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Eugenia Lacy Salter

Nov. 14, 1906 - July 1, 2003

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Eugenia Lacy Salter

Eugenia Lacy Salter, a strong southern magnolia and community advocate who lived almost a century in the state she adored, died July 1, 2003 in a Houston nursing home.

Mrs. Salter was born in the small East Texas town of Pittsburgh, the daughter of Robert and Florence Lacy. Her father was a country doctor, who made house calls and often was paid in chickens and home canned vegetables.

After high school, Mrs. Salter attended Southern Methodist University and graduated with a bachelor's degree. Mrs. Salter liked to recall her student days and the year the Texas A&M University yearbook was dedicated to her. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and was active in the alumni association until recent years.

At a dance on a summer evening in 1931, Mrs. Salter met her future husband, Wright "Mony" Salter of Little Rock, Ark. Sparks flew and they were married in October of that year. The young couple lived their early years in Arkansas, Indiana and Kentucky and were helped through the Depression years by crates of sweet potatoes shipped from her family in East Texas. Two children, Robert and Florence, were born in the mid 1930s and died in infancy.

The Salters returned to Texas, moved to Bay City in 1948 and opened W. O. Salter Implements.

When Mr. Salter died suddenly in 1966, Mrs. Salter was determined to continue the business and she did successfully until closing it four years ago.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Study Club, Festival of the Arts, Girl Scouts, Order of the Eastern Star and many other civic organizations.

She loved to travel and made her first trip to Europe with her family in the mid-1970s followed by journeys to many domestic and international destinations.

Her intense pride in her home state was illustrated during a trip to Mexico City.

"We were walking down the stairs of our hotel when the buzz came that Mexico's president was arriving,"ť daughter Martha recalled. "An army of guards, armed with automatic weapons, kept us back. That is everyone except for Mom who stepped out of the crowd and extended her hand and said to the astonished president and said,ť I'm Eugenia Salter from Bay City, Texas and I'm so happy to be in Mexico!"

"We could hear the unmistakable clicking sounds of guns being loaded and everyone held their breath. But I guess those in charge of security concluded she was not a threat to national security but advised her to step away."

Mrs. Salter traveled alone domestically until her mobility, not her spirit, forbade it.

Her family said she was a passionate sports fan and loved attending hometown Black Cat football and Houston Astro ballgames. In later years she followed the Houston Rockets.

She was an excellent bridge player and enjoyed her weekly games until two years ago when health dealt her a losing hand.

Survivors include: four children, Wright Salter of Houston, Martha Salter Cordell of Berwyn, Penn., Margaret Salter Carrington of Danville, Calif., and Julia Salter Hollister of San Francisco, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Cornell Barnard of Oakland, Calif., Diana Barnard of San Francisco, Scott Salter of Houston, Bradley Salter of St. Petersburg, Fla., Robert Cordell, Christopher Cordell and Mark Cordell, all of Berwyn Penn., Taylor and Austin Carrington, of Danville, Calif.; two great grandsons, Grant and Tye Salter of Houston, one great granddaughter, Lacy Salter of St. Petersburg, Fla., a sister-in law Gladys Lacy and two nephews, William Lacy and Robert Lacy, all of Houston and family companion, Christine Spiller of Bay City.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2003 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City. A00014D2003JL02

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Wright Orvid Salter

May 9, 1904 - Oct. 16, 1966

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Nadine Sassin
(October 28, 1924 - April 18, 2013)

Nadine Sassin, 89, of Pasadena, TX passed away April 18, 2013. She was born October 28, 1924 in Caldwell, TX to the late Oral Reinert Pietzsch and Emma Jacobs Pietzsch. She and her former husband, Ralph Rudasill, operated Rudasill’s Bait Camp in Matagorda, TX for many years.

Survivors include one son Robert Greenhaw and wife Ruth of Huffman, TX, one sister Emily Niday of Pasadena, TX, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 1pm until 2pm Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the funeral home. Graveside service will be 3:00 PM Saturday at the Matagorda Cemetery.

MATAGORDA - Robert E. "Bob" Sassin, 89, of Matagorda and formerly of Bay City, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003.

He was born Oct. 30, 1914, in Weimer, to the late Cyril and Annie Dobecka Sassin. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Nadine Sassin; stepson, Robert Greenhaw of Huffman; sisters, Della Cowart of Bay City and Vlasta Baca of Needville; two stepgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: first wife, Thelma Sassin; and brother, George Sassin.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Jerry Cernoch officiating.

Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Memorials: Matagorda Fire Department.

