Matagorda County Obituaries


Lurline Andrews Wadsworth

Funeral services for Lurline Andrews Wadsworth, 97, of Bay City will be held 10 a. m. Monday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Hugh B. Jones Jr. officiating. Burial to follow in Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City.

An organ recital by Jules Zimmer of Houston beginning 9:30 a. m. Monday.

Mrs. Wadsworth was born March 18, 1892, in Alto, Texas, to Dr. Judson and Ellen Teague Andrews and died Feb. 16, 1990, at her residence.

She attended school in Wharton and Houston. After graduation she entered Diehl's Conservatory of Music in Houston to further her talent and knowledge of music.

She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, serving 50 years in the music department of the church. First, she was a member of the choir, then choir directress, assistant organist and finally, served as parish organist for 25 years.

She was a member of the Organists Guild of America, Houston chapter; Bay City Country Club; charter member of the Colonial Dames of America, Mary Rolph Marsh chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and United Daughters of the Confederacy.

She served 17 years as a trustee of the Bay City Independent School District.

She married A. H. Wadsworth of Matagorda and Bay City on December 1, 1910 in Wharton. He preceded her in death in 1968.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Albert H. and Glenrose Wadsworth Jr. of Houston; three granddaughters, Jane Mason of Santa Fe, N. M.; Rosine Stout of Corrales, N. M. and Ellen Wadsworth Sullivan of Austin; a step-granddaughter, Randa Wadsworth of Austin; and three great-grandchildren, J. Howard Rambin IV of Austin, Hayley Dickson and Julia Wadsworth Mason, both of Santa Fe.

Pallbearers include Frank Lewis, Dr. Sul Ross Harrington, Grady Williamson, J. Howard Rambin IV, Duncan Corbett and Jay Payton.

Honorary pallbearers include Wade Ashcraft, Francis Savage Sr., Bert Steves and officers and directors of Heights of Texas Savings and Loan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Mark's Episcopal Church Organ Fund.

Services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, February 17 or 18, 1990

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.]

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.

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

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


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


Clara M. Williams - Roselawn Memorial Park - 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


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


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


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


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


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


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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