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|CHARLIE DEAN PITTMAN
Funeral services for Charlie Dean Pittman, 65, of Palacios, were held Oct. 15, 2000 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with Rev. Sam Starks and Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Internment was in Palacios Cemetery.
Mr. Pittman was born Dec. 11, 1934 in Lockhart, Tx. to the late Lenford C. and Lillie Mae Harris Pittman. He died Oct. 12, 2000 at Citizen Medical Center Hospital in Victoria, Tx.
He was a resident of Matagorda County the past 34-years, and a member of First Christian Church.
Mr. Pittman is survived by his wife, Peggy Pittman of Palacios; two daughters and a son-in-law, Peggy Juanice "Sissy" and Brett Taylor of San Marcus, Tx., Karen Pittman of Mt. Belvieu; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles Luther and Rhonda Pittman of Pledger, Tx., Richard "Rick" Pittman of Baytown, Tx.; two brothers, Austin and Lonnie Pittman both of Lockhart, Tx.; 7 grandchildren, Melissa, Kristy and Richard Daugherty all of Baytown, Nicholas Pittman of Fairchild, Tx., Kaci Taylor of San Marcus, Roxanne Pittman of Pledger and Trish of Las Vegas, Nev. He was preceded in death by his sister Lola Mae Resinger.
Pallbearers were Ladell Sump, J.W. Luedke, Tom Quirk, Richard Sanders,
Fred Huitt, Dan Tucker, and Marvin Hammond.
MELVIN JOSEPH VALENTA
He was a 1958 graduate of Wharton High School and received his degree in Geology from Texas Tech University. He married Virginia Ruth Lothridge on Feb. 20, 1960 in Palacios. Mr. Valenta was a 37-year resident of Bay City and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He was employed as a engineer for Celanese for the past 37-years. He loved to hunt, garden and raise cattle and emus.
Survivors include wife, Virginia Valenta of Bay City; daughters, Denise Valenta and husband, Eric Vazquez, of Georgetown, Valerie Henson and husband, Bruce, of Bay City, and Venessa Valenta of Houston; and grandchildren, Christina and Alyssa Henson. Mr. Valenta was preceeded in death by his brother, Robert Valenta in 1995.
Pallbearers were David Valenta, Robert Dale Valenta, Lawrence Valenta,
Franklin Valenta, John Caron and Scott Smith. Honarary pallbearers were
all his many friends and co-workers at Celanese.
STELLA TALBOT STORK
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, June and William Jones of Theodore, Al., and Lola Ginger and Jerry Neimeyer of Channelview, Tx.,; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald Lamar and Betty Stork of Palacios; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Ted Bates, Jr., Jerry Neimeyer Jr., Bryan Rushton, Michael
Jones, Joseph Denman and Jonathan Markel.
NELLIE ANN TEFFETELLER FOSTER
She is survived by her husband, Earl Foster, of Blessing; her mother
of Buffalo, Tx.; a daughter, Shelley R. Foster of Blessing; a son, Troup
Foster, Jr. of Texas; a sister, Betty Jo Phillips of Liberty Hill, Tx.;
a brother, Jerry Teffeteller of Dallas; and two grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her father and a grandson, T. J. Foster.
BOBBY PRICE BABCOCK
Mrs. Babcock graduated from Palacios High School and from John Tarleton Jr. College in Stephenville, Tx. After college she worked as an accountant in Bay City, Tx. until her marriage to Frank E. Babcock, Jr. on May 17, 1940. Early in their marriage they made their home in Louisiana, living most of that time in New Orleans where their two daughters were born. Upon retirement, they moved to Austin in 1957 which has been home ever since. Frank passed away in 1984.
Bobby had a gentle and loving spirit and a zest for life that was an inspiration to those around her. She always saw the best in every situation and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She loved to travel and visit many places around the country and around the world; her favorite trips were to Hawaii and Santa Fe with her family and trips to far off places with her traveling buddy, Elvira Wyatt. She was a devoted member of the University Presbyterian Church for over 40 years. Fondly known to many as "Mrs. B.", Bobby leaves many cherished memories of times she and Frank spent with their daughters and their friends in Wimberley, Creedmoor, and at Lake LBJ.
She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Alice and Randy
Randolph of Cincinnati, Ohio and Carolyn and John Turney of Austin; two
granddaughters, Sara and Mollie Randolph of Cincinnati; three step-grandchildren,
Jennifer and Lindsey Turney of Austin and Bo Turney of Denver, Colorado.