The Victoria Advocate, December 3, 2003

George Saunders
1907 - 1975

Verna R. Saunders
1921 - 1962

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Eddie J. "Doc" Savage
(November 7, 1938 - May 2, 2013)

Eddie James “Doc” Savage, 74, of Blessing, TX passed away May 2, 2013. He was born November 7, 1938 in Hollis, Oklahoma to the late Hugh Savage and Margaret Weaver Savage. He retired from South Texas Project.

Survivors include his wife of over 50 years, Lula “Tomi” Nixon Savage of Blessing; daughters Patricia Smith and Joe Toria of Blessing and Monya Richard of Blessing; son Clay Savage and Becky of Columbia, MS; sister Brenda Miller and Kerry of Kingsland, TX; grandchildren Sabrina Boone, Barry Robinson, Ronny Smith, Taffany McCartney, Travis Beauvais, Tommy Smith, Cassie Clement, Claylee Clement, Jr., David Livingston and Steven Livingston and 11 great grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be 10:00 AM Friday, May 10, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Father James Ramsey officiating.

Charlie W. Scheppan

1959 - 2005

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Charlie Scheppan
Sept. 17, 1959 - Nov. 29, 2005

Charlie "Chuck" Scheppan, 46, of Bay City died November 29, 2005 at his residence.

He was born September 17, 1959 in Houston, Texas 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 and son-in-law, Renee Nicole and Timothy Bohuslar of El Campo, TX; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ricky Wayne Scheppan of Kennedy, Texas, and Quinn Troy and Lynda Scheppan of Bay City; niece, Cherie Scheppan of Conroe, Texas; and three 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 at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with the 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 from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3000 9th St., Bay City, Texas 77414.

Bay City Tribune, November 30, 2005

Kirk A. Scheppan

1963 - 1990

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Mrs. Louisa Schrader

Mrs. Louisa Schrader, mother-in-law of Mr. Theodore Schaedel, died at the home of Mr. Schaeder this morning at 3:30 o’clock, after a prolonged complicated illness at several weeks duration.

Mrs. Schrader was 88 years of age when she passed away. She was a native of Germany, having been born in Hanover, Germany, in 1825. At the age of 19 Mrs. Schrader moved to America and settled in Louisiana. Two years after her arrival in America she married Charles Schrader, who passed away several years ago.

In 1900 Mrs. Schrader moved to Texas with her son-in-law. Mr. Theodore Schaedel and family, who located in Bay City, and with whom she has resided continuously.

Mrs. Schrader’s maiden name was Palmer. Her father was General Palmer, of the German army. In religious belief decedent was a Lutheran, originally, but in this country she was affiliated with the Episcopal church.

The funeral will take place in Cedarvale cemetery, tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o’clock.

This is the second bereavement this year in the Schaedel home and the Tribune deeply sympathizes with those so sadly stricken.

Daily Tribune, January 17, 1913

Caleb A. Scheumack

Son of J. D. & C. D. Scheumack

Dec. 11, 1904
May 30, 1905

Cedarvale Cemetery

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James Jerome Scheumack

Son of J. D. & C. D. Scheumack

Apr. 5, 1897
Nov. 22, 1904

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Emil E. Schwabe

1897 - 1969

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Phyllis Elva Sewell

Aug. 20, 1920 –March 2, 2013

Phyllis Elva Sewell, 92, passed away March 2, 2013 in Weslaco. 

Phyllis was born August 20, 1920 in Kensington, Kansas to Una Tine and Loula Sanford Pickel. 

She was a long-time manager of Batten’s Shoppe of Fashion in Bay City, Texas. Later, after retiring, she and her husband moved to Weslaco, Texas. At the time of her death, she was residing at John Knox Village in Weslaco.

She will be lovingly remembered by many friends, including her loyal and dedicated caregivers, Lupita Ruiz, Nelda Cardoza, Norma Gonzalez and Mary Ramos.

Preceding her in death are: her husband, Temple E. Sewell; and a sister, Verna Del Barker.

Phyllis is survived by: her daughter, Saundra McMillan and husband, Gil of Weslaco; grandson, David W. Moreland and wife, Kimberly and great-grandson, Nicholas of Harlingen; a sister, Shirley Pickel of Weslaco; nephew, Randy Barker of Austin; niece, Sharon Stubbs and husband, Ray and great-nephew, Christopher and his family of Bakersfield, California.

