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Ethel Green Wallace

Funeral services for Ethel Green Wallace, 97, of Bay City, will be held Wednesday September 18, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Enterprise Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. J. Weldon Gilbert officiating.

Burial will follow at East View Cemetery.

Mama Ethel will lie in state at the church from 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 until 6 p.m. at Greens Mortuary.

Family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. at Enterprise Missionary Baptist Church.

Ethel Green-Wallace began her earthly journey on January 10, 1905 in Fayette County.

On September 12, 2002, her sojourn was completed.

During her 97 years on earth, her presence touched the lives of many who fondly referred to her as "Mama Ethel".

She was the loving mother of four children: Leroy Miller, Melvin Miller of Oakland, Calif., Lillie Copeland of Bay City, Texas., Nelson Miller, who preceded her in death, and Lillian Miller, daughter-in-law, wife of Nelson Miller.

Her memory will forever linger in the hearts of her nine grandchildren: Dr. Janis Williams of Toledo, Ohio, Melvin Jerome Walker, Dr. Debra Hill and Marjorie Watt of Houston Texas., Brenda Miller of Los Angeles, Calif., Nelson Miller, Jr., Melvin Miller of Galveston, Texas, Ira Joe Edison and Cheryl Wilcox of Bay City.

She leaves two god-daughters: Novia Walton of Fort Worth, Texas, and Chandi Jones of Houston, Texas to share in the homegoing celebration, and also four nieces, seven nephews, four great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends will sorely miss her.

Active Pallbearers were Kurbert Woods, Ira Joe Edison, Warren Woods, Chivas Wilcox, Cedric Woods, Billy Dykes, Dwain Bowden.

Honorary Pallbearers were Melvin Miller, Leroy Miller, Hart Lee Dykes, Arthur Dykes, Willie Dykes, Sammie Lee Smith, James Dykes, Lawrence Anderson.

Green’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Sunday, September 15, 2002                       Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott

Georgie Lee Williams Walton

Funeral services for Georgie Lee Williams Walton, 75, of Bay City, will be Saturday, August 12, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City. She will lie in state at Mother Zion Baptist Church Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be Friday afternoon until 9:00 p.m. at Green's Mortuary.

On October 31, 1924 George Williams and Mila Miller Williams were blessed by the birth of their daughter Georgie Lee Williams in Cotton Plant, Arkansas. She passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at the Matagorda House Healthcare Center in Bay City.

Upon graduation from Cotton Plant Academy in 1944, Georgie Lee went to Barber Scotia College in North Carolina where she graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She furthered her education at Purdue University and Ohio State University, receiving a Master's degree in institutuional management and her teaching certification. In 1952, she began her work in education at Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, Texas as the Dean of Women, instructor and director of food services. She taught there from 1952 to 1960. On October 9, 1959 she was united in holy matrimony to John Walton.

Between 1960 and 1962, John and Georgie ran a successful restaurant in Prairie View, Texas providing the finest food and baked goods to the surrounding area and Prairie View students. In the fall of 1962, they moved to Bay City where Georgie had accepted a postition as the county home demonstration agent for Matagorda County. She worked in the field until she accepted a position in education as the secretary at Linnie Roberts Elementary where she worked from 1965 to 1968. In the fall of 1968, Georgie was back at home in the classroom between the years of 1968 to 1996, Georgie taught at John Cherry Elementary in the capacity of certified reading specialist and fifth grade teacher. During the summer, she completed her masters degree in education as well as her mid-management certification. At the time of her retirement, she had dedicated 38 years to education, with 3 of those years as a teacher and molder of children's lives and future. Even after retirement, Georgie continued to tutor students during the school year and in the summers.

Her gift for teaching carried over into her second vocation; music. For over thirty years, Georgie taught piano lessons to young people and adults in Matagorda and Brazoria County. She further shared her gift with her church family at the Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church for over twenty years. She served as the sanctuary choir and male chorus musician as well as minister of music. She also played for the original Gulf Coast area chorus and the IMBGA mission departments during the association meetings. She further lended her musical gifts to fellow churches like Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Markham, for a number of years. She was active in the Sunday school, Bible band and mission department for the church, city and district.

