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Matagorda County Obituaries


Lurline Andrews Wadsworth

Herman Wagner

The seven-year-old son of Mrs. Waggonner died following an appendicitis operation in Woodsboro Tuesday. The baby was brought here that night, accompanied by the mother and taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. S. R. Byers. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. Stearns, after which the remains were taken to the Hawley cemetery east of Blessing for interment.

Palacios Beacon, April 17, 1930

[Child of Eula Bea Byers Wagner and grandson of Samuel Robert Byers, Sr. and Minerva Byers.]

Martha Ann Williams Walls
April 21, 1927 - December 2, 2014

Martha Ann Williams Walls, 87, died peacefully at her home Tuesday of natural causes.

Mrs. Walls was a businesswoman, a loving mother, a valued friend and a great wit and storyteller. She was the widow of newspaper entrepreneur B. Carmage Walls and was chairman of the board of Southern Newspapers, Inc. of Houston. The company operates 14 newspapers, 11 in Texas and three in Alabama.

Carmage Walls founded the company, and he and Mrs. Walls managed it together for for more than 60 years. It will continue operations under the leadership of the couple’s daughter, Lissa Walls Vahldiek, who is the company’s chief executive officer.

A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Walls Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, Tex. Bradshaw-Carter Memorials of Houston will handle arrangements

Mrs. Walls was born April 21, 1927, in Gadsden, Ala. Her parents were Inez and Aubrey (Pick) Williams.

Mrs. Walls was valedictorian of her class at Gadsden High School, and she began her newspaper career as assistant to the publisher of The Gadsden Times at the age of 20. At her death, she had worked in the newspaper business for 67 years, from the age of melted lead type to the Internet age.

Martha Ann Williams and Carmage Walls married on Jan. 2, 1954. They were partners in life and in business. They traveled the world together, and Mrs. Walls earned her pilot’s license in the early 1960s. Mr. and Mrs. Walls often explored newspaper markets in which they had an interest from the pilot and co-pilot’s seat of their airplane.

Though neither attended college, Mr. and Mrs. Walls established journalism scholarship funds at Baylor University, Trinity University, the University of Alabama and the University of Texas. They also established the Carmage and Martha Ann Walls Distinguished Chair of Tropical Diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

For a number of years, Mrs. Walls also served on the board of Jefferson Pilot Insurance Co., later purchased by Chubb Insurance.

She was preceded in death by her husband; by a daughter, Jean Walls Garcich; a son, Mark Thomas Walls; step-son, Carmage Lee Walls Sr.; and three grandsons, Mark Thomas Walls Jr., Benson Dunn Walls and Jerry Anthony Garcich.

Mrs. Walls is survived by her son, Byrd Cooper Walls of Vancouver, B.C., and his wife, Carol; daughter, Lissa Walls Vahldiek of Houston, and her husband, Paul; daughter-in-law, Yvonne Walls of Birmingham; daughter-in-law, Nell Dunn Walls of Lanett, Ala.; grand-daughters Sarah Elizabeth Malinak and husband, Joseph, of Asheville, N.C., and Dinah Garcich Bilkis and husband, Dave, of Lake Worth, Fla., and Paige Garcich of Phenix City, Ala; grandsons, Carmage Lee Walls, Jr. and wife, Jeanne, of Birmingham and Joseph Walls and partner, Greg Fritzler of Lanett, Ala.; 12 great grand-children and two great-great grandchildren.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to Mrs. Walls’ beloved and cherished assistant, Jason Keever.

Family members also offer thanks to caregivers: Wanda Jones, Irish Lashley, Brenda Montgomery, Edna Stringfellow, Pauline Silmon-Seymour, Jacqueline Williams, Karen Martin, Enriquita Monge and George Wells.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Salvation Army or to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, Tex., 77056.

Bay City Tribune, December 3, 2014

Anthony Walton

BAY CITY - Anthony 'Tony' Walton, 65, of Bay City, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Duncan Roberts Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Mother Zion Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-5197.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on July 29, 2014

Philip A. Warchesik
(November 5, 1938 - April 9, 2014)

Philip A. Warchesik, 75, of Palacios passed away April 9, 2014. He was born November 5, 1938 in Anderson, TX to the late Walter Warchesik and Josephine Hetmanik Warchesik. He was formerly of Houston but spent the last 10 years in his beloved Palacios.  Philip (Donnie) loved both the town of Palacios and the people who live here.  Donnie and his wife Sandra owned and operated the Palacios Antiques and Resale Shop where Donnie delighted in being the official “greeter.”  He enjoyed nothing more than talking with customers and will always be remembered for his easy banter, quick wit and love of joking with customers and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Sandra Moran Warchesik; son Curtis Warchesik of Palacios; step children Claudie Holstein of New Caney, TX, Kelly Fred Holstein of Yukon, OK and Micki Lynne Holstein of Palacios; grandchildren Jeffrey Frierson, Norman Michael Johnson, Glenda Cay Nelson, Fred Holstein, Daniel Martinez, Sandra Holstein and Claudia Holstein and his former wife Dorothy Warchesik.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm until 7pm Thursday at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Don Storey officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Norman Michael Johnson, Jeffrey Frierson, Curtis Warchesik, Kelly Holstein, Claudie Holstein and Curtis Nelson.

