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OBIT ARCHIVES 1


GYLE T. McKISSICK
Graveside funeral services for Gyle T. McKissick, 87, of Buckeye, were held Feb. 14, 2002 at the Ashby Cemetery with Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Mr. McKissick was born Nov. 1, 1914 in Palacios to the late Jame Luther and Belva Lockwood Dunbar McKissick. He died Feb. 12, 2001 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was a member of the Baptist Church, a lifelong resident of the Buckeye area, and a retired rice farmer, gas station owner and security guard. He is survived by his wife, Thelma McKissick of Buckeye; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Lee and Debbie McKissick, Sr. of Palacios and Gyle David McKissick of Bay City; three step-daughters, Marie Moser of California, Wanda Maxey of Minnesota, and Gail Luna of Livingston, Tx.; sisters Barbara Sullivan and Reba McKissick, both of Bay City; brother, Bill McKissick of Bay City; 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; special neice Ann Saha of El Maton; and a host of other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Luther "Jake" McKissick, Jr., and Warren H. McKissick; and by another special niece, Shirley Meyer. Pallbearers were Bill Johnson, Louis Saha, Michael McKissick, Jr., Matthew Gyle McKissick, Vernon E. Hunt and Paul Hunt. Memorials may be made to the Gyle T. McKissick Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Bay City, Tx. 77414. Arrangments were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
ELIZABETH FRANCES KANA
A Funeral Mass for Elizabeth Frances Kana, 81, of Palacios, was scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Revs. Gary Janak, Michael Lyons and Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in El Campo, Tx. Mrs. Kana was born July 29, 1920 in Schulenburg, Tx. to John and Francis Orsak Morris. She died Jan. 30, 2002. She was a resident of Palacios since 1946, a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, and the St. Anthony's Altar Society. She was a loving mother and wife, a homemaker, and a bookkeeper for her husband's business. She is survived by her husband, George Charles Kana, Sr. of Palacios; daughter, Betty Boyd of Austin; sons, Edward J. Kana and wife Margaret of Lake Jackson, Tony Kana of Palacios, Joe C. Kana and wife, Bobbie, of Palacios, George Kana, Jr. of Palacios, and Bobby Kana and wife, Dena, of Santa Fe, Tx.; brother, Alvin Morris and wife, Margaret, of Scott, Miss.; grandchildren Chris and Carl Kana of Lake Jackson, Tx., Monica Kana Herring of Houston, Eric Kana and wife, Vanessa, of Midfield, Tx., Keri Soltow and husband, Jeff, of Loop, Tx., Amy Jo Kana of College Station, Tx., Lauren Hopkins of College Station, Tx., Daniel Hopkins of Austin, Blaine Boyd of Austin, Katelyn Kana of Palacios, Ty Kana and Hunter Kana of Santa Fe, Kelcie and Ashley Kana of Kerrville, and great-grandchildren Jenna Brook Kana of Palacios and Logan Soltow of Loop, Tx. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Francis Morris; her children Jennette, Raymond, Mary Ann, Michael and Daniel Kana; and brothers Louis Morris, Willie Morris, Emil Morris, Eddie Morris, Ludwig Morris, Eugene Morris. Pallbearers are Chris Kana, Carl Kana, Eric Kana, Daniel Hopkins, Jeff Soltow and Dustin Winkler. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Daughters of St. Anthony's or to the Building Fund of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios, Tx.
MARTHA JOYCE HEBEL
Funeral services for Martha Joyce Hebel, 58, of Palacios were held Jan. 21, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Charlie Parker officiated, followed by interment in Palacios Cemetery. She died Saturday, Jan. 19. A native of Morgan City, La., she was born Jan. 15, 1944 to Elsie Loff Olson of Carancahua Community and the late Loyd Olson. Mrs. Hebel was a former school teacher for the Tidehaven, Blessing and Matagorda school districts. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Palacios. Survivors in addition to her mother include husband, James Hebel of Palacios; three sons, James E. Hebel and Jeff Hebel, both of Austin, and Gary Hebel of Palacios; one brother, Edwin Olson of Palacios; and four grandchildren. Palacios Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
WILLIAM HERRIN
Funeral rites for William Herrin, 72, of Schike Point were held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002 at Bay City Funeral Home Chapel, with Hollie Briscoe officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery. He died Wednesday, Jan. 16, following a lengthy illness. A native of Houston, Mr. Herrin was born Aug. 6,1929 to Forest Green of Blessing and the late Mellie Green. He was a U.S. Veteran of Korea. He was a member of the East Bernard American Legion Post 226, and an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was preceeded in death by his wife Emily Herrin in 1990. Survivors include son, Scott L. Herrin, three grandaughters, Bobbie Jo Herrin, Emily Herrin, Tracy Herrin, and two great-grandchildren.
ATHLYN (ATHIE) RAASCH
Athlyn (Athie) Raasch, 81, of Palacios, died Jan. 14, 2002, in Victoria. A private family graveside service was to be held at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Athie was a member of the first Presbyterian Church of Palacios. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Debbie and Terry Mosier of Palacios and Carole and Sam Lark; grandchildren Mary Lynn Mosier, Leigh Ann Mosier, Rusty Woodland, Scott Lark, Stephen Lark, and Capt. Tom Lark; great-grandchildren, John Lark Woodland, Lyndale Woodland, Payton Lark, and Chaz Zemanek; and a sister Jean Maegli of Milwaukee, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Raasch, who died in 1969. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzhiemer's Assoc., 11251 Northwest Freeway, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77092.
FAWN ADAMS BLACKWELL
Funeral services for Fawn Adams Blackwell, 85, of Bay City, were held Jan. 15, 2002 at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Bay City with the Revs. Sam Starches and Greg Starks officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Mrs. Adams passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 12. She was born June 27, 1916 in Ganado to the late John Henry Adams and Rachael Ruth Weynedt Adams. A lifelong resident of Matagorda County, she lived for many years at Collegeport, and had resided in Bay City since 1980. She was a member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Bay City. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Rev. Samuel R. Starks of Bay City; by her son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Faye Blackwell of Chandler, Tex.; by her daughter-in-law, Willene Blackwell of Bay City. She is also survived by her brothers: Lloyd Adams and wife, Irene, of Angleton; and Noel Adams and wife, Hollice, of Alvin; by her sisters-in-law: Allie Adams and Annie Adams of Alvin, Irwon Jenson of Palacios, Geneva Jenson of Sugar Land and Betty Blackwell of Bay City; by her grandchildren: Robin Benton and husband, James, of Flower Mound, Tex.; Kristi Allison and husband, Gene, of Naples, Fla.; Shannon Blackwell of Chandler, Tex.; Greg Starks and wife, Michele, of Austin; Regena Dumas and husband, John, of Arlington; and by her great-grandchildren: Jonathan Starks, Matthew Starks, Andrew Dumas, Bailey Benton and Brice Benton; by her special friends Ann Reynolds and Nikki Barker; and by numerous nieces and nephews and a great host of friends. She was preceded in death her husband, Wade Blackwell; her son, Neil Blackwell; her brothers, Van and Burt Adams; and by her great-granddaughter, Jennifer Starks. Pallbearers were Shannon Blackwell, Greg Starks, John Dumas, Kenneth McKissick, George Agnew and James Starks. Honorary pallbearers were Don Steele and Wyatt Ashcraft.
LOUISE STOTTS EREKSON
Funeral services for Louise Stotts Erekson, 78, of Palacios, were held Jan. 7, 2002 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Erekson was born Sept. 3, 1923 in Llano County, Tx. to the late James and Lula Turberville Stotts. She died Jan. 4, 2002 at her daughter's residence in Concan, Tx. Mrs. Erekson was a resident of Palacios for the past 53 years and was a retired cafeteria manager for Palacios ISD with 34 years of service. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Thomas 'Rocky' Rocchio of Concan, Tx.; son and daughter-in-law Bruce Edward and Sharon Erekson of LaMarque, Tx.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Leroy Erekson; a sister, Lois Bode; a brother, James Monroe Stotts, and a grandchild, Randy Erekson. Pallbearers were Kenneth Smith, Juluis Aguilar, Terry Oglesby, Dick Kubecka, Don Matthews and Victor J. Kahlich. Memorials may be made to the Palacios High School Library or Palacios Library.
JOHN OTTINO MARTINO
A funeral Mass for John Ottino Martino, 80, of Palacios, was held Jan. 4, 2002 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Martino was born March 11, 1921 in Palacios to the late Louis and Donnie Ottino Martino. He died Dec. 30, 2001 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. Martino was a lifelong resident of Palacios, a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Dolores and Harry Castro of Richmond, Tx., and Rosalie and John Lenihan of Floresville, Tx.; sisters Rosalie Tobias of Palacios and Julie Garcia of Victoria; four grandchildren, Evett Hamlin and husband Philip of Wharton, Marcus Castro of Richmond, Samantha Castro of Richmond, and Adam Rodriguez and wife Cindi of Rosenberg; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Diaz Martino; son, John Martino, Jr.; sister Pauline Pequeno; and brothers Louis Martino, Jr., Tom Martino, and Charles Martino. Pallbearers are Harry Castro, Philip Hamlin, Louis Martino III, James Kruse, Courtney Grigsby and Eddie Howard.
JOSEFINA DIAZ RODRIGUEZ
Funeral services for Josefina Diaz Rodriguez, 89, of Olivia, were held Jan. 2, 2002 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Rodriguez was born July 12, 1912 in Yancey, Tx. to the late Reyes Escobar and Santana Torres Diaz. She died Dec. 30, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca. She was a member of the Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Port Lavaca, a resident of Olivia for the past five years, and a former longtime resident of Palacios. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Dominga and Gilbert Yanes of Olivia, and Esperanza Garcia of Austin; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ysidro D. Rodriguez of San Antonio and Jose A. and Carmen Rodriguez of Houston; a sister, Benita Cano of Dickinson; a brother, Porfirio Diaz of Houston; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felipe S. Rodriguez; a brother, Manuel Diaz; and two sisters, Isabel Lopez and Maria Martino. Pallbearers were James Robert Rodriguez, Joseph A. Rodriguez, Jose Luis Garcia, Marco Antonio Garcia, Christopher S. Yanes and Gilbert Yanes, Jr.
MARY JANE REYNA
Funeral services for Mary Jane Reyna, 46, of Palacios, were held Dec. 27, 2001 at Living Word Church in Palacios with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Reyna was born March 1, 1955 in Palacios to Enemencia 'Mencha' Rodriguez Luna and the late Elias Luna, Sr. She died Dec. 22, 2001. She was a substitute teacher at Palacios ISD and a U. S. Air Force veteran. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ramiro Reyna; daughter Jamie Reyna Solis of Oceanside, Calif.; son, Isaiah Ramiro Reyna of Palacios; grandchildren Ellie 'The Kid' Reyna and Michael Elias Flores, both of Oceanshide, Calif.; sister Linda Luna Story of Bay City; brothers Elias Luna Jr. of Lake Jackson, George Luna of Waco and Sam Luna of Austin; and her mother. Pallbearers were Ryan Luna, Jason O'Connor, Seth Luna, Michael Solis, Toby Reyna III and Greg Reyna. Honorary pallbearers were Rose mary Alvarado, Rose Lee Garcia dn Delia Reyna Hudson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Jane Reyna Fund at City State Bank of Palacios.
