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Raymond L. Waggerman
1898 - 1983

Luceill Waggerman
1907 - 1990

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Alma Mae Wakefield

Funeral services for Alma Mae Wakefield, 83, of Bay City will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Horace McMillan officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Born May 6, 1914, in Rock Island, Tex., to William F. and Lena May Besch Stafford, Mrs. Wakefield died Sunday at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

She had been a resident of Bay City for 60 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church and a member and Past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star.

Mrs. Wakefield, who was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Wakefield, in 1988 and a daughter, Carolyn Earline Leisure, is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Ann Wakefield of Spring; a son-in-law, Bob Leisure, and wife, Carol, of Brentwood, Tenn.; a brother, George Stafford of Columbus; six grandchildren, Randal Wakefield and wife, Stephanie, of Smyrna, Ga., Ryan Wakefield and wife, Stacey, of Spring, Ron Wakefield and wife, Sherree, of Orange, Leiann Wakefield of Spring, Shelia Owen of Tennessee, and Chuck Leisure and wife, Kim, of Tennessee; and by seven great-grandchildren, Jonathan Rachel and Joshua Wakefield, and Tori, Nikki, Owen and Ashley Leisure.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Chuck Leisure, Randal Wakefield, Ryan Wakefield, Ron Wakefield, Leiann Wakefield and Shelia Owen.

Arrangements are under teh direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, July 2, 1997                                    Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Paul Wakefield

Funeral services for Paul Wakefield, 71, of Bay City will be held 2 p. m. Wednesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. W. E. Dugger Jr. officiating. Masonic graveside services will be conducted by D. B. Wells at Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck.

Mr. Wakefield was born March 2, 1918, at Broken Arrow, Wagoner County, Okla., to Thomas C. and Josie Smith Wakefield and died May 27, 1989 at Shawnee Medical Center, Shawnee, Okla.

A resident of Bay City since 1938, he retired in 1980 from Phillips Petroleum Co. as a maintenance supervisor with 37 years service.

He was a member and past patron of the Order of Eastern Star chapter 380, Bay City; master mason at Bay City Masonic Lodge 865 A. F. & A. M. and R. A. M. 315, Council R. S. & M. 251 and Knights Templar 74; and a member of First United Methodist Church of Bay City.

Survivors include his wife, Alma Stafford Wakefield of Bay City; mother, Josie HArris of Welston, Okla.; a son, Jim Wakefield of Spring; a son-in-law, Bob Laeisure of Brentwood, Tenn.; two sisters, Norma Cobb of Dell City, Okla.; and Ruth Grimmer of Fremont, Wis.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Ed Reynal, W. B. Sirman, Ben Powell, J. P. Glover, A. H. Meinke and John Paul Mielsch.

Honorary pallbearers include members of Bay City Masonic Lodge 865 A. F. & A. M. and Phillips Petroleum Co. personnel.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, May, 1989

Maunsell Clark, “Sonny” Wakefield, 92, passed away April 28, 2013. He was born to Maunsell Clark Wakefield, Sr. and Anna Mae Cook on July 4, 1920.

Clark grew up in Dallas, Texas, attended North Dallas HS and received a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas. He was active in the Navy and Navy Reserve, from 1942 until retirement in 1980, serving as Commander in Chief of several Seabee Construction battalions, and as Chief of Staff of the Seabee Reserves, achieving the rank of Captain. He received the Silver Star for his efforts, as a frogman, on the Underwater Demolition Team, Seven, during WW II.

He worked for Borden Co., in Chicago and New York, then owned his own cement pigment company, Ricketson Color Corp. in Milwaukee. He moved to Gulfport and Biloxi, Ms, in the early 70’s where he managed several businesses, as well as an apple production company in Arizona.

He was busy in the community serving as President of the local Red Cross, and President of the Gulf Coast Retired Officers Association. Clark also served on the Board of Directors of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, and on the Advisory Council for Keesler Air Force Base Officers Club.

Clark was an avid fisherman and golfer, having coordinated many golf tournaments for the Chamber, Cancer Society and Keesler Air Force Base.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maunsell Clark Wakefield Sr and Anna Mae Cook: and first and second wives, Edythe Marsh Wakefield Traylor, and Lynn Garon Wakefield.

A military memorial will be held at the Seabee Chapel in Biloxi, MS. in August. His ashes will be spread at his favorite fishing hole, the Chandeleur Islands, by his Navy and fishing buddies.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your regional American Red Cross Association.

Palacios Beacon, date unknown

Jean Wilkinson Wales
(March 21, 1935 - May 7, 2013)

Jean Wilkinson Wales passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at her residence after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Jean was born upstairs at Dr. B.L. Livengood’s Clinic at 2144 Ave. F in Bay City on March 21, 1935 to parents Walter William Jr. and Marjorie Jim Bruce Wilkinson. She was a 7th generation of the earliest pioneers of Matagorda County. Her maternal grandparents were the late James Arthur and Larena Mae Nolte Bruce, both natives of Matagorda. An interesting note was that Jean was a 52nd birthday gift to her grandmother Bruce. Her paternal grandparents were the late Walter William and Helen Lanssa Gossett Wilkinson, both natives of Belmont County, Ohio. The first 16 months of Jean’s life were spent in Collegeport. She was the last of the Wilkinson Family to live there. She and her parents moved to Bay City in July of 1936 where she lived the rest of her life. Mrs. Wales was educated in the Bay City schools and attended Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia and the University of Texas in 1949. She was one of the first Girl Scouts in Bay City to earn the coveted Curved Bar, the equivalent of the Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts.

Mr. and Mrs. Wales met through Lionism. She had the distinction of being married to two Past District Governors of Lions District 2S4. They were supporters of the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas and their home contains many mementos of their travels to Portugal, Spain, The Rock of Gibraltar, England, France, Italy, Greece, the Greek Islands, Crete, and Egypt.

Jean was a Charter Member of the Mary Ralph Marsh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a Charter and Life Member of the Matagorda County Genealogical Society. She was a Life Member of the Roger Williams Family Association of Providence, Rhode Island, the Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and the Texas Lions Camp for Children in Kerrville, Texas. She was also a member of the James W. Fannin Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas where she served 8 years on the DRT Cradle Committee in Galveston. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 11, the Matagorda County Museum, the Victoria Preservation Inc., and the Refugio County Museum.

