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Funeral services for Henry Campbell, 70, formerly of Allenhurst, will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow at Allenhurst Cemetery in Allenhurst.

Visitation will be Tuesday until 9 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

He was born in Allenhurst, Texas, Thursday, July 24, 1930, to Lewis Campbell and Hannah Scott Campbell, and passed away Thursday, July 12, 2001, at UTMB Hospital, Galveston, Texas.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. At the time of his demise, he was employed by Southern Cotton Compress in Galveston County.

Survivors include: six children, Charleston Campbell, Sr., Henry Campbell, Audrey Evans, Patricia Ndloun, Fredrick Campbell and Henry Campbell, III; six sisters, Alice Campbell, Maggie Thibodeaux, Lola Campbell, Ella Benefield, Helen Simmons, and Mary Spencer; and three brothers, Melvin Campbell, Hubert Campbell and Wilson Campbell; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Temple, Charles Nelson, Wilson Campbell, III, Charles Nelson, Jr., Leonard Gatson and Chris Gatson.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. A00011A2001JL17

Tuesday, July 17, 2001
Matagorda County, Texas



Funeral services for George Marsh Cartwright, 88, of Palacios, were held Feb. 13, 2004 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lewis Rush officiating. Interment was at the Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Cartwright was born November 29, 1915 in New York City, NY to the late John Aylett and Lucy Ellen Lloyd Cartwright. He died Feb. 9, 2004 at Palacios Healthcare Center.

He was a member of the Baptist Church, a resident of Palacios since 1953, and a veteran of WW II serving in the US Army.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Mosier Cartwright of Palacios; daughters Georgeanna Smith of Sugar Land, Tx; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were James, Neil, Charles, and Edwin Mosier, Daniel Campbell and Ted Machicek.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

The Palacios Beacon, February 18, 2004

Pedro Cervantes, Sr.

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Travis Nolan Chambless

Travis Nolan Chambless was released from this earth and a body racked with disease and pain to join his soul with our Lord and Savior and soar with the eagles on Feb. 8, 1997.

He was born Dec. 2, 1932 in Bay City to Albert A. and Maggie Belle "Margaret" Sutton Chambless.

He was a member of the First Christian Church where he served as elder, chairman of the board, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He was a graduate of Bay City High School Class of 1949; he was football player #84. He was a deputy sheriff from 1959 to 1964 where he set up the first ID records in the county; retired in 1990 as assistant Chief of Police after 28 years of service with the City. He was an investigator for the County and City. Travis received his Permanent License as a Peace Officer from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education with an Advanced Certification; he was the Second officer in Matagorda County to receive advanced certification.

Travis was a Mentor at Tenie Holmes Elementary School. He served in the U. S. Army as a Corporal from 1953 to 1955. As an MP, he was an Atomic Warhead security guard at Fort Bragg North Carolina.

He was named City outstanding Law Officer by the 100 Club of Matagorda County in 1979. He worked with the Boy Scouts on an individual basis, teaching finger printing and law enforcement related projects. He served as a member of the Community Education Advisory Council from 1988 to 1990 and was a member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Law Enforcement.

Mr. Chambless was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bertram A. Chambless. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Audrey Horn Chambless; his children and their spouses, Carol-Lynne and Wayne Meissner of Austin, Corey D. and Matthew Gokingco of Temple, and Nolan and Mary Chambless of El Campo. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tamara N. Chambless of Eaton, Ohio, Hannah Madeleine Gokingco of Temple, Vanessa and Carl Joseph Chambless of El Campo, Eric and Samantha Meissner and Konrad Meissner; "adopted" daughters, Ellen Vasquez and Donna Leist and "adopted" sister, Merlene Dobecka, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Travis enjoyed football, ballet, refinishing antique furniture, reading poetry, gardening, and time with family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997 at the First Christian Church with Dr. Bill Stephens officiating. Burial followed at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers included, Henry Black, David Shaffer, Darryl Leist, Darrell Barr, Kelly Foote, Jim Jumonville and Hill Winfrey.

Honorary pallbearers included, Bobby Rittenberry, Raymond Stridde, Robert Epstein, Cole Deitrich, Eddie Dobecka, Jim Spoonemore, Ladell Sump, Bob Eckert, Bob Foote, Rick Sullivan, Randy Sullivan, Dale Wilson, Glyn Smith, James Dancer, Barney Mason, Gary Quinn, Jack Williams, Kevin Keller, Jason Budaus, Chuck Shaffer, Jimmy Reiger and Ed Vacek.