EULA MAE ANTHONY GREEN SIMMONS
Graveside services for Eula Mae Anthony Green SimMons, 84, of Palacios, were held Dec. 21, 2001 at White Rock Baptist Church Cemetery in Center, Tx. Mrs. SiMmons was born Oct. 28, 1917 in Shelby County, Tx. to the late Henderson James Anthony and Sarah Hattie Parish. She died Dec. 17, 2001 in Palacios. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Doyce Green of Lancaster, Tx., and Carolyn and Charles Hutto of Palacios; a son, Larry Green of Houston; grandchildren Charla Day, Lanita Hutto and Wesley Hutto; and great-grandchildren Lancy Day and Robert Day.
DOROTHY MYRLEEN WOOD
Graveside services for Dorothy Myrleen Wood, 73, of Tres Palacios Oaks, were held Dec. 8, 2001 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with speaker Wayne Fenske. Mrs. Wood was born Feb. 14, 1928 in El Campo to the late Boulden Oliver and Elsie Frances Henderson. She died Dec. 6, 2001 at her residence. She had been a resident of Tres Palacios Oaks since 1974. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Gene Wood of Tres Palacios Oaks; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Wayne Fenske of Houston; sister Wynell Monte of Lafayette, La.; brother Gerald Henderson of Blessing; granchildren Michelle Meneely of Palacios, Jeffrey Fenske of Spring and Jennifer Whitney of Houston. She was preceded in death by her brother, Weldon Henderson.
KATHERINE JEAN RESSLER
Funeral services for Katherine Jean Ressler, 76, of Palacios, were held Dec. 8, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Ressler was born July 1, 1925 in Port Arthur, Tx. to the late David Oscar and Sallie Louise Linn Dodd. She died Dec. 4, 2001 at Hospice Austin's Christopher House. Mrs. Ressler moved with her family to Palacios in 1938. She was a 1942 graduate of Palacios High School. In 1959 she moved to Mississippi and was a former resident of Van Horn and Aransas Pass before moving back to Palacios 2-1/2 years ago. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios. She is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Ressler of Palacios; daughter and son-in-law Robin and Roger Grace of Dripping Springs, Tx.; sisters Louise Johnson of Aransas Pass, and Lillie B. Garrett of Angleton, Tx.; a brother, David Dodd of Fort Worth; three grandchildren—Kerry James Ressler-Craig, Jr. and wife Betsy of Atlanta, Ga., Pat and Adam Haas of Dripping Springs, Tx.; and two great-grandchildren—Joshua and Jacob Ressler-Craig of Atlanta, Ga. She was preceded in death by two sons, Kerry James Ressler and Dennis Ressler, and her daughter, Janice Ressler.
SUSAN HAWS BELL
A memorial service for Susan Haws Bell, 55, of Arlington, Tx., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios. She died Nov. 29, 2001 from complications of leukemia. Her loving family and close friends surrounded her. A native of Wichita Falls, Susan was a former corporate meeting planner who worked in Houston and Dallas and was most recently employed by Central Market in Fort Worth. She was an avid birdwatcher and animal lover. Susan was a free spirit who truly loved life and was loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy Haws Bowers and Butch Bowers of Palacios; niece and nephew-in-law, Allison Bowers and Aaron Hamilton of Austin; niece, Christa Bowers of Austin; aunt, Fern Haws of Jacksonville, Tx.; and her loyal companion, Hillie, a 7-yr. old Airedale Terrier. Memorials be be sent to the First Baptist Church of Palacios.
ELIZABETH WEAKLEY
Funeral services for Elizabeth Weakley, 89, of Palacios, were scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. Weakley was born July 31, 1912 in Katy, Tx. to the late William Sills and Rebecca Thomas Sills. She died Dec. 1, 2001. She was a resident of Palacios for the past 50 years and was a member of the First Baptist church of Palacios and a 25-year member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her daughter, Emily Edmunds of San Antonio; sons Walter Ewell Weakley of Fort worth, William Harvey Weakley of Edna, and Thomas Earl Weakley of San Antonio; sisters Ruth Goynes of Trinity and Emogene Southward of Houston; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ewell F. Weakley. Pallbearers are Terry Weakley, Jerry Weakley, Brian Weakley, Clinton Weakley, Don Holderrieth and Chris Vandenbergh.
JOHN W. REYNOLDS
Graveside services, with military honors, were held Friday, Nov. 30, 2001 at Seadrift Cemetery, for John W. Reynolds, 77, of Palacios. He died Tuesday, Nov. 27. A native of Port Lavaca, he was born Nov. 20, 1923 to the late John Williams and Veinnie Miller Tippit Reynolds. A retired oilfield worker and a member of Bay City Baptist Church, Mr. Reynolds was a life member of VFW Post No. 4403, which provided military honors for the services. Survivors include the wife, June Hawes Reynolds; two daughters, Adelle Farmer of Bay City and Penni Ponder of Cummings, Ga.; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to VFW Post No. 4403, Port Lavaca, Tx 77979.
EUGENE LAWRENCE DEADRICK
Funeral services for Eugene Lawrence Deadrick, 77, of Detroit, Mich., were held Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 at the Church of God Prophecy in Royal Oak, Mich. He died Nov. 16, 2001. Mr. Deadrick was born Sept. 28, 1924, in the Tidehaven community to the late Lawrence Desoto and Myrtle Shannon Deadrick. Raised in Palacios, he attended public schools through the ninth grade. Drafted into the U.S. Army on April 7, 1943, he served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps in India, Guam, Saipan and other areas of the Pacific theater as a radar specialist with anti-aircraft battalions during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he moved to Corpus Christi, where he graduated from Del Mar Junior College. An electronics and radar engineer, he worked for the U.S. government for 40-plus years and was an active member of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists, Local 306. At a young age, Eugene became a member of the Church of God of Prophecy and served the church in many capacities throughout his entire life. In the Corpus Christi church, he served as deacon, ABM/SOPA leader and Sunday School superintendent. When he relocated with his family to Detroit, Mich., he served as a Sunday School teacher and continued his Christian service in many areas, until his health began to fail him. An avid fisherman, he also enjoyed playing pinochle, cribbage, bridge, completing crossword puzzles (with ink pens) and reading calculus books for entertainment. A voracious reader, he was always seen with at least three novels, which he read simultaneously. Eugene was married to the late Bernice Lee Miller in 1948. Survivors include their children, Vera Brown of Victoria; Anthony L. Deadrick of Kansas City, Mo.; Denyce E. Deadrick Ware of Hartford, Conn.; Staff Sgt. E. L. Deadrick II, of Jacksonville, N.C.; and Rhonda M. Deadrick of Tempe, Ariz. Other survivors include two brothers, Larry M. and Clyde C. Deadrick of Palacios; a sister, Winnie M. Deadrick Grigsby of Missouri City, Tex.; five grandchildren, Terry Deadrick, Trenyce Deadrick, DeWayne Deadrick, Todrae Ware and Novelyn Deadrick; five great-grandchildren; uncles: Troy Shannon and James Deadrick; aunts: Calanthe "Toots" Deadrick, Virginia Lawrence, Johnnie Nelson, Dora Lewis, Martha Deadrick Matthews, Claudia Deadrick White; and Kathy McCormick and her daughter, Angela, who were very important friends and who later became instrumental in his care as his health began to diminish. He also leaves many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends who will mourn his passing. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, L.D. Deadrick, Jr. Pallbearers were Courtney L. Grigsby, Willie Richardson, Charles Dobson, Brandon K. Farris, Jeffrey C. Miller and C. DeWayne Deadrick.
MILDRED ALLENE ATKINS BRUNE
Graveside services for Mildred Allene Atkins Brune, 87, of Palacios, were held Nov. 24, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Mrs. Brune was born Dec. 1, 1913 in Ganado, Tx. to the late Henry and Willie May Simpson Quinn. She died Nov. 22, 2001 at the Livingston Medical Center in Livingston, Tx. Mrs. Brune was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios and a resident of Palacios since 1924. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Mary Ann Atkins of Coldspring, Tx.; three grandchildren, Pam Utley and husband Carroll of Houston, James Robert Atkins and wife, Candy, of Dallas; and Robby Atkins and wife, Danell, of Livingston; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, J. E. Atkins and Edmond Brune; sisters Lottie Belle Hunt and Frances Peterson; and brothers Horace Quinn and Tommy Lee Quinn.
PEARL SISCO
Funeral services for Pearl Sisco, 97, of Weatherford, Tx. were held Friday, Nov. 16, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kent Wheeler officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Sisco was born Sept. 19, 1904 in Alvord, Wise County, Tx. to the late Mack and Nancy Williams Morrison. She died Nov. 13, 2001 in Fort Worth. She was a former resident of Palacios and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She is survived by three grandchdilren—Glenna Jo Wheeler of Colchester, CT., Debbie Hargett of Red Oak, Tx. and Glen Wofford of New Orleans, La; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Sisco, and a daughter, Jonell Bolander.
FRANK VILLARREAL
Funeral services for Frank Villarreal, 55, of Palacios, were held Nov. 12, 2001 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. He was born Nov. 2, 1946, in Palacios, to the late David and Betrice Lopez Villarreal. He died Nov. 9, 2001. Mr. Villerreal was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam where he received the Purple Heart. He was also laborer. He is survived by a daughter, Angelia Villarreal of Wharton; sisters, Shirley Reynolds of La. and Josephine Rosas of Palacios; and brothers, Gilbert Alamia of Texas City, Steve Alamia of Moss Point, Miss. and Pete Villarreal of Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents.
KOBY ALLEN KACER
Rosary services for Koby Allen Kacer, 1 month, of Ganado were held Oct. 23, 2001 at Ganado Funeral Chapel in Ganado. Interment was at St. Peters Catholic Cemetary in Blessing with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Koby was born Oct. 13, 2001 in Port Lavaca, Tx. to Patrick Kacer and Janel Vasquez Kacer of Ganado. He died Oct. 21, 2001. He is survived by his parents, Patrick and Janel Kacer of Ganado; his grandparents, Janet Harvey of El Campo, A.J. Kacer of Collegeport, Lupe and Robert Vasquez of Ganado; his great-grandparents, Annie Vyvial of Ganado, Benito and Frances Rosales of Ganado and Mary Vasquez of Ganado; and his sister Megan Kacer of Ganado. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Roman Vyvial, Frank and Rosie Kacer and Vincent Vasquez. Pallbearers were David Kacer, Tony Kacer, Robbie Vasquez and Michael Anthony Mangel. Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Wallace, Steve Garcia and Mike Mangel.
MINNIE OLA 'TOOTSIE' GAYLE
Funeral services for Minnie Ola 'Tootsie' Gayle, 88, of Markham, will be held at 10 a. m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral home in Palacios with Revs. Andy and Janel Blair officiating. A private burial will follow. Mrs. Gayle was born Oct. 12, 1913 near Madisonville, TX. to the late Dane Lawson and Minnie Myrtle Marlin Bullington. She died at her residence Oct. 24, 2001. She was a resident of Markham since 1965, a member and supporter of the Collegeport Presbyterian Church, and loving wife of Frank A. Gayle who preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 2001. Through Tootsie's generosity many young people received a college education or vocational training. She was especially concerned for the elderly and less fortunate. Through her loving generosity she helped many without their ever knowing. Tootsie will surely be missed by all who knew and loved her. Survivors include many nieces and nephews and special friends Charles Parr of Markham and John C. Sardelich of Palacios.
