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LARRY KNIGHT
Memorial services for Larry Knight, 75, of Palacios, TX, were held on August 29, 2013. Larry was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 17, 1938 to the late Melvin and Margaret Baze Knight and passed away on August 23, 2013.

Larry was a graduate of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He served as a Police Officer for 40 years. He was Marshal of Crows Nest, Indiana, a Truant officer for Channelview ISD, Chief of Police for the San Jacinto College System and Deputy for Jackson County. He was a member of the Lions Club of Palacios, Blue Knights Motorcycle Club and attended Carancahua Chapel.

Larry is survived by his wife, Judy Wildman Knight; daughter, Lydia (James) Manni and their children, Sophia and Leo; Mary Ann Biggs and her son, Johnny; son, Cliff (Tali) Wildman and their daughter, Dahlia.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Grace Funeral Chapel in Port Lavaca.


LARRY PEREZ
Larry Perez was born on Dec. 1, 1964 in Palacios, TX. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at the age of 48 in Austin, TX.

Larry was a 1983 graduate of Palacios High School and attended St. Edwards University in Austin.  Larry was especially proud of his 13-year career as a legal document specialist for Norton, Rose, Fulbright of Austin. He was an avid tennis player and life long fan of the sport. He loved the cinema and came to be known among his friends as the go to critic of all films. Larry's wit was legendary as was his ability to discover fine dining. 

He is survived by his mother Connie Flores Cantu of San Antonio, TX; brothers George Michael Cantu of San Antonio, and Eric and wife Emelda Cantu; nieces Marissa, Lianna and nephew Eric Cristian all of  Corpus Christi, TX; aunt and uncle Raul and Carolyn Villarreal of Palacios; cousins Tyson, Desiree and Ava Schmidt of Missouri City, TX. Dustin Villarreal of Austin and Karl and Debbie Koegle and family of San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his father Ismael Perez of Bay City, TX and his loving grandparents Bernard and Janie Aparicio of Palacios.
 
The family would like to thank the medical staff at Seton Medical Group, Hospice Austin's Christopher House,all his Norton, Rose, Fulbright family and all his loving friends.  Special thanks to Roman Rosas, Jason Sick and Dean Robinson for assisting Larry during his illness.
 
A memorial and celebration of life of Larry is being organized by his family and friends.


CAROLINE SUE NELSEN
Funeral service for Caroline Sue Nelsen (nee Schoren), 76, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, were held Aug. 7, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1004 Magnusson, in Palacios, Texas.

Surrounded by family, she peacefully passed away Aug. 5, 2013 in Palacios.

She was the beloved wife of Gil; cherished mother of Joanne Brown (Rodney), James White (Barbara), Linda Czerwieniec (Kenneth), Dolores Key, Karen Nelsen and Carol Longoria (Gerald); devoted grandmother of Rebekah (Rastislav), Jessica Marie, Maria, Jennifer, Jessica, Justin, Bryson, Elisa and Nicolaas; great-grandmother of Juliana, Dane and Nathaniel; and loving aunt to many.

She was preceded in death by parents Howard and Edith, and brother Howard, Jr.

Arrangements were with Victoria Mortuary & Cremation Services.


JOSEPH AMABROSE RESSLER
Graveside services for Joseph Amabrose Ressler, 93. of Dripping Springs, TX were held Aug. 8, 2013 at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Ressler was born June 16, 1920 in Palacios, TX to the late Ira A. Ressler and Hazel Scott Ressler. died at his home on on Aug. 3, 2013.

Joe served in the Pacific on a Navy supply ship during World War II, an experience that provided him with tales that lasted a lifetime. Joe worked as a carpenter building houses with his father and brother, and in the shrimping industry, but his favorite work was as a ranch foreman in Mississippi.

Joe was active in his communities, serving as a deacon in multiple churches and as a school board member. He moved to the Van Horn, TX area after retiring where he kept a herd of goats and an assortment of horses, ponies and donkeys. Joe and his wife Jean created many happy memories for their grandsons and great nieces and nephews on that ranch in Van Horn.

Survivors include his daughter Robin R. Grace and husband Roger; and grandsons Patrick J. Hass, Adam H. Haas and Kerry J. Ressler, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Jean Dodd Ressler; brothers John and James Ressler; sister Margaret Gaines; sons Kerry J. and Dennes E. Ressler; and daughter Janies L. Ressler.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
www.taylorbros.net.


MARGARET JUSTINE HERMIS CORPORON
Funeral services for Margaret Justine Hermis Corporon, 90, of Collegeport, Tx. were held July 25, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, TX with Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery.

