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Marion "Fuzz" Talasek, Sr.
(July 24, 1939 - November 23, 2013)

Marion "Fuzz" Talasek Sr., 74" went home to be with Jesus on November 23, 2013. He was born a triplet July 24, 1939 in Rosenberg, Texas to William and Carrie Talasek. He grew up in Rosenberg with his triplet brothers Marvin and Melvin, brother Bill and sister Evelyn.

Marion graduated from Lamar High School and attended Wharton County Junior College. He started in the construction business in 1958 and retired from his own company Talasek Construction in 2012. He also had careers in the postal business, commercial fishing industry, pipeline work in Alaska, and superintendent in the nuclear industry. His passion was mission field work in Mexico and Brazil and ministering to many other people. He was a caring and generous man who loved Jesus and spending time with his family.

Marion was married to Lavone Talasek for 53 years. He is preceded in death by his sister Evelyn Rawlings and brothers Bill Talasek and Melvin Talasek. He is survived by his wife Lavonne Talasek, daughter Pam Bowles and husband Keith, son Pete Talasek and wife Cydney, son Jonathan Talasek, grandchildren Justin Talasek and wife Kelley, Amanda Lee and husband Chad, Jakeb Talasek, Candace Rooth and husband Jeremy, Chad, Sara, Nick, Emily and Matthew Talasek, ten great-grandchildren, two sister-in-laws and countless nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Friday, November, 29, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Abundant Life Fellowship Church 1900 Hamman Rd., Bay City, Texas at 12:00 Noon. Interment will be at Davis-Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg, Texas at 3:30pm, Saturday November, 30, 2013.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to Abundant Life Fellowship Church-Missions, P.O. Box 592, Bay City, TX 77404-0592.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Frank Shaw Taylor

Frank Shaw Taylor, 76, a resident of Bay City since 1913 passed away Friday morning at the Matagorda General Hospital. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Frances Parr Taylor of Bay City; 2 sons, Don Jean Taylor of Bay City and Dr. Vann S. Taylor of Temple; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 2, at 2 p. m. at the First United Methodist Church in Bay City. Interment was at the Roselawn Memorial Park with pallbearers being: grandsons and nephews—Bert Steves, Taylor Steves, Richard Glassett, Jacque DeCoux, Maurice Reed, Gerald Ludwig, Mike Monroe, Richard Taylor and Ronnie L. Miller. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, December 2, 1973

F. S. Taylor Succumbs

Frank Shaw Taylor, 76, long-time civic leader, died Thursday night at Matagorda General Hospital. Mr. Taylor, well-known local mortician, had been admitted Monday for treatment but had been in ill health for some time.

Services have been scheduled for 2 p. m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with burial in Roselawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Frances Parr Taylor, Bay City; son, Don Jean Taylor, Bay City and Dr. Vann S. Taylor, Temple, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Taylor was born Dec. 3, 1896 in Weimar.

He came to Bay City in 1913 and entered the retail furniture business with his brother, Seth.

He became interested in the mortician field and arranged for the company to spread into a combination furniture store and funeral home.

He was a graduate of the Dallas School of Mortuary Science and held both funeral director’s license and mortician’s license.

Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is one of the oldest establishments in Matagorda County, first founded in 1906. Mr. Taylor joined the business in 1913 and had continued to play an active role right up to the time of his illness.

Through the years the firm had gained a reputation for its excellent emergency system, providing 24-hour service, seven days a week throughout the year.

Mr. Taylor was extremely active in civic affairs.

He was a member of the official board and served as treasurer of the First United Methodist Church, a past president of the Wesley Class and president of Bay City Federal Savings & Loan Association.

He was a past master and 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and also a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star and 50-year member. He had served as president of the Retail Furniture Association of Texas and was a past director of the Texas Funeral Directors & Embalmers Association.

Also, he was on the board of control of the National Selected Morticians, a director of the Knife and Fork Club, with more than 30 years of perfect attendance.

He served as a member of the Monument Builders of the Southwest, was a director of the Chamber of Commerce and served during World War II as chairman of the Matagorda County Red Cross and director of the Bay City Country Club.

He served 15 years on the Country Cub committee that sponsored an annual golf tournament and was elected to the Bay City Commandery of Bay City Council 251, R&SM, was a member of Bay City Chapter 315 R&SM, a member of El Mina Temple of Galveston and Gulf Coast Shrine Club.

