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JEROME W. 'JERRY' FLINT
Funeral services for Jerome W. "Jerry" Flint, 94, of Blessing, were held Jan. 28, 2001 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Zimmer officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. 
Mr. Flint was born Sept. 3, 1906, in Summers County, W. Va., to the late Thomas Wayne and Ocie Ola Taylor Flint. He died Jan. 25, 2001. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving for 20 years, including in World War II. He was a life member and past commander of Blessing Cecil Lee American Legion Post No. 649 and a member of Midfield Community Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Kopecky Flint; daughter, Phyllis Anne Beverage of Boca Raton, Fla.; sisters, Christine Flint and Geneva Scott, both of Covington, Va.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
 

GEORGE JAMES AMBOREE
Funeral services for George James Amboree, 66, of Palacios, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001 at the Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. C. W. Amboree officiating. Interment will at Palacios Cemetery. Vistation will be until 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City. 
Mr. Amboree was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Boling, to Orange and Mae Ollis Laws Amboree. He died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001. 

He is survived by daughters, Mildred Barnwell and Linda Fuse, both of Houston; sons, Byron Amboree of Palacios and David Amboree of Minnesota; foster daughter, Charlene Breaux; sisters, Deloris Jones of Iowa City, Iowa and Lillian Easley of Dickerson; brothers, J.C. Amboree of Freeport, Cercy Amboree of Oklahoma and Alvin Amboree and Junius Amboree, both of Wharton; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
 

LOUISE SABLATURA VAVRA
A Rosary for Louise Sablatura Vavra, 78, of Palacios/Ashby Community, was scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. 
Mrs. Vavra was born April 3, 1922 in Hillje, Tx. to the late Henry and Mary Sablatura. She died Jan. 5, 2001. 

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing. 

Mrs. Vavra is survived by her husband, Edward Frank 'Eddie' Vavra, Sr.; daughters Mary Jo Harvey of Palacios, Yvonee Royston of West Columbia, and Juanita Schweizer of Simpsonville, S.C.; sons Edward Frank Vavra Jr. of Palacios and Dwight Vavra of Markham; a sister, Alvina Grasmuck of Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by sisters Lilly Cardova, Mollie Livanic, Mary Sutrik and Martha Sablatura; brothers Bill Sablatura, Henry Sablatura, Ed Sablatura, Julius Sablatura, Joe Sablatura, Jerone Sablatura and Ben Sablatura. 
 

RAYMOND A. KURNER
Funeral services for Raymond A. Kurner, 80, of Cape Carancahua will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001 at Carancahua Chapel, with the Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating. Interment will be 1 p.m., Monday at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston. He died Jan. 3. 
A native of Glen Ridge, N.J., he was born March 29, 1920 to the late Frank and Anna Charlotte Carlson Kurner. A World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, he was a retired auditor at The Prudential Insurance Co., having served 43 years. He served on the board of directors of the Jackson County Hospital District and as manager of the Cape Carancahua Water District. He was also a member of the Carancahua Chapel. 

Survivors include the widow, Virginia Bangert Kurner of Cape Carancahua; a daughter Pam Bertram of Bellaire; a son, Bryan Kurner of San Antonio; a sister, Dorothy Fredericks of Bloomfield, N.J.; and a brother, Richard Kurner of Dunnellton, Fla. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Kurner; and a sister, Ruth Hickman. 

Pallbearers were Bob Law, Bill Law, Harold Peterson, Gen. Ed Wenglar, donald Sudheimer, Paul Abraham and Charles Chambless. 

Memorials may be made to Carancahua Community Volunteer Fire Department, 21 Carancahua Blvd., Palacios, Tex. 77465. 
 

MARY KANA BARTOSH
A parish Rosary for Mary Kana Bartosh, 86, of Blessing, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing. A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Rev. Samuel Assiapi officating. Interment will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. 
Mrs. Bartosh was born March 17, 1914 to Joseph and Amalie Kristek Kana. She died Jan. 2, 2001. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. 

