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Funeral services for John William Farned, 81, of Bay City will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Mr. Farned died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000. He was born March 10, 1918 in New Hope, Chickasaw, MS to Jim Farned and Ruth Dowling Farned.

He was a member of the Calvary Bapitst Church and a former member of Odd Fellow of Bay City and Silsbee.

He resided in Bay City over forty years, was a veteran of the US Army, and retired as a Production Foreman after forty years of service with Atlantic Richfield.

He is survived by: his wife, Martha Laurine Farned of Bay City; two sons, David Wayne Farned and wife, Patricia of Bay City and James Robert Farned and wife, Kimberly of Minneapolis, MN; two sisters, Lucille Nokleby of Maudlin, SC and Blanche Stansel of Houston; two brothers, Richard L. Farned of Okalona, MS and Rothen Farned of Calif; and step-grandsons, Thomas R. Cox of Matagorda and David A. Cox of Bay City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ruth Farned; a sister, Ruby Mae Franke; and by one brother, Henry E. Farned.

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

Matagorda County, Texas
Thursday, 20 Jan 2000



John William "Bill" Fehmel, Sr. 85, of Bay City died May 8, 2001 at his residence. He was born August 28, 1915 in Dallas, Texas to the late John Walter and Johanna Sohns Fehmel.

Mr. Fehmel was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, a resident of Bay City since 1948 where he owned and operated Fehmel Dusting Service, and was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army as a flight instructor.

Survivors include: wife, Hazel Slagle Fehmel of Bay City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Rebecca Phillips of Fulshear, Texas and Eleanor and Lesley Deuel of Victoria; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Margaret Fehmel, Jr. and Ronnie and Jean Fehmel all of Bay City; sister, Christine Brown of Dallas; brother, Jack Fehmel of Lancaster, Texas; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Karen Fehmel; sister, Anna King and brothers, John, Fred, Richard, Frank, and Lawrence Fehmel.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mary 9, 2001, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Father Joseph Shannon, and the Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Revs. Casey Jarzombek and Joseph Shannon officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001MY09

Wednesday, May 9, 2001
Matagorda County, Texas


Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck


Jerome W. "Jerry" Flint, 94, of Blessing died at Matagorda General Hospital, January 25, 2001. He was born September 3, 1906 in Summers Co. West Virginia to the late Thomas Wayne and Ocie Ola Taylor Flint.

Mr. Flint was a longtime resident of Blessing and a member of the Midfield Community Church. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army nearly 20 years. He was also a life member of the Blessing Cecil Lee American Legion Post No. 649 and was a past Commander in 19479.

Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Lilliam Kopecky Flint of Blessing; daughter, Phyllis Anne Beverage of Boca Raton, Fl.; two sisters, Christine Flint and Geneva Scott both of Covington, Virginia; three grandchildren, Flint Beverage and Brenna Beverage both of Boca Raton, Fl. Christy de Vries and her husband Dough of Montrose, Colo.; one great granddaughter, Ashley Anne de Vries of Montrose, Colo.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be members of American Legion Post 649.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune
Matagorda County, Texas
Sunday, January 28, 2001


A Rosary for Jimmie Flores, Jr., 79, of Palacios, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12 at the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios.

Officiating will be Rev. Tony Flores, Rev. Marcillo Garcia, Rev. Andy Blair and Rev. Janell Blair.

Interment will be at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Flores was born Feb. 10, 1924 in Palacios to Jimmie and Otila Solis Flores, Sr. He died June 9, 2003.

He and his wife, 'Pie', had been the owners of the former El Torito Restaurant in Palacios. Mr. Flores was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Queen-Hamlin VFW Post 2467.

He is survived by his wife, Amparo "Pie" Flores; daughter: Ernestine Silvas of Palacios; son: Jimmie Flores III of Brazoria and Johnny L. Flores of Conroe; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jesse Flores.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or the VFW Post No. 2467, Palacios, Texas.

Read Mr. Flores' World War II story

The Palacios Beacon
Wednesday, June 11, 2003


Charles Forrest, 65, founder of Aqua Classic Pools, Inc. in Clute and Bay City, Tx, died at Angleton-Danbury Hospital on July 9, 2006 following a courageous battle with cancer.

The family will receive friends at Palms Funeral Home, 2300 E. Mulberry, Angleton from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at First Baptist Church, 237 E. Locust in Angleton with Alan Stovall and Dr. Jay Gross officiating. Graveside services will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Tx. conducted by Jim Murry.

Mr. Forrest born Sept. 23, 1940, in Lufkin, Tx. to the late Lynwood Forrest and Aileen Forrest Wishard of Houston.

He graduated from Buna High School in 1959. Charles served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962 during the Cold War, and was stationed at Tempelhof Airforce Base in Berlin, Germany. He served as a crew chief for Tempelhof’s helicopter unit. During his tour in Berlin he met the love of his life, Monika Neus. After a courtship of a few years, they were united in marriage on March 29, 1962.

He moved with his ‘fraulein’ Monika from Berlin to Palacios, Tx. in 1962. After working for many years as a welder in the oil fields, Charles and Monika opened Aqua Classic Pools & Spas in Palacios in 1983, then moved the store to Bay City and opened another store in the Brazosport area. Charles earned numerous awards and greatly influenced the pool industry with his dedication and hard work.

He was a faithful and active member of Brazosport Baptist Temple until his death. He loved hunting, fishing, and tinkering in his shop.

Charles passed away peacefully with his wife and children by his side. Charles is survived by his wife of 44 years, Monika; sons, Lynn Forrest and wife, Angie, of Brazoria and Andy Forrest and wife, Kim, of Angleton; three grandchildren, Abby, Katy, and Randall; and his sister, Linda Forrest Sheffield and husband, Don, of Channelview.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Harland Forrest.

