Matagorda County Veteran Obituaries

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MADDOX, MORRIS RAY

Morris Ray Maddox, 81, of Bay City died August 9, 2003 at the Lake Jackson Healthcare Center in Lake Jackson, TX. He was born November 19, 1921 in North Zulch, TX to the late Daniel Lee and Irene Marsh Maddox. Mr. Maddox was a member of the Pentecostal Church and a longtime resident of Bay City. He was a veteran of WW II serving in the U S Navy, and in 1982 he retired as a pumper from the Lower Colorado River Authority with 35 years of service.

Survivors include: 1 son and daughter-in-law: Dennis C. and Ora Maddox of Bay City; sisters: Jean Fitzgerald of Piggott, AK, Elsie Eilbeck, and Ann Genzer both of Bay City; brother: Herman "Henry" Maddox of Vilonia, AK; 4 grandchildren: Michelle Chaskey & husband James of Angleton, Regina Maddox of Bay City, Rhonda Mavity & husband Ryan of Weatherford, OK, and Lyndsay Maddox of Manvel, TX; 3 great grandchildren: Christopher & Jennifer Quick of Weatherford, OK, and Caleb Ray Maddox of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen Maddox; sister: Lillian Jenkins; and brother: Aaron Maddox.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Thursday, August 14, 2003 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be at the Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, TX. Pallbearers will be Bobby & Danny Lister, Billy & Clifford Powell, Fred "Clay" Ray, Michael Roden, and C.J. Medina.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City [Matagorda County, Texas] (979) 245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate
Victoria, Victoria County, Texas
August 13, 2003
 


MAGEE, JOHN M., SR.

JOHN M. MAGEE SR.

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas] - John M. Magee, Sr., 79, of Bay City passed away on March 29, 2007. He was born April 3, 1927 in Kosse, to Elbert Roy and Julia Adams Magee. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. He was a member of the Bay City Lodge No. 865 Scottish Rite Arabia Shrine and a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret L. Magee of Bay City; son, John Magee Jr. and wife Cindy of Lake Jackson; daughter, Judy K. Hilton and husband Jack of Houston; four grandchildren, Cory and Luke Magee of Lake Jackson and Chris and Brittany Hilton of Houston.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 5-7 p.m. today at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2007 at the First Baptist Church, Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Members of John's Sunday school class and Fred. E. Walker will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

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

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 3/30/2007.
 

WILLIAM LOUIS MALEK

Dec. 29, 1925 - June 4, 2006

William Louis Malek departed this life June 4, 2006.

He was born December 29, 1925 in Yoakum, Texas to Edmund and Mary Maresh Malek.

He retired in 1988 as foreman of Channel Industries Gas/Tenneco after over 40 years in the Oilfield Business. He served in WWII as Army Staff Sergeant where he was awarded Army of Occupation Medal and WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife of 39 years, Delores Stelzel Malek of Bay City; daughter, Monica Chumchal and husband Kenneth of El Campo; son, James Malek and fiancee Kay Kurtz of East Bernard; five grandchildren, Cody William Chumchal, Paige Danielle Chumchal, Justin William Malek, Tyler Jacob Kurtz, Emily Faith Kurtz.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; five sisters, Mary Janis, Albina Vahalik, Toni Morris, Alma Holy, Lillian Bilicek; and two brothers Edwin and Frank Malek.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Danny Pless, David Pless, Hans Stelzel, Ronnie Faul, Jr., Henry Morris and Randy Chumchal. His grandchildren and former co-workers will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross School Foundation, PO Box 571, Bay City, TX 77404; American Heart Association, or charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

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

Bay City Tribune
Published June 7, 2006
Matagorda County, Texas
 

KENNETH C. MARTIN

Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City


MARTINEZ, DAVID PEREZ SR.


David Perez Martinez, Sr.

David Perez Martinez, Sr., 83, of Bay City died April 20, 2002 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was bom March 20, 1919 in Bay City to the late Joaquin Vega and Tomasa Perez Martinez. Mr. Martinez was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a life long resident of Bay City. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII in the 493rd Bombardment Squadron.

Survivors include: sons, David Martinez and Rudy Martinez both of Lubbock; sister, Elvira Sanchez of Bay City; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Irene Morales Martinez; sisters; Estefana Bustos and Ygocencia Ruiz; and brothers, Marcelino Martinez and Charles Martinez, Sr.