She is also survived by two sisters, Maxine and her husband, Reverend Carroll
Ray of Burleson, and Nancy and her husband, Harry Sisson of Houston; brother-in-law,
Burnell Waldrep of Weatherford, several nieces and nephews and many lifelong
friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Cherry Price Waldrep, a
niece, Norma Waldrep, and a nephew, Neal Waldrep.
RUBY ELEANOR MATHIS
She was a resident of Cape Carancahua for the past nine years and a former resident of Waller, Tx. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Palacios and was a retired cashier/waitnress. She was also an oil paint artist.
She is survived by her daughter, Madge E. Ammons of Cape Carancahua;
a son, James B. Armstrong of Texas City; a sister, Marie Fergerson of Cherry
Hill, Calif.; five grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Survivors include the widow, Eleanor "Ellie" Francis Marquess (to whom he was married on March 15, 1960 in San Antonio) of Salado; two sons, Scott Marquess and his wife, Robin, of Charlotte, N.C., and Keith Marquess and his wife, Lynn, of Montgomery, Ala.; one daughter, Michelle Marquess of Arlington; one brother, Jim Marquess and his wife, Rita, of Spricewood; and two grandsons, Jeffrey Scott Marquess, Jr., and Benjamin Marlow Marquess.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
ROBERT JAY "BOB" WILKINSON
In 1938, he became sports editor and a news reporter for the Bay City Daily Tribune. On Dec. 28, 1939, he married Luceile Huebner, daughter of Lillian Hurst and Marion Taylor Huebner, in the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City. On Jan. 1,1940, he became editor of The Herald, a weekly Bay City newspaper. In World War II, Mr. Wilkinson joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and while stationed at the Corpus Christi Naval Training Center, he was editor of The Beam, the base newspaper. He left to serve in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Lind, with the Third and Fifth Fleets, and at wars end, he was present at the Japanese surrender ceremony board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.
He received his honorable discharge from the Navy in February 1946, and in June of that year published the first issue of the Bay City News. Eleven years later, he sold the News to devote full time in the oil business with his father. The business of W.W. Wilkinson & Sons was dissolved after his father' death in 1968, and he became an independent oil operator and lease broker. His son, Robert J. "Bobby" Wilkinson joined him in 1977, becoming the third generation of Wilkinsons in the oil business.
Mr. Wilkinson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a founding member of the Bay City Country Club and Matagorda County Texas Exes, a member of the Petroleum Club of Houston, and several professional and civic organizations.
Survivors include: wife, Luceile of Bay City; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Peggy Wilkinson of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Clayton Lake of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Malynn Ashcraft of Broken Arrow, Okla., Clay Lake of Las Vegas, Nev., Chris Wilkinson and Mindy Wilkinson of Bay City; great-grandchildren, Morgan Reber, Maurice "Buddy" Ashcraft III and Sarah Ashcraft, all of Broken Arrow, Okla.; aunt, Jean Gossett of Salesville, Ohio; brother-in-law, Raleigh Huebner of Bay City; sister-in-law, Jean Huebner of Bay City; nephews, Jack Wilkinson, Jr. of Houston, Kent Cummins of Elgin, Don Huebner of Buffalo, Tex., Doug and Bill Huebner of Bay City; nieces, Helen Fitch of Corpus Christi, Carol Bascom of Tucson, Ariz., Marion Lester of Fort Worth, Janet Considine of Midland, and Jean Richardson of Bay City.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Cummins of Bay City; two brothers, John Paul Wilkinson of Midland and W.W. Wilkinson, Jr. of Bay City; and brothers-in-law, Robert Huebner of Palacios and M.T. Huebner of Bay City. Pallbearers were Chris Wilkinson, Clay Lake II, Clay Lake, Jack Wilkinson, Darrell Hertel and Jack Conner.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the American
FLOYD A. DAWSON
Survivors include the widow, Mary Louise McMillan Dawson, two whom he was married on Oct. 17, 1936; five sons, David and Linda Dawson of Palacios, Tex., Dean and Jackie Dawson of Marion, Ind., Daniel and Barb Dawson of Berne, Ind., Dennis Dawson of Dickinson, Tex., and Dallas Dawson of Warren, Ind.; one sister, Mabel Booher of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one brother, Al Dawson of Hartford City, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marjorie Ellen Dawson; and 11
brothers and sisters.
ALTA MAE BYERS BISHOP MOORE
She is survived by four daughters, Bobbie Burditt, Edwina Fenner and
Mary Brown, all of Edna, and Charlene Rigdon of San Antonio; sons Clarence
Bishop of San Antonio and Kenneth Bishop of South Padre Island; a sister,
Ann Charnetski of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; 24 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren;
and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first
husband, Ernest "Eddie" Bishop, and her second husband, Charlie Moore;
a son, Ernest Edward Bishop; two sisters, Opal Williams and Edith Harris;
and two brothers, Thurman Byers and R. C. Byers.