Man Steps On Nail And Dies From Infection

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 15, at 5 o'clock from the Walker-Matchett Funeral Home for Efton Ray Watkins, 35, who died the day before at the Matagorda County General Hospital after an illness of about two weeks from an infection caused from stepping on a nail.

Surviving Mr. Watkins were his wife and two small daughters; his mother, Mrs. B. Watkins; five sisters, Mrs. Helen Bunk, Mrs. Lillian Shedd, Mrs. Willie Mae Blankenship, Mrs. Beatrice Ryman, Mrs. Bernice Slaughter; four brothers, Pettus V. Watkins, Cecil Watkins, Gifford Watkins, and Luther E. Watkins.

The Rev. B. L. Blankenship officiated at the funeral services and burial was held in the Cedarvale Cemetery.

Bay City Herald, August 22, 1940

Quentin Eugene Watkins
June 14, 1936 - November 4, 2014

Quentin Eugene Watkins, 78, passed away on November 4, 2014.

He was born on June 14, 1936, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Pettus V. Watkins and Ethel McKenzie Watkins.

Quentin graduated from Bay City High School, where he excelled in track and football, then on to Texas Western College in El Paso, Texas, where he lettered his freshman year. He had the honor of playing in two Sun Bowl games while at Texas Western. In 2004, Quentin was proud to be inducted into the Bay City Blackcat Hall of Fame.

Quentin retired from Celanese Chemical Company in Bay City, Texas, after thirty years of dedicated service, but he did not retire from his love of ranching. His hobbies included fishing, golfing and traveling. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bay City.

Quentin was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doris Watkins; daughter, Vickie Watkins Philbrick and husband Rick of Stuart, Florida; son, Kenneth Watkins and wife Misty, of Pearland, Texas; six grandchildren, Brooks and Kristen Philbrick, and Brody, Blake, Connor and Luke Watkins; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Also surviving are his sisters, Pettus Watkins Janise and husband Marcell, of Bay City, Betsy Watkins Hughes and husband Randy, of Cypress, Texas; extended family, sister-in-law, Evelyn Clarke of Corpus Christi; and brother-in-law, Bernard Graham of Bay City, Texas.

Quentin was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Watkins; and sister, Bonnie Watkins Conklin.

The family received friends and relatives at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 2321 Ave. F, Bay City, Texas, with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bill Johnson, Carroll Leavell, Gerald Witt, Bruce Graham, Marcell Janise, Rick Philbrick and Marvin Harvel.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the Nurses and Staff at The Legacy Campus and Matagorda Regional Medical Center for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that friends and family consider contributions to Bay City Little League, as Quentin coached quite a few young Bay City children over the years and believed in the power and value of organized sports in their young lives. Checks can be made payable to: Bay City Little League, P.O. Box 176, Bay City, Texas 77404. Please note on check that it is  “in Memory of Quentin Watkins”.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, November 9, 2014                            Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Priscilla Hurta Wayman

October 28, 1942 - September 16, 2014

Priscilla Hurta Wayman, 71, of Bay City, Texas, passed away September 16, 2014.

She was born October 28, 1942, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Frank Joe Hurta Sr. and Edith Unez Richardson Hurta.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. George W. Wayman.

She is survived by her children, Terri Jean Hebert McKinley and Shelton Lee Hebert Jr.; grandchildren, Christopher McKinley, Andrew McKinley, Anna Hebert and Shelton Lee Hebert III; sister, Susie Hamlin; brothers, Frank Joe Hurta Jr. and wife D’Ann, Bill Hurta and wife Anna, and Sam Hurta; and by family friend and caregiver, Linda Henderson.

Priscilla was known as “The Candy Maker” with her specialty being divinity. Her candy brought joy to many people around the world. She even sent candy to our soldiers.

Priscilla was also an avid gardener and had the greenest thumb around. She took such pride in her flowers and plants in her yard, and always wanted to be outside in her special garden.