Rosary was 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, and the Funeral Mass was 10 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2002 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Boren officiating. Interment was at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002AR24

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, April 24, 2002
 


Joaquin Martinez


Nov. 28, 1926 — Jan. 17, 2006

Joaquin Gutierrez Martinez, 79, of Bay City, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2006.

He was born November 28, 1926, in Bay City, to Marcelino Perez Martinez and Petra Gutierrez Martinez.

He was a lifelong resident of Bay City, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by: his wife, Victoria Camarillo Martinez of Bay City; daughters, Petra Campos of Gonzales, Rosemary Martinez, Pauline Martinez, Tomasa Perez, Mary Jane Montalvo and Alice Guzman, all of Bay City; sons, Gonzalo Martinez, David Martinez and Patricio Martinez, all of Bay City, Joaquin Martinez of Rockport, and Jerry Martinez of Alvin; an adopted sister, Elida Flores of Bay City; an adopted brother, Javier Martinez of Bay City; and by 32 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Marcelino P. and Petra G. Martinez; a son, Marcelino Martinez; and a sister, Mary Lou Montague.

The rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2006, at Taylor Bros. Chapel. The funeral mass was at 2 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2006, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with military honors provided by the Philip H. Parker VFW Post No. 2438.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Luera, Ruben Lewis Jr., Leobardo Alfaro, Pat Martinez Jr., Gilbert Garza and Jerry Martinez Jr.

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

Bay City Tribune
January 22, 2006
Matagorda County, Texas
 

MARTINO, JOHN OTTINO

PALACIOS -- John Ottino Martino, 80, of Palacios [Matagorda County, Texas], died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001.

He was born March 11, 1921, in Palacios, to the late Louis and Donnie Ottino Martino. He was a retired commercial fisherman and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II.

Survivors: daughters, Dolores Castro of Richmond and Rosalie Lenihan of Floresville; sisters, Rosalie Tobias of Palacios and Julie Garcia of Victoria; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Mary Diaz Martino; son, John Martino Jr.; parents; sister, Pauline Pequeno; and brothers, Louis Martino Jr., Tom Martino and Charles Martino.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.

THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE
January 2, 2002


MASON, JOHN EDWARD

John Edward Mason 75, of Bay City, passed away, Wednesday 29, 2001. He was born August 8, 1926 in Old Gulf, Texas to Lenon Earl Mason and Josie Margaret Seerden Mason. He was resident of Bay City since 1952, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, and retired as a Station Operator from Texas Gulf Sulphur Co.

He is survived by: wife, Gloria Mae Schmerber Mason of Bay City; stepson, Arthur Mitchell Emshoff, Jr. of Bay City; sister Betty Marlene Bridges of Bay City.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2001 at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Charles Hale, Ronnie Seerden, Melvin Ryman, Alfred Ryman, Jeff Bleau and Ray Rolf.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2001 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001SP02

The Daily Tribune, Sunday, September 2, 2001
 


MATHIS, SAM J., JR.

Sam J. Mathis, Jr., 81 of Bay City died Wednesday January 30, 2002 in Wharton, Texas. He was born February 2, 1920 in Lexington, Texas, to the late Sam J. Mathis Sr. and Ethel Douglas.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, and honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Council No 3070, a veteran of the U. S. Army serving in WWII where he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

He retired from Santa Fe Rail Road with 40 years of service. He was a Little League coach and umpired for many years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Josephine Mathis of Bay City, daughter and son-in-law Jeanne and Terry Osborne of West Columbia; son, Gary Mathis of Bay City; three grandchildren; Todd and Trent Mathis and Darrell Osborne. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Nina Minick and Audrey Owens; brothers, Frank Mathis and James Mathis.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Saturday February 2 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. Mass will be at 2 p.m. Sunday February 3 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers include Todd Mathis, Trent Mathis, Darrell Osborne, Jim Mathis, Dan Stavena, and Gus Svatek.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross School Foundation or to the Hospice Support of El Campo, P. O. Box 1417 in El Campo, Texas 77437.
Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 979-245-4613. A00011A2002FB01

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, February 01, 2002


 


MATTHES, FRANK EDWARD, JR.

FRANK E. MATTHES JR.

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas] - Frank Edward Matthes Jr., 84, of Bay City, passed away March 22, 2007. He was born Aug. 10, 1922, in Slaton, to Frank E. Matthes Sr. and Tommye Thomas Matthes.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who was greatly loved by his family. He was a deeply devoted Christian who expressed his beliefs by service to others.