Georgie was also active within the community through her membership in the Ebony Club. She worked with the Charm school and chaired the scholarship committee.

She is survived by her husband John Walton of Bay City; two daughters and son-in-law Elmila W. McBride and Matthew of Houston, Ozella Walton of Bay City; two grandchildren Malik King and Daniel Joiner of Bay City; and many other family members, co-workers, church family, friends and a host of students.

Active pallbearers will be the Mother Zion Male Chorus. Honorary pallbearers will include John Walton, Matthew McBride, Malik King, and Daniel Joiner.

Green's Mortuary is in charge of all the arrangements. A00011A2000AG11

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, August 11, 2000

Mary Crocker Whaley
Jan. 7, 1929 – Sept. 24, 2012

Mary Crocker Whaley, 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 24, 2012. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Mary was born January 7, 1929 in Adamsville, Alabama to the late Columbus Cleveland Crocker and Elsie Harper Crocker.

She married Edward Charles Whaley on February 12, 1949 and they moved to Bay City in 1951. In 1959 they moved to Colombia, South America for ten years. They then traveled to Quito, Ecuador and then to San Tome, Venezuela before returning to Bay City in 1975 where she made her home until moving to Portland, Texas with family in 2010. After the death of her husband in 1978, she began her banking career with the First National Bank of Bay City, as vice president and administrative Assistant to the president until retirement in 2000.

Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bay City, where she served for two years on the Pastor/Parish Relationship Committee. She was very active in her community, where she served as a past president of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce, past member of Bay City Pilot Club and director, and past member of the Education Committee for BCISD new teachers luncheon. She was honored with being the first woman to join the Bay City Rotary Club and became the club’s first woman president.

Preceding her in death were: her parents, Columbus and Elsie Crocker; her husband, Edward; brothers, Robert Crocker and Elmer Lee Crocker; and two sisters, Madeline Cooper and Margaret Conerly.

She leaves behind: her daughter, Deborah E. Sullivan and son-in-law Edward; grandson, Chris and wife Amy; granddaughter, Carrie and husband Jeff; and two great-grandsons, Parker and Pryce; numerous nieces and nephews, her “lunch bunch” friends and her bridge playing friends.

The family extends special thanks to Elida Morales, her caregiver for the last six months, the staff at the Carriage Inn Retirement Center, her doctors and wonderful nurses for making her final days so peaceful.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Gantz officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robert Allison, Kelsey Granberry, Bill Isaacson, Carlton LaBeff, Doug Matthes and Kent Pollard. The Bay City Rotary Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bay City, or the American Heart Association.

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

Bay City Tribune, September 26, 2012

Fonda Nicole Batiste Wilkerson

Funeral services for Fonda Nicole Batiste Wilkerson, 28, of Bay City, and formerly of Houston, were held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, at 2 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 300 First Street in Van Vleck, with the Rev. Ruben Newell officiating.

Burial followed at East View Cemetery in Bay City. visitation was Friday afternoon until 9 p.m. Family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. in the chapel at Green's Mortuary. Nicole laid in state at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Saturday from 1 until 2 p.m. Nicole was born April 20, 1972, in Houston, to the union of Gary Smith and Sarah Batiste. She attended school in Houston. On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 her life came to a close.

She is survived by: husband, Barry Wilkerson; two daughters, Felecia Nicole and Prisilla Antoinette of Bay City; one son, Colin Trace, also of Bay City; her parents, Sarah and Eddie Richardson of Bay City and Gary and Margaret Smith of Houston; grandparents, Clarence and Madolia Batiste of Houston, and Ruby Phillips of Houston; brothers, Charles, Terrance, Nathan, Gary, and Ryan, all of Houston; mother-in-law, Jean Dale Williams of Houston; grandmother-in-law, Cunnie Brooks of Bay City; uncle Clarence and Megan Batiste of Alief; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers were John Brinkley, Gary Smith, Jr., Nathan Smith, Robert Johnson, Ryan Smith, Thomas Battle, and Thomas Swist. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Smith, Sr., Eddie Richardson, Sr., Terrance Batiste, Clarence Batiste, Sr., Charles House, Jr. and Clarence Batiste, Jr.

