husband Forrest A. of Hallettsville, Tx., Nita Faye Bohannon and husband Darrell of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Evelyn Anne Jones and husband Jerry of Eden, North Carolina; sons Johnie Wayne Snider and wife Karen of Fayetteville, Georgia, and James Lee Snider and wife Trayce R. of Alvin; sister Evelyn Collins and husband Ray of Port Lavaca, Tx.; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and relatives.

Pallbearers included DeWayne Collins, James Hebel, Gary Hebel, Jamie Hebel, Jordan Hall and Bryan Tatum.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to Shirley Snider at any Woodforest National Bank.

Condolences may be made at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

The Palacios Beacon, September 8, 2010
 


Loy Faye Snider

 

PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] - Loy Faye Snider, 87, of Palacios, formerly of Blessing, died Thursday, May 22, 2003.

 

She was born Oct. 8, 1915, in Midfield, to the late Beverly Richard and Susan Luella Welborn Dobson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios.

 

Survivors: daughter, Barbara Glimp of Alvin; son, John Snider of Palacios; foster son, Richard Bradford Dobson of Florida; and two grandchildren.

 

Preceded in death by: husband, Harley Floyd Snider; sister, Gertrude M. Roberts; and brothers, Clarence C. Dobson, Eugene L. Dobson and Edgar H. Dobson.

 

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Lewis Rush officiating.

 

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.

 

The Victoria Advocate, May 24, 2003

 


DALE EDWARD SNODGRASS


PALACIOS - Dale Edward Snodgrass, 82, passed away peacefully at the Palacios home of his son, Ron Laws, on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 after a battle with cancer. Dale was born in Lone Elm, Kan., on Jan. 16, 1926.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mable Snodgrass; wife of 29 years, Mary; brother, Paul Snodgrass; and sister, Meta Heiney.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in the South Pacific and a recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Battlestar. His naval experiences lead him to an occupation as a machinist in Florida and Texas.

He loved his time with his extended family at the Palacios Senior Citizens Center, and R&R time with the ladies at the real estate office. His greatest joy was watching his granddaughter, Jessica participant in music activities and his grandson, Russell play sports. He enjoyed reading, walking the bay, and watching NASCAR races. He was a Methodist.

He is survived by his son, Ronald Laws and wife Karen; granddaughter, Jessica Laws of Arlington; and grandson, Russell Laws of Palacios.

A memorial service will by held on Monday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. June White officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Palacios Senior Citizens Center.

Carnes Funeral Home, Texas City, 409-986-9900.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 7/18/2008

 


HENRY FRANK SOCHA SR.

LAKE JACKSON - Henry Frank Socha Sr., 79, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2008, at Village on the Creek in Clute. Henry was born Oct. 19, 1928, in El Campo, to the late Frank and Annie Socha.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ed and Leon Socha; and his sisters, Mary Isaacson and Dorothy Baker.

He is survived by his seven children, Sherry Russell of Euless, Henry (Butch) F. Socha Jr. and wife Pam of Downey, Calif., Betty Jo Jurries and husband Jimmy of Lake Jackson, Mary Helen Socha of Bay City, James Socha and wife Frances of Lake Jackson, Barbara Lankford and husband Ronnie of Freeport, and Michel Socha and wife Monica of Sugarland; sister, Mildred Byrne and husband Desi of Ganado; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Linda Dunaway.
 

Henry moved to Lake Jackson in 1951 when he went to work for Dow Chemical. He spent over 30 years working as an operator in V1V2 (Plant A). He loved to go fishing and camping and had a special place in his heart for Inks Lake State Park in Llano County. He and his family had many fun filled vacations there.
 

Family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel, 98 North Dixie Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566. A rosary service will be held at 1:30 p.m. prior to the funeral services at 2 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2008 at St. Phillips Catholic Church on 304 West Church Street, El Campo, Texas 77437, with the Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, James Socha Jr., Louis Ybarra, and James Jurries; grandson-in-law, Travis Williams; and nephews, John Schultz and Andy Byrne.

Freeport-Lakewood Funeral Home, Lake Jackson, 979-297-6464.

Published in the Victoria Advocate from 3/15/2008 - 3/16/2008.
 


Hartman Alvin Soli & Hattie Fay Smith Soli
 

As in their earthly home, Hartman Alvin Soli and Hattie Fay Smith Soli have experienced their Heavenly Rebirth together.

Hartman Alvin Soli was born June 14, 1919 in Pierce County, near Martell, Wisconsin to Henry Curtis Soli and Nina Ramburg Soli. Hartman was reborn into Heaven October 9, 2000.

 

Hattie Fay Soli was born November 14, 1920 in Matagorda County, Bay City, to William Harry Smith and Lizzie Will Morris Smith. Fay was reborn into Heaven October 10, 2000.

 

They were married on June 19, 1943 and are survived with love through two sons and daughters-in-law Keri Hartman Soli and Donna Daggy Soli of Houston, Teri Cullen Soli and Nimette Hargis Soli of Stokes, North Carolina; one grandson Kreg Hartman Soli of College Station; two granddaughters Kerin Jennifer Soli Caka of Conroe, Texas and Krista Marie Soli of Greenville, North Carolina; two brothers Orlan Alton Soli of Leawood, Kansas, also survived Hartman.

 

"Hart" was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City serving as Deacon and Elder Treasurer, Clerk of the Session, Sunday School Teacher, Trustee, President of the men of the Church and Committee Chairman for the seventy fifty anniversary of that church. He was also Cub Master of Pack 51 in Bay City. In World War II he served his country for five years in the U. S. Navy Air Corps, as a flight instructor and as a fighter pilot, VF-7, aboard the USS Hancock, CV-19 in the Pacific. For that service he was decorated with the Navy Cross and three Air Medals. After release from the Navy, he completed his college degree and moved to Bay City in 1947, where he worked for the First National Bank and later became connected with the rice industry. In 1960, he became affiliated with oil well drilling companies as Controller until his retirement.

 

Fay was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City serving as Deacon and Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Circle Chairman, Chancel Choir member, and assisted in the organization of the Lay Pastoral Care Committee. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, President of the Pilot Club, and member of the Book Review Club, Study Club and DAR. She was affiliated with the Bay City ISD and helped to organize the Coordinated Vocational Academic Education Program at Bay City Junior High School. Of late, she was also a member of the Doman Freeman Phillips Trust Fund Committee and responsible for advising on the architectural design of the Independent and Assisted Living apartments currently under construction at Matagorda House (Legacy).

 

Honorary pall bearers are the active and inactive Elders of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City.

 

Visitation hours will be 2 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2000 at the Bay City Funeral Home.

 

Graveside services for the immediate family will be at Cedarvale Cemetery at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2000. A memorial service for all that wish to attend a Celebration of Life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow.

 

The Daily Tribune, October 11, 2000

 


KennaLeigh Sylene Solis
Jan. 28, 2009 _ April 20, 2010

Our precious angel, Kenna-Leigh Sylene Solis has gone to be with our Lord.

At the young age of 14 months old KennaLeigh a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was called to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at Texas Children_s Hospital in Houston.

God blessed our lives with her when she was born on January 28, 2009 in Bay City to Erik Solis and Marissa Hernandez.

During her short life she touched our lives in so many different ways. She danced her way into our hearts and loved to make us laugh with her funny faces. She enjoyed spending time and playing with her sisters and cousins. The memories she has given us will forever live in our hearts.

She has touched the lives of many people and will be missed dearly.

Waiting to meet her in Heaven is her grandfather, Kenny Solis.

She will be leaving behind: her father, Erik Solis; mother, Marissa Hernandez; four sisters, Madison Solis, Aundrea Hernandez, Arykah Solis, and Avery Solis; two grandmothers, Doris Mejias and Lora Hernandez; two grandfathers, Sammy Martinez and Val Hernandez; great grandmother, Josephine Lopez; great grandfather, Manuel Mejias; aunts and uncles, Annette and Jose Saldana, Mark and Michelle Solis, Bridgette and Robert Medina, Val and Heather Hernandez, Dimitri Hernandez, Valerie Hernandez, and Seth Winn; and many cousins.

We ask that you help us celebrate her life at a wake and rosary service to be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral.

Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Father Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

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, Published April 25, 2010
 


Alma Sommer
(October 22, 1914 - June 6, 2007)

Alma Sommer, 92, of Bay City passed away June 6, 2007. She was born October 22, 1914 in Brenham, Texas. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Audrey & Jerry R. West of Bay City; two grandchildren Oleta West Dick & husband Bob of Pearland and Vincent W. West of Florence, SC and six great grandchildren. Graveside service will be 2:00PM Friday, June 8, 2007 at Cedarvale Cemetery with Rev. Eric Klimpel officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3000 9th St., Bay City, TX 77414. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613

www.taylorbros.net
 


Georgia Ann Sonnier
Nov. 14, 1938 - Dec. 26, 2008


Georgia Ann Sonnier, 70, passed away Friday, December 26, 2008, after a courageous 13 year battle with Leukemia.

Georgia Ann was born on November 14, 1938, to Odie and Lillie Jo Sweeny in Bay City, Texas. She attended public schools in Bay City and then moved to Houston to attend Business College. Upon completion of Business College she was offered employment with Humble Oil (now Exxon) as an Executive Secretary. Following Humble Oil she worked for several different companies as a Secretary throughout a 46 year career, finally retiring from Cedar Valley College at age 65.

She married Joe Estes, Jr. in 1963, and they found a happy and common interest in breeding and showing Wirehaired Dachshunds in many different parts of the country. Several of their dogs won major shows and were declared Champions within their breed. Joe passed away in the year 2000 after being stricken with cancer.

On April 17, 2005, Georgia Ann was re-united with her high school sweetheart, Jim Sonnier, and they were married on October 29, 2005, in Rockport, Texas. They enjoyed three beautiful years together traveling to Cancun, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada and the Southeastern U. S. during this time.

Georgia Ann will always be remembered for her loving nature and kindness to all with whom she came in contact. She was truly a genuine human being with much love in her heart.

A special thanks to Dr. Cheryl Harth, who provided her with excellent medical care throughout her ordeal. Also, to all the Nurses and Techs on the 7th floor of Methodist Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Their kindness and professionalism was greatly appreciated. Also, many thanks to all her friends in the Dallas  Fort Worth Metroplex, and in other parts of Texas and the United States. Words cannot express her love and appreciation for their friendship over the years. She would often say I'm the luckiest person in the world to have such true and loving friends who I can always count on to help me when I'm down.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Sonnier; mother, Lillie Jo Sweeny; aunt, Laurine Farned; stepsons, David and Michael Sonnier and stepdaughter, Eva Marie Goetz.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Jurek, Tim Jurek, David Farned, Brent Maykuth, David Sonnier and Michael Sonnier.

Memorials, in lieu of flower donations, may be made to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society in Georgia Anns name.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.


Bay City Tribune, Published December 31, 2008

 


Funeral Services Are Held For Chris Sorrensen

Funeral services were held for Chris Sorrensen, 74, who died Sunday morning after a lingering illness. The services were held at the Walker-Matchett Funeral home with the Rev. Marvin Vance officiating, and burial was in the Hawley Cemetery.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. J. C. Jensen of Galveston.

Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, April 2, 1942
 


Benjamin Louis Sorrell
Dec. 28, 1943  May 6, 2009

Funeral services for Benjamin Louis Sorrell, 65, formerly of Cedar Lane, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009 at First Berean Baptist Church, Cedar Lane, with the Rev. Gilbert Franklin, pastor, and the Rev. James Roberson, eulogist. Burial will follow at Edison Cemetery.

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

He was born in Cedar Lane, Texas, December 28, 1943, to J. B. Sorrell and Luvenia Moore Sorrell, and passed away May 6, 2009, in Bay City.

Survivors include: two daughters, Jacklyn Rogers (and Howard) of Houston, and Sheree Sekou (and Malik) of St. Thomas, and one son, Arkeith Brown, Sr. (and Vivian) of Bay City. Also one sister, Nina Roberson (and the Rev. James) of Bay City, and three brothers, Earnest Sorrell, Sr. (and Naomi) of Texas City, Eddie Sorrell, Sr. of Richwood, and Eugene Sorrell of Cedar Lane. Also two grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, two aunts, one uncle, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangement with Duncan-Robert Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 13, 2009
 


BABY GIRL SOUTHALL

BAY CITY - Graveside services for Baby Girl Southall will be 4 p.m. today, Oct. 24, 2009 at St. John Cemetery in Van Vleck.
The parents are Clarence "Trey" and Jennifer Southall of Van Vleck.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green's Mortuary of Bay City, 979-245-3489.

