Matagorda County Obituaries
George DeWitt Wainner
Emma Walker, 76, of Bay City died
December 22, 2002 at the Matagorda Nursing and Rehab Center in
She was born August 1, 1926 in Oklahoma to the late Claude G.
and Fannie May Burns Collins. Mrs. Walker was a resident of Bay
City since 1946, and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.
Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law: Charlotte Hairston
of Van Vleck, Carol Miller and Norman Wishnow of Katy, and Peggy
and Gary Hairston of West Columbia; son and daughter-in-law:
Jerry Leonard and Paula Walker of Richmond, Texas; brother:
Claude G. Collins of Palacios; 13 grandchildren and 18 great
She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry G. Walker;
sister; Mattie Boultinghouse; and brother, Wesley Collins.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 26, 2002, at
the Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. James Logan
Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Gomez, Timothy Hairston, Lee Harnar,
Brian Walker, Michael Walker and John Stevens.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002DC25
The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, December 25, 2002
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.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 until 6 p.m. at Greens
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
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.
Greenís Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Sunday, September 15, 2002
Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott
Georgie Lee Williams
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
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.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, August 11, 2000
Roberta Lee Reeves
Roberta Lee Reeves Watkins, 97,
passed away Monday evening, July 5, 2004. Known throughout the
region as "Granny", she was born on June 5, 1907 in Edna, Texas.
Welcoming Granny to her eternal home are her loving husband,
Charles Evan Watkins; her daughter, Bettie Watkins McGill; and
her mother, Lizzie Gainer Reeves.
She is survived by: her sister, Lula Mae Oliver of Victoria; her
son-in-law, Eugene B. McGill of Bay City; her grandchildren,
Charla and husband Jim McMichael of Friendswood, and Mark B.
McGill of Angleton; and her precious great-grandson, Andrew
The family is most appreciative of the loving, loyal, and tender
care provided to Granny by her long time care giver, Victoria
Vasquez. Granny took great pleasure in being a member of their
Granny was loved and admired by all who knew her because of her
unbending faith, her love of life, and the joy she brought to
those around her.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2004
at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at
Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Berniece J. Webster
Susie Ruth Werlla
Susie Ruth Werlla, 88, of Vidor died
Jan. 28, 2002 at her residence in Vidor. She was born Dec. 24,
1913 in Colterville, Texas to the late Walter Cate and Tommye
Katura Onega Washburn Hamilton.
Mrs. Werlla was a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church in Vidor
and a former longtime resident of Bay City and member of the
First Baptist Church. She was a retired nurse who loved her
patients, as well as her family and friends.
Survivors include: four daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and
Edward Ottis of Corpus Christi, Joe and Greg Knost of Vidor, Sue
and Brent Kirby of Wadsworth, and Joy and David Haney of Vidor;
son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Debbie Werlla of Manvel,
Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Neva Hamilton of Bay
City; 13 grandchildren, Michael and Steve Ottis, Julie Labay,
Bebo Knost, Lora Woodard, Karyle Magnes, Terri Langford, Shelley
McClelland, Tricia McClelland, Kristin Johnson, Brian and Trey
Haney, and Jennifer Jones; and by 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers: Harry, Jim and
Walter Hamilton; one sister, Flora Clements and one grandson,
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 3 at the
First Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman
officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons; Michael and Steve Ottis, Bebo
Knost, Brian and Trey Haney, and Shannon Woodard.
Visitation with the family will be Saturday evening from 6:30 to
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Bay City,
or charity of choice.
Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2002FB01
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, February 1, 2002
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
Evey Dean "MeMe/Deanie"Ě Pike West,
79, of Angleton went to be with the Lord on October 17, 2004 at
the Cypress Woods Care Center in Angleton.
She was born April 12, 1925 in Hagensport, Texas to the late
Joseph Dave and Mary Sally King Pike.
She was a resident of Angleton the past 35 years and was a
member of Danbury Baptist Church.