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at John Knox Village Chapel in Weslaco, with the Rev. Howard Bloomquist, Chaplain officiating the service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Research Foundation or Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

Arrangements were under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home, 900 W. 4th St.,Weslaco, TX 78596.

Bay City Tribune, March 12, 2013

Charles Edward Shaffer

S2 US Navy
World War II

1927 - 1981

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Father Joe Shannon
(Died January 2, 2013)

Rev. Joseph Shannon, C. S. B., died peacefully on January 2, 2013 at St. Dominic Village in Houston, Texas at the age of 92. Fr. Shannon was a longtime pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Bay City, Texas and served at numerous mission churches in Mexico and Texas.

Fr. Shannon was preceded in death by his parents; brothers; and sister, Sr. Carmelita and is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road. The Rite of Committal will follow in the Garden of Gethsemane of Forest Park Lawndale cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Arrangements are with Joseph J. Earthman Generations Funeral Home, 234 Westcott St., Houston, TX 77077. (713) 802-0000.

Nancy Beatrice Shannon

Nancy Beatrice Pittman Shannon, beloved wife, mother, friend, grandmother and great-grandmother peacefully passed to be with the Lord on June 6, 2012 in Houston, Texas, at West Houston Hospital on Richmond.

Nancy was born in Corsicana, Texas, on December 22, 1924 and graduated with a degree from Texas State College of Women in Denton, Texas.

Nancy married an Aggie, Baker Lee Shannon, 64+ years ago in Houston, Texas, and once her children were grown, she and her husband traveled the globe visiting various, exciting countries, building many great memories of our world. They also were faithful to attend all Aggie Musters, many football games and Aggie Hostels during her lifetime.

Nancy was predeceased by her father, Jester Pittman, mother, Gertrude Ballew, and grandson, Joshua Clements. Survived by her husband: Baker Lee Shannon; son and daughter in law; Albert & M.J. Shannon; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara & Dennis Clements. Grandchildren: Andrew Shannon and wife, Sara, Erica McDonald and husband, Mark, and Samantha Clements; Great-grandchildren: Jacob, Norah and Liam Shannon, and Peyton, Hayley, and Tyler McDonald.

Nancy raised her family in Houston, TX, while working many jobs which included Gibraltar Savings and Loan, retiring as an Accountant for Harris County Constable's Department, Precinct 5.

Nancy loved to read, and teach Bible studies at her church. Nancy was a painter, and also studied how to make stained glass windows, which are now displayed beautifully in her home. She was a faithful Christian servant all of her life and we are thankful that she is in the presence of Our Heavenly Father now.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 6 pm to 8 pm at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home. Private graveside ceremony is on Monday, June 11th, 1:00 PM at Hawley Cemetery, Bay City/Blessing, Texas. Service will be officiated by Pastor Blake Brinegar of Westminster Presbyterian Church at the cemetery site. No flowers requested. Please make donations to Clarewood House Residence Assistance Fund, ATTN: Business Office, 7400 Clarewood Dr., Houston, TX 77036.

Memorial Services will be held at Clarewood House, 7400 Clarewood Dr, Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 3:00 PM.

Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home

Merritt C. Sims
1902 - 1983

Ruth McCollum Sims
1911 - 1995

Roselawn Memorial Park
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David R. Singleterry

1920 - 1980

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Alfonse L. Siptak   1915 - 1978
Hilda H. Siptak   1922 - 1989

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Kay Slater
(June 24, 1936 - January 7, 2013)

Kay Slater, 76, of Bay City went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 7, 2013. She was born on June 24, 1936 in Bay City to the late Charles Roland & Clara Mangum Slater. Kay was a teacher in Fort Stockton, Eagle Lake, Rosenberg, and was a substitute teacher in Bay City. She was a life long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City. Kay loved her great nieces & nephews.

Kay is survived by her brother: Charles E. Slater; 4 nieces; 3 nephews; 9 great nieces; 5 great nephews; and 6 great great nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother: Gary Wayne Slater; 3 half brothers: Harland, Kenneth, & Clinton Joe Bass.

The family will receive visitors from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Lee Slaughter   1888 - 1969
Lela Slaughter   1903 - 1980

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Clifford Scott Smith
(September 17, 1978 - December 17, 2012)

Clifford Scott Smith, 34, of Bay City passed away Monday, December 17, 2012 in Brownfield, TX. He was born September 17, 1978 in Bay City, TX to Clifford & Cathie Reeves Smith.

