Matagorda County Obituaries
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Vicki Towers Wade

 

PEARLAND - Vicki Towers Wade, 59, formerly of Victoria passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2012. She was born on February 9, 1953 in Hazlehurst, Georgia to the late Joseph and Betty Jean Towers.


Vicki was a 1972 graduate of Bay City High School and the 1st Miss Bay City in 1971 and Miss Lionette in 1971-1972. She loved the beach, fishing and people. She never met a stranger and was always the life of the party. Vicki was a beloved sister, mother, aunt and grandmother who will truly be missed by all.


She is survived by her daughter, Bobbe Ledwig of Victoria; sons, Zack (Natalie) Williamson of Annapolis, Md. and Brice (Hilary) Ledwig of Victoria; sisters, Ricki (Bill) Slone of Port Arthur and Gwen (Ray) Zapata of Boerne; brother, Joey (Vicky) Towers of Schertz; grandchildren, Hailey, Drew, Courtney, Dillan and Jayce and numerous nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Wade in 2010.


Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Funeral Home with Scott Bauer of Faith Family Church officiating.


In lieu of the usual remembrances, please make donations in memory of Vicki to the American Cancer Society, 4401 Lilac Lane, Victoria, Texas 77901.
Grace Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Published in Victoria Advocate on June 8, 2012
 


William R. Wagner

Feb. 1, 1940 –Nov. 29, 2012

William R. Wagner, 72, passed away November 29, 2012. He was born February 1, 1940 in Antigo Wisconsin to Warren R. and Lenora Knorr Wagner. He spent eight years in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, worked at nuclear plants in Wisconsin, Texas, Ohio, California, Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

His last job was at NASA in Mission Control. He retired in 2002. He was a member of the Bay City American Legion Post 11, No Coal Coalition and the Matagorda Museum.

He is survived by: his wife of 53 years, Helen; and four children, Christopher and wife, Mona Varney Wagner, Jennifer Wagner Nicholson and husband Russell, Terry Wagner, and Victoria Wagner and friend Gary Harper; grandsons, Nicholas Wagner, Adam Wagner, Robert Wagner, Clarissa Wagner, Dana Holm, Jacob Kirstein, Mathew Kirstein and Nickolas Kirstein.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Green’s Mortuary in Bay City.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday December 5, 2012 at Green’s Mortuary with Dr. T.L. Richardson of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church officiating. He will be cremated.

Bay City Tribune, December 2, 2012
 


Bob "Captain" Wakefield, Sr.
(July 4, 1929 - February 15, 2012)

Bob “Captain” Wakefield, Sr., 82, went to be with his Lord after a short illness on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Bob was born on July 4, 1929 in Bay City, TX. to the late William and Vallie Sparks Wakefield. Bob was an avid fisherman and hunter at the bay-shore camp he built. He was a man that took a little and made it a lot. The things that were most important to him were his Lord and his family.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dot Wakefield; daughter, Diane Wakefield; sons, Mike, Bobby, Scott, Glen and David all of Bay City; 16 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and numerous other loving relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Bill.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Mutz officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Bennie Owen, Chris Murphree, and Steve Thomas.

Bay City Tribune, Saturday, February 18, 2012                      Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


John Walker

Funeral services for John Walker, 87, of Bay City will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2012, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, with Dr. T. L. Richardson, officiating.

Burial will follow immediately after service at King Vane Estate Cemetery in Buckner Prairie.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Green’s Mortuary 979-245-3489, online condolences may be sent to greensmortuary@sbcglobal.net

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, February 18, 2012
 

PALACIOS -- Lolita Myers Walker, 89, of Palacios, died Friday, May 25, 2001.

She was born March 11, 1912, in Lolita, to the late William and Una Farquhar Myers. She was co-owner and operator of Covey's Corner and Covey's Gift Shop. She was secretary for Boling High School and a member of Newgulf Baptist Church.

Survivors: daughter, Nell Lanfear of Port Lavaca; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Covey Walker; and sisters, Lucille Compton and Lonnie Dell Selby.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Palacios Cemetery. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

Memorials: Alzheimer Disease Research, P.O. Box 2028, Victoria, Texas 77979 or donor's choice.

Victoria Advocate, Sunday May 27, 2001
 

Funeral services for Mary L. Roy Walker, 58, of Bay City and formerly of Palacios, will be held Saturday, November 11, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, with the Rev. Leroy Hebert officiating.

Burial will follow at Palacios Cemetery in Palacios.

She was born in El Campo, Thursday, May 14, 1942, to Sanders Roy and Mary Hebert Roy, and passed away Saturday, November 4, 2000, at Sweeny Community Hospital, Sweeny, TX.

Survivors include: a son, Carlton Lee Roy of Palacios; mother, Mary Ella Hebert of Palacios; two sisters, Dora Jackson of Matagorda, and Sandra Mayfield of Missouri City; also a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. A00011A2000NV10

Daily Tribune, Friday, November 10, 2000
 


Nannie Lee Walker

Funeral services for Nannie Lee Walker, 85, of Corpus Christi, are scheduled for 2 p. m. Friday, March 31, 1995, at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with the Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. Thursday at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Walker was born April 2, 1909, in Bay City, to the late Isaiah Morgan and Daisy Collins-Morgan, and died March 26, 1995, at Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Johnnie C. and Robbie B. Walker of Seattle, Wash.; two grandsons, Jonathan C. Walker of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Kevin D. Walker of Kent, Wash.; five sisters, and one brother-in-law, Vernice Speed, Carrie Powell, Doris Wiley and Jewel Hudson, all of Bay City, and Pearl and Garfield Clark of Houston; a brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Bernice Morgan of Bay City; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Beulah Morgan Thomas, Alnita Morgan, Lottie Morgan Scott and Ernestine Morgan, and one brother, Clarence Morgan.

Pallbearers are nephews of the deceased.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home of Bay City.

Daily Tribune, March, 1995                                    photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott

 


Rector R. Walton Sr.

Funeral services for Rector R. Walton, Sr., 90, of Bay City will be held 10 a. m. Saturday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Walton was born Dec. 16, 1898, and died April 12, 1989, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

A resident of Bay City for three years, he was a member of the Baptist church. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War I.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Annie Ruth Walton of Bay City; two sons, Leon D. Walton of Uvalde and Rector R. Walton Jr. of Bay City; three grandchildren, Jack Walton and Susan Walton, both of Dallas, and Richard L. Walton of Bay City; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include L. E. Guess, Wayne Burditt, Daniel Gajewsky, A. B. Bock, Charlie Bock and Curtis Bryan.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, April 13 or 14, 1989
 


Sally J. Warnes

Aug. 30, 1932 – Nov. 17, 2012

Sally J. Warnes, age 80, of Georgetown, Texas passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at her residence in Georgetown. Services for Mrs. Warnes are currently pending.

Born on August 30, 1932 in Medina, Ohio, to parents Warren A. and Arebecca White, she was one of five children raised in the White household. After graduation from high school, Sally earned her Associates Degree from Wooster Business College in Ohio.

She began her career in the family business and later directed her skills in a medical clinic serving others. She had a heart of gold and the love and care she modeled for her children was a testament to how much she cherished being a mother. Sally loved the outdoors, where she enjoyed the beauty of flowers, the local wildlife and fishing. Her joy in music included traditional, county and polka songs. Sally will be greatly missed, but she will be forever in our memory and always in our hearts.

