|ALPHON 'AL' WILLIE HURTA
Graveside services for Alphon 'Al' Willie Hurta, 87, of Midfield, Tx.
were held Sept. 21, 2001 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing with the Rev.
Bill Haskell officiating. 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
A Memorial Service for Veda C. Dale, 63, of Palacios, was held Sept.
22, 2001 at Grace Episcopal Church in Port Lavaca with Rev. Canon Robert
DeWolfe officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.
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,
JOSE SANTIAGO 'JIMMY' MARTINEZ, SR.
Funeral services for Jose Santiago 'Jimmy' Martinez, Sr., 49, of Markham,
were held Sept. 19, 2001, at the Artero Memorial Chapels in Port Lavaca
with Rev. Richard Alamia officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.
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.
Funeral services for Dorothy Smith, 87, of Huntsville, were held Sept.
13, 2001 at Old Waverly Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dan Alexander
officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. 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
S. T. 'CURLY' OGLESBY
Funeral services for S. T. "Curly" Oglesby, 83, of Palacios were held
Monday, Sept. 10, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Revs.
Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment was in Danevang Cemetery at
Danevang. 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
ROQUE CASTILLO CHACON
A rosary for Roque Castillo Chacon, 20, of Palacios, will be recited
at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at St. Anthony's De Padua Catholic Church in
Palacios. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. 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
Funeral services for Ella Tucker Neuman, 81, of Midfield, were held
September 1, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Interment was in Midfield
Cemetery. 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
Funeral services for Olga Darlene Sawyer, 82, were held August 23,
2001 at the Chapel of Crowder Funeral Home in Clear Lake. Interment was
in the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster. 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 Sawyer. Memorials may be made to the Texas
FRANK A. GAYLE
Funeral services for Frank A. Gayle, 93, of Markham, will be held at
10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with Revs. Andy
and Janell Blair officiating. The family will have a private burial. 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
Funeral services for Mattie Dee Whitley Hebert, 69, of Palacios, were
held Aug. 27, 2001 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev.
Gary Janak officiating. Interment was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery.
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
A Rosary for Rosalie N. Garza, 60, formerly of Palacios, will be held
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral
Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at St. Anthony's Catholic
Church in Palacios with Rev. James Nischan officiating. Interment will
be at Palacios Cemetery. 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
Funeral services for Luisa Amaro Villarreal, 77, of Palacios, were
held Aug. 10, 2001 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Houston. Interment
was at Forrest Park-Lawndales Cemetery in Houston. 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 great-grandchildren.
C. C. 'BUB' LAWSON, JR.
Funeral services for C.C. "Bub" Lawson Jr., 85, of Palacios, will be
held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.
Charlie Parker officiating. Interment will be at Palacios Cemetery. 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
Funeral services for Octavio Asocar Alamia, 78, of Palacios, were held
Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles
Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. 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.
Funeral services for Benny DeLeon, 67, of Palacios, were held Aug.
4 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. Tony Flores officiating.
Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. DeLeon was born March 21, 1934
in Pleasanton, Tx. to Daniel DeLeon and Dolores Lopez DeLeon. He died Aug.
2, 2001. He was a long time resident of Palacios, a member of the Catholic
Church, a retired police officer with the Palacios Police Dept., and a
veteran of the U. S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Dora Longoria DeLeon
of Palacios; daughters Patricia Sanchez of Brazoria, Diana Pena of West
Columbia, Mary Ellen Roecker of Lake Jackson, Lisa Halfen of Dubia, U.A.E.,
Lori Cruz of Bay City, and Karen DeLeon-Bailes of Angleton; sons Benny
Joe DeLeon, David DeLeon and Robert DeLeon, all of Palacios; sisters Mary
Smith of Bay City, Pauline Garcia of Katy, Mary Cascrez of Pleasanton,
Sophia DeLeon of California, and Minga Garcia of Galveston; brother Daniel
DeLeon of Houston; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Daniel and Dolores DeLeon, and a brother, Joe
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
Graveside services for Evelyn May Arnold, 83, of El Campo, will be
held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev.
Charlie Parker of the First Methodist Church of Palacios officiating. Visitation
is at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo. Mrs.
Arnold was born Dec. 18, 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Frederick
Lamphier and Etta Nielsson Duchemin Lamphier. She died July 11, 2001. 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) 543-3681.
CLAIR WILLIAM LYNN
Funeral services for Clair William Lynn, 81, of Palacios, were held
July 5, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with the Revs.
Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.
Mr. Lynn was born Nov. 21, 1919 in Mason City, Ill. to the late Addison
Clair and Gladys Riggins Lynn. He died July 2, 2001. 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 Palacios Funeral.