He is survived by his wife: Kacie Murphy Smith; daughter: Emma McLeod; 2 sons: Wesley Scott Smith and Hunter Douglas Smith; mother: Cathie Thorn & husband Steve; father: Clifford Smith & wife Vanessa; sister: Leslie Zuniga & husband Edward; brother: John Thorn & wife Sara; and maternal grandparents: Bill & Barbara Reeves.

The funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, December 21, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Lane Pardue officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Lacreeda Arnette Smith

(February 15, 1941 - December 27, 2012)

Lacreeda Arnette Smith, 71, of Lake Jackson passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012 in Sugar Land. She was born February 15, 1941 in Eagle Lake, TX to the late William Etheridge Brown & Leona Margueritte Alexander Brown. Lacreeda worked at the Lake Jackson Wal-Mart for many years and enjoyed arts & crafts. She was a great artist, and loved to spoil her grandchildren.

Lacreeda is survived by her 2 daughters: Darla Kimberly White & husband Mark and Dana Renee Sims & husband Lonnie; 3 grandchildren: David White Jada Bozeman, and Jasmine Bozeman; step grandchildren: Andrew White, Nathan Sims, Abigail Sims, & 2 more step grandchildren; and 2 dogs: Gizmo and Chyna. She was preceded in death by her father: William Etheridge Brown, mother: Leona Margueritte Alexander Roecker, and stepfather: Morris Willie Roecker Sr.

The family will receive visitors from 12 Noon till 2:00 PM Monday, December 31, 2012 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Monday, December 31, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Pastor Craig Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be: B. T. Wallace, Scott Valenta, Sean Middleton, Linn Middleton, Andrew White, and Ronnie Klehm. Honorary pallbearers will be: David Smith and Mike Orren.

Sallie Smith   1879 - 1960
Mike Smith   1878 - 1966
Eastview Cemetery
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Funeral services for Arvester “Lent” Sneed of Bay City will be at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. L. V. Harvey, eulogizing.

Viewing will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at the church.

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

Bay City Tribune, January 9, 2013

John R. Snoddy   1902 - 1976
Margaret H. Snoddy   1899 - 1991

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Jared R. Snyder
Oct. 18, 1985 – March 31, 2013

Jared R. Snyder of South Elgin, IL, previously of Bay City, Texas, 27, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at his home with family at his side.

Born October 18, 1985, in Saginaw, Michigan, he grew up in Luna Pier and Bedford, MI; Bay City, Texas and Stow, Ohio. Jared always had a zest for life. He loved to talk sports, especially football, and was a faithful fan of the Detroit Lions, Red Wings and Tigers, as well as the Michigan Wolverines.

Having a wonderful gift of gab, Jared easily turned strangers into friends, and was never at a loss for things to chat about. He enjoyed a wide range of music, was a car enthusiast, and had a soft spot for man’s furry best friend.

His gentle and loving heart made Jared a gentleman that will always be remembered and a loyal friend to many.

Jared accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was baptized three years ago by Pastor Dr. Michael Zimmerman at First Baptist Church of Bay City, Texas.

He is survived by: his loving son, Ayden Snyder of Bay City, Mich.; parents, Stan and Patty Snyder of South Elgin, IL, and Vickijo and John Horne of Bay City, Texas; sisters, Candace Snyder of Perrysburg, OH, Tiffany Mathus of Monroe, MI, Amy Horne of Bay City, Texas; brothers, Johnathan and Luke Horne of Bay City, Texas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents in Michigan and Texas.

A Memorial Service celebrating Jared’s life will be held at 4 p.m.. Thursday, April 11 at Comfort Inn and Suites of Bay City, Texas., Pastor Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

Memorials may be offered to First Baptist Church of Bay City, TX.

To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, send to: For more information, please call First Baptist of Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5518.

Bay City Tribune, April 10, 2013

Victor Lee Soto
(October 30, 1964 - May 5, 2013)

Victor Lee Soto, 48, of Bay City passed away May 5, 2013. He was born October 30, 1964 in Waukesha, Wisconsin to Feliciano Soto and Maria Lara Soto.

Survivors include his father, Feliciano Soto of Bay City; sons, Ramon J. Soto of Baytown and Jesse James Soto of Pennsylvania; brothers Danny Soto of Alvin, Jim Soto of Elco, NV, Peter Soto of Rosenberg, and Paul Soto of Lake Jackson; grandchildren Jade Elizabeth Soto, Kane Daniel Soto and Sandra Lynn Soto.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 8:30 PM until 11:00 AM Saturday, May 11, 2013. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Rev. Danny Soto officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.                              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Ray Spitdowski

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Ray Spitdowski, Jr.
1931 - 1955

Howard J. Spitdowski
1927 - 1970

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Betty Lou Stampley
Jan. 12, 1925 –April 19, 2013

Betty Lou Stampley, 88, of Beaumont and formerly of Bay City, died Friday, April 19, 2013.