Sally was preceded in death by: her parents, Warren A. and Arebecca White; stepmother, Ethel White Browand; daughter, Christina May Sears; granddaughter, Leigh Anne Frontz; grandson, William Wesley Frontz; brothers, Jack and Robert White.

To cherish her memory, Sally leaves behind her legacy, which includes: her loving and caring husband of twelve years, Gordon C. Warnes of Georgetown, Texas; son, William W. Frontz and wife Jeanette of Bay City, Texas; son, Randy E. Frontz of Bay City, Texas; granddaughters: Nicole Sears of Lubbock, Texas and Jennifer Deckman of Ponca City, Oklahoma; grandsons: Derek Sears of Lubbock, Texas, Nick Frontz of Friendswood, Texas, Scott Sears of Austin, Texas and Matthew Frontz of Bay City, Texas; step daughters: Ellen Winkler of Wooster, Ohio and Julia Warnes-Slutz of Huron, Ohio; and sisters: Peggy Nettleton of Williamstown, New Jersey and Jeanette Weaver of Loveland, Colorado along with a host of nieces and nephews, and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations may be made in Sally’s name to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) or the charity of your choice.

You are invited to share a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.

Bay City Tribune, November 25, 2012
 


Annie Bell Washington
April 7, 1913 – March 19, 2012

Annie Bell Washington, 98, of Bay City, Texas passed away March 19, 2012 in Wharton, Texas.

Funeral services were held March 26, 2012 at New Beginnings Missionary Church in Natchez, Mississippi. The Rev. Dr. T.L. Richardson - New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and the Rev. James Washington - Providence Baptist Church, Natchez, Mississippi officiated.

Burial followed at Natchez National Cemetery.

Mrs. Washington was born on April 7, 1913 in Adams County, Mississippi to Henry Davis Sr. and Luberta Davis.

She was a mother and housewife. She was a member of King Solomon Baptist Church in Natchez, Mississippi and New Hope Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas.

She was also a member of Eastern Stars – Queen Ester Chapter #1, Natchez, Mississippi and enjoyed reading, sewing, crafts and volunteer work.

She is preceded in death by her husband Engle Washington Sr.; sons, Engle Washington Jr. and Amin Muhammad; and daughter Thelma L. Johnson.

Survivors include: daughters, Beatrice Hillard of Jacksonville, Florida, Helen W. (Willie Sr.) Smith of Bay City, Texas, Rose M. (Frankie) Free of Springfield, Virginia; sons, J.C. Washington, Sr. of Natchez, Mississippi, Claudie (Maxine) Washington of Duluth, Minnesota, William H. (Joyce) Washington of Manassas, Virginia, Melvin K. Washington of Glendale, Wisconsin; son-in-law, CM Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Mamie Davis of Cleveland, Ohio, Lenora (Andrew) Butler of Natchez, Mississippi, Versie Davis of Chicago, Illinois, and brother, John Davis of Natchez, Mississippi; 41 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were: grandsons Irvin Bernard, John R. Bernard, Tyrone Hendricks, Mustafa Muhammad, Willie Smith, Jr., Derek Washington, J. C. Washington, Jr.

Expressions of compassions and condolence may be sent to the family, attn.: Mrs. Helen W. Smith, P.O. Box 2228, Bay City, Texas 77404.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home and Bateaste Memorial Funeral

Bay City Tribune, April 1, 2012
 

PALACIOS - Emma J. Washington, 69, of Palacios, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003.

She was born Dec. 6, 1933, in Deutschburg, to the late Joe and Rosalie Cavallin Johs.

Survivors: husband, Travis Washington; daughter, Debbie Klump of Port Lavaca; brother, Joe Johs Jr. of Deutschburg; and one grandchild.

Preceded in death by: sister, Josephine Johs.

Services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

Memorials: American Lung Society or the American Heart Association.

Victoria Advocate, October 7, 2003
 


Henry Washington

Funeral services for Henry Washington, 80, of Bay City, are scheduled for 1 p. m. Wednesday at Enterprise Baptist Church of Bay City with the Rev. A. H. Pointer officiating. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. today at Duncan Roberts-Funeral Home in Bay City.

Mr. Washington was born Aug. 10, 1914, in Cedar Lane and died April 15, 1994 in Matagorda General Hospital.

Survivors include his caretaker, Dorothy L. Walton of Bay City; a niece, Doreen Collier of Houston, two nephews, Travis and Pravis Times and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home of Bay City.

Daily Tribune. April, 1994
 


Mary B. Washington

Funeral services for Mary B. Washington, 64, of Old Ocean, Texas, will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 22, 2004, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Lane [Matagorda County], Texas.

Burial will be at St. Paul Baptist Church of Brazoria, Texas.

She died Friday, January 16, 2004, at Sweeny Community Hospital in Sweeny, Texas.

She is survived by three sons, Freddie Bonner of Sweeny, Donald Washington (Jennifer) of Texas City, Darryl Washington of La Marque; two daughters, Debra James (Phil) of Texas City, Emma Hill of Galveston; five brothers, Anthony Bonner of Clute, Texas, Terry Ellis of Angleton, Alfred Ellis of Sweeny, A.B. Roberson (Rita) of Arlington and Scott Ellis of Houston; five sisters, Sarah Jones (the Rev. Fred) of Sweeny, Delores Ann Helms (Shedrick) of Sweeny, Cynthia Baugh of Brazoria, Louise Tennard of Houston, Betty Ellis of Houston; six grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ in Marcum, Texas.

Final arrangements under the direction of Dixon Funeral Home of Brazoria, Texas. (979) 798-9113

abstracted from The Facts, January 20, 2004

 


Carolyn Watson
Aug. 11, 1936 – Oct. 5, 2012

Carolyn Watson, 76, of Sealy, Texas passed away on October 5, 2012 in Bellville, Texas.

Carolyn was born August 11, 1936, to Albert W. and Jennie C. Calloway in Bay City, Texas.

Carolyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker and her hobbies were flowers and loving her five cats. Carolyn will be greatly missed by all with her loving smile and by all who loved and knew her.

Carolyn is survived by: her husband, Eddie Watson of Sealy; a daughter, Patricia (Patty) Faye Gonzales and husband Daniel of Bay City, Texas; two sons, Frank Randolph (Randy) Ryman II and wife Donna of Ocean View, Delaware and Daniel (Danie) Wayman Ryman and wife Terri of Wadsworth, Texas; a sister, Doris Ranger of Victoria, Texas; a brother, Jackie William and wife Sally of Bay City, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carolyn is preceded in death by: her parents; twin sister, Marilyn G. Forbes; sister, Barbara Stovall; and brothers, Rusty McGrall and Bruce Calloway.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3321 6th Street, Bay City, Texas with the Rev. Lane Par Due officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time.

Interment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Charles Miller, Randy Ryman, Nathan Crowley, Joe Miller, Ron Barrow and Daniel Gonzales.

Knesek Bros. Funeral Home in Sealy in charge of arrangements: www.knesekfuneralhome.com and at www.facebook.com/knesekfuneralhome.

Bay City Tribune, October 8, 2012
 


Disappearance of Keeper of Lighthouse on Half Moon Reef in Bay Mystifies Texans

PALACIOS, Dec. 27.—A baffling mystery of the sea Wednesday night confronted officers of this Gulf coast town as they searched for H. O. Welch, 36, keeper of the light on forlorn Half Moon Reef—a desolate rocky place in the bay.