Her grandson, Joseph Walter Chapman, a son in law, David Chapman, her husband, Dr. Gordon Eugene Richardson, and her parents, Walter and Marjorie Wilkinson and her grandparents, preceded Jean in death. Her survivors include her husband, Bill Bartlett Wales of Bay City, daughter, Virginia Chapman of Wimberley, grandson, Mason Allen Kapp of Wimberley, stepdaughter and husband Jeanne and Jimmie Naiser of League City, and stepdaughter, Charissa Lynn Wales of Montgomery, stepsons, William Bartlett Wales, and James Steven Wales both of Refugio. Step granddaughters, Dr. Shelley Hancock and husband John of San Antonio, and Jayme Leigh Naiser and fiancé Ryan Petersen of Pearland also survive her.

A time of Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, May 9, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Bay City Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday May 10, 2013 at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bay City (of which she was a life member) with Rev. Brad Sullivan and Rev. Susan Kennard officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilkinson family plot in Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, Texas.

Courtney Perry Glover, III, James Bruce Grover, Edward Eugene Scott, John Paul Wilkinson, Jr., Jimmy David Cashion, and David Lloyd Deerman will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Monte Marshall, Jimmie Naiser, Ray Rangel and Frank Stegall.

The family requests that memorials be made to “The Cradle” P.O. Box 3268, Galveston, Texas, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2200 Ave. E, Bay City, Texas, 77414, or to the charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of BAY CITY FUNERAL HOME. 2205 AVE K. BAY CITY, TEXAS 77414 (979) 245-4893.

Benjamin A. Walker

Graveside services for Benjamin A. Walker 73, of Bay City, Texas, will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Matagorda Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Chapel of Green’s Mortuary.

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

Bay City Tribune, February 16, 2014

Charlie Walker, Sr.     Dec. 1, 1917 - May 1, 1993
Faye Walker     May 20, 1924 - Sept. 21, 1993

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Edward H. Walker

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Jimmy Eugene Walker
July 7, 1951 - October 6, 1974

Peggy L. Sewell Walker
September 20, 1952 - October 6, 1974



Roselawn Memorial Park

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Henry T. Walters

Funeral services for Henry T. Walters, 88, of Blessing, were held 10 a. m. today in the Chapel of Heights Funeral Home. Graveside services were held 2:30 p. m. in the City Cemetery in Ganado.

Mr. Walters died March 15, 1991.

A longtime resident of Blessing, he pastored 125 churches  in 68 years of service. He was past worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star chapter 125 of Palacios and past master of Masonic Lodge 411 A. F. & A. M. in Blessing.

He is survived by three daughters, Dorris Malone of Houston, Edyth Jewell Byrne of San Antonio and Sue Jahns of Louise; two sons, Bob Upton of McRay, Ark., and Kenneth Upton of Lafayette, La.; a sister, Pearlie Kincaid of Olney, a brother, Earlie Walters of Olney; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital, 1402 N. MacGregor, Houston, Texas, 77030 or the Norhill Baptist Church.

Arrangements are with Heights Funeral Home Houston.

Daily Tribune, March 19, 1991

Jim Honea Warnock

Funeral services for Jim Honea Warnock, 83, of Bay City are scheduled for 2 p. m. Feb. 3 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Toland and Rev. Horace McMillan officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Jim Warnock died Jan. 31 at Matagorda General Hospital. He was born Dec. 27, 1914 in Bishop to the late Arthur Monroe and Amanda Della Hones Warnock. Mr. Warnock was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a resident of Bay City since 1945 and a veteran of WWII, serving in the U. S. Army where he was a flight instructor. He retired from Marathon Oil with 40 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Aileen Howell Warnock of Bay City; sister, Lovie Thompson of Pampa; and brother, Dr. Barton H. Warnock of Alpine.

Pallbearers will be Gary Wells, Dr. Barton Griffith, Dr. Fred Matthes, Dr. Russell Matthes, Warren Fleniken and Mike Griffith.

The Daily Tribune, February 3, 1998n                  Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


William Harvey Weakley passed away on February 22, 2014. He was a hard working, honest man who was loved by his family and respected by his friends. Harvey loved fishing, hunting, working in his garden, and being with his family. He was retired after working 30 years in the Palacios area for General Telephone Company.

Harvey was born December 22, 1941 in Needville, Texas. Having spent most of his adult life living and working in the Palacios area, Harvey and wife Danna settled in the Ganado area during the last years of his life.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Ewell F. Weakley, and mother Elizabeth Sills Weakley. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Danna Weakley; brothers, Walter Weakley and wife Marie of Cape Carancahua, Palacios, Texas; Tom Weakley and wife Kim of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Emily Edmunds and the late Connie Edmunds of San Antonio, Texas; children, Brian Weakley and wife Tanya of Needville, Texas; Clinton Weakley and wife Tracy of East Bernard, Texas; Landra VandenBergh and husband Chris of Palacios, Texas and several nieces and nephews. He was also blessed with 5 wonderful grandchildren, Linday, Julia, Brooke, Rylee, and Chase who were the light of his life.

As he wanted, there will be no public service or memorial. Please feel free to donate to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Hospital, in lieu of flowers.

Palacios Beacon, February 26, 2014

[Burial at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing]

W. R. Weathers

(September 21, 1924 - August 13, 2013)

W. R. Weathers, 88, of Bay City passed away August 13, 2013.

He was born September 21, 1924 in West Columbia, Texas to the late George Weathers and Haley Byers Weathers.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and devoted his entire life to farming and ranching in Matagorda County.

His wife, Lucille Weathers, preceded him in death.

Survivors include: sons, George Weathers and wife Jan of Amarillo, Texas, Donald Weathers and wife Carol of Cedar Lane, Lee Weathers of Buckeye and David Weathers and wife Joan of Bay City; sister, Annie Clements of Pearland; brother, Ben Weathers of Bay City; grandchildren, Jennifer Hale, Haley Burrow, Justin Weathers, Jeremy Weathers, Stephen Weathers, Daniel Hanzik and Michelle Huddleston; and great-grandchildren, Caitlin Hale, Savannah Burrow, Trace Burrow, Hannah Weathers, Grady Weathers, Lucy Weathers and Kayleigh Huddleston.