OLIVIA ALFREDA WALTERS
Graveside services for Olivia Walters, 100, of Palacios, were held Oct. 19, 2001 at Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Ben Sheeran of Hochheim Baptist Church officiating. Mrs. Walters was one in a set of triplets born Sept. 13, 1901 in Frankfort, Ind. to Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Elder. The other two children were Victoria Alberta who died in 1998 and Paul Adolf who drowned in front of the family home in Palacios at the age of 12. The family moved to Palacios in 1905 when Mr. Elder established the first bank in town. The family consisted of nine children—William, Marianna, Huldah, Ted, Jane, Victoria, Olivia, Paul and Estelle. After Olivia married Fred Walters, administrator of Sante Fe Railroad's hospital in Topeka, Kansas, she made a name for herself as a leading hostess and volunteer worker. The couple retired to Palacios in 1978 to be in the company of Olivia's family. The Walters were active in local church and civic activities. Fred died in 1984. Mrs. Walters is survived by two sisters, Huldah Rees and Estelle Alley; and a niece and nephew. Funeral arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.
RICHARD W. FRICK
Funeral services for Richard W. Frick, 81, of Tres Palacios Oaks, were held Oct. 11, 2001 at First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Forest Park East in League City, Tx. with Rev. Tom Pacc. Mr. Frick was born Sept. 13, 1920 in Kansas City, Mo. to the late William McKinley and Hazel Cole Frick. He died Oct. 8, 2001 at his residence. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Palacios and a resident of Tres Palacios Oaks since 1959. He was the former Postmaster in Sealy for 15 years. Mr. Frick was a very active member, and past president, of the Palacios Lions Club, Rotary Club in Sealy and the Methodist Mens Club. He was a former partner in the Hudson Oil Co. of Texas. He was instrumental in forming the Little League organization in Houston and was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his wife, LaNell DeWees Frick of Tres Palacios Oaks; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Kay and Bruce Kenner of Katy, and RaMona and Erik Heen of Sugarland; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Linda Frick of Friendswood, George R. 'Bob' and Carolyn Frick of Orlando, Fla., and Lantz M. and Chandra Norris of Denver, Col; a sister, Norma J. Myer of Albuquerque, NM; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances C. Frick. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were members of the Palacios Lions Club and the Methodist Mens Club. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.
LOUIS J. HICKL, SR.
A rosary for Louis J. Hickl, Sr., 80, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating, Interment will be at at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing. Rosary was held 7 p.m., Tuesday, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He died Monday, Oct. 8. Mr. Hickl was born July 17, 1913 in Sealy to the late John and Julie Hickl. He died Oct. 8, 2001. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the Southwest Pacific Theatre and at Guadacanal from 1941 to 1945, receiving two Bronze Stars. Following his discharge from the Army, he married Edith Vacek. His work career consisted of radio repair work with Bill Holub from 1945 to 1950; operator for America Petrafina from 1950 to 1957; and a carpenter with Eugene Harvey from 1957 to 1976. He was also a rancher and farmer. He was a member of the VFW, KJT, American Legion and Knights of Columbus. For 16 years, he was a director for Matagorda County Drainage District III. From 1954 to present, he devoutly participated as a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Parish. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Edith; sons, Louis Jr. and wife Sandra, Dennis and wife Donna; Father Bob Hickl, OMI; Pat and wife Cheryl, and Gary and wife Polly; daughters, Carolyn Kubecka and husband Ronnie, and Mary Ann Shimek and husband Troy; brothers; August, Jessie, Joe and Lawrence Hickl; sister: Louise Saha; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth; brothers, Willie, John and Edward Hickl; and a sister, Annie Holub. Pallbearers are Ed Hickl, Jr., John Hickl, Jr., E.R. Vacek, J.D. Tomasak, Gilbert Saha and Leo Orsak. Memorials may be made to Hospice of El Campo, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, Tx. 77437; or to Oblate Missions, P.O. Box 96, San Antonio, Tx. 78291. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.
PETE B. TORRES, JR.
Funeral services for Pete B. Torres Jr., 49, of Palacios, were held Oct. 6, 2001 at The Living Word Church with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Flores was born Sept. 9, 1952 in Bay City to Lupe Perez Torees of Bay City and the late Pete B. Torres, Sr. He died Oct. 3, 2001. He was a maintenance technician at Formosa. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Ramos Torres; stepdaughters, Rachel Maldonado, Lisa Martinez and Christina Z. Diaz, all of Palacios; stepson, Richard Ramos of Palacios; mother; sisters, Helen Torres and Joyce Hernandez, both of Bay City, Anna Lopez of Phoenix, Ariz., Sylvia Hirani of Alburquerque, N.M.; brothers, Robert Torres and Rudy Torres, both of Derry, N.H., and Julian Torres, Richard Torres, Frederick "Freddy" Torres and Steven Torres, all of Ann Arbor, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: father; and sister, Diana Mejias. Pallbearers were Jesus Hernandez Jr., Ray Ramos, Jesse R. Constancio, Gabino Maldonado, Ernesto Martinez, Leonel Reynaga, Agustin Jasso and Jesse Leos.
LINDA JEAN HUNT TRAYLOR
Funeral services for Linda Jean Hunt Traylor, 56, of Palacios were held Sept. 27, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios, followed by interment at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery in Port Lavaca. She died Sept. 24, 2001. A native of El Campo, she was born Feb. 13, 1945 to Harold and Mary Jane Payne Hunt. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Pilot Club and the Art Club. Survivors in addition to her parents, Harold and Norma Hunt, include her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Glenn Vacek, son and daughter-in-law, Reid and Sandy Whitley; sisters, Judy Rohde and Kelli Huitt; brother, Tommy Hunt; and grandchildren, Whitley and Levi Jacek, and Tate, Jayde and Amesti Whitley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Traylor; and her mother, Mary Jane Payne Hunt. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Support, Inc., P. O. Box 1417, El Campo, Tex. 77437. Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
RAMONA Q. DeLEON
Funeral services for Ramona Q. DeLeon, 72, of LaPorte were held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001 at the Paul U. Lee-LaPorte Funeral Home, with Father Eric Pitre officiating. She died Oct. 1, 2001 in Houston. Born Aug. 17, 1929 in Lyford, Texas, to the late Remijio and Maria (Quintero) Quilantan, Mrs. DeLeon was affiliated with the Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Antonio E. DeLeon; children Zenaida Gatica and husband, Mike C. Gatica of Palacios, Emma D. Chavez and husband, Gabriel H. Chavez of LaPorte, Antonio DeLeon III of Deer Park, Herlinda D. Diaz and husband, Randy Diaz of LaPorte, Alberto DeLeon and wife, Doris, of Houston; brothers and sister, Ted, Tony and Mel Quilantan of Lyford, and Petra Rubio of Raymondville; 19 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
RED OCHOA RENDON, SR.
Funeral services for Fred Ochoa Rendon Sr., 80, of Palacios, were held Sept. 28, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Rendon was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Port Lavaca, to the late Alberto F. Sr. and Porfiria Ocha Rendon. He died Sept. 26, 2001. He was a retired shrimper and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Disable American Veterans in Palacios. He is survived by wife, Anita "Annie" Solis Rendon; daughter, Ophelia Lara of Blessing; son, Eddie T. Rendon of Inez; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons, Fred O. Rendon Jr. and Benny Rendon; and his parents.
KEVIN CLAXTON
Funeral services for Kevin Claxton, 19, of Blessing, were held Sept. 26 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Louis Rush and Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Kevin was born Sept. 10, 1982 to Donny Claxton and Ann Jurney Busby. He died Sept. 23, 2001 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Blessing and a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios. He is survived by his father, Donny Claxton, of Blessing; mother and stepfather, Ann and Ron Busby of Blessing; a brother, James Claxton of Blessing; paternal grandparents Lowell and Mary Sue Claxton of Blessing; maternal grandparents Harvey and JoAnn Jurney of Utopia, Tx.; stepsister Leigh Lee of Palacios; and stepbrother Austin Busby of Blessing. Pallbearers were Mike Claxton, John David Jurney, Rusty Claxton, Toby Claxton, Scott Jones, Jimmie Rodriguez, Cody Jones and Austin Busby.
DEAN F. MERCK
Funeral services for Dean F. Merck, 68, of League City, Tex., were held Sept. 25, 2001 in the Friendswood "Friends" Church. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Matagorda County. He died Sept. 22, 2001. Raised in Collegeport, Mr. Merck was a graduate of the University of Houston and worked for the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation as a civil engineer. Survivors include the wife, Nelda Merck of League City; mother, Dorothy Merck of Bay City; sons and their wives, Mark and Cathy Merck of Collegeport, Russ and Hayes Merck of Cromwell, C.T.; and Galen Merck of Clear Lake; and grandchildren, Danyelle and Matthew Merck. Jack Rowe Funeral Home, League City, was in charge of arrangements.
ALPHON 'AL' WILLIE HURTA
Graveside services for Alphon 'Al' Willie Hurta, 87, of Midfield, Tx. were held Sept. 21, 2001 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing with the Rev. Bill Haskell officiating. Mr. Hurta was born Nov. 28, 1913 in Karnes City, Tx. to the late Frank Joe and Anna Miska Hurta. He died Sept. 19, 2001. A resident of Midfield since 1923, he was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served as Matagorda County Pct. 4 Commissioner for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, Mattie Nora "Totsy' Guynes Hurta of Midfield; daughter Nancy Gray of Midfield, and one grandchild Shannon Gray. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Helen Louise Hurta; sisters Sophie Roberts, Emma Sedlacek and Albina Bosak; and brothers Edwin E. Hurta, Louise Hurta, and Frank Hurta.
VEDA C. DALE
A Memorial Service for Veda C. Dale, 63, of Palacios, was held Sept. 22, 2001 at Grace Episcopal Church in Port Lavaca with Rev. Canon Robert DeWolfe officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mrs. Dale was born July 21, 1938 in Dallas, Texas, to James E. and Bernice Chenault. She died Sept. 16, 2001. Formerly of Houston, she was the former owner and operator of Palacios Sporting Goods until her retirement. Aside from being a businesswoman, she was a civic leader and director of Palacios Chamber of Commerce, director and chairman of Friends of Elder Citizens in Palacios, member of Harmony Club, and a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Church in Port Lavaca. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jim Dale of Palacios; daughter Laurie Ford and husband James of Houston; son Jim Dale of Coppell, Tx.; and five grandchildren, Amber Dale of Palacios, Katie and Kerrie Ford of Houston, Jessica and Mickey Dale of Coppell. She was preceded in death by parents, by son Kerry Dale in 1988, and brother David Ripple. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 172, Pt. Lavaca, Texas 77979, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.
JOSE SANTIAGO 'JIMMY' MARTINEZ, SR.
Funeral services for Jose Santiago 'Jimmy' Martinez, Sr., 49, of Markham, were held Sept. 19, 2001, at the Artero Memorial Chapels in Port Lavaca with Rev. Richard Alamia officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Martinez was born Oct. 18, 1951 in Mathis, Tx. to Elestio and Aurora Rendon-Martinez. He died Sept. 15, 2001. He was a light equipment operator for Hunter Welding, Inc. and a Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Mary Pena Martinez of Markham; a daughter, Valerie Jean Martinez of West Germany; three sons, Philip Ray Martinez and Jose Santiago Martinez, Jr., both of Markham, and David Trevino of Bay City; sisters Irma DeLeon, Olivia Guerra, Janie Ramirez, and Susie Constancio, all of Palacios, Addie Zarate and Melissa Galvez, both of Blessing, and Aurora Cancino of Lake Jackson; a brother, Elestio Martinez, Jr. of Blessing; and a grandson, Jason Molina. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Martinez.
DOROTHY SMITH
Funeral services for Dorothy Smith, 87, of Huntsville, were held Sept. 13, 2001 at Old Waverly Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dan Alexander officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Smith retired as a home economics teacher for over 30 years in Palacios. She is survived by daughter, Renee Stone and husband Robert of New Waverly; son, Jesse Guy Smith III and wife Sherry of Huntsville; grandchildren, Jesse Guy Smith IV, Jessica Stone Starkey and husband Shane, Cody Smith, Corey Smith, Carley Smith, Charlotte Stone, Scott Robert Stone and other loving relatives. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Guy Smith, Jr. Pallbearers were Jesse Guy Smith IV, Cody Smith, Corey Smith, Shane Starkey and Scott Stone.