Welch was last seen when boatmen took him to the crescent-shaped reef on Friday, December 13. That night he made his last entry in the lighthouse log. It read:

“Lamp lighted at 6 p. m. All is well.”

Three days later when the alternate lightkeeper went to relieve Welch the beacon was darkened and there was no trace of Welch on the barren reef.

The missing lightkeeper’s watch, money and personal effects were inside the lighthouse. Apparently, investigators said, Welch had prepared for bed but did not retire for the bed bore no evidence of having been in use.

The beacon light had consumed the oil and wick and was extinguished when relief reached the reef. Authorities said the light was an old fashioned type that burned for 24 hours without refilling.

Half Moon Reef is two miles from the mainland and a strong undertow swirls around the bay, desolate spot. Because of the undertow, officers said, it would have been practically impossible for Welch to swim to the mainland if he had sought to do so. Welch was marooned on the reef without a boat.

Coast guardsman and aviators Wednesday searched for marsh-like mainland for miles in quest of the missing lightkeeper.

Earl R. Allen of Palacios, brother of the missing man and other relatives have kept a vigil along the shore for the lightkeeper.

“I can’t understand it,” Allen told friends. “He seems to have just vanished from the reef.”

Daily Tribune, December 27, 1934

Lightkeeper’s Body Is Found

PALACIOS. Dec. 29—The sea Friday gave up the body of H. O. Welch, 36, missing keeper of the light on Half Moon Reef.

Coast guardsman sighted the body as the tide swept it in near Port O’Connor, 12 miles from the lonely reef on which Welch tended the lighthouse, and from where he disappeared mysteriously on December 13.

Justice of the Peace A. C. Frazier of Port Lavaca, who went immediately to the spot where guardsmen brought the body of Welch to shore, returned an inquest verdict of “accidental death.” The body was badly decomposed. Sheriff J. O. O’Neal said, but apparently bore no outward marks of foul play.

Welch was taken to Half Moon Reef lighthouse by boatmen on December 13. The boatmen returned to the mainland and left Welch alone on the reef. Three days later, when the light in the beacon burned out, it was found Welch was missing.

Authorities had not determined the manner in which Welch apparently fell from the rocky reef and was drowned.

Daily Tribune, December 29, 1934
 


Glen Weldon

VICTORIA - Glen Weldon, 72, of Victoria passed away on Friday. He was born on July 26, 1940 in Bay City, Texas to the late Eugene V. and Ruby Jewel Morphew Weldon. Glen was retired from DuPont after 41 years as an operator and a lab repairman; he has also been a massage therapist for 8 years working at home and Citizen's Health Plex. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and Crescent Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Charlene Wilhite Weldon; daughter, Kim Shipman Trebesch of Victoria; sons, Glen Allen (Jo) Weldon, Michael Wayne (Kim) Weldon and Robert Charles Weldon all of Pennsylvania; sisters, Lois Yawn, LaVerne Lowery both of Arkansas, Elaine Cole of Mississippi, Mary Greenfield of Washington; brothers, Calvin Weldon of Seabrook, TX, David Weldon of Victoria; grandchildren, Michael Anthony Weldon, Laci Renae (Josh) Stadheim, Jennifer Nicole Weldon, Dakota Rain Weldon and Tanner Allen Weldon and one great granddaughter, Abigail Renae Stadheim.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Weldon is preceded in death by a sister, Louise Bitner.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 3, 2012 from 5-7 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Services will be conducted at 10 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Northside Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Williams and Rev. Mike Monroe officiating. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers are David Weldon, Calvin Weldon, Mike Weldon, Michael Anthony Weldon, Audley Dry, Hollis Millard and Jay McIivain, Jim Wilhite, Don Bryan and Al Helweg.

Memorials may be made to Man to Man Ministry, P.O. Box 4629, Victoria, TX 77903 and Young Life, in care of Jay McIivain, 111 Willow Way, Victoria, TX 77904.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

Published in Victoria Advocate on September 3, 2012
 


Dale Edward Wendt

(December 15, 1928 - December 1, 2012)

Dale Edward Wendt, 83, passed away December 1, 2012. He was born December 15, 1928 in Markham, TX to the late Edward Wendt & Lela McElroy Wendt. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and worked for many years at Marathon Oil Co.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Socha Wendt, in 2010 and his daughter, Angela Lynn Smith, in 1983. Survivors include cousins Dan & Jane Wendt of Bay City and Jack & Billie Wendt of Richmond and special friends Jimmy & Diane Rieger of Bay City.

Visitation will be 6pm-8pm Monday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church with Rev. Sam Starks and Rev. Kevin Blake officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tom Hudgins, Jerry Winkenwerder, Robert Foote, David Garcia, James Hoffmiester and Garlan Hinman.

Bay City Tribune, December 5, 2012
 


John Henry Werlla

PALACIOS - John Henry Werlla, 99, of Palacios, passed away on July 5, 2012. He was born on October 19, 1912 in the Hahn Community to the late John Henry and Jane Burschell. He was a pipefitter for many years. John loved to hunt and dance. He enjoyed family reunions and sharing special dishes especially his famous fruit cakes.

John is preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Susie Hamilton Werlla; brothers, Elo, Leon, Jesse, and Charles Werlla; sisters, Irene Gertrude Werlla, Lurlene Florence Werlla, Gladys Mary Werlla; daughter, Judith Ann Werlla; grandsons, Gregory Dean "Bebbo" Knost, Gregory Dean, and Wesley Dean Werlla.

John is survived by his daughters, Jane Ottis and husband Ed of Bay City, Jo Ellen Knost and husband Greg of Vidor, Sue Kirby and husband Brent of Wadsworth, and Joy Haney and husband David of Vidor; son, Jerry Roy Werlla and his wife Deborah of Hudson Oaks; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1:30 until 3:00 P.M. on Sunday July 8, 2012 at Triska Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 4:00 P.M. at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Words of condolence may be made at www.triskafuneralhome.com Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

Published in Victoria Advocate on July 7, 2012
 


BETTY LOU WEST

PALACIOS - Memorial services for Mrs. Betty Lou West, 81, of Palacios, TX, will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at First Presbyterian Church, Palacios.
Mrs. West died Oct. 29, 2012 following an extended illness. A native of New Castle, Ind., she was born Dec. 2, 1930 to the late Rose and Barclay Brown, and had resided in Texas since 1953. She married Bert West, Nov. 13, 1948.

Survivors: In addition to her husband, include daughters Leidon (John) Eames of Daingerfield, TX; Dodi (George) Edinger of Lake St. Louis, MO; Debbie (Tim) Reyna of Daingerfield; and Karen (Mickey) Robey of Cushing, TX; and sons Nick (Mary) West of Palacios; Pat West of Mt. Pleasant, TX; and Larry (Missy) West of Yoakum, TX. Other survivors include 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a large extended family.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Tina Louise.

Memorial contributions may be given to Palacios Area Fund, 453 Commerce St., Palacios, Texas 77465.

On-line guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com

Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum 361-293-5656.

