Sunshine Cemetery
Corpus Christi

Transcribed 09/06/1998, by Charlie Ward 

The SUNSHINE CEMETERY is located in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, at the corner of Wooldridge Road and Rodd Field Road. It is a small cemetery, and entirely fenced. There is one gate on the Wooldridge Road side. Most of the tombstones are gone, and this report reflects what was seen on Sep 6, 1998.

The Texas Historical Commission placed this plaque in 1985

From the late 1800’s until the early 1940’s, the Sunshine Community encompassed this part of what is now Corpus Christi. The small farming and ranching settlement, also known as Encinal, boasted a school, Union church, and post office. The Sunshine school was in operation from 1887 until 1942, when it was consolidated with the Aberdeen School. Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ, and other denominations alternated Sunday services at the Union church.

The post office and the cemetery at this site are the only physical remnants of the Sunshine Community. The oldest marked grave in the cemetery, that of Ethel Eva Capeheart, is dated 1903.

Tombstones in the Sunshine Cemetery reflect the family names of some of the early settlers who came to the area. John James Parry (d. 1920) a native of Wales, came to Texas in 1872. A farmer and rancher, Parry also preached Baptist services at the Union Church. His wife, Mary Elizabeth (1854-1935), and five of their ten children are buried in the Parry family plot. The Haney family Section includes the burial site of James Silas Haney (1871-1939). His wife, Ella Smith (1882-1962) and seven of their ten children. Other members of the Sunshine Community and their descendants also are buried here.”

As this Cemetery is still active are not I only have a partial list. I will update as I can.
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Name

 

Birth

 

Death

 

Comments

 

Section

 

CAPEHEART, Ethel Eva

 

May 7, 1892

 

Dec 27, 1903

 

b Carbon, TX d.Sunshine, Tex

 

Front Row

 

CAPEHEART, Nancy Jane

 

Jan 15, 1861

 

Dec 2, 1939

 

b.Washington, Mo dIngleside, Tex

 

Front Row

 

PEARSE, Cora

 

Dec 28, 1885

 

Sep 22, 1913

 

A tender mother and a faithful friend.

 

Front Row

 

JAMES, Ashley Renee'

 

Feb 14, 1986

 

Sep 28, 1997

 

Our precious daughter and beloved sister

 

Front Row

 

BURDETTE, William O.

 

Dec 28, 1909

 

-

 

Front Row

 

BURDETTE, Bessie F.

 

Jul 30, 1912

Dec 15, 1995

 

-

 

Front Row

 

SHETTER, JR., David J.

 

Jun 18, 1939

 

Jun 18, 1939

 

Son of D.J. and Novelle E. Shetter

 

Front Row

 

ESTES, Aaron James

 

Jan 5, 1995

 

Jan 5, 1995

 

Infant son of Jon and Kaylynda Estes

 

Front Row

 

Broken Marker

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

Broken Stone

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

WARE, Thomas H.

 

Jul 28, 1913

 

Aug 23, 1995

 

Footstone: In Memory of Thomas Howard Ware (1913-1995) He is honored by this Sunshine Community for his love, devotion and care of our cemetery. His efforts continue to allow generations to visit this peaceful place of remembrance.

 

Rear Row

 

WARE, Mabel C.

 

Aug 9, 1913

 

None Given

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

WARE, Henry D.

 

Jul 18, 1907

 

Feb 6, 1972

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

WARE, T. J.

 

Sep 23, 1873

 

Jun 18, 1954

 

Father

 

Rear Row

 

WARE, Walter Ray

 

Mar 11, 1917

 

May 25, 1918

 

Age 14 mo. Asleep in Jesus

 

Rear Row

 

WARE, Tura

 

Jan 10, 1876

 

Jan 12, 1956

 

Mother

 

Rear Row

 

WARE, James W.

 

May 6, 1942

 

Sep 21, 1993

 

In Loving Memory

 

Rear Row

 

HOWELL, WM Thomas

 

-

 

Nov 20, 1916

 

Age 11 mo. Asleep in Jesus

 

Rear Row

 

TAYLOR, Derefus S.

 

1894

 

1978

 

Father

 

Rear Row

 

TAYLOR, Myrtle B.

 

1898

 

1934

 

Mother

 

Rear Row

 

PARRY, M_ (Benja?)min

 

190?

 

1916

 

(This is a small wooden plack covered by glass) Very old & difficult to read

 

Rear Row

 

THOMPSON, Georgia E. PARRY

 

Jun 15, 1925

 

Jul 18, 1985

 

Loved by everyone

 

Rear Row

 

PARRY, Jesse L.

