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George W. Rainwater, 78, of Bay City died June 9, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. He was born July 3, 1922 in Henderson, Texas to the late Barry Melvin and Lela May Little Rainwater. Mr. Rainwater was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a resident of Bay City since 1969, and a former resident of Palestine. Mr. Rainwater was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army.

Survivors include: son, Ken Rainwater of Humble; sisters, Wilma Parrish of Palestine and Billie Trout of Houston; brother, Jack Rainwater of Dallas; two grandchildren, Christopher and Holley Rainwater both of Houston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherene Rainwater, September 9, 1992 and his son, David Rainwater, June 28, 1989.

Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Crowe officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Keith and David Rainwater, Richard Trout, Stan Vannoy, Michael Sicard and Wayne Bruening.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001JN12

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Tuesday, June 12, 2001


Funeral services for B. Merle Ramsey, 85, of Palacios were scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2003 at the First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating followed by interment at Palacios Cemetery.

A native of San Augustine, Texas, he was born Feb. 24, 1918 to the late Coy Chester and Mary Magdalene Crocker Ramsey. He died April 8, 2003.

A veteran of U.S. Army service in World War II, he worked in the oilfield, retiring from Richards Drilling Co. He was a longtime member of the Palacios Volunteer Fire Dept. and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sells Ramsey; four daughters, Mary Pennington of Houston, Betty Wier of El Campo, Debbie Ramsey and Linda Bates, both of Palacios; two sisters, Imogene Wheeler of El Campo and Elizabeth Bartlett of Lake Jackson; one brother, Coy Ramsey, Jr. of Bay City; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Lenedene Johs, and a brother, Eugene Ramsey.

Memorials may be made to Palacios Volunteer Fire Dept., or to donor’s choice.

The Palacios Beacon
Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas
April 16, 2003

Willie Christine "Chris" Jones Ray

July 3, 1921 - March 30, 2006

Willie C. "Chris" Jones Ray was born July 3, 1921 in Goree, Texas to Dibrell George and Jessie Myrtle Gulick Jones.

She passed from this earth Thursday, March 30, 2006. Chris was a long time resident of Matagorda County, having resided in both Markham and Van Vleck for over twenty years.

Chris served in World War II as an Army General Duty Nurse. She saw duty in India and Burma, receiving an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with a Bronze Star. As a First Lieutenant, Chris was honorably discharged in 1946.

After the Army, Chris became a registered nurse and the wife of Vernon Ray, having met him while both were attending Texas Tech. After first teaching nursing in Pasadena, Chris continued her career as Director of Nurses at Matagorda General Hospital. She became the first school nurse for the Tidehaven ISD and served as such until her retirement in 1986.

Chris was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon, her husband of over fifty years in 2003, three brothers David, Harold and George Jones and one sister Leola Jones Smith.

She is survived by: sons, Frankie Ray and Cindy Wright of Jones Creek and Richard and Marsha Ray of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one grandson, Kole Ray of Austin; four granddaughters, Kristyn Ray of Denton and Courtney, Laura and Katie Ray all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one brother, Everette Jones of Weatherford, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chris was a kind, dear friend and neighbor to all who knew her as well as a loving wife, mother, nanny and sister to her family. She continued to administer nursing assistance to those in need. Her spirit, gentleness and generosity will be deeply missed by all.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 2, 2006 from 6 until 7 p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck on Monday April 3, 2006 at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Kole Ray, Jan Jones, Bret Hutson, Gary Jones, Clay White and Carter Franklin.

On line condolences may be sent by visiting

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

Published April 2, 2006, Bay City Tribune


Vernon O. Ray, 82, of Van Vleck, passed away Friday, July 25, 2003. He was born November 6, 1920, in Magnet, TX, to Ovie F. Ray Sr. and Lavada P. Grant Ray. He was a resident of Matagorda County for the past 47 years, a World War II veteran of the US Army, and was a retired rice farmer and football coach.