The family received friends and relatives from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 16, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Patterson officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were Daniel Hanzik, Stephen Weathers, Jeremy Weathers, Justin Weathers, Barry Weathers and Ben Rosenbaum.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, August 18, 2013

Mary Helen Mattox Welch
Dec. 7, 1927 –May 30, 2013

Mary Helen Mattox Welch was born to Dolly and Levi Mattox, December 7, 1927, in Newton, Texas. Mary Helen was the fourth of five children. She had two sisters (Eloise and Jean) and two brothers (L.D. and Joe). She attended Newton Elementary, Middle School and High School. She graduated from Cleveland High School in 1945. She always loved the fact that she was football sweetheart in 1943 and enjoyed the sports of basketball and softball.

Mary Helen met Louie Maurice Welch at the Cleveland, Texas bus station. They dated briefly and were married on June 16, 1946. They lived in several towns following Louie’s job in the oil field and tower construction. They finally settled in Bay City. In 1965 Mary Helen began a day care in their home. The business continued to grow and in 1967 became a state licensed Day Care Center and continued until 2003. Mary Helen was known to many as the town grandmother. Three generations of children were trained, educated and given the love and life skills that every child who entered never forgot.

She often referred to herself as a true “Victorian” woman, always dressed in her starched and neatly pressed clothes. Although she had no official religious affiliation, she lived with God in her heart and the 10 Commandments in her right hand. She loved her family with everything she had to give, especially Camryn, Averi, Scott and Kevin.

She is survived by: her daughter, Candace Stange and husband Glenn; grandson, Scott Stange and wife Leslie; grandson, Kevin Stange and wife Holly; great-granddaughters, Camryn and Averi; and sister, Jean Potter; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Smith Funeral Home in Newton, Texas.

Interment was at the Mattox Cemetery at Mayflower, Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to your local food bank in her honor.

Bay City Tribune, June 5, 2013


Freddie Daniel Welfel
September 4, 1949 – December 13, 2013

Freddie Daniel Welfel was born to Daniel Welfel and Pearl Schaefer Welfel in Gonzales, TX.

Freddie grew up and graduated High School in Bay City. He served in the U.S. Army with active in-country service in Vietnam ’68-’70. He worked as a pipefitter, crew pusher, foreman, Director of Salvage, then Maintenance, as a fishing and hunting guide. For recreation, Freddie hunted hog, deer and all water fowl and shared his bounty with family, friends and community. He co-parented many children via weekend hunting and camping trips.

When his health failed, he obtained VA medical and disability. It was during these later years that he found alternate healing services and that he excelled as a lightworker. In 2009, he was found to have two brain aneurisms and was told either could be fatal. And now he is gone and we treasure positive memories of Freddie. We find that he has left us transformed by knowing him.

Freddie is survived by the love of his life, wife, Sue; her sons, Justin, Julian, Ben and Sam; children, Jennifer, Julie and husband, Ted, and Michael; his mother, Pearl; brothers, Dennis, and Tater and wife Sandy; sisters, Arlene and husband Ron, Rosalee and husband Melvin, Theresa Davis and husband Bryan Milberger; nephews, Russell, Eric, Issac and Daniel and their spouses; nieces, Erin, Deann, Nicole, Karen, Ceres and their spouses.

At his wish there is no planned funeral.

Bay City Tribune, December 25, 2013

Connie Wells

Nov. 8, 1954 - Oct. 13, 2000

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Glenn Harlon Wells

March 18, 1942 –September 12, 2013

Glenn Harlon Wells, age 71 of Rosenberg passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013, at a local hospital following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday September 18, 2013 at Wharton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Ford officiating.

Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Wells will be cremated, with no burial.

Glenn was born on March 18, 1942 in Kinnard, TX to parents Willie Wells and Lila Guines Wells, which precede him in death. He is also preceded in death by a brother, James Wells; a sister, Laverne Cardwell; and a son-in-law, Mike Burchard.

Survivors include daughters, Rhonda Pospisil and husband Robert of Rosenberg, and Lisa Burchard of San Diego, California; sons, Glenn Dale Wells and wife Brandie of Bay City, and Steve Wells and wife Tobie of Van Vleck; sisters, Fay Graham, Linda Rhoades, and Jean Wallice; brother, Jerry Wells; life-long friend and mother of the children, Mary Ann Wells; also long time friend and companion, Kay Bauer; grandchildren, Amber Wells, Brenda Calk and husband Darrin, Charity Wells, Sydney Moody, Misty Matula and husband Randy, Brandan Bowlin, Micheal Burchard, Tristan, Trevor, Seth and William Wells, Franklin Pospisil and wife Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Rayna and Sarah Gregg, Paisely Calk, Reslyn Matula, Joshua Bowlin, and Benjamin Pospisil; and also numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, September 18, 2013


William Larry Wells

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

B. Jack Wendt was born on November 4, 1922, to William George Wendt, and Jackie Jones Wendt, and died in Richmond, Texas, on February 22, 2013, at the age of 90. He moved to Richmond from Markham, Texas, and resided there the rest of his life, while also enjoying time for many years at his ranch, the "Blue Jay", in Welder, Texas.

Both his grandparents, William G. Wendt, and Emma Koerth Wendt, were of German descent. William G. Wendt arrived in Texas in 1861, at age 12, from Germany. Emma Koerth Wendt was born in Koerth, Texas in 1859. Father, William George Wendt, born August, 1886, in Sweet Home, Texas was an active rice farmer in the Richmond area, and was a charter board member of the Fort Bend County Farm Bureau. Mother, Jackie Jones Wendt, born in Beaumont, Texas, was known for her wonderful home cooking and recipes. She was an active and prominent member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Richmond.
Jack Wendt graduated from Richmond High School in 1940 and wanted to start rice farming, however no land was available at the time, he then enrolled in Texas A & M Agricultural College. As soon as land was available, he made financial arrangements to farm, and planted his first crop in the fall of 1941.
World War II started December 7, 1941, and in November, 1942, after harvesting his crop, he joined the Army Air Corps. During his three years of service he was able to maintain a financial interest in three rice crops. Upon returning to Richmond he married his high school sweetheart, Billie Harris, from Fulshear, Texas on December 20, 1947, and together they raised four daughters.