A memorial service honoring her life will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 21, 2014, at her home, 2701 Del Monte, Bay City, Texas 77414.

We would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the nurses and staff of El Campo Hospice for all of their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to Houston Hospice, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, Texas 77437.

Online condolences may be shared with her family by visiting

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

Bay City Tribune, September 21, 2014

Ben Weathers
February 18, 1921 – August 9, 2014

Today at 3:51 p.m., Ben Weathers, 93, of Cedar Lane, Texas passed away August 9, 2014, in Bay City, Texas, peacefully surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 18, 1921, in West Columbia, Texas, and the fifth of six children to George Washington Weathers and Mahalia “Haley” (Byers) Weathers.

Ben graduated from Bay City High School in 1939, and served his country shortly after during WWII, in the Army Air Force, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater, from September, 1942 to October, 1945, in the 765th Bombardment Squadron 461th Group and honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.

On February 26, 1949, he married Mary Magdalene “Maggie” Litzler, and to this reunion five children were born, Bennie Jo, Bobbie Lynn, Billie Marie, Bettie Reneau and Barry Haley.

In his years, he was a farmer and a rancher. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, enjoying the many family gatherings. Many stories were told about his parents, his youth and finally the war which he did not like to talk about, as we sat around the camp fire at deer camp.

In his lifetime, not too many days went by that he did not check on the cattle or just ride around in the pastures or woods and look at the wildlife, especially the bald eagles that he watched, since being a young boy.

Ben leaves a legacy of cherished memories in our hearts, we will miss him for he was always there for us. His love, discipline and structure of life gave us the foundation to be honest, respectful, and prepared for life. We praise Mom and Dad for the wonderful parents they have been.

Ben is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary “Maggie” Weathers of Cedar Lane, TX; daughters, Bennie Lewis of Bay City, TX, Bobbie Anderson and husband Jim of Pearland, TX, Billie Rosenbaum and husband Ben of Columbus, TX, and Bettie Granberry and husband Kelsey of Bay City, TX; son, Barry Weathers and wife Laurie of Bay City, TX; sister, Annie Clements of Pearland, TX; eight grandchildren, Jason Lewis and wife Amber, Tammy Smith and husband Trey, Brian Lewis and wife Robbi, Alicia Saldivar and husband Joe, Amy Moss and husband Terek, Blake Rosenbaum and wife Charity, Jennifer Weathers, and Jerrica Weathers; 10 great grandchildren, Paige Lewis, Noah Lewis, Jaidyn Lewis, Chase Lewis, Hailey Lewis, Brayden Weathers, Kynlee Tucker, Grace Saldivar, Rhett Rosenbaum, and Kayden Moss; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Larry Lewis; brothers, Frank Weathers and W.R. Weathers; and sisters, Molly Walker and Lillie Walker.

Visitation was held Monday, August 11, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 10 a.m., at Cedar Lane Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, TX, with Pastor Mike Patterson officiating.

Interment, with Military Honors by the VFW Post 2438, followed in Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Van Vleck, TX.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Jason Lewis, Brian Lewis, Blake Rosenbaum, and grandsons-in-law, Trey Smith, Joe Saldivar and Terek Moss.

Honorary pallbearers were his five granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Cedar Lane Baptist Church Youth Group, P.O. Box 90, Cedar Lane, TX 77415.

The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Neret, and the employees at the Matagorda House Healthcare Center (The Legacy) for their love and kindness.

Bay City Tribune, August 12, 2014

Cathy Ann Weaver

(August 31, 1951 - March 1, 2015)

Cathy Ann Weaver, 63, passed away on Sunday March 1, 2015 In Trinity, Texas. She was born on August 31, 1951 in Freeport, Texas to the late
Harvey Louis and Elsie Faye Simons Pevehouse.

Cathy is preceded in death by her parents; husband Ronald Lee Weaver and brother Tony Pevehouse. She is survived by her daughter Wendy Walker Cox and husband Darrell; son Sean Walker and wife Tina; step-sons Michael Weaver, Paul Weaver and wife Crystal; sister Stephanie Lynn Holt; brother Alan Kenneth Pevehouse; 8 grandchildren and numerous other loving family members.

Visitation will be Friday, March 6 from 4-8pm at the funeral home. Services will be 11:00am Saturday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Mitch Sauls officiating.

Pallbearers are Sean Walker, Paul Weaver, Michael Weaver, Darrell W. Cox, Darrell L. Cox and Hirshell Guynes.  Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery.

publisher since 1980, Nick West passes away
BY RYAN WEST, Editor Palacios Beacon

The longtime publisher of the Palacios Beacon, Nick West, passed away last Sunday after a lengthy  and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 61. West, a member of the United State Marine Corps. and transplant to Palacios, took over Publisher-Editor duties at the Beacon on July 4, 1981.