He is survived by his wife: Chris Ray of Van Vleck; by his sons and daughters-in-law: Frankie Ray and Cindy Wright of Jones Creek, and Richard and Marsha Ray of Fayetteville, AR; by his sister: Glyna Wells of So. Houston; and by his grandchildren: Kristyn LaNae Ray of Denton, Kole Franklin Ray of Austin, and Courtney Gayle Ray, Laura Christine Ray and Katherine Ann Ray, all of Fayetteville, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ovie F. and Lavada P. Ray and by his brother, Frank Ray.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the funeral home. Grave side funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, July 28, 2003, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be Kole Franklin Ray, Carter Franklin, Tommy Warren, Johnny Jurek, Chad Hurta, and Robin Sparks. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City [Matagorda County, Texas], (979) 245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, July 26, 2003                    Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Tom Ready

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



George Reckaway

Nov. 3, 1933 - Oct. 21, 2005

George Reckaway, 71, of Bay City, died October 21, 2005, at the Matagorda Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bay City.

He was born November 3, 1933, in Lavaca County, Texas, to the late Ernest George and Agnes May Chapman Reckaway.

Mr. Reckaway was a member of the Baptist Church, a resident of Bay City since 1958 and was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include: son, Barry Reckaway of Bay City; two sisters, Betty Dibbern of Bay City, and Grace Hans of Highlands, Texas; and by two grandchildren.

Graveside funeral service was at 10 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2005, at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas, with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.

Arrangements with TaylorBros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979)245-4613.

Bay City Tribune
October 26, 2005
Matagorda County, Texas

Donald Roy Reddoch - Roselawn Memorial Park

Donald Roy Reddoch

Donald Roy Reddoch, 75, of Sweeny died December 12, 2000 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was born May 10, 1925 in Rosebud, Texas to the late E. B. Reddoch, Jr. and Effie Florence Reddoch. Donald was a member of Old Ocean Baptist Church, and a resident of Sweeny since 1969. In 1985 he retired as a antiknock operator from Phillips Petroleum with 35 years of service, and was a member of Phillips Men's Club. Mr. Reddoch joined the U S Army shortly after graduating from high school in 1943 and proudly served his country with honor. As a member of the 99th Infantry Division he served in the Battle of the Bulge. During this time he earned four battle ribbons. Mr. Reddoch was a life member of West Brazos VFW Post #8551.

Survivors include: wife, Frances Wells Reddoch of Sweeny; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Ronny Noster of Sargent; sons and daughters-in-law, Bart and Kay Reddoch of Teague, Texas, Jan and Patti Reddoch of Sweeny; three step-daughters, Karen and Jerry Powers of Kerrville, Donna and Ray Bailey of Sweeny; and Betty Burk of Sweeny; brother, E. B. "Skipper" Reddoch, III and wife Janie of Plano, Texas; 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; aunt, Viola Oswalt of Sweeny. Mr. Reddoch was preceded in death by his first wife Hazel Reddoch, daughter, Judy Lowe and son, Patrick Reddoch.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2000, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be grandsons: J. C. III, Matt, Josh, and Christopher Reddoch, Doug and Darren Bailey.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros Funeral Home. AA00011A2000DC14

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, December 14, 2000

Charlie James Reese, Jr.
(April 24, 1921 - September 10, 2010)

Charlie James Reese, Jr. was born on April 24, 1921 in Wadsworth, Texas to the late James Reese, Sr. and Omay Deloras Williams Reese. He passed away on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. Charlie grew up in Jackson County, Texas. He attended Civil Conservation Corp Camp in 1939. He then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard serving in WWll. He then worked in the smelting department at Alcoa Plant. Charlie then went to work for the City of Bay City as the Assistant Director of Public Works. Charlie also worked as a Heavy Equipment Superintendant. He is survived by his brother; Johnny Reese and wife Pat; sister; Mildred Reese Griffith and Dorothy Reese Allen; sisters-in-law, Lillian (Lydia) Reese; Step-son, Chuch Oglesby; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters; Tresa Nora Reese, Rosalea Tumlingson, brothers, Tommie Reese, Gillius Reese, Tony Calvin Reese and Eddie Reese; by sisters-in-law Shirley Reese, Dorothy Reese, and Lavon Reese. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, Sept 13, 2010 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Houston Hospice, 305 Sandy Corner Rd., El Campo, Texas Texas 77437. Serving as pallbearers, Steven Reese, Jack Burt, Ray Griffith, Charlie Reese, David Reese, and Dennis Reese.