She is survived by daughters Joan Karasek of East Bernard and Mary Ann Brandl of El Campo; sons Dennis Bartosh of Palacios, Lawrence Bartosh and David Bartosh both of Blessing, and Edward Bartosh of El Campo; sisters Georgie Pilgrim of San Antonio, Martha Mazoch of Baytown, and Dorothy Oliver of Miami, FL.; brothers Ivan Kana of Midfield and Edvin Kana of Bay City; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Bartosh in 1951; and brothers Charlie and Jerome Kana. 

Pallbearers are Gene Karasek Jr., Philip Karasek, Jim Bartosh, James Allen Bartosh, Tim Cerny and Sean Kelly. Honorary pallbearers were David Kemp and Barry Bartosh. 

The family requests memorials be made to Friends of Elder Citizens, Inc., P. O. Box 791, Palacios, Tx. 77465. 
 

ANGELINE TOMASEK BALUSEK
A Rosary for Angeline Tomasek Balusek, 92, of El Maton, will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. 
Interment will follow at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. 

Mrs. Balusek was born March 6, 1903 in Buckholts, Tx. to Anton Tomasek and Annie Patka Tomasek. She died Jan. 2, 2001. 

She was a lifelong resident of El Maton, a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, and a member of the Blessing Altar Society and the S.P.J.S.T. 

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law Mary Ellen and Eugene Jekel of New Braunfels, Rosemary and Jake Foltyn of El Maton, Susie and Valton McDonald of Deer Park, and Evelyn and Frank Michalik of El Maton; sons and daughters-in-law Raymond and Willa Dean Balusek of Deer Park, and Emil L. and Donie Balusek of Pasadena; a sister, Matilda Havlik of Cameron; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil L. Balusek in 1960; her parents, Anton and Annie Tomasek; a grandson, Dr. Steven McDonald; two sisters; and two brothers. 
 

JAMES EDWARD 'JAY' GOLDEN, JR.
Funeral services for James Edward "Jay" Golden, Jr., 37, of Palacios, were scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Dr. James Ely and Rev. Ralph Smith officating. Interment was in Scranton, PA. 
Mr. Golden was born May 14, 1963 in Scranton, PA. to James Edward Golden, Sr. and Donna Knight Golden. He died Dec. 28, 2000. 

He was a member of the Catholic Church, a resident of Palacios for the past five years, and was employed as an electrician with United Electrical Contractors. 

He is survived by his wife, Grace 'Dee' Golden of Palacios; a daughter, Kassidhe Jayne Golden of Palacios; a step daughter, Monica Marie McEntire of Austin; his parents, James and Donna Golden of Scranton, PA.; sisters Maggie McLane and Kate Andrews of Pennsylvania; brother, Edward Golden of Maryland; and a step grandson, Weston McEntire of Austin, Tx. 
 

MARGARET ANN SHERROD
A Funeral Mass for Margaret Ann Sherrod, 80, of Las Vegas, Nev. were held Dec. 28, 2000 in Fort Bliss Chapel No. 2 in El Paso, Tx. Interment was in Fort Bliss National Cemetery. 
Mrs. Sherrod died Dec. 21, 2000. She was an optometry technician and a former longtime resident of El Paso. 

She is survived by her husband, Lilbourne Wayne Sherrod; her sons Michael Sherrod of Palacios and Timothy Sherrod; her daughters Cynthia Sherrod and Patricia Sherrod; two brothers; one sister; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
 

RUTH HOOD SCHIER
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Hood Schier, 87, of Bellville and a former Palacios resident, were held Dec. 23, 2000 at the Bellville United Methodist Church, followed by interment in the Sealy Cemetery. She died Dec. 22 at Trinity Medical Center in Brenham. 
The daughter of the late Ralph and Minnie Chamberlain Hood, she weighed just 1 1/2-pounds when she was born prematurely at Spring Green, Wis., on June 15, 1913, after her mother had been struck by lightning. She was a descendant of General John Bell Hood and a distant relative of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. 

At the age of 13, she moved with her family to Palacios and resided her until her marriage to Elmore Schier of Sealy in 1932. A creative and talented person who mastered any task she attempted, Mrs. Schier created her own patterns and designs for clothing, and was also skilled at wall papering, upholstery, painting, lighting creating and repair, and carpentry. 

