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|LINDA JEAN HUNT TRAYLOR
Funeral services for Linda Jean Hunt Traylor, 56, of Palacios were held Sept. 27, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios, followed by interment at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery in Port Lavaca. She died Sept. 24, 2001.
A native of El Campo, she was born Feb. 13, 1945 to Harold and Mary Jane Payne Hunt. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Pilot Club and the Art Club.
Survivors in addition to her parents, Harold and Norma Hunt, include her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Glenn Vacek, son and daughter-in-law, Reid and Sandy Whitley; sisters, Judy Rohde and Kelli Huitt; brother, Tommy Hunt; and grandchildren, Whitley and Levi Jacek, and Tate, Jayde and Amesti Whitley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Traylor; and her mother, Mary Jane Payne Hunt.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Support, Inc., P. O. Box 1417,
El Campo, Tex. 77437. Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
RAMONA Q. DeLEON
Born Aug. 17, 1929 in Lyford, Texas, to the late Remijio and Maria (Quintero) Quilantan, Mrs. DeLeon was affiliated with the Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Antonio E. DeLeon; children Zenaida Gatica
and husband, Mike C. Gatica of Palacios, Emma D. Chavez and husband, Gabriel
H. Chavez of LaPorte, Antonio DeLeon III of Deer Park, Herlinda D. Diaz
and husband, Randy Diaz of LaPorte, Alberto DeLeon and wife, Doris, of
Houston; brothers and sister, Ted, Tony and Mel Quilantan of Lyford, and
Petra Rubio of Raymondville; 19 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren;
and one great-great grandchild.
RED OCHOA RENDON, SR.
Mr. Rendon was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Port Lavaca, to the late Alberto F. Sr. and Porfiria Ocha Rendon. He died Sept. 26, 2001.
He was a retired shrimper and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Disable American Veterans in Palacios.
He is survived by wife, Anita "Annie" Solis Rendon; daughter, Ophelia
Lara of Blessing; son, Eddie T. Rendon of Inez; 10 grandchildren; and 11
Kevin was born Sept. 10, 1982 to Donny Claxton and Ann Jurney Busby. He died Sept. 23, 2001 at his residence.
He was a lifelong resident of Blessing and a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios.
He is survived by his father, Donny Claxton, of Blessing; mother and stepfather, Ann and Ron Busby of Blessing; a brother, James Claxton of Blessing; paternal grandparents Lowell and Mary Sue Claxton of Blessing; maternal grandparents Harvey and JoAnn Jurney of Utopia, Tx.; stepsister Leigh Lee of Palacios; and stepbrother Austin Busby of Blessing.
Pallbearers were Mike Claxton, John David Jurney, Rusty Claxton, Toby
Claxton, Scott Jones, Jimmie Rodriguez, Cody Jones and Austin Busby.
DEAN F. MERCK
Raised in Collegeport, Mr. Merck was a graduate of the University of Houston and worked for the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation as a civil engineer.
Survivors include the wife, Nelda Merck of League City; mother, Dorothy Merck of Bay City; sons and their wives, Mark and Cathy Merck of Collegeport, Russ and Hayes Merck of Cromwell, C.T.; and Galen Merck of Clear Lake; and grandchildren, Danyelle and Matthew Merck.
Jack Rowe Funeral Home, League City, was in charge of arrangements.
ALPHON ‘AL’ WILLIE HURTA
Mr. Hurta was born Nov. 28, 1913 in Karnes City, Tx. to the late Frank Joe and Anna Miska Hurta. He died Sept. 19, 2001.
A resident of Midfield since 1923, he was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served as Matagorda County Pct. 4 Commissioner for 24 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mattie Nora “Totsy’ Guynes Hurta of Midfield; daughter Nancy Gray of Midfield, and one grandchild Shannon Gray.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Helen Louise Hurta; sisters
Sophie Roberts, Emma Sedlacek and Albina Bosak; and brothers Edwin E. Hurta,
Louise Hurta, and Frank Hurta.
VEDA C. DALE
Mrs. Dale was born July 21, 1938 in Dallas, Texas, to James E. and Bernice Chenault. She died Sept. 16, 2001.
Formerly of Houston, she was the former owner and operator of Palacios Sporting Goods until her retirement. Aside from being a businesswoman, she was a civic leader and director of Palacios Chamber of Commerce, director and chairman of Friends of Elder Citizens in Palacios, member of Harmony Club, and a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Church in Port Lavaca.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jim Dale of Palacios; daughter Laurie Ford and husband James of Houston; son Jim Dale of Coppell, Tx.; and five grandchildren, Amber Dale of Palacios, Katie and Kerrie Ford of Houston, Jessica and Mickey Dale of Coppell.
She was preceded in death by parents, by son Kerry Dale in 1988, and brother David Ripple.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Grace Episcopal
Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 172, Pt. Lavaca, Texas 77979, or the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.