Fred Ochoa Rendon, Sr. 80, of Palacios died September 26, 2001 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio. He was born February 1, 1921 in Port Lavaca, Texas, to the late Alberto P. Sr., and Porfiria Ochoa Rendon.

He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and a resident of Palacios for 60 years. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army, and was a member of the VFW Queen-Hamlin Post No. 2467 and the American Legion both of Palacios.

Survivors include: wife of 61 years, Anita “Annie” Solis Rendon of Palacios; daughter, Ophelia Lara of Blessing; son and daughter-in-law Eddie T. and Marie Rendon of Inez, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons; Fred O. Rendon, Jr. and Benny Rendon.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Palacios Funeral Home, and the Funeral Mass is at 10 a.m. Friday, September 28 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus or the Disabled American Veterans Chapter.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. A00011A2001SP28

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday September 28, 2001


Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City



Joseph Dewell Richardson, 51, a resident of Houston passed away at the Rosewood Hospital in Houston December 14. He was a process engineer with the Petro-Chem-Technical Services, Inc. in Houston and had been a resident of Houston for the past five years. He was a World War II veteran. Survivors include: wife, Betty Jean Richardson of Houston; father, Joseph S. Richardson; 2 daughters, Mrs. Vades Darlene Druckhammer of Houston and Judith Ann Richardson of Longview; 1 son, Joseph Duane Richardson of Houston; 2 brothers, Frank M. Richardson of Houston and Kenneth Richardson of Sweeny; 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday December 17, at 2 p.m. at the Sweeny Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Chance and Rev. Murphy officiating. Interment was at the Roselawn Memorial Park with pallbearers being: J. O. Bordner, L. P. Henry, R. H. Johnson, Kenneth Conrad, J. D. Witt, G. R. Masters, and Aubrey Vaughn. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, December, 1973.

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Funeral services for Joseph Samuel Richardson, 91, of Sweeny were scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jerl Watkins officiating. Burial to follow in Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck.

Mr. Richardson was born June 8, 1898, in Alexander City, Ala., to Benjamin J. and Hixie Meadows Richardson and died July 21, 1989, at Avalon Place, Wharton.

A resident of Matagorda County since 1908, he was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sweeny.

Survivors include his wife, Jewel Hardwick Richardson of Orlando Memorial Convalescent Center, Orlando, Fla.; three sons and daughter-in-law, Kenneth J. and Bessie Richardson of Van Vleck; Frank M. and Jean Richardson of Houston; and George Maybelle Hardwick of Cocoa Beach, Fla., a daughter-in-law, Betty J. Richardson of Longview; a sister, Tennie Sewell of Sweeny; a brother, R. G. Richardson of Victoria; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Harrell Gibbs, Earl Leeton, John Redd, Jim Reeves, Garland Richardson and James Sewell.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, July 23, 1989

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Kenneth Joyce Richardson, 78 of Sweeny [Hasima, Matagorda County, Texas], passed away on August 29, 2002.

He was born November 5, 1923 in Bay City, Texas to the late Joseph Samuel and Vades [Underwood] Richardson. He was married to Bessie McLeod on January 11, 1949, in Bay City.

K.J. "Seedtick" was a retired carpenter/insulator from Phillips Petroleum company. He was a World War II veteran and a 50-year Master Mason.

He is survived by his wife Bessie, three daughters, Gayle Walker and husband Bobby of Dickinson, Texas, Wanda Redd of Bay City, Texas and Patty Wright and husband Dale of Sugar Land, Texas; six granddaughters, Tricia Jenkins, Angie Redd, Amy Redd, Marie Wright, Sara Wright and Amanda Walker; four great grandchildren, Ashley Paige, Ryan and Nicholas Jenkins, Logan Redd and also one great-grandson expected in September.

Two brothers preceded K.J. in death, Dewell and Frank Richardson and parents.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Jack Hutson and Rev. Aaron Young officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers include: John Ashcraft, Gary Hale, Pat Jurek, John Redd, Llyn Reynolds and Ben Vollbaum.