Survivors include her children and spouses, Dorris and Bruce Warburton, Evelyn and Jack Boggan, all of Bellville, and John and Pat Schier of Austin; one sister, Viola Reader of Houston; grandchildren James Lane and Robert Bruce Warburton, Elizabeth Ruth and Christi Schier, Jeff and John Boggan, Lisa Menke, Jacque Fenster and Linda Murski; and great-grandchildren James, Carrie and Charles Griffin, Brittany and Mindy Menke, Maci Menke, Nathan, Nicholas and Sean Fenster, Adriana and Jackson Boggan, and Steven and Ashley Murski. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died in 1986; and a brother, Sammy Hood. 

Pallbearers were Robert, James and Bruce Warburton, John, Jeff and Jack Boggan, Darrell Murski and Matt Menke. 

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial gifts may be made to the Bellville United Methodist Church, 234 S. Masonic, Bellville, Tx 77418; or to Paws, 213 N. Granville, Bellville, Tx. 77418. 
 

DAVID RANDOLPH BOLLING, SR.
Graveside funeral services for David Randolph Bolling, Sr., 82, of LaWard, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000 at the Palacios Cemetery with Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. 
Mr. Bolling was born Nov. 2, 1918 in Palacios to John William Bolling and Amanda Ruth Jamerson Bolling. He died Dec. 14, 2000 in Edna. 

Mr. Bolling was a retired rancher, a member of the first Presbyterian Church of Palacios, and a lifelong resident of Matagorda and Jackson counties. 

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Melbourn Bolling of LaWard; a daughter, Helen Lucille Bolling of LaWard; sons Richard Truman Bolling of LaWard and David Randolph Bolling, Jr. of San Antonio; a sister, Margaret Bolling McCary of Salt Lake City, Utah; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John William and Amanda Ruth Bolling; a son, James Thomas Bolling; a sister, Mary Bolling Cunningham; a brother, John William Bolling, Jr.; and one grandchild. 

Pallbearers are Henry Zarate, Gary Beyer, Danny Stephens, David Frankson, Jr., David Randolph Bolling III, Ryan Brandon Bolling, and Jack Linden Seaquist, II. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice. 
 

JANET K. MORGAN
Janet K. Morgan, 48, of Fort Worth and formerly of Palacios, died Dec. 11, 2000 in Forth Worth. 
She was a waitress and loved by everyone she met. A very religious person, she fought a very courageous battle with cancer and was proud to be cancer-free when she died of heart failure. 

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Pat Morgan of Fort Worth; her mother, Carrie May Jurek of Wharton; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Sherry Ridley of Houston; and a sister and brother-in-law, Tinker and Charles Jenkins of Palacios. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Denver Jurek. 
 

LUCILLE GUYNES
Funeral services for Lucille Guynes, 62, of Blessing, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2000 at the First Baptist Church of Blessing with Rev. Mark Clements officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery. 
Mrs. Guynes was born Feb. 18, 1938 in New Orleans, La. to Wade Tindall Herrington and Louise Elizabeth Schneider Herrington. She died Dec. 8, 2000. 

She was a resident of Blessing for the past 23 years and a member of the First Baptist Church of Blessing. 

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Guynes of Blessing; her mother, Louise Herrington of Tomball, Tx.; daughters Natasha Leigh Humplik and husband, Paul, of Corpus Christi, and Teresa Nell Magee of Midfield; sons Jody Allen Guynes and wife, Charlene, of El Campo, Gregory Wayne Guynes and wife, Mary, of Alvin, and William Martin Guynes of Blessing; brothers Richard Herrington of Tomball and Tindall Herrington of North Carolina; and eight grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Wade Tindall Herrington; grandson, Darin Guynes; and son-in-law, Michael Magee. 

Pallbearers are Jody A. Guynes, Gregory W. Guynes, William M. Guynes, Paul Humplik, Mike Ellis, Shane Hahn, Paul Hahn and Gabriel Nalley. 
 

LUPE LONGORIA, SR.
Funeral services for Lupe Longoria, Sr., 69, of Palacios, were held Dec. 9, 2000 at the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios with the Rev. Samuel Puccio officiating. Interment wwas at Palacios Cemetery. 
Mr. Longoria was born July 9, 1931 in Palacios to the late Charlie and Faustina Rojas Longoria, Sr. He died Dec. 5, 2000. 

