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Howard A. Parker
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas

Howard Albert Parker

Howard Albert Parker, 85, of Bay City passed away May 7, 2003 in Broomfield, Colorado. He was born on March 5, 1918 in Rural Hill County, Texas to parents Tom and Emma Parker.

He was raised near Palacios and in 1944 enlisted in the United States Army.

He served in the European campaign during World War II and was decorated with the Bronze Star and two purple hearts.

On July 24, 1943, he married Dorothy Owen and they lived in South Texas, in 1983, they moved to Bay City where he enjoyed gardening on his property.

He had recently moved to Broomfield to be near his son’s family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, his parents, and by several siblings, Vardeman, Grace, Dayton, John and Lois.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. A00014D2003MY11

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, May 11, 2003


Nov. 30, 1934 — Feb. 16, 2006

Hubert Lang Parma, 71, of Lake Jackson, died February 16, 2006, at the Angleton Danbury Medical Center.

He was born November 30, 1934, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Eddie Joe Parma and Huberta Bowie Peterson.

Mr. Parma was a member of the Cedar Lane Baptist Church and a resident of Lake Jackson since 1956.

In 1986, he retired from Dow Chemical as a foreman, with 30 years of service.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from February 12, 1952, to February 11, 1956.

On June 12, 1954, he married Thelma Jean Sirmon in Cedar Lane, Texas.

Mr. Parma enjoyed watching his grandson play baseball, as well as golfing, taking care of his cattle and RVing with Thelma.

Survivors include: his wife of almost 52 years, Thelma “Jeanie” Sirmon Parma of Lake Jackson; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Cliff Phillips of Lake Jackson; grandson, Clay Phillips of Lake Jackson; sister, Ada Stange of Victoria, Texas; mother-in-law, Thelma Sirmon of Bay City; his best friend and golfing buddy, Jack Reimer; and his beloved dog, “Dolly.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hubert and Ada Bowie, who raised him, and by his father-in-law, Earl Sirmon.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lakewood Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Jackson, Texas, with the Rev. Scott McKay officiating.

Interment will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas, with the Rev. William Hodge officiating.

Pallbearers will be Hollie Urban, Clyde Pray, John Ashcraft, L.Z. Bryan, Leon Morris and Ron Anderson.

Honorary pallbearers include Clyde Ashcraft, W.F. “Bill” Mays, Jack Reimer, Leslie Dacke and Henry Gretschel.

Visitation will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood Chapel and the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979)245-4613, and Lakewood Funeral Chapel in Lake Jackson (979)233-5244.

Bay City Tribune, February 19, 2006


Austin John Parrott, 62, of Matagorda passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at his residence. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a long time resident of Matagorda.

He is survived by: his wife, Susan Parrott of Matagorda; sons, Austin John Parrott, Jr, Randall Joseph Parrott, and Rodney Lewis Parrott; daughters Elma Powers and JoAnn Montgomery as well as 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 2, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Matagorda with the Rev. Dottie Dumas officiating. Interment followed at the Matagorda Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sylver Hernandez, Felipe Hernandez, Wally Escobar, Buddy Escobar, and Wes Escobar.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home. A00014B2002MR03

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, Mar 03, 2002



Aaron Brown Penland Sr., 56, a resident of Bay City passed away June 22 as a result of an airplane crash. He was a member of the Methodist Church, was retired from the U. S. Army as Lt. Colonel, was a WWII veteran, was a graduate of Texas A & M, was a retired Farm Bureau Agent of Matagorda County, president of the Matagorda County Farm Bureau, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a local rice farmer. Survivors include: wife, Marguerite Penland of Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Penland of Collegeport; daughters, Mrs. Carole Lowstetter of Garland and Mrs. Susan Genck of Bay City; sons, Aaron B. Penland, Jr. of Huntsville and Robert Penland of Chicago, Ill.; sisters, Sue Hawthorn of Pane Burn, Ark., and Nell Mize of Cuero; brothers, John of Palacios, Eugene of Santa Cruz, Calif., Glenn of Channelview, Ray Lee of Collegeport, and Ralph of Florida. 6 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. June 24 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. James Thompson and Rev. George C. Aurich officiating. Interment was at the Hawley Cemetery with pallbearers being: Glenn Penland, Johnny Penland, Gene Penland, James Penland, Arvin Stewart, and Chester Corporon. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Penland and Ray Lee Penland. Family requests memorials be made to the Heart Fund and the Diabetes Fund. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, June 24, 1974                                 Picture courtesy of daughter, Susie Genck.



PALACIOS—Paul M. Penland, 31, became the fourth Matagorda County traffic fatality of 1966 Saturday night and the first in the city of Palacios, when the car he was driving was involved in a head-on collision with an auto driven by Jimmy Boeker of Channelview.