Honorary pallbearers include; Earl Leeton, Billy Baca, Buster Hanna, Ray Nash, Harrell Gibbs and members of Masonic Lodge # 1284 of Old Ocean.

The family will receive visitors at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Friday.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck Building Fund.

Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. 979-245-4613.

August 30, 2002

Rene Samuel Richbourg
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas


Eugene Robert Rickaway, 70, of Midfield died at his residence Nov. 19. He was born August 8, 1931 in Tivoli, Texas to the late Robert and Anita Beckman Rickaway. Mr. Rickaway was a member of and Elder of Nichols Street Church of Christ in Bay City, a resident of Midfiled since 1967 and a former resident of Post Lavaca. Eugene was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a retired operator with Union Carbide. He was a very active member of the Cecil Lee American Legion Post #649 of Blessing, and was past adjutant for 3 years and past Vice Commander for one year of the 9th District of the American Legion.

Survivors include: wife, Marie Woodson Rickaway of Midfield; daughter and son-in-law, Anite Jewel and Don Smith of Acworth, Ga.; three sons and daughters-in-law: James Robert and Joretta Rickaway of Lebanon, Tenn. Mark Alan and Angel Rickaway of Bay City, and Vernon Ray and Ruthy Richaway of College Station; brother, Albert Lee Rickaway of Brazoria; nine grandchildren: Jonathan Rickaway, Jeremy Rickaway, Michael Smith, Judy Smith, Kyle Rickaway, Abigail Rickaway, Joshua Rickaway, Jonathan Klippel, and Julie Klippel.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Nichols Rd. Church of Christ with Bro. Joe Wrape officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be Elders of the Church: Damon Rutherford, Glenn Organ, Bob Curtis, Earl Roberts, Bob Noster, Doug Anderson, David Carroll, and Jesse Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of El Campo.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001NV20

Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Matagorda County, Texas

Magdaleno J. Rico, Jr.

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Medardo Juarez Rico, 75, of Bay City died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002 in Bay City. He was born December 16, 1926 in Bay City to the late Magdaleno Rico, Sr. and Petra Juarez. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a veteran of WWII serving in the U. S. Army.

He is survived by: two sisters, Irene Becerra and Driana Rodriguez, both of Bay City; two sisters-in-law; Dalia Rico of Houston and Betty Rico Greer of Bay City; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2002 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Boren officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002MRO3

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, Mar 03, 2002                                            Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck


Funeral services for Travis Roberson, Sr., 82, of Cedar Lake, will be Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at 2 p.m., at Bethlehem Christian Church, Cedar Lake, with the Rev. K.W. Bree, pastor, and the Rev. Larry Griggs, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 until 9 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

He was born in Cedar Lake, Texas, Saturday, July 3, 1920, to Tom Roberson and Nealia Ward Roberson.

He passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

He was a World War II veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Ora Lee Roberson of Cedar Lake; three daughters, Nelia Smith of Lake Jackson, Georgia Ezeilo of Houston, and Ethel Thompson of Brazoria; and six sons, Travis Roberson, Jr. (Katherine) of San Marcos, George Roberson (Sylvia) of Cedar Lake, Roosevelt Roberson (Dorothy), and Robert Roberson, all of Chicago, Illinois, Allen Bivens of St. Louis, Missouri, and Moses Woodard of Houston. Also, 32 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Roy Brown, Anthony Edison, James Thompson, Jr., Larry Brown, John Roberson, Jr., Timothy Edwards and Johnny Roberson.

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


Antonio G. Rodriguez Jr. - PALACIOS

PALACIOS - Antonio G. "Tony" Rodriguez, 85, of Palacios, died Thursday, June 30, 2005.

He was born Jan. 3, 1920, in San Antonio, to the late Antonio G. Rodriguez Sr. and Fidela Garcia Perez. He was a retired transportation captain for Friends of the Elders, non-denominational, and a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a tank driver with Company A, the 785th tank battalion.