He was a commercial fisherman and a Presbyterian. 

Mr. Longoria is survived by his wife, Lydia Guerra Longoria; daughters and sons-in-law Hope and Richard Corbello of Houston and Brenda and Vincent Reina of Boling; sons and daughters-in-law Lupe Jr. and Julie Longoria., Ernest Longoria, Victor Longoria and Vincent and Laura Longoria, all of Palacios; sisters Eva Trevino and Dora Deleon, both of Palacios, and Marina Placenio of Clute; brothers Charlie Longoria Jr., Felix Longoria and Frank Longoria, all of Palacios, and Adam Longoria of Newport News, Va.; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Ricardo Longoria; and sister Esmeralda Longoria. 

Pallbearers were Lupe Longoria, III, Mark Longoria, Charlie Longoria, Jr., Freddie Longoria, Mark Latapie and Joey Mijres. 
 

ALBERT SIDNEY 'DUTCH' REYNOLDS
A memorial service for Albert Sidney (Dutch) Reynolds, 87, will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 2000 in the Chapel at The Hospice at the Texas Medical Center in Houston with Hospice Chaplain Jim Barclift officiating. Interment will be at the Palacios Cemetery. 
Mr. Reynolds was born Aug. 6, 1913 in Palacios to David Hiram and Mary Powell Reynolds. He died Nov. 27, 2000. 

He was a veteran of World War II serving with the 1881st Engineer Aviation Battalion in New Guinea, Leyte and Luzon. His peacetime occupation was that of geophysical seismograph surveying in many states with Taylor Exploration and Amerada Hess. 

He is survived by nephews George Reynolds, Jr., and Elbert Reynolds Glaze; niece Edna Mayo Heath; great nephews Charles and John Glaze; great nieces Leanna Jackson and Sharon Reynolds; as well as Christopher Reynolds and Lauren Elizabeth Glaze. 
 

MYRTLE FAYE REED
Funeral services for Myrtle Faye Reed, 89, of Palacios, will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Leon Maxwell, former pastor of the First Baptist Church and Rev. Hollis Hoffman officiating. 
Mrs. Reed was born Dec. 7, 1920 in Purvis, Tx. to farming parents Prior Calloway Burnett and Lucy Erella Box Burnett. She died Nov. 28, 2000 after a lengthy stay at Palacios Health Care and Valley View Health Care in Eastland, Tx. following a massive stroke in November 1990. 

She settled in Palacios in 1946 where she met and married Percy Hillmon Reed. She dearly loved her Lord Jesus, her family, and her church and that is her legacy. 

She is survived by her sons, Jack Allen Bradshaw of Eastland, Tx., Bobby Linden Bradshaw of Burnet, Tx., and William Walter Reed of Tampa, Fla.; daughters Alice Reed Haley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mary Louise Reed Tucker of Melbourne, Fl.; sisters Opal Cox of Sun City, Calif., Frances Butler of Glen Rose, Tx., and Fern Kenneady of Dallas, Tx.; 20 great-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy H. Reed; sons Billy Dean Bradshaw and Carl Arthur Bradshaw, all of Palacios; her parents; and several of her siblings. 

Pallbearers are Jack Bradshaw, Allen Bradshaw, Bobby Bradshaw, Gordan Bradshaw, Frank Haley, John Carrol Sardelich, Noah Haley, Ted Bates Jr., and Wayne Bradshaw. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, 202 Main, Palacios, Tx. 77465. 
 

HERBERT LEE 'H. L.' HENRY
Funeral services for Herbert Lee "H. L." Henry, 88, of Palacios, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday (Nov. 24, 2000) at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with the Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Palacios. 
Mr. Henry was born Sept. 27, 1912, in Broadus, Tx. to the late Rupert Lee and Ida Mabel Wall Henry. He died Nov. 21, 2000. 

He attended Texas Tech University where he played football. He was a farmer, rancher and a pioneer in the introduction of Black Angus cattle into Matagorda County. He was former director of First National Bank in El Campo and a former school board trustee for Palacios ISD. He was a member and past master of the Palacios Masonic Lodge No. 990 AF&AM and was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios. 