Under his management, West transformed the Beacon into one of the premier smalltown newspapers in the state, winning multitudes of awards from the Texas Press Association, the South Texas Press Association (STPA) and Texas Gulf Coast Press Associations (TGCPA) that proudly hang in and around the Beacon office. Although he wasn’t a native of the City by the Sea, Palacios would come to be his forever home. The former Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year also served as President of the CofC and Board member of the STPA and TGCPA and was head of the Palacios Housing Authority and was instrumental in organizing the ‘original’ BayFest during the early to late 1980’s. During his time at the Beacon, he worked diligently and tirelessly to provide Palacios with the best newspaper he could.

He was a relentless promoter of all things Palacios. Sludging through mud filled sidelines, sweat filled  gymnasiums, and mosquito filled fields, West was always present at Palacios sporting events. From the Shark football games, to Sharkette volleyball games, to the ‘around-the-world’ travelling to cover Little League All-Star games, he never missed a beat. He stayed thru hurricanes and tropical storms to provide Palacian’s up-to date coverage via the newspaper’s website,

One of West’s proudest accomplishments was the afore mentioned website which was the first news publication in Matagorda County to set up site on the world wide web.

Nicholas Michael West
(December 14, 1952 - July 27, 2014)

Memorial services for Nicholas Michael West, 61, of Palacios will be 2:00 PM this Sat. (Aug. 2) at the First Presbyterian Church. Nick was born on Dec.14, 1952 in Rushville, Indiana to the late Bert and Betty West and he passed away on July 27 in Bay City. Nick was a career newspaperman at various newspapers and was the Editor/Publisher of the Palacios Beacon for the last 33 years. One of Nick’s proudest chapters in life was working at the Beacon alongside his father, Bert, and his son Ryan; though at times challenging, these times were definitely cherished. He was a proud member and served in many capacities for several organizations some of which include: Texas Press Association, South Texas Press Association, Gulf Coast Press Association, Palacios Chamber of Commerce, Palacios Housing Authority, Harmonie Club Grand Marshall, recipient of Business of the Year, Palacios ISD’s Media of the Year, Chamber Man of the Year and started Palacios Information Network with Dale Porter and Murdoch McRae. Above all, his proudest achievement as serving in the United States Marine Corp. Being the proud Marine, Nick celebrated the Marine Corp Birthday annually and invited his Marine Corp brothers to attend. Nick fought a long courageous battle with cancer, never gave up and maintained his wit and warped sense of humor. Nick remained optimistic and encouraging to his family and friends to the end. He will be loved and missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Tina Louise West. He is survived by his wife Mary; children Chris West of Port Lavaca, Billye West of Clute, Randy (Brendale) Orr of Texarkana, and Ryan (Brandi) West of Palacios; grandchildren Michelle West, Steven and Mercedes Valentine, Kaylen Gibbs, and Noah, Madelyn, and Elainna West; sisters Leidon (John) Eames of Dangerfield; Dodi (George) Edinger of Lake St. Louis, MO; Debbie (Tim) Reyna of Dangerfield; Karen (Mickey) Robey of Crushing; and brothers, Pat (Betty) West of Mt. Pleasant, and Larry (Missy) West of Yoakum and sisters-in-law, Sally (Eddy) Sikes of Texas City; Lucy (Rob) Ziegler of Bourne; and Sue (Jesse) Blake of Port Lavaca and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. The family requests memorials to the Palacios Area Fund located at 454 Main St, Palacios, TX 77465.

Paul Farnum White

October 15, 1952 – April 21, 2014

Paul Farnum White passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at his son’s home in Gustine, Texas.

Graveside services were held in Midlothian, Texas by Midlothian Funeral Home. 

Paul was born on October 15, 1952 in Bay City, Texas to Harvey and Lois White of Wadsworth, Texas.  As a young boy, he began working in the rice fields in Matagorda County, Texas, for various farmers, where he also learned to weld on farm equipment.  Paul served with honors in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, and was a lifetime member of Glen Rose Masonic Lodge. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 12 years, Nancy Janene White; and his parents, Harvey and Lois White. 

He is survived by his children, Staci Leanne White, Chance Thomas White, Jeff Cumby, Damon Locklear and Stephanie Locklear; grandchildren, Hudson Pirtle, Nash Milecky and Cody White; brother, Randy and Esther White; sisters, Cory and Charles Bordlee, Ruthie and Kermit Gideon, and Patti and Fendol Chiles. 