Survivors: wife, Lupe Alamia Rodriguez; daughters, Irene Lucio of Palacios, Elizabeth R. Rodriguez of Wharton, Veronica Constancio of Blessing, and Virginia Salazar of Pasadena; sons, Antonio Pardo, Mario Rodriguez, Ismael Martin Rodriguez, and Lloyd Rodriguez, all of Palacios; sisters, Natalia Serrata of Houston and Alicia Harvey of Palacios; brother, William "Willie" Rodriguez of Palacios; 24 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister, Herminia Maseda; brothers, Ralph Rodriguez, Jimmy Rodriguez, and Alex Perez; and one granddaughter.

Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at The Living Word Church in Palacios.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. tonight at the church.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, the Rev. Tony Flores officiating.

Burial with military honors under the auspices of Veterans of Foreign Wars Queen Hamlin Post No. 2467 will be at Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Mario Rodriguez, Lloyd Rodriguez, 1st Lt. Timothy Lucio, Jason Constancio, Jonathan Rodriguez, Christopher Rodriguez.

Honorary pallbearers: Antonio Pardo, Abel A. Lucio, Samuel Constancio, Eric Pardo, Ismael M. Rodriguez, Joshua Rodriguez, Anthony Pardo.

The Victoria Advocate
Saturday, July 2, 2005
Victoria County, Texas

Foch Wilson Roe
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas





Wayne R. Rogers

(December 5, 1943 - November 17, 2007)

Wayne R. Rogers, 63, of Rosharon, TX passed away Nov. 17, 2007. He was born Dec. 5, 1943 in Palacios, TX to the late Otto Horace and Eugenia Schulke Rogers. He was an electrician and served in the US Army during Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife: Sandra Rogers of Rosharon; daughter: Tanya Fuqua & husband Richard of Richmond; son: Jarrett Rogers & wife Tammy of Houston; 2 step-daughters: Casandra George & husband Bryan of Grandbury TX & Kaylena Matthews of Ft. Worth; step-son: Gilbert Bayer of Houston; 5 sisters: Rita Nauman of Bay City, Patricia Mayo of Fairfield TX, Kathryn Miller of Ft. Walton Beach FL, Bettye Koontz of Palacios and Willa Koontz of Corpus Christi; brother: Marshall Rogers of Beeville; and 6 grandchildren: Parker, Colton & Kiley Rogers, Annabelle Fuqua, and Gilbert & Donald Bayer.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6pm to 8pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Teddy Mayo, Ron Cowart, Greg Rogers, Henry Rogers, Dewayne Ledwig, and Brian George.



Gerald W. Rowland
Feb. 4, 1918 - Jan. 3, 2007

Gerald W. Rowland, 88, of Bay City passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston following a long illness.

He was born on February 4, 1918 in Lexington, Texas to parents Ezikiel and Katherine Nunnley Rowland. He moved his family to Bay City in 1953 and with with his brother, Tom, they formed Rowland Brothers Construction. In 1973 he took the position of Chief Building Official for the city of Bay City and worked there until he retired in 1988.

He enjoyed retirement with long hours of golf and working in his wood working shop. Poor health forced him to give up his hobbies, but he still enjoyed life.

He was the last or three sisters and four brothers and is survived by: his sons, Joe and Susan Rowland of Bay City and Ronnie and June Rowland of Bay City; grandchildren,, Kara and Michael Douglas of Olathe, Kansas, Grant and Krystal Rowland of Houston, and Ashley Rowland of Bay City; and great-grandchild, Tyler Taylor of Houston.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers included John McMillan, Woodrow Riedel, Bob Allen, Stan Eldridge, Tom Rowland, Bill Johnson, Mike Collins and Jeremy Collins.

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of First Baptist Church of Bay City.

Arrangements are with Bay City Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, January 7, 2007                                                     Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Howard Lewis Russell, CSM/USA/RET, 66, of Bay City died March 10, 2002 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was born March 15, 1935 in San Antonio, Texas to the late Lewis Curtis and Ethel Lenora McKinney Russell.

Mr. Russell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a resident of Bay City since 1982.

He retired in 1981 from the US Army as a Command Sargent Major, with 23 years of service. He then became a training supervisor for HL&P South Texas Project.

