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|WANDA MARIE RICKAWAY
Funeral services for Wanda Marie Rickaway, 75, of San Antonio, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Taylor Bros. Funeral home Chapel with Rev. Ronald Lynn officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery.
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 are Sterling Barrett Jr., Carl Wayne Barrett, Ronald Rickaway
Jr., Gregory Rickaway, Fred Rickaway, and Donald White.
SYLVIA ANN MORALES GOMEZ
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
ANITA ALVAREZ GARCIA
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
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. 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
JAMES PINCKNEY WALLER
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
DORTHA MAE ROSE MOSIER JONES
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
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
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.