FELICIANA G. LLANES Funeral services for Feliciana G. Llanes, 82, of Palacios, were held May 26, 2006 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dowomoh officiating. Interment was at the Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Llanes was born Sept.1, 1923 in Edna, Texas to Jacinto and Josefa Jaso Garza. She died May 23, 2006 at Memorial Hermann Southeast in Houston. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, and a lifelong resident of Palacios. She is survived by daughters Gloria L. Garcia of Alvin, Tx. and Jodie L. Cedillo of New Braunfels, Tx.; sons George Llanes, Jr. of Bell Flower, CA, Gilbert Llanes of Pasadena, Tx. and David Llanes of Alvin, Tx.; sisters Mary Guajardo of Texas City, Tx. and Lillie Perez of El Campo, Tx.; brother Jacinto Garza of Freeport, Tx.; 19 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Llanes; son, Domingo Llanes; and brother, Ray Garza. Pallbearers will be George Llanes, Jr., George Llanes, Sammy Garcia, Jr., David Llanes, Jr., Carlos Cedillo, Rick Cedillo, and Adrian Llanes. Words of comfort may be shared with the family by at www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.
KEVIN RAY YOXTHEIMER Funeral services for Kevin Ray Yoxtheimer, 17, of Midfield, Tx.were held May 20, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City with Rev. Michael Blevins officiating. Interment followed in Midfield Cemetery. Mr. Yoxtheimer was born May 8, 1989 in Wharton, Tx. to Robin and Evelyn Yoxtheimer. He died May 15, 2006 in Corpus Christi. He was a resident of Midfield for 14 years, and a junior at Tidehaven High School in El Maton, TX. He is survived by his parents, Robin and Evelyn Yoxtheimer of Midfield; grandparents: Verbon and Kimi Bradley of Midfield, Flossie Yoxtheimer of Bay City, and Earl and Chris Stroup of Midland, Tx.; sister Kimi Rozner and husband Mike of Bay City; uncles David Bradley of Norfolk, VA and David Yoxtheimer of Bay City; and aunts Suzie Garza of Van Vleck, Tx., Teresa Stroup of Indiana, Meghan Stroup of Midland, and Marcy Yoxtheimer of Bay City. Pallbearers were David Bradley, Mike Rozner, Clint Fortenberry, Drew Alley, Travis Fuentes, Tony Rodriguez and Chad Nguyen. Honorary pallbearers were David Yoxtheimer, Kenny Strother and James Rozner. Donations can be made to the Kevin Yoxtheimer Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 159, El Maton, TX 77404. Arrangements were made with the Taylor Funeral Bros. Funeral Home (979)-245-4613.
VICTOR L. PEREZ 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 www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios, 361-972-2012.
CAROLINE SARTWELLE BUFFALOE Memorial services for Caroline "Kay" Sartwelle Buffaloe, 78, of Palacios, were held May 7, 2006 at St. John's Episcopal Church with Dr. James Ely officiating. Mrs. Buffaloe was born Aug. 29 1927 along with her twin sister, May, in Houston, Tx. to the late J.W. and Laura Arnold Sartwelle. She peacefully answered His call in the presence of her four children and sisters on May 2, 2006. A longtime resident of Palacios, her journey ended after a very rich and full lifetime of wit, love and laughter. She married Hugh Franklin Buffaloe on Valentine's Day in 1950. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Mary Anna and Jimmy Bosshamer of Houston, and Caroline and Rafael Hill of Long Beach, Calif.; sons and daughter-in-law Henry Buffaloe of Palacios, and Tommy and Sonja Buffaloe of Madisonville; her beloved grandchildren Kaylin Buffaloe, Anna-Marie Buffaloe, and Noa Hugh Hill; a brother, Robert Sartwelle of Gilham, Ark.; sisters Helen Buckley and Mary Jane "May" Willis of Houston, and Margaret DeBardeleben of Birmingham, Ala.; as well as numerous cherished nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Franklin Buffaloe; brothers J.D. and Henry Sartwelle; and in-laws Frank and Mary E. Buffaloe. For those desiring, donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Bldg. Fund or the Palacios Library.
BETTY LOU RICKAWAY Funeral services for Betty Lou Rickaway, 66, of Blessing, were held May 3, 2006 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mrs. Rickaway was born Sept. 30, 1939 in Midfield, TX to the late Ira Alexander "Jim" Fitzgerald and Edith Day Fitzgerald. She died April 28, 2006 at her home. She was the manager of the Cattlemen's Motel in Bay City for many years. She was a member of the Midfield Community Church, the Blessing American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #649, the Matagorda County Historical Commission, on the Board of Directors of the Blessing Historical Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the Hawley Cemetery Association. She married the late James E. "Jim" Rickaway on July 16, 1960 and was a lifelong resident of Blessing. She is survived by her sons Chris Rickaway of Blessing and Kevin Rickaway and wife Cathy of Blessing; sister Marjorie Holt of Brady; grandchildren Jordan and Taylor Rickaway of Blessing; and many nephews and nieces. Pallbearers will be Hank Fitzgerald, Leroy Fitzgerald, Louis Kopnicky, Adolph Biskup, Randy Rickaway and Lee Hall Pierce. Honorary pallbearers are Don Dawes, Carter Franklin, Carol Dean Magee, Neal Holt, Walter Skutca and Henry Day. Memorials may be made to American Legion Junior Auxiliary Post #649, PO Box 192, Blessing, TX 77419. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.
PLACIDO "SHORTY" MARTINEZ, SR. Funeral services for Placido (Shorty) Martinez, Sr., 69, of Blessing were held May 1 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Pastor Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Midfield Cemetery in Midfield. Mr. Martinez was born Oct. 4, 1936 in Spurr, TX to Jose and Faustina Espinosa Martinez. He died April 27, 2006 at Matagorda Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bay City. He was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County and a member of Living Word Church in Palacios. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Maria Guerrero Martinez of Blessing; daughters Margie Llanes and son-in-law Benjamin, Eva Olguin and fiance Pete Morales, all of Blessing; sons and daughters-in-law Raul Martinez, Adam and Denise Martinez, Jesse Martinez, Tony Martinez, Placido, Jr. and Rhonda Martinez, all of Blessing; sisters, Frances Wade of Brenham, Maria Gonzalez of Lyons, and Estefana Gonzalez of Louise; brothers Magdaleno Martinez of Lockhart, Don Martinez, Larry Martinez, Nat Martinez and Senon Martinez, all of Somerville; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Jose and Faustina Martinez and his brothers Clemente and Victor Martinez. Pallbearers will be Alfred Lara, Tiofilo Guerrero, Jr., Richard Rocha, Alonzo Gonzalez, Rickey Gonzalez, and Ray Martinez. Honorary pallbearers will be David Laborde, Oscar Lara, Frank Alameda and Lorenzo Gonzales. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net .
ARTHUR LEE HASKINS Funeral services for Arthur Lee Haskins, 71, of Palacios, were held April 30, 2006 at Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. David Gruhn officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Haskins was born Jan. 6, 1935 in St. Louis, MO to Arthur and Mayme Hedge Haskins. He died April 26, 2006 in San Antonio. He had been a resident of Palacios since 1960, a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a Baptist. He is survived by his wife Celia Maria Haskins of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Debbie and Karl Koegel of San Antonio, and Sherlyn and Edward McCulla of Houma, LA; sisters Virginia Matlock of Orlando, FL and Mary Jean Waggner of New Florence, MO; and his grandchildren Phillip Haskins, Gabriella, Abigail, and Nathan Koegel, Rusty McCulla, and Jeremiah and Sarah Redland. Pallbearers were members of the Masonic Lodge 411 of Blessing, TX. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
VONDA S. MOTES Funeral services for Vonda S. Motes, 66, of Port Lavaca, were held April 15, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church in Port Lavaca with Rev. Carl Westbrook officating. Miss Motes was born Sept. 20, 1939 in Francitas,TX to the late William Earl and Stella Ringo. She died April 12, 2006. She was a retired cook for the Calhoun County ISD, and a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughters Sharlyn Goode of Port Lavaca, Joan McAfee of Port Lavaca, and Karen Williams of Victoria; and six grandchildren. Pallbearers were Derek Goode, Tyler McAfee, Donald McAfee, Damon Williams, Terry Hargus, David Hernandez. She was preceded in death by her husband William "Sonny" Motes; sisters Elsie Lee Plachy, Mary Bell and Lararicia Kaye Vinigire; and brother Calvin Meril Ringo.
GARDINA HELEN VAVRA BELCHER A Funeral Mass for Gardina Helen Vavra Belcher, 93, of Bay City, was held April 13, 2006 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City with Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing. Mrs. Belcher was born Nov. 4, 1912 in Caldwell, Tx. to Frank John and Johanna Popek Vavra. She died April 10, 2006. She retired as dispatcher for Hughes Aircraft in California and had been a resident of Matagorda County since 1978. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Holy Cross Altar Society. She is survived by sisters Betty Blackwell of Bay City and Alma McKissick of Palacios; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Ted Belcher, in 1997; and brothers Eddie, Franklin and Milton Vavra. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net.