She was born on January 12, 1925, in Kimberly, Idaho, to Corine Hoke O’Neal and Guy O’Neal.

She is survived by: her son, Michael Stampley and his wife, Marian, of Sour Lake; and grandchildren, Christopher Stampley and his wife Christie of Kyle and Benjamine Stampley of VanBuren, Arkansas.

Complete and updated information may be viewed at

Bay City Tribune, April 24, 2013

Frank Starks

Aug. 29, 1915
Feb. 12, 1935

Cedarvale Cemetery

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George Starks

June 28, 1868
Nov. 9, 1939

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Marietta Starks

Jan. 14, 1872
Feb. 2, 1947

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Maudie Starks

June 4, 1941
March 1943

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Wayne Edward Stavinoha
(May 17, 1956 - December 18, 2012)

Wayne E. Stavinoha, 56, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012, after a short battle with cancer. Wayne was born to Joe F. and Nonie Schneider Stavinoha in Bay City, Texas, where he lived all of his life.

Wayne was employed by Jackson Electric Coop for over eleven years. He worked in gas and propane sales and truck driving for over 35 years. He had a very loyal customer relationship and he loved having some of the freedom that comes with trucking.

Wayne was an avid hunter. He loved spending time hunting in Colorado or at his place in Leakey, Texas. He and his wife, Lena, enjoyed the outdoors. Wayne was also very talented with his hands making or refinishing furniture and creating metal art. Wayne had a very special relationship with many of his nieces and nephews, loved spending time with them and cherished each and every one of them.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lena Junek Stavinoha; brothers, James Stavinoha and his wife, Phyllis, from Bay City, Texas; Raymond Stavinoha and his wife, Tina, from Tomball, Texas; and sisters, Shirley Garner of Sweeny, Texas; and Loraine Crawford, and her husband, Doyle, of Brady, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Dad, Mom, brother-in-law, James Garner, and nephew, David Stavinoha.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home on Sunday, December 23, 2012 with Thomas Bradley officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Burt Stavinoha, Eric Stavinoha, Scott Stavinoha, Patrick Garner, Craig Garner, Kirk Reddoch, Cody Tweedle, and Zachary Tucker.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, TX 73123-1718 or The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486.

Eugene E. Steinmeyer

(November 17, 1934 - December 7, 2012)

Eugene E. Steinmeyer, 78, died of cancer December 7, 2012, in Gainesville, Georgia, after a nineteen year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Gene was born November 17, 1934, in Bay City, Texas, to Bill and Verlie Steinmeyer. After graduating from Bay City High School, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He then attended Sam Houston State University, earning a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, and both principal and superintendent certifications. Before his retirement, he worked in the Bay City ISD and the La Porte ISD as a teacher, coach, and principal.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Audrey LaBeff, James Steinmeyer, and Ann Hale. He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Janice, son Drew Steinmeyer and his wife Colleen, and daughter Gina Nelson and her husband Freddie; grandchildren Christel Ostrom, Corey Tuggle and his wife Stephanie, Jonathan Volponi, Cade O’Brien, and Freddie Nelson Jr. and great grandchildren Seth Ostrom and Logan Tuggle.

Visitation will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The memorial service will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave. Flr 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or @, your local animal shelter, your church or your favorite charity.

Bay City Tribune, December 26, 2012

Arthur Wayne Stephens
Sept. 19, 1945 – April 10, 2013

Arthur Wayne Stephens, 67, of Bay City passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013 after a long bout with cancer. He was born September 19, 1945 in Bexar County, Texas to the late Carl Durwood & Waldine White Stephens. Wayne was Director of Process Technology at Wharton County Junior College before retirement.

He is survived by daughter: Rachel Francois & husband Chad of Georgetown, TX; son: Ryan Stephens & wife Cynthia of Bay City; 2 sisters: JoAnn Fry of Temple, TX and Leeta Arbuckle of Bay City; 2 brothers: Lester Stephens of Athens, GA and Aubrey Stephens of Many, LA; and 2 grandchildren: Connor and Collin Stephens.