When thinking of Jack Wendt one thinks of rice. It was his life, and has been for over seventy years. He was a rice farmer and proud of it. Apart from his wife and four daughters, it was the focal point of his world. Although he planted soybeans and other small grains, and was a cattle rancher, his main interest was farming. He was a third generation rice farmer and would have planted his seventy-first rice crop in 2013. His innovative planting and harvesting methods have been the cause of many changes in the industry. His philosophy was to change with the times. Modern technology was for him an opportunity to take a chance. The success of his many years in the rice business also brought him national prominence when he was appointed to the USA Rice Council. The Council is an industry wide organization of all rice farmers, rice millers and other segments of the U.S. rice industry which conducts programs to increase both domestic and export sales of U.S. rice.

As President of the national USA Rice Council he was instrumental in establishing the Rice Foundation, gaining involvement from California in the Council, and restructuring the organization. He participated in numerous trade tours abroad, and also served as President of the International Programs Committee for the Rice Council. Jack appeared many times before committees in Washington, D. C., met with many foreign delegations, and Heads of State of foreign countries. He opened his home and farm to host local and foreign dignitaries, and traveled the world promoting U. S. rice production. Jack was also a member of the Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for trade in grain and feed in Washington, D. C. The rice industry in the United States benefited greatly from all his efforts over the years.

Jack was appointed by Governor Dolph Briscoe to the Texas committee for Agriculture, and served on the Texas Rice Council. He was a member of the Texas Rice Legislative Group, the Texas Rice Producers Board, and was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Rice Foundation. In addition he was a past member and Trustee of the Rice Industry Coalition for the Environment (RICE), and a Trustee for the Texas Rice Research Foundation. He was Past Director for the Texas Rice Improvement Association, Past Director for the U.S. Rice Growers Association, and Past Director of the USA Rice Federation.

The Minutes reflect that Jack Wendt attended his first Fort Bend County Farm Bureau meeting on July 14, 1942, he later served as President of the organization.

He was Past Partner of the Richmond Irrigation Company, and Past Director of Needville Rice Dryer, Inc. He was a member of the Board of Directors of American Rice Incorporated, a major processing and marketing rice mill in Texas.

Because of his knowledge of agriculture, he served as an Advisory Director of the Federal Land Bank.

He served on the Lamar Consolidated School District Board from 1953 to 1968. During this time the system experienced growth and completed extensive building programs. He was elected to the Fort Bend National Bank Board in 1968, which later became a part of First City Bancorp, and is now the Richmond branch of Wells Fargo Bank. He continued to serve on the bank's Community Board.

Jack also served, until the time of his death, on the Fort Bend County Subsidence Board, and was most interested in water conservation and the result of subsidence as it affects the irrigation well farmers.

He has received numerous awards including the Fort Worth Press Conservationist of the Year Award; Rice Industry Meritorious Service Award; Fort Worth Star-Telegram Farm and Ranch Award, recognized as Texas' Best in Rice; Texas Rice Festival Honoree recognized as "An outstanding man of Texas Agriculture, contributing to the producing and promotion of the rice industry throughout the world. Texas A & M University recognized Jack Wendt by naming a Chair after him for his exemplary leadership and assistance in forming a Texas Rice Research Foundation Chair. Texas A & M and Friends of the Beaumont Rice Research Center Award recognized him for his "unselfish support to the research centers, the Texas rice industry and the people of Texas.

He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church and served on numerous committees, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees. While serving as Chairman of the Building and Fund Raising Committee he oversaw the construction of the St. John's Fellowship Hall. This Fellowship Hall has been replaced by a larger facility which he was also instrumental in building, and which contains Wendt Hall, a large center named in honor of his mother, Jackie Jones Wendt, and his wife, Billie Harris Wendt.

There was no job too small or too big for him. In his own quiet way he was able to get things done. He was sincerely interested in people, and was a down-to-earth gentleman who you could count on for a helping hand and a kind word.

"Our Dad made every minute of his life count. We cannot imagine that he left this earthly life with any unfinished business or regrets, other than not being able to be with us, his family, anymore. Our lives have been blessed by the life that he led and the man that he was."

A father's legacy is not riches, possessions, or worldly goods of any kind; it is the way he lived, the lives he touched, the promises he kept. It is the kind of man he was and his family is proud of the heritage he gave us.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Billy Wendt, Jr.; his sisters, Ruby Lois Greenwald and Dorothy Ann Edgar.

He is survived by his wife, Billie Wendt; daughters, Evalyn Moore, Amilee Wendt, Jackie Martin and husband, Jay; Laurel Wendt and husband, Mike Phillips; grandchildren, Hope Bradberry and husband, John; Harris Lamkin and wife, Jennifer; Jaclyn Wedemeyer and husband, Stephen; Jennifer Pollock and husband, Trace; Julia Hughes and husband, Heath; great-grandchildren, Jake Bradberry, Jordan Lamkin, Jack Lamkin, and Millie Wedemeyer, and one great-great granddaughter, Kennedi Bradberry.

Services will be on Thursday, February 28, 2013, with a private family burial at 9:30 a.m., Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Texas, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m., St. John's United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469. A reception at Fort Bend Country Club, 2627 FM 762, Richmond, Texas 77469, will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m after the memorial service. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Wendt Hall at St. John's United Methodist Church, Richmond, Texas.

(For those wishing to view an open casket, Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors Chapel, 1201 4th Street, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 will be open from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27th for this viewing.)

Active pallbearers are Billy Greenwald, Frank Stasney, Bobby Stasney, Ronnie Stasney, Brad Ferguson, Ren Davis, Tracy Gerken, Bo Tucker, and Mike Sanchez.

Honorary pallbearers are Neil Banfield, Bert Bleil, Jack Moore, A. D. Eversole, Joe D. Robinson, Chris Seger, Lane Ward, Ron Rhemann, Glen Gilmore, Mike Phillips, Jay Martin, and Harris Lamkin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX 77469, Fort Bend Museum Association, 500 Houston Street, Richmond, TX 77469, or the
charity of choice.

