|John Charles (J.C.) Melcher Sr.
John Charles (J.C.) Melcher Sr., 90, of Port Lavaca passed away Sunday,
May 27, 2001.
He was born Aug. 31, 1910 in Port Lavaca to the late Edmund Max Melcher
and the late Belle Bierman Melcher. He was retired from Ed Melcher Hardware
Company and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
J.C. graduated from Port Lavaca High School in 1927 as salutatorian
and was an honor graduate of the University of Texas, graduating in 1931
with a bachelors degree in business. J.C. was a third generation merchant
and retired from the Ed Melcher Hardware Co.
Throughout his many years J.C. worked hard to better the lives of others
and was an active member of his community. He was a 76 year member of the
Port Lavaca Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1985.
He served on the board of directors that founded and helped raise money
for the Gonzales Warm Springs Foudation. He was a member of the Champ Traylor
Memorial Hospital board for 15 years. He was a member of the Port Lavaca
Chamber of Commerce and Calhoun County Soil and Water Conservation District.
He was a master mason and a 60 year member of Lavaca Lodge #36, three time
past Worthy Patron and 58 year member of Port Lavaca Chapter Order of the
Eastern Star #373 and a York Rite mason and a 50 year member of Port Lavaca
Chapter #338 and Council #275. He served as a Rainbow Girls sponsor and
received the Grand Cross of Colors Award. He was a member of the First
Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon elder and as Sunday School Superintendent
from 1942 to 1968. He received the Superintendent Emeritus Award in 1994.
Melcher is preceded in death by his wife, Willie Belle Ford Melcher
and a brother, Merie Emerson Melcher.
He is survived by daughters, Mary Belle Meitzen of Port Lavaca, Lydia
Ann Frenzel of San Marcos and Garce Ford Neal of Sugarland; sons, J.C.
Melcher Jr. of Port Lavaca; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Truman O’Quinn
Melcher; seven grandchildren, Robert Loflin, Margaret Loflin, Jack Musgrove,
Melissa Smith, Jill Putnam, J.C. Melcher IV and John Edward Meitzen; two
great grandchildren, Cameron and Corin Smith.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Richardson
Funeral Home Chapel.
Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31 at the First
Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. O’Quin Kelly officiating. Burial will
follow in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery with Masonic graveside services conducted
by Masonic Lavaca Lodge #36 AF&AM.
Pallbearers will be David Boyd, Howard G. Hartzog, Glenn E. McKamey,
Arnold Meitzen, Richard Barton, Jack Wu, W.H. Bauer Jr. and Ed Wagner.
Honoary pallbearers will be W.C. “Woody” Reagan, W.F. “Red” Tanner,
John Clegg, King Fisher, Leonard C. Cervenka, Oscar Roemer, Larry Dio Sr.,
Glenn “Charlie” Jackson, Frank Diebel, Deck Deckert, Jodie Brett, Fred
Knipling, Nickie Harrison, Jesus G. Hernandez, Macario Benavides and D.J.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Box 62, Port
Lavaca, Tx 77979 or Calhoun County Senior Citizens Center, 234 E. Main,
Port Lavaca, Tx 77979 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.
D.K. “Kelly” Durham
D.K. “Kelly” Durham, 80, of Port Lavaca passed away Aug. 6, 2001.
He was born Dec. 29, 1920 in Fountain Run, KY to the late Delbert Harlan
Durham and the late Donna Thomas Taylor Durham. He was a retired self employed
Electronic Technician, U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was an avid
golfer, ham radio operator, former Game Warden and a former member of the
Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus.
Durham is survived by his wife, Mary Jo (Bowers) Durham of Port Lavaca;
daughters, Mary Pat Montieth of Galveston, Donna Jacobs and husband Travis
of Houston and Marie Durham of Port Lavaca; sons, Michael Durham and wife
Sandy of Bremerton, Wash., Hugh Durham and wife Eleni of Gonzales, Kevin
Durham and wife Diana of Port Lavaca and Sidney Durham and wife Peggy of
Port Lavaca; sisters, Glada Oliver of Oklahoma City, OK and Diana Cadwalder
of Houston; a half brother, Bill Renfro of Austin; 16 grandchildren and
eight great grandchildren.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Colonial Funeral
Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Our Lady
of the Gulf Catholic Church with Fr. Dan Morales officiating. Burial will
follow in the Port Lavaca Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Patrick Durham, Joseph Montieth, Gerald
Wayne Montieth, Bradley Jacobs, Nathan Jacobs, Erricos Durham and Russell
Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home.
Joseph David Fagan
Joseph David Fagan born Jan. 6, 1923 in Dallas passed on to be with
the Lord Oct. 12, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, three sons, Joseph David Fagan
Jr., John Alan, Stephen Duane; a daughter, Rebecca Elaine Massey; a brother,
Victor Fagan; four sisters, Esther Burden, Mildred Birge, Louise Fagan
and Patricia Cathcast, 17 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
He was a minister of the gospel, a gospel songwriter and worked as
a general contractor in he building business. Retiring in Port Lavaca for
the past three years, he has made many friends. He will be missed by all.