Margaret was born June 15, 1923 to Joe and Rosalie Hermis. She passed away July 22, 2013.

She married Chester Miles Corporon, Aug. 6, 1947. All her life she was totally devoted to God and to her family, her friends, neighbors and community. Some of her hobbies were fishing, hunting, gardening, and reading her Bible every evening before she lay down to sleep.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Chester Corporon of Collegeport; sons, Charles Corporon of Bay City, Tommy Corporon of Collegeport, Carl Corporon and wife Kathy of El Campo, TX, and Victor Corporon and wife Barbara of Collegeport; daughter Linda O’Rourke of Austin, TX; numerous grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and family and friends.

A special thanks to Hospice Austin and Parmer Woods Retirement Community for their compassion, care and commitment to Margaret’s health and well being.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Austin, or The Presbyterian Childrens Home c/o First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.


VELMA EDITH SALSGIVER
Velma Edith Salsgiver, 92, of Palacios, TX was the honored guest at her homecoming celebration July 21, 2013 when she arrived home to heaven. There to welcome her upon her arrival were Lord Jesus Christ, her husband, parents and ten brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Salsgiver was born Aug. 31, 1920 in Cypress, TX to Emile and Lula Rowold. She married Yale L. Salsgiver on June 10, 1938.

She is survived by her son, Yale “Lloyd” Salsgiver of Palacios; daughter, Susan (Shelly) Alley of Cypress; son, Paul Salsgiver (Janet) of Magnolia, TX; four grandchildren, Michael (Kay) Alley, Corissa (Anthony) Morgan, Chad (Liz) Alley, Dawna (Steven) Miller, and Paul (Shelley) Salsgiver II; and eight great-grandchildren, Ashley, April, Steven, Tony, Maggie, Ian, Addison and Aubrey.

Velma was a long time resident of Houston where she lived, raised her family and dedicated her time to helping others through her volunteer work at West End Baptist Church. Her retirement years took her to Palacios were she enjoyed the water, volunteering at First Baptist Church Palacios and visits with family and friends. She graduated from John H. Reagan in 1937.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be hosted by West End Baptist Church located at 802 Shepherd Dr. Houston, TX at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.


MARY EVELYN NEELEY
Graveside services for Mary Evelyn Neeley, 80, of Jourdanton, TX were held July 11, 2013 at Hawley Cemetery with Brother Shan Jackson officiating.

Mrs. Neeley was born Jan. 31, 1933 in Bay City, TX to the late J. E. Wyatt and Lora Irene Miller Wyatt. She passed away July 8, 2013.

Survivors include her husband Robert M. Neeley of Pleasanton, TX; daughters Sandra L. Neeley and Stacy L. Neeley both of Pleasanton, TX; sons David E. Neeley & wife Darlene of College Station and Randy W. Neeley of Pleasanton; sister Margie Huffman & husband Joe Dan of Richmond, TX; grandchildren Timothy Earl Neeley, David Brent Neeley, Ray Rivas, Michael Ray Neeley and Derrick Neeley.

Memorials in her name may be made to The Church of Christ; 516 Rorem; Palacios, TX 77465. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.


LUAT NGUYEN
A Funeral Mass for Luat Nguyen, 80, of Palacios, TX was held July 6, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Nguyen was born Sept. 15, 1932 in Vietnam to the late Van Nghi and Huyen Thi Nguyen. He passed away June 26, 2013 in Victoria, TX.

Luat was a long time resident of Palacios. He was a shrimper and a member of the Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Thi Truc Nguyen; 5 daughters – Lien, Ngan, Oanh, Oanh, & Minh Nguyen; 4 sons – Tuyen, Lap, Thong, & Tuan Nguyen; 2 sisters – Dang & Anh Nguyen; 3 brothers – Khen, Hon, & Diem Nguyen; 37 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.


BETTY JEAN CALLENDER RAMSEY
A celebration of the life of Betty Jean Callender Ramsey, 71, of Palacios, Tx, was held July 3, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios. A private family burial was to follow at a later time in Bedias, Tx.

Mrs. Ramsey born Dec. 27, 1941, in Madisonville, Tx. to Laverne and Marguerite Callender. She entered into the presence of her heavenly Father on the morning of June 29, 2013, following a lengthy struggle to recover from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Betty Jean was raised in Troup, Tx. and graduated from Troup High School in 1960. Following in her mother's footsteps, she attended Tyler Junior College and Sam Houston State University where she graduated with a teaching degree in 1964. While at Sam Houston, she met and married Carrel O. Ramsey of Palacios. Following college, Betty Jean and Carrel made their home in Palacios where they have lived, raised their family and been an active part of First Baptist Church and the community for many years.