In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to the Alzheimer's Association, the Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or the First Christian Church Memorial Fund. Or, pray for America, say a kind word to a stranger, encourage a child, and don't kick animals.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, February 11, 1997


Charles A. Chaplin

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

James M. Childers, Sr.

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Confederate Who Swam Delaware Bay Escaping Prison Buried at Palacios

A. P. Clark, 88, Confederate veteran, who fought in the battle of Gettysburg, was captured and imprisoned and escaped by swimming the Delaware Bay, will be buried today at Palacios, Matagorda county. He died Wednesday at Melrose, N. M.

Mr. Clark was born in Newton county, Georgia, in 1840. Soon after his birth his parents settled in the Alexandria Valley, Calhoun County, Alabama. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Company D., Tenth Alabama Regiment, which became a unit in Wilcox's Brigade and was engaged as a part of Lee's army of Northern Virginia in all major operations from the seven days' battle at Richmond to the battle of Gettysburg. When captured he was placed in prison at Fort Delaware.

After the close of the war he came to Texas, settling at Jacksonville. As contractor he built in 1872 the last stretch of roadbed for the Texas Pacific Railway into Dallas from Texarkana. Early in the '80s he settled at Bartlett. In 1898 he took part in the gold rush to Alaskan fields. He moved from Williamson county to Palacios in 1910.

Surviving are three sons, Joe Clark of Melrose, N. M., R. E. Clark of New Rochelle, N. M., and R. N. Clark of Dallas, and two daughters, Mrs. Addie Douglas of Palacios and Mrs. Pauline Clark Stokes of Dallas.

The Daily Tribune, January 5, 1929



Lowell Claxton, Sr., 75, of Blessing died at his residence Oct. 23, 2002. He was born July 22, 1927 in Alicia, Alaska to the late Edward Lee and Edna Lucille Riddle Claxton. Mr. Claxton was a resident of Blessing since 1971, a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy, and a member of Blessing American Legion Cecil Lee Post 649.

Survivors include: wife, Mary Sue Stroud Claxton of Blessing; daughter, Brenda Claxton of Houston, four sons and two daughters-in-law, Donny Claxton of Blessing, Michael and Anna Claxton of Bay City, Russell Claxton of Houston and Chris and Sherri Claxton of Lolita; sister, Frances Higginbottan of Anderson, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Heather Warren and husband Clay of Richwood, Texas, James Claxton of Ft. Drum, New York, Rusty Claxton of Huntsville,Toby Claxton of Bay City, Kate, Wesley and Michelle Claxton, all of Lolita; two great grandchildren, Landry and Blaise Warren of Richwood. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Kevin Claxton and by his brothers, Adrian
and Dwain Claxton.

Funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Louis Rush officiating. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Cepak, Allan Janek, John Toellner, James Milam, Louis Martino, and George Kana. Honorary pallbearers were A.D. Sanders, Joe Nance, Earcel Hadden and Ryan Hodgekinson.

Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home. A00014B2002OT27

The Bay City Tribune, October 27, 2002





Ivan Lee Cleek, 66, a resident of  Sweeny, passed away Tuesday, August 8, at Matagorda General Hospital. Survivors include: mother, Mrs. Frances Cleek of Austin; 2 sisters, Mrs. LeRoy Kehler of San Angelo and Mrs. James H. Fisher of Austin. Funeral services will be held this afternoon, August 10, at 2 p.m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel with Rev. W. D. Baker officiating. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Cleek was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a World War II veteran. Pallbearers for the funeral will be: Joyce Richardson, Kermit Spielman, Harrell Gibbs, Elmer Gibbs, Paul Pennington and O. R. Hagaman. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, August 10, 1972

Howard T. Clements Sr.
(August 21, 1932 - June 8, 2011)

Howard T. Clements Sr., 78, of Cedar Lane went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Howard was born August 21, 1932 in Noble, Louisiana to the late Clemy T. Clements and Ruby Lynch Clements.