S. T. 'CURLY' OGLESBY
Funeral services for S. T. "Curly" Oglesby, 83, of Palacios were held Monday, Sept. 10, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment was in Danevang Cemetery at Danevang. Mr. Oglesby died Friday, Sept. 7, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was born Oct. 29, 1917 in Flint, Tx., to the late Nimrod Samuel and Jewel Reed Oglesby. A resident of Palacios since 1939 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, he married Elnora Peterson in 1941 at Palacios. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Mr. Oglesby started his own business, Oglesby Amusement Co. in 1943. He contributed much of his time by volunteering for the Fire Department, and with projects that benefited the youth of Palacios through providing stables for 4-H. He helped start a Little League organization, and spent many hours dedicated to the construction of the Recreation Center. In 1963, head coach Tony Carr named Curly an honorary letterman for attending every one of his son's Shark football practices. Survivors include the wife, Elnora; son, Terry Oglesby, daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Bobby Hooker, all of Palacios; one brother, James Ross Oglesby of Bay City; three grandsons, Tracy Perkins of San Antonio, Dax Oglesby and wife, Amy Elizabeth, of Austin, and Trent Oglesby and wife, Amy Elizabeth, of The Woodlands; one great-granddaughter, Madeline Gail Oglesby of Austin; numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were his nephews: Larry, Gerald and Paul Taylor, Michael and Bill Glaros, Brent, Jim and Donald Petersen, and Tommy Michaelson. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Landscaping Fund, or to the Danevang Lutheran Church.
ROQUE CASTILLO CHACON
A rosary for Roque Castillo Chacon, 20, of Palacios, will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at St. Anthony's De Padua Catholic Church in Palacios. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Burial will be at Cemeterio El Carmen Tequexquitla in El Carmen Tequexquitla, Mexico. Mr. Chacon was born Dec. 22, 1980 in El Camen Tequexquitla, Tlaxcala, Mexico to Djose Manuel Castillo Ramirez and Dominga Chacon. He died Sept. 2, 2001. He was a commerical shrimper at WW Dock in Palacios and was a Catholic. He is survived by his parents; and sisters Isabel Castillo Chacon and Adrianna Castillo Chacon, both of El Carmen Tequexquitla, Mexico.
ELLA TUCKER NEUMAN
Funeral services for Ella Tucker Neuman, 81, of Midfield, were held September 1, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Interment was in Midfield Cemetery. Mrs. Neuman was born March 28, 1920 in Edna to the late Augusta C. and Connie Keith Darnell. She died August 29, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve J. Neuman in 1979 and daughter, Wanda N. Rickaway in 1985. Mrs. Neuman is survived by sons, Bobby Neuman of Port Lavaca, George Neuman of Blessing, Tommy Neuman of Lolita and Johnny Neuman of Dallas; sister, Myrtle Morrison of Oklahoma City, OK; son-in-law, Frank E. Rickaway of Blessing; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Neuman's grandsons, Randy Rickaway and Chad Huddleston of Blessing, Allen Neuman of Gonzales, Kyle Neuman of Victoria and Bryan and Chris Neuman of Edna, served as pallbearers.
OLGA DARLENE SAWYER
Funeral services for Olga Darlene Sawyer, 82, were held August 23, 2001 at the Chapel of Crowder Funeral Home in Clear Lake. Interment was in the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster. Mrs. Sawyer was born February 1, 1919 in Broaddus, Texas to the late Skillern and Lydia Bell. She died August 21, 2001. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 39 years, James A. Sawyer, an infant son, brothers, Littleton and Early Harvey and a sister, Veralene Harvey. She is survived by daughters, Glynis Sawyer of Houston, Marilyn Livingston and husband Joseph of Anna, Texas; son, Deril Oliver and wife Ginger of Texas City; sisters, Beaulah Carrick and Marcelene Mull; brother, Ramon Harvey of Palacios; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Craig Fisher, Randy Livingston, Ronnie Oliver, Keith Oliver, Sr., Keith Oliver, Jr., and Deril Wayne Oliver served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Christopher Oliver, Mark Sees, Brent Jeffries, David Baker and Gary Sawyer. Memorials may be made to the Texas Heart Institute.
FRANK A. GAYLE
Funeral services for Frank A. Gayle, 93, of Markham, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. The family will have a private burial. Mr. Gayle was born July 18, 1908 in Crockett, Tx. to Franklin A. Gayle and Essie Leathers Gayle. He died Aug. 26, 2001. He is survived by his loving wife, Minnie G. "Tootsie" Gayle of Markham; sisters Essie Richey and Regina Burford, both of Houston; brother W. F. "Billy" Gayle of DeSoto, Tx.; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends Charles Parr of Markham, John c. Sardelich of Palacios, and Johnny Henderson and Doug Gayle of LaWard, Tx. Mr. Gayle was instrumental in forming the Texas Gas Association and was recognized for his substantial and enduring contribution to the natural gas industry in Texas. He was presented a Life Member Award by the Texas Gas Association on June 26, 1985. He owned and operated the Markham Gas Corp. from 1966 until his retirement in 1986. Through his generosity, many young people received college educations and vocational training. Mr. Gayle was especially concerned for the elderly and less fortunate and through his loving generosity helped many without them ever knowing. Mr. Gayle will surely be missed by all that knew and loved him. Men like Frank Gayle are what other men should strive to be with examples that he practiced with faith in his God and love of family and friends. Funeral arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.
MATTIE DEE WHITLEY HEBERT
Funeral services for Mattie Dee Whitley Hebert, 69, of Palacios, were held Aug. 27, 2001 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Interment was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Mrs. Hebert was born Jan. 20, 1912 in El Campo, Tx. to the late Lidge Dee and Beulah Mae Lynch Whitley. She died Aug. 24, 2000. A former longtime resident of Markham, she was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara Junek of Palacios, and Joy and David King of Houston; two sons and daughters-in-law, A. J. and Pat Hebert of Palacios, Shelton and Janie Hebert of Victoria; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, A. J. Hebert; sisters Verlie Mae Steinmeyer and Lavada Etta Shivers; and a brother, Ross Whitley. Pallbearers were her grandsons Larry and Bruce Junek, Philip, Charles and Steven King, and Nathan Demicelli. Honorary pallbearers were the remaining grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Catholic Church Building Fund. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
ROSALIE N. GARZA
A Rosary for Rosalie N. Garza, 60, formerly of Palacios, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. James Nischan officiating. Interment will be at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Garza was born Nov. 12, 1940 in Charco, Tx. to the late Andres and Maria Nevarez Garza. She died Aug. 20, 2001. She had been a resident of Houston for the past 31 years. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Ricardo Rojas of Pearland, Tx.; a son, Michael Garza of Houston; sisters Genoveva Estrello and Angie Samora of Palacios, Rebecca Garza, Lucy Sanchez and Teresa Avalos of Houston; brothers Cesario Garza of Freeport, Andres Garza, Jr. of Port Lavaca, and Albert Garza of Sugarland; grandchildren Alex and Ricky Rojas, and Sandy, Michael, and Priscilla Garza of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Evangelina Garcia and Yolanda Rodriguez. Pallbearers are Gary, Andy and Larry Garza, Kenny and David Sanchez, Darryl Gallardo and Mario Rodriguez. "If tears could bring you back....I would cry a stairway to heaven."
LUISA AMARO VILLARREAL
Funeral services for Luisa Amaro Villarreal, 77, of Palacios, were held Aug. 10, 2001 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Houston. Interment was at Forrest Park-Lawndales Cemetery in Houston. Mrs. Villarreal passed away on Aug, 7, 2001. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Arnulfo Castillo Villarreal; daughters Mary Villarreal- Elizondo and Eva De Leon both of Houston; sons Robert Juarez of Baytown, and Ancelmo Juarez, Jr. of Louisiana; sisters Josephine Brionez, Lenora Sosa, Antonia Ramirez and Ester Martinez all of Houston; brother Carlos Uresti of Houston; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
C. C. 'BUB' LAWSON, JR.
Funeral services for C.C. "Bub" Lawson Jr., 85, of Palacios, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment will be at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Lawson was born Sept. 4, 1915, in Floresville, to the late Grover Gem Sr. and Esma C. Lawson. He died Aug. 9, 2001. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in WWII. He owned and operated Radio and T.V. Repair Shop. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Frances Lawson of Palacios; niece, Helen Lawson of Bay City; and nephew, Carl R. Lawson of San Antonio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Amy Lawson; parents; and brother, Henry J. Lawson.
OCTAVIO ASOCAR ALAMIA
Funeral services for Octavio Asocar Alamia, 78, of Palacios, were held Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Alamia was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Gulf, to the late Julio and Marguerita Asocar Alamia. He died Aug. 7, 2001. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He is survived by hiswife, Lorenza Morales Alamia; daughters Estella Alamia and Alfa Flores, both of Palacios, and Amparo Brangan of San Antonio; stepdaughters Mary Duran of Palacios and Isabel Garcia of San Antonio; stepsons Jesse Alvarez and Tony Alvarez, both of Palacios; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ellen Hebert and Didia Morales; and brothers, Gantran Alamia and Arthur Alamia.
BENNY DeLEON
Funeral services for Benny DeLeon, 67, of Palacios, were held Aug. 4 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. DeLeon was born March 21, 1934 in Pleasanton, Tx. to Daniel DeLeon and Dolores Lopez DeLeon. He died Aug. 2, 2001. He was a long time resident of Palacios, a member of the Catholic Church, a retired police officer with the Palacios Police Dept., and a veteran of the U. S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Dora Longoria DeLeon of Palacios; daughters Patricia Sanchez of Brazoria, Diana Pena of West Columbia, Mary Ellen Roecker of Lake Jackson, Lisa Halfen of Dubia, U.A.E., Lori Cruz of Bay City, and Karen DeLeon-Bailes of Angleton; sons Benny Joe DeLeon, David DeLeon and Robert DeLeon, all of Palacios; sisters Mary Smith of Bay City, Pauline Garcia of Katy, Mary Cascrez of Pleasanton, Sophia DeLeon of California, and Minga Garcia of Galveston; brother Daniel DeLeon of Houston; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Dolores DeLeon, and a brother, Joe DeLeon.
BILLIE GERALD DOBY
Funeral services for Billie Gerald Doby, 76, of Tres Palacios Oaks in Palacios, were held July 19, 2001 at the Houston National Cemetery Chapel. Interment was in Houston National Cemetery. Mr. Doby was born October 10, 1924 in Waynesboro, Mississippi. He died July 15, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Miriam "Mim" Long Doby; daughters, Diane Doby and Jayne Doby Steward; son, Gary W. and wife Kathy Doby; four grandchildren, Samantha Olivares and husband Serik, Spencer Steward, Lauren and Cameron Doby; 4 great grandchildren, Serik Anthony, Savannah, Sophia, and Sonny Olivares; nephew, Gregory J. Doby and wife Kim; great nieces, Elizabeth Gonzales and Sara McCarthy.