The family requests that donations may be made to Fonda (Niki) Wilkerson benefit fund: Wells Fargo Bank, 0618282925 in care of Sara Batiste.

Green's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. A00011A2000NV22

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, November 22, 2000

Louis "Bit" Williams, Jr.

Funeral services for Louis Williams Jr. (Bit), 71, of Bay City will be Friday, September 28, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. L. C. Cunningham Jr officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City. Visitation will be Thursday, September 27 from noon until 9 p.m. at Green's Mortuary.

Louis Williams, the son of Louis Williams Sr. and Harriet Morgan Williams, was born on August 1, 1930 in Bell Bottom, Matagorda County.

On Friday, September 21, 2001, at Matagorda General Hospital, the angel of death kissed him to sleep and his spirit sweetly and quietly slipped into the presence of his creator.

He attended public school in Bay City. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States army and received an honorable discharge in 1959.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Adlai J. Ray and Linda of Houston; daughter, Denise Chambers of Houston; grandson, Allen Chambers of Houston; three aunts, Georgia Johnson and Alice Lewis of Bay City, Laverne Pointer and L. C. of Bay City; niece, Rosemary Hayes of Bay City and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Billie; his sister, Bobbie Jean; and brother Alonzo.

Active pallbearers will be Dennis Gray (Bugs), Edward Crockett (Polbo), James Johnson, Douglas Smith, Hart Lee Dykes, Sr. (Dirty Red), William Baugh, and Adam Pointer.

Honorary pallbearers are to be the Rev. Adlai J. Ray, E. H. Allen, Hart Lee Dykes, Jr., Allen Chambers, Todd Chambers, L. C. Pointer.

Greens mortuary is in charge of all the arrangements. A00011A2001SP27

Matagorda County, Texas
September 27, 2001


Mable Windle

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas]- Mable Windle, 96, of Bay City, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2002.

She was born to the late Dock and Lizzle Carter Windle. She was a Baptist.

Survivors: brother, Robert Windle of Bay City.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. tonight at Green's Mortuary chapel and 10-11 a.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. L.C. Cunningham Jr. officiating. Burial will be at East View Cemetery. Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE, August 29, 2002                          Photo courtesy of Mabel Windle

Jimmie Woods, Sr.

Funeral services for Jimmie Woods, Sr. 55 of Bay City, Texas will be held Thursday July 6, 2000 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Bay City, with the Rev. L. C. Cunningham, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City. Jimmie will lie in state at the church Thursday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 12 noon until 9 p.m. Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. in the chapel at Green's Mortuary.

Jimmie was born to the union of Beno Woods and Sally Scott Woods in Bay City, on October 7, 1945. He passed away Friday June 30, 2000 at the Sea Breeze Health Care Center. He is survived by his wife Clarice Woods of Bay City; two daughters and a son-in-law Sandra W. Coulston and Berry of Alvin, and Elcena Josette Woods of Bay City; one son Jimmie Woods, Jr. of Bay City; three sisters Vera Mae Johnson, Maudester Edison and Willie, Margaret Green and Robert Lee all of Bay City; two brothers Otto Woods, Sr. and Gloria of Galveston, and Clarence Woods of Bay City; mother-in-law Katherine Patterson of B. Castille of Alvin, Alexandria, De'Avonshay, Al'Katlyn Woods and other relatives and friends; brother-in-law Eddie Allen of Bay City, sister-in-law Donna Woods of Wharton.

Active pallbearers will be Monte Lee, Samuel Lee, Frederick Woodard, Walter Lee, Willie Lee Boone, Jr. and Simon Johnson, Jr. The honorary pallbearers will be Clarence Woods, Eddie Allen, Robert Lee Green, Craig Hinton, Jim Smith, Simon Johnson, Sr., Otto Woods, Sr., Willie Edison, Manuel Gartica, Barney Allen, and Eugene Johnson.

Green's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, July 6, 2000      Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott


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