Paul will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bay City Tribune, April 30, 2014

William A. "Billy" White - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


William A.  White & Nannie V. White- Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Oscar Leslie Whittlesey & Laura Leona Whittlesey - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Charles Edward Wiley
(June 27, 1950 - November 12, 2014)

Charles Edward Wiley, 64, of Houston, Texas, passed away Wednesday November 12, 2014. He was born June 27, 1950 in Leesville, Louisiana to the late Charles H. and Christine Newman Wiley.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Wilda Wiley. He is survived by his wife Belinda Carson Wiley; daughters Carla Wiley Mayfield (Mike) and Wilda Wiley Talbott (Benny Jr. “Bebo”);daughter Robin Carson and sister Joan Wiley Franz (Chuck); grandchildren Brett Mayfield, Sebastiaan Talbott, Kalab Talbott, Raul Castillo and Brittany Mitchell and nephew T.J. Woods.

The family will receive visitors beginning at 11:00am Monday, November 17 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas. The funeral service will follow visitation at 2:00pm. with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas. Pallbearers are Mark June, Brett Mayfield, Mike Mayfield, Chuck Franz, Benny Jr. “Bebo” Talbott, Raul Castillo, Raul Castillo, Sr. and Braxton Morton. Honorary pallbearer is Sebastiaan Talbott. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 979-245-4613.

Eliza Doris Wiley
October 4, 1930 - February 26, 2015

Funeral services for Eliza Doris Wiley, 84, of Bay City, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Mother Zion Baptist Church, Bay City, with the Rev. Murray G. Martin, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015, at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

She was born in Bay City, Texas, October 4, 1930, to Isaiah Morgan and Annie Brown Morgan, and passed away February 26, 2015, in Bay City.

Survivors include daughter-in-law, Seretha Griggs; eight grandchildren, Paul, Tonica, Randolph, Doris, Kara, Jessica, Lorinza and Jane; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Wiley; her parents; her siblings; and her son, the Rev. K.J. Griggs.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-5197.Condolences may be shared with the family by fax (979) 245-1537.

Bay City Tribune, March 4, 2015

Peggy Diane Wilkinson
(May 4, 1955 - August 27, 2011)

After a courageous battle with cancer, Peggy Menke Wilkinson, 56, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 27, 2011 surrounded by her family. She was born in Columbus, Texas to Roy & Mary Menke.

Peggy Lived in Bay City with her husband of over 35 years Robert J. Wilkinson, Jr. She was active over the years with the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior Service League where she was past president and Matagorda County Texas Exes where she served as Scholarship Chairperson for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Robert J. “Bobby” Wilkinson, Jr. of Bay City; daughters Mindy Wilkinson Mechlem & husband Jeffrey Mechlem, Jr. of Houston and Malynn Wilkinson Ashcraft & husband Maurice Ashcraft, Jr. of Oklahoma; son William Christopher Wilkinson of Austin; brother Roy H. Menke, Jr. & wife Tammi of Weimer, TX and grandchildren Morgan Reber, Maurice Ashcraft III, Raleigh Ashcraft, Lillian Ashcraft & Isabella Ashcraft.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm to 7pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Dan Rollins, Paul Serra, Richard Knapik, Lindsey Thompson, Erwin Ward, Vince Maloney & Bill Wiginton. Honorary pallbearers will be Torsten Normann-Petersen, Bert Huebner, Darrell Hertel, Ken Barron, Jim Naiser and Robby Woodard. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City.


Doris Lou Wilks

August 17, 1940 –June 1, 2014

Doris Lou Wilks, 73, passed away June 1, 2014.

She was born August 17, 1940 in Bay City, TX, to the late Ollie Falks and Charlotte Holloway Falks.

She was preceded in death by her husband. Edward Wilks.

Survivors include daughter, Teresa Gibbs and David Hall; sons, Steve Wilks and Sybil O’Neal, and Michael Wilks and Cassie Crochet; sister, Dolores Harvey; brothers, Ollie Falks and Edward Falks; grandchildren, SPC. Brian Tatum, A. J. Tatum, Kristina Nance, Erica Nichole Willfong, Richard Horton, Katherine Wilks, Edward Wayne Wilks, Christina Eileen Wilks, Kelly Elizabeth Wilks, Ryan Day and Lisa Ray; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Richard Evanicky, Jamie Evanicky, Robbie Evanicky, Billy Bundick, David Bundick, Steve Roberts, SPC. Brian Tatum and A. J. Tatum.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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

Palacios Beacon,  June 4, 2014


Edward Dudley Wilks - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


A. W. Williams & Jessie Mae Williams - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Charles Lee Williams & Agnes Anna Williams - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Agnes Skuca Williams
March 25, 1919 - July 15, 2005

Agnes Skuca Williams, of Sandy Point, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2005, in La Porte at the age of 86.