Penland, whose address is listed as 104 Main Street, Palacios, died after being taken to Wagner General Hospital, it was reported to The Tribune. Boeker, 19, was also carried to the Palacios hospital. Both men were taken by the Palacios Fire Department.

The accident, which occurred on Loop 141 near Perryman Street, was investigated by Palacios Patrolman Donnie Dean with assistance from the Department of Public Safety’s Cecil Taylor.

Taylor told the Tribune Sunday that, according to the investigation, it appears that Penland came up behind a string of slow-moving vehicles, slammed on his brakes and skidded from his lane into the path of the Boeker car in the north bound lane. The cars hit head-on, Taylor said.

A spokesman at Wagner General reported today that Boeker was doing “nicely.”

Total damage to the autos was $3000, it was estimated.

Services for Penland will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with the Rev. Rayford Harris officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Sanders Penland; mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Penland of Collegeport; two daughters, Sharon Paulette and Denise Dawn; two sons, Paul Mitchell Jr. and Ronald Keith; two sisters, Mrs. Lee Mize of Palacios and Mrs. Lee Hawthorne of Houston; and seven brothers, Aaron B. of Bay City; Glenn of Channelview, Ray L. of Houston, Eugene of Santa Cruz, Calif., Ralph of West Palm Beach, Calif., James L. of Palacios and John E. of Lake Jackson.

Picture courtesy of Gene Penland.



Funeral services for Ray Lee Penland, 65, of Collegeport were scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, with the Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mr. Penland was born Jan. 9, 1925, in Keechi, Texas to A. A. and Vannie Huffhines Penland and died Jan. 25, 1990, at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of the Collegeport and Palacios area.

Survivors include: four daughters, Linda Dasch of New Orleans, Lenora Brossette of Richmond, Laura Fralick of Houston and Barbie Heilker of Austin; a son, Henry Penland of Sugar Land; two sisters, Sue Hawthorne of Pangune, Ark., and Nell Mize of Cuero; five brothers, Johnny Penland of Palacios, Ralph Penland of Florida, Eugene Penland of California, James Penland of Austin and Glenn Penland of Cedar Lane; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January 26?, 1990

Pictures courtesy of Gene Penland.



Jose "Joe" Perez, 77, of Bay City died on March 25, 2001 in Brownsville, Texas. He was born April 14, 1923 in Houston, Texas to Mario Carrillo and Georgorio Vasquez.

Mr. Perez was married to Maclovia Gutierrez Perez, who preceded him in death on May 4, 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by: one sister, Natalia V. Correa of Brownsville; one special niece, Carmen Correa of Brownsville and various nieces and nephews.

Mr. Perez was a veteran of Normandy D-Day World War II and a recipient of three purple hearts and one medal of honor.

Interment will be 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2001 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. A00011A2001AR08

The Daily Tribune, Sunday, April 8, 2001     Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby



A Knights of Columbus Rosary for Victor L. Perez, 76, of Palacios was recited May 12, 2006 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Funeral services were held May 13, 2006 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Perez was born March 23, 1930 in Olivia, Tx. to Ascencion and Anastacia Lopez Perez. He died May 11, 2006 at his residence.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict; retired from Alcoa Aluminum Co. in 1982; was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church; a life long resident of Palacios; a member of Alcoa 25 Year Club; and Life Member and Chaplain of the Palacios VFW Post 2467.

He is survived by his wife Anita Guzman Perez; daughter and son-in-law Sylvia and Tom Navarro; son and daughter-in-law Richard G. and Christine Perez all of Palacios; sisters Cruz Carmelo of South Houston and Dominga Gonzales of Palacios; brothers Henry L. Perez of Palacios, Paul Perez of Pt. Lavaca, Mike Perez of Houston and Valentine Perez of Bay City; grandchildren Irma Gonzales, Iris Gonzales and Richard Joseph Perez; great grandchildren Amado Ray Mata, Aaron Mata, Angelina Renee Navarro, Evione Roy, Jauslyn Rubio and Richard Jamal Perez.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting . Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios, 361-972-2012.