Betty Jean lived her life with three priorities: God, family, service to others. She became a born-again Christian as a child and she lived her life in a way that she not only said she was a Christian; she showed that to all who knew her. She had a servant's heart and was always willing to help anyone with anything, anytime of the day or night. She raised her family in a Godly home and was a constant support for her children. In her 44 years as an educator, her students also reaped the benefits of learning about God's love through a Christian teacher who was an example for them to follow.

One of the things Betty Jean was most proud of was her four grandchildren. She was their biggest cheerleader in whatever they were participating in and often traveled between Katy, College Station or wherever they were participating in events just to be with them and support them. She was a familiar face to her grandchildren's friends, many of who referred to her as "Grandma" as well.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Carrel O. Ramsey; daughters Shongh Smith and husband Steven Smith of Katy and Latrichia Thomas and husband Richard Thomas of College Station; grandchildren Derek Smith, Connor Thomas, Brandon Smith and Janelle Thomas; sisters Kay Evans of Troup, and Helen Cole and her husband Jerry A. Cole of Bedias; and numerous other nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Laverne and Marguerite Dishongh Callender and her brother-in-law, Glen Evans.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Betty Jean Ramsey to First Baptist Church, Palacios or Bedias Baptist Church, Bedias, Tx.

Condolences may be left for the family CallawayJones.com.


DIANA GONZALES
Funeral services for Diana Gonzales, (Miss G), 53, of Palacios, were held July 1, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Miss Gonzales was born Sept. 28, 1959 to Robert and Lydia Gonzales. She passed away June 22, 2013.

Diana, best known as (Miss G) by her students, was a school teacher and a bus driver at Tidehaven I.S.D. She also worked as a dispatcher at the Palacios Police Dept. when needed.

Diana is survived by her brother Ruben Gonzales and wife Julia of Markham, TX; sister Nora Flores of Austin, TX; ex-brother-in-law David Flores of Corpus Christi, TX; two nephews Ruben Gonzales Jr. and Robert David Flores; 4 nieces Amy Elaine G. Marroquin (Saul), Melinda G. Zepeda (Sergio), Jennifer G. Rhodes (Justin) and Natalia Flores; 2 great-nieces Audrey Marie Zepeda and Julyssa Alida Marroquin; 7 great-nephews Isaac and Anthony Zepeda, Enrique, Christopher and Christian Marroquin and Mason and Gavin Rhodes; and also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and students.

She was proceeded in death by her parents Robert and Lydia Gonzales; paternal grandparents Ramon and Estela Gonzales; maternal grandparents Lauro and Lucinda Trevino; and numerous family members.


LYDIA T. GONZALES
Funeral services for Lydia T. Gonzales, 79, of Palacios, TX were held July 1, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Gonzales was born on Nov. 30, 1933 to Lauro and Lucinda Trevino along with her 7 brothers Lauro, Lupe, Gilbert, Ramon, Porfiro, Ralph, and Abelardo and 6 sisters Alberta, Amelia, Beatrice, Concepcion, Mary and Rosie.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was loved by many.

Lydia is survived by her son Ruben Gonzales and wife Julia of Markham, TX; daughter Nora Flores of Austin, TX and ex-son-in-law David Flores of Corpus Christi, TX; two grandsons Ruben Gonzales Jr. of Llano and Robert David Flores of Austin; 4 granddaughters Amy Elaine G. Marroquin (Saul), Melinda G. Zepeda (Sergio), Jennifer G. Rhoades (Justin) and Natalia Flores; 2 great-granddaughters Audrey Marie Zepeda and Julyssa Alida Marroquin; 7 great-grandsons, Isaac and Anthony Zepeda, Enrique, Christopher and Christian Marroquin and Mason and Gavin Rhoades.

She was proceded in death by her husband Robert Gonzales; daughter Diana Gonzales; parents Lauro and Lucinda Trevino; brothers Lauro Trevino, Lupe Trevino, Ramon Trevino, Gilbert Trevino; and sisters Alberta Ozuna, Amelia Galvez and Rosie Coronado.


ROSA HINOJOSA BARRON
Funeral services for Rosa Barron, 44, of Palacios, TX were held June 27, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.


Mrs. Barron was born Aug. 30, 1968 to Bernabe and Felicitas Hinojosa Barron. She passed away June 22, 2013.

She is survived by her parents; adoptive mother, Amelia Sandoval of Mexico; her husband, Luis Baez, Sr.; sons Johnathan Kepple, Christopher Kepple, and Luis Baez, Jr., all of Palacios; sisters Maricela Ayala and Yolanda Perez of Palacios and Herlinda Barron Hinojosa of Mexico; and brother Juan Jose Barron Hinojosa of Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Uvalde Barron Hinojosa.