The funeral service was held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Robert Rodriguez officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, April 17, 2013                                 Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


William Davant Sterry
(October 1, 1918 - April 25, 2013)

William Davant Sterry, known to family and friends as Davant, passed away peacefully at his home in Matagorda at the age of 94 on Thursday, April 25, 2013. A life long Matagorda Resident, he was born on October 1, 1918 to Wesley Manning & Ella Dunbar Sterry. Davant attended elementary school in Matagorda and high school at Gulf, where he earned a varsity letter as a basketball player. He entered the U. S. Army in June 1941, and was seriously wounded while serving as a tank gunner in North Africa. After a lengthy recovery and time spent on limited duty, he returned home in 1944, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal. He married Helen Lola Emily Caso of Galveston on September 14, 1944.

Davant worked for many years as a Lockman for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Colorado River Locks in Matagorda, eventually serving as Assistant Lockmaster and later as Lockmaster until his retirement. During the early 1950s, he also played on Matagorda’s first fast pitch softball team. In 1954, he built his 32-foot shrimp boat, the Captain Wes, in the front yard of its namesake, his father, and spent many weekends and vacations running it. He continued to run and maintain it after retiring from the Corps of Engineers, and even when his health no longer allowed him to use it, he was “checker on the boat” almost every day until very recently.

Although he and Helen had no children of their own, they were like “second parents” to the children of relatives, friends, and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Wesley Edward Sterry; his wife of 58 years, Helen; one brother-in-law, Antonio Caso, and a nephew, Edwin Caso.

Published in the Victoria Advocate April 27, 2013.

Ellen P. Stewart
(January 31, 1927 - February 14, 2013)

Ellen P. Stewart, 86, of Baton Rouge passed away on February 14, 2013 at Grace Home in Alexandria, Louisiana. She was born on January 31, 1927 in Coffee County, Alabama, to the late Payton and Virginia Phillips. She worked for the Billy Graham Crusade and served as president of the Baton Rouge chapter of Executive Women International (EWI). She retired as office manager of United Way of Baton Rouge and was a member of the Broadmoor Baptist Church. Her hobbies included ballroom dancing, playing bridge, traveling the world, and collecting antiques.

Survivors include her children, Cheryl Stewart of Bay City, Texas; Larry Stewart and wife Jennifer of Alexandria, Louisiana; as well as grandchildren, Lindsay Rogers of Houston, Texas; Alan Stewart of Lafayette, Louisiana; and Brooke Stewart of New Orleans, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Royce Stewart, and her sister, Betty Phillips Daniels.

A memorial service will be held at Broadmoor Baptist Church of Baton Rouge on February 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Services will be officiated by Donald Tabb. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to United Way of Baton Rouge at 700 Laurel Street.

James Buford Stilwell

Nov. 8, 1921 –Jan. 17, 2013

James Buford Stilwell, 91, of Matagorda, Texas, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at his residence.

James was born in Bristol, Texas on November 8, 1921, the son of the late Annie Mae Davis and James Benard Stilwell.

James served the US Air Force as a Staff Sergeant for 23 years. He also worked as a mechanic for Pan Am Airlines in Florida.

James is survived by: one son, Jefferson Mimms Stilwell of Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Sandra Salena Stilwell Rogers of Ellis County, Texas; one stepdaughter, Cynthia Stilwell Hoefer of Sacramento, California.

He is also survived by: two brothers, Ted Waylon Stilwell of Payne Springs, Texas; Billy Thomas and wife Norma Stilwell of Hutchins and one sister, Patricia Ann and husband Reeder Price of Andrews, Texas; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Carla of Alma, Texas, Ashley and Eric Carver of Ennis, Texas, Dustin and Jodie Stilwell of Ennis, Texas, Cameron Stilwell of Ennis, Texas, James and Jessica Rogers of Red Oak, Texas and Bo Rogers and Stephanie Morgan of Palmer, Texas; also survived by nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack Davis Stilwell.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Bristol Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Bristol Cemetery Association or Houston Hospice El Campo.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, February 6, 2013

Celestia L. Stone

(December 23, 1916 - January 12, 2013)

Celestia L. Stone, age 96, of Little Rock, Arkansas, went to be with her Savior on January 12, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born on December 23, 1916, in Bryant’s Cove, Arkansas.