Visitation was held Saturday evening from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at the funeral home chapel, with the Pastor Gary Moon officiating.

Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas.

Agnes was born in Nada, Texas, on March 25, 1919, to John Adolph Skuca and Anna Labay Skuca.

Sandy Point was her home for the past 57 years.

Her husband, Charles Williams, precedes her in death.

Survivors include: daughter, Carol Caskey of Sandy Point; brother, Danny Skuca of Houston; grandchildren, Bryan Keith Trousdale and Charles Alan Caskey; three nieces and one nephew.

Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, 979-849-4343

Online condolences may be sent to

Bay City Tribune, July 20, 2005

Clara M. Williams - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Doris Rollins Williams
May 2, 1931 - February 18, 2015

Funeral services for Doris Rollins Williams, 83, of Bay City, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Nichols Street Church of Christ, Bay City, Texas.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015, at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel, Bay City, Texas.

She was born in Pickens, Mississippi, on May 2, 1931, to Allen Burrell and Christine Burrell, and passed away February 18, 2015, in Sugar Land, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dora Rollins Duncan.

Survivors include four children, Willie Rollins (Audrey), Robert Rollins, Shirley Rollins Brown and Vivian Rollins Allen; step-son, Daniel Rawlins (Delores); son-in-law, Will Duncan; daughter-in-law, Joyce Rollins; six step-children, Victoria Williams Lunford, Teresa Williams Kemp, Tracy Williams, Travis Williams, Louvicy Holmes and Roy Holmes; step-daughter-in-law, Shirley Williams; four generations of grandchildren (over 100); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Bay City Tribune, February 25, 2015

Georgia Mae Williams

(January 15, 1922 - February 18, 2015)

Georgia Williams passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Georgia was born on January 15, 1922 in Chriesman, Texas to the late Henry and Annie Macat Kubena. Georgia is survived by her son Ron Rieger; daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Rieger; granddaughter, Shelly Rieger-Leifrig & husband Mark Leifrig; great granddaughter, Brooke Leifrig and great grandson, Logan Leifrig; sisters, Ann Ledwig and Elsa Durham. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben E. Rieger and husband Earl Williams; brothers, Jerry Kubena, Richard Kubena, Pete Kubuna and Johnny Kubena. Graveside services will be 1:30P.M. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.               Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Mark Stephen Williams - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Martha Williams

Mach 16, 1920 – May 24, 2014

Funeral services for Martha Williams, 94, of Bay City, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church in Bay City, with Pastor L.C. Cunningham, Jr., eulogist.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014, at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel, and from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the church.

She was born in Lane City, Texas on March 16, 1920, to Dock Davis and Fletcher Long Davis, and passed away May 24, 2014, in Bay City.

Survivors include her son, Edmund Jesse Williams of Bay City; daughter, Nancy Williams Barrett of Arlington; daughter-in-law, Betty Williams of Austin; sister, Doris Heard of Palacios; seven grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her son, James Carl Williams.

Condolences may be shared with the family by fax, 979-245-1537 or online at,

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

Bay City Tribune, May 28, 2014

James Henry Wilson - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Robert L. "Buster" Wilson & Hattie Bell Wilson - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Hattie B. Wilson

BAY CITY - Hattie B. Wilson, 86, of Bay City, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003.

She was born Nov. 20, 1920, in Bay City, to the late Ernest and Dora Jones Hatchett.

Survivors: daughter, Doide Barnes of Bay City; son, Robert Wilson of Sugar Land; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, Sunday, February 16, 2003

Suzette Lavon Wilson
July 15, 1952 - October 5, 2014

Suzette Lavon Wilson, 62, of El Campo, Texas, passed away on October 5, 2014.

She was born on July 15, 1952, in El Campo, to the late Leagle Marshall Wilson and Mildred La Von Taylor Wilson.      

Upon completion of her high school diploma, Suzette went to nursing school at Wharton Junior College and earned her LVN.  If there is one thing that Suzette was excellent at, it was at being the best nurse she could be. 

The two things she loved most in the world were her family, especially her daughter, Eve (Nikki), and her job.  She was passionate about her job, and her patients received the ultimate in care.  She touched the lives of many, many people that came through the ER’s that she worked at.  If Suzette had one flaw, it was that she put the medical concerns of others before her own.

