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Funeral services for Mr. Roosevelt "Buster" Jackson, 91, of Bay City, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2001 at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. K. J. Griggs as eulogist.

Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetry in Bay City.

Visitation will be Sunday until 9 p.m. in the Chapel of Duncan Roberts Funeral Home.

He was born in Sealy, Texas on Monday, November 9, 1909, to Bud Jackson and Susie Jackson, and passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2001 in Bay City, Texas.

He was a World War II Veteran of the United States Navy. He was later employed with the U. S. Postal Service and retired after 39 years.

Jackson was a friend to all mankind, and will be sorely missed by those who shared his earthly living.

Survivors include: two sons, Donald Jackson and Marion of Richmond, California, and Carl Jackson and Doris of Coralville, Iowa; two daughters, Wilma Criswell of Bay City and Lillian Watson of Port Arthur; nine grandchildren, Arthur Criswell of San Bruno, California, Denise Robinson of League City, Texas, Duane Jackson and Kristin of Los Angeles, California, Michelle Jackson of Maryland, Carl Jackson, Jr and Jeannie of Houston, Texas, Edward Watson Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas, Cherly Jackson of Chicago, Illinois, Lisa Green and Jarrod of Houston, Texas and Donald Jackson, Jr of Richmond, California; eight great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Robert Windle and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Celmmie Jackson on November 10, 2000, one sister and two brothers.

Active pallbearers will be J. W. Brown, Thomas Battle, William Dale, Eugene Johnson, Ivan Pettis, Andrew Smith Sr., Wilbert Smith and Lartress Tanner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Thurman Austin, Wells Clark, Judge John Paul Davis, George Fountain, James Gamble, Jarrod Green, Dr. W.H. Hadnott, J.C. Jackson, Clifford Landry, Mayor Charles Martinez, Desi Littleton, James Maxey, Mack Riser, Eric Robinson, George Tanner, Jr., Joe Washington, Sr., and Robert Windle.

Arranagements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. A00011A2001MR18

Sunday, March 18, 2001

Jerry J. Jacoby
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas


Aug. 29, 1953 - Sept. 16, 2005

On August 29, 1953, a son was born to J.L. and Willie Pearl James Sr. in Pledger, Texas, named J.L. James Jr.

He was raised and attended school in Van Vleck, Texas. He accepted Christ at an early age.

After graduating from high school, he attended Prairie View A&M University and shortly after joined the United States Army.

He was united in Holy Matrimony to Trina Williams on July 17, 1973. Two children blessed this union, Olympia and Broderick James.

He was called home on Friday, September 16, 2005, in Houston, Texas.

He leaves to cherish many memories: a loving wife, Trina James; two children, Broderick James and Olympia James of Killeen, Texas; four sisters, Edith Johnson of Bay City, Texas, Earnestine Murroy of Pledger, Texas, Bonnie Lola Allen of Bay City, and Tiny Faye James of Bay City; three brothers, Carlton Ray James and Freddie C. James of Bay City, and Andrew James (Judy) of Dickerson, Texas; two granddaughters, Kosmone and Brelyn James; three grandsons, Trashode, Arthur and Broderick Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter and parents, J.L. and Willie Pearl James.

Funeral services for J.L. James Jr, 52, of Bay City, Texas, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2005, at St. John Baptist Church in Van Vleck, Texas, with the Rev. Ruben Newell.

Burial will follow in Union Baptist Cemetery in Pledger, Texas.

Mr. J.L. James Jr. will lie in state from 1 p.m. until the funeral services Saturday.

Visitation will be in the chapel of Greenís Mortuary from noon until 8 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2005.

Greenís Mortuary of Bay City, Texas is in charge of arrangements, 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune
September 28, 2005
Matagorda County, Texas


Leonard Jasek, 74, of Bay City died Thursday, June 7, 2001 in Bay City. He was born October 24, 1926 in Colorado County, Texas to the late William and Marie Martis Jasek. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving in WWII and Korea, member of the St. Peter's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Life member of the V.F.W.