Evey Dean Pike married Willard D. West in Bay City, Texas on
August 10, 1945.
Meme and Papa shared their love with those around them. Meme
made a definite impact on all those she came in contact with,
and she will be greatly missed.
Deanie was a lifetime member and past president of the Ladies
Auxiliary of the VFW and a lifetime member of the Bay City
Fraternal Order of Eagles.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, fishing and
She was a cook with Red Top Restaurant in Brazoria before she
Survivors include: her children, Marsha and Willie Strelec of
Bay City, Texas, David and Judy West of Kinder, Louisiana, Peggy
and Butch Roe of Van Vleck, Texas, Janice and Billy Don Crowell
of Angleton, Texas, Sammie and Tweety West of Brazoria, Texas,
and Jimmy and Linda West of Angleton, Texas; sisters, Etta Mae
and Bill Caldwell of Pittsburgh, Texas, and Ruth Harris of Bay
City, Texas; brother, Vernon Lee and Lois Pike of Auburn,
Nebraska; 17 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Willard West; and her
daughter, Sharon D. West.
A celebration of MeMe's life was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October
19, 2004, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Tharp
of Old Ocean Baptist Church officiating.
Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery. The family received
friends at Taylor Bros. Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers were: grandsons, Jay Roe, Jimmy West, Jr, David
Aaron West, USN, Shane West, James Dale Strelec and Thomas
Honorary pallbearers were Michael West, USMC, Stephen West,
USMC, John Randall, Jerry McKissick, Jason Baca, Kevin Kothmann,
Robert Tyus, Willie Strelec, Jr., and Quincy Chambless.
Our heart-felt thanks and hugs go out to the employees of
Cypress Woods Care Center and to VITAS for the wonderful care
and assistance they provided to our mother/grandmother and
Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
Bay City Tribune, October 20, 2004
Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby
Mary Crocker Whaley
Maxine Reading White
BAY CITY - Maxine White, 87, of Bay
City, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003.
She was born April 3, 1916, in Belton, Bell County, to the late
James Olan and Rosa Robinson Fulwiler. She was a member of St.
Mark's Episcopal Church.
Survivors: husband, Glen I. White; daughters, Phoebe Reading
Taylor and Patricia Reading Blandford, both of Houston, and
Rebecca White Floyd of Deer Park; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
the Rev. Bruce Bonner officiating.
Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home,
Bay City, 979-245-4613.
Memorials: American Diabetes Association, Memorial Program, P.O.
Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.
The Victoria Advocate, November 18, 2003
Fonda Nicole Batiste
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
Green's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
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
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
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.
Greens mortuary is in charge of all the arrangements.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE,
September 27, 2001
Terry Michael Williams
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
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 Faye Cunningham
Edwina Millican Witchell
Irene Mae Wofford, 96, of Bay City,
died Aug. 31, 2001, at the Matagorda House (Legacy).
She was born June 17, 1905 in Bastrop, Texas to the late Samuel
Houston and Nettie Tennie Tidwell Baker.
Mrs. Wofford was a member of the First United Methodist Church
and a longtime resident of Bay City.
Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Ida and Johnnie
Ralston of Port Lavaca; son and daughter-in-law, Bert and Ann
Wofford, Jr. of Boling; sister, Louise Sykes of Bay City; three
grandsons, six great grandchildren, and one great great
She is preceded in death by: her husband, Bert Wofford, Sr.;
grandson, Ray Wofford; sisters, Dorothy Davidek, Orene Davis,
Laura Haynes, Ruby Adams, and Myrtle Ashcraft; brothers, Frank
Baker, Sr., Jesse Baker, and Sammie Baker.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at
the First United Methodist Church with Revs. Tom Crowe and
Pauline Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale
Pallbearers will be Frank Baker, A. C. Davis, Charles Hahn, Gary
Ralston, Glenn Ralston and Aaron Ralston. Memorials to Donor's
Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001SP04
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, September 4, 2001
Bert W. Wofford, Sr.
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
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
Jessica Lynnanne Wooten