RICHARD 'RICK' BRUSH A memorial service for Richard "Rick" Brush, 60, of Point Comfort, was held March 30, 2006 at Bauer Community Center in Port Lavaca with the Revs. John Fisher and Ron Shott officiating. It included a full law honor guard with bagpipes and the 21 gun salute and the last call, attended by Texas law enforcement officers. Mr. Brush was born Sept. 22, 1945, in Slaton, to the late Richard C. and Geneta Maxey Brush. He died March 27, 2006. He was Chief of Police for the City of Point Comfort and had previously been Security Officer for the Palacios Housing Authority. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Point Comfort where he was a Sunday School teacher and an usher. He is survived by his wife Linda Wheeler McCauley Brush, whom he married on June 20, 1988. He is also survived by sons and daughters-in-law Mike and Dana Moore of Belton, Robert and Cathy McCauley of Gonzales, James and Stephanie McCauley of Port Lavaca, Stephen and Jennifer McCauley of Austin; daughters and sons-in law Sammie Gonzales of Idalou, Michelle and Shawn Wehmeyer of Port Lavaca, Jennifer and Johnny Mikolas of Seadrift and Tara and John Voges of Port Lavaca; 18 grandchildren, Wesley and Travis Moore, Tiffany and Chelsea McCauley, Foreman, Walker and Gracie McCauley, Carly and Madison McCauley, Brittanie and Courtanie Gonzales, Garrett, Meghan and Justin Wehmeyer, Tessa, Torri and Ethan Mikolas and Trenton Voges; brother and sister-in-law Gary and Jan Brush of Slaton; and sister and brother-in-law Sandy and Weldon Self of Slaton. He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory McCauley and nephews Nick Pack and Channing Wheeler. In lieu of floral arrangements the family requests memorials be made to the Rick Brush Memorial Fund in care of the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 477, Point Comfort, TX 77978.
ALFRED SANDOVAL Funeral services for Alfred Sandoval, 39, of Lake Jackson and formerly of Palacios, were held March 27, 2006 at First Baptist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Juan Aguilera officiating. Internment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Sandoval was born Nov. 18, 1966, in Palacios, to David Sandoval, Sr. of Palacios and Sylvia Garcia Sandoval of Clute. He died March 20, 2006. He was a pipefitter. In addition to his parents, he is survived by sons, Alfred Porfirio Sandoval, Jasper Sandoval and Adriano Sandoval, all of El Campo; companion Bobbie Isaacs and son Clay Isaac of Lake Jackson; sister and brother-in-law Terri and Tony Perez, Jr. of Clute; brothers, David Sandoval Jr. of Clute and Matthew Sandoval, Sr. of Palacios; grandmother, Tana Sandoval of Palacios; nieces Rose and Jade Perez of Clute and Christen Sandoval of Palacios; nephews Tony III and Ryan Perez of Clute, David Sandoval III of Palacios, and Matthew Sandoval, Jr. of Palacios; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Louis Sandoval; grandparents Alicia and Porfirio Rodriguez; and grandfather Alfred Sandoval. Pallbearers were Tony Perez III, David Sandoval III, John Frank Lawrence, Jamie Garcia, Carlos (Chill) Garcia, and J. J. Munoz.
TIMOTHY PATRICK MORGAN Timothy "Pat" Morgan, 48 of Grapevine, TX and formerly of Palacios, TX died March 12, 2006 in Grapevine. He will be most remembered for his ability to bring laughter to those who loved him though his enthusiastic animated storytelling. He is survived by his father, Roy Morgan of Jacksonville, Arkansas; a brothers Mike Morgan, of Jacksonville, Arkansas; and Danny Morgan and wife Sherry of Danbury, CT.; and two nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death byis mother, Betty Morga,n and his wife and best friend Janet, of 24 years. Inquiries can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTER J. WARD, JR. A memorial service for Porter J. Ward, Jr., 51, of Palacios, was held March 25, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios. Mr. Ward was born Nov. 19. 1954 in Tell City, Indiana to Porter J. and Ida B. Ward. He died March 17, 2006. He and his wife, Rhonda, are the owners of Palacios Taxi Service. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda; son Joshua of Palacios; parents Edwin and Ida B. Hennesey of Jewitt, Tx; his father, Porter J. Ward; a brother, Allen Hennesey of Jewitt, Tx.; and a sister, Eddana Ritter of Jewitt, Tx. Due to Mr. Ward donating his body to the University of Texas Cancer Medical Research at M. B. Anderson, Houston, burial will be delayed up to two years. The family is very proud of this unselfish act in the hopes that the research may be able to find a cure for this dreaded disease so that someone else might live.
MARY ELLEN BANNERT Funeral services Mary Ellen Peterson Bannert, 73, of the Carancahua Community, were held March 22, 2006 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Bros. Shan Jackson and Hollis Briscoe officiating. Interment was at Olivia Cemetery. Mrs. Bannert was born Nov. 20, 1932 in Carancahua to the late Gustav Emil and Mary Alice Slaughter Peterson. She died March 19, 2006 at Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca, Tx. A life-long resident of the Carancahua Community, she was a member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Alvin Leon Bannert of Edna, Tx..; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary John Wolfe of Mahanoy City, Pa. and Sharon and Forrest Harter of Blessing, Tx.; sons and daughters-in-law, Alvin Dale and Janie Bannert of Sweeny, Tx., Marshall and Dianna Bannert of Dickerson, Tx., and Emil Glenn and JoLynn Bannert of Edna, Tx.; brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Rita Peterson of Carancahua Community; son-in-law Percy Venglar of Palacios; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ellen Venglar; a sister, Leta Kelly; brothers, Charlie Peterson and Ludwig Peterson; and grandchildren Justin Bannert, Christopher and Chad Anthony Rogers, and Sheila Linette Harter. Pallbearers were Peewee Abraham, Doug Cornett, Victor Eggemeyer, David A. Frankson Jr., and Bryant and Charles Peterson. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
ERNA JUREK Funeral services Erna Jurek, 92, of Bay City, were held March 22, 2006 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Jurek was born Dec. 3, 1913 in High Hill to the late Edward Joseph and Ernelie Wuerker Wick. She died March 19, 2006. She is survived by a sister, Rosie Jurek, of Bay City; Elizabeth Davis of Carneigie, Okla, and Frances Dornak of Lake Jackson, Tx.; and a brother, Ed Wick, of Carneigie, Okla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Jurek; sisters Ernelie Jurek, Matilda Shelton and Mary Wick; and brothers Richard Wick and Alfred Wick.
ANNIE STACYFuneral services for Annie Stacy, 84, of Rockport, Tx., were held March 18, 2006 at the First Baptist Church in Rockport. Mrs. Stacy was born Oct. 12, 1921 in Temple, Tx. to the late Thomas and Margarette Plachy. She died March 12, 2006. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Rockport. For the last 13 years since the death of her husband, Elmer, she has enjoyed traveling to her granddaughter Bej's home in Palacios and staying with them for extended periods of time. She especially loved to come to Palacios to have a yearly garage sale with her daughter. They would then take the money they made and go triple coupon shopping. Grandma (everyone called her that), loved children and was a big supporter of the South Texas Children's Home in Beeville, Tx. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Joe and Janine Stacy of Rockport; grandchildren Bej and Kenny Svatek of Palacios, Jay and Laura Stacy of Arlington, Tx., and Britton and Kim of San Antonio; great-granddaughters Stacy Svatek of Corpus Christi, Samantha Svatek of Hillsboro, Tx., Synthia Svatek of Palacios, Amanda, Ellen and Madison Stacy of Arlington, and Lyndsy and Crystyn Stacy of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Stacy; daughter Elizebeth Kemp; and all eight of her siblings.
GEORGE AGUILAR SR. Funeral services for George Joe Aguilar Sr., 71, of Fort Myers, Fla., were held March 18, 2006 at St. Anthony's de Padua Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was be at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Aguilar was born Feb. 22, 1935, in Palacios, to the late Jesus Sr. and Josephine Carrio Aguilar. He died March 5, 2005. He was a mechanic and a Catholic. He is survived by daughters, Naomi Aguilar of Conroe, Sherry Meek of South Houston, Elisa Garza of Beaumont, and Monica Aguilar of El Campo; sons, George Joe Aguilar Jr. of Norco, La., Johnny Wayne Aguilar of Calera, Ala., Louis Anthony Aguilar Sr. of La Place, La. and Ernest Rene Aguilar of Pasadena; sisters, Mary Garcia of Palacios, Charlotte DeLeon of Falfurrias, and Lupe Young of Arlington; brothers, Jesus "Jessie" Aguilar Jr. of Harvey, La., Julius Aguilar of Palacios, Mike Aguilar of Marrero, La. and Victor Aguilar of Arlington; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Johnnie Aguilar and Patricio "Patrick" Aguilar.
