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|BILLIE GERALD DOBY
Funeral services for Billie Gerald Doby, 76, of Tres Palacios Oaks in Palacios, were held July 19, 2001 at the Houston National Cemetery Chapel. Interment was in Houston National Cemetery.
Mr. Doby was born October 10, 1924 in Waynesboro, Mississippi. He died July 15, 2001.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Miriam “Mim” Long Doby; daughters,
Diane Doby and Jayne Doby Steward; son, Gary W. and wife Kathy Doby; four
grandchildren, Samantha Olivares and husband Serik, Spencer Steward, Lauren
and Cameron Doby; 4 great grandchildren, Serik Anthony, Savannah, Sophia,
and Sonny Olivares; nephew, Gregory J. Doby and wife Kim; great nieces,
Elizabeth Gonzales and Sara McCarthy.
EVELYN MAY ARNOLD
She is survived by her husband, Horace Arnold of El Campo; daughters Mary Ann Sexton of Palacios, Betty Mosier of Elkhart, Tx. and Sue Peal of Corpus Christi, Tx.; a brother, Frederick Bruce Lamphier of Dallas; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were with Triska Funeral Home in El Campo, (979)
CLAIR WILLIAM LYNN
He was a longtime farmer, veteran of World War II, a member of the Elks, American Legion, Palacios Lions Club, and NRA. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Lynn of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Anne and Larry Krup of Peoria, Ill., Elizabeth Lynn and Edward Brown of Houston, Laura Jeanne Van Riper of Peoria, Ill., and Peggy Pitman of Palacios; a son, Clair William and his wife, Karen of Jasper, Ill; sisters Mary Lou Fehrenbacher, Anna Mae Held, and Linda Louis McDaniel; brothers Walter I. Lynn, Robert R. Lynn, Richard S. Lynn, Kenneth Lynn, and James E. Lynn; and grandchildren Christopher W. Lynn, Jonathan D. Lynn and Jennifer Elizabeth Lynn.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Martha and Kay; his parents; and brothers Jack Cates Lynn and Logan Lynn.
Pallbearers were Jim Hampton, Harlin Fowler, Earl Scheley, John Toellner, Bob Christianson, Jack Waechter, Rudolph Mosier and Royce Harvey.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian
Church Landscaping Fund or the Legacy Foundation. Arrangements were with
ROBERT M. 'BOB' BELLAH
He was a resident of Tres Palacios Oaks for the past 16 years and a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Houston and a member of Pipefitters Local #211.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Rocha Bellah of Palacios; a son, Robert Marshall Bellah, Jr. of Houston; step-children Rebecca, Christie, Roberta, Ricky and Alvin Torres, and Martin Rocha, all of Palacios; a sister, Ann Dorsey of Oklahoma; brothers Guy Bellah, Jr. of Missouri, Tony Long and Ray Long, both of Illinois; and by two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Evelyn Bellah, and
a brother, J. W. Long.
WALTER ELLIOTT KILGORE
Walter had a long life with a variety of experiences that included farming, ranching, owning and operation Kilgore Brothers Truck Line, law enforcement career with the Palacios Police Dept., Matagorda County Sheriff’s Dept. and Ingleside Police Dept. where he was the Assistant Chief. He was also a longtime past member of the Palacios VFD. He and his wife, Nettie, of 52 years who preceded him in death on May 8, 2000, were both born and raised in Palacios. They will both be missed and their family and friends know they are now together again.
He is survived by a son, Keith Kilgore of Palacios, daughters and sons-in-law
Karla and Jerry Carr of Crockett, and Cindy and Mark Petersen of Leander,
Tx.; sisters and brother-in-law Vera Lou and Jim Sprayberry of Marshall,
Tx. and Lottie Anderson of Port Lavaca, Tx.; brother and sister-in-law
H. L. “Lewis” and Ruth Kilgore of Woodsboro, Tx.; and six grandchildren.
MARY RUTH ABRAHAMSON
A former resident of the Palacios area, she was a past state officer of the Texas Extension Homemaker Association.