Frank served his country during WWII as an anti-aircraft gunner in the Pacific Theater. When Frank returned home to Blessing he soon met and married Phern Rhea. They were constant companions and best friends for more than 56 years.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a life member of VFW Post 2438.

He is survived by his wife, Ida Phern Matthes of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law, Fay and Syd Gilzow of Bay City and Velma and Jerry Greer of Montgomery; son, Charles Matthes of San Marcos; sister, and brother-in-law, Betty and Ross Thornton of Timpson; brother-in-law, Bill King and wife Nadine of California; nine grandchildren, Timothy, Bethany and Sarah Matthes, Jessica Gabrien, Gydeon, and Georgia Gilzow, and Marc and Lori Greer; and by four great-grandchildren, Isbella, Audrey, Olivia and Zoey Gilzow.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City with the Rev. John-Nelson Pope officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
 
Pallbearers include Gabrien Gilzow, Gydeon Gilzow, Timothy Matthes, Marc Greer, Carl King and Pat Matthes.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Victoria County
Published in the Victoria Advocate on 3/24/2007.
 

MATTHEWS, CHARLES EUGENE

Charles Eugene Matthews, 61, of Bay City, passed away, Wednesday, February 13, 2002 in Houston, Texas. He was born October 17, 1940 in Bay City to Sylvain Alexander "Jack" Matthews and Madelyn Lee Lipscomb Matthews.

He was a lifelong resident of Bay CIty, a member of the First Baptist Church, and was a US Army veteran.

He is survived by: wife, Betty Sue Johnson Matthews of Bay CIty; mother, Madelyn Lipscomb Matthews of Bay City; daughters, Sherri Lynn Harvey and husband Jay of Goliad, Jerri Lyn Machacek and husband Daniel of Goliad, Patti Eileen Strelec and husband Willie, Jr. of Edna; stepdaughter, Yvonne Bartz and husband Phillip of Grand Forks, North Dakota; sister, Bonnie Socha of Bay CIty; brothers, Jack Alexander Matthews and Robert Matthews of Bay City; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Sylvain Alexander "Jack" Matthews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Oliver Southall officiating. Interment followed at Matthews Family Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers were Brian Harvey, Randy McElroy, John Kubecka, Ross Eidlebach, Roy Sellers, and Michael Sellers. Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Sellers, Steven Williams, William Johnson, Curtis Riske, Daniel Machacek, and Willie Strelec.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, February 17, 2002
 

MATTHEWS, JOHN

Mr. John Matthews one of Matagorda county's oldest and most highly respected citizens died at his home at Caney at 9:17 o'clock a.m. Wednesday December 10th, and was buried in the Caney cemetery on Thursday afternoon December 11th, with religious services conducted by M. H. Reed.

Deceased was born in Hillsboro, London County, Virginia, February 23, 1835 and was, therefore, 78 years, 9 months and 17 days of age when death occurred.

In 1855 Mr. Matthews came to Matagorda county and began merchandising at Caney continuing in business and residing in the same place since that time. He has been very prosperous all of his life and was numbered amongst the most prominent of the citizens of the Gulf Coast of Texas.

"Matthews Store," as his place has been known for generations, is one of the historic spots of historic Matagorda and for years was the leading business house of the country.

Mr. Matthews was loved and honored by all who knew him, took a prominent part in the upbuilding and advancement of his county and country, was an honored Confederate veteran, a pioneer and was a man of honor and sincere integrity.

Besides his wife, who is ten years his junior, Mr. Matthews leaves five living children. They are Mrs. Amanda Bates of Caney, Judge Jesse Matthews of Glen Flora, and former county judge of that county, R. V. Matthews of Caney, Mrs. Mary Lawson of Matagorda and W. A. Matthews of Caney.

The Tribune joins the hundreds of friends in this county and section of the state in extending to the family the deepest and most sincere sympathy.

MATAGORDA COUNTY TRIBUNE
December 19, 1913
Matagorda County, Texas
 

ELI C. MAYFIELD

Oct. 13, 1918 - June 25, 2006

Eli C. Mayfield, 87 of Palacios, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2006.

He was born October 13, 1918 in Shongaloo, Louisiana to the late James T. Mayfield and Rosa McEachern Mayfield.