Ava Lee Slaughter Dodson
Ava Lee Slaughter Dodson, 90, of Jacksboro, died Sunday, May 5, 2002.
She was born Sept. 16, 1911 in Henderson County to the late William
Franklin and Floy Catherine Owen Slaughter, She married Edgar Weldon “Jack”
Dodson, Jan. 13, 1931.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, two sons, Jerry and his
wife, Diana Dodson of Jacksboro, Jim and his wife Judie Dodson of Garland;
a daughter, Barbara and her husband Jim Randle of Port Lavaca; a sister,
Irma Lorraine Smith of Abilene; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, three sisters
and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at the Jacksboro Church of Christ at 2 p.m. Wednesday
with Joe Williams of Wichita Falls officiating. Burial will follow in the
Memorials may be made to the Medina Children’s Home.
Irene Roy, 91, of Mount Pleasant, died Sunday, April 28, 2002 at her
Mrs. Roy was born Sept. 18, 1910 in Leon County. She was a member of
the Dellwood Baptist Church, where she participated in the W.M.U.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law R.T. and Deanice Roy
Jr. of Mount Pleasant; daughter Marie Dennehy of Mount Pleasant; brother
Lester McFerrin of Pittsburg; grandchildren David Patrick Dennehy of Quinlan,
Royce Lee Roy of Mount Pleasant, Angie Marie White of Tyler, Dianne Hebert
of Houston, Mike Drury of Weatherford and Judy Marek of Port Lavaca. She
was preceded in death by her parents William and Sally McFerrin, husband
R. T. Roy Sr. daughter Louise Drury and brothers John Dee, Major and Rufus
Rufina Cantu Garza
Rufina Cantu Garza, 76, of Port O’Connor, died on Sunday, April 28,
She was born Dec. 15, 1925 in Victoria County, the daughter of the
late Ismael Cantu Sr. and Teodosa Cruz Cantu. She was a homemaker, owned
her own home and a member of the Catholic Church. She was married to Petronillo
“Pete” Garza of Port O’Connor.
In addition to her husband, Garza is survived by seven daughters, Mary
Covarrubias of Port O’Connor, Matilda Shelnutt of Victoria, Alice Garza
of Brownsville, Rose Garcia of Lubbock, Diana Davis of Vidor, Elizabeth
Williams of Port O’Connor and Ester McDonnough of Port Lavaca; two sons,
Pete Garza and Gilbert Garza, both of Victoria; two sisters, Cristoba Ruiz
of Sinton and Modesta Sanchez of Rockport; a brother, Ismael Cantu Jr.
of Sulfur, La.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic
Church. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at the
church. A funeral Mass will be said at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at
Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church with the Rev. Roger Hawes officiating.
Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Victoria.
Pallbearers will be Adolfo Covarrubias, Gary Shelnutt, Felix Garcia,
Greg Williams, Kerry McDonnough and Jesse Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren Petronilo Garza, Gilbert
Garza Jr., Adolfo Covarrubias, Casey Garza, Carlos Garcia, Corey McDonnough,
Cody McDonnough and Mahandren Rajasuriar.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of South Texas
at 1908 N. Laurent #430, Victoria, Texas 77901 or St. Joseph Catholic Church
at P.O. Box 87, Port Lavaca, Tx. 77979.
Bumpy Rhoads Day
Bumpy Rhoads Day, 80, of Port Alto, died Monday, May 27, 2002.
She was born Jan. 26, 1922 in Gary, Ind., the daughter of the late
Rollin Rhoads and Mabel Orr Rhoads. She was a representative of Avon.
Day was a body donor to the University of Texas Health Science Center
in Houston. She was a professional dancer in night clubs, theaters and
a U.S.O. entertainer during World War II in the United States and Europe.
She was an airline employee in Texas for 11 years and a radio operator
in Saudi Arabia for ARAMCO. A resident of Port Alto since 1974, she owned
the Chandlery in Olivia for nine years and later became an Avon representative.
She was active in Main Street Theater.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the
Bayside Community Church in Olivia/Port Alto area. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the Olivia Volunteer Fire Department.
Richardson/Colonial Funeral Home of Port Lavaca is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Fred Lenhart
Robert Fred Lenhart, 76, of Tivoli, died on Monday, May 27, 2002.
He was born July 6, 1925 in Austwell, the son of the late Fred W. Lenhart
and Sarah Quin Lenhart.
He served in the U. S. Army Infantry in Europe during World War II
and was a retired farmer.
He was married to Melba Haeber Lenhart of Tivoli.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Clifton Lenhart
of Caldwell and Vernon Lenhart of Victoria; a brother, Edgar Lenhart of
Tivoli; and three grandchildren, Casey, Heather and Robert.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 at the Tivoli
Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne DeDear officiating.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Jackson, Darrell Lenhart, Craig Lenhart, Jeff
Lenhart, Rudy Huerta and David Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Yaklin,
Kenneth Shores, Buddy Daniel, Jake Edwards and Jake Mernitz.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, United Ostomy
Association or to the donor’s choice.