The Daily Tribune, November 30, 1973                 Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Korah Belle Taylor

Funeral services for Korah Belle Taylor, 91, of Bay City were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble.

Mrs. Taylor died April 24, 1994, in Humble.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Order of Eastern Star of Bay City. She was a resident of Bay City for 44 years.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Betty Jo and Clarence Phillips; a granddaughter, two great-grandchildren and many friends.

Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church or to the Heart Association.

The Daily Tribune, April 28, 1994

Robert Taylor

Jan. 8, 1942 – Jan. 16, 2013

Robert Taylor, 71, of Cape Carancahua laid down his working tools and went to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

Robert was born on January 8, 1942 in Houston, Texas to the late Robert Lee and Iva Marie Hatcher Taylor.

Robert was an avid fisherman, spending much time in his backyard fishing off of his pier. He loved to remodel his homes with his loving boss by his side, his wife Sheila. He was a beloved member of the Blessing Masonic Lodge #411. Robert served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Robert never met a stranger. He was a good family man, loving his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert is survived by: his loving wife of 31 years, Sheila J. Taylor; children, Ruby E. Alexander, Robert Daniel Taylor II, Dana Suzanne Gerica, Jennifer Earnhardt, Rebecca Lyon, James W. Earnhardt; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Martha Ladd and husband James M. Ladd and numerous other loving relatives.

The family will receive visitors from 4 until 8 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Palacios Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy Blair and the Rev. Janell Blair officiating.

Masonic and military graveside services will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

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

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Bay City Tribune, January 20, 2013

Robert L. Taylor     1883 - 1969
Callie A. Taylor     1887  - 1962
Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Lula Teeler
1872 - 1946

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Milam Teeler
1866 - 1948

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Robert E “Bob” Terry

Funeral services for Robert E. “Bob” Terry were held at 11 a. m. Saturday, September 10, in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. L. W. Israel and Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating. Masonic graveside services and interment were held in the Palacios Cemetery.

Son of the late Emma Luna Terry and William Suggs Terry, he was born in Airmount, Mississippi, on February 28, 1890. A veteran of World War I and a former resident of Palacios, he had lived in Karnes City the past year.

He retired in 1952 after 30 years service as a Rural Mail carrier here. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodges of Palacios and Blessing, Knights Templar, Order of the Eastern Star, and V. F. W. He died Thursday, September 8, in the Larkwood Convalescent Home in Kenedy.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Terry of Karnes City; daughter, Joyce Davis of Mineral, Texas; step-daughter, Linda Shaw of San Antonio; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, September 15, 1977

Blanche Goddard Tham

Jan. 30, 1930 - Jan. 31, 1995

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Doris V. Tharp

Doris V. Tharp, 83, of Richlands, North Carolina, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Jones Funeral Home, Richlands Chapel with Rev. Volney Bryan officiating.

Mrs. Tharp is survived by her children, Robert Melton of Dayton, TX, Doris Turner of Richlands, David Downs of Bay City, TX and Frank Downs of Bay City, TX; twenty-three grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, prior to the service, beginning at 6:00 PM, at the funeral home.

Electronic condolences may be left for the family at

Bay City Tribune, July 14, 2013

Annie Doris Thomas
Feb. 9, 1931 – April 3, 2013

Annie Doris Thomas, 82, of Palacios, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013. She was born February 9, 1931 in Altair, Texas to Melvin and Rosie Lee Polk.

Sis. Thomas was a hard working lady, her employment included private duty care and later in life devoted her time at home to gardening, caring for her pets, helping others and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was very special to her family and will be deeply missed by all her knew her.

Sis. Thomas accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior under the leadership of Rev. Leroy Monroe at Pilgrim Rose Baptist Church in Palacios, Texas. She served as a faithful member who truly loved the Lord. Not one day went by without her saying, “Thank You Lord.”

Sis. Thomas is preceded in death by: her husband, Arthur Thomas; her two brothers, Glen and Robert Lee Polk; her sister, Velma Jedkins; her daughter, Betty Hudgins Rashford; and grandson, Tyrone L. Hudgins-Giles.