Arrangements were with Artero Funeral Home in Port Lavaca, (361) 552-2300.


LARRY GENE TAYLOR
Larry Gene Taylor of Austin, TX passed away June 15, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held June 21, 2013 in the Smith Chapel at Riverbend Church in Austin.

Larry was always so positive and unselfish, and had an unconditional love for family and friends that matched no other.

Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 411 RR 620 South, Lakeway, TX 78734, (512) 263-1511.


MILDRED MARIE NESBITT
Funeral services for Mildred Marie Nesbitt, 88, of Blessing, TX, were held June 20, 2013, at the Blessing First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Swift officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery.

Mrs. Nesbitt was born Jan. 16, 1925 to the late Daisy Mathus and Andrew Key. She passed away June 17, 2013.

She lived along life and was loved by many. She is now reunited with her love John Nesbitt of 68 years. No matter what they had to say about one another they truly loved each other. They always bickered about the other, but deep down it was out of love and we all knew it. Mildred will be greatly missed by all who knew her, but her memories will be cherished and will remain in our lives forever.

Mildred is survived by her children James (Judy) Nesbitt, Alvie (Elaine) Nesbitt, Floyd (Olivia) Nesbitt, Lindell, Arbie, Joyce (Robert) Smith and Carol (Carlos) Yates. She also has a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and children Joanne, Lloyd, Howard and Chuck Nesbitt.

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is by his great mercy that we have been born again because God and we have a priceless inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled beyond the reach of change and decay."

Services were under the direction of Slavik Funeral Home, 209 N. Allen St., Edna, TX.


JOHNNIE LOUISE WILLIAMS
Johnnie Louise Williams, 91, of Palacios, Texas was born March 4, 1922 in Fort Worth and passed on June 6, 2013 in Palacios.

She was married to Roy Williams, Jr. for 71-1/2 years and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Johnnie was a resident of Houston for 61 years, retiring with Roy to the Carachua Bay Community for 31 years. She was a Christian all her life and a member of First Baptist Church in Palacios for 31 years.

Johnnie knew that the Lord had blessed her all of her life and thanked Him in her daily prayers for her savior Jesus Christ. Her favortie songs were: When the Roll is Called ye Yander, There is Power in the Blood, and In the Garden.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Roy III and wife Judith Williams, Randy and wife Donna Williams; grandchildren, Travis and wife Crystal Williams, Amy and fiance Jimmy Narvaez, Joshua Williams and friend Christina Pavlovsky; and great grandson Kian Williams.


CLIFFORD PAUL COOPER
Clifford Paul Cooper, 81, was born on February 14, 1932 in Nixon, TX to George and Ima Ivy Cooper. He passed peacefully on June 7, 2013 surrounded by his family.

A Memorial Service was held June 10 at First Baptist Church in Palacios. Interment was at Deutschburg Community Cemetery.

Paul moved to Palacios, TX in the early 40’s. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 and served in the Korean War as a Master Sergeant. He married the love of his life, Frankie Faye Stallard on June 11, 1955. To this union, sons, Stephen and Rodney Cooper were born. He worked in the oil industry and retired from Neumin Production Company as Production Supervisor. After retirement, he spent 9 years as a professional guide at the King Ranch. His passion was hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He worked with kids in 4-H and also helped popularize Team Roping. Farming and ranching were also a very big part of his life. He lived a very active lifestyle in the Deutschburg Community from 1958 until his passing. He attended the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by wife, Frankie Faye Stallard Cooper of Deutschburg; sons, Steve and Kim Cooper of El Campo, Rodney and Kathy Cooper of LaWard; grandchildren, Courtney Cooper, Alexis Cooper, Shelby Cooper, Ryan and Kara Howard and Lindsay Howard; great grandchildren, Karys and Drew Howard and Kinlea Cooper; sisters, Margie Johs of Palacios, Dorothy and Claude Collins of Palacios, Shirley Rogers of Ewing, Kentucky, sisters and brothers–in–law, Novella and Raymond Bales of Marble Falls and Fannie Raye and Bill Ivy of San Antonio and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen Peerbolte, and brother, Felton Cooper.

Pallbearers were Hensley Weaver, Larry Dillard, Eddie Vavra, Ronnie Kubecka, Van Crittendon, and Dick Kubecka.

Honorary Pallbearers were Cody Adams, Scott Arbuckle, Dean Blackwell, Robert Cornett, Billy Hamlin, A.J. Hebert, Bruce Kay, Craig Radley, Bill Scurlock, Brian Streams, Lonnie Williams and Bill Yeager.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Palacios or the Deutschburg Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.