TOMMY STREET Graveside services for Tommy Joe Street, 65, of Blessing, were held March 18, 2006 at Ashby Cemetery. Mr. Street was born June 7, 1940 in Anderson, Ind., to the late Gurney and Marguert Hoffman Street. He died March 14, 2006. He was an Electronic Nuclear Engineer. He is survived by daughters, Paula Reavely of Mishawaka, Ind., Stephanie Street of Hillsboro, Ore., and Joanna Jupp of Holt, Mich.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
RUTH (SIFFORD) SMUDRICK Graveside services for Ruth Florene (Sifford) Smudrick, 92 of Bay City, were held March 19, 2006 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing with D. W. D. Baker officiating. Mrs. Smudrick was born Oct 3, 1913 in Palacios to the late Oscar Lee Sifford and Mary May Downer Sifford. She died March 16, 2006. She was a member of the Baptist Church and a life long resident of Matagorda County. She is survived by her brothers William and Robert Lee Sifford of Bay City; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Hollis F. Smudrick; and brothers Woodrow W., and Paul Lindy Sifford. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.
SUSAN BETH KNIGHT Memorial services for Susan Beth Knight, 64, of Waco were held March 16, 2006 at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room in Waco. Mrs. Knight was born Sept. 2, 1941, in Houston, TX to Edward Milton Knight and Margaret Compton Knight. She died March 14, 2006, at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Beth did her under graduate work at Sam Houston State University (BA) and Master of Education at Texas A&M University and other college work at Southwest Texas State University. She retired after 30 years of teaching Texas History at Palacios ISD in Palacios. She is survived by her mother; sister, Gayle Moak and husband, Tom of Waco; and brother, James Knight and wife, Shirley of Georgetown; nephews Karl and Kent Knight and families, Bob Moak and family, niece, Laura James and family. She was preceded in death by her father. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fuzzy Friends or the charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in the "Memorial Guestbook" at wilkirsonhatchbailey.com.
ROSALIE MAE NELSON ELLIS Funeral services for Rosalie Mae Nelson Ellis, 88, were held March 16, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Ellis was born at the Nelson home on Oct. 22, 1917 to Roy and Carrie Belle Nelson. She died March 13, 2006 in Bay City. She graduated from Collegeport High School in 1935 and from Southwest Texas State Teacher's College in 1940. She taught a total of 25 years in Richards, Bay City, and Palacios Schools. She married W. L. Ellis on Oct. 5, 1947 and was a lifelong member of Matagorda County. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two sons. Gilbert Ellis and Jerry Ellis. She is survived by two sons and three daughters-in-law, Jesse and Carolyn Ellis of Collegeport, Tommy and Pat Ellis of Palacios, and Dollee Ellis of Bacliff, TX; one sister, Ethel Williams of Bay City; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Thomas Holsworth, Mason Holsworth, Russell Corporon, Buddy Lenz, G. W. Franzen and Fred Law. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.
NICOLASA LARA Funeral services Nicolasa Lara, 64 of Blessing, were held March 12, 2006 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing. Mrs. Lara was born Dec. 6, 1941 in LaFeria, TX to the late Ataulfo Guerrero and Rosa Galvan Guerrero. She died March 9, 2006 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. She was a life long resident of Matagorda County and a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing. She is survived by her husband Cruz Lara, Jr. of Blessing; daughter, Cynthia "Cindy" Lara and fiancé Renee Guajardo of Blessing; sons and daughters-in-law Freddie and Maggie Lara of Blessing, Gary and Dana Lara of Bay City, Ricardo and Charlotte Lara of Blessing and Mario and Julie Lara of Blessing; sisters Maria Martinez of Blessing, Sylvia Rocha of Wharton, Ursula Longoria of Blessing and Zulema Rendon of Oklahoma; brothers Raul Guerrero of Santa Fe, Ataulfo Guerrero, Jr. of Palacios, Ramiro Guerrero of Palacios and Tiofilo Guerrero of Blessing; and grandchildren Rachel Lara, Gabriel Lara, Sarah Lara, Joshua Lara, Jessica Lara, Jacob Lara, Jordan Carrillo, Marisa Lara, Chelsea Perez, Nicholas Perez, Darrien Lara, and Abrea Lara. She was preceded in death by her sister Amalia Guerrero and her brother Ramon Guerrero. Pallbearers were Pete Lara, Jr., Raul Caballero, Ricky Galvan, Joshua Lara, Jordan Carrillo and Gabriel Lara. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Lara, Nicholas Perez, Robbie Galvan and Joey Lara. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.
MIKE G. LOSOYA Funeral services for Mike G. Losoya, 72, of Telephone, Tx. were held March 4, 2006 at Seventh and Main Baptist Church in Bonham, Tx. with the Rev. Don Gallatin officiating. Interment was at Forest Gove Cemetery in Telphone. Mr. Losoya was born April 10, 1933, in Midfield, Tx. to the late Estanislao and Felipa Gonzales Losoya. He died Feb. 23, 2006. He was a self-employed landscaper, served as a corporal in the U.S. Army, and is of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife, Mamie Losoya; daughter, Ruth McKinney of Paris, Tx.; sons, Mike S. Losoya of Round Rock, Tx., and Simon M. Losoya of Sherman, Tx.; sisters, Eloisa L. Yanez of Bay CIty, Tx., Vera L. Gutierrez of Houston, Tx., Leonor L. Aguilera of Van Vleck, Tx., Josie L. Tamez of Waxahachie, Tx., and Belle L. Castaneda and Adelfa L. Lucio, both of Markham, Tx.; brothers, Robert Losoya of Palacios, Tx. and Simon Losoya and Joe Losoya, both of Markham, Tx.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie L. Figueroa.
CHARLIE V. "BILL" WARN Funeral services for Charlie V. "Bill" Warn, 90, of Markham, Tx. were held March 3, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev's Paul Goodman and Lee Watson officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mr. Warn was born June 20, 1915 in Palacios, Tx. to the late Charlie and Myrtle Warn. He died March 1, 2006 at the Matagorda House Healthcare Center in Bay City. He was an employee for Matagorda Co. Precinct #4 for 32 years, and delivered the Daily Tribune for 25 years. His favorite activities were raising chickens and being an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Dora Troutman Warn of Markham, Tx.; daughters and sons-in-law: Helen and Buddy Pratt of Ft. Worth, Tx., Mary and D. L. Layton of Bay City, Tx., Dorothy and Henry Havel of West Columbia, Tx., and Lilly and Tony DiStasi of Kennedale, Tx.; son and daughter-in-law: Charles and Linda Warn of Kennedale, Tx.; 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Billy Warn; brothers Donald and Red Warn; and sisters Marg Hendly, Oma Raymond, and Myrtle Fletcher. Pallbearers were his grandsons: Charles Layton, Jeff Harvel, Mike Charron, Chuck Warn, Richard Hendry and Tony DiStasi.
CYRILL M. BABIK Funeral services for Cyrill M. Babik, 82, of Markham, were held Feb. 22, 2006 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Babik was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Frydeck, to the late Leopold Babik and Frances Chrastina. He died Feb. 18, 2006. He was a farmer and a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing and K.J.T. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his son, C.J. Babik Sr. of Markham; sister, Lilly Biskup of Bay City; brother, Jerry Babik of Bay City; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine DeSalvo Babik; daughters, Cecilia Babik and Mary Babik; and brother, Leo Babik. Memorials may be made to Hospice Support Inc. Arrangements were with Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.
ALBERT LANE LEGG Funeral services for Albert Lane Legg, 78, of Sweeny, Tx, were held Feb. 16, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck, Tx. Mr. Legg was born Aug. 8, 1927 in Bay City, Tx to the late Richard Hubert and Carrie Ethel Lowe Legg. He died Feb. 13, 2006. He grew up in Bay City and graduated from Bay City High School in 1945. Shortly after, he was inducted into the US Army and received his Honorable Discharge July, 1947. He was baptized at the age of seven in the First Baptist Church of Bay City, where he maintained his membership. He was employed by Phillips Petrochemical Refinery in Sweeny, TX for 37 years, retiring on Jan. 1, 1990. His most passionate hobby was his carpentry work which earned his side jobs. Albert was very proud of his grandchildren, and loved them all dearly. He was much loved as a husband, father and grandfather, and will be dearly missed by all. Mr. Legg is survived by his wife of 44 years, Barbara Turner Legg; daughters & sons-in-law: Donna Legg Wooten of Venus, Tx; and Melissa and Mark Rehak of Clear Lake, Tx; son: Brian Mark Legg of Houston; four sisters: Neva Myers Kelch of Amarillo; Norma McDonald and husband Gene; Margie Quinn and husband Rex; and Billie Suffling all of Bay City; brother: Luster Legg of Moxia, Tx; nine grandchildren: Crystal Green and Terry Hodge of Venus, Tx; Sean, Mark, Tyler and Nicole Legg of Houston; Brentley, Tristan, and Shaela Rehak of Clear Lake, Tx; three great-grandchildren: Kayla, Marshall, and Isiah of Venus, Tx; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is proceeded in death by his oldest brother, who was killed in WWII, Richard Byron Legg; a daughter: Karen Lynn Legg; granddaughter: Kaitlyn Brianne Rehak; and two brothers-in-law John Myers and Richard Suffling. Pallbearers were Terry Gibson, Sean Legg, Terry Hodge, Jimmy Turner, Brent Rehak, and Mark Legg. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
DUANE P. CORPORON Funeral services for Duane P. Corporon, 82 of Palacios, were held Feb. 16, 2006 at Palacios Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Craiker officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing with military honors under the auspices of VFW Post 2467 of Palacios. Mr. Corporon was born April 13, 1923 in Citrus Grove Community, Tx. to Percy Virgil Corporon and Lu Ellen Fox Corporon. He died Feb. 12, 2006 in Houston. He was a life-long resident of Matagorda County, a member of the Church of Christ of Palacios, a US Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, and a Life Member of VFW Post 2467 of Palacios. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Corporon of Palacios; daughter, Bonnie Carolyn Corporon of Palacios; sons, Kenneth Duane Corporon of Stafford, Tx. and Allen Neal Corporon of Liberty Hill, Tx.; brother, Larry Wayne Corporon of Houston; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers were Allen N. Corporon, Kenneth D. Corporon, Larry W. Corporon, Robert Nitsch, Brett Corporon, Carl Corporon and Victor Corporon.