She leaves loving memories to be cherished by: her three sisters, Olivia King (Henry), Hattie Edwards, Bessie Boone, and one brother, Dwight Polk; seven children, Patricia Hudgins Washington, Barbara Hudgins, Julie Jones, Rhonda Jenkins, Tamara Thomas, Carla Thomas, and Carlton Thomas; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving relatives and friends.

Visitation will be at 2 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 for family and friends at Green’s Mortuary, 2702 Avenue C, Bay City, Texas.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at First Baptist Church, 202 Main St. Palacios, Texas with Pastor Eric Young officiating.

Visitation will be at First Baptist Church from 10 – 11 a.m. and the Funeral Service will begin at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

The family of Annie Doris Thomas would like to acknowledge with sincere appreciation the comforting messages, floral tributes and other expressions of kindness during this time of bereavement. Special thanks to The Palacios Healthcare Center and Houston Hospice for providing comfort and care during her final days. May God Bless and Keep You.

Bay City Tribune, April 10, 2013

Eulalia Thomas

July 23, 1943 – October 14, 2013

Funeral services for Eulalia Thomas, 70, of Bay City, known as ‘Punkin,’ will be held Saturday, October, 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. L.C. Cunningham, Jr., eulogist.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register will be Friday, October 25, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born in Bay City, Texas, July 23, 1943, to Roosevelt Thomas and Odie Lee Hawkins Thomas, and passed away October 14, 2013 in Bay City.

Survivors include her father, Roosevelt Thomas of Bay City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Garry Thomas and Larry Thomas.

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

Bay City Tribune, October 24, 2013

Harold P. Thomas     November 6, 1880 - September 30, 1959
Reda Rebecca Carvell Martin Thomas     June 20, 1892 - May 25, 1959

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Jessie P. Thomas

June 7, 1921 - Sept. 24, 2002

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Jessie Henderson Thomas

Jessie Henderson Thomas, 81, died at Matagorda House Nursing Center September 24, 2002.

She was born June 7, 1921 in Nacogdoches, TX to the late Levi Robert and Nancy Summers Henderson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and a 60 year Bay City resident.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Eugene Koudelka of Bay City, and Lila and Jack Fortenberry of Midfield; son and daughter-in-law, James and Cecelia Thomas of Killeen, TX; sisters, Myrtle Gray and Mamie Ellis, both of Bay City, Jewel Watson of Brazoria and Mattie Thomas of Houston; sister-in-law, Lila Magill of Temple, TX; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Newton Thomas, son, Willie Earl Thomas, and brothers, R.D., John and Bennett Henderson.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2002, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers are Bobby and Jimmy Fortenberry, Duane, Thomas, Matthew Lester, Michael Brinkley and Wayland Bryant.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Support, Inc, 1102 Mechanic, El Campo,TX 77437.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros Funeral Home. A00014B2002SP25

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, Sep 25, 2002

Lee Roy Thomas

Funeral services for Lee Roy Thomas, 82, of Bay City, are scheduled for 2 p. m. tomorrow at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel. A Masonic graveside service will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Mr. Thomas was born Oct. 10, 1911, in Marle to John Campbell and Lena Bell Moore Thomas and died July 3, 1994, in Lufkin.

A lifelong resident of Bay City, he was a veteran of World War II, a member of Pipefitters Local Union 211, a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Mae Thomas of Bay City; a sister, Martha E. Schwartz of Lufkin; three brothers, R. E. Thomas of West Columbia, John M. Thomas of Kemp and Billie Hugh Thomas of Concord, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters and one brother: Eva Mae Parr, Edna Grace Magee, Claudia Page and Bennie F. Thomas.

The Masonic Lodge of Bay City will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home of Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, July 5, 1994                           Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Newton Edward Thomas

F1 US Navy
World War II

May 2, 1913 - May 1, 1998

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Steven Vincent Thomas
(April 21, 1945 - February 14, 2013)

Steven Vincent Thomas, 67, of Bay City went to be with his Lord on Thursday, February 14, 2013. He was born on April 21, 1945 in Dallas, TX to the late Lewis Vincent & Marguerite Thomas. Steven was a mentor and friend to many, and will be in our hearts forever.

Steven was a beloved husband of Lori, beloved father of Peggy Lynn Birdwell and Steven Glen Thomas, beloved grandfather of Kevin, Breana, and Clayton.

The Family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Monday, February 18, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Mutz officiating.