 

Jan 2, 1882

 

Nov 14, 1950

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

PARRY, Frederic L.

 

Dec 1, 1883

 

Sep 15, 1942

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

PARRY, John James

 

1849

 

1920

 

Father

 

Rear Row

 

PARRY, Mary Elizabeth

 

1854

 

1935

 

Mother

 

Rear Row

 

PARRY, Newton D.

 

Apr 7, 1886

 

Oct 27, 1918

 

Again we have to meet thee when the day of life is fled And in heaven with joy to greet thee Where no farewell tears are shed To know him was to love him

 

Rear Row

 

PARRY

 

Unreadable

 

Marker

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

PARRY, Theodora I.

 

Aug 19, 1888

 

Apr 28, 1916

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

FONDREN, Cordelia C.

 

1853

 

1927

 

A tender mother and a faithful friend

 

Rear Row

 

FONDREN, William N.

 

Jul 12, 1853

 

Jun 13, 1939

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

PAYNE, Maggie Mae

 

Jan 2, 1876

 

Jun 9, 1957

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

FONDREN, David Gunter

 

1879

 

Jan 26, 1957

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

FONDREN, William Hiriam

 

1892

 

Feb 11, 1960

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

FONDREN, Oliver Simpson

 

1881

 

Mar 11, 1960

 

-

 

Rear Row

 

HANEY, Margery Olive

 

Dec 5, 1919

 

Dec 7, 1919

 

Infant

 

Middle Area

 

HANEY, Ernestine

 

Sep 23, 1913

 

Apr 22, 1932

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

HANEY, Ella A.

 

Jan 5, 1882

 

Feb 28, 1962

 

Mother

 

Middle Area

 

HANEY, James Silas

 

Jul 24, 1871

 

Feb 10, 1939

 

Father

 

Middle Area

 

HANEY, David J.

 

Apr 12, 1921

 

Mar 8, 1962

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

FONDREN, Kathryn

 

Jan 27, 1901

 

Dec 14, 1941

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

FONDREN, Charles

 

Mar 9, 1888

 

Jun 12, 1973

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

HANEY, Conrad L.

 

Oct 4, 1915

 

Jun 11, 1945

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

HANEY, James Laurence

 

Jul 24, 1911

 

May 25, 1958

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

HEFLIN, Ninabell Jun HANEY

 

Oct 30, 1917

 

Dec 22, 1965

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

SPRAGUE, Tressie E.

 

Feb 16, 1909

 

Aug 3, 1970

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

WESTBROOK, George T.

 

Oct 25, 1896

 

Dec 4, 1951

 

Texas Pvt 132 Field Arty 36 Div World War I

 

Middle Area

 

Stone Marker

-

 

-

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

FRANKLIN, Henry

 

-

 

Oct 15, 1938

 

PVT 2 Texas Inf. N.C.

 

Middle Area

 

PULLIAN, Mrs.

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

DIAZ, Octavio

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

Stone Cross

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

DIAZ, Ursula

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

DAVILA, Nicolasa

 

Apr 8, 1897

 

Jul 8, 1942

 

In loving memory your son Epifanio Davila and family

 

Middle Area

 

DAVILA, Florentina Y.

 

Feb 6, 1891

 

Nov 10, 1949

 

Recuerdo de su esposo e hijos (There is also a picture of the deceased)

 

Middle Area

 

DAVILA, Jose

 

Ago (Aug ?) 27, 1895

 

Jun 14, 1952

 

Recuerdo de sus hijos (There is also a picture of the deceased)

 

Middle Area

 

GARCIA, Rosalio

 

Sep 4, 1876

 

Apr 15, 1953

 

Recuerdo de su esposa e hijos

 

Middle Area

 

DAVILA, Pedro

 

Jan 19, 1922

 

Jul 20, 1959

 

Texas PFC CO C 380 ENGR Combat BN World War II (There is also a picture)

 

Middle Area

 

DIAZ, Gabriel V.

 

-

 

-

 

Fallesio el 19 de Dec 13 a la edad de 72 anos

 

Middle Area

 

HERRERA, Lorenzo S.

 

1888

 

Oct 8, 1962

 

-

 

Middle Area

 

HERRERA, Lorenzo M.

 

Jul 3, 1945

 

Jun 6, 1988

 

For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 In Loving Memory From Your Family

 

Middle Area