HAROLD GENE HARPER, SR.
A memorial service for Harold Gene Harper Sr., 68, lifetime resident of Palacios, TX, was held June 15, 2013 at 109 Commerce Street in Palacios.

Harold Harper – Red, as his brothers and sisters referred to him – was born April 14, 1945, to the late John A. Harper and Farica P. (Polly) Harper in Lockhart, and passed away June 6, 2013 in Palacios.

He is survived by his sons, Harold Harper Jr., Jeffrey Harper, and Markus Harper; brothers Johnny Harper, Hubert Harper, and Russell Harper; sisters Susan Rich, Marilyn Waring, and Priscilla Harper; as well as his 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Jackson Harper and his only wife Maxine.

Harold (HG) was an avid Cowboys fan, brisket champion, pool shark, expert welder, and guitar player.  Harold's impact on the community can be seen around town in the houses, boats, barbecue pits, and felt in the hearts of the people of Palacios.

Memorials can be sent to 109 Commerce Street.


RODNEY McCLAREN WHEATON
After a valiant fight with cancer, Rodney McClaren Wheaton, 82, of Palacios, passed away on May 16, 2013.

He was born to Howard McClaren Wheaton and Esther Isabelle Peck Wheaton in Kirkwood, New York, on July 23, 1930.

Rodney served in the U.S. Army from 1947-1952 and was a Korean veteran. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working outside and woodworking.

He is survived by seven children and their spouses, Karen and Dan Alvord, Timothy Wheaton, Eugene Wheaton, John Wheaton, Kietha Robertson, Dana and Gina Wheaton, and Kathleen Wheaton; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elnore Knapp; two brothers, Ronald Wheaton and Clair Wheaton; and a significant other, Shirley Hattenbach.

He was preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Ruth “Hattie” Wheaton; a sister, Avis Klug; and three brothers, Larry Wheaton, Robert Wheaton and Greg Wheaton.

The family is planning a private memorial service, and details of a public service are pending. In lieu of flowers, contributions for funeral and medical expenses can be made to The First State Bank of Blessing, TX, for Rodney Wheaton in care of John Wheaton.


WARREN D. “BUD” MAYNARD
Graveside services for Warren D. “Bud” Maynard, 76, of Palacios, TX, were held May 26, 2013 at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Maynard was born July 9, 1936 in Nowata, Oklahoma to the late Chance and Edith Reed Maynard. He passed away May 21, 2013.

Bud was an avid sports fan, especially football. He was a very loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by daughters Kathy Maynard Huddleston & husband Mike of San Antonio and Kelly Maynard Schneider & husband Ronnie of Palacios; son Kenneth Dale Maynard & wife Barbara of Palacios; grandchildren Michael, Mark, & Matthew Huddleston, Ashlyn & Jake Schneider, and Trey Michael Maynard; great-grandchildren Cade Schneider & Luke Huddleston; and sister: Darlene Heckman.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; very loving wife of 44 years, Hilda Lee Gering Maynard; and son Louis Michael Maynard.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home (361) 972-2012.


MAUNSELL CLARK ‘SONNY’ WAKEFIELD
Maunsell Clark, “Sonny” Wakefield, 92, passed away April 28, 2013. He was born to Maunsell Clark Wakefield, Sr. and Anna Mae Cook on July 4, 1920.

Clark grew up in Dallas, Texas, attended North Dallas HS and received a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas. He was active in the Navy and Navy Reserve, from 1942 until retirement in 1980, serving as Commander in Chief of several Seabee Construction battalions, and as Chief of Staff of the Seabee Reserves, achieving the rank of Captain. He received the Silver Star for his efforts, as a frogman, on the Underwater Demolition Team, Seven, during WW II.

He worked for Borden Co., in Chicago and New York, then owned his own cement pigment company, Ricketson Color Corp. in Milwaukee. He moved to Gulfport and Biloxi, Ms, in the early 70’s where he managed several businesses, as well as an apple production company in Arizona.

He was busy in the community serving as President of the local Red Cross, and President of the Gulf Coast Retired Officers Association. Clark also served on the Board of Directors of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, and on the Advisory Council for Keesler Air Force Base Officers Club.

Clark was an avid fisherman and golfer, having coordinated many golf tournaments for the Chamber, Cancer Society and Keesler Air Force Base.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maunsell Clark Wakefield Sr and Anna Mae Cook: and first and second wives, Edythe Marsh Wakefield Traylor, and Lynn Garon Wakefield.