Willie A. Thomas

Cpl US Army
World War II

May 19, 1908 - May 30, 1987

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Donald Lynn Thompson Sr.

(January 6, 1946 - June 19, 2013)

Don Thompson, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away June 19, 2013 in the Methodist Hospital in Houston after a brief illness. He was born January 6, 1946 in Orlando, Florida to Gertrude Greene Hornbostel.

He was a resident of Bay City for 52 years. He was proud to be a Texan and said, “He got here as soon as he could.”

He served his country proudly for three years in the U.S. Army from 1963 – 1966. He worked for Celanese Chemical for 33 years as an operator, member of fire and rescue, trainer, and served on many other aspects of safety.

In the last four years his joy came from being on his hay farm in the country. He had been making big plans to expand the business and was excited to move on and make that happen.

He is survived by: the love of his life, Anne; children, Donald L. Thompson Jr. and wife Ginny, Tressa Leadford and husband Tim, Dena Stovall and husband Ronnie, Kenneth Bledsoe, and Amanda Baxter; grandchildren, Ashley, Corey, Valeri, Shelby, Zachary, Nikkolai, Kirsten, Colton, Kaylee, Shannon, and Sean, three great grandchildren: Lennon, Miguel, and Mia; and many, many friends, some of whom he called brother.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Don would have reminded his friends to consider being an organ donor and give blood. He was passionate about giving in this way to help so many lives.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, June 23, 2013

A Tribute To A Faithful Servant - Jane Rochelle Thompson

Jane Rochelle Thompson, colored, eighty years old, who was born during slavery (1855) died here from heart trouble Wednesday. "Aunt Jane" as everybody called her, has been a valuable and splendid law abiding servant in Matagorda most all of her life and she will be missed by everyone for there is not a white family hardly in town that she hasn't nursed their children, worked in their homes or laundered their clothes for them which she could do so beautifully. This she continued to do until only a short time ago when her health demanded she give up her splendid service and her sister, Fannie, who is just fine and who worked by her side from day to day, took charge and nursed her to the end. These old servants are fast passing into history.

Matagorda County Tribune, February 21, 1935

Maxine Lively Thumann

1927 - 1985

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Phil Thurmond
(August 23, 1943 - April 14, 2013)

Phil Thurmond, 69, of West Columbia, TX passed away in his sleep on April 14, 2013 at Kindred Hospital in Sugarland, TX where he succumbed to his battle with lung cancer.

Mr. Thurmond was born August 23, 1943 in Wharton, TX to the late Robert Lee Thurmond and Chedeva Bell Beverly Thurmond. He leaves behind to sisters, Nadine Sadler of Montezuma Creek, UT and Darlene Noska of Bay City, TX and sister-in-law, who became a sister, Gay Lynn Thurmond of Blessing, TX. Mr. Thurmond also had a younger brother, Arthur Robert Thurmond, who preceded him in death. He leaves behind three nephews, Derrick Thurmond of Blessing, TX, Robert Thurmond of El Maton, TX and Christopher Walls of Bay City, TX, two nieces Candace Davis of Monticello, UT and Kimberly Walls of Sweeny, TX, three great nephews and three great nieces.

He was raised in Iago on the family farm and graduated from Boling High School. Throughout the years he stayed in contact with his high school friends, who were very important to him.

Mr. Thurmond resided throughout his life in Iago, Wharton, Bay City, Brazoria and West Columbia.

Visitation will be held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX on Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Graveside service will be 11:00 AM Friday, April 19, 2013, at Caraway Cemetery in Nixon, Texas.

Patricia Marentze Thyssen-Vaughan
Nov. 21, 1952 –June 4, 2013

Patricia Marentze Thyssen-Vaughan, better known as “Patsy Vaughan,” passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 after a sudden illness.

She is survived by: her only son, Watts Rabb Vaughan, Jr. better known as “Jarbey;” daughter-in-law, Shauna; and two grandsons, Dylan and Alec.

She was preceded in death by: her adoptive father, Verner Thyssen and her adoptive mother, Alma Thyssen.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Richmond.

Call Watts at 241-8239 for more details.

She was loved by all and will be missed.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Christopher Martin Tijerina
March 19, 1986 –July 30, 2013

Christopher Martin Tijerina, 27, of Bay City passed away July 30, 2013. He was born March 19, 1986 in Bay City, Texas to Kenneth Tamez and Janie Tijerina.