Published in Victoria Advocate on October 24, 2009


ISHAM SOUTHALL JR.

VAN VLECK - Funeral services for Isham Southall Jr., 92, of Van Vleck, who passed away March 16, 2009, will be held Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 2 p.m., at St. John Baptist Church, Van Vleck, with the Rev. Ruben Newel, eulogist. Burial will follow at Burial Association Cemetery.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 3/20/2009
 

 

Annie Mary Posey Sparks
March 3, 1912 – July 20, 2008


Annie Mary Posey Sparks, 96, of Markham passed away July 20, 2008 in Bay City.

She was born March 3, 1912 in Union Valley, Texas to the late Isaac Benton and Lora Edith Walker Posey.

Mrs. Sparks was a resident of Clemville Texas for 60 years, before moving to Markham 20 years ago. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Markham, and worked for Markham Elementary School for many years.

She is survivors by: her two sons, Robert N. and wife Jane Sparks of Buckeye, Texas and Kevin Sparks of Markham, Texas; sister, Muriel Savage of Markham, Texas and grandson Randy B. Sparks of Buckeye, Texas.

Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Sparks.

The family will receive visitors Thursday night from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Morgan officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Nolan Savage, Nathan Savage, David Savage Jr., Neal Mallard, Stacey Horton, and Daron Dabelgott.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Danny Savage, David Savage, Paul Savage, Mark Savage, Michael Posey, Alfred Frank Posey, Bobby Allen Posey, Tommy Wernly and Tim Wernly.

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

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


Bay City Tribune, Published July 23, 2008

 


B. J. Sparks
 

B. J. Sparks, 83, of Sweeny passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

He was born July 14, 1925, in Clemville, Texas. He married Alberta New Sparks on April 14, 1948, and was a faithful husband. He graduated from Sam Houston State Teacher College at Huntsville, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in 1948. In 1951, he completed his masters’ degree in education from the University of Houston. He taught school for four years, one year at Markham, three years at Van Vleck. He worked for Phillips Refinery in Old Ocean for more than 30 years.

B. J. loved gardening and working on “the land.” The day before his death, he was busy mowing his pasture and working in the garden. He liked to joke around and always told his children to “carry your own sunshine.” He also was a minister, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and loved to talk to people about the Bible. Serving Jehovah was the greatest joy of his life. He enjoyed visiting with his younger brother, Willis Sparks. It was such an encouragement to them both.

B. J. is survived by his wife, Alberta Sparks; son, Wayne Sparks and his wife, Pam; daughters, Illeen Mickens and her husband, Donnie, and Vicky Ann Jones; brother, James Willis Sparks; six grandchildren, Kyle Sparks, Eric Sparks, Dean Sparks, Donna Gamble, Michael Jones and Nicole Jones; two great-grandchildren, Zachary Sparks and Avery Sparks; and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends who loved him.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in West Columbia.

Arrangements are by Baker Funeral Home of West Columbia.

Online condolences may be made by signing the guest book at www.bakerfuneralhome.net.
 

Published in The Facts March 28, 2009

 


Early Collins Sparks

Graveside services for Early Collins Sparks, 66, of Lufkin, will be held at 1 p. m. Thursday in Hawley Cemetery in El Maton with Rev. Howard Harper officiating.

Mr. Sparks was born Feb. 21, 1931 in Clemville and died Tuesday, June 24, 1997 in a Lufkin hospital.

Mr. Sparks was a derrick hand and had served in the U. S. Navy. He was a former resident of Kerrville, and lived in Lufkin for the last four years.

Survivors include his sisters Wyma Watkins of Markham, June Byrd of Houston, Clara Ridgley of Sykesville, Maryland, Pauline Landrum of Angleton and sister and brother-in-law Alyce M. and Cloud Pee of Pollok.

Mr. Sparks was preceded in death by sisters LaRayne Briggs and Eloise Polensky, and by a brother Loyd Sparks.

Arrangements under direction of Gipson Funeral Home in Lufkin.

The Daily Tribune, June 25, 1997
 


Ethel Marjorie Sparks

Ethel Marjorie Sparks, 61, of Markham died Saturday morning, May 24, at Matagorda General Hospital. She was born Oct. 3, 1918, in Bremond, Texas. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3232. Survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Margie and William H. Parks of Markham; grandchildren, William Jr.; Bruce, Kenneth and Phoebe of Markham; and a brother, Hayward Johnson of Sour Lake. Funeral services were scheduled to be held at 2 p. m. Sunday, May 25, at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Ramsey of Markham Baptist Church presiding. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers include: Raymond Shepard, Cecil Brooks, Herbert Snyder, Momer McKinney, Doug Davis and Charlie Rodriguez. Services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, May, 1980
 


James Wilford Sparks

James Wilford Sparks, 72, a life time resident of Markahm passed away February 28 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Survivors include; wife, Mrs. Ethel Sparks of Markham; 1 son Ray Sparks of Markham; 2 daughters, Mrs. Margie Parks of Markham and Mrs. Fay Laberdini of Galveston; 5 brothers, Reed of Waller, Ellis of Sourlake, Frank of Beaumont, and Lloyd and Early of Clemville; 12 sisters, Mrs. Valley Wakefield and Eyna Watkins of Bay City, Lily Prantil, Ruby Hooper, June Schumate and Lorane Briggs all of Houston, Clara Ridgeley of Sikesville, Maryland, Eloise Polensky of Wadsworth, Hope Huddleston and Myrtle Norflect of Nome, Texas, Alice Pea of Mississippi and Pauline Stoffer of Angleton; 10 grandchildren. Pallbearers include Stanley Sweeny, W. G. King, Harry Cowger, Charlie Bohusler, Mack Burg and J. P. Rives. Funeral services will be held March 2 at 2 p. m. at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery.

The Daily Tribune, March 1, 1973
 


Lena M. Sparks
(January 28, 1918 - May 26, 2010)

Lena M. Sparks, 92, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2010 in Angleton, Texas. She was born January 28, 1918 in Bay City, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband M. G. (Billy) Sparks, and her son Glenn A. Sparks. She is survived by daughter, Andrea Genzer of Angleton, daughter-in-law, Jane Sparks of Lake Jackson; one sister Avon Mooney of Katy; and one brother, Waylon Rice of Santa Maria, Ca.. She is also survived by grandchildren, Craig & Pam Genzer of Angleton, Debra & Bobby Fielden of West Columbia, Paige & Marc Fontaine of The Woodlands and Brandon Sparks and Kim Sparks of Katy and great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Caitlyn, Jennifer, Jesse, Macy & Grant. Visitation will be from 10 A.M. till 11 A.M. Saturday, May 29 with a funeral at 11:00 A.M. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Serving as pallbearers are, Tommy Farthing, Richard Harrison, Craig Genzer, Bobby Fielden, Marc Fontaine, and Brandon Sparks. Serving at Honorary pallbearers, Mike Mooney, Tim Hubbard, Everett Farthing, Grant Fontaine and Jesse Schuler. A special thanks to her Dr. and friend, Dr. Joe Cannon of Bay City & Hospice Care Team.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Regina Lynn (Ryan) Sparks
Dec. 2, 1954 to Jan. 18, 2009

Thanks to Bay Villa Staff. A-Med Hospice and all family members being there Regina Lynn (Ryan) Sparks took flight at 9 p.m. Sunday night January 18, 2009 becoming free from pain and deformity at last.

She is the daughter of Charles and Barbara Ryan and Mother to Keith and Scott Sparks, and sister to Rhonda L. Ryan and Gordon A. Ryan and also friend and ex wife to Michael P. Sparks. She has some aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and a legion of friends.

She graduated from Bay City High School in 1974, attended Conlees College of Cosmetology and earned her State Beauticians License.

After working for Redken for a while she then decided to devote her full time to beautician work at Careug, then Hairline Hair Designs and finally Salon Depot. She loved her work and really loved people. Due to her sunny, positive disposition people loved her too.

A memorial services is planned to rejoice about the life she lived.

It will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the Nichols Street Church of Christ, 1200 Nichols, Bay City Texas 77414.

Bay City Tribune, Published January 21, 2009
 


Allen William Spencer

Allen William Spencer, 65, of Bay City, died Aug. 7, 1977 in an automobile accident three miles south of Bay City. He was born Nov. 27, 1911 in Luling. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Faye Spencer of Bay City; one daughter Mrs. Jean Rose of Matagorda and one son, W. L. Spencer of Wadsworth and nine grandchildren. Services were held at Calvary Baptist Jan. 9 at 2:30 p. m. with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Jan. 1, 1977
 


Alma Cecilia Spencer

Alma Cecilia Spencer, 86, of Bay City died May 12, 1977 in Matagorda General Hospital. She was born May 2, 1891 in Gonzales County. Survivors are her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Faye Spencer of Bay City; sister, Sara Denman of Austin; grandchildren, W. L. Spencer and Barbara Rose of Matagorda; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be held Saturday, May 14, at 1 p. m. at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Chester Sassman will officiate. Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, May, 1977
 


ALTA MAE SPENCER

HOUSTON - Funeral services for Alta Mae Spencer, 83, of Houston, formerly of Bay City, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2008 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Brazoria with the Rev. Dews officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. Viewing will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Green's Mortuary in Bay City.
Green's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 4/3/2008.
 


Edwin Townsend Spencer
(December 6, 1920 - September 17, 2006)

Edwin Spencer, 85 of Bay City, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2006. He was born December 6, 1920 in Austin, TX to Edwin Ray Spencer and Angeline Louise Culbertson Spencer. He was a member of the Methodist Church, a resident of Matagorda County since 1950 and a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force.

He is survived by his daughter: Megan Spencer of Austin; his sons: David Spencer of Ashwood and Michael Spencer and wife Ginny of Sugar Valley; by is stepdaughters: Karen Davis Poss and Diane Davis Holton; and by two grandchildren: Sandra Spencer Hogg & husband Bryan and Kade Spencer & wife Stacey: by one great grandchild: Spencer Hogg; by four step grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin R. and Angeline Louise Spencer.

Visitation will be from 9 AM to 9 PM Wednesday, September 20, 2006. The family will receive visitors from 6 PM to 8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Family services will be held at a later date.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


FAYE ESTHER SPENCER

BAY CITY - Faye Esther Spencer, 92, of Bay City, was welcomed home by her loving Heavenly Father, Almighty God on March 26, 2008. She was born on April 1, 1915, at home in Caldwell County, to parents Marion and Agnes Kirk.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ray; sisters, Hortense and Audrey; her husband, A. W. Spencer; a grandson, James Ross Warren; and a great-granddaughter, Keila Marie Spencer.

She is survived by two children: a son and his wife, W.L. and Sue Spencer of Harwood; and a daughter, Barbara Jean Nicase of Palacios. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She will be remembered for her love and devotion to her family, her faith in Jesus Christ, her wit and zest for life, and her kind and generous spirit.

Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at Bay City Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4893.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 3/28/2008.
 


William G. Spencer

W. G. Spencer, 90, a resident of Wadsworth passed away February 4 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Alma Spencer of Wadsworth; son, A. W. Spencer of Bay City; sister, Mrs. Mae Sherry of Kerrville; 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were held February 5 at 4:30 p. m. at Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will be at the Hawley Cemetery. Mr. Spencer was a retired farmer and had been a resident of Bay City for the past 24 years. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, February, 1974
 


Byrdella Spiller
May 8, 1913 – April 1, 2007

Funeral services for Byrdella Spiller, 93, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2007 at New Fellowship Church, Bay City, with the Rev. A.H. Floyd, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel.

She was born May 8, 1913, in Sequin, Texas to Willie Williams and Minnie Clark Williams, and passed away April 1, 2007, at Matagorda General Hospital.