Survivors include: wife, Louise Petri Russell of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynette and Matthew Dunlap of Wadsworth, Cynthia and John Hodges of Bay City, and Stephanie and Stanley Ott of Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas; brother, Melvin Russell of League City and Raymond Russell of San Antonio; and 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Neal, Erin, Katy and Whittney Dunlap of Wadsworth, Rachel, Jarred and Brenda Hodges all of Bay City, and Lenora and Emily Ott of Killeen.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with full military honors. Pallbearers will be Sgt. Stanley F. Ott, Matthew Dunlap, Calvin, Melvin, Raymond and Clinton Russell, and Ryan Tobin. The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002MR13

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, February 13, 2002               Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby




BAY CITY - Roy Edward Rutherford, 63, of Bay City, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003.

He was born March 27, 1940, in Bay City, to the late Cody Richard and Ruby Adelle McQueen Rutherford. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and member of First Pentecostal Church.

Survivors: wife, Sheila M. Pell Rutherford; daughter, Ruby Frances Tucker of Longview; sons, Roy E. "Sonny" Rutherford Jr. and Cody Richard Rutherford, both of Vidor, and Larry Edward Burgess of Texarkana, Ark.; sisters, Betty Bascom of Lake Jackson and Barbara Kemp of Marshfield, Mo.; ten grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brother, Joe Rutherford.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Dr. Marvin Moore officiating. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate
Victoria County, Texas
December 12, 2003


Arthur J. Ryman
Oct. 31, 1930 – Feb. 9, 2007

Arthur J. Ryman, 76, of Bay City passed away February 9, 2007.

He was born October 31, 1930 in Wadsworth, Texas to Arthur David and Mary Unice Anderson Ryman. He served in the US Navy after WWII & the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include: his wife, Ardine Knapp Ryman of Bay City; sons, Willie Strelec and wife Marsha of Bay City and Lee Strelec and wife Landle of Van Vleck; sisters, Ruth Spickler of Flint, Michigan and LaVerne Lamb of Houston; seven grandchildren, Charlotte McKissick, Kristy Bundick, Willie Strelec, Jr., James Dale Strelec, Redonna Huron, Crystal Strelec and Leigh Wiley; twenty great grandchildren, Jessica, Bridget, Brooke, Brittany and Gary “Bubba” Kersh, Vance, Ashley, Tyler, Nick, and Kayla Strelec, Brandon, Bryce and Bradley McKissick, Austin Wells, Kolton and Alana Huron, Hailey Hurta, Alleah, Jaidah and Devin Wiley; niece, Ruth Evens; great niece, Michelle LaRose and great nephew, Brian Evens.

A Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Chaplain Don Storey officiating.

Interment with military honors by VFW Post 2438 followed at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers included James Strelec, Willie Strelec, Jr., Thomas Bundick, Jerry, Brandon and Bradley McKissick.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

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

Published February 14, 2007


Eddie G. Ryman

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of
Faye Cunningham


Funeral services for Robert E. Ryman, 71, of Bay City, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 1994, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robbins Odom officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Mr. Ryman was born Feb. 24, 1923, in Wadsworth to Eddie G. and Virginia Belle Andersen Ryman and died Aug. 8, 1994, in Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

A member of the Baptist church, he was a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Air Force and a resident of Bay City for 49 years. He retired Feb. 1, 1985, as a machinist with Phillips Petroleum after 34 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Ann Rector Ryman of Bay City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth Ann and Butch Sellers of Pampa and Virginia and Mark Kreiger of Austin; two sons and daughter-in-law, William Eddie Ryman of Bay City and Gary Lee and Karen Ryman of Hungerford; three sisters, Gertrude Hardy and Sybil Weiss, both of Bay City and Rosemary Armstrong of Matagorda; four brothers, Roy W. Ryman, Raymond Ryman, Randolph Ryman, all of Wadsworth and Russell Ryman of Sargent; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Verdecanna in 1989.

Pallbearers are Craig Williams, Rusty Williams, Loy Sneary, Worth Lucas, David Gingles and David Lyle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes or American Heart Association.

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

Matagorda County, Texas


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