His grandfather, Martin Tijerina, Sr. and great-grandparents, Juliana Ramirez, Angela Ochoa and Mr. and Mrs. Dionico Tijerina Sr. all preceded him in death.

Survivors include: his mother, Janie Galvan Tijerina and husband Ed of Blessing; father, Kenneth Tamez of Dallas; grandparents, Mamie R. Tijerina of Bay City and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Tamez, Sr. of Dallas; children, Jazmyn Marie Tijerina, Alessandra Sophia Tijerina, Christopher Martin Tijerina Jr. and Andrew Martin Tijerina all of Bay City; sister, Mallorie Martyna Tijerina of Blessing; aunts and uncles, Martin and Sylvia Tijerina of Bay City, Gloria Tijerina of El Campo, Sylvie Sanchez, Cathy Parker, Jesse Tames, Lupe Tames, Yolanda Weyrick and Cindy Michael all of Dallas; God Parents, Teresa and Michael Guanajuato and special friend, Victoria Ruiz.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 5, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Greg Korenek officiating.

Interment will follow at Latin American Cemetery in Edna, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Tijerina, Robert Kalob Tijerina, Damien Saucedo, Alex DeLaRosa, Shay Medina and Braulio Garcia.

Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Bermea, Edward Perez, Steve Ramirez, JayVer Martinez Jr., Christopher “Brody” Oretega, Andrew Haney and James Rodriguez.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, August 4, 2013

William C. Tillman   1910 - 1967
Mary Tillman   1911 - 1990

Roselawn Memorial Park
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Jimmie Times
February 21, 1922 - December 27, 2013

Funeral services for Jimmie Times, 91, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Vine Grove Christian Church in Live Oak.

Burial will follow at Live Oak Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2014 at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City.

He was born in Live Oak, Texas on February 21, 1922 to Eugene Times and Mollie Wyche Times.

He passed away December 27, 2013 in Bay City.

He is survived by an enormous loving family and many friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, January 1, 2014

Odiest Brown Times

Funeral services for Odiest Brown Times, 93, of Bay City, Texas will be at noon Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Vine Grove Christian Church, in Live Oak Community, the Rev. Larry S. Fletcher, pastor and the Rev. Dr. Ramone Burton, eulogizing.

Burial will follow immediately after services at Live Oak Community Cemetery.

Viewing will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Green’s Mortuary of Bay City, Texas, 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, December 5, 2012

Clarence Lee Tise

Jan. 25, 1941 –Nov. 26, 2012

Clarence Lee Tise of Edna entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 26, 2012.

Clarence was born in Eagle Lake, Texas on January 25, 1941 to Lee “Doc” Tise and Etta Mae Kessler Tise.

Clarence grew up in and around Eagle Lake, Texas. He graduated from Garwood High School then later attended Lee College in Baytown, Texas. Clarence worked in the gas and chemical refinery industry his entire career. He retired from Celanese Chemical Company as the Director of Maintenance after many years of loyal service.

His life revolved around his family and the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved doing both with his son, Johnny. Clarence assisted with many outdoor activities for the handicapped as well as disabled veterans and Wounded Warriors organization. He was passionate about gardening and he and his wife, Barbara, shared the bounty of their garden with family and friends.

His large family brought him great joy.

Clarence was preceded in death by: his parents, Doc and Etta Tise; and all of his brothers, Sammy Tise, Charles Roy “Buddy” Tise, Bobby Earl Tise, Joe Tise and James Ray Tise, who died as an infant.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Smith Tise, whom he married June 18, 2005. Clarence and Barbara were the best of friends, enjoying football, fishing, and gardening together. He was very proud of their blended family.

Also surviving are: daughters, Mellony Jean Tise Schein and her son Stephen, Tina Lynette Tise Hopkins (Robbie) and their children, Kaci, Derrick, Jennifer, Robert and Rebecca; son, Johnny Wayne Tise (Sonya) and their children, Trevor, Madeline and Leeann; stepdaughter, Kathy Joan Tise Miska (Al) and their children, Samantha, and Layci; stepson, Bertice Lee Tise (La Arnie) and their children, Steven and Joshua; sisters, Nettie Elizabeth Tise Barfield (Clarence “Nuna”) and their sons, Jack and Michael; Gracie Jean Tise Pearson (Roger) and their daughter Carolyn. There are also a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends, and family who loved Clarence dearly.