Victoria Advocate, October 30, 2012
 


Roy “Pete” White

White, Roy “Pete,” age 61, passed away at Matagorda General Hospital Friday morning. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p. m. Taylor Brothers Chapel. Rev. Don Meador of the First Methodist Church officiated. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Myra L. Gilson of Houston and one son Roy White Jr., of Dallas. Pallbearers were Harvey, Burrel, Randy and Paul White, Garland Watson and Jack Spurgeon.

Daily Tribune, April 6, 1970
 


Anthony "Tony" Shawn Whitt
(August 21, 1961 - October 16, 2012)

Anthony (Tony) Shawn Whitt passed away on October 16, 2012 surrounded by his loving family in his parents’ home after a short and tough battle with cancer. He was born in Bay City, Texas on August 21, 1961 to Mary Griffin Whitt and Delbert Whitt.

He graduated from Columbia High School in 1979 and attended Sam Houston State University. Tony worked several years for Dow Chemical before he found his true passion in life. Tony was a car enthusiast, whom if you knew him, you probably bought a car from him at some point. He spent many years working for multiple car business across Brazoria County. He was the life of family and friendly gatherings, always making people smile and laugh.

He is survived by his parents Mary Griffin Whitt and Delbert Whitt of West Columbia, his two brothers Dr.Ken Whitt of College Station and Timothy Whitt & wife, Wendy of West Columbia, his grandmother, Mary Dee Griffin of West Columbia; his two nieces , Whitney Whitt and her fiance’ Kevin Kelso of San Antonio and Alona Whitt of College Station; nephews, Dr Jacob Whitt of New Orleans, La.; Dr. Travis White of New Orleans, La., Zach Whitt & his wife, Cally of College Station and his very special friend, Zella Harvey of West Columbia, who stood by his side with love and care, and many other loving relatives.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia at 2:00 pm with Rev John Price officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Hospice Care Team for all their care and support.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held after the service at the Whitt family home, 354 Tinsley Rd., 2 miles north of Walmart north of West Columbia.

The Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing with burial to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

The Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing. The family wishes to thank all our families and friends for their prayers, flowers, food, and thoughtfulness. May God bless each of you and may she Rest in Peace.

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

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

www.taylorbros.net
 


Steven A. Wilbanks

Steven Arnold Wilbanks, aged 79 years, 9 months and 11 days, died at his home in Palacios early Tuesday morning following an illness of some duration. He was born in Elkhart, Ill., Feb. 10, 1860, where he grew to manhood and continued to make his home until he moved to Texas some years ago.

He was a very progressive farmer in his native state and continued this vocation near Collegeport, where he located when coming to this state.

About five years ago he moved to Palacios to make his home. He is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters and several grand children.

Funeral services were held at the Brandon-Duffy Funeral Home at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, Rev. Mack officiating and the Methodist choir furnishing the music. The remains were then taken to the Hawley Cemetery east of Blessing where interment was made. A large concourse of friends from Bay City, Collegeport and Blessing were in attendance.

Palacios Beacon, November 23, 1939
 


Earl Edward Wilcox

Funeral service for Mr. Earl Edward Wilcox, age 80, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, August 5th, at 11:00 A. M., at the Enterprise Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Kevin O. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 P. M. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Saturday from 10 til 11 A. M. at the church.

Mr. Wilcox was born February 10, 1914, in Sequin, Texas, to James Wilcox and Corelious Drummer Wilcox, and died August 1, 1995 at his residence in Bay City.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years. Mrs. Annie Bell “Lucy” Franklin Wilcox of Bay City. Also 7 daughters and one son-in-law, Mrs. Zella Jackson, Mrs. Irene Hynson (& Rev. Henry Hynson), Mrs. Cleo Ward, Mrs. Josie Childs, Ms. Charlotte Wilcox and Ms. Brenda Wilcox, all of Texas City, and Mrs. Arlene Taylor of Bay City. Also four sons and two daughters-in-law, Edward Lee Wilcox (& Margie) of Houston, Marvin Wilcox of La Marque, Mitchell Wilcox (& Cheryl), and Kenneth Wilcox, all of Bay City.

Also one sister, Mrs. Bernice Wilcox Stroman of Bay City, and one brother, Albert L. Wilcox of Galveston. Two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Leanna Lewis of LaMarque, and Mrs. Lola Wilcox of Galveston, and one brother-in-law, Roosevelt Franklin of Bay City.

He also leaves 30 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and an extended family of other relatives and many friends.

Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Audrey Jean Wilcox Zachary, June 24, 1976, four sisters, Ruby Wilcox Flowers, Josephine Wilcox Baylor, Odessa Wilcox Brown and Girtleen Wilcox, and one brother, Haywood Wilcox.

Active pallbearers include the Silver Cord Masonic Lodge #292.

Honorary pallbearers will include Theron Taylor, Glenn Wilcox, Earnest Lewis, James Flowers, Elsworth Wilcox, Michael Franklin, Obie Johnson, Weldon B. Smith, Curtis Franklin, Jr., Voris Wilcox, Kevin Wilcox, and Chevis Wilcox.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, August, 1995
 


Betty Louise Griggs Wiley

Funeral service for Betty Louise Griggs Wiley, 60, of Lake Jackson, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2005, at Brazoria First Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. James Williams officiating.

Burial was to follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Cedar Lane, Texas.

She died Saturday, February 19, 2005, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

She was a member of True Honor Baptist Church, where she served on the usher board and food committee.

She was employed by the Lake Jackson Police Department.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Ellis Griggs, Sr. and Gertrude Griggs; grandson, Amir Player; two sisters, Helen Griggs, and Frankie Ward; and brother, Earl Griggs.

Survivors include: son, Adam Wiley, Lake Jackson; three daughters, LaJuan Griggs (Greg), Arizona, Cheryl “Snoopy” Griggs, Angleton, and Tamisha “Mesa” Wiley, Lake Jackson; four brothers, Rev. Murry Griggs, Sr. (Ophelia), Cedar Lane, Elder Eugene Griggs, Sr. (Ruby), Sweeny, Ellis Griggs, Jr. (Catherine), Bailey’s Prairie, and Robert Griggs (Tweety), Houston; sister, Ruby Matthews (Sam), Bay City; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; goddaughter, LaTonya Bonner; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be the Lake Jackson Police Department.

Honorary pallbearers will be Adrion “Pooka” Griggs, Jermel “Jeda” Griggs, Jordan Mitchell, Rev. Murry Griggs, Sr., Elder Eugene Griggs, Sr., Ellis Griggs, Jr., Robert Griggs, Adam Wiley, Greg Mitchell, Adam “C.J.” Wiley II, Joshua Wiley and Elijah Wiley.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2005, at True Honor Baptist Church in Clute.

A wake will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church also.

Final arrangements entrusted to Dixon Funeral Home of Brazoria at www.dixonfuneralhome.com or 979-798-9113.

Bay City Tribune, February 27, 2005

 


Brenda Joyce Bouldin-Wilkerson

Funeral service for Mrs. Brenda Joyce Bouldin-Wilkerson, age 54, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, August 5th, at 2:00 P. M., at the Enterprise Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Kevin O. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 P. M. in the Chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Saturday from 1 til 2 P. M. at the church.

Mrs. Wilkerson was born on October 17, 1940, in Bay City, to Welton Bouldin, and died August 1, 1995, at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

Survivors include a son, Allan Chambers of Lake Jackson, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mrs. Rita Dykes (& Hart Lee, Sr.) and Mrs. Janet Hart (& Wilson, Sr.), all of Bay City, and one brother, Phoenix, Arizona; one brother-in-law, Louis Williams of Bay City.