Eli Mayfield came to Palacios in 1941 when he was stationed at Camp Hulen. He met Wanda Fields who became his wife and soul mate. After his military service he attended law school at the University of Houston graduating in 1952 and opened a law office in Palacios. Eli continued to serve his country as Commanding officer of the Army Reserve Unit of Palacios until it disbanded in 1953.

Eli Mayfield was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios. He served as lay minister, director of the youth choir in the 1940's, taught a Sunday school class and served as Chairman and member on the Administrative Council and building committee. His civic contributions included: Active member and director of Palacios Golf Association which he had helped to build. Active member of the Mid Coast Canal Association. Director and member of the Board of Directors of LCRA, serving as Chairman in 1976 and 1977. Was instrumental in getting Pollution Control Bonds sold and managed by the Navigation District which netted a percent of sales income to the District for the handling. Was lifetime member and held several offices of the Rotary Club. Prominent State and National Democratic Leader. Member and past commander of VFW Post 2467. Awarded Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1987. Member of the Matagorda County Bar Association. Member of the Texas State Bar Association. Licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Served as Palacios City Attorney for many years. Served as attorney for Matagorda County Navigation District for many years. Eli formed the Palacios Community Foundation as a way of giving financial assistance to numerous organizations. Helped organize Palacios Industrial Foundation which was re-organized with his assistance as City of Palacios Economic Development Corporation. Supporter of Texas Bay Fisherman's Association. Member of Gulf Intercoastal Waterways Assn.

Eli was preceded in death by: his wife, Wanda Fields Mayfield.

He is survived by: sons, Mark Mayfield of Palacios, Kent Mayfield and wife Shelly of Wharton, and James Mayfield and wife Shawn of Palacios; daughter, Wanda Lynn Blalock and husband Price of Seabrook; and by eight grandchildren, Charity Mayfield, Faith Mayfield, Joy Mayfield, Lindsay Mayfield, Wade Mayfield, Price Blalock, Lauren Blalock and William Blalock. He is also survived by his brother, James Roland Mayfield of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with the Rev. June White officiating. Burial will be at the Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers, Thomas Holsworth, Marvin Curtis, Ted Bates, Jr., Robert Davis, Les Appelt, Steve Marlin, Price Blalock, and Wade Mayfield.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.

Bay City Tribune
Published June 28, 2006
Matagorda County, Texas
 


Otha Chester Meador
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas
 

MERRITT, MELVIN FORREST

SARGENT [Matagorda County, Texas] --Melvin Forrest Merritt, 68, of Sargent, died Saturday, June 26, 1999.

He was born March 3, 1931, in Sargent, to Velma Socha Merritt Clements of Sargent and the late Samuel Merritt. He was a retired pipefitter for Cardinal Construction in Freeport. He was a charter member of Sargent Lion's Club and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

Survivors: wife, Agnes Hanna Merritt; daughter, Velma Smith of Van Vleck; son, Melvin Merritt of Wichita Falls; sisters, Shirley Hooter of Bayou Vista and Orealia Klingingberg of Angleton; brother, Custer Clements Jr.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: son, Samuel Merritt.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Sargent, the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating.

Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, (409) 245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate
Originally published on: June 27, 1999 on page 7A.
 

MICKELSON, EARL A.

Earl A. Mickelson
June 23, 1922 - Nov. 9, 2006

Earl A. Mickelson, 84, of Bay City, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2006.

He was born June 23, 1922 in El Campo to Charlie Mickelson and Anna Christina Lindblom Mickelson. He was a resident of Bay City since 1957, a retired Interstate Trucker, and was a WW-II veteran of the US Marine Corp.

He is survived by: his wife, Doris L. Bullard Mickelson of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Tommy Saunders and Barbara and Ronnie Bose, all of Bay City; grandchildren and their spouses, Shawn L. and Lori Bose of Boiling, Nicole and Eric O'Neal of Bay City, and Tiffany Saunders and Nicole Velebil of Bay City; and great grandchild: Madison O'Neal of Bay City.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Anna Christina Mickelson; his sister, Pearl Robertson; and his brothers, Wilbert, Herbert, and Howard Mickelson.