Richardson/Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Cecilia Castaneda, 75, of Port Lavaca, died Monday, May 27, 2002.
She was born May 27, 1927, the daughter of the late Casamiro Castaneda
and Manuela Ybarra Castaneda. She was married to the late Gregorio Garcia
and Gilbert Gonzales. She was a retired Calhoun County Independent School
District custodian and a member of the Catholic Church.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death
by two brothers, Juan Castaneda and Jesus Castaneda.
Survivors include five daughters, Natalie Cuellar of Port Lavaca, Sylvia
Yolanda Garcia of Sacramento, Ca., Martha Leal of Houston, Maricela Willingham
and Mary Helen Gonzales, both of Port Lavaca; four sons, Domingo Garcia
of Pampa City, Fl., Gregoria Garcia of Port Lavaca, Rogelio Garcia of Amarillo
and Fernando Gonzales of Port Lavaca; one brother, Ramon Castaneda of Port
Lavaca; 32 grandchildren and numerous great-grand and great-great-grandchildren.
There was visitation on Wednesday at Artero Memorial Chapels in the
afternoon and a rosary was recited at the funeral home on Wednesday night.
A funeral Mass was recited on Thursday at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic
Church with the Rev. Dan Morales officiating. Burial was in Port Lavaca
Pallbearers were Sammy Lee Rivera, Boyce Garcia, Max Pina IV, Steve
Garcia, Edward Garcia and Martin Castaneda. Grandsons were honorary pallbearers
and granddaughters made up the floral committee.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels
of Port Lavaca.
James Franklin “Frank” Hadley
Frank was called home to be with his Lord and his family on May 29,
2002 at 8:30 p.m.
He was born in Johnson County, Texas to Lillia Bell Hasty and James
“Jim” Hadley on Jan. 1, 1909, living 93 years, 4 months and 28 days. He
was preceded in death by his two children, a son, Lloyd Franklin and a
daughter, Sharon Lee, parents and a sister, Maudie Hauff. He was a heavy
equipment operator working for numerous people, Calhoun County companies
and others. He was most comfortable in his work clothes.
He was married to Pauline Cross in 1945 and was a faithful husband
and father. He was a quiet person. Frank has been a member of the Second
Baptist Church since 1961.
Frank is survived by his wife, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eulogy is by Leo Westerholm whom has known him almost longer than anyone
as Frank has outlived most of them.
Pallbearers will be Ray Polenski, Ray Polenski Jr., Ray Fitzgerald,
Dickie Schneider, Matt Nichols and Charlie Hurak.
Honorary pallbearer will be Dave Dodds.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2002 at the Richard/Colonial
Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson/Colonial
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Swain officiating. Burial will follow
at Greenlawn Gardens.
His wife and family wish to thank his church family, his friends and
relatives who were so faithful with their prayers, the staff of Care Inn
of Edna, all the doctors and nurses for their excellent care, love and
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Joe Robert Martinez
He was born Feb. 10, 1919 in Cuero, the son of the late Lucio Martinez
and Conception Ramirez Martinez. He was married to the late Genevieve Moya
H.e retired from the U. S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant. He entered the
Army in 1944 and was awarded the bronze star, 2 Oak Leaf clusters, Purple
Heart and the French Legion of Merit.
He attended St. Michael’s School. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation
Corps. He was a good father, neighbor, soldier, knife maker, avid bicyclist,
furniture refinisher and the past post commander of the Cuero National
Guard between 1950 and 1993.
He worked for the Point Comfort Alcoa Operations for 33 years. He was
a former Point Comfort city councilman. He was a third degree member of
the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church
and Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church.
He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Rebecca Ann Martinez of Cypress and
a son, Michael J. Martinez of Point Comfort. He was preceded in death by
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 5 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church
with the Rev. Johnson Owusu-Boateng officiating. Burial was at the Hillside
Cemetery in Cuero.
Kendra Dawn Baker
Kendra Dawn Baker January, 29, passed to a new life on Friday, May
She is survived by her mother, Patty from Oklahoma and one aunt, Dixi,
also from Oklahoma. Kendra is also survived by one son, Kade Nicholas January.
She was formerly married to Jason January of Port Lavaca.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rosewood Funeral Home
on Mockingbird Lane in Victoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kade Nichols January at
the 1st Victoria National Bank.
Dean W. Rau
Dean W. Rau, 79, of Victoria and formerly of Port Lavaca died Friday,
May 31, 2002.
He was born in Salamanca, N. Y., July 26, 1922, the son of the late
E. H. Rau Sr. and Anna Kathryn Miller Rau. He was a retired Lt. Colonel
with the U. S. Air Force and a 32nd degree Mason.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife,
Patricia Ann Woodruff Rau and a sister, Marten Rech.