JANIE L. CERDA
She was survived by her mother of Bay City; daughters Jacqueline Ramirez
of Palacios, Belinda Castillo of Bay City, and Dolly Craft of Baytown;
a son, Joe Anthony Cerda of Brown-wood; a sister, Frances Guerra of Bay
City; brothers Ross N. Leijha of North Carolina and Lupe Leijha of New
Mexico; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
KERRY JAMES RESSLER
He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Katherine Ressler of Palacios;
a son, Jim Ressler of Chamblee, Ga.; a sister, Robin Grace of Dripping
Springs, Tx.; and two grandchildren.
JOSEPHINE IZORAH HALLIDAY LEADFORD
"Nanny" as everyone called her, was a caring and loving, but strict mother, grandmother and great grandmother to many. She was a resident of Palacios most of her life and graduated from Palacios High School in 1932. She has resided in Metzon, Tx. with her daughter Carla and son-in-law, Jim for the past 4 years.
She is survived by a son, Larry Ashley, of Copperas Cove Tx.; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Jane Leadford of Medina; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Ray Posgay of Friendswood; daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Jim Reeves of Mertzon, Tx.; sister-in-law, Leona Bluhn of Three Rivers; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Velma and Robert Byers of Palacios; niece Mary Ruth Tassler of Port Lavaca; nephew, Jack Halliday of Houston; cousin, Tom Jones of San Angelo, Tx.; grandchildren, Jenny and Ronnie Lite of Belton, Karen and Fabrice Sueoka of Kempner, Cindy Kite of Batesville, Lydia and Shawn Randall of Killeen, Tim Leadford and wife of Midfield, Tate and Dawn Leadford of Houston, Paige Leadford of Medina, Joseph and Debra Anderson of San Angelo, James and Tami Anderson of Mertzon, James and Traci Reeves of West Columbia, Jennifer Reeves of Grand Prairie, Brian and Dawn Bowers of Angleton, Keith Bowers, Paula and Mike Sharp of Friendswood, Helen and Lee Knezek of Bay City, Blair Rowton, George Bittle of Matagorda and Jody Harvey of Houston; great-great-grandchildren; and her companion of 12 years , 'Missy', her Chihuahua.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter L. Leadford; her parents; a brother, Carl S. Halliday; a daughter, Dolly Leadford Bittle; three grandsons; and two great-grandsons.
Pallbearers were Charles Mize, Kenneth Smith, Bobby Walton, Jack Beard, Herbert Schneider, and Don Hyett. Honorary pallbearer was John Ressler.
The family requests donations be made to the charity of one's choice,
or to the Irion Co. Volunteer EMS, Metrzon, Tx. 76941.
ALICE "MOMA" STOREY
Survivors include the husband, Clyde Storey of DuQuoin, Ill.; four daughters,
Judy and Les Parker of Los Fresnos, Tex., Jackie and Leo Russell of DuQuoin,
Ill., Beth Storey of East St. Louis, Ill., and Leona and John Hebret of
Arizona; one son, Daniel Storey of Houston; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,
along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three
sons, James Paul Buzzard, Spiegel Storey, Jr., and David Earl Storey.
VIRGINIA NELI 'GENNIE' MOTES OLDHAM
After graduating high school in 1940, she joined the U. S. Navy Waves after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was stationed in Washington, D. C. and was a cryptologist specialist. It was during World War II that she met and later married Army 1st Lt. Ney Oldham, Jr. from Palacios. Their military wedding was one of the first held at the Patuxent River Naval Chapel after the war.
The couple moved to Palacios after their honorable military discharges in 1945. Ney and Virginia owed and operated Oldham's Dry Goods and Sporting Store. After Hurricane Carla in 1961 they built and operated The Fountain Terrace Motel. Mrs. Oldham was a member of the First Methodist Church.
In 1948, 'Gennie' and some of her friends started the Harmonie Club to raise money to light the baseball field as well as money for other local benefits.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lydia V. and Dennis Schuetz of Palacios, Nancy Lea and Glenn Howard of Victoria; a son, Ney Oldham, III of Palacios; grandchildren Lee Schuetz, Rebecca Howard, Glenn Wesley Howard, and Nolan and Ney Oldham IV; eight nieces; two nephews; and 17 great -nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ney Oldham, Jr.; an infant daughter, Ann Lydia Schuetz; a sister, Joan Annette Motes; and three brothers, Doyle Motes, William 'Sonny' Motes, and Charles E. Motes.