Mrs. Stone is survived by three sons, Don E. Stone (Dee), Michael D. Stone (Vicky), and Mark Stone (Dianne) all of Bay City, Texas; brother Ferrell B. Moore, sister, Gretchen Madison, as well as son-in-law, James P. Clifton and daughter-in-law, Vicki Stone Allen. She is also is survived by 11 grandchildren: Renae (Frank) Stroinski, Dewayne (Debby) Clifton, Donna (Rick) Herring, Tami Bolton, Chance (Erin) Stone, Kim (Lance) Griffith, Shawn Stone, Misty Stone, Brian (Jenna) Stone, Josh Stone and Lauren Stone; 20 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, O.C. Stone; four sons, Gerald “Sonny” Stone, Darrell “Shorty” Stone, Ray C. Heck, Sr., and C.E. Jones; one daughter, Doris H. Clifton; one granddaughter, Charlotte Stone; one grandson, Les Bolton; sisters, Gertrude Mizell Johnston, Minerva Moore Barber, and Annie Moore Scott; and brothers, Gene Mizell and Ras Moore.

In 1964, Mrs. Stone and her husband opened Stone’s Market on Highway 10 West in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they became known for their generosity to the community. Her home was always open to family, friends and even strangers in search of food, comfort and friendship. She loved cooking for her family and was famous for her pies. Mrs. Stone was a living example of the Golden Rule. After retirement, Mrs. Stone moved to Conway, Arkansas for several years, recently moving to Bay City, Texas, to be close to her three sons.

Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at Friendship Baptist Church in Vilonia, Arkansas. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Graveside service and burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery on Petit Jean Mountain.

Rob Stridde, resident of Boulder, Colorado, grew up in Bay City, the son of Raymond and Gladys Stridde.

He graduated as the Valedictorian from Bay City High School, received a BA Summa Cum Laude from Southwestern University and a law degree from the University of California-Berkeley.

Rob’s passion for the outdoors and for natural food took him to Boulder where he worked for 30 years. He was the store manager of the first health food store in the country, The Pearl Street Market, which became Alfalfa’s, and then Wild Oats and eventually Whole Foods. All who worked with him and for him recognized him for his managerial talent. He was beloved by all. Rob had a rare combination of a brilliant mind and a high level of emotional intelligence. He was a kind, compassionate, and loving human being with a wit and love for “The Boss.”

His sons, Jimmy and Will, his wife Susan and his sister, Therese Cristiani, her husband, Michael and their adult children, Katharine and Jeffrey, are deeply saddened by this loss, and they have wonderful memories of Rob which will be in their hearts forever.

Bay City Tribune, March 31, 2013

Alice Faye Broussard Stuart
May 12, 1943 – April 23, 2013

Alice Faye Broussard Stuart passed away at the Legacy under hospice care. She was born on May 12, 1943 in Palacios, Texas to Noah and Vernia Broussard, now deceased. She resided in Bay City, Texas for most of her life.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband Robert Marshall Stuart, Sr. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Edward, Alvin and Howard Broussard and sisters, Carolyn Jones and JoAnn Yendrey. Her in-laws, Wiley and Blanche Stuart, also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter, Gina and her husband Kenneth Nance and her son, Robert Marshall Stuart, Jr. (Robbie) and Crysta Franta Stuart, her ex-daughter-in-law. Also surviving Alice are her brothers Wallace Broussard and Sydney Broussard and his wife Rita and Noah Broussard. She also leaves four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and family and friends.

A special thanks to Jody and Pam Simmons and Krista Jones for all of their loving and caring support.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Calvary Baptist, Bay City or Hospice House at P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, Tx 77437

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas on April 26, 2013 at 2 p.m. Chester Sassman will be officiating.

Bay City Tribune, April 24, 2013

Wiley Stuart   1914 - 1990
Zelda Blanche Stuart   1917 - 2005

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Zelda Blanche Stuart

Zelda Blanche Stuart, 87, of Bay City, died March 23, 2005 at the Matagorda House Assisted Living in Bay City.

She was born May 20, 1917 in Lexington, Texas to the late Robert Crawford and Mary Ellen Nunley Woodward.