Howard was a member of the Cedar Lane Baptist Church. He attended the Cedar Lane School House, Bay City High School, graduated from Van Vleck High School, and attended Wharton County Jr. College and The University of Houston. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps beginning in 1951 and retired as a Sergeant in 1954. While in the Marine Corps he received a Letter of Commendation for saving lives in a submerged amphibious tractor. His careers included being a cotton farmer, working at Phillips 66 for 9 years, and Celanese Chemical Plant where he retired as a supervisor in 1988.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Hazel Durr Clements; 2 sisters: Lola Ruth Laird of Pasadena, and O’ree Goodson of Houston; son: Howard Clements Jr. & wife Chris of Van Vleck; 3 daughters: Terry Young & husband Jim of Lindale, Ruby Owen & husband Fred of Cedar Lane, and Cindy Lowry & husband Scott of Cedar Lane. Howard had 8 grandchildren: Melanie Young, Petey Owen & wife Natalie, Perry Owen, Percy Owen, Rebecca Clements, Shanna Clements, David Owen Jr., and Johanna Lowry. His 2 great grandchildren are Luke and London Owen. His 7 brothers: T.J. Clements, Clemy Clements II, Custer H. Clements, Ennis Pete Clements, Ira Brice Clements, Marvin O. Clements, and George Clements preceded him in death.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, June 10, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Cedar Lane Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, TX with Rev. David Roach officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. The pallbearers will be: David Owen Jr., Petey Owen, Perry Owen, Percy Owen, Dale Trevino, and Raymond Brooker. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Howard’s Sunday School Class

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home


Lester C. Cobb, 79, of Van Vleck passed away June 23, 2004. He was born April 26, 1925 in James, Texas to Dallas David Cobb and Vivian Ethel Lester Cobb.

He was an ordained deacon and a member of the First Baptist Church in Bay City. He was a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and served in the education field for 36 years. He had been a resident of Van Vleck since 1976 and was a retired superintendent of Van Vleck ISD. Prior to that, he was the superintendent in Blanco, Texas and served as high school principal in Luling, Texas.

He was a Naval Veteran of WWII; was a former member and president of the Lion's Club; was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge; served on the Board of the Matagorda County Appraisal District and numerous other service organizations.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Claudie Marie Cooper Cobb in 1991; and by two brothers, Leslie Cobb and James Cobb.

He is survived by: three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jackie Cobb Harlan of El Maton, Janet Cobb Zapalac and S. R. of Victoria, and Dana Cobb Bramble and Rob of Van Vleck; one son and daughter-in-law, David L. Cobb and Connie of Van Vleck; two brothers, Dr. Gerald Cobb and Earl Cobb both of Houston; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were his sons-in-law, Rob Bramble and S. R. Zapalac, and grandsons, Donnie Casey, Ryan Cobb, Travis Cobb, and Chance Zapalac.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Bay City or the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, June 27, 2004               Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Bruce Coy Coffer, 73, of Kerrville, Texas, died February 24, 2005 at Hill Country Hospital in Fredericksburg.

He was born October 26, 1931, in Waco, Texas, to the late W.W. and Claudia Martin Coffer.

His family moved to Bay City when he was 12 years old.

Bruce attended Bay City schools, Wharton County Junior College and the University of Houston.

He enjoyed sports and participated in all sports while in school.

In 1951, he left school and joined the USAF, serving for four years during the Korean War.

Upon returning to civilian life, he returned to Houston and went back to college; he worked in the electrical field.

He married the former Betty Kring in 1956 and started his family.

In 1961, he moved his family to Bay City, where he had grown up, and he started his own electrical business.

After 32 years living in Bay City, working, serving in the community and helping others, he decided to retire to the Hill Country.

In 1993, he bought a home in Kerrville, where he was living at the time of his death.

Bruce will be remembered for his great sense of humor and devoted friendship.

He loved the outdoors, enjoyed reading and studying history; especially of Texas and the early days.

He also enjoyed writing, which included the compiling of past events put into readable booklets; he also wrote several short stories and published a book .

Survivors include: his wife of 49 years, Betty Kring Coffer; daughter, Koylynn Coffer of Dripping Springs, Texas; two brothers, Walter Coffer of Conroe, Texas, and Joe Coffer of Santa Fe, Texas; other family members and many life-long friends.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, February 28, 2005, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, February 27, 2005                          Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby



Graveside funeral services for Arlis Coker, Jr., 70, of Bay City, were held 10 a.m. today at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with Vern DiPasca officiating. He had Veterans of Foreign Wars graveside honors.

Mr. Coker was born Aug. 8, 1924 in Bay City to Arlis Coker, Sr. and Lela Novis Coker and died Sept. 3, 1994.

He was a lifelong resident of Bay City and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Louise Teeler Coker of Bay City; a daughter, Mary Ann Kotlar of Bay city; a son, David Michael Coker of Bay City; two brothers, Dutch Coker of Alvin and Johnny Coker of Rock Springs, WY; and two grandchildren, David Don Coker and Laurie Ann Kotlar, both of Bay City.

He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Don Gene Coker.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas

Photo Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

David W. Cole, Jr.
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas


James Arnold Cole
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas

Bert Edward Collier, Sr.