Pallbearers are Donald McAfee, Damen Williams, Richard Scott, Mark Olsovsky,
Dennis Bartosh and Ted Bates. Honorary pallbearers are Woodrow Wilson,
Steve Farsutt, Bob Trull, Lowell Johnson, Billy Hamlin and George Sparks.
JOSEPH WAYNE MICHALIK
He was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Quincy, Il.. and a former member of the First Baptist Church in Palacios, Tx. He was a resident of Quincy the past two years, where he was the Director of Purchasing and Transportation at Prince Agri-Manufacturing in Quincy.
Mr. Michalik was a 1984 graduate of Palacios High School and a 1990 graduate of Sam Houston State University in Agribusiness. After graduation he went to work for Cargill in Fort Worth, Tx. On Sept. 19, 1997 he married Dana D. Rickett in San Antonio, Tx.
He is survived by his wife, Dana of Quincy; parents, Charles and Dianna Michalik, Sr. of Palacios; two sons, Ronnie Michalik of Denton, Tx. and Hayden Michalik of Quincy, Il..; stepson, Trevor Moody of Quincy, Il..; sister, Roxane Michalik of Round Rock, Tx.; brother and sister-in-law, Charles Walter, Jr. and Jennifer Michalik of Austin; nephew, Hunter Michalik; and niece Abby Michalik of Austin, Tx.
Pallbearers were Bo Imhoff, John Cunningham, Byron Head, Wesley Franzen,
Bobby Sells and Billy Kubecka.
ROBERT W. "BOB" ACKERMAN
He was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County and a member of Collegeport Presbyterian Church. He was a retired Rice Farmer and Cattle Rancher and a member of RVOS & a veteran of the 8th Air Force. He was a former member of the American Legion, Post #649 of Blessing and a former member of the North American Limousin Association.
Mr. Ackerman is survived by his wife, Margie Lorene Neuszer Ackerman of Blessing; by his daughters, Eileen Ackerman of Austin and Gale King of Blessing; and by a son, Wayne Ackerman of Blessing. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-granchildren.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren, Julie Ann Wesselman, Dennis
Eugene Wesselman, Cody Steffek, Abby Ackerman, Amy King, and Cari King.
She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and a resident of Palacios for the past 62 years.
Mrs. Martino is survived by her husband, John O. Martino of Palacios; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Delores and Harry Castro of Richmond, Tx., Rosalie and John Lenihan of San Antonio, Tx.; sisters, Josefa Rodriguez of Port Lavaca, Tx., Benita Cano of Kemah, Tx.; brother, Porfidio Diaz of Corpus Christie, Tx.; 4 grandchildren, Evett Hamlin and husband, Philip, of Wharton, Marcus Castro and Samantha Castro of Richmond and Adam Rodriguez, Jr. of San Antonio; 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son John O. Martino, Jr., sister Isabel Lopez ,and brother Manuel Diaz.
Pallbearers were Philip Hamlin, Adam Rodriguez, Sr., Adam Rodriguez,
Jr., John Lenihan, Harry Castro and Courtney Grisby.
He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and a life long resident of Palacios.
Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Amie McGraw Wright of Palacios; brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Alice of Palacios; grandson, Jamie Kruse of Palacios; and 2 great grandchildren, Tristan Scott and Steffen Bailey Kruse of Palacios. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Wright.
Pallbearers were Fred, Bobby, and Darrell Buckley, Bobby Walton, Kenneth
Smith and Greg Burnett. Honorary pallbearers were Jamie Kruse and Reed
ALTON H. KELLEY
Mr. Kelley was a retired pot tender at Alcoa-Point Comfort. He was a lifetime member of V. F. W. Post 8557 in Lolita, a member of the Alcoa 25 Year Club, and the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Point Comfort.
He is survived by his wife, Nora Louise Kelley, of Anahuac; a daughter, Phyllis M. Howell of Kelseyville, Calif.; a son, Alton L. Kelley of Smith Point, Tx.; sisters Hazel C. Koch of Palacios, and Edith Lucille Arnold of Blessing; grandchildren Richard Kelley, Glenda Hellyer, Brandy Nowlin, Rhonda Kelley and Desiray Taylor; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
Pallbearers were Valine Wallack, Gary Wallack, Walter Roben, Joe Wallack,
Leroy Wallack and Rod Hellyer.
HARRY MARSHALL HEATH, SR.