PHYLLIS J. HOLLOWAY A memorial service for Phyllis J. Holloway, 57, of Rockport, Tx. were held Feb. 11, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios. Mrs. Holloway was born Feb. 8, 1948 in Waco, Tx to Johnnie and Alva Milton Rowton. She died Feb. 6, 2006 in Rockport. Before moving to Rockport ten years ago, she had been a resident of Palacios. She was a Laboratory Supervisor for Corpus Christi Women's Clinic in Corpus Christi, Tx. She is survived by her husband, Gerard Holloway of Rockport; daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Kevin Morrow of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and her mother, Johnnie Rowton of Palacios. She was preceded in death by her father, Alva Milton Rowton; and her brother, John M. "Butch" Rowton.
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.
DALLAS DELBERT TALLEY Funeral services for Dallas Delbert Talley, 69, of Beeville, Tx. were hled Jan. 25, 2006 at Galloway's Funeral Home in Beeville. Interment was at Glenwood Cemetery in Beeville. Mr. Talley was born Aug. 24, 1936 to Wanda Cox Talley Jones and Claude Talley. He died Jan. 22, 2006. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Pettus, Tx. and was a retired oil field serviceman. Mr. Talley is survived by his wife, Linda Sinclair Talley of Beeville; son and daughter-in-law Dale Wayne and Laura Talley and grandchildren Giselle, Brian and Claire of Daphne, Ala., daughter-in-law Sherry Talley and grandsons Jesse and Joey of San Antonio; sisters and brothers-in-law Sandra and Scott Clark of Beeville, and Shelley and Wade Newsom of Palacios; sister-in-law Sylvia Talley of Victoria and Millie Talley of Friendswood; nieces Nickelle Arteaga of Beeville, Cynthia Ley of Cuero, Rhonda Neubauer of Shiner, Shanon Whitfield of Cuero, Carol Cunningham of Mississippi, Cindy Gillen of Houston; and nephews Darrell Talley of Victoria, Randall Newsom of Kerrville and Ron Reese of Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Randy Jones, brother Billie Claude Talley and son Dallas Deen Talley. Pallbearers are Scott Clark, Wade Newsom, Darrell Talley, Rene Gonzales, Ron Reese, Bobby Neubauer, and Bobby Pargeman. Honorary pallbearers are the Men's Sunday School Class of the First Christian Church of Pettus.
MANUEL DAVID 'COON' RODRIGUEZ, SR. Funeral services for Manuel David 'Coon' Rodriguez, Sr., 59, of Palacios, were held Jan. 23, 2006 at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Rodriguez was born Oct. 21, 1946 in Palacios to the late Miguel and Eva Alvarado Rodriguez. He died Jan. 20, 2006. He was a shrimper and a Catholic. He is survived by sons Mark Rodriguez of Birmingham, Ala., Manuel David Rodriguez, Jr. of Dallas, and Johnny Lucio Rodriguez of Palacios; sisters Mary Ellen Flores and Mary Diaz, both of Palacios; brothers Michael Rodriguez and Johnny Rodriguez, both of La Porte, Tx.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements were with Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca.
BETTY JO SMITH Funeral services for Betty Jo Smith, 76, of Palacios, were held Jan. 23, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 3, 1929 in Taylor, Ark. to Urby and Hazel Teutsch. She passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 2006. Betty was a resident of Palacios since 1955. She was a longtime member of the Harmonie Club and was very active locally. She loved fishing, gardening and cooking especially gumbo. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jimmie L. Smith of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Beverly and Glenn Garcia of Palacios, and Cindy and Doug Reese of Kerrville, Tx.; grandchildren James, Tanya, William, Gene, Jessica and Haley; and brothers James Teutsch of Beaumont, Tx. and Charles Teutsch of Bay City, Tx. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Vista Care Hospice, 1001 Water St., Kerrville, Tx. 78028; the Alzheimer Association; and Friends of Elder Citizens, Palacios, Tx.
RUTH WINGATE Graveside services for Ruth Wingate, 65, of Palacios, were held Jan. 19, 2006 at the Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Wingate was born May 9, 1940 in Giddings, Texas to Charles and Irene Martha Daniels Redkey. She died Jan. 15, 2006. She had been a resident of Palacios since 1967. She is survived by three daughters, Ana Wingate of Hewitt, TX, Autumn Brand and Melissa Hart both of Lake Jackson; one brother, Malcomb Redkey of Austin; and six grandchildren. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012.
RAFEL H. ALDERETE Funeral services for Rafel H. Alderete, 64, of Palacios, were held Dec. 24, 2005 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Alderete was born Oct. 25, 1941 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Aurelio R. and Francesca Herrera Alderete. He died Dec. 23, 2005 at Citizen Memorial Hospital in Victoria, Tx. He was a resident of Palacios since 1951, a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and was the maintenance man for the Luther Hotel in Palacios. He is survived by his wife, Anita Adame Alderete of Palacios; son and daughter-in-law Jessie and Josie Adame of Angleton, Tx.; sisters and brothers-in-law Lina and Paul Gamino of Lake Jackson, Tx., Lola and Edward Vallejo of Rosenberg, Tx., Eva Alderete and Rosemary Alderete, both of Palacios; and grandchildren Jessica and Gabriel Adame of Angleton, Tx. He was proceeded in death by his sister, Anita Alderete, and brothers Aurelio Alderete, Jr. and George Alderete. Pallbearers were Richard and Phillip Vallejo, Paul and Frank Alderete, and Paul and Andrew Gamino. Honorary pallbearers were Frankie and Stephen Alderete. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
BONNIE JEAN McCLARY TAYLOR Bonnie Jean McClary Taylor, 52, of Austin, Texas passed from this earth into the arms of God on Jan. 7, 2006 free of her suffering after a prolonged struggle with endocrine carcinoma (cancer). Bonnie was born in El Campo, Tx. on Aug.t 25, 1953. She graduated from Victoria High School in 1971 and earned her degree in nursing from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi in 1974. For thirty years Bonnie demonstrated her caring and serving nature as a Registered Nurse. Her love for the Lord and for her family was evident to all who knew her well. Bonnie's friends will remember her for her encouraging words and spirit. She was devoted to her family and to her many brothers and sisters who shared her faith at Westover Hills Church of Christ. Though Bonnie was a precious sister to many who will miss her smiling face, she leaves behind a legacy of love and service that will continue to touch the lives of others through those of us who knew her. Bonnie leaves behind her husband of 21 years, Doug Taylor, and is survived by her two sons, Wyatt and Mason, her parents, Homer and Rosemarie McClary, and brother, John McClary all of Austin, Tx. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staffs of Austin Heart, Lone Star Oncology, St. David's Hospital and Hospice Austin who were all so loving and supportive of Bonnie and her family during her illness. Thank you! Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, at Cooke-Walden Chapel of the Hills at 9700 Anderson Mill Road. Funeral services will be conducted by Rick McCall at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at Westover Hills Church of Christ at 8332 Mesa Drive (across from Anderson High School). Serving as pallbearers are Charlie Hejl, Steve Baker, Archie Johnson, Brian Wilds, Terry Melle, and Dudley Lightsey. Memorial contributions may be made to World Bible School, 3441 Lime Creek Road, Cedar Park, Texas 78613 or to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78759.