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Billy W. Conklin          Roselawn Memorial Park          Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Funeral services for Edward "Eddie" Hernandez Constancio Sr., 75, of Palacios, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2006 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating.

Burial with military honors under the auspices of VFW - Queen Hamlin Post No. 2467 will be at Palacios Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church and a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Mr. Constancio was born Oct. 24, 1930, in Austin, to the late Trinidad B. and Guadalupe Hernandez Constancio. He died June 14, 2006.

He was a truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service where he retired after 20 years of service. He was a Catholic and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War where he served as a paratrooper.

He is survived by his wife, Consuelo Robles Constancio; daughters, Lupe Rodriguez of La Porte, Josefa "Josie" Christiansen, Tina Gonzalez, and Deena Constancio, all of Palacios; sons, Erbey De La Garza of Big Lake, Louis Constancio of Houston, Roland Constancio of Blessing, Eduardo "Edward" R. Constancio Jr., Jesse Constancio, Rudy Constancio, Gerry Constancio, Bobby Constancio, and Anthony Constancio, all of Palacios; sisters, Rosie C. Sanchez of Dallas, Rebecca C. Ottino of Palacios, and Elida C. Valdez of San Jose, Calif.; brothers, Jesse H. Constancio of Blessing, Trinidad H. Constancio Jr. of Rosharon, and Ray Constancio of Stockton, Calif.; 47 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard R. Constancio.

Arrangements are with Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Palacios Beacon
June 14, 2006
Matagorda County, Texas

Roy L. Cook

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham



COOK, William Ernest, Jr., age 54, passed away in a Galveston hospital on Dec. 26. He was a resident of Matagorda. After serving for 30 years, Cook was retired from the U. S. Navy. He was a member of the Gulf Coast and Wharton Shrine Clubs, the Matagorda Masonic Lodge and the Arabia Shrine. Services will be held Wed., Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel with the Reverend Joe Crabb officiating. Interment will be in Matagorda Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Daisy Cook of Matagorda and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Cook of Lake Charles, La. Also two daughters, Miss Kary Cook of Matagorda and Mrs. Barbara Vandersteen of Jacksonville, Fla. There is also one son, William C. Harris in Germany and one sister, Mrs. Pauline Moses of Indianapolis, Ind., and 8 grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Oscar Moberly, Coleman Stansell, Savage Watkins, Gene Lawhon, Roy Traylor and Lee Moses. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Kain, Doug Havard and Francis Savage Sr. Graveside services will be conducted by Henry Whidden. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, Monday, December 28, 1970



Funeral services for Mr. Jeddie B. Cooper, age 55, of Bay City, will be held Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m., at Enterprise Baptist Church in Bay City, with Rev. Kevin O. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

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

Cooper was born in Bay City, Texas, Monday, January 7, 1941, to Willie Cooper and Beatrice Stredic Cooper, and passed away Tuesday, July 16, 1996, at Sweeny Community Hospital in Sweeny.

He was a 1960 graduate of Hilliard High School in Bay City. He later served in the U. S. Armed Forces. Upon honorable discharge, he was employed with Union Pacific Railroad for years as a brakeman.

"Jeddie B." as he was known, was a member of Enterprise Baptist Church, where he served on the Trustee Board, the Financial Board, and was a member of the Brotherhood.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Margaret Bonner Cooper of Bay City. Also two daughters and one son, Misses Deborah Cooper and Sharetha Cooper, and Tyrone Cooper, all of Bay City.

He leaves one sister, Ms. Abanell Cooper of Bay City, and one brother, Douglas Cooper of Houston; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a family of many, many friends.

Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Herbert Cooper.

Active pallbearers will include The Brotherhood of Enterprise Church.

Honorary pallbearers will include Douglas Cooper, John Brooks, Lloyd Lewis, Charlie Tone, Roy Brown, Carlton Brooks, Wilson Hart, James Clay and Walter Martin.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, July, 1996


Abe Cornelsen, 93, of Bay City passed away on July 23, 2002. He was born on September 25, 1908 in Washita County, OK.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bay City, where he was a member of the Wesley Class and Chancel Choir.

He also was a veteran of the U.S.Navy and was a manager of the Independent Rice Dryer in Bay City.

He was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 69 years Gertrude Cornelsen.

He is survived by a brother: Rev. Rufus Cornelsen and wife Frances of Sworthmore, PA.: cousin Howard Cornelsen of Lake Jackson; two sisters-in-law: Esther Davina of Roswell, NM and Ruth Adler of Snyder, OK.; three nephews, Lowell Davina and wife Pat of Roswell, NM.; Douglas and wife Rev. Nancy Adler of Snyder, OK., and E.N. Cornelsen of Seattle WA; and devoted friends Lee and Nalene Nauman of Bay City.

Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 25 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating. Interment will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bay City.

Services under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. A00014B2002JL24

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 24, 2002


June 10, 1951 - Sept. 10, 2005

David Glenn Cornman, 54, of Bay City, died Sept. 10, 2005, at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

David was born June 10, 1951, in Bay City, to Billie Glenn and Gladys Robertson Cornman.

He was a member of the Baptist Church, a lifelong resident of Bay City, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War.

Survivors include: mother, Gladys Cornman of Bay City; sister, Kathlene Krejci of El Campo; and brother, Steven Cornman of Pasadena.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billie Glenn Cornman, and his brother, Thomas Brantley Cornman.

A graveside memorial funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, with the Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune
September 18, 2005
Matagorda County, Texas




Doyle H. Coston, 80, of Van Vleck, died August 17, 2002 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

He was born March 10, 1922 in Yoakum, Texas, to the late Doyle O'Hanlon and Lue Eva Tucker Coston.

Mr. Coston was a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck and a resident of Van Vleck since 1942.

Mr. Coston was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U. S. Army, a retired heavy equipment operator with LCRA and was Constable for Matagorda County Pct. No. 4 for 16 years.

Survivors include: wife of 62 years, Rosa Lee Reed Coston of Van Vleck; daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie Coston of Van Vleck, Doyleen and Donald Justice of Sweeny, Gwynda and Gary Jones and Judy and Tranis Calk, all of Van Vleck; sisters, Idalue Richardson of Sweeny, and Annie Mae Toxey of Elizabeth City, N. C.; two special nieces, Sandra James of Tail City, Ind., and Patti Gilbert of Katy, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Rusty, Gene and Paul Coston; sisters, Oralee Sewell and Leona Denbow; and half-sister Pearl Norris.

Funeral service was at 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2002, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman and the Rev. Aaron Young officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were Jay, Stephen and Wesley Harvey, Thomas Lee and Toby Calk, Kenny Hales and Bret Weeks. Honorary pallbearers were Jered Hales and Brian Harvey.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002AG21

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Nov. 11, 1926 — March 2, 2006

Billy James Cowan, 79, of Blessing, died Thursday, March 2, 2006.

He was born November 11, 1926, in Duncan, Oklahoma, to the late Paul and Floy Cowan.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he earned numerous medals, including the Bronze Star.

He was a lifelong electrician.

He and his late wife, Freda, spent many hours fishing up and down the Gulf Coast.

He enjoyed football, gardening and reading. Everyone loved him and he will be missed.

He is survived by: his son, Billy James Cowan Jr. and wife Debbie of Bay City; son-in-law, Carlos Galvan and Norma of Blessing; grandchildren, Jason and Natalie Galvan, Charles Galvan, Misty and Daryll Davis, Janet and Jerry Johnson, Chris and Kari Galvan, Chuck Cowan and Brandi, Christie Cowan and fiancé, Stewart Hutson; step-grandchildren, Jason Sciba and wife Holly, Tres Ansley and Jod Ansley; sister, Pat Wheeler of Blackwell, Oklahoma; and eight great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by: his wife, Freda Cowan; daughter, Jami Pat Galvan; and brother-in-law, Dale Wheeler.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2006, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Blessing.

Bay City Tribune
March 5, 2006
Matagorda County, Texas

Leslie P. Cowart
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas



James Shelby Cox
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas
Courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Walcott R. "Poochie" Cox, 70, of Bay City died Friday September 1, 2000 in Houston, Texas.

He was born October 26, 1929 in Bay City to Christopher Rugeley Cox, III and Gertrude Poage Cox.

He is survived by two daughters Cathy Woods and Jan Cox both of Bay City; sisters Margaret Alice DeLerno of New Orleans and Aubin Sumers Stiegman of El Campo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Lillian Cox, brother, Christopher "Sonny" Cox and sister Patty Wyse.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Tuesday September 5, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bishop Brent Ethington and President Joe Cannon officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in WWII, retired from Phillips 66 after 30 plus years, and a member of the Frank Phillip Club.

Pallbearers include Hadden Dietrich, Wayne Michael, Van Meador, Bart Sanders, John Dickerson, Jr., and Wallace Nini.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000SP06

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, September 6, 2000


Alfred Melton Crosson

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Nova H. Crouch
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas



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