Mr. Heath died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000 in a Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was born May 5, 1943 in Wharton to the late Fred Francis and Mary A. Zahn Heath. A lifelong resident of Wharton and a Baptist by faith, he was a salesman for Allison Distributing for 18 years before his retirement.
Survivors include a daughter, Candy Marcell Blackwell of Bay City; four sons, Marshall C. Murphy of Palacios, Charles Robert Heath of Houston, Fred Heath, Sr. of El Campo; and Harry Marshall Heath, Jr. of Victoria; three sisters, Billie Jean Eckert of Brenham and Mary F. Hudspeth and Patricia A. Shahani, both of Wharton; a brother, Fred William Heath of Lockhart; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to: American Cancer Society, 204 Second St., Wharton, Tx 77488, or to the American Lung Association of Texas, 3520 Executive Center Dr., Suite G-100, Austin, Tex 78731-1698.
Mrs. Slone was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios, a resident of Palacios since 1924 and a 50 year member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post # 2467.
She is survived by a daughter, Gay Harrison of Palacios; brother-in-law, R. J. Boland of Louise, TX; six grandchildren‹Janet Harrison, Sandra Miller and her husband Bill, Holly Claybourn and her husband Clayton, and Shelley Mayfield and her husband Kent, all of Palacios, Slone Harrison of Chattanooga, TN, and John Harrison and wife Lisa of Houston; and 12 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were her great grandsons Jason Miller, Jeff Miller, Michael
Harrison, Daniel Harrison, Garrett Claybourn and Jimmy Smith.
NETTIE H. LIGUORI
She is survived by sons, Gary Liguori of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Ronald
Liguori of Victoria; sisters, Ola Mae Peterson and Estelle Johnson, both
of Olivia, Lucille Pargman of Austin and Geneva Mercer of Waco; brothers,
Teddy Huddleston of Neddlewall and Calvin Huddleston of Palacios; and four
grandchildren‹Michele Liguori and Philip Liguori, both of New Jersey and
Christopher Liguori and Nicole Liguori, both of New York. She was preceded
in death by husband, Patrick Liguori; parents; brothers, John Huddleston
and Odell Huddleston.
He is survived by his loving companion and wife, Pauline Ruiz Buckley. Together they nurtured nine children, 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by: sons and daughters-in-law‹Joe and Pete of Palacios; Fred and his wife, Dana, and their four children also of Palacios; and Tony Patrick and his wife, Robin, of Nevada and five beautiful children; his daughters and sons-in-law‹Delia and Jimmy Rodriquez and their two children of Houston; Romona and Robert Sisco and her three children and two grandchildren of Kentucky; Linda and Robert Killion of California; Betty and Robert Salter and her three children of Indiana; and Rosemary and Jack L. Pierce II with their three children of Washington state; his sister and brother-in-law Amie and Lester Wright of Palacios; his brother Alex of Palacios; and several nieces and nephews.
Tony was a member of St. Anthony¹s Catholic Church, a life member of good standing with Queen-Hamlin V.F.W. Post 2467, and a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1919.
Employed by Alcoa Aluminum for 31 years, he retired on Jan. 1, 1983. He worked in a variety of positions, some of which included civil maintenance and re-firing plants calcination department. For the majority of his career with Alcoa he worked in the smelter utility and pots rooms
He was also a veteran of World War II having serving in the Army from 1942-46.He served as a rifleman and squad leader for twelve months in the 7th Armored Division in France, Belgium and Holland. As a member of the 1550 Service Support Unit, he was wounded in action in Holland on Oct. 4, 1944. For his service to his country Tony was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for being wounded in action, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with one bronze service star, the American Theater Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Pallbearers included: Fred, Tony, Pete, Joe and Cory Buckley, Fred Buckley,
Jr., Christopher Pierce and Jack L.Pierce II.
VIVIAN COX ALLEN
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Roy Lee
Hogg of San Antonio and Linda and Ron Matlock of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law,
Gene and Jane Allen of Palacios; four grandchildren, Melody Allen of Dripping
Springs, Raymond Allen of Hyannis, Mass., and Bruce Allen and Robert Hogg
of San Antonio; and three great-grandchildren, Rickie Lee Keim of Dripping
Springs, and Jennifer and Brianna Hogg of San Antonio.
FLOYD EUGENE (GENE) HENDERSON
Mr. Henderson is a reborn Christian and joined in heaven his father and step-mother, Floyd and Dorothea Henderson; his mother Myrlene (Sue) Henderson, and his nephew Cricket Henderson. His memorial service was held at Sky-View Baptist Church in Austin on Friday, August 4, 2000.