She married Wiley Stuart in Kennedy, Texas, in 1938. They moved to Bay City in 1942, and then moved to Van Vleck, Texas in 1966.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and John Burrough of Van Vleck; son, Wiley Gene Stuart of Kerrville, Texas; daughter-in-law, Alice Stuart of Bay City; brother, Bennie Fount Woodward of Thorndale, Texas; six grandchildren, David Lane Burrough, Terri Lynn Smith and her husband David of Anchorage, Alaska, Gina Carol Orr and friend Ken Nance of Alabama, Robert Marshall Stuart, Jr. and wife Crista of Bay City, Michael Wayne Stuart and wife Kristy of Van Vleck, and Ronnie Young of Bay City; 10 great-grandchildren, James Dustin Curley and Bradley Joseph McInnis, both of Anchorage, Alaska, Jessica Ann Burrough of Walla Walla, Washington, Mathew DeWayne Stuart, Corrine Lenee Stuart, Morgan Taylor Stuart, Dawson Ellington Orr, all of Bay City, Ashley Paige Stuart of Houston, Michael Jacob Stuart, Jackson Marshall Stuart of Van Vleck; and two great-great grandsons, Roman and Gabriel Corona of Walla Walla, Washington; sister-in-law, Lavina Stuart of Devine, Texas; brother-in-law, Walter Gordon Barber of Seguin, Texas; and many nieces and nephews in Louisiana, Arizona, Alaska and Texas.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Wiley Stuart; son, Robert Marshall Stuart; brothers, Homer, Herschel and Virgil Woodward; sisters, Charlotte Ercell, Mary Katherine Smith and Bobbie Gene Lively.

Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the Reverends Aaron Young and Russell Davis officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were Charlie Black, Kenny Hales, Bill Johnson, Ross Eidlebach, Jr, David Burrough and Robert Marshall Stuart, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were T. J. Middleton and Clarence Jenkins.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, March 27, 2005

C. L. Sullinger

1885 - 1974

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Alois E. Svetlik

Rosie A. Svetlik

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

George J. Svetlik

Cedarvale Cemetery

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James J. Svetlik, Sr.

Rose T. Svetlik

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Rose Svetlik

Rose Svetlik, 87, of Bay City, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2000 at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was born February 11, 1913 in Cameron, Texas to Antonio and Annie Patek Tomasek. She has been a resident of Bay City for the past 60 years and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law: Rosie Burt of El Campo, Jane Laurence and husband William of Bay City, and Jean McWade and husband Dennis of Port St. Lucia, Fla.; by her son and daughter-in-law: James J. Svetlik Jr. and wife Pam of Bay City; by her sisters Angeline Balusek of El Maton and Matilda Havlik of Cameron; and by 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James John Svetlik Sr., by a son, George John Svetlik, by her sister, Minnie Vybiral and by her brothers, Louis, Hubert, Albert, Emil and Frank Tomasek. The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000DC26

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Clifton Rugeley Swearingen

Son of
A. & A. Swearingen
Born Oct. 16, 1902
Died May 7, 1908

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Annie S. Swinford

1918 - 2001

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Annie Swinford

Annie Swinford, 82 of Bay City died Saturday September 29, 2001 in Bay City. She was born November 22, 1918 in Trion, Georgia to the late Samuel Benjamin and Janette Hawkins Johnson.

She is survived by: daughters, Della Snider of Teague, Texas and Polly Guidry of Bay City; sons, Albert Munson of Van Vleck, Raymond Munson of Corpus Christi, Felton Munson of Van Vleck, and Robert Munson of Bay City; and by a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sons, Orvil and Melvin Munson and Ricky and Lee Swinford, sister, Lounette Thompson; and two brothers, Grady and S. B. Johnson.

Funeral services for Annie Swinford, 82 of Bay City were held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2001 at the Church of The Nazerene with Bro. Gary Pettigrew officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were Frank Guidry, Wayne Snider, Ricky Munson, Jim McWilliams, Billy Fuentes, and Jose Fonseca.

Arrangements were by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001OT04

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Florine Swinford

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Frank L. Swinford

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Salomie R. Swinford

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Franklin Poe Sykes

Feb. 24, 1920
Mar. 1, 1996

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Dora Syrus

1907 - 2000

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Evelyn Syrus

Evelyn Syrus, 93, of Bay City died September 28, 2000 at Matagorda House Nursing Home in Bay City. She was born July 11, 1907 to the late William and Dora Alice Byers Stansell. Mrs. Syrus was a resident of Bay City the past 10 years, a former resident of Borger, Texas and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Borger.

Survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Glen Simmons of Bay City and Charlotte and Earl Hague of Norman, Okla., five grandchildren, Shelley Mineau of Bay City, Conda Chandler and husband Tony of Grapevine, Texas, Joel Allen and wife Schawn and Tod Hague all of Oklahoma City, Okla.; six great grandchildren, Chris Taylor, Jolene Mejias, Marc Hipp, Chris Cothren, Chad Cothren and Charla Cothren and six great great grandchildren, Christopher Taylor, Chariti Taylor, David Joel Mejias, Chayanne Mejias, Kacie Cothren and Morgan Paige Cothren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joel Syrus, five sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 30, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee Watson officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.


THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Sunday, 01 October 2000



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