Bert C. West

(October 28, 1926 - January 24, 2013)

Funeral services for Bert C. West, 86, of Palacios, TX will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Janell Blair officiating. Final resting place will be in Daingerfield, TX. Mr. West was born on Oct. 28, 1926 in Rush County, Indiana to Laurence Russell and Muriel C. Wilson West. His mother died shortly after he was born and he was adopted by his uncle, Bertrand Clarence West, Sr. and Alice (Gruell) West. A career newspaper man, West had previously lived in Palacios in 1982-83 when he worked with his son, Nick, who had become publisher of the Palacios Beacon in 1980. He served as Chamber of Commerce president in 1983 and led in establishing the annual C of C Fishing Tournament. He returned to Palacios in 1999 and again rejoined his son at the Beacon. He lead the effort to establish Palacios as a Home Rule Charter city. He was elected to three terms (6-years) on the Palacios City Council from 2005-2011 and served as a Director of the C of C. He spearheaded for the Palacios Centennial Celebration 2009. He was serving as a director of the Palacios Economic Development Corporation at the time of his passing. During his six decade newspaper career, he worked for nearly 30 papers in four states, almost all in Texas beginning in the mid 1950’s. Among them were papers in Port Lavaca, El Campo, Bay City, Edna, and Yoakum. They also ranged from Daingerfield in North East Texas to Dumas in the Panhandle and to San Benito in the Rio Grande Valley. Among his career highlights was covering the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 for the Houston Chronicle. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64-years, Betty Lou (Brown) West, in Oct. 2012; and by a daughter, Tina Louise West. He is survived by daughters Leidon (John) Eames of Daingerfield; Dodi (George) Edinger of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; Debbie (Tim) Reyna of Daingerfield; Karen (Mickey) Robey of Cushing, TX; and sons Nick (Mary) West of Palacios, TX, Pat West of Mt. Pleasant, TX and Larry West (Missy) of Yoakum, TX.; brother, George Bryce West of WA; 22 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Palacios Area Fund, 454-B Main St., Palacios, Texas 77465.

MARKHAM [Matagorda County, Texas] - Norman West, 63, of Markham, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002.

He was born Oct. 29, 1938, in West Columbia, to the late Vernon and Marjorie Mallard West. He was a Pentecostal.

Survivors: wife, Shirley Markham West; daughters, Marla Michalec of West Columbia, Robin West of Bay City and Sarell Humphrey of Henderson, Ky.; sons, Steven West of Carthage and Donnie West of Wilson Creek; sisters, Deloes Ginsel of Carthage, Sarah Bibles of Cleveland, Bonnie Roberts of Golden and Sherlyn West of California; brothers, Vernon West of Ontario, Calif., William West and Ronald West, both of California, Donald West of Golden and Neal West of Utah; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: daughter, Kari Cardwell; and parents.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. tonight at Green's Mortuary chapel.

Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel and noon until 2 p.m. Friday at Bible Truth Apostolic Pentecostal Church in El Campo. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Larry Smith officiating.

Burial will be at Midfield Cemetery in Midfield. Green's Mortuary, Bay City, 979-245-3489.

The Victoria Advocate, October 10, 2002

Alice Aguilar Westberry

Aug. 17, 1959 –Feb. 4, 2013

Alice Aguilar Westberry, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013 at the age of 53, surrounded by her family. She was born in Bay City, Texas and a long-time resident of Bryan, Texas.

Once diagnosed with breast cancer she never gave up. She not once complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook of an optimistic future. Filled with compassion and interest in others, Alice made friends easily and maintained contact with many. She touched many hearts, gave tons of advice, and made a change in many lives. She was amazing to know; I would say our own personal therapist at no cost. Alice will now be all of our guardian angel, that bright shining star, them clouds that flow through the sky.

Alice, you will be missed, loved and never forgotten. Your legend will live in all of us.

Alice was preceded in death by: her mother, Gilberta Aguilar, and her loving husband, Robbie Westberry.

She is survived by: her father, the Rev. Paul Aguilar and stepmother Bertha; sister, Esmeralda and brother-in-law Phil Munoz; brother, Paul Aguilar Jr. and sister-in-law Norma Flores; brother, Isreal and sister-in-law Betty Aguilar; brother, Amado and sister-in-law Josephine Aguilar; brother, Johnny and Clara Aguilar and brother, David Aguilar; daughter, Melissa Aguilar and Daniel Laureles; son, Eddie Aguilar; daughter, Jennifer Alameda and Deniro Portillo; daughter, Christy Garza and partner Larisa Rodriquez; and son, Justin Noel Aguilar and fiancé Ana Flores.

Alice is also survived by: her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jorge Puente and Jorge Jr., Angel and Cheyanne Puente and Angel Jr., Eddie Jr., Matthew, Brandon, Faith and Jeremiah Aguilar; Amber Alfaro, Michael Alameda, Eric Ramirez, Sukayna and Aj Al-Shehab and Sammy Argo.

On behalf of our family we would like to give special thanks to the following people; Hospice of Brazos Valley nurses, Tracy and Scott, Brandy and Mike, Shannon, Cheryl, and to all the family and friends for their love and support.

We will be celebrating the Life of Alice Aguilar Westberry at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at The Vine of the Lord Church, 1300 E. State Street in Eagle Lake, Texas. Reception to follow at the old Methodist Church, 308 Guadalupe Street, Eagle Lake, Texas.

Local florist: All Occasions 979-234-2866 and Bridie Florist 713-894-1868.

Bay City Tribune, February 10, 2013

LaVerne Westbrook
(February 14, 1925 - March 29, 2013)

LaVerne Westbrook passed away March 29, 2013. LaVerne enjoyed taking care of her husband, James “Jim” Westbrook for 69 years. During that time she raised two sons. She brought joy and laughter to everyone around her and shared her kindness with all. She was much loved by her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces. The family would like to thank all who gave loving care to her during her illness. Friends are invited to visitation from 1:000 PM until 2:00 PM Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Nichols St. Church of Christ. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM Monday with Bro. Larry Macomber officiating. Interment will be 4:00 PM Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Tolar Cemetery in Tolar, Texas.

Rodney McClaren Wheaton

July 23, 1930 -May 16, 2013

After a valiant fight with cancer, Rodney McClaren Wheaton, 82, of Palacios, passed away on May 16, 2013. He was born to Howard McClaren Wheaton and Esther Isabelle Peck Wheaton in Kirkwood, New York, on July 23, 1930.

He is survived by: seven children and their spouses, Karen and Dan Alvord, Timothy Wheaton, Eugene Wheaton, John Wheaton, Kietha Robertson, Dana and Gina Wheaton, and Kathleen Wheaton; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elnore Knapp; two brothers, Ronald Wheaton and Clair Wheaton; and a significant other, Shirley Hattenbach.

He was preceded in death by: his beloved first wife, Ruth “Hattie” Wheaton; a sister, Avis Klug; and three brothers, Larry Wheaton, Robert Wheaton and Greg Wheaton.