A military memorial will be held at the Seabee Chapel in Biloxi, MS. in August. His ashes will be spread at his favorite fishing hole, the Chandeleur Islands, by his Navy and fishing buddies.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your regional American Red Cross Association.


DORIS BUNGE HANSEN
A Memorial Service for Doris Bunge Hansen, 81, longtime resident of Tin Top, TX was held April 12, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with Rev. Andy Blair and Rev. Janell Blair officiating.

Mrs. Hansen was born June 24, 1931 in Pierce, TX to the late Williiam Bunge and Klara Kubela Bunge. She passed away April 7, 2013.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios.

Survivors include daughter Patricia Ann Hansen of Tin Top; sons William “Bill” Carl Hansen and wife Audrey of Tin Top and Carl M. ”Mike” Hansen III of Tin Top; sister Marjorie Bunge Carter and husband Roger of El Campo; grandchildren Stephanie Hansen, Kristina Hansen, William “Will” Carl Hansen, Jr., Carl M. “Marty” Hansen IV and niece Klare Carter Glendinning and family of Plano, TX.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Marius Hansen, Jr.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church; 300 Humphrey; Palacios, TX 77465 or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch; 10497 Town and Country Way; Houston, TX 77024.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.


LOIS ASHWORTH DISMUKES
Funeral services for Lois Ashworth Dismukes, 94, were held April 10, 2013 at Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Webb officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX.

Mrs. Dismukes was born June 6, 1918 in Burke, Texas to the late J. H. Ashworth and Mamie Sikes Ashworth. She passed away April 8, 2013.

She graduated from Lee High School in Baytown, Texas in 1936. Upon her graduation from Massey Business College in Houston she began work for Western Union and moved to Palacios, Texas in 1940 to work at Camp Hulen during World War II. In Palacios she met and married her husband of 48 years, Jesse V. Dismukes, who preceded her in death in 1989. In 1955 she went to work as secretary to the Superintendent at Palacios ISD and retired after 30 years. She moved to Webster, Texas 4 years ago to be near her family.

She is survived by her son James Dismukes and wife Cecilia of Kemah, TX; grandchildren Shelle Schomberg and Scott Dismukes and great grandchildren Madison, Clay, Masyn, and Jack.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.


DENNIS WAYNE HARVEY
A Memorial Service for Dennis Wayne Harvey Sr., 59, of Palacios, TX was held April 6, 2013 at 808 Commerce St. in Palacios.

Mr. Harvey was born Oct. 28, 1953 in Bay City to Johnnie Arthur Harvey and the late Early Arlen Harvey. He passed away April 1, 2013.

He is survived by his mother; daughter, Penny Perez of Palacios; son, Dennis Wayne Harvey Jr. of Iowa Park; sisters, Laura Claborn of Converse, Rose Williams of Palacios, and Wendy Spiegel of Yoakum; brothers, Johnny Harvey of Palacios and Glen Harvey of Beaumont; and grandchildren, Alyssa Perez and Todd Perez, Jacob Spiegel and Alexis Spiegel.

He was preceded in death by his father; sister, Jackie Backus; and brothers, James Harvey and Leonard Harvey.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Houston Hospice, El Campo, TX.


ROBERT SCOTT KING
Scott King, 67, of Tres Palacios Oaks passed away peacefully in his home March 24, 2013.

He was born September 11, 1945 in Jacksonville, TX to Robert Shell King and Joyce B. King

Scott loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He served in the United States Air Force, later to become a game warden for 14 years. Also working in the oil field business for numerous years, as a manager for K-3/BMI services until his death. Scott was a member of the American Legion Cecil Lee Post 649, and was also 32nd degree Mason.

He was receded in death by his father Robert Shell King. He is survived by his mother Joyce B. King, wife Patricia A. King, and brother Don B. King. His surviving children include Jason D. King, Angie King Morrow, and Justin C. King. Brittany Raybon and Cameron Morrow are his surviving grandchildren.

A memorial to be held locally at a later date.


NIEVES P. PEREZ
Funeral services for Nieves P. Perez, 84, of Palacios, TX were held March 21, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Perez was born August 5, 1928 in Port Lavaca, TX to the late Placido Perez and Conception Farias Perez. She passed away March 18, 2013.

Survivors include her life partner Jose Perrusia of Palacios; daughters Teresa Gonzales (Herby), Estella Lucio (Gilbert) all of Palacios; step-daughter Olga Perez of Alvin; son: Larry Pena (Vicky) of Palacios; sisters Celia Rendon, Mary Mendez, Mary Lou Valesquez all of Port Lavaca, Alice Harvey (Raymond) of Palacios, and Helen Valesquez of Victoria; brother Johnny “Fidel” Perez of Port Lavaca; 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband, Manuel Garcia Perez, daughter Virginia Pardo, step-daughter Pauline Carvajal, sisters Pauline Rodriguez, Lupe Rodriguez and Susie Martinez, and brother Alex Perez.