She is survived by her husband, Virgil Bosma of Mission, Tx.; daughters Deborah Mouser and Denise Clark, both of Albertlea, Minn.; sons Larry Abrahamson of Austin, Rick Abrahamson of Yoakum, Tx., Davis Bosma and Doug Bosma, both of Emmons, Minn.; sisters Sarah Baber of Houston, Juanita Shoemaker of Port Lavaca, Betty Jo Arliss of Houston, and June Westerholm of Port Lavaca; brothers H. G. Edwards of Paris, Tx., Clyde Edwards of Weatherford, Tx., Charles Edwards of Honey Grove, Ts., and Max Edwards of Cleveland, TN.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lawrence E. Abrahamson.
Pallbearers were Harry Frankson, Billy Stuhrenberg, Mark Greenawalt,
Bryant Peterson, Stanley Dierlam, Brother Frankson, and Bill Miller.
He was a retired shrimper and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by sisters, Dominga Solis and Paula Rivas, both of Palacios;
and brothers, Leon Gatica and Herman Gatica Sr., both of Palacios. He was
preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bessie Diaz and Sabina Gatica;
and brothers, Monico Gatica, Lino Gatica and Frank Gatica.
WANDA MARIE RICKAWAY
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Braunsfels, a resident of San Antonio for the past three years, and of New Braunsfels for four years. She was a former longtime resident of Blessing where she retired as a postal clerk with the U. S. Postal Service.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Sandra Rickaway of San Antonio; grandsons Ronald Rickaway, Jr. and companion Eva Walderman of San Antonio, and Gregory Rickaway of Bay City; a sister, Tracy Lockey of LaMarque, Tx.; and a brother, Arthur White of LaWard, Tx. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. L. Rickaway, and a daughter, Jeanette Schultz.
Pallbearers were Sterling Barrett Jr., Carl Wayne Barrett, Ronald Rickaway
Jr., Gregory Rickaway, Fred Rickaway, and Donald White.
PAUL EDWARD FIELDS
A native of Port Arthur, he was born Oct. 27, 1946 to Edna Fields of Palacios and the late Paul Fields. A graduate of Sam Houston State College, with a degree in criminal justice, he served as Sheriff of Kerr County for seven years. For the past five years, he was employed as a teacher and coach with the Hays Consolidated ISD in Kyle. He had been a resident of Mason for the past 10 years and formerly resided in Harper, Ingram, Kerrville and Hunt. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason.
Survivors in addition to his mother include a daughter, Paula Fields
of Comfort; a son, Russell Fields of Ennis; and two brothers, Bryan Lee
Fields of Tres-Palacios and Ron Fields of Palacios.
TOMMIE JOE (T. J.) CHANIK
A native of Palacios, he was born Oct. 18, 1945 to the late Adolph Tom and Annie Lee Knapp Chanik. A veteran of U.S. Army service, T. J. lived most of his life in Matagorda County. He was a volunteer for the Palacios Food Pantry and the Senior Citizen Center.
Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Claudette Brown of Wyoming; two sons, Edward Ottis Chanik of Odessa and Lyndell Joe Chanik of Port Lavaca; one brother, Forrest Chanik of Markham; five sisters, Mittie Glass of Houston, Joyce Cowgar of Markham, Olita Nance of Smithville, Martha Chanik of Palacios and Kay Dry of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Laurie Elizabeth Bass of Odessa and Larry Joe Hunt of Houston; and one great-grandson, Zade Draven.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Rose Chanik, Geneva Chanik Smith and Lillie Ann Chanik McElroy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer
AMIE SUZANNE HARRISON
She was born March 19, 1970 in New Orleans, La., to Tom and Gail Hamlin of Rockport. A resident of Houston for the past nine years, she taught dancing, gymnastics and music. She also sang with several local bands in Houston.
Survivors in addition to her parents include a sister, Emilie Grace
Hamlin of LaPorte; maternal grandmother, Bernice Glowka of Rockport; paternal
grandmother, Edna Hamlin of Palacios; and a special nephew, Zachery Schnieder
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.