Rodney served in the U.S. Army from 1947-1952 and was a Korean veteran. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working outside and woodworking.

The family is planning a memorial service at Midfield Community Church at 6 p.m. in Midfield Texas, Sunday June 2, 2013 at with a gathering after to remember Rodney at the Midfield Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions for the funeral and medical expenses can be made to John Wheaton in care of Rodney Wheaton.

Bay City Tribune, May 29, 2013

Arthur David White
Born on Dec. 20, 1916

LA WARD - Arthur David White, of La Ward, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the age of 96. He was born December 20, 1916, in Dunbar, Matagorda County, to the late John Charles and Anna Estella Dannels White.

Arthur was a member of the United Pentecostal Church of La Ward as well as the (CCC) Civil Conservation Corps. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great and great great grandfather and will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his daughter, Anna Viola Prukop and her husband Wayne of Edna; sons, Larry David White and his wife Dean of Yorktown and Donald Ray White and his wife Tina of La Ward; grandchildren, Rhonda R. Endres, Laura L. Ebarb, Michelle M. Mudd, Wess W. Prukop, Larry D. White Jr., Denise Webb, Donald R. White Jr., Bruce L. White, Nick Krasnytska, Natalie Holt and Wendy Davis; 31great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Arthur is preceded in death by his parents; step mother, Beulah Belle White; wife of 65 years, Ruby Gladys Revel White; sisters, Viola Belle White, Wanda Marie Rickaway, Tracy Lee Barrett; brothers, Harvey Percy White, Charles Winfield White, John Charles White Jr.; granddaughter, Lisa D. Young and a great great grandson.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Friday, March 15, 2013 at Oaklawn Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 10 am at the United Pentecostal Church in La Ward. Reverend Kendall Graves and Reverend Mike Williams will be officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery of Edna.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the United Pentecostal Church, 52 La Ward St., La Ward, Texas 77970 and Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust Ave., Victoria, Texas 77904. The family would also like to give a special thanks to Ganado Nursing and Rehab for taking such good care of Arthur.

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

Charline Victoria White
(November 8, 1927 - May 6, 2013)

Charline Victoria White, 85, of Bay City passed away May 6, 2013. She was born on a ranch near Goldthwaite, TX on November 18, 1927 to the late Charlie Anderson and Lilly Bell Anderson.

She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1950 from Breckenridge School of Nursing in Austin. Her nursing career included Matagorda General Hospital and Richmond State School. She retired from Matagorda General Hospital.

She was a member of Nichols Street Church of Christ where she taught Bible class, served as nurse for Camp Bandina, involved in the bus ministry and made stuffed frogs for hospitalized children. She was also a Girl Scout leader and volunteered at public schools and the Bay City Public Library helping children with reading.

Surviving is her husband of 63 years, James E. White, whom she met at a Church of Christ sponsored college youth event in Austin; daughters Virginia W. Jones and Peggy W. Hughes; sisters Wilma Jo Anderson and Lois McClean; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Her son James R. White and sister Ruth Lusk both preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 1:00 PM until service time at the Nichols Street Church of Christ. Funeral service will begin at 3:00 PM Thursday, May 9, 2013 with Glenn Organ officiating. Interment will be 2:00 PM Friday, May 10, 2013 at Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery in Goldthwaite, TX.

Victoria Advocate, May 9, 2013

Isaac E. White
Sep. 9, 1915 - Feb. 2, 1999

Jewel L. White
Nov. 18, 1922 - Jul 19, 1998

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

James White, Jr.

Funeral services for James White, Jr., 77, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, with the Rev. K. J. Griggs, 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.

He was born in Pledger, Texas, Tuesday, April 10, 1923, to James White, Sr. and Alma Jackson White, and passed away Sunday, March 4, 2001, at the Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas.

He attended elementary school in Pledger, and graduated from Powell Point High School in Kendleton, Texas. Afterwards, he attended Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, where he graduated with a bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics, and a Master of Arts Degree in administration. His professional career in education span 39 years, which began in Hempstead, Texas. By furthering his career, he was affectionately known at "Prof White".

In 1953, he was appointed principal of the A.G. Hilliard High School in Bay City, a position he held until 1967. Afterwards, he became assistant principal at Bay City High School, and ended his professional career in education in the Boling Independent School District.

His religious affiliations included membership with Mother Zion Baptist Church. There he served faithfully and proved to be a good follower. At the time of his demise, he served as trustee, the financial secretary, and as president of the Prayer and Christian Study.

His civic and community involvements included serving as Sr. Vice-Commander of the American Legion, member of the Bay City Retired Teacher's Association, the Democratic Party, the local chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. and the Prairie View Alumni Association. His untiring dedication of service to mankind continued throughout life. He leaves many hearts filled with love and compassion for mankind.

Survivors include: his wife of 36 years, Barbara Jean White; three daughters, Jimmie Lee Luthuli and Omowale and Jacqueline Ruth Brown and Gordon, all of Houston, and Penita Laval Caesar of Bay City; one son, Sgt. Alfred L. Young and Jamey of Ft. Knox, Kentucky; and six granddaughters, Anyika, Nanita, Jimmie Ahimsa, Amber, Alexia and Aleysha; also a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Artis Allen, Randolph Brown, Franklin Bryant, Harry Sauceda, Anthony Smith, James Smith, Jr., Kenneth Young and Thomas Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Gordon Brown, Leonard Hopkins, Al Jackson, Lloyd Jackson, Travis Jackson, William S. Hart, Clarence King, Omowale Luthuli, Levi Reliford, Alfred Young, and the deacons and trustees of Mother Zion Baptist Church and area churches.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. A00011A2001MR09

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, March 09, 2001                                                                 Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott

Mable White

Funeral services for Mable White, 95, of Wharton County, who passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 will be held Thursday December 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Lane City.

Burial will be at Camp Zion Cemetery in Spanish Camp, Texas.

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

Bay City Tribune, December 25, 2013

Everett Rodger Whorton

EDNA--Services for Everett Rodger Whorton, 70, of Edna, who died Friday, will be held at 11 a. m. Monday, Slavik Funeral Home chapel in Edna, the Rev. Harry L. Johnson officiating.

Burial, with military graveside services by the Palacios VFW, in Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 782-2152.

Pallbearers: Bill Hull, Howard Green, Mike Pierce, Lee Hall Pierce, Jack Waecker, Fred Pitts.