Survivors include: two daughters, Gladys Robbins of Bay City, and Mary Lee Amey of Galveston; and three grandchildren, Michael Amey, Jimmie Williams and Willie Wiley, Jr. Also a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

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

Bay City Tribune, Published April 4, 2007, Matagorda County, Texas

Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott
 


Floyd Spiller, Sr.
Aug. 24, 1922 – May 24, 2008

Sunset is so beautiful to view, for we can see the reflections of God’s daily goodness. Floyd Spiller, Sr. was a part of God’s sunset on Saturday, May 24, 2008 when he departed this earthly life for his heavenly life.

He was born to the late Alex “Albright” Spiller and Maxie Carter Spiller on August 24, 1922 in Cedar Lane, Texas, Matagorda County.

Floyd received his high school diploma from Pilate Pointe High School in Kendleton, Texas. He later joined the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge in 1944. From there, he wanted to further his education by attending Prairie View College in Prairie View, Texas. While there, he received his certification in Woodwork and met his future wife.

He enjoyed life to the fullest, especially after he gave his life to Christ. He wanted as much out of life as possible. Then in 1948, he moved to Bay City, Texas, where he united with the Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. C.H. Brown, Sr. Later that year, he married his college sweetheart, Gladys Beller from Tamina, Texas. To this union the Lord blessed them with six children, Floyd, Jr., Patricia, Billy, Kenneth, Pamela, and Samuel.

Floyd was a hard worker and provided for his family physically as well as spiritually. He loved to fish and tell tall-tales about the ones that got away. His vegetable garden was the delight of his community. He was employed with the United States Postal services for 25 years. He was employed in God’s vineyard for over 85 years. He retired from his earthly job, but God retired him on Saturday, May 24, 2008, so he could start enjoying his rest in his new heavenly home. He was a dedicated hard worker in God’s vineyard. Floyd tried hard not to lean up on his own understanding but was willing to give God glory all the time regardless of the outcome.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Jimmy Samuel, John L., and Fred.

Floyd leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 60 years, Gladys; six children, Floyd, Jr. (Willie Louise) of Killeen, Texas, Patricia Jackson (Earl) of Giddings, Texas, Billy (Christy) of Killeen, Kenneth (Pearly) of Richmond, Texas, Pamela King (Anthony) of Iraan, Texas, and Samuel (Carol) of Phoenix, Arizona; brother, Terry (Naomi) of Houston, Texas; sister, Minnie Ola Boxley of Houston; in-laws, Christine Spiller of Bay City, Lillie Spiller of Wichita, Kansas, Minnie Esther Austin (George) of Houston, Jennie V. Durham of St. Louise, Missouri, Leon Beller (Loretta) of Houston, and Alex Beller of California; god-sons, the Rev. Pleas R. Mayfield and Judge Aaron Green; 28 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Homegoing celebration will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City where the Rev. Murray G. Martin is pastor. Services will be under the direction of Green’s Mortuary with final interment at Shiloh Cemetery in Cedar Lane, Texas.

Visitation will be at 3 until 8 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2008 in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 28, 2008
 


Whisper Leigh Spradlen

Graveside services for Whisper Leigh Spradlen, 2 months, of El Maton, were held at 10 a. m. today at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating.

She was born Nov. 7, 1984, in Bay City and died Jan. 16, 1985, at Matagorda General Hospital.

Survivors include her parents, Sherod and Teresa Spradlen of El Maton; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Elaine Jeremiah; paternal grandparents, Jack and Virgie Spradlen; and five sisters, Erica, Danielle, Christie, Amy and Brandy, all of El Maton.

Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Jan. 1985
 


Mary Springfield
(March 18, 1950 - June 21, 2005)

Mary Springfield, 55, of Van Vleck, TX died June 21, 2005 at her residence. She was born March 18, 1950 in Beaumont, TX to Jesse Glenn and Mary Lanell Price Landrum. Mrs. Springfield was a member of Nichols Rd Church of Christ and a resident of Van Vleck since 1985.

Survivors include: husband: Jean Springfield of Van Vleck; son & daughter-in-law: Matthew & Danielle Springfield of Cypress, TX; daughter: Heather Springfield of Houston, TX; mother: Nell Landrum of Beaumont, TX; sister & brother-in-law: Sherry & Howard Dudley of Gun Barrell, TX; brothers and sisters-in-law: Donnie & Linda Landrum of Beaumont, TX, Ronnie & Brenda Landrum of Kingwood, TX, and Dorothy Landrum of Beaumont, TX; 2 grandchildren: Jesse Springfield of Houston and Wade Springfield of Cypress, TX; and numerous nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her father: Jesse Glenn Landrum; and brother: Jerry Landrum.

Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, June 23, 2005, at the Nichols Rd. Church of Christ with Bro. Joe Wrape officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck, TX. Pallbearers will be Ryan Landrum, Heath, Ian, & Glenn Dudley, Steve Johnson, Kirk Smith, David Sanders, Eric Richey, and James Ricks. Honorary Pallbearers will be the men of Nichols Rd Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to the Nichols Rd Church of Christ Harvest House Fund, 1200 Nichols Rd, Bay City, TX 77414. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613. www.taylorbros.net

www.taylorbros.net                              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Glenda Cash Sprouse

 

A memorial service for Glenda Cash Sprouse is scheduled for 2:15 p. m. Friday, May 31, 1996 at Calvary Baptist Church with Chester Sassman officiating.

 

Sprouse died May 31, 1995 at LSUMC in Shreveport, Louisiana of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She donated her body to the Louisiana State Medical School for research. She was born Jan. 3, 1947 in Prescott, Arkansas. At almost three-years-old she moved to Midland, TX. with her parents, graduated from Midland High School and Odessa Junior College. In 1970, she moved to Anchorage, Alaska with her family, returning to Texas in 1973. Sprouse married Ted Sprouse July 16, 1977 in Irving, TX and then over to Bay City. As a Christian, she loved the Lord and was baptized at the First Christian Church in Midland on March 26, 1961. Sprouse was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was closely followed in death by her dog, Sugar Babe, who was her faithful friend and companion. Sprouse is survived by her parents, J. C. and Myrtle Cash of Anchorage, Alaska; sister and brother-in-law, Brennda Cash and James Smarz of McGrath, Alaska; brother and sister-in-law, Randy Cash and Celste Nelson Cash of Bay City; brother, Jim Cash of Bay City; four aunts; one uncle; and numerous cousins.

 

Honoring her request, her cremains will be inurned beside her maternal grandmother, "Grannie Hays," and closure will be in the old cemetery at Okolona, Arkansas.

 

We will forever [mi]is Glenda, love her and be thankful for all that she added to our lives.

 

The Daily Tribune, Bay City, Texas, May 29, 1996

 


Funeral For Rusk Woman Here Wed.—Hattie Huff Spurney

Announcement was received here this morning of the death of Mrs. John Spurney at Rusk yesterday. Mr. Spurney’s body will be brought over-land to Bay City, it was states this morning.

Last rites will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Walker-Matchett funeral home here in Bay City.

Interment will be made in the Cedar Vale Cemetery with the Walker-Matchett Funeral service in charge of the arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, Monday, March 30, 1942


 


Leon Edward Srubar
(September 12, 1926 - December 22, 2006)

Leon Edward Srubar, 80, of Sargent, passed away Friday, December 22, 2006. He was born September 12, 1926 in Sweet Home, TX to Edward & Annie Srubar. He was a resident of Matagorda County since 1965, a retired operator from Celanese Chemical Company and a veteran of the US Navy.

He is survived by his daughter: Pamela D. McDonald of Houston; his sons: Kenneth Srubar & wife Brenda of Bay City, Roger Srubar & wife Jimmy Gayle of Van Vleck and Daniel Srubar of Long Beach, CA; his sisters: Evelyn Huntley of Victoria, Joanne Cummings of Pt. Lavaca and Mary Ann Sawyer of Victoria; his brother: Eugene Srubar of Victoria; and by eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife: Edna Lou Harvey Srubar; by his parents: Edward & Annie Srubar and by his brothers: Edwin and Robert Srubar.

The Rosary will be held at 7:30 PM Saturday, December 23, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, December 24, 2006 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Cindy Grimes, Charlotte Norton, Rhonda Contreras, Rochelle Scoot, RaeDonna Srubar, Brenda Bogs, Diane Nuestra, Joni Beckvar, Sheila Brown and Cathy Hernandez.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


BETTY JOYCE STAFF

GANADO - Betty Joyce Staff, 81, loving wife, mother and Mema, passed away peacefully on Jan. 29, 2010, with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 9, 1929, in Ganado, to the late Joe and Betty Kollaja.

Betty Joyce was one of the most loving, dedicated, courageous women that committed her life to family. There wasn't a day that went by that she didn't talk to her family. Her children and grandchildren looked forward to seeing Mema. A holiday did not pass that she did not have her family by her side celebrating the occasion.

Betty Joyce enjoyed traveling to all 50 states, in addition to a 17-day trip to Europe with her husband, Daniel. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of her cats. She was a devoted member of Assumption Catholic Church, the Altar Society, and the K.J.Z.T. Her faith in Christ gave her strength and comfort during her illness. Her gracious spirit will live on forever through those who knew her.

Betty Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Daniel of Ganado; her daughter, Carole Stolle and husband Joe of Wharton; and sons, Darrell Staff and wife Jo Beth, Dale Staff and wife Betty Jo, and Gary Staff and wife Laurie, all of Ganado. She had 10 wonderful grandchildren, Jessica Neal and husband Ryan of San Antonio, Jennifer Cavender and husband Jarrett of Richmond, Bonnie Kocurek and husband Larry of Richmond, Amanda Mamerow and husband Timothy of Ganado, Joni Stolle of Wharton, Mallory Staff, Dustin Staff, Jason Staff, Ashley Staff, and Leah Staff, all of Ganado.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Alvin Kollaja.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 31, 2010, at Ganado Funeral Home. A rosary will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Assumption Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2010, with Father James Janish and Father Michael Lyons officiating. Graveside services will follow at Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Dustin Staff, Jarrett Cavender, Larry Kocurek, Tim Mamerow, Michael Andel and Bobby Staff.

Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren.

Published in Victoria Advocate on January 31, 2010
 


Frances Ann Stallings
March 6, 1955 - Dec. 2, 2008

Frances Ann Stallings, 53, of Houston passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2008 of natural causes.

She was born March 6, 1955 in Palestine, Texas to Dolly Stallings and the late B. W. Stallings.

Frances is survived by: her daughter, Stacey Neal of Long Beach, California; son, Braden Linder of San Antonio; mother, Dolly Stallings of Matagorda; sister and brother-in-law, Celia and Tim Oden of Angleton; nieces and nephews, Dustin and Kasey Oden of Angleton; Tricia and Dusty Park of Angleton; cousins, Beverly and Bob Beck of Palestine, Gail and Gene Kelly of Monroe, Georgia, Ann and Winston Brundige of Ogden, Utah, Ellen Friedman and Ted Dunning of San Diego, California, Linda and Charles Allison of Bay City, Sherry Smith and David Long of Bullard, Dale Wayne and Brenda Smith of Palestine, Danny and Dorenda Smith of Palestine, and many more extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m.
on Friday, December 5, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Christ Episcopal Church of Matagorda with the Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating.

Internment will follow at the Matagorda
Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dale Wayne Smith, Danny Smith, Timothy Oden, Justin Oden, Charles Allison, and Joe Allison. A small luncheon will be held immediately afterward at the
Matagorda United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the J.P. Moody Memorial Scholarship Fund: 3108 Avenue H, Bay City
, Texas 77414.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home,
Bay City,
TX (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published December 7, 2008
 


Janis Dian Stanford
(August 15, 1948 - September 7, 2005)

Janis Dian Stanford, 57, of Bay City, TX died September 7, 2005 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born August 15, 1948 in Atlanta, GA to the late Eugene Thomas & Annie Jo Terrell Stanford. Mrs. Stanford was a resident of Bay City the past 14 months and a former longtime resident of Roswell, GA.

Survivors include: daughter & son-in-law: Christie & Roger Dement of Van Vleck, TX; sisters: Billie Kilgore and Sandy McBryant both of NC; brothers: Eugene Stanford, Jr and James Stanford both of GA; 2 grandchildren: Lyndee Leigh Dement and Megan Marie “Meg” Dement both of Van Vleck, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be 4:00 PM Friday, September 9, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Van Vleck with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Clint Ballinger, Craig Kucera, Shannon Champion, Jeff Riddell, Mike Riddell, and Dwaine Dement.