Survivors include her daughter, Eve Nicole Wilson and Blake Eggemeyer of El Campo; brother, Michael Wilson of Austin; niece, Stacy Klobe and husband Michael of Austin; nephew, Jeff Wilson and wife Angela of El Campo; sister-in-law, Sharon Sifford and husband David of El Campo; aunt, Betty Hoffman of Markham; and great-nephews, Graham and Ian Klobe of Austin and Liam Wilson of El Campo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandmother, Lola Taylor; brother, Robert Wilson; and numerous aunts.

A memorial service was held on Friday October 10, 2014, at 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church in El Campo with the Rev. Rick Dubroc officiating.

Memorial donations in memory of Suzette Wilson may be made to the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund or the American Diabetes Association.

Condolences for the family may be left online at

Triska Funeral Home El Campo, Texas, 979-543-3681.

Bay City Tribune, October 12, 2014

Jeffery Shane Wise - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Michael Layton Witte
October 17, 1948 - October 7, 2014

Michael Layton Witte originally came from McGregor, Texas, located in central Texas. He attended McGregor Public Schools, except the first grade, which was spent in the Tyler Public Schools. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1967.

Mike was born in Brownsville, Texas on October 17, 1948. He was one of four children in his family, with an older sister and two younger brothers.

Mike, a 1971 graduate of Southwest Texas State University, (now Texas State University), majored in political science and minored in history. He received a Master of Education from the University of Houston in Victoria.

During his time in higher education, Mike also attended McLennan Community College in Waco and Temple Junior College in Temple, Texas.

Mike began his teaching career in 1971, in Palacios, Texas. Assigned to the junior high school, he taught eighth grade American History and one class of World History.’

Mike spent 1985-1991 in administration, as principal of Palacios Junior High School.

Mike came to Palacios to be with his wife, Viv, who was teaching typing and shorthand, at the high school. Viv and Mike were married 43 years, living all their years in Palacios.

As a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mike was lay leader, Sunday school teacher, choir member, member of the United Methodist Men, a member of the Administrative Council, a delegate to the church conference and a member of several Emmaus walks. Mike was active in the Palacios Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge, the Palacios City Council, Charter Commission for the City of Palacios, and the City’s Planning Commissioner. He was a life-long member of the Texas State Teacher’s Association and the National Education Association.

Mike’s last years of teaching were at Palacios High School, teaching World History, U.S. History, government, economics, and World Geography.

During his 35-year teaching career, Mike was co-sponsor of the Ralph P. Newsom National Junior Honor Society and the sponsor of the Palacios Junior High School Student Council. At the high school, Mike served as a coach of the academic decathlon and was a class sponsor. He also drove the school bus route, out to Jensen Point and Caranchua Communities, for twelve years.

Mike was an avid reader, a sports spectator, and a big TV watcher, especially of news programs, the History station, and late-night TV. He also enjoyed traveling around the state and nation; coin collecting; playing with their dachshund, Little Bit; and telling stories as his former students know.

Survivors include wife, Vivian Marie (Viv) Witte of Palacios; brothers and wives, Chris and Mary Witte of Waco, and Steve and Karen Witte of Ennis; sister and brother-in-law, Lynne and Charles Bauman of Charleston, South Carolina; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles Emil Witte and wife Betty of Brenham; and sister-in-law, Susan Dyan Young of College Station. Mike and Viv have eleven nieces and nephews.

Mike’s parents, Dennis and Jo Witte; as well as in-laws, Dennis and Viola Witte; and brother-in-law, Melvin D. Young; preceded Mike in death.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios, Texas, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

A family graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014, at McGregor Cemetery, in McGregor, Texas.

Because of Mike’s love for teaching, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Mike Witte Scholarship Fund, for a student who wants to obtain a degree in secondary education, at the junior high or high school level, preferably a government and/or history major.

Contributions are to be sent to: The Mike Witte Scholarship Fund, Palacios High School, 100 Shark Drive, Palacios, TX 77465.

The Guest Book is available at

Bay City Tribune, October 14, 2014

Patsy Ruth Delcore Wolfe
July 9, 1936 - July 5, 2014

Patsy Ruth Delcore Wolfe went to Heaven on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the age of 77 years old. She was born on July 9, 1936 to the late Irma and Herman Thornhill in Columbia, Louisiana. She married Elwood Calvin “EC” Wolfe on March 11, 1955. They lived in Bay City, Texas for the majority of their marriage. Patsy was a member of Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Bay City and loved her church dearly. She would attend service any time the doors were open. She was a woman who believed in God and would always sing his praises. Pasty, affectionately known as Mema, adored her family and always made them her first priority. She loved cooking and baking for them and having her house filled with grandchildren. She also loved to sit outside on the front porch in her rocking chair. She had a passion for flowers. She would spend time every day planting and weeding her flower beds. Patsy loved to read and helped to instill that love in her grandchildren as well. She always had a new book on her side table and was often reading her favorite book, the Bible.