She also leaves 7 aunts, Mrs. Irene Edison Shelton of Houston, Mrs. Melvin Edison Trunnell and Mrs. Myrtle Edison Spradley of Oakland, California, Mrs. Lula Edison Ashley of Berkley California, Mrs. Grace Edison Partain and Mrs. Marjorie Bouldin Harris of Bay City, and Mrs. Vina Bouldin Helms of Galveston, and one uncle, C. D. Bouldin of Bay City. Also 8 nieces and nephews, Todd, Denise, Hart Lee, Jr., Billy , Tony, Regina, Wilson, Jr. and Jeanean; and four great-nephews and niece, Jonathan, Chaz, Jalen and Audrel. She leaves many, many other relatives and a family of friends.

Brenda was preceded in death by her mother, Beatrice Edison Bouldin, October 14, 1948, her sister, Billie Jean Bouldin Williams, April 6, 1975, her father, Welton Bouldin, November 12, 1986, her husband, Tom Welton “T. W.” Wilkerson, June 23, 1987, and her step-mother, Ida Lee “Jessie” Bouldin, November 3, 1992.

Daily Tribune, August, 1995
 


Delores Wilkerson
Aug. 10, 1934 – May 5, 2012

Funeral services for Delores Wilkerson, 77, of Bay City, will be held at noon on Saturday at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Murray Martin, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

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

She was born in Bay City, Texas, August 10, 1934, to E.J. Law and Leatha Lane Law, and passed away May 5, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

Survivors include: five children, Ronnie Law, Sherby Wilkerson, Donald Wilkerson, Jr., Janet Williams (and Alfred), and Terrell Wilkerson; also a cousin, James Bradford (and Mary Lou); and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathern Cathey.

Condolences may be sent to the family by fax 979-245-1537 or email at duncan-roberts@att.net.

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

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, May 9, 2012
 


Luceile Huebner Wilkinson
(February 1, 1918 - February 8, 2012)
 

Luceile H. Wilkinson, 94, of Bay City passed away February 8, 2012. She was born February 1, 1918 in Matagorda County, Texas to the late Marion Taylor Huebner and Lillian Hurst Huebner.

Her husband Bob Wilkinson and brothers Top Huebner, Bob Huebner and Raleigh Huebner all preceded her in death. Survivors include daughter Martha Wilkinson Lake & husband Clay of San Antonio; son Bobby Wilkinson of Bay City; grandchildren Clay Lake II, Malynn Wilkinson Ashcraft, Mindy Mechlem and Chris Wilkinson and great grandchildren Morgan Reber, Elton Maurice Ashcraft, Raleigh Ashcraft, Lillian Ashcraft and Isabella Ashcraft. She is also survived by her loving caretaker Lynn Guynes.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mark Stoub officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Doug Huebner, Richard Knapik, Lindsey Thompson, Torsten Normann-Pererson, Jack Wilkinson and Rusty Green. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Alonzo Williams

Funeral services for Mr. Alonzo Williams, age 66, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, March 2, 1996, at 2 p. m., at Bethel Baptist Church in Bay City, with the Rev. L. C. Cunningham, Jr., presiding, and the Rev. L. K. Williams, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 p. m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Saturday from 1 to 2 p. m. at the church.

Mr. Williams was born in Bay City, Friday, July 12, 1929, to Louis Williams and Harriett Morgan Williams, and died Sunday, Feb. 25, 1996, at Matagorda General Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ester Williams of Bay City, and a daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Rose Mary (& Sammy) Hayes of Bay City. Also one brother, Louis Williams, Jr. of Bay City and four aunts, Mrs. Mary Lee Anderson of Cedar Lane, Mrs. Alice Lewis, Mrs. Georgia Johnson, and Mrs. Laverne (& L. C.) Pointer, all of Bay City.

He also leaves four step-children, Mrs. Lisa (& Nathaniel) Moore, Ms. Rosa Williams, Ms. Paula Williams and Ms. Michele Williams, all of Bay City; three grandchildren, Ms. Patricia Williams, Barry Williams and Mrs. Lolita (& Roosevelt) Gardner. Also three great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, a mother-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Jones of Bay City, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Jean Williams.

Active pallbearers will include Arthur Callis, Anthony Smith, Roy Stredic, Sam Williams, Nathaniel Moore and Murray Gardner.

Honorary pallbearers will include Louis Williams, Jr., Barry Williams, A. C. Tellison and Sammy Hayes.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, March, 1966
 


Billie Mack Williams
Dec. 16, 1921 – April 3, 2012

Billie Mack Williams, 90, passed away on April 3, 2012. Billie Mack was born to Lee and Eudora Williams in Rita, Texas on December 16, 1921.

He grew up in Rita and Hix Texas and graduated from Caldwell High School.

After graduation, Billie Mack traveled from Central Texas to the Texas Gulf Coast working in Freeport, Texas and, due to a childhood injury, supported the war effort by working at the Abercrombie Refinery. He began working for the Ohio Oil Company, later renamed Marathon Oil, in Freeport in 1948.

In 1948, Billie Mack married the love of his life, Earline Angell, of Cameron, Texas who had also migrated to the Texas Gulf Coast. In 1951 the newly-married couple transferred with Marathon Oil to the Markham Gas Plant in Markham Texas.

In Markham, Billie Mack and Earline spent the majority of their adult years working and raising a family. Billie Mack and Earline were lifelong members of the Markham Baptist Church.

Billie was instrumental in obtaining Markham a safe water system and served on the Markham Water Board for many years. Billie Mack retired from Marathon Oil in 1984.

After retirement, Billie Mack and Earline relocated to El Campo, Texas in 1998 becoming members of The First Baptist Church, El Campo.

Family and friends were the focus of his life. Life in Markham revolved around sons Tommy and Greg’s activities in Markham and at Tidehaven High School.

Later, Billie Mack focused on his grandchildren, Brandon and Alex Williams, attending activities, teaching them a variety of skills and visiting them whenever possible including multiple visits to Bogota, Colombia and Chicago, Illinois.

Billie was always known for his kindness and patience for all family, friends, and extended family members. He was always willing to assist anyone in any way in good times and when in need.

He is preceded in death by: his son, Thomas Lee Williams in 1994; his parents; brother, Pat Williams; and sister, Pauline Kornegay.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Earline Williams; son, Greg and daughter-in-law Lucy of Friendswood, Texas; grandchildren, Brandon Williams and wife Shona of Joplin, Missouri and Alex Williams of Los Angeles, California; brothers, Lonnie Williams and his wife Brenda of Hix, Texas, Ed Williams of Hix, Texas; sisters, Shirley Eberspacher and her husband Lou of Angleton, Texas, Martha Phillip of Freeport, Texas, Patricia Hebert and her husband A. J. of Palacios, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend our thanks to all friends and family for your prayers, cards and loving support. We also wish to extend our gratitude to the many doctors, nurses and caregivers at The Colonnades, Holly Hall, Memorial Hermann, Clear Lake Regional Hospital and Triumph Rehabilitation over the past year that cared for dad during dad’s illness.

A special thanks to Gayle Towns, Rose Mary Dubois and her Congregational care team at Friendswood United Methodist Church, Pastor Rick Dubroc at First Baptist El Campo, and niece Carla Butcher of Houston, Texas for her tireless love and support.