In lieu of flowers, contributions or memorial may be made to the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck Building Fund or to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Ryan Craig Standlee

Funeral services for Ryan Craig Standlee, 3, of Bay City are scheduled for 2 p. m., Jan. 6 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Ryan Standlee passed away Jan. 4 at his residence. He was born Sept. 7, 1994 in Bay City to Craig Alden and Leslie Roxann Skinner Standlee.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his parents, Craig and Leslie Standlee of Bay City; by his maternal grandparents Bob and Nancy Skinner of Bay City and Carolyn and Lloyd Feakes of Houston; and by his paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Carol Standlee of Bay City.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sandra Standlee in 1981.

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

The Daily Tribune, January 6, 1998
 


Sandra Sue Standlee

Sandra Sue Standlee, 38, of Bay City, died September in Matagorda General Hospital. Services were held this morning at 10 at the First Baptist Church officiated by Dr. W. D. Baker of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by husband Kenneth D. Standlee of Bay City; Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nealy James Sherrer of Sinton; Sons Curtis Neal and Craig Alden Standlee of Bay City; brothers David Neal Sherrer of Taft, Calif., and Richard Sherrer of Sinton; sister Sally Pugh of Corpus Christi. She will be interred at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wally Hart, Robert Matthews, Tony Kucera, Wayne O’Brien, Howard Brown and Bill Jenkins. Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins of the Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, July, 1980
 

James Stanley

Died Jul. 5, 1858

Matagorda Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


O.B. STANLEY

BAY CITY - O.B. Stanley, 92, of Bay City, passed away Thursday April 17, 2008. He was born Aug. 28, 1915, in Freeport, to the late Joseph Carlton Stanley and Pearl Inez Wicker.

Mr. Stanley had been a long time resident of Matagorda County and a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Matagorda. He served on the Bay City City Council two different terms: 1955-1961 and 1964-1976. During time on the city council he also served as mayor pro tem. He served on the Bay City Gas Company Board of Trustees from 1995-2006. He was a major stockholder in Stanley Stores, Inc., which operated as many as 33 grocery stores in Texas and Louisiana, starting with one small drive-in grocery store in Bay City.

He is survived by his wife: Neva Stanley of Bay City; son: Stephen Stanley of Bay City; grandchildren: Bart Stanley and Susan Stanley Faciane and husband Kevin; great-grandchildren: Samantha Stanley Durham and husband Dustin, Sawyer Stanley, Sommer Stanley, Courtney Faciane and Kristin Faciane; great-great-granddaughter: Kainlyn Durham; sister-in-law: Sarah "Bebe" Stanley; and dear and close friend: E.M. Huitt Jr.

Mr. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; first wife: Anna Beth Johnson Stanley; son: Fredrick "Fred" Carl Stanley; sister: Pauline Cameron; and three brothers: Thorning, Scottie, and J.C. Stanley.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 20, 2008 at The Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda with the Rev. Harley Savage and the Rev. Lawrence Gwin officiating. Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Luis Noe Jaramillo, Ben D. Mainka, Jerry Wright, John Ashcraft, Stewart Savage, and Rik Stanley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Frank D. Rickman, David PeVey, and Dustin Peterson.

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

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 4/19/2008.
 


Robert E. Stansberry
(August 5, 1932 - March 10, 2007)

Robert E. “Bobby” Stansberry was born August 5, 1932 in Boling, Texas and at 74 was called to be with his Lord & Savior on March 10, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ocie and Bertha and five sisters and two brothers.

Survived by his wife of 57 years, Eva Lois; five sons Larry Stansberry & wife Cheryl, Brad Stansberry, William Williams, Edward Williams and Michael Stansberry; three daughters and sons-in-law Corliss & Steve Clark, Barbara & John Olham and LaTonya & Michael Eulenfeld; one sister Lucille “Tootsie” Brown; fifteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He is also survived by extended family and friends, many of whom knew him from Church and the Sno-Cone stands he & Eva Lois ran in Bay City and Angleton. Bobby loved all and was loved by all.

Funeral service will be 3:00 PM Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at the Wild Peach Community Church in Brazoria with Rev. Earl Breazeale officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613

www.taylorbros.net
 


VELMA JANE STANSELL

KINGSLAND - Velma Jane Stansell, 83, of Kingsland, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008. She was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Hye, to Jacob Peter Hudson and Alta Elanora Green Hudson. She was a retired computer process technician for the IRS and a member of the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughters: Wanda Lee Brown and husband Don of Kingsland, Dorthea Jeanne Wilson of Livingston, and Rosalie Elaine Brown and husband Leonard of Livingston; by her sister: Stella Bruns and husband T.C. of Johnson City; and by 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Stansell; her parents: Jacob P. and Alta Elanora Hudson; her sister: Marjorie E. Ashworth; her brothers: Roy Cornelius Hudson, Edward Harvey Hudson and Jacob Victor Hudson; and by one grandchild.

The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2008, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 5/12/2008.
 


LUCILLE L. STARK


EL CAMPO - Lucille L. Stark, age 84, died on Aug. 27, 2008 at the Czech Catholic Home in Hillje. She was born on Jan. 19, 1924, in Giddings, to the late Charles and Alma Goerlitz Goerner.

She is survived by her daughters, Joy Morris of Blessing and Ellen Stark Brown of Houston; one grandchild; and three step-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lambert Stark.
 
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, with funeral services to be held at 10 a.m., at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. James Guerrero officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Hill Cemetery.
 
Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.
 

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 8/29/2008

 

 

Bonnie Pruett Starnes
February 6, 1923 ~ November 3, 2008


Bonnie Pruett Starnes, 85, of Angleton passed away Monday, November 3, 2008 in Angleton.

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2008 in the Palms Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Carter officiating. Burial will be Friday in Midway Cemetery in Midway, Texas.

Mrs. Starnes was born February 6, 1923, the 7th child of Luther & Effie Pruett. A member of Second Baptist Church of Angleton she was a Lifetime member of the Angleton Chapter of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lyle Steves & Earnest Starnes, her parents & seven of her brother & sisters.

Survivors include her sister; Ruth Martindale of Angleton & sister-in-law; Iva Pruett of Cedar Lane. Nieces & Nephews; Ken Stewart, Daryl Stewart, Lanelle Thomas, Mike Pruett, Edward Pruett, Ronny Pruett, Fred Martindale, Donna Johnson, Jeanie Graham, Nancy Hocker, Jan Carter, Cathy Thomas, Robert Pruett, Jr. & Bonnie Pruett.
Stepson; Eugene Stevens & step-Daughter; Jackie Stevens.

The Facts (Brazosport), Published November 5, 2008
 


Joan Loraine Treybig Starnes
(March 30, 1957 - November 14, 2007)

Joan Loraine Treybig Starnes, 50, of Bay City passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2007 in Houston. She was born March 30, 1957 in El Campo to Elaine Carson Treybig and Ernest Harold Treybig. Mrs. Starnes has been a longtime resident of Bay City, and was a Project Controls Manager with Stone & Webster Co.

She is survived by husband: Richard Starnes of Bay City; mother: Elaine Treybig of Matagorda; daughter: Leslie Simmons & husband Vince of Tivoli; sister: Lydia Catherine Sterling of Mount Ida, AR; 2 brothers: Ernest H. Treybig, Jr. of Matagorda and Carson Treybig of Austin; 3 granddaughters: Megan, McKenzi and Morgan Simmons of Tivoli; 16 nieces and nephews; 21 great nieces and great nephews; Preceded in death by her father: Ernest Harold Treybig; 2 sisters: Susan Nell Rawlings and Sally Dorene Aaron; brother-in-law: Brian E. Simons; and nephew: Bryan Gregory Simons.

The Family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday. The Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2007 at Abundant Life Fellowship Church with Rev. Earl Breazeale officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be: John Rawlings Jr., Steven Rawlings, Trey Treybig, Tyler Treybig, Christopher Wilson, David Sterling Jr., Richard Hogan, and Michael Reed.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Bessie Mae Steele
May 14, 1931 - April 16, 2010

Bessie Mae Steele was born on May 14, 1931, in Bay City, Texas.

After a lengthy battle with cancer, she was "promoted" from this life at Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City, Texas on April 16, 2010 at the age of seventy-eight.

Bessie (better known as Bess) was preceded in death by her parents, Dee and Veola Halliburton, and one sister, Geraldine Zboril.

She leaves behind: a loving husband, Don Steele; god-son, Rafe and wife Tabitha Gibson of Southlake, Texas; her faithful pets, Maggie and Booger Red; sisters, Ada Windsor of Houston, Texas, and Vivian Tyler of Sweeny, Texas; and god-grandchildren, Brynne and Bria Gibson of Southlake, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Bess will be greatly missed by her special friends and caregivers, Lori Campbell, Rose Beavers, Carolyn Ashcraft, Barbara Patterson, and Kaylan Johnson. Bess was a member of Apostolic Lighthouse in West Columbia_her church family will greatly miss her beautiful smile and gentle hugs.

Bess was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone in Bay City for about seventeen years. She later worked for Richardson Heights Bank and Trust in Richardson, Texas for many years. She and her husband enjoyed traveling across the western United States, especially visiting the Pueblo Indian reservation and other historical sights.

Bess was a person with a great capacity to love others. Many people have enjoyed her hospitality of a cup of coffee and a slice of lemon pound cake or a homemade cinnamon roll. Throughout her long battle with cancer, she never wavered in her faith and trust in the God she loved and served. She was deeply devoted to her faithful husband of forty-eight years, who has been a courageous care-giver, making sure that she received the best of care and attention. Don, you gave it your best!

Sincere gratitude is extended to the Texas State HomeHealth Care Agency, especially Staci Perrin, RN; Ruby Huerta, CNA; and Tanya Schutz, PT. Sabrina Garrison, PA, has brightened Bess_ days many times with her drop-in visits, frequent phone calls, and obvious love and concern.

The men of Apostolic Lighthouse will proudly be her pallbearers. They include: Jerry Anderson, Matt Brister, Bill Brown, Billy Campbell, Johnny J. Chancellor, Monty Payne and Eric Whitmire.

Friends may visit from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday April 18, 2010 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

The celebration of her Homegoing will be at 2 p.m. at Apostolic Lighthouse in West Columbia on Monday April 19, 2010. The Pastor Danny Johnson, The Reverend Mike Brister, and The Reverend Craig Ashcraft will officiate this celebration.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

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

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

Bay City Tribune, Published April 18, 2010
 


OLGA MARIE STEFFEK

A Funeral Mass for Olga Marie Steffek, 64 of Blessing, Tx., was held June 15, 2010 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing

Mrs. Steffek was born on July 21, 1945 in Weimer, Tx. to Frank Kunschick and Elsie Denham. She lost her courageous battle with cancer on June 4, 2010.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Milton Steffek; mother, Elsie Janca of El Campo; children Sharon Barker of Wharton, Mark Steffek of Brazoria, Pamela Mata and husband Adam of Wharton, Michael Steffek of Blessing and Denise Rodriguez and husband Brian of Boling; brother Joe Janca and wife Rhonda of Louise; sisters Agnes Wagner of Wharton and Irene Sewell of El Campo; 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Frank Kunschick, sister Lucille Kunschick and mother-in-law Victoria Steffek.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Houston Hospice – El Campo, 1120 N Mechanic, El Campo, Texas 77437.

The family would like to thank Houston Hospice – El Campo, specifically Pat Matthes, Nurses: Pam, Donna, Gwen, Brian, Brenda, Amanda, Jackie and Jo for the excellent care they provided to their mother and the family.

The Palacios Beacon, June 16, 2010
 

 


Funeral services for Walters "Sleepy" Stephens of Bay City will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009 at First Berean Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Gilbert Franklin, officiating an burial will be in the First Berean Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. Friday in the chapel Green's Mortuary

Green's Mortuary is in charge of all arrangements.


Bay City Tribune, Published March 4, 2009

 


Charles Robert Stephenson
(April 26, 1915 - August 25, 2007)

Charles Robert Stephenson, 92, of Tucson, Arizona passed away August 25, 2007. He was born April 26, 1915 in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Charles Emmerson and Charlotte Frances Kelly Stephenson. He was a former longtime resident of Bay City.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law: Charlene & Kenneth Krieger; three grandchildren: Sharon Knutson, Thomas R. Krieger, and Charles H. Krieger; and great grandson: James Knutson all of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his wife: Edna Gest Stephenson in 1996.