He is survived by his second wife, Ginger Orr Rau of Victoria; three
daughters, Valerie Ann Chiles of Corpus Christi, Janine Sue Derrick of
Waco and Carol Lynn Abbot of Victoria; a son, Michael Rau of Port Lavaca;
a brother, E. H. Rau Jr. of New York, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family received friends and celebrated Dean’s life on Monday from
7 to 9 p.m. at the Colonial Funeral Home in Victoria.
Memorials are of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home of Victoria.
Margaret S. “Maggie” Mahon
Margaret S. “Maggie” Mahon, 95, passed away May 31, 2002 in Houston.
She was born in Port Lavaca July 9, 1906.
Maggie graduated from the University of Houston and was a longtime
employee of Central Power and Light Company of Corpus Christi.
Miss Mahon was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Johnnie
Hargrove and Mary Innis, and two brothers, Frank and Hennessey Thomas.
She is survived by her sister, Rosemary Wright, nieces, Sybil Thomas,
Shirley Gay and Molly Porcher, all of Houston. Also Martha Rigby of Edinburg
and Helen Thomas of Port Lavaca and many great-nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were 3 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2002 at the Mission
Park Cemetery South, 1700 South East Military Drive, San Antonio, Texas,
A Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at the Church
of Good Shepherd Episcopal, 700 S. Broadway, Corpus Christi, Tex. 78401
officiated by the Right Rev. Robert Hibbs.
Thomas Pena, 92, of Port Lavaca died Sunday, June 2, 2002.
He was born April 11, 1910, the son of the late Emilio Pena and Maria
Reyes Pena. He was a plumber with Thrifty Plumbing Company and a member
of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Survivors include his wife, Inez Pena of Port Lavaca; two daughters,
Tomasita Pena Perez and Amy Pena Stanton, both of Port Lavaca; two sons,
David Pena of Edna and Henry Pena of Bloomington; 14 grandchildren, 19
great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at Richardson/Colonial
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the
funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Port Lavaca Cemetery. Grandsons
will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be donor’s choices.
Phyllis Ann Dunn
Phyllis Ann Dunn, 49, of Port Lavaca, died Monday, June 3, 2002.
She was born Feb. 5, 1953, the daughter of Jeannette Koliba Dunn and
the late Ted E. Dunn. She was a member of the Catholic Church.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents,
Elgan Dunn and Hermina and Jerry Koliba.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her grandmother Julia
Dunn of Cuero; a sister, Denise Fetterman of Flower Mound; and a brother,
Duane Dunn of Victoria.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Richardson/Colonial
Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral
home chapel with the Rev. Dan Morales officiating. Burial will be in the
Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Duane and Eric Dunn, Jay
Kelley, Larry and Bryan Fetterman and Richard Whittaker. Honorary pallbearers
are Kristy Kelley and Haylee Whittaker.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Victoria Division,
P. O. Box 4572, Victoria, Tex. 77903.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Richardson/Colonial
Alberto “El Capitan” Godoy Villarreal
Alberto “El Capitan” Godoy Villarreal, 70, of Port Lavaca, died Sunday,
He was born April 17, 1932 in Brownsville, the son of the late Pedro
Villarreal and Maria Antonia Godoy-Villarreal.
He was a retired commercial shrimper and member of the Catholic Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter,
Ana Elizabeth Villarreal; a sister, Inez V. Martinez and a brother, Rogelio
He is survived by his wife, Francisca Martinez-Villarreal; seven daughters,
Maria Del Rosario Mora of Port Isabel, Mary DeLaLuz Salazar, Maria Erma
Villarreal, Virginia Olivarez, Guadalupe Patricia Sanchez, Lurdes Alicia
Sachtleben and Francis Janie Gayton, all of Port Lavaca; three sons, Alberto
G. Villarreal Jr., Raul G. Villarreal and Johnny G. Villarreal, all of
Port Lavaca; a sister, Francisca Panchita Villarreal of Port Isabel; nine
brothers, Agapito G.Villarreal of Port Isabel, Marcos G.Villarreal of Brownsville,
Juan Villarreal of Port Lavaca, Pedro Villarreal, Paulo Villarreal, Candelario
Villarreal, Jose Villarreal, Roger Villarreal and Javier Villarreal, all
of Port Isabel; 28 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is at Artero Memorial Chapels on Tuesday. A rosary will
be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be
recited at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church with
the Rev. Robert Guerra officiating. Burial will follow in Port Lavaca Cemetery.
Artero Memorial Chapels of Port Lavaca is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Gussie Mae Skinner
Gussie Mae Skinner, 89, passed away Friday, June 28, 2002 in Aransas
She was born Sept. 26, 1912 in Sanger. Before moving to Rockport in
September 2001 she had been a resident of Comfort, Boerne and Dallas. She
was a Girl Scout leader for around 10 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Collin D. Skinner,
five brothers and a sister.