Patsy is survived by her husband: EC Wolfe and three children: Debbie Winkenwerder and husband Jerry, Danny Wolfe and wife Jeanette, Dale Wolfe and wife Winnie, ten grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

The Family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Bay City with Rev. Kevin Blake officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Anna S. Wolffarth - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Joe Pat Wolffarth - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Barbara J. Woods

Barbara J. Woods, 65, of San Marcos, lost her courageous battle with cancer on January 10, 2015. Born on January 29, 1949 to Alice and Leonard Schuelke, Barbara grew up in Palacios, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Sam Houston State University, and started a dedicated career in teaching.

After a few years of teaching in various districts in Texas, Barbara made San Marcos her home in 1976 where she raised her two children. She developed many life-long friendships and continued to have a positive impact on fellow teachers and students. In 1980, Barbara left teaching for a few years to open a children’s clothing boutique, Mom & Me, with a dear friend. She later returned to teaching in Hays CISD, where she taught for 26 years and was named Fuentes Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2006. Barbara retired in 2011 after 34 devoted years of educational service. In her retirement, Barbara loved being a part of her Bible study groups, and she especially loved spending time with her two granddaughters. She was an enthusiastic San Antonio Spurs fan, avid tennis watcher and was always happiest at the beach. She is preceded in death by her father, Leonard Schuelke, step-father, Vernon Wright, and brother, Larry Schuelke. She is survived by her mother, Alice Wright of Palacios; daughter, Kristi Campbell and husband, John, of Austin; son, Tyler Jackson of Evergreen, Colorado; grandchildren, Caroline and Julia Campbell; sister, Kay Brown and husband, Les, of Port Lavaca, and several nieces, nephews, as well as many loving friends who are like family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the Grace Careciples at 1250 Belvin San Marcos, Texas 78666.

Palacios Beacon, January 21, 2015

Bernice Mae Wooley - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Robert H. Wooley - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Katy Wratislaw
September 1, 1934 - November 7, 2014

Katy “Ms. Kay” Wratislaw, died peacefully surrounded by her family, on Friday, November 7, 2014.

Katy was born on September 1, 1934, in Bowie County, Texas, to the late Samuel Isaac and Elector Sheldon Graham. Katy was retired from Matagorda Regional Hospital, after nearly 20 years of service.

Katy was a very kind, compassionate person. She was active in her children’s lives and in her community.

Katy is survived by her children, Kathy (Joe) Watt, Pam (Ricky) Owens and Mary (Brian) Doss; grandchildren, Jackie Contreras, Stephanie Ramirez, Sonya Ramirez, Misty Wooten, Justin Owens, Aaron Powell, Ryan Powell, Jason Powell, Jackson Doss, and Garrett Doss; great-grandchildren, Chandler, Kylie, Ty, Joshua, Leah, Jordan, Sawyer, Jaycee, and Gracelynn; niece, Norma Oliver; and numerous other relatives.

Katy is preceded in death by her first husband, Chester Powell; second husband, Rudy Wratislaw; son, John Powell; and grandson, Dusty Owen.

A Graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, November 10, 2014, at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Visitation was held Sunday, November 9, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

Special thanks to Houston Hospice-El Campo.

Bay City Tribune, November 13, 2014

Charles Wright

May 22, 1940 - December 8, 2014

Charles “Chuck” Wright, went to be with his Lord on Monday, December 8, 2014.

Chuck was born on May 22, 1940, in Mattoon, Illinois, to the late Ordaneo and Maxine Arbogast Wright.

Chuck was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Chuck was a Mason for over 50 years. He was a Shriner with many years as an advocate of children. Chuck spent many joyous hours checking his cattle with his faithful companion, Duke. He was also a Boy Scout, earning the rank of Eagle Scout at an early age.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Lynn Wright; his son, Chuck Wright; grandchildren, Charli Jo Maney and Joshua Wright; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Cassidy; brother, Dan Wright; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Lane Pardue officiating.

Interment followed at Matagorda Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bubba Simons, Tommy Kountz, Wayne Dekle, Tom Black, David Allen and George Deshotels.

Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Carroll, Jim Waters, Ted Bates and all the members of Matagorda Masonic Lodge #7.

Donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, in his name.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, December 14, 2014

David A. Wright & Myrtle L. Wright - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Carrie M. Wyse - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


J. Morris Wyse & Naomi P. Wyse - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham




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