Mr. Henry is survived by his wife, Johnnie Mae Kubela Henry of Palacios; sons, John Lee Henry of Garland, Tx., Herbert William Henry of Bay City and James Rupert Henry of Victoria; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: parents; and infant brother, Ernest Henry. 
 

PATRICIA MILLER HOWARTH
Graveside services for Patricia "Pat" Miller Howarth of Bryan, Tex., will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at the Palacios Cemetery, with the Rev. Janell Blair officiating. 
Mrs. Howarth, formerly of Palacios, died Sunday, Nov. 12. 

Following graduation from Bates College and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial College, Pat worked for several years as a secretary to the Chairman of the Romance Language Department at Harvard University. She married John Howarth in 1945. They lived with their adopted daughter, Christina Joy, in Reading, Mass., for 28 years. 

Pat took courses at the Northeastern University suburban campus and discovered her interest in the elderly. She took the first course for nursing home activities director and worked in this field until John retired in 1975 for health reasons. John was recommended to see a specialist at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, who was familiar with his type of ailment. On July 4, 1975, John and Pat sold out in Reading and headed west in the modern day "covered wagon," a 20-foot motor home, pulling a small car with two bicycles on the roof. Pat often said that this was the beginning of many "great adventures." 

They found Palacios. Many productive years followed in a community they came to love. Pat resumed her interest in the elderly and instigated the forming and naming of the Friends of Elder Citizens senior project. Pat worked on all grant writing and publicity for the senior citizens nutrition center. 

In 1983, Pat received the "Woman of the Year" award for her work in behalf of the seniors of Palacios and her efforts in the field of alcoholism. Pat enjoyed many years of participation and volunteering at the Palacios center. She wrote the "Senior Newslines" published in the Palacios Beacon for mnay years. Her one main love was the Senior Center and the Palacios community. 

Her husband, John, a partner with her in the Senior Center project, died in 1984. She is survived by her daughter, Christina Irving; son-in-law JP Irving; two grandchildren, Jade Patrice and Justin Irving, all of College Station; and her sister, Marilyn Pomeroy of Newport, Rhode Island. 

The family requests that memorials be sent to the Friends of Elder Citizens, benefit of Med-Trans, P.O. Box 791, Palacios, Tex. 77465. 
 

ROBERT LANDIS LAURENCE
Funeral services for Robert Landis Laurence, 44, of Bay City were held Nov. 2, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brett Moreland officiating. 
Mr. Laurence was born April 15, 1956 in Palacios to Robert Darce and Janice Pledger Laurence. He died Oct. 31, 2000 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. 

He was a member of the Baptist Church, a resident of Bay City the past 6 years and a former resident of Palacios. 

Mr. Laurence is survived by wife, Karel Penick Laurence of Bay City; son, Austin Landis Laurence of Bay City; mother Janice Jones of Palacios; sisters Wanda Jane Harris of Lolita and Bobbie Kana of Palacios; maternal mother, Sadye Pledger of Friendswood. He was preceded in death by his father Robert and his sister Jean Laurence. 
 

PAULINE 'POLLY' WHITE
Graveside memorial services for Pauline 'Polly' White, 89, of Palacios, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. 
Mrs. White was born March 24, 1911 in Allerton, Ill. to Nancy Rainey and Moses Leonard Axsom. She died Oct. 18, 2000. 

She was Past Matron of Palacios Chapter #125, order of the Eastern Star, a member of Bay City Chapter $380 O.E.S., and worked many years as a dental assistant in the office of John W. Hart. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church. 

She is survived by a grandson, Carl Vanderwindt of Los Angeles, Calif.; and several nieces and newphews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John C. White; foster parents, Fleeta and William Christian; a daughter, Diane Bevins; and two brothers, Everett Axom and Hobert Axom. 
 

PAULA S. GARCIA
A Funeral Mass for Paula S. Garcia, 84, of Palacios will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. A Rosary was to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 7) with funeral services pending at Palacios Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Garcia was born June 7, 1916 in Mier y Noriega, Mexico. She died Nov. 6, 2000. 

She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church in Palacios. 

She is survived by her children, Lucy Garza of Freeport, Tx., Angie Ferrel of Houston, and Blas Garcia, Janie G. Penland, Lucio Garcia, Ramon Garcia Jr, Pauline Gomez and Joe Garcia, all of Palacios; 21 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ramon Garcia, Sr.; and a son, Jesse Garcia. 
 