In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests that donations be made to The Friendswood United Methodist Church – Congregational Care, 110 N. Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, Texas 77546.

A celebration of Billie Mack’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546 with the Rev. Billy Richter officiating.

Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Macedonia-Hix Cemetery in Hix, Texas.

Condolences may be sent to the Williams’ family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, April 8, 2012
 


Earl Williams

Funeral services for Mr. Earl Williams of Houston, will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 p. m., at the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 3202 Trulley Street, Houston, Texas, with the Rev. Jerald Dew officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City, with arrival of the funeral procession approximately 3:30 p. m.

Mr. Williams passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1995, at his residence in Houston.

Among his survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Rugeley Williams of Houston, a former Van Vleck and Bay City native.

Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Home, 5730 Calhoun, Houston (713) 747-9604, with local arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, October 27 & 28, 1995
 


Gertrude Johnson Williams

Funeral Services for Gertrude Johnson Williams, 70, will be Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Missionry Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, Texas with the Rev. W. D. Hicks officiating. Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery in Cedar Lane, Texas.

She died, Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at Specialty Hospital Houston in Webster, Texas.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Williams, Sr. Brazoria, Texas, 2 sons; Phillip Williams and Debra, Houston, Texas, and Lonnie Williams, Jr., and Donna, Fort Worth, Texas; 6 daughters, Lucille White-King and Gilbert, Cartersville, Ga., Myrtle McZeal and Michael, Houston, Texas, Shirley Williams and Aserline Williams, Austin, Texas, Fannie Williams, Lake Jackson, Texas, Linda Hagger and Earnest Jr., Houston, Texas, Samuel M. Johnson, Sweeny, Texas. Also she is survived by 19 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Phillip Williams, Lonnie Williams, Jr., Earnest Hagger, Jr., Michael McZeal, Phillip Michael Williams, Quentin Williams, Brnadon Williams, Victor Ivery, Justin McZeal, Preston Williams, and Matthew Williams.

Visitation will be Friday, August 4, 2000 at the Dixon Funeral Home Chapel from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a wake service will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Arrangements are with Dixon Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Friday August 4, 2000

 


Harriett Williams



St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 

Funeral services for Irene Evelyn (Welsh) Williams, 80, of Angleton, were held Oct. 25, 2004 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Kasiah officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was born Sept. 25, 1924 in Palacios to Donald Welsh and Grace Mae Hicks Welsh. She died Oct. 21, 2004 in Houston.

She was resident of Angleton for the past 1-1/2 years, and had been a long time resident of Oklahoma and Houston. She was retired from Hughes Tool Co. in Houston.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Ann and Delbert Roden of Wilburton, OK and Betty Smith and William Powell of Brazoria; sons and daughters-in-law: George Emmett Lister of Wilburton, OK, Bobby and Mary Ann Lister and Danny and Cynthia Lister of Spring; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Johnny Kasiah of Port Lavaca; brothers and sisters-in-law: John Emmett Welsh of Wilburton, OK, Jack and Louise Welsh of Blessing and Jimmy and Melvina Welsh of Brazoria; grandchildren Diana Roden, Delbert Roden, Tammy Koppa, Patricia Tierney, Danny Lister, Jr., Tracey Poulsen, Billy Powell, Clifford Powell, Bobby Gene Lister, Jr., Travis Richardson and Shanda Richardson; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husbands, George Lister and Sonny Williams; her daughter, Charlotte Wilson and by her brothers Freddie Welsh and Billy Welsh.

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

Palacios Beacon, October 27, 2004
 


Rev. J. Williams



St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Mary Jane Williams



St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Ossie Lee Williams
Dec. 23, 1920 – Oct. 20, 2012

Funeral services for Ossie Lee Williams, 91, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Murray Martin, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

She was born in Wadsworth, Texas, December 23, 1920, to Lucinda Robinson and Shepherd Abbage, and passed away October 13, 2012, in Bay City.

Survivors include: three children, Wilma Parker, James Mills and Raymond Mills; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Visitation and guest book register will be from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home chapel.

Condolences may be shared with the family by fax to 979-245-1537 or online at duncan-roberts@att.net.

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

Bay City Tribune, October 17, 2012
 


Rose Lee Williams
(August 23, 1920 - February 21, 2012)

Rose Lee Polensky Williams, 91, of Bay City passed away February 21, 2012. She was born August 23, 1920 in Hungerford, TX to the late Antone Michael Polensky and Mary Ann Luczak Polensky. On November 23, 1940 she married Lonnie Williams. They were married for 70 years. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and loved her garden, which she shared with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister four brothers, one grandson and one great grandson. She is survived by daughter Mary Jean Hawthorn of Wharton, TX; son Johnny Robert Williams of Bay City; grandchildren Paul Tenberg of Van Vleck, Keith Robert Williams of Bay City and Jill Suzanne Davis of Bay City; 6 great grandchildren, 2 great- great grandchildren; brother Laurence Polensky of El Campo and sister Beatrice Duzan of Saginaw, TX.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Korenek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be: Paul Tenberg, Keith Williams, Kyle Williams, Ronnie Smith, and Bobby Bell.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, February 25, 2012
 


TWILA CORENA WILLIAMS

PLACEDO - Twila Corena Williams of Placedo died May 4, 2012 at the age of 72. She was born on July 1, 1939 in Palacios to the late Charles Austin and Ethel Willingham Williams. She had worked at Hinzes Barbeque for 10 years and then was a hotel clerk at Homer Norton Hotel in Rosenberg for many years before her retirement.

She is survived by her children Christine Poppinga of Brazoria, Dennis Johnson of Freeport, Shannon Johnson of Sweeny, Diana Johnson Redd of Placedo; brothers Delmar Williams of Kingsville, Oland Williams of CA, Andy Williams of LA; sister Wanda Gonzales of Galveston; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jimmie, Vernon and Bennie Williams, sisters Dolly Coopman, Faye Baker, Frankie Tumlinson, and granddaughter Brandi Johnson.

A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Published in Victoria Advocate on May 6, 2012


Jessie Times Williamson

Funeral services for Jessie Times Williamson, 73, of Markham, will be held 11 a. m. Tuesday at the First Sacred Memorial Christian Church in Bay City with the Rev. H. S. Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation hours are until 9 p. m. today at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

Mrs. Williamson was born March 13, 1918, to the Rev. Clarence and Pinkie Bonner Times in Bay City and died Sept. 26, 1991, at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

She is survived by her husband, Alonzo Williamson of Markham; a brother, Henry Washington; stepmother, Margaret Times; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a family of friends.

Daily Tribune, September, 1991
 


Olonzo Williamson

Funeral services for the Rev. Olonzo Williamson, 76, of Markham will be held at 1 p. m. Monday in the St. John Baptist Church of Van Vleck with the Rev. Ruben Newell officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. Sunday at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

Rev. Williamson was born Nov. 25, 1916 in Okolona, Ark. to Eddie and Violet McIntosh Williamson and died Aug. 1, 1993 at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was a member of the Baptist church and a resident of Markham. Rev. Williamson was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army who was awarded the Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Service Star, and Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Y Medal.