A funeral service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, August 30, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Father Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Michaeleen "Mickey" Rose Brangan Stepp
(June 3, 1950 - December 11, 2006)

Michaeleen “Mickey” Rose Brangan Stepp (56) died at her home in Atascocita, Texas on Monday, December 11, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will begin Wednesday afternoon, December 13th with the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. all to be held at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, December 14th at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City at 2:00 pm and officiated by Father Jarzombek Casey. Mickey is preceded in death by her parents Francis J.”Frank” & Mary Roseleen “Pat” Brangan of Bay City and father-in-law Alvie Stepp of Matagorda. She is survived by her husband, Malcolm Stepp of Atascocita, children: Virginia and Frankie Campisi of Lynbrook, New York, Wade Stepp of Little Creek Amphibious Base at Norfolk, VA and Julie Stepp and Juan Diaz of Atascocita; grandchildren: Sarah and Nathan Diaz, Mason Stepp and Natalie Campisi; mother-in-law: Mary Stepp of Selkirk; her sisters: Sister Ann Brangan of Baltimore, MD, Susie (Billy) Hargraves of Bay City, Eileen Singleton of Sugar Land; her brothers, Frankie (Sandi) Brangan of Alvin, Jimmy Brangan of Matagorda, Chris (Connie) Brangan of Selkirk, Michael (Kathy) Brangan of Bay City, Tommy Brangan of Atlanta, Georgia; and sister-in-law Mattie Roe of Selkirk. “Aunt Mickey” was greatly loved and appreciated by her many nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces. Born in Pasadena, raised in Bay City, Mickey attended school in Bay City graduating from High School in 1970 and attended Wharton Jr. College. Marrying Malcolm Stepp in 1978, they lived in Lafayette, LA, Angleton and Atascocita and she was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish in Humble. Mickey was a dedicated member and very actively involved in Blue Star Mothers (Military Moms). Her greatest joy was family, followed by her love of animals and the nurturing of her plants and flowering gardens which held such an attraction to the hummingbirds and the Great Monarch butterflies. No matter, her residence, it was always surrounded with the beauty of color and reflected her love of life.

Mickey’s family would like to thank the staff of Odyssey Hospice and North East Medical Hospice for their compassionate care and also to Baker Oil Tools for their deep and ongoing expressions of love and support during her long illness.

Honorary Pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews

www.taylorbros.net
 


James Robert (Bobby) Sterry
Oct. 16, 1938 - June 20, 2010

Bobby had a loving and strong marriage with Mary Dawson Sterry for over 51 years. He was a teacher and guide to his children, daughter, Robin Sterry and fiancé Jim Perez and son Mike Sterry and wife Angie Sterry. He was an awesome grandpa to granddaughter, Courtney Sterry. Bobby was a friend to numerous relatives and acquaintances.

The family will hold a memorial service in his honor at 4 p.m. at Matagorda Christ Church on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Friends are welcome. Interment will be held at a later date. If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 23, 2010
 


Robert Wayne Steubing
Feb. 10, 1930 - Jan. 25, 2010


Robert Wayne Steubing, 79, of Bay City, passed away Monday, January 25, 2010.

He was born February 10, 1930 in Houston, Texas to Thomas Lincoln "Red" Steubing and Doris Wilkinson Steubing. He was a 1948 graduate of Bay City High School and attended the University of Texas. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, was employed with Lane Wells Oil Field Service Co. from 1951 to 1967 and then was an operator at Dow Chemical Co., retiring in 1993.

He was a lifelong resident of Bay City and his hobby was building Purple Martin birdhouses. He loved the outdoors and feeding the birds and squirrels.

He is survived by numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Thomas Paul Steubing.

Visitation will be at Taylor Bros Funeral Home on Tuesday evening. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with the Rev. Michael Sydnor officiating.

Online guest register and condolences may be given at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune
, Published January 27, 2010
 


Daniel Ryan Stevens
(October 13, 1981 - November 13, 2007)

Daniel Ryan Stevens, 26, of Houston passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007. He was born October 13, 1981 in Baltimore, MD to Kay Ann Stevens and Daniel Stevens.

He is survived by his mother: Kay Ann Stevens of Houston; grandmother: Nancy Martin of Baltimore, MD; two sisters: Christine and Lauren Stevens both of Houston; aunts & uncles: James & Lottie Martin, Dale & JoAnne Martin, Robert & Alice Martin, Dean & Barbara Martin, Debbie & Tom Thullen and Jack Martin; seventeen cousins and his devoted extended family, the Garcias of Bay City, Texas.

The Rosary will be held 7:00 PM Friday, November 16, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The Mass will be held 9:30 AM Saturday, November 17, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Irma M Stevens
(December 13, 1910 - April 3, 2007)

Irma M. Stevens, 96 of Comstock, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at her residence with her family by her side. Born December 13, 1910 in Freeport, IL, to Harry Blain Stocks and Maude S. Miller Stocks, she was a resident of Comstock, MI since 1939.

Irma was involved for many years with the Comstock Rebekah Lodge #411 where she held several offices, including Noble Grand and served as secretary for over 25 years. She was an avid reader of books, enjoyed crossword puzzles and liked to read the newspaper from front to back. She was also active in the Comstock Community Center.

She met her husband, the late Edward James Stevens, on a blind date. He proposed to her in a canoe on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, MI by saying “Do you think you could live with me for the rest of your life?” Her answer was “I think maybe I could”. They were united in marriage November 23, 1935 in Kalamazoo, MI. He preceded her in death in 1983. She was also preceded by a daughter and son-in-law: Jacqueline and Mickey Knapp; by a granddaughter: Brenda Barden; and by 4 brothers: John Millard Stocks, Henry Merwin Stocks, Wesley Marlyn Stocks and Kenneth Melvin Stocks.

Irma is survived by two sons: James Edward Stevens and wife Vernadine of New Bern, NC and David Arthur Stevens and wife Julia of Comstock, MI; by 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren, which include: Spc. Corinne Murphree Woods and husband Bryan of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, and Caitlin Murphree and Thomas Wayne Murphree, Jr., both of Bay City, TX. She is also survived by her sisters: Berniece Stocks of Freeport, IL and Janice Smith of Lena, IL; a sister-in-law: June Stocks of Grand Rapids, MI; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 10, 2007 in the chapel of the Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery, Kalamazoo, MI with Hospice Chaplain Theda McBride officiating.

Memorial contributions in Irma's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Comstock Chapel, 6121 King Highway, Kalamazoo, MI (269) 343-1508 www.langelands.com

www.taylorbros.net
 


Jack Forrest Stevens, Sr.
(August 4, 1930 - February 20, 2009)

 

Jack Forrest Stevens, Sr., 78, of Cedar Lane passed away Feb. 20, 2009. He was born Aug. 4, 1930 in Houston, TX to the late Abe Stevens, Sr. & Myrtle Pierson Stevens.
 

His brothers Frank and Ned Stevens and grandson Colby Morris all preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife Margaret Thornton Stevens of Cedar Lane; daughters and their husbands Shirley & Jim Page of Sargent and Michelle & Lynn Davidson of Lake Jackson; son Jack Stevens, Jr. of Cedar Lane; sister Tece Parker of Van Vleck; brother Abe Stevens, Jr. of Cedar Lane; grandchildren Cody Morris & wife Brandi, Cole Morris, Seth Ogletree, Danielle Ogletree, Tiffani Davidson, Scott Page & Jamie Page and great grandchildren Caden and Colton Morris & Katie Hudson.
 

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Monday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Zach Nicholson officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.
 

Bay City Tribune, February 25, 2009

 

Frances Taylor Steves, age 92, went to be with her Lord on July 4, 2002. She was born November 23, 1909 in Bay City, the only child to the late Seth Shepherd and Ella Hawkins Taylor.

She graduated from Bay City High School in 1926 and attended Kidd Key College in Sherman, TX, and then graduated from the University of Texas in 1930.

She married Bert Charles Steves on February 17, 1921, who preceded her in death in 1994.

Frances supported her community in may ways during her lifetime. She was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Bay City, a former active member of the Bay City Black Cat Band Parents Organization for over 15 years, was a member of the Study Club, Book Review, Flora Luncheon Garden Club of Bay City, and served as a Pink Lady for Matagorda General Hospital for many years. She was an avid bridge player and loved to play the piano.

She is survived by: five children, Marthella Simpson and husband Ed of Kingwood, TX, Taylor Steves and wife Sandra of Bay City, Lewis Steves and wife Judy of Bellevue, Wash., Savanna Franklin and husband Albert of Bay City, Diana Null and husband John of Missouri City; and by 14 grandchildren: Martha Simpson Lindsey of East Dundee, Ill., Dan and Steve Simpson of League City, Mary Frances Steves Hatchett, Jean Claire Steves Kubeczka, Kerry Glassett Savage and Jeff Franklin all of Bay City, Scott Steves of Sugar Land, Rob Glassett of Ft. Worth, Dana Steves Laursen and Sarah Steves both of Seattle, Wash, Chris Null of San Francisco, CA,, Brad Null of Palo Alto, CA, and Tracy Null of Houston; 17 great grandchildren; and aunt, Frances Taylor of Bay City.

Frances was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend and will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her.

The family would like to acknowledge their grateful appreciation to all the staff and other caregivers at the Legacy for their excellent care and love.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with the Reverend Bruce Bonner and Harley Savage officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dan and Steve Simpson, Scott Steves, Rob Glassett, Chris and Brad Null, Jeff Franklin, Phil Lindsey, Troy Hatchett, Gary Kubeczka, Kirby Savage and Ross Laursen. Honorary pallbearers will be her great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Monday evening 6-8 p.m. A00014B2002JL07

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, July 7, 2002
 


Allen E. Stewart

Mr. Allen E. Stewart, age 77 years, 10 months, 20 days passed away at the family residence in Midfield, Texas, Wednesday morning. Mr. Stewart has been in our county about 40 years. Funeral services will be Friday at the Methodist Church in Midfield, Texas with Reverend Barton officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery. Taylor Bros. are in charge of the arrangements.

Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, Oct. 19, 1944
 

 


Funeral services for Eddie James Stewart, 55 of Bay City will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Church of God in Prophecy in Van Vleck with Pastor Curtis L. Ellis officiating.

Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2009 in the Chapel of Green's Mortuary.

Final arrangements entrusted to Green's Mortuary of Bay City 979-245-3489.


Bay City Tribune, Published March 8, 2009
 


DEATH OF C. G. STODDARD

Mr. C. G. Stoddard was born and reared in Dayton , Ohio , and died at his home in Buckeye, Texas , Wednesday, March 9, 1921.

Mr. Stoddard was organizer and president of the Stoddard-Dayton Co., manufacturers of the well known Stoddard-Dayton automobile.

He was afterwards owner and manager of a fleet of steamers which plied between New Orleans and Tampico in the oil trade.

He took over his father’s interests in the Stoddard-Plotner ranch at Buckeye during the period of the late war. He put much of the land into the production of rice, thus adding materially to the scanty food supply of the world during this period.

In November of last year he had an attack of appendicitis and was taken to Galveston for an operation, from which he apparently recovered, but was taken ill Monday and again hurried to Galveston where he had another operation. He rallied from the operation, but complications set in which even his rugged constitution could not overcome.

He is survived by his widow and two children, a daughter, Mary, who makes her home with her parents, and a son, John, who is now living in Long Island , New York .

The remains were taken from Galveston directly to his old home in Dayton , Ohio , for interment.

While residing in Matagorda County Mr. Stoddard made many warm friends who were greatly shocked at his untimely demise.

Palacios Beacon, March 18, 1921
 

Funeral services for Carolyn Stone, 55, of Bay City, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2010, at New Fellowship Tabernacle Church 600 Matthews Street in Bay City with the Pastor A. H. Floyd, officiating.

Viewing will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2010 in the chapel of Green's Mortuary.