Visitation was from noon until 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Grave Side funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2006 at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck with the Rev. Eric Klimpel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Houston Hospice of El Campo, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, TX 77437 or to the American Cancer Society.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

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

 


James Gerold Milliff
(February 4, 1932 - January 28, 2012)
 

James Gerold “Jerry” Milliff of Wadsworth, Texas was born to Lawrence and Edith Moberly Milliff on February 4, 1932 in Ridge, Texas. He went to be with his Savior on January 28, 2012. He enlisted in the Navy shortly after his graduation from high school. Jerry served his country on the USS Yorktown, USS Norton Sound, and USS Antietam during the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Kay Rea Ottis on August 4, 1956, and shared the rest of his life with her. Together they celebrated the arrivals of three children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. After his time in the Navy, he attended and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Industrial Arts. He could design and build anything, and used his skills throughout his adulthood. He later attended and graduated from Wharton County Jr. College with a degree in Radiological Technology, and worked at the South Texas Project in the Health Services department as an x-ray technician. Although he retired in 1991 after becoming disabled, he continued to learn and take on new interests, enjoying the chance to express his natural creativity. He was active in the local VFW chapter as well as the Association of Disabled American Veterans. He helped establish and managed a transportation service to help local veterans go to the VA hospital in Houston for medical care. He was a frequent sight at Market Days raising funds to support the program. He served on the Wadsworth Water Supply Corporation board, and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and 3rd degree of the Knights of Columbus - Council 3070.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Kay Rea Ottis Milliff, his children, Larry and Connie Milliff of Wadsworth, John and Tammy Milliff of Bay City, Kay Lynn and Tom Kovar of Bay City, his grandchildren, Jennifer Kovar of Bay City, Jason and Lanie Milliff of Bay City, Brandon and Megan Milliff of Bay City, Kacey Milliff of Austin, TX, and Jessamyn and Douglas De Vos of Bay City, his great-granddaughter, Ellasyn Milliff of Bay City, his devoted dog, Doc, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, and his brothers Lawrence “Jim” Milliff and Michael A. Milliff. The family extends their thanks to the staff of Bay Villa Nursing home, Houston Hospice, and the wonderful folks at Matagorda Regional Hospital who took such loving care of our Paw Paw.

The recitation of the Holy Rosary will be 6:30P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Mass of the Resurrection will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Fr. Jerry Cernoch celebrant. Visitation will be from 6:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery with Military honors. Pallbearers will be Jason Milliff, Brandon Milliff, Douglas DeVos, Chris Ottis, Sean Milliff, Ryan Milliff, Matt Milliff and Kelly Oates.

Donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, ATTN: Gift Processing, P. O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

www.taylorbros.net
 

Edd Brady Miller

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 


James T. Miller
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas
 


Raymond Neal Miller
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas
 

MINKERT, WILLIAM GARDNER

William "Bill" Gardner Minkert, 67, of Bay City, went to be with the Lord, June 20, 2004 after being hospitalized at the VA Hospital.

Bill was a graduate of Sam Houston University. He taught school from 1961 until his retirement from Bay City ISD in 1991. He served his country as a National Guard reservist where he was called to active duty twice during his tour with the 36th and 49th armored divisions. Bill had been a resident of Bay City since 1973; was a member of the First Baptist Church; and was one of the original founders of the National Guard Reservist.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William F. Minkert and Ellen L. Minkert.

He is survived by his wife, Kyy Minkert of Bay City; his brother and his wife, John and Sue Minkert of Angleton; his sister and her husband, Frances and Glen Whitley of Edna; his children, Frances Andries and her husband Keith of Coldspring, Texas, Paula Gray and her husband Billy Wayne of Bay City, Bill Minkert and his wife, Julie of Lawrenceville, GA; by his grandchildren, Sarah and her husband James Bennett of Dickinson, Colin, Jessica and Wesley Andries all of Houston, Phillip and Kennedy Gray both of Bay City, Kennedy Wardsworth of Lawrenceville, GA and any day now we are expecting Noah. Bill was blessed with three great grandchildren, Autumn, Brandon and Aaron. Bill is also survived by many relatives and friends that he dearly loved.

A celebration of Bill's life is planned for 2 p.m., Sunday, June 27, 2004 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Burial will follow at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. All those who knew and loved Bill are invited to attend. Bill will always be loved and truly missed.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Gray, Samuel Wayne Gray, David Aarp, Steve Wilson, Mike Wade, and James Bennett.

Honorary pallbearers will be John H. Minkert, Glen Whitley, Glynn Collier, Floydd G. Collier, Bart Szeinbach, and Danny Anderson.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, VFW Post 2438, or the Arthritis Foundation.