Pallbearers will be Derrick La Foy, Darrell Tise, Carey Tise, Doug Traweck, Jack Barfield, and Doug Tise.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Barfield, Charles Tise, Donald Tise, and Ronald Tise.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Oaklawn Funeral Home in Edna, Texas.

Funeral service will also be at 2 p.m. on Thursday November 29, 2012 at Oaklawn Funeral Home with the Reverend Robert Krause of First Baptist Church of Edna, officiating.

Burial will follow at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, Texas.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Luca Cicalese and his team at UTMB,

Galveston and Hospice of South Texas for all of their professional and loving care.

Memorials may be made to: Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust Ave., Victoria, Texas 77901 and Serve Outdoors, P.O. Box 238, Markham, Texas 77456

Arrangements are under the direction of Oaklawn Funeral Home in Edna, 361-782-2221.

Bay City Tribune, November 28, 2012

Jim Frank Tobola Sr.

August 29, 1916 –October 12, 2013

Jim Frank Tobola Sr., of Edna, Texas, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the age of 97.

He was born August 29, 1916, in St. John’s, Texas to the late Ignac and Hermina Jurica Tobola.

Jim served in World War II as a B25 tailgunner. He also was a farmer and rancher. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan Maxwell (David) of Bay City; sons, Jim Tobola Jr. (Marilyn) of Fayettville, Michael Tobola (Kay) of Alvin, Mark Tobola (Geraldine) of Edna, Gerald Tobola (Debbie) of Round Top and Robert Tobola (Elizabeth) of Sugarland.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michelle, Bryan, Lane, Jim III, Matt, Laura, Tammy Kay, Jennifer, Timothy, Russell, Ellen, Christopher, Jeffrey, Lucas and Scott; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 55 years, Katherine Ellen Vaclavick Tobola; sister, Olga Booth; brothers, Victor Tobola, Cyril Tobola, Roman Tobola and Robert Tobola.

A Rosary was recited on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Funeral Home, Edna TX.

A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday October 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Edna with the Reverend Michael Petering officiating.

Burial with full military honors was held at 2:00 p.m. at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Blessing TX.

Pallbearers were his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Jackson County Friends of Elder Citizens 501 N. Wells Edna, Texas 77957.

Arrangements were under the direction of Oaklawn Funeral Home in Edna, 361-782-2221.

Bay City Tribune, October 16, 2013

Mary Kathryn Fisk Tolleson

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Kathryn Tolleson, 92, were held Saturday, January 17, from the Palacios Funeral Home, with Rev. Clinton Harris of the Methodist Church conducting the final rites.

She was born in Jackson, Miss. January 28, 1867, the daughter of Millie Catherine and Bateman Fisk. When she was three years old, her parents moved to Hallettsville, traveling overland by ox cart.

January 8, 1890, she became the bride of Argyle Tolleson. Four children, all of whom survive, were born of this union. The family moved to Palacios in October, 1905, joining the few pioneer families then living here.

Mr. Tolleson preceded his wife in death June 15, 1923. She made her home with her son, T. A. Tolleson and family, where she passed away January 15 following a lingering illness.

Survivors are her children Mrs. Albert Hausendufel of Victoria; William A. Tolleson of Owings Mills, Md.; Mrs. B. M. Flynn of Dallas, and T. A. Tolleson of Palacios; one sister Mrs. U. A. Wheeler of Abilene, nine grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Michael Flynn, Billy Tolleson, Sammy Tolleson, Tommie Tolleson and Magnus Mertz. Burial was in the Palacios Cemetery.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 29, 1959

Colton Tone

Funeral services for Colton Roshawn Tone, 22 of Brazoria, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Green’s Mortuary, 2702 Avenue C, Bay City, Texas, with Dr. T. L. Richardson officiating.

Burial will follow immediately after the services at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City, Texas.