Burial will follow immediately after services at Eastview Cemetery.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green's Mortuary in Bay City, Texas (979) 245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, Published January 13, 2010
 

Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott


John Calvin Stone
Aug. 31, 1950  April 4, 2009

 

John Calvin Stone's transition from earth to Heaven occurred Saturday, April 4, 2009.

John Calvin was born in Bay City, Texas on August 31, 1950. He graduated from Hilliard High School, Class of 1968.

He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memories: His wife, Mary Baugh Stone; his parents, Erma Stone Johnicans and Alphonse Revis, Sr.; his mother-in-law, Errie Mae Booker, three daughters, three sons, 10 grandchildren, four brothers, five sisters, and a host of aunts, uncles, other family members and friends.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009 at New Fellowship Tabernacle Church with the Rev. A.H. Floyd, Pastor officiating, burial will be at Eastview Cemetery.
 

Bay City Tribune, Published April 8, 2009

 

Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott


Nora Beth Stone
(February 24, 1935 - November 11, 2009)

Nora Beth Stone, 74, of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2009 in Houston, TX. She was born February 24, 1935 in Wharton, TX to the late Henry Kennedy and Emma Peebles Kennedy. She was a lifelong resident of Bay City, a dance teacher, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City.

She is survived by her daughter: Sandra Watson and husband Doug of Bay City; by her son: Doug Stone and wife Liesa of Cedarville, OH; by her grandchildren: Morgan and Camille Watson and Christopher and Mark Stone; and by her niece: Michaelee Franz and nephew: Carl Hoffman, both of Alvin. She was preceded in death by her husband: Charles C. Stone, Jr.; by her parents; by sisters: Louise Smith, Wilda Hoffman and Mary Jo Kennedy; and by her brothers: Lofton, Gerald, and Harrison Kennedy.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, November 15, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City with Rev. Michael Sydnor and Rev. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 

Granville Theodore Storey

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photos courtesy of
Faye Cunningham


GERALD EDWARD STORK

PALACIOS - Gerald Edward Stork, 70, of Palacios, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 in Victoria. He was born Nov. 14, 1939 in Bayou La Batre, Ala. to Herschell L. Stork and Stella Talbott Stork.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church of Palacios. Burial will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

Published in Victoria Advocate on October 15, 2010
 


Joann Story

 

BLESSING - Joann Story, 61, of Blessing, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004.

 

She was born April 1, 1943, in Desark, Ark., to John and Mildred Key Nesbitt. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blessing.

 

Survivors: daughters, Theresa McCullough of Hickory Flat, Miss., and Shelia Churchhill of Myrtle, Miss.; son, Jimmy Story of Farmington, Ark.; sisters, Joyce Smith and Carol Yates; and brothers, James Nesbitt of Blessing, Arbie Nesbitt of DeBalls Bluff, Ark., Floyd Nesbitt of Palacios, Lloyd Nesbitt of Porter, Alvie Nesbitt of Holly Hill, S.C., and Lindell Nesbitt of Cuero.

 

Visitation will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday at Slavik Funeral Home chapel, with the family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m.

 

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Blessing, the Rev. Larry Swift officiating.

 

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 361-771-2120.

 

The Victoria Advocate, August 23, 2004

 

 

Gilbert Burns Stovall, Jr.
Jan. 13, 1919 – Oct. 3, 2008


Gilbert Burns Stovall, Jr., 89, of Bay City passed away Oct. 3, 2008.

He was born January 13, 1919 in Batson, Texas to the late Gilbert B. Stovall, Sr. and Emma Shaw Stovall.

He served in the US Army during WWII and worked for Exxon for many years.

His wife, Barbara Stovall; sons, Gilbert Wayne Stovall and Douglas Claude Miller and granddaughter, Shana Duke preceded him in death.

Survivors include: daughter, Brenda Law of Bay City; sons, Charles Miller and wife Melissa of Wharton and Joe Miller and life partner Bob Richardson of Houston; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Maurice Marrow officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gilbert Law, Tyson Hardy Miller, Felton Law, Michael Quinn, Bryan Mason and Duane Eisel.

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

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

 

Bay City Tribune, Published October 8, 2008

 


Tommy Joe Street
(June 7, 1940 - March 14, 2006)

Tommy Joe Street, 65, of Blessing, TX died March 14, 2006 at the Audie Murphy Veterans Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He was born June 7, 1940 in Anderson, IN to the late Gurney and Marguert Hoffman Street. Mr. Street was a resident of Blessing the past year and a former longtime resident of Palacios. He was an Electronic Nuclear Engineer, and served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. Survivors include: 3 daughters: Paula Reavely of Mishawaka, IN, Stephanie Street of Hillsboro, OR, and Joanna Jupp of Holt, MI; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Graveside Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, March 18, 2006 at the Ashby Cemetery. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361)972-2012.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Gladys Goodwin Stridde
(October 3, 1924 - January 3, 2007)

Gladys Goodwin Stridde, 82, of Bay City died Wednesday, January 3, 2007 in St. Louis, MO. She was born on October 3, 1924 in Laredo to the late Tessie and Tom Goodwin, the youngest of six children. Her siblings, Genevieve, Hiram, Tom, Trixie and Minnie preceded her in death. Her father moved to Laredo to help build the TEX-MEX railroad, where he worked as a master mechanic until his retirement. Gladys, known to many as “Cita,” (short for Mamacita) moved to Bay City in the mid-1940’s with her husband, Raymond, who at the time was with the State Highway Patrol. She was active in local community organizations such as the Bay City Museum. She held various clerical positions until she retired to pursue her love of antiques. She and Raymond opened an antique shop in her home and appraised antiques for estate sales.

Her husband, Raymond R. Stridde, preceded her in death in 2004. At that time she moved to St. Louis, where she died of complications from Alzheimer’s. She is survived by her two children, Therese S. Cristiani of St. Louis, MO, and Rob Stridde of Boulder, CO as well as three grandchildren, Katharine Cristiani of Boston, MA; Jeffrey Cristiani of Oberlin, OH; and William Stridde of Boulder, CO. Cita loved her family dearly and will be missed.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, January 12, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, January 13, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, (979) 245 - 4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Beverly Lynn Ward-Stroman

March 21, 1953 - March 26, 2009

 

Beverly Lynn Ward-Stroman passed away March 26, 2009, after a long illness. She was 57 years old on March 21.

 

She is survived by: her daughter, Toni Stroman of Bay City; son, Leif Ormesher and daughter, JoLynn Hartman both from Florida; grandchildren; sister, Linda Gayle Ward-Shaunessy and her mother, Kitty Rice Ward of Sugar Valley.

 

She is preceded in death by: her daughter, Crystal Stroman-Weldon; sister, Karen Janell Ward and father, Coy Ward.

 

Beverly will be missed by all.

 

Interment is at Roselawn Cemetery, Van Vleck, at 2 p. m. Saturday, March 28, 2009.


Bay City Tribune, Sunday, March 29, 2009

 


Crystal Elaine Stroman-Weldon
(March 31, 1982 - June 5, 2007)

Crystal Elaine Stroman-Weldon who was born at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on March 31, 1982, passed away on June 5, 2007 at the Christopher House Hospice in Austin, Texas. She is survived by her husband Mark Vann Weldon, and their son Donavann Corbyn Stellar Weldon of Taylor, Texas. She is also survived by her Grandmother, Kitty Rice Ward, Mother, Beverly Stroman, sister Toni Stroman and aunt Linda Ward of the Bay City area; and a sister Jo Lynn Ormesher Hartman and brother Leif Ormesher from Florida. Also left behind are her devoted friends Denise McCloughan and David Williams of Springfield, Illinois. She is preceded in death by her father Joseph Ray Stroman, grandfather Coy Ward, and her aunt Janell Ward.

She attended Van Vleck School through her junior year, then moved to Springfield, Illinois and there graduated from Lamphier High School in 2000. After graduation she lived in Springfield until returning to Texas with Mark and Donavann in 2006.

Visitation will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City on Friday, June 8th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2813 16th St., Bay City, on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 2:00 PM. Interment will immediately follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Margie Stroud
(September 25, 1923 - July 18, 2009)

Margie Katherine Stroud, 85, of Bay City passed away July 18, 2009. She was born Sept. 25, 1923 in Rice, Texas. She was a member of Golden Ave. Baptist Church, worked as a cook at the Bay City High School Cafeteria for 19 years, and was a former employee of Perry’s Variety Store.

Her birth parents James Matthews Stroud & Charlotte “Lottie” Stroud Falks, sisters Marie Pesak & Estella Nissen and brothers Radie Stroud & Donald Falks all preceded her in death. She lived 72 years of her life in the home of Arley “Sweet Pea” & Jessie Williams

She is survived by sisters Iola Rorex of Blessing, Doris Wilks of Bay City, Dolores Harvey of Lake Jackson, Gayle Orsag of Alvin, brothers Ollie Falks of Angleton & Edward Falks of Danbury and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was first cousin and “Big Sister” to Jimmy Williams, Freddie Williams, & Paul Williams all of Bay City, Hazel Taylor of Fort Worth and Patricia Williams of Lessburg, TX.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm to 8pm Sunday, July 26, 2009 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, July 27, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Tony James officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Don Falks, Steve Wilks, Mike Wilks, Keith Falks, Preston Williams, Wes Young, Bart Young and Brent Taylor.

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 22, 2009
 


Kathleen Erna Sanford Strozier
Aug. 18, 1916 - March 18, 2010

Kathleen Erna Sanford Strozier, 90, of Bay City passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010 at her residence.

Kathleen was born on August 18, 1916 in Non, Oklahoma, the middle child of Lorena Levina and Thomas Jefferson Sanford.

From an early age Kathleen knew she wanted to teach so she received a BS degree from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma and in 1950 she received a Masters Degree from the University of Houston. She taught school in Oklahoma, California and Texas. While in Oklahoma, she met Ted (C.E.) Strozier and they were married in Durant, Oklahoma on November 12, 1938. They were married for 50 years until he passed away on October 21, 1989 in Bay City. Ted’s service in the Navy took the couple to California and in 1947 Ted took a job with Mobil Oil Company that sent him to Bay City. Kathleen taught in several school districts including Edna, Wharton, Van Vleck and Bay City. She was a dedicated teacher and dearly loved her students and her students loved her kindness, sense of humor and generosity. She was also active in many professional organizations. She was a lifetime member of TSTA serving as treasurer of district 111for nine years and also serving as a building representative for many years. She was a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association serving as a delegate to the NEA convention for six years. She used her love of Math to serve as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and on the local chapter of the Gulf Coast Math Council. She also served her community as a member of the Bay City Pilot Club and was a charter member and past president of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She loved to travel and enjoyed going places with her niece, DiAnn. She loved to visit Alaska, Washington D.C., Disney World, and especially Las Vegas, where she won several jack pots playing slot machines. She also loved gardening and raising tomatoes. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Bay City. She loved God, her country, her family and her many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Strozier and her parents.

She is survived by: her nieces, DiAnn Sanford of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Eldona Cronemeyer and her husband Donald of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and by her great nieces, DawnRenee Cronemeyer of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Holly Cronemeyer of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She is also survived by: great-great nieces, Alexis Cronemeyer and Randi King of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and great-great nephews, Isaac Cronemeyer and Noak King of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Visitation for Kathleen will be held from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Bay City Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr Michael Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Allen Cumbie, attorney, Sydney Schwartz, CPA, Jay Tillmon all of Bay City and also Jackie Hooper and Rev. Don Storey of Houston Hospice.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published March 23, 2010
 


Wiley Gene Stuart
(January 17, 1943 - August 27, 2005)

Wiley Gene Stuart, 63, of Kerrville, TX died August 27, 2005 at the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He was born January 17, 1943 in Bay City to the late Wiley and Zelma Blanche Woodward Stuart. He was a resident of Kerrville the past 5 years and a former longtime resident of Van Vleck, TX. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam war, and was a member of the Disable American Veterans Chapter # 230, and a life member of the P. H. Parker Post # 2438, Bay City. Survivors include: son: Michael Wayne Stuart of Van Vleck, TX; sister: Charlotte Burrough of Van Vleck, TX; and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Marshall Stuart, Sr. Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, September 3, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Russell Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Charlie Black, Kenney Hales, Jay Crochet, Rayan Marshall, David Burrough, Robert Marshall, Jr. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979)245-4613.

http://www.taylorbros.net/index.cfm
 


Edwin William Stuhrenberg & Helen Elster Stuhrenberg - Hawley Cemetery

Edwin Stuhrenberg

Edwin Stuhrenberg, 76, of Caranchua Community passed away July 2, 1996 after a long battle with cancer at his residence.