Pallbearers were David Gonzales, Steve Gonzales, Mark Gonzales, Lawrence Pena, Eric Pardo and Anthony Pardo.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios.


STANLEY WRIGHT
Funeral services for Stanley Wright, 79, of Palacios, TX, were held Feb. 16, 2013 at Palacios Funeral Home. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery with Masonic rites.

Mr. Wright was born May 28, 1933 in Palacios, TX to the late Robert Millard Wright and Lilita Clementine Clopton Wright. He passed away Feb. 10, 2013.

He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and worked for Alcoa for many years.

Survivors include his wife Martha Dewett Wright of Palacios; daughter Crystal Letitia Foster (Luke) of Austin; son Stanley Dewitt Wright of Palacios; and grandchildren Bradley Dale Wright, Stanley J. Wright and Christopher Wade Wright.

Pallbearers will be Luke Foster, Bradley Dale Wright, Stanley J. Wright, Christopher Wade Wright, Steve Rabb and Andy Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Harvey, Kevin Harvey, Wayne White, Johnny Penland, Chincho Garcia and Tim Wright.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net>. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.


LOIS ROY
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Lois Roy, 61, of Palacios, on Feb. 2, 2013 at First  Baptist Church in Palacios, TX.

Lois, a beautiful, spiritual and intelligent daughter was born Dec. 22, 1951 to the late Maggie Stovall McGrew and the late Eugene Clyde Stovall in Edna, TX. and she passed away on Jan. 29, 2013.

Lois attended public schools in Edna and worked for faithfully for the Palacios Independent School District until her health failed. She lived a life full of devotion to her family and friends. She walked with a lot of pride always touching the spirit of the people that she came in contact with. She served as a faithful Missionary for the Lord and Usher at New Pilgrim Rose Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Leroy Monroe. Lois’s love for God encouraged her to march on.  She marched as long as she could until God called her home to glory.

Her example of family was exhibited when she wedded Thurman Lee Roy in 1971.  Their marriage of forty-one years embodied the ups and downs of unbreakable love.  Thurman stayed right by her side through the suffering she endured in her final stages of her sickness.  In union they raised three girls, Sheronda Roy-Williams of Bay City, TX. Valisha Roy-Ashton (Rodney) of Sugarland, TX and the youngest Tezna Roy of Kingsville, TX.

 Lois leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, daughters and their families, sisters Lynda (Wendel) Washington of Fresno, TX, Mary (Maurice) Washington of San Antonio, TX, Joyce Robinson of Edna, TX, Nellie Parks-Brazille of Houston, TX;Brothers, Lester McGrew of San Antonio, TX; step brothers Clarence Ray and Alvin McGrew of Victoria, TX.  Sister-in-laws, Myrtle Hudgins, Ethel Clay, Gladys Jackson and Stella Byrd of Palacios, TX, and Helen Pinkston, El  Campo, TX.; Brother-in-laws Wayne and Carl Lee Roy of Palacios, TX.; six grandchildren, Tierra, Thurman, Rodney Jr. Ryan, Cydney and Trevelli; one great grandchild, Carly.


BERT C. WEST
Funeral services for Bert C. West, 86, of Palacios, TX were held Jan. 31, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios. with Rev. Janell Blair officiating. Final resting place will be in Daingerfield, TX.

Mr. West was born on Oct. 28, 1926 in Rush County, Indiana to Laurence Russell and Muriel C. Wilson West. His mother died shortly after he was born and he was adopted by his uncle Bertrand Clarence West, Sr. and Alice (Gruell) West. He passed away Jan. 24, 2013 at his home in Palacios.

A career newspaper man, West had previously lived in Palacios in 1982-83 when he worked with his son, Nick, who was publisher of the Palacios Beacon. He served as Chamber of Commerce president in 1983 and led in establishing the annual CofC Fishing Tournament. He returned to Palacios in 1999 and again went to work at the Beacon. He lead the effort to establish Palacios as a Home Rule Charter city. He was elected to three terms (6-years) on the Palacios City Council from 2005-2011 and served as a Director of the CofC. He spearheaded for the Palacios Centennial Celebration 2009. He was serving as a director of the Palacios Economic Development Corporation at the time of his passing.