Survivors include the following: a brother, Horace Williamson of Los Angeles, Calif.; a niece, Doreen Coyle of Houston; and many other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Rev. Williamson’s friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Lee Williamson, in 1992.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral

Daily Tribune, August, 1993
 


Mable H. Wilson

Graveside services for Mable H. Wilson of Anchorage, Alaska, 61 were scheduled for 10 a. m. today at Easview Cemetery with the Rev. Roy Amey officiating.

She was born July 10, 1930 to the late Ulysses and Mable Hassell in Charleston, S. C. and died Nov. 3, 1991 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Glenn and Elizabeth Hudson of Anchorage, Alaska.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilson were held Nov. 7, 1991 at Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.

Local arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, November, 1991
 

Naoma McNeely Wilson, 89, of Victoria, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001.

She was born June 22, 1911, in Calvert, to the late David Luther and Myrtle Eloise Johnson McNeely. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Victoria.

Survivors: sons, James Wilson, Thomas Wilson and Gene Wilson, all of Victoria; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Theodore William "Eunice" Wilson; parents.

Visitation will be 1 to 9 p.m. today at Palacios Funeral Home chapel.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Palacios Cemetery [Matagorda County, TX], the Rev. Gary Joe Wilson officiating. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

Victoria Advocate, Thursday March 08, 2001
 


Frank Wishard

Funeral services for Frank Wishard, 80, of Palacios, Tx. will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Blessing, Tx.

Mr. Wishard was born on April 16, 1932 in Kansas City, KS and passed away on April 28, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Wishard; children Michael (Wanda) of Porter, TX; John (Sheri) of Pearland, TX; Linda Collins (Vic) of Houston; and Paula Higgins (Craig) of San Antonio; two brothers, CJ (Myrna) and Jerry (Alice); brother-in-law Frank Sharp, Jr.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Palacios Beacon, May 9, 2012
 


Andrew Buford Witherspoon

Funeral services for Mr. Andrew Buford Witherspoon, age 81, will be held Wednesday, October 11, at 11 a. m., at the Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church in Bay City, with Rev. Roy Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Tuesday until 9 p. m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, and Wednesday from 10-11 a. m. at the church.

Mr. Witherspoon was born Monday, July 13, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama, to George Witherspoon and Viola Green Witherspoon, and died Friday, October 6, 1995, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

He graduated from Industrial High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was a member of the band and the football team. He pursued further studies at Payne University in Birmingham, Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The culmination of his education resulted in his receiving his Pharmaceutical Degree.

He later enlisted in the armed services where he served in World War II. His army career was completed with his rank as 1st Sergeant.

Witherspoon’s religious affiliation included membership at Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church in Bay City, where he was church organist for 30 years. He also served as Trustee and member of the Board of Stewards. His love for music enhanced his desire to provide free piano lessons to interested individuals.

His civic representation and community involvement was evident throughout Matagorda County and in Bay City. He was a member of the Matagorda County Hospital District, and a member of the Matagorda Sheriff’s Reserve. He also was a former member of the Draft Board, and one of the organizers of the Economic Action Committee. He served as former secretary of Gulf Coast Lodge #272. For 27 years, Witherspoon owned and operated South End Drug Store on Duncan Street. He later bought the Roland Hilliard Project to Bay City, and was instrumental in the building of the Bay Breeze Project in Bay City.

Survivors include his faithful wife of 51 years, Mrs. Lottie Boone Witherspoon of Bay City, and two foster sons, Roy Armelin of Houston and Michael Hebert of Bay City. Also a foster daughter-in-law, Wanda Sue Hebert, and two foster grandsons, Michael, Jr. and Andrew Hebert. Also two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Mrs. Erma Boone Stevens and Mrs. Naomi Boone Young and husband, Dave, all of Bay City; and three cousins.

Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister-in-law and four brothers-in-law, Mrs. Fannie Boone Armelin and husband Wellington, Lloyd Boone, Arthur Boone and Alonzo “Prof” Stevens.

Active pallbearers will include E. H. Allen, Sr., J. W. Brown, Willie B. Hart, Wilson Hart, Johnnie Johnican and Sammie Wright.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, October, 1995
 


Lottie Boone Witherspoon

Funeral services for Lottie Boone Witherspoon, 81, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, March 24, 2001, at 3 p.m. at Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Evelyn Johnson, Eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Friday until 9 p.m. in the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

She was born in Lynville, Texas, Sunday, October 12, 1919, to Hampton Boone and Carrie McNeil Boone, and passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at her residence in Bay City.

She attended public school in Sargent, and graduated as class salutatorian from Powell Point High School, Kendleton, Texas. Afterwards, she attended Prairie View College. There she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. Later, she received her Master of Science Degree with major in Home Economics and minor in Sociology.

Her professional career as an educator spanned many years. She began as county Home Demonstration Agent in Milan and Cass Counties, and later as Head Home Economics Department at Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, Texas. Afterwards, she taught at Herman High School, Van Vleck, Texas, Marshall High School, Angleton, Texas, and ended her professional career in Bay City Independent School District.

Her membership with Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church included serving in various capacities. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, Olive Leaf Chapter #219.

Survivors include: four foster sons, Roy Armelin, Michael Hebert,Sr. Michael Hebert, Jr and Andrew Hebert; a sister-in-law, Lucille Jordon and Homer, brother-in-law, Dave Young; three nieces, Lois Armelin, Brenda Armelin and Carrie Armelin Metoyer and Reginald; three nephews, Wellington Armelin, Jr., H. S. Armelin and Elonzo Roy Armelin; also a host of other relatives and many firends.

Besides her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, A. B. Witherspoon, October 5, 1995, four sisters, Fannie Armelin, Naomi Young, Maude Harris and Erma Stevens, and two brothers, Lloyd Boone and Arthur Boone.

Active pallbearers will be Roy Armelin, Michael Hebert, Sr., Sammie Wright, Billy Moore, Willie B. Hart and Quinnon Casey. Honorary pallbearers will be H. S. Armelin, Roy Armelin, Jr., Wellington Armelin, Jr., Robert Windle and E. H. Allen.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. A00011A2001MR23

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, March 23, 2001
 


Robert Wittig

March 20, 1929 –Nov. 24, 2012

Robert Wittig, 83, of Wharton died Saturday, November 24, 2012, in Houston following an extended illness.

He was born on May 20, 1929, in Wharton, the son of the late Clarence August Wittig and Frieda Henrietta Margareta Koch Wittig.

Visitation was held on Tuesday night at the Wharton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Barry Sharp officiating.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton.

Robert was a lifelong resident of Wharton and he graduated from Wharton High School in 1947. He served his country in the US Army 1st Armored Division and Radio Operator of the 5th Armored Division. He married Georgia “Ann” Lewis on September 6, 1958, and she preceded him in death on November 23, 1980.

Besides his wife and parents, his brother Leroy Wittig also preceded Robert in death.

Robert was a farmer and worked as armed security for South Texas Nuclear Project for ten years. Robert loved offshore fishing, playing dominoes, gardening, and growing pecans and vegetables. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Survivors include: his daughters, Kathy Freidhof and husband Bill of Houston, Naida Kellogg and husband Randy of Cypress, and Roxanna Wittig of Sugar Land; son, Larry Wittig and wife Teri Ann of Lake Jackson; brothers, Leonard Wittig and wife Lil of Boling, Albert Wittig of Freeport, Raymond Wittig of Wharton, Herman Wittig and wife Linda of Boling, and Howard Wittig and wife Loretta of Lane City; sisters, Helen Thomas and husband Bill of Houston and Edith Thonsgaard and husband Dale of Wharton; sister-in-law, Shirley Wittig of Wharton; grandchildren, Conner Freidhof, Claire Freidhof, April Williams, Lindsey Wittig, Clifford Wittig, Clayton Wittig, Elijah Wittig, and Shelbi Kellogg and great-granddaughter Kaci Williams.