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

The Bay City Tribune
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Matagorda County, Texas
 


MIZZELL, HOWARD

Howard Mizell

Howard Mizell 79, of Bay City passed away July 9, 2005 at his residence. He was born June 3, 1926 in Bogalusa, LA to the late Eugene and Anne Terral Mizell.

Mr. Mizell was a resident of Bay City since 1996, and was a member of the First Pentecostal Church. He was a retired US Postal Carrier for Rt 1 in Vidor, TX for 25 years. He also was a veteran of WW II serving in the US Army. He served in the Pacific Theater and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Stars.

Survivors include his wife: Annie Wise DeVille Mizell of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law: Mildred and Dr. Marvin Moore of Bay City; 2 brothers: Shelton Mizell of Bogalusa, LA and Dan Mizell of Covington, LA; 1 granddaughter: Dr. Kandace Moore and 1 great granddaughter: Karissa Moore both of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his sister: Clarice Adams; and brothers: Floyd and Willie Mizell.

Funeral Service will be 3:00 PM Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at the First Pentecostal Church with Dr. Marvin Moore officiating. Entombment will follow at The Good Shepard Mausoleum at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Alfred Moya, Melvin Pennington, Charles W. "Billy" O'Mallan, Ron Almy, Paul Bickham, Leo Castillo, and Jay Brumley.

The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the First Pentecostal Church, 700 Ave I, Bay City, TX 77414.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City [Matgorda County, Texas] (979) 245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, Sunday, July 10, 2005
 


Clarence Mock
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas
 

MOORE, ROSCOE, JR.

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas] Roscoe Moore Jr., 71, of Bay City, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002. He was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Magnolia to the late Roscoe Sr. and Ella Holmes Moore. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former truck driver with Hurley Butane Co. in Bay City.

Survivors: daughters, Sharon Moore of California and Charlotte Moore and Kathleen Moore, both of Houston; sons, Victor Moore of California and Jeremy Moore and Roscoe Moore Jr., both of Cedar Lane; and step-children, Audrey Bree and Joaquin Bree, both of Bay City, and LaSha Bree of Houston.

Visitation will be until 9 p.m. tonight at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tyree Chapel AME Church in Bay City, the Rev. Joseph T. Garnett officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mark Cemetery in Cedar Lane. Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-5197.

THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE
August 14, 2002

 

MORTON, BILLY MERLE

Billy Merle Morton
Nov. 9, 1920 - Jan. 24, 2007

Billy Merle Morton, 86 of Palacios, was born November 9, 1920 at Sloan Ranch in Matagorda County To Thomas Warren Morton and Irene Fox Morton. He went to our Lord on Wednesday, January 24, 2007.

Billy served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and earned the Europe-Africa-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. He also received the Purple Heart for injuries received serving aboard the Liberty Ship, Samuel J. Tilden, when it was bombed during the 1943 Bari Harbor disaster.

Mr. Morton worked as a Diesel Mechanic for Gulf Oil for 28 years, and worked for the City of Palacios as a mechanic for 15 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #990 AF & AM of Palacios where he earned the Golden Trowel award. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios, Queen-Hamlin VFW Post #2467 and the Palacios Volunteer Fire Department. He was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year and November ninth is designated as "Billy Morton Day" in Palacios.

He is survived by: his daughter, Teresa Blackwell and husband Eddie of Palacios; sons, James L. Morton of Palacios and Charles Braxton Morton and wife Pam of Willis; sister, Betty Fern Day of Deutschburg; brother, Donald Morton and wife Joyce of Pecos; four grandchildren and two great grandsons.

He was preceded in death by: his wife of 33 years, Delilah Wiley Morton; parents, Irene and Thomas Warren Morton; a sister, Noreen Nelson, and a brother, Lester Morton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2007 at the Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Kopecky officiating. Masonic graveside services will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Sammy Davidson, George Capak, David Blackwell, Leonard Lamar, Chencho Garcia, and Hudson "Cooter" Bates.

Honorary pallbearers are Masonic Lodge Brothers, members of the VFW and Palacios Volunteer Fire Dept., Richard Sanders Johnson Wright, Mike Hunter, Keith Hunter, Wayne Hunter, Robert Christenson, Woodrow Wilson, Walter Day, Richard Day, Thomas Day, Allen Morton and Floyd Morton.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, Texas 3361-972-2012.