During his six decade newspaper career, he worked for nearly 30 papers in four states, almost all in Texas beginning in the mid 1950’s. Among them were papers in Port Lavaca, El Campo, Bay City, Edna, and Yoakum. They also ranged from Daingerfield in North East Texas to Dumas in the Panhandle and to San Benito in the Rio Grande Valley. Among his career highlights was covering the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 for the Houston Chronicle.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64-years, Betty Lou (Brown) West, in Oct. 2012; and by a daughter, Tina Louise West.

He is survived by daughters Leidon (John) Eames of Daingerfield; Dodi (George) Edinger of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; Debbie (Tim) Reyna of Daingerfield; Karen (Mickey) Robey of Cushing, TX; and sons Nick (Mary) West of Palacios, TX, Pat West of Mt. Pleasant, TX and Larry West (Missy) of Yoakum, TX.; 22 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Palacios Area Fund, 454-B Main St., Palacios, Texas 77465.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at taylorbros.net.


LEE CAMERON COOK
Graveside services for Lee Cameron Cook, 88, of Palacios, TX were held Jan. 22, 2013 at Midfield Cemetery with Pastor Louis Rush officiating.

Mr. Cook was born Dec. 9, 1925. He passed away Jan. 17, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Shirlie Readmond Cook.

He is survived by daughters Frances and husband Ronald Callahan, Linda and husband David Lincoln, Beth and husband Michael Blevins, all of Palacios, Merri and husband Steven Rennie of Belleville, MI and Robin King of Houston. He was the beloved grandfather of 15, great-grandfather of many, and great-great-grandfather of several.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Trinity Baptist Church for a Bible Fund.


ROBERT TAYLOR
Robert Taylor, 71, of Cape Carancahua, TX laid down his working tools and went to be with his heavenly Father on January 16, 2013. Funeral services were held January 21, 2013 at Palacios Funeral Home. Masonic and military graveside services followed at the Palacios Cemetery.

Robert was born on January 8, 1942 in Houston, Texas to the late Robert Lee and Iva Marie Hatcher Taylor.

Robert was an avid fisherman, spending much time in his backyard fishing off of his pier. He loved to remodel his homes with his loving boss by his side, his wife Sheila. He was a beloved member of the Blessing Masonic Lodge #411. Robert served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Robert never met a stranger. He was a good family man, loving his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 31 years Sheila J. Taylor; children, Ruby E. Alexander, Robert Daniel Taylor ll, Dana Suzanne Gerica, Jennifer Earnhardt, Rebecca Lyon, James W. Earnhardt; 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, sister, Martha Ladd and husband James M. Ladd and numerous other loving relatives.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the family by sharing www.taylorbros.net.


EUGENE E. STEINMEYER
A memorial service for Eugene E. Steinmeyer, 78, was held Dec. 29, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.

Gene was born Nov. 17, 1934 in Bay City to Bill and Verlie Steinmeyer. He died of cancer Dec. 7, 2012, in Gainesville, Georgia, after a 19-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

After graduating from Bay City High School, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He then attended Sam Houston State University, earning a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, and both principal and superintendent certifications. Before his retirement, he worked in the Bay City ISD and the La Porte ISD as a teacher, coach, and principal.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice; son Drew Steinmeyer and wife Colleen; daughter Gina Nelson and husband Freddie; grandchildren Christel Ostrom, Corey Tuggle and wife Stephanie, Jonathan Volponi, Cade O’Brien, and Freddie Nelson Jr.; and great-grandchildren Seth Ostrom and Logan Tuggle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Audrey LaBeff, James Steinmeyer, and Ann Hale.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave. Flr 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or @ alz.org), your local animal shelter, your church or your favorite charity.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.


ROBERT LEE KESZLER
Robert Lee Keszler, 72, of Georgetown, TX passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. A Memorial Service was held Dec. 18, at Crestview Baptist Church, in Georgetown. Pastor Dan Wooldridge will be officiating.

Robert was born to Edward and Millie Mae Keszler on Dec. 26, 1939, in Damon, TX. He was a lucky man that found true love at a young age. Robert exchanged wedding vows with Anita Joy Corporon on June 27, 1958, at Collegeport Presbyterian Church, in Collegeport, TX. He attended Barber College in Houston and Wharton County Junior College. Robert was a master of his craft and dedicated 30 years to the Alcoa Aluminum Company, as a Maintenance Control Supervisor, in Point Comfort, TX. After moving to Georgetown, he came out of retirement and served as the Administrative Business Clerk for Williamson County Juvenile Services.

Robert was a hard working man and a man of strong faith. He most recently was a member of Crestview Baptist Church, in Georgetown, where he sang in the choir and served as a Deacon. While he attended First Baptist Church




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