She is survived by her daughters Colleen Skinner (Raymond) Roark of
Port Lavaca and Patricia Ann Skinner Brown of Rockport; three grandsons,
James P. Gordon, Robert E. May Jr. and William Collin May; eight great-grandchildren,
one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday under the direction of Charlie
Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc. of Rockport-Fulton.
Rev. Edward Poole
The Rev. Edward Poole, 73, of Pflugerville, previously of Austin, went
to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 3, 2002.
Born Jan. 11, 1929, in Crocket, Edward was the son of Joseph Carl Poole
and Flora Alice (Neel) Poole. A retired minister from Faith Assembly of
God, Rev. Poole had “pastored” Assembly of God churches in Texas for the
past 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mae Poole of Pflugerville; four sons, Ken
Poole of Elgin, Richard Poole of Manhattan, N.Y., Tim Poole and wife, Brenda
of Fredericktown, Ohio and Gary Poole and wife, Sharry of Milwaukee, Wis.;
and one brother, Bill Poole of Hamilton. He is also survived by nine grandchildren,
Kenny Poole Sherilyn Habbit, Tiffany Poole, Heather Poole, Brittany Poole,
Amber Poole, Caleb Poole, Kayla Poole and Cierra Poole; three great-grandchildren,
Shabree, Shaleea and Timmy Habbit; other relatives and many dear friends.
The family received friends Friday, July 5 at the Cook-Walden/Capital
Parks Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2002 at the
Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home with the Rev.
Johnny Kisiah of Six Mile Assembly of God Church in Port Lavaca and Rev.
Vic Schober of Church of Glad Tidings, Austin, officiating. Interment followed
at the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery.
Nephews honored Rev. Poole as pallbearers.
For those desiring, the family suggests memorial contributions to the
John Andrew Wooton Jr.
John Wooton, also known as “Big John”, 68, of Port Lavaca, died Sunday
evening, July 7, 2002.
He was born Oct. 18, 1933 on Long Island, N. Y., to the late John Andrew
and Alice Casey Wooton Sr. He retired from Kellogg Brown & Root after
35 years of loyal service at the Union Carbide Seadrift site. He is a Christian
and has been a faithful member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Mike and Judy Johnson
of Port Lavaca, Ronnie and Diana Vrana of Houston and Marc and Trisha Sacheli
of Austin; a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Gloria Wooton of Victoria;
a sister and brother-in-law, Roy and Alice Arnold of Beaumont; a brother
and sister-in-law, George and Audrey Brown II of Houston; six grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Richardson-Colonial
Funeral Home Port Lavaca.
Services will be led by Shan Jackson at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10,
at the Church of Christ, Hwy. 35, Port Lavaca. Burial will be at Crescent
Valley Cemetery, Hwy. 185, Victoria.
Pallbearers will be nephew John Bastian of Inez, friend Briggs Wilborn
of Port Lavaca, friend Ronnie Latimer of Edna and three grandsons: Chris
Johnson, Skipper Yarborough and John Yarborough.
He is proceeded in death by both parents. Also left behind are many
friends, loved ones and church family that will miss him greatly.
All arrangements by Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home 361-552-2988.
A funeral service for Pastor Allen Walter Poldson was at 2 p.m. Monday,
July 8 at Central Assembly of God Church with Win Mack officiating.
Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery with arrangements by Anderson-Burris
Funeral Home. Visitation with the family was 5-7 p.m. Sunday evening at
the funeral home.
He was born to Walter and Maria Lamsa Poldson in New York City and
passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002 at his home in Enid.
He graduated from Harlingten High School and then attended Southwestern
Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie. He met Faye Frazier there and
they were married in Waxahachie. Allen was an ordained minister with the
Assemblies of God and pastored churches in Edinburg, Corpus Christi, Liberty,
New Orleans, La., San Antonio, Wichita Falls, Port Lavaca, Odessa, Pampa
and Muskogee, Okla. He came to Enid in 1998 to become the pastor of Central
Assembly of God. He also traveled throughout the United States and Europe
as an evangelist and teacher. He enjoyed golfing and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Faye of the home; two sons, Paul Allen
Poldson and wife Stacey of Rhome and Philip Del Poldson and wife Lee Ann
of Amarillo; his mother, Maria Poldson of Enid; and six grandchildren,
Maria, Juli, Samuel, Glenn, Stephanie and Jerad.
He was preceded in death by his father Walter Poldson.
His many friends around the world will miss his quick wit. Memorials
may be made through the funeral home (580-233-2700-telephone number) to
establish a scholarship fund in Pastor Poldson’s name at Southwestern Assemblies
of God University.
Eugene McCurdy, 72, formerly of Seadrift, passed away Sunday, Sept.
1, 2002 in Corpus Christi.
He was born Aug. 14, 1930 in Corpus Christi to William and Nora McCurdy.
He has been a resident of Rockport for the past 26 years.
Over his life he was a policeman in Victoria, he was a shrimper and
he worked in the oilfield. He was stationed in Japan as a military policeman
(MP) during the Korean conflict.