LANA JEAN BICKHAM MOODY Funeral services for Lana Jean Bickham Moody, 50, of Lake Jackson, Tx., were held Jan. 2, 2006 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Palacios with Reverands Dan Meaders and Louis Rush officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Moody was born Aug. 29, 1955 in Palacios to Houston Lemley and Aline Broussard Bickham. She died Dec. 29, 2005 at Kindred Bay Area Hospital in Pasadena, Tx. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, a resident of Lake Jackson the past two years and a former longtime resident of Palacios. She was a 1973 graduate of Palacios High School, and attended Atlantic City Community College. She is survived by her husband Michael Harold Moody of Freeport, Tx.; daughter and son-in-law Jana Danielle and Kevin Wade Bayless of Lake Jackson; mother, Aline Broussard Bickham of Palacios; brother and sisters-in-law Melvin Ray and Shirley Bickham of Moss Point, MS, and Bobby Louis and Nancy Bickham of Dickinson, Tx.; sisters and brothers-in-law Maxine Aline Travers of League City, Tx., Diana Susan and Scotty Moehrig, Debra "Debbie" Gail and Billy Cowan all of Bay City; brother-in-law Daniel "Dan" Booker Meaders; grandsons Keith "Wade" and Kamren Hunter Bayless both of Lake Jackson; 18 nieces and nephews; 27 great-nieces and great-nephews; one great-great nephew; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father H. L. Bickham; sister Betty Mae Meaders; and nephew Melvin Ray Bickham, Jr. Pallbearers were her nephews Carl Bickham, Troy Travers, Tracy and Todd Childers, Jason Sciba, and Tres and Joel Ansley. Honorary pallbearer was her son-in-law, Kevin Bayless. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
MANUEL de JESUS TOBIAS Funeral services for Manuel de Jesus Tobias, 75, of Palacios, were held Dec. 31, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios. Burial was at Palacios Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of Veterans of Foreign Wars - Queen Hamlin Post No. 2467. Mr. Tobias was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Olivia, to the late Julio and Maria Rocha Tobias. He died Dec. 27, 2005. He was a retired master plumber, a veteran of Korean War, U.S. Army, Private First Class, Corp. of Engineers/COBAT Engineers, former Matagorda County Constable Pct. No. 3, a member of Trailriders Association, American Legion, Fraternity of Eagles, and the American G.I. Forum. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Martino Tobias; daughter, Mary Bassett of Palacios, sons, Manuel Thomas Tobias and Julio Martin Tobias, both of Houston; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements were with Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.
RUTH ANN LOFTIN A memorial service for Ruth Ann Koss Loftin, 61, of Palacios (Tres-Palacios Community) will be held at 10 a.m. Friday Dec. 30, 2005 at her residence, 105 Sickle Bill, Tres-Palacios Community. Mrs. Loftin was born Sept. 8, 1944, in Houston, to the late Roland and Jennie Florance Sweeten Koss. She died Dec. 26, 2005. She is survived by her husband, Roy Loftin; sons, Dennis Wayne Loftin and Timothy Edward Loftin, both of Palacios; and three grandchildren. Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.
HERMAN JOSEPH LANDRY Funeral services for Herman Joseph Landry, 84, of Palacios, were held Dec. 21, 2005 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Sam Appiasi officiating. Mr. Landry was born April 27, 1921 in Abbyville, Louisiana to Anitus and Anita Ledet Landry. He died Dec. 17, 2005. He was a resident of Blessing for 10 years prior to moving to Palacios, a member of St. Peters Catholic Church and a veteran of WWII. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Pat Landry of Palacios; sisters Dot Nelson of Brazoria and Joyce Hargraves of Arkansas; brothers Norman Landry of Freeport and Earl Landry of Jones Creek; grandchildren Jodi Matt of Sugarland and Shane Landry of College Station; and great-grandson Wesley Landry of Palacios. Pallbearers include Jose Savala, Norman John Landry, Greg Nelson, Paul Louviere, Chris Nelson and Danny Croft. Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church or the Palacios Health Care Center. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. 361-972-2012.
VIRGINIA GATICA CANTU Funeral services for Virginia Gatica Cantu, 48, of Palacios, were held Dec. 17, 2005 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Cantu was born July 30, 1957, in Palacios, to the late Monico and Carmen Chavez Gatica. She died Dec. 15, 2005. She was a registered nurse at Matagorda General Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Juan Martin Cantu; daughters Christina Cantu and Katherine Cantu, both of Palacios; sons Juan Martin Cantu Jr., Jack Lee Gillett Jr. and James Barbour Gillett, all of Palacios; sisters Mary Yanes of Rockdale, Aurora Lopez of Baytown, and Rosie Herrera and Janie Arroyo, both of Palacios; and brothers Bobby Gatica of League City, Tony Gatica of Pasadena, and Mike Gatica and Marcus Gatica, both of Palacios. She was preceded in death by: sister, Paulene Gatica; and brother, Gabriel Gatica. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, 361-972-2012.
LAURYN TANNER LYNCH Memorial services for Lauryn Tanner Lynch of Murfreesboro, TN were held Nov. 28, 2005 at Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro with Bro. Thomas Lynch officiating. Mrs. Lynch was born Dec. 14, 1969 in Palacios to Joe and Joyce Tanner. She died Nov. 24, 2005 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. A loving and devoted homemaker and mother, Mrs. Lynch grew up in Palacios and received her Associate in Arts degree from Wharton County Junior College in 2001. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Michael Lynch, her son, Keith Krug and a brother, Tyrone Tanner. Arrangements were with Woodfin Funeral Chapel (615) 893-5151.
BEULAH LEORA CARRICK Funeral services for Beulah Leora Carrick, 93, of Texas City, Tx. were held Nov. 23, 2005, at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Tx. Mrs. Carrick was born Aug. 13, 1912 in Broaddus, Tx. She died Nov. 19, 2005 in Houston, Tx. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mainland Church of Christ in Texas City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman R. Carrick; brothers Littleton Harvey and Early Harvey; sisters Olga Sawyer and Marceline Mull; nephew Leonard Harvey; and niece Jackie Lynn Backus. Mrs. Carrick is survived by her brother, Ramon Harvey and his wife, Alice; nephews Chris Harvey and wife, Traci, Damon Harvey and wife, Veronica, Robin Harvey and Dean Harvey; sister-in-law, Johnnie Lee Harvey; nieces and nephews, Dennis Harvey, Laura Marie Clayburn, Rosemary Williams, James Ray Harvey, Glen Eddie Harvey, Wendy Lou Spiegel, and Johnny Earl Harvey. In memory of Mrs. Carrick, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
GABRIEL ANTONIO VELASCO PEREZ Funeral services for Gabriel Antonio Velasco Perez, 29, of Palacios, were held Nov. 18, 2005 at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial wasl at Tequexquitla Municipal Cemeterio in Carmen Tequexquitla Tlaxcala Oaxaca, Mexico. Mr. Perez was born Aug. 18, 1976, in Santo Domingo Teoxlomulco Sola De Vega, Oaxaca, Mexico to Telesforo Antonio and Maria Velasco Perez. He died Nov. 13, 2005. He was a painter and sandblaster for Palacios Shipyard, Inc. and a Catholic. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Reyna Antonio Velasco, Santo Domingo Teoxlomulco Sola De Vega, Oaxaca, Mexico; brothers, Hulfrano Antonio Velasco and Luciano Antonio Velasco, both of Santo Domingo Teoxlomulco Sola De Vega, Oaxaca, Mexico. Arrangements were with Atero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-5300.
JAMES ROBERT WILSON, SR. Funeral services for James Robert Wilson, Sr., 79 of Palacios, were held Nov. 14, 2005 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Wilson officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Wilson was born March 28, 1929 in Calvert, TX to Theodore William Wilson and Naoma McNeally Wilson. He died Nov. 11, 2005. He was a long time resident of Palacios and Victoria and a member of the Nazarene Chuch. A 38-year law enforcement veteran, he retired as Chief of Police of the City of Palacios Police Dept in Aug. 1985 after having held that position for 11 years. He had previously been with the Matagorda County Sheriff's Dept. for 10 years. He had also operated Wilson's Grocery Store in Palacios. He is survived by his wife, Alma Jo Tippett Wilson of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Pam and Garry Seaman of Palacios, and Ruth and Ray Dody of Austin; brothers Tom and Eugene Wilson of Victoria; and grandchildren James Seaman, Garry Seaman, Jr. and Michelle Janise Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore W. and Naoma Wilson; and by his son James Robert Wilson, Jr. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.
EPITACIO "TACHO" LANDEROS Funeral mass for Epitacio "Tacho" Landeros, 62, of Palacios, were held Nov. 8, 2005 at St. Anthony dePadua Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment will follow attttt Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Landeros was born July 9, 1943 at Torreon, Coah., Mexico to the late Manual and Virginia Cervantes Landeros. He died Nov. 6, 2005. A Catholic, he was employed by Ace Hardware. Survivors include the widow, Pola Gatica Landeros; step-daughters, Betty Sampogna, Minnie Rival, Eva Rivas Luna, Emma Garcia, all of Palacios; and Esther Rivas and Janie Rivas, both of Houston; step-son Daniel Rivas of Palacios and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Alice Rivas, and a step-son, Adam Rivas. Pallbearers are Ephran Longoria, Gabriel Longoria, Martin Suniga, Sid Lopez, Oscar Garcia and Hector Ramos. Artero Memorial Chapels of Port Lavaca was in charge of arrangements.