EVELYN MAY ARNOLD
Graveside services for Evelyn May Arnold, 83, of El Campo, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Charlie Parker of the First Methodist Church of Palacios officiating. Visitation is at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo. Mrs. Arnold was born Dec. 18, 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Frederick Lamphier and Etta Nielsson Duchemin Lamphier. She died July 11, 2001. She is survived by her husband, Horace Arnold of El Campo; daughters Mary Ann Sexton of Palacios, Betty Mosier of Elkhart, Tx. and Sue Peal of Corpus Christi, Tx.; a brother, Frederick Bruce Lamphier of Dallas; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were with Triska Funeral Home in El Campo, (979) 543-3681.
CLAIR WILLIAM LYNN
Funeral services for Clair William Lynn, 81, of Palacios, were held July 5, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with the Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Lynn was born Nov. 21, 1919 in Mason City, Ill. to the late Addison Clair and Gladys Riggins Lynn. He died July 2, 2001. He was a longtime farmer, veteran of World War II, a member of the Elks, American Legion, Palacios Lions Club, and NRA. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Lynn of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Anne and Larry Krup of Peoria, Ill., Elizabeth Lynn and Edward Brown of Houston, Laura Jeanne Van Riper of Peoria, Ill., and Peggy Pitman of Palacios; a son, Clair William and his wife, Karen of Jasper, Ill; sisters Mary Lou Fehrenbacher, Anna Mae Held, and Linda Louis McDaniel; brothers Walter I. Lynn, Robert R. Lynn, Richard S. Lynn, Kenneth Lynn, and James E. Lynn; and grandchildren Christopher W. Lynn, Jonathan D. Lynn and Jennifer Elizabeth Lynn. He was preceded in death by two wives, Martha and Kay; his parents; and brothers Jack Cates Lynn and Logan Lynn. Pallbearers were Jim Hampton, Harlin Fowler, Earl Scheley, John Toellner, Bob Christianson, Jack Waechter, Rudolph Mosier and Royce Harvey. The family requests that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Landscaping Fund or the Legacy Foundation. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral.
ROBERT M. 'BOB' BELLAH
Funeral services for Robert M. 'Bob' Bellah, 54, of Palacios, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Janell Blair officating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Mr. Bellah was born Aug. 23, 1946 in Lexa, Ark. to Guy Maxwell Bellah and Evelyn Cherry Bellah. He died June 27, 2001 in Wharton, Tx. He was a resident of Tres Palacios Oaks for the past 16 years and a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Houston and a member of Pipefitters Local #211. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Rocha Bellah of Palacios; a son, Robert Marshall Bellah, Jr. of Houston; step-children Rebecca, Christie, Roberta, Ricky and Alvin Torres, and Martin Rocha, all of Palacios; a sister, Ann Dorsey of Oklahoma; brothers Guy Bellah, Jr. of Missouri, Tony Long and Ray Long, both of Illinois; and by two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Evelyn Bellah, and a brother, J. W. Long.
WALTER ELLIOTT KILGORE
Graveside funeral services for Walter Elliott Kilgore, 74, of Palacios, were held June 26, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Mr. Kilgore was born Sept. 30, 1926 in Palacios to the late Walter B. and Leona Wright Kilgore. He died June 22, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. Walter had a long life with a variety of experiences that included farming, ranching, owning and operation Kilgore Brothers Truck Line, law enforcement career with the Palacios Police Dept., Matagorda County Sheriff's Dept. and Ingleside Police Dept. where he was the Assistant Chief. He was also a longtime past member of the Palacios VFD. He and his wife, Nettie, of 52 years who preceded him in death on May 8, 2000, were both born and raised in Palacios. They will both be missed and their family and friends know they are now together again. He is survived by a son, Keith Kilgore of Palacios, daughters and sons-in-law Karla and Jerry Carr of Crockett, and Cindy and Mark Petersen of Leander, Tx.; sisters and brother-in-law Vera Lou and Jim Sprayberry of Marshall, Tx. and Lottie Anderson of Port Lavaca, Tx.; brother and sister-in-law H. L. "Lewis" and Ruth Kilgore of Woodsboro, Tx.; and six grandchildren.
MARY RUTH ABRAHAMSON
Funeral services for Mary Ruth Abrahamson, 70, of Mission, Tx. were held June 23, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Abrahamson was born May 21, 1931 in Telephone, Tx. to the late Clyde and Eva Owens Edwards. She died June 20, 2001 in Mission, Tx. A former resident of the Palacios area, she was a past state officer of the Texas Extension Homemaker Association. She is survived by her husband, Virgil Bosma of Mission, Tx.; daughters Deborah Mouser and Denise Clark, both of Albertlea, Minn.; sons Larry Abrahamson of Austin, Rick Abrahamson of Yoakum, Tx., Davis Bosma and Doug Bosma, both of Emmons, Minn.; sisters Sarah Baber of Houston, Juanita Shoemaker of Port Lavaca, Betty Jo Arliss of Houston, and June Westerholm of Port Lavaca; brothers H. G. Edwards of Paris, Tx., Clyde Edwards of Weatherford, Tx., Charles Edwards of Honey Grove, Ts., and Max Edwards of Cleveland, TN.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lawrence E. Abrahamson. Pallbearers were Harry Frankson, Billy Stuhrenberg, Mark Greenawalt, Bryant Peterson, Stanley Dierlam, Brother Frankson, and Bill Miller.
MAXIMO GATICA
Funeral services for Maximo Gatica, 95, of Palacios were held June 29, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officating. Interment was be at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Gatica was born Nov. 22, 1905, in Matagorda, to the late Antonio and Simona Camacho Gatica. He died June 27, 2001. He was a retired shrimper and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He is survived by sisters, Dominga Solis and Paula Rivas, both of Palacios; and brothers, Leon Gatica and Herman Gatica Sr., both of Palacios. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bessie Diaz and Sabina Gatica; and brothers, Monico Gatica, Lino Gatica and Frank Gatica.
WANDA MARIE RICKAWAY
Funeral services for Wanda Marie Rickaway, 75, of San Antonio, were held June 20, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronald Lynn officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. Rickaway was born Feb. 6, 1926 in Blessing, Tx. to the late John Charles and Beulah Belle Maynard White. She died June 16, 2001 at the Hearthstone in San Antonio. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Braunsfels, a resident of San Antonio for the past three years, and of New Braunsfels for four years. She was a former longtime resident of Blessing where she retired as a postal clerk with the U. S. Postal Service. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Sandra Rickaway of San Antonio; grandsons Ronald Rickaway, Jr. and companion Eva Walderman of San Antonio, and Gregory Rickaway of Bay City; a sister, Tracy Lockey of LaMarque, Tx.; and a brother, Arthur White of LaWard, Tx. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. L. Rickaway, and a daughter, Jeanette Schultz. Pallbearers were Sterling Barrett Jr., Carl Wayne Barrett, Ronald Rickaway Jr., Gregory Rickaway, Fred Rickaway, and Donald White.
PAUL EDWARD FIELDS
Funeral services for Paul Edward Fields, 54, of Mason, Tex., were held June 27, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Palacios. The Revs. Hollas Hoffman and Charlie Parker officiated. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. He died Saturday, June 23 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. A native of Port Arthur, he was born Oct. 27, 1946 to Edna Fields of Palacios and the late Paul Fields. A graduate of Sam Houston State College, with a degree in criminal justice, he served as Sheriff of Kerr County for seven years. For the past five years, he was employed as a teacher and coach with the Hays Consolidated ISD in Kyle. He had been a resident of Mason for the past 10 years and formerly resided in Harper, Ingram, Kerrville and Hunt. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason. Survivors in addition to his mother include a daughter, Paula Fields of Comfort; a son, Russell Fields of Ennis; and two brothers, Bryan Lee Fields of Tres-Palacios and Ron Fields of Palacios.
TOMMIE JOE (T. J.) CHANIK
Memorial services for Tommie Joe (T. J.) Chanik, 55, of Palacios were pending, as of Monday. He died Monday, June 25, 2001 at Palacios Health Care. A native of Palacios, he was born Oct. 18, 1945 to the late Adolph Tom and Annie Lee Knapp Chanik. A veteran of U.S. Army service, T. J. lived most of his life in Matagorda County. He was a volunteer for the Palacios Food Pantry and the Senior Citizen Center. Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Claudette Brown of Wyoming; two sons, Edward Ottis Chanik of Odessa and Lyndell Joe Chanik of Port Lavaca; one brother, Forrest Chanik of Markham; five sisters, Mittie Glass of Houston, Joyce Cowgar of Markham, Olita Nance of Smithville, Martha Chanik of Palacios and Kay Dry of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Laurie Elizabeth Bass of Odessa and Larry Joe Hunt of Houston; and one great-grandson, Zade Draven. He was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Rose Chanik, Geneva Chanik Smith and Lillie Ann Chanik McElroy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.
AMIE SUZANNE HARRISON
Funeral rites for Amie Suzanne Harrison, 31, of Houston were held Monday, June, 25, 2001 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockport, followed by interment at Lamar Cemetery in Lamar, Tex. She died Thursday, June 21. She was born March 19, 1970 in New Orleans, La., to Tom and Gail Hamlin of Rockport. A resident of Houston for the past nine years, she taught dancing, gymnastics and music. She also sang with several local bands in Houston. Survivors in addition to her parents include a sister, Emilie Grace Hamlin of LaPorte; maternal grandmother, Bernice Glowka of Rockport; paternal grandmother, Edna Hamlin of Palacios; and a special nephew, Zachery Schnieder of LaPorte.
SYLVIA ANN MORALES GOMEZ
A rosary for Sylvia Ann Morales Gomez, 47, of Bay City, will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Gomez was born March 12, 1954, in Palacios, to Beatrice Hernandez Morales of Rosenburg and the late Hilbert Morales. She died June 11, 2001. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Francisco R. Gomez; daughters, Blanca Estelle Gomez of Plano, Susan Yvonne Gomez of Bay City and Stephanie Ann Gomez of San Angelo; son, Francisco R. Gomez Jr. of Brenham; mother; sisters, Linda Mendoza of Missouri City and Alice Morales of Fort Worth; brothers, Richard Morales of Houston and Vincent Morales of Rosenburg; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: father. Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.
BARBARA ANN CHRISTIAN ANDERSON
Funeral services for Barbara Ann Christian, 37, of Palacios will be held Saturday, June 16, 2001 at Riverside Baptist Church in Rosedale, Mississippi (MS), followed by interment at Wright Crossing, MS. She died Friday, June 8, 2001 at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, MS. Survivors include her fiancé, Lloyd Toby Anderson, Sr.; a daughter, Tyronica KeShondra Christian; a son, Lloyd Toby Anderson, Jr.; her mother, Mary R. Christian; five sisters, Mary A. Christian of Cleveland, MS., Shirley J. Broome and Sherrix M. Christian, both of Rosedale, MS, Stine Anderson of Pace, MS; and Angie L. Christian of Symond, MS.; three brothers, Arthur Christian of Rosedale, MS, Roger L. Christian of King, N.C.; and Melvin Christian of Parchman, MS; four nephews, two nieces, a host of aunts and uncles and a godson, Roy G. Burks, Jr. of Stafford, TX.
ROBERT E. BYERS
Funeral services for Robert E. "Bob" Byers, 92, of Palacios were held 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001 at the Church of God Prophecy in Port Lavaca, with the Rev. H. N. Hartsfield officiating, assisted by pastors Willie Espinoza, Raymond Salinas, Lloyd Rodriguez and Rafael Rios. Graveside services followed at the Palacios Cemetery. He died Tuesday, June 5, 2001. He was born June 18, 1908 in Prairie Hill, Tex., to the late Samuel R. and Minerva Lowery Byers. A retired commercial shrimper at Port O'Connor and a former Calhoun County deputy sheriff, he spent his later years in Weesatche and Palacios. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Velma Leadford Byers; one daughter, Robin Leadford Posgay and husband Ray of Friendswood; and one grandson, Jody Harvey and his wife Gabriela of Port O'Connor. He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. Pallbearers were Ray Posgay, Jody Harvey, Daryl Everett, Lloyd Rodriguez, Raymond Salinas and Eric Young.