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

Bay City Tribune, January 15, 2014

Amelia Torres
August 10, 1922 – December 31, 2012

PALACIOS - Amelia Torres, 90, of Palacios, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012. She was born August 10, 1922 in Universal City to the late John and Olinda Perez Garcia. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter, Esther Shanks (Tim) of San Antonio; sons, Daniel Sanchez of San Antonio and Andrew Sanchez (Elizabeth) of Palacios; sister, Isabel "Sis" Melacon; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Cruz Sanchez; second husband, Valdimar Torres; sister, Ellen Greer; and brothers, Henry Garcia, Ernest Garcia, and Rudolph Garcia.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. before a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Agape Family Church, Palacios. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Louis Sanchez, Rudy Sanchez, Danny Sanchez, Andrew Sanchez Jr., Pepper Sanchez, and Jeffery Gatica. Honorary pallbearer: Marcus Sanchez.
Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on January 6, 2013.

James L. Townsend

James L. Townsend, 68, a resident of Van Vleck passed away September 13. He was a member of the Bay City Masonic Lodge No. 865 A. F. & A. M., Bay City Chapter Eastern Star No. 380, and had previously retired after many years of employment with Otis Russell Drilling Co. Survivors include wife: Hazel of Van Vleck; 1 daughter, Betty Ann Crisp of Highland; 1 son, Carl S. Townsend of Bay City; 1 brother, Guy R. Townsend of Bay City; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held September 14 at 3 p. m. at Taylor Bros. Chapel with Rev. W. M. Baker officiating. Interment will be at the Roselawn Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, September 13, 1973

Amelia Trevino
17 August 1932 – 23 January 2014

BAY CITY - Amelia Treviño, 81, of Bay City passed away January 23, 2014. She was born August 17, 1932 in Edna, TX to the late Manuel & Victoria Treviño Figueroa. Amelia was a longtime resident of Bay City, and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She was best known for her strong work ethic, generous heart, and tireless giving to others while she did without. Amelia was a devoted wife of 60 years to husband Tony Treviño, and also a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years: Antonio "Tony" Treviño; 2 daughters: Rachel Treviño-Garcia and Mary Helen Martinez; son: Steve Raul Treviño; 7 grand children; and 5 great grandchildren. Amelia was preceded in death by her parents; son: Tony Herrera Treviño; sister: Luisa Alfaro; and 4 brothers: Andrew, Manuel, Pete, & Tony Figueroa.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday, January 27, 2014 at the funeral home with a rosary being held at 6:30 PM. The mass will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Msgr. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

The family would like to thank Dr. Alan Barker, Matagorda Regional Medical Center Nurses, and Houston Hospice for their gentle care and comfort. Donations may be made to Houston Hospice of El Campo, P. O. Box 1417, El Campo, Texas 77437.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on January 25, 2014             Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Rosalio Trevino
August 30, 1922 –July 30, 2013

Rosalio Trevino, 90, of Matagorda passed away July 30, 2013.

He was born August 30, 1922 in Mercedes, Texas to the late Macedonio Trevino and Guillerma Martinez Trevino.

As a young man in his 20s he worked at local supermarket delivering groceries. He then started working on small farms as a farm hand. He continued that line of work after moving to Matagorda County, until going to work for Precinct 2 for Matagorda County. During his time with Matagorda County, he would work along side three of his sons. He retired from there at the age of 62.

Survivors include: his wife of 69 years, Maria Lopez Trevino; children, Manuel Trevino, Macedonia Trevino, Rosa Benefield, Benito Trevino, Irenio Trevino, Esteban Trevino, Alisia Herrera and Anita Lentz; sister, Juanita Garcia; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Mitch Sauls officiating.

Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Irenio Trevino, Macedonia Trevino, Eddie Herrera, David Trevino, Rudy Garcia and Gene Lentz. Benito Trevino and Ricardo Pena will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, August 4, 2013

Gloria Ann (Gutierrez) Trujillo
July 16, 1960 – Dec. 10, 2012

Gloria Ann Trujillo, 52, of Fenton, died December 10, 2012.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, December 17, 2012 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 600 N. Adelaide St., Fenton, with the Fr. David Harvey Celebrant.

Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton and from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass, Monday at the church.

Gloria was born July 16, 1960 in El Campo, Texas, the daughter of Alonzo and Nancy (Perez) Gutierrez.

She was married to Anthony R. Trujillo on January 22, 2000 in Bay City, Texas.

Gloria retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2009. She had lived in Fenton the past 10 years, coming from Mesa, Arizona.