MARY VIRGINIA DISMUKES Graveside services for Mary Virginia Dismukes 85, of Palacios, were hled Nov. 7, 2005 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Miss Dismukes was born Dec. 22, 1919 in Palacios to the late James and Rosalee Liedorff Dismukes. She died Nov. 4, 2005 at her residence. Miss Dismukes was a life long resident of Palacios, a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and a member of the Catholic Daughters. She was a former longtime employee of the Palacios Beacon and then served as secretary for the Matagorda County Pct. 3 Commissioner's office for many years. She is survived by her nephew James Dismukes of Houston; and sister-in-law Lois Dismukes of Palacios. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.
ODESSA M. HUNT Funeral services for Odessa M. Hunt, 81, of Bay City, were held Oct. 12, 2005 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Sassman officating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Hunt was born Oct. 18, 1923 in Jamestown, TX to the late James Knox and Nellie Gray Moore. She died Oct. 9, 2005 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. Mrs. Hunt was a resident of Bay City the past five years and a former 50 year resident of Palacios. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church of Palacios. She is survived by daughters Mary Gregory of Grandbury, Tx., Eva Crenshaw and Linda Baker both of Bay City, Tx.; son John Wesley Hunt of Edna, Tx.; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband William W. Hunt; sisters Aliene Morgan and Dolly Gaspard; and brothers Loy, Marcus, and Raleigh Moore. Pallbearers were Russell and Bill Morgan, Bobby Berger, Chipper Holt, and Tommy and Paul Hunt. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2909 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77025-9992. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, (361)972-2012.
DAVID GAIL STONESTREET, SR. Graveside funeral services for David Gail Stonestreet, Sr., 74, of Blessing, were held Oct. 13, 2005 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mr. Stonestreet was born Dec. 21, 1930 in Abbyville, KS to David and Ellen Copenhaven Stonestreet. He died Oct. 10, 2005 in Victoria, Tx. He was a resident of Matagorda County for the past 21 years, a U. S. Marine veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electricians Local #716 of Houston, and a retired industrial electrician. He is survived by his wife, Martha Waites Stonestreet of Blessing; son David Gail Stonestreet, Jr. and wife Colby of Blessing; and grandson Drake Lee Stonestreet of Blessing. Arrangement were with Palacios Funeral Home.
JACKSON BEAUMONT CORGEY Memorial services for Jackson Beaumont Corgey, 77, of Palacios, were held Oct. 14, 2005 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. James Collins officiating. Mr. Corgey was born Jan. 30, 1928 in Houston, TX to the late William Corgey and Hilda Beaumont Corgey. He died Oct. 9, 2005 in Houston. He was a resident of Palacios since 1990, a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios and was retired from Analog of Tyler, TX. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and Korea. He is survived by his wife Virginia Corgey of Palacios; daughters Kimble Coleen Luman of Round Rock, Tx. and Alexa Grace Hinds and husband Martin of Pflugerville, Tx.; son, William Burtis Corgey of Austin; sisters Dayna Claire Adair of Beeville, Tx. and Sophia "Tootsie" Schulze of Granite Shoals, Tx.; grandchildren Jordan and Jarah Luman, Sara and Jackson Corgey, and Kolyma and Abbi Hinds; and great-grandchild Novaly Luman. He was preceded in death by his sister, Billie Coleen Corgey; and an aunt, Gladys Monica Beaumont. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.
ALTA SAVAGE COX Funeral services for Alta Savage Cox, 84, of Carthage, Tx. were held. Oct. 10, 2005 at Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. W.C. "Bill" Everett officiating. Graveside services were held Oct. 11 at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs.Cox was born Dec. 29, 1920, in Yokum. She died Oct. 8, 2005 in Longview, Tx. She and her husband owned and operated a shrimp boat in Palacios for many years. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and loved to sew, quilt, and play "88," although her greatest joy came from serving others. Survivors include her sister, Emmabel Goolsby.
DOROTHY MAE BREWER Funeral services for Dorothy Mae Brewer, 73, of Palacios, were held Oct. 7, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Bob Hairston officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mrs. Brewer was born March 9, 1932 in Giddings, Tx. to the late Charles and Irene Martha Daniels Redkey. She died Oct. 3, 2005 at her residence. She had been a resident of Palacios since 1967 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Giddings. She is survived by her husband, John H. Brewer of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Martha Wootan and Robert McEntire of Palacios, and Tina Brewer and Brent Matura of Bay City; sons and daughters-in-law Lynyard and Marty Wootan of Kilgore, Tx., David and Elsa Wootan of Richland, WA, Jeffrey Wootan of Houston, and Gina and John H. Brewer II of Palacios; sister Ruth Wingate of Palacios; brother Malcomb Redkey of Austin; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruby Pierce. Pallbearers were Charlie Michalik, Lanny Gillette, Troy Richie, Jay Pierce, Tim Redkey and Charles Redkey. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
FRANCES ADAIR HAAS Funeral services for Frances Adair Haas, 93, of Bay City were held Oct. 6, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City with Rev. Don Storey officating. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Oakland Cemetery in Navasota, Tx. Mrs. Haas was born Sept. 15, 1912 in Union Town, Alabama to Gordon Cunningham and Weir Lessie Cunningham. She died Oct. 2, 2005 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City. She had been a resident of Bay City for 10 years and was a member of the Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Norma and George L. Parsley of Palacios; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Josephine Wallis of New Iberia, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Nancy Crawford and husband, Lonnie of Fairfield, Ohio, Virginia Sanders and husband, Perry of Boerne, Texas, Charlene Garcia and husband, Joe of Bay City, George Parsley, Jr of Austin, and Linda McGill and husband, John of Hearne, Texas; and by four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Haas; sisters, Lessie Cheffield and Ida Mae Swank; and brother, Robert Cunningham. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.
RUSSELL LYNN CLAXTON Memorial services for Russell Lynn Claxton , 48, of Houston, were held Oct. 5, 2005 at Settegast-Kopf. Co., in Houston, Tx. Mr. Claxton was born June 29, 1957 in Walnut Ridge, AR to Mary Sue Claxton and the late Lowell Claxton. He died Oct. 2, 2005. He is survived by his mother, Mary Sue Claxton; a sister, Brenda Claxton of Houston; and three brothers, Donny Claxton of Corpus Christi, Michael Claxton, and Chris Claxton, both of Bay City. Mr. Claxton is proceded in death by his father Lowell Claxton, and nephew, Kevin Claxton. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Tx 77210.
ZARAGOZA G. SALINAS Funeral services for Zaragoza Gonsalez Salinas, 92, of Palacios were held Oct. 3, 2005 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. He was born August 17, 1913 in Benavidas, TX to Mauricio Gonsalez Salinas and Bartola Gonsalez Salinas. He died Oct. 1, 2005. He was a resident of Palacios since 1936, a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife Maria Salinas of Palacios; daughter Mary Ann Zuniga of Santa Fe; sons Alvin M. Salinas of Bay City and James Edward Salinas of San Antonio; sister Nieves Salinas Samora of Richmond; brother Mauricio Salinas of Palacios; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife: Bernice Leach Salinas; by his sons Zaragoza G. "Charlie" Salinas, Jr. and Christopher Salinas; sisters Maria Trevino and Frances Cunningham; brothers Jesus "Red" Salinas, Santos Salinas and Jose Salinas; 5 infant siblings; and grandson Robert Carlos Salinas. Pallbearers were Fernando Aguilar, Jr., Juan Aguilar, Antonio Chavez, Justin Hargett, William Hargett, Edward Salinas, and Mark Salinas. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
JEAN H. KENNEDY Jean H. Kennedy, 90, died Sept. 24, 2005 at her residence in Indianapolis. She was a former resident of Palacios, TX and Philadelphia, PA. Mrs. Kennedy was born on April 18, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA to Edward and Anna (Behl) Mulvihill. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios, TX. Mrs. Kennedy loved to read and play bingo. Survivors include: sons: Patrick J. Walsh of Warrington, PA and Edward Walsh of Ft. Worth, TX; daughter, Kathleen M. Price of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. Mrs. Kennedy was preceded in death by her husbands, Patrick J. Walsh and Robert T. Kennedy; son, Robert B. Kennedy and brother, Edward H. Mulvihill A memorial mass will be held at a later date and burial will take place in Pennsylvania. Condolences maybe directed to the family at www.wilsonstpierre.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Cremation Society of Indiana.
H. B. HOWARD Funeral services for H. B. Howard, 96, of Palacios, were held Sept. 20, 2005 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Midfield Cemetery. Mr. Howard was born Feb. 24, 1909 in Goose Rock, Clay Co., KY to the late Jesse and Elizabeth Asher Howard. He died Sept. 17, 2005 at his residence. He was a resident of Palacios the past 10 years, a former resident of Point Comfort, and Mexia, TX, and was a member of the Point Comfort Assembly Of God Church. He was the owner and operator of the Howard Oil Company in Mexia, TX. He is survived by daughter-in-law Gerry Howard of Palacios; brothers E. C. Howard of Okmulgee, OK and Caleb Howard of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren Thomas Dale, Stephen Lynn, Randall Dale, and Charles Alfred Howard, Teresa Carter, Nancy Lee and Patricia Howard; 14 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years Hazel Howard in October 2003; sons Kenneth Dale and Charles Alfred Howard; sisters Ophie Morgan, Alice Markley, Florence Fisher, and Laura Bowling; and brothers: Israel, John, Lee, and Daw William Howard. Pallbearers were Thomas Dale, Randall, and Kenneth Howard, David Roberts, Jonathan Lee, and Charles Alfred Howard, Jr. Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church of Point Comfort, TX. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home.