Pallbearers are Conner Freidhof, Brian Bremser, Stephen Carson, Clifford Wittig, Clayton Wittig, and Chad Thonsgaard.

Funeral services are under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home in Wharton.

Bay City Tribune, November 28, 2012
 


William Dice Wood

(June 6, 1926 - November 16, 2012)

William Dice Wood, 86, passed away on November 16, 2012. Bill was born on June 6, 1926 in Elgin, Texas to the late George Pryor and Clara Ophelia Torrey Wood. Bill graduated from High School in Corpus Christi and from the University of Texas with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He married Mildred LaFaye (Faye) Nicholas in Waynesboro, Mississippi and had been married for 61 years. Bill worked for 25 years for Socony Vacuum which later became Mobil Oil, working in Venezuela, the Philippines, Australia, The Netherlands and England. He later went to work for NAPC in Northern Greece and then Union Texas Petroleum in Pakistan and Indonesia. Bill was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge, York Rite and Knights Templar. Bill is survived by his wife and four children, Janet Wood Hickl and Paul of Bay City, George Pryor Wood and Claudia of Austin, Ralph Rutledge Wood and Sarah of West Friendship, Maryland and Paul Nicholas Wood of Estonia; grandchildren Megan Hickl Pate and Adam of Sweeny, Adam Hickl of Victoria, Emily and Darcy Wood of West Friendship, Maryland and Emma Wood of Clive, Iowa; and sister Robbie Davis of Tyler. The family will receive visitors from 5:00P.M. to 7:00P.M. Monday, November 19, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Graveside services with the family will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Published in the Victoria Advocated on November 19, 2012
 


Alberta Young Woodard

Funeral services for Alberta Young Woodard, 88, of Bay City, are scheduled for 2 p. m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 1995, at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Griggs officiating. Burial will be in East View Cemetery.

Visitation will be until 9 p. m. Friday, Jan. 13. The body will lie in state at Mother Zion Baptist Church from 1 to 2 p. m. Saturday.

Mrs. Woodard was born Oct. 25, 1906, in Brazoria County, to Sandy Young and Nancy Givens and died Jan. 8, 1995, in Matagorda General Hospital.

She was a member of the Eastern Star Olive Leaf Chapter 219, OES, the Progressive Order of Pilgrims and George W. Carver #235.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Walton of Bay City and Eula Courtney and William Courtney Sr. of Bay City; one foster daughter, Bessie George and Richard George of Bay City; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers are Willie Boone Jr., Darryl Cockrell, Ira Joe Edison, Richard George III, Wilson Hart, Randall Knapp, Mike Smith III and John Calvin Stone.

Honorary pallbearers are William Courtney Sr., Anthony Walton Sr., Christine Spiller, Abel Rutherford, Jewel Smith, Jessie B. Robinson, Opal Davis, Dave Young, Clemith Doyle Austin Sr. and members of the Missionary Department Bible band and ushers of Mother Zion Baptist Church.

Arrangements are with Green’s Mortuary of Bay City.

Daily Tribune, January 1?, 1995                  Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott
 


Lorita Ann Woodard



St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Phema Ella Woodard

Funeral Services for Phema Ella Woodard, 92, of Cedar Lane, will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, with the Rev. Steven Staten and the Rev. K. W. Bree, eulogist. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Cedar Lane. Visitation will be Monday until 9 p.m. at the chapel of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

She was born in Gainesmore, Texas, Friday, February 19, 1909 to Paul Jones and Anica Page and passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at Sea Breeze Rehabilitation Center in Bay City.

Her religious affiliation included membership with the Bethlehem Christian Church in Cedar Lake. There, she served faithfully in various capacities. Those spiritual contributions were fruitful and endless. Community and fraternal involvement included being secretary of the Shiloh Cemetery Association and Worthy Recorder of the Berean Order of Pilgrims, Sanctuary #54. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Survivors include: two daughters she reared, Ethel Ward and Dave.Jr., of Cedar Lane, and Barbara Aikens and Elmer of Harbor City, Calif.; and two adopted granddaughters, Deborah Edison and Anthony of Live Oak, and Sherol Jones of Duncanville. Also five grandchildren, Gwendolyn Paddillo and Joe; Phillip Ward and Rose, Dave Ward III, Calvin Ward and Patrice and Derrick Aikens and Janice, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, one step-sister, Nellie Brown of Cedar Lane, and caretaker, Floradean Bryant of Cedar Lake. Also a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Active pallbearers will be Phillip Ward, Dave Ward III, Calvin Ward, Donald Paige, Garland Johnson, The Rev. Carey White, Roosevelt Law, Jr., Anthony Edison, Robert Johnson, Jr. and Frank Blair. Honorary pallbearers will be Dave Ward, Jr., Elmer Aikens, the deacons and elders of Bethlehem Christian Church.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home.

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The Daily Tribune, Sunday, May 13, 2001                                      
Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott & Jerrilyn Capers
 


Willie Mae Wyche Woodard

Willie Mae Wyche Woodard, 73, of Bay City passed away July 12, 1996 at Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Texas.

She was born August 2, 1922 in Bay City to Ross and Hallie Mills Wyche.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday July 18 at noon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church with Rev. L. V. Harvey officiating. Burial will follow at East View Cemetery in Bay City. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 17 from noon to 9 p. m. Mrs. Woodard will lie in state at Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday morning from 11 a. m. to noon.

She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Alma Mayo of Bay City; a son [and] daughter-in-law Cleveland Woodard III & Maxine Woodard of Bay City; daughter-in-law Carrie Wyche of Houston; one brother, Eddie Wyche of Houston; 11 grandchildren Kevin Williams, Voile Wyche, Carlos Wyche, Runa Sardina all of Houston, LaTarsha Johnson of Galveston, Michelle Woodard, Cassandra Woodard, Vernon Woodard, LeWayne Smith, Larry Callis, Jr. of Bay City and Jacob Mayo III of Houston and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers are Jerry Johnson, David Battle, Richard Johnson, Sr., Larry Callis, Sr., Turley Johnson and Jacob Mayo, III.

Honorary pallbearers are Cleveland Woodard, III, Eddie Wyche, Clint Wyche, Clifford Nines, Elridge Gee, Keith Martin, Jimmie Taylor, Tony Martin.

Green’s Mortuary of Bay City is in charge of the arrangements.

Daily Tribune, July, 1996
 


Alexander Wyche



St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
 


Benjamin Lee Wyche

Funeral services for Benjamin Lee Wyche, 55, of The Liveoak Community will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Vine Grove Christian Church with the Rev. Larry Fletcher, pastor.

Burial will follow immediately after services at Liveoak Cemetery.

Viewing was Friday, March 30, 2012 in the Chapel of Green’s Mortuary.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Green’s Mortuary 2702 Ave C Bay City, Texas, 979-245-3489.

Online condolences may be sent to greensmortuary@sbcglobal.net.

Bay City Tribune, April 1, 2012
 

 

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