Pallbearers will be Cole Crisp, Colby Crisp, Tom Driscoll, Donny Dosser, Tyler Forrest, Rik Hutson, Kelly Lewis and Paul Murry.

Honorary pallbearers will be Andres Curiel, Felipe Curiel, Farris Lenamon, Sam Sembhi, Tony Sembhi, Duane Wicke, and employees of Aqua Classic Pools and Spas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brazosport Baptist Temple Building Fund, 1203 CR 205, Angleton, Tx. 77515.

The Forrest Family would like to extend special thanks to numerous family and friends who have given them such tremendous support during Charles’ valiant struggle with cancer. With heartfelt gratitude they would like to recognize the doctors and nurses of Angleton-Danbury Hospital for their remarkable care, their church family of Brazosport Baptist Temple for their countless prayers and words of comfort, and their dear friends, Jeff and Lynn Crisp for their love and support.

The Palacios Beacon, July 12, 2006


BAY CITY - Morgan Wesley "Wes" Franklin, 85, of Bay City, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003.

He was born Feb. 21, 1918, in Gorman, to the late John and Ora Octive Godwin Franklin. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member and deacon of First Christian Church and was a retired supervisor with Phillips with 45 years of service.

Survivors: wife, Elizabeth Averett Franklin; daughters, Beverly Ann Franklin-Stevens of Towanda, Kan., and Becky Hassebroek of Fairbanks, Alaska; sister, Billie Jo Tevebaugh of Amarillo; brothers, Elmo Franklin of California and Jim Wilson of Amarillo; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, the Rev. Arden Aldridge officiating.

Burial with military honors by P.H. Parker VFW Post No. 2438 will be at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Memorials: First Christian Church, Bay City.

The Victoria Advocate, November 4, 2003


John Edward Frankson, 82, of Palacios, Carancahua Community, died August 22, 2004.

He was born July 24, 1922 in Carancahua to the late Lloyd Edward and Leta Lee Linville Frankson.

Mr. Frankson was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios and was a lifelong resident of the Carancahua Community. He was a pilot in the US Army Air Forces during WWII, a member of the Mustang Square Dancers club, and he was a rancher.

Survivors include: sister-in-law, JoBeth Frankson of Palacios, Texas; nephew, John C. Frankson and wife Dawna and their children, Eric Frankson and Kimberly Hanz, and nephew David A. Frankson Jr. and his wife Pattie and their children, Kenneth, Cheryl and Kelli Frankson all of the Carancahua Community.

He was preceded in death by his brother David A. Frankson Sr.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2004, at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hollie Brisco officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Pete Griffith, Galen Johnson, Troy Shimek, Cody Adams, Harry Frankson, and Marvin Stuhrenberg. Honorary pallbearers are the Friends at the Dairy Queen and the Mustang Square Dancers Club.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, August 25, 2004


BAY CITY - Norman Lee Franzina, 82, of Bay City, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005.

He was born April 21, 1923, in West Columbia, to Leo J. and Sophie Kolochney Franzina. He was the owner of Franzina Water Well Service, a veteran of the U.S. Army and World War II, and a life member of VFW Post 2438 in Bay City.

Survivors: sister, Julia Ford of Bay City, and brother, Cecil R. Franzina of Sulphur Bluff.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, the Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Military honors will be presented by Philip H. Parker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2438 of Bay City. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate                   Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Wilford E. “Tank” Frazier

Wilford E. “Tank” Frazier, 79, of Bay City passed away March 7, 1996 at Matagorda House in Bay City. He was born January 30, 1917 in Kentwood, Louisiana to Wilford William and Mary Brabham Frazier. He was a member of First Baptist Church, a veteran of WWII, a retired gauger at Phillips Petroleum Company, a member and past master of the Masonic Lodge #865 A. F. & A. M. in Bay City, and had been a resident of Bay City since 1955. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Huebner Frazier of Bay City; by one daughter and son-in-law, Karyle and Ralph “Skip” Chalfant of Wimberley, Texas; by two sons and daughters-in-law, Marcus and Denise Frazier and Hollis and Bonnie Frazier all of Bay City; a sister Myrtle Carter of Baton Rouge, La. and by his grandchildren, Jennifer and Allan Nail of Killeen, Texas, Ivy Chalfant of San Angelo, Laura Frazier, Marc Frazier, Tiffany Frazier, Holli Frazier and Melinda Frazier all of Bay City and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00 p. m. Sunday, March 10, 1996 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers include: Marcus Frazier, Hollis Frazier, Marc Frazier, Raleigh Conklin, Dudley Huebner and Russell Huebner. Honorary pallbearers include: Tom Anderson, Kirby Dismukes, M. C. Frankson, Dudley J. Huebner, Dr. Tillman Daniel, the members of the Men’s Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church, and members of the Masonic Lodge #865 A. F. & A. M. Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, March 10, 1996


Billie Maurice Frieze of Refugio, Texas, died on Oct. 30, 2000. He was born in Clemville, Texas on Dec. 6, 1920. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Refugio, Texas, with Lance Freeman officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

He is survived by: wife Linda Frieze of Refugio, daughter, Sharon Oliver of Victoria; sister, Mary Evelyn Frieze Boatwright of Glenflora, Texas; and three grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Fussell Frieze and Mary Sherrer Pop.

Has a member of the Masonic Lodge and a veteran of the Korean War. he was occupied by the United Gas Pipeline for 35 years as a Measurement Technician before he retired. He attended the First Baptist Church in Refugio.

Moore Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of arrangements. A00011A2000OT31

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, October 31, 2000                      Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



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