MAJOR JEROME B. KIMBALL, JR.
Graveside services for Major Jerome Brooks Kimball, Jr., (ret.), 66, of Palacios will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2001, in the Wharton City Cemetery, with lay pastor Colleen Claybourn officiating. He died Tuesday, May 29, 2001. A native of Houston, he was born April 4, 1935 to the late Jerome Brooks, Sr. and Nell Armstrong Kimball. He moved to Palacios as a young child and was a graduate of Palacios High School. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Berlin Crisis and the Vietnam Conflict, retiring as a Major in the U. S. Army in 1976 in Giessen, Germany. Following retirement he was employed as an ROTC instructor for the Houston ISD until the late 1980s. After moving back to Palacios in 1989, he became a driver's education instructor for the Palacios ISD and a defensive driving instructor in Matagorda County. He was a Baptist and a member of the Palacios VFW. Survivors include the wife, Bonnie Danielsen Kimball (to whom he was married on June 7, 1957 in Ojai, Calif.); and a son, Jerry Kimball, both of Palacios. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Stacy Lynn Odem; a sister, Nell Elizabeth Kimball; and a brother, Raines Crosby "Tiny" Kimball. Memorials may be made to the Palacios Area Historical Association, P. O. Box 11, Palacios, Tx 77465; or the Palacios Area Fund, 458 Commerce, Palacios, Tx 77465.
JUAN OLLERVIDEZ
Funeral services for Juan Ollervidez, 54, of Palacios, were held May 30, 2001 at Casa de Dios Church. Interment was in Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Ollervidez was born May 9, 1947 in Mexico to Jesus and Nicholas Parado Ollervidez. He died May 27, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Bessie Solis Ollervidez of Palacios; four daughters, Regina Flores of Victoria, Nichole Salaierna, Leticia Figueroa and Kristi Figueroa all of Palacios; eight sisters, Dora Wojaowski of Wisconsin, Domitila Riveria of Mexico, Socorro Ollervidez, Lorene Gonzales, Susana Ibarra and Dora Garcia all of McAllen, Martha Perez and Blanca Lara both of Mexico; two brothers, Gerardo Ollervidez and Juan Manuel both of McAllen; and eight grandchildren.
LOLITA MYERS WALKER
Graveside services for Lolita Myers Walker, 89, of Palacios, were held May 28, 2000 at the Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Walker was born in Lolita, Texas to the late William and Una Farquhar Myers. She died Friday, May 25, 2001. She was secretary to the Superintendent of Boling High School in Boling, Tx. and to the General Manager of Texas Gulf Sulphur Co. in Newgulf, Tx. before moving to Palacios. A member of the Newgulf Baptist Church, she and her late husband, Covey Walker, built and ran Covey's Corner for many years and later added Covey's Gift Shop. Mrs. Walker is survived by her daughter, Nell Lanfear of Port Lavaca; grandson, Larry Lanfear; granddaughter, Lani Montgomery and 3 great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Research, P.O. Box 2028, Victoria, Texas 77902 or donor's choice. Arrangements by Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.
HURE LEE RIVERS
Funeral services for Hure Lee Rivers, 82, of Palacios were held June 2, 2001 at the Free Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Blessing with the Rev. Ben Hadden officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. He died May 27, 2001. He was born in Matagorda County on Feb. 8, 1919 to the late Emmitt and Lola Franklin Rivers. Survivors include three daughters, Lonnie Jeanette, Teresa Elaine and Lillian Marie; one son, Samuel Louis; two sisters, Helen and Vivian; three brothers, Elijah, Charlie and David; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Sylvia, Ann, Celestine and Elverine.
ANITA ALVAREZ GARCIA
Funeral rites for Anita Alvarez Garcia, 82, of Palacios, were held June 2, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at in the Palacios Cemetery. She died May 29, 2001. A native of Olivia, she was born March 5, 1919 to the late Marcelino and Ventura Morales-Alvarez. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Garcia and Rebecca Torres, both of Palacios; eight sons, Alfred Garcia, Albert Garcia, Tony Garcia, Nick Garcia III, Robert David Garcia, Lawrence Garcia, all of Palacios, Lee Garcia of Freeport and John Garcia of Sacramento, Calif.; 39 grandchildren; and 64 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick Garcia, Jr.; a daughter, Vivian Carrillo; and a son, Robert Garcia.
LOLITA MYERS WALKER
Graveside services Lolita Myers Walker, 89, of Palacios were held May 28, 2001 at Palacios Cemetery. She died Friday, May 25, 2001. She was born March 11, 1912 in Lolita, Tex., to the late William and Una Farquhar Myers. She was co-owner and operator of Covey's Corner and Covey's Gift Shop and had previously been secretary for Boling High School. She was a member of Newgulf Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Nell Lanfear of Port Lavaca; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Covey Walker; and two sisters, Lucille Compton and Lonnie Dell Selby. Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer Disease Research, P. O. Box 2028, Victoria, Tex. 77979, or to donor's choice.
DR. JAMES MICHAEL FLEETWOOD
Dr. James Michael Fleetwood, 51, of Palacios, died May 9, 2001. Dr. Fleetwood was born Oct. 11, 1949 in Pasadena, Tx. to the late Louis Cole and Ray James Fleetwood. Dr. Fleetwood moved to Palacios about six years ago to start Palacios Family Chiropractic. He had previously been a geophysicist with Mobil Oil. He served as President of the Palacios Chamber of Commerce and was in charge of the upcoming Cancer Society Survivors Walk. Active in the community, he has served as Santa Claus and Easter bunny for the city and other civic organizations. He also had a great love of sailing. He is survived by a sister, Mary Lou Kirves; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Howard Fleetwood.
JAMES PINCKNEY WALLER
Memorial services for James Pinckney Waller, 84, of Tidewater Oaks, were held May 11, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy Blair officiating. He died Thursday, May 3, 2001. A native of Nocona, Tex., he was born Nov. 9, 1916 to the late James Pinckney and Denta Titsworth Waller. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 18 and later entered the Army Air Force at Dodd Field in San Antonio. During World War II, he was a member of the 57th Fighter Wing of the 9th Army Air Force; and the 57th Bomber Wing of the 12th Army Air Force, in the European Theatre, as a communication Sgt/Maj. In the 1950s he was a member of the Victoria Chapter of the Civil Air Patrol. He worked for the Texas Highway Department, DuPont, as a real estate broker, and retired from Intermedics at Freeport, Tex. In addition to being an electrician, he also trained dogs, showed Irish Setters and gave obedience classes. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and an instructor in gun safety. He suffered injuries to his spine and leg in a private plane wreck in 1957, which gradually crippled him and confined him to a wheel chair at the end. He was also a member of VFW Post 2467 of Palacios. Survivors include his children and their spouses: James Waller of Victoria, Betty and Red Kirby of Blessing, Simone and Yves Alart of Berre L'Etang, France, Simone Tipton of Victoria, Dennis and Linda Waller of Missouri City, and Celestine and Donald Merritt of Fort Worth; siblings Wilma (Babe) Winn of Bellville, Joyce Harrison of Washington, Joseph (Hucky) Waller of Mansfield, Erma Kibler of New Mexico, Jeannette Streadwick of Wichita Falls, and Jack (Bill) Waller of Richardson; special people, Marie Vinklarek Calhoun of Victoria and Dedee Susini of Corsica. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Waller; two sisters, Elisabeth Butler and Brucella Wheatley; a brother, Weldon Waller and companion, Roberta Wolfer.
DORTHA MAE ROSE MOSIER JONES
Graveside funeral services for Dortha Mae Rose Mosier Jones, 77, of Houston, were held May 4, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 28, 1923 in Pledger, Tx. She passed away May 1, 2001 in Katy, Tx. She had been a resident of Palacios for 45 years and had resided in Houston for the past 15 years. She is survived by her husband, Allen W. Jones of Katy; two sons, Edwin Leon Mosier, Jr. of Elkhart, Tx. and Charles Mosier of Dallas; a daughter, Dortha Ann Hamm of Bellmead, Tx; two stepsons, Dwayne Jones of Willis, Tx. and Dennis Jones of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Emaline Reed of Van Vleck; eight grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
MARION SIMES WILSON
Funeral services for Marion Simes Wilson, 82, of Palacios, were held May 3, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Shan Jackson officiating. Interment was at Oaklawn Memorial Park in El Campo. Mr. Wilson was born May 29, 1918 in Pierce, Tex. to George Matthew Wilson and Leaner Claudia Worthington Wilson. He died May 1, 2001 in Bay City. He was a farmer and a resident of Palacios since 1966. He was a member of the Church of Christ of Palacios, the VFW in El Campo and a US Army veteran of World II in which he received the Purple Heart while serving in both the European and Pacific Theaters of combat. He was an avid gardener and a very compassionate person who also cared for his parents and his wife's parents until the time of their deaths. He is survived by his daughter, Annette Wilson, of Palacios; sons and daughters-in-law Eugene and Shirley Wilson of Palacios, Lee and Bobbie Wilson of Palacios, Lindsay and Kathy Wilson of Bay City, and Terrill and Jeanie Wilson of Palacios; grandchildren James Wilson, Bryan Wilson, Cassie Wilson, Lacie Wilson and Erica Wilson, all of Palacios, and Michael Sellers of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Scherdick Wilson, in 1987. Pallbearers were Wayne Wilson, James Wilson, Bryan Wilson, Randy Wilson, Edward Joe Scherdick and Charles Hutto.
JAMES AARON BRISTER
Funeral services for James Aaron Brister, 87, of Palacios, were to be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment will be a Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Brister was born Dec. 27, 1913 in San Augustine, Tx. to Henry James Brister and Charlcie Morning Marshall Brister. He died April 28, 2001. He was a longtime resident of Palacios and a former 30-yr. resident of Port Neches, Tx. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios, a retired fireman from the Neches Butane Co. of Port Neches, and a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Jewell Burns Brister of Palacios; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharron and Raymond Kwiatkowski of Troy, MI; sisters Maggie Drawhorn of Zavalla, Tx., Emily Harvey of Palacios, Elaine Melling of Groves, Tx., Dorothy Faye Hamlin of Sweeny, Tx., Charlcie LeClair of Pearland, Tx., and Melba Joyce McCroy of Palacios; brothers Willie Brister of Zavalla, Tx., Elton Brister of Selkirk Island, Tx., and L. J. Brister of Palacios; grandchildren Richard Aaron Womack and wife Jackie of Waterford, MI, and Sharron Renya Austin and husband Mark of Elizabethton, TN; and great-grandchildren Courtney Austin, Brooke Austin, and Renya Austin, all of Elizabethton, TN. ,hr>
ROSAURA FLORES
Funeral services for Rosaura Flores, 81, of Palacios, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios with Rev. Andy Blair and Rev. Janell Blair officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Visitation will be held until noon Friday, April 27 at Palacios Funeral Home and afterwhich at the First Presbyterian Church up until the funeral service. Mrs. Flores was born July 1, 1919 in Mexico to the late Reyes and Pilar Sanchez Garcia. She died April 25, 2001. She is survived by daughters Ophelia Peres of Palacios, Evangeline Reyes of Palacios, Stella Martino of Palacios, and Pilar Flores of Austin; sons Abelardo Flores, Jr. of Palacios, Thomas Flores of Bay City, and Antonio Flores of Palacios; a sister, Teresa Gonzales of Palacios; 18 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Abelardo Flores, Sr. Pallbearers are Marcos Flores, Thomas Flores II, Abraham Flores, Eddie Reyes, Louis Martino III, and James Flores.