Survivors: wife, Grace Brantly Whorton; sister, Mary A. Bell of Rosenberg; brother, Grant J. Whorton of El Campo.

Memorials to American Heart Association, P. O. Box 20448, Houston, TX 77225.

Victoria Advocate, July 15, 1991

Angel Wiggins - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Lillian Bernice Wiley

Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian Bernice Wiley were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, December 31, at the Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. J. R. Gwin officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

Daughter of Raymond and Edith Allen Carlson, she was born January 3, 1918 in Ironwood, Michigan. A resident of Palacios for five years, she died December 27 in Wagner General Hospital.

She is survived by her husband Leslie F. Wiley of Palacios; mother, Mrs. Edith Kirchner of Pawtucket, Rhode Island; two daughter, Mrs. Sue Ford of Hanford, Calif., Pat Wiley of Palacios; three sons, Richard Pearson of Chula Vista, Calif., George Wiley of Corpus Christi, Mike Wiley of Palacios; one sister, Mrs. Peg Conroy of Pawtucket, R. I.; brother, Raymond Carlson of Fox Point, Rhode Island and 11 grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, January 1969

Jessie Phillips Wilkins

Mrs. Jessie Phillips Wilkins, 78, of Bay City died Dec. 2, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton. She has been a resident of Bay City since 1913, a member of the First United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Bay City Chapter 380 and past Worthy Matron. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Jones of Dallas; two brothers, Henry Phillips of Bradenton, Fla., and John Phillips of Lake Charles, La.; and one granddaughter, Rebecca Jones of Dallas. Funeral services are scheduled for Dec. 3, at Taylor Brothers Chapel at 3 p. m. with Rev. James Thompson of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery with Sims Doughtie, Robert and John Phillips, john and Johnny Magee and Russell Todish serving as pallbearers. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, December 2, 1977                                  Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Almajean Williams
Nov. 22, 1960 –Jan. 21, 2013

Funeral services for Almajean Williams, 52, of Los Angeles, California will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, Texas where the Pastor Michael Riddick, II is pastor and will be officiating.

Burial will be in Powell-Edison cemetery.

The family received friends at the chapel of Green’s Mortuary Friday, January 25, 2013.

Almajean was born November 22, 1960 and died January 21, 2013 at her home in Bay City surrounded by family and friends.

Green’s Mortuary is in charge of final arrangements.

Bay City Tribune, January 27, 2013

Amy Williams

BAY CITY - Amy Williams passed away on Friday, August 9, 2013. Amy was born on January 2, 1966 in Bay City, Texas to Thomas E. and Rose Hooge Allsup.

Amy was a life long resident of Matagorda County. She was a substitute teacher with the Van Vleck I. S. D.. Amy was a very loving wife, mother, sister and daughter.

Amy is survived by her husband of 29 years Bobby Williams; daughter, Heather Exum, son, Robert Williams lll ; sisters, Leann Barta and Rosemary Guentzel, and her mother Rose Allsup.

She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas E. Allsup.

Mass of the Resurrection will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Greg Korenek celebrant. Rite of committal will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00P.M. Monday with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30P.M.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on August 12, 2013

Johnnie Louise Williams

Johnnie Louise Williams, 91, of Palacios, Texas was born March 4, 1922 in Fort Worth and passed on June 6, 2013 in Palacios.

She was married to Roy Williams, Jr. for 71-1/2 years and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Johnnie was a resident of Houston for 61 years, retiring with Roy to the Caranchua Bay Community for 31 years. She was a Christian all her life and a member of First Baptist Church in Palacios for 31 years.

Johnnie knew that the Lord had blessed her all of her life and thanked Him in her daily prayers for her savior Jesus Christ. Her favorite songs were: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, There is Power in the Blood, and In the Garden.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Roy III and wife Judith Williams, Randy and wife Donna Williams; grandchildren, Travis and wife Crystal Williams, Amy and fiance Jimmy Narvaez, Joshua Williams and friend Christina Pavlovsky; and great grandson Kian Williams.

Palacios Beacon, date unknown

Robert Van Williams
October 26, 1964 – January 18, 2014

Robert Van Williams passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014.

He was born October 26, 1964, in Clute, Texas.

Surviving parents are Bob Williams of Bay City, Texas and Lynda Boaz of West Columbia, Texas.

Robert for a time, attended Bay City High School. He had many friends in the Bay City area, as well as Clute and Lake Jackson, and will be dearly missed.

Robert will be cremated, and did not want any type of service.

Bay City Tribune, January 22, 2014

Osmond Grady Williamson

June 30, 1912 – Nov. 23, 2010

Osmond Grady Williamson, 98, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at the Legacy Retirement Community in Bay City, Texas.

Williamson, a World War II veteran, was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He was the eighth of 13 children born June 30, 1912, to Henry and Emma Williamson in Hobucken, North Carolina.

After graduating from Hobucken High School, he attended the University of North Carolina and received his law degree in Washington, D. C.

Williamson had an esteemed career in public service, working for the Washington, D. C. Police Department, serving as a Secret Service guard for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was a commissioned officer with the Navy during World War II.

He retired from the Navy in 1972 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

After retirement from the Navy he began teaching history at Van Vleck Junior High School and working as a local rancher on the 5X Ranch.

He was an active member of the Masons, the American Legion and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Grady is predeceased by: his wife of nearly 60 years, Jane Glossen Williamson.

He is survived by: daughter, Janie Williamson McCormick and husband Mike; son, Raleigh Sanborn Williamson and wife Connie; granddaughter, Lauren Williamson Price and husband Michael; and grandson Chad Williamson and wife Nikki and beloved great grandson Holden Doyle Price.

He is also survived by his brother, Harry Williamson and wife Jill, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a. m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bay City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Grady Williamson to the VFW Post 2412 in Sargent, TX, in care of Sloan Sheldon P. O. Box 4006, Sargent, Texas 77404.

The Bay City Tribune, November 28, 2010

Cathey Lynne Willson

(November 24, 1954 - June 17, 2013)

Cathey Lynne Willson, 58, of Bay City passed away June 17, 2013 in Houston. She was born November 24, 1954 in Bay City to John Paul & Evelyn Sutton Mielsch.

Cathey was a long time resident of Bay City, a member of the Eastern Star, a member of the First Christian Church, a teacher, and counselor.

She is survived by her husband: Kenneth Henry Willson of Bay City; son: Dain Jackson Sawyer of Bay City; mother: Evelyn Mielsch of Bay City.