ROBERT M. 'BOB' BELLAH
Funeral services for Robert M. 'Bob' Bellah, 54, of Palacios, will
be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. Janell Blair officating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery
in Blessing. Mr. Bellah was born Aug. 23, 1946 in Lexa, Ark. to Guy Maxwell
Bellah and Evelyn Cherry Bellah. He died June 27, 2001 in Wharton, Tx.
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
Graveside funeral services for Walter Elliott Kilgore, 74, of Palacios,
were held June 26, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Hollas Hoffman
officiating. Mr. Kilgore was born Sept. 30, 1926 in Palacios to the late
Walter B. and Leona Wright Kilgore. He died June 22, 2001 at St. Luke's
Hospital in Houston. 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
Funeral services for Mary Ruth Abrahamson, 70, of Mission, Tx. were
held June 23, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with
Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs.
Abrahamson was born May 21, 1931 in Telephone, Tx. to the late Clyde and
Eva Owens Edwards. She died June 20, 2001 in Mission, Tx. 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.
Funeral services for Maximo Gatica, 95, of Palacios were held June
29, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh
officating. Interment was be at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Gatica was born
Nov. 22, 1905, in Matagorda, to the late Antonio and Simona Camacho Gatica.
He died June 27, 2001. 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
Funeral services for Wanda Marie Rickaway, 75, of San Antonio, were
held June 20, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronald
Lynn officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. Rickaway was born
Feb. 6, 1926 in Blessing, Tx. to the late John Charles and Beulah Belle
Maynard White. She died June 16, 2001 at the Hearthstone in San Antonio.
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
Funeral services for Paul Edward Fields, 54, of Mason, Tex., were held
June 27, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Palacios. The Revs. Hollas
Hoffman and Charlie Parker officiated. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.
He died Saturday, June 23 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. 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
Memorial services for Tommie Joe (T. J.) Chanik, 55, of Palacios were
pending, as of Monday. He died Monday, June 25, 2001 at Palacios Health
Care. 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 Society.
AMIE SUZANNE HARRISON
Funeral rites for Amie Suzanne Harrison, 31, of Houston were held Monday,
June, 25, 2001 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockport, followed by
interment at Lamar Cemetery in Lamar, Tex. She died Thursday, June 21.
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 of LaPorte.
SYLVIA ANN MORALES GOMEZ
A rosary for Sylvia Ann Morales Gomez, 47, of Bay City, will be recited
at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral
services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church
in Palacios with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial will be at
Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Gomez was born March 12, 1954, in Palacios, to
Beatrice Hernandez Morales of Rosenburg and the late Hilbert Morales. She
died June 11, 2001. 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
Funeral services for Barbara Ann Christian, 37, of Palacios will be
held Saturday, June 16, 2001 at Riverside Baptist Church in Rosedale, Mississippi
(MS), followed by interment at Wright Crossing, MS. She died Friday, June
8, 2001 at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, MS. 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
Funeral services for Robert E. "Bob" Byers, 92, of Palacios were held
1 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001 at the Church of God Prophecy in Port Lavaca,
with the Rev. H. N. Hartsfield officiating, assisted by pastors Willie
Espinoza, Raymond Salinas, Lloyd Rodriguez and Rafael Rios. Graveside services
followed at the Palacios Cemetery. He died Tuesday, June 5, 2001. 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.
Graveside services for Major Jerome Brooks Kimball, Jr., (ret.), 66,
of Palacios will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2001, in the Wharton
City Cemetery, with lay pastor Colleen Claybourn officiating. He died Tuesday,
May 29, 2001. 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,
Funeral services for Juan Ollervidez, 54, of Palacios, were held May
30, 2001 at Casa de Dios Church. Interment was in Palacios Cemetery. Mr.
Ollervidez was born May 9, 1947 in Mexico to Jesus and Nicholas Parado
Ollervidez. He died May 27, 2001. 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
Graveside services for Lolita Myers Walker, 89, of Palacios, were held
May 28, 2000 at the Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Walker was born in Lolita,
Texas to the late William and Una Farquhar Myers. She died Friday, May
25, 2001. 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
Funeral services for Hure Lee Rivers, 82, of Palacios were held June
2, 2001 at the Free Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Blessing with the
Rev. Ben Hadden officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. He died
May 27, 2001. 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 Elverine.
ANITA ALVAREZ GARCIA
Funeral rites for Anita Alvarez Garcia, 82, of Palacios, were held
June 2, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh
officiating. Interment was at in the Palacios Cemetery. She died May 29,
2001. 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
Graveside services Lolita Myers Walker, 89, of Palacios were held May
28, 2001 at Palacios Cemetery. She died Friday, May 25, 2001. 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.