JOSE SANTIAGO ‘JIMMY’ MARTINEZ, SR.
Mr. Martinez was born Oct. 18, 1951 in Mathis, Tx. to Elestio and Aurora Rendon-Martinez. He died Sept. 15, 2001.
He was a light equipment operator for Hunter Welding, Inc. and a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Pena Martinez of Markham; a daughter, Valerie Jean Martinez of West Germany; three sons, Philip Ray Martinez and Jose Santiago Martinez, Jr., both of Markham, and David Trevino of Bay City; sisters Irma DeLeon, Olivia Guerra, Janie Ramirez, and Susie Constancio, all of Palacios, Addie Zarate and Melissa Galvez, both of Blessing, and Aurora Cancino of Lake Jackson; a brother, Elestio Martinez, Jr. of Blessing; and a grandson, Jason Molina.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Martinez.
Mrs. Smith retired as a home economics teacher for over 30 years in Palacios.
She is survived by daughter, Renee Stone and husband Robert of New Waverly; son, Jesse Guy Smith III and wife Sherry of Huntsville; grandchildren, Jesse Guy Smith IV, Jessica Stone Starkey and husband Shane, Cody Smith, Corey Smith, Carley Smith, Charlotte Stone, Scott Robert Stone and other loving relatives. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Guy Smith, Jr.
Pallbearers were Jesse Guy Smith IV, Cody Smith, Corey Smith, Shane
Starkey and Scott Stone.
S. T. ‘CURLY’ OGLESBY
Mr. Oglesby died Friday, Sept. 7, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was born Oct. 29, 1917 in Flint, Tx., to the late Nimrod Samuel and Jewel Reed Oglesby. A resident of Palacios since 1939 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, he married Elnora Peterson in 1941 at Palacios. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Oglesby started his own business, Oglesby Amusement Co. in 1943. He contributed much of his time by volunteering for the Fire Department, and with projects that benefited the youth of Palacios through providing stables for 4-H. He helped start a Little League organization, and spent many hours dedicated to the construction of the Recreation Center. In 1963, head coach Tony Carr named Curly an honorary letterman for attending every one of his son’s Shark football practices.
Survivors include the wife, Elnora; son, Terry Oglesby, daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Bobby Hooker, all of Palacios; one brother, James Ross Oglesby of Bay City; three grandsons, Tracy Perkins of San Antonio, Dax Oglesby and wife, Amy Elizabeth, of Austin, and Trent Oglesby and wife, Amy Elizabeth, of The Woodlands; one great-granddaughter, Madeline Gail Oglesby of Austin; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were his nephews: Larry, Gerald and Paul Taylor, Michael and Bill Glaros, Brent, Jim and Donald Petersen, and Tommy Michaelson.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Landscaping Fund,
or to the Danevang Lutheran Church.
ROQUE CASTILLO CHACON
Burial will be at Cemeterio El Carmen Tequexquitla in El Carmen Tequexquitla, Mexico.
Mr. Chacon was born Dec. 22, 1980 in El Camen Tequexquitla, Tlaxcala, Mexico to Djose Manuel Castillo Ramirez and Dominga Chacon. He died Sept. 2, 2001. He was a commerical shrimper at WW Dock in Palacios and was a Catholic.
He is survived by his parents; and sisters Isabel Castillo Chacon and
Adrianna Castillo Chacon, both of El Carmen Tequexquitla, Mexico.
ELLA TUCKER NEUMAN
Mrs. Neuman was born March 28, 1920 in Edna to the late Augusta C. and Connie Keith Darnell. She died August 29, 2001.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve J. Neuman in 1979 and daughter, Wanda N. Rickaway in 1985. Mrs. Neuman is survived by sons, Bobby Neuman of Port Lavaca, George Neuman of Blessing, Tommy Neuman of Lolita and Johnny Neuman of Dallas; sister, Myrtle Morrison of Oklahoma City, OK; son-in-law, Frank E. Rickaway of Blessing; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Neuman’s grandsons, Randy Rickaway and Chad Huddleston of Blessing,
Allen Neuman of Gonzales, Kyle Neuman of Victoria and Bryan and Chris Neuman
of Edna, served as pallbearers.
OLGA DARLENE SAWYER
Mrs. Sawyer was born February 1, 1919 in Broaddus, Texas to the late Skillern and Lydia Bell. She died August 21, 2001.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 39 years, James A. Sawyer, an infant son, brothers, Littleton and Early Harvey and a sister, Veralene Harvey. She is survived by daughters, Glynis Sawyer of Houston, Marilyn Livingston and husband Joseph of Anna, Texas; son, Deril Oliver and wife Ginger of Texas City; sisters, Beaulah Carrick and Marcelene Mull; brother, Ramon Harvey of Palacios; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Craig Fisher, Randy Livingston, Ronnie Oliver, Keith Oliver, Sr., Keith
Oliver, Jr., and Deril Wayne Oliver served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers
were Christopher Oliver, Mark Sees, Brent Jeffries, David Baker and Gary
FRANK A. GAYLE
Mr. Gayle was born July 18, 1908 in Crockett, Tx. to Franklin A. Gayle and Essie Leathers Gayle. He died Aug. 26, 2001.