Bay City Tribune, Published January 28, 2007
 

MOZLEY, GORDON ALFRED

Gordon Alfred Mozley, 65, of Van Vleck, died March 31, 2000 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Mr. Mozley was born March 19, 1935 in Dove Creek, Colo. to Cleve and Edna Josephine Groves Mozley. He was a resident of Van Vleck the past 22 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was past President of Matagorda Co. Fire Fighters Association and is the current fire chief for Van Vleck Vol. Fire Dept. and has been since 1986.

Survivors include: wife, Patricia Joan Mozley of Van Vleck; three daughters and a son-in-law, Lisa Cook and fiancee Les Lind of Grand Junction, Colo., Lesa Crowell and husband Darryl of Bay City and Chris Davis of Denver, Colo; by a son, Wally Hammer and Tara of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, Betty Jean Baldridge of Beaver, Ark. and Edna Josephine Kopun of Kodiak, Alaska; brother, George W. Mozley of Maysville, Okla. and Harry Keith Mozley of Kodiak, Alaska; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE
Wednesday, April 5, 2000
Matagorda County, Texas

HOWARD FREMONT MOZLEY, SR.

Graveside services for Howard Fremont Mozley, Sr., 79, of Palacios, were held Jan. 26, 2006 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing with Bro. Shan Jackson officiating.

Mr. Mozley was born July 25, 1926 in Foss, OK to the late Earl Franklin and Lola Gillespie Mozley. He died Jan. 23, 2006 at his residence.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, and a resident of Palacios since 1932. He served in the US Navy during WW II, and was a farmer by trade.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Teri Lee and Donald Kelly of Palacios; son Howard Fremont Mozley, Jr. of Bay City, Tx; daughter-in-law Crystal Mozley of Palacios; and 5 grandchildren, Justin Kelly and wife Andrea of San Antonio, Dylan and Lucas Kelly both of Palacios, and Monte and William Mozley both of Palacios.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gail Lois Mozley; sister, Mildred Miller; and brothers, Clifford, Richard and Raymond Mozley.

Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.

Palacios Beacon
February 1, 2006
Matagorda County, Texas
 

MOZLEY, RICHARD FRANKLIN

Funeral services for Richard Franklin Mozley, 70, of Blessing, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Mozley died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000 at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1929 in Foss, Custer County, Okla. to Earl Franklin Mozley and Lola Gillespie Mozley.

He was a resident of Blessing since 1956, a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired as an assistant operator for Alcoa Aluminum after 25 years of service.

He is survived by: his wife, Helen Fabrygel Mozley of Blessing; his daughters, and sons-in-law, Donna and Larry Dillard of Deutschburg and Deanne and David Hodges of El Campo; his sons and daughters-in-law Richard Patrick Mozley of Blessing, Jeffrey Dale Mozley of Amarillo and Timothy Gregory and Kim Mozley of San Benito; sister Mildred Miller of Port Lavaca; brothers Clifford Mozley of Louisiana and Howard Mozley of Palacios; grandchildren Blake, Brian and Blair Hodges of El Campo; Devon Dillard of Deutschburg, Michelle Mozley of Blessing; Richard Patrick Mozley, II of Blessing and Michaela, Dylan and Jordon Mozley of San Benito.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl F. and Lola G. Mozley and by a brother, Raymond Mozley.

Pallbearers will be David Blake Hodges, Brian James Hodges, Richard Patrick Mozley, II, Monty Mozley, Monte Earl Mozley and Will Mozley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert L., A.J., Louis and Frank Fabrygel.

Memorials may be made to donor's charity of choice.

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

THE DAILY TRIBUNE
Matagorda County, Texas
Tuesday, 25 Jan 2000

 


MYERS, FORREST JOE


PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] - Forrest Joe Myers, 71, of Palacios, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004.

He was born March 31, 1932, in Shanksville, Pa., to Marion J. Sivits Myers of Ohio and to the late Forrest V. Myers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam.

Survivors: daughter, Pam Carter of Wharton; sons, Matthew Cruse of Prague, Okla., and Chris Cruise of Naples, Fla.; sisters, Gloria Morgan and Marion J. Myers, both of Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Jean Patricia McDermott Myers; and son, Shawn Joseph Myers.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, February 21, 2004
 


MYERS, SAMUEL JACK, SR.
 

 

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