He was born Dec. 29, 1919 to William and Hermina Lehmann Stuhrenberg. He was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Port Lavaca, was a director for Jackson Electric Cooperative for 25 years, and was on the board of Jackson County Farmer’s Home Administration.

He is survived by his wife of 56 ½ years, Helen Stuhrenberg of Caranchua; by his mother, Hermina Lehmann of Palacios; by two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Craig Willis of Palacios and Teresa and Jimmy Adams of Rosenberg; by two sons and daughters-in-law, W. A. “Bill” and Jerry Stuhrenberg all of Palacios; by three sisters, Anna Bell Elster, Rosalie Elster, and Helen Marie Mueck all of Damon; by nine grandchildren, Steven and Michelle Stuhrenberg of Richmond, Stacey and Rick Cegielski of Houston, Jamie Grant Stuhrenberg of Dallas, Julie and Jennie Stuhrenberg, Kyle and Courtney Wallace of Palacios, Lanney and Charly Adams of Richmond, and two great grandchildren, Jarred and Paige Stuhrenberg of Palacios.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p. m. Wednesday, July 3, 1996 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Port Lavaca with Rev. Arlyn Hausmann officiating.

Burial will follow at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

Pallbearers will be O. R. Kubecka, Sr., Gus Franzen, V. J. Kalich, William Hahn, Sr., John D. Winder, and Oscar Hahn.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios.

The Daily Tribune, July 3, 1996
 


Helen Elster Stuhrenberg

Helen Elster Stuhrenberg, 76, of Palacios died March 5, 1997 at T. H. C. Bay Area Hospital in Pasadena.

She was born Oct. 11, 1920 in Moulton, to the late August Joseph and Augusta Selzer Elster. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, K. J. Z. T. and a homemaker. Mrs. Stuhrenberg resided in the Caranchua Community for 56 years. She has served as Adult 4-H Leader and received recognition as Outstanding Adult Leader. In 1992 she was awarded the outstanding Extension Homemaker of the Year Award, and in 1996 was recognized for 55 years of service to the Extension Homemaker’s Club.

Rosary will be 7 p. m. Thursday at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be 10 a. m. Friday, March 7, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Jim Adams, Craig A. Wallis, Kyle Wallis, Stephen and Jamie Stuhrenberg and Rich Cegielski.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Stained Glass Memorial Fund or charity of choice.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law W. A. “Bill” and Gerry Stuhrenberg, Marvin and Joan Stuhrenberg all of Palacios; two daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Craig Wallis of Palacios, Teresa and Jim Adams of Richmond; sister Angelina Baugh of Houston; brother, Melvin Elster of Damon; nine grandchildren Stephen Stuhrenberg and wife Michele of Palacios, Stacey Cegielski and husband Rick of Houston, Jamie Grant Stuhrenberg of Dallas, Julie Stuhrenberg of College Station, Jennie Stuhrenberg of Palacios, Kyle and Courtney Wallis of Palacios, Laney and Carly Adams of Richmond; two great grandchildren Jarred and Paige Stuhrenberg of Palacios.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Stuhrenberg July 2, 1996, sister Elizabeth and brothers Arnold and Herbert.

Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home of Palacios.

The Daily Tribune, March 6, 1997
 


Randy D. Sullivan
(November 19, 1948 - June 13, 2011)

Randy DuWayne Sullivan, 62, of Bay City passed away on June 13, 2011. Randy was born November 19th, 1948, in Bay City, raised there, and always considered Matagorda County home. Randy graduated from Bay City High School class of 1967, attended Sam Houston State University and completed his education with the Texas DPS Academy

Randy enjoyed a career of protecting the lives of others serving an accumulated 20 years with Texas Highway Patrol, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice. During his service, he also worked with the Texas Railroad Commission and was assigned as a special theft investigator assigned to the Texas Rangers where he merited a special citation from the governor for his work in detecting and helping to prosecute a major theft ring. Randy was also a security project manager for the South Texas Nuclear Project.

Growing up he enjoyed countless hours in the bays of Matagorda alongside his father and brother while excelling in football and baseball through High School. During his later years books on history intrigued his mind as he bled orange for the Texas Longhorns. Most importantly, Randy was known to many as a good man with a wonderful spirit. Never one to shy away from a good conversation or story, he never met a stranger. He found much pleasure socially entertaining his family and friends while so many memories were created on his behalf leading to friendships across the state of Texas. He cherished all of his family and friends from childhood until his final days.

He is survived by his mother Vi Sullivan, wife Debbie Gray Sullivan and son Trey Sullivan and daughter-in-law Schelli; one grandchild Rylan Audrey Sullivan; step-daughters: Stacy, Niki, Mandy, Kelli and their spouses and eight step-grandchildren; sister Susan Warren and husband James; nieces Lee Ashley Dittlinger and husband Patrick, Elise Warren, and Brittany Sullivan.

He is preceded in death by his father Audrey Noble Sullivan and brother Charles Rickey Sullivan.

The family extends its heartfelt thanks to Odyssey Hospice, Pine Shadows Nursing Home, including his personal nurse Mae and all of the other wonderful staff who took such good care of Randy during his stay.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the funeral home. Rev. Tom Quirk will officiate the service to be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 17, 2011, at First Christian Church in Bay City. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Bay City, or The 100 Club of Matagorda County (in memory of Randy Sullivan). P.O. Box 452, Bay City, TX 77404

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Charles Dean Summers
June 22, 1940 - July 5, 2009

Charles Dean Summers, a wonderful and beloved brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully about 3 am on July 5, 2009.

Charles was born January 22, 1940, in Houston
, Texas; the second son of Elmer Lee Summers and Elizabeth Buhler Summers, and grew up in Houston. While attending Lamar High School, he worked for a local garage, and joined the neighborhood volunteer fire department. He attended Tarleton College in Stephenville, Texas, earning an associate_s degree before he volunteered for the U.S. Army in late 1961. During his term of enlistment, he served with B Company of the 144th Signal Battalion in Goepingen, Germany.

Upon his discharge, Charles became a full-time fireman in West University Place, a Houston suburb. While there, he pursued a vigorous outdoor life of hunting, boating, fishing, and starting what became the great achievement and legacy of his lifetime: a Matagorda
County cattle ranch carved from scratch out of the forested bottomlands of Caney Creek. This quickly became his full-time endeavor. Over the decades he cleared, drained, and improved "Caney" to his own preferences. For the past two decades, he also operated a rural land improvement business, Caney Conservation Company.

Charlie developed and pursued interests far too numerous to describe in this space. He kept up a vigorous paper and Internet correspondence with family, school and Army friends, and people he'd met while riding his Harley to nearly all the lower 48 states. He was extremely knowledgeable about English and American history in general and
Matagorda County
history in particular. He liked to entertain family and friends. He was a good host and outstanding cook. Only in very recent years did his health limit his activities, and especially so since heart valve replacement surgery in November, 2008.

A lifelong bachelor, Charles Summers was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived, loved, and missed by: his brothers and their wives, Edward and Kathy Summers and Jesse and Helen Summers; his nephews, Michael Summers (and his wife, Joanna) and David Summers; his nieces, Jennifer Summers and Pamela Summers Parks (and her husband, Derek); and his grand-nieces and nephews, Angelica Summers, Amanda Summers, Callum Parks, Kate Summers, Mason Parks, and Sophie Parks; and by many friends as well. To all of them, his passing creates a loss that cannot be erased in this life.

Funeral arrangements are by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City, and will include visitation from 6 until 8 pm on Friday, July 10, 2009; a simple funeral service at 10 am Saturday July 11, 2009; and burial in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston at 1:30 pm Saturday.

Charlie's brothers encourage family and friends planning to attend the visitation or the funeral service to prepare oral and/or written memories of Charlie for mutual sharing.

Bay City Tribune, Published July 8, 2009
 


Donna Gail Sutherland
(October 31, 1957 - March 5, 2006)

Donna Gail Sutherland, 48, of Wadsworth, TX died March 5, 2006 at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. She was born October 31, 1957 in Bay City, TX to the late Otis Henry and Doris Elaine Gest Birkner, Sr. Donna was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a quiet person devoted to her family and friends. Her generous nature of volunteering in time of need was a blessing to all that knew her. Donna’s sweet nature and strong determination to live life to its fullest was a testament that no where can we find what our Souls need....but in God. Survivors include her husband Gregg and son Christopher Sutherland and mother-in-law: Betty Sutherland all of Wadsworth; sisters: Cindy Duncan & husband Terry, and Linda Burgess & husband Larry all of Bay City, TX; brothers: Otis Birkner, Jr of Oklahoma City, OK, Charles Birkner & wife Jill of Tomball, TX; nieces: Shelly Duncan Graves, Sharon Duncan Jensen, Lauren Duncan, Kaili Birkner, Rylee Birkner, Maycee Baish, and Anna Jensen; nephews: Rob Baish, Zachry Birkner, and Taylor Birkner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law: John D. Sutherland. Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church in Bay City with the Rev. Bill Servis and Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bret Attaway, Harry Easley, Ricky Lyle, Rob Baish, Kevin Jensen, and Stan Graves. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charles, Zachry, Taylor and Otis Birkner, Jr, Terry Duncan, Larry Burgess, Mitch Abshier, David Popek, Darlene Lyle, and Carolyn Easley. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Tuesday evening form 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center P. O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486, E-mail: giving@mdanderson.org. or the charity of choice. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979)245-4613.

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Cynthia Dianne Sutton
Aug. 27, 1952  April 24, 2009

Cynthia Dianne Sutton, born August 27, 1952 in Aransas Pass, Texas went to be with the Lord on April 24, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer and its after effects.

She is survived by her husband of over 16 years Jim of Bay City, Texas; mother and dad, Frances and Earl Ussery of Ingleside, Texas; daddy and mom, Raymond and Nancy Pace of Jasper, Texas; sister Dena and husband J.R. Garza of Aransas Pass, Texas; brother, Steve and wife Tara Ussery of Ingleside, Texas; son Steven and wife Jill of Spring, Texas; sons and daughters gained through marriage to Jim; son, James Sutton of Bay City, Texas; son, James Wes and wife Courtney Sutton of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Kim and husband John Pearson of Fort Collins, Colorado, and other estranged daughters whereabouts unknown. (Cynthia never used the word step for any of her sons, daughters, grandchildren or great grandchildren.) She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Also by her very special friend and confidant, Nancie, whom brought her a special peace of mind.

There will be a memorial service held at the Church of the New Testament in Ingleside, Texas, at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009.

She wants all friends and acquaintances to know how much she enjoyed working with them and knowing them. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 29, 2009
 


G. B. "JERRY" SUTTON SR.

BRAZORIA - G. B. "Jerry" Sutton Sr., 69, of Brazoria, passed away at Brazosport Regional Hospital, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 surrounded by his family. He was born March 11, 1940 to James and Ethel (Champagne) Sutton in Refugio. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Masons, Capitol Baptist Church, and worked for Dow Chemical for 34 years.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia with Pastor Duane Phy officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita. Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia.

Pallbearers will be Rowdy Lopez, Chuck Shelton, Deke Lopez, Gerry Sutton III, Joshua and Tyler Green.
Honorary pallbearers will be Benson Sutton Jr. and Jimmy Green.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Linda Sutton of Brazoria; sons, Benson Sutton Jr. and wife, Shawnie, of Brazoria, Jimmy Green and wife, Brenda, of Lake Jackson; daughter, Leissa Schrader and husband, Robby, of Van Vleck; mother of children, Madlyn Sutton; mother, Adele Sutton of Lolita; brother, Steven Sutton of Victoria; sisters, Joyce Giroir of Houma, La., Gail Wolfskill and husband, Andy, of Spring, and Mary Bush of Lolita; grandchildren, Rowdy Lopez, Angie Shelton (Chuck), Deke Lopez (Tyler), Breann Lopez, Gerry Sutton III; Joshua Green, Tyler Green, Raegan Green, Madlyn "M & M" Sutton, and Meagan Schrader; and great-grandchildren, Gracie and Allison Shelton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bobby Sutton; and brothers-in-law, E.J. Giroir and David Bush.