WALLACE GENE BARR
Memorial services for Wallace Gene Barr, 70, of Palacios, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Janell Blair officiating. 
Mr. Barr was born June 8, 1930 in Palacios to the late Jay Wallace and Mildred Juanita Hagood Barr. He died Nov. 4, 2000. 

A lifetime resident of Palacios and a graduate of Palacios High School, he received a Mathematics B.S. degree from Texas A&I College before serving in the U. S. Marine Corps where he was honorably awarded a National Defense Service Medal. Following discharge, he began work at Alcoa Aluminum and retired in 1982. He was also a business partner in Palacios Marina and W & W Marine along with several shrimper trawlers. He received the Chamber of Commerce Marine Related Award in 1985. Mr. Barr was a member of the Masons of Texas Palacios Lodge #990, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry of Galveston, Shriners Arabian Temple of Houston, and American Legion Post #649 of Blessing. He served the Palacios Volunteer Fire Dept. for 44 years and was named Fireman of the Year in 1984 for his volunteer service benefiting the entire community. 

He is survived by his 100-year old aunt, Sylva Barr Davenport of Memphis, Tenn., and cousins Doris Ann Barr of San Antonio and Richard Barr of Saudi Arabia. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John Henry Barr. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Palacios Volunteer Fire Dept., Senior Citizens Center, or the First Presbyterian Day School. 
 

GUADALUPE V. RODRIGUEZ
Funeral services for Guadalupe V. Rodriguez, 66, of Palacios, were held Nov. 3, 2000 at Trinity Baptist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Brett Moreland officiating. 
Mrs. Rodriguez was born Dec. 24, 1933 in Corpus Christi to the late Manuel and Francis Colunga-Villarreal. She died Nov. 1, 200. She was a homemaker. 

She is survived by daughters Rosie Ann Guerra of League City, Tx., Linda J. Zamora of Palacios, and Shirley Ann Rodriguez; brothers Pepe Villarreal and Manuel Villarreal, both of Aransas Pass, and Willie Villarreal; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Camillo Guerra. 
 

GENE KOERBER
Graveside funeral services for Gene Koerber, 75, of Pasadena, Tx. were scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000 at the Palacios Cemetery in Palacios with Rev. Janell Blair officiating. 
Mr. Koerber was born May 14, 1925 in Palacios to the late James Louis and Ina Mae Perryman Koerbe, Sr. He died Oct. 18, 2000. 

He was a resident of Pasadena for the past three years and a longtime resident and band leader in the Houston area. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. 

He is survived by a sister, Gertrude K. Hunt of Pasadena; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Melba Katz, and his brother, James Louis Koerber, Jr. 
 

JANIE C. GONZALES
Funeral services for Janie C. Gonzales, 71, of Palacios were held Oct. 17, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Internment followed at the Palacios Cemetery. 
Mrs. Gonzales was born Dec. 27, 1928 in Woodsboro, Tx. to the late Valentin and Jesusa Yanez Canales. She died Oct. 15, 2000 at the Palacios Health Care Center in Palacios, Tx. 

She was a member of the Baptist Church and a resident of Palacios for the past 44-years. 

Mrs. Gonzales is survived by her husband, Celso Gonzales, Sr. of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law, Norma and Gilbert Flores, Jr. of Palacios, Nelda and Eric Bergamyer of Port St. Lucie, Fl., Mary Jane and David Chadwell of Irondale, Al.; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Sophia Sandate of Orange Grove, Tx., Celso, Jr. and Josie Gonzales of LaPorte, Arthur and Elida Gonzales of Austin; sisters, Isabel Sandate of Corpus Christie, Josie Tristan of Harden, Hilda Ramero of Brazoria, Ordilla Lozano of Fort Worth, Mary Stanley of Portland; brothers, Pete Canales of Portland, Jesse Canales of Pearland, Gilbert Canales of Indiana, Henry Yanez of Houston; 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were her grandsons, John Anthony and Joseph Daniel Gonzales, Christopher Ray and Joseph Rene Rutherford, Richard Sandate, Jr. and Richard Ray Torres. 


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