JEANNE PARTAIN
Funeral services for Jeanne Partain, 69, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Palacios, were held April 29, 2001 at Laurel Park United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia. Interment was in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens. Her remains rest at the Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Home in Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Partain was born in Palacios to the late Joe and Alice Beard. She died April 26, 2001. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and a graduate of Palacios High School. Mrs. Partain is survived by her husband, Jack Partain; children Jim and Kathy of Springfield, Virginia; five brothers, Everett Beard, JoeRay Beard, Lonnie Beard, Donnie Beard and Tommy Beard; one sister, Thelma Holloway; one grandson, Cory Partain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
JUDY ANN BARTOSH
Judy Ann Bartosh, 60, of Deer Park, Tx., died April 22, 2001 of lukemia at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She was born June 2, 1940 in Huntington, W. Va., to Frances Bean and the late Donald Leon 'Mac" McCain. A resident of Palacios for 18 years, she moved to Deer Park where she lived with her mother for the past 9 years. She was an accomplished writer, artist, and published poet. She is survived by her children Peggy and Jack Hawkins, Tomi Moebly, John and Beth Purtee, Barry and Shari Bartosh, and Diane Harrison; a brother, Robert L. McCain; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Jerry Purczinsky; grandchildren Charlie and Angelica Hebert, Haley and Jamie Kruse, Sharlotte Hebert, Jamie Paige, Janet and Brock Hodge, Chalon Hawkins, Bonni Hawkins, Nicole Bartosh, Korey Bartosh, John Purtee III, Kimberly Bartosh, Daniel Harrison, and Jenna Harrison; and great-grandchildren Tristan and Steffen Kruse, and Jareth Hebert.
KATHLYN 'PATSY' SELLS
Funeral services for Kathlyn 'Patsy" Sells, 79, of Palacios were held April 21, 2001 at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was in Palacios Cemetery. A native of Palacios, she was born Feb. 21, 1922 in Palacios to the late John W. and Roberta Partain Richards. She died April 17, 2001. A homemaker, Mrs. Sells was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Philip Cusimano of Richmond; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Cyndie Sells of Palacios, Ron and Marsha Sells of Port Lavaca, and John and Sheryl Sells of Shreveport, La.; two sisters, Bobby Jean Braden of Port Lavaca and Ginger Turner of Kerrville; one brother, Joe Richards of El Campo; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Moore Sells; two sisters, Billie Burt Rowe and Lanell Richards; and one brother, John C. 'Red" Richards. Pallbearers were Ronald, Johnny and Bobby Sells, Philip, Kelly, Jeff and Andrew Cusimano. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Palacios.
HOMER THEODORE PHILLIPS
Funeral services for Homer Theodore Phillips, 91, of Blessing, were held April 16, 2001 at First Baptist Church in Blessing with the Rev. Larry Swift officiating Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mr. Phillips was born March 16, 1911 in Thorton. He died April 13, 2001, following a lengthy illness. He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Blessing and was a contractor in the Blessing area. He is survived by his wife, Stella Rickaway Phillips; sons, David Phillips and Gary Phillips, both of Blessing; sister, Mildred Autrey of Brazoria; and three grandchildren.
RAYMOND GARCIA, JR.
Funeral services for Raymond Garcia, Jr., 54, of Palacios, were held April 10, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Boren officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Mr. Garcia was born April 10, 1946 in Palacios to the late Raymond Sr. and Paula Garcia. He died April 8, 2001. He was a former employee of United Electrical & Instrumentation of Clute and Davis International, working as an electrician. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Marleny Garcia; daughter Estella Garcia of Bay City; sons Raymond Garcia III of Angleton and Ruben Garcia of Brenham; sisters Lucy Garza of Freeport, Angelina Ferrell of Houston, Janie Penland and Pauline Gomez, both of Palacios; brothers Blas Garcia, Lucio Garcia and Joe Garcia, all of Palacios; and one grandchild.
ALBERTA 'ROBBIE' DeWITT
Funeral services for Alberta 'Robbie' DeWitt, 87, of Palacios, were held April 6, 200 at Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Brett Moreland officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. DeWitt was born Jan. 3, 1914 to Maggie S. Noland and Robert Lee Moore. She died April 3, 2001. She was a housewife and a Baptist. She is survived by a daughter, Martha Wright of Palacios; a son, Carl Kennon DeWitt of Victoria; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl DeWitt; a son, Kelly Knight DeWitt; sisters Monia Lee and Helamal; and a brother, Monroe Fancher. Funeral arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
MURIEL LAMEY BATES
Funeral services for Muriel Lamey Bates, 67, of Palacios, were held April 2, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Bates was born Feb. 6, 1934 in Bayou La Batre, Ala. to the late Mitchell Oliver and Hattie Smith Lamey. She died March 30, 2001 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria. She was a Baptist and a resident of Palacios since 1975. Mrs. Bates is survived by her husband, Ted Bates, Jr. of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Hattie Lynn and Charles L. Wright of Selkirk Island, Karen Riva of Palacios, and Alisson and Billy Welsh of Palacios; a sister, Mildred Pomeroy of Knoxville, Tenn.; an aunt, Eunice Malette of Bayou LaBatre, Ala.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Schjott of Bayou LaBatre, Ala. Pallbearers were Ronnie Johnson, Hudson Bates Sr., Gary Tilton, John Carroll Sardelich, Brian Schjott and Clay Schjott.
GERALD McKISSICK
Funeral services for Gerald McKissick, 63, of Bay City, were held April 1, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral home with Pastor Rodney Box officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mr. McKissick was born Sept. 8, 1937 in Bay City to Thomas Walter and Alma Vavra McKissick. He died at his residence on March 30, 2001. Mr. McKissick was a resident of Bay City the past year and a former longtime resident of the El Maton area. His is survived by two daughters, Kathy McKissick of Bay City and Kimberly McKissick of Bryan, Tx.; son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Charlotte McKissick of Bay City; his mother, Alma McKissick of El Maton; sisters and brothers-in-law Jessie and Jack Falks of Somerville, and Susie and Craig Glassock of El Maton; brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Laura McKissick of Markham; grandchildren Brandon, Bradley and Bryce McKissick, and Hillary Vandervort, all of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna McKissick, and his father, Thomas Walter McKissick. Pallbearers were Kinney and Kevin McKissick, Jack Falks Jr., Greg Cain, Michael Glasscock and Jamie McAda. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon, Bradley and Bryce McKissick, and Bruce Ramsey.
GEORGE M. LLANES
A Funeral Mass for George M. Llanes, 83, of Palacios, was held March 31, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Llanes was born April 23, 1917 in Citrus Grove, Matagorda County, Tx. to the late Cosme and Anita Marmolejo Llanes. He died March 29, 2001 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a crane operator with Alcoa Aluminum co. and a member of Alcoa's 25-year club. He is survived by his wife of 62-years, Feliciana Garza Llanes of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Gloria and Sam Garcia of Alvin, and Josefa 'Jodie' and Richard Cedillo of New Braunfels, Tx.; sons and daughters-in-law George Llanes, Jr. of Bellflower, CA., Domingo and Celia Llanes of Palacios, Gilbert and Lupita Llanes of Pasadena, Tx., and David and Debbie Llanes of Alvin, Tx.; sisters Mary Flores of Palacios and Grace Morales of Rockdale, Tx., brothers Demetrio Llanes of Palacios, Lawrence Llanes of Hobbs, NM, Tim Llanes of Texas City, and Canto Llanes of Corpus Christi; 19 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren.
LEETTA MAE HARVEY
Funeral services for Leetta Mae Harvey, 87, of Palacios, were held March 29, 2001 at First Baptist Church of Palacios with Revs. Hollas Hoffman and Gary Rodgers officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Harvey was born Nov. 2, 1913 in Matagorda County to the late Samuel Bradley and Montie Alice Anderson Lee. She died March 27, 2001. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Palacios and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 2467 in Palacios. She is survived by her daughter, Delores Mae VanDyke of Lockhart; sons, Jeffie Harvey, Charles Harvey and Terry Lee Harvey, all of Palacios; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Harvey; parents; sisters, Helen Pausley and Leona Speed; and brothers, George Anderson, Loyal Lee and Clinton Lee. Pallbearers were Tim Nyquist, Richard Ripke, Paul Kubecka, Robby Kubecka, Kyle Harvey and Jeremy VanDyke.
JANICE BURNES
Graveside services for Janice Burnes, 57, of Kempner Texas and formerly of Palacios, were held March 29, 2001 at Midway Cemetery near Goldsboro, Tx. with Rev. Scott Mayer officiating. Mrs. Burnes was born in Gorman, Tx. to Margaret Betterton Day and Charles Robinson Day. She died at her residence on March 27, 2001. She graduated from Gorman High School in 1962 and attended Tarleton State University and received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from McMurray College in 1966. She received her Masters of Education from Sam Houston State in 1980. She taught in Copperas Cove, Ranger, West Hardin and Kountz, Kaufman, Bay City and Palacios ISDs. She also worked with the Abilene Regional Council on Drugs and Alcohol. She is survived by her husband, Sam Burnes of Kempner; two sons, Conan of Waco and Samuel of Levelland; a brother, Billy Day of Dallas; and a sister, Joan Butler of Gorman, Tx.
EMILIO LARA
Funeral services for Emilio Lara, 66, of Blessing, were held March 13, 2001 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Blessing with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment was at St. Peters Catholic Church. Mr. Lara was born Aug. 8, 1934, in San Juan, to the late Cruz and Francisca Lara. He died March 9, 2001. He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Lara; daughters, Lora Metcalf of Rochelle, Ill. and Donna Argon of Friendswood; sons, Jesus Lara of Clear Lake, Adrian Lara of Nasa Bay, Rojelio Lara of Santa Fe, Mario Lara and Tomaz Lara, both of Memphis, Tenn. and Eugene Lara of Blessing; sister, Lisa Pendleton of Blessing; brothers, Porfilio Lara, Cruz Lara Jr., Vincent Alvarado and Tony Alvarado, all of Blessing, and Lino Lara of Rochelle, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by: son, Arturo Lara; and sister, Maria Soto.
JOHN V. OTTINO
Funeral services for John 'Jay" V. Ottino, 70, of El Campo were held March 4, 2001 at the Triska Funeral Home Chapel in El Campo, with Deacon Jarrel Nohavitza officiating. Interment was Monday, March 5, at Houston National Cemetery. He died March 2. A native of Palacios, he was born Nov. 16, 1930 to the late John R. and Dorothy Roach Ottino. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War, he was a retired manager of Rice Belt Warehouse in Bay City. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, St. Philip's Catholic Church, the DAV, VFW and was a past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus in Blessing. Survivors include the widow, Mary Ottino of El Campo; daughter, Debbie Kovasovic of East Bernard; two sisters, Josephine Gonzales of Palacios and Margie Acosta of Bay City; and one grandson. Memorials may be made to the El Campo Elks Scholarship Fund.
TINA LOFF
Tina Loff, 40, of Houston, died Feb. 19, 2001. Rosary and funeral mass were held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, with the Rev. Benjamin Smistrla, celebrant. Interment was at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston. She was born in Houston on Sept. 29, 1960 to the late Frank W. Vivian and Polly Commander Vivian Titus. A devoted mother and spouse, Tina is survived by her husband, Aaron, son of the late Arvid Loff of the Carancahua Community; her two children, Joshua Ripple and Kayla Loff; her god-child, Adele Carlson; Willie Ripple, Jr., father of Joshua Ripple; numerous relatives and many friends, old and new; along with her 'other children"—three dogs, three cats and a rooster. Always reads with a warm smile, Tina struck up friendships everywhere she went. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Ambrose, where she was baptized, confirmed, married and where both her children were baptized and currently serve as altar servers. An avid lover of animals, Tina spent 20 years as supervisor of an animal clinic where she was much loved by the clientele, compassionately dispensing advice, guidance and consolation to clients and patients.