He is survived by his loving wife, Minnie G. “Tootsie” Gayle of Markham; sisters Essie Richey and Regina Burford, both of Houston; brother W. F. “Billy” Gayle of DeSoto, Tx.; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends Charles Parr of Markham, John c. Sardelich of Palacios, and Johnny Henderson and Doug Gayle of LaWard, Tx.
Mr. Gayle was instrumental in forming the Texas Gas Association and was recognized for his substantial and enduring contribution to the natural gas industry in Texas. He was presented a Life Member Award by the Texas Gas Association on June 26, 1985. He owned and operated the Markham Gas Corp. from 1966 until his retirement in 1986. Through his generosity, many young people received college educations and vocational training. Mr. Gayle was especially concerned for the elderly and less fortunate and through his loving generosity helped many without them ever knowing.
Mr. Gayle will surely be missed by all that knew and loved him. Men like Frank Gayle are what other men should strive to be with examples that he practiced with faith in his God and love of family and friends.
Funeral arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.
MATTIE DEE WHITLEY HEBERT
Mrs. Hebert was born Jan. 20, 1912 in El Campo, Tx. to the late Lidge Dee and Beulah Mae Lynch Whitley. She died Aug. 24, 2000.
A former longtime resident of Markham, she was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing.
She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara Junek of Palacios, and Joy and David King of Houston; two sons and daughters-in-law, A. J. and Pat Hebert of Palacios, Shelton and Janie Hebert of Victoria; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, A. J. Hebert; sisters Verlie Mae Steinmeyer and Lavada Etta Shivers; and a brother, Ross Whitley.
Pallbearers were her grandsons Larry and Bruce Junek, Philip, Charles and Steven King, and Nathan Demicelli. Honorary pallbearers were the remaining grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Building Fund.
Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.
ROSALIE N. GARZA
Mrs. Garza was born Nov. 12, 1940 in Charco, Tx. to the late Andres and Maria Nevarez Garza. She died Aug. 20, 2001.
She had been a resident of Houston for the past 31 years.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Ricardo Rojas of Pearland, Tx.; a son, Michael Garza of Houston; sisters Genoveva Estrello and Angie Samora of Palacios, Rebecca Garza, Lucy Sanchez and Teresa Avalos of Houston; brothers Cesario Garza of Freeport, Andres Garza, Jr. of Port Lavaca, and Albert Garza of Sugarland; grandchildren Alex and Ricky Rojas, and Sandy, Michael, and Priscilla Garza of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Evangelina Garcia and Yolanda Rodriguez.
Pallbearers are Gary, Andy and Larry Garza, Kenny and David Sanchez, Darryl Gallardo and Mario Rodriguez.
“If tears could bring you back....I would cry a stairway to heaven.”
LUISA AMARO VILLARREAL
Mrs. Villarreal passed away on Aug, 7, 2001.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Arnulfo Castillo Villarreal;
daughters Mary Villarreal- Elizondo and Eva De Leon both of Houston; sons
Robert Juarez of Baytown, and Ancelmo Juarez, Jr. of Louisiana; sisters
Josephine Brionez, Lenora Sosa, Antonia Ramirez and Ester Martinez all
of Houston; brother Carlos Uresti of Houston; 11 grandchildren; and four
C. C. ‘BUB’ LAWSON, JR.
Mr. Lawson was born Sept. 4, 1915, in Floresville, to the late Grover Gem Sr. and Esma C. Lawson. He died Aug. 9, 2001.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in WWII. He owned and operated Radio and T.V. Repair Shop.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Frances Lawson of Palacios; niece, Helen Lawson of Bay City; and nephew, Carl R. Lawson of San Antonio.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Amy Lawson; parents; and
brother, Henry J. Lawson.
OCTAVIO ASOCAR ALAMIA
Mr. Alamia was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Gulf, to the late Julio and Marguerita Asocar Alamia. He died Aug. 7, 2001.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by hiswife, Lorenza Morales Alamia; daughters Estella Alamia and Alfa Flores, both of Palacios, and Amparo Brangan of San Antonio; stepdaughters Mary Duran of Palacios and Isabel Garcia of San Antonio; stepsons Jesse Alvarez and Tony Alvarez, both of Palacios; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ellen Hebert and Didia Morales; and brothers, Gantran Alamia and Arthur Alamia.