Jerry, you've filled my life with beautiful sunsets, shining moon beams, rainbows and flowers - you've filled my life with your wonderful love, and I love you more each day… your loving wife, Linda.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate on December 12, 2009
 


James Roy Sutton
December 10, 1938 - May 26, 2009

James Roy Sutton, born December 10, 1938 in Bel Verde, California to James Wesley and Mary Ann (Patterson) Sutton, went to be with the Lord in May 26, 2009.

He is survived by: his children, Laura Sutton of Alvin, Texas, James Sutton of Bay City, Texas, Linda Martinez and husband Jerry of Alvin, Texas, James Wes Sutton and wife Courtney of Dallas, Texas, Kim and husband John Pearson of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Sherri Wallace of Bay City, Texas; as well as beloved stepchildren from a previous marriage, Radonna Harrison of Lake Jackson, Texas, and David Harrison of Bay City, Texas; 16 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. James is also survived by his beloved wife Cynthia's mother and dad, Frances and Earl Ussery of Ingleside, Texas; daddy and mom Raymond and Nancy Pace of Jasper, Texas; sister Dena and husband J.R. Garza of Aransas Pass, Texas; brother, Steve Ussery and wife Tara of Ingleside, Texas; and son Steven Curry, wife Jill and their two young daughters of Spring, Texas.

James was preceded in death by his wife Cynthia; his parents; brother, George Sutton; and sister, Edna Mae Vandergrift.

James, also known as Jim by his friends, loved to work in his flower beds and to do wood working such as making flower stands, benches, and other furniture since his retirement five years ago from The City of Bay City. Until a few years ago, he was an avid fisherman.

All who knew and loved James will miss him dearly.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bay City Tribune, Published June 10, 2009
 


Rita Bass Sutton
(May 14, 1923 - March 3, 2007)

Rita Bass Sutton, 83 of Bay City passed away Saturday, March 03, 2007. She was born May 14, 1923 in Dequincy, LA to the late Henry George Loyd and Viola Visart Loyd. She was a lifelong resident of Bay City, a retired secretary and a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter: Mary Bass Baker of Matagorda; her sons: Sam Bass of Mexico, John Bass and Till Bass of Bay City; by her special niece: Rita Kay Roney & husband Glen of McAllen; by 16 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 3 husbands: Kenneth E. Bass, Pete Beason, and Russell Sutton; by a son: Kenneth C. Bass: by 2 sisters: Eileen Hitchcock and Geanell Robertson; and by a Great Grandson: Dylan Scott Williams.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda, TX with Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating. Honorary pallbearer will be Kyle Williams.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

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Millie Frances Svetlik
(August 1, 1913 - February 20, 2008)

Millie Frances Svetlik, 94, formerly of Bay City, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2008 in Pasadena, TX. She was born August 1, 1913 in Rabb Switch, TX to John Vasek and Annie Tlatal Vasek. She married Ladik Svetlik on November 21, 1938 in Hallettsville, TX and they settled in Markham, TX, to farm for 32 years, until his death in 1970. She then moved to Bay City, TX where she lived for 23 years. She worked for 10 years in the Matagorda General Hospital Cafeteria. In 1993 she moved to Deer Park, TX to be close to her son. In 2003 she had her first stroke and for the last 5 years, she has been at Vista Continuing Care in Pasadena, TX.

She is survived by her daughters: Irene Blake & husband Stan of Houston, and Margaret Fajkus of Alvin; her son: Leonard Svetlik & wife Rosemarie of Pasadena; a daughter-in-law: Doris Svetlik of Keller; a brother: Henry Vasek of Houston; a sister: Angelina Rother of Hallettsville; grandchildren: Michelle Wissner, Darryl Fajkus, Denise Kazmiroski, David Svetlik, Brian Svetlik and Darren Svetlik; and by her great grandchildren: Chelsea Wissner, Kiley Kazmiroski, Kandice Kazmiroski, Tyler Svetlik, Jordon Svetlik, Lillian Svetlik, Jonathon Svetlik and Alexandra Svetlik. She was preceded in death by her husband: Ladik Svetlik; her parents: John & Annie Vasek; a son: Marvin Svetlik; son-in-law: Clem Fajkus; 5 sisters: Sophie Zak, Martha Woytek, Hattie Vasek, Mathilda Gaidusek and Lillie Muenster; by 2 brothers: Fred Vasek and George Vasek; by 2 granddaughters: Darlene and Delores Fajkus; and by one great-grandson: Brennan Svetlik.

The Rosary will be held at 9:30 AM Saturday, February 23, 2008 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing. The Funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 AM Saturday, February 23, 2008 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, in Blessing, TX, with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will be David Svetlik, Brian Svetlik, Darrin Svetlik, Darryl Fajkus, Howard Wissner, John Kazmiroski and Tyler Svetlik.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

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Ray Svetlik
(March 19, 1922 - July 25, 2007)

Ray Svetlik, 85, of Bay City passed away July 25, 2007. He and his twin brother, Willie, were born March 19, 1922 in Weimer, Texas to the late Alois and Rosa Macha Svetlik. He was a carpenter for many years, a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a veteran of WWII.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law Doris “Dee” & Henry L. Waddell of Missouri City and Linda & Jack N. Farmer of Palestine, TX and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Olga Svetlik.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Friday, July 27, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home by Deacon Wally Rodriguez. Mass will be 10:00 AM Saturday, July 28, 2007 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ted Lynch, Mike Svob, Donald Rohan, Frank Hlozek, Frank Svetlik and James Svetlik. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net                                          Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Olga Svetlik
 

Funeral services for Olga Svetlik, 78, of Bay City, will be held 2 p. m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Boren officiating. Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Rosary will be said 7 p. m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel.

Mrs. Svetlik was born March 17, 1915 in Fayetteville to Robert and Sophie Palvaka and died June 26, 1993 at Matagorda General Hospital.

She was a member of the Catholic church and a resident of Bay City since 1945.

Survivors include her husband, Ray E. Svetlik of Bay City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Doris and Henry L. Waddell of Missouri City and Linda Svelik of Houston; two sisters, Lillie Schonert of Alvin and Sophie Willrich of Schulenberg; a brother, Joe Mazac of Houston; three stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be George Lahrssen, Johnny Balcar Jr., Jerry Babik, Ted Lynch, Marvin Murray and Frank Hlosek.

Arrangements are with Tayor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, June 28, 1993
 


Willie A. Svetlik
(March 19, 1922 - November 19, 2006)

Willie A. Svetlik, 84, of Bay City passed away November 19, 2006. He was born March 19, 1922 in Weimer, Texas to Alois and Rosa Macha Svetlik. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, a WWII Veteran, and worked as a carpenter for many years.

He is survived by two daughters Nancy Lynch and her husband Ted of Bay City and Jeanette Murray of Missouri City; his twin brother Ray Svetlik of Bay City; grandson Paul Murray of Missouri City; and two step-grandsons Tom Lynch of Gainesville, FL and Mike Hilger of Detroit, MI.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers include Harris Gingles, Jr., David Gingles, Frank Hlozek, Tim Hjovsky, Jack Farmer, and Henry Waddell. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613

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VERNON L. SWENDSEN

VICTORIA - Vernon L. Swendsen, 79, of Victoria passed away on Oct. 16, 2010. He was born Feb. 21, 1931 in Danevang to the late Julius S. and Stephanie Harton Swendsen. Mr. Swendsen was an air traffic controller for 37 years with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Survivors include his wife, Norene Weekley Swendsen of Victoria; daughter, Terri Stewart and husband, Kenneth, of Smiley; sisters, Jeanne Nielsen and husband, David, of Danville, Calif., and Elsie Swendsen Abraham and husband, Charles, of San Antonio and Canada; two grandchildren, Shiloh Gaebler and wife, Chelsie, and Bode Gaebler and wife, Danielle; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 from 5-6 p.m. at the Rosewood Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at the Bundick Cemetery near Smiley with the Rev. David King officiating.

Should friends so desire memorials may be made to John Wesley United Methodist Church or donor's choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at
rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

Published in Victoria Advocate on October 18, 2010
 


Mary McClure Swenson
(July 21, 1914 - July 7, 2005)

Mary "Bobbie" McClure Swenson, 90, passed away at the Grace Home Hospice in Shreveport LA, July 7, 2005 after a lengthy illness. She was born on July 21, 1914 in Spottswood, Virginia to the late John Marshall and Mary Storey McClure. Bobbie was the granddaughter of Dr. Granville Storey, former minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City. Survivors include her husband of 63 years: Ralph T. Swenson; daughter: Mary Frances Swenson; 2 sons & daughters-in-law: Marshall Eugene & Cynthia Cupit Swenson, and Ralph T. Swenson, Jr. & Barbara Goins Swenson; 2 grandchildren: Jennifer Ellen Swenson and Eric Marshall Swenson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, and sister: Frances McClure Fetters. A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday July 12, 2005 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City with Rev. John-Nelson Pope officiating. Interment will follow at Olivia Cemetery in Olivia, TX. Pallbearers will be her nephews: Gene Klepac, Chris Steinmann, Dale Klepac, Matthew Klepac, Dennis Abraham, and Dave Wilson. The family will receive visitors Monday, July 11, 2005 from 6-8 PM at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Memorials may be made to an organization of your choice. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home

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Benjamin Paul Swinky

Swinky, Benjamin Paul, age 36, of Blessing, passed away at his residence, the Blessing Hotel, of an apparent heart attack on April 25. He was a life-long resident of Blessing and owner of the Blessing Hotel and restaurant. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a. m. Thursday, April 27, in Taylor Brothers Chapel with Msgr. C. J. Martin officiating. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery. Mr. Swinky is survived by his sisters, Annie Mae Hurta and Wilma Vavra of El Maton; Louise Bolling and Margaret Fehmel of Bay City; Doris Johs of Blessing; Geraldine Strelec of Edna; Frances Dusek and Emily Herrin of East Bernard and Patsy Scott of Houston. Also brothers, Edward of Bay City and Johnnie of Clarksville, Indiana. Other survivors are 28 nieces and nephews, six great-nieces and two great-nephews. Pallbearers will be Billy Jalufka, Lee Hall Pierce, Lawrence Bartosh, Ronnie Knebel, Alton Ray Vavra and Lawrence Hurta. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, April, 1972
 


Helen Swinky

Sept. 16, 1930 – Jan. 25, 2007

Helen Swinky, 76, of Bay City died Thursday, January 25, 2007.

She was born September 16, 1930 in Mercedes, Texas to the late Lee R. Sims and Elsie Bohn Sims. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a long time resident of Bay City.

She is survived by: two daughters, Marilyn Murray and her husband Robert of Dickinson, and Donna Clardy of Bay City; two sons, Edward “Eddie” Swinky Jr. and his wife Louise of Edna. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Robin Martinez, Wendy Murray, Joe Clardy, and Kelly Clardy and by five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: parents; husband, Edward Swinky; daughter, Darlene Libby and by a granddaughter: Tammy Murray.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. A mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 29, 2007 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with the Father Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613

Bay City Tribune, Published January 31, 2007


Avis Victoria Sykes
(November 2, 1913 - July 24, 2008)

Avis “Faye” Victoria Sykes, 94 of Bay City, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2008. She was born November 2, 1913 in Grayson, LA to Willie Leo ”John” Pitmon and Hattie Mae Duke Pitmon. She was a resident of Bay City since 1959 and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughters: Shelby Jean Garner & husband Marcie of Houston and Marian Elizabeth Wilson of Ft. Worth; by her son: Johnny Alfred Sykes of Bay City; her sisters: Virginia Womack of Siloam Springs, AR, Gracie Roberts of Olla, LA, Eunice Hudson of Mer Rouge, LA and Waymel Smith of Bay City; by her brother: Elton Lee Pitmon of Grayson, LA; and by 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband: Marshall Sykes; her parents Willie “John” and Hattie Mae Pitmon; by a son: Milford Ray Andrews; a brother: Obie Pitmon; and by a grandchild: Kristal Benell Wilson.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, July 28, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Organ and Bro. Larry Macomber officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

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