McCurdy was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margie Bennett
and two brothers, Buford and Leo McCurdy.
He is survived by his wife Viola McCurdy of Rockport, a son David McCurdy,
a daughter Karma Kay McCurdy, both of Edna; a brother Lloyd McCurdy of
Magnolia and a grandchild.
Arrangements are by Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory.
Michael Anthony McCarty
Michael Anthony McCarty, 41, of Houston and formerly of Port Lavaca
died on Friday, Aug. 30, 2002.
He was born July 10, 1961 in Port Lavaca, the son of Wiley McCarty
and Ruth Haynes McCarty of Port Lavaca. He was married to Dorothy Johnson
McCarty of Houston. He was employed by Fish Construction Inc. of Houston.
In addition to his wife and parents, McCarty is survived by a daughter,
Natasha McCarty of Houston; two sons, Michael Anthony McCarty II and Marcus
McCarty, both of Houston; four sisters, Shirley Sorrell of Victoria, Beverly
Underwood of Port Lavaca, Esther Jackson and Teresa Morris of Houston;
three brothers, Falous, Larry and Dwayne McCarty, all of Houston.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Temple of Faith located
at 419 N. Colorado in Port Lavaca. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday
at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church located at 301 Alcoa Drive in Port
Lavaca. Betty Joyce Crowder of God’s Word in Deliverance Apostolic Faith
Church of Houston will be officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery
near Port Lavaca. Pallbearers will be Cleotis Washington, Joe Leonard,
Harry Clay, Bobby J. Huff, Edward Wonten and Edgar Allen. Honorary pallbearers
are Chris Leonard, Floyd Robinson Sr., Keelyn Underwood, Bobby Jackson,
Marvin Sorrell and Anthony Morris.
Tracy’s M.J. Santellana Funeral Directors of Edna are in charge of
Roy Neil Young
Roy Neil Young, 72, of Port O’Connor, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002.
He was born June 26, 1930 at Dawson, the son of the late Roy N. and
Vivian Ragland Young. He was a retired supervisor for Petro Oil Co.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-mother
Dorothy Young, brother Ronnie Young and a grandchild.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Ross Young, daughters and husbands
Marlene Young and Mike Steiner of Wichita, Kan. and Florence Young and
Paul Drake of Victoria; son and wife Bob N. Young Dry and wife Debbie of
Mulvane, Kan.; sisters Virginia Peterson of Corpus Christi and Nancy Helms
of Dallas and sisters and husbands Charlene and Bill Holloway of Victoria
and Iva and Norman Fezzell of Victoria; brothers and wives Dale and Dora
Young of Seguin and Lee and Susan of Edna; four grandchildren and four
A memorial service will be announced later.
Memorials may be made to the Port O’Connor Fire Department and Emergency
Medical Service at Box 732, Port O’Connor, Tex. 77982.
Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Jean Caraway
YORKTOWN - Betty Jean Caraway, 69, of Yorktown, died Sunday, Aug. 25,
She was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Harlingen, to the late Ivar Swan and
Seva Nyquist Fredericks.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Yorktown and former
member of First United Methodist Church of Port Lavaca. She had retired
from Calhoun County Independent School District (CCISD) as an elementary
Survivors: husband, Major Lee (Bill) Caraway; daughter, Nancy Bibb
of Yorktown; sister, Shirley Ochsner of St. Francis, Kan.; brothers, Keith
Fredericks of Victoria and William Fredericks of Grand Prairie; three grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist
Church in Yorktown.
B. Marian Marshall
Some called her Beulah – others called her Marian.
Some called her sister, others called her friend.
Many called her the Puppet lady.
To some she was the Girl Scout leader, to others the Boy Scoutmaster.
Some called her an artist, others author or poet, always working to
help her community develop and grow, writing grants and helping establish
the Arts Council and theater groups. Some called her teacher and others
called her parent volunteer ... through her love Jackson school had a carnival
year after year.
A special few called on her to become American Citizens. To her family
she was mom and grand mom, a treasure to all who knew and loved her. Let
her passing bring not tears of sadness, but understand that God’s wisdom
gave her peace and gladness. She had a release from pain and suffering
on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002 at 10 a.m. She was born Feb.19, 1929 to the late
H. C. Hartzog and Virginia Hartzog. She was married to the late W. C. Marshall.
She leaves behind a loving sister Paula Hartzog Donnelly, daughter Marian
Marshall Harrison, son-in-law Nic Harrison and grandchildren Miles and
“Gina” Laura Harrison.
Join with her family in a celebration and tribute to the life of a
woman who touched many with wisdom, compassion and love and make a joyful
noise unto the Lord above.
The immediate family will have a private grave side moment at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002. All other family and friends are invited to join
us in the celebration of Beulah Marian’s life at a date and time to be
announced later. At that time bring a fond memory of joy from the past
and laughter and love. We know she will be watching from up above.