CLARENCE TOLLESON Clarence 'Sam' Tolleson, 75, of Palacios, died Sept. 16, 2005. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Blessing Community Center. Mr. Tolleson was born July 12, 1930 in Palacios to the late Thomas Argyle and Lucy Ophelia Norris Tolleson. He was in the Navy from 1948-51, serving in the Korean War. He retired from Alcoa and was a heavy crane operator overseas and at the South Texas Nuclear Project. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Tolleson; daughters Lisa Perez of Ganado and Kim Kieler of Wharton; stepdaughter Sandy Williams of Blessing; son Jeffrey Tolleson of Blessing; stepson James Williams of Blessing; sisters Bobbie Brune and Carolyn Mertz of Palacios; brother Billy Tolleson of Camp Wood; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
ERNETTE C. SANFORD Funeral services for Ernette C. Sanford, 89, of Palacios, were held Sept. 17, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev's Ray Wells and Clint Harris officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Sanford was born on Oct. 16, 1915 in Natchitoches, LA to the late Ernest Franklin and Olah Case Courtney. She died Sept. 15, 2005 at her resident. She grew up in Shreveport and graduated from Fair Park High School in 1932 at the age of 16. She then went to Louisiana Tech and graduated in 1936 with a degree in business. She taught school for several years, including one year in Guatemala. In 1941 she moved to Galveston, TX to get her medical technology training. While in school in Galveston she met a medical student, E. B. Sanford. They were married at the Methodist Temple in Port Arthur on Oct. 17, 1941. The coming of WW II changed their lives drastically. After graduation E. B. joined the US Army Medical Corps, and Ernette moved with him to Des Moines, IA and then to Atlantic City, NJ. In 1946 they settled in Palacios and started a medical practice together on the second story of the old Feather Building on Main Street. She was a teacher, a laboratory technician, and a mother. Mrs. Sanford was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios and a resident of Palacios for 59 years. She also was a former member of the Harmony Club and Wednesday Bridge Club. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Susan and Rufus Lewis of Rockport, TX; sons and daughters-in-law John and Hope Sanford of Buda, TX, and Charles and Cindy Sanford of Missouri City, TX; and grandchildren Candace Robbins and husband Steve, Nicholas, Samuel, Matthew, Daniel, and John David Sanford. Pallbearers were Ted Bates, Jr., Don Hyett, Samuel, Matthew, Nicholas, and Daniel Sanford. Honorary Pallbearers were Roy Price, Dr. Ed Ferrell, John David Sanford, and Scott Trull. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Palacios, Palacios Library, or the Matagorda Co. Nature Center, Bay City, TX. The family would especially like to thank Mary Ann Price, Hope Guerrero, and Linda Contreras for the love, support, and care given to Mrs. Sanford. They were great friends and care who provided ease in her final years. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
ROBERT "BOBBY" SCHNEIDER Funeral services for Robert "Bobby" Schneider, 76, of Palacios, were held Sept. 14, 2005 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Guy Public Cemetery in Guy, Tx. Mr. Schneider was born Jan. 12, 1929 in Needville, TX to Robert and Valasta Baca Schneider. He died Sept. 11, 2005 at Gulf Coast Medical Center. A resident of Palacios for 53 years, he was a member of the Alcoa 25 Year Club; the Palacios Trail Riders Association and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife, Margaret "Margie" Jakubec Schneider of Palacios; by five sons and four daughters-in-law Robert "Tiger" Schneider, Jr. of Palacios, Randy and Teresa Schneider of Victoria, Russell and Jan Schneider of Palacios, Ray and Darlene Schneider of Bay City and Ronnie and Kelly Schneider of Palacios; a sister, Madelline "Matsy" Schultz of Edna; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Willie Mae Horlicia and Noni Stavinoha; and brothers Elo and Alvin Schneider. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd, Suite 1010, Rockville MD 20852-9813 or to American Diabetes Association, 500 N. Shoreline, Suite 610, Corpus Christi, TX 78471.
LIDDIE ZEMANEK PAVELKA Graveside services for Liddie Zemanek Pavelka, 92, of Dallas, were heldSept. 14, 2005, at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mrs. Pavelka was born Jan. 8, 1913 in Guy, Tex. to Josef and Kristina Huff Zemanek. She died Sept. 10, 2005 at her home in Dallas. She is survived by her sisters, Martha Johnston, Sidney Bridewell, brother Joe Zemanek and wife Maurine, Victor's wife, Lydia and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, and brother, Victor Zemanek. Liddie was a Sokol Gymnast under her father's instruction for 12 years. She graduated Salutatorian from Blessing High School and later from Shamburger Business College in Dallas. Liddie moved to Dallas at the age of 17. She worked for Louis B. Hosek as secretary and continued her gymnastics instruction. In 1933 she began working for General Electric Lamp Department retiring 30 years later as secretary/ assistant to the District Manager. In 1959, James and Liddie founded Prudential Air Conditioning, Inc., which operated for 12 years. James was President and Liddie was Secretary/Treasurer. They retired at the age of 57 and enjoyed retirement for 26 years. Liddie was a member of Dallas Krouzek Circle of Czech Women for 35 years, Ennis Sewing Circle for 30 years, and Professional Secretary Chapter of Dallas for 48 years. Liddie was an avid reader. She loved flowers and animals. She lived as a spirited, independent, and self®Ęsufficient person. She will be greatly missed, but her love, kindness, and generosity to others will be remembered always. She was at peace her last days and was ready to be with the Lord when He called. She wished to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, phone calls, and visits during her illness. Special thanks to her caregivers: Nieces Linda Waldo and Cathy VandenEykel, brother Joe Zemanek, sister Sidney Bridewell, friend Paul Bilger, and Eunice Denenga. She thanks her special friends Freddy and Connie Schweizer, Elli Garrison, Esther and Bob Cunningham, and Micki Conway for participating in her life. Pallbearers were nephews Victor Joe Zemanek, John Zemanek, Robert Zemanek, Jerry Zemanek, David Bridewell and Jim Snyder. Honorary pallbearers were Rick Waldo, Ike VandenEykel, Ray Snow, Mark Nunley and Ernie Joe Huff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: SPJST Fraternal Organization, Library, Archives, and Museum P.O. Box 100, Temple, Texas 76503.
BOBBY JEAN BRADEN Funeral services for Bobby Jean Braden, 79, of Port Lavaca, were held Sept. 12, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Port Lavaca with Rev. Mike Gresham officiating. Interment was at Port Lavaca Cemetery. Mrs. Braden was born July 29, 1926 in Palacios to the late John W. and Roberta Partain Richards. She died Sept. 9, 2005. Bobby Jean grew up with six brothers and sisters on the main street of Palacios in a house filled with music. As a teenager she worked at Camp Hulen during World War II and was later employed at the bank in Palacios. In 1949 she went to work for Alcoa where she met LeRoy Braden. The married in 1959 and she became a homemaker and mother of two daughters. Her life was filled with their many travels, good friends, family, music at the First Baptist Church and a strong love for her grandchildren. Those who knew her will always remember a smile on her face. She is survived by her husband, LeRoy Braden; daughters and sons-in-law Robbie and Harry Elrod of Pittsburgh, PA and Kim and Adam Leissner of San Antonio; grandchildren Braden Elrod of Waco, Kevin Elrod and Lauren Elrod of Pittsburgh; step-children Russ Elrod and wife Amy and their daughter Emma of Conway, AR and Ryan Elrod of Austin; brother Joe Richards of El Campo; and sister Ginger McKay of Kerrville. Pallbearers were Ron Sells, David Evins, Joe Richards, Tony Smith, Bobby Partain and Ryan Elrod. The family would like to thank Dr. Bunnell and nursing staff at Memorial Medical Center. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 902 Calhoun, Port Lavaca, TX 77979 or the American Red Cross. Arrangements were with Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home in Port Lavaca.
LAURA SHAKE LONGORIA Funeral services for Laura Shake Longoria, 38, of Palacios, were held Sept. 5, 2005 at Agape Family Outreach Church in Palacios with Rev. Eric D. Young officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Longoria was born Feb. 6, 1967, in Palacios, to Barbara Garza Shake of Palacios and to the late Joseph Shake. She died in a car accident Agu. 30, 2005. She was a self-employed wholesale shrimper. She is survived by her husband, Vincent Longoria Sr. of Palacios; daughters Rayni Longoria and Meghan Longoria, both of Palacios; sons Vincent Longoria Jr., Nicholas Longoria, Joseph Longoria, Alec Longoria, and Timothy Longoria, all of Palacios; sisters Jackie Stierwald of Diamond Head, Miss., and Michelle Garza Beemen, of Biloxi, Miss.; and brother Johnny Rodriguez of Palacios. Arrangements are with Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.