Surviving are: husband, Anthony Trujillo, Sr.; children, Valerie (Christopher) Revier, Kimberly (Adam) Roberts, Anthony Trujillo Jr., Mario Trujillo, John Oros, Gabriel Trujillo; grandchildren, Rylee, Abigail, Emily, Alexis and Jalen; mother, Nancy Gutierrez; sisters, Sharon (Rafael) Gonzales, Vicki (John) Garza; her loving dog, Ruby.

She was preceded in death by: her father; sisters, Terri, Nan and Brenda; and brother, Johnny.

Online condolences may be posted on the obituaries page of

Bay City Tribune, December 15, 2912

Verna Turek

(April 17, 1923 - December 28, 2013)

Funeral services for Verna Turek, 90, of Palacios were held on Jan. 3, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment followed at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing.

Turek was born April 17, 1923 in Burleson County, TX to the late Ludwig Junek and Clara Popek Junek and passed away on December 28, 2013. She was one of eight children. Her family settled in the Blessing area when she was a child. She was a “Riveting Rita” during WWII placing wing flaps on trainer  planes. She met William A. Turek while he was stationed at Camp Hulen in Palacios and they married December 16, 1945. They built and operated a small store in El Campo in 1949. After saving money for 4 years they purchased a farm near Palacios where they remained for many years. She was a hard working lady all of her life.

Her husband preceded her in death. Survivors include daughters Nancy Fay Reimherr & husband Michael of San Antonio and Carol Ann Hoskins & husband Lee Roy, Jr. of George West, TX; sisters Emma Jean Piwonka of Blessing and Clara Gordon of Burnett, TX; grandchildren and their spouses Michelle & Brad Miller, David Reimherr & Liz Parker, Theresa & Cody Maxey, Anthony & Misa Reimherr, LeeAnn & Doug Kulka, Lee Roy “Tito” & Liz Hoskins, and Andrea Clare & Adam Junica and great grandchildren Mitchell, Anna, Lee, Davis, Piper, Pierce, Paige, Walker, Kai, Mitch and Quinnlyn.

Pallbearers were David & Anthony Reimherr, Tito Hoskins, Doug Kulka, Adam Jurica, Cody Maxey, Brad Miller and Mitchell Kulka.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements were made with Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, January 8, 2014

John H. Turner

June 20, 1930 – June 21, 2013

John H. Turner, 83, of Bryan, went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 21, 2013. John was born on June 20, 1930 to Emory and Catherine (Connor) Turner in Providence, Rhode Island. John proudly served his country in the United States Army as an honor guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as serving for numerous funerals in Arlington National Cemetery. During his service, John met and married Joyce McDonald Turner. After they were both honorably discharged from the Army, John and Joyce moved to Bay City, Texas. John began his career with the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years before retiring. After retirement, John worked for HEB for 15 years in Bay City and Bryan. Many remember John for his fondness of bowling. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emory and Catherine Turner and many relatives in Rhode Island. John will be remembered by: his wife of 63 years, Joyce Turner; a son, Johnny Turner and his wife Debbie; two grandchildren, Kristin Kier and her husband Sean, and Andy Turner and his wife Emily; three great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Kier, Camryn Turner, and Kennedy Turner. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX. 77030-2008 or by calling 1.800.272.3900. His family will receive guests during visiting hours on Monday, June 24 from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Bryan City Cemetery with Military Honors. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be left for the family at

Bay City Tribune, June 26, 2013

Raymond Dean Tweedle
September 2, 1949 – October 7, 2013

Raymond Dean Tweedle of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of Bay City, TX, passed away October 7, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born September 2, 1949 in Lolita, TX, to the late W. D. and Claudell Tweedle.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Denver.

He is survived by his friend, Joy Russell of FL; two sons, Danny and wife Tina and Donny Tweedle; grandsons, Ashton, Xavier, Danzig and Zackary, all of Angleton; four sisters, Claudia and Milton Jarrell, Nora Stephens, Betty and Jim Stephens and Peggy Russell Cram of Bay City.

In 2005, he received a double lung transplant. He donated his body to the University of Florida Medical School.

He had a memorial service in Florida on October 11, 2013.

Bay City Tribune, November 17, 2013     Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Roy Edward Tweedle - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


William P. Tweedle & Margaret A. Tweedle - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



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