The family requests, please, instead of flowers, donations be contributed
to one of two funds set up in Beulah Marian’s name. A fund has been set
up at the International Bank of Commerce (IBC) to purchase an air bed to
be kept at Memorial Hospital to help relieve the pain of patients like
A scholarship fund for theater and the arts will be set up at First
National Bank for a graduating senior who wants to go to college and study
either theater, art or drama.
Helping the youth of Calhoun County was always mother’s dream.
Dolores “Lola” Barrera Gonzales
Delores “Lola” Barrera Gonzales, 77, of Port Lavaca, died on Wednesday,
Aug. 21, 2002.
She was born in El Campo Nov. 9, 1924 to the late Emiliano Barrera
and Marie Garcia Barrera. She was married to the late Antonio L. Gonzales
on Nov. 10, 1945 in Edna. They had three children. They moved to Port Lavaca
in 1966 because her husband transferred to work for the Port Lavaca Wave.
He had previously worked for the Edna Herald.. She was a homemaker, a charter
member of the Catholic Daughters of America for 18 years, Sacred Heart
Society and the Ladies VFW Auxiliary for 30 years.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by
a sister, Ofelia Nava.
Survivors include daughters Anita Gonzales Fricke and husband Mike
M. Fricke of Port Lavaca and Consuelo “Connie” Brecker and husband Jim
Brecker of Houston; son Antonio “Tony” Gonzales Jr. and wife Lisa Gonzales
of Port Lavaca; sisters Hermina Salinas of Corpus Christi and Lupe Tijerina
of Port Lavaca; grand daughter Adreana Nicole Gonzales; step-grandchildren
Mary Davant Fricke, Lisa Katherin Fricke Berger and Laura Louise Fricke
Grundhoefer; and great grandchildren Belinda Claire Fricke, Jerrod Berger,
Lauren Berger and Jordan Grundhoefer.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at Richardson-Colonial Funeral
Home. A funeral Mass will be said at 9 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the
Gulf Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan Morales officiating. Burial will
be at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the Latin American Cemetery with Monsignor
Michael O’Shaughnessy officiating.
Memorials may be made to Catholic Daughters of American, Box 87, Port
Lavaca, Texas 77979 or Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church.
Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Melba Fay Startz
Melba Fay Startz, 61, of Port Lavaca died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002.
She was born November 10, 1941 in Galveston, TX to L.L. “Doc” Dickey
and Dorothy Castellow Dickey. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist
Church of Indianola.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a grandson Christopher
Melba is survived by her husband Billy Joe Startz of Port. Lavaca;
daughters, Tanna Startz of Port Lavaca, Connie Grabenstein of Port Lavaca
and Tammy Dabels of Seadrift; sons, Billy Ray Startz of Victoria, and Michael
Joe Startz of Port Lavaca; sisters Dorothy Pauline Woods of Port Lavaca,
Virginia Bilbo of Victoria and Elaine Dominguez of Victoria; brothers,
Lelton R. “Buster” Dickey of Houston and Fred Dickey of Houston; 10 grandchildren
and 4 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002 at Colonial Funeral
Home. Funeral services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002 at Hebron
Baptist Church with Bro. Frank Boldt officiating. Burial will follow at
Memorial: Donors Choice. Colonial Funeral Home, 1801 E. Red River,
Victoria, TX 77901, 578-3535.
Earl R. “Sonny” Ivy
Earl R. “Sonny” Ivy went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 19,
at the age of 75. Sonny was born Aug. 8, 1927, to Mart Earl Ivy and Lillie
Welborn Ivy in Humble.
Following his graduation from Three Rivers High School, Sonny served
in the United States Army in Korea. After a career including 11 years with
Western Natural Gas and 29 years with Union Carbide, he retired and lived
the balance of his life spending time with those he loved and those who
loved him so dearly.
Sonny was a Christian and member of First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Sonny is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rebecca “Becky” Anderson
Ivy and their children: Glenn Ray Ivy Sr. of College Station, Sandra “Sandy”
Ivy Mertink and husband James of Port Lavaca, Sherra Ivy Gan and husband
Darrel of San Antonio. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Glenn
Ray Ivy Jr., Michael Ivy, Jeffrey Ivy, Megan Brown and Macey Gan.
The family wishes to express their appreciation for the support and
prayers of friends and church family during his four year battle with cancer.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Richardson-Colonial
Funeral Home. Services will be Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist
Church, Port Lavaca, with the Revs. J.V. Helms. Burial will be at 4 p.m.
at Holy Cross Cemetery, 17501 Nacogdoches Road, in San Antonio.
Pallbearers: Bill Anderson, Jerry Anderson, Jr.,Ben Gibson, Jerry Purcell,
E.E. Trowbridge and Johnny Windham. Honorary Pallbearers: Riley Jones,
Tommy Martin, Rodney Hernandez and Mabry Cain.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca, Hospice
of South Texas - Victoria.
Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vernell Priddy Martin
Vernell Priddy Martin, 72, of Port Lavaca, passed away Aug. 12, 2002
She was born April 4, 1930 in Hill County to the late James H. Priddy
and Odessa Faye Bankston Priddy. She was a Mary Kay Consultant, a child
daycare owner and a member of First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca, She
was married to Virgil E. Martin.
Her father, James Priddy, her mother, Odessa Priddy, stepmother Cleo
Marie Payne Priddy and one sister Lorraine Priddy Ross preceded her in
She is survived by her husband, Virgil Martin of Port Lavaca; two daughters,
Pamela M. Hartgrove and husband Galen of Port Lavaca and Patsy M. Smith
and husband Johnnie of Houston; a son, Virgil E. “Bubba” Martin Jr. of
Houston; two granddaughters, Keesha Smith Organ and husband Robby of Tomball
and Terra Smith Wakeland of Houston; one great-grandson, Johnnie Thomas
(JT) Wakeland of Houston; a sister, Wanda Priddy Meyer of Port Lavaca;
four brothers, J. L. Priddy of Pawtucket, R.I., James A. Priddy of Fredrick,
OK and Merlin Priddy of Burleson.
She was active in the hospital auxiliary and was a Sunday School teacher.
She taught English and sewing classes to Taiwanese and was a volunteer
at the Senior Citizens Center. She also owned and operated Child Day Care
Centers, Kiddie College and Martindale Nursery. She was a loving and devoted
wife, mom and nanny.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002 at the
First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca with the Rev. J. V. Helms officiating.
Burial was at Greenlawn Gardens.
Pallbearers were Dr. Jack Beeler, Drew Hahn, Dee Harkey, Robert Leadbetter,
Dr. Jerry Pentecost, Anton Schoener, Ronnie Squyres and Jim Ward.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons and Brotherhood of First Baptist
Church of Port Lavaca.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca @
902 Calhoun St., Port Lavaca, Tx 77979.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Richardson/Colonial
James Roy Melena
James Roy Melina, 68, passed away Aug. 11, 2002 in Aransas Pass.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1933 in Port Isabel and had lived in Port Lavaca
since 1992. He was a commercial fisherman and worked on the Lori Dawn VI.
Survivors include his wife, Kari Melina of Port Lavaca; two stepsons,
Jimmy and Tito Delgado; three daughters, Lori Melina, Tracy Garcia and
Christy Moley; a brother, Ralph Sawyer; two sisters, Nancy Sheling and
Helen Staggs; the mother of his children, Anna Garza and 11 grandchildren.
Private family services will be held.
Arrangements were entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory
of Aransas Pass, TX, phone 1-800-428-2922.
Clifton Francis “Sonny” Stojanek
Clifton Francis “Sonny” Stojanek, 62, of Port Lavaca, passed away Thursday,
Aug. 15, 2002.
He was born Feb. 5, 1940 in Victoria to Clifton J. and Emilie Stojanek.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, an electrician, a shrimper, a Catholic
and a loving husband and father.
He was preceded in death his parents and daughter Wanda Lynn Stojanek.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Stojanek of Port Lavaca; his sister
and brother-in-law, Alice Marie and David Heibel of Victoria; his daughters,
Patty Stojanek of Idaho, Jodie Stojanek of Gatesville, Carrie Bell of Mineola,
Heather Buckley of Port Lavaca, Ann Dudley of Port Lavaca and Cindy Debusk
of Seadrift; his sons, Alan Stojanek of Dallas, Morgan Buckley and Dana
Morgan of Iowa and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Richardson Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Esther Schumann, 91, of Cameron and formerly of
Port Lavaca were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2002 at the First Baptist
Church in Cameron with the Rev. Gary Maroney officiating. Burial followed
in Oak Hill Cemetery.
She died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002 in a Temple hospital.
She was born March 18, 1911 in Appleby and was a retired school teacher.
She graduated from Nacogdoches High School and Texas A&I University
in Kingsville with a master’s degree in mathematics. She was active in
the AARP and the Eastern Star #373 in Port Lavaca and the First Baptist
Church in Cameron.
She was preceded in death by her husband Chester Schumann.
She is survived by two sons, Chester Schumann of Cameron and Edward
Schumann of Woodlands; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Green-Patterson Funeral
Bennie Mitchell LeCompte
Bennie Mitchell LeCompte, 83, of Port Lavaca, died at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday,
The owner/operator of Day Care Center, she was born Oct. 12, 1918 in
Floresville, the daughter of the late Benjamin Pape and Vanonia Slaughter
Pape. She was married twice to the late D. D. Mitchell and Jack LeCompte.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include Vanonia Aschenbeck of San Antonio and Jeanette Carpenter
of Port Lavaca; a son, J. D. “Jack” Mitchell of Olivia; a sister, Hattie
Mae Penley Calvert of Bay City; two brothers, Alvin Pape of Cost and Same
Pape of Olivia; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2002 at Richardson/Colonial
Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. John T. Kisiah officiating. Burial will
be in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery in Port Lavaca.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Richardson/Colonial