Palacios Beacon, May 17, 2006

Jerry James Peter
(April 22, 1925 - February 6, 2012)

JERRY JAMES PETER, age 86, passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with congestive heart failure, in Bay City, Texas, on February 6, 2012, while surrounded by his family. Born in Wallis, Texas, on April 22, 1925, to Louis William Peter and Bessie Rose Parma. After graduating from Wallis High School in 1942, he worked at Todd Shipyard in Galveston repairing war damaged ships until he was old enough to join the service. He then joined the Merchant Marines and served during World War II as a Boiler Fireman and Jr. Engineer on Liberty Ships. He traveled the world until 1947 and then began working as a carpenter for his father. Jerry met the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Linda, when she came to Wallis to teach school. They married and began their life together in Wallis. After marriage he worked in the oil fields as a rough-neck and was on a crew that drilled one of the first offshore oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1957 Jerry began work for Phillips Petroleum and he and Linda moved to Van Vleck, Texas where they raised their three children. The majority of his career was with Phillips primarily working in the Alki Unit where he retired after 27 years at the position of Stillman. On his days off he loved to fish & flounder in Matagorda Bay and hunt deer in the Fall. Jerry also ran a herd of cattle and grew pecans at his place in Cedar Lane, which he continued after retirement. His interest in genealogy led him to travel to the Czech Republic several times. He could speak and write Czech and took great delight in Sunday telephone calls to the friends he made on his trips. Jerry is survived by his wife, Texana “Linda” Peter; his daughters, Mary Peter Cudd & husband Michael of West Columbia and Helen Peter of Houston; his son, Louis William Peter & wife Debbie; four granddaughters, Mary Helene Toth, Elizabeth Texana Anderson, Katherine Lee Peter, Rebecca Lynn Peter; four great-grandaughters and sister, Florence Svoboda. Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Jerry from four to six o’clock in the evening, followed by a rosary at 6:30 o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 7th day of February, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. The funeral service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday the 8th day of February, 2012, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Bay City, Texas. Honorary Pallbearers are Buddy Greer, Leonard Ferguson, Roy Clegg, Alvin Marek, Mark Clark, Johnny Reuther, Bill Jahnsen, Mike Cudd, Ross Toth, and Fred Holub. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests one’s kind consideration of donating to the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center; P. O. Box 6, LaGrange, Texas, or Holy Cross Catholic School, Bay City, Texas.



SWEENY - Otheo Norris "Pete" Peveto, 73 of Sweeny, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006 at Sweeny Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1932, in Choudrant, La., to the late Robert M. Peveto and Annie Lee Milford Peveto. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Era.

Survivors: stepdaughters, Gaynell Rodgers of La Porte and Dorothy Keiborz of Beaumont; stepson: Calvin Jenkins of Bay City; six children; and brothers, A.D. Peveto of Carthage and Andrew Peveto of Sulphur, La.

Preceded in death by: wife, Maudie Peveto.

Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. today, Sept. 26, 2006 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Victoria Advocate, September 26, 2006              Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

George B. Phillips

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

General Lee Plummer - Union Baptist Church Cemetery Pledger


Stanley Polensky, 76, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000 in Houston. He was born April 1, 1924 in Wharton, Texas to Anton and Mary Luchak Polensky.

A veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater, he had retired from Matagorda County Pct. 1, where he was the shop foreman for 26 years. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He will be remembered as a caring and giving person, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by: his wife, Mary Ebrom Polensky of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Robert E. George of Bay City; sisters, Rose Williams of Bay City, Francis Jurek of Markham, and Beatrice Bell of Saginaw; brother, Lawrence Polensky of Wadsworth; two grandchildren, Louis Fojtik III of Bay City and Brad Fojtik of Austin. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2000 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, May 5, 2000                  Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Roy Alton Polk, 83, of Bay City died Monday, July 31, 2000 at his residence. He was born October 6, 1916 in Livingston, Texas to Alton Preston and Lela Popham Polk.

He was a resident of Bay City since 1957 and a member of the First Baptist Church. He retired as Branch Manager from G.M.A.C. in Bay City and was the owner and operator of Polk Travel of Bay City. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the US Marine Corps. He was a member and past president of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and its "Man of the Year" for 1971. He was also past president of the Bay City Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. Additionally he was a Shriner, a member of Sons of the American Revolution, and the Sons of the Republic of Texas.

He is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Maj. Gen. Steven R. Polk and wife Henrietta of Randolph AFB, Texas; by one sister Lela Mae Mays of Onalaska, Texas; by one brother Alton P. Polk, Jr. of Mesquite, Texas; by four grandchildren Laura Pustejovsky of El Campo, Beth Gambrell of Plano, Texas, Henry S. Polk of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Paige Carmichael of Colorado Springs, Colo; and three great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Polk in 1995, by a daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Boepple in 1999, and by a son David D. Polk in 1977.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday August 2, 2000 at The First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Arrangements are by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Joseph Lee Ponder

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



James Price Jr., 64, of San Antonio died February 4 at the Brooks Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include: 1 sister, Mrs. Ada Lou Hill of Bay City; one brother, Samuel Price of Wharton; a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 10, at 1 p.m. at the Mother Zion Baptist Church with Rev. L. R. James officiating. Interment will be at the Eastview Cemetery. Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, February 9, 1979

Donald Francis Pulsifer
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas



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