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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, Texas 75265-0309.

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.

DOROTHY SMITH
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 Stone.

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 Lutheran Church.

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 Heart Institute.

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.

BENNY DeLEON
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 DeLeon.

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.

MAXIMO GATICA
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, Tx 77465.

JUAN OLLERVIDEZ
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.


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