He is survived by: his wife, Helen Roesler Jasek of Bay City; daughters, Deborah Jasek of College Station, Nancy FitzSimon of San Antonio, Jennifer Jasek of Fruithurst, Ala., Mary Jasek of College Station, Barbara Corporon of Collegeport and Lisa Batchelder of Palacios; sons, Leonard W. Jasek and Andy Jasek both of Blessing; sisters, Alga Gully of Fayetteville, Effie Piwetz of Houston, Marianne Prihoda of College Station and Willy Mae Jasek of Bryan; one brother, Lawrence Jasek of Houston; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents and a son John Jasek.

A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2001 at St. Peter's Catholic Church with father Samuel Appasi officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001JN08

Matagorda County, Texas
Friday, June 08, 2001


Earl Sam Johnson

Sept. 29, 1925 - Sept.1, 2005

Earl Sam Johnson, 79, of Bay City passed away September 1, 2005, at his residence.

He was born September 29, 1925, in Bay City to Acie Smith Johnson and Roxie Bell Neal Johnson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of Korea; member of the First Baptist Church; and a former operator for Amaco Production.

He is survived by: his brother, Hugh Mac Johnson and wife Addie of Houston; his sister-in-law, Wynelle Johnson of Bay City; special friend, Romona Davis of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Smith and Roxie Johnson; and by his brothers and sisters, John Henry Johnson, Myrtle Jones, Edna Johnson, Allie May Lane, Stella White, Ramon Frank Johnson and Alvin Smith Johnson.

Funeral services were to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 3, 2005, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment was to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Carl, Robert, Phillip, Alvin, Kyle and Kevin Johnson.

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

Bay City Tribune, September 4, 2005                                              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham




Ernest Neal Joines


Ernest Neal Joines, 53, of Bay City, Texas, died in Bay City. He was born on September 26, 1926, in Dykesburg, Texas. He was a city employee. Survivors include:  mother, Mrs. Nettie Joines of Bay City; four sisters, Mrs. Lorine Schmersalhl of Sweeny, Texas, Mrs. Margaret Richardson of Matagorda, Texas, Mrs. Charles Burt of Palacios, Texas, and Mrs. Vernon Hunt of Palacios.


Funeral services will be held at the Sixth Street Church of Christ, at 2:00 PM, on Friday and interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Arrangements are with Jackson County Funeral Home in Edna, Texas.


The Daily Tribune, July 9, 1980                                   Courtesy of Susie Adkins




Earnest Neal Joines, 53, of Bay City, died [July 9, 1980] in Bay City. He was born on September 26, 1926 in Deutschburg, Texas. He was a city employee. Survivors include: mother, Mrs. Nettie Mae Joines of Bay City; four sisters, Mrs. Lorine Schmersahl of Sweeny, Mrs. Margaret Richardson of Matagorda, Mrs. Charles Burt of Bay City and Mrs. Vernon Hunt of Palacios. Funeral services will be held at the Sixth Street Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on Friday and interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Arrangements are with Jackson County Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, July 10, 1980                                 Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham




James L. Jones

BAY CITY - James "Jimmy" L. Jones Jr., 55, of Bay City, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003.

He was born April 5, 1948, in Grenada, Miss., to James L. Jones Sr. of Bay City and Mary Alice Gillett Jones Ames of Cross Plains. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. He was the operations manager of the Minneapolis division of the Northern National Gas Company and member of the Church of Christ in Bay City.

Survivors: wife, Kathy Jones; daughter, Shawnta Wilson of Williston, N.D.; sons, John C. Jones of Boston and Shane Jones of Bay City; stepfather, Richard Ames of Cross Plains; sister, Theresa Jones Henderson of Bay City; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors 6-8 p.m. today at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Donald Reed officiating.

Burial will be at a later date. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Memorials: Autism Society of America or your local veterans organization.

The Victoria Advocate, November 8, 2003


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