MARIA DeLOS SANTOS GALVAN
Funeral mass for Maria DeLos Santos Galvan, 76, of Blessing, were held Feb. 26, 2001 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing, with Fr. James R. Nischan officiating. A native of Paso Real, Tx., she was born April 25, 1924 to the late Margarito and Petra Rodriguez DeLos Santos. She died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001. She was a resident of Blessing for the past 40 years and a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Antonio Galvan, Sr., of Blessing; daughters and sons-in-law: Gloria and Tony Alvarado of Blessing, Estella and Pete Soliz of Clute, Ester and Jimmy Rodriguez of Francitas and Becky Galvan of Bay City; sons and daughters in-law: Marcelino Galvan, Tony Galvan, Jr. and wife Susan, Carlos Galvan, Migel Galvan, Sr., and wife Mary Jane, Daniel Galvan, Sr. and wife Mary Rose, Robert Galvan, Sr. and wife Bea, Alexander Galvan, all of Blessing, and Eddie Galvan and wife Janie of Bay City; two sisters, Lupe Cantu and Antonia Zartuche of Harlingen; 35 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jose DeLos Santos and Florencio DeLos Santos. Named pallbearers were Ricky Galvan, David Vincent Galvan, Ruben Alvarado, Mike Galvan, Jr., Daniel Galvan, Jr., Jason Galvan, Ernie Esquivel and Jimmy Rodriguez. All grandchildren were named honorary pallbearers.
WALTER CHRISTIAN BRAM
Funeral services for Walter Christian Bram, 96, of Danevang, were held Feb. 25, 2001 at Danevang Lutheran Church with the Rev. Laird Engle officiating. Interment was at Danevang Lutheran Cemetery. Mr. Bram born Jan. 29, 1905, in Matagorda County, to the late Marius and Christina Christiansen Bram. He died Feb. 22, 2001. He was a retired mechanic and a member of Danevang Lutheran Church. He is survived by daughters, Peggy Schomburg of Stafford, Geneva Wilson of Palacios and Sybil Lambright of Haughton, La.; sons, Clifton Bram of Danevang and Tommy Bram of El Campo; sister, Clara Sifford of El Campo; brothers, Emil 'Jack" Bram and Otto Bram, both of Danevang and Elve Bram of El Campo; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Recie Mae Bram; and parents. Pallbearers were Craig Bram, Doug Schomburg, Chris Schomburg, Steven Wilson, Rick Lambright and John Armatta. Honorary pallbearers were Kimberly Cooper, Rhonda Huitt, Lori Armatta, Recie Staff, Loretta Lambright, Nashay Bram and Jennifer Bram. Memorials may be made to Danevang Lutheran Church or the Danish Historical Society of Danevang.
ANNIE MAE HURTA
Funeral services for Annie Mae Hurta, 76, of Midfield were held Friday, Feb. 23, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Adamson officiating. Eulogist was Ona Lee Pierce. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing. She died Monday, Feb. 19 at Bay Villa Nursing home in Bay City. She was born Feb. 28, 1924 in Sealy to the late John J. and Emily Esterak Swinky. A resident of Midfield since 1973, she was a member of the Midfield Community Church, a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Cecil Lee Post No. 649; a member of the Midfield Extension Homemakers Club, and was very active in the 4-H clubs of Matagorda County. In 1985, Mrs. Hurta received the Homemaker of the Year Award; in May of 1994, she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Midfield Volunteer Fire Department and EMS; and in March of 1996, she received a 50-year members Award of Texas Association for Family and Community Education. Survivors include one daughter, LaVerne Hicks of Midfield; two sons and a daughter-in-law: Marvin and Nona Hurta of Ashby and Lawrence Hurta of Midfield; sisters: Wilma Vavra of El Maton, Frances Dusek and husband Ray of East Bernard, Doris Johs and husband Sonny of Blessing, Margaret Fehmel and husband Bill of Bay City, Geraldine Strelec and husband Edwin of Edna, and Patricia Scott and husband Gary of Clear Lake; brothers: Edward Swinky and wife Helen of Bay City, and Johnny Swinky and wife Loreen of Florida; eight grandchildren, Lynda Brooks of Edna, Brenda Stewart of Tekamah, NB, Kimberly Hurta of Bay City, Wendy Saha and husband Eric of Blessing, Jason Hurta of Edna, Chad Hurta of Van Vleck, Russell Hicks and wife Rebecca of Aransas Pass, and Ashley Hurta of Bay City; and eight great-grandchildren. Also daughter-in-law: Priscilla Hurta-Skalicky of Edna; sister-in-law Edith Hurta of Midfield; and brothers-in-law A.W. Hurta and wife Totsy of Midfield and Bill Herrin of Palacios. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Edward Hurta, Sr. in 1995; a son, Edwin Edward Hurta, Jr. in 1992; by two sisters, Louise Knebel Boling and Emily Herrin; and a brother, Bennie Swinky. Pallbearers were Russell Hicks, Jason Hurta, Chad Hurta, Eric Saha, Ralph Petersen and Bill Hurta. Memorials may be made to the Midfield EMS or Midfield Community Church.
WARRIE WINNER WOODROW WILSON SCHICKE
Funeral services for Warrie Winner Woodrow Wilson Schicke, 83, of Midfield, were held Feb. 17, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Schicke was born Feb. 6, 1918 at Schicke Point, Calhoun Co. to the late Charles and Minnie Osterman Schicke. He was the youngest of 14 children. He was a lifelong resident of Schicke Point up until four years ago when he moved to Midfield. He was a member of the Baptist Church and attended Carancahua Chapel and St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and a member of Palacios Queen-Hamlin VFW Post 2467. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum after 30 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent a great deal of his time hunting, fishing, and gardening. He usually gave away the ducks, geese, fish and vegetables to anyone who stopped by to visit or listen to one of his many stories. He is survived by his wife, Nellie Lemeke Schicke of Midfield; daughter and son-in-law June Ann and Ronnie Murray of Corpus Christi; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Jack Anders of Lolita, Tx.; two grandsons and spouses, Andy and Tammie Murray, and Britt and Robin Murray, all of Corpus Christi; great-grandchildren Shey, Collin, and Angelia Murray of Corpus Christi; stepsons and spouses Jesse and Sheri Shindler of Blessing, Danny and Dianna Shindler of Bay City, Phillip and Jerri Lou Shindler of Columbia, Mo.; step-grandchildren Bill Donica, Somer and Lacy Shindler of Blessing, Kacy Shindler of Bay City, and Heidi and Holli Shindler of Columbia, Mo. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anita Katherine LeBlanc Schicke. Pallbearers were W. A. 'Billy" Stuhrenberg, Paul Abraham, Roger Lovell, Bret and Andy Murray, and Bill Shindler. Honorary pallbearer was Percy Venglar.
SYLVESTER JAMES POLK, IV
Funeral services for Sylvester James Polk, IV, 33 of Palacios were held Feb. 17, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Cremation was at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wharton. Mr. Polk was born March 18, 1967 in Palacios to Sylvester Polk, III and Jeanette Deadrick Polk. He died Feb. 9, 2001 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Victoria following an automobile accident. He was owner and operator of Sly Polk's Seafood delivery business in Palacios. He is survived by his wife, Jessica Puentes Polk; three children, Jazmine, Clarisa and Savion Polk; his father, Sylvester Polk III; sisters Mia Edwards and husband James, and Tonya Pinkston; brothers I. J. Polk, Seaman Polk, Jonathan Polk and Michael Polk; grandmothers Mable Deadrick and Earline Polk; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers are John Puentes, Thomas Puentes, John Brewer, Robert Woolsey, Carlos Diaz and Rhett Robinson.
CHARLENE LEE SHELTON
Funeral services for Charlene Lee Shelton, 76, of Palacios, were held Feb. 5, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Shelton was born July 12, 1924 in Chiderter, Ark. to the late William Dewey and Lela Earl Turbeville Lee. She died Feb. 1, 2001. She was a member of the Alapha Club. She is survived by her sons, Terry Lee and Robby Earl Shelton, both of Houston; a brother, William Aubrey Lee of Houston; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers are William Aubrey Lee, Marvin Curtis, Vic Kahlich, J. E. Todd, Billy Hamlin and Lacey Lowry. Memorials may be made to the Palacios Library.
SYLVA LUCILE BARR DAVENPORT
Graveside funeral services for Slyva Lucile Barr Davenport, 100, of Memphis, Tenn. were held Feb. 2, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Andy Blair officiating. Mrs. Davenport was born Sept. 1, 1900 in Maryville, Mo. to the late John James and Emma Rogina Ramige Barr. She died Jan. 30, 2001 at the Applingwood Healthcare Center in Memphis. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a resident of Memphis for the past 10 years and a former longtime resident of Palacios. She was a retired registered nurse from Baylor University Hospital in Dallas. She is survived by a niece, Doris Ann Barr of San Antonio; nephew, Richard D. Barr of Saudi Arabia; great nephews Rob and James Barr; and sister-in-law Helen E. Barr of Cordova, Tenn.
GARY WAYNE MOONEYHAM
Funeral services for Gary Wayne Mooneyham, 26, of Palacios were held Feb. 1, 2001 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mr. Mooneyham was born Aug. 6, 1974 in Bowie County, Tex. to Curtis W. and Evyone Garner Mooneyham. He died Jan. 29, 2001. He is survivied by a daughter, Destine Mooneyham of El Campo, his parents, Evyone and Curtis W. Mooneyham; and brothers Greg and Kevin Mooneyham of Palacios, and David Mooneyham of San Antonio.
SYLVIA MAE HASKELL
Graveside services for Sylvia Mae Haskell, 93, of Palacios were held Jan. 19, 2001 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, with the Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. A native of Mangum, Okla., she was born Dec. 8, 1907 to the late James and Effie Mae Long Harris. She died Jan. 18, 2001. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors include two daughters, Bettye Koontz of Palacios and Willa Koontz of Sugar Land; a sister, Mable Kinard of Bay City; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Haskell; sons, Earl Rogers and Donald Rogers; and one grandson. Pallbearers were Henry Penland, Scott Arndt, Andy Arndt, Jeff Franklin, Terry Brossette and Robert Marek.
RUTH HATTIE WHEATON
Funeral services for Ruth Hattie Wheaton, 83, of Blessing were held Jan. 19, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Pat Sliva officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mrs. Wheaton was born Feb. 13, 1932 in Livonia, NY. She died Jan. 17, 2001. She was a resident of Blesing for the past 23 years and a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Rodney M. Wheaton of Blessing; her mother, Maxine Thew of Mt. Morris, NY.; daughers Karen Alvord and husband Dan of Palacios, Kietha Robertson and husband Rick of Pasadena, TX, Kathleen Wheaton and fiance Jim Metzger of Bay City, and Debra Wheaton of Clute, Tx.; sons Timothy Wheaton and wife Karen of Midfield, John Wheaton of Madrid, NY, Eugene Wheaton of Raymondville, NY, and Dana Wheaton and wife Tina of Bay City; sisters Nellie Baker of Perry, NY, Florence Fleischman of Naples, NY, and Hazel Pate of Southern Pines, NC; brother Ronnie Thew of Avon, NY; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Cole.

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