ROBERT WAYNE KILLGORE Funeral services for Robert Wayne Killgore, 51, of Spring, Tx. were held at Aug. 26, 2005 at Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home in Houston, with his aunt, La Nita Slaughter, officiating. Mr. Killgore was born July 4, 1954 in Coronado Island, San Diego County, Ca. to Eugene and Doris Killgore. He died Aug. 23, 2005 in his home in Spring. He attended school in Palacios, Tx. Mr. Killgore is survived by his wife of 25 years Deborah Ann Killgore of Spring, Tx.; two daughters Kelly Marie Killgore of Austin and Christa Lynn Killgore of Spring, Tx.; by his mother Doris Killgore Harrison of Palacios; and by one brother Richard Lee Killgore of Sabine Pass, Tx. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
GEORGE SPARKS Funeral services for George Sparks, 83, of Palacios, were held Aug. 25, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ray Wells officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mr. Sparks was born Sept. 26, 1921 in Waco, Tx. to Ernest C. and Jennie West Sparks. He died Aug. 20, 2005. He attended high school in Blanco, TX and graduated from A&M University with a BA and Masters degrees in Agriculture Education. He taught Agriculture for ten years before becoming a rice farmer and rancher near Palacios in 1958. During World War II he served in the US Army as a First Lt. in the 54th Armored Infantry, 18th Division. On Nov. 27, 1944 his squad was captured by the Germans during the battle at the Siegfried Line. After five months as a P.O.W., he was liberated by the American troops on April 29, 1945. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Beulah Mae (Gunter) Sparks of Palacios; a sister, Mary M. Hickman of Midland; a nephew, Jack Hickman of Midland; nieces Shirley (Gunter) Kelly of Ganado and Joyce (Gunter) Bannerot of Austin; great-niece Rachel Hickman of Midland; great-nephews Travis Rogers of San Diego, CA and Gunter Kelly of Ganado; and sister-in-law Willie M. Simpson of Ganado. Pallbearers will be Gene Allen, Alton Nelsen, Dean Kubecka, Sonny Johs, Joe Ray Beard and John Toellner. Honorary pallbearers are the Palacios Lions Club and United Methodist Men. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 209 Lucas, Palacios, TX 77465. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.
CLAIRE JOY LUTHER FINDLEY Funeral services for Claire Joy Luther Findley, 75, of Tilden, Tx. were held Aug. 22, 2005 at First United Methodist Church in Palacios. Internment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Findley on Jan. 29, 1930 to the late Elsie and Charles Luther. She died Aug. 17, 2005 in Tilden. Following the death of her parents, she took over operation of the Luther Hotel in Palacios. She is survived by her husband, jack Findley, of Tilden; daughter Louise Dilworth Davis and husband Tom of San Antonio; four grandchildren in San Antonio; brother Charles Luther and wife Donna Rose of Katy, Tx.; aunt Marian Callaway Perkins and husband Sam of San Marino, CA.; and well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Colwell Dilworth; and sons James Colwell Dilworth and Randolph Mason Dilworth. Arrangements were with Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton, Tx. Anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at hurleyfuneralhome.com.
MARILYN 'ASH' WILSON Funeral services for Marilyn "Ash" Wilson, 63, of Palacios, were held Aug. 15, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. A graveside funeral service was held at Gonzales Masonic Cemetery in Gonzales, Tx. Mrs. Wilson was born March 4, 1942 in Baytown, TX to the late Herman and Ruth Marie Burns Ash. She died Aug.t 10, 2005 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Palacios, a resident of Palacios the past 2-1/2 years and a former longtime resident of Dallas. She was a member of the Palacios Chamber of Commerce, Palacios Area Historical Association and a board member beginning in 2005, incoming Athena Club president, and Century Club member of Friends of the Palacios Library. She organized the Red Hat Ladies, was a volunteer at the Palacios Community Medical Center and was a school mentor. She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law: Ranelle Fowler of Dallas, TX, Eve and John Watson of Woodstock, GA, and Sarentha and Rob Kessler of Palacios; step-son Greg Wilson of Austin; step-daughter Amy Wilson both of Austin, TX; brother Paul Ash of Baytown, TX; and six grandchildren: Jake Wilson of Takoma Park, MD, Audry, Timothy and Daisy Kessler all of Palacios, and Matthew and Hanna Watson of Woodstock, GA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Wilson. Pallbearers were David Harrup, Boogie Davis, Wayne Dodd, Charles Bailey, Don Landry, Rodney Girndt, Jake Wilson and Dale Seaman. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Palacios, TX 77465. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361)972-2012.
FAY MARIE POHL HARR Funeral services for Fay Marie Pohl Harr, 72, of Palacios, Tx., were held Aug. 11, 2005 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Don Storey officating. Graveside services were held Aug. 12 at Brownsville Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Brownsville, Tx. Mrs. Harr was born Sept. 23, 1932 in Fort Worth, TX to the late Lee William and Dicy Marie Wilson Pohl. She went to be with the Lord after a lengthy illness on Aug. 9, 2005 at the Palacios Healthcare Center in Palacios. Fay Marie was a longtime resident of Palacios and Brownsville, Tx. She grew up and went to school in Brownsville, participating there in the nationally recognized marching band. Music retained a special place in her life for many years afterward. She was a public school teacher, a homemaker, and helped operate a small business with her husband. She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Terri Curtis, Sherri and Greg Seaman all of Palacios; Cindy and Mark Krause of Olivia, Tx; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Thomas Lee and Barbara Harr of LaFeria, Tx, and Charles Harr of Brownsville, Tx; brothers Lee Wayne Pohl of Eureka Springs, AR, and Marshall Pohl of Harlingen, Tx; grandchildren Melanie Harr and Susan Harr both of McAllen, Tx, Heather Curtis of Brownsville, Kristan Harr of Palacios, Jon Barron of Lake Jackson, Tx, Leslie Barron and Kevin Krause both of Port Lavaca, and Kyle and Zachary Seaman both of Palacios; and great-granddaughter Calista Harr of McAllen, Tx. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2909 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77025-9992 or to the Gideon's Memorial Fund. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX (361) 972-2012.
MARY LUCIO Funeral services Mary Lucio, 48, of Wadsworth, were held Aug. 10, 2005 at Rhema Fellowship in Bay City with the Rev. Dan Villereal officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Wharton. She was born Sept. 13, 1956 in Wharton to Juanita Pecina Pena and the late Luciano Pena. She was called by our Heavenly Father on Aug. 7, 2005. She had many passions in her life including singing and dancing. She fulfilled many dreams during her short stay on this earth. One of her biggest passions in life was her grandchildren, Andrew and Allyson Lucio who she will be greatly missed by. Her family was her world, but the biggest passion of all was her love for the Lord Jesus Christ. She is survived by her beloved husband, Joe Lucio, Sr.; sons Joey Lucio and wife Shauna,of Markham, and Steven Lucio of Bay City; and daughter Desi Reed and husband, Jeff, of Bay City. She was preceded in death by her father, Luciano Pena; and father-in-law Abel Balli Lucio. Pallbearers were John Pena, Ernest Pena, Eugene Pena, Abel Lucio, Gilbert Lucio and Johnny Lucio.
FRANK (Sonny) CHARLES KRUSE Graveside services for Frank "Sonny" Charles Kruse, 80, of Palacios, were Aug. 10, 2005 at Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Robert LeBlanc officiating. Mr. Kruse was born Aug. 26, 1924 in Yoakum, Tx. to the late John William Franklin and Sadie Mae DeDear Kruse. He died Aug. 6, 2005 at Palacios Health Care Center. Sonny was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Palacios and a life-long resident of Palacios. He serviced in the U. S. Air Force during WWII and the Korean War. He is survived by two sons, Willie Kruse of Brazoria, Tx. and Robert Kruse of Taylor, Tx.; brothers James Kruse and Clarence Kruse of Palacios; granddaughter Tanya Lie; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Cora LaVerne Edwards, and his brother, Weldon Roy Kruse. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
LYDIA MARKWARDT WICKHAM ADKINS Funeral services for Lydia Markwardt Wickham Adkins, 98, of Orange, Tx., were held Aug. 7, 2005 at the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Herlacher of the Charismatic Espiscopal Church in Denton, Tx. and Rev. David Berkheimer of the Community Church in Orange officiating. Graveside services were held Aug. 8 at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Adkins was born March 8, 1907 in Malone, Tx. to William and Lena Schultz. She died Aug. 4, 2005 at a private assisted living facility in Orange, Tx. She was a former resident of Palacios where she was a member and organist for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, a member of the Lutheran Ladies Missionary League, and the Home Demonstration Club. She was also a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Orange and a current member of the Community Church in Orange. Ms. Adkins is survived by her daughters, Darleen Miller and husband Jack of Wichita, KS, Dorothy Brown and husband Lee of Orange, Tx; a son Karl Wickham and his wife Karen of Orange, Tx.; 13grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Karl Wickham; her second husband, Nat Adkins; and her daughter, Ruby Jean Wickham.
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