Cathey was preceded in death by her father: John Paul Mielsch, and brother: Paul Lewis Mielsch.

A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 AM Friday, June 21, 2013 at the First Christian Church of Bay City with the Rev. Tom Quirk officiating.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, June 30, 2013

Arthur Wilson
Young Man Drowned Sunday While Fishing In Peyton's Creek Above Town

Sunday last three young men were out fishing and "recreating" on Peyton creek about eight miles above Matagorda near the Bay City road.

While in a boat the boat was overturned and the occupants found themselves in deep water. One young man helped get a second out in an almost drowned condition, but a third sank the third time, and his body was not recovered till Monday morning.

The young man who lost his life was named Arthur Wilson, 24 years of age and single. He lived at the house just across the Boggy bridge on the Bay City road. He had been working for Judge Gaines in the improvements at Gainesmore.

Matagorda News, June 20, 1913


Edward N. Wilson, Sr.     1919 - 1986
Verna L. Wilson     1914 - 2010

Roselawn Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Sad Death of Young Girl - Leera Estelle Winkler

Death is always sorrowful, but the death at Markham last Sunday was more than usually sad because of the youth and beauty of the chosen one.

At the family residence in Markham September 13, 1914, at 4:50 A. M. LEERA ESTELLE WINKLER eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Winkler died. Deceased was born Nov. 19, 1897, at Bosworth, Missouri, and was 16 years 9 months and 24 days of age at the time of her death.

Interment in Cedar Vale Cemetery at Bay City, Sunday afternoon, September 13th, 1914.

Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, September 18, 1914


Evelyn Williams Woods

Evelyn Williams Woods passed away on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Mount Carmel, 2920 Highway 3, Dickinson, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, May 22, 2013

Jessie Mildred Wright

(March 5, 1925 - January 13, 2013)

Jessie Wright, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Jessie was born on March 5, 1925 in Palacios, Texas to the late Richard Jefferson and Bertha Berticheger Tweedle. She was a dedicated member of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 2438 for 40 years. She was district 16 poppy chairman of the Ladies Auxiliary of Texas district 16. She was a loving grandmother. Jessie was a member of Bay City Baptist Church. She is survived by her family ; daughter, Linda Sullivan of Alvin, Texas, son, James Wright of Bay City; 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren and numerous other loving relatives. Preceded in death by parents, husband, and 9 brothers and sisters. Funeral service 2:00P.M. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations to church of your choice.

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Margaret Carr Wright
1918 - 1978

Richard Walton Wright
1910 - 1993

Cedarvale Cemetery          Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Rita Wright
(February 19, 1940 - September 17, 2013)

Martha “Rita” Wright, 73, of Palacios passed away September 17, 2013. She was born February 19, 1940 in Blessing, Texas to the late Carl Knight Dewett and Robert Alberta Moore Dewett. Rita was a retired Rural Carrier for the US Post Office. She was a member of the Eastern Star and National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARF). She was an avid and passionate gardener and was loved by all who knew her.

Her husband Stanley Wright and brother Kelly Dewett preceded her in death. Survivors include daughter Crystal Letitia Foster and husband Luke of Austin; son Stanley Dewitt Wright and wife Rebecca of Palacios; brother Carl Dewett of Greenville, MS; grandchildren Bradley Dale Wright, Stanley J. Wright and Christopher Wade Wright and great grandson Bryce Edward Wright.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm until 7pm Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Luke Foster, Stanley J. Wright, Bradley Dale Wright, Christopher Wade Wright, Kevin Harvey and Chris Harvey. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Tim Wright, Carl Dewett, Steve Rabb, Andy Sanchez, Joe Soto and Billy Welch.

Stanley Wright
(May 28, 1933 - February 10, 2013)

PALACIOS - Stanley Wright, 79, of Palacios passed away February 10, 2013. He was born May 28, 1933 in Palacios, TX to the late Robert Millard Wright and Lilita Clementine Clopton Wright. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and worked for Alcoa for many years.

Survivors include his wife Martha Dewett Wright of Palacios; daughter Crystal Letitia Foster (Luke) of Austin; son Stanley Dewitt Wright of Palacios and grandchildren Bradley Dale Wright, Stanley J. Wright and Christopher Wade Wright.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm - 7pm Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 3:00 PM Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery with Masonic rights.

Pallbearers will be Luke Foster, Bradley Dale Wright, Stanley J. Wright, Christopher Wade Wright, Steve Rabb and Andy Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Harvey, Kevin Harvey, Wayne White, Johnny Penland, Chincho Garcia and Tim Wright.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate February 13, 2013.

W. C. Wright

1887 - 1912

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Lillian Stephney Wyche
May 25, 1926 – Feb. 28, 2013

Lillian Stephney Wyche went to be with our Lord Thursday, February 28, 2013.

She was born May 25, 1926 to Esther Law Stephney and Daniel Stephney in Bell Bottom (Gainesmore).

She graduated from Hilliard High in 1945 and married Sessia Wyche, Jr. of Live Oak shortly after where she settled into a life of raising her children. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, making a nice home for her family and her missionary work.

Lillian leaves behind nine children to cherish her memory: Sessia Wyche III (Emilia) of Harlingen; Yvonne Denmon (Fred Turner) of Houston; Odell Wyche Sr. of Sweeny; Vic Wyche (Rebecca) of Humble; Sandy Wyche (Gail) of DeSoto; Gery Wyche Sr. (Kendra) of Houston; Aqurnette ‘Quinna’ Wyche of Bay City; Leslie Wyche (Martha) of Houston; Godwin Wyche (Audrey) of Rosenberg. She also leaves behind an adopted daughter, Qiana Wyche of Katy who is also her granddaughter, 24 other grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was proud of them and showed it by going to as many of their graduations, weddings, baptisms, and many other accomplishments.

Lillian has one surviving sister Hattie Porter of Portland, Oregon; one brother-in-law Arnie Wyche (Mary) of Bay City, sister-in-law Millie Wyche of Bay City and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Sessia Wyche Jr., parents, Esther and Daniel, and siblings: Alexander, Lucille, Raymond, twin brother Lloyd, and Robbie Stephney.

Viewing will be at the funeral home from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013.

Services celebrating Lillian’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Pastor L.C. Cunningham officiating.

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

Bay City Tribune, March 6, 2013


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